Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Frank Cornelissen

11/13 Sicily Winemaker Frank Cornelissen


@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from #Etna #Winemaker Frank Cornelissen

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like 2 introduce U 2 #Etna #Winemaker Frank Cornelissen who will be using his Handle @CornelissenEtna #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 #Etna #Winemaker @CornelissenEtna 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

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

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @KeeperColl @CornelissenEtna Ready for #SommChat !

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask #Winemaker Frank Cornelissen our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #WW

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Good morning everybody #SommChat

@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

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @KeeperColl @cornelissenetna nice to have you on #SommChat.

@italianwineguy (Alfonso Cevola): Buona sera, Frank, from Texas #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with #Etna #Winemaker Frank Cornelissen using twitter handle @CornelissenEtna #WW #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): I am not accustomed to twitter and so I am not sure how this #SommChat will be 4 all – look fwd to chatting with you

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @KeeperColl @cornelissenetna why is the Land around the Etna such a great Terroir? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @m_arcon A. @KeeperColl Not just #Etna has attracted me but northern valley of Etna as this is a unique terroir for #winemaking #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @m_arcon Having all ingredients 2 produce great #wines: climate geology anct culture of vine growing & gr8 varietal #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Good morning from Chicago! Nice to join you (only for ½ hour though) – department meeting today (sigh) – #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @CornelissenEtna Where did you learn to make wine & who taught & mentored you? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @SandyWasserman self taught by experience. have Long education in #wine fr Family. we collected wine 4 tasting since my age of 14 #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @SandyWasserman examples that taught me were Chateau Rayas & gr8 traditional #Barolo producers like Rinaldi- #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @SandyWasserman I have chosen for my wines to be territorial wines rather than varietal #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @CornelissenEtna favorite grape variety & producer from there? #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): I’m in “@KeeperColl: Let’s start talking #wine with #Etna #Winemaker Frank Cornelissen using twitter handle @CornelissenEtna #WW #SommChat”

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @CornelissenEtna How did you choose Sicily to make wine? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @SandyWasserman did not choose #Sicily chose #etna #SommChat

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

@yrmom_safoodie (David Keck): @CornelissenEtna very cool to have you on #SommChat! @KeeperColl

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @yrmom_safoodie Look forward to seeing you in #houston soon #SommChat

@m_arcon (Marc Dröfke): @CornelissenEtna @sandywasserman @KeeperColl do you have any special tip for us for a great quality producer from Sicily? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @m_arcon Fr #Sicily many good but esp fan of De Bartoli & Cos & Lamoresca #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @CornelissenEtna: @SandyWasserman have chosen 4 my wines 2 be territorial wines rather than varietal #SommChat Great way to look at #wine

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @CornelissenEtna How is the American tour going? How can I find out about your Chicago events? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @Sassodoro tour is going well in #US, contact Cream Wine Company for #Chicago info on dates – will be there tmr & Friday #SommChat

@markperlaki (Mark Perlaki): Good old #SommChat live now RT @CornelissenEtna @SandyWasserman have chosen 4 my wines 2 be territorial wines rather than varietal #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @italianwineguy will be austin early nxt week and look fwd to seeing you & @dobianchi – sorry not Dallas this time #SommChat

@Vin_Chicago (Vin Chicago): @CornelissenEtna How many producers bottle “Etna DOC” ? Do you have a relationship w/ Tenuta di Terre Nere? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @Vin_Chicago At least 40 producers of DOC in #Etna, very good relationship with Marco DeGrazia – excellent cook- luv dining w/ him #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Who are your favorite producers in Etna Valley? Are those wines difficult to find here in Chicago? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @demilove Andrea Franchetti/Passopisciaro winery & Graci, Girolamo Russo, & Tenuta delle Terre Nere Think they are in #Chicago #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): Thx! RT @CornelissenEtna: @Sassodoro US tour is going well, contact @creamwine for #Chicago info on dates -will be there tmr & Fri #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @CornelissenEtna Frank, what got you interested in the #Wine business & when did you first get interested? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl Combination of Nature/work in vineyards and Culture… #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl Transforming grapes into #wine which is a Man & Culture related product are a very unique and special combination. #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl like sports & adven/mtn climbing & skiing+passion&educ. N #wine lead me 2 produce it, not just collect & taste it. #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @italianwineguy: @CornelissenEtna Austin it is, next week. #SommChat Just in Austin, don’t miss @BarleySwine or @winebellyaustin

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): Joining #SommChat from Dallas Airport. Thanks for making the layover awesome!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @CornelissenEtna Frank, What is special about Nerello Mascalese?. #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl Nerello Mascalese which can express the delicate differences of the different vineyard locations. #SommChat

@LeMetroWine (The Wine Underground): @SandyWasserman @CornelissenEtna #SommChat #Etna! Wish you’d all been part of #winestudio last week! @ProtocolWine

@WineFoodTX (Wine & Food Fndn TX): #Austin! RT @italianwineguy: #SommChat @CornelissenEtna we’d love to see you in Dallas and Austin too, eh @dobianchi?

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Gr8 to hear from everyone – get your /s in for #etna #winemaker Frank Cornelissen on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @CornelissenEtna Frank, What do you like to do with your personal time? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl I like telemark skiing, an old technique that comes from #Norway also known as Free Heel Skiing #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @CornelissenEtna Frank, How did you discover the #wines from #Etna? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl Checking out the #Etna region in 2000, I tasted a bottle which had struck me with its elegance and expression. #SommChat

@yrmom_safoodie (David Keck): @CornelissenEtna @KeeperColl free the heel! Are there any new projects in your future that we should know about? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @yrmom_safoodie no new personal projects as I do not have any time left for that as I concentrate on my winemaking.. #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @yrmom_safoodie 4 Bus., > space in my winery & would luv2 B able 2 start constructing new cellar N diff. levels 2 avoid pumps #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @yrmom_safoodie & B able 2 work N gravity, but costly project which will take money and time to be able to start. #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @CornelissenEtna: A. @KeeperColl like telemark skiing #Norway also known as Free Heel Skiing #SommChat On Mt Etna! volcanic ash vs snow?

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @noblewines yes in #etna – snow is good but not as good as #Utah powder #SommChat

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @CornelissenEtna when not drinking #Etna wines which wines do you gravitate toward? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @mattreiser #Burgundy, #Loire & esp. traditional #Barolo #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): @CornelissenEtna I enjoyed Occhipinti SP68 Bianco Terre Siciliane. What other Albanello and Zibibbo blends should I try? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @MattMcGinnis De Bartoli Pietranera #SommChat

@WineFoodTX (Wine & Food Fndn TX): Frank, what’s a great food and #etna wine pairing we should try? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @WineFoodTX As a producer I have no interest nor professional knowledge in pairing #wines w/food. This is #Sommelier’s job. #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @WineFoodTX I do notice that my #wines which have no added chemistry and sulphu fit to a broader range of dishes. #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @WineFoodTX #etna wines have the elegance like #Burgundy wines so similar pairings would seem to be a good choice #SommChat

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @CornelissenEtna @Sassodoro you will in Chicago tmrw and Thurs? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @lwa235 @Sassodoro yes I will be in #Chicago tomorrow and Friday #SommChat

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): MT “@CornelissenEtna: Andrea Franchetti/Passopisciaro & Graci, Girolamo Russo, & Tenuta delle Terre Nere #SommChat” love Passopisciaro!

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): I was already hungry, now Im thirsty too! RT @CornelissenEtna: @MattMcGinnis De Bartoli Pietranera #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): De Bartoli rocks RT “@CornelissenEtna: @MattMcGinnis De Bartoli Pietranera #SommChat”

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): @tmarshalljones @CornelissenEtna Time to make a run for the wine shop #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @CornelissenEtna Frank, Tell us about your naturalistic approach to #winemaking. #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl Nature is our foundation 4 future/next generations and is also the base ingredient for cultivating great fruit. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @CornelissenEtna Frank, How would U describe the #wine market in #Sicily and how is it different from the #U.S.? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl In #Sicily,the ppl tend to primarily drink #wines from the area. #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): Just back, catching the end of #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. .@CornelissenEtna Frank, What is the most important part of #winemaking> #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl Great #winemaking is sum of many small details; it is impossible 2 say one detail is most impt….. #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl For my #winemaking w/o any added chemistry or stabilizing I feel oxygen mgmt is impt. #SommChat

@WineFoodTX (Wine & Food Fndn TX): @CornelissenEtna Sounds like gnocchi and Rock Partridge (pheasant here) it is! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @CornelissenEtna Frank, What R some of the biggest changes U have seen in #Etna winemaking in last 5 years? #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): A. @KeeperColl Biggest & most satisfying change 4 #Etna is our #wine region is being received as 1 of Italy’s gr8 producing areas. #SommChat

@jcalexanderwine (Jason Alexander): True. RT @Cornelissen Great #winemaking is sum of many small details; it is impossible 2 say one detail is most impt….. #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @CornelissenEtna Q. what elevations are most suited to your favorite grapes on #etna #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @noblewines Feel best expression of #Etna #wines are from higher elevations of 800-1000 meters #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @noblewines the higher is not necessarily better but higher located vineyards have potentially greater elegance #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): Q. @CornelissenEtna speaking of food, love your Munjebel olio, any fave recipes with it? any favorite pairings with your wines? #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): Have to catch my flight. Really great #SommChat with @KeeperColl @CornelissenEtna. Great job!

@WineFoodTX (Wine & Food Fndn TX): Have to catch my flight. Really great #SommChat with @KeeperColl @CornelissenEtna. Great job!

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzasko): Missed #SommChat because of a meeting @KeeperColl but want to wish @CornelissenEtna a fun trip up here to VT this weekend! #wine

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): @vtwinemedia thanks for the well wishes – having a good US tour! #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @KeeperColl @bibracamontes @StevieStacionis @mcontrol @GUSTOTastings @WholeFoodsATX @Eno_DC Morning! 3 mins of #SommChat better than 0 mins!

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @Passopisciaro1 – thanks for mentioning that! Hope I can find some before thanksgiving! @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @VineyardGate love lentils with Munjebel olio so glad you like it #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @vtwinemedia @CornelissenEtna bit early for 3-pinning in VT, but some great places for it if the weather’s right #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk w/ #Etna #Winemaker Frank Cornelissen #WineWednesday #SommChat

@ATXFoodnews (Kay Marley-Dilworth): I’m catching up on @KeeperColl’s #SommChat by reading the feed. #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Great to have #Etna #winemaker Frank Cornelissen join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @noblewines @vtwinemedia @CornelissenEtna We have been skiing for a few weeks already in #Colorado! #SkiCapitalOfTheWorld! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark UR calendar & get ready 4 #SommChat w/ Master #Sommelier David Glancy @SFWineSchool on Wed 11/20 at 11 AM CST, 12 N EST! C u there!

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): I would like to invite all of the #SommChat people to visit #Etna and our winery #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @CornelissenEtna Thanks for a great #SommChat! I hope to see you in Chicago! Happy #WineWednesday!

@italianwineguy (Alfonso Cevola): @CornelissenEtna thanks, Frank, next time I’m in #Etna, I’ll come see you #SommChat

@CornelissenEtna (Frank Cornelissen): This #SommChat twitter experience was completely new to me, but it was a pleasure communicating with all of you!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @butleriv we missed you on #SommChat – see you next week

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): lentils of course, tks! RT “@KeeperColl: @VineyardGate love lentils with Munjebel olio so glad you like it #SommChat”