EP 928 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wines of 2010 – Part 2


Gary Vaynerchuk and Josh Greene, editor of Wine & Spirits conclude the tasting of the Top 5 Wines of 2010.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir
1987 Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Rioja Reserva
2007 Domain Leflaive Batard-Montrachet

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luca bercelli

87/100

Thank god for Gary Vaynerchuk!
This guest might be the best guy in the world but boy, is he boring. Unlike our man, he comes across as elitist, and definitely someone I wouldn’t want to get stuck in a bar with. Makes me appreciate GV all the more.

Tags: burgundy, review, Riesling, Rioja, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • Tbrennan

    I just watched W & S top 100, part 2. I’m a little behind. I am so impressed at the knowledge that the two of you displayed on this show. I was also overwhelmed by it! Who was your audience here? Most of us will never see a $420 bottle of wine, let alone drink it. And if we did, with whom would we share it. Actually, I can think of a few who would appreciate it. I have a hard time justifying a, $80 bottle of single malt. How about evaluating some wines that most of us know. I know…how about some box wines. A couple of them taste pretty good.
    QOTD: I pay no attention to alcohol levels. I like unoaked chards and I love a good, heavy French red.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous episodes and absolutely outstanding guest. Josh is awesome. I really am going to have to consider subscribing to his magazine. I am also excited that he mentioned the Finger Lakes region and had the Wiemer wine. I was just up in the Finger Lakes and visited a bunch of wineries and was blown away by their quality and very surprised that I liked so many of their red wines. I agree with Josh about Wiemer, Dr. Frank, Ravines, Fox Run, Lamoreaux Landing and Red Newt (great bistro, too!). I also liked Damiani, Shalestone and Shaw for their reds. It was a great trip and I highly recommend a visit to the region and to these wineries.

    QOTD: Interesting question. To be honest, I rarely look at the alcohol level when buying or drinking wine. I do look when a wine seems a little hot, but other than that, I don’t pay attention. Having said that, I like balance and restraint for the most part. So I like most decent Bordeaux which are usually around 13-13.5% ABV. I do like some wines that are in the 14-15% range, but I certainly like those that are < 13.5%. (As an aside, that's probably why I liked the Finger Lakes wines so much.) As for a guestimate on percentages, I'd go with 40% above 14% and 60% below 13.5% as about right.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: i am concerned when alcohol gets above 15% especially if it is not zin or shiraz

  • XXXXX

    Late to the party but. . .

    I look for wines under 13.5% That doesn’t mean that I always get that but I have found that in my price range that wines seem to be better balanced if they aren’t so “consumed” by the alcohol. If I am choosing between a few wines, I generally go for the lowest %.

    That being said the other night I had a big Aus Shiraz that was close to 15% and it was what I wanted. I treat those wines like a substitute for liquor.

    All in all awesome show! It was fun and interesting hearing about the finger lake region. It feels like I got insider information because of the names you all mentioned that are worth looking at from NY

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DFZ3ANND3RKCOELDZVK76TL6AQ onzilske

    wonderful set of episodes…and I only got to them now! The Viña Tondonia is an all time favourite of mine, and whenever getting close to La Rioja (not too difficult, as I’m living in Madrid and my partner is from the Basque Country), we try to buy some bottles. They’re very well priced, and as far as I can tell, they’re a whole lot better “stocked” in the bodega than at home (adding to the dangerous situation of drinking it too often ;-) ).

    QOTD : I’m not too bothered about alc. % as long as the wines are well made. To be honest, some of my favourite wines I buy in a local specialized shop near home, are 14-14.5% alc. and really wonderful. Of course, the owner is oenologue as well, so she can advise me better about the effect of alc% in the specific wines…and I mainly pick wines for their food pairing, as in Spain wine and food go hand in hand. It’s not so common here to enjoy the wine on its own (apart from when cooking! ;-) ).
    That being said, in summer, I try to avoid these wines and prefer lower alc. % whites and rosés. And drink more “lighter” beers as well (I’m Belgian, so I prefer dark trappists in winter, and wheat beers or lambics in summer), similar to my wine habits really.

  • Nick

    Gonna go out and find the tondonia at next weekends degustation. Great prospects. Loved the wine & spirits top 100 eps

  • Michael Heinrich

    Can’t you just bring back the show once a year for this occasion? Would be worth it I guess…

  • luca bercelli

    87/100

    Thank god for Gary Vaynerchuk!
    This guest might be the best guy in the world but boy, is he boring. Unlike our man, he comes across as elitist, and definitely someone I wouldn’t want to get stuck in a bar with. Makes me appreciate GV all the more.

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