Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Karl Wente

5/22 Karl Wente, Wente vineyards

@KarlWente

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Likewise, thank you! RT @KeeperColl: @Foundationspr looking forward to hearing you on #SommChat #wine

@canterburywine (Christy CanterburyMW): Cwl! MT @KeeperColl @KarlWente

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): RT @canterburywine .@KeeperColl Who’s on tap for #SommChat today at 11am CST/12pm EST

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): @KeeperColl thank you! Looking forward to #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @WineRackCo thanks for letting us know you will join in on #SommChat

@jordanwinery (Jordan Winery): #SommChat Happy Wine Wednesday! When would you like us to host?

@enjoielife (Judia Black): Get ready for #SommChat 11AM CST! @KeeperColl @WinemakingNomad @trouty @SaraKavanaugh @PopALockAustin @robbin_g @StemGrip @snipit

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @enjoielife great to see you on #SommChat as always

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): ?Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from #Winemaker Karl Wente @KarlWente ! #WW

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): ?We’d like to introduce you to #Winemaker Karl Wente @KarlWente! #SommChat #Winelover

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): ?We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @KarlWente to say hello & so he knows you’re here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

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

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @karlwente will be using @wente handle today – please direct all questions to @wente #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Hi Karl, we worked together when I was PR Dir @ Lauber/SWS. Last at press tasting @BernardsInn NJ I think @KeeperColl @KarlWente #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Join us for #SommChat with @KarlWente in just a few minutes!

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): RT @Foundationspr: Karl, we worked together when I was PR Director at Lauber/SWS. Last 1 was press tasting @BernardsInn NJ I think #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Let’s start talking #wine with #Winemaker KarlWente @wente #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Hello all! Karl Wente here #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): Good morning from #Carmel, CA @KeeperColl #wente @karlwente #WW #SommChat

@WineRackCo (WineRacks.com): @KeeperColl @Wente Welcome! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @Wente Q. What is it like being a 5th generation #winegrower? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @KeeperColl A. I love my job…growing grapes and making wine…being part of a legacy of 5 gens is that much more special #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @KeeperColl A. My family has celebrated their 130th consecutive vintage this year #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Q. @Wente U graduated fr Stanford University w/ a degree in Chemical Engineering. What was > valuable thing U learned there? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl I am currently in our Arroyo Seco Vineyards in Monterrey county…beautiful country…grapes are growing well #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): RT @CharlesComm: Karl @Wente taking Q’s during #SommChat with @KeeperColl – join him to celebrate #ChardDay #WenteChard @TishWine

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): RT @Wente: I love my job…growing grapes and making wine…being part of a legacy of 5 gens is that much more special #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW):Congratulations! RT @Wente: My family has celebrated their 130th consecutive vintage this year #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): To go with 130 vintages, we have been making Chard for 100 vintages…#Wentechard #wenteClone #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): RT @KeeperColl : Lets start talking #wine with #Winemaker KarlWente @wente #WineWednesday #SommChat

@drewbie_g (Drew Gourdie): Can you comment on your family’s approach to Sustainable Winemaking? @KeeperColl @Wente #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): I love chard becauase of the diversity of wines you can make from Chard #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): RT @Wente: To go with 130 vintages, we have been making Chard for 100 vintages…#Wentechard #wenteclone #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): @karlwente how much improvement have you seen on #wente #wines by doing both the growing and making #veryimportant @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @TperezWine At Stanford, I studied Chem Eng. This was a great foundation about how to think about how grapes vines grow and wine is made #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @TperezWine ?And at Stan. I took a class: plant design and I designed a winery…cool class #Wente #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): RT @TperezWine: @wente how much improvement have you seen on #wente #wines by doing both the growing and making #veryimportant #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): RT @drewbie_g Can you comment on your family’s approach to Sustainable Winemaking? @KeeperColl @Wente #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Sustainability: manage the habitat, not just the vines…healthy soils lead to healthy vines which lead to healthy fruit #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Karl, the wines keep getting better; also glad to see some upgrades on packaging. More to come? @KeeperColl @wente #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): We will do doing some subtle tweaks and adjustment to our package, but our core brands are working well and we plan to continue #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Every vintage, I strive to be better and learn and grow (with the vines),I cannot put a metric on this improvement…#SommChat #wente

@DrinkWhatULike (Frank, et.al.): RT @hvwinegoddess: Congratulations! RT @Wente: My family has celebrated their 130th consecutive vintage this year #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @wente RT: harleywine1: @KeeperColl @karlwente hi from #vegas #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW):@Wente At what point did you know you were going to enter the family business? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): My family has been at it for 130 years and we have a philosophy of conginually improvment and making great wines…#SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Healthy fruit flavors lead to fruit forward and food friendly wines…what I want to drink and what I like to make! #SommChat #Wente

@TheWineKey (Charlotte): RT @Wente My family has been at it for 130 years and we have a philosophy of conginually improvment and making great wines…#SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): RT Karl @Wente: At Stanford, I studied Chem Eng. This was great #FOUNDATION about how grapes vines grow, wine is made #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): RT @Wente: Sustainability: manage the habitat, not just the vines…healthy soils lead 2 healthy vines which lead to healthy fruit #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): RT Karl @Wente: And at Stanford I took a class: plant design and I designed a winery…cool class #Wente #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @WineandFilmLady great to see you here on #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): RT @Wente Healthy fruit flavors lead to fruit forward and food friendly wines…what I want to drink and what I like to make! #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Balanced, fruit forward wines are critical to me…sunlight exposure on the vines and picking at the right time is critical #SommChat #wente

@WineandFilmLady (Wine & Film Lady): @KeeperColl Thank you!! #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): Not sure why more #wine makers don’t get involve with the vineyard, glad you do @karlwente #wente @KeeperColl #wine #food #WW #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @tperezwine MT @Wente: Every vintage, I strive 2 B better & learn & grow (with the vines) cannot put metric on this improvement…#SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Packaging is key as well…you want the wine and label to work together for the overall experience…#SommChat #wente

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): RT @TperezWine: Not sure why more #wine makers don’t get involve with the vineyard, glad you do @wente #wine #food #WW #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): Hear from Karl @Wente on #SommChat about #sustainability #Chardonnay #130Years and #winefacts @dvinewinetime @cuvee_corner @planetgrape

@enjoielife (Judia Black): RT @Wente Balanced, fruit forward #wines are critical to me…sunlight exposure on vines & picking at the right time is critical #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Q. @KarlWente U also earned Master’s degrees in viticulture & enology at UC Davis. How has it given U competitive edge over others? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl After Stanford, I headed to UC Davis and began to study grapes and wine…it is here that I fell in love with the process #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl I fell in love with farming flavors tannins and having a product at the end of the day that is a beautiful as a glass of wine! #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl Having history and heritage is an added bonus #SommChat #Wenteclone #Wente #ChardDay

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl I have two masters degrees: Grapes and Wine-these degrees help me to grow grapes and make wine…but no substitute for experience #SommChat

@TheWineKey (Charlotte): @Wente How many labels does Wente produce? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @TheWineKey Wente Family Estates has 4 main brands: @Wente (Wente Vineyards):, Entwine, Murrieta’s Well, and Double Decker–each brand has various wines #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @TheWineKey Many brands and labels allows me much room to play and make fun/intersting wines #Wente #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): RT Karl @Wente Sustainability: manage the habitat not just the vines-healthy soils lead to healthy vines & healthy fruit #SommChat #ChardDay

@enjoielife (Judia Black): RT @KeeperColl @TperezWine @Wente Every vintage, I strive 2 B better & learn & grow (with the vines) cannot put metric on this…#SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW):@Wente So romantically said #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): My first vintage at #Wente was 2002…with 2 vintage before that 2001..#SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): RT @RN74: Label of my NEW Riesling. #SBC #trokenriesling http://bit.ly/14RuUM9 #SommChat

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): @KeeperColl @Wente #SommChat what is the biggest challenge w producing #wine in Livermore?

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @harleywine1 @KeeperColl Challenges-vines that are spread out and soils are diverse…this is also a benefit…diversity is good #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): Davis did teach me lot and I love to get back there and see my professors…so many fun philosophical questions about wine #Wente #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): @karlwente what is next? must be challenging since you have done a lot #wente @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @TperezWine What’s next…the 2013 vintage…;) Keep growing great grapes and making great wines #SommChat #Wente I love that I do!

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @KeeperColl Better late then never to another fabulous edition of #SommChat on this wonderful #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): ?@StephanieMiskew great 2 C U on #SommChat winemaker Karl @wente is in hot seat – can’t wait to hear you ?s

@enjoielife (Judia Black): ?@Wente Enjoying the process is where the passion begins! #SommChat

@HipsterEnology (Hipster Enologists): What can you tell us about the first generation of @Wente winemakers? #SommChat @KeeperColl

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @HipsterEnology @KeeperColl #SommChat The first generation was about setting up a homestead and raising a family…grapes/wine was part!

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): I love to spend time in the vineyards…outside with mother nature…and it’s my job…! #Wente #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @KeeperColl #SommChat so what’s it like having a clone? @wente

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat The clone is called the Wente Clone and it is a piece of history! It’s very cool!

@jeffreymar (Jeffrey Alan Mar): @Wente can you talk about your innovative marketing – acting as spokesmodel for your brand? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @jeffreymar #SommChat #Wente I love to educate people about wine…and keep it simple…and I love to travel…makes life super fun…BUSY!

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): RT @Foundationspr: How is your music going Karl? @KeeperColl @wente @TperezWine @karlwente #wine #SommChat #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @Foundationspr @KeeperColl @TperezWine @KarlWente #SommChat Love making music…writing and recording and playing live…it is going well!

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): ?@TperezWine @Foundationspr @KeeperColl @KarlWente #SommChat Two bands…and a new bus

@karlavadillo (Karla Vadillo): Follow @Wente and @KeeperColl to read and participate in an excellent #SommChat #HappeningNow

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @karlavadillo thanks for the S/O #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Q. @KarlWente Tell us more about the “Nth Degree”, the limited release #wines that you added to the estate. #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl #Wente #SommChat Nth Degree wines are to showcase the Livermore Valley and the Heritage my family…4-500 cases of each vintage…yummy

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @Wente @harleywine1 @KeeperColl Ahh yes, diversity:) #SommChat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLuK-EBkcww #Anchorman

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @Wente @harleywine1 @KeeperColl Is embracing diversity of soils is a winemaking philosophy that differentiates your wines? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @enjoielife #Wente #SommChat Wine Philosophy: let land talk to you. Harness fruit flavors, embrace balance, acidity is key, life is good.

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling):RT @Wente: @Foundationspr @KeeperColl

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @alawine: @ibstatguy @GlenBedingfield @henkbruinse @FineWineAgency @PeterZachar Happy #WineWednesday What’s going on? touch of #SommChat

@WinesByRaz (Mariam Raz Razavi): looking fwd to a fun sipping class next week @Wente featuring Riva Ranch Chard #SommChat

@HipsterEnology (Hipster Enologists): @Wente @noblewines @KeeperColl What varietal is the clone? What is its flavor profile? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @HipsterEnology @noblewines @KeeperColl Chardonnay! #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @CharlesComm @Wente @jeffreymar @HipsterEnology Thanks for sharing #ChardDay. Looks like America’s fav grape is making a comeback. #SommChat

@HipsterEnology (Hipster Enologists): @Foundationspr @Wente @noblewines @KeeperColl Monika, which do you consider the best ones? Would enjoy recommendations! #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Your Riva Ranch Chard is one of the best values BTG, very Burgundian great balance @Wente: @HipsterEnology @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Happy 2 suggest good picks via email pls @HipsterEnology @Wente @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat melling@foundationsmarketing.com #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): ?@noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat #Wente #WenteClone #ChardDay Indeed a very cool pice of history

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): Join the @Wente family tomorrow for #ChardDay- tune in here http://bit.ly/17s9CnX @enjoielife @jeffreymar @hipsterenology #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @HipsterEnology @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat The Wente Clone of Chard makes up 80% of CA chard

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @noblewines @alawine @ibstatguy @GlenBedingfield @henkbruinse @FineWineAgency @PeterZachar Just a touch! #SommChat

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Add wine, sounds like a great party @Wente @TperezWine @KeeperColl @KarlWente #SommChat #Wine

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): ?@Foundationspr @HipsterEnology @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat…I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for the compliment!

@Splitbin (Splitbin): @KeeperColl @KarlWente @Wente Popping in for our first #SommChat for a bit. Great info!

@yumivore (yumivore): on #SommChat: historic @Wente the oldest family-owned winery in the country talks vines, grapes and wine with @KarlWente @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @Splitbin yeahhhh glad to have you on #SommChat – it is every week same time

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): #SommChat #Wente Bloom is almost done in most vineyards…2013 vintage is almost with us.

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): ?@Foundationspr @TperezWine @KeeperColl @KarlWente Yup.. it is! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Q. @Wente Karl, what was the most interesting thing U learned while working at Brown Brothers winery in #Australia? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat #Wente Working in Australia was a great learning experience for me…and a chance to grow up…;)

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat Learning was about how important EVERYTHING is in the process of making wine and growing grapes.

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Time is flying by with @wente on #SommChat – get your sin for #winemaker Karl Wente before the time runs out

@enjoielife (Judia Black): Interesting fact! @Foundationspr @Wente @HipsterEnology @noblewines @KeeperColl The Wente Clone of Chard makes up 80% of CA chard #SommChat

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): #SommChat found those in the Pilippines. Wente is all over the world. pic.twitter.com/hYez23QsA

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Q. @Wente Karl, what do you look for the most in a good #wine? #SommChat #Winelover

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl What I look for in wine is balance and elegance…and proper setting. #SommChat #Wente #WenteClone

@ormiga (Ormiga): ah update Q @KeeperColl @wente #SommChat..just got into.. thought now moved to oz..

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Q. @Wente Karl, we know U write your own music. What do you like to write about? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat #Wente I love to write music…I want balanced like wine…sometimes with vocals and sometimes without…like wine, situational

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl Wine and music are natural pairs….#SommChat #Wente

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Completely so. RT @Wente: Wine and music are natural pairs….#SommChat #Wente #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @Wente Which of your whites & which red would u recommend for under $20? Love 2 feature these in my monthly wine club! @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): @StephanieMiskew @KeeperColl #Wente #SommChat Morning Fog Chardonnay, Southern Hills Cabernet…both great wines and great values

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Good point, sadly some don’t! RT @Wente: What I look for in wine is balance and elegance..and propper setting. #SommChat #Wente #WenteClone

@enjoielife (Judia Black): Climate matters! @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat #Wente #WenteClone #ChardDay Indeed a very cool piece of history

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Q. @KarlWente Any recent #food & #wine #pairing discoveries? #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): A. @KeeperColl Wine and Food…I could sip on Sauvignon Blane and eat oysters on the half shell all day long…and have! #Wente #SommChat

@HipsterEnology (Hipster Enologists): Couldn’t agree more. RT @Wente: Wine and music are natural pairs….#SommChat #Wente

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): @Wente ??

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @Wente @KeeperColl Thank you very much! #SommChat

@WineRackCo (WineRacks.com): @HipsterEnology @Wente Agreed! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with #winemaker Karl Wente @Wente #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): It was great to have @KarlWente @wenter join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): @wente @KeeperColl thank you for an other gre8 #WineWednesday cheers all #winelovers #food see you next week #SommChat

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): Please join us in thanking #winemaker Karl Wente @wente for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): #Wente #WenteClone #SommChat Celebrate national Chardonnay day tomorrow…help us celebrate 100 years of making great Chardonnay Wine!

@HipsterEnology (Hipster Enologists): @Wente @KeeperColl Any recommended music & wine pairings? Such as, Rhye with Chard? #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): what a pairing eh! @Foundationspr: Completely so. RT @Wente: Wine and music are natural pairs….#SommChat #Wente #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Both strike a strong chord with most vino-sapiens! RT @enjoielife: @Wente Wine and music is a natural pairing. #SommChat

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): #SommChat Thanks y’all to those who came out to chat today!

@Wente (Wente Vineyards): #SommChat Thanks to SommChat!

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): Thank you Karl. And keep the Counoise going! #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): ?Wine and music is a perfect pairing! @KeeperColl @Wente #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer):? @Wente < Sorry I was only able to grab the tail end of the event, but thanks for the great conversation this morning rock-on! #SommChat

@hellokimmykim (Kim Natalini): RT“@Wente: Wine and music are natural pairs….#SommChat #Wente” > so true!

@enjoielife (Judia Black):@cuvee_corner @Wente Both strike a strong chord with most vino-sapiens! RT @enjoielife: @Wente Wine and music is a natural pairing #SommChat from Oregon, US Collapse

@HipsterEnology (Hipster Enologists): Thank you @Wente & @KeeperColl for a fun #SommChat! Off to hunt down some bottles for #ChardDay. Pairs well with Daft Punk’s RAM? #wine

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @wente bummer missed much of #SommChat damn old world Pinot & Chard Negoc called me during it! No wente clone there… too cool @enjoielife

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @foundationspr: Riva Ranch Chard is one of best values BTG, very Burgundian great balance @wente @HipsterEnology @KeeperColl #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): Thanks! @KeeperColl It was great to have @KarlWente @wente join #SommChat today. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

@exceptionalfood (Gourmet Delights): RT @KeeperColl : @exceptionalfood thanks for your continued support of #SommChat << my great pleasure

@KeeperColl (KeeperCollection): @meritageresort we are too – hope to see you next week at #SommChat

@WineAuctionHous (WineAuctionHouse): Morning tweeters, hope you all have a great day & drink some yummy wine (in moderation) #wine #tweets #shiraz #SommChat

@travelwinechick (Elizabeth Smith): Had an appt today! #WW #SommChat @CharlesComm @Wente @KeeperColl @scottota @racheldriver @CaravelleChamp @1queenofspoons @MDSomm

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