Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Catherine Fallis of Planet Grape

2/17 Catherine Fallis, MS, Founder of Planet Grape Wine Review


KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Welcome 2 a #SommChat every1! Hear abt #wine frm founder of @planetgrape Catherine Fallis & 2 of her panelists @parkerwong & @norcalwine

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Join #SommChat 2day w/ founder of @planetgrape Catherine Fallis who will talk abt #wine w/ @parkerwong & @norcalwine #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 @planetgrape , @parkerwong & @norcalwine 2 say hello & so they know 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 @planetgrape , @parkerwong & @norcalwine our Qs, you can ask them Ur Qs as well! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @planetgrape , @parkerwong & @norcalwine 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Let's start talking #Wine with Founder of @planetgrape Catherine Fallis & her 2 panelists @parkerwong & @norcalwine #SommChat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll @parkerwong @norcalwine Good morning. Good to be here! #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong ‏@parkerwong #sommchat Great to be here! @keepercall

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @parkerwong What qualities do u take into consideration when rating #wine on ur pt system? #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong Quality parameters I use are based on the #WSET systematic approach to tasting and, of course, my experience @keepercoll #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @keepercoll - Multiple choice ? for #SommChat - where will the next crossover voice for wine come from: print, audio, video, other?

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong @demilove @keepercoll I see crossover from lifestyle! So many lifestyle people here at #wws16

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @planetgrape @parkerwong #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape Will you explain to us the main concept of your wine review website? #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @parkerwong @norcalwine The concept of PG Wine Review is to make wine - reviews and educational info - easier to access.

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @parkerwong @norcalwine We put our palates on the line so consumers don't have to

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @parkerwong @norcalwine Our panel is made up of only the most highly credentialed experts but our reviews are short and sweet

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro Ready for #sommchat, but I'm not sure I'm receiving all #SommChat tweets. My feed doesn't look right. :(

Douglas Trapasso @demilove @Sassodoro - I think Twitter is having a hiccup attack this morning - #SommChat

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @demilove Ah. Thanks.

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll we are hearing the same thing from the featured guest @Sassodoro ???? #SommChat I can see all - keep us posted

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@parkerwong What attracted u to joining @planetgrape on the #wine reviews? #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong Working w @planetgrape is a dream. The 3 Day Rule is how I prefer to taste! #SommChat @keepercoll

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Good morning everyone :-) #SommChat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @norcalwine @keepercoll Good morning ! #sommchat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove @planetgrape @norcalwine @keepercoll - I enjoyed your ebook, Miss Fallis; do you think you will write another one? - #SommChat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @demilove @norcalwine @keepercoll Cool! Yes, working on a couple! #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape Why and How did you come of with the idea for your wine review? #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll I have wanted to have a wine review platform for years but wanted folks to be able to actually buy the reviewed wines #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @norcalwine What qualities do u take into consideration when rating #wine on ur pt system? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl First, I want to be sure of overall quality and typicity for variety and region #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl To get higher scores, wines also need to be very well balanced, complex and engaging. They need to really sing. #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl And I love wines that keep changing in positive ways, showing something different over the course of a night or 3 days #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @norcalwine What attracted u to joining @planetgrape on the #wine reviews? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I have known & respected Catherine for years, always enjoyed working with her. I was flattered to be asked to join PG #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Hey #SommChat peeps - #Twitter glitch seems to be over - send in your questions for @parkerwong @norcalwine @planetgrape

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @parkerwong What are some of most memorable #wines that you have reviewed? #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong @keepercoll Tasting older vintages in #Champagne last year, - a lot of them - gave me a better take on how BdB develops over time. #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong I taste about 6K wines each year so many of those will be included so that's a lot @keepercoll @PlanetGrape SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @parkerwong Q fr shy #SommChat peep: how do U manage time to do all U are doing with #Wine?

Planet Grape@planetgrape @keepercoll @parkerwong The good news is at the end of the day we drink a little wine to take the edge off! #sommchat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong @keepercoll Great ? I have 5 jobs - write 25%, teach 50%, consult 25% plus judge, some pro bono - so I allocate my time. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@parkerwong How much time do you plan to devote as a panelist for @PlanetGrape #wine review? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @norcalwine In your years as a reviewer, what are some of your most memorable #wines that you have tasted? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Fortunately, there are many of them now. And it's been good to see early discoveries mature and grow as wineries #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Tasting through a full lineup of Krug Champagne is always memorable. So good. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Mature Krug is a revelation #sommchat @Krug

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @norcalwine @keepercoll #krug Yes I think Fred drinks Krug for breakfast! #sommchat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines #wine journalism must be Very lucrative! #sommchat

Jean Reilly MW ‏@JeanKReilly Nothing wrong with that! #champagne #sommchat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Krug for breakfast would be great ;-) Nice thing about this job is the opportunity to taste so many fabulous wines #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape How did you choose your panelists for the #wine review including @parkerwong & @norcalwine ? #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @parkerwong @norcalwine I only want to work with people I like and respect and who are consumer advocates #sommchat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll @parkerwong @norcalwine Fred and Deborah and I and our guest panelists/contributors taste thousands of wines per year #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @Parkerwong What advice would you give to someone wanting to enter #wine journalism today? #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong Work hard on your skills, constantly pursue areas of interest and taste, taste, taste. Teach if you can. @keepercoll @Parkerwong #SommChat

Alicia Cuadra-Cutler ‏@AliciaSeesWine Great advice @parkerwong! @planetgrape @norcalwine do you have any other advice to people trying to break into the biz? #SommChat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @AliciaSeesWine @parkerwong @norcalwine Work in retail - this gives you access to the whole industry. Network! #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @parkerwong What R the biggest changes you have seen in #wine journalism in past several years? #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong @keepercoll #SommChat Just in the 10+ years I've been at it, it's gone from demagogary to democracy. #winebloggers

Jean Reilly MW ‏@JeanKReilly @parkerwong But is it getting too 'democratic'? Too hard 4 consumers 2 navigate the expanding sea of wine critics? @keepercoll #sommchat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Very interesting question #sommchat also what to you say to #wine buyers that poo poo reviews & ratings?

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl @noblewines I think the more sources of information one has, the better. Good reviewers offer perspective, new finds #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @noblewines Somms and passionate merchants don't need points.In large shops with no expert on floor consumers find them helpful . #sommchat

Jean Reilly MW @JeanKReilly @noblewines Heard recently: Buyer: 'scores R over' Me: 'scores R not over for consumers, so not over for you.' #sommchat @keepercoll

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @JeanKReilly @noblewines @keepercoll Again we are out there to make it easier for the consumer online or elsewhere seeking help. #sommchat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @JeanKReilly @noblewines @keepercoll We give scores like the other experts out there but our verbiage is concise, to the point #sommchat

Deborah Parker Wong ‏@parkerwong Yes, it's noisy out there. Consumers spend more time filtering than buying. @JeanKReilly @keepercoll #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @JeanKReilly @parkerwong @keepercoll PG Wine Review has only highly credentialed respected palates. Nothing but the highest talent.#sommchat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @JeanKReilly @parkerwong @keepercoll Our goal is to make the landscape more friendly #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape What qualities do u & ur panelists take into consideration when rating #wine on ur pt system? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@norcalwine What are you looking forward to as a @PlanetGrape panelist? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I'm looking forward to the interactions with Catherine & the other panelists. #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I'm also looking forward to having an outlet for writing about areas that I know, but don't fit in at NorCalWine, etc. #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I just tasted some great wines from Chile & am looking forward to sharing those with the PlanetGrape audience #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl The downside is having to spit out so many fabulous wines! ;-) #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape Where do individuals have access to these #wine reviews? #SommChat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll Right here they will see us added as expert reviewers to the major (and minor) retailers #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape Do you charge people for access to your #wine reviews? #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll No charge at all - we are consumer advocates and they can buy wine wherever they like @drync #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@norcalwine Q fr Shy #SommChat peep: how do you choose or get the #wine to taste 4 the reviews with @Planetgrape ?

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Many wines I review are sent to us by the winery for consideration. Some I find as I go about my other wine business #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Some I find at events here and there. I request samples, because I find them very special & want to review for PG #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @norcalwine @keepercoll #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q fr Shy #SommChat peep: @planetgrape - if ppl sign up do you sell any of their information ?

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll PG does not. We are a consumer advocate. #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @keepercoll - Do you have a favorite wine app? Are you developing one on your own? - #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @demilove @keepercoll We work with @drync they do tech we do wine #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @demilove @keepercoll We work with @drync they do tech we do wine #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll good to see @JeanKReilly at #SommChat today - good questions

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @norcalwine What R the biggest changes you have seen in N #California #wines in past several years? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I'm so excited about the changes in N. Cal wines over the past decade. People talk about lower alcohols, more acidity. #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl The big thing for me though is the explosion of diversity. So many styles, varieties, regions. #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Stereotypical CA Chard hasn't gone away, but so many alternatives now. No oak No ML Truly cool climate Skin contact #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Many vintners have embraced cool climates. Others are experimenting with new varieties and styles for our area #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I've enjoyed the development of Anderson Valley, SB county, and Lodi. And the resurgence of amazing wine in Australia #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl What's really exciting tho is finding new or small wineries doing beautiful, interesting things. #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Wei Chi Hunter Valley-style Semillon from Lake County. There's a tasty Picpoul Blanc in Lodi now. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Those sound worth hunting for #sommchat #SonomaChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q fr shy #SommChat peep @norcalwine @planetgrape How many wines do you taste in a year? Most U can in a day bf get palate fatigue?

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @norcalwine My number is 8-10K #sommchat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @norcalwine no more than 100 per day but that is a lot of wine. I prefer ten to twenty. Followed by #Krug of course. #sommchat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I have tasted 200+ wines/day, but that's far from ideal. For reviewing, 10 - 20 in a day is good. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@PlanetGrape What is @DRYNC? How is it part of your business strategy? #SommChat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll @drync Our partnership with @Drync means folks can track, share, and purchase most of our recommended products. #sommchat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll @drync They do tech. We do wine (and beer and cider and spirits and gourmet products! #sommchat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll @drync We are Subject Matter Experts. They are fulfillment. Each does what they do best. We synergize each other. #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@PlanetGrape @norcalwine How often do you post #wine reviews? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I submit reviews in large sets & Catherine uploads as appropriate. I'll be steadily increasing the # now we're live #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @norcalwine Daily #sommchat

Jean Reilly MW ‏@JeanKReilly @noblewine @keepercoll @parkerwong What else can we do to help consumers that we're not doing already? #sommchat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @norcalwine @JeanKReilly Less technical jargon. More down to earth friendly language. More @ozclarke #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong @parkerwong More edu-tainment, it's a long term strategy. My Sunday wine & food pairing class sells out. @JeanKReilly @NobleWine @keepercoll #SommChat

Jean Reilly MW ‏@JeanKReilly @parkerwong Agreed, edu-tainment is the way to go! the stuffy approach to wine education needs to die @keepercoll #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll .@PlanetGrape @norcalwine Who is your target market for #wine review? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl If I describe a wine well, various markets will know whether or not it's a wine for them #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl When I'm actually reviewing, I don't think about target market. I evaluate the wine for what it's intended to be. #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @norcalwine main goal is reaching the everyday people - love a question I got from a box wine fan - we review it all #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @norcalwine What advice would you give to someone wanting to enter #wine journalism today? #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl There's still a big need to create balance btw the ideas that wine is hard to understand & "everything I like is good" #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Make wine accessible, encourage experimentation and palate development. And get people excited about authenticity #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl Journalism overall has changed. There's need now to not just be a writer, but also a videographer and photographer #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl On wine journalism, too many focus heavily on wine, not the writing or are writers who don't know wine. Balance! #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl There are few full-time, salaried wine writing jobs today. Expect to wear many hats, do a variety of things. #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @norcalwine @keepercoll difference between a wine writer and a large pizza? Large pizza can feed a family of four :)) #sommchat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @norcalwine @keepercoll we all juggle various gigs besides writing #sommchat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll @norcalwine get a day job to pay the bills :)) get your message out there. Submit a story to me for PGWR!#sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape What is the grape goddess 3-day rule? #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll taste several times over 3 days, no preservation sys., to see how it evolves, changes, and opens to show personality #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q fr Shy #SommChat peep to @norcalwine How did you get into #wine biz and who /what inspired U? What have U done in #wine besides writing?

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I started in wine as a consumer, then an avid hobbyist/collector. Finally, I couldn't keep myself away from the biz #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I've been influenced by friends, by life-changing trips to places like Australia, Bordeaux, CA regions, etc. #SommChat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl I've also been inspired by winemakers, writers and educators, including Catherine and Deborah #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Q fr shy #SommChat peep: using 3 day rule @norcalwine @planetgrape what % of #wines u Taste R still good at Day 3?

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll @norcalwine 85% are better! Very low quality wines fall apart and that is good to know when evaluating them.#sommchat

Fred Swan ‏@norcalwine @KeeperColl If refrigerated, most wines are at least enjoyable on day 3. A few get markedly better. #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Hey @keepercoll this was a gr8 one with @planetgrape et al #sommchat thank you

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @noblewines thank you for you continued #SommChat support!

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @norcalwine What are some of your favorite things to do in your spare time? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape How can a #winemaker or distributor have their #wine considered for review? #SommChat

‏Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll and we provide this service to wineries… #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @PlanetGrape What do you hope to accomplish in 1-year? In 5-years? With the reviews? #SommChat

Planet Grape @planetgrape @keepercoll We wan the major retailers to use our expert reviews so consumers know there is another voice - women have a palate! #sommchat

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll Thanks so much for letting us chat with you today. Thanks to @parkerwong @fredswan bring on the #Krug (or #prosescco) #sommchat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking w/ Founder of @planetgrape Catherine Fallis & her panelists @parkerwong & @norcalwine on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Great to have @planetgrape , @parkerwong & @norcalwine join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Please join us in thanking Founder of @planetgrape Catherine Fallis & panelists @parkerwong & @norcalwine for their time on #SommChat

Deborah Parker Wong ‏@parkerwong Thanks, all, for an inspiring morning. @keepercoll @planetgrape @norcalwine #SommChat

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @keepercoll @planetgrape @parkerwong @norcalwine Thanks for a great #SommChat!

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll @Sassodoro thanks for your #SommChat support! have a great #WW

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @keepercoll @Sassodoro thanks!#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@keepercoll Thanks again @norcalwine for being on #SommChat today! Have a great #WW

Planet Grape ‏@planetgrape @planetgrape Thanks #SommChat !