Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #MasterSommelier Craig Collins

8/17 Master Sommelier Craig Collins


See what you missed at #SommChat on 8/17 as we chatted with Newly Certified Master Sommelier Craig Collins of Prestige Wine Cellars.

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Get ready tweeps – our feed will get very busy with #wine talk RIGHT NOW with @ccollinsms #SommChat

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

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce every1 to Craig Collins, Reg. Sales Mgr of Prestige Wine Cellars & new Master Somm! Got ur #wine Qs ready? #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): .@ccollinsms is new to twitter so be sure to follow & spread the word that a new Master #Sommelier is ready to tweet #wine! #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@keepercoll Thanks for joining us-glad to be here, finished with my MS exam & @TEXSOM; feel like I have everything behind me #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’re so glad to have @ccollinsms join us this week! I know I speak for all when I say “CONGRATULATIONS” on your MS certification! #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): TY, so honored to be a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If you’re joining us for #SommChat, please give a shout out to @ccollinsms so he knows youre here & can keep an eye out for your #wine Qs!

@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 @ccollinsms our Qs, you’re welcome to ask him ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): One lucky SommChatter will win a pair of tickets to #CUF2011 DFW Regional competition today! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): But don’t forget, you gotta tweet using #SommChat to win – Good Luck! Let’s start talking #wine w/ Master #Sommelier @ccollinsms!

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – stuck in a staff meeting; will have to miss #SommChat today (so sad!), but I look forward to reading transcript later!

@wolfeswines (Jeffrey Wolfe): @ccollinsms #SommChat @keepercoll Congrats on MS how long has the process been, and what is the future of the sales guy now?

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@wolfeswines @keepercoll I took my intro exam in ’01 & excited abt my achievement & the future #SommChat

@YNchick (Jaclyn Stuart CS): @ccollinsms Congrats on passing the MS exam this year & welcome to twitter! #SommChat

@DeniseFraser (Denise Fraser): Hi @ccollinsms (and @Iknowwright!) What is your favorite wine variety and what non-wine beverage do you enjoy? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@DeniseFraser @Iknowwright my fav #wine is #champagne & b/c of that I need to drink a lot of water! #SommChat

@VinoCaPisco (Countess Rose Perry): @ccollinsms I grew up around wine & been a certified sommelier since ’01. How grueling is master Sommelier certification? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@VinoCaPisco @keepercoll It is a personal journey for everyone; it takes a lot of hard work & dedication #SommChat

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): @ccollinsms Congrats on the MS. #SommChat

@DeniseFraser (Denise Fraser): You and @DevOnWine are first Austin MS…who will be next?? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@DeniseFraser @DevOnWine @keepercoll we have a great Austin study group – every1 is working hard on the next level.. #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@DeniseFraser @DevOnWine @keepercoll we hope that @junerodil & @markdevinsayre will be invited to take the MS test soon #SommChat

@alawine (Ken): welcome @ccollinsms to twitter… #wine #SommChat

@SylvieGervais (Sylvie Gervais): @keepercoll @ccollinsms Congrats on passing MS Diploma and welcome to Twitter world! #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@fernandobeteta @ynchick @alawine @SlylvieGervais Thanks for the support!!!! It’s nice to be able to enjoy #wine again #SommChat

@tenzingws (TENZING Wine&Spirits): @ccollinsms What was the hardest part of the exam for you? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@tenzingws @keepercoll tasting & service were both very difficult, with tasting being more challenging for me personally #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q via @demilove: @ccollinsms I dream abt a 2nd career when I grow up (Im in my 40s!) in #wine. Is it 2 late 4 me to find foothold? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@keepercoll @demilove Absoulutely not! I’ve only been in the #winebusiness for 14 yrs now, there’s plenty of time #SommChat

@SylvieGervais (Sylvie Gervais): @keepercoll Everyone follow the newly Master Sommelier Craig Collins @ccollinsms #SommChat

@YNchick (Jaclyn Stuart CS): @ccollinsms Did you have a study group through the entire MS process? Any advice for aspiring MS’s? @keepercoll #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@YNchick @keepercoll yes have a great study group who provided a lot of support; advice, find study group who supports ur journey #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@YNchick @keepercoll advice: make sure you pay attention to all three of the MS exam #SommChat

@fernandobeteta (Fernando Beteta, MS): word.RT @ccollinsms: .@YNchick @keepercoll advice: make sure you pay attention to all three of the MS exam #SommChat

@VinoCaPisco (Countess Rose Perry): .@ccollinsms Which do you prefer and why? Champagne, Cava, Prosecco or domestic sparkling wine? #SommChat cc @keepercoll

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@VinoCaPisco @keepercoll all are great, but u cannot beat #champagne, I love the high acid & expression of #terroir #SommChat

@winesellersltd(Winesellers, Ltd):

@alawine (Ken): rt @ccollinsms @VinoCaPisco @keepercoll all are great, but u cannot beat #champagne, I love the high acid & expression of #terroir #SommChat

@wolfeswines (Jeffrey Wolfe): @ccollinsms 10yr commitment… do you have a family? If so how did you balance it all Champs is not an acceptable answer…#SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@wolfeswines @keepercoll My wife is thankfully very supportive and enjoys tasting #wines that are always laying around #SommChat

@amberdemure (Amber Demure): #SommChat I am obsessed with kerosene-like Rieslings and (don’t judge) burnt rubber Pinotage. Any recs @ccollinsms?

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@amberdemure @keepercoll any Riesling from the Rudi Wiest portfolio is great. Fairview Primo Pinotage tasted @TexSom #SommChat

@tenzingws (TENZING Wine&Spirits): @ccollinsms What’s next? Are you going to make wine? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@tenzingws @keepercoll looking forward to helping aspiring #sommeliers and ready to make #wine when someone offers me a vineyard #SommChat

@reneedobbs (Renee Dobbs): Welcome & cheers! #WineWednesday RT @alawine: welcome @ccollinsms to twitter… #wine #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@ccollinsms As one of two new Master Somms in Austin, do you expect any additional attention for the local wine scene? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): @MattMcGinnis @keepercoll I hope so. @Devonwine & I both raise the awareness of #wine in Austin and in Texas. #SommChat

@alawine (Ken): @ccollinsms check this out: Here, have some wine… The Hormone Guide (funny chart) @wolfeswines @keepercoll #SommChat

@tenzingws (TENZING Wine&Spirits): That’s awesome. RT @alawine: @ccollinsms check this out:The Hormone Guide (funny chart) #SommChat

@amberdemure (Amber Demure): Americans used to love White Zin, then Chard… What’s next on the horizon? #SommChat @ccollinsms

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@amberdemure @keepercoll I think we’ll see a shift toward varietally focused & terroir driven #wines that offer exceptional value #SommChat

@sixninesIT (Jason Cutrer): @amberdemure @ccollinsms I’d have to go with Sauv Blanc #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q via @demilove: @ccollinsms I joined @guildsomm last mth in case I want to attempt Court MS exams; how’s it different than #WSET? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@keepercoll @demilove @guildsomm The MS exam is more practical where the #WSET is more written #SommChat

@VinoCaPisco (Countess Rose Perry): I’m #NowFollowing @vinojunky because he calls himself a wine pimp! #Love! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ccollinsms As a leader of the well-regarded @TEXSOM Conference, what were some of your fav presentations this year? #TEXSOM#SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@keepercoll @TEXSOM Favs were Benchmark styles of modern classics, #Redwines of #burgundy’s Cote D’or with @RN74… more to come #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@keepercoll @TEXSOM More Favs: the wines of #Piedmont with @snottysomm & a vertical tasting of @ChateauMusar #SommChat

@snottysomm (Laura DePasquale): Thank you @ccollinsms #SommChat

@toddmichael311 (Todd Michael): #SommChat @ccollinsms @DevOnWine What is the most versatile white grape varietal and why?

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@toddmichael311 @DevOnWine @keepercoll That’s easy, #Rielsing, can be made in several diff. styles from many different regions #SommChat

@DeniseFraser (Denise Fraser): You know I have to ask this. What varieties do you think are best for Texas? Do you have any favorites? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@DeniseFraser @keepercoll I like the warm varietals for #redwine -#Syrah, #Grenache, & #Tempranillo… #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@denisefraser @keepercoll & for #whitewine, @Duchmanwinery is doing a great #Vermentino cc:@BillElsey #SommChat

@BakasMedia (Bakas Media): Looks like some good stuff today on #SommChat

@VinoCaPisco (Countess Rose Perry): @ccollinsms Texas and wine together used to be an oxymoron to all, now only to most, soon some. What do you think of Texan wine? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@VinoCaPisco @keepercoll there’s been a #wine renaissance in #TX in past 5 yrs, w/ proper grapes being planted for climate & soil #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@ccollinsms do you have any favorite Cabs to recommend for #CabernetDay coming on Sept. 1? #SommChat cc @RickBakas

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@MattMcGinnis @RickBakas @keepercoll 2007 @Pepperbridge #Cabernet from Walla Walla, WA. @travisgoff #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): Q. @ccollinsms @mattmcginnis Any good cocktails at #TEXSOM? Didn’t see any Pisco Sours flowing #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@RickBakas @keepercoll @mattmcginnis Averna in the @TexSom hospitality suites and Negronis with Aperol at the @FSDallas Bar. #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): Q. @ccollinsms Top 3 wines from TEXSOM? #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@RickBakas @denisefraser @keepercoll ’09 Dirsching Silvaner GG Iphofer Kronsderg, ’07 Dom. JF Mugnier NSG Clos de la Marechale.. #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@RickBakas @denisefraser @keepercoll 1985 Huet Les Mont Moulleaux Vouvray was the third #wine #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): FTW! –> @ccollinsms: 1985 Huet Les Mont Moulleaux Vouvray was the third #wine #SommChat

@wolfeswines (Jeffrey Wolfe): 1st according to my mouth! RT @RickBakas: FTW! –> @ccollinsms: 1985 Huet Les Mont Moulleaux Vouvray was the third #wine #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @ccollinsms Name your favorite “value” #Champagne, White, and Red under $30 retail? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@keepercoll my palette lives in Italy – ’07 Felsina Chianti Classico for red & ’08 Scarpetta Friulano for white by @BobbyStuckey #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@keepercoll For my palate it is hard to find a $30 #champagne, but a great buy is Pierre Peters NV #SommChat

@RickBakas (Rick Bakas): Adding many of u from #SommChat to my Twitter List of Somms. If anyone is missing pls @ me

@mutineermag (mutineer mag): Stoked for #WineWednesday! #ww #wine Cheers to you all on #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! If u still have #wine Qs for @ccollinsms, ask ‘em NOW! We’ll announce the #CUF2011 ticket giveaway winner shortly #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): And the winner of a pair of tickets to the #CUF2011 DFW Regional competition on August 21 is…@DeniseFraser! Congrats! #SommChat

@DeniseFraser (Denise Fraser): @keepercoll Woot! Thanks for the #CUF2011 DFW regional competition tickets! #SommChat

@SylvieGervais (Sylvie Gervais): “@keepercoll: And the winner of a pair of tickets to the #CUF2011DFW Regional competition”@DeniseFraser! #SommChat” Congrats Denise Cheers!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Thanks to everyone for joining us for #SommChat! I hope you learned something about #wine and @ccollinsms!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Please join me in thanking Craig Collins @ccollinsms for an awesome job sharing his Master #Sommelier wisdom! #SommChat

@SylvieGervais (Sylvie Gervais): @keepercoll @ccollinsms Great #SommChat See you both at #TEXSOM next year! Need to go work now

@WineSpyMag (Nicole Marino et al): Cheers @MutineerMag (our FAVE voice for a pint & a chaser)! RT @mutineermag: Stoked for #WineWednesday! wine Cheers to you all on #SommChat

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): thx for sharing ur time on #SommChat with me. Hope 2 share a glass of bubbles with U all soon. Loved my first tweet experience. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If you’re a #food & #wine lover, dont forget to get tix for our #CUF2011Culinary Competition, kicking off on Aug. 21 in Dallas! #SommChat

@IKnowWright (April Wright Collins): Thanks @keepercol! @ccollinsms is now a master of wine and twitter #SommChat is fun!

@winesellersltd (Winesellers, Ltd): @ccollinsms was fun to watch your following # grow with each tweet welcome to Twitter & ty for great #SommChat!

@ccollinsms (Craig Collins): .@winesellersltd @keepercoll it was fun for me too – thanks for chatting with me today!!! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Join us next Wed 8/17 11 AM CST for another #SommChat w/ NYC#Sommelier Michael Madrigale @mikemadrigale!

@BonVivantImport (Bon Vivant Imports): #SommChat I missed it! sorry! Reading over some great tweets though! Thanks @ccollinsms See you all next week i hope. @RickBakas

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): .@mikemadrigale is the Head #Sommelier & Wine Buyer for @BarBoulud, @EpicerieBoulud & @BouludSud – he’ll have plenty to share!#SommChat

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