EP 721 Vance Sharp of Sharp Cellars and the Sonoma Sausage Company

Gary Vaynerchuk interviews Vance Sharp, a founding member and past president of the Association of African American Vintners.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2004 Pinot Noir ‘Keenan?s Cove
2005 Zinfandel Hailey’s Creek Vineyard
2007 Zinfandel Hailey’s Creek Vineyard ‘Black Label

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luca bercelli

91/100

line of the day – ‘I gotta see the Jets game, I haven’t missed a play in 20 years’

You can’t help but be entertained by the guest on this show. Fun episode.

Tags: california, Pinot Noir, red, review, Sonoma, Video, wine, wines, zinfandel

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  • Robert Howells

    The guests keep getting better. Great show. How about having Mott as a guest since he seems to be educating his palate during the episode anyways.

  • Robert Howells

    The guests keep getting better. Great show. How about having Mott as a guest since he seems to be educating his palate during the episode anyways.

  • Stud of a guest. Prices really hit that ouch button on my favorite Mariner hat, so I’ll just try the sausages instead.

    QOTD: Can’t say anything bad because who knows when it’ll happen to me.

  • Stud of a guest. Prices really hit that ouch button on my favorite Mariner hat, so I’ll just try the sausages instead.

    QOTD: Can’t say anything bad because who knows when it’ll happen to me.

  • Harry

    Great show, and I loved Vance’s charisma. Sounds like the wines were great as well. QOTD: I better hope the world thinks well of bald guys, as the hairline has been retreating for a few years.

  • Harry

    Great show, and I loved Vance’s charisma. Sounds like the wines were great as well. QOTD: I better hope the world thinks well of bald guys, as the hairline has been retreating for a few years.

  • That is the kind of show that makes a lurker like me leave a comment!

    That was a great show, great wine related guest! For me its refreshing to learn more about the wine making & grape growing side of the business, not something I know a lot about.

    QOTD: Much love and respect for the bald people of the world!

  • That is the kind of show that makes a lurker like me leave a comment!

    That was a great show, great wine related guest! For me its refreshing to learn more about the wine making & grape growing side of the business, not something I know a lot about.

    QOTD: Much love and respect for the bald people of the world!

  • Drew

    Great episode. Incredible guest. Signed up for the list.

    I had hair like an 80’s band as a kid, never got as much @#$%* since shavin the head!! Go bald!!!!

  • Drew

    Great episode. Incredible guest. Signed up for the list.

    I had hair like an 80’s band as a kid, never got as much @#$%* since shavin the head!! Go bald!!!!

  • Adam J

    Superb! I really feel bad for commenting late on this episode…it deserved better! Awesome show, Vance was a class act. Thanks for the show!
    QOTD: As long as they embrace it, I think it is a beautiful thing:)

  • Adam J

    Superb! I really feel bad for commenting late on this episode…it deserved better! Awesome show, Vance was a class act. Thanks for the show!
    QOTD: As long as they embrace it, I think it is a beautiful thing:)

  • simon halpin

    Wow! What a great show. I really enjoyed Mr. Sharp, and I love to hear a story like his. I wish him and his family all the success in the world. However, the capper for me was the mention of Scarface. Immediately, memories of The Diary crept back into my consciousness…and that of Bushwick Bill and the gun-went-off-in-her-hand story of how he lost his eye. The more I watch you Gary, the more I think we have a parallel love of the finer things in life!

  • simon halpin

    Wow! What a great show. I really enjoyed Mr. Sharp, and I love to hear a story like his. I wish him and his family all the success in the world. However, the capper for me was the mention of Scarface. Immediately, memories of The Diary crept back into my consciousness…and that of Bushwick Bill and the gun-went-off-in-her-hand story of how he lost his eye. The more I watch you Gary, the more I think we have a parallel love of the finer things in life!

  • Bald is beautiful (I may be a little biased on this question) and Vance you are one hell of a class act!

    Great show!

  • Bald is beautiful (I may be a little biased on this question) and Vance you are one hell of a class act!

    Great show!

  • Jeff

    Nice show GV. Vance is great.

    I wanted to say I think you’re interview skills are superb. You cut in when you have to, and you let the guest tell their story. Perhaps you could ask guest up front about their experience with your show. I find myself wondering if they watch or not?

    QOTD: Fully bald=cool, bald but trying to sport a mullet=not cool.

  • Jeff

    Nice show GV. Vance is great.

    I wanted to say I think you’re interview skills are superb. You cut in when you have to, and you let the guest tell their story. Perhaps you could ask guest up front about their experience with your show. I find myself wondering if they watch or not?

    QOTD: Fully bald=cool, bald but trying to sport a mullet=not cool.

  • This is quite possibly one of the most refreshing episodes I’ve seen. Gary, your talk with Vance was insightful and, enjoyably, not all about wine. I always say that the wine is all the more special when you know the story behind it, and this is no exception.

    QOTD: Luckily for me, my grandfather died at 65 with a head full of blonde hair, so I’ll take it…from the first time I got my head shaved in bootcamp, I realized I just don’t have a pretty enough grape to sport the high-speed, low-drag hairstyle like Vance.

  • This is quite possibly one of the most refreshing episodes I’ve seen. Gary, your talk with Vance was insightful and, enjoyably, not all about wine. I always say that the wine is all the more special when you know the story behind it, and this is no exception.

    QOTD: Luckily for me, my grandfather died at 65 with a head full of blonde hair, so I’ll take it…from the first time I got my head shaved in bootcamp, I realized I just don’t have a pretty enough grape to sport the high-speed, low-drag hairstyle like Vance.

  • GARY, another amazing guest, this guy is real, he is easy to listen. He reminds me a lot of my dad, which is always a great feeling.

    QOTD: Bald is awesome, not only do they look sharp, but with my experience, bald guys usually have bad ass facial hair, and anyone that can grow a nice beard / mustache is amazing!

  • GARY, another amazing guest, this guy is real, he is easy to listen. He reminds me a lot of my dad, which is always a great feeling.

    QOTD: Bald is awesome, not only do they look sharp, but with my experience, bald guys usually have bad ass facial hair, and anyone that can grow a nice beard / mustache is amazing!

  • Dornski B

    Gary,

    Great episode, great guest. One thing: the next time you interview Vance, you might want to shy away from the phrase, “I’m going to call a spade a spade.”

    QOTD: Bald guys are solid. Studies show that juries trust bald lawyers more than ones with facial hair.

  • Dornski B

    Gary,

    Great episode, great guest. One thing: the next time you interview Vance, you might want to shy away from the phrase, “I’m going to call a spade a spade.”

    QOTD: Bald guys are solid. Studies show that juries trust bald lawyers more than ones with facial hair.

  • winen00b

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. Never tasted wine (besides champagne), found this through props given at TechCrunch. Several things… Episode 148 rocks, watched 4 times already. Gary, you’ve got to stop molesting your guests. From the top of my head you got the guy from Bonny Doon (sp?) with the ponytail, Jim Cramer I believe, and now rubbing Mr. Sharp’s head. Hey, I grew up playing with He-man action figures too, but I’m your elder at age 35. These are people not toys, Gary. I’m not like the guy who claims your Russian heritage is overbearing, on the contrary, regardless of American politeness conventions I find your realness and passion fun, inspiring, and pleasant. I just wanted to point that out to you because your guests love you too much to ever say anything, but hey, their sports by coming on such a passionate new media show and you’re going to scare them away from us Internet folk. Keep up the great work.

    QOTD: bald equals distinguished for me.

  • winen00b

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. Never tasted wine (besides champagne), found this through props given at TechCrunch. Several things… Episode 148 rocks, watched 4 times already. Gary, you’ve got to stop molesting your guests. From the top of my head you got the guy from Bonny Doon (sp?) with the ponytail, Jim Cramer I believe, and now rubbing Mr. Sharp’s head. Hey, I grew up playing with He-man action figures too, but I’m your elder at age 35. These are people not toys, Gary. I’m not like the guy who claims your Russian heritage is overbearing, on the contrary, regardless of American politeness conventions I find your realness and passion fun, inspiring, and pleasant. I just wanted to point that out to you because your guests love you too much to ever say anything, but hey, their sports by coming on such a passionate new media show and you’re going to scare them away from us Internet folk. Keep up the great work.

    QOTD: bald equals distinguished for me.

  • Monica in Texas

    Fun show! I really want some sausage now, and I’m curious about dipping it in dark chocolate. I wonder if it would work with other kinds of sausage. Guess I’ll have to try it and see.

    QOTD: With a nice-shaped head, bald can look really good. It works for Bruce Willis and it works for Vance!

  • Monica in Texas

    Fun show! I really want some sausage now, and I’m curious about dipping it in dark chocolate. I wonder if it would work with other kinds of sausage. Guess I’ll have to try it and see.

    QOTD: With a nice-shaped head, bald can look really good. It works for Bruce Willis and it works for Vance!

  • Eric F.

    Fantastic show! Right up there with the Hendrik Thoma show in my book. Vance must come back! Going out to find some Sharp Cellars tonight?

    QOTD – If your head is the right shape, go for it, embrace it and wear it proud.

  • Eric F.

    Fantastic show! Right up there with the Hendrik Thoma show in my book. Vance must come back! Going out to find some Sharp Cellars tonight?

    QOTD – If your head is the right shape, go for it, embrace it and wear it proud.

  • dave

    Dear Gary–I’m a big fan. It’s amazing how you have created your own brand. Please, please, easy with the guests. Heidi Barrett is one thing but the sausage guy is quite another. More Vaynerchuk and fewer guests. Better you alone in a hotel room raiding the honor bar than a dude schilling sausages on a wine show.

  • dave

    Dear Gary–I’m a big fan. It’s amazing how you have created your own brand. Please, please, easy with the guests. Heidi Barrett is one thing but the sausage guy is quite another. More Vaynerchuk and fewer guests. Better you alone in a hotel room raiding the honor bar than a dude schilling sausages on a wine show.

  • KJ

    Loved the ep.! Hey, if there really is a spot, I’m in the for the Raider game baby! I’ll be there for the book signing in the city also! Keep CRUSH’n IT GV!

    P.S. “Let’s hug it out, B—-!”

  • KJ

    Loved the ep.! Hey, if there really is a spot, I’m in the for the Raider game baby! I’ll be there for the book signing in the city also! Keep CRUSH’n IT GV!

    P.S. “Let’s hug it out, B—-!”

  • Lau

    TREMENDOUS guest! I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, though the interviewer was a bit too yappy 😉

  • Lau

    TREMENDOUS guest! I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, though the interviewer was a bit too yappy 😉

  • BF

    Best… Guest… Ever.

    QOTD: I think people are reverse-racists when it comes to baldness. Black guys look good bald, but white guys… not so much.

  • BF

    Best… Guest… Ever.

    QOTD: I think people are reverse-racists when it comes to baldness. Black guys look good bald, but white guys… not so much.

  • Pierre C

    Thanks for the show, sadly products not available up here in Quebec I believe

    QOTD: it has to shine

  • Pierre C

    Thanks for the show, sadly products not available up here in Quebec I believe

    QOTD: it has to shine

  • amir a

    i knew i was gonna like him when he said he was from b-more!

  • amir a

    i knew i was gonna like him when he said he was from b-more!

  • SargieAZ

    Vance Sharp what a guest! I love discovering new characters in the wine world. Nice one Gary, he even put up you talking over him the whole show 😉

    No but, so cool. I seriously want to head up there and see his vineyards.

  • SargieAZ

    Vance Sharp what a guest! I love discovering new characters in the wine world. Nice one Gary, he even put up you talking over him the whole show 😉

    No but, so cool. I seriously want to head up there and see his vineyards.

  • I am going to have to get some Sharp Cellar wines and try them. Whatever the wine world is doing, you can bet that there are people out there that want to enjoy life just as much. You get to create wine in sunny California Wine Country.. Nothing is better than that.

    QOTD: I would have to agree, although i have not been bald, I do have friends that look good with shaved heads.

  • I am going to have to get some Sharp Cellar wines and try them. Whatever the wine world is doing, you can bet that there are people out there that want to enjoy life just as much. You get to create wine in sunny California Wine Country.. Nothing is better than that.

    QOTD: I would have to agree, although i have not been bald, I do have friends that look good with shaved heads.

  • Anonymous

    Though Friday and the weekend were zooey, so i couldn’t get to WLTV, I am glad i took the time to watch this today! Vance was a lot of fun!

    QOTD: Bald is cool!

  • Laurie in VT

    Though Friday and the weekend were zooey, so i couldn’t get to WLTV, I am glad i took the time to watch this today! Vance was a lot of fun!

    QOTD: Bald is cool!

  • Don Farve

    Did you say Raiders game? I’m in too, when and where! G R E A T S H O W – really enjoyed Mr. Sharp. It was refreshing to hear a real life story instead of just wine tasting. I don’t know Vance but I feel as though I can trust him. Please fill us in regarding October, hell with the thunder cruise — let’s play ball and grill Hawaiian Portuguese.

    Qotd: depends on the hat size

  • Don Farve

    Did you say Raiders game? I’m in too, when and where! G R E A T S H O W – really enjoyed Mr. Sharp. It was refreshing to hear a real life story instead of just wine tasting. I don’t know Vance but I feel as though I can trust him. Please fill us in regarding October, hell with the thunder cruise — let’s play ball and grill Hawaiian Portuguese.

    Qotd: depends on the hat size

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