The secrete of a good wine

In the past, one could get by on intuition and experience. Times have changed. Today, the name of the game is data and analysis. Here is an example of how to evaluate wines by the number - according to Princeton University economics professor Orley Ashenfelter,

Wine quality = 12.145 + 0.00117 x winter rainfall + 0.0614 x average growing season temperature - 0.00386 x harvest rainfall

1 comment:

Bilbo said...

I don't pay much attention to economists (sorry, professor Ashenfelter), but this wine quality calculation is interesting...I'd be curious to know how he derived the constant figures. In my own case, before I married Agnes, I chose wines by reading the label - if it had a nice picture of a castle or a beautiful lady on it, I figured it had to be good. I think I've learned a bit more since then.