Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Enologist Giovanni Ponchia

11/18 Giovanni Ponchia, Enologist for Soave Consorzio Tutela


KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat -Tell UR friends 2 join us on #wine & #Soave Giovanni Ponchia & RoccaSveva #Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl We'd like to introduce U2 Giovanni Ponchia & #RoccaSveva #Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA on #wine & #Soave on #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 / Giovanni Ponchia & #RoccaSveva #Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA 2 say hello #SommChat

Jill Zimorski _@jillzimorski @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Helloooooo! Ready for #SommChat! @IlSoave @fullcirclewine @CantinaDiSoave

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @jillzimorski ciao! Thx for joining us #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess Whew made it just in time #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @hvwinegoddess Welcome! Thx for joining us #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Ready for #SommChat! @IlSoave @fullcirclewine @CantinaDiSoave

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl As we ask Giovanni Ponchia & #RoccaSveva #Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA our Qs, you can ask them Ur Qs as well! #SommChat #WW

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen So in Love with #soave Especially here in #orlando @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @SoaveUSA 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA Welcome Giovanni Ponchia and #RoccaSveva Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli, who will be taking over for the next hour for #SommChat!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Let's start talking #Wine & #Soave with Giovanni Ponchia & #RoccaSveva #winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @KeeperColl Giovanni here, so happy to discuss Soave today! #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @KeeperColl Giancarlo here, thx for having me today, looking forward to featuring Rocca Sveva in #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA 1st question for #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman Q. How can we get people to drink Italian white wines other than Pinot Grigio @KeeperColl #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess Great question @SandyWasserman #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @SandyWasserman Giovanni: it is important to teach people about the place instead of emphasizing the varietal #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Are all #Soave wines 100% #Garganega? What are examples of secondary grapes in Soave wines? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @KeeperColl Trebbiano di #Soave is used most often in cru blends; Chardonnay is also used but rarely #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @KeeperColl #Garganega has great acidity & minerality but subtle aromas. Winemakers will blend Trebbiano to amplify those aromas #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass Q. @SoaveUSA Can you remind us the DOC & DOCG requirements for Soave? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @winecompass Giovanni here: DOCG only grapes from hilly areas, yields less than 10 tons/hectare, 12% min alc, min 70% #garganega #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @winecompass DOC: can be from all 13 approved municipalities, min 11% alc, also 70% min #garganega #SommChat

Jeremy Parzen _@DoBianchi @KeeperColl lots of good question out there re #soave. Looking forward to following along #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Does Soave see Oak and if So for what length of time? @SoaveUSA @KeeperColl #soave #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen And the Richness to Accompany @SoaveUSA @KeeperColl #Garganega has great acidity & minerality but subtle aromas. #SommChat

Jeremy Parzen _@DoBianchi @PrimlaniKitchen @SoaveUSA @KeeperColl would love for you to address Trebbiano clones and blends. Thanks #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @PrimlaniKitchen Giancarlo here: #RoccaSveva Soave Classico and Castelcerino both have no oak so flavors are not masked #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @PrimlaniKitchen Giovanni: in last 10 yrs some use larger oak casks for short periods of time (2-3 mo) instead of Fr. barriques #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @DoBianchi thx for joining in on #SommChat Happy #WW

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Trebbiano is Grown as a Blending Grape over Italy. Hard to Pin Down in 1 Hr @DoBianchi @SoaveUSA @KeeperColl #SommChat

Jeremy Parzen _@DoBianchi @PrimlaniKitchen @SoaveUSA @KeeperColl Trebbiano plays a special role in #Soave where #Toscano clone imparts distinct character in some

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess I'll add to that Q. does it see new oak? What is the oak program #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess @SoaveUSA is there a limit to A. the percentage of secondary grapes and B. the varietals allowed #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @hvwinegoddess Giovanni here: must be 70% min #Garganega, other permitted varietals are Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @hvwinegoddess #Soave is planted with 94% #Garganega vineyards #SommChat

Jeremy Parzen _@DoBianchi @SoaveUSA @winecompass are there other grapes besides Trebbiano that can be used? Can you talk a little about Trebbiano clones? thx

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @DoBianchi Giovanni: there are around 3 diff. clones of Trebbiano di Soave. Competely different from other Trebbianos #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @DoBianchi Trebbiano di Soave is blended to add aromatic complexity #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Soave is a Refreshing Welcome Especially when Drinking Heavy Italian Reds. #SommChat #soave

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr Shy #SommChat peep: R U seeing an Increase in teh number of different #Soave #wines coming to #US? @SoaveUSA

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Giovanni: yes, every year we see an increase in #Soave wines distributed in the US #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess What can we do to spread the word. Loving the wine!! #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Share it with your Wino Friends.... They will love it too! @hvwinegoddess #SommChat #soave

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess LOL besides that #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @hvwinegoddess Ask for #Soave by name in your restaurants and retail stores, so the industry brings to your town! #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess @SoaveUSA Will do! #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess @SoaveUSA Will have to do a segment on my new video series on @HVnewsnetwork about #Soave in 2016 #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Rocca Sveva Soave Classico is 100% Garganega, correct? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @PrimlaniKitchen Giancarlo here: #RoccaSveva is 100% #Garganega #SommChat

Tia Butts @WineInkByTia Soave!!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl great to see you on #SommChat @WineInkByTia look forward to your questions

Jill Zimorski _@jillzimorski @SoaveUSA W/ many producers to choose from are there some pioneering/historic or new/trailblazing producers of #Soave US Market? #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso _@demilove @jillzimorski - Hi Jill! Great to see you at #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @jillzimorski @CantinaDiSoave Rocca Sveva, Monte Tondo, Gini, @soavecastello are a few in your local market #SommChat

SommFemmes _@sommfemmes @SoaveUSA Is the Verona Pergola system similar to the Tendone style? Why did you choose this method? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @sommfemmes Giovanni here: both systems similar, but pergola was modified for sun exposure. Pergola=higher sugar levels #SommChat

Andy Phillips _@AndyOnFarmWine What is the traditional food served with #soave? #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen I would assume fresh seafood considering the Proximity to Adriatic Sea and Lakes? @AndyOnFarmWine #SommChat #soave

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @AndyOnFarmWine Giovanni: bacala is a typical fish dish, tortellini or risotto are also popular regional Veneto dishes #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro Can you say something about the different Soave crus? What distinguishes them? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @Sassodoro Giovanni: each cru provides a different expression of the same varietal due to different soil types #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @Sassodoro limestone= acidity and flowery notes, basaltic=richer and fruitier #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro Important to distinguish. Here is a map designed by Giovanni: #SommChat

Charles Comm PR _@CharlesComm Q. What are some non-traditional Soave pairings that might help increase its popularity outside of Italy? @SoaveUSA #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @CharlesComm Giancarlo recs sushi given its popularity around the world, Giovanni recs SE Asian cuisine/Asian fusion restos #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @CharlesComm We have also done fun parings with chicken thighs and gamey meats #SommChat

Soave USA @SoaveUSA @CharlesComm Giancarlo recs sushi given its popularity around the world, Giovanni recs SE Asian cuisine/Asian fusion restos #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro I had Soave last night with bacalao croquettes. Worked great! I'll try it tonight with chicken curry. #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess @Sassodoro I had it with Shrimp Pad Thai and was okay. The hint of spice didn't blend that well with the wine #SommChat

Tia Butts _@WineInkByTia Great conversation about Soave happening over on #SommChat. Enourage you to tune into the stream if you have an opportunity. #wine #Italy

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro Yeah! #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @WineInkByTia thx for joining! #SommChat

Tia Butts _@WineInkByTia @SoaveUSA Happy to be here. Lots of great questions being asked. #SommChat

Vino101 _@Vino101net @SoaveUSA Are vineyards dry farmed/ are growers allowed to irrigate? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @Vino101net Giancarlo: some are dry farmed some are irrigated, amount of irrigation decided every year depending on the weather #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso _@demilove @KeeperColl What are the characteristics of a classically made Soave? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @demilove Giovanni here: key markers of Soave Classico on nose is white flowers, mouth is peach, apricot, almond, lively acidity #SommChat

Giuliano Abate _@giuliano_abate Top story: Soave USA on Twitter: "Don't forget to join us for #SommChat at 11am see

Andy Phillips _@AndyOnFarmWine Is there a favorite #soave to seek out in the #US? #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen I am Currently Digging @GiniVini @AndyOnFarmWine #SommChat #soave

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @AndyOnFarmWine Giancarlo here: I'm biased of course but excited to say that @CantinaDiSoave Rocca Sveva is available in Oregon #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Does Rocca Sveva Also Make Soave Spumante? #SommChat @SoaveUSA

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @PrimlaniKitchen Giancarlo: no, we do not #SommChat Giovanni: I rec. @MonteTondo, #Coffele, @SoaveCostello @Riondousa

Andy Phillips _@AndyOnFarmWine Is global warming having a stylistic affect in #soave wine? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @AndyOnFarmWine Giovanni: there have been hotter growing seasons, resulting in tropical notes and salinity #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess How long will #Soave age? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @hvwinegoddess Giancarlo: #RoccaSveva Classico 2-3 yrs, Castelcerino (cru) 5-6 yrs #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @hvwinegoddess Giovanni: some crus can age 10+ years! #SommChat

Vino101 _@Vino101net @SoaveUSA Can you give us an overview of the 2015 harvest? #SommChat #Soave

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @Vino101net Giovanni: normal vintage until June, then dry/hot summer, resulting in higher sugar levels & extraordinary flavors #SommChat

Judia Black @enjoielife @KeeperColl Good morning. I'm swamped with quite a few projects. Will check in later.

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @enjoielife thanks for letting us all know #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA How does the Garganega grape in Soave compare to Garganega grown outside of the region? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl In #Soave, #Garganega ages well and has flavors of peach, apricot and tropical fruit #SommChat

Jonas Landau _@Jonasland54 @SoaveUSA @KeeperColl Love @Pieropan_Soave Gini, Suavia

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA #Soave is known for having volcanic soil. What effect does that have on the taste profile of the #wines? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Volcanic soils are found in eastern & central #Soave & produce wines that are riper/richer with smoky/salty flavors #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl the smoky and salty flavors complement the almond and citrus notes in #Garganega #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Volcanic soils are rich in iron, magnesium & calcium, giving the wines minerality and complexity with aging #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr #Shy #SommChat peep: @SoaveUSA can you describe the topography in #Soave ?

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Giovanni: 30m. low in valleys, hilly landscapes from 300-600m. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA What are the major differences btwn Soave DOC & Soave Classico DOC? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl #Soave DOC grapes are grown throughout the region's 16,000+ acres on flat land #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl #Soave Classico DOC grapes are limited to the historical area designated in 1931 #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Landscape shaped by volcanic activity & movement of tectonic plates #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl #Soave Classico DOC wines are complex & can age for many yrs. Soave DOC is meant to be consumed within 1-2 yrs #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@SoaveUSA sent into @KeeperColl for #SommChat - do the #winemakers do hand harvest or with machines? What is typical Harvest time?

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @KeeperColl Giancarlo: #RoccaSveva hand harvested 100%, harvested mid Sept for Classico, late Sept for Castelcerino #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Giovanni: What Giancarlo said is typical throughout #Soave, >90% is hand harvested. A late harvest would be mid-Oct #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Giovanni, since you started with Soave Consorzio in '05, how have the wines changed? How has the quality improved? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl There is less use of oak, investment & yield reduction to create higher quality crus #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Q-Shy #SommChat peep - do #Soave #winemakers come 2 #US 2 educate on #wines & how can ppl find out? Also do they C ppl N #Soave?

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Yes, we have done 6 roadshows since 2014 and have coming for 2016. Follow us @SoaveUSA for dates #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @KeeperColl Giovanni: There is a thriving number of hospitality centers and tasting rooms in #Soave. We can help with itineraries! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA What makes Soave stand out in comparison to other Italian white wines? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Ageability is one of #Soave's strongest traits. Time gives a #Soave cru a weightier and richer balance #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @SoaveUSA I'll have to put a few away to try them later with some age. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA With Thanksgiving around the corner, how could Soave accompany one's dinner? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Start with DOC #Soave as an aperitif and pair #Soave Crus with the main course #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl For dessert, try a lush #Soave Recioto dessert wine with toffee, marmalade or dried kalamata fig flavors #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: R the #Soave #winemakers increasing their production and waht r changes they see in the future? @SoaveUSA

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Giovanni: increasing production is not common--finite amount of vineyard lands. Yield amnts are regulated. #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Giovanni: there are discussions about simplifying the rules in the future #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Cold weather is here. How would you pair a Soave wine with fall meals? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl #Soave is very versatile. Its full, rich flavors pair well with herb roasted chicken, cooked ham and #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Pair #Soave with a creamy veggie soup, using Thanksgiving leftovers fennel & cauliflower #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @jillzimorski how do you the #Soave ? what are you tasting on the palate and getting on the nose? #SommChat

Jill Zimorski _@jillzimorski Early day @ work today, so I'm not tasting/tweeting; I'll pop bottles tonight & follow up in 13hrs! #SommChat #yum

Jill Zimorski _@jillzimorski @KeeperColl Super excited to taste both these they are new to me. Tasting notes forthcoming! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @sommfemmes how do you the #Soave ? what are you tasting? #SommChat

SommFemmes _@sommfemmes @KeeperColl OMG! We are dying over this 07 Gini right now. Waxing poetic about food pairings. #SommChat @SoaveUSA

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @sommfemmes glad you are enjoying @GiniVini! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @sommfemmes what are some food pairings you think would be good for this? @SoaveUSA #SommChat any tasting notes?

SommFemmes _@sommfemmes @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA For the '07 Gini we think roasted Pork with apples, or German food. We'd love it with offal, too... SWEETBREADS!

SommFemmes _@sommfemmes @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA The #roccasveva would be incredible with any seafood. Clam pizza!

SommFemmes _@sommfemmes @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA The #montesanpiero would be incredible with richer seafood dishes with cream sauce: poached halibut with cream.

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro .@SoaveUSA With the consortium on Twitter, might it be possible to provide a list of Twitter-using Soave producers? @IlSoave #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @Sassodoro we will send your way as soon as we compile! #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @SoaveUSA Thanks!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Giovanni & Giancarlo, what are the oldest bottles of Soave in your cellars? #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Giovanni here - #Soave Classico Bertani 1988 #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA A. @KeeperColl Giancarlo here - 2008; I young #Soave personally. I recommend Castelcerino Rocca Sveva as it ages beautifully. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Time 2 wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine & #Soave w/ Giovanni Ponchia & #RoccaSveva #Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA on #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Great to have Giovanni Ponchia & #RoccaSveva #Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA join us today for #SommChat.

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA Giovanni: thank you for having me at #SommChat today, great discussion!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking # Giovanni Ponchia & #RoccaSveva #Winemaker Giancarlo Piubelli @SoaveUSA for their time on #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @hvwinegoddess thx again for joining us! #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW _@hvwinegoddess @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Thank you for including me and forcing me to block to the time! Sometimes that is needed #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @hvwinegoddess thx again for joining us! #SommChat

Jill Zimorski _@jillzimorski Thank you! Always worthwhile to tune/tweet in for #SommChat ! J

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA Giancarlo: glad to have had the chance to discuss #RoccaSveva during #SommChat, thx for having me @KeeperColl

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA Thank you very much! This has been a great #SommChat !

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @Sassodoro @KeeperColl thx again for joining us for #SommChat!

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @SoaveUSA @KeeperColl The pleasure was all mine! Thank YOU!

Sandy Wasserman CS _@SandyWasserman Nice line up of wines today imported by @GiulianaImports #SommChat

SommFemmes _@sommfemmes @KeeperColl @SoaveUSA @JuneRodil A HUGE thank you to everyone for this amazing Soave lesson. We are on cloud 9. #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @sommfemmes you are all very welcome, glad you enjoyed! Let us know if you need any additional info! #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @demilove thx again for joining us for #SommChat today!

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @Vino101net thx again for joining us for #SommChat today!

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Cin-cin! Happy to Participate @SoaveUSA #wine #SommChat

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @PrimlaniKitchen thx again for joining us for #SommChat!

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @winecompass thx again for joining us for #SommChat today!

Soave USA _@SoaveUSA @AndyOnFarmWine thx again for joining us for #SommChat today!

Alfonso Cevola @italianwineguy sorry to miss it @KeeperColl I love Soave @SoaveUSA on the road again this week....

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Italianwineguy #SommChat we all missed you but understand