Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn

7/5 Wine Writer and Sommelier Victoria James


KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: less than 30 mins! Hope everyone’s ready for #SommChat w/ #wine #writer Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn ! #rosé #DrinkPink C U at 12N ET!

Ella Dog @EllaDogSays: Just got back from Spain where I got my #Rose on! Looking forward to this chat! #FillMyBowl please

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @EllaDogSays what were some of your Fav #Spanish Roses from your trip #SommChat

Austrian Wine USA @AustrianWineUSA: Looking forward to it! We love Victoria and #rose (Especially from #Austria)! #DrinkPink

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @AustrianwineUSA great to C U on #SommChat and we are excited as well to have @GetUrGrapeOn today on Rose #DrinkPrink #austrian

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn about #Rosé from Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We're about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to Victoria to say hello & so she knows you're here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: As we ask Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn our Qs, U ask your Qs as well! She'll do her best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: W so many participants lots of gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1--give a S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @GetUrGrapeOn #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let's start talking #Rosé with #Wine #Writer Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn #DrinkPink #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Great to be here! Thrilled to talk all about rosé today! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn what inspired you to write on #Rosé? #DrinkPink #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl I collaborated on an article for @TheCut all about rosé last year, a literary agent came across it and approached me to write the book...

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl ... I love rosé, and wanted to talk about high-quality pink wine from small producers, dispel rumors, etc. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn Q fr #SommChat #Somm how can I train my staff on Rose to prepare them for savory vs sweet Rose style Customer Qs?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: Too often people think all rosé is sweet, lead them towards benchmark examples that are savory like Bandol, Chinon, etc. #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: @GetUrGrapeOn what inspired you to write your book "Drink Pink"? #SommChat @KeeperColl

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @CharlesComm great to have you back joining in on #SommChat today

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @CharlesComm I wanted to show that rosé now has a place on the table, alongside red and white. Talk about regions, producers, history, recipes. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn Q fr #SommChat #Somm can U give some good BTG Rose recs to add to a #wine list?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Yves Leccia, Joguet Chinon, Renardat Fache Bugey Cerdon, Fontsainte Gris de Gris, Venica Jesera PG, Reuilly PG, Gros Noré, Pallieres, etc. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Good morning @GetUrGrapeOn whom are your mentors and which region for rose do you fancy? Thanks #SommChat #itsok2drinkpink

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @SandyWasserman great to have you back on #SommChat today we know you love your Rose and @GetUrGrapeOn is a great resource

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @SandyWasserman Mentors for rosé promotion are @KermitLynchWine , Lulu Peyraud, @rajatparr @JeremySeysses & many more in the book!.... #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @SandyWasserman ... For regions you will have to read the book, too many to name! I prefer the classics like Bandol, but that is just me ;) #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn tell us about your book #DrinkPink book (easy read or > technical) and where peeps can get a copy #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl The book is like a "Children's book on rosé," charming illustrations by @lylerailsback w/ some technical but approachable info....#SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl ... You can buy it online, at your local book store (like B&N), retail shop (like Anthropologie) or at awesome wine shops! #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @GetUrGrapeOn how do you feel #rose has evolved over the last few years? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @CharlesComm Now being made for the sake of making rosé not just from rotten grapes, byproduct of red wine, etc. More serious examples! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn Q fr #SommChat #Somm how would you describe tasting profile for Rose and how does that Change w/ age on nose & Palate?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Like red/white, rosé tasting profile is quite diverse! Explore regions/styles to develop corresponding notes. #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl ... with age, good rosé can taste like older white burgundy. Recently had a '97 Terrebrune Bandol that was singing! #SommChat

Ormiga @Ormiga: @GetUrGrapeOn interesting aged #rose = should try someday but not much affordable imports in #mumbai + local stuff NOT my style=too sweet #SommChat

Austrian Wine USA @AustrianWineUSA: Does serious rose have a price point “sweet spot”? @GetUrGrapeOn #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @AustrianWineUSA Serious rosé can range quite a bit in price point, just like white/red. For ex. a $15 Loire rosé - $1,000 rosé Champagne & more! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep: @GetUrGrapeOn 4 an aspiring writer can you give advice on things to avoid with publishing a book and things to do?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Find a great agent, publisher that you work well with! I was lucky with @HarperCollins & @JanklowNesbit. Expect ... #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl .. lots of sleepless nights, intense research and follow-up, lots of patience & focus on your goals. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn some people think of #Rosé as a summer #wine drink, do you drink all year long & how can that perception be chgd? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: YES! Rosé can be enjoyed all year long:… just like red/white. Somms should offer it on their lists 365days #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Q @GetUrGrapeOn 1st wine the got you hooked on wine to draw you in? #SommChat #ItsOK2DrinkPink

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @SandyWasserman 1st wine was White Zin from my Grandma's glass when I was a kid! When I became a somm this nostalgia helped keep me grounded #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: q fr #SommChat #Somm @GetUrGrapeOn do you have plans to write on other #wine topics in the future or stopping with #DrinkPink?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Yes, other books already in the works ;) Expect more whimsical illustrations from @lylerailsback coupled with a bit about wine! #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @GetUrGrapeOn how has your job at @pioranyc influenced your book? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @CharlesComm All the face-time from being a somm helps me write in a way that is consumer-oriented, which some wine writers I feel can lack. #SommChat

Adam Plotkin @AdamPlotkin: Greetings, chatters de somm! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @AdamPlotkin do you have any Rose #wine favs? #SommChat

Adam Plotkin @AdamPlotkin: These are not everyone's cup of tea, but I LOVE #Tempier & #LopezDeHeredia #rose! #SommChat Plus, they are definitely drinkable year round.

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @AdamPlotkin Have you ever tried Cannerili (sp?) Rose - one of our favs - it is on savory side #SommChat

Adam Plotkin @AdamPlotkin: Have not. Will have to look for it....when not hunting for aged #Hibiki #Japanese #whisky! ;-) #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn what has been the most rewarding or best part of the whole process of getting #DrinkPink book out in the market ? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl I have always wanted to be an author, it was rewarding to work on the book with @lylerailsback & grow our relationship... #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl ... Also, reach people about a beverage that is often misunderstood, travel to markets around the world. Preach the rosé gospel! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: q fr #SommChat #Somm @GetUrGrapeOn do you still work on the floor as a #sommelier or will you just pursue writing?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl I still work on the floor as the Bev Director @pioranyc & our new resto, COTE as well as write. Definitely a balancing act! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: q fr #SommChat peep @GetUrGrapeOn what was the most difficult part of writing #DrinkPink?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Balancing work as a somm, working with my bf @lylerailsback (who has a full-time job at @KermitLynchWine !) but v rewarding #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn you recently started a book tour for #DrinkPink, what is that like? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Book tour has been spectacular! I love meeting people around the USA. Come visit us at one of the stops! #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @GetUrGrapeOn do you subscribe to the fact that #rose is now a year round wine? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @CharlesComm YES! As the french say "rosé toute l'année" or "rosé all year!" #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn saw you were named one of the 2016 @WineEnthusiast Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, tell us about that honor? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Being a @WineEnthusiast 40under40 was a HUGE honor, & the youngest on the list! People are starting to embrace young female somms! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep @GetUrGrapeOn how was the writing process of #DrinkPink different from what you thought it might be like?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Shocked by how brands tried to "persuade" me into mentioning their products + learned a lot about the publishing/writer world #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn what are some of your favorite foods to pair with #Rosé? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Recipes in book provide great pairing tips- Think grows together + goes together like Bandol rosé + olive tapenade #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn saw that @lylerailsback illustrated #DrinkPink, did you have input on the illustrations or did he mostly choose? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Yes! I had some input but he was mostly inspired by his own travels, experiences + my writing. My fav is the octoupus in bathtub #SommChat

Ormiga @Ormiga: @GetUrGrapeOn does bathwater go better w #octopus in #bathtub or prefer #champagne? #SommChat #thatisthequestion

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q @GetUrGrapeOn How did you first get involved with the wine business? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @CharlesComm Worked in restos since I was 13, from server, bartender then somm when I was 21. Always loved food, wine and people! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm •@GetUrGrapeOn have you traveled to learn about #Rosé and if so where & any #wine regions U want 2 go to? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl All regions in book I focus on I have visited, I would love to go to Australia, Hungary, Japan, Madeira too many to name! #SommChat

Adam Plotkin @AdamPlotkin: #Japan...wait...I am having a brilliant idea! PINK #Sake!!!! Now where are we going to find pink rice??? ;-) #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat Peep: @GetUrGrapeOn what advice would you give to someone new to #Rosé for picking out some bottles to learn? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Great question! Find an importer you like and trust, their portfolio will hold a unifying style, a curated collection. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn why do you think #Rosé popularity has been on the rise in the last few years? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Better wine being made, Americans now accepting rosé in our culture, celebrities and influencers promote the 'lifestyle,' etc. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep: @GetUrGrapeOn what reactions have you seen to #DrinkPink book that have been the most surprising? #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Many did not know rosé was 1st wine ever made, how it can be used alongside recipes or fun facts about regions/producers! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @GetUrGrapeOn Q fr #SommChat #Somm w/ increase in Popularity of Rose have you seen the prices rise or still good PQR?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Prices have risen on some brands trying to capitalize on 'lifestyle,' but good wine does not chase trends! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm how did you respond to brands that wanted you to include their #wines in the #DrinkPink book @GetUrGrapeOn

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl I politely declined 'persuasion incentives' and focused on brands I am passionate about + feel are important to the rosé world #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat peep: how did UR book publisher prepare you for the #DrinkPink #book tour @GetUrGrapeOn has it been easier or harder 4U?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl The book tour I mostly organized w @lylerailsback + publisher. It has been challenging juggling work + travel but very rewarding! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm how have U been able to chg your Bev Dir #Somm schedule to accommodate book tour @GetUrGrapeOn

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Book tour on my weekends, my company has been wonderfully understanding + supportive! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm what do you drink when you are not drinking Rose? What % rose do you think is good 4 #wine list @GetUrGrapeOn

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl So many things- champagne, amaro, beaujolais, rhone reds, white burgundy.. to name a few... + LOTS of water!... #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl ...% of rosé on a list depends on restaurant. For me, I like close to 20-30%. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm do you think there are grapes that R best 4 Rose and if so which ones @GetUrGrapeOn R there some roses you avoid & why?

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl I like to think of place vs. grapes in Old world. In New World, experimentation can be great when it looks to historic styles... #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl ... I avoid rosé marketed as a lifestyle vs. a product/grocery. Mass market swill gives pink wine a bad rep. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm do you see a difference in Rose acceptance in different parts of #US or in general the same throughout @GetUrGrapeOn

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Today rosé acceptance is widespread throughout USA, which is awesome and leads to access to better products! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #Rosé talk w/ #DrinkPink #Wine #Writer Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: It was great to have Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking #DrinkPink #Wine #Writer Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn for her time #SommChat

Victoria James @GetUrGrapeOn: @KeeperColl Thank you for having me on #SommChat, such a blast talking rosé + writing!