EP 799 3 Killer Whites

Gary mixes it up today and tastes 3 different but interesting whites wines from around the world.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Domaine Regis Minet Pouilly Fume Vieilles VignesPouilly Fume
2005 Leeuwin Estate Artist Series ChardonnayAustralian Chardonnay
2006 Francois Villard Condrieu Grand VallonCondrieu


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line of the day – ‘not the Oak Monster but maybe the Butter Bandit was going to come out’

Hilarious when GV picks up a ‘Really Exotic Nose’ on the last wine and asks Mott what he gets (without any hints). Nothing replies the Mottster!

Tags: chardonnay, Condrieu, Pouilly Fume, review, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • wiljak

    Great show – we love the white wines. For QOTD there are a lot more xarellos on the market this year in and around Barcelona – and generally speaking they're great. If the callet grape is Mediterranean pinot noir then xarello is Mediterranean chardonnay. One of our favorites is Improvisació – the kid sister wine to Nun Vinya dels Taus (which is also amazing but twice the price, Ester Nin/Enric Soler). It's definitely a nerd wine with great complexity for less than 20 bucks (pavos). But for pure delicious factor it's hard to beat the Z007 Zind from Zind-Humbrecht. I can't get enough of that wine. Saludos!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OU74UIH3OB4EZSNC556WP2FP64 Laura

    Over a year ago my husband and I bought some excellent wines from the NW for our good friends from Amarillo we met while honeymooning in the British Virgin Islands. I wanted to try one of the wines to see if the screwcap was any good. YOu can't give screwcaps as a gift right? Wrong!!! I have not yet found a white of any variety since that comes close to my palate's nirvana wine. Andrew Rich Roussanne, a Columbia Valley wine. I hope hope hope you'll give it a whirl. It comes in at around 20 US bones and was SO good we went out and replaced the bottle in their gift pack. Thanks so much for expanding my thinking. I really LOVE Malbec and had never tried it.

  • LordSauvignon

    Congratulations on your nephew!!! Thats so exciting!

  • NickyGogol

    Zind Humbrecht Muscat…2005 I believe. Had it at my wine shop here in AZ with fellow employees after work. Amazing, exotic nose, dark golden color, on the palate very viscous, rich, minerally, with almost nectar like fruit. All this wrapped up in a pretty dry style…stunning

  • http://twitter.com/tomdelorme tomdelorme

    Three favorite white wines of recent memory
    Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cassis Blanc 2007
    Viñedos de Ithaca Odysseus Garnacha Blanca Priorat 2008
    Marc Ollivier's 2007 Granite de Clisson

    Congratulations on nephew Max!! Good luck this weekend and safe travels…..

  • Mike in C-town

    You probably already know this, but the Mollydooder Verdelho is “the Violinist”

    http://www.mollydookerwines.com/mollydooker_wine_store?maxrows=200#wines

  • Mike in C-town

    GV, thanks for the IE fix.
    Best whites I've had recently were on a trip to Willamette Valley. Like Robinelle, I really liked the 2008 Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay. Well made and no splinters. I ended up flying two back in my suitcase. The Willamete Valley Vineyrads Pinot Gris was next best. Nice blend of fruit, minerality and acid. Biggest dissapointment was the Leitz Rudesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett Reisling. A total cliff wine and lacked acidity.

  • Tino

    i cannot elaborate much on this, but i recently had a wonderful bottle of Martín Códax Albariño. I had it with a seafood paella, and kept it outside the window (but still at hand) while I ate. It was about to snow.

  • jcha24

    butter bandit – hahaha! just lol.

  • JiminAtlanta

    Thanks for doing white wines. Many of us focus mainly on reds and we need to be reminded that whites can be good and often better with certain foods. I recently had a Navarro Anderson Valley gewurtraminer that I enjoyed a lot. The wine was very floral and had some spice. It would go well with asian food.

  • Jared Steckel

    Pinnacle Ridge Traminette is probably the most surprising white I've had recently. I don't know that it'd be a stellar score, but it's a local PA vinyard and it's rare that there's such a good wine that doesn't give you a toothache.

    First time commenting! Love the show and have turned many friends on to the G-V.

  • bourgeoisbee

    Happy to see some complex whites and the butter bandit on the show today.

    QOTD: I recently had a good Vinho Verde; sorry I don't remember the maker, but the acidity paired well with dessert. Good QOTD; I'm going to go through and try to find some Alsatian recommendations.

    Also, why are people still using ie? It's 2010, you've got much better options!

  • nickgrzenda

    QOTD: The best white that I've had recently was a 2001 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. It was very nice, just about at its peak on ageability. Nice walnuts, dried apricots, red delicious apples, and some cream. It was just barely past its prime, but still in very good drinking condition.

  • Eduardo

    Mariflor Sauvignon Blanc from Mendoza…delicious!! It´s a Michel Rolland wine

  • lakatosc

    The most amazing white wine I've had in a long time is a 2007 Gustave Lorentz Gewurztraminer from Alsace. With its minerality, citrus, peach, and tropical fruit bouquet, it's both delicious on its own and amazing paired with many types of food. I loved it so much that I bought a case!!

  • m squared

    The Villard Condruieu rocks. Gary, your pronunciation of Francois did not rock.

    QOTD – Maximim Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Auslese 05 – just starting to pick up hint of petrol, viscous, rich, biting acidity, sense of place.
    Dom du Vieux Lazaret Chatauneuf du Pape Blanc 07 – complex, big mouthfeel, structure to handle big food flavors, was screaming for a cassoulet.

  • pawncop

    A very good epidsode.

    So many good white wines that I enjoy.

    Standard favorite – Savignon Blanc from New Zealand.

    One that I have been very impressed with is Duchesse de Bretagne 2007 Sevre & Maine Muscadet. Very crisp, pairs very well with seafood, or summertime sipping. It is superior to Sancerre in my opinion. Very affordable and I am able to find it in stock at my wine store.

    Congratulations to your Jets by the way. Now that the Cowboys are out of the running (were they ever really in it?) , I will be pulling for your Jets to complete the mission.

  • Pete/Ct

    V-man: I am one of those lurkers you just threw a “beat-down” to.
    Though it came off a little harsh (…especially because you have sooooooo much to be happy about – Uncle Gary, J-E-T-S fan!!), I know, in your heart, you love us lurkers like a father loves his prodical son. Anyway: Happy New Year!!, congrats on your Jets victory!! (…this is getting CRAZY but I'm luvin' every minute of it!), and thanks for bringing me out of Lurkerville. Cheers!!!

  • nicolai winkler

    the best white wine i just had was Acrobat 2008 oregon pinot gris taste like 7 up,more towards lime , eucolyptus , kiwi acid with seeds , smells like sweet flowers/ sugarcane and white peach complex , balanced and good. Pairs well with a light yellow curry scallop dish and some pickles (dill) or even clam chowder w/ some good bread and good butter.Mashed potatoes seasoned w/ white pep good texture and taste…

  • sam1984

    Oh hey, Ausgechecken. I have another Pinot Gris from Oregon. Bishop Creek, 2007. Out of Gaston, which puts it in that Forest Grove, northern Willamette area I'm beginning to suspect many of my favored whites grow (hello Apolloni Pinot Blanc, pleased to meet you). Must also mention this wine is made by Ken Wright, if that excites anyone. This one surprised me, as I was gearing up for some exotic fruit like I found on the nose, perfect to steady my garlic parsley chicken, and I got punched in the mouth by a lime wrapped in chalk. As I drank more of the stuff, I got some softer bark flavors, and if I concentrated, I could almost imagine there was a pear somewhere in there. It's possible I didn't let it breath, but it was altogether awesome.

  • markuspeloquin

    Okay, that was about as bad as a Americanized pronunciation of French can get. François Villard should be pronounced fran-SWAH vee-YARD. Then apply the snobby French accent.

    One other pronunciation qualm I have: Spätlese (or sometimes Spaetlese) is pronounced SHPATE-less-uh. Then apply the growling Rammstein voice and you are good to go.

    I do not know any Italian, but I think you usually do good there.

  • monizest

    We had the 2007 Cult Vines Roussanne (from one of last year's garyv wineclubs) with a pear and gorgonzola pizza. Very tasty! My husband said “We finally found a white wine we like!” Great with the food or on its own. Thanks for including it in one of your monthly wine club packs Gary!

  • http://setharoundtheworld.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Always like the white episodes! Got a local Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc to have with dinner tonight!

  • http://twitter.com/bw69 bw69

    Well I am going the opposite direction pricewise of many of the commenters… Recently Oregon white truffles showed up at grocery store here in Austin, so I made a “scallops provencal” and a white bean and truffle oil sauce, then shaved white truffles on top. With that I had a $10 sauv from New Zealand, the 2008 The Crossing Sauv Blanc. It went very well with the food, and I recommend it. See my review on corkd under “davebw”. Hey GV, why not link corkd login to comments???

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

    Gary- What you think about your next book maybe about Grape Varietals? I'm sure there is tone of lit out there about it but we all know that your character puts a good twist on old knowledge! Anyways hope you give it a thought

  • LurkerNoMore

    I have a few bottles of the Francois Villard Condrieu Grand Vallon from when it was offered on Cinderella Wine. LOVE the complexity of it…a very floral nose that makes you think it might be sweet, but bone dry with good acid and long finish. And great mouth feel…heavy like a California chardonnay. Just wish it wasn't so damn $$$.

  • ironmics

    Hey there, just started watching the show. I was a bit put off with the first episode I saw, so I ignored the site for awhile. Tonight I've been watching for 5 hours now….haha great show. Just thought I'd throw this up there, I had a half bottle of super green semillon/sauv blanc blend that I was about to dump. Anyway, inspired by the little gin cocktail note, I tossed a bit of New Amsterdam in there, and it's fantastic! Really mellowed out the over the top bell pepper. The wine was only 4 bucks, so I'm thinking about stocking up just for this. Anyway, I've been converted to the show, I guess I just have to catch up on about 795 more episodes. Keep it up! Oh yeah sorry about the Jets, Go SAINTS!

  • Hellen Keller's Cellar

    You asked for the best whites we've recenty had. I really liked a Reisling called “Clean Slate” that I purchased solely for its name to try on New Years instead of Champagne or Prosecco. I poured it at Christmas with some mild white cheeses and liked it best with a mango ginger stilton that seems to be everywhere these days. It was fine with St Andre and some other french stinky feet smelling cheese that I like but can't remember the name of. I think it would be fine with Brie, too, but not if you're doing the walnut honey pastry thing to it.

    It is as its named clean finishing which I really like when I'm switching around other tastes, and I went looking for it again at New Years since we drank it all, but couldn't find it again. It's not the most fancy wine judging by it's price 12 something regular, we got it on sale for around 10 but I like to stay within that range when trying something blindly. It's German of course and the bottle I had was '08 peachy and minerally which I usually like anyway. Another good white that can become inexpensive during sale times but I haven't had in awhile is Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc. (Just to let you know where my tastes lie.)

    I'm almost blindly blazing the trail for myself, my husband, and a few others who want to know more about wine because they claim they want to be wine drinkers. I don't know what this means other than some idea of wanting to play fancy grown up and hold delicate drinkware with pinkies pointing up? For my husband and I though I can tell you we might not know much, but we know that a good dish can be elevated unbelievably with a good wine pairing and vice versa, and therein lies our motivation. He has put me in charge of making all the choices and therefore mistakes for both of us, but usually we do okay.

    Thanks for your show from the blind leading the blind out here in California. I love your straighforward descriptions, awesome energy, sense of humor, apparent honesty, and casual style. Just right for newbies like us. (I'm kinda squeamish though, so I like it better when you bury your head in the bucket and we don't see the wine coming out of your mouth. It only happened once though, but now I'm kind of holding my hands over my eyes everytime you start to swishing.) Ciao for now.

  • shauny8

    I've been a fan of the show for years, I guess I'm a lurker :) but gotta give my props where due, keep it up!

  • Dawn9850

    Just had a Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio 2007 at a wine dinner. I am not usually a pinot grigio fan, but this was wonderful paired with shrimp 'sliders'. Pear and citrus really came out in this wine. Here in Memphis it runs about $14 which is a pretty good price point.

    Just got back from a trip to the Mediterranean and am trying to catch up. Like the new comment format.

  • http://twitter.com/cpahor cpahor

    Great show Gary. Thanks for encouraging everyone to try new wines. My parents have brought me up on Australian wines from maybe 3 or 4 vineyards, but I now find myself scouring my bottleshop for Barolos, Petit Verdot, Verdelhos, and wines from countries I would never have thought of (Argentina!).

    It's been a fantastic experience – thanks again, and keep it up!

  • amm3rd

    With Surf & Turf X-mas dinner…

    1997 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand (France, Alsace, Turckheim, Alsace Grand Cru AOC) 12/25/2009 AMM3RD 95
    This was a simply amazing bottle of wine. Nose of lime skin and lemon with a waxed fruit or waxy smell that was interesting. Color was very light golden honey colored. Very dense and coating the palate with fresh acidity and verve, that was captivating. More lemon and citrus on the palate. Balanced, Deep, Wonderful, wish I had more. Drinking perfectly right now, should drink well over the next 3 years. Will be looking for more dated Zind! Loved it! AMM (162 views)
    http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=5638

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/ZZGT46JVLYTD5OKGHAEOZM4PHM alexander

    Christmas dinner with Surf & Turf…

    1997 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand (France, Alsace, Turckheim, Alsace Grand Cru AOC) 12/25/2009 AMM3RD 95
    This was a simply amazing bottle of wine. Nose of lime skin and lemon with a waxed fruit or waxy smell that was interesting. Color was very light golden honey colored. Very dense and coating the palate with fresh acidity and verve, that was captivating. More lemon and citrus on the palate. Balanced, Deep, Wonderful, wish I had more. Drinking perfectly right now, should drink well over the next 3 years. Will be looking for more dated Zind! Loved it! AMM (162 views)
    http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=5638

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    Love the Leeuwin Chard..must of been a off yr.. http://www.winelx.com

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  • luca bercelli

    90/100

    line of the day – ‘not the Oak Monster but maybe the Butter Bandit was going to come out’

    Hilarious when GV picks up a ‘Really Exotic Nose’ on the last wine and asks Mott what he gets (without any hints). Nothing replies the Mottster!

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