EP 652 March Madnesss: 5 College Wineries Battle it Out!

Before the NCAA Final Four weekend, Gary Vaynerchuk tastes 5 wines submitted by college wineries.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Spartan Cellars Bordeaux Blend
Chapel Creek Cab Sauv Meritage Reserve
2007 Santa Rosa Junior College Russian River Merlot
2005 College Cellars of Walla Walla Syrah
2006 Northwest Wine Academy Merlot

Links mentioned in today’s episode.

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Luca Bercelli

94/100

line of the day – ‘It’s like putting make-up on an alien’

Classic, brilliant Gary, (as always with these blind tastings). Features the most extreme reaction to a wine ever. Hilarious.

Tags: cabernet, california, College, merlot, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • CABWHORE

    …”his name is Dick” too f-ing funny. Ithaca College, Go Bombers!

  • http://www.garalysoka.com/ oscar falcon lara

    Ouch Michigan State!

    QOTD: My favorite colege is Universidad De Navarra. I had the greatest time there, it’s in Pamplona where there is the “running of the bulls” every year at the beginning of the San Fermín Festival.

    A very interesting show to watch actually.

  • http://www.garalysoka.com oscar falcon lara

    Ouch Michigan State!

    QOTD: My favorite colege is Universidad De Navarra. I had the greatest time there, it’s in Pamplona where there is the “running of the bulls” every year at the beginning of the San Fermín Festival.

    A very interesting show to watch actually.

  • wayno da wino

    Yo G, Fuuuuuuuuuuuun Episode !!!!

    qotd: Me Alma Mater of course: Youngstown State !! Penguins…Penguins…
    Penguins….Penguins!!!!!! :)

  • wayno da wino

    Yo G, Fuuuuuuuuuuuun Episode !!!!

    qotd: Me Alma Mater of course: Youngstown State !! Penguins…Penguins…
    Penguins….Penguins!!!!!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Logan-McHenry/9112966 Logan

    awesome episode, Gary

    i like your usage of the phrase “varietally correct”

    QOTD: UMass Amherst represent, 2007 graduate :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Logan-McHenry/9112966 Logan

    awesome episode, Gary

    i like your usage of the phrase “varietally correct”

    QOTD: UMass Amherst represent, 2007 graduate :)

  • innA

    Not being from the US.. I had no idea college wineries even existed. Seems like a very weird idea! Is this a thing most colleges do for a bit of fun in the local garden.. or is it generally part of a serious course?

  • innA

    Not being from the US.. I had no idea college wineries even existed. Seems like a very weird idea! Is this a thing most colleges do for a bit of fun in the local garden.. or is it generally part of a serious course?

  • MattUD

    Nice show, an interesting blind tasting to say the least!

    QOTD: Colby College White Mules and U. Delaware Blue Hens

  • MattUD

    Nice show, an interesting blind tasting to say the least!

    QOTD: Colby College White Mules and U. Delaware Blue Hens

  • Bwizzle

    Interesting show…was watching on my iphone on way home in traffic. I must say, when the police sirens came on I thought it was actually getting pulled over, had to look around. cant afford another ticket.

  • Bwizzle

    Interesting show…was watching on my iphone on way home in traffic. I must say, when the police sirens came on I thought it was actually getting pulled over, had to look around. cant afford another ticket.

  • http://www.seancolahan.com/ Sean

    First, LOVING the show!!! Can’t remember what show got me hooked but it has been a while. Defiantly liked the wine tasting on the plane, nice way to mix it up and bring the THUNDER at 35,000 feet.

    Interesting show. It is funny how different college wines can be. I would have thought that the California college would have done better. Even though you ripped apart three of them, the students at those schools can use it as a real-world learning experience both to help them make better wines and to learn that out in the “real world” they may make a product that not everyone likes and will have to be able to take that criticism.

    QOTD: ITHACA COLLEGE…have to support my alma-mater.

  • http://www.seancolahan.com Sean

    First, LOVING the show!!! Can’t remember what show got me hooked but it has been a while. Defiantly liked the wine tasting on the plane, nice way to mix it up and bring the THUNDER at 35,000 feet.

    Interesting show. It is funny how different college wines can be. I would have thought that the California college would have done better. Even though you ripped apart three of them, the students at those schools can use it as a real-world learning experience both to help them make better wines and to learn that out in the “real world” they may make a product that not everyone likes and will have to be able to take that criticism.

    QOTD: ITHACA COLLEGE…have to support my alma-mater.

  • http://www.griffinscrossing.com/ crzywinemaker

    GV ~ how do you like that, my home state bringing the Thunder !! Very interesting that NW Wine Academy bested College Cellars who have very serious backing from the wine community in Walla Walla and NW Wine Academy is in South Seattle 4 hours from grape country. Glad you liked the wines and I’ve been saying it for years that Washington makes wines true to the varietals and is making some serious juice.

    Qotd: Central Washington U., Go Wildcats !!

  • http://www.griffinscrossing.com crzywinemaker

    GV ~ how do you like that, my home state bringing the Thunder !! Very interesting that NW Wine Academy bested College Cellars who have very serious backing from the wine community in Walla Walla and NW Wine Academy is in South Seattle 4 hours from grape country. Glad you liked the wines and I’ve been saying it for years that Washington makes wines true to the varietals and is making some serious juice.

    Qotd: Central Washington U., Go Wildcats !!

  • EmmaPeel

    I am in the current production class at Northwest Wine Academy (winner of this blind tasting) and we watched this episode in class last night.

    We are about 4 hours drive from where the fruit is grown, but we head over early in the am, pick the donated grapes ourselves (generally), then head back to our winery to crush. The majority of us are 40+ in age and it’s great fun…

    Though we didn’t have a hand in making the 2006 Merlot that won, we all clapped and cheered when our label was revealed at the end. Thanks for making our night!

    Qotd: Central Washington University & The Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College

  • EmmaPeel

    I am in the current production class at Northwest Wine Academy (winner of this blind tasting) and we watched this episode in class last night.

    We are about 4 hours drive from where the fruit is grown, but we head over early in the am, pick the donated grapes ourselves (generally), then head back to our winery to crush. The majority of us are 40+ in age and it’s great fun…

    Though we didn’t have a hand in making the 2006 Merlot that won, we all clapped and cheered when our label was revealed at the end. Thanks for making our night!

    Qotd: Central Washington University & The Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College

  • Dan-o

    Interesting show! The Spartans beat the pants off my Huskies, therefore I am not upset with their place among the wines on this show.
    QOTD – For some reason, Boston College came to mind immediately.

  • Dan-o

    Interesting show! The Spartans beat the pants off my Huskies, therefore I am not upset with their place among the wines on this show.
    QOTD – For some reason, Boston College came to mind immediately.

  • yowens

    QOTD: The fighting Blue Hens of the University of Delaware!

  • yowens

    QOTD: The fighting Blue Hens of the University of Delaware!

  • Andrew W.

    Big shoutout to Frostburg State University, out in Western Maryland (I do wish we got better wines out here in the middle of nowhere thou).
    Gary big congrats on the book deal.

  • Andrew W.

    Big shoutout to Frostburg State University, out in Western Maryland (I do wish we got better wines out here in the middle of nowhere thou).
    Gary big congrats on the book deal.

  • JayZee

    Nice show – very interesting collegiate competition.

    QOTD: O-H-I-O, The Ohio State University – GO BUCKEYES!

  • JayZee

    Nice show – very interesting collegiate competition.

    QOTD: O-H-I-O, The Ohio State University – GO BUCKEYES!

  • Mike P

    RUTGERS

  • Mike P

    RUTGERS

  • Mikeeeee

    QOTD: NORWICH UNIVERSITY – MILITARY COLLEGE OF VERMONT

  • Mikeeeee

    QOTD: NORWICH UNIVERSITY – MILITARY COLLEGE OF VERMONT

  • http://www.lifenotion.com Derek Jensen

    Just watched this episode… GO IOWA STATE!

  • John__J

    qotd: dont have a fav

  • Anonymous

    Have not had any of these wines.. QOTD-Rutgers http://www.winelx.com

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

    94/100

    line of the day – ‘It’s like putting make-up on an alien’

    Classic, brilliant Gary, (as always with these blind tastings). Features the most extreme reaction to a wine ever. Hilarious.

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