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Not all of us are gifted in our thought processes with the steely logic of Spock. Hopefully, the following suggestions will allow you to go where no man has gone before. Prepare to beam up ...

Avoid COMMON WORDS that appear so often on our pages that they will bloat any results. Some examples: the, of, wine, winery, cellar, chateau, vine, vineyard. Any search that includes the word wine, for example, unless limited by a button (see next item), will return more than 270 pages: every one on our site! Searching for a very general term, therefore, will return many irrelevant results. Try searching for unique names alone: use Simi, NOT Simi Winery.)

USE the SEARCH BUTTONS to help narrow your search to return only pages that contain every word (by checking ALL) or specific phrases (by checking EXACT). Notice that, unless one of these buttons is checked, relevant results may be returned, even if each reference doesn't contain ALL query terms. A search for Beaulieu Vineyard will return dozens of results; with the EXACT button checked, only those pages that refer to the winery will show; a search for the word Beaulieu alone will return extra pages not related to the winery.

Check the SPELLING. It is always best to spell the search terms correctly. If you are not certain how your term is spelled, however, make sure that the Spelling? box is checked. Doing this will make the search engine attempt to find words that sound similar to your search terms. (One of the most common wine misspellings, by the way, is "Burgandy"--there is no "a" in Burgundy!)

Use MULTIPLE Words when performing your search. The search results will return more refined results from several words than from a single word. For example, typing Russian River Chardonnay will return more relevant results than typing only Chardonnay.

Use Quotation Marks to find words which must appear together and in the same order, for example, "Pride Mountain Cabernet". Leaving out the quotation marks, search results will include any occurances of the word pride, the word mountain, and the word cabernet, but not necessarily together or in that particular order. Each word that's not contained within quotation marks means that word may appear alone anywhere on the page, so you are apt to get misleading results.

CAPITALIZE Proper Nouns and Titles. Lowercase words will match any case. For example, typing experience will return all pages containing the words experience, Experience, and EXPERIENCE. However, typing Experience will only show this Search Tips page and our Shopping Links page (because these are the only pages on PfW where "experience" is capitalized).

IF you get bogus results or can't find your answer, ASK US. We love questions! Please use our Wine Questions Form to ask ANY questions. PfW is dedicated to increasing wine knowledge and we will be prompt and courteous with our answers. At the same time, your questions help us to know what articles and information need to be added to our web site.


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