Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Sales Manager of @KermitLynchWine Lyle Railsback

12/23 Lyle Railsback, Sales Manager for Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll #SommChat w/ @lylerailsback of @KermitLynchWine 12N ET @drunken_somm @winochic @hvwinegoddess @nicktex @sassodoro @mweb @_itsmatthew_

Denise Clarke ‏@DeniseClarkeTX @keepercoll will try and jump on today!

KeeperCollection @keepercoll @DeniseClarkeTX hope so always enjoy your questions on #SommChat

Debbie Gioquindo,CSW @hvwinegoddess @keepercoll @sassodoro sorry to miss #sommchat out running last minute Xmas errands. Rather be on #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @hvwinegoddess we would rather you be on #SommChat as well!

Elizabeth Smith ‏@travelwinechick #SommChat #WW happy holidays! @keepercoll @lylerailsback @KermitLynchWine @scottota @CharlesComm @racheldriver @CaravelleChamp @MDSomm

Linda Adams @lwa235 @keepercoll Happy Holidays to you!! Will miss this unfortunately due to work. Sending many cheers your way!!! #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Thanks @lwa235 you will be missed at #Sommchat today Have a wonderful #holiday time #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @demilove so glad you are here today and can't wait to see your qs for @lylerailsback #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #wine fr Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback of @KermitLynchWine

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll Great to be here! Thanks for having me on today. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll We’d like to introduce you to Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback of @KermitLynchWine who will talk about #wine on #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback 2 say hello & so he 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 Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’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 & @lylerailsback 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Let's start talking #Wine with Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback of @KermitLynchWine #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q. Good morning @lylerailsback How did you get your start in the wine biz & other than KL who do you consider your mentors? Thanks #Sommchat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @SandyWasserman Restaurants and fell in love in Europe. #SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @SandyWasserman David Bergen @tinasdundee Ed Paladino @erwines Bruce @BruceNeyers and @rajatparr are my most important mentors. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback Who/What inspired you to become apart of the #wine industry? #SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll #Wine, mostly- but #food before that. I got into cooking N high school & then into wine N college. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll q fr shy #SommChat peep: how many #wines to you taste on avg in a day and how do you fight palate fatique @lylerailsback

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll Dpds on the day. 2-100, with 100 wines it's tough. Fatty foods and beer help fight fatigue... #SommChat

Denise Clarke ‏@DeniseClarkeTX What wine will be on your table this Christmas? #sommchat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @DeniseClarkeTX This year my brother @erailsba will mk decisions. There's usually #Raveneau #Morgon and #Syrah close at hand. #SommChat

Eric Railsback ‏@erailsba @lylerailsback @DeniseClarkeTX might be some #champagne #nebbiolo & #burgundy as well. #trufflepairings

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @erailsba @DeniseClarkeTX #Daiginjo #SommChat

Denise Clarke @‏@DeniseClarkeTX Happy holiday- sounds great! #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback How long have you been working at @KermitLynchWine & how did you start working there? #SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll I’m now in my 8th year with KLWM, having started after Bruce Neyers created a position for me in December of 2008. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q @lylerailsback Have you ever made wine? If not, any desire to do so? If so, what & where? #sommchat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @SandyWasserman My brother and I just got 5 tons of grapes from Santa Ynez so ask me in a year. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@demilove 2 @lylerailsback What's real Mr. Lynch like to work with 1 on 1? Does he come across same way IRL as in newsletter? - #SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll @demilove He absolutely is. Very hands off and a pleasure to work for. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback What did you do before you worked at @KermitLynchWine ? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll I was a sales rep for Winebow in Washington, DC. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Before that restaurants and wine retail in Portland and SF #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @lylerailsback would imagine #travel is big part of UR life, how do U lessen that stress & how do U balance personal time w/ that? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll I travel over 75% of the time, still figuring out the balance part...#SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll #poetry #art and other non-wine obsessions help with balance. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q @lylerailsback Any lesser known wines & regions that are exciting you for 2016? #sommchat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @SandyWasserman #Corsica is still unknown for people and we're trying to get the word out. #Languedoc is only getting better too #SommChat

ormiga ‏@ormiga #corsica i liked yes @lylerailsback @SandyWasserman shh #languedoc keep secret my 2nd fav new #france #wine else costlier #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll q fr shy #SommChat peep: do you ever work #wine #Harvest and if so what have learned doing so? any fav experiences @lylerailsback

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll I spent a week with François Carillon in 2011 and learned a lot. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll It was less-complicated that I thought. Most work is done in the vineyard. But in 2011 there was chaptalization, etc. #Sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@erailsba do you and @lylerailsback alternate years to pick the #wine or how do you decide who picks? #sommchat

Eric Railsback @erailsba @keepercoll @lylerailsback there is no real pattern as long as it's delicous. We usually both bring something to share. #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @erailsba have a wonderful holiday time and no the #wine will be a lovely addition:) #sommchat

Eric Railsback ‏@erailsba @keepercoll thanks. Hope u will be drinking well also. #sommchat #HappyHolidays

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @erailsba we will and have some good #wine friends coming as well so it will be flowing - 8 adult to keep fr getting thirsty #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback Describe your typical workday as Asst Ntl sales manager for @KermitLynchWine ? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Best part is no typical day. I get to #travel the world & work w/amazing growers & customers. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Lots of Excel spreadsheets & TSA lines too, but it’s still the job of my life. #SommChat

Charles Comm PR ‏@CharlesComm Q. @lylerailsback are there any #wine trends you'd be glad to leave in 2015? @keepercoll #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @CharlesComm @keepercoll Great question, but difficult. People should taste for themselves and not just follow the herd. #SommChat

Ormiga @ormiga what+where @keepercoll kind #wine @lylerailsback grow or sell @KermitLynchWine? any trends+changing re #wine &also #climatechange #sommchat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @ormiga @keepercoll We import wines from 185 growers in France and Italy, sell them in all 50 US States, Puerto Rico + Canada. #SommChat

ormiga ‏@ormiga nice @lylerailsback @keepercoll #sommchat i left usa 10yrs+found #napa too jammy 'parkerized' loved #france #wine tried some #italy

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @ormiga @keepercoll They can be, but it's changing. Check out @LieuDitWinery , my bro is making some balanced deliciousness. #Sommchat

ormiga ‏@ormiga will thx @lylerailsback @keepercoll @LieuDitWinery now am back #bombay restricted to #india #wine much new much nice but

ormiga ‏@ormiga yea sure @lylerailsback @keepercoll i hear(d) re adapting from some #wine makers #france+casual conv/here ask #sommchat #climatechange

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @ormiga @keepercoll #climatechange is a large topic, but many of our growers are working differently to respond to it. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll q fr #SommChat 2 @lylerailsback U travel so much 4 work, do U dread traveling personally - do U just piggy back b/f or after work travel?

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll try 2 p/gback pleasure w work, fall into a rhythm. Traveling, lines, etc. can have a zen-like, monotonous quality. #Sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback What states are you responsible for @KermitLynchWine ? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll I’m now the “Assistant National Sales Manager” and am personally responsible for 12 states... #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll AZ, NM, OK, MT, AK, CO, TX, MD, DE, and DC, live in NY & look at our business in NY/NJ as well #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback How are #wines selected for the @KermitLynchWine portfolio? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Kermit and Dixon Brooke select everything. And Kermit's son Anthony now too. #SommChat

@DrinkChile #Organic has bcm an important buzzword in the US. Most of our guys are either organic, biodynamic, or lutte raisonnée. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @DrinkChile good to see you on #SommChat today - keep your qs coming for @lylerailsback

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @DrinkChile We're hedonists @KermitLynchWine and not dogmatic about #organic. Taste and balance over certification. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @DrinkChile That said, respect for the planet and the vines is important and shows in the end product. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @demilove do you know what lutte raisonné is or should you ask @lylerailsback to explain #SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll @demilove Farming with a reason/Sustainable. Some growers choose to use less copper n don't follow organic guidelines #sommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll thanks for Lutte Raisonne explanation @lylerailsback #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll q fr #SommChat peep: do U have any tricks 4 best ways to talk to consumers about regions & #wines they R not familiar with @lylerailsback

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll If they aren't receptive to your ideas, just yell louder. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Kidding. people don't want to be talked down to, and want to be comfortable. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll A lot has changed in the #Sommelier community to help this. From tennis shoes to just being nice. #SommChat

Harley Carbery ‏@harleywine1Good morning from Vegas #SommChat how are you @lylerailsback @keepercoll? Happy Holidays!

KeeperCollection @keepercoll @harleywine1 thanks for asking - we are good and you #SommChat

Harley Carbery ‏@harleywine1@keepercoll great thanks! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @harleywine1 and thanks for your #SommChat support all year long:)

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @harleywine1 @keepercoll Hey buddy, Happy holidays to you too! Hope Vegas is getting Christmas this year.

Harley Carbery @harleywine1 @lylerailsback you know it! @keepercoll #vegas #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q fr @demilove to @lylerailsback Do you think organic, bio-whatever will become more mainstream in next decade #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll @demilove absolutely. The question is how will people who misuse this term for marketing be separated from the others. #SommChat

Denise Clarke ‏@DeniseClarkeTX @lylerailsback I tell friends to look for #KermitLynchWine on back label when looking for good quality. Cheers to your good work! #sommchat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Cheers & Happy Holidays to all, gotta go! #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll @SandyWasserman same to you Sandy - take care and hope to see you next week on #SommChat - will be another good one!

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback What #wines have been the most popular lately? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll The Northern #Rhone, #Beaujolais, & #Corsica #wines have all had about-face in the #US market #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback What are some of your favorite #wine and #food pairings? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Big question-made Zuni Café’s recipe 4 #chicken & bread salad Mon. night, & pretty great w/ #Collioure Rouge. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll #Anchovies and #Bandol #rosé #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll White #Burgundy and pistachios. Kermit and @BruceNeyers both taught me that...#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll thx @lylerailsback & @BruceNeyers 4 this Pairing - what is tops #Meursault #Chassagne #Puligny ? #SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll Just something Kermit's house it was #Ente, and w Bruce and Barbara #Chablis #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years in the #wine industry? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Ask me about next week #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q fr shy #SommChat peep: @lylerailsback did you have any influence on @erailsba getting into the #wine biz or vice versa

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll @erailsba I'm five years older, and I got him drinking #Grüner and #Raveneau in high school. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback What #wine regions do you dream about visiting that U have not been to? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll #Greece is at the top of the list. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback when not drinking #wine, what other beverages do you enjoy? #SommChat

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll #sake and rhum agricole. Digestivi, ideally Varnelli l’Erborista. Occasionally #beer #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback What do you like to do in your free time? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll cook #food and drink #wine with friends. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll follow-up to last q fr #SommChat peep - do you have different sales approaches in the different regions? @lylerailsback

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Trends start w the coasts and wk their way to Kansas eventually. Texas is bcmg a ldr now. Biggest growth mkt in 2015. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll Still working on my Texas accent....#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q. @lylerailsback What are some of the biggest changes you have seen in the #wine industry in last 5 years? #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll information is faster now, so people in less urban areas are more adventurous than they used to be. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll “#Sommelier influence” has been a huge impact, & #wine drinkers will go off beaten path > than any point N history. #SommChat

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll flip side is that there is a follow-the-leader mentality when it comes to certain producers & #wines “of the moment”. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll q fr shy #SommChat peep: What do U C as major differences in #wine consumption in Regions of US? N vs S , E vs W etc @lylerailsback

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine w/ Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback of @KermitLynchWine on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Great to have Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

Lyle railsback ‏@lylerailsback @keepercoll @KermitLynchWine Thanks so much for having me! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Please join us in thanking Lyle Railsback @lylerailsback of @KermitLynchWine for his time on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Mark UR calendar for #SommChat w/ #Sommelier DLynn Proctor @WineauxDLynnP Amabassador for @Penfolds Wed 12/30/15 11 AM CST, 12 N EST!

Lyle railsback @lylerailsback @keepercoll @WineauxDLynnP @penfolds I'll start pressing my pocket square now...! #SommChat #sprezzatura #bestdressedmastercandidate