EP 51 Episode #51: Gary Vaynerchuk tastes the wines of Raymond

2003 Raymond Reserve Chardonnay

2002 Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Gary welcomes Walter Raymond from Raymond vineyards. One of the great California wineries makes it’s latest reserve selections available for gary to comment on. Watch as there is a huge surprise at the end of the show.

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i dont know what the whole story is but: i remember a story about Philip Togni talking about his neighbors and then he mumbled something like “look down there you can see Raymond vineyard with there young vines and the money they got from the Japanese! i just found it hilarious!!!

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  • Sam Zen

    Nice guy. Too bad for the corked cabsauv. It appears like a consistent, can’t go wrong, appelation. Thanks for great story Raymond- I look forward to your wines in DC.

  • Sam Zen

    Nice guy. Too bad for the corked cabsauv. It appears like a consistent, can’t go wrong, appelation. Thanks for great story Raymond- I look forward to your wines in DC.

  • Buddy

    I’ve tried wonderful wines from Raymond, but my last experience with their wines was with a rep that was tasting with my local shop. Out of eight wines, three were corked. Need to worry?

  • Buddy

    I’ve tried wonderful wines from Raymond, but my last experience with their wines was with a rep that was tasting with my local shop. Out of eight wines, three were corked. Need to worry?

  • Mike

    This was an entertaining episode that unfortunately ended somewhat abruptly. I felt the corked wine issue was left hanging in the air like, well, like the musty stench of wet newspapers. I tried an ’02 Raymond cab a few weeks ago and it, too, was corked… incidentally, it’s not so funny when you don’t have another bottle to open and you have to drive several miles to your local wine shop for a replacement.
    Gary should have pressed Mr. Raymond to confront this problem or at least give his opinion about alternative bottle closures.

  • Mike

    This was an entertaining episode that unfortunately ended somewhat abruptly. I felt the corked wine issue was left hanging in the air like, well, like the musty stench of wet newspapers. I tried an ’02 Raymond cab a few weeks ago and it, too, was corked… incidentally, it’s not so funny when you don’t have another bottle to open and you have to drive several miles to your local wine shop for a replacement.
    Gary should have pressed Mr. Raymond to confront this problem or at least give his opinion about alternative bottle closures.

  • http://lleichtman.org/ Lawrence Leichtman

    How weird. I had a 2002 Raymond cab last week at a wine tasting that was also corked. I’m seeing more corked wines coming out of California than ever previously.

  • http://lleichtman.org Lawrence Leichtman

    How weird. I had a 2002 Raymond cab last week at a wine tasting that was also corked. I’m seeing more corked wines coming out of California than ever previously.

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

    I’ve had TONS of Raymond in the past and can’t ever remember a corked bottle. I hope it’s not a trend. Has anyone had a corked Raymond over the last couple of months? I’m not drinking it as much as I used to, so now I’m curious.

    B

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

    I’ve had TONS of Raymond in the past and can’t ever remember a corked bottle. I hope it’s not a trend. Has anyone had a corked Raymond over the last couple of months? I’m not drinking it as much as I used to, so now I’m curious.

    B

  • http://www.tomschmid.com/ Lars

    A corked bottle. Wonderful. Love it.

    Thank for the description. I had a wine at a tasting that spelled of wet cardboard. Now I realize it was corked!

  • http://www.tomschmid.com Lars

    A corked bottle. Wonderful. Love it.

    Thank for the description. I had a wine at a tasting that spelled of wet cardboard. Now I realize it was corked!

  • David Canada

    Never heard of this label….shows what I know….I’ll be on the lookout.

  • David Canada

    Never heard of this label….shows what I know….I’ll be on the lookout.

  • http://www.me.com/ Colleen

    I read about you in Time Magazine – the article was in between their promos for iPhone. I mean 5 iphone stories in as many months!! Anyhow- glad I stumbled across this/ I will forward url on.
    See if you can get Stamos on to try some wines- I hear he is a big drinker.

  • http://www.me.com Colleen

    I read about you in Time Magazine – the article was in between their promos for iPhone. I mean 5 iphone stories in as many months!! Anyhow- glad I stumbled across this/ I will forward url on.
    See if you can get Stamos on to try some wines- I hear he is a big drinker.

  • WA Ambassador

    Wow, it seems they may have a quality control issue. I’m a QA test engineer by trade. I’d be happy to QA their product. =oP

  • WA Ambassador

    Wow, it seems they may have a quality control issue. I’m a QA test engineer by trade. I’d be happy to QA their product. =oP

  • The Fanjestic

    Corked Wine? He seemed really cool about it. My favorite guest so far!

  • The Fanjestic

    Corked Wine? He seemed really cool about it. My favorite guest so far!

  • Dan Leavy

    great guest

    word 51 “one”

  • Dan Leavy

    great guest

    word 51 “one”

  • yowens

    What a nice guy, I’ll try a Raymond sometime soon.

  • yowens

    What a nice guy, I’ll try a Raymond sometime soon.

  • A dumb Rhine king

    Awesome guy. It’s good to see that he took the corked bottle in stride. My buddy is working for them as a cellar monkey. You should totally have Walter on again. Tell him to bring two bottles of the cab this time ;)

  • A dumb Rhine king

    Awesome guy. It’s good to see that he took the corked bottle in stride. My buddy is working for them as a cellar monkey. You should totally have Walter on again. Tell him to bring two bottles of the cab this time ;)

  • corkscrew

    Interesting guest, never knew about the Berringer connection..I really have enjoyed their Chard, great value. To cork or not to cork…. http://www.winelx.com

  • http://twitter.com/pauldkind Paul Kind

    Great stories from Walter. While something is lost with guest shows, other things are added. I think they offer a lot of earthiness and connection with the process. They are nice to have in the mix.

  • Anonymous

    Was in Napa and around last June and visited Raymond vineyards which is now owned by JC Boisset, the largest Burgundy producer. We visited about 12 wineries and the Raymond reserve cab was one of the highlights of the trip for me, one of the only Cali Cabs I had that was balanced and not overly tannic. Also their entry level field blend was very nice for about 15$

  • Anonymous

    i dont know what the whole story is but: i remember a story about Philip Togni talking about his neighbors and then he mumbled something like “look down there you can see Raymond vineyard with there young vines and the money they got from the Japanese! i just found it hilarious!!!

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