Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler

1/11 Master Distiller Johnny Schuler, Pisco Porton


Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: TODAY! Join Master Distiller Johnny Schuler for a live Q&A with @keepercoll. Tweet @PiscoPorton and #sommchat. Noon--1:00 pm EST. SALUD!

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Less than 30 mins away - Hope everyone’s ready for #SommChat w/ @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler today at 12 N ET!

Tony Matchus @tmatchus: Very excited that Johnny will be available from Peru to participate today on #sommchat @keepercoll @PiscoPorton

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us to talk w / @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler on #SommChat !

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: We’d like 2 introduce you to @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler! #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler & say hello so he knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Don’t forget to include #SommChat on EVERY tweet in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: As we ask our Qs on, you can ask Johnny Ur Qs to @keepercoll & @PiscoPorton as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! S/O 2 Johnny Schuler @PiscoPorton and @keepercoll 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Excited to be here! #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Let’s start talking with @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler on #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @PiscoPorton Tell us a little about #Pisco #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll #pisco is distilled from grapes and is #Peru’s native spirit. Unaltered w no water and no additives #puregrapes #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how long have you been @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller and any changes you have made? any on horizon?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Started in 2009; we respond to nature and always have new products on horizon #sommchat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Good morning @PiscoPorton How did you get your start in the spirits industry & do you have any distilling mentors? Thanks #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: great to see you on #SommChat today @SandyWasserman with @PiscoPorton

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @SandyWasserman Started in restaurants;always been w&s aficionado. Mentor is Mrs. Juanita, Peru's oldest authority on pisco #sommchat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: @keepercoll @PiscoPorton Thanks #sommchat

Lauren Harrison @13lharrison: #Sommchat @PiscoPorton I am a beginner, and want to know if Pisco can be drunk alone or is it only good for mixing in #cocktails?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @13lharrison I love it neat and at room temp! It sure is a wonderful mixer. #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @PiscoPorton Johnny, can #Pisco be made from any grapes? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll No, pisco is made from 8 specific #grape varietals all grown around the #peruvian coast #sommchat

WineCompass @winecompass: @PiscoPorton Are the grape varieties blended or single varietal distillates? #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @winecompass There are 3 types: #acholado is blend of 2+ varietals. #puro is 1 varietal. Both use 6-8 lbs grapes per liter #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @winecompass #mostoverde is third and style of puro or acholado using partially fermented #must. Uses 16-18 lbs grapes per liter #sommchat

Jordan Winery @jordanwinery: We’re now using Coravin at the winery to allow for tasting of old bottles. Any advice from your experience? #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: Hello @PiscoPorton Peru's national #Pisco Day is soon, correct? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: .@winecompass great to see you back on #SommChat today with @PiscoPorton always enjoy your questions keep them coming

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @winecompass Sat Feb.4th is National Pisco Sour Day! Get your shaker ready! National Pisco Day is July 23rd #holidays #piscosour #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm : how would you describe the tasting profile of @PiscoPorton and how does it differ from other #pisco Johnny?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Aromatics, flowery, exciting, spicy, mouth-filling, fruity, round, velvety and very long! #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll How is it different? Estate grown varietals and manage all production. You've got to try it! #sommchat

Jordan Winery @jordanwinery: What older vintages of Cali Cabernet are you most interested in pouring for guests this year? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @jordanwinery 1995, 1996 and 1997 would be interesting to compare #SommChat

Lauren Harrison @13lharrison: #Sommchat @PiscoPorton excited to try Pisco! What foods pair well with #Pisco?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @13lharrison If drinking quebranta neat, pairs great with anything spicy. Try with ceviche! Try Torontel neat with key lime pie #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @13lharrison In cocktails, if fruity try fish or seafood dishes. If cocktail spicy, go with game or meat. #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @PiscoPorton What are the #grapes used? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Aromatics: italia, torontel, albilla, moscatel, #sommchat; Nonaromatics: quebranta, negra criolla, uvina, mollar #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: .@MSPWineGuy thx for continued #SommChat support enjoying @PiscoPorton convo today

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: @PiscoPorton Have you distilled other spirits before Pisco? #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @SandyWasserman No--I used to drink them! #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: .@PiscoPorton Do you know of any Pisco bars in the U.S.? @keepercoll #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @RichardPF @keepercoll Check out Catahoula in #NOLA, La Mar #SF, The Pisco Latin Lounge in #SF, Latin Bites #HOU, @PioPioNYC #NYC #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @PiscoPorton @keepercoll @PioPioNYC Thanks very much! #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @RichardPF @keepercoll There are many, many more!! #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Great question @RichardPF great to see you back on #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @keepercoll @PiscoPorton Thanks! I am a Pisco fan. In the summer, I made Frozen Pisco-rita's. #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @RichardPF @keepercoll Sounds great! Send me the recipe! #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @PiscoPorton @keepercoll I just use a basic Margarita recipe but use Pisco rather than Tequila. #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: .@PiscoPorton @keepercoll what do you see as the main differences of Peruvian vs Chilean Pisco? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @RichardPF @keepercoll Sounds great-thanks! #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @RichardPF @keepercoll peruvian pisco = single distillation, distilled to proof, do not age in wood.Huge difference! #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @PiscoPorton @keepercoll Thanks again. #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what R UR biggest markets in the US and how much do you export to US of @PiscoPorton production? How much do U make?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll NY, FL, CA, TX; #1 exported pisco to the US; are small, techno-artisanal family distillery;produce about 400K liters #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @PiscoPorton What is the #Brix level for the grapes? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Getting ready to harvest! Our #estate grown grapes have high #Brix level +25. Provides exceptional flavor and aroma! #sommchat

Lauren Harrison @13lharrison: #Sommchat @PiscoPorton Johnny, what is your favorite part about your job?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @13lharrison Walking vineyards in the morning, participating in harvest, overseeing distillation, and then drinking it! #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @PiscoPorton Johnny, read you’re a great chef too, where/how did you learn to cook? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll I am son of restaurant owner; studied in Cornell and Switzerland; essentially self-made and love it! #sommchat

WineCompass @winecompass: Q. @PiscoPorton Is Pisco ever aged in oak before bottling? #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @winecompass No-that's against norms. Pisco Portón rests for min. 1 year in containers that do not change aroma, taste, or color #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @PiscoPorton Johnny, how do you maintain quality in production? have you had any issues w/ climate change? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Strict quality control in our own vineyards; have techno-artisanal distillery and working with great team.#sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Climate change in deserts of Ica not so drastic; we have very little rain and basically constant temp. #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @PiscoPorton What type of yeast do you use in your #Pisco fermentation? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Fermentation uses #natural yeast strains. Little rain allows natural yeast to grow on grape skins and not wash off. #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: have you ever made a martini with @PiscoPorton and if so is it just a straight substitution for the #vodka r #gin ?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Yes--it works great and try infusing Pisco Portón w fruits, spices, etc and make Portóntinis! You'll love it! #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @PiscoPorton What has been your greatest challenge since starting the #distillery?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Like everything I do in life, trying to be the best! #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @PiscoPorton @keepercoll Do you feel Pisco reflects terroir? #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @RichardPF @keepercoll Absolutely! That's why we grow different grapes in different areas of Ica Valley #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @PiscoPorton @keepercoll Exploring those terroir differences sounds like an jntersting project #SOMMchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @PiscoPorton Johnny, what do you like most about #Pisco? #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll It is magical! Full flavor and aroma of the grape and terroir of the region. Highly #mixable, #versatile #spiritofperu #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @PiscoPorton @keepercoll That answers the question I just asked. :) #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @PiscoPorton Tell us a little about Hacienda La Caravedo #SommChat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll #technoartisanal Oldest in the Americas est. 1684. We use traditional pot stills (falcas), wooden press (usillo) #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll Gravity fed distillation, reuse distillation stillage, pruning clippings for natural fertilizer; offset CO2 emissions #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - does @PiscoPorton last like a #spirit for long time in bottle or does it age like a #wine Johnny?

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @keepercoll It is a spirit and like all spirits, it does not age in the bottle #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking w/ @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler on #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @keepercoll @PiscoPorton Thanks very much Johnny! Glad to chat. #sommchat

Pisco Porton @PiscoPorton: @RichardPF @keepercoll Thank you!! Any further questions, contact us at Hope to see you in Boston! #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @PiscoPorton @keepercoll Please keep me informed if you do come to the Boston area.

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Great to have Johnny Schuler of @PiscoPorton join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Please join us in thanking @PiscoPorton Master #Distiller Johnny Schuler for his time on #SommChat