Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Sara Fowler

12/16 Sara Fowler, Chief Winemaker of PEJU Winery


KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Today #SommChat Chief #Winemaker Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery @JE_Uncorked @zoltanszabo @TheGoodlife_Mia @JDewps

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Hope everyone's ready 2 talk w/ Chief #Winemaker of PEJU Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery abt #wine on #SommChat today at 11 AM CST, 12 N ET! #Napa

Zoltan Szabo @zoltanszabo @KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery @JE_Uncorked @JDewps will follow #SommChat :)

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery Winemaker Sara Fowler is taking over our Twitter in 5 minutes for #SommChat with @KeeperColl!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl great and look fwd to your #SommChat questions on @PEJU_Winery and #Napa @zoltanszabo

Abdullah Vural _@AVuralPeju Sara Fowler is taking over @PEJU_Winery Twitter in 5 minutes for #SommChat with @KeeperColl. Tune in and ask her questions!

Stephanie Miskew CSW _@StephanieMiskew Love that Sara Fowler!!! RT @KeeperColl: @scottota @kbvino @donajilira #SommChat @PEJU_Winery ET #WW

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #wine fr Chief #Winemaker for PEJU Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl We'd to introduce you to Chief #Winemaker for PEJU Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery who will talk about #wine on #SommChat #WW

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery .@KeeperColl I'm so happy to be here! I can't wait to answer all of your questions on #SommChat. Let's make this fun!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery 2 say hello & so she knows UR here! #SommChat

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 Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery our Qs, you can ask her Ur Qs as well! She'll do her best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #WW

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

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Ready for #SommChat!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @Sassodoro yeahhh so glad you can join in on #SommChat and look fwd to your questions

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Let's start talking #Wine with Chief #Winemaker of PEJU Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Who/What inspired you to pursue a career in #wine ? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A:@KeeperColl 2 people. First is my father, who I helped plant a vineyard in the early 1990s and brewed beer with in high school #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl second was Jed Steel, a winemaker who I worked with babysat for. I thought he had the coolest job. #SommChat.

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr #Shy #SommChat peep: How did U decide 2B a #winemaker & have you always been in #Napa? how do you deal w/ Clinate change @PEJU_Winery

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl I've spent 18 of my 21 years in Napa and I don't think I chose to be a winemaker, winemaking chose me! #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl Mother nature (climate change) deals us a different hand every year, which makes each harvest different but fun. #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass Sara, what are the trees that line the winery's entrance? You have a terrific facility. @PEJU_Winery #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @winecompass gr8 to see you today on #SommChat - always enjoy your questions keep them coming

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @winecompass thank you! Those are syca trees! We also love to call them the Dr. Seuss trees. #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso _@demilove @KeeperColl - Good morning all! How is your Holiday shopping coming along? - #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@demilove look forward to your questions today on #Napa and @PEJU_Winery #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Explain the process of becoming a #winemaker ? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl for me, I worked @ a winery in my early years and studied Enology in college. I've been making wine ever since! #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl a few harvest internships and a degree in Enology are the typical first steps to becoming a winemaker. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: How many #wines do you produce @PEJU_Winery & how lrg is prod? where do U mkt all US? any outside US?

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl we produce approximately 30 different wines and around 40,000 cases per year. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl we sell our wines in most states throughout the US and in a select few different countries. #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass Sara, what is @PEJU_Winery's most popular #wine and why do you think that is? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @winecompass we sell Cab Sauv and Sauv Blanc than anything but our low production of Cab Franc is highly sought after. #SommChat

Kevin LeBlanc _@meaujeaux7@PEJU_Winery @winecompass love the Cab Franc!!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery What are your main responsibilities as chief #winemaker at PEJU? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl I make all of the winemaking decisions, oversee the vineyard and am a member of Peju's executive management team #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Congrats to @luke_boland @blejawine & @jillzimorski '16 #SommUF Finalists see here

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: do you have plans for any new varietals or new wines or new vines in the plans @PEJU_Winery R U at max cap?

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl yes, yes and yes and there's always room for growth. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery What did you do before you worked at PEJU? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl I made wine for Mt. Veeder, Franciscan, Quintessa, Kendall-Jackson and . 2015 was my 21st harvest. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl Fun fact: between working at KJ and the others, I snuck away and lived on a sailboat in Mexico for a year! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q sent in early 4 @PEJU_Winery 2015 Vintage 4 U - any spc challenges / opps? what R main things U do at this time of yr N#Napa? #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass @PEJU_Winery is a must visit while in #napa via #theCompassApp #wine #SommChat

Peju Winery @PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl I made wine for Mt. Veeder, Franciscan, Quintessa, Kendall-Jackson and . 2015 was my 21st harvest. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl 2015 was fast and furious. Every harvest has its own challenges but as always the wines are tasting delicious. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl this time of year we're still wrapping up the vintage and wines are still fermenting (primary and secondary). #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl we are also starting to play with our 2015 white and pink blends. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Explain your interest in managing #organic vineyards. What have you seen as the benefits? #SommChat

Rashmi Primlani _@PrimlaniKitchen Iconic Producers!! Kudos @peju_winery #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl My interest: I grew up on an organic ranch and my dad is on the board for California Certified Organic Farming. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl Benefits: Growing grapes organically requires spending time in the vineyards, which is always a good thing. #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass Sara, what is the most challenging #wine you make @PEJU_Winery #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @winecompass our Provence because it's such a unique blend of current vintage whites with barrel-aged reds. #SommChat

TheTexian _@TexDoHu @PEJU_Winery @winecompass it's a great choice for our hot Houston summer (which runs May-Sep).

WineCompass _@winecompass That does sound a complicated wine blend #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q sent in 4 #SommChat : @PEJU_Winery if U named another region N world 2 compare 2 #Napa what would it B? do U taste w/ #Napa #winemakers?

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl ly Bordeaux, as we tend to focus on the same varietals as a region. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl Yes I taste with other Napa winemakers on a very regular basis (weekly++). #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl my favorite group is my bubbles tasting group! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Did you make any changes to PEJU's winemaking process when you began working there in 2006? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl absolutely, all positive changes! The Peju family has provided me the tools so I can constantly improve our wines. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: Sara, how did you celebrate your 10th anniversary @PEJU_Winery

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl 2015 was my 10th harvest at Peju and we celebrated with a mariachi/karaoke band and super yummy carnitas for lunch. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery To you, what defines a good harvest? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl recipe for a great harvest: mother nature being kind, amazing fruit and excellent communication with your team. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl daily lunches and cold beer at the end of the shift always helps too! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm for @PEJU_Winery Sara, when not drinking UR #wines what do you to drink either other wines or other libations? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl bubbles, bubbles, bubbles and bourbon! (and of course my winemaker friends' wines). #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery What advice would you give someone who is interested in making #wine in the future? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl be passionate, be focused and have a specific goal. It's hard work and competitive but it's so rewarding! #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl people interested in winemaking should always work a harvest (or three). #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm 4 @PEJU_Winery how would U describe Provence #wine to customer & what would you pair with it? what r the taste markers? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl Provence has the fresh, bright characteristics of a white wine blended with the tannin structure of a red. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl Provence is very food friendly. It goes with everything from bbq & spicy foods & is a darn good porch pounder #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass Q. @PEJU_Winery What other #wine regions interest you? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @winecompass I'm currently most interested in new and up-and-coming lesser known regions. That's the geeky winemaker in me! #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass @PEJU_Winery Any examples? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @winecompass areas I'd to visit in the future are Brazil, Croatia or India to learn what these areas are doing with wine. #SommChat

WineCompass _@winecompass @PEJU_Winery I'll join you in Croatia :) #SommChat

Linda Adams _@lwa235 @KeeperColl thank you for always remembering me - sorry to miss this. Many cheers to you! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Thx for the kind words @lwa235 #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Explain the PEJU Pink Project. #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl It was inspired by my stepmother and my Enologist who were both battling breast cancer at the time #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl since 2007 we have donated 10% of the Peju Pink sales to local breast cancer organizations. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery What are some of your favorite #food and #wine pairings that you have tried recently? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl Mmm food and wine! Anything that's paired well is typically delicious. Right now I love truffle popcorn and bubbles #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Q fr #Somm for @PEJU_Winery Tell us abt the ageability of your #wines ? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl ageability has a lot to do with tannin and acid levels. The higher the levels, the longer the ageability. #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Sara, what do you to do in your personal time? #SommChat

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery A: @KeeperColl I love cooking, dinner parties, traveling, dancing, hiking, drinking bubbles & bourbon & hanging with my family! #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine w/ Chief #Winemaker of PEJU Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery on #SommChat

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Great to have Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Chief #Winemaker of PEJU Sara Fowler @PEJU_Winery for her time on #SommChat

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @PEJU_Winery Thanks for a great #SommChat!

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery .@KeeperColl a huge thank you to everyone who tuned into #SommChat! I look forward to sharing Peju with you sometime in the near future!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl .@Sassodoro @demilove thought U would that 2 of 3 #Somms Under Fire Finalists are #Chicago Peeps! see here

Sassodoro _@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @demilove Indeed! Thanks!

KeeperCollection _@KeeperColl Mark UR calendar 4 #SommChat w/ Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants @KermitLynchWine Wed 12/23 12N EST!

Peju Winery _@PEJU_Winery Thank you to Sara Fowler for taking over our Twitter for #SommChat. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!