jamie goode's wine blog: Late night wine with the wineanorak, episode 1

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Late night wine with the wineanorak, episode 1

Here's my first attempt at video blogging. Whaddya think? Go easy on me, I'm still learning...


At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Drew McKinney said...

Nice, thanks! Looking forward to future episodes. Audio was a little quiet but was fine with earphones.

At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Dale Cruse said...

The camera is looking down at you, causing you to have to look up. Try adjusting it so you're looking more directly into it.

The video sputtered and died just after you poured the second wine.

Good start. I look forward to seeing more.


At 3:53 AM, Blogger winecast said...

Brilliant, Jamie!

Nice start. Keep them coming without channeling your inner-Gary, which you avoided here ;-)

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Not a bad effort! I did wonder, though, what the video was giving me that the normal text doesn't.

A couple of suggestions:

1) Put the names/vintages/prices of the wines on you're talking about - either as subtitles or in the text of the blog.

2) Get a lavalier mic (eg. a Giant Squid) quite expensive, but good quality sound is as important as the video quality.

3) Consider some more interesting lighting.

You could pick up tips from various video forums. eg. http://www.pana3ccduser.com/

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Did not work in South Africa!!

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Gabriel said...

Enjoyable, makes a change from only having text, and (I assume) we're getting your immediate impressions - I don't know how much you wordsmith when you're writing tasting notes. Or had you tasted them before you did the recording?

I agree with Alex's suggestion about including information about the wines - maybe a close-up of the labels would be helpful but you'll need someone operating the camera for that.

Audio was fine for me.

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is silly to taste Chianti without the context of food, maybe those new world wines, but not Chianti.

Video was fine, easy to remedy the lighting and sound.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Just thought of another idea - you could try getting someone else along to discuss the wines with (how about that nice Portuguese lady, I forget her name...). Or is that exactly NOT the point of what you're doing? ;-)

BTW - I get the impression (from the fill-levels) that you had previously tasted these wine. And in a funny way I found this confusing, almost as though you were pretending that they were "unseen".

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous colmanstephenson said...

1) I was sceptical about this: what could audio/video add to a well-written commentary on a wine? Its not as though the flavours can be imparted over the net (yet!).

But I confess actually found it interesting. The video demonstrated which aspects of the wine were assessed on the nose, and which on the palette.

You could spend a little discussin the characteristics of each wine.

2) i had difficulty hearing. Definitely invest in a mike.

Looking forward to the next installment.

3) You seemed a little embarrassed discussing the wine you liked least. Although it was clear why you didn't like it, I felt you were holding back which inhibited your commentary of the reasons you didn't like it.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your computer looks in danger, do you worry about spilling wine on it? It happened to me and wrote off the machine.

At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Robert said...


The delivery of tasting notes via video isn't playing to the medium's strengths. I could read your notes in about a squillionth of the time the video lasts.

Best kept for interviews, locale shots and rants.

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Alastair said...

Very reserved, very English, very nice.
But where is that accent from? Despite your protestations to being a City fan from Manchester, have I rumbled you? Are you really are from posh Cheshire?

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Bertrand said...

Good try, nice to see you...
For more visual exchanges it could be nice if you tasted the wine with some other wine amateur sitting near you, because bouncing opinions on a wine help making the description of the whole picture.

At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Philip said...

On wine, well, you know a lot more than me. On tv production, that's my subject. For lighting, here's a cheap tip. Get some heavily patterned wrapping paper, which usually has a shiny white back, and cover the half of the table nearest the camera with it, white side up. You may need some sellotape to stop it rolling itself up. It'll bounce some light up into your face, and onto the bottle labels too.
I disagree with Dale, looking slightly up is better for, ahem, people with high foreheads.
A true lavalier mike is a bit of a luxury for video blogging, but you can buy an Olympus tie clip mike (clip it to a shirt buttonhole, and stuff the wire down the inside of yr t-shirt and out at the wait) from Amazon for less than 20, or, if you are feeling flush, a good Sony one for about double that. It will make the sound much less "echo-y"

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Julian said...

Fair play to you for actually doing it... we've been thinking about this for a while, but can't decide how you follow WLTV when you're mild and English and reticent and can't run to hiring anyone comely or flamboyant or both to do the job. Still can't decide, but I look forward to the next episodes!

At 10:10 AM, Blogger billn said...

Despite my reservations Jamie - actually rather good. You clearly look relaxed and come across well.


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