EP 870 Head to Head- Cult Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk takes two culty Sauvignon Blancs to the test and see if they live up to the hype. Plus, Gary talks about the big party at Wine Library on July 10th!!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2009 Rochioli Sauvignon BlancSonoma Sauvignon Blanc

Links mentioned in todays episode.

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luca bercelli


line of the day – ‘laying a little pop culture on people’s asses’

$30 Californian Sauv Blanc! Definitely one for the home market only. That’s taking the piss.

Tags: New Zealand, review, sauvignon blanc, Video, wine, wines

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  • Its the only way to be! Plus we had to lament the Lakers loss…

  • And I turned 30…

  • NY Pete

    WTF …. another day off????

  • njc2o

    pretty sure we're getting one today.. yesterday's was late too.

  • JustinM

    Haha, this show was awesome. Droppin a lil' pop culture on our asses! I'm just glad you didn't bring up the celtics…

    I just may fly out from the LBC to make this party. You totally hyped that ish up!

    QOTD: Pedialyte. Was sick all weekend. That stuff still works, man. For adult use, it's totally underrated!

  • i guess the man needs a break.

  • I guess we will finally see the wine library, if Garry video?s the July store party?

  • Randall

    La Chouffe!! The best beer (exported) from the Ardennes Forest!! Their N'Ice (niece) is the top of the line as far as I've tasted… 😛

  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc price in Canada…. $31.99. it's crazy up here in British Columbia, not even a greek god can aford to drink.

  • ONUMello

    QOTD: Sadly no wine this weekend, as I was busy moving. I had a nice beer at the end of it, though! And what I'm bringing to the party shall remain a secret 😉

  • nickgrzenda

    QOTD: 1982 Chateau Nenin with my Dad. It was a little past its prime, but it's always good times when popping the vintage stuff.

  • adrums

    QOTD: Was wine tasting with my lady this weekend down in Walla Walla. We tried lots of nice stuff from K, Woodward Canyon, Reininger, Spring Valley, Sleight of Hand, and Pepper Bridge to name a few (all of them).

  • njc2o

    i might have egg on my face

  • GaryM
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Vintage ??????
    You guess

  • cellarrat5

    I have had three of their selections and they have all been
    outstanding. But I love that style anyway, it's hard to find one that
    I don't like.

  • jsums

    BROWNBAG!!!!!!!!!!!! Sweet. I don't buy Cloudy Bay or Rochioli SB for the exact reason you just pointed out: I can get the same quality and flavor profile out of a significantly less expensive bottle. Crossings '08 NZ SB is a great example. Awesome little wine on par with Cloudy Bay. $10. Done. QOTD – Muruve Toro Crianza '05 and Chateau de Pourcieux Cotes de Provence Rose '09. Both delicious and under $20. What am I bringing to the party? Hmmm. Thinking about bringing something Greek since I have such amazing options along those lines here in my neighborhood of Astoria. Maybe. Maybe not. What do you guys think?

  • cellarrat5

    You gotta go down there and regulate Pete, I would but the ticket is too expensive.

  • cellarrat5

    I have also been really into Flemish sour ales as well. Rodenburgh (sp?) Grand Cru is amazing.

  • jsums

    Ooh! I love La Chouffe and McChouffe. Great stuff. If you like those, you should get a hold of the Brooklyn Local #1 & #2 if you can. It was on the show a few months ago. Excellent bottle-fermented craft beer made by good people. Cheers!

  • laurieinvt

    Whoa! You're back! I stopped checking in late yesterday afternoon, figuring I'd get my email anyway. Never did. Huh. Anyway, now to watch!

  • jsums

    Will Dominus show up? I'm gonna need another Colts fan to watch my back…

  • BayouPerspective

    Should you try the more acidic wine before the Rochioli? I'd think the opposite. The Rochioli is rounder and fuller. I enjoy it better than the Cloudy Bay, but of course I prefer stylistically the more balanced wine(Rochioli) Just gotta be thirsty on a hot day for that all attack little finish New Zealand archetypal cat pee, stone fruit, with grapefruit out the ya ya.

    I like the Rochioli cause it resembles a nice White Bordeaux or Sancerre stylistically….more so the former. Anyway, hope to taste with you sometime if/when you are down New Orleans way. You should come down for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience…it's dope.

    What I'm drinking this weekend?…I'm thinking a nice Chateau Ausone 91 with some lamb chops and some bread budding paired with that phenomenal Ridge Dessert wine…if I can find it. I think it's called Ridge Essence from Lodi. Anyway…love the show bro.

    Who Dat,GEAUX SAINTS and come visit me at The Palace Cafe!!!

    Soigne Toi,
    Joshua W. Delano

  • BayouPerspective

    btw…have you tried some of the oaked Sauv Blancs from Northern Italy, or some of those from New Zealand. It's unorthodox with SB and I thought they'd suck but loved em so much I now prefer them and seek them out over the typical grapefruit bombs from NZ.

  • BayouPerspective

    Amen…so many people(especially the rich housewives and businessman types enjoy the cliche' of buying the namebrand) that they don't expose themselves to enough great value wines out there.

    Slowly but surely though I've been earning the trust of my guests/customers selling them better wines that don't have the Nike swoosh or Apple logo on them.

  • BayouPerspective

    I don't know…Haven't had it since the 07. They are consistently delicious though…had some a few months back with a lamb risotto…rocked out!

  • BayouPerspective

    I love Bordeaux, but how is the Chateau Nenin?(flav. profile and price) Never heard of it before and always looking for broadening my horizons re Bordeaux

  • Randall

    Dat's OK… it happened to LOTS of us all last week…

  • Cubatobaco (Ray)

    Starting to relapse….

  • laurieinvt

    Welcome back! (btw)
    Brown bags are fun!!
    QOTD: Not much, as I was on call for part of the time- but I did manage to sneak an Otter Creek Solstice session ale in between the days…
    Wish we could make the trip down for 7/10- even if we could, that's my weekend on call again. Sounds like it'll be a great time, though!

  • sapdog

    Ain't much better east of the Rockies. Just checked. Cdn $30.99 at Kensington wine market in Calgary, $29.99 at LCBO in Toronto and $31.75 at the SAQ in Quebec. Sheesh.

  • nickgrzenda

    The vineyard has been around since about 1840, and they make some good stuff. Being right bank, it's primarily merlot. Because it was from 1982 it was definitely showing some signs of age. The nose had quite a bit of dusty cedar box and tobacco, with notes of cinnamon and vanilla. These flavors were all settling over a fruit profile of cherry juice and fresh strawberries. It's generally up around $70-$115/btl depending on the vintage. The '82 would have been much better years ago and I've definitely had much better Pomerols, but there's just something about opening an older bottle that shows vintage character, it's an experience in itself.

  • Randall

    Dude… you are making me thirsty!!

  • Randall

    BACK AWAY, everybody!! The man needs room to breathe!!…

  • Glad to see you make it back. I was worried there for awhile.

    Nice showing though expected it would not be stellar. Can we try a cheapo Oyster Bay SB some time? Me and my homies love the stuff.

    QOTD #1: Weekend? Hmmm, something called the “Hill” from Austria, a Jefferson Vineyard Pinot Gris and a Falanghina from Italy. Good stuff.

    QOTD #1a: Ummm, I was planning to bring a WS #1 showdown with a Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cinq Cepages and throw in some swirl like an old Dominus or Penfolds Grange.

    Welcome back


    P.S. Strasburg was AMAZZZZZZZING!

  • Cubatobaco (Ray)

    *SPLAT* : )

  • njc2o

    can you ever forgive me

  • QOTD: (You should NEVER have asked this question about this past weekend!) This weekend I drank the following: Believe it or not, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc! But also, San Juan Vineyards Madeleine Angevine (with grilled oysters!), Siegerrebe, and Cabernet Franc, Forgeron Cellars Syrah, Esther Bricques Winery Ice Wine Syrah, Gifford Hirlinger Pinot Gris, Goose Ridge Chardonnay, Hestia Cellars Chenin Blanc, Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay, Barbera AND Reserve Carbernet Sauvignon, Robert Karl Claret, Five Star Cellars Super Tuscan Red, Kana Winery Tempranillo, Jones of Washington Chardonnay, Hedges Family Estate Red Bordeaux Blend, Silver Lake Winery Merlot (with a luscious steak!) AND Sauvignon Blanc, Whitman Cellars Syrah, Gordon Brothers Cellars Chardonnay, Terra Blanca Chardonnay AND Sauvignon Blanc….um, oh, yeah, Arbor Crest Sauvignon Blanc and Canyon's Edge Sauvignon Blanc. I'm pretty sure that about covers it!

    It was a good weekend!

    P Hilly

  • 2004

  • and 1982 was a stellar year

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t remeber the nebbiolo either ….. after such a stunning taste. Lol.

  • yeah it was great. That Carlisle was a real winner too. I just wished it wasn’t the fifth bottle in the lineup…stupid.

  • JayZee13

    I am so bummed that I cannot make the party on July 10th. I'll be down under in Oz from the 5th through the 15th on business. Drat!! Well, welcome back, GV – we missed ya!

    QOTD: Best thing I had this weekend was a bottle of 2005 Barde-Haut. This is one of the first 2005 Bordeaux I have tried (of the 6+ cases that I have cellared) and I was very pleased. Excellent wine showing nicely. The best part? I have eleven more bottles!!!

  • JayZee13

    Phil, dang, you da lush, er, I mean MAN! 😉

  • Nik_B

    Good to have you back. I don't think sauvignon blanc is ever quite good enough to “take your heart” (to use your words).

    QOTD: Dinner on Friday was Tarlant Champagne, an Austrian gruner, a St Chinian syrah/grenache, Escarpment sweet riesling. Saturday was a Vinho Verde, German riesling, Saint Romain chardonnay and Collioure blanc.

    Would be interesting to see a show on Collioure some time soon!

  • nickgrzenda

    I hope you got to quench that thirst!

  • nickgrzenda

    That it was, it's hard to complain about drinking an '82!

  • That's pretty insane to announce a party like that on a site like this. All I keep thinking about is the movie “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (HEY! I had two sisters, leave me alone) when they hand out flyers to everybody they see and the party gets way out of control way fast. I hope that doesn't happen with this, but then again I hope it does because I live in California and I won't be able to make it. So party on Vayne!!

  • love Vinho Verde in the summer. Really great value

  • love that area, amazing stuff starting to come out. Did you check out Reynvaan by any chance?

    People also need to start visiting the Prosser area, many great wines surfacing. My fav is Bunnell Family cellars…amazing stuff.

  • zanne_70

    I always hate to miss a good party and this sounds like a winner! If I were able to make it, I'd be bringing Domaine Ravanès, Les Gravières du Taurou.

    As for what I drank this past weekend, I think it's more like what didn't I drink? First picnic of the year, 20 people and more bottles than I can count. The 2009 Apud Sariacum Sancerre rosé from Philippe Raimbault stands out as the favorite though.

    Nadal over Federer?! Come on! They're both great but Roger is the deal. Who's your pick for the World Cup?


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