Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Master #Sommelier  Christopher Bates

2/1 Master #Sommelier Christopher Bates, Element Winery


Blinded By The Bite! @BlindedBite: Got your questions ready for #SommChat this morning? #Wine #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: < 30 MINS! Hope every1’s ready 2 talk #wine on #SommChat w/ Master #Sommelier Christopher Bates @elementwinery! C U at 12 N ET!

Christopher Bates MS @sommelierbates: About to hop on #sommchat with @keepercoll in about 10 minutes! Hoping to have you all join in…

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #wine w Master #Sommelier Christopher Bates @elementwinery on #SommChat !

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: We’d like 2 introduce you to Master #Sommelier Christopher Bates @elementwinery #SommChat #WW

Abt ready 2 dive in

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Master #Sommelier Christopher Bates & say hello so he knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Don’t forget to include #SommChat on EVERY tweet in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: As we ask@elementwinery our Qs on, you can ask him Ur Qs to @keepercoll as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 Christopher Bates @elementwinery and @keepercoll 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Let’s start talking with Master #Sommelier Christopher Bates @elementwinery about #Wine on #SommChat

lement Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Christopher here from Element Winery in the Finger Lakes of New York. Lets chat about wine! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @elementwinery Christopher, How did you get started in the #wine industry & when did you start ? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Sort of been in and around beverages and food my whole life, but really got into wine in college. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @elementwinery Christopher What advice would you give someone trying to enter the #wine industry? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Start any level. Wine (like restaurants) is old school, and the best way is to work your way up. #SommChat

Fernando Beteta, MS @fernandobeteta: .@elementwinery Rate in order, Chef, Sommelier, Winemaker, or what else? #Sommchat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @fernandobeteta Of what I like to do, and consider myself? Chef. Winemaker. Teacher. #SommChat

A.S.I @Sommellerie_ASI: Follow #SommChat #FingerLakes right now on Twitter!

Element Winery @elementwinery: @Sommellerie_ASI Thanks for the shout out! Hope to get you all to the F.L.X. soon! #SommChat

Sassodoro @Sassodoro: @keepercoll @sommelierbates @elementwinery Just popping in to say hi. I'm on the run today & can't join in. :( I'll catch up later #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @Sassodoro @keepercoll @sommelierbates Thanks for dropping in. If you ever have any q's about element or the F.L.X. drop a line! #SommChat

Sassodoro @Sassodoro: @elementwinery @keepercoll @sommelierbates Thanks! Will do!

Nathan V. Zimmerman @z1batmang: @elementwinery Christopher, thoughts about the drought summer of '16 in the FLX? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @z1batmang Created a whole new challenge we aren't used to. Actually shut down ripening in some soils and caused crazy PH's. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @z1batmang actually it was strange because its the opposite of our normal challenges. Some of our more challenging soils did best. #SommChat

Nathan V. Zimmerman @z1batmang: Harder to achieve balance? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @z1batmang Depends on what you want. We want to make wines that taste of the vintage...not craft to be perfect. Acids are lower. #SommChat

Indi Newall @nectarivorous: Hi @keepercoll Indi here, hi @sommelierbates, s/o's from Perth, Australia #SommChat

Indi Newall @nectarivorous: Q for #SommChat @sommelierbates the best way to use a superior/ more experienced somm as a learning tool?

Element Winery @elementwinery: @nectarivorous @sommelierbates Finding a great mentor is a huge part of the equation. Then its about listening. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @nectarivorous @sommelierbates Make sure you pay attention not just to wine, but, also, how to work in hospitality. #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @elementwinery What is the most challenging aspect of growing Vitis Vinifera #grape varieties on the East Coast? #SommChat @keepercoll

Element Winery @elementwinery: @CharlesComm @keepercoll East coast might be fungal diseases, but, F.L.X. specifically, I think its winters. We are cold here. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: welcome back @CharlesComm to #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @elementwinery Can you talk about the #flx #wine region as a whole and the new generation of #winemakers #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll in 128 characters? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll The F.L.X. is in a whole new era. we are seeing a gen shift happening, and a change in confidence/mentality #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll we are coming into a place where we believe we can make GREAT wine, that brings confidence, drive and new winemakers. #SommChat

kat thomas @yoga_kat: @keepercoll C: I think @elementwinery is a badass & inspiring for many. Q: who inspired you the most #flx #wine #winemakers #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: .@yoga_kat gr8 to see you join in on #SommChat today w/ @elementwinery thx 4 UR Qs as always

Element Winery @elementwinery: @yoga_kat @keepercoll Finger Lakes? Hermann Wiemer. Konstentien Frank. Bloomer Creek. are just a few #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @yoga_kat @keepercoll In general: Villa Monteleone. Greg Harrington. Jay Sommers. Guy Stout. Stony Hill. are a few... #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm Christopher, how long have U been making #wine in #FLX and how many wines do U produce?

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll we started tinkering in 2006 & produced our first commercial vintage in 2009. We make anywhere from 1-12 wines/vintage #SommChat

Judia Black @enjoielife: @keepercoll @elementwinery Good morning #Sommchat friends.

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Good morning @enjoielife gr8 to hear fr U on #SommChat look fwd to Your Questions for @elementwinery on #flx #wine

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr shy #SommChat Peep: how much #wine do you produce and is it white and red? what grapes? @elementwinery

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll We make 800 cases. All reds now. Pinot/CabFranc/Syrah are the corner stones but exp w others. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @elementwinery Some say that it's too cold to make #Pinot in #fingerlakes True or not? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll NNNNNNNOOOOOOO! Its too cold and wet to make simple pinot. But, think about where all the best examples come from. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Pinot is hard to grow anywhere it is compelling. Central valley is easy to grown in, but, then you'd have to drink it. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: .@plepeltier heard U may know a thing or two about @elementwinery Can you share if U serve these @RougeTomateNYC #SomMChat

Judia Black @enjoielife: What’s the biggest trend you see happening in the Finger Lakes food and wine scene these days? I was there about 16 years ago! #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @enjoielife For restaurants, its similar, its about trying to create something great, and creating a market for it…#SommChat

Judia Black @enjoielife: @elementwinery Sounds like exciting times for #FLX #Wines. Any good sparkling wine in the mix? #Sommchat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @enjoielife Keep and eye on what Kris at bellweather, nathan at N kendall and Katie and Onyare are working on in the near future! #SommChat

Judia Black @enjoielife: @elementwinery I certainly will! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - can you describe flavor profiles of UR #FLX #Pinot ? #Syrah ? #Cabfranc ?

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Let me hand it to @Champagnewhit to give a less opinionated description.

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Pinot is classic in flavor profile...I call it crunchy ...bright and fresh #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Syrah-its awesome. Leaner style, red & black fruit, peppery, bacony, olive notes. Med body. More Cote Rotie than Cali #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Cab franc...its banging here. Might be F.L.X. best red grape. Herbal, black fruit, pyryzene, tea, and great structure. #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @elementwinery How would you describe your #FLX Syrah in comparison to those grown in warmer climates? #SommChat @keepercoll

Element Winery @elementwinery: @CharlesComm @keepercoll Much better...It is leaner, fruit is more fresh, savory elements more pronounced. Think northern rhone. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: .@plepeltier heard U may know a thing or two about @elementwinery Can you share if U serve these @RougeTomateNYC #SomMChat

Nathan V. Zimmerman @z1batman: @elementwinery @keepercoll Thanks for the opportunity to participate! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Sure and hope you join in more often on #SommChat every Wed fr 12N- 1 PM on #Twitter with @keepercoll

WineCompass @winecompass: @elementwinery How prevalent is #pinotNoir in #flxwine? #sommchat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @winecompass In the grand scheme, not yet. pinot has always been a challenge and few have taken it serious, so, its been rough...#SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @winecompass But, with more quality oriented growers, and pinot passionate winemakers...Id be ready to see some killer stuff. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Good #WW to @winecompass on #SommChat thx for chiming in with a good #FLX question for @elementwinery

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @elementwinery Heard Christopher is working on making #FLX a #food & #wine destination Tell us abt UR #resto & > abt this #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll We are doing our best. My wife and I are restaurant people first. so, that is a big part of our mission here. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll @flxwienery was our first, and now @FLXtable has really been getting a lot of attentions...and maybe something new…#SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q from #SommChat #Somm @elementwinery What has been one of the most challenging aspects of your career in #wine? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Obviously the CMS examinations where a big challenge. But, taking time to understand wine, not just study it was hard. #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: @elementwinery How's the Lemberger looking for this year? #sommchat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @winecompass Great question...the acids started to fall quick, so, when you picked will have a huge impact. we picked early. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @winecompass you might check in with @redtailridge for Nancy's opinion…#SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @elementwinery Heard U may have new things 2 come like #vineyard purchase & winery is working in accordance 2 lunar calendar ? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll There might be a vineyard in our future...We will see how we work that, better fruit=better wine. thats our target. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll I know biodynamics are cool now...but we have a lot of challenges to viti.Wiemer is pushing bio-d right now w success. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Id love to see more org/bio, but it is important that we keep our vineyards under control. Lunar/bio is in the future. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat peep :@elementwinery What are some #unique #wine & #food #pairings you’ve enjoyed recently? #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll SHERRY! with everything! @FLXtable we did an Uni pasta with fino, and in Jerez I just had artichokes with amontillado! #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll And of course we think our finger lakes wines work super well with food, as they are crisp and high acid! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm where are UR #FLX #wines sold now in #US and where do U hope to get into? more #resto or #retail @elementwinery

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Direct from the winery we ship to 30 states. and most of our wines go direct to mailing list. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll But, we have distro in NY/NJ/TN/DC and abroad in Jap/Nor/Que. We are more focused on restaurants than retail. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll and always looking to expand the reach of finger lakes wines and, always looking to open new markets. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @elementwinery Tell us about the winemaking philosophy at Element Winery. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Simple. Get the best fruit we can. Hand pick. Sort like crazy. foot stomp/destem. no SO2. Sponton ferment. no addition #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Simple elevage in old puncheons. Wait till it tastes good. Bottle without filtration. Hold till tasty. #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @keepercoll - just at the end of #SommChat ! Spending a few vacation days in Minneapolis/St. Paul - message me if you want to meet up!#

Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @keepercoll - just at the end of #SommChat ! Spending a few vacation days in Minneapolis/St. Paul - message me if you want to meet up!#

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm how do you continue UR #Wine knowledge as an Master #Sommelier beyond #FLX region @elementwinery @sommelierbates ?

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll @sommelierbates big part of it for me is to keep educating others. I try and teach as much as possible to stay fresh. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll @sommelierbates And drink often!#SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm do #FLX #wines age or made to drink when released? what is best drinking window 4 White and red @elementwinery

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll Depends. We make wines w the hope they will develop over a long period. Many don't. Some age well despite intention. #SommChat

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll riesling can age great & I think reds, if they are made w care, think of how bord/burg/chinon/rotie used to age…#SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking abt #Wine w/ Master #Sommelier Christopher Bates @elementwinery on #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Great to have Christopher Bates @elementwinery join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

Element Winery @elementwinery: @keepercoll @sommelierbates And drink often!#SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Please join us in thanking Christopher Bates @elementwinery for his time on #SommChat

Christopher Bates MS @sommelierbates: Holy crap that was fast! @keepercoll #SommChat