Gary Vaynerchuk knows his wine…and apparently so do I

25 May

2006 Esporão Reserve Red, Alentejo, Portugal $24.95 LCBO #606590

For those of you who don’t know who Gary Vaynerchuk is, this is a wine guy you need to know about. Gary and his Wine Library TV online video blog have been one of the most powerful forces in the wine world for the past couple of years. He is a 32-year-old whirlwind that is tearing down wine’s snobby traditions. In fact, his enthusiasm and “wine for the people” mentality is a big reason I started this group. So, it was like getting the biggest ego boost when GaryVee gave his two thumbs up on a wine that I fell in love with this week.

The 2006 Esporão Reserve Red is a fantastic red from Portugal’s southern Alentejo region. This blend of Aragonês (a.k.a. Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon and the local Trincadeira grape has well integrated flavours of cherries, plums, leather, cedar, and spice. I suggest you marry this wine with a good steak. I had it with a New York strip that was so good I almost wept with joy. (Kind of like when Homer Simpson ate his pet lobster Pinchy…those tears of joy.) As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a sheep’s milk cheese.

The good news about the 2006 Esporão is that it is a Vintages Essential, which means it’s widely available at the LCBO. At $24.95, it’s still a good value, considering many wines far more expensive don’t come close to being as good… but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

Also, you can check out Gary Vaynerchuk and Wine Library at

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Posted by on May 25, 2009 in Portugal, Red Wine, Tempranillo


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