Keeper Collection #SommChat guest Mark McWilliams, Arista Winery

6/22 Mark McWilliams, Arista Winery

@AristaWinery

Wilson Daniels ‏@wilsondanielsNY: Have questions? Mark McWilliams of @AristaWinery has answers! #SommChat at 12pm EST live!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl : Thanks @wilsondaniels for the #SommChat S/O and support

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Less than 30 mins BF we talk w/ @aristawinery Mark McWilliams abt #wine on #SommChat 2day 12N ET ! #RussianRiver

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #wine w/ @aristawinery Mark McWilliams 12N ET! #Sonoma #RussianRiverValley

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: We’d like 2 introduce you to @aristawinery Mark McWilliams #SommChat #WW #Sonoma #RussianRiverValley

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Mark @aristawinery 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat #Sonoma #RussianRiverValley

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews: #WineWednesday RT @SommChat: Don't 4get #SommChat on @KeeperColl 12N ET w/ @AristaWinery Mark McWilliams #Sonoma #Pinot & #Chardonnay #wine

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 @aristawinery 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 & @aristawinery 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Let's start talking #Wine with Mark @aristawinery #SommChat #Sonoma #RussianRiverValley

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@KeeperColl @aristawinery Happy to be here and looking forward to the questions and a great chat! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery When did you decide that you wanted to follow your parent’s footsteps and enter the #wine industry? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl don’t know if there was specific moment? only worked N #wine industry my entire life. always knew this was my passion! #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman: Good morning @AristaWinery What are your jobs at the winery & how did you get your start in wine? Thanks #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @SandyWasserman any free time I'm in the cellar or the vineyard. that's my passion and what got me in the business #SommChat

Matthew Gaughan ‏@mattswineworld: What was 2013 like for #Sonoma and #russianriver #pinot? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @mattswineworld #Harvest 2014 would probably get the nod between 2013 and 2014 for my preference though #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Welcome @mattswineworld to #SommChat we hope to see U more often on our #WW hour on #wine

Charles Comm PR ‏@CharlesComm: Hello @AristaWinery! Q. Stylistically how have the wines changed with Matthew Courtney's touch? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@CharlesComm @KeeperColl all wines now unfined and unfiltered, and really dialed back on % of new oak across the board #SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: .@CharlesComm @KeeperColl much more focus and purity of fruit. dramatically changed our approach in the vineyard and cellar...

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: .@CharlesComm @KeeperColl beginning with his 1st vintage in 2013 reduced yields in vyds, all native ferments, no additions to ferments...

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove: @KeeperColl - Good morning Mark @AristaWinery - do your wines have a lot of representation here in Chicago? - #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@demilove @KeeperColl we are really focused on Chi as a market. we are working with @tenzingws and @wilsondaniels #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@demilove @KeeperColl you should be able to have greater access to the wines in Chi 2nd half of this yr and into 2017 #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove: @AristaWinery - Cool! I am starting new job today at a "Whole" store (hint, hint) - hope we can get your wines! - #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Q fr Shy #SommChat peep: R UR #wines avail. N retail shops in most of #US? If my retailer doesn't have them, how can I get @AristaWinery

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl we work hard to develop retail relationships. Fairly limited production and distribution... #SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl we are currently in 12 states nationally but in those 12 states we do have some retail availability #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman: Q @AristaWinery Who are your mentors in the wine business? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@SandyWasserman @fernandobeteta @ccollinsms and @JuneRodil from the #Somm side of the business #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Thanks @SandyWasserman and @CharlesComm for #SommChat love today with @AristaWinery

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: It seems your wines are Pinot noir & Chardonnay. Any future expansion to other grapes? @AristaWinery #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @VinoTravels21 in order to be great! #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @VinoTravels21 not at the moment. We are really committed and focused on #Pinot & #Chard... #SommChat

Charles Comm PR ‏@CharlesComm: Q. @AristaWinery Any new vineyard offerings outside of the property and Anderson Valley you are considering? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: .@CharlesComm @KeeperColl yes, actually. #RRV will always be our focus but much love for #mendocino

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@CharlesComm @KeeperColl we are planting new vyds in the #MendocinoRidge AVA. Look for more #Chardonnay in the coming yrs #SommChat

Charles Comm PR ‏@CharlesComm: @AristaWinery can't wait! #SommChat @KeeperColl

Wilson Daniels ‏@wilsondaniels: @AristaWinery is there a common attribute in the wines that define #PinotNoir from #RussianRiver? And for #Chardonnay? #terroir #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @wilsondaniels called the Neighborhoods Initiative. Seeking to further define the distinct characteristics of our AVA... #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @wilsondaniels our estate is in the #MiddleReach of the #RRV wines tend to show mix of dark & red fruit, weight and lenghth #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery What is it like working with a family #winery? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl LOL, B4 I answer need 2C if bro is online-actually gr8. End of day have each other’s back & pull N same direction. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman: Q @AristaWinery When not drinking your wine what is your wine or beverage of choice? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @SandyWasserman beer. our WM team is always brewing on the side. Important to always have cold beer to keep morale high... #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Gr8 Questions on #SommChat with @AristaWinery right not - keep them coming learning a lot on #Sonoma #Pinot and #Chardonnay

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews: It's #WineWednesday! Just jumped into reading #SommChat tweets. Thx for keeping the convo going, @KeeperColl Hello, Mark @AristaWinery

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: .@ATXFoodnews always great to see you on #SommChat lots to learn from @AristaWinery

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@ATXFoodnews @KeeperColl great to see you here. Thanks for joining #SommChat Next time u r in #Sonoma hope you can come visit us!

Charles Comm PR ‏@CharlesComm: . @AristaWinery When will the new winery be ready? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@CharlesComm @KeeperColl we broke ground last month. Extremely excited. 3 years of planning finally happening... #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: .@CharlesComm @KeeperColl we will be set for #Harvest2017 I'd love to show it to you when we're complete! SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced working at Arista Winery? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl learning to be patient and learning to take a long view of what we are building – not my nature! #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl We all want things now. Amazon Prime, baby! Who has the patience to wait anymore? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl It just doesn’t work that way with #wine. Wines we R making R truly artisanal #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl Our #wines R hand crafted & require tremendous time, effort and attention to detail. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm how was 2015 vintage and can you give us update on outlook for 2016 vintage thus far @AristaWinery

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl 2015 overall another exciting vintage. several yrs into the drought. yields were lighter than hoped for...#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat #Somm : can you give some blind tasting profiles of the diff vineyards for #Pinot @AristaWinery

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl quality was excellent as could be expected. we've just begun final blending & are pumped with the wines #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman: Q @AristaWinery How is the 2016 growing season going so far? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl @SandyWasserman got a little rain last week but haven't seen much 2 b concerned w. should start harvest late august #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery How is the terroir of the #RussianRiver Valley in #Sonoma County unique? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl #RRV vs #AndersonValley. RRV tends to show more weight and darker fruit. Moderate acidity... #SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl #Ferrington Vineyard from #Anderson Valley always has cranberry, raspberry, black tea and laser beam of acidty... #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl our estate vyd #TwoBirds in #RRV typically shows darker fruit, concentrated flavors, and broad textures, mod acid #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl the geology and climate of #SonomaCounty is incredibly complex. #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl really just beginning 2 get our arms around the variations of #RRV w/in the neighborhoods or subappellations of RRV. #SommChat

Allison Smith ‏@allisonsmith95: @AristaWinery Which wine/wines of yours have you been enjoying most lately? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @allisonsmith95 honestly, probably because of weather, i'm drinking a ton of #Chardonnay...#SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @allisonsmith95 #Chardonnay we produce. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Q fr #Shy #SommChat #Somm - how do @AristaWinery #wines age ie tell us abt drinking window for #pinot and #chardonnay

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl for #Chardonnay 1st year or 2 wines tend to really be youthful and full of energy. Very fun to drink b/c of intensity...

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl then 4 our #Chardonnay i really think ideal window is between 4-5 years. mellowed but still w/energy and freshness... #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl #Pinot i'd say ideally drinking them with 4-5 years on them. really allows wines to hit their stride... #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl then with our #Pinot we honestly don't really know the full potential to age. I'm very comfortable with 10+ years #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery Where did you work before your current position at Arista Winery? #SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl my first job in the industry was with @KJWines in their grower relations (vineyard) department

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl I then transitioned to the cellar with @KJWines for two years as a cellar rat.

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl spent 1 yr N #TX working 4 a #wine distributor B4 moving back 2 #SonomaCounty 2 begin working 4 my parents at Arista. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman: Q @AristaWinery Are you experimenting with any varietals at the winery? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @SandyWasserman since r first vintage we have made a dry #Gewurztraminer from #AndersonValley...#SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @SandyWasserman we also make a beautiful, off-dry #Riesling from #Anderson Valley but #Pinot & #Chardonnay R our focus #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery You’ve worked in both #Texas and #California. How do you compare the #wine markets? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl both #TX & #California molded and influenced me. #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl #California starts many trends as it’s so close to the epicenter of #wine and #food in our country. #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl The #wine culture in #Texas is about as vibrant and progressive as any market in the country. #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl #TX is big, thirsty & birthed 1 of most impt & influential #somm events w/ @TexSom -very blessed 2 have foot N both! #SommChat

Vino Travels ‏@VinoTravels21: What makes the terroir of the Russian River special for Pinot & chard? @AristaWinery #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @VinoTravels21 complicated answer but in brief its the combination of complex soils, proximity to pacific... #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @VinoTravels21 heavy maritime and fog influence to help moderate temps and proper grape varities. and the people, too! #SommChat

Vino Travels ‏@VinoTravels21: Thanks @AristaWinery @KeeperColl for this #SommChat ! Happy #WineWednesday to all!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Happy #WW to you too @VinoTravels21 hope to see you soon on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Thx to all of our #SommChat peeps : @AristaWinery is trending on #twitter !!!!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery Has anything changed about the brand since you and your brother bought it from your parents in 2012? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl a lot! reduced our production to elevate quality, focused now squarely on #Pinot and #Chardonnay... #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl brought in a new winemaker, Matt Courtney, and winemaking team...#SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl moved out of a custom crush environment and into our own winery which allowed us to do things on a level not previously possible

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman: Q @AristaWinery Has there been a label change, I think I was at the winery in Feb '08 and brought the Gewurtz & Pinot back to AZ ? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @SandyWasserman good catch! Yes, after my bro and I purchased the business part of that process was elevating... #SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @SandyWasserman every part of the business. We felt it was perfect time to freshen up the label and website #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: @aristawinery What are some of your favorite #foodandwinepairings you have tried using your wines recently? #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl we are lucky to have two extremely talented chefs on staff at the winery. #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl We grow 100% of our #fruit, #veggies, and #herbs on our estate. This gives us a lot of range to experiment. #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl Chef did a Ham Hock PannaCotta with English Peas, Meyer Lemon, Kohlrabi & puffed wild rice with one of our chards #SommChat

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

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl I’ve been fortunate to visit many places but the one on my list that I’ve not yet made is #Germany #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl I’m hoping to spend a week or two there next summer. I’m also intrigued by up and coming regions in the U.S., #SommChat

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl that I’ve tasted but not visited: #Michigan, #Virginia, and #NewYork would be cool to visit. Just gotta make the time! #SommChat

Arista Winery @AristaWinery: @KeeperColl have the following question for #SommChatPeeps; who/what regions should i visit in Michigan or NY?

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Making sure all #SommChat Peeps saw this question fr @AristaWinery who/what regions should i visit in Michigan or NY?

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: .@thomaspastuszak @mattreiser where should @AristaWinery visit in #NY? Help #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine w/ Mark @aristawinery on #SommChat #Sonoma #RussianRiverValley

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Great to have Mark @aristawinery join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW #Sonoma #RussianRiverValley

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews: @AristaWinery @KeeperColl Was informative and fun! #SommChat

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews: @AristaWinery @KeeperColl Liquid courage, in its lushest form! You were perfect. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking Mark @aristawinery for his time on #SommChat #Sonoma #RussianRiverValley

Arista Winery ‏@AristaWinery: @KeeperColl email or message me. Thanks agian! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl: Mark UR calendar for #SommChat w/ Master #Sommelier Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms Wed 6/29/16 12N ET!

Brahm Callahan ‏@Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl can't wait for #SommChat next week!

Alexa D'Acquisto ‏@DAcquistoAlexa: Thank you @AristaWinery and @KeeperCollection for a fun and informative #SommChat!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: You are welcome @DAcquistoAlexa - glad U enjoyed #SommChat with @AristaWinery hope you will come back for more fun!

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