Gary Vaynerchuk's Favorite Wines
Crab, Apple and Watercress Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette
Pairing: 2006 C. Donatiello Russian River Valley Chardonnay
"As much as I love crisp, clean whites, there's always a time for rich but balanced Chardonnays with oak," says Gary Vaynerchuk. "The Donatiello is a screaming value, with interesting tropical fruit plus hazelnut notes."
Pairing: 2007 Domaine de la Noblaie les Chiens-Chiens Chinon
"Cabernet Franc is one of the most undervalued grapes on the market. For under $20, this has serious structure, some funk and a beautiful finish. I love Cab Francs because they're terrific food-pairing wines, and they bring some great value to the table."
Truffle–Infused French Onion Soup
Pairing: 2007 Guy Breton Vieilles Vignes Morgon
"Beaujolais is so underrated. This Morgon has a ridiculous amount of complexity, explosive aromatics on the nose and a seriously dry finish."
Salmon Trout Tartare with Pressed Caviar and Tomatoes
Pairing: NV Pierre Peters Cuvée de Réserve Brut Champagne
"If I could drink only one wine, it would be Champagne. This 100 percent Chardonnay bottling is one of my favorites, with green apple, almond and a hint of toast—a killer food–pairing wine."