Wine Spectator Headlines Hack

by Tim Elliott on February 6, 2006

I haven’t noticed many wine hacks of late, so when I read Jathan’s post over the weekend I was intrigued. It seems that the good folks over at the Spectator have not blocked Google bot access to some of their premium content (most likely by design to gain higher page rank). So all you need to do is Google an article’s name — freely available on their website — and then click on the “Cached” link on the Google search page to read the full article. There seems to be a delay of a couple of days, but that is a small price to pay for the content.

Some examples:
Lost Treasure Found in Santa Barbara
Tasting Highlights: 2001 Brunellos
ZAP Wrap-up

This only works for the “Headlines” and not other premium content on the site, so the hack does not replace a subscription. I’m also seeing if this can be exploited at other wine pay sites.

Cheers, Jathan!

  • http://winexpression.com Jathan

    Thanks Tim!

    Glad you saw this. When I first tried this, I thought, “wow, this is way to easy, why would they allow this?”
    But low and behold it works.

    Enjoy it while it lasts!

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