EP 812 Banyuls Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes 2 different Banyuls, red dessert wines from the South of France. The Grenache-based Banyuls are great value, under the radar dessert wines.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Casa Blanca BanyulsOther French Dessert Wine
2006 Rectorie Banyuls Cuvee Leon ParceOther French Dessert Wine

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luca bercelli


line of the day – ‘Good one Mott, you get a star’

Solid episode, the best bit of which is the last 5 seconds…hilarious

Tags: Banyuls, dessert, French, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • allanj

    You did it Gary, good prediction.

    The man knows his football.

    Go Saints!

  • jcrazy

    Awesome show, again. I've only had the opportunity to taste a few Banyuls and I'm not the biggest fan of those that I've tasted. The fact that I dislike sweets and abhor chocolate may have something to do with it.

    The analogy btwn the CEO and 5 Star Chef = swing and a miss. I know what you were trying to say but I nearly pissed myself laughing at you try to get it out but just not being able to. Love it. I'd hate to have a camera in front of me everyday for fear of the laughs I'd unintentionally cause.

  • philoxera

    Banyuls I'm impressed. I spent some wonderful vacations down there. I had some 2001 Domaine de Baillaury Banyuls Grand Cru a few nights ago. Really good stuff. The 2000 Rectorie might have been in better drinking condition. Jolly good show GV…..4 more years!

  • Uh Oh, looks like Mott gunnin' for your job Gary.

  • richritterinny

    Notes on the right? Good prep. Love the Casa Blanca label, almost Picasso-esque.

  • DAveAll

    Never heard of these, will seek them out. always like to know the nerdy parts of the wine. thanks.

    Congrats SAINTS!

  • allanj

    Or maybe not!

  • BFR1028

    No they dont !! Not in my opinion 🙂

  • BFR1028

    Why was that so funny?

  • GARY: Nice show I learned allot. Can you make the comparison between Banyuls and Cagnina di Romagna. I wish there was a scale for wine sweetness like the Scoville scale for pepper heat levels.

  • Don Simpson

    Because it sounds like a delicious pairing and something I would definitely try. Thanks for letting us know they don’t go well together so I won’t attempt.

  • cellarrat5

    fyi if you have not already discovered this. There is not a typical scale for sugar like the Scoville, however there is a good indication of how much sugar is in a desert wine or table wine based on grams per hundred ml. Your typical table wine will have anywhere from .2 g/100 ml (barley perceivable) to approximately 2 g/100 ml. Late harvests have about 3-4.5, and Ports, some maderas and other fortified or desert wines can have about 4.5-8. That?s that sweet stuff obviously. This all depends on style of winemaker, degrees brix at harvest, and style of wine or dessert wine they are trying to make.

  • SourGrapesFC

    Congratulations, New Orleans. This should be one hell of a Mardi Gras.

  • Thanks for the response. I know about the sugar levels in the wine, however none of that is listed on a bottle. I'm looking for a scale of 1 to 20 or something like that. When you look at the Scoville Scale of Heat, it kind of puts things in perspective. One person may think Blackstone Merlot is sweet and another may think Banyuls is smooth, and I realize that everyone's palate is different, but there could be some sort of basic scale put in place. Clearly the wine industry doesn't want to put the lists of ingredients other than alcohol percent and contains sulfates. Cheers and here's to living the Dolce Vita.

  • ewb

    No QOTD: What's up. Missed a chance to “link it up” that Amarone Mott was talking about. Gary how about a “PLEASE” when you ask Mott to turn the volume down.

  • Nice show Gary. Too bad you bummed yourself out at the end. No QOTD!

    I was fixing to go see if there had been any other shows on Banyuls you have done in the past.

    Are these Banyuls fortified though? My pallete has a hrd time with fortified stuff. Or should I say my stomach?!?

    ONly saw half of the superbowl. Was busy still getting party food etc.. WHen I got back and settled I saw the last half of 2nd quarter. Just took the excitement out for me I guess. That and the fact the steelers were not there.


  • yapdiver

    Great job on repping Banyul's. Awesome wine to pair with chocolate. Obtain a bottle for the mid to late 1990's & you will be blow away. Serious bargain for dessert wines.

    Who Dat? The Super Bowl Champion Saint's Dat's Who!!!!!!

    Everyone was loving Peyton & the Colts. So happy that the Saint's proved them wrong. The feel good story of the year!

    Thinking the JETS could have beat them but alas we will never know the answer to that question.

    WTF? Your so bitter that you forgot QOTD?!!!!

  • mkkdash1

    I tasted my first Banyuls at our first wine club gathering a couple years ago (recommended by someone on the WLDG), themed around fondue. Without a doubt the best wine pairing for chocolate that I've tasted and as you pointed out here, usually some great QPR to be found. Will keep an eye out for the first one here.

  • bfr1028

    Go REDSOX!! 🙂

  • Go Mott on the Casa Blanca breakdown!

    My only exposure to a Banyuls was the one my biz partner brought back from France last autumn. We paired it with a dark chocolate cake with a raspberry middle filling and chocolate ganache covering the rest of it. Great together. Neither lasted very long.

    QOTD: I figure that the question was implied..that a score on the game was the main concern…he just got deflated, and did not properly form it. Nice forward pass into the lens though.

  • QOTD: ?

    WHO DAT!

  • slushpuppy

    The Saints suck. They cheated their way into the S.B. because the ref's threw the last three calls in the Jets playoff to them. Screw N.O.
    Smell it first. TR

  • RobinC

    Banyuls sounds intriguing, although I prefer smelling dessert wines to drinking them.

  • slushpuppy

    Wise up fools. Football like basketball has always been fixed for the big games.

  • winecrazy

    Still no emails Homey….

  • frankvx

    only one red dessert wine can compete with banyuls when it comes to pairing with chocolate: quady winery's 'elysium', a 100% black muscat made in california…

  • Mike in C-town

    New one for me GV. Thanks.
    Really like Grenache (and Garnacha) though, so I'll have to have a go at it.

    Congrats to the Saints. Gives hope to us here in C-town that it can be turned around.

  • johanisgladivin

    I hate to say it, but I beg to differ on the wine-chocolate combo thing. I vote for Moscatel de setubal as the number one wine for chocolate. There is also the dried Monastrell/Mourvèdre sweet wine that would come in as a good second.

  • Nik_B

    I don't remember ever trying a Banyuls before…

  • winemonologues

    Banyuls is new for me! Gotta try some. Maybe Valentines Day.

    Nice analysis and prediction for the Super Bowl!

  • GreggB

    Best Ending 3 seconds of all time. LOL!!!!!!

  • John__J

    absolutely love banyuls

  • boughtrecords

    Maybe a wine my wife and I will both like! I had never heard of a red dessert wine.

  • DCaragher

    GV – I've really been into dessert wines lately, so it was a very interesting show! Keep it up!


  • jsums

    Okay, I'm pretty nerdy when it comes to my wine knowledge, but I've never even heard of Banyuls. GOTTA pick some up now and see what it's all about. Thanks, man!

  • pawncop

    I recall the “Le Gormand” grenache you sent in a secret pack some time back and loved it.

    Another area for me to look for at the store.

  • lawrenceleichtman

    I ahve had some very good Banyuls and neither of these sounded like what I had. No QOD. Maybe too disgusted thinking about the Superbowl.

  • AmyNYC

    LOVE snow! My favorite story is when it snowed in Baghdad for the first time in 100 years: it was lovely, said Mohanned Rahim, a baker: “This snow will bring pleasure to the people of Iraq. It's beautiful!”

  • Sean

    Just watched this episode today. They come through TIVO about a week late so we're always lurkers by default. I've got a bit of a sweet tooth so I like dessert wines. Looking forward to trying these.

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  • ???

    good episode and good product

  • Anonymous

    more of a white French dessert wine fan.. http://www.winelx.com

  • luca bercelli


    line of the day – ‘Good one Mott, you get a star’

    Solid episode, the best bit of which is the last 5 seconds…hilarious


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