EP 989 Five Year Anniversary Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk tapes on the road from TastingRoom.com on the 5th Anniversary of WLTV and tastes through some of the contenders for the next wine sampler.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 Talley Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay
2008 La Follette Van Der Kamp Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir
2007 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Napa Valley Red Blend

Links mentioned in todays episode.

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Line of the day – ‘I start making kangaroo references that piss off Australia.’

Always love these on location episodes although could’ve done with Mott at the beginning when the light wasn’t right, GV looked like he was in a shadow.

Tags: chardonnay, Pinot Noir, red, review, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

    I think he is!

  • Anonymous

    My Gary-V “Expand Your Palate” came yesterday. I am pumped to taste it up tonight!

  • Hey Gary, I have enjoyed watching your videos for our weekly quizzes in my Geography of Wine class at Virginia Tech and we would LUV if you would come visit us!!!! here is the video we just made for u!! a new intro??? I THINK SO!!!


  • Where the heck did Gary go?? No Thunder for days πŸ™

  • Randall

    I could be wrong…

  • Anonymous

    No WLTV today oh well I guess I will be watching reruns.

  • Anonymous

    This is starting to become a serious trend! gary, where are you?

  • MOTT!! Upload something πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous


    You still in CA? Can’t wait to see you on Monday!!!!!!!!!

    I think I have the shakes!!!!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    QOTD: “I don’t even know who you are, you little slut wine!”

  • Anonymous

    Hard to believe it’s been 5 years..I didn’t start watching until mid-second year, and i can’t tell you how much I have expanded my palate. I have had a few packs from tasting room, and I agree they are pushing the wine envolope. QOTD-too hard to pin down one moment, but I do love the episodes with your Dad.

  • fuh, figh, walk, for Jonny Walker Rey!
    Smell it first. TR

  • Anonymous

    Congrats, Gary! I’m a smarter wine consumer and I enjoy wine more now than I did 5 years ago, and you’re the biggest reason for that.

  • TheSmirkingLurker


    Have you fallen down a well?


  • Anonymous

    Congrats on the 5 years! …now get back to recording videos!! πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on five years! Don’t you think Blacksburg would be a great place to host your 1000th show!? Check out our Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9axVgDLbROE


  • Anonymous

    So is this what goes on when GV is out of town?

    Those look a lot like the WLTV shirts…

  • Virginia Tech wants to help you celebrate! Come down and visit us! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9axVgDLbROE

  • Anonymous

    A hearty congratulations on 5 years. I have been watching for much of that time and want to thank you for educating and entertaining us every week. QOTD – I can’t pick one moment because each episode has something good in it. We always enjoy it when Sasha is on. I hope there are 5 more years ahead. Thanks

  • BP

    Congrats on 5 years – too bad disqus sucks so badly! I’ve lurked, gone thru a few IDs, got so PO’d at it that I stopped even considering commenting but like Sonny Corleone and the mob, you just keep pulling me back in!

    QOTD – Episode #43, Santiago Achaval – Such passion and pride. Of place, of product and of culture. Eloquent, suave, debonair. And then there was you GV!

    This epi struck me as a perfect example of wine yin and yang – your bombastic boyish bravado bouncing off his subtle suave sageness. But both of you soooooo enthusiastic about the same thing – wine!

  • Anonymous

    Thank You. It worked. I tried 5years before. I didn’t realize it was case sensitive and needed it to be in CAPS.

  • I have to make an addendum to my previous response to the QOTD.

    I just stumbled on the wine and BACON pairing episode, and I have to say: it was EPIC!!!!! It’s definitely my new favorite episode of all the ones I have seen thus far. I’ve been tending to like your pairing episodes the most, but I think bacon definitely kills licorice, candy bar, chocolate, hot dog and even my previous favorite, cereal! (even though those are all amazing value for a CKC like me!) Thanks for all of your great work, Gary!

  • Anonymous

    5 years, it’s just a beginning. At least 5 years to come.
    But nevertheless, thanks for this 5. It has been a great joy for me to view the episodes, to find the suggested wines (not all of them off course) to comment, to think about wine in general, to share the love for wine ………
    The first video is saw I thought: what is this? is this serious? this guy (you Gary) is pooring wine in a glas like it’s lemonade, is spitting, is shouting ….. that’s not serious. But for some reason it attracted me because what you do it ways beyond what’s accepted as being normal, especially regarding to wine where everything is rather boring, stiff and old.
    I became a huge fan, HUGE FAN, HUGE FAN ……

    QOTD. Several, and to be honnest most. But the one’s dropping my mind now is the episode in front of the store, during winter, in the snow, and with champagne. I loved it.

  • This is awesome! I wish there was a class like this at my school!!


    Good week for WLTV
    Bad week for the Vayniacs, No New Content!!?!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Gary,
    I hope you didn’t pop ‘n pour the blackbird. That wine opens up for days. Yes it is expensive, but in my opinion and that of many other knowledgable wine experts (Parker, wine enthusiast and more) deserves more that an 89. But, I realize, we all have our own palate. If you ever taste it again, please give it a few hours before you taste it.

  • Anonymous

    I second that

  • Anonymous

    Gary, you hit the nail on the head at the end when you talked about the people that I’ve met because of WLTV…….I could list all the douches, but you know who they are.

    So, thanks to you and Mottster for the first 1,000 Eps.

    Favorite moment: Well, I list 4 …in no particular order

    ~Ep #97 — announcement of the Launch of the SpreadSheet :toivo:
    ~Ep #462 — at the 12:20 mark, your reaction to the Hoax that Mott and I created about you “firing” me. You were really pissed….it’s great!! πŸ™‚
    ~Ep #681 — the TimF episode (probably my favorite ep)
    ~Ep #902 — the Coleman Nicole Ep w/ Brandon M

  • is watching repeats.

  • QOTD: favorite moment(s) = every time Gary V gets worked up at the thought of Vinnie Testeverde

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been lurking for about a year and am glad to hear that the show will go on. I have become a huge fan of your show; even my 2 yr. old enjoys watching it with me and now sniffy-sniffs his juice cup, and my wine glass (no sips yet, just in case anyone’s concerned). Though I have been drinking wine for years, I am now beginning to really taste it. Bought Mark Oldman’s first book and a Tasting Room pack. Just trying to learn. Congratulations and many thanks for making wine more fun!

  • Anonymous

    hmm Nicolas Joly ep was pretty awesome, the german Master of Wine you guys had good chemistry, the blind tasting in general, random mott appearances

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so I know nothing about wine and I have to choose a bottle of “local” USA wine to bring to Australia to someone I have never met, but loves wine. A lady I know, who does know about wine, is not available, so I turned to the internet and here you are! I love your descriptions of the sniffy-snif and the taste, but don’t think much of the spit bucket. I still don’t know what wine to buy, but I have to go get this done today. I visit a local winery and taste the sparkling wines, sweets and semi-sweet (told you I know nothing). I found 3 (3!) that I LIKE. So I buy six bottles! My wine has a crew off cap — am I a jerk? Should I have bought Japanese plum wine or better yet Boone’s farm? I live in Tennessee. Have you ever had Tennessee wine????




    Wishlist for the setlist:

    #990; Jay Miller
    #991; Antonio Galloni
    #992; Stephen Tanzer
    #993; The Bourghound
    #994; Michael Broadbent
    #995; Andrew Jefford
    #996; Steven Spurrier
    #997; Oz Clarke
    #998; K-Murph
    #999; Robert Parker
    #1000; Sasha Vaynerchuk & Mott.

    Oh, and make those eps about 30 min. :))))))

  • In Gary’s defense, the wines he tries have usually been open for a couple of hours and in room temperature

  • It sure look like Gary’s store πŸ˜€

  • Another great episode GV and great to see you on the move.

    As a very positive side note, I will be seeing you at RJ Julia’s in Madison, CT on March 10th. Can’t wait to finally get a chance to say hello in person. Couldn’t pick a better venue either.

    QOTD – I have to say the 2 buck chuck episode. Simply because you DID it, and your tasting notes to this day make me laugh. Mostly because they are true. And that’s the real crux of this show isn’t it, “true”.

  • Anonymous

    Happy B-Day GV. Good stuff once again. I am impressed at Tasting Room’s attention to detail. The sterile hood being used as a filling station is pretty impressive.

    QOTD: A toss up b/w
    1) Episode 212: the Trader Joe’s from the Bronco Wine Company Charles Shaw Blend episode: Classic TN’s include:
    a) The Beaujolais: “water that you put sugar on it b/c you don’t have no soda around the house … and then you dumped an action figure in it that you played with outside in your underpants” What? who says that!!!
    b) The Merlot: “if you ever wondered what a gremlin smells like that hasn’t taken a shower in a while … that’s what this smells like” Do gremlins take showers? That kills them right?

    2) Episode 900: The Return of Sir Gary Vaynerchuk. Fortunately, there is no charge for AWESOMENESS.

  • QOTD: Charles Smith episode. SO funny.

    Phil Anderson

  • Anonymous

    Happy Anniversary! By the way, will you let us do your next intro? Here is a link from Boyer’s Wine class at Virginia Tech:

  • TommyB

    QOTD :Hhhmmm…. Jancis Robinson’s face during your intro! Nicolai Joly; “drink white wine at the same temperature as red wine” hug!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on 5 years!! And the upcoming 1000th!! and the most recent book release! and….
    Talleys are clearly great. don’t overmuscle their wines. they raise great fruit, clearly, and really balance between strong, outstanding attributes, and subtle restraint, ending with elegant, and appropriately priced wines. Lafollette’s name and legend, even greater. What’s not to love? Tandem’s are good, and as a cyclist, I loved the little ‘value play’ in the Peloton blend. I like to be flexible like that, as Pinots, and even Chards run into some finite amounts of how many one can ‘favor’, in a crowded market of players. Good offerings!

  • Anonymous

    Qotd – a very hard question, considering (even TRYING to remember all of the outstanding, legendary (wine) guests you’ve had. and there’s even much MORE that you’ve done, on your own… I’d like to pick as a favorite moment, a solo moment of yours – but it’s very difficult – . I’ll have to suffice to say, just the ‘moment’ of your sincerity, honesty, and will to further a nation’s journey into wine. You are best, my man!!!

  • Charlotte K. Jensen

    But not in this episode though- as he says, he is in a temperature controlled environment.

  • Charlotte K. Jensen

    Ha ha. Thats the one I posted a few days ago. My favorite line ever!

  • Charlotte K. Jensen

    U guys are crazy.

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna need one of these giant bubble tape rolls with my next order! Look at this fun they’re having in the store!


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