Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Marilena Barbera

2/19 Sicily Winemaker Marilena Barbera, Cantine Barbera


@ClosBagatelle (Clos Bagatelle): We have heard good reports for #sommchat so will try to join in from St Chinian here in France. #Languedoc

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A few minutes to #SommChat, will talk about #Sicily, organic farming & natural #winemaking. Pls #winelover-s join us @keepercoll

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @gianpadano if you are already online, come and chat with us about #wine on #SommChat @keepercoll

@TishWine (W. R. Tish): RT @keepercoll Today’s #SommChat features #Sicily #Winemaker @MarilenaBarbera Hope to see you there! 11 am -12 N CST

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): Welcome @TishWine to #SommChat today, excited to talk about #Sicily’s unique grape varieties @keepercoll

@EllaDogSays (Ella Dog): @keepercoll @TriremeImports @wineacademy @MWCWINE @QuitWINEing @Delysia_Choc @DomaineSelect moving my #wine bowl in position for #sommchat

@drewbie_g (Caroline Conner): Hooray for #SommChat! #EagerToLearn #ThirstyToo @keepercoll @RichardsLJ @MaxKogod @ArdesiaWineBar @MaxsWineDiveATX @HahnEstate

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): Si, I hope to @marilenabarbera so great that you are bringing #sicily to #sommchat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): No doubt about it @keepercoll: .@SandyWasserman you will learn a lot 2day on #SommChat about #Sicily Wines from #winemaker @marilenabarbera”

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from @marilenabarbera of Cantine Barbera #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to #Sicily #Winemaker @marilenabarbera #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 @marilenabarbera 2 say hello & so she knows UR here! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Don’t forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @marilenabarbera our Qs, you can ask her Ur Qs as well! She’ll do her best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #WW

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @keepercoll @marilenabarbera Ready for #SommChat!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): W/so many participants gr8 Q’s R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @marilenabarbera 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Good morning #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with @marilenabarbera #WW #SommChat

@ClosBagatelle (Clos Bagatelle): Bonsoir de la belle France @keepercoll @marilenabarbera. Here to taste the delights of #SommChat from #Sicily

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @marilenabarbera Whom are your winemaker mentors? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @SandyWasserman I have learnt very much from Piedmontese #Winemakers #SommChat @keepercoll

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Good morning all from chicago! – #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): Welcome @ClosBagatelle from beautiful France! #SommChat @keepercoll

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @demilove great to see you at #SOmmchat to learn about #Sicily #wines

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, tell us about UR commitment to #organic #winemaking #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl I believe that a safe & sound environment is the first step to make great #wine-s that are loyal to terroir #SommChat 1/2

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl since environment is a heritage we must pass on to our children, commitment to #organic is my only option #SommChat 2/2

@vinogger (Melanie): Good morning from #SF #CA fellow #wine lovers #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @vinogger so glad you can join in to learn about #Sicily #wine – look fwd to your questions #sommchat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Anybody in particular, lots of great growers to learn from in Piedmonte #Sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @i_on_food_drink and to you too #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. fr Shy #sommchat peep: Can you tell us about the 2013 Vintage for you in #Sicily?

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @keepercoll very hot on the first part, then we had heavy rains for about 2 weeks. Difficult end of Aug, then better in Sept. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @marilenabarbera: A. @SandyWasserman no one in particular, I love style and terroir from Piedmont, very traditional #winemaking #sommchat

@ClosBagatelle (Clos Bagatelle): Merci @marilenabarbera @keepercoll. We have 2 dominant soild types in St Chinian. What is the terre that dominates in Sicily? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @ClosBagatelle Sicily is a big island: we have volcano on the east part, alluvial, sandy & calcareous soils the most @keepercoll #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @tmarshalljones glad you can join in on #SomMChat today and look fwd to your questions:)

@vinogger (Melanie): How is it being a woman winemaker in Sicily? Are there many others? @marilenabarbera #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vinogger we are about 10-15 women #winemakers, it’s quite difficult being Sicily dominated by men for decades #SommChat

@EllaDogSays (Ella Dog): @marilenabarbera We’ve been living in a snowglobe in NYC for 3 mos! What would be nice to have in our glass to cheer Spring on? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @EllaDogSays Rosé for sure! Sicilian Nero d’Avola grape is quite nice to make blush #wine-s #SommChat @keepercoll

@Bele_Casel ? (Bele Casel): @marilenabarbera quali sono le difficoltà nel coltivare le vigne vicino al mare e con clima asciutto come quello siciliano? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @Bele_Casel Growing close to the ocean is fabulous: a saline environment avoids mildews and keeps temperatures low #SommChat @keepercoll

@vinogger (Melanie): @keepercoll @marilenabarbera @SandyWasserman There’s nothing like the #wines of Piemonte (sono di origine Piemontese) #sommchat

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

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): Q. @marilenabarbera Would you like to make wine outside of Sicily? Where & what wines? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @SandyWasserman that would be great. Would love to experience Sonoma, as it has conditions similar to #Sicily #SommChat @keepercoll

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @SergioFurco: @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Congratulations to the chat-Good idea-I do not speak English well-I need to improve #SommChat

@Path2Wine (Courtney Quinn): Q. @marilenabarbera which subregion of Sicily is your vineyard planted? What varietals do you work with? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Path2Wine I live and work in #Menfi, southw coast of #Sicily. I grow #Inzolia #Perricone #Grillo #Catarratto &others #SommChat @keepercoll

@TheFermtdFruit (The Fermented Fruit): Is anyone taking a special bottle of #wine to a #restaurant to enjoy tonight? Call ahead for corkage policies. #sommchat #WineWednesday

@vinogger (Melanie): @marilenabarbera I can imagine the difficulties I am Italian & have been to Sicily do u have a mentor woman winemaker you look to? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vinogger I love @news_donatella her energy and competence #Sommchat @keepercoll

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): ?@CharlesComm @keepercoll @marilenabarbera Good morning everyone! Tuning in from San Francisco #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @CharlesComm yeahhhh – so glad you can join in and Learn about #Sicily #wines on #SommChat today

@winecompass (WineCompass): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, I see you grow indigenous and int’l grape varieties. Can you tell why why you planted each? Thanks. #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @winecompass My father introduced intl grapes mid 80s, they were the future those times. I prefer to work w/ indigenous #SommChat

@ClosBagatelle (Clos Bagatelle): Q. We imagine harvest can start quite early @marilenabarbera. When do you begin bringing the grapes in? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @ClosBagatelle my first day is normally about July 25-27 and first grape is always Chardonnay #SommChat @keepercoll

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Any plans to travel? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @SandyWasserman I use to travel a lot to promote my wines. Next will be Belgium, then Suisse in March, US in April @keepercoll #SommChat

@winecompass (WineCompass): @marilenabarbera @EllaDogSays @keepercoll That’s interesting. I’ve never tried a Nero d’Avola Rosé – what are the characteristics? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @winecompass very fruity and fresh, strawberry blood orange and watermelon #SommChat @EllaDogSays @keepercoll

@vinogger (Melanie): Nero D’avola though lesser known is a great wine & great value any other lesser known varietals you love? #sommchat @marilenabarbera

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @vinogger #Perricone is my fav. Tasty, great tannins, amazing aging potential #SommChat @keepercoll

@Foundationspr (Monika Elling): Marilena, how are your wines doing in the U.S. market? What sells best? @marilenabarbera @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Foundationspr Nero d’Avola is bestseller, then Inzolia #sommchat

@TheWineKey (Charlotte): Excited for this morning’s #SommChat – its been too long! Hi everyone.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @TheWineKey so glad you are back at #SommChat and can join in today – look foward to u qs

@WineEmotionUSA (WineEmotion USA): The @dallaswinecomp is under way! #Cheers to all the entries and tasters. #SommChat

@vinogger (Melanie): Marilena what percentage of your wines do you export? Where are your biggest consumers? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vinogger you are so many people Italian #wine consumption is quite regional, while you experiment different wines #Sommchat

@m_arcon (Marc Drofke): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll which grape varieties do you grow on your vineyards? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @m_arcon there are indigenous grapes like Inzolia, Nero d’Avola, Perricone, Grillo & Catarratto, but also intl Merlot, Chard, Cab #Sommchat

@winecompass (WineCompass): @marilenabarbera @SandyWasserman @keepercoll Where in the U.S.? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @winecompass My wines do great in SanFran, Colorado and Austin TX. Vermont & NYC #SommChat @SandyWasserman @keepercoll

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @marilenabarbera Who distributes your wines in US? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @noblewines I work with @Matchvino as natl importer, and with several distributors #SommChat @keepercoll

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @marilenabarbera Where will you be traveling in the US? Will you make it to Chicago? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Sassodoro I am not distributed in Chicago yet, but will work on it #sommchat @keepercoll

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): Q grignolino? #SommChat

@vinogger (Melanie): Have you seen the recent statistics that Americans are drinking more Italian wine than Italians? What do you think about that? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @pictolog Grignolino only grows in Piedmont, I would love to try some times #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – What are your favorite local food pairings with your wine? – #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @demilove #wine is a great way to enjoy life, exactly as #food. Taste, experiment, enjoy. that’s all! #SommChat @keepercoll

@Path2Wine (Courtney Quinn): @marilenabarbera Of your indigenous grapes do you have a favorite to work with in the vineyard? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Path2Wine I love Inzolia (white) and #Perricone (red): they grow beautiful close to the ocean #SommChat @keepercoll

@DoBianchi (Jeremy Parzen): @marilenabarbera @vinogger @keepercoll I’ve tasted her Perricone and it’s great. #SommChat

@vinogger (Melanie): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll #perricone ok have to find some to try! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): thanks 4 the rec:) RT @DoBianchi: @marilenabarbera @vinogger @keepercoll I’ve tasted her Perricone and it’s great. #SommChat

@winedineC (Caroline Conner): @marilenabarbera @vinogger @keepercoll #perricone #SommChat I want to try!!!

@EllaDogSays (Ella Dog): @marilenabarbera @winecompass @keepercoll #YesPlease! Every note sounds exactly right. Will get that for the bowl today! #Sommchat #cheers

@winecompass (WineCompass): Her Nero d’Avola & Inzolia too RT @winedineC: @marilenabarbera @vinogger @keepercoll #perricone #SommChat I want to try!!!

@helenwindle (Helen Windle): @vinogger Whose stats are those? According to the IWSR Italians consumed 286m cases of Italian wines while US drank 26.8m cases. #sommchat

@DoBianchi (Jeremy Parzen): @marilenabarbera where are you seeing the best reception of your wines in the US? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @DoBianchi I do remember our meeting there’s even more to my #Perricone after 3 years, will find you in TX soon @vinogger #Sommchat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): To find @marilenabarbera #CantineBarbera wines near you, email “info (at) cantinebarbera (dot) it” for a list #SommChat

@winedineC (Caroline Conner): @marilenabarbera #SommChat do you think that’s b/c Nero D’Avola is the most recognizable? Any ideas for educating consumers on other grapes?

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @winedineC a lot of promotion for Nero d’Avola grape, but there’s so much more in #Sicily to discover #SommChat @keepercoll

@maruiziomicari (Maurizio Micari): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll it’s exciting also for me following this chat about Sicilian #wine #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Thanks #SommChat peeps – we are trending for the 6th week in a row!!!! it is because of all of you!!! Happy #WW

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @keepercoll @kerrynewberry @RachelVoorhees @mcontrol @SeriousDrinks @HipTastesMaven @roydot Mornin’ all! Better late than never! #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @winecompass: @marilenabarbera @SandyWasserman @keepercoll Are those the cities you will be traveling to in April? #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @AdamPlotkin for sure! gr8 to see you at #SommChat

@vinogger (Melanie): @helenwindle Here’s the article #sommchat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): It’s all because of YOU! And @marilenabarbera! RT @keepercoll: Thanks #SommChat peeps – we are trending for the 6th week in a row!!!!

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Is there much demand for use of international grape varieties? How do you balance with indigenous? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @StephanieMiskew not really, but I will never rip off a vineyard since it is in good health and gives good grapes @keepercoll #SommChat

@i_on_food_drink (Irene L): @marilenabarbera available in Canada at all? #SommChat @SandyWasserman @keepercoll

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @i_on_food_drink Unfortunately not, Monopolies are not very friendly with small producers… @SandyWasserman @keepercoll #Sommchat

@m_arcon (Marc Drofke): @keepercoll @marilenabarbera do you think wine should be food friendly, and why? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @m_arcon there’s no better way to enjoy friends & chat than sharing food and wine with them, a wine dinner is my fav @keepercoll #SommChat

@vinogger (Melanie): @marilenabarbera are your wines available in San Francisco? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vinogger yes, many friends and #winelover-s there. we are distributed by Zigzagando, they do great job #Sommchat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Which of your wines do you suggest 4 celebrating gold medal for Team USA hockey team? #sommchat @noblewines

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @AdamPlotkin Coda della Foce, a blend between Nero d’Avola and Petit Verdot, juicy, warm, elegant @keepercoll @noblewines #sommchat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): ?@CharlesComm @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Which cities do you plan on visiting in the US on your trip in April? #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): Thx! I’d love to try your wines! RT @marilenabarbera: I am not distributed in Chicago yet, but will work on it #sommchat @keepercoll

@m_arcon (Marc Drofke): @marilenabarbera do you know the wines from Arianna Occhipinti and if yes, why do you think is there such a hype about her wines? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @m_arcon she is a great #winemaker and a good friend. Love the Frappato above all #SommChat @keepercoll

@winedineC (Caroline Conner): @marilenabarbera @m_arcon @keepercoll Amen! #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): #sommchat @marilenabarbera Q: I’m getting hungry, what are your favorite lunch items to pair with your wines?

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vtwinemedia it’s 7 pm here… let’s have aperitivo w/ prosciutto bruschetta paired with #Perricone. what do you think? #SommChat

@drewbie_g (Caroline Conner): “@i_on_food_drink: @marilenabarbera available in Canada at all? #SommChat @SandyWasserman @keepercoll” My question as well! #FingersCrossed

@vinogger (Melanie): @marilenabarbera vieni a San Francisco e ci facciamo un wine dinner con vostri vini! #sommchat

@vinogger (Melanie): @marilenabarbera @DoBianchi Let me know when you are in San Francisco would love to meet you & try your wines! #sommchat

@drewbie_g (Caroline Conner): Gorgeous photo as well, @marilenabarbera! @vinogger @keepercoll #SommChat

@ClosBagatelle (Clos Bagatelle): Thanks @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Q. I know many great wines near the coast who get wonderful subtle saltiness. Do you get this? #sommchat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Cheers to that! I look forward to trying your wines – are you in Florida yet? #SommChat #WW

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @StephanieMiskew I know my importer is working there, not sure who is distributig my wines, will check @keepercoll #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): ?@CharlesComm @vtwinemedia @marilenabarbera Good question; curious about pairings as well #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, tell us about UR unique fermentation process for the #wine. #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl All fermentations start from pied-de-cuve spontaneously fermented w/indigenous yeast, used as starter #SommChat ½

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl When yeast is strong enough, must is pressed & used to start fermentation of grapes throughout the season #SommChat 2/2

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): #sommchat trending 2nd Molto bene Molto bene!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, how did U get into the #wine business? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl grape growing is my family business since 1920’s, I just fell in love with it, #winemaking is my life #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, tell us about UR #sustainable #winemaking process #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl my goal is to make #wine-s that respect the fruit: sustainable means being loyal to terroir #SommChat 1/2

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl organic farming, very few oenological additives, no fining, light or no filtration, low sulfites. Less is more #SommChat 2/2

@Path2Wine (Courtney Quinn): @marilenabarbera Have you done any experiments on how long your Perricone can age? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Path2Wine my first vintage is 2009, beautiful now. Tasted some old vintages from other producers, just great #SommChat @keepercoll

@i_on_food_drink (Irene L): @marilenabarbera Canadian monopolies are indeed challenging but possible with good agent @SandyWasserman @keepercoll @drewbie_g #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): ?@CharlesComm @marilenabarbera @keepercoll could you speak on the results of using indigenous yeast? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @CharlesComm fermentations are more free to develop terroir aromas i.e. herbs vs. fruits and I love that @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl in Italy we have uncountable numbers of indigenous grapes and very different winemaking traditions #SommChat 1/2

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll @noblewines Thanks! Searching 4 bottle! Now Team USA needs 2 do its part then its cork pulling time! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, what is special to you about #Italian #wine? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl only in #Sicily 108 different native grape varieties have been studied and classified. This is quite unique! #SommChat 2/2

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, how would you describe the #wine market in #Italy? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl very complex: different appellations, styles & grape varieties, not easy to understand, but so exciting! #SommChat

@vinogger (Melanie): @marilenabarbera what’s your favorite non Italian varietal & why? Sicilian varietal? Italian non-Sicilian varietal? #sommchat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vinogger Gruner Veltliner, Perricone, Nebbiolo #SommChat @keepercoll

@Path2Wine (Courtney Quinn): Q. @marilenabarbera Are many of your neighbors growing organic as well? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Path2Wine organic is easy in #Sicily 4 great climate conditions, but not many are on organic farming & natural winemaking yet #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): ?@CharlesComm @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Interesting! Thanks #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, what do U like 2 do in UR spare time? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl too many things I ain’t got the time to do: travels, photography, reading & writing, music. Maybe too much #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @marilenabarbera Marilena, what changes have you seen in #winemaking in #Sicily over the years? #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl many: the most evident is from producing only bulk #wine to focusing on creating a Sicilian reputation #SommChat 1/3

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl the most exciting is from industrial production, the only option 4/5 years ago, to natural #winemaking #SommChat 2/3

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @KeeperColl in #Sicily there’s finally a small group of young winemakers that believe in sustainable, organic #wine #SommChat 3/3

@ClosBagatelle (Clos Bagatelle): Have to leave you all #SommChat. Bonne soirée from France. A la semaine prochaine.

@pictolog (Julien Weiller): Thank you, great chat. Grignolino in Napa too, Heitz cellars. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @ClosBagatelle great to have you here on #SommChat – come back again soon!

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @AdamPlotkin @keepercoll this is so tough to do today business, #usahockey #canadahockey and #sommchat yikes go Canada now that Russia’s out

@ClosBagatelle (Clos Bagatelle): And thank you to @marilenabarbera. That seems exhausting #sommchat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @ClosBagatelle Thanks for being with us! #SommChat @keepercoll

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed #wine talk w/ @marilenabarbera of Cantine Barbera #SommChat

@vinogger (Melanie): Gruner Veltliner, Perricone, Nebbiolo

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Great to have @marilenabarbera join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

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

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark UR calendar 4 #SommChat Wed 2/26/14 for with @EmilyPickralMS of @Chappellet_wine 11 AM CST, 12 N EST!

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @pictolog Tasted Palmina wines from Nebbiolo grapes, great results in California with Italian grapes #SommChat @keepercoll

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @keepercoll @marilenabarbera Thanks for a great #SommChat! The time flew by!

@Path2Wine (Courtney Quinn): Grazie @marilenabarbera for sharing your experiences & information on #wines from Sicily. #sommchat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): RT @keepercoll: Mark UR calendar 4 #SommChat Wed 2/26/14 for with @EmilyPickralMS of @Chappellet_wine 11 AM CST, 12 N EST!

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): RT @keepercoll: Please join us in thanking @marilenabarbera #SommChat #WW #Winelover sorry I missed so much of it too many balls in air

@vinogger (Melanie): Tante grazie! @marilenabarbera @keepercoll #sommchat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Sassodoro Yes, it did! wonderful time spent together with you #winelover friends! @keepercoll #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @noblewines look forward to seeing you next time on #SommChat

@tmarshalljones (Marshall Jones): Thank you @keepercoll @marilenabarbera for a wonderful #SommChat ! #WW #Winelover

@drewbie_g (Caroline Conner): Well clearly then we should come to Sicily to enjoy your wonderful wines @marilenabarbera! CC @i_on_food_drink @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @keepercoll thanks so much! I enjoyed every moment #WW #SommChat greetings from all Cantine Barbera

@winedineC (Caroline Conner): Thanks @keepercoll and especially @marilenabarbera for an awesome #SommChat #WW #wine #sicily

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @keepercoll next two #sommchat gonna be tough on buying trip to South Africa and N. Italy! I’ll try though.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @winedineC glad to see you at #SommChat

@SandyWasserman (Sandy Wasserman CS): #sommchat finished the hour trending 1st. Congrats cc @marilenabarbera @keepercoll #ww

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @SandyWasserman thanks for your continued support of #SommChat – that’s why we trend!

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): A. @drewbie_g yes please! this is how my place in #Sicily looks like @i_on_food_drink @keepercoll

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vinogger Thanks Melanie, was great talking with you! @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Path2Wine Thank you Courtney, I enjoyed all of that #SommChat @keepercoll

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @ClosBagatelle it was quite hectic, but sooooo funny #sommchat @keepercoll

@winecompass (WineCompass): @marilenabarbera Thanks for participating in #SommChat When you know your schedule when you visit the U.S. in April, let us know. Cheers.

@i_on_food_drink (Irene L): @marilenabarbera looks amazing and a cure for winter (as I watch Olympic hockey ????) @drewbie_g @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @i_on_food_drink I believe that, maybe not lucky enough yet… will try harder! @SandyWasserman @keepercoll @drewbie_g #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): Thanks again for #sommchat @marilenabarbera we are smitten by #sicily! @keepercoll

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @DoBianchi California, there’s amazing wine culture there, Texas comes next, I expect NYC will do great in a while #SommChat @keepercoll

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @winecompass Thank you for a great #wine chat! I will let you know for sure, a presto! #SommChat @keepercoll

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vtwinemedia We will meet in person very soon Todd, thanks for chatting with us @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @i_on_food_drink Thanks for your suggestions, Canada is a big market and hopefully things will change for me in the near future #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): Bravo! RT @marilenabarbera: @vtwinemedia We will meet in person very soon Todd, thanks for chatting with us @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): Sure @drewbie_g it can be hard sometimes this is yeast pressing @i_on_food_drink @keepercoll #SommChat

@Path2Wine (Courtney Quinn): @marilenabarbera You provided a ton of information in a short time. I hope you’ll send a note to #sommchat once you know your US schedule.

@exceptionalfood (Gourmet Delights): Master Soms Pick the Best Summer Wines … #foodies #wine #wiyg #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @Path2Wine I will for sure! Thanks Courtney for chatting with me, we’ll share a glass in Austin soon #SommChat

@1MandaBear (Manda Bear 1): RT – A. @vinogger #Perricone is my fav. Tasty, great tannins, amazing aging potential #SommChat @keepercoll”

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): My #SommChat today with @keepercoll and tons of #winelover-s #storify #sommchat #sicily #cantinebarbera #wine

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @vinogger @Path2Wine @CharlesComm @EllaDogSays You’ve been quoted in my #Storify story “My #SommChat”

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @keepercoll @Sassodoro @ClosBagatelle @SandyWasserman You’ve been quoted in my #Storify story “My #SommChat”

@strutturafine (StrutturaFine): My #SommChat … via @marilenabarbera

@TheFermtdFruit (The Fermented Fruit): Might be time to revisit this now: #WineWednesday Is it a 94 point #wine yet? #Spain #SommChat

@fabienlaine (Fabien Laine): @keepercoll @SommChat @marilenabarbera I just got back from work – #sommchat missed – I will read the tweets in a few hours

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @fabienlaine there’s a full storify if you like! @keepercoll #SommChat

@StefanLuka (Dusan Jelic): RT@marilenabarbera @fabienlaine There’s a full storify if you like! @keepercoll #SommChat

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @fabienlaine we missed you Fabien!@keepercoll #SommChat

@fabienlaine (Fabien Laine): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll Thanks a lot to you! feeling bad that I missed #sommchat indigenous yeasts talk & awesome #perricone #winelover

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @marilenabarbera @fabienlaine there’s a full storify if you like! @keepercoll #SommChat < had to miss so TY for this!

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @marilenabarbera @KeeperColl my goal’s to make #wine-s that respect the fruit sustainable means being loyal to terroir #SommChat < nice goal

@marilenabarbera (Marilena Barbera): @alawine thanks Ken, glad you are enjoying #sommchat very interesting #wine conversations today @keepercoll

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @marilenabarbera @KeeperColl only in #Sicily 108 …native grape varieties …studied & classified, quite unique! #SommChat < interesting

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @tmarshalljones To find @marilenabarbera #CantineBarbera wines near you, email “info (at) cantinebarbera (dot) it” for list #SommChat < TY!

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @drewbie_g: …we should come to Sicily to enjoy your wonderful wines @marilenabarbera! @i_on_food_drink @keepercoll #SommChat < agree!

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @marilenabarbera @keepercoll1 @SandyWasserman @vinogger @AurelienGerbais Finding lots to like in today’s #SommChat stream. Thank you!

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @noblewines @winecompass @Sassodoro @winedineC @fabienlaine Finding lots to like in today’s #SommChat stream. Thank you!

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): @keepercoll @pioneerwinelvr @cr8tivejen @texaswinetweets @ronga @SanFranPicks @SMCBarros bummed 2 have missed #SommChat today. Next time!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @CaravelleChamp you were missed at #SommChat see you next time:)

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @PrimlaniKitchen @drewbie_g @demilove @m_arcon @ClosBagatelle Finding lots to like in today’s #SommChat stream. Thank you!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to celebrate another gr8 #SommChat -thx @marilenababera raising a glass of #Champagne to all our #wine

@alawine (Ken Alawine Waggoner): @StephanieMiskew @AdamPlotkin @lwa235 @PaulBWasserman @CharlesComm Finding lots to like in today’s #SommChat stream