EP 344 Tasting Wines from North Carolina

We go to North Carolina today for 4 wines that might surprise you. Let’s see how Gary Vaynerchuk rates them.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2004 RagApple Lassie Viogner

2004 RagApple Lassie Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Childress Vineyards Cabernet Franc
2003 Childress Signature Meritage

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corkscrew

I think I have tried some wines from N.C. pazz QOTD-our current group of idiots in D.C. http://www.winelx.com

Tags: cabernet, franc, meritage, North Carolina, red, review, Sauvignon, Video, Viognier, white, wine, wines

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  • JimKay

    Interesting. You have picked wines from a couple of obscure wineries from NC. I’ve been here off and on for 22 years and never heard of either one of them. Why not have wine from the largest vinifera winery on the east coast (Biltmore Cab franc $15)? or one from one of the most inventive vinifera wineries (Shelton Riesling $10)? Or one from one of the longest eatablished growers in the region (Westbend Seyval blanc $10)? That would have required a lttle effort though.

    100 pts for generating some entertaining wine/regional snobbish put downs, 0 pts for effort.

  • JimKay

    Interesting. You have picked wines from a couple of obscure wineries from NC. I’ve been here off and on for 22 years and never heard of either one of them. Why not have wine from the largest vinifera winery on the east coast (Biltmore Cab franc $15)? or one from one of the most inventive vinifera wineries (Shelton Riesling $10)? Or one from one of the longest eatablished growers in the region (Westbend Seyval blanc $10)? That would have required a lttle effort though.

    100 pts for generating some entertaining wine/regional snobbish put downs, 0 pts for effort.

  • http://jadieladythoughts.blogspot.com/ Jadielady

    Glad to see you review some NC Wines, check out this bumper sticker my parents’ friends had.
    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f288/jadie_lady/IMG_0087.jpg

    As for wine from Yadkin Valley I would think that mystery flavor might have been hay :)

  • http://jadieladythoughts.blogspot.com/ Jadielady

    Glad to see you review some NC Wines, check out this bumper sticker my parents’ friends had.
    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f288/jadie_lady/IMG_0087.jpg

    As for wine from Yadkin Valley I would think that mystery flavor might have been hay :)

  • James Roscoe

    Biltmore wines are made with California juice for the most part folks.

  • James Roscoe

    Biltmore wines are made with California juice for the most part folks.

  • http://www.pfortmillers.com/ PFORTY

    Dude, seriously don’t hate on Michael! He was all we had in Chicago for many years!!!! He made the 90’s!

    Thanks for the honesty in this episode. It speaks voulmes about you. And it’s inspiring.

    But don’t hate on Michael. I’ll join you in drinking the hateorade for BB and Brady though!!

  • http://www.pfortmillers.com PFORTY

    Dude, seriously don’t hate on Michael! He was all we had in Chicago for many years!!!! He made the 90’s!

    Thanks for the honesty in this episode. It speaks voulmes about you. And it’s inspiring.

    But don’t hate on Michael. I’ll join you in drinking the hateorade for BB and Brady though!!

  • Kirk

    Hahahaha….what a great QOTD: What did happen to the “no-win beard”? Great show thanks for the laughter & honesty….

  • Kirk

    Hahahaha….what a great QOTD: What did happen to the “no-win beard”? Great show thanks for the laughter & honesty….

  • Derek

    Very interesting wines…

    QOTD: wait until the game is COMPLETELY OVER before shaving!!!
    Dont worry Eric…we dont hate you…LOL!!

  • Derek

    Very interesting wines…

    QOTD: wait until the game is COMPLETELY OVER before shaving!!!
    Dont worry Eric…we dont hate you…LOL!!

  • http://pipetree.blog.163.com/ Fred Liu

    Hey Gary…as a most loved 13-age wine show on the internet…please…reduce…reuse…and recycle…That is a whole bottle…#_#

  • http://pipetree.blog.163.com/ Fred Liu

    Hey Gary…as a most loved 13-age wine show on the internet…please…reduce…reuse…and recycle…That is a whole bottle…#_#

  • http://pipetree.blog.163.com/ Fred Liu

    No sorry, last comments I attached on this was for the episode #346

  • http://pipetree.blog.163.com/ Fred Liu

    No sorry, last comments I attached on this was for the episode #346

  • Susan

    Gary-I have to say a big THANK YOU to you and whoever else helped you to get some NC wines!!! I hope that you like the Biltmore Estate wines better than these!!! :)

  • Susan

    Gary-I have to say a big THANK YOU to you and whoever else helped you to get some NC wines!!! I hope that you like the Biltmore Estate wines better than these!!! :)

  • Jim B

    Weak ass move on the cork crawl!!! Jordan hater – ugh! I’m a huge 80’S and 90’s bulls fan, not good. Interesting take on the NC wines. My take on this stuff is when you are traveling in the area, with family or whatever, it’s nice to pick up a bottle of this stuff and drink while your there. Kind of do as they do in NC and your able to justify the higher prices because your on vacation, blah blah blah.

    Otherwise would never actually buy this stuff and add to the collection at the homestead……!

  • Jim B

    Weak ass move on the cork crawl!!! Jordan hater – ugh! I’m a huge 80’S and 90’s bulls fan, not good. Interesting take on the NC wines. My take on this stuff is when you are traveling in the area, with family or whatever, it’s nice to pick up a bottle of this stuff and drink while your there. Kind of do as they do in NC and your able to justify the higher prices because your on vacation, blah blah blah.

    Otherwise would never actually buy this stuff and add to the collection at the homestead……!

  • Seth

    Just picked up the Childress Pinnacle Meritage at my local grocery store! Thanks for bringing this local”ish” producer to my attention GV! Cheers!

  • Seth

    Just picked up the Childress Pinnacle Meritage at my local grocery store! Thanks for bringing this local”ish” producer to my attention GV! Cheers!

  • http://www.webtertainment.tv/ Nuno Teixeira

    It’s all about the honesty. The worst part of giving a bad critique on something is giving the bad critique to someone who chooses not to listen. This doesn’t mean they need to change a darn thing that you hate about what you critiqued negatively; they can do whatever makes them happy to do for their own enjoyment. Criticism, if taken with an open mind, is offered as a voice that might open up opportunities otherwise missed. They are meant to provoke thought and enlightenment.

    Those are my 2 cents for you all! Thanks Gary, for being true for the fans! (And I can’t believe you made a Ricola reference… man oh man, it took me back. My mom’s dog is called “Nikko” and I always call for “NIIIICOLAAAA” when I get to her house, haha).

  • http://www.webtertainment.tv Nuno Teixeira

    It’s all about the honesty. The worst part of giving a bad critique on something is giving the bad critique to someone who chooses not to listen. This doesn’t mean they need to change a darn thing that you hate about what you critiqued negatively; they can do whatever makes them happy to do for their own enjoyment. Criticism, if taken with an open mind, is offered as a voice that might open up opportunities otherwise missed. They are meant to provoke thought and enlightenment.

    Those are my 2 cents for you all! Thanks Gary, for being true for the fans! (And I can’t believe you made a Ricola reference… man oh man, it took me back. My mom’s dog is called “Nikko” and I always call for “NIIIICOLAAAA” when I get to her house, haha).

  • Moose

    NC – not NEXT wine trip, but maybe in 2030… got it.

  • Moose

    NC – not NEXT wine trip, but maybe in 2030… got it.

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

    Hard to hate anyone. Let’s just say I have a lack of enthusiasm for people who don’t value freedom.

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

    Hard to hate anyone. Let’s just say I have a lack of enthusiasm for people who don’t value freedom.

  • Mark in Fresno

    First of all, I thought the powder blue reference was referring to the SD Super Chargers. B-ball is pretty big in NC, I guess…

    I did some tasting in the Yadkin while visiting my sister last summer, and I found an undertone common in all the wines I tried: dusty butteriness on the midpalate (not in a good way). One wine that stood out for me was the Shelton Chardonnay, especially since I’m an ABC kind of guy. Also, their vineyard was the best looking vineyard I saw. Did not make it to Childress, but will try to get out there next time.

  • Mark in Fresno

    First of all, I thought the powder blue reference was referring to the SD Super Chargers. B-ball is pretty big in NC, I guess…

    I did some tasting in the Yadkin while visiting my sister last summer, and I found an undertone common in all the wines I tried: dusty butteriness on the midpalate (not in a good way). One wine that stood out for me was the Shelton Chardonnay, especially since I’m an ABC kind of guy. Also, their vineyard was the best looking vineyard I saw. Did not make it to Childress, but will try to get out there next time.

  • Jim

    Richard Childress makes some of the best wines on the east coast. He is in the southern Yadkin Valley. His pinot gris is fantastic as well.

  • Jim

    Richard Childress makes some of the best wines on the east coast. He is in the southern Yadkin Valley. His pinot gris is fantastic as well.

  • BobbyTiger

    Just playing “catch up time”. Sorry that the wines were not as exciting as the state. However, the ACC is still the best in basketball, the Canes are leading their division, and Tift Merritt just released her third CD. So not all is as bad as it seems in Carolina.

  • BobbyTiger

    Just playing “catch up time”. Sorry that the wines were not as exciting as the state. However, the ACC is still the best in basketball, the Canes are leading their division, and Tift Merritt just released her third CD. So not all is as bad as it seems in Carolina.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    QOTD: I think you realised the Jets wernt going to win for some time and decided to change it to when the Knicks won. *cough* Copout *cough*….. *wink* Boy did SC face your wrath today, Gary. You wernt nice to Rag Apple at all. I know you have to be honest but damn… lol. At least the other wines showed some promise. You never want to see honest people put their lives into something then fail.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    QOTD: I think you realised the Jets wernt going to win for some time and decided to change it to when the Knicks won. *cough* Copout *cough*….. *wink* Boy did SC face your wrath today, Gary. You wernt nice to Rag Apple at all. I know you have to be honest but damn… lol. At least the other wines showed some promise. You never want to see honest people put their lives into something then fail.

  • Adrian aka AnGkEr

    Great show as always…. the cabernet franc sounds tempting….Just a note though on the spreadsheet..it does not list Episode#343,#344,#345 and #346. Just curious anyway.

  • Adrian aka AnGkEr

    Great show as always…. the cabernet franc sounds tempting….Just a note though on the spreadsheet..it does not list Episode#343,#344,#345 and #346. Just curious anyway.

  • ulu ulu ulu ulu

    North Carolina is beautiful. I wonder how their ridiculously hot summers play on the wine.

  • ulu ulu ulu ulu

    North Carolina is beautiful. I wonder how their ridiculously hot summers play on the wine.

  • BobW

    Just missed??!!

  • John_Kenneth

    qotd: I'm guessin the wife made him shave it off

    Thanks SS

  • corkscrew

    I think I have tried some wines from N.C. pazz QOTD-our current group of idiots in D.C. http://www.winelx.com

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