Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Wine Expert Blair Gibbs

8/22 New Zealand Wine Expert Blair Gibbs

@spyvalleywine

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): Today is New Zealand on #SommChat. I’ll be in and out. Hope you can make it. @wineintamitime @bonjoyle @RMaloney80 @Cathy022

@DEFINEwines (DEFINE wines): Its #winewednesday w/ #SommChat !!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Only minutes away – live from #Malborough – insight into New Zealand #wine thanks to Blair Gibbs @spyvalleywine on #SommChat

@VinoPeteblog (Peter Trapasso): Perfect timing! We will be enjoying a New Zealand sauvignon blanc with dinner tonight! #SommChat

@jennanorth (Jenna North): FOLLOW: RT @KeeperColl Only minutes away: live from #Malborough insight into New Zealand #wine thxs to Blair Gibbs @spyvalleywine #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to hear abt New Zealand #wine from Blair Gibbs @spyvalleywine! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Blair Gibbs @spyvalleywine #SommChat #WineWednesday

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

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

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

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

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl @spyvalleywine Good morning. #WW #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): Loving be in the US and looking forward to chatting #SommChat

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): #SommChat while down in #nola for @totc i had chance to enjoy @Lillet1872 Rose’ @ladylillet delicious!!

@VinoPeteblog (Peter Trapasso): Welcome Blair! RT @KeeperColl: We’d like to introduce you to Blair Gibbs @spyvalleywine #WineWednesday #SommChat

@kcwineguy (kcwineguy): What other varietals (non PN or SB) r being produced locally that the US never gets from #Malborough? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@kcwineguy #Syrah, #Merlot Malbec are two best kept secrets #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine What makes New Zealand #wine different from anywhere else in the world? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl bright sun, clean water, young soils. Climate is moderate and grapes love the place. #SommChat #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine You are past chair of #wine #Marlborough- tell us a little about that #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl #Wine #Marlborough combines #winemakers & grape growers 2 help represent the industry 2 local & central gov’t… #SommChat #WW

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (2 of 2) …2 run cool events, educational seminars & 2 host visiting global industry partners & commentators. #SommChat #WW

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): @spyvalleywine #SommChat anything Biodynamic or Organic?

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@WarrenBobrow1 @KeeperColl plenty #bio or #organic visit http://www.nzwine.com website to learn more about sustainable farming #SommChat

@hkremer (hkremer): Q. @spyvalleywine What new up & coming grape growing in New Zealand #wine will be harvested/bottled for export? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): @hkremer none that I know of. Most new are very small production #SommChat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): The 1st Riesling I poured #BTG @Iprime_Clevel was @spyvalleywine it was racy, limey and perfect for our summertime opening. #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@MauricesCru thanks very much – the #riesling is still making many friends #SommChat @KeeperColl

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Q. @spyvalleywine #SommChat what is the size of the Martinborough region today, what are top 4-5 grapes planted?

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@noblewines Check with the nZ wine website for exact regional size details – PN, SB, Chard, Pinot Gris #SommChat

@VinoPeteblog (Peter Trapasso): @spyvalleywine Q. How do #Marlborough sauv blancs compare to #Napa sauv blancs? #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@VinoPeteblog more flavor, more acidity, more yum:) #SommChat @KeeperColl

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @MauricesCru @Iprime_Clevel @spyvalleywine I too have really enjoyed New Zealand Riesling I’ve had. #SommChat

@VinoPeteblog (Peter Trapasso): @spyvalleywine Excellent! Thank you. I will be tasting both tonight. #WineWednesday #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @spyvalleywine @VinoPeteblog I agree NZ Sauv Blancs typically are more intensely-flavored and characterful! @KeeperColl #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@enjoielife yes we are lucky we have the enviornment to produce #Sauv Blanc #SommChat @KeeperColl

@alamosawineguy (Jim Johnson): @spyvalleywine @enjoielife @KeeperColl NZ Sauv Blanc maybe a little more like a Russian River, I think #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@alamosawineguy @enjoielife @KeeperColl yet to find one but #Sauvignon Blanc likes the cooler climate #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @alamosawineguy @spyvalleywine @KeeperColl Interesting comparison NZ Sauv Blanc to Russian River Sauv Blanc. #SommChat

@bsicricket (Catherine Miles): Hear, hear! “@spyvalleywine: .@VinoPeteblog more flavor, more acidity, more yum:) #SommChat @KeeperColl”

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine Is there a distinct New Zealand winemaking philosophy/outlook? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl Continual improvm’t. Kiwis luv 2 travel & sample skills fr worlds wine regions & bring home & adapt 2 our place. #SommChat

@WineSutra (WineSutra): Happy Wine Wednesday Everyone!!! #WW #SommChat #winelovers

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine How did you first get into #wine? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (1 of 1) An interest in growing things and a chance in a new industry. #SommChat #WineWednesday

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (2 of 2) My wife’s father was developing a vineyard-we decided 2 C what was going on & liked what we saw. #SommChat #WW

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @spyvalley ever considered sparkling semillon #SommChat #formerspylookout

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): no b/c we don’t grow #Semillon – very hard to grow within #Malborough #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine What are some of the upcoming trends in the New Zealand #wine industry? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (1 of 3) We’re seeing consolidation in both vineyard and winery businesses as trade becomes more difficult. #SommChat #WW

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (2 of 3) We’re seeing experimentation in vine plantings, new varieties being trialed. #SommChat #WineWednesday

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (3 of 3) We’re seeing the emergence of Pinot Noir as a serious world stage contender. #SommChat #WineWednesday

@LaurBreu (Lauren Breuning): @KeeperColl let me just tell you, the #LA traffic is everything you think it is. Ugh. But I’m here! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine How did Spy Valley wine come to be? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl Were abt called Trout Creek but my wife put her marketing degree 2 good use & came up w/ Spy Valley at 11th hour. #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl Named so because there is an American spy base in our same valley. #SommChat #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine Your winery is one of the first in NZ to use a “glass crusher”- can you tell us what it does? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl Our local council was making us sort glass into colors at waste station then dumping them 2 landfill. #SommChat #WW

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl No recycling was available. Took a local approach to crushing our own waste & using it as mulch in the vineyard. #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @spyvalley @KeeperColl Why do we see so little NZ sparkling in US? Several good values, but they never make it to US. #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@ENOontheMagMile we like NZ #Sparkling so much at home; production is very small; and we compete against #France #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine is one of the only family-owned wine companies to have environmental approval- how do you stay “green”? #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl U work hard & think abt consequences of UR actions & how U can better perform in all parts of UR biz. #SommChat #WW

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @spyvalleywine @KeeperColl “Glaas crushers” sound environmentally correct similar to screwcaps? Forward-thinking culture in NZ. #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@enjoielife screw caps can be recycled and allow #wine to taste better than cork #SommChat #WW @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine Do you think all wineries should go #organic? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (1 of 2) No. Organics doesn’t suit every environmental situation. #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): A. @KeeperColl (2 of 2) Go organic if doing it 4 right reasons. Marketing is not the right reason. #SommChat #WineWednesday

@helenwindle (Helen Windle): @spyvalleywine How many countries do you currently export to? Which wines are you most successful? #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@KeeperColl @helenwindle export to 4 countries get 80%; total 40 countries – #Sauvignon Blanc is Most Successful #SommChat #WW

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): Q. @spyvalleywine I enjoyed your Envoy Pinot Noir at #TEXSOM. Is it widely available in the US? How many cases did you produce? #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@MattMcGinnis 450 6 packs are produced of Envoy PN and not widely available; contact @broadbentselections to find out more #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @spyvalleywine Do you believe screwcaps impact your ability to sell high-end wines? @KeeperColl #SommChat #winewednesday

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@enjoielife No, we are slowly changing perceptions abt screwcaps #SommChat @KeeperColl

@ONEHOPEWINE (ONEHOPE Wine): We hope to follow suit! RT @spyvalleywine: .@enjoielife No, we are slowly changing perceptions abt screwcaps #SommChat @KeeperColl #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @spyvalleywine @enjoielife @KeeperColl Keep up the fabulous work – go screwcaps!!! #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @StephanieMiskew Agreed Stephanie. Screwcaps don’t bother me. @spyvalleywine @KeeperColl #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @enjoielife @spyvalleywine @KeeperColl Screwcap = pristine wine! I encounter TCA often during events & classes = frustrating! #SommChat

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): #SommChat what about high quality wine in a low carbon footprint box?

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@WarrenBobrow1 could work as long as it looks good:) #SommChat @KeeperColl

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): .Q for @spyvalleywine @KeeperColl #SommChat thoughts on flavor profiles dif tween, Marlboroug, Martinborough & C Otago Pinots?

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@noblewines #malborough #PN in the middle can have bits of both worlds, more consistency, site selection very impt #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. What other things are happening in #Malborough? #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@KeeperColl Fantastic #food – #salmon, green mussels, wild game, all great with #Sauvignon Blanc and #Pinot Noir #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @spyvalleywine What about food pairings? Do NZ wines go better with certain foods more than others? @KeeperColl #SommChat #winewednesday

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@enjoielife #foods with flavor; wines that are fruit forward and have acidity #SommChat @KeeperColl

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Switched back to my computer so I can catch the end of #SommChat – good morning from Chicago!

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @demilove @KeeperColl Good morning, Doug! #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @spyvalleywine #SommChat Lamb & green lips, Martinborough Pinot & Sauv Bl or Riesling @KeeperColl

@ONEHOPEWINE (ONEHOPE Wine): mmm! RT @spyvalleywine: @KeeperColl Fantastic #food – #salmon, mussels, wild game, all great w #Sauvignon Blanc & #Pinot Noir #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): sounds good but we luv #Malborough RT @noblewines: #SommChat Lamb & green lips, Martinborough Pinot & Sauv Bl or Riesling @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @spyvalleywine Where in the world are you seeing resistance of Screw caps? #SommChat

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@KeeperColl Most countries ok; more of a generational and educational thing #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @LaurBreu @KeeperColl Remember–driving & #SommChat ting even more dangerous than driving and texting!;-)

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): Q. Who is coming to New Zealand in January 2013 for the #Pinot Noir Event – we want to see you there!!!! #SommChat

@hkremer (hkremer): in my dreams! RT @spyvalleywine Who is coming to New Zealand in Jan. 2013 for the #Pinot Noir Event, we want to see you there! #SommChat

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

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @spyvalleywine oops sorry… Martinborough PN & Marlborough SB to be PC:) #SommChat, put the Marlborough PN w/ local Salmon

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@noblewines all good we love #martinborough too:) #SommChat @KeeperColl

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking @spyvalleywine 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

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @KeeperColl @spyvalleywine Thanks to you both!!! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark ur calendar 4 #SommChat Wed 8/29 11 AM CST 2 hear @JediWineMaster, Master of #Wine, Author, & Series Host 4 @TheGreatCourses #WW

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): Thanks @spyvalleywine and @KeeperColl for an excellent #SommChat Happy #WW

@hkremer (hkremer): @spyvalleywine Thank you for hosting #SommChat #WW @KeeperColl

@LaurBreu (Lauren Breuning): I resisted the urge! RT @adamplotkin: @LaurBreu @KeeperColl Remember driving & #SommChat ting even more dangerous than driving & texting!

@spyvalleywine (Spy Valley): .@KeeperColl #SommChat tweeps – YALL welcome to New Zealand anytime

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @KeeperColl cannot wait #theforcewillbewithus #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @spyvalleywine @KeeperColl Great #SommChat. Happy #WineWednesday to everyone! #WW #winelover

@ONEHOPEWINE (ONEHOPE Wine): We’re on our way! RT @spyvalleywine: .@KeeperColl #SommChat tweeps – YALL are welcome to New Zealand anytime #SommChat

@kcwineguy (kcwineguy): Now I’m thirsty! Thx! RT @spyvalleywine: @kcwineguy #Syrah, #Merlot, Malbec are best kept secrets (from NZ) #SommChat @KeeperColl

@ChalkHillEstate (Chalk Hill Estate): @mauricescru Agree. We can spot differences in typical NZ SB & our Est. SB @alamosawineguy @spyvalleywine @enjoielife @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Wine_com (Wine.com): @KeeperColl Sorry to have missed #SommChat! Can’t wait to go back & read the stream about #NZWine!

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