EP 817 2007 Pinot Noir Tasting with Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler of TasteDC.com joins Gary to taste 2 Pinots from France and Oregon. They sip and discuss Charlie’s new book “I Drink on the Job” and the changing wine world.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Camille Giroud MarangesBurgundy Maranges
2007 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Pinot NoirWillamette Pinot Noir

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luca bercelli


line of the day – ‘ He’s an Ultra, Ultra, Ultra, Fleer Ultra, remember those, kind of critic’

This episode lacked some of the usual sparkle; the guest didn’t bring a lot to the table (although pleasant enough) and I think GV got bored with him half way through

Tags: Maranges, Pinot Noir, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • Pete G

    Very good guest. Held his own and was very wine knowledgeable. Loved the point he
    brought up about wine “profiles”. Very relevant and true.

    QOTD: The real Irony in this movie. The character who hates merlot, has as his cherished
    bottle a right bank bordeaux (the right bank being known for merlot). Cheval is
    however about 2/3 cab franc (which Miles does speak about in the movie) and
    1/3 (“I'm not drinking any F&*&^”) merlot.

  • Pete G

    Huge fan of Central Otago, NZ pinot. My favorites are Cornish Point (about $28 bottle) and
    Amisfield (about $32 bottle). Great examples of low alcohol, fruit forward pinot.

    – Pete G

  • Thanks Pete G 🙂 I'll check them out!

  • plcb

    I'm a fan of Amisfield.

  • plcb

    QOTD: I read the answer in the posts.

    I loved pinot noir before Sideways. And I'll still drink f-ing merlot.

    I saw the FUCH's wine on the desk. We sell it. Catchy label.

  • Charlie has an interesting job. I would have liked to have heard more about that. But even better would have been some insight as to what pairs well with what he cooks on his BGE. Barbecue season is coming up and that would be fun information.

    QOTD: Even as a newb around here, I had heard that one previously. Oh well, there's always the next show/sip.

  • Jeff

    I love the Domaine Serene. I'm a sucker for that more extracted Pinot from Oregon. (ore-again).

    QOTD: I guessed Merlot…looks like I was mostly right.

    My QOTD: What is the best wine movie or program?

  • QOTD:

    I read what the 61 Cheval Blanc had in it at one time after watching Sideways because I, like Charlie said, “hmm, Miles can't really dis Merlot if his fav bottle is from the right bank.” Off the top of my head I'm going with slightly more cab franc than merlot in what is usually a close to 50/50 proposition with Cheval Blanc.

  • yapdiver

    Good episode. I am a fan of Oregon Pinot's so the Domaine Serene label is a favorite of mine from that region. Toured the Willamete in college and it was one of the first experiences I had with wine that influenced me to experiment more with it. The first being a tour of Napa & Sonoma then Oregon. Now touring wine regions world wine is a passion of mine and it all started way back in 1990.

    QOTD: I believe Cheval Blanc is a blend of Cab Franc/Merlot!

  • kp

    I'm from DC and most of the wine-o's I've surveyed here in DC think Adler is a joke. He drinks on the job?! Get real. He promotes himself and his wine tasting classes every chance he gets – including at American University where he met Gary. His cliches are tired and over-used.

  • pawncop

    Good episode. Am enjoying the Pinot's from Chile a little more but will need to review the examples from Oregon again.

    QOTD – Have not seen the movie, am not a a big movie watcher.

  • al laborde

    I know it's way late but the irony struck me immediately as I was seeing the movie…as much as to look at myself and say ” dosnt he know he worships Merlot and not know it?”

  • Nik_B

    Is that you Charlie Adler?

  • Nik_B

    Martinborough has some excellent pinots too.. Craggy Range, Ata Rangi and Voss in particular.

  • boughtrecords

    I love the “low wine self esteem” concept. I think it is funny if you just have a little bit of confidence than everyone defers to you. I am probably the biggest wine fan in my group of friends so they automatically assume that everything I have is some “special” bottle that I picked up after a lot of research or something. Sometimes I just grab some cheap bottles for everyday use and my friends will talk about how they can taste the quality and ask about the purchasing decision. I hate to tell them that I brought out the crappy stuff for them and their comments are so funny as they try to explain how they can tell it is “expensive” or “high quality”. I try to encourage them to try different things and find what they like but it just doesn't seem to take. They have this idea that I know more than them but really I just try things and find what I like. I have to thank Gary for expanding my experience beyond the standard pinot/merlot/cab/chardonay/reisling area. I am finding that I really like GSM's and several other grapes that I had not even heard of before watching wltv.

  • Weston3220

    qotd: Merlot and is there a little Cab Franc in it?

  • Mike in C-town

    Nice show and was tickled to see DS on the table. They were one of the first wineries I ever visited and I snagged me some of the 2004 Yamhill cuvee. That trip got me going in my wine odyssey.

  • DCaragher

    GV – The guests have been great this year!


  • John__J

    qotd merlot

  • rteeley

    I would love to hear what you think of King Ridge Pinot Noir from Oregon!

  • Anonymous

    this guy agrees/disagrees with you on a seconds notice. I can honestly say this guy has no honest opinion

  • Anonymous

    I am not a hater. I swear by the Wine Gods I am not a hater, but this dude is… hmmm how do I put this lightly? He says he’s a vayniac???

    1. He asks Gary if Sideways affected merlot sales?????? Gary has talked quite a bit about how Sideways massacred merlot.

    2. He is totally lost when it comes to the QOTD. Like he’d never heard of such a thing??

    Those two points are pretty glaring to me. I can’t help but fee like he lied to me. Then he wants to sell me a book? I think this dude just wanted to sell his book. Disappointing, cause I love to hear about anyone who wants to make wine more approachable for folks.

    Maybe I’m just a little more hardcore vayniac then I thought or something, but this guy turned me off.

    Man I hate it when I have to hate. LOL don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate the guy by any stretch of the imagination. I’m using hate in the colloquial sense. I’m glad he’s teaching folks about wine. Even happier my man G.V. teaching and killing it.

  • Anonymous

    Domaine Serene make some great Pinot’s..ok guest…QOTD-mostly Merlot http://www.winelx.com

  • luca bercelli


    line of the day – ‘ He’s an Ultra, Ultra, Ultra, Fleer Ultra, remember those, kind of critic’

    This episode lacked some of the usual sparkle; the guest didn’t bring a lot to the table (although pleasant enough) and I think GV got bored with him half way through


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