Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra

9/2 Winemaker Sergio Cuadra, Fall Creek Wines

@cuadra3

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl CU at #SommChat 12 N ET @Fallcreekwines #TX #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra @Cuadra3 @drunken_somm @winochic @hvwinegoddess @nicktex @sassodoro

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines @cuadra3 @drunken_somm @Winochic @hvwinegoddess @nicktex Happy #SommChat #WW!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Hope everyone's ready to talk w/ @Fallcreekwines winemaker Sergio Cuadra @cuadra3 on #wine on #SommChat today at 11 AM CST, 12 N ET!

Matt McGinnis _@MattMcGinnis can't wait #TXwine #SommChat

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas Almost time for #SommChat with Sergio Cuadra @FallCreekWines #TXwine #GoTexan @TexasWineTrail @TxWineandTrail

FallCreekWines _@FallCreekWines In just a few minutes our winemaker, @cuadra3 will be on #SommChat w/ @KeeperColl - can't wait!! #TXwine #wine

Keeper Collection @KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from @Fallcreekwines #TX #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra @Cuadra3

Keeper Collection @KeeperColl We'd like to introduce you to @Fallcreekwines #TX #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra @Cuadra3 #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Sergio Cuadra @cuadra3 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @cuadra3 Ready for #SommChat!

Keeper Collection @KeeperColl Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl As we ask Sergio Cuadra @Cuadra3 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 & @Cuadra3 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Let's start talking with @Fallcreekwines #TX #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra @Cuadra3 #WW #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl bring your questions on for #SommChat right now to @cuadra3

Sandy Wasserman CS _@SandyWasserman Good morning @cuadra3 Where did you learn to make wine & whom are your mentors? Thanks #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra @cuadra3 @SandyWasserman Hi!, all happened in Chile where I had an inspiring professor at university #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @SandyWasserman #SommChat and also Jacques Lurton was one of them at the beginning

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SandyWasserman So glad you can join in on #SommChat and thanks for all of your questions

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas Greetings Sergio @cuadra3 Nice to have you today and good photo, too! #TXwine, #SommChat @KeeperColl

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Cuadra3 Who/What got you involved in the #wine industry? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat after offering wines as waiter i got interested and I was studing just the right thing to become a winemaker, agronomy

WeddingOakWinery _@WeddingOakWine @. @cuadra3 Some say TX should have signature grapes like Oregon has Pinot and Chardonnay. What do you think? #SommChat #TXwine

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @WeddingOakWine #SommChat Texas is bigger than #France so, I think we should include a wider array of varieties

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas Good advice. And, #Texan is definitely bigger than #Oregon, too. #SommChat @KeeperColl #NotLimitedToTwoGrapes

WeddingOakWinery _@WeddingOakWine Cheers @cuadra3! We agree that our varied landscape and climate calls for a wide variety of #TXwine. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: how many years have you been @FallCreekWines and what has been the biggest cultural chg 4 U moving to #TX ?

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat i've been 2 years here and there haven't been much cultural challenges for me Texans are so welcoming

Douglas Trapasso _@demilove @KeeperColl - Good morning #SommChat ! My first ? today is what would you consider a "large" case production for a Texas winery?

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @demilove good question and great to see you here on #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @demilove @KeeperColl #SommChat large would be when the winemaker stays at the winery because there are people to do everything else

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas @cuadra3 What considerations brought you2 consider #TXwine as the next stop in your career? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @VintageTexas @KeeperColl #SommChat at 1st I wasn't sure I came for a short "trial" I realized the potential right away and decided to stay

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Cuadra3 Tell us about the first #wine you ever made - location things learned and . #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat I used to make huge volumes at the beginning, some Sauvignon, Cabernet and lots of Carmenere, of course

Sandy Wasserman CS _@SandyWasserman Q @cuadra3 Any desire to make wine outside of Texas, if so what and where? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @SandyWasserman #SommChat not for a long while. There is a lot to learn here

Matt McGinnis _@MattMcGinnis Q. @cuadra3 What can TX learn from Chile where wine went from low quality in the '80s to well respected now? #SommChat #TXwine

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @MattMcGinnis #SommChat I'd avoid the Chilean mistakes like flooding the markets with cheap wine and now suffering from that image

Odd Bacchus _@OddBacchus @cuadra3 Are you experimenting with any grape varieties not currently for sale at Fall Creek? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @OddBacchus #SommChat yes, but as single varietals that are now on blends

Odd Bacchus _@OddBacchus @cuadra3 Cool - that makes sense.

WeddingOakWinery _ @WeddingOakWine Q. @cuadra3 How is harvest going for @FallCreekWines so far? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @WeddingOakWine @FallCreekWines #SommChat we're finished and it's looking good. I think we were lucky enough to have those rains stopped

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@Cuadra3 How did you start working at @FallCreekWines ? #SommChat #TX #ATX

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat Paul Hobbs put us together and it's been a good match so far!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl way to go @paulhobbswinery thanks for sending @cuadra3 to #TX & @FallCreekWines #ATX #SommChat

Odd Bacchus _@OddBacchus @cuadra3 Are there one or two winemaking challenges particular to Texas? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3@OddBacchus #SommChat As other places we need to address freezes and also be prepared for hail, just like they do in #Argentina

Odd Bacchus _@OddBacchus @cuadra3 Interesting! I didn't realize hail was a big problem.

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas @cuadra3 Frm your int'l perspective, what is TX like/or not like in the wine world ? #SommChat @KeeperColl #txwine @demilove @OddBacchus

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @VintageTexas #SommChat My desire is to have #Txwine on the global map. That's where I'm heading. For that we need our own profile

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@Cuadra3 What is your favorite part about being the #winemaker for @FallCreekWines ? #SommChat #Texas #ATX

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat enjoying total freedom, which is not usually the case in a larger corporation

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Cuadra3 You are from South America. How does your #Chile background influence your #winemaking ? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat I came with an open mind attitude, in fact I've learned a lot over the last couple of years

Douglas Trapasso _@demilove @KeeperColl - Is it hard to get your wines onto Texas restaurant lists; do you have success with one city over another? - #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @demilove @KeeperColl #SommChat it's varies, but once they taste they are usually positively surprised. a bit easier in Austin

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: Do you have autonomy in #winemaking @FallCreekWines & how many people R on UR team? #TX

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat total autonomy, and there are like 6 people at the winery

Matt McGinnis _@MattMcGinnis Q. @cuadra3 what are the biggest challenges facing #TXwine? What is the biggest opportunity? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @MattMcGinnis #SommChat gain consistency as an indstry spreading the wrd, planting vineyards. Oportunity, we can still create our image

Matt McGinnis _@MattMcGinnis .@cuadra3 Lots of opportunity to create an image for the #TXwine industry #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Cuadra3 What are some of the biggest differences between working as a #winemaker in #Chile vs. #Texas? #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Cuadra3 While working at Anakena, what was it like working under the tutelage of Jaques Lurton @jlurton ? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @jlurton #SommChat it was Paul Hobbs at Anakena, both great guys, very open and talented

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @paulhobbswinery noted again on #SommChat

Wine & Food Fndn TX _@WineFoodTX Q. @cuadra3 Is there better support for wineries in Chile from the government and other organizations than in TX? #SommChat #TXwine

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @WineFoodTX #SommChat not really, what I do see in #chile is that they are united as an industry and has been for a long time

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: how large are your vineyards in #TX and how many cases do you produce a year? How many diff wines @FallCreekWines

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat we get grapes from growers mainly, one of them being #SaltLick vineyards, and we produce some 50k/y

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl wow 50,000 cases of #wine per year and 25 different wines @FallCreekWines by @cuadra3 #TX #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@Cuadra3 What are some of your other responsibilities than being the #winemaker at @FallCreekWines ? #SommChat #TXwine #ATX #texas

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat I enjoy giving my input to growers, I think that's the most well spent time I can have. marketing too

Wine & Food Fndn TX _@WineFoodTX Q. @cuadra3 Why do you think the #TXwine industry is less united than some other regions/countries? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @WineFoodTX #SommChat I don't know that, all I know is that I see united bodies from all exporting countries

ormiga _@ormiga am here #SommChat where #fallcreek #wine texas @KeeperColl @cuadra3 @fallcreekwines @mcontrol @megmaker @ridesmith @vinustrip @winetonight

Douglas Trapasso _@demilove @KeeperColl - Are there distributors working on making TX wines available in other markets? I live in small town called Chicago - #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @demilove @KeeperColl #SommChat I wish!, but one of the challenges is to have enough wine and that takes time

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@Cuadra3 Did the flooding in the #Austin area this summer hinder your harvest at @FallCreekWines ? #SommChat

Stacy Markham _@AustinpalStacy keepercoll: .Cuadra3 Did the flooding in the #Austin area this summer hinder your harvest at FallCreekWines ? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat the rain stopped right on time. just before vines go into ripening, so we were ok

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas Sergio @cuadra3 RU active in pursuit outside TX or is focus inside state now. #SommChat <@dbrogues @winejames @BillElsey @yrmom_safoodie

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @VintageTexas #SommChat as we say one flea at a time!, yes after TX we should go for the rest of the US and beyond

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas #GoodPhilosophy @cuadra3 #SommChat

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas @sportywineguy > Sergio @cuadra3 directed to #TXwine & @FallCreekWines by @paulhobbswinery / #SommChat @KeeperColl

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@Cuadra3 How does topography, weather, and soil differ bw the #wine u make in #Chile and what u make in #Texas @fallcreekwines ? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat expect enhanced minerality in mouth. Drought is ok as long as you can irrigate. big array of wines and so the food

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat temperatures are way higher here. A lot of limestone which we miss in #Chile

ormiga @ormiga never tried #texas #wine what nose mouth red white @KeeperColl @cuadra3 @fallcreekwines how #drought affects? natural pairing? #cheese? #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: do you have plans to grow @FallCreekWines and if so in # of btls or in new #wines or both? @cuadra3

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3@KeeperColl @FallCreekWines #SommChat definitely both!

ormiga _@ormiga cool @cuadra3 @KeeperColl good to know both #SommChat so reminds real #chablis of #france not napa ;)

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Cuadra3 What #wine regions do you wish to visit in the future? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat yes!, i haven`t been in many other #US wine regions, like Virginia or NY, lots to visit!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: for growth, do you have the facilities already in place or would you need to expand? any new grape varieties?

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat we have a good facility but we'd need to expand at a certain point. we're planning on including #Carignan for example

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas Sergio… @cuadra3 with addition of #Carignan sounds like blends are the way to go??? #txwine #SommChat @KeeperColl

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @VintageTexas @KeeperColl #SommChat blends and single varietals alre going to share the space I guess. People will tell

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Cuadra3 Sergio, what do you like to do in your personal time? #SommChat

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat besides family I love to mountain bike, anyone interested in a ride?

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: is it hard to find ppl to work in #tx in the winery and/or in the vineyards? @cuadra3

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat I think not than anywhere else. Harvest is tough though because you need way people

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed #wine talk w/ @Fallcreekwines #TX #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra @cuadra3 #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Great to have @Fallcreekwines #TX #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra @cuadra3 join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking #TX #Winemaker Sergio Cuadra @Cuadra3 for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

Russ Kane _@VintageTexas @cuadra3 @FallCreekWines Many thanks for your time today on #SommChat @KeeperColl #txwine

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @VintageTexas @FallCreekWines @KeeperColl #SommChat you're very welcome!, thank you!

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @cuadra3 Thanks for a great #SommChat!

Sergio Cuadra _@cuadra3 @KeeperColl #SommChat thanks so much for this opportunity!, we'd love to have y'all at one of our 2 locations, Driftwood or Tow!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl An "Au Revoir to Texas” fr French Intern @clo_lafarge of @DomaineLafarge #TX will miss U http://bit.ly/1IHx6Y0 Happy #WineWednesday #SommChat

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