Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Advanced Sommelier Hristo Zisovski

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Adam Plotkin ‏@AdamPlotkin @KeeperColl @bibracamontes @StevieStacionis @mcontrol @GUSTOTastings @WholeFoodsATX @Eno_DC Greetings #SommChat 'ers!

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @HristoZ Ready for #SommChat!

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Tuned in now! @KeeperColl @SummerRiesling @HVWineFest @NobleRotNYC @swirlgirldenver @tomcaestecker @MoRandazzoMB #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @patrickwine gr8 to have @HristoZ on #SommChat today - what a wonderful #wine Guy

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We’d like to introduce you to Advanced #Sommelier Hristo Zisovski @HristoZ #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Hristo @HristoZ 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl As we ask @HristoZ our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He'll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @HristoZ 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking #wine with Advanced #Sommelier Hristo Zisovski @HristoZ #WW #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @KeeperColl READY TO GO! #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl how long have you been in the biz & what is your inspiration? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine Started at the age of 12 working with my dad (22 years now) and with wine for 14 years now #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Loved that your dad makes wine in his garage @HristoZ a true passionate man! @AndyOnFarmWine #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @cecchiwinery Thanks! a good fresh glass from the garage is humbling #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery It must be fun though @HristoZ and also he doesn't have to go far for a glass! #SommChat #cooldad

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Good morning @HristoZ Who are your mentors in the wine industry & what is your background? Thanks #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski @HristoZ @SandyWasserman so many. Greg Harrington (@GramercyCellars), @BSVINO Andrew Bell, @rajatparr @danieljohnnes & many more #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ if you have a favorite region in the world what would it be? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine if I only had to choose 1, it has to be #burgundy #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery I see you spent some time in CO, any wine trends you noticed @HristoZ? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @cecchiwinery honestly, I was there on a family vacations and we have a 8m old so we cooked dinner at home every night. #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery One of the best ways to spend time with the family @HristoZ! I love CO, some great Boulder eats. #SommChat

Russ Kane ‏@VintageTexas @HristoZ How do you keep track of varying wine trends around the world that your organization serves? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @VintageTexas Great Q. I give my wine directors at each location the freedom needed 2 help them keep up w the trends. I help focus #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @VintageTexas we work off each other keep up with the trends #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ being here in oregon what do you think of our wine in the world market? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine HUGE FAN OF OREGON WINES! love what you guys are doing out there and love making it a part of my wine programs! #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ AWESOME have u had anything from Southern Oregon? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine not much recently, I remember pouring some rogue valley juice at my first wine job back in the day. #SommChat

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews Just tuning in! RT @HristoZ I'm on today’s #SommChat. Hope to see you there! 11 am -12 N CST @KeeperColl

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Where do you look for inspiration in terms of cuisine, pairings and wine in general @HristoZ? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews Gr8 q RT @cecchiwinery: Where do you look for inspiration in terms of cuisine, pairings and wine in general @HristoZ? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @cecchiwinery for me it's seasonal. palates change 4x a year so should your taste buds. #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery So true, seasonality is key @HristoZ #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery "Palates change 4x a year so should your taste buds." — @HristoZ #SommChat #winewednesday

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews MT @hristoz: @cecchiwinery palates change 4x a year so should your taste buds. #SommChat <-- Agreed. I opt for seasonal beer, why not wine?

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@HristoZ Q fr Shy #SommChat peep: Do U travel to all of UR @AltamareaGroup Restos and if so how often do U go to each 1?

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @KeeperColl @AltamareaGroup Yes, I travel to each. when in the city, I might hit up to 5 a day. when I travel, usually 1-3x month #SommChat

Fernando Beteta, MS ‏@fernandobeteta .@HristoZ what part of your job is the most difficult? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @fernandobeteta I enjoy most of what I do but I would say keeping everyone motivated and positive with my realistic experiences #SommChat

Charles Comm PR ‏@CharlesComm What are some of your favorite Italian wine regions of late @HristoZ? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @CharlesComm #Liguria #siciia and #lombardia are my go to when drinking #SommChat

Stefanie Schwalb ‏@Stefschwalb Checking in now! RT @HristoZ I'm on today’s #SommChat. @KeeperColl

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @Stefschwalb so glad you could join in on #SommChat

Stefanie Schwalb ‏@Stefschwalb Me too! RT @KeeperColl: @Stefschwalb so glad you could join in on #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ Where are you located in business?#SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine my back pack with my laptop. I dont have an office. I travel to bt restaurants each day #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ Tell us a bit about your role in the opening of Ai Fiori in #NYC @AiFiori @AltamareaGroup #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl I was bev dir. It was my 1st restaurant opening & 1st written #wine list from scratch. Lots of fun! #SommChat @AiFiori

Merrill Bonarrigo @MerrillBon @KeeperColl @HristoZ @AiFiori @AltamareaGroup will be there in 2 weeks. Can't wait! #SommChat

Stefanie Schwalb ‏@Stefschwalb Q .@HristoZ What wine or region do you think is underrated for quality and price? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @Stefschwalb so many but today would say #barbera is my go to and still #chablis #SommChat

Stefanie Schwalb ‏@Stefschwalb @HristoZ Love #chablis! #SommChat

Merrill Bonarrigo ‏@MerrillBon @KeeperColl enjoying the #SommChat conversation.

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @MerrillBon so glad you can join in on #SommChat today! happy #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ We hear you make a point of tasting #wine w/ @AltamareaGroup #Somms very regularly. Why is this so important to you? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl Tasting together is a great way to get to know each other & a restaurant’s wants and needs. #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery What wine regions are customers going crazy over this year @HristoZ? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @cecchiwinery being focused in italy, we always sell a bunch of #tuscany but have to say #sicily #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Interesting @HristoZ great to see the country as a whole doing well on the wine list #SommChat Any Tuscan wine in particular?

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @cecchiwinery #brunello is always strong. I'm seeing a #chianti comeback too. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ How does 1 balance creating a #wine list that has esoteric selections & those #wines that the customer will buy? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl The goal is 2 find what the guest is looking . Then, it is all in the hands of the #Sommelier. #SommChat

Matt Reiser ‏@mattreiser @HristoZ as a recent father, what wine(s) are you planning to cellar for the little one? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @mattreiser have to wait to see how the 14 vintage goes. he was born in January. but whatever it is, it will be a lot #SommChat

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews RT @mattreiser: @HristoZ as a recent father, what wine(s) are you planning to cellar for the little one? #SommChat <-- Fun, fantastic idea.

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ What advice do you give to those who want to pursue the path to becoming a #Sommelier? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl The #Sommelier should start by working in #wine focused restaurants. #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl Get UR service down & participate in as much bev. as made available (classes/inv.) 2 get UR foot in the door. #SommChat

Pascalinelepeltier ‏@plepeltier So you have an incredible team of Somm with you - how did you do to build & keep these talents? @HristoZ @KeeperColl #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @plepeltier I try to give everyone their freedom to express themselves & always keep them doing new things to keep them growing #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ How do you decide on the format of the printed #wine list for a restaurant? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl Depending on the location and size of the #wine list, I arrange by regions or price. #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl Bin# on the bigger #wine lists 4 fast ordering w/ vintage & price spaced for clear reading. #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Do you find that social media plays a role between you and the Somms, or do you keep things face to face @HristoZ? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @cecchiwinery not bt work but w having fun and sharing experiences, yes. I use social media more with my somm friends #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery I find it's a great way to share new discoveries and updates @HristoZ. We love Instagram here besides Twitter #SommChat

Devon Broglie, MS ‏@dbrogues .@HristoZ how about wine specific apps like @delectable or @vivino ? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @dbrogues I have them on my phone but havent gotten to them yet so cant say. i just been using instagram to much success for now #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @dbrogues always appreciate your qs on #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @dbrogues honestly,I use Instagram more these days. but it's very important to keep in touch w the community & it makes it smaller #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr shy #SommChat peep: Are you able to use buying power for the resto group - how much?

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @KeeperColl yes, definitely. I ask for about 5% of the wine lists for this. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ What is your opinion on using a printed #wine list versus an Ipad virtual list? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl I like the idea & speed of being #Green w/ iPads but love the feel of a printed list

Ask a Winemaker ‏@askawinemaker @HristoZ Are there Q's you ask winemakers to ensure your team learns as much as possible? Where is balance btw tech and "stories"? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @askawinemaker need a little of both to give it identity. i like to know trends in their winemaking over the years, basic techniqs #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ What do you like to do with your personal time? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl As a new father I Luv spending summer w/ 8m son & trying 2 B the best dad. Parks, longs walks, reading, bubbles #SommChat

Rita Jammet ‏@CaravelleChamp HI @HristoZ ! What’s your favorite #Champagne glass? Flute, coupe, tulip or white wine? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews RT @caravellechamp: HI @HristoZ What’s your favorite #Champagne glass? Flute, coupe, tulip or white wine? #SommChat @KeeperColl <-- <3 coupe

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @CaravelleChamp white wine glass bc I like to get my nose in it and drink it like a fine wine. #SommChat

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Flute's not designed to do that? #Confused RT @HristoZ: white wine glass, like to get my nose in it like a fine wine. #SommChat @KeeperColl

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @drewbie_g not all of them. I do use a open/wide flute in all my places for that reason but overall, I enjoy a bigger glass #SommChat

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Makes sense... will try that next time! Thanks @HristoZ! #SommChat @KeeperColl #Bubbles #GoBigOrGoHome

Harley Carbery ‏@harleywine1 #SommChat sorry I'm late, hello from #Vegas @HristoZ @KeeperColl #Wine #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl always glad to have you chime in! RT @harleywine1: #SommChat sorry I'm late, hello from #Vegas @HristoZ @KeeperColl #Wine #WW

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ I have been involved with wine spectator awards do u go that route 4 marketing? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine Yes, with the larger wine list where the restaurants are wine focused #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ what is your approach for pairing #food and #wine? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl acid w acid, tannins w fat, green w green - I try 2 keep it fun w offering classics & new discoveries. #SommChat

Harley Carbery ‏@harleywine1 @HristoZ What is the best #wine question you've been asked by a guest? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @harleywine1 I enjoy when a guest asks which of a couple selections drinks best now, not focused on name or vintage. #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ how many wine lists do you oversee?#SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine I oversee 11 restaurants currently #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ wow 11 restaurants is quite impressive and I would think a heavy load? All different cuisines in them? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine with the exception of 1 (cocktail bar), they are all italian at different calibers #SommChat

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @HristoZ wow barolo must be a fav? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @AndyOnFarmWine YES! the reason I went to italian restaurants. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat tweep: How do you choose #wine Glasses for the vaious restos - do you use one brand 4 all and if so which one & Why?

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @KeeperColl here is where buying power works well. I try to find the best glass for the best deal and we use @RiedelUSA #SommChat

Fabien Lainé ‏@fabienlaine Raise a toast to #PortWineDay today #SommChat - What you gonna drink ? #douro #portwine #portlover

Tiana ‏@TianaKaiMiami @fabienlaine Raise a toast to #PortWineDay today #SommChat #douro #portwine #portlover

Fabien Lainé ‏@fabienlaine @KeeperColl Cannot come over to #SommChat - in a video conference but will catch up later! Enjoy ! ;)

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @fabienlaine we understand - will miss you! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ how important is a "by the glass" list and why? #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl very impt. It’s the identity of the overall #wine program. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @HristoZ what #Wine regions have you not been to that you would like to visit? #SommChat


Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ A. @KeeperColl it's not that I don't get invited to go to these regions, I just don't have the time (yet) #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr #SommChat shy peep: recommendation for someQPR #Champagne

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @KeeperColl Doyard, @CaravelleChamp Marc Hébrart, Chartogne-Taillet, @champagnesavart, Margaine, Ulysse Collin, Billecart-Salmon #SommChat

Rita Jammet ‏@CaravelleChamp @HristoZ TY! in gr8 company #SommChat Doyard, Marc Hébrart, Chartogne-Taillet, @champagnesavart, Margaine, Ulysse Collin, Billecart-Salmon

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Do you have time to visit vineyards since 11 restos are quite a commitment already @HristoZ? @askawinemaker #SommChat

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @cecchiwinery @askawinemaker Time is a bit of an issue but I hope to one day #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Between our four estates we'll commence in a week or two, but we already began with some white in Maremma @SanQuirico @HristoZ #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed #wine talk w/ Advanced #Sommelier Hristo Zisovski @HristoZ #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Great to have Advanced #Sommelier Hristo Zisovski @HristoZ join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Advanced #Sommelier Hristo Zisovski @HristoZ for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews RT @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking Advanced #Sommelier Hristo Zisovski @HristoZ for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover <-- Thanks!

Andy Phillips ‏@AndyOnFarmWine @KeeperColl @HristoZ Ciao and thank u 4 Ur time sir! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl thx 4 your Qs RT @AndyOnFarmWine: @KeeperColl @HristoZ Ciao and thank u 4 Ur time sir! #SommChat

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @HristoZ Thanks for a great #SommChat!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl always glad you can join in RT @Sassodoro: @KeeperColl @HristoZ Thanks for a great #SommChat!

Stefanie Schwalb ‏@Stefschwalb Agreed! RT @Sassodoro: @KeeperColl @HristoZ Thanks for a great #SommChat!

Hristo Zisovski ‏@HristoZ @KeeperColl Thank you all for your great questions this afternoon. Hope you all have a great day and see you soon! #SommChat

Rita Jammet ‏@CaravelleChamp @HristoZ Thank YOU for an excellent and informative #SommChat @KeeperColl

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Yes, so much to see @HristoZ great chatting with you! @askawinemaker #SommChat

Anthony Giglio ‏@WineWiseGuy Sorry to miss today's #SommChat ; I was in the air! @KeeperColl @AltamareaGroup @HristoZ

Grapecollective ‏@Grapecollective Sommelier @HristoZ Shares an Under 140 Character Food and #Wine Pairing Guide: #SommChat @AltamareaGroup

Lisa W ‏@winechix .@KeeperColl traveling, looking forward to #ww #SommChat recap!"@waughcellars @OWOCWines @awinehotels @londonvino @lemetrowine @merrillbon"