EP 990 Blind Tasting Italian Arneis

Gary Vaynerchuk breaks out the brown paper bags. He talks about Arneis, a white varietal from Piedmont, Italy and tastes three examples.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2009 Vietti Roero ArneisArneis
2009 Bruno Giacosa ArneisArneis
2009 Cordero Di Montezemolo ArneisArneis

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This is what WLTV is all about. I had never even heard of Arneis before but now I know a little bit about it and am dying to try some of their wines.

Tags: Arneis, review, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

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  • Go big or go home 🙂 It’ll probably tone down a little now, but I know some of us are going to stick around. This place is /great/ for wine newbies!

  • Anonymous

    Falanghina is pushing the right buttons for me at the minute…

  • Anonymous

    VTECH Vid not available Mott.

  • Anonymous

    I typically stick to the V trinity(Vernacchia/Vermentino/Verdicchio) although Italy has an incredible wealth of white grapes and have had some great Greco, Fiano and Arneis over the last few years.

    Don’t follow the NCAA being from Canada, but I’ll give my 2 cents on the NHL, I like the Canucks and Bruins to have a rematch of last weekends game in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Anonymous

    Chardonnay Bramìto del Cervo Castello della Sala Umbria igt 2009

  • Anonymous

    My least favorite episode! Love Arneis though. You can guess QOTD #1. 🙂

    QOTD #2: I’ll go with the Hofstatter Gewurztraminer Kolbenhof from WL last year, which I believe GV reviewed on the show. It might just be one of the top 10 whites I’ve had from any region. It’s one of my go to wines for disproving the “white wines are not for serious wine drinkers” myth.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD; ?

  • QOTD 1: Do not care

    QOTD 2: in 2010, it was the 2007 Giuseppe Contratto Gavi Arnelle (http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=932044)

    Looking forward, believe it or not, to the guest episode later this week. (He tweeted – and he is almost as prolific a tweeter as GV – his planned appearance)

  • The Harmonge is spectacular…if GV was to do a review, I’d want to see a series of 20 second clips, recorded at 10 minute intervals over the course of two hours…I’d love to see the range of reactions and facial expressions it might elicit…

  • hey, that’s a switch of stance on guests for you…care to steal a little bit of the Thunder?..,pray tell, who may it be?…maybe just a hint?

  • Anonymous

    I drink a lot of white wine from Italy including Vermentino, Verdecchio, and some Arneis though it is difficult to get Arneis in Santa Fe, I have had the #2 and #3 wines.
    You keep mentioning Mochi fruit but Mochi is a paste made from rice not a fruit and has a faint sake like smell to it. Pastry cream is a slightly thickened version of creme Anglais.
    The winner may be Duke again because they know what to do in the final four though my emotional favorite is my own alma mater of U of Texas.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Arneis. Nice show, GV. Way to nerd it up and expand palates as usual. Of course, there are like, what, a billion grapes indigenous to Italy so you can do Italian wines for the next year and not hit all of the grapes. But I digress…

    QOTD: The Ohio State University – go BUCKEYES!

    QOTD2: Italian white wine? Wow, that’s a tough question. I really like Arneis but I also am rather fond of Gavi.

  • Anonymous

    The last memorable Italian White I had was a Müller-Thurgau from northern Italy.
    Great show, will have to try Arneis.

  • QOTD1: Kansas
    QOTD2: Had a lot of decent Italian whites, but not many that really grabbed me. An Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco is one of the few that sticks in my mind. Had a Greco recently that stood out, but I don’t remember the producer. I need to try more Greco and Fiano.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome back GV! Missed you recently

    QOTD: Hoping for any North Carolina team

    QOTD 2: Too hard to say since I don’t drink enough. Reason = I live in France so French wine tends to dominate my consumption. 🙂

  • Hey there Gary! Share your wine wisdom at VIRGINIA TECH!!!

  • Anonymous

    You should film an episode during Boyer’s class at Virginia Tech!

  • Wonderful episode. I have not been getting the emails for the last couple shows but luckily your site is on my “top sites” browser.

    QOTD: I would have to say UCLA. I know this is an east coast show but for god sakes man… the Bruins are great!

    QOTD2: probably Muscato or Spumante d’ Asti when I was there last year but I really prefer the reds from Italy.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD Terredora di Paolo Falanghina Irpinia 2005

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for putting the good energy out there for Hope for Harrison! My husband tells everyone about you and your show. Good stuff! Cheers.

  • Anonymous

    Ohio State will take it has of now but in a week or so my tune may change.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Never had any Arneis: nor any white from Piedmont. Favorite Italian white was a pinot bianco from Alto Adige, ripping good / refreshing stuff, and a steal at 17 bones.

  • QOTD: Masi Masianco. Amazing QPR wine. I am sooo excited for episode 1000!!! Cheers to you in advance for being at the top of Amazon next week Gary V!

  • Anonymous

    I think I just shit my pants.

  • Anonymous

    what gives? never got an e-mail for this one. Oh well, will watch later.

  • Alois Lageder makes some very nice wines…have had that bianco a couple of times. Good Müller-Thurgau too…maybe that’s the one Castello refers to in the adjacent post? They make a cool Lagrein Rose as well…

  • So excited you are coming to V Tech!

  • Luke

    Let’s go Hokies!

  • So stoked about you coming to Virginia Tech!!! We cant wait to have you!!!

    CKC @ VT

  • Anonymous

    Pumped to hear you will be making a trip down here!! #CKC – VT

  • Yea buddy!!! We can’t wait to actually meet you down here Gary!

    My buddies and I were the ones with the vuvuzela, we’re pumped! 🙂

  • Tom B

    QOTD:Jim Boeheim said this is the best team he’s ever coached so I’m going with ‘Cuse. Of course, my wife is going to grad school there, so I may be a little biased.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD1: My heart says Duke repeats. My head say Ohio State is the best team.

    QOTD2: Gotta go with the Hofstadter Kolbenhoff Gewurztraminer from Alto Adige.

  • Alexandre-CF


    QOTD: the best italian white wine that i had this year was the 2008 Foradori Myrto. Foradori is really bringing me the thunder lately.

  • Great ep. I love that custard…oooh.

    QOTD1: Jury’s still out.
    QOTD2: Verdicchio and Falanghina have been hitting well for me.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD1 :The Buckeye’s baby
    QOTD2 : 2006 J. Hofstätter Gewürztraminer Kolbenhof

  • Anonymous

    By the way, I have one bottle left

  • Anonymous

    QOTD #1 Gotta go with the hottest team right now and my fav. St. John’s
    They beat Duke, Notre Dame, Pitt, Villanova, UConn. and they are peaking.

    QOTD #2 Teruzzi & Puthod Terre di Tufi

  • Anonymous

    QOTD 1: I’ll give you a more thoughtful prediction further into the season, but for now- because of the Gary V enthusiasm- V Tech!
    QOTD: I was recently dumbstruck by the quirkyness of the following wines:
    2008 Monestero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium Bianco, Lazio
    2007 Monestero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium Rusticum Bianco, Lazio

    These are wines made by a convent of nuns with the help of a very experienced and well-known wine maker from Umbria. The regular bianco sees almost 2 days maceration with the white grape skins, and the Rusticum ferments with the skins for nearly 7 days! The result is the most unique blend of funky aromatics and rich texture that I have ever tasted. Wine nerds- seek these out!

  • DaveAll

    Pate A Choux. eclair cream.
    bubbles is acididic? teach us! wine #2 what? Tell us more. ghez. razor blade to a peach? sigh. acid peach.
    tangerine? man, gotta find this wine. never had it.
    Good show on Tastingroom.com – bought the GV #2 pack. Will taste with wife and neighbors, stretch it out! haha.
    thanks for keeping this video blog going into year 6.
    QotD1: who? who cares?
    QotD2: most.

  • okay show, nice shout out to bburg though.

    QOTD1: Duke, I don’t really think there are any true favorites out there
    QOTD2: None that I can really recall.

  • MattB

    Well said – hard to argue with any of this!

  • TheSmirkingLurker


    A good come back episode.



  • MattB


    Welcome back – missed you. Good to see some focus on the wines of summer…Spring is knocking on the door 🙂

    QOTD 1 : Can’t contribute much here – college hoops not my thing – so will hold fire

    QOTD 2 : To me Italian white wine is all about summer and the flavors of simple fresh grilled fish and fresh salad. Best white I have had recently is probably a pretty simple Ronchi di CIalla Ribolla Gialla from Fruili-Venezia that we enjoyed a lot last summer. Also a big fan of Gavi that has a little bit more depth but superb balance and refreshing acidity that makes it very food friendly. Worth trying. Don’t have a specific wine to recommend but have found most Gavis pretty good.

    Will search out some Arneis – sounds delicious.


  • Gary, I am finally getting out of the Riesling and other sweet wines and trying more whites and reds. I really have enjoyed some Malbecs with steak, and I will for sure give some Italian whites a try. It has taken a while, but I am expanding my palette. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    So happy to hear you are coming down to VIRGINIA TECHH!!

  • I have never heard of this wine…….thats why YOU ARE THE $#!^ Ready to try it…. DUKE. I am not a huge white wine drinker, i am used to the “normal” whites and i hate following the bunch. thanks for the insight on this wine

  • So excited you’re making you way to the Burg!! Go Hokies!! CKC @ VT!

  • well, I have really never had any whites from Italy. I actually just started getting on a big white wine kick in general. I think Albarino opened me up to whites back a few months ago now that they could bring a little something to the table. so to tell the truth, I am probably going to go take a look and see if I can find some Arneis somewhere.


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