1. Wine Clubs: What the Hell is a Wine Club?

    For over 3 years I worked in wine hospitality selling wine clubs. More often than not I found myself trying to explain to consumers why they even exist and, more importantly, why anyone should join one. In this 3 part series I will try to revisit those conversations.…


  2. Your Daily “Wine Fact.” It starts with education.

    I’m happy to announce that my 2nd Alexa app has been approved called Yno Wine Facts. It has much of the same info as Wine Trivia (which I announced last week), but just in a daily fact format vs. a quiz.…


  3. The YnoGuy Part 2. Starting with... Alexa?

    Four years ago I started this blog as part of a major change in my life. I never mentioned this in previous blogs, but I was once a software developer/designer. In particular, I built Flash applications. For 10 years I worked as a private contractor for brands like Levis, Williams-Sonoma, Lexus, and HBO. However when Flash died, so did my business.…


  1. Yno Tasting

    If you want to learn more of what you like about wine and make better buying choices, do what the pros do, taste wine blind. Yno Tasting is a platform that helps hosts taste wines with friends. YT helps create your party, invite guests, and record their ratings and comments via mobile devices or Alexa. YT makes it easy and fun to discover your wine palate!…


  2. Yno Wine Trivia

    What “non-existent” wine did Ellen Barkin offer Matt Damon in Oceans 13? Where does Gruner Veltliner come from? These questions and more are answered by Yno Wine Trivia. A fun Alexa skill to play with friends or study for WSET, Sommelier, or CSW tests.…


  3. Bloc Chat

    No software education would be complete without a chat app. This was the first project in my education at Bloc.io where I wrote my own CSS. Subsequently, I probably spent more time on that than the actual programming.…


  4. Bloc Jams

    As part of the Bloc.io AngularJS curriculum I had to build a javascript music player. For extra credit I decided to try and explore integrating Spotify’s API.…


  5. Yno Club Companion

    Do you know a “cruiser?” A cruiser is someone who frequently goes on cruise ship vacations. After working in wine hospitality for 3 years I came up with the term clubbers. Clubbers are people who belong to 2 or more wine clubs. I've met individuals who belong to as many as 7! And all clubbers have the same complaint–managing all their club accounts. So naturally, I set out to develop a software to solve that problem.…


  6. Secret Santa

    My family traditionally does secret Santa. Trouble is, we all live in different locations, so its hard for us to secretly distribute giftees to their giftors. So naturally, I set to creating an app. Seemed easy enough, but my family is not entirely trustworthy. To make sure there was no cheating, rather than show them their giftee on a website, I used the Twilio gem to text it to them.…


  7. Blocipedia

    This Wikipedia-inspired Ruby-on-Rails project was part of my curriculum at Bloc.io. In this project I learned a lot about user authentication and authorization using Ruby Gems Devise and Pundit. In addition, I got to play some more with Stripe’s API. All of this will come in handy when developing my Yno Club Companion.…