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In this special episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark reviews 3 wines suitable for your Christmas dinner. First up is the Non-vintage De Faveri Prosecco di Treviso. Next is the 2016 Jose Antonio Garcia Bierzo Unculin. Last is the 2006 Kilikanoon Cabernet Sauvignon Blocks Road.

Links for the show:

HiCoup Professional Waiters Corkscrew – this is the wine key Mark uses. This is an affiliate link.

Underground Cellar – One of the places Mark buys a lot of his wines. Use the referral code 1337Wine to give me credit.

De Faveri Spumanti

Jose Antonio Garcia

Kilikanoon

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May I Have a Meomi for Me? - Episode #426 - YouTube

In this episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark reviews one of the most popular, if not the most popular Pinot Noirs out there. The well known Meiomi Pinot Noir.

Link for the show:

Meiomi

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Ports of Call - Episode #425 - YouTube

In this episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark reviews 3 ports sent to him by Michelle Keene of Calhoun Wine. They were intended to be used for Halloween, but someone else got that spot first. Michelle was kind enough to send them anyway. First up is Cockburn’s Special Reserve Ruby Port. Second is Graham’s 10 Year Tawny Port. Finally Mark reviews Dow’s 10 Year Tawny Port.

Links for the show:

Cockburn’s Port

Graham’s Port

Dow’s Port

Symington Family Estates – Owner of all 3 ports.

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Thanksgiving Day Special 2018 - Episode #424 - YouTube

In this special episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark returns for another Thanksgiving Day special. Like last year, Mark bought a holiday 6-pack. However, instead of buying it from an online retailer, he chose to buy it from his favorite wine bar, Hight Street Wine Company, in San Antonio, TX. It’s located in “The Pearl” which is the old Pearl Brewery complex. You should visit it some time.

The three wines are the what you could call the “Big 3” of Thanksgiving wines – Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. First is the 2016 Tatomer Steinhugel Riesling. Second is the 2016 Vasse Felix Felius Chardonnay. And last is the 2017 Domaine Pierre et Jean-Baptiste Lebrueil Bourgogne Rouge.

Links for the show:

Tatomer Wines

Vasse Felix

Domaine Pierre et Jean-Baptiste Lebreuil

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So You Wanna Be A Video Podcaster Version 3 – Audio Equipment – Episode #420 - YouTube

In this episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark covers various audio equipment you may use to create your video podcast. Good audio is as important as video, and maybe even more important. Just as in episode on camera equipment, Mark focuses on the equipment and not on audio editing.

Links for the show:

Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone – This is the mic Mark has. He doesn’t use it very often, but it provides excellent sound quality. It does require batteries.

On Stage SB9600 Tripod Studio Boom Microphone Stand – Not mentioned in the video, but Mark also owns this boom mic stand. He rarely uses it, but if you are looking to use a boom mic closer to you and your talent, this is a good option. Very large, heavy, and not cheap, this will allow you to position a mic above you just like they do in the movies and on TV.

Neewer 3.5mm Hands Free Computer Clip on Mini Lapel Microphone – MAN! have these gone up in price! I bought this 5-pack in 2015 for $6.50 (that’s $1.30 per mic – a little more than the $0.99 per mic I remember). Looking around Amazon shows similar pricing to what this currently sells at. They’re good, but there may be cheaper options out there. These last a long time as mics, though the plastic clip can break.

Neewer Lavalier Recording Condenser Mic, Mini Hands Free Clip-on Lapel Compatible with Apple iPhone Android & Windows Smartphones – Basically the same mic, but can be used with smartphones and has a sturdier metal clip. I have a few of these and I remember these being cheaper too.

Comica XLR Microphone CVM-V02O 14.76 fts Phantom Power Omni-directional XLR Lavalier Lapel Microphone – This is the mic Mark uses with his Zoom H6. This version has a 15′ cable, there is a slightly cheaper version with a 6′ cable.

Azden WMS-PRO Wireless Microphone System – This is the same system Mark bought years ago. It’s not bad for a “budget” wireless system.

Tenergy TN141 2 Bay 9V Smart Charger with 4 pcs Centura Low Self-Discharge 9V NiMH Rechargeable Batteries – The link says it all.

Shure SM58-LC – A general workhorse mic. No cheap, but it’ll last you forever. Mark doesn’t own this one, but he knows it’s reputation.

ZOOM H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder – So, the exact model Mark has is no longer made, but this link will take you too it on Amazon. You’ll see different color options and an option to get the new 2018 version. Back in the day it was $99, now it’s about $15 more.

Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder – This is the recorder Mark currently uses.

Podcast Themes – This is Mark Blasco’s site where he creates theme music. This is where 1337 Wine TV Mark bought his intro music.

ibaudio – One of countless places to buy music.

productiontrax – Another site for music, but you can also get sound effects here.

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So You Wanna Be A Video Podcaster Version 3 - Camera Equipment - Episode #419 - YouTube

In this episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark continues with the 3rd part of his 6-part series on how to do a video podcast. He discusses different types of cameras you can use. Everything from a cellphone to webcams to DSLRs. He covers the advantages and disadvantages of each type of camera and what his preferences are.

Links for the show (links to Amazon are affiliate links. That means I’ll earn fractions of a cent if you buy it from that link):

Mpow Selfie Stick – This is the one in the video.

FiLMiC Pro – A “pro” level video app for iOS and Android.

Eocean 54-Inch Selfie Stick Tripod – This is the super-compact tripod in the video. As of 9/7/18 it wasn’t available. See the link below for what appears to be a duplicate version from another company.

Kwithan Yunteng Selfie Stick Tripod

G-TING Thumb Drive Lightning Memory Stick External Storage – No longer available on Amazon as of 9/7/18 and they don’t have an ETA. I have 2 of these in 32GB capacity. They work fairly well but are sometimes finicky. They all require an app that you download from your app store (iOS and Android). I’ve listed two alternatives below, but I don’t own them. Based upon reviews that are overall better than this one, they SHOULD work about as well as the G-TING.

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive 128GB

HooToo 128GB iPhone iPad Flash Drive USB 3.0 with MFi Lightning Connector

Kingston Bolt USB 3.0 Flash Drive Memory Stick for Apple iPhone & iPads – This is the highest rated of this Lightning USB drives I can find on Amazon.

Moment Lenses and Cases – As of 9/7/18 the iPhone X case isn’t yet available. They say the case will ship mid-September 2018. Their lenses are considered some of the best, and this is where you get the filter adapter for their lenses and then but a lens hood. You can use a lens filter with a lens hood. Most photographers do this with their regular cameras.

Anker PowerCore 20100 – Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology – This is among the highest capacities battery you can buy and legally fly with.

FAQ for Batteries on Planes – This is from the FAA and covers US regulations for all batteries including “Power Banks.” It includes a formula on how to figure out Watt Hours since that’s not normally listed in battery specs.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

iGlasses – MacOS software that allows you to control camera settings for builtin webcams and external cameras.

James the Wine Guy – You should follow him and watch his video wine reviews. He kicks ass.

Fugetek Premium Mini Tripod Phone Mount – This is the mini tripod I mentioned. Works great.

FlipCam Available on Amazon still, but for this price get the video camera I recommend below. This camera is no longer made.

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS – This is the digital camera I have. Bought it used on eBay and it works great. You can save a lot. This link is for Amazon.

Canon VIXIA HF M500 – This is the camera I have. It’s over 6 years old so there are more current options.

Canon VIXIA HF R80 – This is the current version of the Vixia line (as of September 2018)

People on YouTube who are experts in photography and videography that I follow:

Matti Haapoja

Peter McKinnon

DSLR Video Shooter

Parker Walbeck

Jared Polin

Fstoppers

Think Media

Tony & Chelsea Northrup

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So You Wanna Be A Video Podcaster Version 3 - Web Hosting and Video Hosting - Episode #418 - YouTube

In this episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark revisits what it takes to create a video podcast. First, come up with an idea! After that his discusses web hosting and video hosting. This is the second in a 6-part series.

Links for the show:

GoDaddy – This is the service Mark uses, however just about any service out there will suffice. Look for the best deal. Not just initial, but also after the promo period is over.

WordPress – This is the .com and it can be used to host your site

WordPress.org – No hosting here, but they’ll send you to others that do. They have files you can download for Themes, Plugins, and other things

Squarespace – The first host I used.

Wix – Another site similar to Squarespace. I forgot to mention it in the video.

Pressable – This is who I use. Excellent customer service and the plan I’m is the old entry level plan for $25. The current $25 plan only covers 1 site. Their next level up for $45 allows 5 sites and unlimited storage.

Bluehost – Another managed WordPress hosting site.

DreamHost – Yet another managed WordPress hosting site

Google Analytics – Just about everyone uses them.

StatCounter – The first analytics company I used and still use. When I created this post on 8/30/18 it appeared that the site was down. I couldn’t find any mention of them going out of business, so it may have been a glitch. The link is here in case it comes back.

YouTube – Not a place to host podcast videos, but you should be on here anyway.

Vimeo – Same as YouTube as it can’t be used to host podcast video. It’s a popular alternative or supplement to YouTube.

PodBean – This is who I use. They seem to have the most reasonable plan for video hosting.

BluBrry – A popular podcast hosting site that can do video. They also have a separate stats plan you can use along with a WordPress plugin.

Libsyn – One of the most popular podcast hosting sites, though it is better suited for audio rather than video.

Podcast Garden – Another alternative podcast hosting site.

Castos – Yet another podcast hosting company.

Amazon S3 – Not ideal, but it could be used “on the cheap” for a while. Realize that if you get very popular, then it may end up more expensive than the above solutions. It’s really not intended to stream audio or video.

Google Drive – Another alternative. They might have some limitations that may add to the cost. I honestly don’t understand how to use it exactly, but you’re more than welcome to figure it out.

Podcast Feed Validators – This is a link to a Google Search for iTunes Podcast Feed Validators. You need a valid RSS feed in order to use iTunes, and if iTunes accepts it, then everyone else will.

iTunes Connect – This is how you manage your podcast on iTunes. If you don’t already have an Apple ID, then you’ll end up creating one.

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