Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Don Van Staaveren

3/13 Winemaker Don Van Staaveren

@ThreeSticksWine

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Do you have any #sommeliers coming up soon on #SommChat? I just signed up for my #Certified and could use any and all tips!

@exceptionalfood (Gourmet Delights): Every Wednesday at noon Eastern join us for #SommChat hosted by @KeeperColl

@enjoielife (Judia Black):KeeperColl: I will be there for #WW & #SommChat 11AM CST

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): We’re real excited to see all of our twitter peeps on #SommChat in about 10 minutes #SommChat

@WineRackCo (WineRacks.com): @ThreeSticksWine Looking forward to #SommChat on this end!

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @KeeperColl I can only join #SommChat for a short time today.

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @KeeperColl perhaps for a short time #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat! We’re so happy you came to join us today!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to #Winemaker Don Van Staaveren of @ThreeSticksWine! #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready 2 dive in w/questions, so shout out 2 @ThreeSticksWine 2 say hello & so Don knows you’re here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @ThreeSticksWine our Qs, U can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Don’t forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): W/so many participants lots of gr8 Q’s R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @ThreeSticksWine 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine w/ #Winemaker Don Van Staaveren #winemaker of @ThreeSticksWine! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine Ready for #SommChat!

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): We @threestickswine R excited abt being her on #SommChat – it is our first time and we can’t wait to hear UR Questions #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThreeSticksWine How did you first get into #wine? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl On a whim I took a crush job at Chateau St Jean in ’76 & worked my way through the ranks ending up in the hot seat #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Never in wildest dreams did I plan on being #winemaker. Thought I’d be managing orchards R farming/ranching #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThreeSticksWine Your wife is a #winemaker as well. How does your wife’s tastes in #wine differ from yours? #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl I have a wider range. Aside from PN I love #Chard, #Rhone blends–red/white, #Grenache Blanc, Sardinian whites, Cab #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Margo’s go-to #wines are Cab, #Malbec –domestic and Argentinian, #Zinfandel, Grenache Blanc, #Rhone whites & #Chard. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @ThreeSticksWine @KeeperColl Don you have had much critical acclaim over the years. What #wine was your favorite to make? #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @drewhendricksms A. Good question. My favorite #wine to make was the 2005 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Pinot. #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @drewhendricksms Prior to 2005 Three Sticks was a gypsy #winery and that was the year we got a home. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @ThreeSticksWine @KeeperColl Thanks! #SommChat

@Champagnewhit (Whitney Woodham): @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine What was biggest the challenge/difference working with Cabernet Franc vs Cab Sauv? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @Champagnewhit A. It’s harder to find the intensity in #Cabernet Franc. We thought #Merlot would be #1 blender but it was clear CF. #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): @ThreeSticksWine .@KeeperColl coincidence=just had ch #stjean (09..was..ok..still think overhyped yr 2-3wks ago #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @ormiga My experience in 2009 was that the mountain fruit in particular was stellar. #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): @ThreeSticksWine noticed thnx (compare ALL to 05 #expectgreatness noticing 1yr many140s #cabernetfranc as standalone=?? #SommChat #ww

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @ormiga We had a one time release of 2009 mountain fruit #Cabernet Franc. Just 40 cases and ppl loved it! #SommChat

@wendycrispell (wendy crispell): @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine Joining in to see whats up #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @THREESTICKSWINE What is the #1 quality you look for in a #wine in order for you to add it to your wine list?#WineWednesday #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl It’s really more of a feeling. A feeling that the #wine has potential to be something very special. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – good morning all! Busy morning so can only lurk today #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThreeSticksWine Tell us about the unique characteristics of the #Durell #Vineyard. #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Low producing soil & diversity, loamy 2 clay 2 rock. Wind & fog N growing season keep it cool. Sunlight intensity #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Since it is owned by Bill Price, I feel fortunate to have our pick of the litter with this exceptional #vineyard. #SommChat

@HipsterEnology (Hipster Enologists): Go enjoy #SommChat! Happening now with @KeeperColl & @ThreeSticksWine. Sadly, we’re bottling. See everyone later when we host #winechat!

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @HipsterEnology Good luck! We wrapped up our first round of bottling last Thursday. #SommChat

@PalateXposure (Palate Exposure): Which vineyards do you consider the most notable sources of greatness in the #US? @ThreeSticksWine @KeeperColl #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @PalateXposure A. #Durell, #BienNacido, #Tokalon, #Hyde are a few that come to mind. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl Good morning! Is your wine available in #Chicago? Hope you come to #pinotdays next month! #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @demilove We are in #Chicago. We’re in about a dozen restaurants and looking to grow there. We are not at #PinotDays this year. #SommChat

@Champagnewhit (Whitney Woodham): @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine what other varietals would you like to work with and why? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @Champagnewhit I’m always up for something new! We made a #Syrah, #Grenache Noir & Blanc, #Viognier blend in 2012 that is fun. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. Do you and other #Durell #Vineyard producers ever get together to taste #wines noting differences and similarities? #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl We get together every year with all the #Durell #Winemakers and have a picnic and tasting. It is an incredible day. #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl #Threesticks also tastes a cpl times a year with our growers, our neighbors, & our wives… & our neighbors’ wives. #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @KeeperColl @bibracamontes @steviestacionis @mcontrol @gustotastings @wholefoodsatx @eno_dc Checking in from a cab in St. Louis! #SommChat

@PalateXposure (Palate Exposure): @ThreeSticksWine #SommChat what are some of the parallels you see in the #winemaking trends from that #vineyard when you discuss it in depth?

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @PalateXposure The parallels we discuss are what the #vineyard gives – like #minerality, pH, acidity, fruit intensity, yield. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @THREESTICKSWINE Any #Wine Region you want to visit but never have? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Many! #Priorat, #Tuscany, #Alsace, Galicia, #Oregon, #Chile, New Zealand, #Corsica, Sardinia, #Argentina, #Germany #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl #Switzerland, Southern #France, #Washington, #Portugal, #Greece, South Africa, San Diego #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @ThreeSticksWine @Champagnewhit Ooh! Syrah, Grenache Noir & Blanc and a Viognier blend! Sounds like barrels of fun! #SommChat

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @ThreeSticksWine @ormiga My love affair with #wine started in #Loire Valley. #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @RichardsLJ My love affair started in an irrigation pond drinking #Burgundy. #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): .@RichardsLJ .@ThreeSticksWine yes more whites #loire (MY love affair #wine #paris student days NO BUT 2005 #expectgreatness #SommChat

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @WineRackCo I am thinking a nice rose might work with your @tacobell. #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @WineRackCo @richardslj I don’t. But if I did, it would be an entry level Lopez de Heredia. Just sounds right… #SommChat @KeeperColl

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @AdamPlotkin @WineRackCo @KeeperColl I am thinking we might need some two-buck Chuck for our fast-food pairings. #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): @ThreeSticksWine .@RichardsLJ LOL #ishouldbesolucky WE ALL should.. #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @RichardsLJ @winerackco @tacobell or an ice cold #cerveza! #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @AdamPlotkin jinx #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThreeSticksWine Tell us more about your “patient style of #winemaking #SommChat #WineWednesday

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl have luxury of time. we don’t rush #winemaking. Wait 4 everything 2 B right when 2 pick, ferment, age, bottle, sell #SommChat

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @ormiga @ThreeSticksWine More than 20 years later, there’s not much a bottle of #Vouvray can’t fix. #loire #wine #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThreeSticksWine What are your favorite #foods to pair with your #wines? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Char-Saut. scallops flambeed w Pernod N Lem. juice & butter on fresh Fettucini & grapefruit/Bl. Orange/Avoc. Salad #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A.@KeeperColl PN – Smoked duck breast with roasted potatoes and butternut squash #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A.@KeeperColl CS-Blue cheese brie & chicken liver pate on Acme sourdough walnut bread w baby spring greens & walnut Dressing #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A.@KeeperColl Luv cookies w #wine-bake after each release. Chard+chewy oatmeal raisin, PN+oatmeal choc chip, CS+dark choc espresso #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @RichardsLJ @ThreeSticksWine @KeeperColl Cookies and #wine. Interesting, not wired. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – @rtwinestyles Hi Rendall! We need to do a tasting of these! @ThreeSticksWine – #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @demilove Come to #Sonoma and we’ll taste you through them. #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @ThreeSticksWine: A.@KeeperColl PN – Smoked duck breast with roasted potatoes and butternut squash #SommChat

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @ThreeSticksWine @KeeperColl I am glad I’m not the only one who loves a glass of red #wine with a warm chocolate chip cookie. #SommChat #notweird

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): OK – #SommChat has officially made me very hungry (and a little thirsty!)

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine sorry I’m late, hello from #Vegas! #SommChat #WW

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): These #food and #wine pairings are making me really hungry. #SommChat

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): I’ve been thirsty since we started talking about French #wine. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): #SommChat has a way of doing that RT @RichardsLJ: These #food and #wine pairings are making me really hungry. #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): Hey @ThreeSticksWine Sounds like you have paired your #wines all too well! Very detailed answers #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): @KeeperColl It was a late night last night. #SommChat #Coffee

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @tmarshalljones Thanks for the pairings nod. I spend a lot of time focused on #eating and #drinking… #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): Ditto. RT @ThreeSticksWine: @tmarshalljones Thanks for the pairings nod. I spend a lot of time focused on #eating and #drinking… #SommChat

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @ThreeSticksWine @tmarshalljones My two favorite things to do! #SommChat

@WineRackCo (WineRacks.com): @RichardsLJ Same! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. What new plans are in the works @threestickswine for the next 3 -5 years? #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl 3 brand new #vineyards coming into prod. Our own #durell #pinotblanc. #Gap’sCrown… an amazing #tasting exp in Sonom #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThreeSticksWine Describe the benefits of using concrete #wine tanks over other types of tanks. #SommChat #WineWednesday

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Improved texture without oak influence. Deeper fruit flavor. Rich aromatics. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): only a few minutes left for questions to @threestickswine – get them in now before it’s too late:) #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThreeSticksWine Chateau St. Jean’s Cinq Cépages were named @WineSpectator’s “No. 1 #Wine in the World” in 1999. How’d it feel? #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): A. @KeeperColl Pretty cool. We had a great team of growers and #winery folk. Gratifying for all the work we did #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): @KeeperColl .@ThreeSticksWine left #USA 9-10yrs & #CA glop turned me OFF #wine=are current diff not jammy juices? or just fad? #SommChat

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @ormiga #California has continued to mature and dev in the last 10 yrs. New world #wines still have the fruit but better balance. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed #wine talk w/ #Winemaker Don Van STAAVEREN of @ThreeSticksWine! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): It was great to have Don @ThreeSticksWine join us today for our #SommChat! We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@PalateXposure (Palate Exposure): @RichardsLJ @arbys any Pinot Noir with a #vineyard designate that starts with letter “D” – Durrell, Dutton.. Can’t go wrong there #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking Don Van Staaveren @ThreeSticksWine for his time! #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine Thanks for the great #SommChat. Happy #WineWednesday everyone!

@ormiga (ormiga): #SommChat @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine thnx #fun

@ThreeSticksWine (Three Sticks Winery): @KeeperColl Thank you everyone! It’s been a blast. See you in #Sonoma! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): thanks as always to all of the great #SommChat guests and participants see you next week!!!

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): I was so busy with #SommChat that I completely got sidetracked from #Popewatch. Any news?

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl @ThreeSticksWine Thanks to you and everyone who attended #SommChat today.

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): I am thinking I may have to find some #wine for this evening after today’s #SommChat. It is #winewednesday after all.

@rtwinestyles (Rendall Thomas): #SommChat thanks Dan, everyone!

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): Sorry to miss it! “@KeeperColl: Join us 4 #WW #SommChat @drvino @sydneyparis @winewiseguy @bsvino @virginiaphillip w/ @ThreeSticksWine”

@alawine (Ken Waggoner): ?@KeeperColl @tmarshalljones @palatexposure @noblewines missed, but re-living today’s #SommChat tweet stream. Thank you!

@VintageVAFest (Vintage Virginia): Loving that there is a #SommChat! I would love to hear opinions of #VAWine.

@noblewines (Christopher Miller):So did I! Catching up via #oneQube @alawine: @KeeperColl @tmarshalljones @palatexposure missed, but re-living today’s #SommChat Thank you!

@quenchbytidings (Tidings Magazine): @alawine @ThreeSticksWine @RichardsLJ @AdamPlotkin @Champagnewhit I missed it, too, today. Will scroll thru it now. Here’s to next #SommChat

@SLWineofClifton (Stew Leonards Wine): Caught up on today’s #SommChat Thanks for all the helpful wine knowledge @ThreeSticksWine @KeeperColl #WineWednesday

@BottleJockey (Bottle Jockey): Missed today’s #SommChat this #WineWednesday but thanks to everyone who contributed for the interesting articles, facts and info!

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