Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Jamie Kutch

5/2 Winemaker Jamie Kutch


@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @keepercoll What is the topic of #SommChat today? I am new to the scene and would like to participate if only as a silent observer.

@TheGoodLife_Mia (TheGoodLife_Miami): @keepercoll Who/what is the topic today? #SommChat #Wine

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @TheGoodLife_Mia We’ve got @jamiekutch as our guest today–talking #Pinot #Noir! more here: #SommChat

@TheGoodLife_Mia (TheGoodLife_Miami): @keepercoll ahhh we just did a nice article on #PinotNoir! We’d love some feedback from everyone! @JamieKutch

@ATXFoodnews (Kay Marley-Dilworth): Will try to make it! Love SommChat – so informative. RT @keepercoll: Looking fwd 2 seeing you @ #SommChat 11 AM CST!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from Winemaker Jamie Kutch! #WineWednesday

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to Jamie to say hello & so he knows you’re here! #WineWednesday #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! #WineWednesday

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): As we ask @JamieKutch our Qs, you can ask Jamie your Qs as well! He’ll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat #WW

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

@alawine (Ken #wine): @JamieKutch Good morning #SommChat and hello Jamie & @keepercoll

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @alawine Great to have you and look forward to your questions #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): check out #SommChat just starting with @JamieKutch from Kutch Wines

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Thanks for the S/O, having fun! #WW RT @alawine: check out #SommChat just starting with @JamieKutch from Kutch Wines

@LeRivageHotel (Le Rivage Hotel): Welcome! We’re excited to chat and learn from @JamieKutch & @balancedpinot on this #WineWednesday! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @LeRivageHotel We’re excited too! Happy you’re here, #Cheers to #WW #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): Good morning all from Chicago! Nice to join you all at #SommChat.

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @demilove Morning from Austin! Great day for #Wine with @JamieKutch #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @jamiekutch What made u, at 30, give up ur career as a Wall Streeter to pursue your passion for #Pinot #Noir? #SommChat #WW

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl My strong desire 2 follow my passion caused me 2 leave a finance career in NYC & move 2 CA 2 make #Pinot #WW #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @jamiekutch Can u cite a moment that u knew ur #passion 4 #wine was more than a hobby & something 2 turn into a career? #SommChat #WW

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl 1 week in ’05 the stars aligned in many ways & lit a path 4 me 2 go 4 my dream. I threw a Hail Mary & caught it #WW #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl Knowing 1 person in CA & w no winemaking experience caused sleepless night but that defines risk = I thrive on it #WW #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @JamieKutch @keepercoll Knowing the wines are probably like children, which is the most difficult/rewarding to work with? Savoy? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @ENOontheMagMile Great ? each & every wine is loved by me I produce. some are easy to work with like kids and some r more difficult #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @ENOontheMagMile Savoy is a difficult child. The soils are deeper and its on the warmer side. While McDougall is an A+ student… #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@jamiekutch how would you characterize the style of your Pinot compared to others from Burgundy, Oregon and New Zealand? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @MattMcGinnis I try not to compare my wines w/ other places in the world. I learn from tasting Burgundy. Wines are from a “place” #SommChat

@JohnBPatersonIV (John B. Paterson, IV): Q. @keepercoll @JamieKutch love your wines. Where do you see your winery in 5-10yrs? Any thing you want to add/change? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @JohnBPatersonIV I have hopes of bringing production up to 5K cases & owning vineyard(s). I just bought 30 tanks which was a goal #SommChat

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @JamieKutch Very curious about Sonoma Stage vineyards. Very cold there I hear. How do you use those yields? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @vinetimestoo Yield are miniscule @ SonomaStage farmed by Hyde family. The wine goes into my Sonoma Coast. I pick earlier each yr. #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): Going on right now: #SommChat with @JamieKutch from Kutch Wines!

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @JamieKutch @keepercoll Any plans to expand to other vineyards, & do you have a dream vineyard you would like to work with? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @ENOontheMagMile I have always had high respect for @HirschVineyards & am grateful 2 David H. 2 be able 2 work w the fruit this yr #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @ENOontheMagMile At some point, I have hopes of making a #Chardonnay but haven’t found the right place yet. #SommChat

@alawine(Ken #wine): @JamieKutch

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): @JamieKutch Do you have that ONE bottle of Pinot Noir you had that drove your passion to make it? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @rachelvoorhees I started w Riesling & the delicate, beautiful aromatics. That lead to Pinot Noir and a bottle of 88 La Tache #SommChat #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): @JamieKutch Nice. 88 La Tache will do it! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @jamiekutch You describe your #Pinot as “balanced & restrained” what does that mean to you? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl The terms balance = different things 2 different people but 4 me it = no 1 character overwhelming any other. #WW #SommChat

@JamieKutch(Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl I feel balance comes by not pushing grapes 4 BIG flavors while @ the same time not picking early 4 simply

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @JamieKutch @HirschVineyards Always excited by his fruit! Can’t wait to try it. Who are some other grower/winemakers you admire? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @ENOontheMagMile I have respect 4 so many, its so difficult to say.. I started twice and backed up my spacebar. #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @ENOontheMagMile U can find tons of old taste notes I wrote on @Cellartracker. I have tasted 100′s of 25+ yr CA Pinots 2 learn #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): @JamieKutch How has IPOB been received by the wine critics? #SommChat #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @scottota #IPOB has been VERY well received by the trade. The NY trade turnout was strong. The group has fire in the belly… #SommChat

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @JamieKutch I see Zachy’s has your wines in NY any other NY channels. Do you have a NY distibuter? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @vinetimestoo I have distribution in 1 state only @ present. In NY I distribute through @dpolaner who has a great team. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Half way into #SommChat! Can’t believe it–keep the questions coming to @JamieKutch #IPOB Learning alot on #WW

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JamieKutch Early on u educated urself on wine in chatrooms- how do u think tech/social media has affected the #wine world? #SommChat #WW

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl I learned a TON about wine on @RobertMParkerJr chat-board/website. U would be amazed at the knowledge shared #WW #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl I believe Social Media ie; Twitter/facebook/blogs/chatrooms helps you connect & understand your customers #WW #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @JamieKutch Thx for responses! Do you have any single clone bottlings, or are all blends? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @AdamPlotkin Site trumps clone. I would rather a great site than great clones but I have a medly of suitcase clones from Burgundy #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @AdamPlotkin Dijon clones tend to be my least favorite. Some more “popular” clones I like are Calera, Swan, 828 and LT #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @AdamPlotkin Single vineyards I produce from Sonoma Coast = McDougall Ranch & Falstaff. From Anderson Valley = Savoy. #SommChat

@VinoVCP (VCP): @jamiekutch Can you describe your 2010 and 2011 vintages for your #Pinor #Noirs? #Big #Fan #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @VinoVCP Our weather has been positive 4 winemaking in the last 3 vintages. Heatspikes=bad. Cool, steady=great. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JamieKutch u dont own ur own vineyard but buy grapes from well-regarded, existing estates—what are the pros/cons 2 this? #SommChat #WW

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl Owning a vnyrd is massive $ but I can & have leased all my acres & vnyrds I buy from & have 100% full control #WW #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JamieKutch what advice would u give those looking 2 turn a passion 4 wine into a career & dive into the industry like u? #SommChat #WW

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl advice 4 any1 who dreams of #wine as career: jump off the cliff w no parachute-If u believe u will succeed #WW #SommChat

@VinoVCP (VCP): @jamiekutch How has the weather affected ur winemaking in the last several years? & do you feel it will have an affect going fwd?

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @VinoVCP Going forward guessing what mother nature will throw @ us is impossible 2 say. She certainly keeps me sleepless @ harvest #SommChat

@VinoCaPisco (Countess Rose Perry): @JamieKutch Hello! I call Pinot Noir a woman b/c she can be very…temperamental. What made you dedicate yourself strictly to it? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @VinoCaPisco Pinot is VERY feminine. I am type A personality & handle from grape 2 bottle with delicacy. Love the challenge #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JamieKutch When you are not drinking #Pinot, what is your go-to #varietal? #SommChat #WineWednesday

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl When my glass isn’t 1/2 full with Pinot, it’s 1/2 full with white burgundy. My glass is never 1/2 empty #WW #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): MT @jamiekutch @KeeperColl When my glass not 1/2 full w Pinot, it’s 1/2 full w white burg. My glass never 1/2 empty #WW #SommChat /Luv this!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @JamieKutch How does it feel to be on the cover of this month’s Entrepreneur Mag @EntMagazine & how did it happen? #SommChat #WW

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): A. @KeeperColl Was blown away 2 see myself on the cover of @EntMagazine A great vehicle 2 express what I am doing #WW #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @JamieKutch What has been your most difficult vintage to date, and what did you learn from it to apply towards future vintages? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @drooln Toughest vintage=08. Smoke tainted 50% of grapes I bought & showed in barrel. I discarded all of it & declassified rest #SommChat

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): @JamieKutch How long have you been growing and producing? Any suggestions for someone interested in winemaking? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @wineguy06 My label was born with the 05 vintage. 7 vintages produced, feels like 3… Still the sole employee doing everything #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): Shout out to @RN74 who is making (in my opinion) the most cutting edge #Chardonnay in Ca. He brings his A game & is a thesaurus #SommChat

@RN74 (Rajat Parr): Thanks! RT @JamieKutch: Shout out to @RN74 who is making (in my opinion) the most cutting edge #Chardonnay in Ca. #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @vinetimestoo @JamieKutch #SommChat I can vouch Zachy’s has Jamie’s wines in stock–just bought a bunch!

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @AdamPlotkin Great, thanks! will stop by there tonight and grab some. Excited to try them after today’s #SommChat Cheers! #WW

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine chat with Jamie Kutch Winemaker @JamieKutch #WineWednesday #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): It was great to have Jamie join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking Jamie for his time #SommChat #WineWednesday

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If any1 missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive to for you to review later #SommChat

@AdamPlotkin (Adam Plotkin): @keepercoll @JamieKutch Thx for putting this together today! SUPERB information! Much appreciated! #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @JamieKutch knowing that you only distribute to your list and NY, what are the chances of getting a small amount to Hawaii? #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @drooln I sell 95% of my wines direct 2 consumers via so it’s EASY to ship across the globe #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @JamieKutch I was actually hoping to offer it at the private golf club I work for #SommChat

@VinoVCP (VCP): @jamiekutch Thanks for such a great #SommChat! Loved it. #WW off to a great start

@alawine (Ken #wine): @JamieKutch @keepercoll Thanks! …another great #SommChat today!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Mark ur calendar! #SommChat Wed 5/9 at 11 AM CST #Sommelier @danieljohnnes will be our featured guest to answer your questions! #CantMiss

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If u want to be 100% sure ur #SommChat Q for @danieljohnnes gets answered, post it to FB! Happy #WW!

@LeRivageHotel (Le Rivage Hotel): Another awesome #SommChat with @jamiekutch–thank you chatting with us!

@dbrogues (Devon Broglie, MS): thanks y’all “@keepercoll: If any1 missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive for you to review later #SommChat”

@vinetimestoo (vinetimestoo): @keepercoll @JamieKutch Thanks for letting a newbie join in on #SommChat looking forward to trying #Kutch wines this #WW #Pinot Cheers!

@dbrogues (Devon Broglie, MS): Thanks @JamieKutch and @keepercoll ! great to tune in #SommChat cheers!

@alawine (Ken #wine): @jamiekutch @keepercoll @adamplotkin @vinetimestoo @rachelvoorhees @enoonthemagmile enjoyed your #SommChat tweets today, have a great #WW

@redvinman (Simon Jackson): @JamieKutch Many thanks #SommChat

@JamieKutch (Jamie Kutch): @keepercoll Thanks so much for having me join SommChat today. It was fun, fast & furious. I need a break now from Twitter! #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): @JamieKutch Thanks for a fabulous #SommChat today! Cheers! @keepercoll