EP 980 Blind 2007 Napa Cabernet Tasting with a Very Special Guest

Gary Vaynerchuk blind tastes three of the wines that were recently scored in the newest Wine Advocate. Wine Library TV’s favorite guest, Sasha Vaynerchuk tastes with Gary.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Obsidian Ridge Half Mile RedNorth Coast Red Blend
2007 Ilaria Cabernet SauvignonNapa Cabernet
2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Napa Cabernet

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Line of the day, Sasha – ‘I nailed it’ Gary ‘No – you agreed with Robert Parker’

Good show – I like the way Gary has so much more knowledge and insight into the wines tasted but doesn’t make Sasha feel bad for not knowing so much. Classy

Tags: cabernet, napa, red, review, wine, wines

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  • Oakmon’s BF

    How about Justin? Are in-laws invited?

  • Thanks, Castello!

  • Anonymous

    Sasha checks his watch twice in the first 5 seconds…like, how long is this thing gonna take?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Dan, she appreciates it!

  • Anonymous

    castello, yep! It kept opening up, getting better and better. At around 48 hours decanted it peaked!

  • Check out Caduceus from Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool. Making lots of noise!

  • Globex

    perfect example of why my wife & I fell in love with this show, WL, and the entire Vaynerchuk family. Love the relationship between you and your pops. But dude, seriously, you know he gots to have the food with his vino. Last time the poor guy had to pull out left-over sandwiches that he bought at the mini-mart the night before cuz your mom was out of town. Funny thing also is that I too decided to suit/tie it up a bit more this year while my sons appear to have dressed down even more (I didn’t think that was possible) so we balance out the office just fine I guess.

    QOTD: Green Bay

  • awesome show! love it! i’m going with the Steelers, but should be a good game.

  • Anonymous

    Would rather have the snow than the ice. How’s the electricity over your way? Are you N-Central-S?

  • Good for you… or not. We actually had rain yesterday and snow today, but only half an inch. More is forecast for tomorrow and next week: february is the snow month of winter for us so… 🙂 At least it’s not to much below freezing right now.

  • Your dad is one cool guy. I enjoy him being on the show. Good stuff.

  • Anonymous

    We can change the wine world and keep it classy too!


  • Anonymous

    Tool has always made a lot of noise! ; ) How much does the Cad retail for?

  • Anonymous

    And let me guess…the 3.8% that can age is…Bordeaux?

  • 20 to go

  • Anonymous

    Great show with Sasha, as always! I’m kind of getting tired of Napa Cabs and my darn local wine shop wine club keeps giving me Napa Cabs. But once in awhile, they are really good, especially with a big, juicy grilled steak.

    QOTD: I am rooting for the Packers but I think the Stillers will win another one (gag!)

  • Phaser

    Hey Gary,
    Great show, allways like the ones with you father in the. Never been one for the Cabs but still a fun show.

  • Def packers!

    I love pops episodes!

  • Sal B

    Great show! Always great to see your dad on with you. They are saying that 07 California cab is killer.

  • RobinC

    QOTD: I don’t have anything invested in the outcome of the superbowl. So if you like the Packers, that’s fine with me.
    Gary, I think you’re the nicest when you’re with your dad.

  • Anonymous

    Shasha and brown bags. What could be better?
    Maybe Shasha, brown bags, and food from the start. Your pop likes his food alright.
    QOTD- Sorry. Could not care less.

  • Anonymous

    Gary: It’s just delicious

    Sasha: Whats wrong with that?

    Love it! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Lisa S, I am on your frequency! The Nor-Cal Cabs, brown bags, Sasha, and the big ass glasses. Bring me more!

    About the tie thing. Look to the right here. Episode #780. Gary with the flip camera. Looks like an important wine event. Just about, almost, the only guy in the room without a tie on. Classic.

    Enjoy seeing you and your dad together Gary.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Packers

  • Anonymous

    who’s Sasha?

  • Anonymous

    One of the most poetic moments in WLTV just passed before our eyes. Shafer One Point Five is a collaboration of the wine maker and his son. Sasha guessed the sale price, Gary guessed the retail. AWESOME. Sasha was a little pissed to not have any food, but what a payoff. The intimate banter in the last 2-3 minutes was priceless. Thunderishous.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Green Bay?? Don’t know. I’ll watch. I know too many Steeler fans that I feel like not cheering for Steelers.

    link up cheese names?!!

  • Anonymous

    No food? What?….. Sasha had his head in his hand until the cheese and bread came! Hilarious…. We all love your dad Gary!

  • Sasha and bags!! I think everybody at home picked up on the fact that Sasha would not rest until he had food. The man knows what he likes! Classic! Yes the PALs change. Sipping some excellent Wind Gap Syrah as a testament to that!

    QOTD: Will have to go with the Steelers since my wife is from the Burgh.

  • Anonymous

    G’s just warm’n up. He’ll make it!

  • Anonymous

    Sasha is indeed the greatest guest ever.
    Thought GreenBay was gonna win it last year so gotta stick with them this year 24-13.

  • Anonymous

    You guyz is too funny together. I love me some cheese, drinking a 50-50 blend of torrontes and ugni blanc that I paired with some pepper crusted cod tonight. Simple wine but tasty nonetheless. Packers 21- Steelers 17.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Gary,
    Have you tried our Coonawarra Cabernets or those from Margaret River? They would blow you away just like Cyclone Yasi did to north Queensland!You should do a program on these rather than the el cheapo ones we unfortunately export. Great show as always. Steelers 27 Packers 14.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Awesome show with your Dad!

    QOTD: I don’t watch football, so I don’t have a prediction.

  • No doubt, I’m sitting on my Wynn’s John Riddoch and Houghton Jack Mann from the 90’s waiting for them to grow up. The ’99 Jack Mann is drinking well but I’ll bet there are more things to come… I hope more importers take your advice; in the mean time I’ll buy up as many great aussie reds as I can while they remain unpopular and ridiculously underpriced.

  • Anonymous

    You are right Pat. There are so many other regions in Australia that produce Cabernets that are almost as good. I just picked the first two that came to mind. Enjoy those wines!

  • Haha great show, sorry to post this here but the forum doesn’t seem to work, does anyone know any good wine wines also this is my question?

    Hi, I’ve got a blind tasting exam in a few months and was wondering if I could get some help. These are the grapes that could come up in the test:

    White – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Viognier and Pinot Grigiot
    Red – Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sangiovese

    Basically I was wondering if people could recommend some good examples of each varietal for both new world and old world that demonstrate good, clear examples of the characteristics typically associated with each grape and where possible costing no more than $15.

    Thanks for your help.


  • laurensNL

    Love the shows with mr Sasha Vaynerchuck!!

    QOTD: dunno, I do not watch football…

  • Anonymous


  • it’s gona be hard to hit 1000 on the anniversary …just saying…

  • Anonymous

    Love when Sasha saw he got the price right and yelled “Genius” PRICELESS!

    QOTD- Probably the Packers

  • Anonymous

    Green Bay

  • Anonymous

    Green Bay. And I see why everyone loves having Dad on the air. Great show. Lots of fun!

  • Anonymous

    Side Question, what is up with the camera? The zoomy zoom is loud for the last couple episodes.

    QOTD: GB 30 PIT 27

  • Anonymous

    Almost QOTD: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Prime Steakhouse

  • Anonymous

    Great episode. At first, Sasha checks his watch (does he really have time for this?) and he says “no food.” Gary usually opposes Sasha’s food requests but when the food finally arrives Gary elbow’s Sasha out of the way to get to it. But Dad and Son obviously love each other and how wonderful is that?

  • Anonymous

    love your dad…Green Bay wins…being a Niner fan…we have 5 Super Bowl wins…Pitt 6…GB 3…can’t let Pitt get another and lead by 2… NINERS AND JETS NEXT YEAR !!!

  • Anonymous

    The love is awesome. – Elliot K. *The Original C.K.C. Representative (Episode 225)


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