Gary Vaynerchuk’s “Thunder Cruise” Grand Tasting Wine List

Ξ April 10th, 2009 | → 5 Comments | ∇ A Day at a Time, Wine History, Wine News |

I am going on a cruise, but not just any cruise. This one will not be made up of days of shuffleboard, too many Mai Tais and rebuffed poolside seductions. No. This is a cruise of the most novel kind: The wine industry’s very first Grand Tasting on the high seas. But it is much more than that. One would expect nothing less from wine impresario, Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV.
First a little background. Readers of this blog may well remember my post on the Second Annual Fort Mason Event hosted by yours truly and another writer for this blog, Brandon Miller. With Mr. Vaynerchuk in attendance, that event was a gathering of friends and wine lovers generally, a quasi-public celebration of our collective wine journey with the gentleman. But what was most remarkable about the evening, beyond the strengthened friendships, was the extraordinary, unanticipated show of generosity by Mr. Vaynerchuk as the evening neared its finish. As recounted in the previous story, he was to give away, through an impromptu lottery, an extraordinary variety of gifts he generated on the spot. Thousands of dollars worth of wine, airplane tickets, an elaborate tail-gate party, a back stage pass to one of his many national interviews, the list of prizes went on and on, all given away on the spot. I’d never seen such a display, and neither had the folks in attendance.
One of the prizes was a passage for two on the ‘Thunder Cruise’ described by Mr. Vaynerchuk (with characteristic modesty) as “The Greatest Floating Wine Festival In History” and “The Mother of All Wine Tastings”. (I think he’s right!)
And Brandon Miller won this prize. He and his lovely wife, Denyce, however, were unable to attended. Instead, Brandon gave the prize to me, a wonderful gesture I still marvel at today.
Now, I have no commercial relationship with Mr. Vaynerchuk. His is a friendship begun well before this blog, a friendship I greatly enjoy.
In any event, this is the first of a series of posts on my adventures on the high seas from April 18th through the 25th. Much more later.
For now please enjoy perusing the list of wines on offer for the Grand Tasting, a list provided by WL. Bon Voyage!

1 Argentina I
Navarrita Chardonnay 2006
Navarrita Malbec 2006
Bodegas Monteviejo Monteviejo 2004
Bodega Monteviejo Lindaflor Malbec 2003
Bodegas Poesia, Poesia 2002
Bodegas Poesia, Poesia 2003
Bodegas Poesia, Poesia 2004
Bodegas Poesia, Poesia 2005

2 Argentina II – Vino del Sol
Melipal Rosé 2008
Zolo Torrontés 2008
Tapiz Chard 2008
Melipal Res Malbec 2006
Preludio Temp 2007
Tapiz Merlot 2007
Ksana Bonarda 2006
Ksana Malbec 2007
Camino del Inca “Quipu Blend” 2007

3 Chile, Argentina, and International Values
Cantus Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cantus Carmenere 2007
Cantus Chardonnay 2007
Cantus Merlot 2007
Cantus Pinot Noir 2007
Swaii Chardonnay 2007
Swaii Merlot 2007
Domaine Mathes Wormeldange Wousselt Riesling GC 2006
Ben Marco Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

4 France – Rhone / Languedoc / Beaujolais
Chateau Puech-Haut Clos du Pic 2004
Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rouge 2004
Chateau La Negly, La Cote 2005
Mas de la Barben Calices 2003
Gibalaux Bonnet Unfilter Minervois 2005
Leocadie Les Clauses 2007
Leocadie Leukadios 2007
Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge 2006
Eric Texier Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 2006
Louis Jadot Beaujolais Rose 2007
Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacquest Moulin a Vent 2006

5 Portugal I
Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro 2006
Cortes de Cima Riserva 2003
VT Douro Red 2005
Lemos and van Zeller Dona Maria 2005
Fojo Douro 2000
Quinta de Cabriz Reserva Red (Dao)
Quinta das Tecedeira Reserva (Douro)
Conde do Vimioso Reserva (Ribatejo)
Quinta da Mimosa (Palmela)

6 Portugal II
Herdade do Esporao 2007
Vinha da Defesa Red 2007
Vinha de Defesa White 2007
Esporao Reserva Red 2005
Esporao Reserva White 2007
Esporao Private Selection White 2007
Esporao Private Selection Red 2003
Chryseia Douro 2005

7 Spain I – Classic Wines
San Roman Toro 2004
Elias Mora Crianza 2005
Quiteria Loma Gorda 2006
Vega Escal Priorat 2005
El Molinet Valencia 2007
Conde de Subirats Cava Brut
Conde de Subirats Cava Rose
Black Pig Albarino 2008
Black Pig Ribera Del Duero 2007
Valdelainos Rueda 2008

8 Spain II
El Hada Rueda 2008
Marco Real Garnacha 2005
Bodegas Artadi Viñas de Gain Rioja 2006
Pico Madama 2005
Papa Luna 2006
Barbadillo 2007
Chivite Gran Feudo Rose 2007
Abadia Tetuerta Rivola 2004

9 Washington State (and friends)
Pomum Cellars Shya Red Blend 2006
Pomum Cellars Tinto 2006
Pomum Cellars Syrah 2006
Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Goose Ridge Vineyards “Vireo” Red Wine 2004
Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Wild Oak Chardonnay 2006
Wild Oak Merlot 2005
Wild Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
De Tierra Merlot 2004

10 California I – Rodney Strong, Simi, Estancia, Franciscan, Benziger
Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2006
Estancia Meritage 2006
Estancia Reserve Chardonnay 2006
Simi Russian River Chardonnay 2006
Simi Landslide Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Franciscan Magnificat 2005
Benziger Sauvignon Blanc 2007

11 California II – Raymond, St Francis, and more
Raymond Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Raymond Vineyards Chardonnay 2007
Raymond Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2006
Foley Estates Pinot Noir 2007
St Francis Chardonnay 2006
St Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
St Francis Merlot 2005
St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
St Francis Red 2004

12 California III Zins and more from Neal Family, Frank Family, Starry Night
Neal Family Napa Zinfandel 2007
Neal Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Neal Family Cabernet Sauvignon Fifteen-Forty Vineyard 2004
Frank Family Napa Chardonnay 2007
Frank Family Napa Zinfandel 2006
Frank Family Napa Cabernet 2005
Starry Night Russian River Chardonnay 2007
Starry Night Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2007
Starry Night Zinfandel Sonoma County 2007
Starry Night Old Vine Zinfandel Russian River Montafi Vineyard 2006
Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Zinfandel 2007

13 California IV – Tensley, Kunde Family, Pessagno
Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah 2007
Tensley Blanc “Camp 4 Vineyard” 2007
Tensley Three Creek Syrah 2006
Kunde Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Kunde Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Kunde Syrah 2004
Pessagno Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2006
Pessagno Central Ave Pinot 2006
Pessagno Four Boys Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

14 California V – Halleck, Daniel Gehrs
Halleck Three Sons Cuvee Pinot Noir 2006
Halleck Hallberg Pinot Noir 2006
Halleck The Farm Pinot Noir 2006
Halleck Clone 828 Pinot Noir 2006
Halleck Dry Gewurztraminer 2007
Halleck Little Sister Sauv Blanc 2006
Daniel Gehrs Chenin Blanc 2005
Daniel Gehrs Chardonnay Unoaked 2005
Daniel Gehrs Riesling 2007
Daniel Gehrs Gewurztraminer 2008
Daniel Gehrs Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Daniel Gehrs Syrah 2005

15 California VI – Napa Wines from Coniglio, Mouton Noir, White Rock, Kelly Fleming
Coniglio Cabernet Franc 2005
Coniglio Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Coniglio Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Mouton Noir Wines Montgomery Place Red 2006
Mouton Noir Wines Thief in Law 2006
White Rock Chardonnay 2006
White Rock Claret 2004
White Rock Cabernet “Laureate” 2004
Slingshot Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Kelly Fleming Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Kelly Fleming Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

16 California VII – Philips Hill, Sojourn, Bouchaine
Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2006
Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2006
Bouchaine Estate Pinot Noir 2006
Sojourn Cellars Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2007
Sojourn Cellars Gap’s Crown Pinot noir, Sonoma Coast 2007
Philips Hill Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Philips Hill Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Philips Hill Corby Vineyard inot Pinot Noir 2007
Morgan Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2007

17 California VIII- Vina Robles, Donati Family, Match Vineyards
Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Vina Robles Signature 2006
Donati Claret 2005
Donati Family Chardonnay 2006
Donati Family Merlot 2005
Donati Family Sorelle per Sempre 2005
Match Cabernet Sauvignon Butterdragon Hill 2004
Match Cabernet Sauvignon Butterdragon Hill 2005
Match Cabernet Sauvignon Baconbrook 2005

18 California IX – Bonny Doon, Tolosa
Bonny Doon Albarino, ‘Ca’ del Solo’ 2008
Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2004
Bonny Doon Syrah Le Pousseur 2005
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2007
Bonny Doon Muscat, ‘Ca’ del Solo’ 2008
Bonny Doon Le Vol des Anges 2007
Tolosa Estate Chardonnay 2006
Tolosa No Oak Chardonnay 2007
Tolosa Estate Pinot Noir 2006

19 Italy I – La Gerla, Orlando Abrigo, Antonello Cassara
La Gerla Brunello 2003
La Gerla Rosso 2005
La Gerla Birba 2003
La Gerla Brunello Riserva 2003
Orlando Abrigo Barbaresco Montersino 2004
Orlando Abrigo Barbera D alba Vigna Roreto 2006
Orlando Abrigo Livraie 2001
Orlando Abrigo Barbaresco Classico 2004
Antonello Cassara Solcanto Rosso 2007
Antonello Cassara Grillo 2007
Antonello Cassara Kilim 2006
Antonello Cassara Jacaranda 2007

20 Italy II – Ruffino, Geografico
Ruffino Aziano Chianti 2006
Ruffino Modus 2006
Ruffino Libaio 2007
Ruffino Lumina 2007
Ruffino Serrelle Vin Santo 2006
Ruffino Vino Nobile di Montepulicano Lodola Nuova 2001
Greppone Mazzi Brunello Riserva 2001
Geografico Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2007
Geografico Chianti Colli Senesi 2007
Geografico Chianti Classico 2006
Geografico Chianti Classico Riserva Contessa di Radda 2005

21 Italy III – Super Tuscans and More
Col del Sole Prosecco Extra Dry
Vigna Vecchia Chianti Classico 2004
Madonna Alta Sagrantino Montefalco 2004
Caterina Zardini Amarone della Valpolicella 2004
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2005
Argicola Punica Barrua 2004
Sette Ponti Crognolo 2006
Sette Ponti Oreno 2006
Tenuta Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2003

22 Germany
Dr. von Basserman-Jordan Riesling QbA 2007, Pfatz
St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Kabinett, Ockfener Bockstein 2007, Mosel
Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Spatlese “Grunlack” 2007, Rheingau
Franz Kunstler Estate Riesling Troken 2007
Von Hovel ‘Balduin’ Estate Riesling 2007
Monchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett 2007
Gunderloch Estate Kabinett ‘Jean Baptiste 2007
Dr. F Weins-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese 2007
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Auslese GKA 2003
Dr. Loosen Riesling 2007
Dr. Loosen Estate Kabinett “Blue Slate” 2007
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2006
Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2007
Kirsten Riesling Trocken 2007, Mosel

23 Australia
Turkey Flat Rose 2007
Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red 2006
Turkey Flat Shiraz 2006
Turkey Flat The Turk Red 2006
Penfolds Bin 389 Cab / Shiraz 2006
Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2005
Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling 2007
Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet 2007
Rosemount Show Reserve Coonawara Cabernet 2006
Rosemount Show Reserve Mudgee Chardonnay 2007

24 Tasmania and New Zealand
Pirie South Estelle 2006
Pirie South Pinot Noir 2006
Pirie Estate Pinot Noir 2005
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Craggy Range Te Kahu 2005
Craggy Range Pinot Noir 2006
Wild Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Wild Rock Pinot Noir 2007

25 New Zealand
Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Riesling 2007
Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2007
Mt Difficulty Estate Pinot Noir 2007
Daniel Schuster Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Daniel Schuster Twin Vineyards Pinot Noir 2006/7
Daniel Schuster Omihi Pinot Noir 2006
Selaks Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Selaks Riesling 2006
Selaks Ice Wine 2006

26 Hungary
Monarchia Cellars Olivier Matra 2007
Monarchia Winery Chardonnay Eger 2006
Monarchia Winery Pinot Noir Eger 2006
Monarchia Winery Bazilika 2004
Chateau Dereszla Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2000
Chateau Dereszla Tokaji 6 Puttonyos 2000
Chateau Henye Tokaji 3 Puttonyos 2000
Chateau Henye Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2003
Chateau Henye Tokaji 6 Puttonyos 2000
Prince Tamas Tokaji 5 Puttonyos

Bordeaux Pavillion
Vintage Wine Appellation
1993 Petite Faurie de Soutard Bordeaux
1999 Fugue de Nenin Bordeaux
1999 La Dame de Malescot Bordeaux
1999 Grand Mayne St Emilion
1999 Canon La Gaffeliere St. Emilion
2000 Cissac Haut Medoc
2001 d’Issan Margaux
2001 Cantenac Brown Margaux
2001 Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan rouge
2001 Cabanne Pomerol
2001 La Mondotte St. Emilion
2001 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estephe
2001 Branaire Duluc Ducru St. Julien
2002 Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan rouge
2003 La Demoiselle d’Haut Peyrat Haut Medoc (Kosher)
2003 Peyrat Fourthon Haut Medoc (Kosher)
2003 Gazin Pomerol
2003 Sansonnet St. Emilion
2004 Cambon Pelouse Bordeaux
2004 La Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol
2004 Brane Cantenac Margaux
2004 Du Tertre Margaux
2004 Giscours Margaux
2004 Sansonnet St. Emilion
2004 Beychevelle St. Julien
2005 Ch Monestier La Tour “Emily ” Bergerac
2005 Balthus Bordeaux Superieur, Rouge Bordeaux
2005 Bel Air Bordeaux
2005 Bord’Eaux Merlot (BAG IN BOX) Bordeaux
2005 Chateau Birot Bordeaux
2005 Dauphine Bordeaux
2005 Fleur Chantecaille Bordeaux
2005 La Thil Comte Clary Rouge Bordeaux
2005 Plain Point Fronsac
2005 Poitevin Haut Medoc
2005 Franc Maillet Pomerol (Kosher)
2005 Fleur Chantecaille St. Emilion (Kosher)
2005 Quinault St. Emilion (Kosher)
2006 Haut Brisson Classic Cuvee St Emilion
2005 Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc Bordeaux
2005 Reignac Bordeaux Superieur, Blanc Bordeaux

White Bordeaux
2005 Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc
2005 Reignac Bordeaux Superieur, Blanc

2003 Doisy Vedrines Sauternes
2001 Guiraud Sauternes
2001 Petit Vedrines Sauternes

Whew! Salud!


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  1. on April 10th, 2009 at 10:52 am


    Not sure I understand the rationale of these groups (and I would hope it would be more than just getting a lot of booze into people to fight off the sea sickness).

    Are they explorations of variety? Are they explorations of regions and how they contrast?

  2. Administrator said,

    on April 10th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Hi, Arthur. Not sure how to answer. I’m not privy to details. I do know he has a number of events planned that, I believe, include additional wines. Gary is a rather unpredictable fellow. Perhaps Gary will comment here.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Greybeard said,

    on April 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Ken, congratulations (and to Brandon for passing on these to you). Hope you have a great time, take lots of notes! I’m envious of that list, unsurprisingly heavy on California, but Germany and Hungary are well represented (even if Alsace is absent).

  4. on April 12th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Interesting list, but I think you meant to say “Abadia RETUERTA Rivola 2004″ under the II Spain, as well as “Cortes de Cima RESERVA 2003″ in the Portugal I group. Come to think of it, there a few spelling errors throughout this list that you may want to check out. Cheers!

  5. paul said,

    on April 16th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Have a marvelous time, Ken. Even if the posting of notes occurs upon your return, I will look forward to them.

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