Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Wells Guthrie

9/5 Winemaker Wells Guthrie


@WineLibrary (Wine Library): @KeeperColl We’ll definitely be listening. Love #SommChat!

@megmaker (Meg Houston Maker): @KeeperColl Thanks for the reminder! Am on a call then but will try to join in if call wraps soonest. #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to hear about #wine from Wells Guthrie @gentaz_rulz! #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you to Wells Guthrie @gentaz_rulz #SommChat #WineWednesday #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): We’re about ready to dive in w/questions, so shout out to @gentaz_rulz to say hello & so he knows you’re here! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@WarrenBobrow1 (Warren Bobrow): #SommChat I’m going to Burgundy in two weeks! 1 of 12 journalists chosen worldwide by France and Air France. Picnic in Burgundy.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Don’t forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): As we ask @gentaz_rulz our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): W/so many participants lots of gr8 Q’s R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @gentaz_rulz let us know u R here! #SommChat #WW

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #wine with @gentaz_rulz #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): Great to be here and on our first day of harvest too….Trousseau Noir #sommchat

@RetaKay13 (Reta Coker Crowe): @KeeperColl #SommChat #WineWednesday I’ll be over here in the corner, still listening & learning!

@redvinman (Simon Jackson): I’m in. #sommchat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): Hello to @Gentaz_rulz & @KeeperColl and all #sommchat folks

@1educatedpalate (Scott): @Gentaz_rulz Awesome to have you and everyone else here #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @KeeperColl – Good morning all! Nice to join you all on #SommChat !

@DomaineSelect (DSWE): Time for #SommChat with @gentaz_rulz @KeeperColl

@MNWineGuy (Steve Sigmond): Howdy @Gentaz_rulz #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz How did you first get involved in the #wine industry? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. I was the tasting coordinator for the Wine Spectator for a couple of years #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. Called up for a job one day and they had an opening #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @gentaz_rulz did u coordinate tastes for the staff or any outsiders? #sommchat #ww

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @winegalLynne just for the editors and only new world wines for most part #sommchat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): @Gentaz_rulz b4 it gets busy, happy to say I’ve been exposed to Copain wines thru pals @ArtsnlCellarsVT TX for the lovely stuff #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz What made you decide to start your own #wine label @copainewines? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. @KeeperColl Insanity maybe….but passion to do my own thing and make all the calls #sommchat

@wolfeswines (Jeffrey Wolfe): @gentaz_rulz #sommchat @KeeperColl In another world, If you could only work with one grape of white & one of red which would they be?

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @wolfeswines Syrah and Roussanne #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @gentaz_rulz I know u were in France 4 a while, is there any thing/food/lifestyle u miss about it? #sommchat #ww

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @winegalLynne I was at Chapoutier for 2yrs spent this past jan/feb pruning for Mugnier and Dujac…get my fix now and then #sommchat

@StevieStacionis (StevieStacionis): Yip! Glad to get online and see @Gentaz_rulz on #sommchat with @KeeperColl! Now. Where’s my Tous Ensemble rosé this morning?

@MNWineGuy (Steve Sigmond): @Gentaz_rulz Your much-publicized stylistic shift a few years ago seems to have grown into a full-blown movement in CA… agree? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @MNWineGuy Seems like it for sure….good to see I guess for those who want more restrained wines #sommchat

@alaina (Alaina Percival): Learning about Copain Wines from Wells Guthrie on #sommchat @Gentaz_rulz @KeeperColl #ww @snipit

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): @gentaz_rulz how are you feeling about this year’s harvest? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @CharlesComm Way better than 2011 thats 4 sure. Great weather this year with a little uneven set in Anderson Valley #sommchat

@MagRahn (Magdalena Rahn): @gentaz_rulz What’s your take on recent press saying that American #wine needs to break away from French influence? #Sommchat @KeeperColl

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @MagRahn Disagree completely. Make your own stand with fruit you have but with french sensibility #sommchat

@SeccoAndRed (Real Lambrusco is…): @KeeperColl Thanks for the invite. #SommChat

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): Roussanne for life! RT @Gentaz_rulz @wolfeswines Syrah and Roussanne #sommchat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): Q. @gentaz_rulz what is your process for sourcing grapes from various vineyards in Mendocino, Anderson Valley, etc.? #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @MattMcGinnis We own 3 vineyards now and looking at two others. Goal is to be 80% plus estate in next 5-6 years #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz How did you come up with the name for @copainwines? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. @KeeperColl Copain means friends/buddies in French. Started Copain with a friend of mine #sommchat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): Q. @Gentaz_rulz what are you harvesting today? #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @MauricesCru Trousseau Noir from our property #sommchat

@MauricesCru (maurice dimarino): @Gentaz_rulz very cool! Will the Trousseau Noir be for single variety dry, blending or port? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @MauricesCru Making dry red wine and rose. made both in 2011 as well. Rose was a huge surprise as it turned out really well #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @gentaz_rulz is there a certain ‘feeling’ u get when you find a vineyard 4 ur fruit, or is it more scientific? #sommchat #ww

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @winegalLynne Both has to feel great, people etc as well as the soils etc #sommchat

@MNWineGuy (Steve Sigmond): @Gentaz_rulz Any plans to work with fruit in the Santa Cruz Mountains? Seems like it would be a perfect fit. #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @MNWineGuy Not to date but like the wines for sure from there. I have way too much to learn in Anderson Valley to venture away #sommchat

@Corkbuzz (Corkbuzz Wine Studio): Chat it up with @Gentaz_rulz on @KeeperColl’s #sommchat happening right now! We’re hosting a Q&A with Wells in Tour of CA class 9/22, too!

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Q. @Gentaz_rulz any sightings of Van Grizzly man in the Anderson hills since Jess let him go from Edmeades? Such a fun winemaker #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @noblewines Agreed Van is super fun. He has anew brand he’s doing but haven’t tasted it yet…keeps threatening me though #sommchat

@tonymcclung (Tony McClung): “@alaina: Learning about Copain Wines from Wells Guthrie on #sommchat @Gentaz_rulz @KeeperColl #ww @snipit” awesome!

@CharlesComm (Charles Comm PR): @gentaz_rulz great to hear, we’ve been hearing good reports as well! #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @gentaz_rulz hav u noticed Americans changing & viewing wine as everyday part of life, like French? #sommchat #ww

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @winegalLynne In some ways I guess, but we still gentrify it too much IMO #sommchat

@RetaKay13 (Reta Coker Crowe): @MNWineGuy @Gentaz_rulz #SommChat LOVE fruit wines Had it often when I lived in California peach apricot etc oh, and MEAD!

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): wine 101 work done, now time to join #SommChat

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): @Gentaz_rulz what varietals do you see as underrated in 2012? #SommChat #wine

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @wineguy06 Syrah…need more syrah drinkers. #sommchat

@SquareWineCo (Square Wine Co.): @Gentaz_rulz other domestic Syrah and Pinot Noir producers you love? We need your wines in Wisconsin. #SommChat.

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @SquareWineCo Arnot-Roberts and Wind Gap Rule!! #sommchat

@ormiga (ormiga): much in dreamland pretending have chugged all mentioned #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @gentaz_rulz Is ur family involved in the wine-making process too? #sommchat #ww

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @winegalLynne Nope just me..hoping my crazy little girls 4 and 7 want to some day #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz What is your #winemaking philosophy? Has it changed over the years? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. @KeeperColl I have had good sources…try not to mess it up…keep finding better sites to suit my style shift #sommchat

@kcwineguy (kcwineguy): So very true! RT @gentaz_rulz: @wineguy06 Syrah…need more #syrah drinkers. #sommchat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): @Gentaz_rulz @wineguy06 big fan of syrah #SommChat

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): The thought just made my mouth water a little bit…lol RT @winegalLynne: @Gentaz_rulz I agree!! =) #wine #SommChat

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): @gentaz_rulz @KeeperColl Thoughts on Syrah differences in SFoothills, Paso, Mendo, etc. #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @VineyardGate Paso too hot for me these days, SF no comment don’t know enough me Yorkville Highlands and schist there is the bomb #sommchat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): @gentaz_rulz @1337wine @wineguy06 another vote for #syrah #sommchat

@tonymcclung (Tony McClung): Check out #SommChat with @CopainWines winemaker Wells G @Gentaz_rulz going right now.

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz What separates California #wines from anywhere else in the US? Is this California wine philosophy unique? #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. @KeeperColl We have a pretty diverse geology and climate makes for unique wines #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl @Gentaz_rulz Any US Syrah producers you’re fond of? #sommchat #ww

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @Gentaz_rulz Your style shifted in the last few years, happily so. Is it by choice or what the vintages/vineyards gave you? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @ENOontheMagMile Choice. Wanted more tension/vibrancy in the the wines and less weight/extraction. Still figuring this out. #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @ENOontheMagMile Haven’t changed much vineyard wise just picking earlier…idea of “ripeness” has changed #sommchat

@tonymcclung (Tony McClung): yes he is. “@KeeperColl: cool dude for sure! RT @tonymcclung: Check out #SommChat with @CopainWines winemaker Wells G @Gentaz_rulz

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz Favorite #wine region in the world (besides California!) and why? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. @KeeperColl Northern Rhone….motherland of the best syrahs #sommchat

@LeRivageHotel (Le Rivage Hotel): Very informative! #ww RT @tonymcclung: Check out #SommChat with @CopainWines winemaker Wells G @Gentaz_rulz going right now.

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): Good question, I’m looking for a client now RT @winegalLynne: @KeeperColl @Gentaz_rulz Any US Syrah producers you’re fond of? #sommchat #ww

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @wineguy06 Arnot-Roberts and Wind Gap for sure #sommchat

@jennanorth (Jenna North): FOLLOWING todays #SommChat conversation w/ host @KeeperColl and guest Wells Guthrie @gentaz_rulz #WW #WineWednesday #Winelover

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): @Gentaz_rulz what was the most important thing you learned working with Michel Chapoutier? #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @1337wine Didn’t spend lot of time w/ him as he wasn’t in the cellar/vineyards a lot. Tremendous holdings and learned from his guys #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @1337wine Learned more from JL Chave #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @KeeperColl Thank you so much for hosting #sommchat! I always learn so much.

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @winegalLynne All good…need to go process Trousseau when done. Let me know when your here #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz Opinion on screwcaps vs corks? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. @KeeperColl Depends on wine. early drinking screw cap fine ageworthy need cork #sommchat

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @Gentaz_rulz Do you see more winemakers going this way because of market demand or personal choice? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @ENOontheMagMile Can’t say only know why I did. Think there is some genuine intent though out there to make more subtle wines #sommchat

@snipit ( @Gentaz_rulz Which wine event are you most looking forward to attending before the year ends? #WW #WineWednesday #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @snipit Wailea Wine and Food Fest. Hawaii for dayzz!! Love it there #sommchat

@winegalLynne (Lynne Bryant, CS): @Gentaz_rulz Thank you very much for being here and I look 4ward to visiting Copain very soon! #sommchat #ww

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @Gentaz_rulz Have you had wines from Chapoutier & Jasper Hill collaboration? Are winemakers driven to try always new places? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @ENOontheMagMile Haven’t had those wines. Always tempting 2 do other things I am downsizing don’t want to be “mile wide inch deep” #sommchat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): @Gentaz_rulz cool. what stuck out from your time there with JL Chave and the others? #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @1337wine Philosophy on wine and the humble approach to making it…humility #sommchat

@christianklarge (christian k large): @Gentaz_rulz Cheers from Ttown Wells! Best Syrah besides your own you’ve had recently? #sommchat #okiegrown

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): Thanks! RT @Gentaz_rulz: @wineguy06 Arnot-Roberts and Wind Gap for sure #sommchat #wine

@snipit ( @KeeperColl @Gentaz_rulz Thx #sommchat is so informative! @enonthemagmile @winegallynne @1337wine @kcwineguy@noblewines

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Q. @gentaz_rulz Latest memorable #food and #wine pairing? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): A. @KeeperColl Just had a dinner here at winery with Corey Lee of Benu Scallop porridge and our 06 Roussanne #sommchat

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): @Gentaz_rulz We have 6-8 wine taps planned for ENO in DC & SF. Thoughts on kegged wine? Is it a way for winemakers to experiment? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @ENOontheMagMile We kegged some viognier last year and doing some other fun stuff. so yes #sommchat

@MarkDevinSayre (Mark Devin Sayre): @KeeperColl @Gentaz_rulz any granitic sites in Cali to duplicate n. rhone texture? #sommchat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): @MarkDevinSayre We have Brosseau Syrah in Chalone on decomposed granit and limestone. Most granit outside of there is much younger #sommchat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @gentaz_rulz #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): @MarkDevinSayre great to hear from you on #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): It was great to have @gentaz_rulz @copainwines join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking @gentaz_rulz for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): If anyone missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to for you to review later #SommChat

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): Thanks! Great info! RT @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @gentaz_rulz #WineWednesday #SommChat

@KeeperColl (Keeper Collection): Mark ur calendar 4 #Sommchat Wed 9/12 11 AM CST 2 hear #Master #Sommelier @JonathanPullis, Wine Director of @tlnwine #WineWednesday

@VineyardGate (Alex Bernardo): Another perfect hour! Tks @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine talk with @gentaz_rulz #WineWednesday #SommChat

@Gentaz_rulz (Wells Guthrie): Thanks for all the questions….off to crush!! #sommchat

@noblewines (Christopher Miller): Thank you both: @KeeperColl & @Gentaz_rulz #sommchat so informative! @enonthemagmile @winegalLynne @1337wine @kcwineguy

@ENOontheMagMile (Scott Harney): Big thanks for @Gentaz_rulz for answering so many wine questions today! #sommchat

@drinkportuguese (Drink Portuguese): Q: @Gentaz_rulz @KeeperColl What do you think if other new world Syrah? Say from Latin America? #sommchat

@1educatedpalate (Scott): @KeeperColl so sorry to bow out at the beginning of the #SommChat. Deadlines… next week! Thanks for all you do on Twitter! Cheers!

@MarkDevinSayre (Mark Devin Sayre): @Gentaz_rulz you find similarity in that site? Chalone’s a pretty cool site, yes? Love to taste that wine #sommchat

@DomaineSelect (DSWE): @KeeperColl Good to know for a future conversation with our producers #sommchat

@VinoPeteblog (Peter Trapasso): @KeeperColl Sorry for missing #sommchat this week! Thanks for the invite.

@MagRahn (Magdalena Rahn): @Gentaz_rulz Agree completely (with you!) #sommchat RT Make your own stand with fruit you have but with french sensibility #Wine

@TheLiquidMuse (Natalie Bovis): I know my way around spirits so now I’m studying to do my 1st level sommelier test. SO much to memorize! #WineWednesday #sommchat

@alawine (Ken #wine): (somewhat) surprised to see #WineWednesday & #sommchat trending # 1 & # 2 on the twitter search page… Cheers!

@UBIWineSpirit (UBIFRANCEWine&Spirit): @Gentaz_rulz We love the #French sensibility part! Here’s to thoughtful #wine making the world around. @MagRahn #sommchat