EP 121 Sauternes Tasting Including D’Yquem

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Today Gary tastes three wonderful Sauternes and in the mix is the classic Chateau D’Yquem. Gary also points out a great thing going on in the forums and asks you a pretty cool question. Hope you enjoy this classic Episode.

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Great shirt.

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  • Louisiana George

    QOTD:

    Dead (in a manner of speaking)- Jesus Christ (the ultimate creator of all wine)
    Alive – My lovely wife, with whom I enjoy every bottle of wine we drink

    Louisiana George

  • Louisiana George

    QOTD:

    Dead (in a manner of speaking)- Jesus Christ (the ultimate creator of all wine)
    Alive – My lovely wife, with whom I enjoy every bottle of wine we drink

    Louisiana George

  • phig

    Great Show.
    Yquem yum. When I was working in the restaurant business (many moons ago) they had yquem on the cruvenet and my best bud and I were working in the kitchen. I went in to ask the dumb bartender for a large glass of white wine to cook with (I was carrying on of those 24 ounce plastic coke cups). She turned to the dispenser and emptied half a bottle of yquem into the glass and said “here, nobody ever orders this and it has been opened for two days”. I rushed into the kitchen with my prize, put the glass under the counter and we did not cook with white wine that night. At about one in the morning when everyone had left and we had done the cleaning and prep for the next day we took out a couple of duck breasts and some fresh apricots and had duck with, as the wine, yquem. One of the best meals I can remember. It is overpriced (particularly in minor years) but man is it good. Next time, my first experience with Absinth at the same restaurant under similar circumstances.
    Living: Nelson Mandela
    Dead: John Coltrane

  • phig

    Great Show.
    Yquem yum. When I was working in the restaurant business (many moons ago) they had yquem on the cruvenet and my best bud and I were working in the kitchen. I went in to ask the dumb bartender for a large glass of white wine to cook with (I was carrying on of those 24 ounce plastic coke cups). She turned to the dispenser and emptied half a bottle of yquem into the glass and said “here, nobody ever orders this and it has been opened for two days”. I rushed into the kitchen with my prize, put the glass under the counter and we did not cook with white wine that night. At about one in the morning when everyone had left and we had done the cleaning and prep for the next day we took out a couple of duck breasts and some fresh apricots and had duck with, as the wine, yquem. One of the best meals I can remember. It is overpriced (particularly in minor years) but man is it good. Next time, my first experience with Absinth at the same restaurant under similar circumstances.
    Living: Nelson Mandela
    Dead: John Coltrane

  • mikep

    With out question My Dad Vince Palmieri who passed away Oct 30 2006. He loved good food and wine and as an old italian (neopolitan) saying goes “A true neopolitan would sell his matress for a feast” my dad was a true neopolitan and a great man

  • mikep

    With out question My Dad Vince Palmieri who passed away Oct 30 2006. He loved good food and wine and as an old italian (neopolitan) saying goes “A true neopolitan would sell his matress for a feast” my dad was a true neopolitan and a great man

  • Rafa from Mexico

    Another excellent episode Gary. Have a nice trip see you soon here in WLTV.
    QOD Aliv: My wife.
    Dead: My father
    I have never had any d’Yquem, as a matter of fact I am a litle biased against white wines of any kind. I don’t know why, I think is because when I was in 6th grade we had a camping trip, and all my frieds and myself, each stole a bottle of whatever we could get from our houses, I took some white wine and it really tasted bad, so after that I allways say no to the whites. I think I have to change my mind set about that, and I hope I can change it with some nice bottle of white wine asn with some nice dessert wine as the d’Yquem.

  • Rafa from Mexico

    Another excellent episode Gary. Have a nice trip see you soon here in WLTV.
    QOD Aliv: My wife.
    Dead: My father
    I have never had any d’Yquem, as a matter of fact I am a litle biased against white wines of any kind. I don’t know why, I think is because when I was in 6th grade we had a camping trip, and all my frieds and myself, each stole a bottle of whatever we could get from our houses, I took some white wine and it really tasted bad, so after that I allways say no to the whites. I think I have to change my mind set about that, and I hope I can change it with some nice bottle of white wine asn with some nice dessert wine as the d’Yquem.

  • http://www.methenys.com/ MikeMe

    Alive – GaryV
    Dead – Bob Hope

  • http://www.methenys.com MikeMe

    Alive – GaryV
    Dead – Bob Hope

  • David

    I really enjoyed your episode on Sauternes. your presentation is much more informative when you include a food pairing like you did in this episode. please do this more often.

  • http://. David

    I really enjoyed your episode on Sauternes. your presentation is much more informative when you include a food pairing like you did in this episode. please do this more often.

  • Kirk

    Well…first off let me say I was lucky enough this August to have a friend open up a 1976 Chateau d’Yquem for both myself and another friend. Being that it was our birth year…it was simply an amazing experience. Ok…ot to the QOTD

    Living: Maynard James Keenan – The owner of Merkin(google this word and start laughing) Vineyards and winemaker behind his Caduceus Label. He is a serious wine lover…and the wort of person I’d love to share some of my wines with.

    Dead: I’m gonna go with Jim Morrison (wow…both musicians) I hear he was a huge merlot fan. I’d hope like hell he could bring along a Chateau Petrus.

  • http://QOTD Kirk

    Well…first off let me say I was lucky enough this August to have a friend open up a 1976 Chateau d’Yquem for both myself and another friend. Being that it was our birth year…it was simply an amazing experience. Ok…ot to the QOTD

    Living: Maynard James Keenan – The owner of Merkin(google this word and start laughing) Vineyards and winemaker behind his Caduceus Label. He is a serious wine lover…and the wort of person I’d love to share some of my wines with.

    Dead: I’m gonna go with Jim Morrison (wow…both musicians) I hear he was a huge merlot fan. I’d hope like hell he could bring along a Chateau Petrus.

  • http://www.stylegourmet.com/ Elliot Essman

    Who would I invite?

    Living, my son, who lives in Australia and can bring the wine.

    Dead, Sinatra, and I will drink whatever he’s having.

  • http://www.stylegourmet.com Elliot Essman

    Who would I invite?

    Living, my son, who lives in Australia and can bring the wine.

    Dead, Sinatra, and I will drink whatever he’s having.

  • Alos

    Alive it would have to be my dad, he is a recovering alcoholic and I have never had the opportunity to share a glass of wine with him, so it would have to be my dad but sadly it would have to be in a world where he was not addicted to alcohol. Ok as for dead Plato I am a big fan of philosophy and would love to share a glass and some ancient Greek with my hero.

  • Alos

    Alive it would have to be my dad, he is a recovering alcoholic and I have never had the opportunity to share a glass of wine with him, so it would have to be my dad but sadly it would have to be in a world where he was not addicted to alcohol. Ok as for dead Plato I am a big fan of philosophy and would love to share a glass and some ancient Greek with my hero.

  • Palmer

    QOTD: My dad, hoping that he would share a bottle of his 1967 Chateau d’Yquem with me…

  • Palmer

    QOTD: My dad, hoping that he would share a bottle of his 1967 Chateau d’Yquem with me…

  • Brendan L

    Gary’s shirt in this one always gives me a great laugh. Kick ass.

  • Brendan L

    Gary’s shirt in this one always gives me a great laugh. Kick ass.

  • Chris

    Great WLTV intro!

  • Chris

    Great WLTV intro!

  • Ray Barnes

    I loved the introduction, that was classic. Excellent episode too. When Gary drank the d’Yquem straight from the bottle, I laughed out loud. Needless to say, I’m more than a little jealous too.

    Living – I guess my favourite wine maker in the world (for now), Olivier Humbrecht. Especially if he brings at least a half case of every wine he makes.

    Dead – ideally, Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi along with a large selection of wines they have worked on individually and collectively.

  • Ray Barnes

    I loved the introduction, that was classic. Excellent episode too. When Gary drank the d’Yquem straight from the bottle, I laughed out loud. Needless to say, I’m more than a little jealous too.

    Living – I guess my favourite wine maker in the world (for now), Olivier Humbrecht. Especially if he brings at least a half case of every wine he makes.

    Dead – ideally, Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi along with a large selection of wines they have worked on individually and collectively.

  • Caligula 1981

    May I quote Oscar the Wild(e) one? Here it comes;
    “For the bloody sweats and the wild regrets none knew so well as I,
    for he who lives more lives than one, more death than one must die!”

    and I have died so many times in a world so fine, the world of wine,
    for when the bottle is empty and the wine is all gone,
    it’s the end of a story and the start of a song
    about a wine so fine that it blew up the mind
    because it leaves only good memories in our mind behind!

    Bothuyne Carl (Belgium)

  • Caligula 1981

    May I quote Oscar the Wild(e) one? Here it comes;
    “For the bloody sweats and the wild regrets none knew so well as I,
    for he who lives more lives than one, more death than one must die!”

    and I have died so many times in a world so fine, the world of wine,
    for when the bottle is empty and the wine is all gone,
    it’s the end of a story and the start of a song
    about a wine so fine that it blew up the mind
    because it leaves only good memories in our mind behind!

    Bothuyne Carl (Belgium)

  • John__J

    Gary great episode and great qotd.
    A suggestion if I may. It seems that unless you have a guest who has brought wines, you’re predominantly choosing wines from your library. With that being the case, why not have a backup ready for the wines your tasting ready off camera? That way if you get one thats corked, you have one right there ready for another taste. I know, if you’re doing say a Barolo episode, may not work, since that sucker’s gonna need to breathe. But if say your doing a fresh vinho verde maybe it wouldn’t hurt.
    Or even better, and no offense, but are you smelling the wines after you open them, before you let it sit for a few hours before taping? Pretty much all corked wines I’ve had you can tell by the nose (or sniffy sniff), or at least have a really good idea that it might be. I do really like how you do it live however and don’t edit.
    Speaking of ideas, may I suggest doing a vin jaune episode, or a tasting one on the different charbono’s out there?
    oh yeah qotd: a tough one, may change if I gave it some thought. For the dead guy, Thomas Jefferson, knew he loved wine, I’m into history quite a bit, I think that would be great. Alive, don’t think I could pick just one, maybe a small group.

  • John J.

    Gary great episode and great qotd.
    A suggestion if I may. It seems that unless you have a guest who has brought wines, you’re predominantly choosing wines from your library. With that being the case, why not have a backup ready for the wines your tasting ready off camera? That way if you get one thats corked, you have one right there ready for another taste. I know, if you’re doing say a Barolo episode, may not work, since that sucker’s gonna need to breathe. But if say your doing a fresh vinho verde maybe it wouldn’t hurt.
    Or even better, and no offense, but are you smelling the wines after you open them, before you let it sit for a few hours before taping? Pretty much all corked wines I’ve had you can tell by the nose (or sniffy sniff), or at least have a really good idea that it might be. I do really like how you do it live however and don’t edit.
    Speaking of ideas, may I suggest doing a vin jaune episode, or a tasting one on the different charbono’s out there?
    oh yeah qotd: a tough one, may change if I gave it some thought. For the dead guy, Thomas Jefferson, knew he loved wine, I’m into history quite a bit, I think that would be great. Alive, don’t think I could pick just one, maybe a small group.

  • Saint Bill

    Fell in love with the stickies a few years back in Texas while on a business trip. Had 2001 Yquem and 2002 (I believe) Far Niente Dolce. The Yquem was AMAZING and the flavors lingered for days, it seemed. I was sold! Stickies now make up about 30% of my cellar.

    Gary, this was a deja vu moment on the corked Sauternes as at dinner a couple weeks back, the 1997 Yquem I brought in had a slightly corked taste. We finished it, but it was definitely ‘off’ and disappointing!

    Just wondering if the stickies have a higher propensity to cork than other wines? Any experiences on that?

    QOTD:

    Alive: That is tough – there are so many amazing, diverse people out there. Maybe Bill Clinton, Hugh Heffner, Mario Lemieux, you (not sucking up, but enjoying wine with people who can talk about what they are tasting is such fun) and the Shafer family (love all of their wines and would love to see what they could do with a dessert wine, hint hint!!)

    Dead: Thomas Jefferson – for the wine knowledge, Ghandi – for the insight, JFK – for the stories, Elvis – for the stories, Robert Mondavi.

  • Saint Bill

    Fell in love with the stickies a few years back in Texas while on a business trip. Had 2001 Yquem and 2002 (I believe) Far Niente Dolce. The Yquem was AMAZING and the flavors lingered for days, it seemed. I was sold! Stickies now make up about 30% of my cellar.

    Gary, this was a deja vu moment on the corked Sauternes as at dinner a couple weeks back, the 1997 Yquem I brought in had a slightly corked taste. We finished it, but it was definitely ‘off’ and disappointing!

    Just wondering if the stickies have a higher propensity to cork than other wines? Any experiences on that?

    QOTD:

    Alive: That is tough – there are so many amazing, diverse people out there. Maybe Bill Clinton, Hugh Heffner, Mario Lemieux, you (not sucking up, but enjoying wine with people who can talk about what they are tasting is such fun) and the Shafer family (love all of their wines and would love to see what they could do with a dessert wine, hint hint!!)

    Dead: Thomas Jefferson – for the wine knowledge, Ghandi – for the insight, JFK – for the stories, Elvis – for the stories, Robert Mondavi.

  • corkscrew

    I do like a Sauternes now and then, I stay in the D'arche category. QOTD-Living-my son who is in college. Deceased-Ronald Reagan or Robert Mondavi. http://www.winelx.com

  • Jrouss

    Great shirt.

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