There are few people in the recent past who have made more of an impact on the wine world than Gary Vaynerchuk, host of the video podcast Wine Library TV.
With his refreshingly unpretentious commentary and contagiously kinetic style, Vaynerchuk appears to have done something few wine critics, if any, have been able to do—make wine accessible to people who were convinced the wine world was out of their reach. His mastery of social networking sites, including Twitter, to reach out to the public has earned him legions of fans—and, importantly, created an entirely new demographic of wine drinkers called “Vayniacs.”
And the wine world has taken notice. The Washington Post recently said Gary may be the most influential wine critic in the United States outside of Robert Parker.
Somehow, in between his appearances on TV shows like Ellen and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Gary found time to write a book—“Gary Vaynerchuk’s 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World.”
This Thursday, June 12, 2008, Gary will be hosting a meet and greet and signing his new book from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Wine School of Philadelphia, 2006 Fairmont Ave. It’s free and open to the public.
Photo courtesy of Stellargirl.