Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest  Becky Wasserman

1/4 Burgundy Wine Pro Becky Wasserman


Q. Becky, #SommChat tweeps are asking: What white and red $30ish Burgundy wines do you recommend?

Becky Wasserman: Here are some Burgundy whites and reds for your pleasure, but they are not listed in any particular order as all are lovely wines.

White Burgundy

Domaine Jean-Claude Bessin Chablis

Domaine Michel Lafarge Aligoté

Etienne Sauzet Bourgogne Blanc

Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc

Domaine Simon Bize Bourgogne Blanc

Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon

Red Burgundy

Maison Camille Giroud Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine Gerard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine des Croix Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine Jean-Noel Gagnard Cuvee L’Estimée

Domaine Sylvain Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine Michel Lafarge Passetoutgrain

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Passetoutgrain

Domaine Simon Bize Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine Sylvain Cathiard et Fils Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune

Clos Salomon (Givry)

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from Becky Wasserman of Selection Becky Wasserman!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Becky Wasserman, Founder of Selection Becky Wasserman #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to Becky, who is in #Burgundy, to say hello & so she knows you’re here! #WW #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!

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

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

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll Very happy to be here. Thank you for inviting me #SommChat #SommChat

@MWCWINE (Manhattan Wine Co.): @MWCWINE @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman #SommChat Becky: How excited are you to bring ’10 #Burgundy to market?

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @MWCWINE Passionate, exceptionally beautiful vintage #SommChat

@demilove (Douglass Trapasso): @keepercoll #SommChat My dream is to work in wine biz, but not necessarily as a Somm? What kinds of jobs avail w/importer?

@wolfeswines (Wolfes Wines): 1 winemaker to watch for greatness in 2012 & moving forward in her portfolio #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll Sylvain Pataille from Marsannay #SommChat

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman What were some of your early Burgundy experiences that tied you to the region? #SommChat

@YNchick (Jaclyn Stuart CS): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman What is your favorite wine region outside of France (a) to visit and (b) to drink? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@Keepercoll @YNchick Piedmont! #sommchat” can’t love one and not the other…

@JuneRodil (June Rodil): @drewhendricksms: Burgundy transplanted! RT @BeckyWasserman .@Keepercoll @YNchick Piedmont! #sommchat” can’t love one and not the other…

@BlissAdventure (Michael Housewright): Becky, would you tell us briefly how you decide on a producer and has your process changed over the years? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keppercoll @BlissAdventure We choose as a team Rare we list a wine only 1 person defends. #SommChat

@michaelshearin (Michael Shearin): @BeckyWasserman what are your thoughts on the 2011 vintage in Burgundy? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @MWCWine @michaelshearain too early to tell, after Malo please…. #SommChat

@MWCWINE (Manhattan Wine Co.): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll where do you think pricing will be on ’10s vs. ’09s? do you see new Asian interest impacting ’10 prices?#WW #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @MWCWINE short crop, great wines= higher prices #SommChat

@WeekendInParis (Priscilla): @keepercoll I am headed to Dijon this month. Any recommendations for Wine visits? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @WeekendInParis Christina Otell on Facebook does great tours! #SommChat

@pwmwine (Jesse Becker, MS): @BeckyWasserman Eunice Fried’s book on your early career really left an impression on me. Inspiring! Cc: @keepercoll #SommChat

@ATXFoodnews (Kay Marley-Dilworth): .@keepercoll What burgundy does Becky Wasserman recommend for a person who says they don’t like wine but is open to trying it? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @ATXFoodnews Lafarge Aligote or Passetoutgrain #SommChat

@ATXFoodnews (Kay Marley-Dilworth): Thx! I’ll look for both, have him try paired w/dinner.

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): Yep great for newbies and me! RT @BeckyWasserman .@keepercoll @ATXFoodnews Lafarge Aligote or Passetoutgrain #SommChat

@ATXFoodnews (Kay Marley-Dilworth): @drewhendricksms @BillLaw @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll #SommChat always gives me tips on great wines for my beer drinking “anti-wine” friends.

@BlissAdventure (Michael Housewright): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman in the beginning did you choose as a team? basically were your friends 1st with wineries or biz 1st? #SommChat

@BlissAdventure (Michael Housewright): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman or vice versa? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @BlissAdventure started alone so it was friends first. #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @BlissAdventure Drank first and sold second #SommChat

@BlissAdventure(Michael Housewright): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll I luv that organic way of developing a business & applaud it. Passion before payment #sommchat

@StephanieMiskew(Stephanie Miskew): “Passion before payment!”:

@tricerapops (Jesse): @BeckyWasserman – parties/dinners at your home are the stuff of legend. Did you always drink Burgundy? Any other wines hit the table? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @tricerapops Beaujolais, Champagne, Barolo… #sommchat

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): great that you have #champagne too! RT @BeckyWasserman: .@keeoercoll @tricerapops Beaujolais, Champagne, Barolo… #sommchat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @BeckyWasserman on your website you say you have a “thing against Burgundies deemed to be rustic.” Can you explain? @keepercoll #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @enjoielife use of the word “rustic” for Burgundies is what I find disturbing #SommChat

@BillLaw (B Law): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll @enjoielife #SommChat I’m curious….why do you find “rustic” disturbing?

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @BillLaw better applied to countryside rather than wine #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @BeckyWasserman Terroir-expressive more accurate? @keepercoll @enjoielife use of word “rustic” for Burgundies is what I find disturbing #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @enjoielife Yes #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): I think of Burgundies as refined versus less grapes from Spain and So. Italy as rustic #SommChat

@VintageTexas (Russ Kane): Burgundies are less or more refinement, not more or less rustic. a different scale of characteristics and quality. #SommChat

@BillLaw (B Law): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll #SommChat so you consider “rusticity” in a Burgundy a defect? For example, aren’t some Pommards rustic?

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): @keepercoll @BillLaw Pommard are structured #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – For better or worse, “rustic” in the wine dictionary is a synonym for “82″ #SommChat

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman What is 1 producer you wish you worked with but don’t? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @corkhoarder the Mugneret sister #SommChat

@BillLaw (B Law): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll @ATXFoodnews #SommChat wines for newbies? how about some wines from Beaujolais, from perhaps the 09 vintage?

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @BillLaw Michaud Brouilly, Merlin Moulin-a-Vent #SommChat

@ATXFoodnews (Kay Marley-Dilworth): @VintageTexas I just got a great tip on Burgundy for beginners who say they don’t like wine from @BeckyWasserman. #SommChat

@theleftoverchef (Loren Root): @BeckyWasserman Q: in your 30+ years, what’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the business (both positive and negative)? @keepercoll #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @theleftoverchef neg that young members of #wine trade no longer have access 2 older vintages & certain appellations. #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @theleftoverchef positive is the respect for the soil #SommChat

@jsalcito (Jordan Salcito): .@keepercoll what an extraordinary #SommChat guest! Hi Becky! Q: what Burg producers are u most excited about, & what books are you reading?

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @jsalcito Axelle Machard de Gramont, Anne Morey, Caroline Gagnard #SommChat

@BillLaw (B Law): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll @jsalcito #SommChat love Caroline Gagnard’s wines…they really fly under the radar. Plus she’s a real nice person.

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @jsalcito book reading now is ” The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook” #SommChat

@JuneRodil (June Rodil): .@BeckyWasserman @keepercoll @tricerapops @Champagnewhit … I fondly recall enjoying z mag o riesling and chartreuse (green)! #trouble #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @JuneRodil Russell does too! He says hello! #SommChat

@MDSmitty2488 (Davis Smith): A little late, but oh well! @BeckyWasserman At what price point to you have to really find good examples of Burgundy? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @MDSmitty2488 great things starting at $30 #SommChat

@alawine (Ken): .@BeckyWasserman @keepercoll still thinking about Champagne… have any favorites? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @alawine we love our grower champs… exmples:Godme, Dhondt, Saves, to name a few…… #SommChat

@alawine (Ken): RT: @DavideSalegna Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Billecar Salmon and Taittinger! < thanks Davide, makin’ notes #sommchat

@alawine (Ken): #SommChat Putting the #Wine in 1st #WineWednesday of 2012!

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): Yes, now 2012 REALLY started! RT @alawine: #SommChat Putting the #Wine in 1st #WineWednesday of 2012!

@JuneRodil (June Rodil): .@alawine @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll Ken, one of my other faves in their portfolio is @VazartCoquart Some lovely stuff! #SommChat

@BlissAdventure (Michael Housewright): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll what was the wine that “did it”? turned on the light? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @BlissAdventure 46 years ago…Latache 1945 #SommChat

@BlissAdventure (Michael Housewright): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll If I drank that wine I think I would have had little choice but to stay in Burgundy forever…nice “it” wine #SommChat

@BillLaw (B Law): @BeckyWasserman #SommChat what are two or three of you favorite vintages of all time?

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @BillLaw 2001, 1937 and 2010 #SommChat

@BillLaw (B Law): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll #SommChat Backy, interesting you mention 2001. 1 of ur sons turned me on to that vintage at a tasting w Teresa Rodgers

@BillLaw (B Law): @peterwasserman #SommChat yes it was Peter! Hello and thank you. I’ve had many great wines from that vintage and still have many in my cellar

@trouty (Jon Troutman): @BeckyWasserman term “Burgundian” is abused describing wines outside of Burgundy but what region do you find most similar in qualities? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @trouty probably barolo… #SommChat

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman Who is your favorite New World Pinot Noir producer? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @corkhoarder Eyrie and Joseph Swan #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll To nonexperts Cote d’Or is confusing & mistakes expensive. Any advice to ease the learning process? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @Sassodoro start with Bourg R and Blanc #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @Sassodoro added bonus! Will post this to the sommchat archive #SommChat

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman What is your favorite Volnay in the Lafarge lineup? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @corkhoarder clos des chenes #SommChat

@WineTheory (Justin Harriman): RT and #FollowBack if #SommChat is the best part of your Wednesday.

@michaelshearin (Michael Shearin): @BeckyWasserman what has been your all time favorite burgundy, and why? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @michaelshearin I am a women, one is not enough! #SommChat

@MDSmitty2488 (Davis Smith): @BeckyWasserman Q: What would you say is the defining characteristic of Red Burgundy? What sets it apart? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @MDSmitty2488 sensuality #SommChat

@pwmwine (Jesse Becker, MS): @BeckyWasserman Since u arrived, have u seen a stylistic change in red Burg to softer palate impression/sweeter mid-palate? .@keepercoll #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @pwmwine sometimes…. #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman Q- What is your favorite Burgundy wine/cheese pairing? #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @BeckyWasserman via @ahillsey: What are your thoughts on the natural wine movement? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll Read @alicefeiring new book. If the #wines do not have a bouquet of Woodstock ‘68 when none of us used soap #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @BeckyWasserman: What got you into the #wine industry and #winemaking specifically? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll Economic necessity with little choice here in Burgundy except becoming a bilingual hotel receptionist… #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll A basic knowledge of winemaking and viticulture was evident and very interesting. My teachers were winemakers. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @BeckyWasserman: U started your #Burgundy #wine Co. Selection Becky Wasserman in ’79- What were biggest challenges? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): @keepercoll Domaines were relatively unknown back then. There was no #wine press to speak of, & few visitors to the region. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @BeckyWasserman: Are any of those challenges still present today? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll Yes. It takes persistence to introduce a new Domaine to the trade. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @BeckyWasserman: What is your favorite part of your job? What’s the hardest part? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll Favorite part is around a table when wine’s ‘raison d’être’ is fulfilled R in the cellar communing w/a young wine. #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): @keepercoll: The hardest part for someone my age is the cutthroat merchandising of wine today. #SommChat

@peterwasserman (Peter Wasserman): .@keepercoll do you recommend decanting older burgundy or not? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @peterwasserman Bad Boy, Mom not answering…. #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew): Fabulous First #SommChat of 2012!!! @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): Today’s #SommChat with @BeckyWasserman is making me thirsty. Savés Carte Blanche or Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge? cc: @keepercoll

@raelinn_wine (•r): @peterwasserman mmmm Lafarge! #SommChat

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman Had a delicious ’00 Bachelet “Les Corbeaux” last week. Thank you for being a part of making that possible. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @BeckyWasserman: Can you share some thoughts on the #Chablis region and how perception of the region has changed? #WW #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): @keepercoll: #Chablis, thanks to writers like @Burghound, is now back in fashion. Prices remain reasonable in relation to quality #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll: & perception of too much sharpness in #Chablis has changed. Also, current cuisine often marries well w/Chablis. #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman Q-Has the swing towards lower price point affected Burg expanding south or was it going to happen anyway? #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll @ENOontheMagMile Southern expansion yes, but has opened the door to village appellation #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @BeckyWasserman: understand ur husband Russell Hone is gr8 cook. Tell us your fav dishes he makes that pair with #burgundy wines. #SommChat

@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll: Braised lamb with a hundred cloves of garlic for pinot, Poulet au vin jaune au morilles for the white Burgundies #SommChat

@corkhoarder (Bryan Garcia): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman @peterwasserman is a great cook too! Must be something in the Burgundy water supply… #SommChat

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

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): It was great to have Becky join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did abt #burgundy #Champagne & #Chablis! #WW

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

@theleftoverchef (Loren Root): @BeckyWasserman @keepercoll GREAT #SommChat today! Thank you Becky for everything you do and have done! #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): Big thanks to @BeckyWasserman & @keepercoll for a great #SommChat !

@BlissAdventure (Michael Housewright): @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman This #Sommchat has confirmed the truth I already knew, must get to Burg and discuss this face to face #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Mark your calendar! Back by popular demand Wed 1/11 at 11 AM CST MS @drewhendricksms 2 answer your questions! #SommChat

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@BeckyWasserman (SBW): .@keepercoll Thank you all, Great fun and Happy New Year #SommChat! #SommChat