EP 549 A Very Cool Winemaker Visits the Thunder Show

Charles Smith of K Vintners shares his wine philosophy and tastes 4 of his Washington state wines with Gary Vaynerchuk.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Kung Fu Girl Riesling
2007 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 K-vintners OvideColumbia Valley Red Meritage
2006 K-vintners Morrison Lane SyrahWashington Syrah

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Luca Bercelli

92/100

line of the day – ‘It’s like that gorgeous 47 year old woman who’s a class act, but if you go wrong on her she’ll rip your face off.’

Great feelgood episode with an interesting and knowledgable guest and Gary keeping it real with his scores

Tags: cabernet, red, review, Riesling, Syrah, Video, washington state, white, wine, wines

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  • mjr

    great guest. bring him back some time & always give your guests plenty of “space” to speak.
    great episode
    many thanks 2 u & mott
    mjr

  • wannaBconnoisseur

    Great show! Very cool guest!

    Q- soon i hope

  • wannaBconnoisseur

    Great show! Very cool guest!

    Q- soon i hope

  • C-Lo

    GV, I’m catching up on old episodes and I about freaked when you said “we’re keeping it real” in this episode! This show was really fun; here’s to keeping it real!

  • C-Lo

    GV, I’m catching up on old episodes and I about freaked when you said “we’re keeping it real” in this episode! This show was really fun; here’s to keeping it real!

  • mjr

    great guest. great show. many thanks. & the wines are available in tokyo!
    mjr
    nakano, tokyo.

  • mjr

    great guest. great show. many thanks. & the wines are available in tokyo!
    mjr
    nakano, tokyo.

  • Chris

    GREAT GREAT show. Living in WA, I have the pleasure of enjoying many of these wines, and recently took a trip to Walla Walla. For those of you in the Sonoma/Napa rut and are looking for something new (with more reasonable housing and wine van driver rates) give it a try.

  • Chris

    GREAT GREAT show. Living in WA, I have the pleasure of enjoying many of these wines, and recently took a trip to Walla Walla. For those of you in the Sonoma/Napa rut and are looking for something new (with more reasonable housing and wine van driver rates) give it a try.

  • http://stuscrace.blogspot.com/ Stu Scrace

    I love this guy’s philosophy on wine, great guy, have to try his stuff some time

  • http://stuscrace.blogspot.com Stu Scrace

    I love this guy’s philosophy on wine, great guy, have to try his stuff some time

  • http://www.trocard.fr/pages/accueil.php Kristen

    Freakin sweet episode! I loved this episode! Charles Smith is crazy, but totally awesome! He has such great ideas about wine – love his philosophies and I respect all of the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into it (as I am now just realizing how difficult it is)!

    QOTD: All of us Vayniacs are extremely tiny!

  • http://www.trocard.fr/pages/accueil.php Kristen

    Freakin sweet episode! I loved this episode! Charles Smith is crazy, but totally awesome! He has such great ideas about wine – love his philosophies and I respect all of the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into it (as I am now just realizing how difficult it is)!

    QOTD: All of us Vayniacs are extremely tiny!

  • http://wallawallawinewoman.com/ Catie

    Great as always – – both of them.
    Cheers from another Walla Wallan

  • http://wallawallawinewoman.com Catie

    Great as always – – both of them.
    Cheers from another Walla Wallan

  • Randyree

    Walla Walla wines rock, and so does Charles Smith. The world of wine needs more of his take on things.

  • Randyree

    Walla Walla wines rock, and so does Charles Smith. The world of wine needs more of his take on things.

  • yowens

    Awesome show. I hope to definitely hit up Charles Smith next year on our wine trip. If I see his wines I’m all over them.

  • yowens

    Awesome show. I hope to definitely hit up Charles Smith next year on our wine trip. If I see his wines I’m all over them.

  • mjr

    great show. many thanks 2 u guys.

  • mjr

    great show. many thanks 2 u guys.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Awesome, awesome show. Mr. Smith is 100% kickass and to me has been the most passionate winemaker youve had on the show. You can see his very soul are in these wines. Im def. interested now and will buy one at my local shop. QOTD: I live here and am planning a trip to both Walla Walla and Yakima this spring/summer with the folks. I’ll be sure to check you out!

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Awesome, awesome show. Mr. Smith is 100% kickass and to me has been the most passionate winemaker youve had on the show. You can see his very soul are in these wines. Im def. interested now and will buy one at my local shop. QOTD: I live here and am planning a trip to both Walla Walla and Yakima this spring/summer with the folks. I’ll be sure to check you out!

  • George

    BEST Episode !!!!!!!!!!

    I really enjoyed this episode your guest was a really nice down to earth person . I think its nice that he made the single vineyard for both his mom and dad. He is very passionate with his profession and creation and thats just great. Gary as always great show good job with all the information given
    in this episode as well as past episodes and hope you have many more .

  • George

    BEST Episode !!!!!!!!!!

    I really enjoyed this episode your guest was a really nice down to earth person . I think its nice that he made the single vineyard for both his mom and dad. He is very passionate with his profession and creation and thats just great. Gary as always great show good job with all the information given
    in this episode as well as past episodes and hope you have many more .

  • Alex Vazquez

    How cool was this guy!!…ya you too Gary. Makes me want to head out and visit his vineyard right away (I already purchased his Viognier, lookin’ forward to more). This is the type of personality I love to see in the wine world, and business in general. Passion for his product, and respect for the consumer. I will support both you and Charles, and spread the word all day long.

  • Alex Vazquez

    How cool was this guy!!…ya you too Gary. Makes me want to head out and visit his vineyard right away (I already purchased his Viognier, lookin’ forward to more). This is the type of personality I love to see in the wine world, and business in general. Passion for his product, and respect for the consumer. I will support both you and Charles, and spread the word all day long.

  • Paryb

    Just rewatched this episode because K wines are featured on Wine.woot this week, looking forward to some awesome Juice!

  • Paryb

    Just rewatched this episode because K wines are featured on Wine.woot this week, looking forward to some awesome Juice!

  • Grant

    Been drinking C.S. wines for awhile now. He definitely knows how to make delicious wines. The Kung fu girl is a great summer quaffer. Check out “the creator”, amazing fruit without being the typical over the top fruit bomb. Talent to be jealous of. Nice to see him on the thunder show as I am catching up.

  • Grant

    Been drinking C.S. wines for awhile now. He definitely knows how to make delicious wines. The Kung fu girl is a great summer quaffer. Check out “the creator”, amazing fruit without being the typical over the top fruit bomb. Talent to be jealous of. Nice to see him on the thunder show as I am catching up.

  • http://chocolatetv.anderschokladprovning.se/ AndersN

    Read an Q&A(swedish wine expert)stating that Washington state is the only place in the world exept Pomerol, where Merlot’s outclass Cab in terms of consistenency and quality. Haven’t been able to find a Washington merlot tasting of yours. Wouldn’t that be fun to have one?

  • Anders

    Read an Q&A(swedish wine expert)stating that Washington state is the only place in the world exept Pomerol, where Merlot’s outclass Cab in terms of consistenency and quality. Haven’t been able to find a Washington merlot tasting of yours. Wouldn’t that be fun to have one?

  • Easty

    Just came back from my local wine bar – I remembered the Kung Fu Girl from seeing it on the episode — very good, though I am cringing over the $44 we spent on the bottle after hearing the suggested retail price…..

  • Easty

    Just came back from my local wine bar – I remembered the Kung Fu Girl from seeing it on the episode — very good, though I am cringing over the $44 we spent on the bottle after hearing the suggested retail price…..

  • nnothing

    awesome guest…. definitely some stuff i gotta try

  • nnothing

    awesome guest…. definitely some stuff i gotta try

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  • davidmarriottjr

    I've picked grapes in Walla Walla! And crushed, bottled, labelled, and boxed… I used to work for Peter Dow at Cavatappi Winery… Picked the first Nebbiolo grapes in Washington state…

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  • WesMcAllister

    So I was shocked when I saw who Charles Smith was. I have herd so many great things about how he is a rock star with wine. Yet I did not expect this. Thanks for introducing him to me Gary. I am now going to try even more of his wines.

  • Anonymous

    Have not tried these wines but have had a Charles Smith wine, big fruit bombs, he looks like an old Van Halen..interesting character. QOTD-stupid camera question, Washington is on the list to visit. http://www.winelx.com

  • John__J

    Charles was a cool guest, I’ve been carrying his Kung Fu Girl for a few years now.

    I think censoring so called obscene language is among the world’s silliest things, and this is probably the 1st time I’ve done it to myself but; I love how sh*t got censored on this episode but you guys let f*ck go though without being bleeped out. That was pretty cool.

  • http://twitter.com/WeeklyCrush Michael Caputo

    If you want a bright acid Riesling you should try Amity Vineyards Estate Dry Riesling

  • Hypersomnia

    Cool guest. I’ll look for the Riesling, going to be hard to get the others.

    QOTD: Probably not any time soon unfortunately.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630276710 Luca Bercelli

    92/100

    line of the day – ‘It’s like that gorgeous 47 year old woman who’s a class act, but if you go wrong on her she’ll rip your face off.’

    Great feelgood episode with an interesting and knowledgable guest and Gary keeping it real with his scores

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630276710 Luca Bercelli

    92/100

    line of the day – ‘It’s like that gorgeous 47 year old woman who’s a class act, but if you go wrong on her she’ll rip your face off.’

    Great feelgood episode with an interesting and knowledgable guest and Gary keeping it real with his scores

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