Wine Making… Sept 10, 2010 by pasayten (Ray Peterson)
Major updates have occurred September 2010 for the new grapes, barrels, and scroing algoithms incorporated into te game at that point.
P.S. Another good source of info is the My Vineyard Wiki
Now the wine making basics:
The Compulsive/Obsessive Wine Makers Tool uses all of the following factors and will calculate future sale value of barrel and predicted wine score including all boosts. In addition, a “Make Label” button can be used to generate clean text that can be printed, or cut/pasted into a label or any other document you choose.
*** Barrrels Info ***
Note that calculations of profit per hour assume that the barrel is fully aged before it is sold. (source: MV Wiki)
Profit / Hour
Used Lativian Oak
Toasted Pacific Northic
Toasted Ukranian Oak
Used Russian Oak
*** Wine Score ***
These are my best estimates for the new score ranges (after June 29, 2010) you can expect from the grapes you harvest and barrel. The score is randomly picked from the range for the scoring calculation. I may change the numbers +/- 1 or 2 as more data comes in. Still waiting for my WC grapes to ripen. I have noticed no change in score for tasting yet. Maybe uses the higher number from the barrel range.
Grape score (random from range) + Barrel score (random from range) + boost score = Wine Score at sale
With wine blends, the highest grape score range in the blend is used, even if it is only 1 grape.
Grape Low to High
(These ranges will be updated as I run more grapes thru testing)
# of tasters or fertilization of the grapes adds nothing to the score.
The type of barrel adds to the score, the more expensive the barrel, the higher the score.
(Wine score for barrels section courtesy of a Robert Bueller posting in the wiki)
(These ranges will be updated as I run more barrels thru testing)
Using both a Gruyere Boost and Roquefort Boost would still only add 20 points to your score... Only the highest boost in a category is used... Others in the same category are ignored and wasted. You can use boosts in all the categories... Yield, Aging, and Score.
Also note, there are no guaranteed 100 point scores... when a score would be pushed over 97 with grapes, barrels, or a boost, it will be randomly selected from the 97 to 100 range “pool”... You will get one of the following
Over all of the scores in the 97-100 range, it seems to average about 10% (1 in 10) getting the perfect 100 with 1 WC.
When a visitor tastes your wine and gets a “score”, that will not neccessarily be the score you would get at it is a separate random calculation using the above facts. So do not get excited or worried by what they report as a score... There are also some bugs in the intermediate tastings scores that will range all over the place. :-)
*** Wine Barrel Sale Price ***
The final sale price for a barrel of wine (aged and ready to sell) is a FIXED equation and can be calculated in a spreadsheet as soon as you barrel it.
Final Sale Price:
That is it!
Multiple yield boosts do not increase value… only the highest boost is considered. Extra aging time in barrel after “ready to sell” (glowing) does not increase score or yield value.
For example, figure the sale price of a typical blend or barrel…
12 Cabernet at $158 yield = $1,896
12 Merlot at $11 yield = $132
Total grapes = $2,028
Use Nevers Oak barrel yield = $4,200
Sale price of barrel w/o any yield boosts would be $2,028 + $4,200 = $6,228
If I added the Apple Chip 5% yield boost… 5% x $6,228 = $311
(remember, boosts are not additive… only max boost put on barrel will count)
Sale price of barrel with apple chip boost would be $6,228 + $311 = $6,539
P.S. Here is a link to my Compulsive/Obsessive Wine Makers Tool
which will calculate all of the above for you including predicted score and even a “Make Label” button to generate clean text that can be cut/pasted into a label or any document you choose..
*** Wine Labels ***
Hey, with a little cut and paste from the wine makers tool and using MS Word, you can pop out a cool label for your wines...
What is the maximum sale price for a barrel of wine?
Maximum yielding grapes are the Cortest at $600 each
36 Cortese at $600 yield = $21,600
Maximum yielding barrel is the Used Russian Oak at $27,500
Sale price of barrel w/o any yield boosts would be $21,600 + $27,500 = $49,100
Maximum yield boost is Oak Chips at 20% --- but costs 1 WC
If I added the oak chips 20% yield boost… 20% x $49,100 = $9,820
Sale price of barrel with oak chips boost would be $49,100 + $9,820 = $58,920
If I used the 10% Vanilla bean gift boost, I would still get:
Sale price with vanilla bean boost … $49,100 + (10%)x$49,100 = $54,010
What are the currently discovered/confirmed “Special” Wine Blend Recipes ?
Sometimes, when blending some wines with different grapes, an achievement will be awarded and a special name will also come up in the popup when you sell the barrel.
“Wine Poseur magazine has rated your wine (The Hermitage) 70 out of 100 with notes of butter and melon.”
These following are only the currently discovered names…. The actual blends of grapes may be found in the wiki… SPOILER ALERT… But before looking, try and find them yourselves!!! :-)
*** Wine Tasting Notes ***
The descriptive notes attached to a particular wine blend and barrel has little predictable elements... It is basically very random. I have barreled 36 of the same grape/barrel combination and had every kind of different tasting note you could imagine... :-) Somebody else can figure out ow they come up with the phrases...
These are the "notes" uses in the wine ratings
After about 250 blends of wine, I think I have a fairly complete list of the descriptors used by Vineyard for the wine descriptions. These may be mixed and matched in many STRANGE ways... lol... Please let me know if you have seen any others. (Post note... Folks gave me an additional 2 or 3 to add and I have updated this list)
Happy Wine Making!!!!
Major updates occurred September 2010 for the new grapes, barrels, and scroing algoithms incorporated into te game at that point.