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6/29 Master Sommelier Brahm Callahan


KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Get ur Q’s ready 4 #Boston Master #Sommelier Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms on #wine ! CU tmr on #SommChat 12N ET!

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: #Boston is in the house this #SommChat with @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Less than 30 mins B4 we talk with #Boston Master #Sommelier Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms abt wine on #SommChat 12N ET !

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl can't wait #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @JuneRodil @jillzimorski my hotfire is like magma! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@JuneRodil @Brahmcallahanms tweeted he's ready 4 a hotfire #SommChat -let's give him his wish & shoot him many q's…

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @JuneRodil @jillzimorski my hotfire is like magma! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @VinoTravels21 thought you would like a #Boston" "hometown" advantage on #SommChat today look fwd to your questions

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let’s start talking with Master #Sommelier Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms about #Wine with #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: Hi everyone & welcome @Brahmcallahanms #SommChat Fellow Bostonian winelover here!

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl Hey Everyone fire away, can't wait to start this party! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms Who/what first influenced you to enter the #wine industry? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl My mentor in a restaurant, he was working the floor and it looked like an awesome time! #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: Where did you get your start in the wine industry @Brahmcallahanms #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @VinoTravels21 @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl I started working in a retail shop in W.Mass, I was a baby but eager to learn! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr Shy #SommChat Peep: what QPR #wines can you suggest for a newbie to the #wine world @Brahmcallahanms?

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl Hey shy #SommChat peeps! My favorite go to wines are from the loire if you are looking for an amazing QPR....

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl ...I also love me some german riesling! #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Good morning @Brahmcallahanms What are your current responsibilities and who are your mentors in the wine industry? Thanks #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @SandyWasserman @KeeperColl #SommChat I am the beverage director for Himmel Hospitality I oversee @Post390 @Grill23andBar @DineAtHarvest…

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @SandyWasserman @KeeperColl am village idiot so it took a village to raise me @ShaynBjornholm @bcroninms @RonEdwardsms just to name a few

WineCompass @winecompass: Q. @Brahmcallahanms Do bahstonians have a preference for specific styles of #wine that may differ from other regions like #NYC? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @winecompass @KeeperColl we are oldworld driven for sure, maybe more classics, not a ton of petnat here! #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @KeeperColl - Good morning Brahm! My name is Douglas, tweeting from Chicago. Very important #SommChat ? - Can Red Sox win East in 2016?

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @demilove @KeeperColl Man I hope so, though we might have to sell the farm to get some pitching to back up our bats! #SommChat…

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @demilove @KeeperColl it is still early #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@SandyWasserman @winecompass @demilove great to hear you on #SommChat today keep @Brahmcallahanms on the hotseat!

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman Who were your Mentors? #SommChat

Taylored Wines @TayloredWines: @Brahmcallahanms thoughts on marketing ploys that (IMO) degrade wine like blue wine? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @TayloredWines @KeeperColl I think if someone starts drinking wine (blue, purple, or rainbow!) im down with it…#SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @TayloredWines @KeeperColl remember tastes change, im for sure not drinking the same stuff I was in college! #SommChat

Climate retweet @ClimateRetweet: RT Douglas Trapasso: TayloredWines Brahmcallahanms - This proves it: Climate change is real, kids! - #SommChat

Taylored Wines @TayloredWines: @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl so colored wine is the new Boone's Farm 😂 makes sense to me! #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: What are some of your favorite restaurants in the Boston area for their wine lists? @Brahmcallahanms #boston #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @VinoTravels21 @Brahmcallahanms gotta go to prezza in Nend, ICOB in fenway, row34 and also select oyster! #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: All ones I haven't been to so sounds like I've been missing out. Thanks for the recommendations! @Brahmcallahanms #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @KeeperColl - What is in the water up there in Boston - your town gets a new Advanced or Master @MasterSommUS every year! - #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @demilove @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS the water is dirty, we play hard and work harder, wasnt always this way #SommChat…

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @demilove @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS when I started in boston I was 1 of 5 certified somms! #SommChat

Allison Smith @allisonsmith95: @Brahmcallahanms What are some of your favorite #wines under $50? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @allisonsmith95 @KeeperColl love me some farmer fizz, so many good growers for short money #SommChat….

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @allisonsmith95 @KeeperColl also love Nitalian reds...elvio cogno wines are shut the front door good! #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: Vive Piemonte! @Brahmcallahanms @allisonsmith95 @KeeperColl #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl:Q fr #SommChat #Somm how do U manage UR time overseeing 3 restos - do U spend anytime on floor or just manage ppl & Lists @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl I try to get on the floor atleast 2 days/week, I love it but it is hard with other demands and travel #SommChat…

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl my days start early and end late, move between restaurants each week, or atleast be seen if not a full floor shift #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove:@KeeperColl - Any tips for my new job at @WholeFoods beer/wine/cheese dept - not #Sommelier but want to give great service - #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @demilove congrats on new job @WholeFoods is this your FT gig now? #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @KeeperColl @WholeFoods - Not yet, just a moonlighting for now, but would like to be considered for FT when time is right - #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @demilove @KeeperColl @WholeFoods take good care of people, that is all we are, Hospitality wins everytime over knowledge #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms When and why did you decide to pursue the @MasterSommUS certfications? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS in the face and had to see if I could hang #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Q @Brahmcallahanms have you ever made wine? If not any desire to do so? What & where? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @SandyWasserman @KeeperColl yes I have, in oregon and it was a blast but incredibly other side of brain #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: how do you see attaining MS will affect your future in the wine industry if at all @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms:@KeeperColl it is an amazing qualification but it is all about the journey, its what you do with it that matters...#SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl now the real work starts and have the ability to make waves #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: What’s your recommendation for tackling the world of wine & increasing ones knowledge with so much to learn? @Brahmcallahanms #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @VinoTravels21 @Brahmcallahanms put it all in context, dont memorize...learn about the history people food and give perspective #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms How do you select #wines for restaurants in the Himmel Hospitality Group? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl #wines are all different cause each restaurant is different, but they have to be delicious as #1 priority…#SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl but also have to make sense with the food and make the guest happy! #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: Q. @Brahmcallahanms In your restaurants, do you see the rise in #craftbeer & #cider competing with #wine or coexisting peacefully? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @winecompass @KeeperColl it is all LOVE BABY! so much cool stuff #craftbeer #cider are all party of the family…#SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @winecompass @KeeperColl Im an equal opportunity imbiber #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm How much do U interact with #Chefs at restos 4 #wine list pairings @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl it has to be a better pairing than the individual pieces otherwise I go back to drawing board! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms What were the biggest challenges you faced while studying to become a Master #Sommelier? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl believing in yourself when you pushed as hard as you could and came up short, pick self up and do it again #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms What advice would you give someone pursing the @MasterSommUS Master #Sommelier certification? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS Don’t do it for anyone else,or the pin not outside expectations, it is about the journey,make you better #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: what is best approach for a #wine newbie when the #Somm comes to UR table #getscared @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl naw just tell them what you like, it is their job to figure out the intimidation just good juice #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms What #wine #food pairings have you enjoyed recently? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl dry riesling and steak!! off the chain! #SommChat

Mountain Chef @mountainchef: @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl Riesling and steak? #winepairing

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @mountainchef oh ya, ribeye with @trimbach #closstehune equals mind blown!

Mountain Chef @mountainchef: @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl @trimbach I'm on it ! #mindblowingwinepairing

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how long from beginning to end was it for you to attain @MasterSommUS MS cert @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS s 6 years for me...intro/cert a week apart, 2 year before advanced, then 3 tries to pass @MasterSommUS #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms What #wine regions do you dream of visiting in the future? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl ive been just about everywhere...but would love to check out croatia and sicily! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how long from beginning to end was it for you to attain @MasterSommUS MS cert @Brahmcallahanms

Allison Smith @allisonsmith95: @Brahmcallahanms What was the last wine that you tasted? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @allisonsmith95 I love me some single malt scotch, also gin an tonics on a hot day...nothing wrong with a great beer either #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @allisonsmith95 chablis 1er Cru, this morning, proctored a blind exam at 9am today #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman:Q @Brahmcallahanms What new wines and regions are exciting you lately? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @SandyWasserman check out portugal, values and quality for table wines are off the charts! #SommChat

Jill Zimorski @jillzimorski: @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl Favorite ?: Favorite summer wine that isn't Rose/Riesling/Beaujolais? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @jillzimorski @KeeperColl Oh my goodness, crush me some #iceCOLD picpoul in the #pool #SommChat

Jill Zimorski @jillzimorski: YASSSSSSSS! #poolwine @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@jillzimorski great to see you here on #SommChat looks like we need to get you & @Brahmcallahanms to #Austin 4 a fun time or #wine & #food

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @jillzimorski i'm bringing the hangry to #austin if I come! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: what books do U suggest for reading to learn about #wine for a beginner that wont put me 2 sleep? @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl start with oxford companion to wine, but @guildsomm is probably the best and most lively upto date resource on earth! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms What do you enjoy drinking besides #wine? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl I like everything, depends on mood and time of year...haven't met a beverage that didnt have a time and place #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat #Somm - any idea how much 1 should budget in the effort to go thru the certification process @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl it depends on situation, find a tasting group to help w cost, but it ain't cheap, but neither is #graduate school…#SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl dont know how much I spent but was certainly north of 30K #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: Wow! Didn't realize the cost was that high. #SommChat @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @VinoTravels21 @KeeperColl that includes airfare, hotels, wine, books, etc...#SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms Do you have any tips for our #SommChat peeps on developing a well-rounded palette? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl drink everything, even if you don't like it, will give better perspective drink with meal/friends helps w perspective #SommChat

Allison Smith @allisonsmith95: @Brahmcallahanms what do you enjoy drinking when you aren't drinking #wine? #SommChat

Mountain Chef @mountainchef: @Brahmcallahanms @KeeperColl #SommChat what's your favorite new value wine/region? #sommonabudget

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @mountainchef @KeeperColl go to austria, gruner for days kid! and value to price is stupid good #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @mountainchef second #Austria rec - just returned fr 1st visit to #Wachau and it was sooo amazing #SommChat

Mountain Chef @mountainchef: @KeeperColl @Brahmcallahanms sounds like a bucketlisting for me then! #winetravel

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep: what should a customer do if a #Somm recommends a wine and they don't like it @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl let them know and tell them why...that being said don't order willynilly talk to the somm and help them help you #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Q @Brahmcallahanms What memorable wine was it that you said "WOW" and put you on your wine journey? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms What are some of the most popular #wines served at the Himmel Hospitality Group’s restaurants? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl ton of #champagne as well as a lot of older wines @Grill23andBar wine list is silly, @Post390 @DineAtHarvest are always changing

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @SandyWasserman 91 chave hermitage rouge #history haven't been the same since #weakintheknees #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what qualities do U Look 4 in your floor ppl and does #Boston have opps for #Somms @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl wine community growing new resto everyday, most important be humble, then be gracious and warm, then handle ur biznes #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: what books do U suggest for reading to learn about #wine for a beginner that wont put me 2 sleep? @Brahmcallahanms

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @Brahmcallahanms how would you say the #Boston #wine market has changed over the last few years? #SommChat

Adam Plotkin @AdamPlotkin: @KeeperColl Speaking of Boston, wonder how much #wine Brady needed to kill the pain from pounding the Broncos laid on him! :-) #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl Its growing, changing, really come up with its own identity we get better and r more established in national market #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - what do UC as biggest changes in the #wine industry since you entered and what trend do you C next @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl more young people drinking wine, amazing stuff. next change in way we eat #smallplates are the future wine will follow #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Have a great day everybody #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@Brahmcallahanms Is there a difference in your #wine selection process for @Post390 @DineAtHarvest & @Grill23andBar? #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @Post390 @DineAtHarvest @Grill23andBar absolutely, but just like kids I love them all, just different #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: what part of the @MasterSommUS exam was hardest 4 You and how did you overcome that challenge @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS failed theory twice...went back to my roots wrote a thesis on the world of #wine maps in shower help too #SommChat

Vino Travels @VinoTravels21: Thanks @Brahmcallahanms for your insight & @KeeperColl for another #SommChat Have a great day!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - what do you do in UR spare time & have U seen more available since U passed MS @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl re-released into the wild..spend time with friends and family...yes and no, less study more travel #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm : how will U continue to keep up with #wine Theory since your MS or will you @Brahmcallahanms

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl I teach it now so have to be even sharper, the learning process never stops, the more you know you realize there is so much more

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine w/ Master #Sommelier Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms on #SommChat

Jesse Becker @jbrandtbecker: @Brahmcallahanms you have excellent tastes in beer. Where did your beer passion come from? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @jbrandtbecker @KeeperColl love the full spectrum, beer has so many levels, love #craftbeer but also love me some #millerhighlife #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @jbrandtbecker so great to see you hear on #SommChat - hope things are great with you

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Great to have Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms for his time on #SommChat

Brahm Callahan @Brahmcallahanms: @KeeperColl thank you all for hanging out and making this fun, so many good peeps and qs! out from boston #SommChat