Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Advanced #Sommelier James Watkins

3/8 Advanced Sommelier James Watkins, Prestige Accounts Manager at Paul Hobbs Winery


KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 talk #Wine w James Watkins @TripleWindsor on #SommChat !

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: We’d like 2 introduce you to Adv #Somm James Watkins @TripleWindsor , Prestige Accts Manager @ Paul Hobbs Winery #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 James Watkins @TripleWindsor & 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: you can ask @TripleWindsor Ur Qs to @keepercoll as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked S/O 2 James Watkins @TripleWindsor & @keepercoll 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Let’s start talking with Adv #Somm James Watkins @TripleWindsor , Prestige Accts Manager @ Paul Hobbs Winery on #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Such a pleasure to be here on #SommChat with you all! Can't wait to preach the gospel of Chambolle!

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @TripleWindsor Tell us about your internship with Allen Meadows @Burghound studying #chambollemusigny #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @Burghound Truly amazing experience. I have to say that of all the opportunities a young sommelier has, this one rules #Sommchat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @Burghound Allen: "James, go taste the JF Mugnier Musigny vertical from 1999-2011 and make sure they're sound" #Sommchat #wow

Burghound Report @Burghound: @TripleWindsor @keepercoll Working for Le Serbet @ their annual symposium had to be an amazing intensive week.

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @Burghound @keepercoll life changing!

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @TripleWindsor What are your duties at @paulhobbswinery & what made U do this versus on premise? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @paulhobbswinery Regional management of the South Central. The opportunity to travel and see my friends is wonderful...#SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @paulhobbswinery Plus the synergy in the products,Pauls attention to detail and meticulous nature match my personality #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat peep: @TripleWindsor What advice would you give an aspiring #Sommelier thinking about getting into biz? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Which side of the biz are you considering? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @TripleWindsor What R some of #ChambolleMusigny #wines U tasted in #Burgundy that R most memorable & why? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Dinner with Freddy Mugnier was amazing. Not to mention we have the same hair stylist (we're bald ;P) #SommChat #BaldSomm

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Although Faiveley was pretty intense. We tasted the Musigny directly from barrel. Since the son has taken over . . .#SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll wines are more delicate touch with oak now. Their Musigny is one of the rarest in the world, has a lock on the barrel #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: A fr #SommChat peep: @TripleWindsor I don't know which to start with and why - can you advise considering you bio says you have done both

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll I love the floor! Nothing like rocking a service, makes me feel alive. All depends on where you want to go with it! #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll But there is something to be said about traveling and dining at your friends restaurants! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm can you describe the taste nuances bw Amoureuses and Bonne Mares after doing the internship with @Burghound

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @TripleWindsor wow - the #Somm Community is really working you today on #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @TripleWindsor Which vintages of #ChambolleMusigny tasted in #Burgundy stood out most 2U & why? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll I'm a fan of the '02's and '08's personally. Odd that the JF Mugnier stuff was basically vintage resistant consistent #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @TripleWindsor What were some highlights of competing and winning #SommsUF competition in 2015? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll I placed in 2014, so coming back to win it was a big moment for me. Was determined not to let that Burgundy trip slip #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm had Vogue started their Musigny Blanc when you were in #Chambolle and if so did you taste? @TripleWindsor

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Great q! No, they are still labeling it as Bourgogne Blanc, and are running out of time on the AOP. If don't make it #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Soon they won't be able to use that on the label! I have a feeling it'll be back though ;) #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommCHat #Somm @TripleWindsor How did you find out about your current position at @paulhobbswinery ?

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @paulhobbswinery Through the Wholesaler that they work with in Texas. Always try to maintain positive relationships! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm did U get to meet @BeckyWasserman ppl while in #Burgundy and what was that like @TripleWindsor

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman Hell yes! Her and Russel my favorite people. Nothing like sipping Pappy 20 and making dinner with him #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @TripleWindsor How has your skillset changed throughout your #wine career? Where have you learned the most? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Absolutely, I've worked with Sushi, Steaks, French, etc. @TEXSOM has probably taught me the most, and humble pie 😉#SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat peep: Do U sell to both retail and on premise for @paulhobbswinery and is there diff approach 4 the two sides @TripleWindsor

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @paulhobbswinery I do, and I think the wine speaks for itself in those settings. Good juice is the key! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #sommChat peep @TripleWindsor What were some of the greatest challenges working in the #resto business?

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll GENUINE hospitality is unmistakable, and rare. Reproducing that feeling daily is difficult, but rewarding #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @TripleWindsor any advice for someone trying for Advanced #Sommelier Certification?

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll It's hard. Be ready! DM for in depth conversation #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Fr #SommChat #Somm @TripleWindsor Can you describe the major terroir differences in #Chambolle u mentioned is it > on palate or on nose ?

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll A little bit of both, but for me CM is delicate, floral, and bright. Some sites (Musigny, BM) are more structured #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @TripleWindsor Anything about #restos you don’t miss? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Missing family functions and holidays #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat peep: see you worked at diff restos w/ diff #food foucses - how did this change UR buying for #wine list @TripleWindsor

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll It taught me an array of different foci. From riesling to 1st growths. Made me much more well rounded #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - did you taste any #Burgundy #wine others that #Chambolle and if so what stood out @TripleWindsor

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll I've tasted lot's of Burg, I love Clos St Jacques and Gevrey when given the chance outside of CM #SommChat #Chambollin

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @TripleWindsor What are some of your favorite #wines to enjoy at home? #SommChat @keepercoll

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @CharlesComm @keepercoll CrossBarn Chardonnay! #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @TripleWindsor what were some #food highlights from the lunches and dinners in #Burgundy and any spc pairings noted #Sommchat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Ma Cuisine was other worldly! Just don't tell your friends about their Chartreuse collection #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @TripleWindsor What R some of the biggest changes you have seen in last 5 yrs in the #wine industry, good and bad ? #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll The ipad wine list can take a hike. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: .@TripleWindsor Can U share some differences you have seen working in beverage director roles at @CorduaRestrnts @TheAzumaGroup ?

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @CorduaRestrnts @TheAzumaGroup I was far more mature at Cordua! South American driven wine list vs Riesling, super fun #Sommchat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @CorduaRestrnts @TheAzumaGroup Both were cocktail driven as well, a lot of diversity. #1 goal, build a list that #sommchat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll @CorduaRestrnts @TheAzumaGroup fits the cuisine that makes the ownership happy and the guests coming back #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what was the oldest vintage and #wine you tasted in #Burgundy @TripleWindsor was that Ur 1st trip?

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll It was my 1st Burg trip, and the oldest vintage 1993 Perrot Minot la Combe d'Orveau w/Christophe was dope #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm when I think of #Chambolle I think of red #wines did you have any whites and if so what stood out @TripleWindsor

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Only the Vogue Borgougne Blanc. And it definitely stands out! #SommChat #UnicornWine

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Allen snuck me some 2010 Coche Dury under the table at Ma Cuisine! Plus we drank bunch of bubbles, Dhondt mind if I do #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm did you take any sidetrips like to #paris and if so any restos or #wine bars you can recommend @TripleWindsor

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll I went to Chablis and saw Les Clos, went to Champagne, and went to Paris. Find a bistro, eat a baguette and drink rose #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: did you have any white wine at dinner with @BeckyWasserman on internship that you liked @TripleWindsor

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: love the dinners in #burgundy #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking abt #Wine w/ James Watkins @TripleWindsor of on #SommChat

Peter Wasserman @peterwasserman: @keepercoll @TripleWindsor ty for the props!

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Sounds like most incredible trip @peterwasserman thx 2 U & @BeckyWasserman for sponsoring our #SommsUF grand prize - gr8 opport. #SommChat

Peter Wasserman @peterwasserman: @keepercoll @BeckyWasserman #SommsUf with you we only get the best Somms! So TY!!!

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: awwww thx @peterwasserman #SommChat

James A. Watkins @TripleWindsor: @keepercoll Thanks for having me! Get out and drink some Chambolle! #Chambollin #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Great to have adv #Somm James Watkins @TripleWindsor of @paulhobbswinery join us today for #SommChat.

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Please join us in thanking Adv #Somm James Watkins @TripleWindsor of @paulhobbswinery for his time on #SommChat