Friday, April 17, 2009

Absinthe Tasting with Gary Vaynerchuck

So, here it is! After working on this for close to a year, we finally found a date that would work for both of us. Click below to be taken to the WS site where you can view the video (30 min.).

Here's the back story:

I've been watching Gary do wine tastings on his site, for quite a while now. I've always enjoyed his high energy, no pretense approach to wine. It brings it out of the stuffy shadows and snobbery that a lot of people equate with wine specialists. If you didn't know, his show is available on iTunes, so it can be automatically downloaded each day.

Anyway, back in July of last year, I was surprised to see an episode of Scotch pop up, and I got to thinking: if he is branching out and doing other things, he'd probably be interested in trying an absinthe episode.

I emailed him the next day, explaining to him who I am and a little about absinthe. I told him that in many ways, I liken absinthe to wine, in that after it's properly diluted, it has the same relative strength, and just as much depth of flavor.

I heard back within the day, with Gary saying he loved the idea! Planning the date proved to be harder than anticipated, but we finally nailed it down about two months ago.

All in all, it was a great experience. My only disapointment was that we were forced to cut out one of the brands I brought due to time constraints. Sorry to Marc Bernhard and his wonderful absinthe, Pacifique. I didn't have a choice in the matter.


  1. The link doesn't work

  2. Should be fixed now. For some reason, a couple of days after I post a link, it mysteriously disappears, so I have to go back in and add it in again.