EP 960 Tasting with Jimmy Stafford of Train

Gary Vaynerchuk meets with Jimmy Stafford of the band Train, a huge fan of wine. They talk about how Jimmy got into wine, his band’s wine club, and discovering new regions and grapes!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Leeuwin Artist Series RieslingAustralian Riesling
2008 K-vintners Morrison Lane SyrahColumbia Valley Syrah

Links mentioned in todays episode.

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luca bercelli


line of the day – ‘I used to do ‘other things’ to bring out my personality on stage.

The lighting was horrible in this episode and that ruined it for me – either my eyes are going or everything looked dark. Also, it’s always tricky when the guest knows so little about wine, no matter how much of a good bloke they might be.

Tags: Australian, red, review, Riesling, Syrah, Video, washington state, white, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

    What a great show – one of the nicest guests you’ve ever had!

    Pat’s from my hometown, so this is a little special to me.

    QOTD: I don’t think it would matter much what wine I would drink, but I think I would gravitate towards a liter feeling white wine such a a German Riesling.

    Great show – Cheers!

  • Really nice show with a down-to-earth kinda guy, not the usual “rocker” one would expect.

    QOTD: I would probably go with Champagne for the festive occasion. Heck, go with Champagne for ANY occasion.

    Welcome back Gary.


    P.S. Go Colts! HUUUGE game this week.

  • Dcaragher


  • Nice show and really nice guest..

    QOTD: concerts make me think about spring or summer.. I would drink a good cold bottle of sparkling wine, if Champagne even better

  • Kasperhip


  • Anonymous

    QOTD: A good bottle of Brunello, yummy


    Nope 5. eller 6. gang faktisk! Men tak for det alligevel. πŸ™‚




  • Anonymous

    Train on my two favorite shows on the same day, Howard Stern’s last show of 2010 and WLTV’s episode #960.

    QOTD: Toss up, probably red. Or nothing. It’s been decades since I’ve been to a concert.

  • Anonymous

    I know nothing about Beethoven, and very little about music in general. However, I do know that Freddie Mercury’s vocal ability transcended mere pop music.

  • Anonymous

    I imagine that this bottle is pulled from a brown bag in the trunk and drunk straight from the bottle, so it would probably need to be:
    -easy drinking
    -low alcohol so I can still get into the concert
    Sounds like I might be drinking Beaujolais nouveau or a screwcap italian sparkler.

  • wine tasting on the train? Would you worry if the wine would spill? Perhaps no, good taste of wine from a wine bottle or glass is better than some spillage or just thinking about it.

  • scottEJ

    Good to see a musician show some wine chops. Thanks.

    QOTD: I’d have to go with some something sparkling. It always a go-to wine when the mood is festival and exciting.


    Thnx Alex

  • Kurt

    My gf has hey soul sister as her ring tone and I keep bugging her to change it… no offense…

    QOTD: something decent but inexpensive… maybe sparkling, probably red. I would rather have a swig of Jameson out of my hip flask.

  • Gary didn’t watch Bugs Bunny growing up or he would have known..


  • Anonymous

    Sounds a little boring.

  • Anonymous

    It does sound too good to be true. I want it.

  • Anonymous

    You nailed that alien code speak at the beginning! Nice.

  • Anonymous

    A couple big shots of old scotch sounds good to me.




    I agree. zZzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZzzZzzz

  • Anonymous

    Busted, I will have to agree. Never heard any rock or classic rock coming from GV.

  • Anonymous

    If that were the case, I would be sleeping all the time.


    Just bought the album on iTunes, gonna check it out anytime soon. I need to try new things…..

  • Anonymous



    “I’m like a Champagne bubble, pop pop pop…..”


    GV I have a request; a show on Madeira.

  • Anonymous

    Fun show, good down to earth energy.
    QOTD: I’ve never found that my pre-performance energy is amenable to the intransitive attention necessary to appreciate a good bottle of wine. Therefore, I’d say stick to a shot of Cuervo.
    GV, let’s have some ’08 Clio!

  • Anonymous

    Scobby doobie do

  • Anonymous

    Great link Matt! Now I can kill more time πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    You can say what you want…….in that language

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Champagne or a nice italian white.





    You should have Keith Richards on your show, and now remember, he doesn’t spit. πŸ˜›

  • porta66

    Before a rock concert, i would go for a Gevrey Chambertin Burgundy, Rock’n roll wine πŸ™‚

  • Good call. I’ve had a couple of bottles open in the shop this week for tasting and it’s gone down really well!

  • QOTD. Would have to be something deep, dark and dirty! Oh yeah! Maybe a Minervois or a smack in the face from big Cahors.
    Keep on rockin’

  • Ckaesler

    Okay Garry. Tool Singer…..Train Guitarist….. Let’s see you get Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson (two major wine fans) on this show! You could probably do a show on Geddy Lee’s wine cellar alone!
    Just bought your book and have been a fan of this show since the begining. I am a huge Rush fan and I think it would be INCREDIBLE to see this before you hit 1000 shows! Keep up the good work. Your an insipiration man!

  • Anonymous

    What is going on here GV? So many days without WLTV. So many more than usual. The passion and thunder seems to be gone. I’m starting to think that the “internets most passionate wine program” is no longer crushing it. Be truthful to us. What the hell is going on? If it’s over, please tell us.

  • Before the concert: Roc de ChΓ’teauvieux Vouvray, because the women will love it. After: Peter Franus Brandlin Vineyards Mount Veeder Zinfandel, because it is time to get serious. Rock on.

  • “greens-n-grapes”

    QOOD- How about some bubbles!!- Yup, a sparkling wine or champagne-Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Not if you’re stoned….

  • Anonymous

    Finally got to finish watching- What a great welcome back from your travels, Gary! Thanks!
    QOTD: The only time anyone drank wine before rock concerts back in the dark ages, it was Mateus or worse. There were other preferences. Now, it’d probably be an Albarino or maybe a Gewurztraminer.

  • red shouldered hawk

    I would drink rose’, and only a little. By the way, Gary and Mott, why does your lighting suck so bad?

  • Kittyg1111

    i am in love /w/ lageder 2009 italian chardonnay!!! gary is right …the 2009 wines are rocking!!!

  • Anonymous

    Great guest!!

    QOTD: I have to agree with Jimmy. In a tailgating setting before a concert, which is usually in the warmer months, I am ALL about drinking white. While I love the higher acid crisp whites that are chock-full of mineral when I’m pairing with food or enjoying it by itself at home, I prefer a slightly fuller-bodied white with some texture and weight to balance the acid if I’m drinking it alone prior to a show. Well-priced, entry-level Burgundian white does the trick every time. I look to the Macon to fill this slot.

  • Anonymous

    You have Keith Richards on and you’ll need a translator! πŸ˜›

  • Anonymous

    You should request just having a show first! :O

  • Anonymous

    Sitting enjoying a Barbera de’ Alba waiting for Obi-Wan Kanobi to give us some “THUNDER” on Monday! πŸ™‚


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