EP 42 Episode #42 – How to taste wine.

2001 Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah

In todays episode Gary Vaynerchuk tackles the one question he gets e-mailed the most about. This may very well be the one episode that everyone will be talking about.

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Evan Henderson

You should absolutely visit Virginia Tech this semester!

Tags: palate, Tasting, Video, wine education, Wine Tasting

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  • GR8wine

    Hey Gary,
    Do you even know about comments posted on old episodes?
    I originally missed this one but I agree it’s a classic and am glad you had MOTT, LINK IT UP.
    I’ve had many extended discussions with experienced wine tasters I highly regard and it’s interesting to hear their perspective on tasting. Some hold a philosophy and process very close to what you described on this episode but I’ve encountered almost an equal number who describe their tasting technique differently. It may seem subtle but it’s one that is quite different in the mechanics (and something you’ve referenced many times in later episodes). They split the palate into front, mid, and aft according to locations of flavors on the tongue and in the mouth. So they are using location of flavors as a differentiator as opposed to “time” as you did in this episode. As mentioned earlier, you have often referenced location in the palate but you generally use the term “focus” when you do so. Can you comment on this?
    By the way — I’m a HUGE student of wine and exploring all aspects. Your show obviously exhorts the exploration of the wine world, so I was an immediate fan.

    BTW – heard you were coming our way (Winery at La Grange, VA) on 23 Aug — can’t wait!!!!

  • David Ziemba

    Just rewatched this and it is obviously such an important episode for newbies to people who have watched “forever”. Brings so many things which are important to the forefront and to make sure you focus…I am trying to analyze everything I eat now…to the annoyance of those non vayniacs around me
    Dave

  • David Ziemba

    Just rewatched this and it is obviously such an important episode for newbies to people who have watched “forever”. Brings so many things which are important to the forefront and to make sure you focus…I am trying to analyze everything I eat now…to the annoyance of those non vayniacs around me
    Dave

  • Dan Leavy

    epic episode

    word 42 “Wine”

  • Dan Leavy

    epic episode

    word 42 “Wine”

  • Casey Lee

    great video . great video. thanks gary !

  • Casey Lee

    great video . great video. thanks gary !

  • David

    Several episodes such as #42 and #125 (I think) will not work while others do. I would like to hear some of the basics and cannot seem to get them.

    Any ideas?

  • David

    Several episodes such as #42 and #125 (I think) will not work while others do. I would like to hear some of the basics and cannot seem to get them.

    Any ideas?

  • Aaron

    woohoo!

  • Aaron

    woohoo!

  • Dominic

    wine

  • Dominic

    wine

  • http://www.wine-4-beginners.com/ Bobbie Smith

    Man, I wish I could embed this. Is there anyway I could get the code to do that? For now, I just created a link in a pop up here. I am totally addicted and can’t wait to get my wine for the wine club. Pretty soon, my site is going to look like a Vayniac fan club. I am a wino so I guess it’s excusable. It just cracks me up. Ok, I am going to stop babbling now.

  • http://www.wine-4-beginners.com Bobbie Smith

    Man, I wish I could embed this. Is there anyway I could get the code to do that? For now, I just created a link in a pop up here. I am totally addicted and can’t wait to get my wine for the wine club. Pretty soon, my site is going to look like a Vayniac fan club. I am a wino so I guess it’s excusable. It just cracks me up. Ok, I am going to stop babbling now.

  • looper

    This is comment #2
    My last comment (on episode 674) was asking for this episode and now I feel dumb. Great show, thanks for explaining.

  • looper

    This is comment #2
    My last comment (on episode 674) was asking for this episode and now I feel dumb. Great show, thanks for explaining.

  • HokieGirl

    Thanks for this great episode! It'd be great to have you speak at Virginia Tech!

  • drummehr

    Gary you are awesome! Come to Virginia Tech to show us how it's done!

  • Jessica

    Gary! The only thing that would have made this better would have been if you were speaking in my wine class at Virginia Tech! Think about it… :)

  • http://twitter.com/wHammes Wade Hammes

    It really would be cool to see you speak at Virginia Tech our our Geography of Wine class!

  • beach hokie

    Yes!! Please come to our class at Virginia Tech! It would help us out a lot.

  • vt4garyv

    Gary!! Come to Virginia Tech before the semester is over and speak at our geography of wine class!!! Over 500 students at VT watch your show 2 times a week so you definitely have a huge following!!! Hope to see you soon!

  • thecockpit

    My roommates and I are using your techniques, great advice! You should come to Virginia Tech to teach our wine class.

  • KC

    Come cleanse your pallet at VA Tech and stop by our wine cellar- if anything the people here are where its at!!

  • stumpjump

    Awesome show! You should come out to VT to our Geography of Wine class this semester and give us some tips in person!

  • mdhokie

    Come to Virginia Tech! Be great to see you speak in person!

  • thechaser

    That was a great rundown of the fundamentals of wine tasting and I'm wondering if our professor, John Boyer, is just as crazy about wine as you are. If you made your way to Virginia Tech we could get to the bottom of this via a “taste-off”

  • corkscrew

    Good episode, I too agree that the whole art of drinking wine is undervalued, I enjoy looking at color, the smell and the magic of discovering what comes out from the bottle taste wise. I have not had the Eaglepoint Syrah but am a big fan of their 2005 Petit Syrah. http://www.winelx.com

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  • http://twitter.com/parktrotscb sarah bennett

    really enjoyed the video! I have never taken the time to really taste the wine so that was a new and really enjoyable experience…come to Virginia Tech!!! Also give Leatherwood wine (South Africa) a try, it’s definitely my new favorite

  • Anonymous

    Good job on making the basics easy to understand and simple. Still not very influenced by color personally though

  • http://www.facebook.com/ejbrus Erica Jane

    Thanks for the video! I have always enjoyed wine and this was so helpful in teaching me how to fully appreciate the flavors in the wine I’m drinking. Come to Virginia Tech, those of us in Boyer’s class would love to talk (and drink) with you in person!

  • Anonymous

    Does Boyer watch WLTV too and if so what is his Handle

  • Anonymous

    is always important to know how to taste if your gonna expand your palate. Great foundation show, def need to be done

  • Anonymous

    is always important to know how to taste if your gonna expand your palate. Great foundation show, def need to be done

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Caron/1340400100 Daniel Caron

    hey gary! you should come down to blacksburg and show the virginia tech geography of wine class a thing or two about how to drink the wine we are learning about!!

  • Anonymous

    so beneficial! Thanks, Gary!

  • Evan Henderson

    You should absolutely visit Virginia Tech this semester!

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