EP 960 Tasting with Jimmy Stafford of Train

Gary Vaynerchuk meets with Jimmy Stafford of the band Train, a huge fan of wine. They talk about how Jimmy got into wine, his band’s wine club, and discovering new regions and grapes!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Leeuwin Artist Series RieslingAustralian Riesling
2008 K-vintners Morrison Lane SyrahColumbia Valley Syrah

Links mentioned in todays episode.

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Jimmy is such a nice, nice guy. As a follower of Train, I have never heard him talk that much! Usually Pat handles most of the interviews. Anyway, as a fellow wine lover, too, I really appreciate his honesty; that he’s still a novice and the Train Wine Club is just a fun “extra” to offer their fans!

Tags: Australian, red, review, Riesling, Syrah, Video, washington state, white, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

    nice show…

    QOTD – how about some cava…

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

    Hey Guys

    I really enjoyed this show. Not sure if I’ve been living in a bubble or just living in Hong Kong, but I haven’t heard of Train. What I did really like though was Jimmy’s honesty. If he didn’t know something he said – really down to earth for a ‘rock star’.

    QOTD: The best wine to drink before a rock concert – Sparkling wine of course. If there’s none around I’d settle for a decent Rose!


  • Anonymous

    Nice Episode ! I love Train.
    Wine before the live would be sauvignon blanc by SHAW and SMITH”

  • http://twitter.com/coffeejasper jasper

    With the current state of free information on the internet, there is really no excuse for this underexposed, WB jittering footage.

  • Mdion99

    Mott, What happened to the Giants, how do you let the game slip through your hands like that?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7AC7KJIXB6JQOQFLBCK7U4ECNI Russell

    I think I would be rocking out with a high acid Sauvignon blanc or a brute sparkler.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7AC7KJIXB6JQOQFLBCK7U4ECNI Russell

    QOTD- A dry Sauvignon blanc or a brute sparkler.
    Nice work again great show and awesome guest.

  • Randall

    “Check out the big brain on Brad (Jasper)”

  • Anonymous

    Train is awesome!

    I would go with my own bottle of sparkling wine straight out of the bottle.

  • Anonymous

    you’re a smart mother fucker, thats right, the metric system.

  • Anonymous

    Jets win=Monday thunder?

    WTF giants?

  • Anonymous

    Except its Brett not Brad, but I’ll forgive you.

  • Anonymous

    Because they are hardcore like that.


    “She wore red shoes by the newsstand
    as the rain splashed the nickle
    and spilled like chablis all along the midway
    there’s a little bluejay
    in a red dress, on a sad night….”

  • Anonymous

    If I were in a rock band, before a show I would go Hendrix style with the high acid man!! Where?s my headband??!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got a liver the size of coconuts!! *In a slurred incoherent British accent*



  • Supertrirunner

    Dude there better be a rockin thunder show. I mean I wanna lighting and Gail force winds. I mean I could care less about the jets but I was super stocked at the end off the game cause I knew there would be a hurricane comin from the thunder show

  • Supertrirunner

    * stoked

  • Anonymous

    But sometimes the bubbles come out your nose :0


    “You’ve got to give a little, take a little
    And let your poot heart break a little
    That’s the story of,
    That’s the story of love…”


  • Anonymous

    Interesting episode.

    QOTD – Probably a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

  • Guest

    Gotta love Elvin’s plaid checkered jacket!

  • http://twitter.com/Newtype2001 Dan “On Tap”

    Cool guy, for sure.

    QOTD: A vibrant and spunky white…perhaps a GruV?

  • Anonymous

    I know nothing about Train.. but good to get another episode up.

    QOTD – Champagne

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Zinfandel

  • thaklanksta

    Rock on! great show.
    QOTD: Probably a bold red wine because thats my go to for most events. I’ve been catching flak since week 6 or so because wine has replaced beer for me at football tailgating. When the wine is good it doesnt bother me, so generally go with a personal favorite.

  • http://www.germanshepherd-breed.org Martin Espericueta

    WOW – Awesome show. I really related to Jimmy in both my wine loving and my music (especially as I am also a guitarist)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    QOTD: I would definitely bring a New Zealand sauvignon blanc to a tailgate before a concert.

  • NJ Big Chris

    Awesome ringtone… Mine is currently “I am real American.” The greatest WWF theme song ever.

  • NJ Big Chris

    I don’t drink red wine much on its own. I typically take my red with food. My favorite summer time quaffing wines are rieslings. Nothing beats a cool riesling from alsace on hot summer night.

  • Anonymous


    Blanc de Blanc Champagne!

  • Anonymous

    Love the show Gary I really like when you get band members on the show it fun to learn more about these bands. And there stroys of how they came together love it.

    QOTD: I’ll go for Cab’s any time. Good job Jimmy and I hope you and Train continue to have many more great years.

  • Anonymous

    Good to be introduced to Jimmy and the band. I’m not a big radio listened and hadn’t heard much previously about them.

    Before a big show, I would say I agree with Jim. It would not be the place for nuance and detail, but for sensual pleasure, texture and structure. Big Cabernets and Syrahs preferably. Some of the big-name fruit-forward proprietary blends, such as Jayson / Pahlmeyer, Cardinale, Insignia, etc. These are crowd-pleasers and even those inclined for more traditional styles can still appreciate the availability of highly acclaimed contenders. The other thing that immediately comes to mind is sparkling. I stay local in most my sparkling choices. Iron Horse, Roderer, and Schramsburg first. Then Domaine Carneros, Gloria Ferrer and the rest. The Oregon sparkling I’ve had is great too.

  • Anonymous

    Cool show – Jimmy seems like an interesting guy. Train is a pretty good group – I like a lot of their stuff. Leeuwin Estates and K Vintners are both excellent producers. Nice choices.

    QOTD: I would probably go with a big red wine, like a good Cali Cab or Syrah.

  • Anonymous

    Jimmy is such a nice, nice guy. As a follower of Train, I have never heard him talk that much! Usually Pat handles most of the interviews. Anyway, as a fellow wine lover, too, I really appreciate his honesty; that he’s still a novice and the Train Wine Club is just a fun “extra” to offer their fans!


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