EP 127 Happy Birthday Gary Vaynerchuk!

Wines tasted in this episode:

In a special episode today in honor of Gary’s birthday, Gary tastes wines selected by the Wine Library staff. So sit back and enjoy this “Blind tasting” and help Gary celebrate his birthday. We’ll post the wines tomorrow so that they’re a surprise!

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Trevor Murphy-Mannix

worst wine I have had is actually not a white zin, it’s a California Cabernet Sauvignon. The Double Dog Dare Cab is horrendous. $2.50 at Rite-Aid. It smells like warm garbage and tastes like warmer garbage with a cherry on top.

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  • Michael

    The worst wine I have had was an Armenian Pomegranate wine (no name to protect the innocent)….I brought it to my wine group and they all said that I set a new low in wine tasting by letting them taste it.
    Happy Birthday V-Man
    Michael Hummer
    Tucson, Az

  • Michael

    The worst wine I have had was an Armenian Pomegranate wine (no name to protect the innocent)….I brought it to my wine group and they all said that I set a new low in wine tasting by letting them taste it.
    Happy Birthday V-Man
    Michael Hummer
    Tucson, Az

  • KAHUNA

    Gary,
    Enough with the Happy Birthday crap, you have one every year so Whoopdi Damn Doo as the legendary Derek Coleman would say- I get hemroids once a year and you dont see me sitting around errr standing around waiting for gifts with a dopey grin on my face-

    Get back to work and start tasting some damn wine-

    QOD – that crappy ass chianti you recommended- since I bought six I guess I get to have that experience over and over again- Lucky me! its my birthday YIPPEE YIPPEE-

    This is what happens when I buy that crap ass NY Times because you begged us too and all I got was to read the same quotes I read already in the forum and post board- Good lord and to make it worse I did not even make the paper!

    Anyway Happy Birthday and Anniversary and whatever the hell else you are celebrating- I have to get some Preperation H- I hear this years Prep H has a cool fruity nose and some heat on the back side.

    By the way keep up the great work- and excellent episode!

  • KAHUNA

    Gary,
    Enough with the Happy Birthday crap, you have one every year so Whoopdi Damn Doo as the legendary Derek Coleman would say- I get hemroids once a year and you dont see me sitting around errr standing around waiting for gifts with a dopey grin on my face-

    Get back to work and start tasting some damn wine-

    QOD – that crappy ass chianti you recommended- since I bought six I guess I get to have that experience over and over again- Lucky me! its my birthday YIPPEE YIPPEE-

    This is what happens when I buy that crap ass NY Times because you begged us too and all I got was to read the same quotes I read already in the forum and post board- Good lord and to make it worse I did not even make the paper!

    Anyway Happy Birthday and Anniversary and whatever the hell else you are celebrating- I have to get some Preperation H- I hear this years Prep H has a cool fruity nose and some heat on the back side.

    By the way keep up the great work- and excellent episode!

  • SeanM

    Props to the guys making Gary choke on the WZ. I almost choked on my tea watching with the tears running down my cheeks.

    G-Man, Happy B-day.

  • SeanM

    Props to the guys making Gary choke on the WZ. I almost choked on my tea watching with the tears running down my cheeks.

    G-Man, Happy B-day.

  • http://www.bdaze.com/gmo.htm Joe Swirl

    The HD camera looks great, glad you got all the tech bugs worked out.

    Happy Birthday.

  • http://www.bdaze.com/gmo.htm Joe Swirl

    The HD camera looks great, glad you got all the tech bugs worked out.

    Happy Birthday.

  • Eric

    Gary – Happy Birthday. Love the show. I only started drinking wine about a year ago. I’m learning a lot going through the archives.

    White Zif from the staff? I’d watch your back :-)

  • Eric

    Gary – Happy Birthday. Love the show. I only started drinking wine about a year ago. I’m learning a lot going through the archives.

    White Zif from the staff? I’d watch your back :-)

  • Shahar Golan

    Gary, Oy-Vay (Ner Chuk)!
    You forgot to rinse the glass between the wines…

  • Shahar Golan

    Gary, Oy-Vay (Ner Chuk)!
    You forgot to rinse the glass between the wines…

  • TommyO

    Happy B’DaY!! Great show today I laughed the whole time …

  • TommyO

    Happy B’DaY!! Great show today I laughed the whole time …

  • http://www.thewineglass.net/ Tony M

    Happy Birthday Big G!!
    http://www.thewineglass.net

  • http://www.thewineglass.net Tony M

    Happy Birthday Big G!!
    http://www.thewineglass.net

  • Joe Po

    Happy Belated B-Day GAry,

    Your face on the first tasting had me LOL.
    Homemade beet wine was definitely the worst.

  • Joe Po

    Happy Belated B-Day GAry,

    Your face on the first tasting had me LOL.
    Homemade beet wine was definitely the worst.

  • http://lleichtman.org/ Lawrence Leichtman

    Every wine I tasted from Wiedeker Winery in Arkansas. I have been offered white zinfandels since they first came out and have never had one worthy of being called wine.

  • http://lleichtman.org Lawrence Leichtman

    Every wine I tasted from Wiedeker Winery in Arkansas. I have been offered white zinfandels since they first came out and have never had one worthy of being called wine.

  • Vinacull

    Happy Belated Birthday Gary! Oh I felt like you came close to horking a little of the Vendange up in your nose when you first tasted it (maybe it tastes better that way?). And thereafter the head buried in the spit bucket had me laughing to tears. Friggin hilarious the whole thing. QOTD: Worse wine I ever had was because of age and vintage — a ’65 Latour that we received as a “gift” from a colleague back around 2000. This was one time where storage in a Florida closet was not a testament to vino resilience. Raising a glass to your big 3-1 Gary, C

  • Vinacull

    Happy Belated Birthday Gary! Oh I felt like you came close to horking a little of the Vendange up in your nose when you first tasted it (maybe it tastes better that way?). And thereafter the head buried in the spit bucket had me laughing to tears. Friggin hilarious the whole thing. QOTD: Worse wine I ever had was because of age and vintage — a ’65 Latour that we received as a “gift” from a colleague back around 2000. This was one time where storage in a Florida closet was not a testament to vino resilience. Raising a glass to your big 3-1 Gary, C

  • Arnold

    How’d I miss your B-Day episode?!? Happy Birthday Gary. That is my new favorite episode. You know, the NY Times recommended the Franzia, it tasted like coolaid. But that wasn’t the worst wine I’ve ever had. Sorry, can’t remember who ‘manufactured’ it but it was supposed to be a Chardonnay, someone brought it to a party I had and I brought it over to a friends house and we made the mistake of opening it. It was so bad. Is that re-gifting?

  • Arnold

    How’d I miss your B-Day episode?!? Happy Birthday Gary. That is my new favorite episode. You know, the NY Times recommended the Franzia, it tasted like coolaid. But that wasn’t the worst wine I’ve ever had. Sorry, can’t remember who ‘manufactured’ it but it was supposed to be a Chardonnay, someone brought it to a party I had and I brought it over to a friends house and we made the mistake of opening it. It was so bad. Is that re-gifting?

  • Corrado

    I saw the “White Zin” ratings on the spreadsheet and had to check this episode out. I’m intrigued by wine ratings and wines like a White Zin seem to pose an interesting challenge. I’ve always been of the belief that a wine should be rated as a varietal. Comparing a Barolo or Amarone to a Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier is almost literally comparing apples & oranges.

    That said, it is FAIR to rag on White Zins because they’re inherently weak as ‘serious’ wine? Giving ratings of 58 – 69+, while done somewhat tongue-in-cheek, doesn’t likely help the intrepid White Zin shopper.

    QOTD: Probably NOT a White Zin; more likely a Chardonnay. Worst I’ve had that I can recall is an Alice White Shiraz. It was red isopropyl alcohol.

  • Corrado

    I saw the “White Zin” ratings on the spreadsheet and had to check this episode out. I’m intrigued by wine ratings and wines like a White Zin seem to pose an interesting challenge. I’ve always been of the belief that a wine should be rated as a varietal. Comparing a Barolo or Amarone to a Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier is almost literally comparing apples & oranges.

    That said, it is FAIR to rag on White Zins because they’re inherently weak as ‘serious’ wine? Giving ratings of 58 – 69+, while done somewhat tongue-in-cheek, doesn’t likely help the intrepid White Zin shopper.

    QOTD: Probably NOT a White Zin; more likely a Chardonnay. Worst I’ve had that I can recall is an Alice White Shiraz. It was red isopropyl alcohol.

  • mczinger

    QOTD: Mentioned this in a TN on the forum, but my friend and I managed to get through a glass and a half of horribly corked ’82 Pétrus. It was given to him when he was born (when Pétrus wasn’t $500 a sip) and we drank it on his 21st. Disgusting, but we tried! Oh did we try and hope! C’est la vie.

  • mczinger

    QOTD: Mentioned this in a TN on the forum, but my friend and I managed to get through a glass and a half of horribly corked ’82 Pétrus. It was given to him when he was born (when Pétrus wasn’t $500 a sip) and we drank it on his 21st. Disgusting, but we tried! Oh did we try and hope! C’est la vie.

  • Jennifer

    The Vendange, believe it or not, is the worst wine I recall having in, I believe, the snowstorm of..circa 98? I concur on the Franzia. I was surprised myself in ’98 to discover that a boxed wine beat out a bottled one. Good times. Office was closed and we toasted the day with crappy bottle of wine at about 10am.

  • Jennifer

    The Vendange, believe it or not, is the worst wine I recall having in, I believe, the snowstorm of..circa 98? I concur on the Franzia. I was surprised myself in ’98 to discover that a boxed wine beat out a bottled one. Good times. Office was closed and we toasted the day with crappy bottle of wine at about 10am.

  • jgtx

    MD 20/20 “Red Grape Wine” flavor ftw.

  • jgtx

    MD 20/20 “Red Grape Wine” flavor ftw.

  • John__J

    qotd: it was a white merlot. It seems that some people are catching onto what the whole white zin thing is. So it looks like some wineries have decided to cash in by switching grapes and doing it with merlot. I guess they figure now that white zin is coming with pretty bad connotations, that maybe they can cash in on this new ‘wonder’. What a joke. I had a guest actually ask me for one of those about a year or 2 ago. I didn’t even know what they were talking about at the time. I thought maybe they meant a wine made from merlot blanc, that super rare grape in the merlot family found in Bordeaux. I was really impressed at 1st by such a request. Even though I’d never seen a varietal wine from merlot blanc. I was then promptly very let down when the other gentleman who handles the wine with me at our restaurant ‘enlightened’ me to that new marketing scheme that is white merlot.
    Gary, how about tackling a vin jaune episode?, and one on tasting different charbono’s please?

  • John J.

    qotd: it was a white merlot. It seems that some people are catching onto what the whole white zin thing is. So it looks like some wineries have decided to cash in by switching grapes and doing it with merlot. I guess they figure now that white zin is coming with pretty bad connotations, that maybe they can cash in on this new ‘wonder’. What a joke. I had a guest actually ask me for one of those about a year or 2 ago. I didn’t even know what they were talking about at the time. I thought maybe they meant a wine made from merlot blanc, that super rare grape in the merlot family found in Bordeaux. I was really impressed at 1st by such a request. Even though I’d never seen a varietal wine from merlot blanc. I was then promptly very let down when the other gentleman who handles the wine with me at our restaurant ‘enlightened’ me to that new marketing scheme that is white merlot.
    Gary, how about tackling a vin jaune episode?, and one on tasting different charbono’s please?

  • http://www.cdsindiana.com/ Adam M.

    I was watching the new episode of WLTV today 10/16/2009 and drinking a white zin so I search for it. I was thinking I have to see what he thinks the flavor is because I was like man this is a Strawberry Jolly Rancher. I taste nothing but strawberries and sugar and I fell down laughing when you said it. I love it. Thanks

  • http://www.cdsindiana.com Adam M.

    I was watching the new episode of WLTV today 10/16/2009 and drinking a white zin so I search for it. I was thinking I have to see what he thinks the flavor is because I was like man this is a Strawberry Jolly Rancher. I taste nothing but strawberries and sugar and I fell down laughing when you said it. I love it. Thanks

  • Wayne M.

    OMG – NOT FAIR !! I had tears streaming down my face……………

    QOTD:
    —–

    Worst Wine: (yes it was a White Zinfandel)

    I went to a mini-class reunion in November, and during the course of the evening I had been drinking an actually halfway decent Chardonnay at a pub/tavern. The “after party” at an old friends house gave me two choices – a designer beer or white zin. I chose the latter…….uggghh. I milked that one glass for about 4 hours. :)

  • Wayne M.

    OMG – NOT FAIR !! I had tears streaming down my face……………

    QOTD:
    —–

    Worst Wine: (yes it was a White Zinfandel)

    I went to a mini-class reunion in November, and during the course of the evening I had been drinking an actually halfway decent Chardonnay at a pub/tavern. The “after party” at an old friends house gave me two choices – a designer beer or white zin. I chose the latter…….uggghh. I milked that one glass for about 4 hours. :)

  • corkscrew

    Nasty shit White Zin…does not look like you broke comment record.. http://www.winelx.com

  • corkscrew

    Nasty shit White Zin…does not look like you broke comment record.. http://www.winelx.com

  • http://twitter.com/kenny_k kenny_k

    QOTD:Strawberry Hill. What? no rinse.

  • http://twitter.com/trevormm Trevor Murphy-Mannix

    worst wine I have had is actually not a white zin, it’s a California Cabernet Sauvignon. The Double Dog Dare Cab is horrendous. $2.50 at Rite-Aid. It smells like warm garbage and tastes like warmer garbage with a cherry on top.

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