Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous

2/4 Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous

@gaiayiannip

Fernando Beteta, MS ‏@fernandobeteta @KeeperColl @gaiayiannip great wines! Sorry to miss the #SommChat but will read the feed. I'll schedule a question now...

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl will miss U! RT @fernandobeteta: @gaiayiannip great wines! Sorry to miss the #SommChat but will read the feed. I'll schedule a question now

W. R. Tish ‏@TishWine RT @KeeperColl Today’s #SommChat features Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous of Gaia Estate @gaiayiannip 12 N-1 PM EST

Zoltan Szabo ‏@zoltanszabo he's a Jedi !! RT @KeeperColl @zoltanszabo 2day’s #SommChat features Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous of Gaia Estate @gaiayiannip

jen o'flanagan ‏@jenoflanagan RT @KeeperColl: 2day’s #SommChat features Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous of Gaia Estate @gaiayiannip Hope 2CU there! 11 am–12N CST

Zoltan Szabo ‏@zoltanszabo @KeeperColl @RichardPF @BSchuler @Michael_Ludwig @liquidaustin @RachelVoorhees @harleywine1 sure, what's on the agenda #SommChat today ??

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl On 2day’s #SommChat w/ #Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip, Discuss and Discover Agiorgitiko: A Timeless Wine 4 Valentine’s Day

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW ‏@hvwinegoddess @KeeperColl Can't make it today, sorry :( #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl sad here too! RT @hvwinegoddess: @KeeperColl Can't make it today, sorry :( #SommChat

Christy CanterburyMW ‏@canterburywine Have fun! RT @KeeperColl Today’s #SommChat features #Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous of Gaia Estate @gaiayiannip 12 N ET

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @canterburywine thanks and best to you #SommChat

Beth ‏@travelwinechick #WW #SommChat cheers! @KeeperColl @scottota @CharlesComm @racheldriver @CaravelleChamp @1queenofspoons @MDSomm @elloinos

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl we will miss you on #SommChat RT @WineInkByTia: @KeeperColl Not today, sorry. More lot tasting for #SoCoBA ! Have a great chat.

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @drunken_somm @winochic @hvwinegoddess @nicktex @mweb @RTRwines @GustoTastings Happy #SommChat #WW!

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl Sadly, I can only join #SommChat for a short time today. I'll have to catch up on the rest of the conversation after.

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl sorry get any questions in when you are on RT @Sassodoro: Sadly, I can only join #SommChat for a short time today.

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @ngerke - how are you - happy to see you tuned in on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We’d like to introduce you to #Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl 4h4 Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 #Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl As we ask Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip our Qs, U can ask him Ur Qs as well! He'll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @gaiayiannip 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @gaiayiannip Ready for #SommChat!

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @gaiayiannip love gaia reds great job there! Welcome and thx! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking Agiorgitiko: A Timeless #Wine 4 Valentines Day w/ Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip #WW #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q. Good morning @gaiayiannip Did you learn to make wine is Greece or elsewhere? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @SandyWasserman Bordeaux France… as everybody else…:-)#SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl hi guys. Great to join you…#SommChat

Odd Bacchus ‏@OddBacchus Oo - I'm quite fond of #Agiorgitiko. I've had a lovely Cab/Agiorgitiko from Sofos and a Agiorgitiko from Tselepos - great values. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip 10 days til #ValentinesDay. Why is Agiorgitiko such a great wine 4 the occasion? What R U & your wife drinking? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip 4h4 @KeeperColl Well there are more curves than muscles into-it and under those curves a great finesse and expectation #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …as for my wife and me ? Champagne! What else…? Any better ideas…? #SommChat

New Wines of Greece ‏@DrinkGreekWine @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl ... Maybe a sparkling #Assyrtiko from #Santorini...? :) #SommChat #DrinkGreek

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Good morning from very COOOLLLD Chicago! Who wants snow? - #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl we have some rain -that's enough RT @demilove: @KeeperColl - Good morning from very COOOLLLD Chicago! Who wants snow? - #SommChat

New Wines of Greece ‏@DrinkGreekWine #WW cheers everybody! Follow #SommChat w/ #Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip & @KeeperColl to Discuss and Discover #Agiorgitiko

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @gaiayiannip whites outstanding too must be quite a unique island? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl RT @gaiayiannip: @AndyOnFarmWine . well reds come from Nemea PDO on mainland…! The whites are coming from the island of Santorini…#SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@ Q. @gaiayiannip Have you made wine other than Greece & Bordeaux? If so, what & where? If not any desire too? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @SandyWasserman I've made wine in Israel… would love to work in Austria or Tasmania for sparkling Riesling… love it…#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl so glad to have U on #SommChat and hope to see you every week enjoy and ask some ?s RT @RachelDawnHayes: @KeeperColl First time participant!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip From where does the Agiorgitiko grape get its name? What is its parentage? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl “Agiorgitiko” codes for “Saint George” in Greek. the Nemea PDO is 100% “Agiorgitiko”. Simple…! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl RT @elloinos: Q @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Do you personally prefer unoaked or oaked Agiorgitiko? Young or matured? Or all? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl @elloinos you may have delightful young unbaked ones but also deep & complex oaken ones… Two very different styles…#SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl @elloinos …hard to choose… If you twist my arm I will go for the oaked ones… with not to much new oak…#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip Is Agiorgitiko a difficult grape to cultivate? What are the challenges and benefits of growing Agiorgitiko? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl No, not really. The challenge is to control its vigor, leading-it to low yields…#SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …If you succeed the result is surprisingly outstanding. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip What makes Nemea vineyards so unique? Why did you choose to build your winery there? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Well it’s one of the oldest vineyards of the planet, planted with one exclusive grape variety, Agiorgitiko, #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl having already a winery on Santorini for the whites we wonted what we considered as best for the reds #SommChat

kathleen lilly ‏@yoga_kat Q: @gaiayiannip inspired/pressured by your success as a visionary Greek winemaker? does this affect winemaking traditions #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @yoga_kat That's a hard one! Depends how you approach "tradition". I see it as a dynamic process where I keep the basic element…#SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @yoga_kat …the basic element is Agiorgitiko in this case. #SommChat

Adam Plotkin ‏@AdamPlotkin @KeeperColl @KGreenPR @ericawinetrips @dellanimom @jennanorth @kcwineguy @Local913 @roydot #Greek #wine greetings, #SommChat ers!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @AndyOnFarmWine thanks as always for your questions and interest - lots to learn about #Agiorgitko with @gaiayiannip on #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl from what I've seen land prices are going off the charts is that affecting wine prices? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl again what you are referring to is price land on the island of Santorini… not Nemea…#SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl ..and yes Ssntorini wines are effected… on the other hand Nemea Agiorgitiko has't #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @AdamPlotkin so you know much about #Agiorgitiko and do you drink #greek #Wines #SommChat

Adam Plotkin ‏@AdamPlotkin .@KeeperColl Proposed new #Greek #wine law: All grapes must have names changed to something remotely pronounceable! ;-) #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip In what soils do Agiorgitiko grapes thrive? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl It seems quiet versatile since in Nemea we have several soil profiles… #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …It seems to do best on lime mother-earth soils and gravel alluvial. #SommChat

Markus Stolz ‏@elloinos Q @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Would you like to see a more detailed legislation in Nemea than PDO? Like Grand Cru or Grosses Gewächs? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @elloinos @KeeperColl Obviously Markus I would… I've been working on that but it seems that it will take for ages…#SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Am I correct in believing that most Greek wines are 100% one single grape? - #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @demilove @KeeperColl …well it is correct when you refer to the Greek PDO's… most of them are 100% single grape…Simple & clear #SommChat

Odd Bacchus ‏@OddBacchus Q. @gaiayiannip I would love to hear your thoughts about food pairings for Agiorgitiko. #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Agiorgitiko loves tomatoes, herbs & protein.#SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus sounds like agiorgitiko carries a good amount of acidity! #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Try a Tuna / pasta with tomatoes, black olives, capers and garlic… We call-it “Tuna a la GAIA”… #SommChat

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Sounds delicious! #SommChat #WW #YUM

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl gr8 to see you here ! RT @StephanieMiskew: @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Sounds delicious! #SommChat #WW #YUM

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @KeeperColl @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Great to be here - loooove #SommChat!!! #WW

Melanie ‏@vinogger @StephanieMiskew @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus love Greek wines especially whites although they sure are hard to pronounce! #SommChat

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @vinogger @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Very true - attended seminar w @winedogboy at #SWE Conference on Greek wines = very helpful! #SommChat

Leslie Sbrocco ‏@lesliesbrocco “@StephanieMiskew: @vinogger @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Very true - attended seminar w @winedogboy ! #SommChat” Doug is the best

Doug Frost ‏@winedogboy @StephanieMiskew @vinogger @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Stephanie - it just makes me happy to talk about Greek wines...

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @winedogboy @vinogger @gaiayiannip @OddBacchus Always happy to listen ~ #Cheers! #SommChat #WW

New Wines of Greece ‏@DrinkGreekWine Happening now... #SommChat w/ @gaiayiannip & @KeeperColl and the topic is... #Agiorgitiko!! http://bit.ly/16x8xue #DrinkGreek #Nemea

kathleen lilly ‏@yoga_kat Q: @gaiayiannip fav pairing of yours for #Agiorgitiko #SommChat

Chris Struck ‏@chris_struck @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Do you see Agiorgitiko's growing potential elsewhere in the world outside of Greece? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @chris_struck @KeeperColl Definitely. It's a flexible & versatile grape. It would do great on any lime soil #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Gotta go. Have a great #winewednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl thx as always for joining in RT @SandyWasserman: Gotta go. Have a great #winewednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip Do you feel—as a winemaker—that you have reached the limits of the potential of this grape? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Not even remotely close! #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Still so much to do, especially on the clone selection front. What you see today is just a part of the potential…#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl 10Q. @gaiayiannip What international varieties can be compared to Agiorgitiko? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Think of a blend consisting of, say, 70 - 80% of Sangiovese with a 30-20% of Merlot for softening-out those tannins #SommChat

Markus Stolz ‏@elloinos Q @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl One of my fav Agiorgitiko pairings is young, unoaked with slightly spicy Asian cuisine. What is yours? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @elloinos @KeeperColl Try a Tuna / pasta with tomatoes, black olives, capers and garlic… We call-it “Tuna a la GAIA”… #SommChat

Markus Stolz ‏@elloinos RT @gaiayiannip: (Agiorgitiko pairing tip) Try Tuna/pasta + tomatoes, black olives, capers and garlic We call-it “Tuna a la GAIA" #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip WineGrapes @JancisRobinson @JoseGrapes said new Agiorgitiko clones may B available N ‘12.Have these had an impact? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl @JancisRobinson @JoseGrapes The process is well on its way. Some results emerged this year from one of those clones. #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl @JancisRobinson @JoseGrapes …hopefully, if all goes according to plan we will be planting 5 more clones in 2018. #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Is most Agiorgitiko (Thank you, Spellcheck!) unoaked? - #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @demilove @KeeperColl Proportionally yes…#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip What is the average wine production of Gaia Estate each year? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl It varies from 0 to 2,000 cases. On “small” years we chose not to produce any… #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …a hard but necessary decision that sustains GAIA’s reputation. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip If you had to compare #Agiorgitiko to a well-known celebrity, who would it be and why? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …feminine, mysterious and elegant but above all desirable. I think Monica Bellucci would match perfectly… #SommChat

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Love Monica Bellucci - great choice! #SommChat #WW #AgiorgitikoActress

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl It has to me a lady from the South… #SommChat

Leslie Sbrocco ‏@lesliesbrocco “@DrinkGreekWine: Happening now... #SommChat w/ @gaiayiannip & @KeeperColl is... #Agiorgitiko!! http://bit.ly/16x8xue #DrinkGreek #Nemea”

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @lesliesbrocco great to see you at #SommChat and look forward to you questions to @gaiayiannip

Leslie Sbrocco ‏@lesliesbrocco “@gaiayiannip: @KeeperColl …#SommChat” hello @gaiayiannip ! Rather be on #santorini with you than in cold Nyc

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @lesliesbrocco @KeeperColl …so would I…:-) #SommChat

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Just back online now @KeeperColl ! #BetterLateThanNever #SommChat #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip Is Agiorgitiko grown elsewhere? What is style difference: Nemea Agiorgitiko vs others? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Although it’s a flexible and versatile grape it hasn’t been plated elsewhere, if not on a small plot up-north… #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …bit more acidic than a Nemea…… #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …I mean that the one from the north of Greece is the more acidic one… sorry for not being clear #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: are there major differnces in your wines in Nemea from Vintage to Vintage and if so why? @gaiayiannip

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl ..some vintages as 2002 or 2009 were disastrous when 2007 or 2012 superb…! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip Can Agiorgitiko produce age-worthy wines? If so, for how many years can they age? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Just try a Skouras GrandeCuve’04,a Palivos Estate’03 or even a Gaia Estate'00 and you will have a part of the answer. #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl I trust that Gaia Estate 2007 or - even better a 2012 will go for the next 20 years or so…#SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl thank you so much for the info! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Shy #SommChat peep asks Q. in what parts of the US are your #wines available and what areas would you like 2 C it grow in sales? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl In most states. I would like to see-it growing in California & probably Texas…#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @gaiayiannip What is the history of the appellation Nemea? When was it created and how many winemakers are found there? #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Although the PDO law frame was set in place in 1974, vines have always existed in Nemea even as back 500 BC #SommChat

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl …Presently we are counting 39 wineries within the Nemea PDO area. #SommChat

Rachel Dawn Hayes ‏@RachelDawnHayes Q. @KeeperColl What is the best way to keep track/verify peak times for your heirloom bottles? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl RT @gaiayiannip: @RachelDawnHayes U R right asking that. We need 2 update our website. If you have a specific vintage I can answer #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @RachelDawnHayes - Hope you enjoyed #SommChat and come back every week!

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Looking forward to learning more about (& trying!) this #Agiorgitiko variety! @gaiayiannip @KeeperColl #SommChat #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed #wine talk w/ #Greek Winemaker Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Great to have Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Yiannis Paraskevopolous @gaiayiannip for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

New Wines of Greece ‏@DrinkGreekWine Glad to see so many interesting questions about #Agiorgitiko in today's #SommChat.Thank u #AgiorgitikoLover-s & #NemeaWinelover-s #ww cheers

Yani Paraskevopoulos ‏@gaiayiannip @KeeperColl Thank you all for being here. Hope to see you all rather sooner than later on my next US trip… KEEP WORM #SommChat

Anna Aga ‏@Anna_AgaGR Loved the #SommChat w/ #agiorgitiko today.@gaiayiannip is definitely 1 of the best #winemakers in Greece & a top wine professor #DrinkGreek

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Thx you were a great #SommChat guest RT @gaiayiannip: @KeeperColl WARM…I meant

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl RT @zoltanszabo: @gaiayiannip @DrinkGreekWine w/ grapes grown in soil drenched by blood of Hercules and The Lion of #Nemea ... #SommChat

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