EP 612 ZAP! (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers)

Gary Vaynerchuk is among the first to taste a Zinfandel from the most diverse vineyard imaginable.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Heritage Vineyards Zinfandel

Links mentioned in today’s episode.

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Luca Bercelli

85/100

line of the day – ‘Mott link it up…and don’t make faces’

Very short episode and apart from one small dig at Mott, not much else going on here

Tags: california, red, review, Video, wine, wines, zinfandel

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  • MattUD

    Pretty cool, the ZAP people sending you this bottle to try on the show. Favorite wine event so far had to be the first open house at the WL!

  • MattUD

    Pretty cool, the ZAP people sending you this bottle to try on the show. Favorite wine event so far had to be the first open house at the WL!

  • Greg Z

    Love a good Zin. I just tried a wonderful $16 Zin called Volante. Their 04 won best of show, double gold at the LA County Show. I will send you an 04 and an 06 which hasn’t been tasted yet. They only make a couple hundred cases.

  • Greg Z

    Love a good Zin. I just tried a wonderful $16 Zin called Volante. Their 04 won best of show, double gold at the LA County Show. I will send you an 04 and an 06 which hasn’t been tasted yet. They only make a couple hundred cases.

  • http://www.cheapwinefinder.com/ cheap wine finder

    Hey Gary that zinfandel.org website link is messed up. It has two http://'s in there.

  • http://www.cheapwinefinder.com cheap wine finder

    Hey Gary that zinfandel.org website link is messed up. It has two http://'s in there.

  • Ben N.

    Good show. EOS makes a nice Zin.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I love your Grand Tastings at The Manor. I would even be happy with tastings on a smaller scale, but that one is my favorite of the year. I’ve been to The Virginia Wine Festival a few years ago, an outdoors event which was fun, but a little difficult to navigate and of course only serving Virginia wines.

  • Ben N.

    Good show. EOS makes a nice Zin.

  • WineWoman

    QOTD: I love your Grand Tastings at The Manor. I would even be happy with tastings on a smaller scale, but that one is my favorite of the year. I’ve been to The Virginia Wine Festival a few years ago, an outdoors event which was fun, but a little difficult to navigate and of course only serving Virginia wines.

  • John Farrin

    5

  • Phil G

    QOTD: Vinitaly was great!

  • Phil G

    QOTD: Vinitaly was great!

  • Phil G

    love zin – have a good weekend!

  • Phil G

    love zin – have a good weekend!

  • Andy

    You need to do more Zin shows G .
    QOTD—— Yadkin Valley Wine Fest in Elkin NC , Great wine, food and good music . Late May every year …… only NC wines

  • Andy

    You need to do more Zin shows G .
    QOTD—— Yadkin Valley Wine Fest in Elkin NC , Great wine, food and good music . Late May every year …… only NC wines

  • http://www.nashvillewineauction.com/ Collin

    l’Ete’ du Vin. America’s oldest charity wine auction held each Spring/Summer in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • http://www.nashvillewineauction.com Collin

    l’Ete’ du Vin. America’s oldest charity wine auction held each Spring/Summer in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Dr. Dan

    I’ve already opened up a Barolo for drinking later today; otherwise, I’d be opening a Zin now. This episode gets me excited. The last Zin that I had, about 2 weeks ago, was 15.9 alcohol, but the fruit was so intense that I couldn’t detect any excess alcohol. Truly amazing.

  • Dr. Dan

    I’ve already opened up a Barolo for drinking later today; otherwise, I’d be opening a Zin now. This episode gets me excited. The last Zin that I had, about 2 weeks ago, was 15.9 alcohol, but the fruit was so intense that I couldn’t detect any excess alcohol. Truly amazing.

  • rambler

    haven’t had a tone of zin—- what i did have always left me wanting a little more out of the grape. I was through Sanoma last week and had some very good examples.
    QOTD: Tasting through a line of amazing wines with Margo Van Saveren. We spent about 1hr with her as she led us through the tasting and the blending of Cing Cepages…top 10 moments in wine for sure.

  • http://none rambler

    haven’t had a tone of zin—- what i did have always left me wanting a little more out of the grape. I was through Sanoma last week and had some very good examples.
    QOTD: Tasting through a line of amazing wines with Margo Van Saveren. We spent about 1hr with her as she led us through the tasting and the blending of Cing Cepages…top 10 moments in wine for sure.

  • RADV

    top 10!

  • RADV

    top 10!

  • GlennB

    Zins and wine events;

    Best Zins are mountain grown with some care to Alcohol and over-ripeness.
    elegant and powerful and rustic too!
    Faves, Maybe the Montelena or Peter Franus Brandlin ranch.

    Best show:
    travelling Italian show in Oct. / Nov. here in Toronto or in NYC.

    and a great early wine experience circa 1993 (when it was novel).

    keep up the energy Y’all, and congrats on a human Pres. I hope the VEEP is not like last one.

  • GlennB

    Zins and wine events;

    Best Zins are mountain grown with some care to Alcohol and over-ripeness.
    elegant and powerful and rustic too!
    Faves, Maybe the Montelena or Peter Franus Brandlin ranch.

    Best show:
    travelling Italian show in Oct. / Nov. here in Toronto or in NYC.

    and a great early wine experience circa 1993 (when it was novel).

    keep up the energy Y’all, and congrats on a human Pres. I hope the VEEP is not like last one.

  • Red

    Nice show Gary. Love the UC Davis reference-GO AGS!

    QOTD: President’s Day Wine Weekend in Murphys, Calaveras County, CA.

  • Red

    Nice show Gary. Love the UC Davis reference-GO AGS!

    QOTD: President’s Day Wine Weekend in Murphys, Calaveras County, CA.

  • http://thegrandcrew.wordpress.com Kenny Galloway

    QOTD: Le Grand Tasting in Paris, 21-22 November 2009. All the top producers and personalities in France show up. 25 euros to taste as many grand crus and 100-300 dollar wine you can imagine. Tons of value plays as well. It’s organized by the famous French wine critics Bettane and Desseauve. This year I had the chance to meet Philippe Guigal at a Prestige Tasting of his La Turque Cote-Rotie, that was WOW for sure. However, the wine that most excited me was a Côtes du Jura Vin de Paille from Château d?Arlay. Very sweet yet very refined and a total nuts explosion! I sipped and spat out over 100 wines during the event. YUMMY!

  • http://thegrandcrew.wordpress.com/ Kenny Galloway

    QOTD: Le Grand Tasting in Paris, 21-22 November 2009. All the top producers and personalities in France show up. 25 euros to taste as many grand crus and 100-300 dollar wine you can imagine. Tons of value plays as well. It’s organized by the famous French wine critics Bettane and Desseauve. This year I had the chance to meet Philippe Guigal at a Prestige Tasting of his La Turque Cote-Rotie, that was WOW for sure. However, the wine that most excited me was a Côtes du Jura Vin de Paille from Château d?Arlay. Very sweet yet very refined and a total nuts explosion! I sipped and spat out over 100 wines during the event. YUMMY!

  • Lauren

    The Mount Vernon Wine Festival is a beautiful event on the property of George Washington’s ancestral home. The best of the best Virginia wines and a gorgeous sunset over the Potomac…what more could you want?

  • Lauren

    The Mount Vernon Wine Festival is a beautiful event on the property of George Washington’s ancestral home. The best of the best Virginia wines and a gorgeous sunset over the Potomac…what more could you want?

  • Dr T in NC

    QOTD — have to say never been to one, although some charity tastings have probably come close to 50+

  • Dr T in NC

    QOTD — have to say never been to one, although some charity tastings have probably come close to 50+

  • http://www.sablerouge.net/ joel delon

    Hi gary love those zap glasses !! could you possibly forward me a case of those glasses in france :)
    QOTD : will be the next wine fair event for me in brussels tomorrow i leave south of france for a darker country :) where i’ll’try and be the best advocate for languedoc wines :)

  • http://www.sablerouge.net joel delon

    Hi gary love those zap glasses !! could you possibly forward me a case of those glasses in france :)
    QOTD : will be the next wine fair event for me in brussels tomorrow i leave south of france for a darker country :) where i’ll’try and be the best advocate for languedoc wines :)

  • cthomasc

    QOTD: Sadly, I’ve never been to a wine event. I’ll have to change that, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Chippewamike

    QOTD: Uncorked in Detroit.

    More Zin shows please ;)

  • cthomasc

    QOTD: Sadly, I’ve never been to a wine event. I’ll have to change that, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Chippewamike

    QOTD: Uncorked in Detroit.

    More Zin shows please ;)

  • M

    QOTD: I’ve been to one big wine event and it was a bit of a disappointment. I won’t name it because it was a fundraiser and wine was only part of it. They were successful at raising money for an important charity. I wanted to taste wine not fight my way to a wine station only to get pushed away before tasting more than one wine. There were many stations serving 3-4 wines. The pourer would ask which one you want. If you were given some wine, you would get pushed out of the way for the next person. I wanted to belly-up and taste 3-4. I had my spittoon (a cup). I was ready. Obviously I was not at the right event for me.

  • M

    QOTD: I’ve been to one big wine event and it was a bit of a disappointment. I won’t name it because it was a fundraiser and wine was only part of it. They were successful at raising money for an important charity. I wanted to taste wine not fight my way to a wine station only to get pushed away before tasting more than one wine. There were many stations serving 3-4 wines. The pourer would ask which one you want. If you were given some wine, you would get pushed out of the way for the next person. I wanted to belly-up and taste 3-4. I had my spittoon (a cup). I was ready. Obviously I was not at the right event for me.

  • John Farrin

    QOTD: I need to get out more. The best wine event was probably your 500th episode in SF.

  • John Farrin

    QOTD: I need to get out more. The best wine event was probably your 500th episode in SF.

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: Some Australian wine tasting I went to with a group of people at a golf course many years ago. A lot of fun.

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: Some Australian wine tasting I went to with a group of people at a golf course many years ago. A lot of fun.

  • */^_^*

    qotd: best wine event was my first tasting. the wines themselves were not inspiring but the experience was….

  • */^_^\*

    qotd: best wine event was my first tasting. the wines themselves were not inspiring but the experience was….

  • http://www.zinfandel.org/ Rebecca Robinson

    Greetings from the ZAP Office in Rough & Ready, California!

    Great job, Gary, talking about Zinfandel just now. We wanted to answer your question regarding the Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel. The first vintage from the vineyard was produced in 1997 by Nils Venge, Saddleback Cellars. To add to what you said, ZAP supports the research at the vineyard run by the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, under the direction of Dr. James Wolpert. The research we are doing will help ensure Zinfandel’s future. Thanks for your interest and spreading the word about this unusual historic vineyard.

    Also, just a quick word to the Vayniacs out there. Our Festival in San Francisco has four very different events. Check it out!

    Cheers!
    Rebecca Robinson

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