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Automatic "Content Channel" Integration

Dating back to October, 2005, CellarTracker has featured fully automated integration of professional reviews from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. More recently in October, 2007, this facility was expanded to include several new publications (as well as under-the-covers changes to make the addition of new 'Content Channels' rather straightforward. Since that point we have regularly added new channels from professionals, bloggers and anyone generating interesting, unique, professional content. Generally speaking to be eligible for a channel, the publication in question should have at least 1,000 wine reviews as well as either its own website or a regular newsletter.

These channels required paid subscriptions directly to the publication in question and subsequent 'activation' on the CellarTracker side:

These channels are pre-integrated for all users:

Users can manually add PRO REVIEWS (private) for these publications:

All content channels can be managed here: http://www.cellartracker.com/getcontent.asp

As of September, 2010, all users see the presence of all reviews, but some scores, review text and drinking windows (if published) are only presented based on rules established by the content authors. This is described here. Any channel can be suppressed if you are not interested in the content or have no interest in subscribing.

Questions on All Paid Channels

Q: I'm looking at a wine in CellarTracker that should have a professional review, but I don't see one. What can I do?
A: We have mapped nearly all of the reviews provided to us by our partners. That said, we could easily have some erroneous mappings or duplicates on the CellarTracker side. If you see anything that seems like an error, the best thing to do is to post a note on the Errors & Corrections forum. Please include the wine names as they appear in the other publication and on CellarTracker and ideally the links to those web pages. Mappings are very easy for us to correct or add, so with your help we can resolve such errors very quickly.

Q: Does sorting and filtering work?
A: You can sort your cellar by the score from a given publication, but currently filtering is not supported for automatically integrated reviews.

Q: What information is transmitted when I click to sign-up?
A: No personal information is transferred between CellarTracker and the 3rd party site. Rather, CellarTracker sends your anonymous user ID, and, if you successfully log in as a subscriber to the 3rd party site, that site responds with the expiration date for your subscription. NOTE: The exceptions to this are John Gilman's View From the Cellar, Brad Baker's The Champagne Warrior and Gregory S. Walter's PinotReport where your email address IS explicitly used as the identifying key and is manually exchanged between CellarTracker and the content publishers. Also, Burghound conducts quarterly audits of the names and emails of those CellarTracker users who have activated Burghound content.

Q: Will you do this sort of integration with other publications like the Wine Advocate or the Wine Spectator?
A: It is certainly our hope to provide as many choices as possible to wine lovers, and in that spirit we are indeed in discussions with a number of content providers. Stephen Tanzer's IWC was the first publication to offer this sort of integration, and for that we offer our kudos to Steve for showing the vision to collaborate in this innovative way! Roy Hersh's For The Love of Port was integrated as of late October, 2007. I am very excited to welcome Allen Meadows in October, 2009 and Jancis Robinson in December, 2009. We have also had ongoing discussions in the past with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate as well as the Wine Spectator, but neither of these publications is interested in having their content exposed on other websites (even to legitimate, paying users). You can of course share your desires and wishes with these publications, and perhaps someday they might change their tune.

Integration with Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (IWC)

Q: Do I need to remain subscribed to IWC to keep seeing content in CellarTracker?
A: Yes. If your IWC subscription lapses, the IWC content will be hidden on CellarTracker.

Q: I renewed my subscription on the IWC site, but CellarTracker doesn't seem to know about that. Why not?
A: If you recently renewed or extended your IWC subscription, simply go to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the UPDATE button to fetch your current expiration date for your subscription to the IWC.

Q: I don't subscribe to IWC, but I suddenly see IWC scores in my cellar list. Why?
A: Through special collaboration with IWC, CellarTracker is able to present review scores (bu tnot text) for a wine to paying members (donating in the last 12 months) of the CellarTracker community. If you subsequently subscribe to IWC online, you will see all of the reviews as well as the review text.

Q: Before signing up for the IWC automatic integration, I had manually copied and pasted a number of reviews into the Professional Reviews space. What happens to hand-entered reviews?
A: CellarTracker provides a basic facility to allow users to store reviews for their own personal use. This is different and somewhat overlapping with the new, automatic integration. However, as of October, 2007 no reviews are filtered, so content you manually enter may duplicate pre-integrated content. All manually entered professional reviews remain in the system and will return if your IWC subscription lapses.

Q: How long after a new issue of IWC will it be before reviews appear in CellarTracker?
A: IWC provides reviews to us within 14 days of a new issue. The mapping process for an issue (typically with ~1,700 tasting notes) takes us from 1-3 days. So you should see full integration of a new IWC issue about 2-3 weeks after a review is posted on the IWC website.

Q: If I search for all wines from a producer, why can't I see IWC scores?
A: To respect the wishes of IWC, users on CellarTracker can only see IWC scores in list views when they are looking at a query focused only on their own cellar. Broad querying of IWC reviews is best done on the www.internationalwinecellar.com website.

Q: How much does an IWC subscription cost?
A: IWC currently offers 6 and 12 month subscriptions with choices for online and/or print access. To be eligible to see content in CellarTracker you must have an IWC subscription. The latest rates are posted here.

Q: I just registered for the IWC, but I don't see the reviews in CellarTracker. What do I need to do to turn this on?
A: Just browse to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the SIGNUP button.

Integration with Antonio Galloni's Vinous

Q: Do I need to remain subscribed to Vinous to keep seeing content in CellarTracker?
A: Yes. If your Vinous subscription lapses, the Vinous content will be hidden on CellarTracker.

Q: I just subscribed to Vinous, but I don’t see the reviews in CellarTracker. What do I need to do to turn this on? Or I renewed my subscription on the Vinous site, but CellarTracker doesn't seem to know about that. Why not?
A: If you recently renewed or extended your Vinous subscription, simply go to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the UPDATE button to fetch your current expiration date for your online subscription to Vinous.

Q: How long after a review is published on Vinous will it be before reviews appear in CellarTracker?
A: Our goal is to integrate content from Vinous on a quarterly basis.

Q: How much does a subscription to Vinous cost?
A: Vinous subscriptions start at $120/year with premium and commercial options. The latest rates are posted here.

Integration with Allen Meadows' Burghound.com

Q: Do I need to remain subscribed to Burghound to keep seeing content in CellarTracker?
A: Yes. If your Burghound subscription lapses, the Burghound content will be hidden on CellarTracker.

Q: I just subscribed to Burghound, but I don’t see the reviews in CellarTracker. What do I need to do to turn this on? Or I renewed my subscription on the Burghound site, but CellarTracker doesn't seem to know about that. Why not?
A: If you recently renewed or extended your Burghound subscription, simply go to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the UPDATE button to fetch your current expiration date for your online subscription to Burghound.com.

Q: How long after a new quarterly issue of Burghound will it be before reviews appear in CellarTracker?
A: You should assume a 2-3 week turnaround.

Q: How much does a subscription to Burghound cost?
A: Burghound is currently $125/year with multi-year discounts. The latest rates are posted here.

Integration with Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

Q: Do I need to remain subscribed to Purple Pages to keep seeing content in CellarTracker?
A: Yes. If your Purple Pages subscription lapses, the Purple Pages content will be hidden on CellarTracker.

Q: I renewed my subscription on the Purple Pages site, but CellarTracker doesn't seem to know about that. Why not?
A: If you recently renewed or extended your Purple Pages subscription, simply go to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the UPDATE button to fetch your current expiration date for your online subscription to Purple Pages.

Q: How frequently will new reviews appear in CellarTracker?
A: Unlike other critics, the writers for Purple Pages are constantly adding reviews and articles on a daily basis. We integrate new reviews every 3-6 months.

Q: How much does a subscription to Purple Pages cost?
A: £69 (approximately $109) annually or £6.99 (about $11) monthly. For more details see here.

Q: I just subscribed to Purple Pages, but I don’t see the reviews in CellarTracker. What do I need to do to turn this on?
A: Just browse to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the CLICK TO SIGNUP button.

Integration with Roy Hersh's For The Love of Port (FTLOP)

Q: Do I need to remain subscribed to FTLOP to keep seeing content in CellarTracker?
A: Yes. If your FTLOP Partnership Program online subscription lapses, the FTLOP content will be hidden on CellarTracker.

Q: I renewed my subscription on the FTLOP site, but CellarTracker doesn't seem to know about that. Why not?
A: If you recently renewed or extended your FTLOP subscription, simply go to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the UPDATE button to fetch your current expiration date for your online subscription to the FTLOP.

Q: How long after a new issue of FTLOP will it be before reviews appear in CellarTracker?
A: FTLOP provides reviews to us on a quarterly basis. The mapping process for an issue takes us a day. So you should see new FTLOP content on a quarterly basis.

Q: How much does a FTLOP subscription cost?
A: FTLOP is currently $59/year. To be eligible to see full review content in CellarTracker you must have an some sort of subscription. The latest rates are posted here.

Q: I just registered for a FTLOP Subscription, but I don’t see the reviews in CellarTracker. What do I need to do to turn this on?
A: Just browse to the Manage Subscriptions page and press the CLICK TO SIGNUP button.