Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #MasterSommelier Jesse Becker

12/21 Master Sommelier Jesse Becker


@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from Master Sommelier, Jesse Becker @JesseBeckerMS!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Jesse Becker @JesseBeckerMS, Master Sommerlier & co-owner of Périphérique Wine Merchants #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/ questions, so shout out to @JesseBeckerMS to say hello & so he knows you’re here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@WineTheory (Justin Harriman): @Champagnewhit @keepercoll @JesseBeckerMS Let the fun begin. #SommChat #WW

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Don’t forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): As we ask @JesseBeckerMS our Qs, you can ask Jesse your Qs as well! He’ll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @keepercoll @JesseBeckerMS Ready for #SommChat!

@dearwinebuyer (Wine Rep): Happy #ww #wine wednesday! Hoping to tune in to #SommChat w/ @keepercoll as I send in some holiday orders…

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll Hi everyone! great to be here! #SommChat

@champagnewhit (Whitney Woodham): @Keepercoll @JesseBeckerMS super excited for #SommChat with my old harvest buddy Jessie!

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@Champagnewhit Great to hear from you! How’s life in Beaune? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@Champagnewhit (Whitney Woodham): @JesseBeckerMS @KeeperColl great! When are you back…. #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@Champagnewhit I’ll be in Beaune in January. Let’s taste some wine! @keeperColl #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with @JesseBeckerMS! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile(ENO): @keepercoll Q- @JesseBeckerMS Is poulsard an overlooked holiday wine and will it ever catch on in the US? The bornard is great. #sommchat #WW

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@ENOontheMagMile Poulsard would be magical at the holiday table. Just drank 09 Ganevat Poulsard last weekend. Great bottle! #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @JesseBeckerMS I’m looking to celebrate the Holidays with Prosecco this year, who are some of your favorite producers? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@drooln Adami is probably my favorite Prosecco producer. Great stuff! #SommChat

@WineTheory (Justin Harriman): @keepercoll @JesseBeckerMS What first got you into #wine? #SommChat and thanks for taking the time to answer our #winenerd questions.

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@WineTheory I started in a small wine shop in Lincoln, NE when I was still in college. A great place to start. @keeperColl #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@WineTheory The shop owner gave me a bottle of ’95 Cht. Lannesen and @KevinZraly ‘s Windows on the World. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@WineTheory (Justin Harriman): Enjoying #SommChat right now. #WW

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Happy holidays, Jessie! Will you be bringing any exotic, non-mainstream bottles to your dinner table? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@demilove Oh yeah! Drinking a lot of Jura wine right now. I’ve been studying Jura intensely this year. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@jennanorth (Jenna North): Hello Jesse! RT @keepercoll Let’s start talking #wine with @JesseBeckerMS! #WineWednesday #SommChat #WW #SF

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@jennanorth Hi Jenna! @KeeperColl #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @keepercoll Q @JesseBeckerMS- what trends are you seeing in SF? We are planning to open in the coming year in SF. #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@ENOontheMagMile Sicily is smokin’ hot right now. Seeing lot’s Nerello and Etna wines on lists around town. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JesseBeckerMS You worked the harvest for Maison Camille Giroud in 04- did that experience change your #wine career/perspective? How? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll The ’04 harvest showed me that Burgundy is on the edge of what is viticulturally possible for Pinot and Chardonnay #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): @keepercoll Extremes that can give spellbinding beauty or heartbreaking devastation. And that Burgundy is so worth it. #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): @keepercoll and I met life long friends like @TasteBurgundy and @Champagnewhit! #SommChat

@tattoodsomm (Eric Hastings): @JesseBeckerMS how have you seen the role of the sommelier change over the past decade? @keepercoll #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@tattoodsomm we’re seeing a lot of sommeliers transition into sales positions, writers, educators which is great for our industry #SommChat

@tonyv619 (Tony V): Completely forgot today is Wed! Well damn :/ RT @WineTheory: Enjoying #SommChat right now. #WW

@WineFoodTX (Wine & Food Fndn TX): Better late than never! Join #SommChat now! Hi @keepercoll!

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): same here! RT @WineTheory: Enjoying #SommChat right now. #WW

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @keepercoll @JesseBeckerMS Are the Sicilian wines as out there as Cornelissen or more mainstream? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@ENOontheMagMile Tenuta Terre Nere is more mainstream. Beautiful wines from the slopes of Mt Etna. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@tricerapops (Jesse): @JesseBeckerMS – hi Jesse (awesome name). Please give us a wine/food pairing no one thinks about at first, but should. #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@tricerapops Uni is really difficult but I’ve been have fun paring uni with wines from the Canary Islands. Malvasia. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): @JesseBeckerMS Beautiful list at Boiler Room with very reasonable prices. What is your philosophy for pricing wines? #SommChat #WW

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@scottota Thanks! The list @boilerroomomaha is one of my favorites that I’ve worked on. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@scottota Re: pricing. We want guests to drink through the list. It’s not a museum of wine. Priced to drink! @keeperColl #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): LOVE THIS! That’s the way it should be. “@JesseBeckerMS: Re: pricing. It’s not a museum of wine. Priced to drink! @keeperColl #SommChat”

@jennanorth (Jenna North): Fab wine dinners @BoilerRoomOmaha // Jesse’s wine list and food from Chef Kulik is outstanding. cc @JesseBeckerMS @scottota @KeeperColl #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@jennanorth Thanks Jenna! We’re really aiming for the highest level of food wine and service @boilerroomomaha @keeperColl #SommChat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @JesseBeckerMS hello, what’s your take on decanting #champagne? cc @keepercoll #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@CaravelleChamp We recently offered Frank Pascal Champagne @ pwmwine Tightly wound, tight. Def. could use decant @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KathyMorganMS (Kathy Morgan): @JesseBeckerMS Love – great idea! Any plans to expand the dessert options? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@KathyMorganMS Thanks Kathy! Lots happening on the @WineToMatch front: dessert parings, site redesign, Chinese version…! #SommChat

@KathyMorganMS (Kathy Morgan): @JesseBeckerMS @WineToMatch Chinese version! Awesome! #SommChat Hope to see you in January.

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): Will be fun RT @JesseBeckerMS .@KathyMorganMS Yes! See you in Dallas! BBQ with @drewhendricksms. Can’t wait! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JesseBeckerMS Is #Burgundy your favorite #wine region? How does Burgundy wine differ from other wine in the world? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll First love, Burgundy is very important to me. I’ve been studying and tasting Jura wine intensely this year. #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll All of Italy’s mtn regions are fascinating. Cornas, Côte-Rôtie. Germany’s dry wines and Wachau. Most of my favs… #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JesseBeckerMS You have traveled A LOT- #Napa, #Burgundy, #Chicago, #Boulder, #Sancerre- How did you end up in #SanFrancisco? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll Elizabeth and I took 4 months in ’08 to circle the alps and tasted with over 130 domaines. We left inspired. #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll We dreamt up a new wine business that would specialize in wines grown at their viticultural extreme. SF is our HQ! #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@JesseBeckerMS what is your favorite “Tuesday night” sparkling wine? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@MattMcGinnis Catherine & Pierre Breton La Dilettante! I could drink that every night of the week. #SommChat

@alawine (Ken): @JesseBeckerMS Why do “mountain vines make fine wines?” #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@alawine Great question! I have a preference for cool climate wines and varietals pushed to their limit. Love Alpine wine regions #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JesseBeckerMS As a highly regarded wine merchant in #SanFrancisco, tell us your #wine selection philosophy? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll I’m at a point where I’m very comfortable with my own palate. I’m lucky to have customers who agree w/my tastes #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan): @JesseBeckerMS Besides the previously mentioned Sicily, what other Old World sites are you excited to see come to the forefront? #SommChat

@alawine (Ken): @JesseBeckerMS any Alpine wines you recommend? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@alawine Les Cretes Petite Arvine, J-P et J-F Quenard Jacquere, Alain Renardat Bugey-Cerdon, PePe Valtellina… #SommChat

@alawine (Ken): @JesseBeckerMS thanks for Alpine wine recos… I’m writing as fast as I can #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @alawine, @JesseBeckerMS #SommChat Absolutely love Les Cretes wines! PN always finds a home with guests sick of PN on steroids

@alawine (Ken): #SommChat …puttin’ the #wine in #winewednesday

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): Any wines from Valle d’Aosta come to mind? RT @JesseBeckerMS: .@alawine Great question! … Love Alpine wine regions #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@Sassodoro Les Cretes& GrosJean r the 2 Valled’Aosta producers we see here. Both excellent. GrosJean, old school LC more modern. #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@JesseBeckerMS we always have Beef Wellington for Christmas dinner. What wine would you pair with it? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@MattMcGinnis Aged Bordeaux would be pretty classic. I’m a big fan of Sangiovese with beef. Montevertine! @keeperColl #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @keepercoll Q @JesseBeckerMS Are there any S. American or Oz wines you see finding there way through the flood or juice. Favorites? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@ENOontheMagMile I’m working on a more international list right now @AQRestaurant_SF. trying to get current on those. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q from @ATXFoodnews – “I’ll be serving smoked ham this year, what should I pair with it?” #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll @ATXFoodnews Oh wow! Smoked ham, lots of possibilities: Traditional Rioja, Marsannay, Crozes-Hermitage… @KeeperColl #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): Take WINE CONSUMER SURVEY – will help guide a movement of wine consumers: #SommChat #WineWednesday #WW

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JesseBeckerMS What are your top 3 #wine picks for the holidays? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll Our families likes off-dry, and we’re drinkers so low alc. is important: We drink a lot of Kabinett this time of yr #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): @keepercoll NYE is all about luxury. It just feels right to drink good Champagne and eat caviar on NYE. #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan): @JesseBeckerMS I anticipate having Lechon (Crispy Roast Pork with Garlic and possibly Tarragon or Lemongrass) at xmas dinner…pairings? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): ,@drooln Oh wow, that sounds great! Sounds like an ideal partner for Riesling or Chenin. Try ’10 Keller Von der Fels! @KeeperColl #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan): @JesseBeckerMS @keepercoll I have a friend who annually enjoys a 1/4 lb at NYE along with Dom..but he’s starting to lean towards growers #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JesseBeckerMS Holidays are filled with LONG multi-course family meals. What versatile wine would you recommend for these feasts? #SommChat

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@keepercoll German Prädikat Riesling. Really the best way to go if you’re like us and going to drink all day. #SommChat

@its_corked (Howard Routman): @keepercoll #SommChat thoughts on pairing for ham with a pomegranate molasses glaze- whites and reds please!

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@its_corked Sure! Sounds delicious. I’d suggest ’09 Philippe Foreau Vouvray demi-sec or ’10 J-P Brun Fleurie! #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Bye all! Have a wonderful holiday! See you next #SommChat (and please message me if you’ll be in NYC tomorrow!)

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine chat with @JesseBeckerMS! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): It was great to have Jesse join us today for #SommChat today. We hope everyone learned something valuable from this Master Sommelier! #WW

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Please join me in thanking @JesseBeckerMS for his time #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If any1 missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to for you to review later #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Would love to have another #SommChat with @jsalcito

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Mark your calendar! Join us next Wed 12/28 11 AM CST for REVERSE #SommChat where YOU get to answer the questions!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Would you like to suggest a question for the REVERSE #SommChat? Post your Q to FB & we’ll try to throw it in the mix!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Hey #SommChat tweeps: RT this with name or handle of who you’d like to see as a featured 2012 #SommChat guest

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @keepercoll @JesseBeckerMS Thanks to you both! It has been a great #SommChat !

@jennanorth (Jenna North): Thank you Jesse for your time! Always look forward to the informative (and entertaining ) #SommChat w/ @keepercoll #WW cc @JesseBeckerMS

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker, MS): .@KeeperColl Thanks everyone! Super fun. Have a great holiday! #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): Excellent #SommChat. Thanks @keepercoll @JesseBeckerMS

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @JesseBeckerMS @KeeperColl Thank you! That hour went so quickly! #WW #SommChat