Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Master #Sommelier Brian Cronin

7/18 Master Sommelier Brian Cronin


@LeRivageHotel (Le Rivage Hotel): We’re back for #SommChat with @vinobri and @KeeperColl for this #WineWednesday! Looking forward to learning & chatting!

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @KeeperColl Yes! Crazy busy day, but I’m doing #SommChat today. After all:-) it is #WineWednesday and I’m a #winelover.

@hungrywino (Jake Lewis): @KeeperColl Lookin’ forward to it! #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from Master #Sommelier Brian Cronin @vinobri ! #WW

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @KeeperColl @mauricescru @vinobri what is on the agenda for #SommChat discussions?

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Brian Cronin, MS @vinobri #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @vinobri 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! #WW

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

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

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @KeeperColl @vinobri welcome brian This is a pleasurable treat #SommChat

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

@travisgoff (travis goff): How very cool to have @vinobri online today. Lucky us! #SommChat @AmaviCellars @Pepperbridge @TEXSOM

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): Welcome to #SommChat @vinobri!

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): Good Morning Everyone #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): Looking forward to sharing on this fine Wednesday #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @KeeperColl @vinobri Looking forward to another fabulous #SommChat! Welcome, Brian:)

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): #SommChat damned hot. I’ve been chilling my red wines. Do you?

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @WarrenBobrow1 @KeeperColl I do chill my reds a bit. It will warm up fast bring down to like 60 degrees #SommChat

@megmaker (Meg Houston Maker): Yes, sometimes. Lower-tannin wines can take it, e.g. Gamay, Grenache. MT @WarrenBobrow1: #SommChat I’ve been chilling my red wines. Do you?

@Bacchus1987 (John C. Jansma): #SommChat a chilled gamay on a hot day like today sounds soooo good

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @KeeperColl @vinobri have you seen the new @SOMM_DOC yet, or planning on it? Thoughts? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @SirenaDiVino @KeeperColl I haven’t seen the whole Doc yet. Looking forward to the first time at Napa Film Festival #SommChat

@girlgoeswest (kim lancashire): @RachelVoorhees @vinobri @KeeperColl Just checking in #SommChat …so thrilled & honored to have @SOMM_DOC at Napa Valley Film Festival! THX

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @RachelVoorhees @SirenaDiVino @vinobri Why not? The more the merrier in my book! #SommChat #WineWednesday #winelover

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): A few ppl actually passed too! MT @vinobri @KeeperColl I haven’t seen the whole Doc yet. The first time at Napa Film Festival #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @MDSomm @KeeperColl Ian Cauble passed and they got him in the shoot. so that is awesome #SommChat

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @vinobri @KeeperColl can you put a bug in their ear about bringing it to the east coast? @Somm_Doc #StuckInFlorida #SommChat

@ecovinowines (ecoVINO Wines): When you have vino in your name you are OK with me @vinobri. Cheers @KeeperColl #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): RT @noblewines: @vinobri @KeeperColl did you work at Charlie’s while Jason Smith was there? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @noblewines @KeeperColl No I didn’t work with Jason. I worked with Joe Spellman in the Mid-Nineties #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): @vinobri What are some of your favorite wines to enjoy during the summer? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @drooln @KeeperColl I love drinking rose, sauvignon blanc, even great pinot with vegetables #SommChat

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @drewhendricksms @vinobri wow, I count at least 3 MS in the chat today, plus a few more CS #SommChat #ItsGonnaBeAwesome

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Popping in for #SommChat a little bit today! Thanks for the reminder, @KeeperColl! Looking forward to picking @vinobri’s brain.

@kathymorganMS (Kathy Morgan): Hi @vinobri gr8 to have you at #SommChat Any plans to make a guest appearance at Trotters before the curtain falls? @KeeperColl

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @kathymorganMS @KeeperColl I went to Trotters for Dinner, but probably not work. Maybe though #SommChat

@hungrywino (Jake Lewis): @vinobri I see you’re speaking about #beer at #Texsom Why would Somms incorporate beer into their programs? @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @vinobri Excited to hear your panel on #Beer @TexSom. What can we look fwd to on this topic? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @hungrywino @KeeperColl I think that beer can be perfect in menus. Paul Einbund has been a big user of them #SommChat

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Q. @vinobri I’ve heard many say that the #SF #wine scene isn’t very diverse, that most ppl end up drinking CA wine. Thoughts? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @MDSomm @KeeperColl SF is diverse. Of course we drink a lot of local wines but I think that builds comfort to intro more wines #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @vinobrini I see you enjoy Sigalas 2011 Assyrtiko. One of my favorite summer wines! @KeeperColl #SommChat #WineWednesday #winelover

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @vinobri @KeeperColl any specific situation you can think of where’d you’d recommend a beer over a wine? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @SirenaDiVino @KeeperColl I have used Echigo Koshihikari Beer for an Oyster pairing with Daikon and Dashi #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl Brian, you’ve worked so hard to become a MS, is there a special wine you like to just relax with? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl I love vibrant whites, but oddly enough I have always loved MTN Cab. They are vibrant and Diverse #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl But I really love to drink assyrtiko #SommChat

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @vinobri @KeeperColl Echigo Koshihikari Beer — why was that the better pairing, in your opinion? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @SirenaDiVino @KeeperColl The Echigo is very citrusy and toasty at the same time. It made the pairing taste like tempura #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @SirenaDiVino @KeeperColl That beer pairing was better because I think that It became a well rounded amuse #SommChat

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @vinobri what is your least favorite grape? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @mattreiser @KeeperColl My least favorite grape is probably pinotage, but I have had a FEW that I like #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @mattreiser @KeeperColl Thalasitis Santorini and Sigalas Santorini are my favorite #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl Or maybe a special beer? I hear Pliny the Younger is wonderful! #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): @VinoBri @KeeperColl what is best Mountain Cab AVA? #SommChat

@VinoBri (Brian Cronin): @drewhendricksms @KeeperColl Howell Mountain AVA

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Q. @vinobri What are some of your favorite under-the-radar restaurants in #SF? Wine related or not. #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @mdsomm @KeeperColl Hana Sushi in Santa Rosa, Stuart is awesome. Mission Chinese. Darwin Cafe #SommChat

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): @vinobri @KeeperColl what tips do you have for aspiring sommeliers? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @CharlesComm @KeeperColl DONT JUST BLIND TASTE!!!!!!!!! #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @vinobri Ok! I won’t =) #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@RachelVoorhees @KeeperColl I believe @VInoBri indication is to continue to taste open label as well.. #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): @drewhendricksms You are correct! #SommChat @KeeperColl @vinobri

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): As someone who just passed Level 2, I second this! Practice SERVICE!! RT @vinobri: @KeeperColl DONT JUST BLIND TASTE!!!!!!!!! #SommChat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): or rath of Fred RT @rachelvoorhees: As someone just passed Level 2, i 2nd thi! Practice SERVICE @vinobri DONT JUST BLIND TASTE #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @CharlesComm @KeeperColl You learn by Methodical Experience. Build a library in your head from tasting and drinking when you know the wine #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @CharlesComm @KeeperColl From Experience, you will build a library to utilize in blind tastings. We are Somms we enjoy more than blind taste #SommChat

@StevieStacionis (StevieStacionis): Q @vinobri @KeeperColl What (wine-related or not) keeps you motivated and inspired lately? #SommChat

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @StevieStacionis @vinobri @KeeperColl excellent questions #SommChat #Motivation

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @StevieStacionis @KeeperColl Inspiration lately has been playing guitar (I have and reading. Can’t always be food and wine but they are linked #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @CharlesComm @KeeperColl Constant tasting, reading, asking questions. Methodically break down every country. It will help achieve AS and MS #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Start becoming a Master NOW. Don’t just have study time, you can incorporate study into daily work by choice #SommChat

@RachelVoorhees (Rachel Voorhees): @vinobri What advice do you have for going from certified to advance level, besides practice service of course. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@winesellersltd (Winesellers, Ltd): A little late, but hi #SommChat! #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl Q. Is there a wine region you haven’t been to, but would like to visit? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl I haven’t been to Sicily and heard it is absolutely fabulous. Especially the food #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl Q. Any favorite wine authors, either for study or pleasure reading? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @winegalLynne @keepercoll Wow Authors. Love Tom Stevenson. Sometimes too opinionated in Prose, but regional breakdowns is awesome #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl I also used to love Parker. Wines of Rhone. Bordeaux. Before he became crazy ratings guy #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @vinobri @keepercoll – I miss that annual wine yearbook Tom Stevenson used to edit. – #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Love McInenry #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Terry Theise’s “Catalogs” are also pretty F’n awesome reads #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl Awesome reading advice, thanks so much. #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl It is like music, we all don’t listen to Billboard top 10, so why do we need to follow one critic? #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @vinobri Yes! Harmony is a nice benchmark. If there is some level of agreement among critics probably a good sign. @KeeperColl #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @vinobri What is your biggest piece of advice to someone trying to organize his/her #wine cellar (other than hiring you!)? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Start a collection that YOU love to drink. One that you could grab a wine at any moment and be happy #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Then build with experimental and recommendations. If it is by ratings, go with a palate that YOU feel a closeness to #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): Lost track of time, but I’m listening now #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): @vinobri @KeeperColl Heard Somms place bargain “hidden” gems in wine lists for savvy diners to find. any credence to this? #SommChat #WW

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @VineyardGate @KeeperColl Of course there are hesitations. If you don’t know the source, don’t buy it. #SommChat

@TEXSOM (TEXSOM): Q: “@vinobri what #TEXSOM panel are you excited to observe as an attendee?

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Probably Cab Franc – Favorite Grape!!!! #SommChat

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): @vinobri @KeeperColl me too! I think CA makes some interesting Cab Fr as well. I like Palazzo #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @SirenaDiVino @vinobri @KeeperColl Peju Cab Franc = fabulous! #SommChat

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): I like my Cab Franc with a spicy ending #SommChat

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Q. @vinobri Which area of a #wine list do you spend most time and effort when composing? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @MDSomm @KeeperColl I spend the most time with BTG. I think it shows your character and sets the tone. It’s not just about showing the usual #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl Q. Any unique food/wine pairings you’ve been asked to tackle? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @winegalLynne @KeeperColl They were dried porcini mignonette, Roasted shallot and Herb Chutney, and a goat cheese mousse #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): @vinobri @KeeperColl #SommChat Q: what wines do you look for to add value on the low price end of a list?

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): @vtwinemedia Great Q. #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @vtwinemedia @KeeperColl I like a lot of imports from smaller areas of imports, Spain – Yecla, Murcia…Greece, Italy, South America #SommChat

@Bacchus1987 (John C. Jansma): @vtwinemedia @vinobri @KeeperColl value #SommChat Cru Beaujolais always gets a smile w/ a low price point

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew CSW): @Bacchus1987 Word! #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): @bacchus1987 yes, usually a happy deal there #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @vtwinemedia @KeeperColl It is also one of the best ways to showcase lesser known grapes #SommChat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl A new rosé from Corsica/Patrimonio, called Clos Alivu… ever heard of that? #SommChat It is very nice.

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Head of the Rose, haven’t had yet. Looking forward to it. have had lots from that Island that I love #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @vinobri In your opinion, what makes a great #wine list? How can you turn a good list into a great one? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl A good list takes care of the guest first and foremost. We are servers in this business to take care of others first #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl To make it great you can add your flare as a somm over time and through fads, likes, personal passions, and experiment #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @vinobri What was the hardest part about becoming a Master #Sommelier? The most fun part? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl The hardest part for the MS for me was the mental rigor. That was also the most fun part. #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Journey really is the most important part. You can study all you want to know wine, but real work is within padawan #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @vinobri #WineWednesday #SommChat

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

@MDSomm (Davis Smith): Great being here at #SommChat! Thanks, @KeeperColl and @vinobri for a great session!

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

@winesellersltd (Winesellers, Ltd): Thanks for the great #SommChat @vinobri & @KeeperColl. See you next week! #SommChat

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

@hvwinegoddess (Debbie Gioquindo,CSW): Thank you @vinobri #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @KeeperColl @vinobri Thanks to both of you for a great #SommChat! I came late and am reading through the conversation.

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @vinobri @KeeperColl Thanks so very much! I appreciate your time and I learned so much. Take care everyone. #SommChat #winewednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark ur calendar! #SommChat Wed 7/25 at 11 AM CST Argentinean #Winemaker Laura Catena @MalbecLife will be our featured guest 2 answer ur Qs!

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): to @KeeperColl, to @vinobri, and to our wonderful #SommChat community here today, thanks everyone for making this an awesome #WW! cheers!

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Keep in the loop for upcoming guests & archives & sign up for our email list at #SommChat #WW

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @KeeperColl Great Questions All!!!! Thank You for Having Me #SommChat

@hungrywino (Jake Lewis): @vinobri @KeeperColl thanks!! Great stuff. #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): @vinobri @KeeperColl any hesitations sourcing from grey market/parallel vendors? #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @SirenaDiVino @KeeperColl, @vinobri, and wonderful #SommChat community here today, thanks everyone for making this an awesome #WineWednesday

@SirenaDiVino (Courtney Richards): Man, #SommChat just put me into the best mood today. Thx every1! #FeelingMotivated

@enjoielife (Judia Black): #SommChat is done! On to the next one! See you next Wednesday!

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): @vinobri @KeeperColl #SommChat what’s your thought on someone using Certified Sommelier on profile? Fred, Bryan et al have theirs…

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @noblewines @KeeperColl I think it is great. Always promote what you achieve. #SommChat

@VinoBarista (Vino-Barista): @vinobri @KeeperColl What are some of the wines you would offer by the glass if there was no risk oxidation? #SommChat

@vinobri (Brian Cronin): @vinobarista @KeeperColl Older Wines. Most never get a chance to try because they don’t want, or can’t afford the whole bottle #SommChat

@tattoodsomm (Eric Hastings): @KeeperColl @vinobri great #SommChat thanks!!