Rewards for Logging Wines. Friends of Rutherford Hill.

June 23, 2011

Friends of Rutherford HillHow do you like the sexy badges awarded on the site when you log wines? Did you know that they aren’t just eye candy? Many of the badges come with rewards.

Many badges will reward you with free shipping at the winery website or 10-30% off your order. Others will link to downloadable ringtones or tickets to wine events.

Log and wishlist some Rutherford Hill wines to earn the Friends of Rutherford Hills badge.

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VinPass Has Launched

June 3, 2011

VinPass

If you use this site at all, you’ve noticed the VinPass badges that are awarded to you when you rate or log certain wines. This feature has been in beta for a few months now, but is finally officially “launched”.

To view all the VinPass badges in play at WineLog, visit the badges page.

VinPass is a cross-site platform, working with the Drync and Hello Vino apps/sites. The launch has gotten some good press on ReadWriteWeb, 1WineDude, and other blogs.

We’re proud to be in such good company, and we look forward to what the future holds for this platform.

Let me know what you think of the feature. If you have suggestions. Which badges are you most excited about? (Some offer prizes)

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Unfiltered #3 – HR5034 and Craig Wolf Puppet

November 22, 2010

Paul Maybray of VinTank gives a nice overview of HR5034. That’s a bill in Congress that would add even more restrictions on shipping wine, which we’ve covered before. Safe to say, it’s a bad bill for wine lovers (but a good bill for distributors with lots of lobbying money, so we’ll see how it turns out).

Paul chats with a puppet version of Craig Wolf, who is CEO of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). Just watch. It will make sense, and you’ll have more insight into this mess.

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More info, including sources for the Craig Wolf quotes, on the VinTank blog.

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Looking for Feedback RE Our Recent Email Offers

June 7, 2010

We’ve been getting more and more offers for advertising to our mailing list. We try to send just one email per week to the mailing list. Currently we have what I think is a good opportunity to test some of our recommendation algorithms and also different formats for these offers, so I’ve been sending quite [...]

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1 Wine Dude on Cahors Malbec

May 22, 2010

While I struggle to get my hands on a single bottle of the stuff to drink, 1 Wine Dude is actually in Cahors France (for the International Malbec Days festival going on) tasting and pondering on the Cahors marketing push. The dude concludes (emphasis his): Ignoring the discussion of whether or not enough Cahors wine [...]

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About Our Sponsor: Pairings.com

April 13, 2010

The domain sounds like it could be used for a dating site, but Pairings.com focuses around a different kind of marriage: good food, good wine, and good music.

There is some really great music, video, and interviews on the site, with full performances by Dave Matthews and John Legend as well as some great background music by those two during the other videos.

In the food realm, Tom Colicchio of Top Chef fame provides interesting chatter, and John Besh (who I’m not familiar with, but is referenced as the owner of about a half dozen restaurants) talks over some great, drool-inducing, photographs. Food porn galore.

Representing Constellation Brands and the “Wine” third of things is Genevieve Jansses from Mondavi Winery and Susan Lueker of Simi Winery.

If any of that sounds interesting to you, take a look at the website at pairings.com. Or go directly the view more information on their events in Napa and New York.

Read on here to see my own dream team line up for an imaginary Philadelphia Pairings event.

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Are Your Perfect for This Wine? Help WineLog

April 3, 2009

mystery-wineI’ve received a free sample for some wine that is … simply … awesome. It’s really good stuff. I’m sure that 90% of your would like this wine. It’s that good.

I considered just sending an email to our users asking you to buy some, but I’ve promised wine producers that WineLog can do better than that. I’ve promised that we can find the top 1% of WineLog members who would absolutely love this wine.

Are you one of the top 1% of WineLog members perfect for this wine? Help us find out.

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Listen to dr_XeNo on Wine Biz Radio!

January 2, 2009

I’m listening now. Great podcast… taped during the 2008 North American Wine Bloggers Conference this past October.

So listen to dr_XeNo on Wine Biz Radio. Also on the podcast are Philip James, Alice Feiring, and Judd Wallenbrock.

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