Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Master #Sommelier Andrea Robinson

12/19 Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson


@exceptionalfood (Gourmet Delights): Every Wednesday at noon Eastern join us for #SommChat hosted by @KeeperColl #wine #wiyg #foodies

@RichardsLJ (Laura Richards): @KeeperColl I have a holiday lunch today, so I’ll have to catch a transcript this week #SommChat

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to #Master #Sommelier Andrea Robinson @Andreawine! #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @Andreawine 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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @Andreawine our Qs, you can ask her Ur Qs as well! She’ll do her 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 & @Andreawine let us know u R here! #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with #Master #Sommelier Andrea Robinson @Andreawine #WineWednesday #SommChat

@wine_prof (Jessica Fialkovich): Hello and happy #WW @KeeperColl, thanks for hosting @andreawine #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): Great to be here! #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): Hello everyone!! Thanks @KeeperColl for hosting #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine Did you have any mentors that helped guide your #wine career to where it is today? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl Two of the best mentors in the world: @KevinZraly and @memmw Mary Ewing Mulligan. Amazing, kind, fun wine pros. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Good morning all and Merry Christmas, Andrea! You prob don’t remember, but I i-viewed you for my blog last year! -#SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @demilove Of course I remember, at the @TenzingWS tasting. Great to hear from you and happy holidays! #SommChat


@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Andrea, Any tips on how to prep/organize my studying for Certified Exam? Definitely want to try it in 2013 – #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @demilove The tried and true method is to make flash cards. I would also be dialed in to the @GuildSomm site to stay up to date. #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): Yo, happy to be tuning in today for #SommChat . Hi Andrea @KeeperColl @Andreawine

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine You were the first woman ever to be chosen Best #Sommelier in the U.S.- how did this win change your life? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl It prompted quite a bit of media, and the chance to publish Great Wine Made Simple which I LOVED doing! #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): Stopping by #SommChat for a bit before I have to leave for a meeting

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @andreawine what’s on your dinner table during holiday celebrations? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @RickBakas Great to hear from you. Please come by! To answer, Champagne, red Burgundy, Riesling (truffles, duck, Dungeness crab!). #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @KeeperColl @andreawine I’m arriving a few minutes late to #SommChat! Catching up!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): just got a call from a friend that he has three of @andreawine ‘s books and they are great!!! #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Hello @andreawine been a few years:) @demilove The tried and true method is to make flash cards. still have piles of them! #SommChat

@Ngerke (Natalie Gerke): .@Andreawine What inspired you to first get into wine? cc @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @Ngerke Everyone remembers that moment, right? I loved food and cooking since kindergarten. Took a basic wine class and was hooked #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @noblewines GREAT to hear from you. Glad to hear that you are well! Please come visit in Napa. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine Every1 is looking for #Champagne for the holidays – recs pls! #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl @KrugChampagneUSA is the wine that lured me off Wall St. @Ch_Duval_Leroy is a deal and my @Delta guests loved it! #SommChat

@BevHillsBrownie (Bev Hills Brownies): What would pair with a chocolate brownie or chocolate in general? #SommChat #winewednesday

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @BevHillsBrownie Dark chocolate loves tawny Port. @CastelloBanfi Rosa Regale is a refreshing festive option. V dk can be Napa Cab #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Hey folks there’s a great convo with @AndreaWine going on right now! RT @KeeperColl: Can’t wait to see you @ #SommChat 11AM CST!

@kcwineguy (kcwineguy): Q: for @andreawine on #SommChat: Thoughts on change in leadership and impact on #wine ratings at #WineAdvocate re: @robertmparkerjr

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @kcwineguy @RobertMParkerJR showed us all the value of a well-spoken viewpoint. The web and the open window will let all be heard. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. Do you ever drink any grower #Champagne and if so can U tell us some you recommend? #SommChat #LOVEBUBBLES

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl Like many I’m a Terry Theise groupy. Love Chartogne-Taillet & a new one to try from a @Delta flt attendant stand by. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine You recently collaborated with @Delta to create their new “#Winemaker Series”- tell us more it #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl The @Delta winemaker series is great CA wines with a great story on our TransCon flights, with @ChefChiarello food. #SommChat

@BevHillsBrownie (Bev Hills Brownies): @Andreawine Love the idea of a port. Specific suggestions? #SommChat #winewednesday

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @BevHillsBrownie Love the @Fonseca aged tawnys and Quinta do Noval Colheitas if you’re splurging. #WW #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @Andreawine do you think the average wine drinker understands wine better with the 100′s of online bloggers/educators/experts? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @RickBakas While there are many voices, people can easily filter for the POVs they relate to–and are aided by the expertise. #SommChat

@corkcicle (CORKCICLE): @RickBakas @Andreawine At least the average wine drinker has the opportunity to learn more, if they wish! #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): @Andreawine What is your take on #Organic Wines? Hearing some #buzz about grocery-outlets cutting big spots into their sets. #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @cuvee_corner There are not many truly #Organic wines but plenty from organically/sustainably grown grapes–great to focus on. #SommChat

@kcwineguy (kcwineguy): Yum! RT @andreawine: @BevHillsBrownie Love the @Fonseca aged tawnys and Quinta do Noval Colheitas if you’re splurging. #WW #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine You’ve written 4 best-selling books about #wine- what’s your secret to getting inspired to write? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl Being a somm puts you “right there” for moments of intimidation, awe, delight–lots of inspiration, stories to tell #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine Are certain styles noticeably better at really high altitudes than others? If so, which ones? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl Altitude doesn’t make wines better, but it can make them worse–muted, less flavorful, e.g., Pinot Grigio, Napa Cab #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Stay tuned to hear the finalists announced by @KeeperColl & @WinefoodTX at the end of #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine You spent 3 years perfecting your own glasses, one for red and one for white- what inspired you to create stemware? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl All the major glass co’s asked me to endorse their stems. In testing the top designs/brands, I discovered problems. #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl Many of the leading shapes underperform for the grape they are named/designed. There is one optimal, superior shape #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @Andreawine you spent years developing The ONE stemware. Are more ppl discovering/switching to them? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @RickBakas Marriages love the break-resistance and dishwasher-ability @Blackberryfrm @AubergeResorts R sold on the performance! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @ormiga: @KeeperColl @Andreawine good [latelatenight] do somm associate #wine with #food stories? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @Ormiga Wine and food are inseparable, eh? I love how @spitpaul in NYC creates an event from a lovingly roasted pig and Riesling. #SommChat

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): #SommChat @Andreawine @KeeperColl What was the last wine that you purchased in or brought to a restaurant while dining out?

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @BistroSanMartin @FlyteNashville we had an amazing south of France rose that they recommended, with Brussels sprouts. Sublime! #SommChat

@raelinn_wine (Raelinn_wine): @Andreawine Do you have a favorite “go to” wine/winemaker/region that you naturally gravitate toward as a personal preference? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @raelinn_wine Well to me #Champagne will never do you wrong–rose with meat mains, even. And other bubbles as a bargain option. #SommChat

@raelinn_wine (Raelinn_wine): @Andreawine GREAT! I’m a big bubbly fan myself. #SommChat

@WineUnion (Robert Stelmachuk): @KeeperColl @Andreawine Gaston Chiquet Special Club ’04, Anything from Jose Dhondt or Bruno Paillard! #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): Late to #SommChat b/c of kid school drop off! Reading stream to try and catch up! @andreawine @KeeperColl

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @Andreawine @blackberryfrm @aubergeresorts we like ‘em for both of those reasons #SommChat

@raelinn_wine (Raelinn_wine): @Andreawine LOVE them. I have the red and will for sure be picking up a set of the white. #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): Have to run. Have a great holiday everyone #SommChat. Thanks @Andreawine, wish I could stay the entire time.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): we asked Santa for a Set of ONE glasses – do you think we will get them??? sure hope so #SommChat

@CrewCutter (Spencer Cutter): @Andreawine speaking of “The One” what do you think of Suckling’s new “100 Point” glass. Both “one” glass, but different shapes. #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @CrewCutter I admire @JamesSuckling. Classically tulip shaped in my testing worked well for white but not red: deep bowl, no nose #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): @KeeperColl @Andreawine JUST added a set of Red and White ONE Stems to my xmas list. #SommChat #GoSanta

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): @Andreawine Do you see any new/exciting wine producing regions, that you wish folks would pay more attention to? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @cuvee_corner Rueda whites from Spain are really coming on. Chile for unexpected reds from Cab Franc, Syrah, and blends thereof. #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): @CrewCutter @Andreawine Suckling once gave Kool-aide 100 points, right? #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): @Andreawine Do u have a “must-have” traditional family dish on table 4 your holiday dinner & what #wine do u pair w/ it? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @RachelVoorhees I smoke ducks and we bust out the best, most “ready” Burgundy red from my husband’s cellar. Q back 2 y’all standby #SommChat

@JustAWineTwit (All About Wine): @KeeperColl that will depend on whether you have been naughty or nice #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @Andreawine you are a model for many aspiring wine industry ppl (myself included). Keep kicking butt and inspiring us! #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @RickBakas Blushing! Thank you so much and please keep inspiring and teaching us how to get the word out to the world! #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): Agree! RT @RickBakas: @Andreawine you are a model for many aspiring wine industry ppl. Keep kicking butt and inspiring us! #SommChat

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): Oo La La! MT @Andreawine @FlyteNashville had an amazing south of France rose they recommended, with Brussels sprouts. Sublime! #SommChat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): Hi @Andreawine Love THE ONE, you found a universal solution 4 all wines! Are asperities in bottom of glass needed 4 more bubbles? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @CaravelleChamp Oh, thank you! Great thought about roughing up the bottom of the glass to launch more bubbles. What do y’all think #SommChat

@dallaswinecomp (Rebecca Murphy): Especially love the Verdejos from Rueda. Great buys, too. #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): Hey y’all what are the vintages of red Burgundy that are drinking well right now? Any “off vintages” showing great? #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): @Andreawine That sounds divine. Can’t go wrong with Burgundy & duck! #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): Fabulous #SommChat with @Andreawine on this #WW:)

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): Duck, Yum! RT @andreawine: @RachelVoorhees I smoke ducks & we bust out the best most “ready” Burgundy red from husband’s cellar. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine What are the main differences between the “red” glass and the “white” glass? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl Shapes are the same. The red’s larger bowl permits aeration. The smaller white bowl preserves the delicacy & chill #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Ha, that gets my vote! RT @Andreawine: I smoke ducks N we bust out the best, most “ready” #Burgundy red from my husband’s cellar. #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): @Andreawine Recently had a really nice ’03 drinking beautifully and a surprisingly supple brilliant ’04 )for an off vintage) #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @tmarshalljones That makes great sense–ripe ’03s and soft ’04s. @noblewines will ’07s shut down soon? #SommChat

@raelinn_wine (Raelinn_wine): @Andreawine @CaravelleChamp I’m all for more bubbles! If it doesn’t affect the still wine adversely, why not? #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): .@Andreawine still remember u from early days of Food Network. Ur take on why a winelover might also find pleasure in cocktails? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @VineyardGate The trend in cocktails–layered, less sweet, garden ingred’s that read like a wine description, what’s not to love? #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Have to try that! RT @Andreawine: @CaravelleChamp Great thought about roughing up the bottom of the glass 2 launch more bubbles. #SommChat

@denvezina (denis vezina): @Andreawine Georges Duboeuf!!!!!!!!!!! Right on target!!!!!!!!!!! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @andreawine Overall, what has been the most fun part about collaborating with @Delta for you? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl As always, people matter most. @Delta people are an amazing family. And really committed to great wine and food. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. You’ve accomplished so much – what is on the horizon for 2013? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl Thank you! Converting my web video wine course to an iPad app (any collaborative techies out there?), Hubby’s cookbook #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @Andreawine Looking forward to having you speak about The One at The Museum of Art in FL in February! @moafl @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @StephanieMiskew Wine at the beach in February, I can handle that! See you soon. Need some #beachbody holiday restraint for Xmas! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @Andreawine is there any #wine destination that you have not been to that you would like to go and why? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): A. @KeeperColl I still have not been to northeast Italy except Prosecco, and I LOVE the Friulian whites. And Greece! #wishlist #WW #SommChat

@JustAWineTwit (All About Wine): @Andreawine @KeeperColl Where can we purchase your web video wine course? #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @JustAWineTwit You sign up on for $29.95 for access to all the videos. More to come too. Thanks for asking! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): only a few more minutes with @andreawine – get your question in now #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): Inspiring! Thanks @Andreawine #SommChat @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @cuvee_corner: @Andreawine newly discovered pairing is Fie Gris & Toasted Marsmallows, do U have any new/odd pairing rec’s? cc: #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @cuvee-Corner Rocked a @Delta pairing with buttery, barrel-fermented Napa chard & @GodivaChoc milk choc salted caramel. Awesome! #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @KeeperColl @cuvee_corner @Andreawine I had to look up Fie Gris. Now I have to figure out where to find some. #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): @Sassodoro Btw, you’ll never look @ a campfire Marshmallows the same way again! #sharpsticks @KeeperColl @Andreawine #SommChat #WW #WineBuzz

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): Bubble technology, lava lamp drinking, really? Afraid to run out of bubbles. #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): What a treat, mucho thanks to all?? Happy #WW RT @VineyardGate: Inspiring! Thanks @Andreawine #SommChat @KeeperColl

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

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

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark your calendar for special “He Said,She Said” #SommChat w/ #Sommeliers @jsalcito & @robertbohr on Wed 12/26 at 11 AM CST! Don’t miss it!

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): Indeed thank you @Andreawine for an excellent #SommChat @KeeperColl Bubbly Cheers to all!

@JustAWineTwit (All About Wine): @Andreawine Thanks Andrea; first time on this chat and enjoyed it #SommChat

@Andreawine (Andrea Robinson, MS): @KeeperColl and all y’all (since we both have TX roots!) for the opportunity and many great insights shared. Happy holidays, peace #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @Andreawine @KeeperColl Great #SommChat! Many thanks! Have a great holiday!

@BistroSanMartin (Bistro San Martin): Thank you @Andreawine & @KeeperColl for a great #WineWednesday #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Many thanks to @Andreawine for help in raising my #WineIQ cheers to all! And thanks to for the invite @KeeperColl #SommChat went to fast!

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Have a wonderful holiday everyone! Please DM me if you’ll be in NYC next week; maybe we can meet up! – #SommChat

@WineWiseGuy (Anthony Giglio): Sorry 2 miss “@KeeperColl: Can’t wait to see you @ #SommChat @derricks @jeffreymar @VinoPeteblog @DallasWinecomp @Misohungry #WW”

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @Andreawine Wonderful – looking forward to it, Andrea! Happy Holidays & feel free to indulge – you always look fabulous!!! #SommChat

@USOnlineConnect (All Abt SocialMedia): I joined #SommChat this morning and listened in…great chat about wine.

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): #SommChat 2007 savigny $16 a glass @co_themaidstone @tmarshalljones showing pretty, but rustic fruit for 2-3 yrs maybe

@scottota (Scott Ota): Congrats @BillElsey &NTP3! You best represent at #SommsUnderFire #SommChat #ATXSomms

@alawine (Ken #wine): @andreawine @KeeperColl @cuvee_corner @noblewines @raelinn_wine enjoying your #SommChat tweets #betterlatethannever

@alawine (Ken #wine): @rachelvoorhees @rickbakas @tmarshalljones @bistrosanmartin @demilove enjoying your #SommChat tweets #betterlatethannever

@raelinn_wine (Raelinn_wine): Cheers @Andreawine it was a pleasure chatting with you on #SommChat! Hope your holidays are lovely.