Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Mike Hoefling @WantSomm

10/11 Mike Hoefling, Lazy Bear San Francisco


KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn about #wine from #Sommelier Mike Hoefling @WantSomm from @lazybearsf!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We're about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to Mike to say hello & so he knows you're here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: As we ask Mike Hoefling @WantSomm our Qs, you can ask your Qs as well! He'll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Even if u dont ask 1--give a S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @WantSomm 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let's start talking #wine with Head #Sommelier Mike Hoefling @WantSomm from @lazybearsf! #SommChat

Irene L @i_on_food_drink: <Waves hi> #SommChat from north of the 49°

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Thanks Irene - great to know who is watching and saying Hi #SommChat - hope you have a great #WW

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Great to be here @KeeperColl #SommChat

#winestudio @winestudioTINA: Hello #SommChat @WantSomm @KeeperColl

#winestudio @winestudioTINA: Hello Mike! early for you ;) #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: I might have to transition over to a coffee sommelier. #SommChat

#winestudio @winestudioTINA: Nothing wrong with that! Altho, #sommlife nowadays calls for many hats. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Hello @winestudioTINA welcome back! look forward to your Qs on #SommChat to @WantSomm

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @WantSomm what made you first become interested in learning about #wine? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Pure curiosity got me exploring the world of wine. I've always smelled everything i touched as a kid, and now it paid off. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman @SandyWasserman:

Good morning @WantSomm How did you get your start in the wine biz & who are you mentors? Thanks #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: I jumped into wine head first. Harvest, exams, & more all at the same time. I started with making wine in '12 & '13, & worked with @KMacWine #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman @SandyWasserman:

Right on. Her back in'04 on a trip to Napa. #SommChat

#winestudio @winestudioTINA: Hey Sandy! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Hey @SandyWasserman gr8 to see you here today on #SommChat - how are you and keep those Qs coming for @WantSomm

Sandy Wasserman @SandyWasserman:

Doing well thanks. And you? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We are always good on #SommChat #WW - staying very busy preparing for our 2018 #SommUF Competition in Jan

#winestudio @winestudioTINA: @WantSomm Love the @lazybearsf concept! Were you there at inception or brought on later & how is it received? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: I've fairly new to LB. LB is in their golden age and they have a strong team to keep the great work going. #SommChat

#winestudio @winestudioTINA: Reminds me of The Herbfarm in Woodinville, WA - communal dining is where it's at! #SommChat I hope it works out.

#winestudio @winestudioTINA: I have just a few min, but thought I'd check in. You have the best guests! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Thx for the #SommChat love and have a great day!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @WantSomm how long have you been in biz and what R some of biggest lessons U learned on floor

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: 5yrs. I've learned to B humble & have fun, and I always something to learn from people & about wine. Finding an edge is important #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @WantSomm when did you start at @lazybearsf and what did you do before?

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: 2mths in as Head Somm. At Saison for the past 2+ yrs, & at @ChMontelena B4 that. I started from wineries then moved to finedining #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@WantSomm what are some of your favorite #food and #wine pairings at @lazybearsf? Do U work w/ #chef on pairings or U do alone? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: I love matching flavors, ex. Nobile rot with stone fruit desserts. I love wines that refresh the palate as well ex Gruner. #SommChat ...

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Bev Dir Matt Dulle @dullettante & I taste new wines w/ the dishes w/ chef, all the time. 1 prefix, 2 types of pairings, lotOFWine #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @WantSomm what are some of the most unique #wines U have/serve at @lazybearsf? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Older CA wines from wineries that don't exist anymore. #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: i.e. 1988 Lytton Springs Zin, pre Ridge accusation. We had 1990 Ridge cab on the Reserve pairing yesterday, maybe not today. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep best way 4 #wine newbie to approach #Sommelier at a resto w/o sounding dumb @WantSomm ???

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Tell them exactly what you want even if you don't know what that is, like amazing mineral white for under $80, GO! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @WantSomm how do decide on #wines on @lazybearsf #wine list & how often does it change? How organized?

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: We put on wines that we like, new and old CA, great burgundy gems, rare wines of sorts. #SommChat ...

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: The size of one's cellar and budget can determine the pace of growth. Our current issue is space. #SommChat ...

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: The format might change soon, but its small (200 selections on the list, more in cellar), listed as new & old world white & red.#SommChat

Sandy Wasserman @SandyWasserman:

Q @WantSomm What wines/regions are your drinking that have excited you recently? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: I love what Austria is doing, so many great wines. I have a love-hate relationship with both CA & burgundy. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@AustrianwineUSA thought you would like this answer by @WantSomm about #Austria #wines on #SommChat today

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: What I really want to do is find the hidden Nebbiolo gems of northern Italy. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm R U pursuing Certifications and if so where R you currently and what is next @WantSomm

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: I'm in pursuit of getting my Advanced through @MasterSommUS I recently took & failed, but I won't stop! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @WantSomm what is UR fav part abt living & working in #SanFrancisco N #wine industry & biggest Challenge? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: SF; availability of great wines, strong somm community. Challenge, don't sleep on your allocations. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @WantSomm what trends have you seen in the #California #wine market in the past 3 years? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Burgundy is still strong in SF. Mineral drivin Chardonnay is trending strong. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @WantSomm what does typical day in UR job as Head #Sommelier at @lazybearsf look like? How many hrs/ days per wk?

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Pull all wines for 2 pairings, service, 2 seatings, record inventory every night. Promote wine education 4 staff. 50+hrs/wk. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman @SandyWasserman:

Q @WantSomm Any plans to make wine? If so what & where? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Possibly, do U know an investor ;). I've made wine 4 2yrs in the past. Its a love I think I always want to go back to #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman @SandyWasserman:

Ha! I wish, I have my own projects looking for $$. What wines have you made? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: A beautiful zin based rose from Napa and Suisun Valley AVA. #SommChat

Irene L @i_on_food_drink: @WantSomm so my usual Q: tried any Canadian wines & any on your list (non-ice wine). If not, you/yr guests open to trying? #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Most the Canadian wine I've had has been amazing and not ice-wine, convincing my guests that is what my job is all about. #SommChat

Irene L @i_on_food_drink: Glad to hear! Hope you'll tour @winebcdotcom one day. Many delicious discoveries await in food & drink incl. craft beer/spirits #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: I would love to visit BC one day! Thank you!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm can’t let U not tell us what is the love-hate with #CA & #Burgundy #wines - #spillthebeans @WantSomm

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Both Burgundy and CA are like SpeedDating, most amazing moments, but the cureballs and disappoints keep you level. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm if U were not in #wine biz - what would you be doing & @WantSomm as a child, what was your dream job?

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: My dream job is to tell dad jokes for a living. #SommChat #dadjokes

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what is % of ppl @lazybear that order pairings vs order off list @WantSomm

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: 1/2 the people do pairings, often prepaid with their ticket. 1 Bev pairing and 1 reserve wine pairing. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk w/ #Sommelier Mike Hoefling @WantSomm! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Gr8 to have #Sommelier Mike Hoefling @WantSomm from @lazybearsf join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did!

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: This has been exciting! Thank you @KeeperColl for having me! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking #Sommelier Mike Hoefling @WantSomm fr @lazybearsf for his time #SommChat

Mike Hoefling @WantSomm: Hey #SommChat peeps - don’t forget 2 follow our guest today #Sommelier Hoefling on his #Instagram handle Mikehoe we enjoy seeing #wine feed