Friday, December 17, 2010

Kevin Zraly and Gary Vaynerchuk

As I have said, my life is blessed. I work on wine books during the week, write about wine nights and the weekends, and make wine year round. Not a bad life. And I've gotten to meet lots of great people.
Last night was another of those special moments.

Last night I went with Kevin Zraly, who is promoting his newest book, The Ultimate Wine Companion, to the Sirius studios, over at Rockefeller Center, to appear on Gary Vaynerchuk's radio show.

Kevin Zraly, author of one of the best-selling wine books of all time, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, has assembled the finest writers of the last 50 years to explain everything you need to know about wine. Each one addresses the subject he or she is most famous for, including decanting, tasting, grapes, matching food and wine, winemaking, sustainable vineyards, the various wine countries and regions, terroir, and much, much more. Complete with regional vintage charts, grape charts, a glossary, and vintage labels, this book is like an entire wine library in a single volume.

The authos include: Hugh Johnson o Robert M. Parker, Jr. o Jancis Robinson o Lettie Teague o Alexis Bespaloff o Neal I. Rosenthal o Oz Clarke o Gerald Asher o Joshua Wesson o Andrea Immer Robinson o Molly Chappellet o Jay McInerny o Robert Mondavi o Francis Ford Coppola o Baron Philippe de Rothschild o Joy Sterling o Michael Broadbent o Clive Coates o Kermit Lynch o Tom Stevensono Joseph Bastianich o David Lynch and Burton Anderson o Frank Prial o Matt Kramer o Karen McNiell...and of course Gary Vaynerchuk.

The show is called, Wine & Web With Gary Vaynerchuk. From social drinking to social networking, from tech trends to taste buds, pop the cork with Gary Vaynerchuk — America’s "Social Media Sommelier" — world-class expert in wines and master of the web brings his passion to the radio. Gary Vaynerchuk took the wine world by storm by bringing it online, reaching millions of people through web video, blogs and books. On Wine & Web with Gary Vaynerchuk, he helps you navigate the world and culture of wine, social media and more with his trademark wit, wisdom and fast-paced style. Weekly features include "Wine of the Week," on which Gary will try a new wine for the first time on the air every week, and "Site of the Week," on which he’ll riff on the latest gadgets, websites, and social media trends. It's just started in late August this year, and is on Thursdays 8 pm ET & Fridays 6 pm ET.

Again, for full disclosure, I am lucky enough to count Kevin Zraly among my authors. It is a great pleasure to work with Kevin, who has a tremendous sense of humor, but who is very serious when it comes to wine.

Gary Vaynerchuk is not light weight either. He is a smart, clever, passionate, and enthusiastic lover of wine, and a super salesman. But he was thrilled to have Kevin on. Watching and listening to them last night on Gary's Sirius radio show, was a lot of fun. Kevin was his humorous self, and Gary was gracious, effusive, and extremely nice.

Anyway, a momentary shout out to Kevin and Gary.

p.s. of course I didn't a picture of the two them together, go figure. Studio was dark, so the picture is a little grainy.