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12/12 Winemaker Eric Railsback
Keeper Collection @KeeperColl: Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from #Somm Eric Railsback @erailsba talking about @VerveWine @LieuDitWinery #RailsbackFreres and @PresquileWine!
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Eric Railsback @erailsba: My older brother got me started in wine back in High school growing up in the Willamette Valley. I would do bread and h20 service at the restaurant where he was a sommelier at. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: The wine community has really exploded since I first started. There is so much more interest in wine, food, sommeliers and restaurants now I think its really pushing people to raise their game. #SommChat
Keeper Collection @KeeperColl: @erailsba q for @lylerailsback If you can ask my brother, "I've been hearing a lot on #Twitter about Sweet-baby Nay-Nay in How-stun Texas, as they say it in the big Apple, do you have a history with him?" #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: I do luv me some Sweet-baby Nay-Nay. I first met Nay-Nay when he was on the streets of Houston pouring some Kermit @KermitLynchWine wines for Rootstock. I am now pretty happy to be working with him to sell @PresquileWine and our wines @Railsbackfreres #MaketBlitz #SommChat
Keeper Collection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @erailsba Can you tell us what it’s like working with your brother @lylerailsback at #RailsbackFreres and what do each of you do in this business? Who makes the ultimate decision is you disagree on something????
Eric Railsback @erailsba: Working with family can always be frustrating but can be more rewarding. We tend to have similar tastes in wine so not much conflict but like every relationship there is give and take. Whoever can make the best case for their side wins. We just want the best wine. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: I always look back to my Stage @dujac as what really introduced me to the wine business. From there I met so many of my mentors. @JeremySeysses @robertbohr @rajatparr and of course my older brother @lylerailsback was in the mix before hand.
Jeremy Seysses @JeremySeysses: Really honed your card playing skills. The rest was there already.
Robert Bohr @robertbohr: I remember that year quite well...2007 harvest!
Eric Railsback @erailsba: Was a good one!!!
Eric Railsback @erailsba: My main duties @PresquileWine are to help make the best wine possible. We have been working on a new label that is coming out soon for the single vineyards as well as moving to all organic farming. So much potential here. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: @dustinwilsonms is my main playa and we work together daily. I am holding down the SF location but also helping to explore other locations that might be coming soon @VerveWine #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: Justin is my 50/50 partner in Lieu Dit so we make all the decisions together. We started things small in 2010 and have kept it that way so the two of us handle most everything except book keeping and compliance. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: I think at the moment I would like to see more of a sense of being "open minded". I feel like there is more and more of a separation of opinions in wine and at the end of the day we should all be working together to get people interested in wine. #SO2 #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: I spent most of my time in the cellar with the team processing fruit, great to learn how they made their decisions. I nailed that gig down by grabbing phone numbers out of the revue du vin de France and 'cold calling' Domaines after service nightly. #drunkdial #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: I am more working on building the winery up and how the wines are made not just particular wines. @PresquileWine makes mostly Chard & Pinot but we did just bring some old Beaujolais cuttings from Guy Breton over a few years ago so look for that. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: @lylerailsback and I started in 2015 w/ 2 wines. This year we have added Vermentinu to the mix and are playing around with making a few different red wines. We never really now the exact amount of wines till blending trials after the elevage. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: The best part is that each day looks very different. Lots of email, Floor time @VerveWine , winey visits in SBC/France and time on the road selling wine. Travel is pretty heavy in the Spring/Fall but always looking for the right balance. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: I think wines with balance are the wines that age well. Doesn't just take tannin and acid. We are looking to make wines that are delicious now but can also age. Balance, Freshness and a sense of place is the goal. All our wines can be found @VerveWine
Eric Railsback @erailsba: There are 2 ways to do it. dans votre valise ou à la douane
Eric Railsback @erailsba: So many places its hard to pick favorites. Austria and Australia are always on the top of the list though. Still haven't been to Lebanon yet....#SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: Love Chenin/Riesling and Gamay/Syrah. Chenin and Riesling can be so different from dry to sweet and usually no new oak so they don't clash often. Gamay's juiciness and soft tannins makes its a go to for most things but an elegant Syrah can do the same. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: For BTG keep a good accessible offering of wines with different textures and weight. The goal is to offer a wide range of wines that pair well with the food not just your favorites to drink. Bottle selections you can play around more with price point and older wines. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: We like many of the same wines but release schedules are very different on both coasts so its hard to keep the exact same vintages. We are also looking to offer regional favorites for the locals so a lot more access to small growers in CA. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: Badoit, Coffee, Coffee & Kolsch. Yes I put coffee in their twice. #Sommchat
Keeper Collection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what would say are some of the key things to do to be successful in the #wine #retail biz like @VerveWine and what do you think sets verve apart from other retailers @erailsba ?
Eric Railsback @erailsba: The most important thing we try to keep in mind is that wine needs to be made accessible to everyone while still staying true to our beliefs in how wines should be grown. Once you start making exceptions your business models changes. #SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba:Tough to say as wine has been the dream job. Something to do with Food I guess....#SommChat
Eric Railsback @erailsba: Thanks so much for having me. Great to me in the mix!!!! #SommChat