Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #MasterSommelier David Keck

4/20 Master Sommelier David Keck

@yrmom_safoodie

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join w/ @foodandwine #Sommelier of the Year David Keck @yrmom_safoodie #Houston #SommStar

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We’d like 2 introduce you to @foodandwine #Sommelier of the Year David Keck @yrmom_safoodie #Houston #SommStar #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 David Keck @yrmom_safoodie #Houston #SommStar 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove @KeeperColl good morning, today I am in Milwaukee for a tasting! Welcome to our guest ; I hope you and your family are safe #SommChat

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @demilove @KeeperColl #SommChat Thanks! Been a very wet week here in Houston but everyone is safe, thankfully!

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

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking #Wine with @foodandwine #Sommelier of the Year David Keck @yrmom_safoodie #Houston #SommStar #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @foodandwine Super excited to be here! Look forward to talking #wine all morning #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Good morning @yrmom_safoodie how did you get your start in wine biz & whom are your mentors? Thanks #SommChat

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @SandyWasserman #SommChat @KeeperColl Started early in the industry-- good friends in NYC, Ken Merrill and Kris got me hooked...

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @SandyWasserman #SommChat @KeeperColl ...here in TX, been helped tremendously by .@Guy_Stout , @drewhendricksms , @winejames @JuneRodil ...

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @SandyWasserman #SommChat @KeeperColl also @dbrogues @ccollinsms and of course all of my other colleagues-- amazing #wine community in TX

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie Tell us about your #spanish #wine event going on @cameratahouston right now? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston #SommChat So many amazing new #Spanishwines coming into #TX that we wanted to focus on that country for a...

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston have you played with @WPTUSA Portugul #wine there? #SommChat #WineWednesday

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @noblewines @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston @WPTUSA honestly I'm still a little disappointed by the amount of #portuguesewine coming to #TX

Wines of Portugal US ‏@WPTUSA @yrmom_safoodie @noblewines @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston we're working on bringing more your way!

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q @yrmom_safoodie Have you made wine? Any desire to make wine? If so, what & where? Thanks #SommChat

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @SandyWasserman #SommChat not yet made wine, no time when running a bar! But certainly would love to try my hand in the future @KeeperColl

Park Place Wines ‏@ParkPlaceWines #SommChat @KeeperColl @SommChat so is there a topic or guest today? @noblewines @ToppingRose @jeangeorges #WineWednesday @alawine

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @ParkPlaceWines 2day’s #SommChat w/ @foodandwine #Sommelier of Year David Keck @yrmom_safoodie

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl q fr shy #SommChat peep: U R Advanced #Sommelier - any advice U can give 4 all it takes to do this as well as work on MS? @yrmom_safoodie

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat I really think it has to do with working with great people in the #winebiz -- I started by being a #cellarrat for a...

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat a great sommelier-- take a step back to work hard and learn from others

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q @yrmom_safoodie What wines and regions are currently exciting you? Thanks #SommChat

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @SandyWasserman #SommChat I'm super excited by #spain as tweeted before-- and also the #Loire @LoireValleyWine

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm to @yrmom_safoodie what mix of customers 4 U want just value #wine vs R willing to buy $$$ wine & any selling tips? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat we get a really good mix of both, but I think the best advice is never to push anyone-- if #guestexperience is good...

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat you will build clientele that continue to trust you and move out of #value into #experience

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie Congrats on being named a 2016 @foodandwine #Sommelier of Year – well deserved. How have ppl reacted to this? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @foodandwine #SommChat thank you so much-- a very #humbling experience. Everyone has been hugely supportive- best part is how...

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @foodandwine ...sees it as a huge coup for #TX and for #HOU-- which gives me tremendous pride #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #SommChat #Somm - what characteristics do you look 4 in hiring staff 4 @CamerataHouston and is it something u can teach? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat foremost are #hospitality and #humility - at this point #wineknowledge saves a lot of time as well, bt easier to teach

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie What are your main duties @cameratahouston besides mopping up from floods? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston #SommChat pretty timely question as it pours here now! I see my main job as helping the staff with training...

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston #SommChat trying to stay w new topics with the list, and yeah, keeping the water out #rainpocalypse

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl q 4 @yrmom_safoodie fr owner dreamer - how have U seen the #Houston #wine #food mkt chg in last 3 yrs & what chgs do u forecast? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat honestly it's been very exciting to see the move away from the old #warhorse wines and into new regions and styles...

David Keck@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat but the big change yet to come is the FOH revolution-- @dhmeyer and @USHGNYC are blazing the trail, but #HOU is due...

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat ... for a reevaluation of how we build #community and #ownership in the restaurant business

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how do U track inv, pricing, profit etc & how much of UR time does this take - self taught or class? @yrmom_safoodie

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat We use @Square but honestly I'm in the bar every day and do inventory a lot, so watch it very carefully...

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat it takes a lot of time, but it is also what determines whether your business is #successful and mostly taught myself..

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat also taught a beverage management seminar with @JuneRodil and @winejames a couple years ago and learned much from them

June Rodil ‏@JuneRodil A true testament to how our industry has evolved--it's IMPERATIVE to understand the numbers #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie How do you select #wine for @CamerataHouston - how often does list change ? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston #SommChat frequently the stress is on #classicwines from #classicregions- the BTG list changes daily so...

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston #SommChat of room to keep that changing while the full bottle list changes every couple of months #keepmoving

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie Heard you may have cool #Loire Valley @LoireValleyWine fest in July any early deets you can give #SommChat peeps?

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @LoireValleyWine #SommChat super excited about this-- it will be #TX wide (any somms that want to join, reach out!), bars...

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @LoireValleyWine #SommChat retailers, restaurants, all pouring #loire wines and talking about the region for the month of July

June Rodil ‏@JuneRodil We are stoked to be a part of this & our opening list at June's will celebrate #loirefest 💪💥#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl q fr shy #Somm 4 @yrmom_safoodie #SommChat what have U learned on pricing fr ur experience @CamerataHouston is it > # of bottles or price ?

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston #SommChat all about #balance - lower end wine is going to be margin and volume, high end is about $ and #value

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie How do you manage time with all of the projects you work on? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat it's challenging for sure-- lots of #lists and constantly reevaluating priorities-- always a #workinprogress !

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie How would you describe @Texsom to others and who should attend? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm @yrmom_safoodie How do u decide when 2 meet with reps and How much time does that take? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat having spent a small amount of time as a rep., I understand how important appts. are for them, so I try to play nice..

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat try to set a time every week, 2 hours, no walk-ins, and KNOW that nothing should take precedence over sanity

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat that said, your time is very valuable. I taste in the mornings before I get super busy-- and NEVER when the bar's open

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g "Nothing should take precedence over sanity" applies to many parts of life! Well said @yrmom_safoodie ! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@yrmom_safoodie How would you describe @Texsom to others and who should attend? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @TEXSOM #SommChat one of the most significant educational conferences for our #industry-a chance to work and learn from the best

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @TEXSOM #SommChat not just cause presenters are top in their fields, but the ranks of volunteers are studded with top #winepros

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm @yrmom_safoodie How do u decide when 2 meet with reps and How much time does that take? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm @yrmom_safoodie do you meet w/ others #Houston #Somms to compare industry &/or to taste #wine? Help or not #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat along with colleagues @SommBytes and @underripe we founded the @houstonsomms 3yrs ago-- meet bi-weekly to learn

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how many #wines are a good number on UR list - smallest and largest amount @yrmom_safoodie

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat depends on concept-- @CamerataHouston we keep it around 100, but that's just because I want diversity #lessismore

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat as often as possible-- usually new wines get poured by the glass-- if it's allocated or expensive, we talk A LOT.

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep - do you taste your staff on all new #wines bf selling or do they have to just learn fr reading @yrmom_safoodie

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl . @yrmom_safoodie tell us about your role in @Texsom ? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @TEXSOM #SommChat I help @JuneRodil rallying and organizing the team behind the scenes-- volunteers as well as other logistics

June Rodil ‏@JuneRodil Nope: @yrmom_safoodie inspires the somms & is on the front line with them. A true General 👊🏾#SommChat #texsom

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl q fr shy #SommChat peep: how many hrs on avg do U work a week on #wine and knowing what u know now - would u be #Somm again @yrmom_safoodie

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat great question-- I work a lot. I love what I do-- one of the few industries in which we do the same thing for...

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat leisure as we do for #work. I would do it again in a heartbeat and honestly think I've got too much to do and learn...

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat so I can't slow down now! You have to love this job, though-- it's too rough to do it in hopes of $ or glory

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl . @yrmom_safoodie What are the biggest challenges you have seen in the #wine world in the last 5 years/ biggest opportunities? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat wine keeps getting better, more available and our guests more knowledgeable-- our job is harder as result-- to stay...

David Keck@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat ahead of the curve, learning all the time, and assimilating all the constant influx of information and wine

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl q fr #SommChat #Somm - do u talk with #Somms outside of #Houston & #Texas 2 compare what they R doing in #wine Biz @yrmom_safoodie

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat ALWAYS. You HAVE to communicate with the community-- I reconnect all the time with my colleagues @TEXSOM @PBFW and...

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat anywhere we can bounce ideas off each othr-also means we can bring in new things to #TX that are only in #NYC or #SF

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie how do you work with ur #Chef to determine #food @CamerataHouston to work with #wine list? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston #SommChat our food is pretty minimal as we really want to focus on #wine, but collaborate with @FelipeRiccio...

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @FelipeRiccio #SommChat as often as I can-- he's got a fantastic palate so always fun to talk #pairings and new ideas

Adam Plotkin ‏@AdamPlotkin @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl @CamerataHouston @FelipeRiccio #Wine is grapes; grapes are #food; therefore, wine is food! ;-) #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie What are some of your favorite #winefoodpairings you have tried recently? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat had the honor of wrking @chateaumusar dinner in #atx with @JuneRodil & she paired older whites with #steak. Amazing.

June Rodil ‏@JuneRodil Oh, man. Welcome to the June & Keck Bromance Show. #BrotherFromAnotherMother #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #SommChat peep - any value #champagnes under $60 retail u can suggest @yrmom_safoodie

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat we mostly do #growerchampagne @CamerataHouston and love .@Pierre_Paillard @jeanlassalle and #theirrymassin

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie What are some #wine regions you dream about visiting in the future? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat absolutely-- love traveling and it's crucial to understand- still haven't been to the #loire #portugal or #mosel

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep Can u rec some white & red #wines under $40 retail to suggest for a beginner - both new &old world @yrmom_safoodie

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat too many variables! Full bodied? Light bodied? RS ok? So many questions, BUT-- here are a few that I think are killer:

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat NW pinot that's super affordable as well is @ThrallsWine -- white, drink @Chappellet_wine #cheninblanc!

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat lots of acid there, but great wines, both-- NW and a little bigger, try some @WashingtonWines #syrah @GramercyCellars

David Keck ‏@yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat OW: white, drink #cheninblanc so many options-- try @Chateaudebreze , red, go with some #sangiovese from #selvapiana..

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie What are your favorite things to do in your spare time? #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat love eating & drinking w @lilmsbakewell, playing with #HanktheCowdog also #reading (something other than wine books!)

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie fr shy #SommChat peep: anything you would do different along ur #wine path? things you would do again?

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat capitalize on every chance to taste with winemakers and I would ask so many more questions. Also- utilize yr #mentors

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine w/ @foodandwine #Sommelier of the Year David Keck @yrmom_safoodie #Houston #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Great to have David Keck @yrmom_safoodie join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Year David Keck @yrmom_safoodie for his time on #SommChat

David Keck @yrmom_safoodie @KeeperColl #SommChat Thank you so much for having me! #wine #community #WW

Elizabeth Smith ‏@travelwinechick Happy #WineWednesday! #SommChat @KeeperColl @foodandwine @yrmom_safoodie @ShibaSommelier @jennanorth @wolfeswines

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