EP 903 Nebbiolo Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk wants to share one of his favorite under the radar grapes- Nebbiolo. This grape is big in the Piedmont, which most people have had as Barbaresco or Barolo. He tastes 3 entry level Nebbiolos.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Malvira Nebbiolo LangheLanghe
2007 Paitin Nebbiolo Ca VejaNebbiolo d’Alba
2007 Osvaldo Barberis Nebbiolo D’albaNebbiolo d’Alba

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Line of the day ‘Almost tastes like a sour patch kid before you hit the sweet bit’

Most memorable for the shocking chest hair moment at 6.50!

Tags: Italian, Nebbiolo D'alba, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

    Nice touch with Gigondas wines… you get the rustic vibes without paying too much.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD #1: 1969..yep, a 69er! Laugh-In, Woodstock, Altamont (I was there).
    QOTD #2: Had several Nebbiollos and enjoyed them. I’ll try some more after this show!

  • QOTD: 2000
    QOTD 2: For a non-barolo and -barbaresco maybe Travaglini’s regular Gattinara. Travaglini’s reserva is too pricey for what it is imo. Best I’ve had overall was probably a 1997 Gaja Barbaresco I opened for a friend in celebration of her graduation this year. It took about 5 hours to get going. Dying to try a bottle of Giacomo Conterno’s Monfortino Barolo someday.

  • QOTD #1: 1997 … yeah! I’m that young .. err old .. nevermind 😉
    QOTD #2: Never tried em. and I’m on it.

    Btw, its been a while since I saw any of your videos, even longer since I last visited the site (I usually view them in Google reader). I noticed that you have added springpadit — which is awesome! This is going to completely change the way I interact with your website too! Great job on continuing to improve the website. I don’t think there are many content producers who *still* value having their own unique identity on the web.

  • Decent show.

    QOTD1: 1999
    QOTD2: None really, never been a huge fan.

  • Randall

    I take affront at that, sir. *slaps w/glove* We meet on the field of onion!! 😉

  • Randall

    1) Tomato-based stew of rabbit or pork shoulder. Mmm… comfort food.
    2) Rich veal dish w/ leeks or some other rustic veggies and garlic potatoes.
    3) Or you could pair it with a nice porch while watching the sun go down over the hills.

  • Allan

    U might be the ultimate LOSER!!! just sayin’ … 😉

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Class of ’81. Have had a couple and they didn’t srike me as complex at all. Will give Nebbiolo another try though, just because of you, Gary, and your Little Ponies.

  • Randall

    Me and r & r have had a parting of ways, but that cover was better than the original Electric Ladyland cover?

  • Anonymous

    1964 is the OLDEST????????????? Jesus this is a young demographic!

  • Anonymous

    1977 San Gabriel HS – any Matadors out here? Levi cords and Hang Ten T’s.

    San Marcos Creek in Paso makes a nice Nebbiolo that we’ve had ‘lots of. I also think Turdo in Cape May, NJ makes a Nebbiolo (Sal’s all about Italian grapes).

  • My Little Pony’s in da hizzy?

    QOTD1: 1997
    QOTD2: Haven’t had a lot lately. Other than the Barolo on 7/10, I had one at a holiday party for my wife’s office about 4 years ago. I should have noted the winery, but it was mad tasty. Had an incredible body and tannin structure with an incredible dark chocolate note.

  • Anonymous

    Just say no to French Oak with the Nebbioster.. no.. we want huge old neutral barrels.

  • Anonymous

    The Vietti 2005 Langhe Nebb.. is also great

  • Alexandre-CF

    That was great, really dry and with excellent and smooth tannins. great on the palate. and the 2004 will show better with some more years on the cellar.

  • QOTD 1) 1994
    QOTD 2) Haven’t had any remarkable Nebbiolo recently. Would like to give the Malvira a try. Sounds right up my alley.

    Lionel Kiddie City jingle! Haven’t heard that in a while.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for starting the trip down memory lane, it was fun!

    If I ever start dating again(haven’t for about 15 years now), I think JFK will be my guide to background compatibility.

    But then again, perhaps I should make it later such as, the end of the Vietnam war.

    After all, I am A LOT younger than you! Kidding!

    Thanks for the memories and for being a good sport. Hope to talk again.


  • Anonymous

    Absolutely super cover!

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  • Anonymous

    Ah…..the music…………!

    “…..She keeps Moet et Chandon, in her pretty cabinet……..”

  • Randall

    My fellow Vayniac… maybe.
    My fellow Insomniac… Definitely!!

    (watching ‘Taxi Driver’ on Crackle and checked the comments… only to find the one and only waynooo staying up late, roaring like a madman and getting up early also!)

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  • Randall

    Trying to get some precious sleep, enjoying a San Miguel Dark from Manila, and wondering what yer doing this late… perhaps sipping on some vino and winding down?

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  • Randall

    I almost gave up on this CRAPPY system and started lurking around a while back. I might just do it again and much more seriously soon if they remain INCAPABLE of rendering a simple service (for which they’ve presumably been paid by the G meister) to the people that they are serving…


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  • Lady L’egance

    Gary, if I send you some old school toys would you feature them on the show?

    QOTD1: I am probably the youngest, class of 08.
    QOTD2: I saw Malvira in World Market’s wine shop the other day so I plan on trying it this weekend. When I saw it on this show I was afraid that it might get bombed, but I’m stoked that you liked it! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    QotD: ’03

    Question for you: At the beginning of the show you mentioned nebbiolo pairing well with Parmesan cheese (high in natural MSG) and later described the first wine as meaty (which MSG and the umami taste often translate to) is there any way that natural MSG can be fermented in wine? If no, do you think they might have added some?

  • Anonymous

    QOTD- 1973

    Great show today, enjoyed it!!

  • QOTD: ’94

    Good show. Great warmup to the northern Italian wine tasting I’m going to soon.

  • TheSmirkingLurker

    Right on, GV. Right on.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: 75′ – Yes I will try Nebbiolo, soon.

    Enjoyed the show as always. I have been a big Bordeaux fan, Left Bank, but have been branching out into the Cali wines and just starting Italian wines.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Gary, you do not know me but I have been watching your show for a bit over a year now. May I make a suggestion. You have the structure for a really groundbreaking video blog and you have the viewership. Why not make the show more informative. Why are you producing the same show over and over. Your skills are obviously impressive as a taster, but what about getting more into viticulture and specifics of farming and producing the bottles you taste. I want to hear about fermentation, ex: what is oxidation? what effect does it have on the flavor profile of a wine. Take the show in a new direction by learning and teaching about different aspects of wine besides picking out nuances of flavor. I’m a big fan and want to continue watching but if every show is the same, why should I? Thank you.

  • John__J

    qotd2: it was a Barolo, but it was at a big tasting and I can’t remember which one it was anymore sadly.

  • Anonymous

    Other than Rosatos of Nebbiolo, haven’t had too many from Italy that weren’t Barolo or Barbaresco though I really love all three of those categories, the price difference is huge.
    I graduated in 1965. Lyndon Johnson was president and we had just gone into Vietnam in a big way and Don Draper was my neighbor.

  • Anonymous

    Class of 2000! Just had my 10 year reunion. The wine that first excited me about fine wine was a Barolo. I dont know the producer, but it was at Maximos Italian Restaurant in New Orleans in 2004! My friend was working there and the sommelier picked the wine for us. It was so awesome! I have been hooked ever since. A few days ago I drank 199 Ugo Lequio Barbaresco, and it was really nice. I paid $40 for it that day and thought it was a pretty good deal.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, Chemistry class in 1963. Wasn’t it John Lennon who said don’t trust anybody over 30? Since I have been a Pediatrician since 1976, kids did get sick from lead quite a bit and probably cost them 15-20 IQ points.
    Back in the day I was still Jewish and Jesus didn’t have anything to do with my life and still doesn’t.

  • K is for Kate

    I graduated HS in 1993, but I skipped first grade.

    I have a couple of bottles of Barbaresco and one Barolo in my cellar, but as far as I can recall, I’ve yet to actually taste a Nebbiolo-based wine. I must remedy that soon.

  • Anonymous

    I graduated in 1977..Somerville, HS..
    My favorite Nebbiolo wine is Sforzato di Valtellina 2004.
    Comes from the Lombardi region which is closest to my roots or Cremona, Italy.

  • Malvira (pronounced Mal-vee-rah, not Malviria, btw) is one of the top producers of Roero (the 3rd best known Nebbiolo appellation after Barolo and Barbaresco), extremely well respected by people who know wine. Not surprised that you liked it. Find it, drink it!

  • Killer Queen indeed 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Very good episode! I love Nebbiolo from Langhe and also the big brothers from Barolo and Barbaresco. Mott, I have good friends who graduated from hs in ’78 ~ ’79. Very good years. I was in 6th grade in 1979. I graduated from high school in 1985. This year is my 25th anniversary.
    I’ve had a number of Nebbiolos; I see that I hit on the Beni di Batasiolo quite often. But there is one wine that blew me away one time. The 2000 Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco, Asili. Blew my face off.

  • A_S

    QOTD: hmmmmm.
    the one that excited me the most would have to be the 2004 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rose

  • Anonymous

    2001 grad year
    Did a tasting of Poderi Luigi Einaudi, yeah that was awesome. What I like most about Nebbiolo is that the tannins are “dusty” compared to Bordeaux rough tannins

  • QOTD: Oh this is brutal 1970… BUT I did watch Star Trek as the series was produced not as reruns


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