EP 461 California vs Washington State Syrah Showdown

Today in a head to head confrontation Gary Vaynerchuk pits 2 Syrahs against each other, one from Washington State and the other from California.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Rhapsody3 Syrah
2005 Gramercy Cellars Walla Walla Valley Syrah

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Joe Price

Whats this Gary V? I always have to remember to turn my volume down in my headphones during your entrance…was thinking, does he know the cameras on???

CKC vaaaaa tech!!!

Tags: california, Head to Head, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • http://www.wineryatlagrange.com/ GR8wine

    Thanks for the episode but it was a bit dissapointing (not the episode, the outcome of 2 $30 US syrahs from premium US winegrowing regions). This in itself is educational. Can’t say I can recall the most disappointing $30 bottle. I will say I’ve been disappointed by many bottles in that range at restaurants but I don’t count those since restaurants gat away with highway robbery in their wine markups. (maybe you should do a show about that!). So what are the 17-18 bones Syrahs from France that would compare favorably?

  • http://www.wineryatlagrange.com GR8wine

    Thanks for the episode but it was a bit dissapointing (not the episode, the outcome of 2 $30 US syrahs from premium US winegrowing regions). This in itself is educational. Can’t say I can recall the most disappointing $30 bottle. I will say I’ve been disappointed by many bottles in that range at restaurants but I don’t count those since restaurants gat away with highway robbery in their wine markups. (maybe you should do a show about that!). So what are the 17-18 bones Syrahs from France that would compare favorably?

  • Mondavi4Life

    Washington Syrahs? They cant even compare to Napa Valleys Syrahs. Its like comparing a Smart Car to a Bentley Continental.

    My top 5 Syrahs/Shiraz of all-time:

    Guigal La Mouline
    Penfolds Grange
    SQN Just For The Love Of It
    Jaboulet La Chapelle
    Robert Mondavi Private Select Syrah-unreal value cmpared to the other 4!

  • Mondavi4Life

    Washington Syrahs? They cant even compare to Napa Valleys Syrahs. Its like comparing a Smart Car to a Bentley Continental.

    My top 5 Syrahs/Shiraz of all-time:

    Guigal La Mouline
    Penfolds Grange
    SQN Just For The Love Of It
    Jaboulet La Chapelle
    Robert Mondavi Private Select Syrah-unreal value cmpared to the other 4!

  • Charlie Berg

    I really like the new format, Gary, back and forth is like a real fight.
    QOTD: The name isn’t coming to me, but it was a St. Emilion from a non-Premier cru producer from 2003. It just didn’t have anything on the nose, and I mean anything! Just a hint of dusty raspberry, both when I just opened it and after it had been decanted for a couple of hours. kinda surprising.

  • Charlie Berg

    I really like the new format, Gary, back and forth is like a real fight.
    QOTD: The name isn’t coming to me, but it was a St. Emilion from a non-Premier cru producer from 2003. It just didn’t have anything on the nose, and I mean anything! Just a hint of dusty raspberry, both when I just opened it and after it had been decanted for a couple of hours. kinda surprising.

  • Luis Felipe

    QOTD – I got nothing.

  • Luis Felipe

    QOTD – I got nothing.

  • damon aka unknownwine

    don’t remember names, but red burgundy for $30 I’ve have very bad luck with. Seems like a risky category to me.

  • damon aka unknownwine

    don’t remember names, but red burgundy for $30 I’ve have very bad luck with. Seems like a risky category to me.

  • Sassodoro

    QOTD. I have had too many $30-disappointments and $3-closeout-miracles to remember specifics. In general, though, I don’t recall a recent $30 Pinot Noir that brought much thunder, whether Burgundy or Oregon or New Zealand. Oregon Pinot Noir at about $40 starts getting good.

  • Sassodoro

    QOTD. I have had too many $30-disappointments and $3-closeout-miracles to remember specifics. In general, though, I don’t recall a recent $30 Pinot Noir that brought much thunder, whether Burgundy or Oregon or New Zealand. Oregon Pinot Noir at about $40 starts getting good.

  • Dan-o

    GV – you have me stumped on the QOTD. I am certain that I have been underwhelmed by some wines at 30 bones, but I tend to remember the great bargains. I just scord some 1999 Balnaves The Blend (Connawarra Aussie Bordeaux style blend) from my old merchant in NC at ~$6 per bottle – a steal!

  • Dan-o

    GV – you have me stumped on the QOTD. I am certain that I have been underwhelmed by some wines at 30 bones, but I tend to remember the great bargains. I just scord some 1999 Balnaves The Blend (Connawarra Aussie Bordeaux style blend) from my old merchant in NC at ~$6 per bottle – a steal!

  • Ben F

    Great show GV i like the quick in out format sometimes…

  • Ben F

    Great show GV i like the quick in out format sometimes…

  • James

    Dude, UFC over Boxing any day 😎

    I like Syrah so much… I find I have really good luck in picking them between 20 and 30 bucks

  • James

    Dude, UFC over Boxing any day 😎

    I like Syrah so much… I find I have really good luck in picking them between 20 and 30 bucks

  • Tommy Vernieri

    QOTD: The most dissapointing $30 of wine I’ve had was the 2003 Elderton Shiraz. We had it at our Third Thirsty Thursday Tasting blind and it was in the lower half of the six we tasted from just about everyone’s scores (check out wine dot scribblewiki dot com, we did Shiraz in April).

  • Tommy Vernieri

    QOTD: The most dissapointing $30 of wine I’ve had was the 2003 Elderton Shiraz. We had it at our Third Thirsty Thursday Tasting blind and it was in the lower half of the six we tasted from just about everyone’s scores (check out wine dot scribblewiki dot com, we did Shiraz in April).

  • DeathValleyHiker

    8/08/08 Just paid $9.99 for a bottle of Bourassa Rhapsode3 Syrah 2005 at Grocery Outlet in Hemet Ca.

  • DeathValleyHiker

    8/08/08 Just paid $9.99 for a bottle of Bourassa Rhapsode3 Syrah 2005 at Grocery Outlet in Hemet Ca.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Im happy with the result. Its another mark in the win colum for Washington state, baby! A win is a win! QOTD: Probably a 1998 Pierre d’ Arche Sauternes. I cant actually remember if it WAS $30 ( I doubt it ). But its the only wine that Ive drank lately that was over $20 that was meh. Heck, it was beyond meh. I dont think it was corked, but it literally had one flavor, and that flavor was air with sugar. Horrible effort. Hopefully it was just the bottle and not the overall wine.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Im happy with the result. Its another mark in the win colum for Washington state, baby! A win is a win! QOTD: Probably a 1998 Pierre d’ Arche Sauternes. I cant actually remember if it WAS $30 ( I doubt it ). But its the only wine that Ive drank lately that was over $20 that was meh. Heck, it was beyond meh. I dont think it was corked, but it literally had one flavor, and that flavor was air with sugar. Horrible effort. Hopefully it was just the bottle and not the overall wine.

  • mrzitro

    Looking for a Washington Syrah on Google brought me to this episode.

    QOTD: the Pomum Shya

  • mrzitro

    Looking for a Washington Syrah on Google brought me to this episode.

    QOTD: the Pomum Shya

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    You Made Some Good Points There. I Did a Search on the Topic and Found Most People Will Agree with Your Words. Thank You!

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  • http://snurl.com/stockassault Knipe

    You Made Some Good Points There. I Did a Search on the Topic and Found Most People Will Agree with Your Words. Thank You!

    P.S: Please Take a Minute to Visit My Website as Well: http://snurl.com/stockassault

  • corkscrew

    Have not had either, like Syrah's alot. QOTD-Les Cretes….. http://www.winelx.com

  • John__J

    qotd: a Burgundy from Louis Jadot out of Vougeot.

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

    30 bones…kinda expensive for the CKC crowd. lol. but regardless thanks for the insight! hope to see you at Virginia Tech soon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Price/68139320 Joe Price

    Whats this Gary V? I always have to remember to turn my volume down in my headphones during your entrance…was thinking, does he know the cameras on???

    CKC vaaaaa tech!!!

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