EP 714 Pizza and Wine Experts

Gary Vaynerchuk tries some pizza and pairs three wines with pizza expert guest.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 Shaya RuedaRueda
2007 Il Maniaco Montepulciano D’abruzzoMontepulciano d’Abruzzo
2005 Hewitson Miss HarryAustralian Red Blend

Links mentioned in todays episode.

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luca bercelli

90/100

line of the day – ‘I’m going to give the wine 52 points…I hated it’

I liked this guest and would’ve enjoyed hearing a bit more from him. GV starting to get a little cocky here and maybe didn’t want the guest stealing any of his thunder. That said he’s still phenomenal!

Tags: Blend, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, red, review, Rueda, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • scott levine

    i always look at worstpizza.com before i decidde where i am going to go for pizza

  • Eric S.

    Perhaps one of the worst guests yet, actually, close tie between him and those college humor people. He just did not add anything to the show. Interesting how you eat your pizza though.

  • Eric S.

    Perhaps one of the worst guests yet, actually, close tie between him and those college humor people. He just did not add anything to the show. Interesting how you eat your pizza though.

  • Chris

    I just wanted to say I think this guest is hilarious but I can see why some people don’t get it.

  • Chris

    I just wanted to say I think this guest is hilarious but I can see why some people don’t get it.

  • Pierre

    Bizarre guest… but idea of show was great

    I like prosciutto, cheese and mushroom (salt pepper)

  • Pierre

    Bizarre guest… but idea of show was great

    I like prosciutto, cheese and mushroom (salt pepper)

  • kathi

    gary is a closet dolphin fan,,need a store event very soon gary

  • kathi

    gary is a closet dolphin fan,,need a store event very soon gary

  • Vino Nobile

    I don’t want to cause any offense Gary so I don’t tell you what I think of this episode. :-) However, the Chardonnay blind tasting [#703] was really enjoyable. You could also blind taste 4-6 Cabernet Franc varietal wines from different parts of the world. Now about pizza-wine pairings. Pizza starts with its base (‘crust’). I distinguish three dough bases: The thick and soft (the Chicago-style and less so the Greek pizza), the very thin and crispy (the ‘original’ Italian) and the medium thick (this is my favourite). The topping gives guide and answer to the big question: WHICH WINE WOULD GO WELL WITH THIS PIZZA? Of course, your own taste comes in at this point. The simplest answer if you’re really at a loss: Choose a dry rosé (pink) wine with good acidity. Why? Because these wines are in harmony with the tomato-based sauce (the indispensable part of pizza [pizza bianca is the only exception]). Cheese & seasoned tomato sauce (this was in the show; the ‘basic pizza’): Chardonnay (unoaked), Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho :-), Viognier, rosés. The same in a very spicy version and also pepperoni pizza: Shiraz, Petite Syrah, clarets, Cabernet Franc. Veggie pizza with no smoked cheese: Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner. Mushroom pizza: Chardonnay (oak aged), light Pinot Noir, light Grenache, rosés. Hawaiian (topping includes pineapple): Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Chardonnay (unoaked), Sémillon, Verdelho (late harvest), Pinot Grigio. Blue vein cheese and/or smoked bacon: Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet franc. High quality ham (with or without mushrooms): Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc. Sausage + ground beef + ham: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Malbec, Sangiovese, Tempranillo. Chicken breast: Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Verdelho. Seefood: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, rosé wines. Summary: Listen to your own taste buds but avoid obvious mistakes (e.g. choosing a full bodied red wine with harsh tannins to a mozzarella & spinach pizza ? you won’t feel the subtle flavours of your pizza).

  • Vino Nobile

    I don’t want to cause any offense Gary so I don’t tell you what I think of this episode. :-) However, the Chardonnay blind tasting [#703] was really enjoyable. You could also blind taste 4-6 Cabernet Franc varietal wines from different parts of the world. Now about pizza-wine pairings. Pizza starts with its base (‘crust’). I distinguish three dough bases: The thick and soft (the Chicago-style and less so the Greek pizza), the very thin and crispy (the ‘original’ Italian) and the medium thick (this is my favourite). The topping gives guide and answer to the big question: WHICH WINE WOULD GO WELL WITH THIS PIZZA? Of course, your own taste comes in at this point. The simplest answer if you’re really at a loss: Choose a dry rosé (pink) wine with good acidity. Why? Because these wines are in harmony with the tomato-based sauce (the indispensable part of pizza [pizza bianca is the only exception]). Cheese & seasoned tomato sauce (this was in the show; the ‘basic pizza’): Chardonnay (unoaked), Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho :-), Viognier, rosés. The same in a very spicy version and also pepperoni pizza: Shiraz, Petite Syrah, clarets, Cabernet Franc. Veggie pizza with no smoked cheese: Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner. Mushroom pizza: Chardonnay (oak aged), light Pinot Noir, light Grenache, rosés. Hawaiian (topping includes pineapple): Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Chardonnay (unoaked), Sémillon, Verdelho (late harvest), Pinot Grigio. Blue vein cheese and/or smoked bacon: Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet franc. High quality ham (with or without mushrooms): Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc. Sausage + ground beef + ham: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Malbec, Sangiovese, Tempranillo. Chicken breast: Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Verdelho. Seefood: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, rosé wines. Summary: Listen to your own taste buds but avoid obvious mistakes (e.g. choosing a full bodied red wine with harsh tannins to a mozzarella & spinach pizza ? you won’t feel the subtle flavours of your pizza).

  • Anonymous

    I LOVED how you completely shut this guy down about the Dolphins. Good lord you spit some serious knowledge about the recent history of his team, and I loved every second of it.

    QOTD: #1) Fresh Basil -OR- #2) Caramelized Onions and Roasted Peppers (red, green, piquillo, yellow, whatever).

  • YoungDave

    I LOVED how you completely shut this guy down about the Dolphins. Good lord you spit some serious knowledge about the recent history of his team, and I loved every second of it.

    QOTD: #1) Fresh Basil -OR- #2) Caramelized Onions and Roasted Peppers (red, green, piquillo, yellow, whatever).

  • AMM3RD

    4 Cheese Pizza that I had in Burgundy france at a little restaurant next to a canal, best ever.

    Did not like the guest. What’s his deal, very stand-off-ish. Let’s mix it up a little. I don’t like him using the show for his benefit. Also, his website was not great…AMM

  • AMM3RD

    4 Cheese Pizza that I had in Burgundy france at a little restaurant next to a canal, best ever.

    Did not like the guest. What’s his deal, very stand-off-ish. Let’s mix it up a little. I don’t like him using the show for his benefit. Also, his website was not great…AMM

  • Dave J

    the pizza expert seemed like a nice enough guy….but what a tool. (sorry)’

    toppings, eh?
    i’m always one for fresh jalapeno

  • Dave J

    the pizza expert seemed like a nice enough guy….but what a tool. (sorry)’

    toppings, eh?
    i’m always one for fresh jalapeno

  • http://www.matthewhmaschler.com/ Matt

    Hi,

    Thanks for telling me about the worst pizza site, it is great!!! This guy knows hi pizza. BTW I ran out and got the Il Maniaco Montepulciano D’abruzzo. As good as you said! Thanks for the recommendation. Say hi to Ma!

  • http://www.matthewhmaschler.com Matt

    Hi,

    Thanks for telling me about the worst pizza site, it is great!!! This guy knows hi pizza. BTW I ran out and got the Il Maniaco Montepulciano D’abruzzo. As good as you said! Thanks for the recommendation. Say hi to Ma!

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

    Hey

    Gary I agree with a lot of the other comments, that pizza guy didn’t add much at all…

    QOTD: I love many different pizza toppings, but one thing I’ve been trying a lot of recently is adding different sauces to the base rather than just a tomato based one – that sweet chilli and pesto are two firm favourites as alterative sauces. That said my favourite pizza topping would have to involve salami though.

    Cheers
    Andrew

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

    Hey

    Gary I agree with a lot of the other comments, that pizza guy didn’t add much at all…

    QOTD: I love many different pizza toppings, but one thing I’ve been trying a lot of recently is adding different sauces to the base rather than just a tomato based one – that sweet chilli and pesto are two firm favourites as alterative sauces. That said my favourite pizza topping would have to involve salami though.

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • http://www.sellyourhousefastnj.com Derek

    Gary! Love this episode. I’m not much of a wine guy but I watch because I love your show for pure entertainment value. Your passion and creativity! This is my first comment because you just made me laugh going head to head with your guest about the Dolphins. I’d love to see more of you going to head to head with someone. I’d love to see your version of Sports Center.

  • http://www.sellyourhousefastnj.com/ Derek

    Gary! Love this episode. I’m not much of a wine guy but I watch because I love your show for pure entertainment value. Your passion and creativity! This is my first comment because you just made me laugh going head to head with your guest about the Dolphins. I’d love to see more of you going to head to head with someone. I’d love to see your version of Sports Center.

  • Zach

    I was drawn in to this episode by it’s title. As a pizza lover I like the concept of this episode. However, I didn’t see how this guest was:

    1. As Pizza “expert”, he didn’t show any of his knowledge (beyond commenting about a crust).

    2. He didn’t contribute to the show at all.

    3. If he gets so many people asking him about wines to pair with pizza, why wouldn’t he learn more about wines so that he can really serve his clients?

    He went on the show to simply promote his website and pimp his coding staff. He gave noting in return.

    I have visited his site and like it, but this show was a bust for me.

  • Zach

    I was drawn in to this episode by it’s title. As a pizza lover I like the concept of this episode. However, I didn’t see how this guest was:

    1. As Pizza “expert”, he didn’t show any of his knowledge (beyond commenting about a crust).

    2. He didn’t contribute to the show at all.

    3. If he gets so many people asking him about wines to pair with pizza, why wouldn’t he learn more about wines so that he can really serve his clients?

    He went on the show to simply promote his website and pimp his coding staff. He gave noting in return.

    I have visited his site and like it, but this show was a bust for me.

  • Andrew W

    Gary, gotta be honest. Least favorite episode ever. The guest was aweful. As others have said, he didn’t add anything to the show and he had no interest in expanding his wine knowledge.
    Gotta call a spade a spade.

    QOTD: extra cheese

  • Andrew W

    Gary, gotta be honest. Least favorite episode ever. The guest was aweful. As others have said, he didn’t add anything to the show and he had no interest in expanding his wine knowledge.
    Gotta call a spade a spade.

    QOTD: extra cheese

  • Wayne M.

    Did Gary on one episode said a wine sucked ass? This episode sucked major ass.

  • Wayne M.

    Did Gary on one episode said a wine sucked ass? This episode sucked major ass.

  • richardvinfera

    I think people didn't like this guy cos he was a bit shy, he couldv'e tried to work with Gary's format instead of making the submissive guest play… he's hustling so you gotta give him some props.

    QOTD: how about a non jug Soave?! Tuscan sausage for topping!

  • http://crimesinparis.com/ winstonMILLER

    I like the pizza guy! He's really funny

  • http://crisismaven.wordpress.com/ CrisisMaven

    Came here via Done21 – a hilarious show & idea! And now I'm even hungry!

  • Nick

    i love caprisone

  • Anonymous

    Have had the Shaya..a guest that does not drink wine…..he looks like the life of the party…. http://www.winelx.com

  • Anonymous

    The Pizza Robot! I love his microchips. The Pizza Robot cannot compute the spectrum of aromas. The Pizza Robot got a glass stuffed in his face. Worst Pizza? Worst guest! AWESOME> I need more bad shows.

  • luca bercelli

    90/100

    line of the day – ‘I’m going to give the wine 52 points…I hated it’

    I liked this guest and would’ve enjoyed hearing a bit more from him. GV starting to get a little cocky here and maybe didn’t want the guest stealing any of his thunder. That said he’s still phenomenal!

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