Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #MasterSommelier Drew Hendricks

1/11 Master Sommelier Drew Hendricks


@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Almost time for #SommChat with Master Somm @drewhendricksms of Pappas Bros to join us at 11 AM CST.

@jennanorth (Jenna North): Looking fwd to following #SommChat today w/ @drewhendricksms @TexSom @keepercoll at 11AM CST #WW

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): I’ll be there for my #HOU-town bud @drewhendricksMS: moral support, at least one #TXwine question #SommChat at 11 am CST today.

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@VintageTexas Hola! Glad to see you following along! #TXWine #SommChat

@franklywines (Christy Frank): ooo la la RT @keepercoll: Almost time for #SommChat with Master Somm @drewhendricksms of Pappas Bros to join us at 11 AM CST.

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @keepercoll: Almost time for #SommChat with Master Somm @drewhendricksms of Pappas Bros to join us at 11 AM CST.

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from Master Sommelier Drew Hendricks! #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): It’s my favorite day of the week #WineWednesday because we have #SommChat!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with @drewhendricksms #WineWednesday #SommChat #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@KeeperColl great to be here again!! Looking forward to the next hour #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll @TexSom – Hi Drew! I hope to join you this year at @TexSom ! – #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@demilove look forward to seeing you there. Good luck on the Intro course! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms What is ur first memory of experiencing #wine? Did that moment spark your interest or was it later? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll hard 2 recall, sparked in the @USArmy, spark was fueled during culinary school here in Houston @Art_Institutes #SommChat

@WineFoodTX (Wine & Food Fndn TX): We never knew @drewhendricksms was in Culinary school (or the Army for that matter). #SommChat

@JonSomm (Jon Hone): .@drewhendricksms I have a question.. What is your fav wine to enjoy while watching UR fav Texas team in the playoffs this week? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@JonSomm I will be watching my second favorite TX team in the playoffs but cheers to the @HoustonTexans! Hopefully Champagne! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): RT @demilove: @drewhendricksms – Do U hold that at the same time as other seminars? I would hate 2 miss good stuff at @TEXSOM ! #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@keepercoll @demilove no it is the Saturday and Sunday prior #TEXSOM #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): Gotta compliment the wine atmosphere at Pappa’s restaurants. How do implement education and tastings with your staff? #SommChat #WW

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@scottota THX have great tools for Casual dining we have elearning platforms and weekly meetings at steakhouses to keep it fresh! #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): Q. @drewhendricksms Do you have a preferred time of day to taste wines? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@drooln Morning is always the best time taste. Palate is fresh brain is fresh! #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): .@drewhendricksms I prefer that too…I liken it to the smells that wake you up…bacon, breakfast in general, it jumps out at ya #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @keepercoll @drewhendricksms My logic to skipping in the AM is I don’t sell any wine in the AM. #SommChat

@MDSmitty2488 (Davis Smith): @drewhendricksms @keepercoll Popping into #SommChat for little while. Q: What is approach to selling wine? Do you talk flavor, texture etc.?

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@MDSmitty2488 I like to find out what the guests likes are and then go from there mostly flavor but a bit of texture too. Good Q! #SommChat

@VintageTexas(Russ Kane): RT @drewhendricksms: .@MDSmitty2488 Find out what the guests likes…<

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @keepercoll @drewhendricksms Q- Is it tough to work on many different types of restaurants? Is there pushback at the store level? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@ENOontheMagMile it is difficult. We have GREAT operators who are all about making it happen. Don’t get much pushback! #SommChat

@PaddyGaudet (Pat Gaudet): @drewhendricksms dont know much about your restaurants but there seems to be a focus on mex food. What is the wine list make up? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @PaddyGaudet We have many concepts from Steak to Tex-Mex and casual seafood in between over 80 restaurants. Wine lists vary widely #SommChat

@EllaDogSays (Ella Dog): For those of us who are planning on a bit more of a #saintsnation win … what would you pair with crawfish etouffee ? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @EllaDogSays RIESLING!!! #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): Looking forward to @TEXSOM 2012. What have been some of your favorite speakers/panels over the years? #SommChat #WW

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@scottota Always enjoy the Management of Bev. Prog. but Musar was the top of the heap. Although I dont get 2 see many seminars #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms As Master of award-winning #wine list at Pappas Brths Steakhouse what are ur top 3 tips 2 make gr8 wine list? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll every wine list is different, general advice. Stay true to your concept and remember you are running a business #SommChat

@pwmwine (Jesse Becker, MS): .@KeeperColl @drewhendricksms Compared to other regions, N.Texas seems indifferent about its brisket. Why do you think that is? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@pwmwine @keepercoll Brisket is King in Texas! Not sure what you mean? #SommChat

@pwmwine (Jesse Becker, MS): .@drewhendricksms @keepercoll Is it because Dallas-style brisket is dominated by hickory or is it a deeper issue? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@pwmwine difference in regional wood supply hardwoods in north mesquite etc other places #SommChat

@VintageTexas(Russ Kane): RT @drewhendricksms: @pwmwine difference, hardwoods in north mesquite other places

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@VintageTexas no doubt! Mesquite more sappy! #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @drewhendricksms @keepercoll Q: Pappa Bros is a steakhouse, do you recommend different types of wine for different cuts of beef? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@enjoielife Yes! Leaner cuts need more juicy styles while more marbeling works better with more acid #GENERALRULES #SommChat

@JonSomm (Jon Hone): @drewhendricksms Q. I see trends with Somms doing beer & cocktails, Is this a fad or should Somms explore all-Coffee,Tea,Liq,Beer? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@JonSomm I think a true beverage pro should stay up on all possible drinks. @winejames has been exploring Tea certifications… #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): @drewhendricksms For #TexSom this year are you planning on a social media day again? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@1337wine something like it…details to come…#everexpanding #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): #WW and #TXwine @drewhendricksMS is at #SommChat. Follow, participate, learn from the best! at: #SommChat

@Eno_DC (ENO Wine Director): @keepercoll @drewhendricksms Q-Do you find wild swings in preferences at different locations? More of a concept or location thing? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @Eno_DC No doubt we do! Location differences for sure hard to compare across concepts. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms on a #wine budget, can u name ur top 3 most versatile #wines to be paired with lots of diff #foods? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll Riesling very versitile in all forms, Grenache is warm climate pinot works with food and Cab Franc is a good value #SommChat

@PaddyGaudet (Pat Gaudet): @drewhendricksms et al in Texas, give me a wine choice for a mole sauce please. Something I struggle with up in Canada! #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @PaddyGaudet Thousands of variations of Mole. Try Syrah! #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@drewhendricksms Winter calls for comfort food. What are some good comfort wines? @keepercoll #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @MattMcGinnis Syrah from the northern Rhone definitely comfort wine! #SommChat

@Whiskyplz (Justin Vann): @drewhendricksms what wine or style of wine would you personally like to see gain popularity in 2012? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@Whiskyplz continue trend on Moscato for All! Also see the geeks going to Jura. Perhaps eastern europe? #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): @drewhendrixMS I’ve found off-dry/semi Muscat can be a go to wine for nearly all spicy TexMex foods (beef to seafood) Comment? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @enjoielife Sangria works best but Pinot can be stellar as can Sauvignon Blanc (Think lime) #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): #TXwine go to for spicy #TexMex: Syrah and Muscat – fastest growing varietals here in Texas #SommChat

@PaddyGaudet (Pat Gaudet): Seems Syrah & Muscat would get sunburned grown in Texas. Is that an issue that has been taken care of? #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): Q. @drewhendricksms subject at work last night. with less places allowing smoking, how important is cigar knowledge to a somm? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @1337wine do you like cigars? For test not important. In life very important! #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): @drewhendricksms I’ve enjoyed a couple, but not a regular consumer. colleague got a history book recently. sounded interesting. #SommChat

@Eno_DC (ENO Wine Director): @keepercoll @drewhendricksms Q- Will Texas wine ever be available in other states? I never see it outside Texas. Matter of time? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@Eno_DC hopefully! It is a grape problem not enough vines in the ground here in TX. Coming soon to you! #TXWine #SommChat

@ilpalazzone (Il Palazzone): Loving #SommChat @keepercoll. Q @drewhendricksms how many Brunellos are on yr wine lists?

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@ilpalazzone about 25 and 5 Rosso…not enough! #SommChat

@MDSmitty2488 (Davis Smith): @drewhendricksms Q: What % of your wine list is dedicated to nerdy #wine that you love but maybe most others haven’t heard of? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@MDSmitty2488 @keepercoll hard to put a % on it but maybe 30? #SommChat

@Eno_DC (ENO Wine Director): @keepercoll @drewhendricksms Q- Do you see tap wine playing bigger role in casual dining restaurants & becoming more acceptable? #SommChat

@SWVineyards (Stone Wolf Vineyards): I think tap wine has a lot of potential to grow in popularity @Eno_DC @KeeperColl #SommChat

@PaddyGaudet (Pat Gaudet): @SWVineyards Wine on tap is an old idea needed to be done more often and in more places. I push for good wine on tap anytime! #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@Eno_DC hope so! Just ran two lines in our newest restaurant. Great way to protect it. Going mainstream now hopefully! #SommChat

@PurpleCowgrl (Natalie Vaclavik): hello! @drewhendricksms can you give us any hints on this years TexSom? Anyway yall are making it bigger & better? #SommChat #TEXSOM

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@PurpleCowgrl @keepercoll it will be bigger and better @winejames and I had a discussion just this morning about a new piece… #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms What is the biggest difference you see in the wine consumer today versus 5 years ago? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll Education. Our consumers are more adventurous & excited but it all stems from accessibility of information. Con’t. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll be aware nxt generation r super smart & informed, initially trust the “experts” #yougetoneshotdonotmissyourchance #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms What is the biggest difference you see in the wine industry today versus 5 years ago? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll speed of accessibility! e.g. 5 yrs ago I had 2 buy $1K’s in books for what is available from one website @guildsomm #SommChat

@JonSomm (Jon Hone): .@drewhendricksms I see chefs doing intern or they stage around the world. Is this something Somms should consider in their edu? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@JonSomm I think it is harder to stage as a Somm for short periods. Know they do it at many places though #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms What advice do you have for someone that passes the MS? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll once u pass the real work begins. U still have same skillset you had the day before-remembering that is difficult! #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): @drewhendricksms: A. @keepercoll …I had 2 buy $1Ks in books for what is available frm one website @guildsomm #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms Lots of discussion abt Big House vs Grower Champagne. What factors go into ur #Champagne selections? #WW #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll #Champagne is a topic many others are more qualified to discuss. However what u like and what u sell often diverge #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @drewhendricksms How can a restaurant’s dishwasher soap affect or nuetralize wine in the glass? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@RickBakas glassware is a big problem. Residue can effect wine aromatically and in flavor! Best to have a seperate machine. #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @drewhendricksms agreed. Glassware (wrong kind, not buffed) is my biggest gripe when ordering wine at many restaurants. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@RickBakas @keepercoll not doubt and they can keep their fish smelling glasses as well! #SommChat

@WineTheory (Justin Harriman): @StephanieMiskew @rickbakas @drewhendricksms Nothing worse than trying to swirl your #wine in those little bistro glasses. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms What advice would you give to someone trying to learn about #Chablis? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll GO! No seriously it is easy to understand after a visit and drive around. Also taste different style producers #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): @drewhendricksMS … Care to compare MS approach to tasting versus MW? in 140 characters or less… #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@VintageTexas MW is written and explanatory very lengthy and detailed. MS short concise and oral very direct. #SommChat

@KathyMorganMS (Kathy Morgan): Q: @drewhendricksms What are the best ways to make a noticeable impact on profitability as a multi-unit wine director? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@KathyMorganMS @Keepercoll Good Q! Controlling costs across your bar is huge for BTG stuff gotta measure somehow #itllkillya #SommChat

@tattoodsomm (Eric Hastings): @drewhendricksms you’re a champion of Madeira, yet do you see an increase in fortified wines market share? @keepercoll #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@tattoodsomm @keepercoll We sell quite a bit at Steakhouses dunno about overall sales increase. Like Madeira b/c it is versatile #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): @drewhendricksMS What do you think are the important issues in beverage management in the the next 5 to 10 years? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@VintageTexas I see an explosion of the Somm trade like the chef trade coming. Most important factor will be keeping good people! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @drewhendricksms Will you be attending @lapaulee this year and if so, do you have a favorite event? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): A. @keepercoll I am planning on attending @LaPaulee I like the gala dinner think it has a great feel and u see some amazing wines #SommChat

@BlissAdventure (Michael Housewright): @drewhendricksms @keepercoll #SommChat Drew, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@BlissAdventure @keepercoll continuing to work hard to support my 3 kids! #SommChat

@angrysomm (rob renteria): @drewhendricksms @keepercoll Q. How do ‘orange’ wines play in Texas? Thoughts about.. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@angrysomm they don’t very well. Like them for the most part, often wonder why though… #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): Q. @drewhendricksms Once a bottle is opened to serve BTG what is rule of thumb for amt of time before discarding? @keepercoll #WW #SommChat”

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@enjoielife we say 2.5 days or five shifts but keeping it under vacuum and refrigerated. #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @WineTheory @StephanieMiskew @rickbakas @drewhendricksms What are your feelings on taking your own glasses to a restaurant? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@drooln same as taking your own wine. Not my thing perhaps if you have to take your own glasses you shouldnt go? #SommChat

@ctfoodandwine (CT Food & Wine): @drewhendricksms $5 wine glassware vs $80+ wine glassware (true Somm glass) really worth it? Excessive? Discuss #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@ctfoodandwine yes and no. If you have 80 bucks for a glass buy it but a $5 glass will hold the same wine! #SommChat

@donajilira (Donaji Lira): @keepercoll, @drewhendricksms , been following along #SommChat, @drewhendricksms, you rock! excited to learn more from you & @winejames!

@PaddyGaudet (Pat Gaudet): @drewhendricksms do you think of orange wines and rose the same way as per food match? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@PaddyGaudet @keepercoll no Rose should be fresh and orange wine by definition is not…different food pairings. #SommChat

@oldgrimy (Adam Ehmer): what can a young somm do to train for next level certification (esp. when they live out in the hills)? #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@oldgrimy study and learn theory of tasting and then go to the big city to taste with a group…look at @guildsomm site as well #SommChat

@ennthompson (Lenn Thompson): @oldgrimy You mean besides not worry about silly pieces of paper? #SommChat

@Eno_DC (ENO Wine Director): @keepercoll @drewhendricksms Q- Favorite city to drink in? Favorite place? Remember- it can’t be one of your own spots! #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@Eno_DC NYC= @TerroirNY and Eleven Madison Park #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine chat with Drew Hendricks MS @drewhendricksms #WineWednesday #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking Drew for his time #SommChat #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If any1 missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to for you to review later #SommChat

@Eno_DC (ENO Wine Director): Thanks! @keepercoll @drewhendricksms Greatly appreciate the time and comments! See you next week. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@Eno_DC @keepercoll thanks great to be here! #SommChat

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