Gary Vaynerchuk’s Book Tour Stop in Boston
On Thursday evening June 19th 2008 I attended the Boston stop of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book tour. He is promoting his new book 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World. I’ve been a Vayniac (fan) since early November ’07 when I discovered Wine Library TV after reading this article in Slate. I blogged earlier about meeting Gary at the Boston Wine Expo. I also saw him at a Vayniac party at Wine Library (his brick and mortar store) in New Jersey at the end of March, but my memory of that event is fuzzy (just kidding).
This event attracted nearly 200 people and was well organized by Dmitri Gunn. Bravo to him and the other people/groups/organizations who supported the event. It’s possible that the people attending numbered more in the Web 2.0 social networking circles than Vayniacs like me, but I don’t think that stopped their enjoyment.
The event started with a taping of a Wine Library TV (“Thunder”) show in a ballroom of the beautiful Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square in front of the audience. Gary has a lot of charisma and a good sense of humor so was very entertaining, as always. Also he has true wine reviewing chops, of course, which the more flamboyant aspects of his performance are layered upon. He reviewed 4 wines. After the show, there was a ½ hour question and answer session with the audience. After that, he signed everyone’s book and was his usual tirelessly personable self, giving each person attention and appreciation. Then we tasted the 4 wines, 2 of which Gary positively reviewed.
After that, the event moved downstairs to the Foundation Lounge, which is a chic bar. There was complimentary lychee-flavored bubbly which was interesting. There were a few hors d’oeuvres, but you had to tackle the waitress coming out the kitchen to get a sample or 2. We did, but also ordered the California rolls. Also, we just had to try a Mojito which was good.
I managed to ask Gary a few questions at the signing and down there in the lounge which he graciously answered. I had written them down ahead of time:
Q: If your family had never moved from Belarus, what do you think you would be doing right now?
A: I would be dead, probably.
Q: No, I think you would be a Master of the Underground Economy!
A: Yes, but that’s why I would be dead. I’m also kind of a softie.
Q: Are you excited about headlining the Open Wine Consortium Wine Bloggers Conference in October with Alice Feiring?
A: I don’t know who she is… but I get along with just about every one.
Q: Did you link up the Thunder Show (WLTV) recently with Internet Television site Revision3 (based in San Francisco) as practice perhaps for a future TV show gig?
A: No… REV3 will just be another distribution avenue for WLTV. We’re not changing the show at all.
Q: What is your favorite sport… to play? (Everyone who has watched at least 1 WLTV knows Gary is a huge Jets fan, and purportedly is saving up to BUY the franchise).
Q: What is your degree in?
A: Business Administration
Q: Are you a closet Red Sox fan?
A: No, except once when they were behind the Yankees 3-0 in the playoffs, I rooted for them as the underdogs.
Q: Would you consider adding a Drink Responsibly section to Wine Library dot com?
A: I’ve been thinking about it – I may.
Q: You shouldn’t sell Foie Gras at Wine Library – it’s evil. (OK, I know that’s not a question). Site – http://www.nofoiegras.org/
Q: Reading your book, I get the feeling you have really eclectic tastes in food, and wine. Is that true?
A: Lately I’ve been so busy I hardly eat or drink anything at all!
Here is a photo of Gary and myself at the lounge. Also I posted some other pics on flickr here. It was a fun time! Although my head didn’t feel so great the next morning after a mojito, rose, and bubbly. Hangovers – subject for a different blog post.