Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Master #Sommelier Dustin Wilson

11/28 Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson


@RobertLarsen (Robert Larsen): @KeeperColl I believe I need to know more about #SommChat. Clearly when you have time later today, perhaps. Cheers!

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): Happy #WineWednesday #WW

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): I’m going to follow #sommchat today at 11AM CST. You should too. @dwilson79 from Eleven Madison Park is taking Questions.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from #Master #Sommelier Dustin Wilson @dwilson79!! #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to #Master #Sommelier, Dustin Wilson @dwilson79! #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @dwilson79 to say hello & so he 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! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @dwilson79 our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): W/so many participants lots of gr8 Q’s R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @dwilson79 let us know u R here! #SommChat #WW

@whyknowinphilly (Aaron Meeker): @KeeperColl #SommChat with @dwilson79 – my favorite restaurant in the country and excited to hear some Yoda-like wisdom

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @whyknowinphilly Thanks for joining! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with #Master #Sommelier Dustin Wilson #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @KeeperColl Great to be here! Super excited! Looking forward to chatting with everyone #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 How did you first get into #wine? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Got into #wine N college when I had 2 learn abt it 4 waiter job N Baltimore. Got bit by bug & never looked back #SommChat

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): @dwilson79 What is left out of @SOMM_DOC you wish was in the film? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @fernandobeteta I wish they would have got more footage of my dog Max. I feel like he could have gotten more screen time….. #SommChat

@rtwinestyles (Rendall Thomas): #SommChat I’m here!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 You’ve been all over place: Aspen, San Francisco, NYC, etc. Any difference in #wine approach b/w the locations? #WW #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Definitely-in SF #wine-all abt fun. NYC-taken > seriously. Very dynamic N both cities, but opposite approaches. #SommChat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): Great interview with @eatersf about @dwilson79 … Why can’t all somms be like you? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @MauricesCru Wow. Super humbling. Thanks! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): keep the questions coming to @dwilson79 today on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 Why did you decide to become a Master Sommelier? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl When I first got into #wine, I was mentored by MS’s & really looked up 2 them. They inspired me 2 take that path. #SommChat

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @dwilson79 welcome to somm chat. In route to the city as we speak #SommChat

@whyknowinphilly (Aaron Meeker): @KeeperColl @dwilson79 #SommChat – What is the key to keeping things fresh and fun with a list like ElevenMadison? Ante regions you avoid?

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @whyknowinphilly To keep it fresh: can’t be afraid to put the geeky stuff on the list. South Africa is one place I avoid #SommChat

@adriennebyard (Adrienne Byard): @KeeperColl @dwilson79 I’ve gotta know. Why the shaved head? MJ fan? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @adriennebyard Keeps me aerodynamic through the dining room…. #SommChat

@tattoodsomm (Eric Hastings): @dwilson79 @KeeperColl what classic wine region is poised for a comeback? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @tattoodsomm Hard to say. I am liking the Roussillon right now. #SommChat

@RockandRhone (Rock and Rhone): @dwilson79 @tattoodsomm Roussillon … sounds like what @ganzer_wein likes @dbBistroNYC . You guys should talk. #SommChat

@wineymolly (Molly Peterson): @dwilson79 @fernandobeteta is the SommDoc going to be released one dvd? I live in hickville Not a chance of seeing it around here.#SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @wineymolly Not sure yet. We are wrking to get it in front of as many people as possible. We’ll make sure you get to see it! #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Good morning all! Hope you all had a tasty Thanksgiving! – #SommChat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): @dwilson79 what does the increase in number of somms say about the wine business? Do u think supermarkets will begin hiring somms? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @MauricesCru Says that the profession is really taking hold. Boutique markets have already started hiring #somms #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): Great to have @dwilson79 on #SommChat ! Q: Do you know about @ParallelWines , seeing as you’re a fan of the snowy sport?

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): @CharlesComm , @ParallelWines received several platinum awards at the @sommelierchall #SommChat

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @KeeperColl @dwilson79 Wow what wine list you have going! How do the half bottles do w/so many great wines btg? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @vinetimestoo Half bottles do great actually! Tough to keep up with the demand sometimes. They work great with the menu. #SommChat

@adriennebyard (Adrienne Byard): @dwilson79 #bestanswer #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @adriennebyard Chicken and White Burgundy! Making me hungry! #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): @KeeperColl @scottota @travelwinechick @racheldriver @CaravelleChamp @1queenofspoons @MDSomm We’re ready for #SommChat with @dwilson79

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @CharlesComm Not familiar… though would love to know more! #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @dwilson79 @SommChat Favorite everyday bottle to drink at home? Always curious to see what everyone drinks away from work. #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @ENOontheMagMile Changes constantly. Right now it’s cold outside so I’ve been drinking tons of Syrah. Gonon St. Joseph is a fav! #SommChat

@adriennebyard (Adrienne Byard): @KeeperColl @dwilson79 If you had to choose one simply cooked protein with one wine for the rest of life, which would they be? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @adriennebyard Chicken and White Burgundy! Making me hungry! #SommChat

@rtwinestyles (Rendall Thomas): #SommChat Bordeaux tasting coming up at Tenzing in Chi… which ones are tasting great for the holidays?

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @rtwinestyles Go white! Rich Bordeaux blanc is great for this time of year. #SommChat

@ormiga (ormiga): @dwilson79 @rtwinestyles attest! #bordeaux #white severely under-rated [incl by me my1st yr in #paris] #wine #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @dwilson79 @rtwinestyles Love that suggestion – Cheers!!! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 You are one of the stars of @Jbwpro’s “SOMM”- what can we expect from this documentary? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Expect to laugh, be on the edge of your seat, and maybe shed a tear or two. #SommChat #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Drop any notion of what you think a wine documentary will be about. #SommChat #WineWednesday #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Was there ever a point in your Court pursuit that you felt you hit a wall, and you just plain wanted to stop? – #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @demilove Definitely. Can be really emotionally draining sometimes. Just gotta brush your shoulders off and get back in there. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Douglas here, from Chicago. Just passed Court Intro Level! Any tips on how to study for Certified? – #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @demilove Find a local MS to help with tasting and practice service. Then study, study, study and travel! #SommChat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): @dwilson79 when describing wine to guests, what do you think are the most important elements to touch on? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @MauricesCru With guests I touch on weight of the wine, fruit vs. earth/spice, and how dry something is/isn’t. #SommChat

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @dwilson79 Any advice or “how to” for developing a wine list? Organizing it? keeping it interesting etc. #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @vinetimestoo Make a list of the great wines of the world, add in your personal favs, make sure it’s balanced $ range & regions #SommChat

@enjoielife(Judia Black): @KeeperColl Popping my head into #SommChat a little late this morning. At an eye Dr.’s appointment today. Have to keep the vision sharp!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 In your opinion, what is the most challenging part of the Master Sommelier exam? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Different 4 everyone. 4 me it was tasting. It took a lot of work for me to get it down. I really struggled w/it #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 In your opinion, how important is #sommelier certification for newcomers in the #wine industry? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Certification is great way 2 give UR studies some structure. It also helps get UR foot N the door4 certain jobs. #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl It’s the work U do & relationships you build along way that really define U- not what level certification U have. #SommChat

@WineauxDLynnP (DLynn Proctor): Q: @dwilson79 match these wines and rappers; tribe, roots, outkast: nor Rhone, vosne romanee, chinon. #SommChat #somm_doc @KeeperColl

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @WineauxDLynnP Tribe: Rhone Roots: Chinon Outkast: Vosne Love That! #Boom #SommChat

@wineymolly (Molly Peterson): @WineauxDLynnP @dwilson79 @KeeperColl best #SommChat question ever. Nicely done

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 at Eleven Madison Park – do you meet with Chef daily about #food and #wine pairings – what is the process #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl almost daily, but always when we change a dish. Chef Humm has a great palate and I love hearing what he has to say #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 What is the biggest misconception about #sommeliers? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl R snobby ppl who just drink 4 a living & try 2 make people spend > money-don’t know single somm that is like that. #SommChat

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @dwilson79 For those of us not looking to be a MS but rather a simple student of wine any suggestions for study in NY? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @vinetimestoo Find likemided people that want to chat & drink #wine. Also, hit up @lauramaniec @corkbuzz for their events #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): @WineauxDLynnP Might be one of the best questions ever asked on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 Tell us a little bit about your own #wine project, @vallinwine, with fellow “SOMM” star @BrianMcClintic? #WW #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Sooo pumped 4 @vallinwine! Rhone varieties fr Santa Barbara, CA. We R making #wines the way we like 2 drink them. #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl At @vallinwine we aren’t holding back. ’12 is first vintage & you should C first batch of #wines in the spring #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 In a recent interview, you said that being a sommelier is not just a job, but a lifestyle- tell us more about that #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl I live and breathe wine. It’s part of who I am as a person. It’s engrained in almost everything I do. #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl As a Somm, you don’t just turn that off once you clock out. If you do….you won’t make it very far. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 fav current #Food and #Wine pairing at Eleven Madison Park right now #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Fav pairing at #EMP right now is our honey glazed lavender duck with Chateauneuf du Pape. Deeelish! #SommChat

@StevieStacionis (StevieStacionis): Ahem! Just signed on to a lovely surprise: @dwilson79 on @KeeperColl #SommChat #WW. Morning, good sir!

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @StevieStacionis Good morning! How’s the west coast right now? #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 Favorite #Region? Dream area you want to visit? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Fav region right now-N. Rhone 4 sure! Really want 2 visit #Champagne. So much cool stuff happening there right now. #SommChat

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @dwilson79 @Corkbuzz Agreed! I have been there and will return. Thanks for a great #SommChat off to lunch with a likemind. good cheer 2 U!

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @vinetimestoo Thanks for joining! Enjoy lunch! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. how many wines will you produce @vallinwine in ’12 and plans for ’13 and beyond #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @KeeperColl A. 2012 will be about 1,000 cases over a couple diffnt wines. Plan is to grow….slowly. Want to make sure it’s great. #SommChat

@RockandRhone (Rock and Rhone): @dwilson79 #SommChat Given overhead/cost constraints, how can top NYC restos deliver more value-driven wine lists for coveted burgs/rhone?

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @RockandRhone Gotta be willing to take the lower margins. Offering great value there is essential. #SommChat

@whyknowinphilly (Aaron Meeker): Averaged Margin! RT @dwilson79: @RockandRhone Gotta be willing to take the lower margins. Offering great value there is essential. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @dwilson79 will @vallinwine expand beyond SB and if so where would be next dream location be? #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): A. @KeeperColl Super excited to be in SB county. No plans to go beyond but hey, you never know where life will take you sometimes #SommChat

@harleywine1 (Harley Carbery): Q. @dwilson79 what % of your guests go w pairings vs bottles @KeeperColl #SommChat

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @harleywine1 about 30-40% of the diners each night go the pairings route. Fun way to taste wide variety of #wine #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @dwilson79 #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): It was great to have @dwilson79 join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking @dwilson79 for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark your calendar and get ready for #SommChat w/ @brianlarky of @dallaterrausa on Wed 12/5/12 at 11 AM CST ! C u there!

@dwilson79 (Dustin Wilson MS): @KeeperColl Thanks so much for having me! Great to hear from everyone out there. #SommChat

@vinojefftaylor (Jeff Taylor): @KeeperColl So bummed to have missed @dwilson79 on #SommChat today. My Weds. AM tasting group was in full effect. @VallinWine DW killin’ it!

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @WineauxDLynnP Thanks for the follow. Excellent Q on #SommChat today. Happy #WW to you.

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @dwilson79 @KeeperColl super bummed I missed #SommChat today due to meetings.. I will catch up now. Cheers!

@alawine (Ken #wine): “I live and breathe wine. It’s part of who I am as a person. It’s engrained in almost everything I do.” RT @dwilson79 @KeeperColl #SommChat

@BlindedBite (Blinded By The Bite): @KeeperColl – So sorry I missed today’s #SommChat (

@raelinn_wine (Raelinn_wine): @KeeperColl sorry to miss you AGAIN! work is nutso. #SommChat #WW

@WineauxDLynnP (DLynn Proctor): I’m glad I could make it!!! “@KeeperColl: @WineauxDLynnP gr8 to hear your chatter today – have great week” #SommChat