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How To: Taste wine with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to taste wine like a pro from expert Gary Vaynerchuk of the Wine Library. No need to be intimidated by wine tasting; pick up some pointers for maximizing your exposure to the flavors as well as how to spit that delicious wine right back out! Check out this video oeniphile tutorial and learn how to taste wine the wine snob way.

How To: Choose a Cotes Du Rhone wine

Cotes Du Rhone wines are mainly Syrah and Grenache grape blends and in this video Gary tastes a few for you: Perrin Res Red Rhone, 2003 Notre Dame De Cousignac Cotes Du Rhone Hommage Leon Pommier, 2003 Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Red, and 2004 Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Villages Les Champauvins. Check it out and see what you think of these great value wines.

How To: Choose a California Cabernet under $20

In this video Gary has pulled the 6 top selling California Cabernet Sauvignon wines under $20 off the shelves (2003 Stephan Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Twenty Rows Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Trentadue Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000 Douglass Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Simi Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Hess Select Cab Sauv) and is tasting and reviewing them for you. Are they popular for a reason? Or should you save your $20 for something better?

How To: Become a Master Sommelier

The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the most exclusive organizations on Earth, having only inducted 158 Masters since it's inception in 1969. They are the kings of the wine-tasting world, and their wine knowledge and tasting abilities are unmatched. Does being an internationally recognized wine snob sound good to you? It does to us. This video features Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas giving a talk at Google about his life and how he came to be where he is, offering many tips and lessons...

How To: Slow decant an older bottle of wine

In this how-to video, you will learn how to slow decant an older bottle of wine. This is important as it reduces the sediment in your glass. These do not taste great with the wine. You want a slow oxygen process as well. Take a decanter and set it next to the glass. Slowly pour the bottle so the liquid hits the edge of the decanter. Make sure it is an even and gentle pour. You will see thicker chunks of sediment as you get to the bottom of the bottle. Set this aside for a little bit before dr...

How To: Choose a wine for weekday drinking

Sometimes you want a wine that's perfect for drinking on a school night (weekday) without being too overpowering or too dehydrating! Gary tastes some wines he think may be perfect for the mid-week palate: Kris Pinot Grigio, 2003 Pieve Del Vescovo Piovano, 2004 Mano A Mano, 2004 Rocky Creek Zinfandel.

How To: Choose a Canadian Ice wine or dessert wine

Gary attacks and talks about Canadian Ice wines and Dessert wines. Gary is blown away by the efforts from up North so check it out as he reviews 2004 Henry Of Pelham Late Harvest Vidal, 2004 Henry Of Pelham Riesling Ice Wine, 2004 Cave Springs Ice Wine Riesling, 2004 Jackson-triggs Vidal Ice wine, 2004 Inniskillin Ice Wine Vidal, 2004 Peller Estate Cabernet Franc Ice Wine.

How To: Compare Californian Cabernet Sauvignons

In this episode Gary gives the California Cab's a run for the money and hopefully helps you choose the next Cabernet Sauvignon you buy (or don't buy). He compares 2004 Chappellet Signature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Mount Veeder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Coup De Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon.

How To: Make instant sangria

In order to make a really good quick little sangria follow the directions in this video. Start by filling up about ¾ of a cup with wine. Add a splash of coke filling up about half of the remaining space in the cup. Add some fresh lime by squeezing a freshly cut lime. Then use a spoon or a stirring stick to stir the drink up a little bit. It is just that quick and you have a nice festive drink for your event.

How To: Choose a Stellenbosch South African red wine

Gary talks about four wines from an underrated region, South Africa. He reviews the following wines from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa: 2001 Warwick Estate Reserve Red, 2002 Warwick Three Cape Ladies Red, 2001 Rudera Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2003 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon.

How To: Choose a Barolo or Brunello wine

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes through the Tuscany and Piedmont today when he tries 2 Barolo wines and 2 Brunello wines: 1999 Mauro Sebaste Barolo Brunate, 2001 Cerbaia Brunello Di Montalcino, 2001 Ciacci Brunello Di Montalcino, 2000 Parusso Barolo Mariondino.

How To: Choose wine based on wine labels

Wine labels, do you collect them? Do you want to have a special, personalized or custom label? Today Gary talks about wine labels and the wines behind them. He also tastes some cute label wines and sees if they're as good as they look.

How To: Decant old wine

Detailed steps to decant an old wine into a carafe. Purpose is to illustrate the extraction of sediment that settles as a wine ages using a candle to light the bottle and show sediment. Video uses an aged red wine and shows how a slow pour uses the bottles contours to catch sediment in slope of bottle. Decant old wine.

How To: Remove the cork from a bottle without a corkscrew

If your out camping or out on a picnic and completely forgot your corkscrew for your wineglass then you can easily still remove the corkscrew from your bottle to enjoy your wine. To do so you will need a towel and to find a tree. Wrap the bottle in a towel and walk over to the tree. Beat the bottom of the bottle against the tree for a good couple of minutes. The beating of the bottle should loosen the corkscrew from the top of the bottle. Next after your finished grab and corkscrew with your ...

How To: Use a shoe and no corkscrew to open a bottle of wine

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to open a wine bottle without using a corkscrew and just your shoe. First thing you need to do is to take off your shoe, then put the bottle bottom up in the shoe. Find a firm surface to hit against, best to use some sort of wall. Smack the shoe against it with the bottle in the shoe, heel towards the wall. Make sure you hold on to the neck of the bottle with the other hand. Depending on how far in the cork is, your going to have to whack it against the ...

How To: Drink from a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

Need to open a bottle of wine but don't have a corkscrew? Take heart, thou déboucheur. With this oenophile's how-to, you'll learn how to open a bottle of wine by forcing the cork down into the bottle with a narrow cylindrical instrument of your choosing. Note: This method is less than ideal unless you intend to drink the whole bottle.

How To: Get a cork out of a wine bottle

Remove the top of the lead or foil capsule by cutting around the rim of the bottle with the sharp point of the corkscrew. The arms of the cork-screw will have to be raised for this step. You can also make a slit in the foil and remove the whole capsule before beginning.

How To: Pair wine with food

How would you like to be able to treat your friends and loved ones to meals of perfectly paired food and wine? Learn the real rules of food and wine pairing from professional sommelier in this free culinary video series.

How To: Make an easy, cheap mead in two weeks

If you're interested in making your very own mead from scratch and pretty quickly, check out this next tutorial. In this video, you will be making an easy, cheap mead in two weeks. If you don't know what mead is, it's a honey wine and is made from a bunch of different ingredients. This video isn't the normal way to make it, but is still pretty good. Enjoy!

How To: Open a bottle of wine with a waiter's corkscrew

In this video, Mike Supple from SuppleWine.com walks you through a few simple steps of opening a bottle of wine using a standard waiter's corkscrew. Mike begins by describing what a standard waiter's corkscrew is, showing it's parts such as the blade used to cut the foil, the hinge lever, and the worm (or screw). The first step in the video will show you how to properly cut the foil from the top of the bottle using the corkscrew's blade. The second step will guide you on how to insert and twi...

How To: Compare California and French chardonnay

Technically it's the California Chardonnay vs. the French White Burgundy but since they both use the Chardonnay grape it's still a battle. In this video Gary tastes and compares two against two: 2004 Pessagno Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay and 2004 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay vs. 2003 Caves De Colombe Chassagne Montrachet and 2001 Matrot Puligny Montrachet Comb Ottes. See which Gary puts on top.

How To: Open a wine bottle with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to open a bottle of wine from expert Gary Vaynerchuk of the Wine Library. Never struggle to get a wine bottle open again with these easy techniques to wrestle off that foil and pop the cork. Check out this video oeniphile tutorial and learn how to open a bottle of wine.

How To: Find new wines to try

If you're looking to try a new wine, what better way than from Gary Vaynerchuk in his 200th episode as he goes over wines he likes (and hasn't tastes before) that are $200 case cost. There are a lot of wines covered but the player gives you the option to jump to specific ones so check it out!

How To: Make a jug of fruity sangria in one minute

Get drunker faster with this delicious summer recipe! Follow along and pull together all of your ingredients to make a fruity and delicious sangria in just a few minutes. This Spanish specialty works well for any occasion and you will enjoy taking a bite out of the wine soaked fruit in your glass. Enjoy!

How To: Learn about a bottle of wine from the cork

In this video from Fusion Guy 09, we learn about why people are interested in corks in bottles of wine. There are certain things you should look for when the cork is presented to you. You want to make sure the cork is firm and not cracking. If it is cracked, that means air could have gotten into the wine and stored it. If there is leakage or seepage that is a bad sign too. It might have been stored in a place that was too warm. You can also smell the cork for cork root. He said if you can sme...