I just got back from the first annual Gary Vaynerchuk Thunder Cruise held on the MSC Orchestra this past week.
I'd like to sum up the experience using the information that I absorbed from the 200+ Vayniacs on the ship and of course, Gary himself.
Color: Golden Tan. (That's me after 7 days of beautiful sunshine in the Dominican Republic, Antigua, St. Martin, Nassau and floating around the Caribbean).
Nose: Filled with scents of Strawberry Twizzlers, Fun Dip Sticks, Bacon, Grandpa's Cherry Tobacco, Beef Jerky, Old Tennis Shoes, Dirt, Lemon Pledge, Helium Balloon, some Pineapple and Kiwi action, rounded out by a subtle scent of Cow Poop. (I learned that I can describe the aromas exactly how I smell them — and that was fun!)
Taste: New World, with a little bit of Old World class, very focused, absolutely rich with layers of complexity, great acid throughout, polished and balanced.
Missy Ward Rating: 92+
Summary: There was no shortage of wine to be tasted and Gary's goal of expanding everyone's palate was achieved. My fellow ThunderCruisers definitely made the experience even more spectacular. Improvements that could be made are based on the venue itself as the food on board was less than mediocre and quite a few staff members who attended to us in the Shaker Lounge, were just downright rude.)
That being said, Gary's vineyard is solid and I'm sure that the '10 vintage will be phenomenal.
Below are some highlights of the event:
Señor Sangria Sail Away Party