Gary Vaynerchuk describes himself as "the wine guy for the average Joe," and if you've ever logged on to his Wine Library TV site to watch his hugely popular wine video series, you couldn't disagree with that. His enthusiasm, energy, and unique way of describing vino are infectious—180 degrees away from what you normally think of when you think "serious wine discussion."
His book, 101 Wines, which came earlier this year, is true to the personality that has turned his fans into "Vaniacs." In describing Lachini Vineyards' Estate Pinot Noir 2005 (Willamette Valley, Oregon), for instance, he references "poop" when talking about its nose.
I do mean it in the best possible way. The nose of this wine is somewhat awkward, with an enormous amount of ostrich poop, lamb poop—not your typical Burgundy cow and horse poop, but other farm animal manure. (Don't ask me how I know the difference.) There is a little sulphur in here too. Overall, this nose is funk, funk, funky! I think a lot of people might be taken aback by this, so if you don't like a lot of poo in your wine, consider this a warning.
I don't think anyone else could pique my curiosity and have me itching to try "poopy" wine.
Anyway, thanks to the good folks at Rodale Books, we have five (5) copies of 101 Wines to give away this weekend. All you have to do to win is write a wine haiku in the comments section here. Our top five favorite haikus, as determined by the Serious Eats staff, will win a copy.
Contest will end and comments will close at noon ET, Monday, September 29, 2008. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.