EP 290 Does The Color of a Wine Have a Huge Impact on Quality or Age?

A fantastic website I often visit did an interesting article on the color of wine that has gotten a lot of attention on the web so I am here to address it!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Domaine Barat Chablis FourneauxChablis
2004 Cascina Morassino Langhe NebbioloNebbiolo d’Alba
2005 Clayhouse Syrah Paso RoblesOther California Syrah/Shiraz
1981 Lopez De Heredia Bosconia Gran ReservaRioja
1996 Clarendon Hills SyrahAustralian Shiraz/Syrah

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Tags: Australian, california, Chablis, red, review, Rioja, shiraz, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • Chaz

    “Like a 3 year old pooped Jalepenos and cabbage” – hahah awesome. but i DIG old school riojas too. Nice work, its good to see someone who ACTUALLY understands and appreciates the elegance and uniqueness of traditional rioja. Thanks Gary!

  • Oakmon’s BF

    Iâ??m trying my first nebbiolo as I rewatch this episode. Itâ??s 2005 Rocca Felice Neddiolo dâ??Alba. I like it a lot. Iâ??ve been trying a lot of varietals for the first time and noting the ones I really like. The list says dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. Am I crazy or is there a pattern here. It appears that my palate is telling me to buy more Italian wine. None of these had any detectable oak. I hope the Oakmon doesnâ??t get pissed that Iâ??m spending more time without him.

  • Oakmon’s BF

    Iâ??m trying my first nebbiolo as I rewatch this episode. Itâ??s 2005 Rocca Felice Neddiolo dâ??Alba. I like it a lot. Iâ??ve been trying a lot of varietals for the first time and noting the ones I really like. The list says dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. Am I crazy or is there a pattern here. It appears that my palate is telling me to buy more Italian wine. None of these had any detectable oak. I hope the Oakmon doesnâ??t get pissed that Iâ??m spending more time without him.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    hahaha at the Iron Sheik reference. You cant go a week without a wrestling comment or two, can you? I love the Iron Sheil though. Absolute nut. The Martey Janetty stories alone….. Great episode, too. I like these kinds of topics other that just “wine from here.” QOTD: Blue.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    hahaha at the Iron Sheik reference. You cant go a week without a wrestling comment or two, can you? I love the Iron Sheil though. Absolute nut. The Martey Janetty stories alone….. Great episode, too. I like these kinds of topics other that just “wine from here.” QOTD: Blue.

  • Robin C

    What about that brown ridge around the red wine in a glass? It doesn’t definitively tell you anything, but it often is a good presager (is that a word?) of oxidation isn’t it?

  • Robin C

    What about that brown ridge around the red wine in a glass? It doesn’t definitively tell you anything, but it often is a good presager (is that a word?) of oxidation isn’t it?

  • Adrian aka AnGkEr

    One heck of an educationa on colors….but brownish tint means the wine is oxidised or heading to that direction right?

    QOTD: Started with Green then moved to Blue…. :)

  • Adrian aka AnGkEr

    One heck of an educationa on colors….but brownish tint means the wine is oxidised or heading to that direction right?

    QOTD: Started with Green then moved to Blue…. :)

  • Anonymous

    Great episode. I love it when you say, “This smells like a 3-year-old pooped jalepenos. And I like it!” There better be a LOT of other smells in there is you like it….

    QOTD: Blue. It isn’t close, since I am moderately red/green colorblind.

  • Phredd

    Great episode. I love it when you say, “This smells like a 3-year-old pooped jalepenos. And I like it!” There better be a LOT of other smells in there is you like it….

    QOTD: Blue. It isn’t close, since I am moderately red/green colorblind.

  • CJM

    First

  • John_Kenneth_J

    qotd Green as well

    This is one of the most interesting topics I've seen you do on the show Gary. Love that you used the 2 Chablis's as examples. However I can't believe you'd compare a nebbiolo to a Rioja for this episode, that seems to me like comparing the aging differences in lemons vs. peaches. Also while I believe some people go to far when they are using a wine's color as a measurement for quality and age, I think for you to say “that a wine's color has no impact on the aging and quality”, is just as unreasonable. It can definitely give you an idea, but like anything else it has to be taken into conjunction with everything else in the wine. I was really surprised to hear you say that.

  • corkscrew

    Have had the Clayhouse and Clarendon Hills. QOTD-yellow or red, toss up. http://www.winelx.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CR725L7GY5IOSTHHYBZA6KFQXA Tenley S

    GARY! When are you coming to Virginia Tech?! You said “if you see 5-6 people from the same college” comment, you would come…. where are you?! Love, the CKC

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Inman/68115218 Jeff Inman

    Thanks for the lesson on the coloring of wine and what you can tell from it. Really enjoy the show and would be stoked if you came down to Virginia Tech and guest lectured in Boyer’s Wine class. Thanks man and keep the videos coming!

    CKC-Virginia Tech

  • http://www.facebook.com/bennybooboobear Ben Lutz

    Gary! Where you at!? I thought you said you were gonna come to VT! You know we would love to meet ya

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Speer/512018124 Mike Speer

    The dirty baby diaper with, jalapeno, pickles, and cabbage is by far the BEST nose description Ive heard so far on your show! Believe it or not I would Love to try it, just a little short on cash lol. Broke college student, speaking of, Come to Virginia Tech!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    favorite color: yellow! I love your videos! I’m so glad I learned about you through my Wine class at Virginia Tech. Bring the thunder to our lecture sometime this semester please!!! Hey, you could even film a show live there! I think it’s an excellent idea. Anyway, thanks for all the help with deciphering wine. I can definitely impress my grandpa now!

  • http://twitter.com/parktrotscb sarah bennett

    Amy and Sarah here, get you butt to VIRGINIA TECH!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.depew Alex Beefy Depew

    Come on, two beautiful ladies practically begging you to come see them? How are you not gonna come give us one little lecture?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.depew Alex Beefy Depew

    Come on, two beautiful ladies practically begging you to come see them? How are you not gonna come give us one little lecture?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Klose/1477920051 Kevin Klose

    haha your descriptions are priceless

    CKC VT

  • Anonymous

    We would love for you to come to our wine class at VT!!

  • Anonymous

    COME TO VIRGINIA TECH!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!

  • Anonymous

    come to virginia tech!

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewBallowe Andrew Ballowe

    I’ve got the lightning, you bring the thunder. Let’s make it rain on Virginia Tech, Gary!

  • Anonymous

    You should come do a live show at Virginia Tech!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=898480550 Samantha ‘Twyst’ Vraa

    Come to Virginia Tech!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/steelershokie Lauren Moore

    VVvvvayyy- neerrrrrr – chukkkkk we love you!! Comeeee see us in Blacksburg!!

  • Anonymous

    you def need to come to va tech

  • Anonymous

    you def need to come to va tech

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6212486 Will Chesak

    does the sign “soon 20 days” answer the question of when you are coming to VT??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chardy-Staton/696211942 Chardy Staton

    COME TO VIRGINIA TECH! GO HOKIES!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catalina-Topanga-Harvey/574037895 Catalina Topanga Harvey

    It would be interesting to test the wine samples with an optical sensor to get objective color readings. Do you know where there are a lot of color sensors? Virginia Tech :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/christian.vanbrunt Christian Van Brunt

    please come to Virginia Tech… you will not be disappointed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Courtney-Charlson/100000772454328 Courtney Charlson

    You know who else likes the New York Jets? Virginia Tech. The Boyer Wine class will all be wearing green when St. Patrick’s Day comes along.

  • Anonymous

    VIRGINIA TECH NEEDS YOU! please come!!

  • Anonymous

    COME TO VIRGINIA TECH!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1563600162 Krishna Patel

    PLEASE COME TO VIRGINIA TECHHH!!! you won’t be disappointed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1573050043 Chris Hemler

    There is a school that loves Gary V
    Full of Vayniacs and CKC’s
    It’s time you say “well what the heck”
    and come visit us at Virginia Tech

  • Anonymous

    What is orange, maroon, and has hokies all over? VAAAAA TECCCHHHH!

  • Anonymous

    What is orange, maroon, and has hokies all over? VAA TECHHH!!

  • http://twitter.com/MediauTomatic Thomas Medina

    Heyo Gary! You need to make a trip to Virginia Tech! I’m really loving your videos and even the simplest bits of knowledge that I get from your videos make me seem like an expert around my friends! I’m a marketing major too so I’d really love it if you came down and spoke at our Geography of Wine class! Hope all’s well!

  • http://twitter.com/MediauTomatic Thomas Medina

    Heyo Gary! You need to make a trip to Virginia Tech! I’m really loving your videos and even the simplest bits of knowledge that I get from your videos make me seem like an expert around my friends! I’m a marketing major too so I’d really love it if you came down and spoke at our Geography of Wine class! Hope all’s well!

  • Anonymous

    come to virginia tech! football season is for natty light, but springtime is wine time in blacksburg

  • Anonymous

    Football season may be for natty light, but springtime is wine time at Virginia Tech!

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