David Keck

David Keck Master Sommelier living and working in Vermont. Growing grapes, and building a wine distribution company
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It’s the simple things…Whole-wheat sourdough. Fresh strawberry jam made from   strawberries by  🥰🥰🥰
06/30/2023

It’s the simple things…
Whole-wheat sourdough. Fresh strawberry jam made from strawberries by 🥰🥰🥰





It’s impossible to capture the magic of this property  and how special it was to be here with the beautiful  - couldn’t ...
06/23/2023

It’s impossible to capture the magic of this property and how special it was to be here with the beautiful - couldn’t be more grateful to the entire team for the brilliant level of hospitality
Pairing food and beverages is one of my favorite parts of this job, and working with chefs like and .bugi reminds me of all the challenges (in the best way!), as well as the joy when something works and elevates both dish and beverage.
It was also such an honor working service with and the team.
I think we’ll be glowing from the visit for a while and looking forward to the next chance we have to be down in Barnard 🍾😍🙏🏼❤️











Sometimes the stars align. An evening catching up with  made even more sublime by time with  in her beautiful .nyc - won...
06/13/2023

Sometimes the stars align. An evening catching up with made even more sublime by time with in her beautiful .nyc - wonderful food, glorious beverage, and a few hours of precious time to catch up. My ♥️ is full.






It was truly an honor to deliver the commencement address for  after many years. I wish the   a spectacular future. I fe...
06/10/2023

It was truly an honor to deliver the commencement address for after many years. I wish the a spectacular future. I feel very lucky to have attended school in this beautiful place and continue to benefit from lessons learned here.







So proud of my sister, Jennifer Chambers, and her husband Carl - they are starting a high school for the arts in Lebanon...
06/07/2023

So proud of my sister, Jennifer Chambers, and her husband Carl - they are starting a high school for the arts in Lebanon, NH! It’s in an amazing location and has the backing and support of some truly amazing artists, musicians, choreographers, etc. etc. etc.!
Something that the community desperately needs, they are shooting for a 2024-2025 school year opening!
They are doing a one day fundraiser in which all gifts will be matched up to $3300- please consider helping them make their goal! No gift is too small.

https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/new-england-school-of-the-arts-2f37059f-0a20-4c38-a7a5-3dae99caa5b8





Aspen, 2016. Seems like a lifetime ago and also just yesterday. I’m honored to be traveling to Portland, OR to administe...
05/21/2023

Aspen, 2016. Seems like a lifetime ago and also just yesterday.
I’m honored to be traveling to Portland, OR to administer the theory portion of the exam. The first step in the diploma that process that I completed with and
To those sitting the exam tomorrow, know that we are pulling for you all. We are excited to see you demonstrate the knowledge this process has provided you and to celebrate your hard work.
Today, drink something delicious, brush up a few basics, do yoga/run/meditate/sing some loudly in the shower, do the things that bring you calm and happiness. Tomorrow, breathe, do your morning routine, then come in as a gladiator and leave victorious. Each question is a new battle, take some advice and be a goldfish. Also fight til the end for every point. You’ve earned this.
See you in there.






We’re HIRING!Stella14 Wines is looking for a part-time tasting room attendant! For now, our tasting room hours are limit...
05/13/2023

We’re HIRING!
Stella14 Wines is looking for a part-time tasting room attendant! For now, our tasting room hours are limited to weekends only. Must be available Fridays 3:30-7:30pm and Saturdays 2:30-7:30pm.
No tasting room experience necessary. Ideal candidate will have a positive outlook, curiosity about all things related to Vermont wine 🍇 (and beer 🍺, and cider 🍎 … and cheese 🧀) an instinct for hospitality, and a love for small town Vermont community.
There is also potential for additional work in the vineyard throughout the growing season. Hours are flexible and the office views can’t be beat! 🏔️ 🌱
We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, s*x, s*xual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
Email resume to [email protected]






This little monster turns one year old today! What a year it’s been 🤪❤️🕺🏼✨ can’t imagine life without you, little Pesto ...
03/03/2023

This little monster turns one year old today! What a year it’s been 🤪❤️🕺🏼✨ can’t imagine life without you, little Pesto 🥰

So very excited to once more teach an Intro course for the  in the great state of  ! We will also be teaching one of onl...
02/01/2023

So very excited to once more teach an Intro course for the in the great state of ! We will also be teaching one of only two Deductive Tasting Workshops currently available in the US!
Teaching is always a blast, but I also learn so much from my brilliant colleagues. Ecstatic to introduce my co-presenters this year:
Élyse Lambert, MS is a consultant in Montreal. This powerhouse sommelier holds many prestigious titles including Best Sommelier of the Americas, has represented the Americas in the Best Sommelier of the World competition multiple times, and has led teams in some of the most amazing properties in Quebec.
Michael Meagher, MS, is the current chairman of the board for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, has degrees from some of the top institutions in the world(ahem, , ahem, ) ran many of the top wine programs in Boston and was on the podium multiple times for TOP|SOMM and Best Young Sommelier in the World.
The spots will fill up fast for the DTW, so reserve now - link in bio, the intro course has a bit more space, but also recommended to reserve soon as these courses are selling out rapidly across the country. Can’t wait to be back in April 🍾🕺🏼🍷

And so the Shortest Day came and the year diedAnd everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white worldCame people singi...
12/22/2022

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us—listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome, Yule!
- Susan Cooper

This is my brave, strong, patient, and f*cking amazing baby, hooked up to an IV for the fourth day straight. Following s...
12/11/2022

This is my brave, strong, patient, and f*cking amazing baby, hooked up to an IV for the fourth day straight. Following surgery for SSCD by the amazing , an infection in her cartilage popped up and didn’t respond to antibiotics.
So, here we are in , making the best of it with some Christmas lights, , cannolis from the epic and some sushi to go from the one and only courtesy of and ❤️❤️❤️
Things are looking up and hopefully home soon, but just so proud of this powerful woman, and unbelievably grateful to our families and friends for the crazy support ( and currently causing trouble for and 😈 and before that), with special shout out to for being on call at all hours, and for housing us for days during post-op, and for ❤️ and , for standing in with events, of course our neighbors in the for watching the homestead ( ) and so many more than I can list here…
🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

… that women’s rights are important. That Black Lives Matter. That  + rights are important. That hate crimes should be p...
06/26/2022

… that women’s rights are important. That Black Lives Matter. That + rights are important. That hate crimes should be persecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That gun control needs to happen now.
I have tried to create space over the past couple of years for voices that needed to be heard. Voices that had important things to say.
I am a white, heteros*xual male. I understand the privileges that come with this. We all need to loudly speak out against the tyranny that is largely being inflicted by old white men. I will still try to listen more than I speak, but I am also sad and angry and feel the need to voice support NOW

Stoked to be leading this trip with  in a few weeks! A couple spots just opened so if you want to join us visiting some ...
05/14/2022

Stoked to be leading this trip with in a few weeks! A couple spots just opened so if you want to join us visiting some of the most iconic properties in the and hanging out with some of my favorite people in the biz, link in bio! Going to be a pretty amazing few days. Oh, and staying at the isn’t horrible either 🎉🎉🎉

Happiest of Mother’s Days to my amazing mom- so grateful for your guidance, ever present support, and of course patience...
05/08/2022

Happiest of Mother’s Days to my amazing mom- so grateful for your guidance, ever present support, and of course patience with your crazy son! ❤️🙏🏼 you’ve always told me to keep life in perspective and keep looking at the positive. Love you Mamabear, and glad to finally be living a little closer! ✨✨✨

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to my  , my ride or die, my best friend and the most amazing   two floofy monsters cou...
05/03/2022

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to my , my ride or die, my best friend and the most amazing two floofy monsters could ever hope for! I’m so grateful for you, baby, with your patience in all the craziness, your ability to make our house look so beautiful, knack for filling our lives with fun trips and outdoor silliness and the way you support all those around you. I love all the things that make up your brilliant, talented, beautiful and thoughtful self (as do Leaf and Pesto, even though she’s just figuring out how much!!). Thanks for being you, baby, I’m so grateful to be with you on this wild ride. Happy birthdayyyyyyyyy

Such an honor to present to this amazing room    with my friend, mentor, and all around Badass . We got to pour some tru...
04/01/2022

Such an honor to present to this amazing room with my friend, mentor, and all around Badass . We got to pour some truly delicious spirits and talk about some of the past, present, and future of North American Whiskey to some of the most talented out there. Thank you all for supporting the industry and working hard to

Still glowing from a magical weekend working with the team  to host a final dinner before they close down for  ! It was ...
03/23/2022

Still glowing from a magical weekend working with the team to host a final dinner before they close down for ! It was such a pleasure to pair the delicious creations of and the brilliant kitchen, and a true joy to hang with in that cellar to select some special pairings.
To collaborate with awesome people in a setting that shows the best of what hospitality in our great state can be is a perfect reminder of why we work in this crazy industry. Thanks for letting this rusty work the floor for a night 🙏🏼❤️💫
And the hospitality you showed to me and was truly above and beyond what we could have expected. Leaf 🍁 was also VERY appreciative, even if he shows it in his own way 🤣
The beautiful 📷 are by - the rest are me 🤷🏼‍♂️

There’s nothing quite like getting back into the vineyard to start pruning for the   . It’s cold, but the burn barrel he...
01/08/2022

There’s nothing quite like getting back into the vineyard to start pruning for the . It’s cold, but the burn barrel helps, and the intense focus of trying to envision the next few years for each vine keeps us moving and the wind peripheral. Excited for what this year will bring…
Happy pruning to the out there in and elsewhere. May your shears be sharp, your vines healthy, your eyes keen, and vision bright. Happy New Year.
🍁

To all of those coming to St. Louis to sit the   theory exam tomorrow: know that we are pulling for you. You’ve done the...
11/07/2021

To all of those coming to St. Louis to sit the theory exam tomorrow: know that we are pulling for you. You’ve done the work. Breathe. Celebrate the time you’ve spent honing your craft and your understanding of this wonderful profession. Bring your hospitality to the table. See you on the other side 💪🏼🙏🏼❤️

Grapes have all been in for a week, picked in a surprisingly warm October. Last year we got three days of frost in mid-S...
10/22/2021

Grapes have all been in for a week, picked in a surprisingly warm October. Last year we got three days of frost in mid-September, harvested in a week, and made wine throughout October. This year others are making wine with the hard-raised and carefully nurtured crop. Every year at this time, Robert Frost’s poem rings in my ears, not for lack of love for this season and the bounty, but because of the Essence of winter sleep on the night:

For I have had too much
Of apple-picking:
I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.

Here is to happy ferments and wonderful wines. A deep breath. Then we prune. ❤️🍇

Weird weather up here in Cambridge…
09/09/2021

Weird weather up here in Cambridge…

There are few producers for whom I’ve had so much respect, for so long. I first learned about  while bartending over a d...
05/15/2021

There are few producers for whom I’ve had so much respect, for so long. I first learned about while bartending over a decade ago. I met not long after, and now have the honor of selling the wines with in , but had never been to visit the estate until this week!
Huge thanks to .berglund and for their hospitality, as well as and ! Look forward to some fun new gems coming to the and to our next visit. 🙏🏼❤️✨

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