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Twitter #SommChat with Oregon Winemaker Isabelle Meunier (@elvwines)


Winemaker Isabelle MeunierSee what you missed at #SommChat on 9/28 as we chatted with Oregon-based Winemaker Isabelle Meunier of Evening Land Wines.

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’d like to introduce you Oregon-based #winemaker Isabelle Meunier (tweeting from @elvwines) #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If you love #oregonwine, you’ll love today’s #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): We’re about to get started, so please shout out to @elvwines to say hello and so Isabelle knows you’re here! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): As we ask @elvwines our Qs, you’re welcome to ask her ur Qs as well! She’ll do her best to answer all Qs in the order they come #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): 1 lucky SommChatter today will win 2 tix to Chefs Under Fire Culinary Comp. Finals on 10/16 held at @meetattexas #CUF2011 #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it and win!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Let’s start talking #winemaking with Isabelle Meunier @elvwines! #SommChat

@wolfeswines (Jeffrey Wolfe): Just got Florida’s last case of 08 @elvwines seven springs pinot now ready for #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): @keepercoll.@wolfeswines. Lucky you! This wine has lots of aging potential…enjoy! #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Good morning all! Busy at work, so I may not be able to talk much today. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – given the burgundy debate now, let’s ask about Oregon: What percentage of your Pinot is hand-harvested? #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@demilove @keepercoll 100%! Only way to do it…we have a great team! #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): Greetings from SA. Sorry I’m late. #SommChat

@1313Main (1313 Main): Happy #winewednesday from all of us @ 1313 #SommChat #Napa

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines How did you get started at Evening Land? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl Through a rec from another Burgundian #winemaker – Pascal Marchand ex. Comtes Armand & Domaine de la Vougeraie #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines You’ve worked w/ #wine industries around the world- where’s been your favorite place to soak up wine knowledge? #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl Every place for very diff reasons! Each region provided me with its own set of challenges & unique skills to learn #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines What do you like most about #winemaking in #Oregon above anywhere else? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl Weather & soils are perfect for grapes– we’re at fringe of cool climate which constantly produces distinctive wines #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines What do you think is the most important aspect of #winemaking in general? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl Attention to details and allowing yourself to adapt according to what mother nature does #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): @elvwines for you, how does this vintage compare to previous ones? #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@1337wine @keepercoll late start with cool spring, great summer and sept…late vintage but promise to be great. #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@1337wine @keepercoll This is my 5th harvest; each 1 has been unique which keeps winemaking interesting #SommChat

@VinoCaPisco (Countess Rose Perry): My #kosher dessert wine pairing with apples dipped in honey pick is Israeli Carmel Shaal Late Harvest Gewürztraminer #RoshHashanah #SommChat

@TheBrockOne (Alexis Brock): What was the biggest cultural difference between working vintage in Oregon and France @ELV #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@TheBrockOne @keepercoll the lunch hour…ha ha! #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@TheBrockOne @keepercoll the french winemaker are great at combining viti and winemaking #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines You helped convert ELV’s “Seven Springs” #vineyard to #organic & #biodynamic – what was that process like? #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl Very rewarding, with each step we found results and continued to achieve more balance. #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @elvwines, Do you feel there is one most distinctive characteristic of Oregon wines? @keepercoll #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@enjoielife @keepercoll yes, it is the minerality that we get from the volcanic basalt…red hills as we call it #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines Do you think #Oregonwine differs from everywhere else in the US? How? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl Yes – they show a delicate fruit with balanced acidity and minerality that screams #Oregonwine to me #SommChat

@WineTheory (Justin Harriman): I’m following along with #SommChat. Another great reason to love #WineWednesday

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@WineTheory @keepercoll we love #WW too! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines How did you choose Lincoln University in #NewZealand for your post-grad #wine studies? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl because I loved the wines of New Zealand #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl and I knew I needed something that targeted cool climate viticulture & oenology to get me to make premium PN & CH #SommChat

@winesellersltd (Winesellers, Ltd): Love #NZWine! RT @elvwines: A. @KeeperColl because I loved the wines of New Zealand #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines What are the benefits, in your opinion, of a strictly #organic and #biodynamic viticulture? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl There are many, but the main ones are overall health & balance in the vines, the wines… #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl … and knowing you’re a steward of the land for your children too. #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @elvwines are there any good Gamay-based i.e., Beaujolais-type wines in Oregon? @keepercoll #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@enjoielife @keepercoll yes! We have one Celebration. A small part of 7 springs, planted in 1983, first commercial planting n US #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): Cool name! @elvwines: @enjoielife @keepercoll yes! “Celebration” A small part of 7 springs, planted in 1983 #SommChat #winewednesday

@TattooedSomm (The Tattooed Somm): #SommChat @elvwines does using strictly biodynamic processes create any unique challenges for you?

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@TattooedSomm @keepercoll no,biodynamic creates balance once you applied the principals I think it is actually easier #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines When you are not drinking @elvwines, what is your fav go-to white wine and red wine under $40 retail? #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A @KeeperColl I keep drinking quality local Pinots like lovely Ch from Domaine Drouhin Oregon and Evesham Wood & Bethel heights #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @elvwines What changes have you made in your #winemaking from working with Dominique Lafon? #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): A. @KeeperColl The main 1 would be perfecting skills to adapt to a variety of fruit & weather conditions that are ever-changing #SommChat

MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@elvwines How do you manage wine production across various regions? Are there marked differences in your approach in each area? #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@mattmcginnis @keepercoll At ELV, we manage it by having each region represented by a #winemaker & its own winery #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@mattmcginnis bc there are such marked diffs in each area, we share knowledge, but each of us is a specialist of our own region #SommChat

@enjoielife (Judia Black): @elvwines Oregon is known for it’s Pinot Noir, but also makes gr8 Pinot Gris. Do you have any favorites? @keepercoll #ww #SommChat

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@enjoielife @keepercoll I do not drink a lot of pinot gris, however I think that OR makes amazing Chardonnay. #SommChat

elvwines (Evening Land): .@enjoielife @keepercoll I encourage you all to try it! Chardonnay form OR is very cool and has lots to offer….. #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hr of #winemaking expertise from Isabelle Meunier @elvwines! We’ll announce #SommChat winner shortly!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): And the winner of 2 tix to Chefs Under Fire Culinary Comp. Finals on Oct. 16 is @1337wine! Congrats! #CUF2011 #SommChat

@1337wine (Mark V. Fusco, CSW): always nice to read all the questions and answers! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): It was an honor to have #winemaker Isabelle Meunier join us today for #SommChat. Please join me in thanking @elvwines for her time!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If any1 missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to bit.ly/ikBrJx for you to review later #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Join us next Wed 10/5 11 AM CST for the first ever MW on #SommChat, @DebraMeiburgMW (tweeting from HONG KONG)! #SommChat

@ATXFoodnews (Kay Marley-Dilworth): !! RT @keepercoll: Join us next Wed 10/5 11 AM CST for the first ever MW on #SommChat, @DebraMeiburgMW (tweeting from HONG KONG)! #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! on.fb.me/hjQDBL Happy #WW!

@elvwines (Evening Land): .@keepercoll I enjoyed chatting with you all! Join @elvwines next month to learn about burgundy with Christophe Vial… #SommChat


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