Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Sommelier and Wine Director Thomas Pastuszak

10/16 Sommelier and Wine Director Thomas Pastuszak


@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear #Sommelier @ThomasPastuszak #Wine Dir. NoMad Restaurant live in #NYC #WW

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to #Sommelier & #Wine Director NoMad Restaurant Thomas Pastuszak @ThomasPastuszak #SommChat #WW

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): #SommChat today is live today in the lounge of NoMad Restaurant in #NYC with Sommelier and #Wine Director @ThomasPastuszak

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’re abt ready 2 dive in w/?s, so S/O 2 #NYC #Sommelier Thomas Pastuszak @ThomasPastuszak 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 #Sommelier Thomas Pastuszak our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order they come #SommCha

@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

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Good morning & Happy my wino friends #WW #Sommchat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with #NYC #Sommelier Thomas Pastuszak @ThomasPastuszak from NoMad Restaurant #WW #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @SandyWasserman great to see you at #SommChat and Look forward to your questions

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @keepercoll Great to be here, thanks so much for having me! #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak on which #wine region are you focused in your restaurant? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @m_arcon @keepercoll A selection of the top cool-climate regions of the world: Champagne, Burgundy, N. Italy, Finger Lakes NY #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): See Single Vyrd @ravineswine by glass don’t know that riesling, have poured their other Riesling @CO_TheMaidstone @thomaspastuszak #sommchat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @noblewines @ravineswine @CO_TheMaidstone Their top single-vyd, from Sam Argetsinger’s farm, amazing site w/limestone-rich soils! #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @noblewines @ravineswine @CO_TheMaidstone Check my feed for a great panoroma, I was there last week when riesling was coming-in #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Good morning all from Chicago! Happy #SommChat day!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): so glad you are here and look fwd to your questions RT @demilove: @keepercoll – Good morning all from Chicago! Happy #SommChat day!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThomasPastuszak What got you interested in the #Wine business & when did you first get interested? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): A. @keepercoll While in college, paying-off loans I worked in restaurants: wine brought art & science together in a very special way #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @mattreiser ready for your #SommChat Questions:)

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @thomaspastuszak What kind of food is served at NoMad & how diverse is the #wine list? What’s your preferred region of #wine & why? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @SandyWasserman French-influenced New American cuisine by Chef Daniel Humm, N. hemisphere wine . All regions listed are preferred! #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @thomaspastuszak do you have a special tip for a north italian wine? #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): @thomaspastuszak the wines from the Flx that are on your list are they mostly Rieslings #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @hvwinegoddess Yes, #Riesling is king of #FLXwine with so many different styles, though great Pinot Noir, Cab Franc & Chard too #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Great questions #SommChat tweeps – keep them coming

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak Good morning. A little late to #Sommchat and it’s a busy day, so mutlitasking. But want to say hello!

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @thomaspastuszak @keepercoll whats your favorite Champagne producer and do you have any tip for a good value Grower-Champagne? #SommChat

@exceptionalfood (Gourmet Delights): Every Wednesday at noon Eastern join us for #SommChat hosted by @keepercoll … #wine #wiyg #foodies

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @thomaspastuszak @keepercoll thx, love to discover new regions in italy with amazing wines. #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @thomaspastuszak Do you have a pesonal philosophy when it comes to wine? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @SandyWasserman Drink what you love but constantly explore; this will keep your true favorites exciting always & opens new doors #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): #SommChat MT @thomaspastuszak:Explore lesser-known appellations: Barolo & Barbaresco R amazing lk N2 Valtellina, Gattinara, 4 great nebbiolo

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @enjoielife great to hear from you on #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @thomaspastuszak Any desire to make wine? If so, what and where? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @SandyWasserman Can’t give away all my secrets! But watch & see #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThomasPastuszak How would you describe UR approach in developing the #Wine list at NoMad Restaurant in #NYC. #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): A. @keepercoll Focus on food first: if the wine you serve doesn’t work with chef’s cuisine at the table, it shouldn’t be on your list #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): A. @keepercoll Then choose regions/styles to focus on; you can’t get them all on your list, so pick what u are most passionate about #SommChat

@knowvino (Carl Corsi): Q @thomaspastuszak On average, how many wine purveyors do you sit and taste wines with in a week? #Sommchat @keepercoll

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @knowvino @keepercoll Depends on the week, sometimes a handful, sometimes more (we tend to have very busy weeks at NoMad)! #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @thomaspastuszak I gotta check that out… I’ll check with my Winebow rep and taste asap #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @noblewines Check out my list for some other greats, and I’m happy to point you in the right direction for other great #Riesling #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThomasPastuszak What advice would you give others who are looking at creating a #wine list? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): A. @keepercoll Taste as much as you can, be sure to offer value at many price points, and don’t try to force wine that doesn’t fit #SommChat

@conbeazie (Matthew Conway): Q. @thomaspastuszak How do you feel about your now cemented status as the hair icon of Somms around the world? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @conbeazie If you got it… thrilled to make a statement with the coif (and by the way, this is Thomas’ hair typing, too) #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): saw @somm_film w/Justin Port Jeff was painful experience sitting 4 MS, almost as bad watching it 10yrs later! @thomaspastuszak #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .@keepercoll @thomaspastuszak Good morning, #sommchat friends!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThomasPastuszak How do you work w/the Chefs at NoMad Restaurant to add #wines 2 UR list as the menu changes? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): A. @keepercoll Menu changes seasonally, I like to keep the list live/changing; as we move into colder months, I’ll add richer wines #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak do you think a Sommelier earns enough for what she/he does every day in the restaurant? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @m_arcon @keepercoll The greatest benefit is the relationships & experiences we have with our guests & peers (honest)! #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @thomaspastuszak tough enough selling #flx Riesling in LI wine country, single vyrd at higher price will really shock #hamptons #sommchat

@jmolesworth1 (James Molesworth): . @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak I noticed you’ve been using Coravin for BTG pours. How are the results for you? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @jmolesworth1 @keepercoll Love @Coravin Able to share great classics w/age & offer value, preservation has proven fantastic! #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – When you buy wine for yourself, are you thinking about same things as when you buy for your restaurant? – #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @demilove @keepercoll Fortunately, my palette & the best wines for the list at NoMad happen to align #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .Q @thomaspastuszak Do you find any difficult #wine/food pairings? Any 1 u think of; how did you solve the problem? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @winegalLynne The classic problems that arise (spice/tannin/acid); I taste many possible combinations as I can to find the match #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak do you have any tips for the beginners how they can train their palates? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @m_arcon @keepercoll Taste, taste, taste! W/others as much as you can, blind-tasting is the best way to sharpen your tool & repeat #SommChat

@jennanorth (Jenna North): Following: RT @keepercoll #SommChat is live 2day in the lounge of NoMad Restaurant in #NYC w/ Sommelier & Wine Director @ThomasPastuszak #ww

@fermented (Fermented): @thomaspastuszak what one wine are you obsessing about currently? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @fermented It’s getting cold out soon & truffles are coming into season, so I’m focusing on Piedmont: more nebbiolo, please! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @jennanorth hi Jenna – great to see you on #SommChat

@jennanorth (Jenna North): Cheers! @keepercoll @phandke @Hadel @foothillwino @StemGrip @BlindedBite @tricerapops @WPTUSA #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @jmolesworth1 @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak noticed you’ve been using Coravin for BTG pours. How are the results for you? #SommChat

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): @thomaspastuszak @keepercoll good morning from #vegas #sommchat #WW

@enjoielife (Judia Black): RT @jennanorth @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak #SommChat is live 2day in lounge of NoMad Restaurant in #NYC w/ Sommelier @ThomasPastuszak #ww

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @harleywine1 hi Harley – great to see you again on #SOmmChat and can’t wait to hear your questions

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @thomaspastuszak @keepercoll what do you think about wine critics like @RobertMParkerJr, @JancisRobinson or @AntonioGalloni? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @m_arcon @keepercoll @RobertMParkerJr @JancisRobinson @AntonioGalloni Critics have been v. helpful: reviewing wine regions for all #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .Q2 @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak Seeing any trends in wine drinking at NoMad lately? #sommchat #WW

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Is there a wine region or variety u enjoy but feel is just aesthetically wrong for your restaurant? – #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @demilove @keepercoll No, the wines I love aesthetically (fortunately) pair well with the NoMad’s cuisine; leaner, fresher styles #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @thomaspastuszak w/ the cocktail & craft beer craze of how do you make wine relevant & sell customers on that when wine more $$ #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @SandyWasserman Have folks try their food with wine, cocktails & beer simultaneously; wine consistently pairs best & they notice #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .@keepercoll @thomaspastuszak Any wines/regions/grapes that u feel r underrated or overlooked? #sommchat #WW

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): @thomaspastuszak In your observation, what are sommeliers doing different today versus 5 years ago? #Sommchat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @fernandobeteta Learning to go beyond the wine sale & connect more w/guests; also becoming more entrepreneurial & pushing limits #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @thomaspastuszak @keepercoll what was the best wine you have experienced yet? #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @thomaspastuszak @keepercoll @Coravin Awesome! I like that idea myself =) #SommChat

@nzcomplexity (Complexity): Better late than never..checking into #SommChat @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak Happy #WW all!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @nzcomplexity so glad you can join in on #SommChat – thanks for lettting us know you are here

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): .@thomaspastuszak is there much influence on the cuisine from Chefs Suisse roots? Such as their love of Valtellina Vino? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @noblewines Certainly some (selection of Swiss-only cheeses!) though plenty of worldly influence, in particular W. Europe #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThomasPastuszak What do you like to do with your personal time? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): A. @keepercoll Eat, drink, travel & spend time with my peers; our “work” becomes a lifestyle very easily, hand-in-hand #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): great job with questions – keep them coming on #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. .@ThomasPastuszak How do U juggle time b/w work & studying 4 Master #Sommelier exam @MasterSommUS? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak):A. @keepercoll @MasterSommUS We do the best we can: sleep less, study & taste more while maintaining structure in our days #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): MT @thomaspastuszak: @winegalLynne Big proponent of #FLXwine as up-and-comer; also Loire Valley, so > great values fr many grapes #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): RT @thomaspastuszak: @m_arcon @keepercoll Too many to choose just one #sommchat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @thomaspastuszak does he do Raclette ever? Luv it but it can hose a dining room with potent smells! #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @noblewines Not as of yet at NoMad, though I do love me some stinky cheese #SommChat

@winegrapestone (Tricia Conover, CWP): @ThomasPastuszak #sommchat Just joining. Lots of controversy lately, WSJ Article,on wine pricing in restaurants. Any comments?

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @winegrapestone Not sure I’ve seen that article, but would love to check it out, send it along #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .@keepercoll @thomaspastuszak Any balanced CA wine favorites on ur menu? #sommchat #ww

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @winegalLynne @keepercoll Lots from N & S Cali: Copain, Cobb, Hirsch, Tyler, Lieu Dit, Rhys, Calera, Habit, Kutch are favs #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): .@thomaspastuszak I visited Nomad recently & enjoyed the Seafood Couscous! What wine would you pair w/ it? @demilove @keepercoll #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @enjoielife @demilove @keepercoll Bubbles! We created a custom Champagne with @_Billecart -Salmon: ‘Selection NoMad’ Extra-Brut #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q @thomaspastuszak Do you have a mentor in the wine world who’s helped you on your journey? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @SandyWasserman Definitely a few mentors who have helped me & pushed me in the right direction, especially @robertbohr @yobetts #SommChat

@Sabato3 (Sabato Sagaria, MS): .@thomaspastuszak How has the #raidingthecellar program changed your BTG program? Customer response? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @Sabato3 Doubled our selections! More flexibility for pairings & exposing folks to wine they wouldn’t normally be able to try #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @Sabato3 Nothing but positive feedback, guests love the show using @Coravin and thankful to try pristine, older bottles #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak any good tip to start my experience with the Nebbiolo grape? #SommChat

@winegrapestone (Tricia Conover, CWP): … WSJ on Wine pricing. #sommchat @thomaspastusza

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @winegrapestone Restaurants are indeed businesses w/margins & goals, though should be fair to the market & industry standards #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @thomaspastuszak @keepercoll Oooh, Rhys… right her in my ‘hood; Sta Cruz mtns… lovely! #sommchat

@Sabato3 (Sabato Sagaria, MS): Follow up question 4 @thomaspastuszak ..Do Somms with beautiful hair have any advantage over bald Somms in today’s industry? #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @thomaspastuszak @demilove @keepercoll @_Billecart Great idea. Will do bubbles next time! #Sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): . @thomaspastuszak At the end of a busy day, any wine u like to relax with? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @winegalLynne I typically refresh my palette & sensibility with a crisp, cold beer Reissdorf Kolsch being at the top! #SommChat

@winegrapestone (Tricia Conover, CWP): @thomaspastuszak #sommchat. Good answer-evidently some are more “standard” than others. Lettie Teague calls out some reasonably priced ones.

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak best value wine under 25 bucks? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @m_arcon @keepercoll Intro wines from top producers, also from lesser-known regions, but I would say find a wine shop you trust #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): RETAIL? RT @m_arcon: @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak best value wine under 25 bucks? #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @Sabato3 Follow up Q 4 @thomaspastuszak Do Somms w/beautiful hair have advantage over bald Somms in today’s industry #SommChat @dwilson79

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @keepercoll @thomaspastuszak yes retail #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @thomaspastuszak #sommchat with winesearcher app & others + discounting at big box retail, the on vs off value is different than pre-2008

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @noblewines Very good point! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ThomasPastuszak What do you think it is about #Riesling grape that makes such great wines? #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): A. @keepercoll Great variety of styles (sparkling, dry, sweet), inherent freshness & acidity, and ability to transport you to the vyd #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .@keepercoll @thomaspastuszak Thx for another great #sommchat! Look 4ward to NoMad #wine/food next time in New York! Bye friends!

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): Great #sommchat @thomaspastuszak. I was on a conference call, but there in spirit.

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): .@winegalLynne good deal – we did two nights ago and @thomaspastuszak and team were amazing – #Cantmiss #sommchat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @thomaspastuszak I’ve been working on a solution for last 3 years… hopefully will launch this Jan @sciowines #sommchat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @winegalLynne @keepercoll Come & visit soon! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with #Sommelier & #Wine Director @ThomasPastuszak #WineWednesday #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): I’m looking forward to bring my CA guests to NoMad in Dec. Look out @ThomasPastuszak #SommChat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @hvwinegoddess Make it happen! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): It was great to have #Sommelier Thomas Pastuszak @ThomasPastuszak join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking #Sommelier Thomas Pastuszak @ThomasPastuszak from NoMad Restaurant for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If anyone missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to for you to review later #sommchat

@thomaspastuszak (Thomas Pastuszak): @keepercoll Thanks again for having me, my hair thank you all as well #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @thomaspastuszak Riesling so complex ends up 1 of last stops on wino’s evolution after complex reds. Thanks for your time on #sommchat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): Thank you for your time. Was great! RT @thomaspastuszak: @keepercoll Thanks again for having me, my hair thank you all as well #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): Great #SommChat today with @thomaspastuszak! Thx, really enjoyed it! @keepercoll

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Hope you can take #SommChat on the road again . . . maybe Chicago next?

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Will put that on the list “@demilove: @keepercoll – Hope you can take #SommChat on the road again . . . maybe Chicago next?”