EP 46 Episode #46: I’m back and Washington State

2003 Woodhouse Hudson Chardonnay

2001 Woodhouse Maghie Merlot

2001 Woodhouse Dussek Cabernet Sauvignon

2000 Woodhouse Darighe

Today Gary Vaynerchuk finally returns from Spain with 4 super wines from Washington State and a few stories!

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Guess I have to make it down to Washington and try these, we need more eye opening episodes like this. Great stuff.

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  • Kevin C

    Hi Gary, Glad to see you’re back.

    Loved the episode as usual and will definitely look into picking up one of these in the near future.

    A quick question. Does “meritage” have any specific varietals that make it up or does it just mean Bordeaux-style wine not from France?

  • Kevin C

    Hi Gary, Glad to see you’re back.

    Loved the episode as usual and will definitely look into picking up one of these in the near future.

    A quick question. Does “meritage” have any specific varietals that make it up or does it just mean Bordeaux-style wine not from France?

  • Steve

    Kevin, see http://www.meritagewine.org for information on meritage blends. For reds, it can be 2 or more of the following varieties with no single variety making up more than 90% of the blend : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, St. Macaire, Gros Verdot, and Carmenere. For whites, it can be Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Vert. Again nothing more than 90%. I’m not affiliated with the association, just a fan of meritages.

  • Steve

    Kevin, see http://www.meritagewine.org for information on meritage blends. For reds, it can be 2 or more of the following varieties with no single variety making up more than 90% of the blend : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, St. Macaire, Gros Verdot, and Carmenere. For whites, it can be Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Vert. Again nothing more than 90%. I’m not affiliated with the association, just a fan of meritages.

  • John

    Hey Kevin,

    I’m sure Gary will answer this, as well, but their are no specific varietals, but it generally a Meritagte is the New World name for the combination of 2 or more of the following: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec( the Bordeaux varietals )……………and sometimes you can even find them with Syrah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Carignan, Garnacha ( Grenache ), Sangiovese, or Nebbiolo in the mix, as well. It was just a name that California winemakers came up with to make their wines sound a little more fancy.

  • John

    Hey Kevin,

    I’m sure Gary will answer this, as well, but their are no specific varietals, but it generally a Meritagte is the New World name for the combination of 2 or more of the following: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec( the Bordeaux varietals )……………and sometimes you can even find them with Syrah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Carignan, Garnacha ( Grenache ), Sangiovese, or Nebbiolo in the mix, as well. It was just a name that California winemakers came up with to make their wines sound a little more fancy.

  • http://www.halcyn.com/ Marc

    Great to have you back Gary! No worries on the missed episodes.
    I really look forward to the upcoming Spain show.

  • http://www.halcyn.com Marc

    Great to have you back Gary! No worries on the missed episodes.
    I really look forward to the upcoming Spain show.

  • GeneV

    Kevin, Red Meritage (pronounced like “heritage”) can be made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, St. Macaire, Gros Verdot, and Carmenere. No single variety may make up more than 90 percent of the blend. See http://www.meritagewine.org.

    Gary, I ordered some of the Merlot, and I am interested to see how it compares to a decent Pomerol. As you know, you can actually buy an 88-90pt Pomerol (obviously not Petrus, Le Pin or Trotanoy) for not that much more than this price.

  • GeneV

    Kevin, Red Meritage (pronounced like “heritage”) can be made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, St. Macaire, Gros Verdot, and Carmenere. No single variety may make up more than 90 percent of the blend. See http://www.meritagewine.org.

    Gary, I ordered some of the Merlot, and I am interested to see how it compares to a decent Pomerol. As you know, you can actually buy an 88-90pt Pomerol (obviously not Petrus, Le Pin or Trotanoy) for not that much more than this price.

  • Sam Zen

    Welcome back! Look forward to the Spanish segments. Is it true that ’05 in Spain was as fabulous as in France?

  • Sam Zen

    Welcome back! Look forward to the Spanish segments. Is it true that ’05 in Spain was as fabulous as in France?

  • http://tv.winelibrary.com/ garyv

    Sam yes the 05’s look amazing but the 04’s were showing so well it was stunning!

  • http://tv.winelibrary.com garyv

    Sam yes the 05’s look amazing but the 04’s were showing so well it was stunning!

  • GeneV

    The Maghie Merlot is thoroughly enjoyable and, you are right, I would have picked it in a blind tasting as coming from the right bank rather than Washington. Nice stuff, though I think you can still get some Cru Bourgeois from ’00 for a better QPR.

  • GeneV

    The Maghie Merlot is thoroughly enjoyable and, you are right, I would have picked it in a blind tasting as coming from the right bank rather than Washington. Nice stuff, though I think you can still get some Cru Bourgeois from ’00 for a better QPR.

  • chito

    Gary, great info. Just saw the Spain episode. Exceptional!!! Had to e-mail the episode to my wife who is a fan of Spanish guitar. Keep up the great work. I never knew that getting educated was so much fun.

  • chito

    Gary, great info. Just saw the Spain episode. Exceptional!!! Had to e-mail the episode to my wife who is a fan of Spanish guitar. Keep up the great work. I never knew that getting educated was so much fun.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    Gary…I never heard of Woodhouse before this episode.

    Steve…that is a fantastic link, one that goes into my favorites for others to see when they ask…thanks!

    B

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    Gary…I never heard of Woodhouse before this episode.

    Steve…that is a fantastic link, one that goes into my favorites for others to see when they ask…thanks!

    B

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bombardier Joel Bombardier

    I am glad that you decited to do an episode focusing on Washington Wines. While I am biased, beause I am from Seattle, I KNOW that Washington produces some fine (and I mean like fiiine) wines.

    I am sure you are packed with plans when you come back, but I for one would really love, and appreciate, an episode focusing on Washington wines. You could consiter focusing on a region (like Walla Walla) or doing a hodge-podge of fines from around the state (dont forget deLille). Well, good luck, I hope you get this, and send some love over to your fans in the North West.

    cheers,
    Joel

    ps. I am sipping a Walla Walla Vinters cuvee right now, and its amazing.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bombardier Joel Bombardier

    I am glad that you decited to do an episode focusing on Washington Wines. While I am biased, beause I am from Seattle, I KNOW that Washington produces some fine (and I mean like fiiine) wines.

    I am sure you are packed with plans when you come back, but I for one would really love, and appreciate, an episode focusing on Washington wines. You could consiter focusing on a region (like Walla Walla) or doing a hodge-podge of fines from around the state (dont forget deLille). Well, good luck, I hope you get this, and send some love over to your fans in the North West.

    cheers,
    Joel

    ps. I am sipping a Walla Walla Vinters cuvee right now, and its amazing.

  • KAHUNA

    So- how is that taping things to have on file going?

  • KAHUNA

    So- how is that taping things to have on file going?

  • David Canada

    I have gotta explore Washington…need to get to the states though to do it.

  • David Canada

    I have gotta explore Washington…need to get to the states though to do it.

  • WA Ambassador

    Go Washington Wines!!! Have you tasted many wines from the Red Mountains in WA? They have some excellent varieties there. The grapes love that area. I don’t know of a specific label off hand, but I can dig one up for you and share it with you.

  • WA Ambassador

    Go Washington Wines!!! Have you tasted many wines from the Red Mountains in WA? They have some excellent varieties there. The grapes love that area. I don’t know of a specific label off hand, but I can dig one up for you and share it with you.

  • The Fanjestic

    Can you imagine if you were gone that long now?

  • The Fanjestic

    Can you imagine if you were gone that long now?

  • Dan Leavy

    word 46 “NJ,”

  • Dan Leavy

    word 46 “NJ,”

  • Jean Rabe

    Would love to see review of Preston Wines from Washington State and Alice White Lexia (which seems to be a local favorite). Years ago we could buy Preston in the supermarkets in Washington.

    jean in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

  • Jean Rabe

    Would love to see review of Preston Wines from Washington State and Alice White Lexia (which seems to be a local favorite). Years ago we could buy Preston in the supermarkets in Washington.

    jean in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

  • John__J

    You keep this up Gary, I almost won’t have to look for new wines on my own anymore. You are the first person I’ve heard from on the Woodhouse winery. I’d bet that if you did a vin jaune or charbono tasting you’d be giving alot of people their first exposure to those as well.

  • John J.

    You keep this up Gary, I almost won’t have to look for new wines on my own anymore. You are the first person I’ve heard from on the Woodhouse winery. I’d bet that if you did a vin jaune or charbono tasting you’d be giving alot of people their first exposure to those as well.

  • corkscrew

    Never heard of any of these…but they sure sound good. http://www.winelx.com

  • Anonymous

    Guess I have to make it down to Washington and try these, we need more eye opening episodes like this. Great stuff.

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