Conan, Will you Suck on my Sweaty Sock?
The fact a story about a wine v-logger made digg’s front page shows the importance of the event (the digg community doesn’t like wine). So the stage was set, and Gary took the short trip to New York to tape the show.
If you’re a normal person, being surrounded by movie stars and celebrities doesn’t put you at ease. But Gary seemed to handle it very well. First, Seth Rogen, the star of Knocked Up, did a funny interview with Conan. Then came Ann Curry, the host of dateline.
With the stage set, and time running out in the show, out comes Gary. I initially thought they were just going to do an interview, but it turned out they had a whole table set up for the interview. After a couple of brief questions about Wine Library TV, which gary handled well, they started to train Conan’s palate.
Gary takes an interesting approach to training one’s palate. The first wine was a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which tastes like grass and grapefruit. Before tasting the wine, they both actually eat grass covered with grapefruit juice. Jokingly, Gary said that the grass came from Central Park; the look on Conan’s face was priceless.
After sucking on rocks in salt water, the two moved on to a Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m sure Conan was happy to see that they would get the chance to eat a delightful combination of dirt, cherries and tobacco. Which are flavors common in many Cabs from Bordeaux and some from California.
If you think thats ridiculous, the next and last thing they tried was a Pinot Noir from Burgundy. And what flavor profiles were they trying to learn, none other than sweaty socks and asparagus. So Gary reaches down and pulls off one of his socks, wraps it around a piece of asparagus, and sticks it in his mouth. Conan follows suit.
The point of the exercise was to train Conan’s palate. But everytime Gary asked if he tasted the flavors, Conan would reply, “yeah, this wine is great.” The fact that Conan went through and tried everything was awesome, he was a good sport; and very funny to boot.
All in all, the show was very successful. Gary was funny and enthusiastic, the main reasons why we love his show. It was a great moment for wine, wine bloggers and video bloggers. Congrats Gary, it’s not everyday you get to ask Conan to suck on your sweaty sock.
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