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NoteFinder – A Sneak Preview

a new type of search engine
I’m very happy with what I have sofar – my developer has done a great interpretation job.

Unfortunately I have an even bigger ‘content’ job ahead of me.

The NoteFinder links to lots of other potentially useful things such as appellation factsheets, producer websites and profiles within Burgundy-Report – and that’s not all!

This all means (of-course) that I have no time left to eat or drink!

Note Finder and Outages

It all seemed to be going so well – site was migrated, note-finder database coming along ‘swimmingly’ – all was well.

Then last week my ‘hosters’ had some harddisk malfunctions and the site was gone for almost 2 days – then bits were missing and the stats still don’t work. Not really a fine start…

Anyway, I expect a bit of ‘beta testing’ for some poor unsuspecting ‘friends’ at the end on next week and going live at the end of the month. Gotta have a target!

Cheers, Bill

Update Page

This update page is now just-about up-to-scratch. Forward to the database for tasting notes (and more!) which is already running on a test-server – scary!
Cheers, Bill

Phase 1 Success.

I’m sat in a lounge at the airport, and if you’re reading this, then the server-switch was a success – everything seems okay.

Perhaps not a very challenging phase 1 then! Phase two is the database development, phase 3 is the implementation. I’ll get a few friends to roadtest (crash?) phase 3 as soon as it’s up and running – I’m thinking May…

Now just 12 hours on a plane to Zürich to get through; it was Harry Potter and the goblet of fire on the way out, I wonder what civilisation advancing entertainment I’ll get on the return. 😉

New Reference Pages – Burgundy’s Grapes

The page on Burgundy’s grape varieties is finally up here – it was a busy week, so quite slow progress.

Had a meeting with the developers for my tasting-note finder – sounds easy – I just need a new web-host, to develop something in .NET and update it with microsoft access. All very easy apparently…

Now I go to China for 9 days hoping that nothing breaks down in the meantime!

Feeds links

Finally got the feed links sorted out (I think!) – they weren’t working before as they should. It’s possible to see the updates via ‘feedburner’ or by-far the easiest route – but only if you use Firefox – is by clicking the feed icon which appears on the browser’s address-line (when you view the Burgundy-Report homepage. This adds a link to the bookmarks that shows if the site has been updated – very elegant and easy.

Must get back to writing about Burgundy’s 8 allowed grape varieties!

New Reference Pages – Segmenting the Region

New page that segments by region the areas that together are called burgundy. Also updated (mainly style-wise) are the following:
Wine Making
A-Z of Appellations
The Map Resource
Weights & Measures
Profiled Producers
That’s enough for today!

New Reference Pages – History

The history page is up and running – more of an almanac really.
Am at the same time working on the databse info for the ‘Note Finder’ which should find a lot more than notes!
Cheers, Bill

New Reference Pages – Introduction

8th April 2006. A short introduction with a few nice remarks from Neal Martin that I will probably expand at my (occasional) leisure.

A New Reference

4th April 2006. I noted a problem with the mac browser that my older pages did not display correctly – seemingly not a problem with the index pages, or content pages from the ‘reports’ – but basically all the reference pages were implicated. So this is where I’m starting.

The new main reference page is updated in the new index style. Content to follow.

Site Stats Q1 2006

Still haven’t managed 500 unique visitors in a day, but it’s getting closer – 463. It seems that readers are tasting-note junkies – these pages continue to draw that largest crowds, de Vogue continues it’s run as the most directly referred to page, whereas the equally ‘hard-work’ Hospices de Beaune feature has sunk without trace – maybe I should think again about doing something on the Hospice de Nuits!

Included for the first time a note on the index page to the most interesting three wines of the previous months

Cheers, Bill

Spring 2006 Report

The Spring Report is finally up and running. A look at ~100 wines from 2004, amongst notes on the DRC 2003’s, a focus on the village of Puligny, likewise a look at the trials and new prospects for Beaujolais and last but not least, a profile of the Clos de Tart and Maison Boisset plus all the usual stuff.

Let me know if there is something particularly irksome or enjoyable.
Thanks, Bill

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