EP 778 Author and Wine Writer Michael Steinberger Visits Wine Library TV- Part 2 ? Episode #778

Concluding the interview, Gary Vaynerchuk and Michael Steinberger discuss other difficulties in the wine world…and they taste some wine!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 Terres Dorees Beaujolais BlancBeaujolais
2006 NapanookNapa Red Meritage

Links mentioned in todays episode.


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luca bercelli

94/100

lines of the day – ‘I’m not picking up on a crisis of confidence here am I’ GV:’that would never happen, my mom loved me way too much’ and ”Antuofermo lost all the blood in his body…twice’

Sensational; one of my favourite ever episodes, I could sit here and watch these two yak about anything all day long. Nerd v nerd, mano a mano. Fascinating insight into the French Appellation system and an awesome boxing chat at the end.

Tags: Beaujolais, meritage, napa, red, review, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • Chris Maloy

    QOTD: I did start with Napa and I still really love the Napa Sonoma wines. With that said, I enjoy the variety, flavors, and experiences from other parts of the world as well, so technically I am still with Napa (and agree they are a bit overpriced) but I have expanded my palate.

  • Chris Maloy

    QOTD: I did start with Napa and I still really love the Napa Sonoma wines. With that said, I enjoy the variety, flavors, and experiences from other parts of the world as well, so technically I am still with Napa (and agree they are a bit overpriced) but I have expanded my palate.

  • Chris Maloy

    QOTD: I did start with Napa and I still really love the Napa Sonoma wines. With that said, I enjoy the variety, flavors, and experiences from other parts of the world as well, so technically I am still with Napa (and agree they are a bit overpriced) but I have expanded my palate.

  • Chris Maloy

    QOTD: I did start with Napa and I still really love the Napa Sonoma wines. With that said, I enjoy the variety, flavors, and experiences from other parts of the world as well, so technically I am still with Napa (and agree they are a bit overpriced) but I have expanded my palate.

  • Chris Maloy

    QOTD: I did start with Napa and I still really love the Napa Sonoma wines. With that said, I enjoy the variety, flavors, and experiences from other parts of the world as well, so technically I am still with Napa (and agree they are a bit overpriced) but I have expanded my palate.

  • Chris Maloy

    QOTD: I did start with Napa and I still really love the Napa Sonoma wines. With that said, I enjoy the variety, flavors, and experiences from other parts of the world as well, so technically I am still with Napa (and agree they are a bit overpriced) but I have expanded my palate.

  • Chris Maloy

    QOTD: I did start with Napa and I still really love the Napa Sonoma wines. With that said, I enjoy the variety, flavors, and experiences from other parts of the world as well, so technically I am still with Napa (and agree they are a bit overpriced) but I have expanded my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • Nick G

    QOTD: I started out with a little of everything, and now I’m like a boxer with wine. I float and move all the time. I’ve been doing Napa recently (after a trip to napa this summer), because of it’s drink now pleasantness, but when I find a nice Chinon or Amarone it’s hard to be displeased. Who knows where I’ll go next with my palate.

  • http://theindustrymademedoit.blogspot.com/ Weston

    really good episode like the guest and both the interaction

    qotd: Being a Canadian you don’t start up with napa, maybe get there because of the price. Big French Drinker here but its at a better price then *cough* napa

  • http://theindustrymademedoit.blogspot.com/ Weston

    really good episode like the guest and both the interaction

    qotd: Being a Canadian you don’t start up with napa, maybe get there because of the price. Big French Drinker here but its at a better price then *cough* napa

  • J Crazy

    Haven’t asked for a Napan in many many moons.

    QOTD: didn’t start out with Napa and really only drink it when I go to wine events or when I’m cruising around the wine country when I’m home. I’m huge into Bordeaux white these days. The 2007 Ch. Guiraud Le G de is freaking amazing.

  • J Crazy

    Haven’t asked for a Napan in many many moons.

    QOTD: didn’t start out with Napa and really only drink it when I go to wine events or when I’m cruising around the wine country when I’m home. I’m huge into Bordeaux white these days. The 2007 Ch. Guiraud Le G de is freaking amazing.

  • Don Simpson

    QOTD: No, I’ve been focusing on better value plays. A good friend of mine is getting married at V Sattui on 4th of July so I’m going to drink a ton of the 2007 vintage so I can really give Napa a try.

  • Don Simpson

    QOTD: No, I’ve been focusing on better value plays. A good friend of mine is getting married at V Sattui on 4th of July so I’m going to drink a ton of the 2007 vintage so I can really give Napa a try.

  • wyld

    Nice show, like boxing, love a little football action, Go Saints!

    QOTD: NAPA = Overpriced Cab. That’s my thinking, if i see it great, but the places seem less meaningful lately. Like Bordeaux, ive had some that are not great.

    So you try to find what you like, House’s that you have grown to love and know they put a bottle together you like, or maybe a place/year/variety that you know can’t be screwed up.

  • wyld

    Nice show, like boxing, love a little football action, Go Saints!

    QOTD: NAPA = Overpriced Cab. That’s my thinking, if i see it great, but the places seem less meaningful lately. Like Bordeaux, ive had some that are not great.

    So you try to find what you like, House’s that you have grown to love and know they put a bottle together you like, or maybe a place/year/variety that you know can’t be screwed up.

  • JayZee

    Very good, interesting discussions on the wine industry. In fact, the episode was great until the boxing riff which pretty much lost me as I am not a boxing fan. Still, all in all, good episode and an interesting guest.

    Side Question: No, I don’t ever go into a wine shop and ask for the “Napa wines” or the “Napa cabs”. I certainly do drink them from time to time and enjoy a great many of them.

    QOTD: I started out with Beaujolais as my first “serious” wine. I’ve done a lot of business travel to France and that’s where I really began getting into wine. Eventually I tried Napa wines, especially cabs, and did really like some. The pinnacle was probably back in 2001 when we made or first trip out to Napa and Sonoma where we tasted lots of wines and I did fall in love with a few. But my tastes are too diverse to just look for “Napa wine”.

  • JayZee

    Very good, interesting discussions on the wine industry. In fact, the episode was great until the boxing riff which pretty much lost me as I am not a boxing fan. Still, all in all, good episode and an interesting guest.

    Side Question: No, I don’t ever go into a wine shop and ask for the “Napa wines” or the “Napa cabs”. I certainly do drink them from time to time and enjoy a great many of them.

    QOTD: I started out with Beaujolais as my first “serious” wine. I’ve done a lot of business travel to France and that’s where I really began getting into wine. Eventually I tried Napa wines, especially cabs, and did really like some. The pinnacle was probably back in 2001 when we made or first trip out to Napa and Sonoma where we tasted lots of wines and I did fall in love with a few. But my tastes are too diverse to just look for “Napa wine”.

  • LurkerNoMore

    QOTD: Was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area so, yes, I started out with Napa…but have moved on. Napa has become too expensive for what you get. Central Coast offers better California value. When I really want to go big now, I go to CDP…not Napa.

  • LurkerNoMore

    QOTD: Was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area so, yes, I started out with Napa…but have moved on. Napa has become too expensive for what you get. Central Coast offers better California value. When I really want to go big now, I go to CDP…not Napa.

  • bigsemi

    Will always but love Napa, but I’m definitely more about Italy now.

  • bigsemi

    Will always but love Napa, but I’m definitely more about Italy now.

  • swanne

    yep, started with napa. barely drink it now. too many wines in the world to just stick in one spot.

  • swanne

    yep, started with napa. barely drink it now. too many wines in the world to just stick in one spot.

  • http://twitter.com/BigBoy_Sonoma BigBoy from Sonoma

    you killed it….or maybe Napa. Good show.

  • DeBo

    Way to bring up Sweet Pea! That De La Hoya fight is the one that killed me. Comparing Dominus to Whitaker is enough to get me to try it. I definitely don't drink enough wine, but my first great wine was a Grgich cab, if only I remembered the vintage. I'll always have faith that Napa is producing some great wines, just about finding the right one. I guess the value is elsewhere for the most part.

  • CBone

    This was a great two part show. I'm going to buy this guys book tonight.

    Interesting question. I think I maybe did start with Napa, or at least I was biased for California, Napa and Sonoma being what I looked for most. I still love them, though I think my tolerance for oakiness has diminished. I recently had a Frog's Leap Cabernet, a wine I loved the first time I had it, but last week, it left me wanting something more. Having said that, I have had so many amazing Napa wines, but I think so much more of California has wonderful wines to offer, to say nothing of the rest of the world. These days, my collection (only 70 bottles or so at any given time) is about 33% California, 33% France, (excluding Champagne), 15% Champagne, and the rest a mixed bag of Italy, Argentina, Portugal, South Africa, and maybe even an Australian wine collecting spiderwebs on the bottom! So, I haven't moved away, but I've gathered more wines to me. Great question.

  • hokiewino

    You guys described pretty much every Beaujolais I've ever had, heavy aroma with a disappointing finish. I can't say I've ever had one I actually cared for.

    QOTD: I haven't had too many napa wines mostly because I'm a broke college student and I've found them to be too pricey when there are too many other good wines out there for a better price.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I started out with Napa cab more specifically the wine aisle at Publix (big FL supermarket chain). Anyway thanks to this show I’ve been pushing my palate ever since to only find out the inevitable…….Napa QPR sucks for the most part. The real joy or excitement is when you start moving away from your comfort zone and discovering value and the inevitability that the more different wine you drink, your palate will, and surely evolve, to appreciate wine of the same quality in some cases even way better at a much lower price point.

    Hence nobody understands the American palate more than Napa. Which is why if you’re “American” the odds are high that given your flavor profile Napa is the perfect transition or introduction to very good wine with an undeniable delicious factor that put me and many others on course………

  • Anonymous

    Good guest..QOTD-still love a good Napa Cab. http://www.winelx.com

  • luca bercelli

    94/100

    lines of the day – ‘I’m not picking up on a crisis of confidence here am I’ GV:’that would never happen, my mom loved me way too much’ and ”Antuofermo lost all the blood in his body…twice’

    Sensational; one of my favourite ever episodes, I could sit here and watch these two yak about anything all day long. Nerd v nerd, mano a mano. Fascinating insight into the French Appellation system and an awesome boxing chat at the end.

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