Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker John Hilliard

9/11 Winemaker John Hilliard

@HilliardBruce

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to #Winemaker John Hilliard @HilliardBruce #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re abt ready 2 dive N w/questions, so shout out 2 #Winemaker John Hilliard @HilliardBruce 2 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! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask #Winemaker John Hilliard our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

@WineRackCo (WineRacks.com): @KeeperColl Looking forward to popping into #SommChat for a bit!

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with #Winemaker John Hilliard @HilliardBruce #WW #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Good morning from Scottsdale #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @KeeperColl Hi everybody! I am in a thick fog bank in Sta. Rita Hills, so the connection is slow! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce What made you decide to pursue winemaking? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl After a kidney transplant, I wanted to do the things that are wonderful about life, and winemaking is a big one. #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl Winemaking is very creative, and it takes some guts. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @WineRackCo great to see you here at #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @SandyWasserman glad you can join in today Sandy at #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @KeeperColl Thanks for the reminder #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @JE_Uncorked glad you can join in Jason on #SommChat

@DeniseClarkTX (Denise Clarke): Good morning from Austin. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @DeniseClarkeTX hey denise – glad you are here at #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Hearing from NorCal that harvest is looking heavy and all coming in at once. When is your harvest to begin? #SommChat @hilliardbruce…

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @noblewines We started Sept 4th with 6 tons PN #SommChat

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): Hello from #vegas! @KeeperColl @hilliardbruce #SommChat #ww #wine

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl @Rosewoodwine @ross_mckay @esmergonzalez @FallCreekWines @dellanimom Good morning! Ready for #SommChat! #wine #ww

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @hilliardbruce did you learn winemaking “on the job”, in the classroom or a combo of both? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @MyWineSchool Paul Lato called me and said he wanted to teach me, that was an amazing opportunity. #SommChat

@DrinkBonfire (Bonfire Wines): @hilliardbruce That is a very valid point. #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): Buenas vino! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @harleywine1 hey Harley – hope all is well and things are good with you – nice to see you today on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @enjoielife so glad you are joining in on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @JDewps so glad you could pop in on #SommChat Jessica!

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wines): Sorry #SommChat that picking Pinot got in the way of a chat this morning. Rain check please. Only one more pick for 2013! Almost done!!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @inmanfamilywine thanks and #Pinot picking must come first:) #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce What makes the Hilliard Bruce vineyard special? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl People- Rob Wyngard, Christine Bruce’s music, Tyson Koster’s attitude, plus sand and cold cold air #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @hilliardbruce What is total production? I see 3 wines on website, any plans for more? #SommChat

@exceptionalfood (Gourmet Delights): Every Wednesday at noon Eastern join us for #SommChat hosted by @KeeperColl http://gourmet-delights.com/store/twitter_food_chats.html … #wine #wiyg #foodies

@enjoielife (Judia Black): MT @KeeperColl: We’re abt ready 2 dive N w/questions, so shout out 2 #Winemaker John Hilliard @HilliardBruce 2 say hello! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @exceptionalfood thx for shouting out to #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): Hello from the #Mosel! #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @hilliardbruce: We started Sept 4th with 6 tons PN #SommChat is that normal crop for the vineyard you picked?

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @noblewines This is a heavy crop year. We have 2,420 vine per acre, and I am seeing big fat berries.#SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @noblewines I think we have 76 tons of fruit in 21 acres, normal would be 50 #SommChat

@ChrisTaylorTX (Chris Taylor): Howdy from Dallas, TX #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @ChrisTaylorTX I lived in Austin in 2010, and Christine and the dogs and I are all Houstonians #SommChat

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): Checking in for #SommChat today. How’s everyone doing? @KeeperColl

@DeniseClarkTX (Denise Clarke): Impressive Adam that you are joining us today from around the world! RT @AdamPlotkin Hello from the #Mosel! #SommChat #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @fernandobeteta great to see you at #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @adamplotkin: Hello from the #Mosel! #SommChat Say hello to the Doktor! Great time to be in that area.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): .@DeniseClarkeTX @AdamPlotkin he couldn’t miss #SommChat no matter where is he:) loves us too much!

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @hilliardbruce how would you describe your pinot style? Which winemaking step(s) fundamental to achieving that style? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @MyWineSchool Style is changing, was very big and ripe, now I am the antichrist in SRH with early pick #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @MyWineSchool Picking before the grapes get too ripe is essencial #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Greetings from Chicago! Busy day, may just lurk at #SommChat – headed out to @RhoneRangers tasting later!

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @hilliardbruce What are thoughts so far of ’13 harvest? Growing season? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @SandyWasserman Biggest crops ever, we need to cull down the crop to maintain ballance in canopy. Its a perfect harvest year #SommChat

@DeniseClarkTX (Denise Clarke): RT @hilliardbruce @ChrisTaylorTX I lived in Austin in 2010, and Christine and the dogs and I are all Houstonians #SommChat #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @hilliardbruce: I think we have 76 tons of fruit in 21 acres, normal would be 50 #SommChat so the Chard is coming in fat too?

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @noblewines actually Chard is normal! Just PN is big. I do not know why. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce How does your training in the Master Gardener program influence your knowledge of grape growing? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl Master program is land grant university based, so my focus is science, then art. #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl Right plant in right place. Looking for Environmental Impact Quotient for everything sustainable certified vyd #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @hilliardbruce: @MyWineSchool Style changing, was very ripe, now antichrist in SRH with early pick #SommChat Sounds like Lane Tanner

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): Need #SommChat fix! RT @DeniseClarkeTX: Impressive that you’re joining us 2day from around the world! RT @AdamPlotkin Hello from the #Mosel!

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @hilliardbruce yum – my kind of pinot! do you prefer to cold soak and/or harvest at night in #SantaRita to retain freshness? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @MyWineSchool Harvest are nightime, berries came in 53 degrees, we do cold soak for 4-5 days #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): True! RT @KeeperColl: .@DeniseClarkeTX @AdamPlotkin he couldn’t miss #SommChat no matter where is he:) loves us too much!

@enjoielife (Judia Black): Pinot w/ finesse? @hilliardbruce: @MyWineSchool Style is changing, was very big & ripe, now the antichrist in SRH w/ early pick #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @enjoielife @MyWineSchool Finesse is my goddess #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @hilliardbruce Good to hear. Do you sell any grapes? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @SandyWasserman We sell to good friends: Paul Lato and Tara Gomez at Kita #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): Seeing him Friday! RT @noblewines: RT @adamplotkin: Hello from the #Mosel! #SommChat Say hello to the Doktor! Great time to be in that area.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce What are some of the farming techniques that set your vineyard apart? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl Tom Prentice at Napa’s crop care says we are in the top 1.5 percent of vyds in vitculture So we do everything #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl Our canopy is filtered light double drip lines tied vertical shoots, it blows people away if they know what they see #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): keep your questions coming at #SommChat – learning a lot here

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @garretwnagle: @hilliardbruce sorry to jump the gun! Q: What’s best method2 study Alsacian producers? Can’t find dry Pinot Gris #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @KeeperColl @garretwnagle you tell me! #SommChat

@Champagnewhit (Whitney Woodham): “@KeeperColl: keep your questions coming at #SommChat – learning a lot here” finally here! So much great info

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce What are your views on sustainability? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl The future of farming in the world is sustainability. Organic is not dealing with the real issues in farming #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl NOP has been compromised, we need to look at what is really good for the evirons, society, economics #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @enjoielife: @hilliardbruce Would U say that gardening skills R essence of good winemaking,? Fleuraison is all about timing? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @KeeperColl @enjoielife not really, gardening helps understand vines, but not yeast and bacteria #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @Champagnewhit glad you could join in at #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @tomcaestecker glad to see you here at #SommChat

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @hilliardbruce what are you drinking these days when you aren’t drinking @hilliardbruce? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @MyWineSchool i like Paul Lato Chardonnay, Gavin Chanin’s Pinot, check out Kita girls they are cool , Coche Dury too #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Vine Collective in NY, does that mean you are self distributed a bit? @hilliardbruce #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @noblewines I love Vine Collective- super nice people- in Ny Nj, call me if you want wine. We are small and need support #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): late am i @MyWineSchool @hilliardbruce #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): .@hilliardbruce: @KeeperColl The future of farming in the world is sustainability. Organic isn’t dealing with real issues #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @hilliardbruce: @KeeperColl @enjoielife not really, gardening helps understand vines, but not yeast and bacteria #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): .@enjoielife I know people who can, but we cant. That takes an enologist who knows how to manipulate chemistry. Thats beyond us #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @hilliardbruce But can you make good wines out of bad crops? #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @ormiga: how so @enjoielife @hilliardbruce @KeeperColl #farming #sustainable vs just #organic? #wine #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @KeeperColl @ormiga @enjoielife NOP was set up by organic industry, and overruled USDA who wanted a science based program #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): .@KeeperColl @ormiga @enjoielife We know much more about true sustainability now than when the NOP was set up in 1990 #SommChat

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @ormiga I love the “yoda” talk @hilliardbruce @KeeperColl Happy #WW! #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): students we are @MyWineSchool @hilliardbruce @KeeperColl #wine #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce How do you decide when the grapes are ready to be picked? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl Give a tug to a grape and see how easily it come off the rakis, look at the seeds to see color #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl also check the lab results , pH and Brix and Total acid #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl: RT @ormiga: how so @enjoielife @hilliardbruce @KeeperColl #farming #sustainable vs just #organic? #wine #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @hilliardbruce: .@KeeperColl @ormiga @enjoielife We know much more about true sustainability now than when NOP was set up in 1990 #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): .@enjoielife @KeeperColl @ormiga many synthetic pesticides have lower EIQ than organic yes organic involves alot pesticides #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce Describe your #winemaking philosophy. #WineWednesday #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl we keep it simple. cold soak, extended maseration no additions like enzymes or dap #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): more140s please @hilliardbruce #SommChat @KeeperColl @enjoielife #wine #sustainable vs #organic am city boy tho seen+among farms often

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce Do you ever travel 2 other #wine regions 2 learn and if so where? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl we spend a month in burgundy each of 2012 and 2011 with Lato- what a blast- but burgundy is expensive! #SommChat

@Rielpicon (Stick): @hilliardbruce what changes if any did you have to make in order to receive your SIP cert? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @Rielpicon we farmed organic for 4 years, one change was no tearing up the dirt to weed. tilling is major source of greenhouse gas #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): ok thnx #SommChat @hilliardbruce @enjoielife @KeeperColl 8yrs ago in #france was exposed to #biodynamique ‘movement’ #wine #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @hilliardbruce Do you ever hire enologists to help you get the most out of a not-so-good vintage? #SommChat #wine #science

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @enjoielife NO. i just ask Josh Klapper, he is a genius try La Fenetre wines and u will see.I always ask his for his perspective #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @hilliardbruce Any experimenting w/ other grape varieties? Any room to plant more vines? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @SandyWasserman no other varieties here, a little room on our 101 acre vineyard #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @hilliardbruce: @KeeperColl Give a tug to a grape and see how easily it come off, look at the seeds to see color #SommChat taste it too..

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @hilliardbruce who are some of the more interesting Burg people you visited #SommChat?

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @hilliardbruce: @Rielpicon tilling is major source of greenhouse gas #SommChat wow never knew that, my laziness is good for Ozone!

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @noblewines @Rielpicon 60 % of greenhouse gases from agriculture come from the soil #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @noblewines Fred Munier, Comte de Vogue, Dujac Ramonet #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): .@noblewines @KeeperColl tasting grapes is over rated. honestly. #SommChat

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @hilliardbruce what comes first for you re: viti – resulting wine quality or environmental impact? Are they one in the same? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @MyWineSchool Thats a tough choice, but environment is our first goal #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @MyWineSchool usually there is no conflict between environ and winemaking #SommChat

@OWOCWines (OWOC Wines): @hilliardbruce Any other projects in the works? What’s in your future? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @OWOCWines we are building a new winery here on the vyd right now- very modern #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @HilliardBruce Any mentors you credit w/ helping teach you to make wine, etc? Did you work w/ anybody to make wine before HB? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @SandyWasserman Paul Lato

taught us how to make the wine, Peter Work helped me find CoastalVineyard care #SommChat

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): Great list – Unfamiliar w/ Fred Munier – where in BDY? RT @hilliardbruce: @noblewines Fred Munier, Comte de Vogue, Dujac Ramonet #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @MyWineSchool Frederic Mugnier is in Chambolle and in Nuits St George with a Monopole Clos de la Marachele #SommChat amazing #winemaker

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @hilliardbruce: @KeeperColl tasting grapes is over rated. honestly. #SommChat yes but better than leaving for the birds

@Rielpicon (Stick): Mind sufficiently blown “@hilliardbruce: .@noblewines @Rielpicon 60 % of greenhouse gases from agriculture come from the soil #SommChat”

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce why do you make 4 Pinot Noir wines? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl each expresses a different thing #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @hilliardbruce Nice to have friends with high IQs! Never heard of La Fenetre wines but will look for them. #SommChat #winewednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @hilliardbruce How does your background as a visual artist shape your #winemaking approach? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): A. @KeeperColl Not being afraid to do what I think is right #SommChat

@OWOCWines (OWOC Wines): @hilliardbruce Congrats on building the new winery. Dare I ask expected completion date? #SommChat

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): .@OWOCWines end of January, please come by! #SommChat

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @noblewines Ah, thanks!… I have heard of Mugnier. Just not on “Fred” basis with the man @KeeperColl @peterwasserman #SommChat

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

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking #Winemaker John Hilliard @HilliardBruce for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @hilliardbruce TY for your time on #SommChat running to do orders for client. Hope to taste your wine soon, need to replace AmpelosPN

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

@hilliardbruce (Hilliard Bruce): @KeeperColl Thank you all, check in with us next time you come to SRH, we love to see people and learn form you #SommChat

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @noblewines guess my IQ could be a little higher (or coffee a little stronger) if I couldn’t extrapolate Fred from Frederic #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Thanks for the info. @hilliardbruce @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @SandyWasserman thanks for all of the great questions today on #SommChat

@Rielpicon (Stick): @hilliardbruce @KeeperColl awesome stuff! Thanks for the time and info #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking #Winemaker John Hilliard @HilliardBruce for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@MyWineSchool (Jessica Bell DWS): @hilliardbruce Thanks for your time and insight! Good luck with the new winery. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @Rielpicon so glad you could join in on #SommChat – every wednesday from 11 am – 12 N CST

@OWOCWines (OWOC Wines): @hilliardbruce I’ll add you to my 2014 travels. Thanks for joining #SommChat It was a great way to learn more about you and your work.

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @KeeperColl Anytime. Cheers! #SommChat

@PrimlaniKitchen (Rashmi Primlani): Prior Engagement. See ya next week #SommChat @KeeperColl @Butterfinger @champagnecheers @lvwineapp @GJAtlUSA @thewinehub @yoga_kat #wine #ww

@exceptionalfood (Gourmet Delights): RT @KeeperColl: @exceptionalfood thx for shouting out to #SommChat << my pleasure

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