EP 657 Alsatian White Wine Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk and an enthusiastic guest taste a Pinot Blanc, a Riesling, and a Gewurztraminer from Alsace.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Ostertag Pinot Blanc BarriquesAlsace Pinot Blanc
2004 Meyer Fonne Pfoeller RieslingAlsace Riesling
2005 Albert Mann Gewurztraminer Vieilles Vignes

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Luca Bercelli

90/100

line of the day – ‘It’s like appreciating a good looking guy’

Really good guest…in fact possibly a bit too good for GV’s liking. His knowledge and tasting notes seemed to be right up there with our man’s, and for that reason there was a subtle undertone of ‘I’m the boss around here’ running throughout the episode. Don’t worry Gary, we know you’re da man!

Tags: alsace, review, Riesling, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • http://www.golfturtle.com GolfTurtle

    Once again, I really liked this guest. I liked his non-cocky confidence, I liked his sticking by his stance on things, and just generally seemed like a really nice guy. Great QOTD too…I suppose follow my link to get a feel for me. Loved it guys, keep crushing it!
    -GolfTurtle Out-

  • http://artinsighttv.com/ ArtInsightTV

    Boy O-boy .. Boy-o-boy! Gary are you hinting to us that your baby is a boy?

  • http://artinsighttv.com ArtInsightTV

    Boy O-boy .. Boy-o-boy! Gary are you hinting to us that your baby is a boy?

  • Sonia

    Liked this guest, cool guy, but I’m not voting for guest hosts while Gary’s away, it just wouldn’t be the same. (Although I think Sasha would kick a**, talking about anything)

    QOTD2: Bright acidity with a hint of sweetness, full bodied, a little off balance with a lingering finish.

  • Sonia

    Liked this guest, cool guy, but I’m not voting for guest hosts while Gary’s away, it just wouldn’t be the same. (Although I think Sasha would kick a**, talking about anything)

    QOTD2: Bright acidity with a hint of sweetness, full bodied, a little off balance with a lingering finish.

  • Jim in Atlanta

    I vote not to have guest hosts, except in unusual circumstances. Let them get their own shows. The second question is much too hard after a hard day at work and two glasses of bordeaux. I might be able to answer it by the weekend.

  • Jim in Atlanta

    I vote not to have guest hosts, except in unusual circumstances. Let them get their own shows. The second question is much too hard after a hard day at work and two glasses of bordeaux. I might be able to answer it by the weekend.

  • thunderball

    Very, very cool guest…wise beyond his years he was! Not sure if I’d be into guest hosts while you’re away but who knows, depends who it is I guess. I also enjoy your on the fly, low-budget flipcam feeds too though…

    Tasting note for myself eh…hmmm…I’ll have to give that one some thought.

  • thunderball

    Very, very cool guest…wise beyond his years he was! Not sure if I’d be into guest hosts while you’re away but who knows, depends who it is I guess. I also enjoy your on the fly, low-budget flipcam feeds too though…

    Tasting note for myself eh…hmmm…I’ll have to give that one some thought.

  • Benj

    QOTD 1: I don’t think a guest host is a good idea. There have been so many guests on recently anyway that I find myself appreciating more and more the shows where Gary just sits down with a couple wines.

    QOTD 2: A tropical rainforest from top to bottom. The greenness of the canopy is joined by tropical scented woods and forest fruits that fall to the floor to join wild mushrooms and a warm, fertile soil. The first vintage from a great producer, this has stood the test of time. 5 years ago, it was coming across a little awkward, had definitely shut down after its initial youthful exuberance. However, over the past couple years it has really started to come into its own again. Can be enjoyed now but will continue to improve for the next 10-20 years and should remain at its peak for some time beyond that.

  • Benj

    QOTD 1: I don’t think a guest host is a good idea. There have been so many guests on recently anyway that I find myself appreciating more and more the shows where Gary just sits down with a couple wines.

    QOTD 2: A tropical rainforest from top to bottom. The greenness of the canopy is joined by tropical scented woods and forest fruits that fall to the floor to join wild mushrooms and a warm, fertile soil. The first vintage from a great producer, this has stood the test of time. 5 years ago, it was coming across a little awkward, had definitely shut down after its initial youthful exuberance. However, over the past couple years it has really started to come into its own again. Can be enjoyed now but will continue to improve for the next 10-20 years and should remain at its peak for some time beyond that.

  • innA

    I went to Alsace recently – amazing the quality you can get in the white wines for the price. Ridiculous QPR.

    QOTD 1 – Definitely not.. the show’s success is because of the host. You can’t have ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ with someone else

    QOTD 2 – Started poopy, developing nicely, good until 2065+

  • innA

    I went to Alsace recently – amazing the quality you can get in the white wines for the price. Ridiculous QPR.

    QOTD 1 – Definitely not.. the show’s success is because of the host. You can’t have ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ with someone else

    QOTD 2 – Started poopy, developing nicely, good until 2065+

  • http://wineclubbie.blogspot.com/ Megan

    Wow, finally got around to watching this (playing catch up on the past few episodes) and without a doubt it’s one of your best shows ever, Gary. Zach is a superb guest who I want to see again… Which brings us to:

    QOTD-1: Yes — but only if it’s Zach. I read the comments before watching and thought “No way, no guest host, only Gary!” but after watching I gotta say that Zach would make a mighty fine stand-in. (You’re still the best though, G.V.)

    QOTD-2: Aromatic nose to this golden white suggests a sweet play, however on the palate it expresses itself with pronounced notes of spice — baking spices — with a medium-heavy mouthfeel and good acidity & minerality on the back end.

  • http://wineclubbie.blogspot.com Megan

    Wow, finally got around to watching this (playing catch up on the past few episodes) and without a doubt it’s one of your best shows ever, Gary. Zach is a superb guest who I want to see again… Which brings us to:

    QOTD-1: Yes — but only if it’s Zach. I read the comments before watching and thought “No way, no guest host, only Gary!” but after watching I gotta say that Zach would make a mighty fine stand-in. (You’re still the best though, G.V.)

    QOTD-2: Aromatic nose to this golden white suggests a sweet play, however on the palate it expresses itself with pronounced notes of spice — baking spices — with a medium-heavy mouthfeel and good acidity & minerality on the back end.

  • JeffT

    Nice choice of wines and a good guest host.

    QOTD 1: Nah.
    QOTD 2: White. Sour, not fruity.

  • JeffT

    Nice choice of wines and a good guest host.

    QOTD 1: Nah.
    QOTD 2: White. Sour, not fruity.

  • http://fvter.wordpress.com Thomas (aka FVT or FVTer)

    Hey Gary,

    Good episode I was especially pleased as my family origins is Alsace (I even had a distant cousin who owned a winery there).

    Just thought that I would add some insight/thoughts on your tasting.
    The Gewurzt Vieilles Vignes :- it’s normal that the wine is more syrupy than a standard Gewurzt. The Vieilles Vignes adds more distinction and sugar to the grapes and a good Gewurzt it is natural for the colour to be deep and liquorish. But on another note, you were spot on about drinking Gewurzt with the aperitif or desserts that is the common way of drinking it for an Alsatian. A really good Gewurzt vieilles vignes or vendages tardives is typically served with a nice foie gras!

    Finally, a couple of my favorite suggestions for buying Alsace wine with a good quality/price breakdown:
    – LA CAVE DES VIGNERONS DE PFAFFENHEIM GUEBERSCHWIHR http://www.pfaffenheim.com
    – Domaine Reiflé http://www.riefle.com

  • http://fvter.wordpress.com/ Thomas (aka FVT or FVTer)

    Hey Gary,

    Good episode I was especially pleased as my family origins is Alsace (I even had a distant cousin who owned a winery there).

    Just thought that I would add some insight/thoughts on your tasting.
    The Gewurzt Vieilles Vignes :- it’s normal that the wine is more syrupy than a standard Gewurzt. The Vieilles Vignes adds more distinction and sugar to the grapes and a good Gewurzt it is natural for the colour to be deep and liquorish. But on another note, you were spot on about drinking Gewurzt with the aperitif or desserts that is the common way of drinking it for an Alsatian. A really good Gewurzt vieilles vignes or vendages tardives is typically served with a nice foie gras!

    Finally, a couple of my favorite suggestions for buying Alsace wine with a good quality/price breakdown:
    – LA CAVE DES VIGNERONS DE PFAFFENHEIM GUEBERSCHWIHR http://www.pfaffenheim.com
    – Domaine Reiflé http://www.riefle.com

  • Daniel Schlossberg

    Gary: can u recomend me some of “said” wine books….

  • Daniel Schlossberg

    Gary: can u recomend me some of “said” wine books….

  • Jayhitek

    In the first couple of minutes I couldn’t figure out what that snapping sound was. Then I realized it was the guest slapping his thigh. Pretty funny.
    QOTD1: Maybe. Sometimes I like the break from having to catch up with Gary and it takes 2 1/2 hours to watch all the shows.
    QOTD2: I taste yummy. And I would have to taste a little like bacon, who doesn’t love bacon.

  • Jayhitek

    In the first couple of minutes I couldn’t figure out what that snapping sound was. Then I realized it was the guest slapping his thigh. Pretty funny.
    QOTD1: Maybe. Sometimes I like the break from having to catch up with Gary and it takes 2 1/2 hours to watch all the shows.
    QOTD2: I taste yummy. And I would have to taste a little like bacon, who doesn’t love bacon.

  • Mike M

    Jim Rome always has guest hosts, and the thunder show is the jungle of the wine world, so a guest host sounds perfect!!!

  • Mike M

    Jim Rome always has guest hosts, and the thunder show is the jungle of the wine world, so a guest host sounds perfect!!!

  • https://twitter.com/bj7xtas1 Brian

    Nice effort Zach, it’s really refreshing seeing people my age in the business.

    QOTD I: I’d consider Jim Cramer.

    QOTD II: Lively and youthful, with a complex yet concentrated affinity, this Argentine-based has an eccentric Mediterranean appeal and a sharp finish that will leave you wanting for more. Kosher.

  • https://twitter.com/bj7xtas1 Brian

    Nice effort Zach, it’s really refreshing seeing people my age in the business.

    QOTD I: I’d consider Jim Cramer.

    QOTD II: Lively and youthful, with a complex yet concentrated affinity, this Argentine-based has an eccentric Mediterranean appeal and a sharp finish that will leave you wanting for more. Kosher.

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

    Good one. I should have watched this on Monday and didn’t. I’ve never had Alsace wine, but it’s been on my ‘to drink’ list since 2007, I hope I try some soon.

    QOTD part1: it would be an interesting experiment to have a guest host ( maybe even a whole roster of them to pick at random) .

    QOTD part2: nose-Vibrant bouquet, earthy grassy tones with a bit of forrest berries.

    taste- honeydew and malty with a touch of dragon fruit and strawberry. long finish of flowers and yams and sweet potato.

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

    Good one. I should have watched this on Monday and didn’t. I’ve never had Alsace wine, but it’s been on my ‘to drink’ list since 2007, I hope I try some soon.

    QOTD part1: it would be an interesting experiment to have a guest host ( maybe even a whole roster of them to pick at random) .

    QOTD part2: nose-Vibrant bouquet, earthy grassy tones with a bit of forrest berries.

    taste- honeydew and malty with a touch of dragon fruit and strawberry. long finish of flowers and yams and sweet potato.

  • AMM3RD

    Good episode, enough with the guests already. Let’s get back to basics!!! I would only enjoy a guest host episode is I were the host!!! I live close and can sub at a moments notice…AMM

  • AMM3RD

    Good episode, enough with the guests already. Let’s get back to basics!!! I would only enjoy a guest host episode is I were the host!!! I live close and can sub at a moments notice…AMM

  • AaronB

    QOTD 1: A guest host would be fine, but only on rare occasions. The spontaneous flip cam shows are fun. Sasha and the cheese guy might be good.

    QOTD 2: Sierra Foothills, 1971 vintage. A bit tannic and acidic; definitely an acquired taste. Paradoxically becoming flabbier and yet more complex and approachable with age.

  • AaronB

    QOTD 1: A guest host would be fine, but only on rare occasions. The spontaneous flip cam shows are fun. Sasha and the cheese guy might be good.

    QOTD 2: Sierra Foothills, 1971 vintage. A bit tannic and acidic; definitely an acquired taste. Paradoxically becoming flabbier and yet more complex and approachable with age.

  • Dan-o

    Good show, good and knowledgeable guest.
    I LOVE the Alsace region and the wines therefrom. I still have several Domaine Weinbach’s in my cellar. I had a Muscat from Ostertag over the Easter holiday.

    QOTD1 – I am not sure that a guest host would work. It is GV’s show. I like guests, but not so sure about the guest host thing.

    QOTD2 – He has a sharp wit, but a well balanced sense of humility.

  • Dan-o

    Good show, good and knowledgeable guest.
    I LOVE the Alsace region and the wines therefrom. I still have several Domaine Weinbach’s in my cellar. I had a Muscat from Ostertag over the Easter holiday.

    QOTD1 – I am not sure that a guest host would work. It is GV’s show. I like guests, but not so sure about the guest host thing.

    QOTD2 – He has a sharp wit, but a well balanced sense of humility.

  • thefaamakesmedrink

    Gary,

    Zach went all the way to France to study ‘abroad’?

    Why didn’t he study EVERY broad? Especially after admitting that he “hasn’t had it in five years”?

    When you head out to Hollywood, Zach, sleep your way to the top.

    It worked for Bea Arthur.

    Best wishes,

    Betty White

  • thefaamakesmedrink

    Gary,

    Zach went all the way to France to study ‘abroad’?

    Why didn’t he study EVERY broad? Especially after admitting that he “hasn’t had it in five years”?

    When you head out to Hollywood, Zach, sleep your way to the top.

    It worked for Bea Arthur.

    Best wishes,

    Betty White

  • http://www.seancolahan.com/ Sean

    QOTD 1: NO, I want Gary to pull out the Flip and do a little mono podcasting!

    QOTD 2: Bright and complex with a smooth finish. Drinking great now, though with every year keeps getting better and better.

  • http://www.seancolahan.com Sean

    QOTD 1: NO, I want Gary to pull out the Flip and do a little mono podcasting!

    QOTD 2: Bright and complex with a smooth finish. Drinking great now, though with every year keeps getting better and better.

  • yowens

    I want to hit up Alsace so badly. QOTD: Yes and Stubborn.

  • yowens

    I want to hit up Alsace so badly. QOTD: Yes and Stubborn.

  • Daria Kushmelyn

    No offense to anyone, but this is the GARY VAYNERCHUK show, that’s what it’s about as much as the wine. NO GUEST HOSTS.

    Part 2 is harder. I am looking for richness in wine, I guess is a good summation. Whether white, red , sparkling, it has to have substance.

  • Daria Kushmelyn

    No offense to anyone, but this is the GARY VAYNERCHUK show, that’s what it’s about as much as the wine. NO GUEST HOSTS.

    Part 2 is harder. I am looking for richness in wine, I guess is a good summation. Whether white, red , sparkling, it has to have substance.

  • richardvinifera

    Lol @ 0:37 “…a little bit about, what you're… about!” Like Austin Powers “Allow myself to introduce… myself” classic!

  • http://twitter.com/benpking Ben King

    Great guest! I'm trying to find a job in a wine store myself…

    QOTD: No guest hosts, wouldn't be the same!
    -2: hhmm definitely a white wine…really bright on the nose, has a sweet front and a decent finish but could definitely use a couple more years

  • Sutcher

    Gary,

    I just re-watched this episode and loved the way you interacted with this guest. i really feel like you had a perfect amount of balance between keeping him on track and staying focused on the wine, but also letting him talk and not interrupting him. Great job. Thought I would give credit where credit is due, especially because you sometimes get some heat for interrupting guests.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD1: Only if it was Vaynerchuk Senior!

    QOTD2: White wine. Smooth, balanced, in its prime. Nothing extravagant, but with a fun kick of citrus. No oak.

  • John__J

    A good guest and a good episode to see, I love Alsatian whites.
    I’ve had the pinot blanc from Albert Mann and it was fantastic. I’ve had some really great Chasselas from Alsace too, which I don’t see in stores very much.
    I think that aged Alsatian pinot gris and riesling are so fantastic when aged at least 7 years that it’s almost a sin to drink them earlier.
    qotd: Anyone in his crew-Mott, Ian, K Murph would be fine from time to time, but Sasha or SIR Gary would be my top choices. Actually to see Sasha on WITH SIR Gary together for an episode would be insane. Just to see Sasha’s reaction. I’m not sure I could handle it.
    Qotd: I feel like I’m almost obligated to say vin jaune. So not nearly as mainstream as the rest, a bit unique, astringent at first and an accquired taste, but once it’s been breathing for a few hours and especially with the right food it’s great.

  • Anonymous

    Trying to become a Riesling fan..not there yet. QOTD-guest host has not happened often.. Bold, balanced, fruit bomb. http://www.winelx.com

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

    90/100

    line of the day – ‘It’s like appreciating a good looking guy’

    Really good guest…in fact possibly a bit too good for GV’s liking. His knowledge and tasting notes seemed to be right up there with our man’s, and for that reason there was a subtle undertone of ‘I’m the boss around here’ running throughout the episode. Don’t worry Gary, we know you’re da man!

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