EP 935 Peter Weygandt Wines – Part 2

Gary Vaynerchuk concludes his interview and tasting with Peter Weygandt. They try the two reds, a Beaujolais and a Chateauneuf from Weygandt’s portfolio.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2009 Pierre Marie Chermette Beaujolais Cuvee Traditionnelle
2008 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape

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  • I agree πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    qotd: i look for a history and a story. I don’t have to have the most mind blowing wine everyday (they are nice though). I look for a wine that challenges my palate and tells me a history of what this producer is doing, has done, and will continue to do. Its all about the adventure.

    Awesome show thanks GV, and look at yesterdays comment, lets do the Jura wines.

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  • πŸ™‚ I am so happy u guys liked it!

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  • I agree, every wine has a story and that story can enhance the experience. I think it should be included in the senses. Sight, Smell, Taste and Story!

  • Anonymous

    Here are a few ideas to get you started.
    Whites: 2009 Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurz, on 5-cent sale at Bevmo. 1st
    bottle $9.99, 2nd bottle 5-cents
    Maybe the best $5 bottle of white you’ll ever have even though past vintages
    (06 & 07) were even better.

    2008 Rosenblum Kathy’s Cuvee Viognier, $14.99 at Beltramo’s in San Mateo

    2008 Chateau Ste Michelle Cardonnay $6-7 at Safeway

    Current vintage Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand $12.69 at Costco

    2008 Castle Rock Central Coast Pinot Noir $10.99 (but I have bought it as
    low as $5.60 on sale) at World Market

    2007/8 Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Red $9.99 (as low as $7.99 on sale) at World
    Market and K&L Wines. Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot blend from Australia

    2007 Greg Norman Linestone Coast Shiraz $11.99 at Safeway (10% discount if
    you buy 6 mix or match)

    I have a group called Winos that I send value finds to on an irregular
    basis. If you want to join just send me your e-mail. It’s free and I
    encourage members to send their finds to me so thay I can send them on to
    the group from you.

    Original Message —–

  • QOTD; Same qualities of the special occasion wines.

  • DaveAll

    well put – both of you! yes, you are evolving and keeping us glued to this space!

  • QOTD: I like a bottle that’s affordable, but most of all I want to be surprised. Something different.

  • Mariobnskn

    Everyday wines are aromatic whites, with good acidity, riesling, geverts, albarino. I try to find cheap reds with medium body that are food friendly but that’s a bit more challenging as most wines at this price point are either too jammy or over oaked to hide low quality fruit.

  • DaveAll

    yup. good show.

  • Gary, just a fantastic episode. This may be your best interview yet. Perhaps it is time to bring back winecrazy for a two part interview ;).

    Weekday wine is an everlasting quest for me. I like a decent amount of acid to match food. I seem to be sensitive to tannins so not too much on that front. Given that I am always looking for wines that deliver interesting balance and complexity at weekday prices and because of Gary that means searching reds and whites from all over the world. Loire whites and California Pinots are current obsessions but recent Burgundy tastings have me intrigued.

    BTW will take anybody’s suggestions!

  • Indeed, great way to unwind at the end of the day!

  • Anonymous

    Dubouef’s style, even in the Cru’s, (not that there’s anything ‘wrong’ with them…) may not be up to the quality and ageability he is talking here. Again, he’s talking superior, meticullous, hand crafted wines, vs. industrial farmed.

  • qotd: 1) fruit 2) balance 3) enough age to bring some 2nd and 3rd tier flavors – maybe a bit greedy for everyday πŸ˜‰

    Perhaps Cru Beaujolais will become a go to wine in this category, need to explore, thanks for the tip.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Weygandt, at 12:00 mark, you are awesome (again)!! Wines like this would request people sometimes, to play a little give and take. They are unique, alive, and individual. This is different than the stripped down, homogenized, pasturized product ofcountless supermarket shelves, and huge displays. These are real, but sometimes, ask you to go to them. Usually just a little bit of give, will reward you beautifully.

  • Jasonbcarey

    I love Chermette.. Love.

  • Jasonbcarey

    Many of the 2007 Rhone wines were so over ripe and flabby

  • TheNose

    Peter & Gary, thank you! This was an exceptional show. My only criticism is why only a 2 parts episode? Peter, you ought to come back. Gary, well done on your interview skills, you really brought your A-game.

    Food for thought for Gary: You mentioned on several occasions that it will be interesting for people to watch WLTV 100 years from now. I do agree. This episode made me think that you could use your connections, knowledge and skills to become the ultimate reference on more focussed topics such as wine making and wine business in the US in the 20th century for example. In my country, there are people going for village to village who record elders speaking their dialect because it is about to disappear. They put all this raw material on tape for the future generations to use. In the case of the wine industry in the US, it would mean spending hours interviewing people like Peter, Kermit Lynch, Robert Mondavi (oops too late …). I understand it is not directly marketable and it may not suite your ADD personality but if you have any interest in leaving your footprint in the history books of wine making, it may be an alternative approach. In other terms, instead of going wide and “shallow”, should you go narrow and deep? this episode exemplifies the point. It is clear that Peter has so much more to leave for the ages!

    Anyway, thank you again for this episode.

    QOTD: I am looking for “food friendly wines”. I am not sure how to define it though. It is a bit like porn, you know it when you see it. It requires a decent level of acidity and overall balance (I am now talking about wine, not porn). Complexity is not a MUST in this case (again …).

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry…you’re evolving; you seem to interrupt even more than in the past. I know, you’re trying to ‘move things along’ but the frustration on your guests faces are, at times, painful to watch. If you’re gonna ask a question, at least listen to the whole answer. Seems half the time you answer the guests question for them, or at least finish the sentence they started. I actually envy the self-control some display!
    Maybe for the “big 1,000th show” you could do a split-screen interview of yourself…then answer all the questions you ask YOURSELF before YOU can answer!

  • Jasonbcarey

    What I like every night is Clean fresh and balanced wine.. Light and not too alcoholic.. a petit Chablis, Muscadet, Chinon, or some balanced rhone..

  • Anonymous

    QotD – What is most important to be assured that it will be fragrant (that’s usually as much as 50% of the available enjoyment, but not always – think Vinho Verde, or whites we drink for bracing acidity), and display appropriate varietal character, rather than the vague ‘wineyness’ displayed by so many major ‘brand’ made wines. As an industry pro, my range is all encompassing, all the way out to obscure Jacqueres, and other indiginous varietals of many nations. For this reason, I often drink small production, French wines, but again, no nation’s wines are excluded, only factory/ huge brands, prefferably. Though much of that is quite good, it’s just not what I spend my money on. Quality iporters suc as you, absolutely get preferance.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Gary for having Peter on the show – just dynamite!

    QOTD: I’m an acid hound. Bring on the ripping, tongue-sweating acidity for my everyday drinking.

    Other than that, I will look for depth, richness, complexity etc…. In reds I love leather, some barnyard, cherry, cigar smoke, cedar and rich, moist earth. With whites, great acidity, flintyness, what I call liquid quartz, and lemon are among my favorite tastes.


  • Anonymous

    Adam, it’s called a “loophole.” They (the retailers/shippers) are not technically breaking the law. The “title” to the wine passes to the buyer in the retailers state; it’s up to the prospective buyer to do the legal homework. So if anyone’s breaking these silly, arcane laws, it’s the buyers. If your conscience bothers you because you’re “knowingly” breaking a law that few (if any) states try to enforce, then by all means, don’t order. Why don’t states close these ‘loopholes?’ Too much effort to enforce and no potential benefit (money) in return. After all, you can always plead ignorance…who knew you shouldn’t ship a few bottles of wine here? Oklahoma also has a law against ‘panhandling’ (begging); it is not enforced, they’re everywhere. There’s another law against “excessive volume” from your car stereo; also never enforced. And do you ever go even ONE MILE PER HOUR over the speed limit? “Technically” you’re breaking the law, but even the police won’t stop you – it’s not worth the effort. Wrong is wrong, but you also have to be reasonable and use discernment. It’s up to every person to search their conscience and determine where to draw the line. They cost a little more than WL, but there’s Brown Derby (just one nearby example) in Springfield, MO, Adam. Unless your conscience is talkin…;-}

  • Great 2-parter! HOF episode and guest.
    It was ALL good, but I really got extra-interested when you guys started talking about that ’08 Rhone harvest. Fascinating stuff.
    Thank you for not scoring the wines today. Good call!

  • Anonymous

    Love Peter’s passion. But what a tough question, so many things! I love opening a new bottle of wine, one I’ve never tasted it before, and watching it evolve from the first taste to an hour later and then to trying it with food. The different things that a wine can do, even an inexpensive, every-night wine, can be fascinating.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice last two episodes, this guy’s passion is really inspiring.

    QOTD: The most important aspect is probably food friendliness. Meaning acidity/tannin structure to support food, moderate alcohol level and overall BALANCE. Hence, I much prefer stuff like sangioveses, cru Beaujolais, Chablis, european rieslings etc.

  • Anonymous

    Great episode. Very informing, great guest and lovely wines.

    QOTD. I don’t like to heavy wines for every day. When I say after a first glas, oh yeah, let’s take a second one, then it’s a good wine. Complex and elegant, that’s what I want.

  • Stoyth

    ItΒ΄s interesting to see, how an importer works in the wine business. Great guy with many passion for the wines.
    QOTD: I look for wines, wich I can drink over two or three days. So mostly I have wines with good tannin structure.

  • Nice episode! Really interesting guest and wines, especially the Beaujolais.

    QOTD: for everyday wines I usually end up with 10 euro whites from NZ, Chile, Loire, Maconnais. For reds I like Cote de Nuits Villages, Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais, Cote du Rhone, and some NZ pinot and Chile malbec. All in all, wines that can be drunk young and do not put you asleep ;).

  • Anonymous

    Hi GV, hi Peter, this was a very nice show, Peter?s thoughts on wine appreciation during a lifetime made me wonder, if I am a huge wine-head at 30, at 50 I will have to go into the wine business somehow, to be even closer to wine.

    QOTD: I would like to drink every day, a wine with balance; a Cotes du Rhone, a good Chianti, or an Argentinean red.

  • Anonymous

    About a year ago I decided to learn about wine. Since then I keep a wine fridge (set to 65 deg.) stocked with everything from cremant and cava to chateauneuf du pape and zinfandel to Bordeaux blanc and riesling. Any day I want a wine I just reach in and pull one out. It takes me four days to finish a bottle. That’s it!

  • Anonymous

    Cru Beaujolais is where it’s at!

  • Piko

    Great show – loved it. Excellent question for the group. Anyone who loves wine should have this answer at the ready, b/c there are no wrong answers on the individual level. knowing what you like and how to search it out is one of the aspects I enjoy so much.

  • Allan

    R.I.P. Solomon Burke

  • One of my favorite eps to date…right up with Kermit and the rest. I agree with many of the previous comments to bring him back in the future. Loved the “no wine tomorrow” question…Peter never forgot his roots. I think that his philosophy with regards to his business is not only sound, but echoes his great sensibility, passion for wine, and the true appreciation of his partners. Kudos!

    QOTD: Though my palette has gone through some slight changes, balance seems to be the operative idea. Also, some wines just feel like “home.” If you take a sniffy-sniff or taste, if it can lift the most heaviest day of work/school and bring you back to your own sense of balance, it is probably the right bottle (case) to stock up on.

  • Peter sends his thanks to everyone for their kind words and encouragement! If you’re ever in DC, stop by and see us. He’s in the shop at least once a month. Get in touch beforehand to make sure he’ll be there (almost exclusively on Saturdays), or just come by, taste some wine and browse his entire portfolio in one store >> http://www.weygandtwines.com

  • Anonymous

    Hey Gary, really nice show. Good guest and you did a nice job interviewing him. QOTD: I look for everyday wines with good earthiness and balance. Italian and Spanish wines usually fit the bill better for me.

  • Anonymous

    I agree whole heartedly.

  • Anonymous

    Best guest that I’ve seen on the show! An absolutely charming man, with so much passion for the earth, the origins of the wine and the people that work the land.

    QOTD: I look for a wine that I haven’t had before. That’s about the only requirement. Maybe in 30 years I’ll figure out exactly what it is that works best for me.

  • Allan



  • Missatiejacket

    For everyday drinkers I just want wines that are elegant, balanced, and delicious. They don’t have to be extremely elegant (or austere), but I don’t often find myself reaching for things like Barossa Shiraz or most wines above 15% abv. I want to be able to have a couple of glasses without tiring of the wine or catching a buzz. I hope for some depth and layers of flavor, but that’s not always necessary if the wine is well made and tastes good to me.

  • Missatiejacket

    Also, I loved these episodes. Peter was a great guest. Gary, your interviewing seems to keep getting better.

  • ND

    Wonderful wonderful episode. Pleasant indeed. Gary’s personal questions about favorite wine and dish really got the viewer thinking–I wanted to be there to answer myself! Fantastic and personal show =)

  • I enjoyed the article… it was a much more detailed and investigative look than I am used to. We ascribe to the word to “somewhereness” or provenance in our wine class, and generally I just accepted that answer but now, in the essence of the rotund and animated character, that article has warped my fragile little mind.

    I know definitely not to bandy that term around carelessly, as to do so would be foolhardy.

  • sideout

    Great show. Great guest. Love to hear the “how did you get started” stories. Thanks GV. Like the quick question deal.

    QOTD I chase stories. A good story is almost as important as a good wine for me.

    Classic moment: : “This is a new one (wine) for you right?” Yeah GV, 20 years.

    Pretty impressed with GV not talking over the guest for a change. Great Job. But weren’t you worried about the fact that you don’t edit???

  • Anonymous

    Peter Rocks! Great interview and minimal sports talk, yeah!

    QOTD: I want my wine to be Delicious. Bright, balanced flavors rolling across my tongue makes me a happy, happy girl. : ) Had a Sancerre at work the other day that was a party in my mouth and the $10 price tag means I can afford to stash a few away for the Holidays.

  • The sports talk can set the show apart from any wine program out there… Gary is passionate and that is evinced in his love for the Jets. The sports talk adds a lot of depth and I love when the two (Wine and Sports) can be weaved harmoniously.

  • Anonymous

    What the hell are you drinking?


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