Archive for the ‘Rioja’ Category

Spanish and Argentinean Wine Tasting with a Special Guest – Episode #968

January 14, 2011

Gary Vaynerchuk invites Ian Adelstein to the show, a Vayniac who’s a huge wine and food lover who received his sommelier certification at the age of 21. They taste an interesting lineup of Spanish and Argentinean reds and talk about how he got on the show.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2001 Muga Prado Enea Gran ReservaRioja play
2007 Palacios Les TerrassesPriorat play
2008 Bodegas Renacer Enamore Other Argentine Red Wine play

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Lopez de Heredia Tasting with Maria Jose Lopez Part 2 – Episode #948

November 11, 2010

Gary and Maria Jose from Lopez de Heredia finish their tasting with the 1981 Bosconia and more discussion about the wine world.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

1981 Viña Bosconia Gran Reserva play review at cork'd


Lopez de Heredia Tasting with Maria Jose Lopez Part 1 – Episode #947

November 10, 2010

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes with Maria Jose from the Lopez de Heredia winery, one of Gary’s favorites from the Rioja region. A house that is well-known for long term bottle aging, Gary and Maria Jose taste a 2000 vintage rose and a 2000 vintage Rioja from the Tondonia vineyard. They discuss the fascinating changes in Rioja history.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2000 Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva play review at cork'd
2000 Viña Tondonia Red Reserva play review at cork'd


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

October 7, 2010


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

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir play review at cork'd
1987 Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Rioja Reserva play review at cork'd
2007 Domain Leflaive Batard-Montrachet play review at cork'd

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Licorice and Wine Pairing – Episode #907

August 25, 2010

Gary Vaynerchuk wanted to share his love of licorice by trying out some new wine pairings. He tries a white Rioja, an Italian Primitivo, and a Californian Zinfandel with Panda Licorice, with some interesting results!

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2000 Lopez De Heredia GravoniaRioja play review at cork'd
2008 Traturri Primitivo Di SalentoSalento Rosso play review at cork'd
2008 Neal Family ZinfandelNapa Red Zinfandel play review at cork'd


On Location: Robert Parker’s Master Tasting at Wine Future in Rioja – Episode #780

December 4, 2009

Gary Vaynerchuk attends the master tasting, lead by Robert Parker, Kevin Zraly, and Pancho Campo at Wine Future 09 in Rioja last month.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

1945 Marques de Riscal Rioja play review at cork'd

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Wine & Spirits Top 100 – Part 2 – Episode #742

September 24, 2009

Concluding today with Joshua Greene, Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine, visits to give a sneak peak at their Top 100 Wines of 2009.

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 D’arenberg Footbolt ShirazAustralian Shiraz/Syrah play review at cork'd
2001 Marques de Murrietta Castillo Y Gay Gran Reserva Especial play review at cork'd
2005 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet SauvignonAustralian Shiraz/Syrah play review at cork'd

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Remirez De Ganuza Mini-Vertical – Episode #525

August 22, 2008

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes two vintages of this high end Rioja and observes how big a difference a year can make!

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Wines tasted in this episode:

Remirez De Ganuza Rioja 2002 play review at cork'd
2003 Remirez De Ganuza RiojaRioja play review at cork'd

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Episode 500 Live From SF In Front Of A Huge Audience

July 14, 2008

Episode 500 features 3 Riojas and was taped on location before an amazing live audience at Crushpad in San Francisco… thank you to everyone who has helped the Thunder Show reach this milestone!

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2003 Araco CrianzaRioja play review at cork'd
2001 Bodegas Primicia Rioja ReservaRioja play review at cork'd
2004 Torre Muga RiojaRioja play review at cork'd

The Secret Pack Includes A Pinot Noir, Sauternes And A Rioja – Episode #459

May 6, 2008

Gary Vaynerchuk goes through the secret pack and tries 4 wines and talks about birthdays and news from Amazon!

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Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Estancia Pinot Noir StonewallOther California Pinot Noir play review at cork'd
2006 Prado Ayala RiojaRioja play review at cork'd
2004 Monteviejo Petite FleurArgentine Malbec play review at cork'd
2004 Chateau Petit VedrinesSauternes and Other Dessert play review at cork'd

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