Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Advanced Sommelier Josiah Baldivino

8/27 Advanced Sommelier Josiah Baldivino


Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Hi everyone @KeeperColl @JosiahBaldivino @BayGrape looking forward to another great #SommChat!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@cecchiwinery look forward to your questions for @JosiahBaldivino @baygrape #SommChat

Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear from Advanced #Sommelier Josiah Baldivino @JosiahBaldivino @baygrape#WW

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino Thanks for having me @KeeperColl #SommChat! Excited to be here--bright and early. Feel like I'm on a tech version of early morning show.

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino I woke up early so y'all better shout out your questions! Feel like I'm in the hot seat! #SommChat @KeeperColl

Sip on This Juice ‏@amylieberfarb @RachelVoorhees Cheers Rachel xo ...happy to see ya! We got to raise a glass soon! @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl @BayGrape #SommChat

Rachel Voorhees ‏@RachelVoorhees @amylieberfarb Yes we do! Been SO busy & now harvest has started! @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl @BayGrape #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl @BayGrape #SommChat My phone is blowing up so much right now I feel like Kanye

Rachel Voorhees ‏@RachelVoorhees @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl @BayGrape Probably more so than Kanye! #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Before we start, I hope you all are doing OK after that awful earthquake @JosiahBaldivino! @KeeperColl

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl We're good, thank you! #SommChat

Specialty Food Assn. ‏@craftcarejoy @JosiahBaldivino @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl good to hear that! #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Good to hear, saw so many scary photos @JosiahBaldivino! @KeeperColl #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl We’d like to introduce you to Advanced #Sommelier @JosiahBaldivino @baygrape #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking #wine with Advanced #Sommelier @JosiahBaldivino @baygrape #WW #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @JosiahBaldivino Tell us about @BayGrape – your new #wine shop & tasting bar in #Oakland. #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl @BayGrape We'll do classes, guided tastings-not really a bar, more a place to share a bottle,learn, meet neighbors #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Any up and coming markets you are looking to stock @JosiahBaldivino? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl under-radar regions? supporting E Europe hard. Love stuff from @BlueDanubeWine, sold tons of Terzano #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl It's great to see small producers there getting love

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery I see you have a fair share of Italian wine, which Italian wine region is your favorite and why @JosiahBaldivino? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl #SommChat Favorite? Depends on mood/day but right now I'm digging Sicily. Tami Frappato is the jam on a hot day

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Frappato's becoming very popular among Italian wine experts @JosiahBaldivino nice jam. @KeeperColl #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @JosiahBaldivino Q. fr Shy #SommChat tweep WILL you focus on only certain #wine regions on the shelves @baygrape? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl @baygrape #SommChat No, we have wines from all around the world. We love all types of wine and sell something for everyone.

Sip on This Juice ‏@amylieberfarb Q. How did you come to work with Michael Mina? @JosiahBaldivino #wine #winelover #SommChat @KeeperColl

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @amylieberfarb @KeeperColl #SommChat Met @rajatparr in NY @terroirNY & when moved back West reached out to him to see if he needed help

Sip on This Juice ‏@amylieberfarb I hear your new spot @BayGrape focus: smaller producers #wine. Q. Any great #Sonoma labels to mention? #SommChat @JosiahBaldivino

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @amylieberfarb #SommChat @baygrape Salinia, Littorai, Megan Glaab doing Lost & Found, Arnot-Roberts, all friends making really good juice

Rachel Voorhees ‏@RachelVoorhees @JosiahBaldivino You should check out @ThrallsWine Pinot Noir too. Small production, unfined/unfiltered #SommChat @amylieberfarb @BayGrape

Sip on This Juice ‏@amylieberfarb @RachelVoorhees Couldn't agree more Rachel!#ThrallsWine is lovely #PinotNoir #SommChat @JosiahBaldivino @ThrallsWine @BayGrape

Thralls Wine ‏@ThrallsWine @RachelVoorhees @JosiahBaldivino @amylieberfarb @BayGrape Thanks for the rec, Rachel! Let me know how I can help, Josiah

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino @RachelVoorhees @ThrallsWine @amylieberfarb @BayGrape Sweet, will do! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @JosiahBaldivino What inspired U & UR wife @StevieStacionis to open @BayGrape in #oakland #California ? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl ...Started talking ideas, felt like it was meant to be. Really hard decision bc I loved my job @MichaelMinaSF... #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. #SommChat @KeeperColl @MichaelMinaSF but sometimes u gotta have balls to go for it!

Carl Corsi ‏@knowvino .@KeeperColl @JosiahBaldivino In the ‘90s I was the #Somm at Aqua. Is #wine storage/stocking still big a problem? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @knowvino @KeeperColl #SommChat LOL, absolutely. Felt like I was doing Crossfit every service running up/downstairs to get wine!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr #SommChat tweep - what is the hardest thing you have faced in opening @BayGrape and making the change from an employer?

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl @BayGrape You start to care about things you normally wouldn't think about. Such as: is your toilet clean?! #SommChat

Jaime smith ‏@ridesmith @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl @BayGrape big ups to your great success my friend, you 2 are inspirational!

Bay Grape ‏@BayGrape “@ridesmith: @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl @BayGrape big ups to your great success my friend, you 2 are inspirational!” Heart You

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl @ridesmith @BayGrape What up dude! Weisebaden 38 trocken! #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery What's your favorite social media site that gets the word out the best for @Baygrape? @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @cecchiwinery @Baygrape @KeeperColl #SommChat Each forum really has its own audience; we use all to engage everyone.

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Interesting, how does the communication differ when selling niche wines @JosiahBaldivino? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl #SommChat Really helps 1st to have cool people who are open to trying new wines... @adamspoint @0aklandish

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl #SommChat ...then, being approachable enough for ppl to not feel intimidated. be chill about it.

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery No snobbery @JosiahBaldivino ;-) @KeeperColl #SommChat #mottooftheday

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery I loved the inside shots of @BayGrape on Instagram, looks cool @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery How about an exchange: you work our vendemmia in Maremma, we work in your store? @BayGrape @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @cecchiwinery @BayGrape @KeeperColl Haha this sounds awesome. Just know that you also have to walk our dog Napoleon. #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery No problemo @JosiahBaldivino if you don't mind walking my Florentine yellow lab, Macintosh II @BayGrape @KeeperColl #SommChat....

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Do you have a passion outside of wine that maybe helps you understand/appreciate world of wine more? - #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @demilove @KeeperColl #SommChat Eating my wife's food? @StevieStacionis

Dan Fredman ‏@dfredman @JosiahBaldivino “Give the people what they want” or give them what they _should_ want? @KeeperColl @BayGrape #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @dfredman @KeeperColl @BayGrape Ooh, feel like I'm on @theviewtv! ...#SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @dfredman @KeeperColl @BayGrape Give what they want 1st, gain trust; then offer new fun alternatives #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl @BayGrape ...but more importantly the list has to fit your neighborhood/clientele. Give the people what they want! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @JosiahBaldivino How do you select #wines for UR #wine shop @BayGrape in #oakland #California ? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl @BayGrape #SommChat Much like building a list in a restaurant. Wanna have depth and breadth...

Blinded By The Bite! ‏@BlindedBite Q for @BayGrape -Will there be any kind of community fundraiser to help residents & wineries hardest hit in #Napa?? Can you share #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. #SommChat @BlindedBite @BayGrape We're raising donations for the @matthiassonwine's all week, also showing their wine @ our Thurs tasting

Blinded By The Bite! ‏@BlindedBite @JosiahBaldivino @BayGrape @matthiassonwine @StevieStacionis - Gotta support! It's our community regardless of where located! #SommChat #WW

Blinded By The Bite! ‏@BlindedBite @JosiahBaldivino @BayGrape @matthiassonwine - Is info on your website? If so would live to help spread the word #SommChat #WW

StevieStacionis ‏@StevieStacionis @JosiahBaldivino @BlindedBite @BayGrape @matthiassonwine Here is info on our tastings with notes about Thursday! …

Blinded By The Bite! ‏@BlindedBite @Hawk_Wakawaka @JosiahBaldivino @BayGrape @matthiassonwine @StevieStacionis - Thanks will share across my social channels to help support!

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @BlindedBite @BayGrape @matthiassonwine Wow, cool of you! I'll get @StevieStacionis to get on that! #SommChat

Wakawaka WineReviews ‏@Hawk_Wakawaka @BlindedBite @JosiahBaldivino @BayGrape @matthiassonwine @StevieStacionis Here's a look at Napa + where to help …

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl #SommChat MT @delectable: Shipping on us 4 all #Napa wines available thru our app. #drinknapa support Napa vintners!

Andy Phillips @AndyOnFarmWine: @KeeperColl @JosiahBaldivino @StevieStacionis @BayGrape what is you opinion of southern oregon wine? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino @JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl @AndyOnFarmWine Want to learn more about it! Really excited about OR & love how their so supportive of each other #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @JosiahBaldivino @StevieStacionis @BayGrape what is your top selling wine?

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl Right now mags of Schnaitmann "Evoe!" Rosé Württemburg 2012 @ $30 #partystarter #gettinhotinhurrr #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q. @JosiahBaldivino Do you have any desire to make wine? If so where & what? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @SandyWasserman 1 day yeah it'd be rad. We have a backyard @BayGrape I might plan some vines & create Oakland's 1st Grand Cru! #SommChat

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @JosiahBaldivino @SandyWasserman @BayGrape Love that idea:) #rad #SommChat @KeeperColl #OaklandGrandCru

DLynn Proctor ‏@WineauxDLynnP Q: @JosiahBaldivino, what will be your approach to the community around you to keep consumers engaged and coming to @baygrape. #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @WineauxDLynnP @baygrape DLynn What up! Classes, CSA pick-ups will be great way to keep neighbors meeting each other, learning #SommChat

Devon Broglie, MS ‏@dbrogues What has been the most pleasant “surprise” of being a small biz owner? @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @dbrogues @KeeperColl Getting to make out with my wife @StevieStacionis in the store. #SommChat

Melanie ‏@vinogger Hello from #SF CA where I write about #wine #food & #travel on sorry I'm late #SommChat

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @JosiahBaldivino @dfredman @KeeperColl @BayGrape @theviewtv How do you find the balance between familiar names & new discoveries? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @StephanieMiskew @KeeperColl #SommChat Be open to new things, stock what you're stoked on. Plenty of wines out there to discover/refresh

Stephanie Miskew CSW ‏@StephanieMiskew @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl Yes, much easier to sell what you're passionate about:) #SommChat #ww #wine

Charles Comm PR ‏@CharlesComm Excited to see @BayGrape open @josiahbaldivino! Why did you choose Oak? What trends do you see happening there? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @CharlesComm @KeeperColl Chose Oak bc we live here. Ppl support each other HUGE, are excited to try new things, build community #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q. @JosiahBaldivino Any wine trends you see in Bay area that we can expect to see in other parts of country? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @SandyWasserman #SommChat California wine continues to rep big time, exciting time to be here.

Andy Phillips @AndyOnFarmWine: @JosiahBaldivino @KeeperColl do you sell more cremant, cava, project or champagne?

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl @AndyOnFarmWine Cremant so far. Also big takers on Lambrusco and Bugey-Cerdon! Oak-town rocks. We got you covered. #SommChat

Rita Jammet ‏@CaravelleChamp @JosiahBaldivino hi! any major differences among NY or CA wine lovers? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @CaravelleChamp @KeeperColl Rita! NY def has more of European palate. CA drinks Europe but also sways toward hometown heroes #SommChat

Rita Jammet ‏@CaravelleChamp @JosiahBaldivino Thank you Josiah! and kudos to you and @StevieStacionis on the opening, see you soon, miss you both! @KeeperColl #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino @CaravelleChamp @StevieStacionis @KeeperColl Miss you too!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @JosiahBaldivino What is the best piece of #wine advice you would give a #wine consumer & why? #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino A. @KeeperColl Don't be afraid 2 ask Qs. u can never look "dumb." Start to learn to describe what u like. Come to class @BayGrape #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl If anyone missed some of the chat today, remember we'll post an archive soon to for you to review later #SommChat

Josiah Baldivino ‏@JosiahBaldivino Thanks y'all for the Qs! Look forward 2 emptying some bottles w/ you in the store @BayGrape soon. W/ <3 from Oakland #SommChat @KeeperColl

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Fun time @JosiahBaldivino @BayGrape @KeeperColl thanks for another great #SommChat, off to get down in the kitchen!

Tia Butts ‏@WineInkByTia @KeeperColl Sorry I missed you today @JosiahBaldivino ! Looking forward to visiting Bay Grape soon! #SommChat