Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #MasterSommelier James Tidwell

7/20 Master Sommelier James Tidwell


See what you missed at #SommChat on 7/20 as we chatted with Master Sommelier James Tidwell of Four Seasons Resort & Cluband Co-Founder of TEXSOM.

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn about #wine for the next hour from a Master #Sommelier!

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): greetings! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Id like to introduce every1 to Master #Sommelier @winejames of @FSDallas & @TEXSOM joining us to answer ur #wine Qs #WineWednesday #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): THX for inviting me to @KeeperColl #SommChat. FB friends join us on Twitter.

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): It’s a real treat to have @winejames joining us today! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If you’re joining us for #SommChat, pls give a shout out to @winejames so he knows ur here & can keep an eye out for ur Qs! #WineWednesday

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Be sure to follow @TEXSOM as well for regular #wine updates from the #TEXSOM conference. #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!

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

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection):But don’t forget, you gotta tweet using #SommChat to chat with us! Let’s start talking #wine! #winewednesday

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): @keepercoll people can try this link to automatically use the hashtag. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): yes, thanks @1337wine! RT @1337wine: people can try this link to automatically use the hashtag. #SommChat

@tricerapops (Jesse): @winejames – first question: perfect pairing for college football Saturdays? and you can’t say “beer.” #SommChat @KeeperColl

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@tricerapops @KeeperColl Fall sports and a grill? Big reds; Syrah, Zin, CS… #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@tricerapops @keepercoll Big juicy/fruity reds work w/grilled meats. Plus, higher alc can delay the cold:) #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): Hello @winejames! Glad to be a part of #SommChat today! #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@JDewps @keepercoll Glad to have you involved! #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): @keepercoll @winejames #SommChat What are you thoughts on the recently booming rose trend? Do you have a favorite?

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@Winochic @KeeperColl Love rose, especially in TX summer. Many good ones, Mulderbosch CS Rose widely available and good. #SommChat

@winesellersltd (Winesellers, Ltd): I love that you love rose perfect summer wine! RT @winejames: .@Winochic @KeeperColl Love rose, especially in TX summer. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@Winochic @Keepercoll Like to rec things people can access: inexpensive and fruity…Marques de Caceres Rose #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): Have you tried the @mcphersoncellars Rose of Syrah? #txwine #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@JDewps @KeeperColl YES! And, it’s delicious! Kim makes great wines. Try the Roussanne and Viognier, too! #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): @winejames @mcphersoncellars Roussane is delish! Kim said he has hard time selling rose bc people think sweet, but it’s really dry #SommChat

@StemGrip (StemGrip): Welcome to #SommChat @winejames! Glad to be here with you and all the other wine tweeple today! Rock us with some hot Texas wine wisdom!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @winejames You have quite an extensive resume- exactly how many #wine organizations do you belong to? #winewednesday #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl A number; certifications from Court of Master Sommeliers, WSET, @wine_educators, American Somm Assoc, & STI for tea #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl member of @guildsomm, @dallas_news tasting panel, & cofounded Texas Somm Assoc and @TEXSOM w/@drewhendricksms #SommChat

@BonVivantImport (Bon Vivant Imports): @winejames @keepercoll Any favorite TX wines yet? Is there a future for that industry? I’ve heard mixed reviews… Thanks! #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@BonVivantImport @KeeperColl Definite future for industry. Kinda like Switzerland, we drink all we make. No need to export #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@BonVivantImport @keepercoll Working w/@GOTEXAN & others to overcome challenges to distro & promo #SommChat

@esmergonzalez (Esmeralda): yay! talking Texas wine on #SommChat today!

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): repping TX today RT @esmergonzalez: yay! talking Texas wine on #SommChat today! #SommChat

@theleftoverchef (Loren Root): Q. @winejames What are your thoughts about the wines from #Bandol, especially the rose’s? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@theleftoverchef @keepercoll Bandol is wonderful. “Serious” rose. Haven’t had as many lately. #SommChat

@theleftoverchef (Loren Root): working on changing that soon! @bandolwines RT @winejames: Bandol is wonderful. “Serious” rose. Haven’t had as many lately. #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): @winejames @keeprcoll another trend I love is bubbles everyday. Do you agree and do you a have everyday bubbly? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@Winochic @KeeperColl Gruet from NM for everday bc it surprises ppl. Delamotte 4 major producers. Pierre Peters grower splurge. #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): @winejames @keepercoll I love Pierre Peters that is truly a lovely treat Any Spanish or South American bubbles you rec? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@Winochic Was in Brazil earlier this year & huge bubbly industry, but not exported. Not as many from Chile & AR. #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): Participating in #SommChat right now. The topic? Texas wines! We’ll share any insight & recs from @winejames and @keepercoll

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): Ha, love this tidbit from @winejames: The TX wine industry is “kinda like Switzerland, we drink all we make. No need to export ” #SommChat

@VinoCaPisco (Countess Rose Perry): My favorite #SummerWine is Rosé especially Minervois, Bordeaux & Sangiovese. What about you? #WW #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@VinoCaPisco @KeeperColl Love them all. Bordeaux rose can be underrated bargain. & red cru bourgeois reds. They need exposure. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection):Q. @winejames you’re a cofounder of upcoming @TEXSOM convention- what sets this yr’s conference apart from 2010? #winewednesday #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):A. @keepercoll We have hospitality suites! And, a media and tech symposium on Sat. (Cause we can have a good time & learn!) #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@keepercoll Super special seminar w/legendary Serge Hochar of @chateaumusar doing a retrospective tasting! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Dont miss @TEXSOM RT @winejames We have hospitality suites! & media & tech symposium on Sat (Cuz we can have a good time & learn!) #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): @winejames @keepercoll i’m coming to the saturday sessions. hoping to actually get there by 9 after a swing shift the prev nite #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@1337wine @KeeperColl Great! Look forward to seeing you there! Gonna be some great seminars. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): Talking TX Heat Bubbles and Rosé with @winejames on #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): Our sommelier recs Riesling as another great #SummerWine, especially dry versions. Q: Is there such a thing as a TX Riesling? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@FSAustin @KeeperColl TX a bit warm 4 classic riesling. I head to WA and NY for that. Underrated wines. #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): Sommelier Mark agrees! RT @winejames: TX a bit warm 4 classic riesling. I head to WA and NY for that. Underrated wines. #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): @winejames @FSAustin @KeeperColl had some nice finger lakes rieslings awhile ago. #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @keepercoll @winejames Hi! I’m arriving late & reading tweets to catch up. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@Sassodoro @KeeperColl Welcome! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @winejames via @demilove: How is @TEXSOM different than the #wine bloggers conference #WBC11? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl @TEXSOM is education re beverages 4 wine pros, media, consumers; we introduced a media symposium focused on somms. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl @TEXSOM focused on trade & general bev ed. Not on mkting or social media. Do incorporate some of that. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @winejames Would a wine enthusiast, not necessarily “in” the industry, enjoy and/or benefit from what @TEXSOM has to offer? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl YES! The presenters speak 2 all levels from beginner 2 expert. Our presenters r used 2 a variety of participants #SommChat

@ShitMySommSays (ShitMySommelierSays): @winejames What is your “Go to” wine when watching The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@ShitMySommSays @KeeperColl PBR ice cold from the can! That’s a wine, right? & in avante garde packaging. #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): @winejames @shitmysommsays Of course you’d have to drink that ice cold PBR out of this “wine” glass #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): @FSAustin @winejames @shitmysommsays oh my…that is outstanding. #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): @winejames @keepercoll I keep hoping and waiting for Torrontes to take off like Malbec has but see little growth. Your thoughts? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@Winochic @KeeperColl Me, too! But, harder sell; aromatic, fruity, unoaked, lighter white VS. hearty, rich, oaky, big red. #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): @winejames @keepercoll I agree Torrontes is an awesome summer wine. They need a marketing strategy! #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): Mmm, love both Torrontes & Albarino in the summertime. A “harder sell” to others means more for us and fellow converts! #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@Winochic @KeeperColl Americans still have not fully embraced style repped by Torrontes. Soon, I hope! Great summer wine. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @winejames You recently traveled to #Lebanon to study #wines- how was it? How would you compare Lebanese wines to others? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl Awesome wine trip! @bollewbroadbent arranged visit 2 @chateaumusar, iconic winery of legendary Serge Hochar #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl Tasted @chateaumusar back to ’50′s in white and red versions. Wines are great. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl The wines were remarkably balanced 4 a warmer climate. Can age FOREVER. @chateaumusar offers older vint too! #SommChat

@DavidPSawyer (DavidPSawyer): @keepercollection @winejames What makes Musar stand out so much among other Leb producers? Terrior unique or others lack exposure? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@DavidPSawyer @KeeperColl Terroir part; organic part; but the winery has a philosophy of the wine being a living thing. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@DavidPSawyer @KeeperColl So @chateaumusar is what it is, though Serge takes more words to say that. See him @TEXSOM #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@DavidPSawyer @KeeperColl Serge sometimes spends more time talking about life than #wine; but that’s part of what makes the #wine #SommChat

@DavidPSawyer (DavidPSawyer): .@winejames Yes, like the wines a lot. Unique blending of course. Just odd that it’s virtually the only Leb wine that gets press. #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): .@DavidPSawyer I sometimes see @Lebanonwine (Massaya) here in Chicago, but that’s about all. Hard to find Leb wines here. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@DavidPSawyer @KeeperColl Chateau Kefraya another that is available from Lebanon. Very good, but different style. #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): @winejames Q: Which TX wineries are you watching closely? Seems like @DuchmanWinery is getting a lot of buzz lately. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@FSAustin @KeeperColl @Duchmanwinery @akashicvineyard McPherson; Haak; several others; lots of good wine out there now #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): TX wineries to watch, via @winejames: @Duchmanwinery @akashicvineyard McPherson; Haak; Lots of good wine out there now #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): TX wineries to watch, via @winejames: @Duchmanwinery @akashicvineyard @McPhersoncellars Haak; Lots of good wine out there now #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): Txomin Etxaniz Getaria! Now that is a Texas heat quencher. #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): And a tongue twister! RT @Winochic: Txomin Etxaniz Getaria! Now that is a Texas heat quencher. #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@Winochic @keepercoll Agreed! On a hot summer day; refreshing and thirst-quenching. Good for sipping by pool. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglass Trapasso): @keepercoll – just landed in dc! Time for the last few minutes of #SommChat !

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@demilove @KeeperColl Welcome! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q @winejames via @demilove: Just passed my #WSET Advanced! Should I try for Diploma or knock off the first two levels of Court MS? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl Trend 4 post-nominals n industry; but, MS provides different perspective, so beneficial 4 well-rounded knowledge #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q @winejames- @FSDallas is top #travel dest. by @FandW @TravelandLeisure- how do u ensure ur #wines please a wide range of guests? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl BALANCE!…of prices, places, grapes, styles, old/new, traditional/trendy. I try to get a range onto the list. #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): @winejames @keeprcoll Oregon Pinot vs Cali Pinot vs Burgundy how are they stacking up this year? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@Winochic @KeeperColl At the risk of being accused of hedging, that’s a dangerous trap:) The somm answer: give’em all a try! #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): Good Answer @winejames! @keepercoll a rec from each maybe? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell):.@Winochic @KeeperColl Au Bon Climat in CA; Ken Wright in OR; Lafarge Volnay in Burgundy. Provides different styles for u #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): Thank you! I love Au Bon but unfamiliar with Ken Wright, I’m on it. Looking for Volnay now @winejames @keeprcoll #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @winejames We had TX Best #Sommelier Competition ‘09 winner @JuneRodil on #SommChat a few wks ago- Tell us more abt this comp.

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl 25 TX wine peeps compete in comp loosely modeled on MS Advanced exam. Must do 3 parts: tasting, service, theory. #SommChat

@JuneRodil (June Rodil): .@winejames @KeeperColl Quite possibly the best idea I’ve ever had was to enter @TEXSOM Comp! #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@JuneRodil @KeeperColl Welcome! You do a great job of representing TX & industry. Glad to have you as part of @TEXSOM #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @winejames What are the primary goals of @TEXSOM Conference & Texas #Sommelier Association? #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl To educate wine pros & consumers so that overall level of profession is raised in TX (and other areas). #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): A. @KeeperColl Our philosophy is “a rising tide lifts all boats”, so we focus on general bev education rather than mkting. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): That’s all the Q’s WE have for @winejames – if any1 has others, ask away! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Thanks to everyone for joining us for #SommChat! I hope you enjoyed learning about #wine from @winejames @FSDallas @TEXSOM

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): I hope everyone will join me in thanking @winejames for an awesome job sharing his #wine knowledge! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): @KeeperColl Enjoyed everyone’s questions! Thanks to everyone for participating. Hope to see you all @TEXSOM Aug 13-15 @FSDallas! #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): Thanks @winejames! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Don’t forget: you can also follow @winejames and his #wine expertise on Twitter at @TEXSOM #SommChat

@Winochic (Andrea Beckham): Looking forward to TexSom! Thanks!! @winejames @keeprcoll #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@Winochic @KeeperColl Looking forward to seeing you there! The enthusiastic Texans are who make @TEXSOM possible! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Join us next Wed 7/27 at 11 AM CST for another #SommChat w/ #sommelier @JSalcito! How cool! See u all next week!

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): Thanks @winejames, your #SommChat insight was much appreciated and spot on (as usual). #SommChat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): .@winejames @KeeperColl Thanks for another great #SommChat!

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): @keepercoll @winejames @FSDallas @TEXSOM another great session. looking forward to seeing everyone @TEXSOM in a few weeks! #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): See you at @TexSom @winejames! Taking level 1 course – wish me luck!!! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): GOOD LUCK Jessica!! RT @JDewps: See you at @TexSom @winejames! Taking level 1 course – wish me luck!!! #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco): @JDewps @TexSom @winejames good luck! took my lvl1 last year there. #SommChat

@FSAustin (Four Seasons Austin): @JDewps Good luck, that’s so exciting! #SommChat

@winejames (James Tidwell): .@JDewps @KeeperColl Good Luck! See you there! #SommChat

@JDewps (Jessica Dupuy): @1337wine @keepercoll @winejames @fsAustin – Thanks guys! Can’t wait to earn some good wine chops. See y’all soon! #SommChat