Thursday, February 21, 2008

Happy Birthday, Wine Library TV!

Wine Library TV, hosted by my favorite wine-person in the world, Gary Vaynerchuk, turned TWO YEARS OLD yesterday! Yay!
For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about: Wine Library TV is a video podcast about wine. Gary Vaynerchuk, the host, tastes anywhere between 1 and 7 wines during the show and talks about his tasting notes, wine regions, grape varietals, values, and other general wine awesomeness. Please do yourself a favor and check it out.

The reason this show has probably survived 412 episodes over two years (which is a LOT more than most tv shows) is because Gary is such a personality. He isn't a wine snob. He is all about trusting your own palate and drinking what you like (as long as you're stopping to think about WHY you like it).

If you are like me, once you get into the show, you will start thinking about watching WLTV like you think about watching "Grey's Anatomy" or "Desperate Housewives" (or, if you're REALLY like me..."Project Runway" or "Dirty Jobs"). I have learned so much about wine, and I feel like Gary is a part of my family now. He is surprisingly invested in his podcast (which may be another reason it is so successful) and makes a point to interact with his viewers. I have personally received reply emails from Gary when I have asked him questions, and once, he emailed me to respond to a comment I had left in response to one of his podcasts. It's pretty awesome.

Get with it! Watch one! I know, they're long. But it's so worth it if you are serious about learning about the wonderful world of wine. I have had much less success with books and other podcasts. Gary keeps wine exciting.

Happy Birthday WLTV!