All the shows from my first release, starting December 2004 and ending December 2014, are available for listening on this page. These episodes will be retired from the RSS feed in September 2019 when my second release of podcasts begins.
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In compliance with Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I make the following disclosure: people sometimes send me stuff for free. Most of the time this is wine as outlined in my sample policy below that I posted some years ago now. When I have received anything for free, I have clearly disclosed this in the post or podcast and will continue to do so.
Any advertising appearing on this blog and podcast does not constitute an endorsement of the product or service unless the product or service is being reviewed. I am currently a member of affiliate marketing programs from Amazon, Commission Junction, Snooth and WineZap and receive money or merchandise credit in exchange for links and/or advertising placed on this website. All reviews, editorials and other opinions stated on the blog and podcast are my own and not those of any advertiser, sponsor or affiliate.
Code of Ethics
I have and currently work with multiple wineries as a marketing consultant. I will not review or comment on any wines made at wineries I work with to avoid any conflicts of interest. Should my employment status change, I will disclose this fact but continue to refrain from reviewing wines from any winery I have worked with.
I accept wine samples offered by wineries, distributors and retailers but do not solicit them directly. This does not mean that I will review all wines submitted on the blog or podcast, but I will taste and offer my notes privately to all submissions upon request. I will continue to disclose the sources of all wines I don’t buy directly in all blog posts and podcasts for complete transparency. On each review, the word “sample” is used to denote I received this wine free of charge. If that word is not present, I purchased the wine at retail.
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Parsing your web log files
One of the things that some podcasters keep track of is the amount of show downloads. Until I discovered the scripts written by Kevin Devin and Chuck Tomasi, I used several commercial tools (until their trial periods ran out!) to track my numbers. Of course, you could get an idea of how you were doing by just using host provided tools like Analog, Webilizer or the LibSyn stats page, but these donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t tell you exactly how many completed downloads you have served. They do give you all the hits to the files and the amount of transferred bytes, but many ipodder clients require multiple hits to download one file and there are partial downloads, etc.
To help solve this problem, Kevin and Chuck, both podcasters and members of the TechPodcast Network, have written some scripts to help quantify actual podcast downloads. From what I have seen with my own data, this is the closest to a “clean” count of the circulation of your show. Yes, Feedburner and Libsyn have interesting algorithms to determine distribution stats, but I suspect most sponsors will also want to see some raw data. The problem with these scripts, however, is they must be run from the command line. Most podcasters are tech savvy, but many are not that accustomed to using the C-prompt. As a public service to all podcasters, I present my method for using these under Windows:
1) First download the software from KevinÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s website; you will need both downloads if you use LibSyn:
2) Unzip and put both executables into the same directory on your computer. I have a directory called, “Logs”, right on the root of my C drive.
3) Download the raw logs from your host. This is sometimes in the control panel (like at Bluehost) or in a directory when accessing your account from an FTP client (for LibSyn, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s in the, “/logs/xml_logs”, directory). Put these files into your, “Logs”, directory.
4) If your logs are zipped, extract them and make sure the file extension is, “.log” (you will most likely have to add this manually). Note that LibSyn logs are not zipped and are ready for step 5 after download.
5) In a text editor such as NotePad, cut and paste in the following command lines:
libsyn-podstats.exe <2005-08.libsyn_log.xml >2005-08_apache.log
podstats.exe -l extended 2005-08_apache.log
Note that these are current as of August 2005 when I am posting this; in future months you will need to change them to reflect the log file naming conventions at the time. Here is the general layout:
libsyn-podstats.exe < [NAME_OF_LIBSYN_LOG].xml >[ NAME_OF_LIBSYN_LOG].log
podstats.exe -l extended [NAME_OF_HOST_LOG].log
6) Fire up the Windows command line by clicking on, “Start>RunÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦”, typing in, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œcmdÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? and pressing, “Enter”. You will be transported back in time to the 1980’s when this was the dominant user interface.
7) Navigate to your, “Logs”, directory by typing the command, “cd c:\Logs” and pressing, “Enter”. You are now the master of the command line 😉
8) Next, go to your NotePad saved command lines and cut and paste the first one into the command prompt (you could also just type this in, but I find the cut and paste method easier). Press, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œEnterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?. You will get another command prompt after a second or two. Note that if you are not using LibSyn, you donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t need do this step, just follow along from step 9.
9) Cut and paste the second command line from your NotePad and press enter. It will process for a while; large logs take up to 30 seconds or so and then you will get your podcast download data.
10) You can just read this from the command line if you want, but I like to save this data for future analysis, so right click your mouse and choose “Select All”. Then click on the upper left of the open window and choose, “Copy”, from the pull down. Paste this into your favorite text editor or word processor and delete all the command line stuff if it bothers you and save for reference.
11) Back at the command line, type, “exit”, and hit, “Enter”, to close the box and you are done!
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Winecast was launched on December 19, 2004 and is the first of several wine and food podcasts. The show is hosted by Tim Elliott, a wine marketer, entrepreneur, adjunct professor of marketing and longtime wine lover. Several podcasts are produced each year that focus on a wine region or grape variety with tasting notes for these wines along with wine product reviews, tasting tips and other wine-related subjects. All the wines featured on the show are purchased by the host at retail, sampled at wine tasting events or provided as samples with full disclosure. The shows run between 15 and 50 minutes in length and can be automatically downloaded with podcasting software or played in a web browser on your computer.
Since the show started, over 90 episodes have been produced and the audience has grown to thousands of listeners from around the world.
I am a member of several affiliate marketing programs to help defray my hosting costs. All proceeds from these activities are used to cover my hosting, bandwidth and wine costs for the podcast. All wines connected with affiliate links are done after the fact and no wines are chosen based upon the value of their affiliate links.
I accept media passes for tastings and other trade events. This will be fully disclosed on all blog posts and/or podcast event coverage. I pay for all my travel and hotel costs myself to cover events out of the Twin Cities area unless otherwise disclosed.
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I am regularly asked about where to taste when in Northern California wine country. So instead of creating an itinerary each time I get asked, I’ll keep a list here that will be updated as I discover new wineries in my travels.
A quick note; the following list is where I would tell friends to visit in wine country based upon my experience. It assumes you are somewhat of a wine enthusiast and have probably already been to the larger wineries who have educational tours and tastings. If not, you should stop at either Robert Mondavi, Beauleau Vineyards or Beringer first to come up to speed before venturing to my selections. With just one of these places visited you will have a basic understanding of the winemaking process and probably feel more comfortable interacting with tasting room staff. Consistent with my disclosure policy, I am omitting wineries I have worked with in my consulting business.