Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Diretto of Dalla Terra Brian Larky

12/5 Brian Larky, Diretto of Dalla Terra


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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): we are so excited to have @dallaterrausa here on #SommChat in 5 minutes – wonder if Brian is already on twitter

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl #SommChat Right here, rarin’ to go – sono pronto!

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): Getting ready for @KeeperColl #SommChat!!

@WineFoodTX (Wine & Food Fndn TX): Getting ready for @KeeperColl #SommChat!!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from Brian Larky, Diretto of @DallaTerraUSA ! #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Diretto of @DallaTerraUSA, Brian Larky! #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @DallaTerraUSA to say hello & so he 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 @DallaTerraUSA our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his 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 & @DallaTerraUSA let us know u R here! #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with Direttoe of @DallaTerraUSA, Brian Larky #WineWednesday #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl #SommChat Great to be here this morning, let’s see what Italian topics folks have on their mind

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): @DallaTerraUSA Hello and happy #WW!! How did you began importing and choose the places you wanted to import from? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @wineguy06 #SommChat I started as a #Winemaker – Napa then Ca’ del Bosco in Italy . For me it’s all about the land/region/authentic

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @wineguy06 #SommChat As for places, it’s about the families, soil and history, but also the future, philosophy, and business end

@wineapp (The Wine App): @DallaTerraUSA I need an Italian vacation! #SommChat

@TishWine (W. R. Tish): Q. for @DallaTerraUSA What in your portfolio this past year sold well and surprised you? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @TishWine #SommChat this year was about bubbles – Cleto Chiarli #Lambrusco, Adami #Prosecco, #Vietti Moscato

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @MSPWineGuy: @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl Q: How do you find the more obscure bottles, like the Susumaniello? Love that one! #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @MSPWineGuy #SommChat Great example. We work directly with our producers to explore as many indigenous varietals as possible.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @demilove: Why do you think, in Italy, especially, there is so much controversy whenever a appellation rule may change? -#SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @demilove #SommChat Italy = chaos, yet nobody likes change. They strive for clarity for too much emphasis is on archaic names

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): Ciao. How different are Italian varietal wines in Cali from Italy? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @pictolog #SommChat night and day, twin sons of different mothers- it’s all about Terroir and Temperment (of the producers)

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Q: @DallaTerraUSA Do you find that the U.S. on the whole is embracing other Italian regions outside Piedmont, Tuscany and Veneto? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): A. @KeeperColl @MDSomm #SommChat Absolutely! Those are keys, but diversity breeds opportunity. We are an A.D.D. society, want new things now

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @KeeperColl @DallaTerraUSA hey guys! BL, wondering which indigenous varietals you are into these days? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @ccollinsms @KeeperColl #SommChat Buongiorno! Italy has over 600 varietals, far more diversity than Napa where I sit today…

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @ccollinsms @KeeperColl #SommChat Whites: Fiano, Pignoletto, Verdeca, Gewurtz (that’s right, born in Tramin, Alto Adige)

@JesseBeckerMS (Jesse Becker MS): .@dallaterrausa what was most challenging about starting your company and how did you overcome it? (Cc: @KeeperColl) #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @JesseBeckerMS #SommChat Hey Jesse! You buy me a glass of vino and you’ll get it all. In a nutshell: the right busi plan

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): #SommChat How do you feel about authenticity of wine? AOC?

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @WarrenBobrow1 #SommChat DOC? Doesn’t designate authenticity for me, that’s rt varietal, rt place and grower mentality

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl @wineguy06 how has Ca’del Bosco changed since you were there? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @ccollinsms @KeeperColl @wineguy06 #SommChat It was sold over 15 yrs ago to Santa Margherita, thoug honestly it remains one of the very best

@italianwineguy (Alfonso Cevola): @TishWine I too am a big fan of @DallaTerraUSA wines and the team @ccollinsms et al #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @italianwineguy @TishWine @ccollinsms #SommChat Grazie Alfonso. Dalla Terra is a true Team sport – DT, distributors, customers, producers

@TishWine (W. R. Tish): Gotta run but must plug @DallaTerraUSA “winery direct” business model – gives their wines real value edge among Italian portfolios #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @TishWine #SommChat Grazie! Thanks for the shout out. We pioneered “Winery Direct” best values from some of Italy’s finest producers.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Feeling the love for @dallaterrausa from the #SommChat tweeps great #WW

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@dallaterrausa What are your favorite Italian reds to serve at holiday parties? #SommChat #WW

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @MattMcGinnis #SommChat I like bold reds like T Sant’Antonio Monti Garbi, Casanova di Neri Rosso, Inama Carmenere

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@dallaterrausa Thanks! New wines to add to my must-buy list. #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @KeeperColl @DallaTerraUSA #SommChat which do you feel is bigger trend in Italy right now, bio or natural wines?

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @ccollinsms @KeeperColl #SommChat Bio for sure, there are a few folks sprinkled around exploring “orange” wines, but Bio has captivated

@jjcarlen (jason carlen): @DallaTerraUSA #SommChat BL, Do you think IT wines will out price of the marketplace like french wines have? Is barolo the next burgundy?

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @jjcarlen #SommChat Jason – supply and demand. Stylistically, yes, Pricewise I think the market will find a balance.

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): I’m late to the dance… but here anyhow #SommChat @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @1educatedpalate: @DallaTerraUSA Thanks 4 being here… will jump in & out as biz permits… but appreciate U taking time today #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @1educatedpalate #SommChat Piacere mio!

@MSPWineGuy (Peter Plaehn): @DallaTerraUSA Any insight/perspective on the Soldera vandalism? Don’t know why anyone would want to do that. #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @MSPWineGuy #SommChat No insider scoop, but it’s not the 1st time with a top winery. Sad sad.

@1educatedpalate (Scott): @dallaterrausa would you rather taste #ItalianWine from a major producer or stumble upon a farmer who enjoys creating wine? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @1educatedpalate #SommChat our business model and today’s mkt doesn’t allow us the luxury to stumble, we taste and analyze

@1educatedpalate (Scott): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl that’s a given, but u personally? Would u like 2 taste the wine that hasn’t been manipulated by tech? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @1educatedpalate #SommChat We use tech to one next or another – unmanipulated juice is vinegar, that said, I prefer a light hand

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @DallaTerraUSA I’m late joining as well prob a tough question but what’s one of your fav Italian regions for diversity? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @lwa235 #SommChat Diversity? Gotta be Alto Adige. Tuscany has sangioveto + some, #Alois Lageder in AA has 30 wines

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl I totally agree!!! #AltoAdige #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Q. @dallaterrausa what’s been the impact on name change of grape of Friulano? #SommChat @KeeperColl if any

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat Over here, very little, these customers are educated, interested and either read it or learn from the mkt

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @MSPWineGuy: @DallaTerraUSA Any insight/perspective on the Soldera vandalism? Don’t know why anyone would want to do that. #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @DallaTerraUSA how are you using social media to connect your wines with wine lovers? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @RickBakas #SommChat #SOMMCHAT! Honestly, that’s one of today’s big challenges in any industry. We do the basics – Twitter, FB, email, web.

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl @mattmcginnis Inama makes a single bottling of Carmenere? Wow! #SommChat

@IKnowWright (April Wright Collins): @KeeperColl @DallaTerraUSA #SommChat Hi Blark! What are you most excited about in 2013?

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @IKnowWright #SommChat Ciao! Hopefully a stable US$ and improving US economy – underpinnings of what helps to drive our busi

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): @DallaTerraUSA What does it mean to have a Master Sommelier representing your book? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @RickBakas #SommChat @ccollinsms A what? Huh? : ) Craig is extraordinary, raises our game at home and abroad. Plus he loves to fish.

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): @ecgladstone #SommChat historic methods perhaps?

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @WarrenBobrow1 #SommChat Prego!

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Q. #SommChat @DallaTerraUSA when do you anticipate the end of paper DOCG tags on wines with DOP coming down strada? @italianwineguy

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @noblewines @italianwineguy #SommChat I think it’s a long way out, the DOCG consorz want the recognition on the bttls and it’s a $ source.

@jjcarlen (jason carlen): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl #SommChat Burgundy seems to be the next Bordeaux. so says A. Jefford at least. Miss you!

@ormiga (ormiga): @MattMcGinnis @DallaTerraUSA will try these #Italy #wine when get chance + affordable in this place =] #SommChat

@italianwineguy (Alfonso Cevola): @knowvino @noblewines @DallaTerraUSA i do not anticipate the DOCG tags going away anytime soon #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @DallaTerraUSA #Lambrusco – so much to learn – can U give us quick tips to better understand these #wines? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat reborn in the last yrs, not Riuniti, wines like our Cleto Chiarli show apex of quality – fresh, bright, food wines

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @DallaTerraUSA What does “Dalla Terra” mean and how did you decide on that name? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat “Of the Earth” we are about authentic wines of place, not of a production facility or cute animal or winemaker

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @DallaTerraUSA #SommChat new web-site for you… used to old one though, thought it was someone elses!

@knowvino (Carl Corsi): @DallaTerraUSA Have you seen DOCG tags w/qr codes on any wines that are released? #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @knowvino #SommChat I have not. Right on the DOCG necker tag ?

@italianwineguy (Alfonso Cevola): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl @lwa235 Lageder PB is wine of week today thx to @wine_curmudgeon #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @italianwineguy @KeeperColl @SeccoAndRed #SommChat grazie mille!

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl we carry the Cleto Chiarli at @RMchicago and it’s delicious! #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins, MS): @KeeperColl @DallaTerraUSA gotta run to taste some wine. gr8 #SommChat Ciao!

@italianwineguy (Alfonso Cevola): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl Cleto Chiarli is tops on my list! @SeccoAndRed #SommChat #lambrusco

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @italianwineguy @dallaterrausa @KeeperColl @wine_curmudgeon haven’t had that one in a while, but thank you for sharing #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @DallaTerraUSA Who R some #Italian #winemakers under the radar right now? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat There are lots of quality innovative souls working hard, the issue is how to get them over here with solid distrib

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @DallaTerraUSA In your opinion, what makes #Italian wine stand out above other regions? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat DIVERSITY. There is a varietal for every nook/cranny. Balance, acid, very ‘food friendly’, history “Oenotria”

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @DallaTerraUSA Favorite #Italian #food AND #wine pairing? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): A. @KeeperColl #SommChat Lambrusco & prociutto/parmigiano, Lagrein & speck, Arneis and fresh Med fish, BAROLO and anything with Tartufi bianchi

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @KeeperColl heading back to work, but gotta give M Felluga Cab Franc… their wines but Cab F especially @DallaTerraUSA #SommChat

strong>@DallaTerraUSA(Dalla Terra): @noblewines @KeeperColl #SommChat Their Cab Franc is one of their classic varietals, a personal fave

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @noblewines #SommChat Currently we have neither and enjoy both, so it’s a matter of finding the right fit.

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): Any good from Panteleria island?#SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl @pictolog #SommChat Passito di Pantelleria is the classic sweet wine from one of the most beautiful islands of SW Sicily

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

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

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

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark UR calendar & get ready 4 #SommChat w/Editor @bevmedia, @tishwine W.R. Tish, Wed 12/12 at 11 AM CST ! C u there!

@lwa235 (Linda Adams): @KeeperColl @dallaterrausa grazie ! Thank you for joining us #SommChat

@DallaTerraUSA (Dalla Terra): @KeeperColl #SommChat Grazie a tutti voi! Che piacere. Great to be here, great questions – Italy is always such a passionate topic

@italianwineguy (Alfonso Cevola): @DallaTerraUSA @KeeperColl grazie y’all #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): @KeeperColl just in – sorry I missed #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Extra edition of #SommChat today live at @winescom N #Austin! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear fr Winemaker Aaron Pott, @aaronpott ! #WW

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): #SommChat grazie mille

@OttVinebar (Vineyards): #WineWednesday Follow #SommChat every week to join engaging conversations about #wine!

@SeccoAndRed (Lambrusco Day): @italianwineguy @DallaTerraUSA #SommChat A true Lambrusco is a RED WINE…that happens to be fizzy.