Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Master Sommelier Virginia Philip

11/14 Master Sommelier Virginia Philip


@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): @KeeperColl Will stop in for a few #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): We’re heading into #SommChat with @keepercoll! Follow for #winewednesday tweets!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from Virginia Philip @VirginiaPhilip, Master #Sommelier! #WW #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Master #Sommelier,Virginia Philip @VirginiaPhilip! #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): Good morning all! Happy #WineWednesday and happy #SommChat! So cool to join you today!

@1educatedpalate (Scott): @demilove thanks good to be in and out of this #SommChat — busy but willing to learn

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @VirginiaPhilip to say hello & so she knows you’re here! #WineWednesday #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! #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): @keepercoll @VirginiaPhilip thanks for stopping by #SommChat today to answer our questions!

@1educatedpalate (Scott): @VirginiaPhilip welcome to you here in #SommChat good to learn

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @VirginiaPhilip our Qs, U can ask her Ur Qs as well! She’ll do her best 2 answer all Qs in the order they come #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 & @VirginiaPhilip let us know u R here! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with Master #Sommelier, @VirginiaPhilip! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – MS Virginia, do you have any special Thanksgiving memories involving food and wine? Any special traditions? – #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @demilove no real traditions but always #riesling, #gewurz and pinot noir! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip What did the job entail at The Breakers as a Master #Sommelier? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl My role at The Breakers requires me to wear many hats. #WineWednesday #SommChat #PalmBeach #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl I am an Ambassador of the hotel in all that I do and especially when I travel. #WineWednesday #SommChat #PalmBeach

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl I also am responsible for 14 wine lists on The Breakers property with my team of #sommeliers. #SommChat #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl Financials R critical N role this large-managing UR bev. costs & inventories well is key job component #WW #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl Training, mentoring & keeping up w/new #wine info are also critical 2 stay current N role. #WineWednesday #SommChat #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): .@VirginiaPhilip what’s your fave wine to pair with Thanksgiving Turkey? Ham? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @AmaraResort with turkey cru beaujolais and with ham definitely a Pinot Noir but whether or not it is Oregon, or Burgundy depends #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – MS Virginia, I passed first Court test in Sept., excited/nervous about taking Certified in 2013 – any study tips? – #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @demilove Yes. Try to follow the grid and utilize a Master or Advanced to monitor your tasting. Know your cocktails #SommChat

@1educatedpalate (Scott): @VirginiaPhilip I recommend wine flights during the Thanksgiving Day feast?Starting w/ Champagne and ending with Champagne. You?#SommChat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @1educatedpalate you have the right idea! Champagne to start and to end the Thanksgiving Day feast! #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): This is such a cool idea! RT @1educatedpalate: @VirginiaPhilip …wine flights during the Thanksgiving Day feast? #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip congratulations on your James Beard recognition. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @alawine Thank you so much. I was so thrilled and honored to have been nominated. Cross your fingers for next year! #SommChat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): Q. @VirginiaPhilip I like your wineshop/ #wine academy concept. Do you think that there is a big demand for this type of concept? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @MauricesCru Hello Maurice. You need to be in a larger city with demographics to support the concept. Yes, I do think it works. #SommChat

@karlavadillo (Karla Vadillo): Join @KeeperColl `s #WineWednesday #SommChat with @VirginiaPhilip #Master #Sommelier #Now

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @VirginiaPhilip how many Somms are in your team? how do you divide tasks? #SommChat @KeeperColl

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @CaravelleChamp Great question. 5. Juan Gomez fellow MS oversees a good chunk. Teamwork is essential #SommChat

@VinoKeno (Kenan): @KeeperColl thanks for the invite, won’t be able to make #SommChat today.. Braving 36 degree temps to ship out some of the final #wines

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @KeeperColl #SommChat look forward to hearing from @virginiaphillp

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): @virginiaphilip what are some other European varietals you’d recommend for Thanksgiving pairings? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @CharlesComm Madeira, Champagne – prefer Brut, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Cotes du Rhone Rouge, Garnacha from #Spain #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip do you have any favorite #wine regions? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @alawine #Burgundy by far. Next Bordeaux followed by the Sherry Triangle. Yikes – Tuscany is a super second there as well. #SommChat

@AmaraResort (AmaraResort): Brr! Keep warm! RT @VinoKeno: @KeeperColl thanks for the invite, won’t be able to make #SommChat today.. Braving 36 degree temps…

@ilpalazzone (Il Palazzone): Already enjoying #SommChat with @virginiaphilip. Thanks @KeeperColl as always!

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): @VirginiaPhilip San Diego? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @MauricesCru I am not certain as you would be directly competing against the local wineries in Santa Ynez, Napa etc Florida is far #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @VirginiaPhilip #SommChat @KeeperColl do you do any direct ex-cellar buying from producers in EU or even from Or & Cali?

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @noblewines No. It is illegal in Florida. I may negotiate or try to source product directly, but it goes thru the distributors. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip What are the biggest misconceptions about #Sommeliers? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl That we do nothing but eat great food and drink great wines all day long! We do keep very long hours and work hard. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @virginiaphilip Good morning friends on #SommChat! #ww

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip Tell us abt UR current #wine store/academy venture. How is it diff. from any other wine store? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl The shop is 1800 sq. foot space utilizing 1/3 4 classrm & rest 4 retail, office, etc. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl All the selections are hand chosen by either myself or Richard. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl The approach or look was a So-Ho style look – clean, sleek and modern. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl The price point is $8.99 and up so there is something for everyone. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl The smaller space creates an intimate environ. & allows us 2 give more personalized experience. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl Academy area was well beyond ready 4 #wine classes 2 educate general public & wine drinking consumer. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl 1 shouldn’t have 2 travel to L.A., San Fran, R NYC 2 meet top #winemakers, winery owners, educators, etc. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl We R doing very well with the classes and our consumers are telling us they love them! #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl We also pair up with local chefs for cooking demonstrations. #SommChat

@kathymorganMS (Kathy Morgan): Hi @VirginiaPhilip ! Love the wine shop/academy idea! What are some of your most popular courses? #SommChat @keepercoll

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @kathymorganMS Hey Kathy! #Wine 101, any big name #winery such as Patz &Hall, Ridge, Schramsberg, France, cooking classes are big. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q.@virginiaphilip @KeeperColl What do u find the toughest part of running ur own wine store? #SommChat #ww

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @winegalLynne Time Management. I am still in my role at The Breakers as well. Great #somms in both places is critical for me. #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip can you share a few Burgundy wine picks? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @alawine Comtes Georges de Vougue, DRC, Gambal, Meo-Camuzet, Drouhin, Latour, Jadot, Montille, Remoissenet, Ganoux, Trapet #SommChat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @VirginiaPhilip big question: How do you do it all, SuperMS Lady? the hotel, the academy/shop + life? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @CaravelleChamp Good question. I am still figuring that one out myself. I work around the clock right now so it is challenging. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q. @KeeperColl @virginiaphilip As a MS, do u still find wine education very important 4 u & what sources do u turn 2 4info? #SommChat #ww

@hkremer (hkremer): great question: RT @winegalLynne Q. As a MS do u still find wine educ. very important 4 u & what sources do u turn 2? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @winegalLynne Yes. As a MS, we must keep current as we mentor and teach consistently. I use periodicals, winery visits. books.. #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @winegalLynne Vendors and visiting winemakers are essential. U can learn so much from them. And tasting. You must taste wines. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @CaravelleChamp @virginiaphilip You r a superwoman! #SommChat #ww

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip #Wine Academy sounds fun, what are your favorite bits? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @alawine The diversity of the job – cellar mgmt, assisting clients, teaching, buying, tasting, mentoring, financials, time mgmt #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): @VirginiaPhilip I feel your pain! #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): @VirginiaPhilip What are you go to sites, publications for #wine education #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @hvwinegoddess Decanter Magazine, WS, Tanzer, Sommelier Journal, Guild Website #SommChat

@southernwinegrp (Southern Wine Group): Great #SommChat session with @VirginiaPhilip Great #Wine Shop and Academy wine concept in Florida

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip thank you Virginia, adding to my #wishlist #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q. @KeeperColl @virginiaphilip When u do relax, what’s in your glass? #SommChat #ww

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @winegalLynne Whatever is open! Or in my cellar. #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip now, that’s a cellar I’d like to see @winegalLynne #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @alawine @virginiaphilip Yes! #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @alawine Yikes – it’s a mess. #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip wow, sounds like would be hard work… but for friends, amazing food, & fine #wine #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @VirginiaPhilip #SommChat besides the EDU what are the most differences you find in retail vs restaurant wine chatting/sales/marketing?

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @noblewines Scores. We do not use them at The Breakers unless pressed. We try to avoid them at the shop. But you know how it is #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip Favorite food and wine pairing? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl Manzanilla #Sherry with roasted almonds, #Manchego #Cheese and olives. #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @VirginiaPhilip @alawine An American in the mix (Gambal)? Careful–the French will accuse you of treason! #SommChat #sacreblue

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @AdamPlotkin Alex is practically a Burgundian himself now – maybe! At least he was able to purchase some Grand Cru vines. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip What are the top #wine values that you see right now (both in your store and in general)? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl #French and #Italian – both reds and whites. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip Any up-and-coming wine regions/countries that we should be looking out for? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @keepercoll #Greece is definitely on a roll. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip Your #1 #wine pet peeve, whether it’s by a #winery, #wine drinker, #wine store etc. #WineWednesday #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl Corked bottles. When people in the industry say “the #wine comes from great juice”. It’s like calling women “chicks” #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q. @KeeperColl @VirginiaPhilip Any wines/varietals u feel r neglected & offer a try to people? #SommChat #ww

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @winegalLynne Assyrtiko, Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese from CA. or Arneis from Oregon, Aligote and Cru Beaujolais or Gamay #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip well, if you need any help sorting it out… jus’ sayin’ #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @VirginiaPhilip Which varietal/country/style do you have most of in your cellar right now? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): A. @KeeperColl It’s fairly mixed but if I could chose just 5: Champagne, burg, Bord, Spain, Italy #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): “When people in the industry say the wine comes from great juice It’s like calling women ‘chicks’” RT @VirginiaPhilip @keepercoll #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): If you have any last minute qs ask now @virginiaphilip #SommChat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @VirginiaPhilip this may sound too general, but what’s your biggest pet peeve regarding #wine in general? #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): @CaravelleChamp That #wine is for snobs. So not true. #Wine has brought me to so many places, people, and experiences. Try it! #SommChat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @VirginiaPhilip great point! #Wine is NOT for snobs, I agree totally #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @VirginiaPhilip #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): It was great to have @VirginiaPhilip join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking @VirginiaPhilip for her time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @VirginiaPhilip Thanks so much for ur time.Great chatting w/u all. Hope to visit each when in ur cities again #SommChat #ww

@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

@hkremer (hkremer): @VirginiaPhilip Thank you very much! very informative chat @KeeperColl thanks as always for hosting #SommChat #winewednesday

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): Merci and Cheers! RT @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking @VirginiaPhilip for her time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark your calendar and get ready for #SommChat w/ Jonathan Pullis, MS @jonathanpullis on Wed 11/21 at 11 AM CST ! C u there!

@alawine (Ken #wine): @VirginiaPhilip Thank you for a great #SommChat …I’m still making notes

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl Thanks again for hosting this #SommChat

@VirginiaPhilip (VirginiaPhilipWine): Thank you everyone. I hope to meet you soon. Cheers, Sante, Salud! Virginia Philip #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): “…Wine has brought me to so many places, people, and experiences.” RT @VirginiaPhilip #SommChat #wine

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): couldn’t agree more RT @alawine: “…Wine has brought me to so many places, people, and experiences.” RT @VirginiaPhilip #SommChat #wine

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Have a lovely Thanksgiving, everyone! Let’s all be thankful for friends, family, and of course, wine and #SommChat !

@i_on_food_drink (Irene L): Agreed! RT @virginiaphilip: That wine is for snobs. So untrue. Wine has brought me to so many places, people & experiences.Try it! #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @virginiaphilip @KeeperColl @winegallynne @noblewines thanks for fun & informative #WW #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): @caravellechamp @amararesort @demilove @hkremer @adamplotkin thanks for fun & informative #WW #SommChat

@WineWiseGuy (Anthony Giglio): .@KeeperColl: Sorry to miss #SommChat today w/ @Gentaz_rulz @JonathanPullis @vinjohnragan @aldosohm @TaliaBaiocchi @drvino

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @noblewines @alawine @virginiaphilip @KeeperColl #SommChat … Great way to meet new friends!

@raelinn_wine (Raelinn_wine): super bummed to miss #SommChat today. AGAIN. silly work.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): < holes > #SommChat RT @EllaDogSays: @raelinn_wine Silly work got in my way again too … so many holes to dig so little time! #Woof!

@enjoielife(Judia Black): @KeeperColl Missed you at #SommChat this week. Been going through quite a bit of transition here. Hope to get back next week.