Saturday, August 2, 2008

Adventures in Wine Tasting with Podcaster Gary Vaynerchuk

There are a number of wine audio and video podcasts available through the internet. But let’s get real, what is exciting about WATCHING someone else drink wine and go on and on about what HE thinks about a beverage?

“Blah, blah, blah.... a little bit of spice... blah, blah,blah... a nice nose.... blah, blah, blah... clean finish... blah, blah,blah...”

Watching someone else drink wine can be about as enjoyable as listening to your neighbor talk about his trip to Tahiti. The experience is great for them but hearing about it does nothing for you.

However, watching and listening to people with more experience with wine can help you prepare for your own Adventures in Wine Tasting.

How does he/she describe the wine?

Is there something that the wine taster you are watching is doing that you might try?

I have watched and listened to a number of wine Podcasters and most of them lack any personality and are as entertaining as watching paint dry on a wall.

But there is one guy that I enjoy who is sort of the Chef “Blam!” Emeril of the wine podcaster world, his name is Gary Vaynerchuk and the above video is a sample from his wine podcast. He is uses a lot of unconventional and off beat descriptions of wine like “Cotton Candy” or “Jolly Rancher” which you may never find in the Wine Spectator. But I think his enthusiasm in approaching wine can be very contagious and his humor makes wine approachable to the everyday man. Gary Vaynerchuck is definitely no wine snob!

Check out the above tasting video from his podcast - Wine Library