EP 102 Champion Ports.

Wines tasted in this episode:

Today Gary tastes four ports and matches them with one of his favorite cheeses with port. Sit back and enjoy this episode on one of the great dessert wines. More viewer questions answered. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Alexandre Savoie

Get people to love weine as I do and stop being afraid to try new wines because diversity is the main thing I love about wine.

Tags: dessert wine, port, review, Tasting, Video

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  • Vinacull

    I’m with TimF on this one. This EP was about as close to perfect as it gets. Loved the Vayner-Puff reference, and the cheese chomp later followed by our friend Nikolai took it over the top. Best of all there were excellent descriptions for great wines Gary. QOTD: Related to your answer on one of the viewer questions, my goal when I started with wines was to taste enough that my palate would serve me reliably and correctly even in blind situations, and also that I would come to know enough about producers and vintages that I would never be intimidated again when picking a bottle from a restaurant list.

  • Adam

    Great episode, can’t wait for the next one on port. My goal was to be able to distinguish enough flavors and scents to talk intelligently about wine.

  • Adam

    Great episode, can’t wait for the next one on port. My goal was to be able to distinguish enough flavors and scents to talk intelligently about wine.

  • Salvatore

    I knew we had something in common besides wine. “Yard Sales” it’s like the very best treasure hunt ever! My wife in I did the Yard Sale hunt intense for two years. We even made a few bucks selling on ebay; Oasiz5. (O)livia, (A)ngelina,(S)alvatore,(I)sabella,(Z)achary; 5 Grandchildren.

    You just lit a fire under me; now we can go YS hunting again; and use the profits to buy top shelf wine. Very enjoyable episode. We are going to visit you folks this summer; as a torist destination.

  • Salvatore

    I knew we had something in common besides wine. “Yard Sales” it’s like the very best treasure hunt ever! My wife in I did the Yard Sale hunt intense for two years. We even made a few bucks selling on ebay; Oasiz5. (O)livia, (A)ngelina,(S)alvatore,(I)sabella,(Z)achary; 5 Grandchildren.

    You just lit a fire under me; now we can go YS hunting again; and use the profits to buy top shelf wine. Very enjoyable episode. We are going to visit you folks this summer; as a torist destination.

  • Fiorentina!

    Yo GV! How can you have a porto tasting without Fonseca or Croft? What’s up with that yo?

  • Fiorentina!

    Yo GV! How can you have a porto tasting without Fonseca or Croft? What’s up with that yo?

  • Samer I

    Gary

    I love Port however I always drink it at restaurants and not at home for one reason and that is: I can’t finish a bottle of Port in one sitting and I worry it will go bad. Once a bottle of vintage Port is opened how long will it last? You’re saying to keep it for 20+ years and it would be a serious waste to wait 20 years to open the bottle, have a glass of it, and have the rest get oxidized. Is there a way to try the same bottle at say 20 years, 25 years, and 30 years the marks without it going bad? Also at 20+ years to maturity, how do you even get your hands on some well aged ports?!?! No restaurant is serving that at least without breaking the bank.

    Thanks
    Sam

    PS No name for the cheese near the links nor the WL price….

  • Samer I

    Gary

    I love Port however I always drink it at restaurants and not at home for one reason and that is: I can’t finish a bottle of Port in one sitting and I worry it will go bad. Once a bottle of vintage Port is opened how long will it last? You’re saying to keep it for 20+ years and it would be a serious waste to wait 20 years to open the bottle, have a glass of it, and have the rest get oxidized. Is there a way to try the same bottle at say 20 years, 25 years, and 30 years the marks without it going bad? Also at 20+ years to maturity, how do you even get your hands on some well aged ports?!?! No restaurant is serving that at least without breaking the bank.

    Thanks
    Sam

    PS No name for the cheese near the links nor the WL price….

  • Panoca

    Gary, since i’m the bigggest fan of port out there, i’ve got to say that i’ve watched this episode more than 20 times already (yes! more than 20) and i have to say this is one of my favorites (is in my top 5). The tasting notes are “profound” and i found you ABSOLUTELY hillarious in this episode (the part that you chewed that chunk of cheese is definitely a classic) You really crack me up in every view. Congrats!!
    Samer I (the comment before mine): once you open your bottle of port, it will last ……………….. FOREVER!!! I had port with almost a half glass left on the bottle, for over a month, and when i tried it, it tasted the same as the previous ones. These wines are “ridonculous” profound.
    Gary, again, you rock!!

  • Panoca

    Gary, since i’m the bigggest fan of port out there, i’ve got to say that i’ve watched this episode more than 20 times already (yes! more than 20) and i have to say this is one of my favorites (is in my top 5). The tasting notes are “profound” and i found you ABSOLUTELY hillarious in this episode (the part that you chewed that chunk of cheese is definitely a classic) You really crack me up in every view. Congrats!!
    Samer I (the comment before mine): once you open your bottle of port, it will last ……………….. FOREVER!!! I had port with almost a half glass left on the bottle, for over a month, and when i tried it, it tasted the same as the previous ones. These wines are “ridonculous” profound.
    Gary, again, you rock!!

  • David Canada

    I am a port head……will try to snag some of the 2003 warres
    QOTD – Simple to learn, and get all the enjoyment possible out of wine…and to get loopy while doing it.

  • David Canada

    I am a port head……will try to snag some of the 2003 warres
    QOTD – Simple to learn, and get all the enjoyment possible out of wine…and to get loopy while doing it.

  • http://www.ryptide.com/ ryptide

    Went back and watched this episode, because I’m sitting here enjoying some Taylor Fladgate 10 year old tawny porto.

    Gary, I know vintage port needs to sit for a long time to develop fully. Tawny apparently does not. How do you feel about tawny port?

    QOTD: It’s just one of those things I’d like to be well-versed in. I like trying to identify the smells and tastes. I’m nowhere near good at it yet, but practicing is easy when there’s so much out there. I routinely just grab things off the grocery shelf, taste spices at home, etc. Trying to do those palate pushups.

  • http://www.ryptide.com ryptide

    Went back and watched this episode, because I’m sitting here enjoying some Taylor Fladgate 10 year old tawny porto.

    Gary, I know vintage port needs to sit for a long time to develop fully. Tawny apparently does not. How do you feel about tawny port?

    QOTD: It’s just one of those things I’d like to be well-versed in. I like trying to identify the smells and tastes. I’m nowhere near good at it yet, but practicing is easy when there’s so much out there. I routinely just grab things off the grocery shelf, taste spices at home, etc. Trying to do those palate pushups.

  • thefanjestic

    Good Episode – I liked getting an education on the ports.

    Ok – so I am very curious about your baseball card business – if you’re reading this now GV – you should talk about that on an upcoming episode – just a quick summary of your working carrer and what has halped you make WL so successful would be cool.

  • thefanjestic

    Good Episode – I liked getting an education on the ports.

    Ok – so I am very curious about your baseball card business – if you’re reading this now GV – you should talk about that on an upcoming episode – just a quick summary of your working carrer and what has halped you make WL so successful would be cool.

  • http://idinealone.blogspot.com/ Rhonda

    here is probably the dumbest question you might get this week, would a wine bar have an aged vintage port that I could try? I would really like to try one but I am not sure how since I haven’t had any laying around for 20 years. There are a few wine bars near to where I live and I have to admit I have been too intimidated to step into one so I have no clue what they would have.

  • http://idinealone.blogspot.com Rhonda

    here is probably the dumbest question you might get this week, would a wine bar have an aged vintage port that I could try? I would really like to try one but I am not sure how since I haven’t had any laying around for 20 years. There are a few wine bars near to where I live and I have to admit I have been too intimidated to step into one so I have no clue what they would have.

  • Deeve

    Wine goal is/was to enjoy it as much as I possibly can as often as I possibly can :)

  • Deeve

    Wine goal is/was to enjoy it as much as I possibly can as often as I possibly can :)

  • John__J

    qotd: to get to try all the best vintages of all the best wines ever made.
    Gary, how about a vin jaune episode, and an episode on tasting different charbono’s?

  • John J.

    qotd: to get to try all the best vintages of all the best wines ever made.
    Gary, how about a vin jaune episode, and an episode on tasting different charbono’s?

  • WilliamCharlesStanton

    hey fight club…. time you bring me onboard.

  • http://www.myspace.comfortcollinsguy WilliamCharlesStanton

    hey fight club…. time you bring me onboard.

  • Ed R

    Stalker Brandon #1

  • corkscrew

    Love Port, mainly ruby not tawny. QOTD-No set goal, just wanted to learn more about it, now hope to make a living one day from the wine business. http://www.winelx.com

  • http://www.discoveryofwine.com Alexandre Savoie

    Get people to love weine as I do and stop being afraid to try new wines because diversity is the main thing I love about wine.

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