Just finished my tasting for the Syrah show and the Crozes Hermitage was corked. Since this is my 20th show and the wines of the Northern Rhone define the Syrah grape, I will be picking up another bottle tomorrow and recording the podcast. On a good note, I had 2 awesome Syrah’s from California and Australia that both rated 9 of 10 points!
Recent visitors might have noticed two new podcast feed buttons that have shown up on the right menu over the past couple of days. As I prepare to launch Winecast 2.0, there are a few improvements such as this that you will see popping up on the site. I decided to add these options for those who would prefer smaller file sizes than the mp3 version and platform-specific features such as aac’s bookmarks.
The “wma” feed is for players that support Windows Media Audio format and the “aac” feed is for Apple’s iPod (my favorite player). Each picks up the feed at Winecast 14 foreword.
Last night I was doing the tasting for the Petite Sirah show and one of the three bottles was corked. It will go back to the wine store tomorrow for a replacement bottle, but it reminded me of the alternative closure segment on the Willamette Valley show. Until more wineries adopt sccrewtops and other alternatives to cork, up to 5% of the bottles will be like the one I experienced last night.
For sports fans, thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s two bottles out of the 41 bottles tasted so far for a “bad bottle” percentage of 4.9%. It doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t have to be this way…
I upgraded my audio setup this week, adding a Behringer Eurorack UB820 mixer and Shure RS130 mic. I’ve been testing the setup this weekend and have just arrived at what I think are the right settings. The Merlot show will be recorded tomorrow night, with another show about Petite Sirah planned for later in the week. Sorry I’m a day late, but the sound quality will be worth the wait.
This morning I noticed that the first episode of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œGrape RadioÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?, another podcast devoted to the world of wine, had been posted. I think this is great news for the category and for us wine lovers and encourage Winecast listeners to check their show out.
Best of luck, Brian, Leigh and Jay!