Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Kathleen Inman

1/23 Winemaker Kathleen Inman, Inman Family Wines


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

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @drunken_somm @AaronUncorked @FineVines will you be joining me for #SommChat at 11 central? Ask me some easy questions!!? #WW

@SommCat (Somm Cat): Looking forward to #SommChat today!

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine before we start #SommChat #WWlearn to drink wine from a 6 year old! ?

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from #Winemaker Kathleen Inman @inmanfamilywine #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to #Winemaker Kathleen Inman @inmanfamilywine #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @inmanfamilywine 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 everyone to see it! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @inmanfamilywine 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 & @inmanfamilywine let us know u R here! #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @KeeperColl great to be here on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with #Winemaker @inmanfamilywine #WineWednesday #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Good morning friends! Happy #WWhere on #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl good morning all! taking google class today so can`t join in too much today #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): @KeeperColl Good day every1 Happy to be on line #SommChatCheers! #SommChat

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): Good morning! #SommChat

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): Join us this morning on #SommChat where we are chatting with Inman Family Wines. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @inmanfamilywine What made you decide to pursue a career in #wine? ? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl temporary insanity…which appears now to have become permanent. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @inmanfamilywine You were raised in #NapaValley, was #wine always a part of your home life? ? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl No, I grew up in a family that did not drink #alcohol. (yes, these do exist in the Napa Valley!) #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q. @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine I believe you love #Champagne also, any favorites? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @inmanfamilywine: @winegalLynne @KeeperColl there are so many I love…but vintage Krug is a big favorite! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): #SommChat MT @inmanfamilywine: @SAHMmelier 2012 was big vintage. I added new #vineyard & made 4000 cases. was first ferments in new winery!

@AaronUncorked (Aaron Sherman): Hi Kat! Q. Organic/natural is so central to IFV. As the #winery grows, what changes does that make for organic/sustainable/etc.?? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @AaronUncorked @KeeperColl Changes? #SommChat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): @inmanfamilywine if you could pack up & move anywhere in the world & start from scratch, where would it be? what would you grow? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @MauricesCru My secret fantasy (now not secret) is to go back to #England to make aromatic whites, rose and bubbles! #SommChat

@TXWFC (TXWFC): Happy #WW glad we could make it this time to #SommChat? @inmanfamilywine @KeeperColl

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .Q @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Are all of ur #wines, including the Brut Nature, screw-cap? #SommChat ? #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @inmanfamilywine: @winegalLynne @KeeperColl yes, except for the Brut Rose. #SommChat

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): @inmanfamilywine What clones of #Pinot #Noir do you like to work with? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @fernandobeteta My Olivet Grange #Vineyard has 5 #pinot noir clones: 114, 115, 667 777 and 828. #SommChat

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): @inmanfamilywine Cool. Thanks. #SommChat

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): Congrats on your Rising Star award. Who are your mentors and who do you see “rising?” #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @SAHMmelier thank you. My good friend Kevin ?@HamelWines was my most important mentor. My training wheels for the first 2 harvests. #SommChat

@AaronUncorked (Aaron Sherman): @inmanfamilywine New #winery is super sustainable, yes? Other things that you can do now that were harder when starting/smaller? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @AaronUncorked I had 2 do a lot of research to look at ways of saving water, energy, using more recycled materials & no chemicals. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): #SommChat MT @inmanfamilywine: @AaronUncorked when I started planning vwinery N ’08, were no other #wineries I knew that were as sustainable.

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @AaronUncorked @KeeperColl it is good to see more people adding solar, waste water recycling using steam to sanitize, etc. #SommChat

@SommCat (Somm Cat): No questions, just want to say, love Inman Family #wines. Lovely, graceful #Pinots. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Do u notice #winemakers in CA trying 2 return balance 2 #Pinot & #Chard, foregoing ‘big’ #wines a bit? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @winegalLynne ?@KeeperColl Yes, finally. I feel like I have been in the wilderness the last 10years making naturally balanced #wines? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @winegalLynne ?@KeeperColl I think that consumers are rediscovering #Pinot #Noir that are elegant and more #food friendly. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @inmanfamilywine ?@KeeperColl Whoo Hoo! That’s great! #WW #SommChat

@travelwinechick (Elizabeth Smith): #SommChat one of these days! Happy #WW! @KeeperColl @scottota@CharlesComm @racheldriver @CaravelleChamp @1queenofspoons @MDSomm

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl -What was the first grape you planted? Did the #wine turn out like you wanted? – #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @demilove @KeeperColl I planted #Pinot #Noir & #Pinot #Gris in 2000. Tiny crop in 2002 was when I made first #Pinot #Gris. It turned out #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @demilove @KeeperColl …but, it wasn’t exactly as I wanted it. took 3 #vintages to perfect the style of my #Pinot #Gris (in my mind!)? #SommChat

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): Are there other grapes you hope to add in the future?? @inmanfamilywine #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @SAHMmelier ?@KeeperColl I added #Chardonnay to the line up in 2008, but I don’t see adding others. I like to be focused. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .@KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Q Con’t… do #winemakers ever meet 2 discuss things like #alcohol, oak balance, etc. #SommChat #WW

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl I think some do & there are forums at @WorldofPinotNoir where #winemakers gather 2 discuss tech issues. #SommChat

@TishWine (W. R. Tish): Q for @inmanfamilywine – How broad is your distribution? Are there some states you are trying to get into still? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @TishWine @KeeperColl currently I’m in CA, TX, NV, IL, NY, NJ, MA, ME, NH, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, FL, TN, CO. SO not everywhere!? #SommChat

@VinoMike (VinoMike): #SommChat @inmanfamilywine -Has it become more difficult to battle viral diseases/insects/bacteria/fungus etc as of late? Any reoccurring ?

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @VinoMike @KeeperColl No, I am very fortunate that my organic regime has everything undercontrol at OGV. #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @VinoMike @KeeperColl however,last few years some of my other vyds which are not organic had big botrytis and mildew problems #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): what are your thoughts on higher vs lower alcohol #wines @inmanfamilywine #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @TperezWine @KeeperColl I prefer #wines that don’t make me fall asleep on the sofa after dinner! #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @TperezWine @KeeperColl However, alc. is not the only issue balance is important. Not concrete numbers. #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): @inmanfamilywine: @winegalLynne @KeeperColl I think that consumers are rediscovering PN that are elegant and more #food friendly. #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q. @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Any other female #winemakers u admire, or any #winemaker 4 that matter? #WW #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl Yes, lots of up and coming women whose wines I’m looking forward to trying: Kim Vance, Elyse Perry #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl and then I am also fans of women working at larger #wineries like @JWinery and Susan Doyle. #SommChat

@VinoMike (VinoMike): @inmanfamilywine What are a few #wines and/or producers that inspired you early in your career? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @VinoMike The first #winery I worked at was Napa Creek (now Kent Rassmussen’s place in St Helena), but… #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @VinoMike @KeeperColl but I was a big fan of #German #Rieslings and #Beaujolais (could not afford burgundy) when I was starting out #SommChat

@WineRackCo ( @KeeperColl Great conversation as always in #SommChat. Popping in for a little bit!

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @inmanfamilywine @KeeperColl That sounds great, in fact I’ll be there this year and hope to see you! #SommChat #WineWednesday

@TheWineKey (Charlotte): Happy #SommChat! I’m a little late but I made it! How is everyone on this fine #WW?

@DomaineSelect (DSWE): @KeeperColl Glad to see @InmanfamilyWine on #SommChat!!

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Popping in for #SommChat for a little bit, but unfortunately can’t stay long. Gotta make it to my tasting group! CC: @KeeperColl

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): @KeeperColl The same to you! Been very busy as of late and have missed the convos on #SommChat! #WW

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @inmanfamilywine I am inspired to try your wines! #PinotNoir is one of my favs when it shows terroir@winegalLynne @KeeperColl? #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): Austin’s top sommeliers test skills in Somms Under Fire food and wine pairing competition? …via @culturemapATX #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): Thank you! agree RT @inmanfamilywine: @KeeperColl However, alc. is not the only issue balance is imporant. Not concrete numbers. #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Giving #SommChat a swirl w/ @inmanfamilywine talking RRV Pinot Noir and Organic Wines cc: thx 4 invite > ?@KeeperColl

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): .Q ?@KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Any books or magazines that keep u up to date in winemaking world? #SommChat ?#WW

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl I read the papers in the ASVE journal and attend Recent Advances in Vit & Eno at UCD every year. #SommChat

@TheWineKey (Charlotte): @inmanfamilywine @TperezWine ?@KeeperColl Agreed, balance is important and alc can quickly through off any balance b/c its dominate #SommChat

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): @inmanfamilywine: I like Domaine dlarlot, Meo Camuset, and local to me, Joseph Swan, Benovia, woodenhead…lots to admire! #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): @TheWineKey @inmanfamilywine @KeeperColl Agreed, balance is important and alc can quickly through off any balance b/c its dominate #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @inmanfamilywine How did you learn to make #wine?? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl on the job training when I was still a student at university. It was a summer job in a #Napa #Valley #winery. #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl After first job, I learned by doing, studying at UC Davis and by ?@kevinhamel55 as a mentor in the first 2 harvests.? #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): Q. @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Is your family a big part of the winemaking process 2? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @winegallynne @KeeperColl my husband, Simon, calls himself my “trophy husband” #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl my eldest daughter @ashleyemilia will be helping me pour @pinotdays in NYC 1/26/13 she works in DC in edu policy. #SommChat

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): @inmanfamilywines I, too, grew up with non-drinkers. Does your family drink now? At least sample your #wines? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @SAHMmelier @KeeperColl yes, I have managed to corrupt my mom & dad, but they only drink at holiday meals when I bring #wine. #SommChat

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): @inmanfamilywine A wise choice, but heat spikes in #CA, much like the one we had in RRV this year can cause problems. What then? #SommChat

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): @MDSomm Great question. Was wondering the same thing.? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @MDSomm ?@KeeperColl some #winemakers call me the “Barometer of the RRV” because I pick much earlier. I also keep leaves for shade. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @inmanfamilywine Describe your overall #winemaking philosophy. #WineWednesday #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl My philosophy is best described as #winemaking with a sense of place. Organic farming, minimal manipulations. #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl I call myself a “grape groper”, but I have also been called the “barometer of the RRV” since I’m often first 2pick. #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl I pick when the grapes have high natural acidity so there is no need to add more; #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl pick when alcohol is low so I don’t have to add water. Don’t use color pro OptiRed, enzymes to enhance aroma, mouthfeel. #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): A. @KeeperColl I try and let the grapes speak for themselves. I am known for elegant, delicate, #food friendly #wines. #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): since you started making #wine which vintage has been the most challenging and why @inmanfamilywine #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @TperezWine @KeeperColl 08 was handsd own hardest lost 1/2 crop to frost, thorn had botrytis lots of problems tested my skill #SommChat

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): @inmanfamilywine @KeeperColl 08 was handsdown hardest lost 1/2 crop to frost, thorn had botrytis lots of problems tested my skill #SommChat

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Good RT @MDSomm: @inmanfamilywine but heat spikes in CA, much like the one we had in RRV this yr can cause problems. What then? #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @inmanfamilywine @KeeperColl Awesome!! #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @inmanfamilywine Great to know you and your daughter,@ashleyemilia will be in #NYC @PinotDays on 1/26/13. Will try the #wines then! #SommChat

@DomaineSelect (DSWE): See you there! RT @enjoielife: @inmanfamilywine Great to know you and your daughter, will be in NYC?@PinotDays on Saturday! #SommChat

@TishWine (W. R. Tish): @inmanfamilywine Any #New #Zealand #Pinot #Noirs catch your attention? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): #SommChat RT @inmanfamilywine: @TishWine @KeeperColl I am not a fan…sorry.

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Thx so much 4 being here. Looking 4ward 2 trying ur #wines. Great info 2day! #SommChat fun as always!

@SAHMmelier (SAHMmelier): Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. I look fwd to trying your wines! @inmanfamilywine #SommChat

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

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl #SommChat folks, if u haven’t read? @inmanfamilywine ‘long story’ please do Happy #WineWednesday

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Gotta take off, going to be late for my tasting group! Thanks @inmanfamilywine and @KeeperColl for a great #SommChat!

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

@TperezWine (Thomas Perez): thank you it was fun RT @KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @inmanfamilywine #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking Kathleen Inman @inmanfamilywine for her time #SommChat ?#WW

@AaronUncorked (Aaron Sherman): Love it! RT ?@inmanfamilywine My philosophy best described as #winemaking w/sense of place. Organic farming, minimal manipulations. #SommChat

@TheWineKey (Charlotte): Get to catch some of #SommChat. Thank you @inmanfamilywine for your insight ?#WW

@cuvee_corner (Bill Eyer): Big thanks to @inmanfamilywine for a great conversation and thanks @KeeperColl for keeping #SommChat interesting and engaging, cheers!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Thanks to Kathleen Inman for a great #SommChat @inmanfamilywine

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @KeeperColl Thank you everyone for the questions. Enjoy your day!? #SommChat

@winetonite (Ed Thralls): @inmanfamilywine @KeeperColl How was your chat today Kathleen? #SommChat

@inmanfamilywine (Inman Family Wine): @winetonite @KeeperColl Frenetic, but great fun. were you following along Ed? #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl @inmanfamilywine Thank you and all who came to #SommChat today for a great discussion and exploration this #WineWednesday.

@FlowersWinery (Flowers Winery): Wonder if tweets would be interested in talking whole cluster #PinotNoir & #ProjectTerroir with us at a future #SommChat

@VintryFineWines (Vintry Fine Wines): @KeeperColl Sorry we missed it today! Next week for sure #SommChat #WW

@JosephSwanWines (Joseph Swan Vineyard): Thanks for the #SommChat shout out @inmanfamilywine @sahmmelier. We are Kathleen’s fan!

@michaelshearin (Michael Shearin): @KeeperColl could not make it today but I appreciate the invite, I will be catching up tonight. #SommChat