Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #MasterSommelier Richard Betts

5/23 Master Sommelier Richard Betts

@yobetts

@roydot (Roy Schneider): #SommChat starts soon

@jordanwinery (Jordan Winery): @KeeperColl Will the #SommChat focus be on Chardonnay for #ChardDay? @rickbakas

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @yobetts is glad 2 answer Chardonnay questions RT @jordanwinery: @KeeperColl Will the #SommChat focus be on Chardonnay for #ChardDay ? @rickbakas

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from @yobetts!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Richard Betts, MS @yobetts #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @yobetts to say hello & so he knows you’re here #SommChat

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @yobetts our Qs, you can ask @yobetts your Qs as well! He’ll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat #WW

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with @yobetts #WineWednesday #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @yobetts What sort of interesting wines have you found coming out of the Baja Region of Mexico? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): @drooln – good Q! I’m actually really interested to learn more – especially about the old vine Grenache there. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@roydot (Roy Schneider): #SommChat are styles of Chard changing in California?

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @roydot yes, I think so! More focus, better balance & therefore better drink-ability #SommChat cc: @KeeperColl

@wineandsake (Rachel Macalisang): @KeeperColl @yobetts happy #ww and welcome to #SommChat !!!

@yobetts (Richard Betts): @wineandsake – thanks for hangin’ w/ us! Cc: @KeeperColl #SommChat

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): Buenos Dias to @yobetts in #Mexico for #SommChat with @KeeperColl in progress now!

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Now that you make wine yourself, what do you wish sommeliers understood about winemaking that they may not realize? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @demilove – biggest would be a distinction Btwn true terroir & just dirty practices. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@LeRivageHotel (Le Rivage Hotel): Good morning #SommChat! Excited to be here, as always!

@GUSTOTastings (GUSTOTastings): Join us…Right Now for #SommChat a twitter discusion with Sommeliers from all over the entire country.

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @yobetts @KeeperColl do you think you’ll have a chance to visit the region while on this little soiree of yours? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @drooln this trip is all Sombra mezcal but perhaps next month! #SommChat @KeeperColl

@GUSTOTastings (GUSTOTastings): @KeeperColl Good morning from #Texas. Excited about today’s #SommChat.

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): Can we talk Mezcal with @yobetts too? cc: @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): of course you can – thanks for asking RT @corkhoarder: Can we talk Mezcal with @yobetts too? cc: @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts You have an extensive educational background in geology- what made U realize U wanted a career in #wine? #WW #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl I do! & can’t remember geo time scale to save my life. A glass of #wine & the memories it brought back did it. #WW #SommChat

@GUSTOTastings (GUSTOTastings): #SommChat…Since today is #Chardday..What do U think about wht burgundies that are oxidizing incredibly early for the last few yrs?

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @GUSTOTastings – travesty. No easy answer on why, but perhaps embracing a little 02 in the winemaking would help… #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A2: @GUSTOTastings …sort of like a vaccination against oxidation later. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@GUSTOTastings (GUSTOTastings): @yobetts do u think it’s really b/c they aren’t using much S02? The production techniques should preserve the wine. very weird #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): @GUSTOTastings no,converse, using too much SO2! & not letting enuf exposure to O2 early on. Like Krug uses oak for O2 #SommChat @KeeperColl

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): #SommChat Does @yobetts ever get mistaken for another MS @BetzWine of #WAwine fame? Cc: @KeeperColl

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @BistroSanMartin – actually Dicky B of Allman fame. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): With Mezcal, we see the resemblance! RT @yobetts A: @BistroSanMartin – actually Dicky B of Allman fame. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@scottota (Scott Ota): @yobetts Q: How has your relationship with Master Stuckey evolved over the years, especially w/ involvement in the MS program? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @scottota – he’s my best friend and confidant. Cc: @BobbyStuckeyMS @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): MT @wolfeswines: @yobetts where did U get such a deft ability for the tweet language? & when does scratch & sniff book come out? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @wolfeswines listening to Big L – “it’s slang an I’m a never stop speaking’ it.” Book, next holiday season! #SommChat @KeeperColl

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@KeeperColl @wolfeswines @yobetts speaks his own Twitter language everyone else has adapted #shiggaboom #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): !WORD -> @drewhendricksms #shiggadaboomPOW! cc: @KeeperColl @wolfeswines #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @KeeperColl @Pictolog @PopALockAustin @VinoMike Better late than never – glad to finally be at #SommChat!!!

@LeRivageHotel (Le Rivage Hotel): @StephanieMiskew welcome back to #SommChat!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts After 8 years at the Little Nell, you retired from the restaurant biz- why did you make this change? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl Seeking the next challenge, desire to ‘make’ things as well as to share in other capacities. #WW #SommChat #Winelover

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Any advice for those of us considering a journey towards an MS? (I recently passed WSET Advanced) – #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @demilove – yes! Do it b/c u love it, be myopic, taste taste TASTE! #SommChat @KeeperColl

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@yobetts what is your favorite wine to drink in a hammock on Memorial Day Weekend? #SommChat #WW

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @MattMcGinnis a week ago I would’ve said rosé but now, La Panesa Especial Fino Sherry. (Thx @CarlaRzeszewski!) #SommChat @KeeperColl

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): Great recommendation RT @yobetts: A: @MattMcGinnis a week ago I would’ve said rosé but now, La Panesa Especial Fino Sherry. #SommChat…

@GUSTOTastings (GUSTOTastings): Q: What’s your take on keg wine? @yobetts @StephanieMiskew @scottota @KeeperColl #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): @GUSTOTastings – ALL IN! cc: @charlesbieler #SommChat @StephanieMiskew @scottota @KeeperColl

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @GUSTOTastings @yobetts @scottota @KeeperColl Count me in – Cheers! #SommChat

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): .@KeeperColl wish I could join #SommChat today with @yobetts, but am in the process of moving out west! Have fun!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts Tell us about your latest #wine project. #wines #WineWednesday #SommChat #winelover

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl Just starting fresh with a red from Cali as well as a KILLER & affordable Bordeaux project! #WW #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts Tell us about UR #winemaking philosophy #WineWednesday #SommChat #Winelover

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl In general, I’m all about sense of place coupled with seduction. #WW #SommChat #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts You’ve made #wine and #tequila- how does one go about making tequila? #WW #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl Yup, wine & Sombra Mezcal which I luv b/c it too is super expressive of place. Here in Oaxaca now actually. #SommChat #WW

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): Love it! RT @yobetts A. @KeeperColl In general, I’m all about sense of place coupled with seduction. #WW #SommChat #Winelover

@yobetts (Richard Betts): @StephanieMiskew – thanks!! #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts What is your go-to #wine and #food pairing? #WineWednesday #SommChat #Winelover

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl The apogee is eating what you love with what you love to drink, it’s that simple. #SommChat #WW

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – I’m hoping that meeting other sommeliers at @TEXsom will give me inspiration; but might get intimidated too! – #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @KeeperColl Good Morning! #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @KeeperColl @yobetts Finding anything great in Oaxaca? Any new spirit projects coming soon? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @ccollinsms yes! A rare little mezcal &!! our first tequila which is made like it was over 150 years ago. #unique #SommChat @KeeperColl

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): @ccollinsms @KeeperColl @yobetts #SommChat Wahaka is my pick. http://www.foodista.com/blog/2012/05/22/wahaka-mezcal-this-is-not-that-cheap-worm-in-the-bottle-stuff cheers! wb

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @WarrenBobrow1 – Sombra is calling you #OaxacaForReal cc: @ccollinsms @KeeperColl #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @yobetts @KeeperColl What’s your favorite Summer wine & food pairing? #WW #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): @StephanieMiskew – whatever-you-love-with-whatever-you-love BUT make the wine chilly even the reds. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @yobetts @KeeperColl Excellent! Can’t wait to taste What are the production diff in tequila between now and 150yrs ago? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @ccollinsms BIG Q! Fire is now steam, tahona is rare, solids in ferment gone, heritage slopes abandoned. I got it. #SommChat @KeeperColl

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): #SommChat @yobetts Any plans to check out the Raicilla green agave scene near Puerto Vallarta?

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @BistroSanMartin – tomorrow night!! #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts How has the #wine market responded to screw caps on your #wines? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl All’s good in the hood. #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts You are writing a #wine education book- please tell us about this new endeavor? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl ¡FUN! It’s a Scratch & Sniff your way to wine expertise book – really a kid’s book for adults. Pow! #WW #SommChat #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @yobetts What sets Australian #wines apart from other regions? Why do you think they’re so under the radar? #WW #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl (1 of 2) OZ pigeon-holed itself by relying on girth as opposed 2 sharing all of the diversity. #WW #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A. @KeeperColl (2 of 2) Now they’re in the weeds & need to re-educate. #WW #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): only a few minutes left to ask @yobetts ?s on #SommChat

@ShitMySommSays (ShitMySommelierSays?): .@yobetts How were the two Jeroboams? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts?): A: @ShitMySommSays – never enuf #SommChat @KeeperColl

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): . @yobetts makes great wine & Mezcal so I get why no one asked about his hair! Any plans on growing it back? cc: @KeeperColl #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): A: @corkhoarder the world needs only 1 Willie Nelson #SommChat@KeeperColl

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): @yobetts @KeeperColl great answer! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @yobetts #WineWednesday #SommChat

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking @yobetts for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): If any1 missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to http://bit.ly/ikBrJx for you to review later #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): If u want to be 100% sure ur #SommChat Q for @NEW gets answered, post it to FB! http://on.fb.me/hjQDBL Happy #WW!

@wineandsake (Rachel Macalisang): @KeeperColl @yobetts you rock! thank you for your inspiration! #ww #SommChat #Winelover

@yobetts (Richard Betts): @wineandsake Thank you! #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Keep in the loop for upcoming @yobettss & archives & sign up for our email list at http://bit.ly/vm1gQ4#SommChat #WW

@tricerapops (Jesse): @yobetts fr tweets, i get sense you’re a fun dude & don’t take yourself 2seriously. how does this translate in your view on wine? #SommChat

@yobetts (Richard Betts): !! –> @KeeperColl – Thank you so much for having me, thanks everyone for playing!! #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @KeeperColl @yobetts Thanks for the #SommChat. Adios!

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @KeeperColl @yobetts I came late to #SommChat & am now reading through. Many thanks to you both!

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): ¡Gracias! @yobetts & @KeeperColl for a most excellente #SommChat #WW ¡Salud!

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @yobetts @KeeperColl Thanks so much for a fabulous #SommChat!

@enjoielife (Judia Black): Yes! Have a great Memorial Day weekend! @KeeperColl: PARTY MT @enjoielife: @ccollinsms: @yobetts #SommChat

@jennanorth (Jenna North): @KeeperColl @yobetts Thanks for a great #SommChat today! http://bit.ly/vm1gQ4 #WW

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