Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Steven Urberg

4/8 Winemaker Steven Urberg, Gloria Ferrer Winery

@GloriaFerrer

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer Looking forward to #SommChat with @KeeperColl at 9 am! Our winemaker Steven Urberg is taking over our account!

Full Circle Wine ‏@fullcirclewine Love kicking off #winewednesday with #SommChat and @KeeperColl ! Today’s topic #SoCoBA with @GloriaFerrer!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear #Winemaker Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We’d like to introduce you to #Winemaker Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer 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 Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer our Qs, you 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 & @gloriaferrer 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @blackiguananews @ShitMySommSays @cr8tivejen @jodifritch @ronga @DavidPSawyer @Rielpicon Happy #SommChat #WW!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking w/ #Winemaker Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer #WW #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer Hello Everyone! Steven Urberg here! Thank you for having me @KeeperColl. Excited to be joining #SommChat

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

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl so glad you can join in today and look forward to your questions RT @Sassodoro: @KeeperColl @gloriaferrer Ready for #SommChat!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @GloriaFerrer How did you get interested in #wine? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl My parents always enjoyed wine while I was growing up in Detroit. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl And we had family friends that made homemade wine in their basement, but it was terrible! #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Many yrs later those friends passed their equipment down to me. I used it to make beer in college. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl While working on a graduate degree in chemistry at UC Berkeley, wine country beckoned. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl I returned to graduate school at U.C. Davis and decided to pursue my new passion of winemaking. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl After my internship working harvest at Gloria Ferrer in 1996, I was hooked. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl When the opportunity arose yrs later to join the team permanently, I jumped at the chance. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr Shy peep: @gloriaferrer How do U use UR science & chemistry background when creating #wine? #SommChat

DSWE ‏@DomaineSelect Manhattan, NY@GloriaFerrer Very interesting background. How do you apply your chemistry knowledge in winemaking? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect certainly chemistry is vry important in winemaking, but more so is the experience I've developed w/ my palate. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman @GloriaFerrer Good morning Steve, how did you get your start in wine making and who are your mentors? Thanks #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @SandyWasserman My first job in the wine business was at the Hess Collection working for Randall Johnson. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@SandyWasserman great to see you and look forward to you questions of @GloriaFerrer on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr the shy audience : @gloriaferrer Steven, how has UR #wine changed from UR 1st harvest to now? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Every yr gives you the opportunity to apply what you've learned and so every harvest you have only helps you improve. #SommChat

DSWE ‏@DomaineSelect @GloriaFerrer What is your favorite wine and why? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect Today it's the 2006 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee with 7+ yrs aging on the yeast. It's remarkably youthful! #SommChat

WineCompass ‏@winecompass Q. @GloriaFerrer Steven, do you have a favorite wine style to make or drink? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @winecompass Absolutely sparkling wine and still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir! And I'm in the perfect place to do that. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @winecompass great to see you on #SommChat today and always enjoy your questions

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Good morning all, from chilly Chicago! Counting down to my #Napa @CIAGreystone trip - just two weeks away! - #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW ‏@hvwinegoddess @demilove I'm lurking here in #SommChat and multi tasking. Have fun in napa

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl glad you can lurk on #SommChat RT @hvwinegoddess: @demilove I'm lurking here in #SommChat and multi tasking. Have fun in napa

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @demilove sounds like a good program @CIAGreystone look forward to your questions on #SommChat today

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @GloriaFerrer Tell us about Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl I've been privledged to work w/the same estate vineyards the last 15 yrs giving me intimate knowledge of every block. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Gloria Ferrer is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Our vineyard and winery teams have 3 decades of experience w/PN and CH in Carneros. Proud to be a part of that team. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman @GloriaFerrer Where else have you made wine? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @SandyWasserman Hess Collection in Napa Valley, and a couple of locations in SLO, then Buena Vista (Sonoma) before Gloria Ferrer. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @SandyWasserman Been here at Gloria Ferrer for 14 years. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @KatieEigel gr8 to see you here with @GloriaFerrer on #SommChat - thanks for your questions for all to learn from:)

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@gloriaferrrer RT @demilove: Was it challenging in your early years for tasters to take California sparkling seriously? - #SommChat

DSWE ‏@DomaineSelect @GloriaFerrer In terms of winemaking, do you prefer working with red or white? what are the challenges for each? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect Both, of course! We strive to make wines expressive of our Carneros estate that are balanced and elegant. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect These characters of CH and PN are shared with sparkling winemaking as well. Sparkling has its own set of challenges #SommChat

Sonoma Vintners ‏@sonomavintners Really excited that Steve @GloriaFerrer is showcasing Pinot at our inaugural #SoCoBA! Can you share what’s unique about this wine? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @SonomaVintners You challenged us to come up w/incredible wines that will never be duplicated and this lot is special. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @sonomavintners When the original estate was planted in the mid-80s at GF, only one Chard and one Pinot Noir clone were used. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @sonomavintners During that period, no formal evaluation had been done specifically for sparkling wine production in CA. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @sonomavintners In ‘87, our team embarked on two diff. studies lasting more than a decade w/UC Davis. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @sonomavintners The team was able to identify clones that would excel in our sparkling and still wine program. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @sonomavintners Today, at least 10 blocks on our estate are planted to Colmar 538. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @sonomavintners It makes up a significant portion of the @Gloria Ferrer HoH Pinot Noir #SoCoBA lot. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @sonomavintners A small portion of the grapes for this #SoCoBA wine were also picked by visiting members of the trade last yr. #SommChat

Sonoma Vintners ‏@sonomavintners @GloriaFerrer Thx, Steven! The blind panel said this: "sleek, crunchier red fruit dominated, cherry compote, vibrant!" #SommChat

Katie Eigel ‏@KatieEigel Hi, Steven! @GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl What's your winemaking philosophy? #SommChat #ww P.S. Popped some last nite! Embedded image permalink

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @KatieEigel that’s what we thought - keeping some fizz in #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KatieEigel Glad to hear it! I aim to make wines that are the best possible expression of our estate. Philosophy in short. LOL! #SommChat

Katie Eigel ‏@KatieEigel Happy #ww! #SommChat w/Steven @GloriaFerrer Winemaker. "I aim to make wines that are the best possible expression of our estate." #Sonoma

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect yum Sounds great! Where do you want this winery go in your view? #SommChat

DSWE ‏@DomaineSelect @GloriaFerrer What makes the Glorria Ferrer wines so unique? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @AndyOnFarmWine @DomaineSelect Certainly, we continue to learn from each harvest, strive to always improve and create more...#SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @AndyOnFarmWine @DomaineSelect ...small exclusive blends. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect Sonoma's Carneros & mature vines, fine-tuned since the 90s, produce modest yields w/concentrated fruit expression. #SommChat

WineCompass ‏@winecompass Here's @gloriaferrer 's #sonoma location on #theCompassApp @KeeperColl: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. #SommChat Embedded image permalink

WineCompass ‏@winecompass @GloriaFerrer What makes #Sonoma perfect for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @winecompass Our Carneros location with afternoon maritime winds keeps the vines cool at night. Perfect for Chardonnay & PN. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines RT @GloriaFerrer: @winecompass Our #Carneros location w/afternoon maritime winds keeps vines cool at night. Perfect 4 Chard & PN #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Was it challenging in your early years for tasters to take California sparkling seriously? - #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@gloriaferrrer RT @demilove: Was it challenging in your early years for tasters to take California sparkling seriously? - #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @demilove @KeeperColl No, CA sparkling wine has always stood on its own. We are happy to see increased consumption overall. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines @GloriaFerrer thanks for being on #SommChat Q. how has the climate effected your production and vineyard practices?

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @noblewines We are fortunate to have plentiful wells in our vineyards, but this warm winter should have us harvesting in July. #SommChat

Adam Plotkin ‏@AdamPlotkin Greetings from #PDX airport, #SommChat ers!

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines RT @AdamPlotkin: Greetings from #PDX airport, #SommChat ers! #LGR one down: http://ow.ly/LlAEv

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl always great to see you here! RT @AdamPlotkin: Greetings from #PDX airport, #SommChat ers!

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @GloriaFerrer @winecompass what's the oldest wine you have tried from your cellars at the winery? #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines RT @AndyOnFarmWine: @GloriaFerrer @winecompass what's oldest #wine you have tried from your cellars at winery? #SommChat love old bubbles

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @AndyOnFarmWine Recently I tasted late disgorged 1995 Carneros Cuvee with 18 yrs aging on the yeast. It was outstanding! #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman @GloriaFerrer Any interest in making wine outside of California? If so what and where? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @SandyWasserman With 330 acres of vineyards here I want to dive even deeper into our estate, leaving no time for other projects! #SommChat

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews Realized it's @KeeperColl #SommChat day. Catching up on what I've missed thru the feed. Howdy from Austin, @GloriaFerrer! #VacationBrain

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @ATXFoodnews Kay - thanks for keeping your eyes on #SommChat :)

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @GloriaFerrer You are part of the inaugural @SonomaVintners Sonoma County Barrel Auction, #SoCoBA. Plz explain. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl @SonomaVintners #SoCoBA is a live auction 5/1 for licensed trade of one-of-a-kind Sonoma County wine futures. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl @SonomaVintners challenged us to come up w/incredible wines that will never be duplicated. #SommChat #SoCoBA

Sonoma Vintners ‏@sonomavintners And you def met that challenge! Your Pinot is amazing! @GloriaFerrer: @KeeperColl #SommChat #SoCoBA

Full Circle Wine ‏@fullcirclewine @GloriaFerrer that’s fabulous! can’t wait to have our masters taste the wines again in a few weeks @alexlapratt @metal sommelier #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @fullcirclewine @alexlapratt @metalsommelier We look forward to it as well and I'm excited to see you at the auction! #SoCoBA #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - How challenging is working through this drought - is this a first in your winemaking career? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @demilove We are fortunate to have good wells which keeps us in water for now. There are others not so fortunate. Pray for rain! #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @demilove Clearly, this is the worst drought I've experienced in my career. Irrigation for winegrapes requires little water and... #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @demilove we are fortunate not to be in a frost area. #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @GloriaFerrer - I will keep you and other CA winemakers in my prayers that you receive more rain - #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines RT @GloriaFerrer: @demilove we are fortunate not to be in a frost area. #SommChat If you had to trade frost for more water would you?

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines @GloriaFerrer July harvest Yikes #SommChat #sonomachat hopefully some cool days between now & then.

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Have there been experiments w Parallada or Macabeu or Xarel-lo in Carneros? #SommChat @GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @noblewines no, not here and not that I'm aware of in other Carneros vineyards. There is some nice Albarino here. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @GloriaFerrer question from Shy #SommChat peep: why did you get involved with the #SoCoBa Auction and where will the proceeds go?

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl #SoCoBA is a tremendous opportunity to show a one of a kind wine, the very best our vineyard has to offer! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl RT @GloriaFerrer: Proceeds fr #SoCoBA will support @SonomaVintners on-going mkting initiatives and build on the region's momentum #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Happy the panel for #SoCoBA chose our wine to be a part. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. from shy peep: @gloriaferr Who are some #winemakers U look up 2 today in #winemaking and why? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl I've been fortunate to work & learn from Bob Iantosca & Mike Crumly who have been working with the estate since 80s. #SommChat

DSWE ‏@DomaineSelect @GloriaFerrer How many states are the wines distributed? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect You should be able to find our wines nationally. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @DomaineSelect And internationally as well! #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - I want to visit as many wineries as possible during my trip - what is easiest road to take from Napa to sonoma? - #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @noblewines - Is it really hilly and curvy (that makes me nervous0 - #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @demilove You can come across between Napa and Sonoma on Hwy 121. That will take you right by @gloriaferrer too. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines RT @demilove: @noblewines - Is it really hilly and curvy (that makes me nervous0 - #SommChat absolutely stunning views fun road.

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @GloriaFerrer What is the most challenging part about making sparkling #wine? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl It takes experience to record the subtle flavors and textures of an unfinished base wine ...#SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl ...and project them into what a finished wine will taste like after secondary ferment, aging, disgorging, dosing. #SommChat

AustinMassageCompany ‏@AustinMassageCo RT @KeeperColl: Q. @GloriaFerrer What is the most challenging part about making sparkling #wine? #SommChat <-- Our favorite #wine!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @GloriaFerrer Why should licensed trade attend the Sonoma County Barrel Auction #SoCoBA #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl It’s not every day that members of the trade get to own a never before, never again wine. #SommChat #SoCoBA

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @GloriaFerrer What makes sparkling #wine a great match with #food? #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Its crisp acidity is a great palate cleanser, allowing it to stand up to salty or fatty foods and creamy sauces. #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl And, of course, sparkling wine is the wine of celebration. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @GloriaFerrer Tell us about your lot up for auction at @SonomaVintners #SoCoBA? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl RT @GloriaFerrer: Our #SoCoBA lot is called 2014 "HoH" Pinot Noir & made up primarily of Colmar 538 clone. It's a true original. #SommChat

Sonoma Vintners ‏@sonomavintners We love #TrueOriginals! RT @KeeperColl @GloriaFerrer: Our lot is 2014 "HoH" Pinot Noir & made up primarily of Colmar 538 clone. #SommChat

Full Circle Wine ‏@fullcirclewine @GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl What type of oak regime do you usually put your #Pinots through? #SoCoBA #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @fullcirclewine French oak, 30 percent new for nine months aging. #SoCoBA #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed #wine talk w/ #Winemaker Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Great to have #Winemaker Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Steven Urberg from @gloriaferrer for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @gloriaferrer Thanks for a great #SommChat!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl thx for watching! RT @Sassodoro: @KeeperColl @gloriaferrer Thanks for a great #SommChat!

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Nice time on #SommChat today thanks @KeeperColl & @GloriaFerrer #sonomachat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - @GloriaFerrer - Enjoyed #SommChat - see you all next week!

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about our vineyards and wines! I had a great time! #SommChat

Gloria Ferrer Winery ‏@GloriaFerrer @KeeperColl Also look forward to seeing which lucky member of the trade wins our auction lot at #SoCoBA! #SommChat

Full Circle Wine ‏@fullcirclewine Me too! RT @GloriaFerrer: @KeeperColl Also look forward to seeing which lucky member of the trade wins our auction lot at #SoCoBA! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Mark UR calendar for #SommChat w/ Aurelio Montes from @MontesWines Wed 04/15/15 11 AM CST, 12 N EST!

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