On December 9th The Grand Crew invited wine celebrity Gary Vaynerchuk to host a tasting in Paris. Phil of In Vino Veritas and Seb of Vinomaniac TV came along for the ride as co-organizers of this grande spectacle. I must say the event received quite a fervor, selling out all 70 spots within 12 hours of sending the formal invite. The tasting was organized as a 2-part episode of Wine Library TV’s “Thunder Show”, which is a video wine blog, viewed daily by roughly 100,000 subscribers. The theme was “Women Vintners of France”.
Anyone who’s truly entrenched in the wine world certainly already knows about Gary. He’s completely taken the wine world by storm, since launching his show in 2006. However, if you’re a newbie, then lemme very briefly fill you in. Gary was born in Belarus and moved with his family to New Jersey at a very young age. In high school he began working in his dad’s wine and licquor store, Wine Library. After launching the store’s online site, within a 5-year period Gary grew the business from $4 million to $60 million. Today Gary also manages Vaynermedia along with a number of other business ventures. He is an internationally respected wine expert and social networking guru. In 2009 Gary was recognized by Decanter magazine, making their “Power List” of the 50 most influential people in the wine industry worldwide. He also received the #18 ranking by Ask Men UK’s “2009 Top 49 Most Influential Men”. He was sandwiched between Ryan Seacrest and Ashton Kutcher, LOL.
Below is the wine list and video podcast from Part 1 of the Thunder Show. I’ll post part 2 on Tuesday or Wednesday.
2007 Château de Béru « Clos Béru Monopole » Chablis
Winemaker/Owner : Athénaïs et Laurence Béru
Price : 20€ ($25 dollars, New York)
2007 Domaine Pfister « Engelberg » Alsace Grand Cru
Winemaker/Owner : Mélanie Pfister
Price : 15€50 ($40 dollars, US)
2005 Domaine du Closel « Clos du Papillon » Savennières
Winemaker : Evelyne de Pontbriand
Price : 25€-32€ ($35 dollars, New York)
Note: Design work for the event was done by Ulrich Egouy
Vodpod videos no longer available.