EP 591 George Taber Talks Wine and Drinks Some Too!

George Taber stops by the Thunder Show and talks wine and other things.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Chalone Chalone Vineyard ChardonnayOther California Chardonnay
2004 Freemark Abbey Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet

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Luca Bercelli

91/100

line of the day – ‘Preach it George…SAY IT’

The ‘Bottleshock’ guy is a great guest with loads of good anecdotes

Tags: cabernet, california, George Taber, napa, red, review, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • AaronB

    QOTD: I used to prefer cork only, but lately I have been more accepting of screw caps, particularly with whites. For reds, I definitely prefer real cork. I really hate the plastic corks. Unfortunately one of my favorite local wineries is now using them exclusively. >:(

  • AaronB

    QOTD: I used to prefer cork only, but lately I have been more accepting of screw caps, particularly with whites. For reds, I definitely prefer real cork. I really hate the plastic corks. Unfortunately one of my favorite local wineries is now using them exclusively. >:(

  • Ron Saikowski

    Great to see both of you together after your stint at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. Opposites do well with George being the “perfect gentleman” and Gary with his ADHD, over expressive bundle of energy.
    George’s research shows lots of passion in determining the best closure. For crisp wines intended to be drunk young, the screw cap is tops. For wines meant to age, cork seems to have the advantage with micro-oxygenation occuring via the porous cork as the wine ages. Synthetics work great also with every-day style wines.

    You should have shown the closures on those two wines being tasted on an up-close basis to shown/comment on the cork closure quality.

    Lastly, NASA technology has a “box to remove the cork taint (TCA)from wine

  • Ron Saikowski

    Great to see both of you together after your stint at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. Opposites do well with George being the “perfect gentleman” and Gary with his ADHD, over expressive bundle of energy.
    George’s research shows lots of passion in determining the best closure. For crisp wines intended to be drunk young, the screw cap is tops. For wines meant to age, cork seems to have the advantage with micro-oxygenation occuring via the porous cork as the wine ages. Synthetics work great also with every-day style wines.

    You should have shown the closures on those two wines being tasted on an up-close basis to shown/comment on the cork closure quality.

    Lastly, NASA technology has a “box to remove the cork taint (TCA)from wine

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com/ Andrew D

    Cheers Gary

    Interesting show

    QOTD: screwtop without a doubt. I’m Australian and I often wont by wine to cellar if it’s sealed with a cork. It’s interesting that you mention the quaility of cork as I really feel the Portugese cork industry led to their own downfall by sending such rubbish quaility corks to Australia (and NZ) for so long. Diam is certainly a better than traditional corks, but from my own personal experiences and those of all the wine makers I’ve spoken to in Australia stelvin are the superior seal. The other thing I hate are those crap plastic corks, why do people bother, they are terrible and a stelvin is a much better option.

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • http://eatinghk.blogspot.com Andrew D

    Cheers Gary

    Interesting show

    QOTD: screwtop without a doubt. I’m Australian and I often wont by wine to cellar if it’s sealed with a cork. It’s interesting that you mention the quaility of cork as I really feel the Portugese cork industry led to their own downfall by sending such rubbish quaility corks to Australia (and NZ) for so long. Diam is certainly a better than traditional corks, but from my own personal experiences and those of all the wine makers I’ve spoken to in Australia stelvin are the superior seal. The other thing I hate are those crap plastic corks, why do people bother, they are terrible and a stelvin is a much better option.

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • Ryan D

    QotD: Favorite closure is probably still corks… though the most memorable wine I’ve had was an Austrian Zweigelt liter that had a poptop on it [like a beer bottle].

  • Ryan D

    QotD: Favorite closure is probably still corks… though the most memorable wine I’ve had was an Austrian Zweigelt liter that had a poptop on it [like a beer bottle].

  • Russ J

    Great show! Taber was able to keep up with Gary, and get his thoughts in, edgewise…..

    QOTD: I just like good wine. I don’t have a favorite closure. I have had a few cork issues over the years, but very few. I have no problem with screw caps.

  • Russ J

    Great show! Taber was able to keep up with Gary, and get his thoughts in, edgewise…..

    QOTD: I just like good wine. I don’t have a favorite closure. I have had a few cork issues over the years, but very few. I have no problem with screw caps.

  • Eagleputt

    I have read and enjoyed both wine books by the guest. Good show Gary and for crap sake, it’s Gary’s show, so if he wants to interupt his guests, it’s his perogative. The guests don’t seem to mind. If his ADD interview style is bugging you feel free to tune in to Oprah.

    QoTD: Some progressive wine makers are closing their bottles with both cork and steel closures so as to be able to be see how their better wines age over time with each closure. I have no problem with steel closures for wine meant to be consumed now. Until it’s proven that wine meant to be aged will still evolve with a steel closure as it does with cork I will continue to purchase my better wine with cork.

  • Eagleputt

    I have read and enjoyed both wine books by the guest. Good show Gary and for crap sake, it’s Gary’s show, so if he wants to interupt his guests, it’s his perogative. The guests don’t seem to mind. If his ADD interview style is bugging you feel free to tune in to Oprah.

    QoTD: Some progressive wine makers are closing their bottles with both cork and steel closures so as to be able to be see how their better wines age over time with each closure. I have no problem with steel closures for wine meant to be consumed now. Until it’s proven that wine meant to be aged will still evolve with a steel closure as it does with cork I will continue to purchase my better wine with cork.

  • yowens

    Really cool show and a nice guy. QOTD: I;m still down with the cork even though rationally I realize it’s not the best closure for wine.

  • yowens

    Really cool show and a nice guy. QOTD: I;m still down with the cork even though rationally I realize it’s not the best closure for wine.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    What a fantsastic guest to have on the show. It must have been an amazing experience to be part of the judgement. I cant imagine the feeling and atmosphere that went on. QOTD: Cork. Theres something romantic about the pop of the bottle, but I dont care what kind of closure is used if they all protect the wine and all help wines age the same way. Also, a few years ago I wasnt evening drinking wine. Now I have a pretty nice collection in the making…. Gary can take some credit for that. 😛

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    What a fantsastic guest to have on the show. It must have been an amazing experience to be part of the judgement. I cant imagine the feeling and atmosphere that went on. QOTD: Cork. Theres something romantic about the pop of the bottle, but I dont care what kind of closure is used if they all protect the wine and all help wines age the same way. Also, a few years ago I wasnt evening drinking wine. Now I have a pretty nice collection in the making…. Gary can take some credit for that. 😛

  • Pangaea

    This is one of my favorite episodes. Im half way through “Judgment of Paris” and drinking Chalone Chardonnay tonight(albeit their Monterey County line). Good stuff and mite even be my favorite non-French value white wine so far.

    Just waiting for To Cork or Not To Cork to come out on paperback!

  • Pangaea

    This is one of my favorite episodes. Im half way through “Judgment of Paris” and drinking Chalone Chardonnay tonight(albeit their Monterey County line). Good stuff and mite even be my favorite non-French value white wine so far.

    Just waiting for To Cork or Not To Cork to come out on paperback!

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: I still don’t think different screwcap liner closures are supplied with enough information on ageing potential.

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: I still don’t think different screwcap liner closures are supplied with enough information on ageing potential.

  • John__J

    qotd; favorite to open-cork, favorite safe bet-screw cap

  • Anonymous

    Have read both his books (one is autographed), great guest. Have tried both wines. QOTD-cork but have no issue with screwcap. http://www.winelx.com

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

    91/100

    line of the day – ‘Preach it George…SAY IT’

    The ‘Bottleshock’ guy is a great guest with loads of good anecdotes

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