June 13, 2012
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
Let's start at the very beginning. How do we taste wine, and why do we swirl the glass? Which is more important your nose or your palate? What type of stemware should we use? We'll discuss flavor profiles, and define words, such as, oaky, buttery, fruity, earthy, and many more. How do I read a wine label? What does it mean when the wine is hot? Is Riesling always sweet? We'll talk about wine regions in general, and how countries differ on the laws for their regions. What constitutes an AVA in the United States? What are the rules for food pairings? What do I drink with steak if I don't like red wine? What's the difference between a dry Rose and White Zinfandel? What don't I like Bubbles and Champagne? Should I use Cooking Wine or something different? We'll answer all these wine questions and many more as we begin our Around the World in a Glass Series on Voice America. If you have a wine question you'd like us to answer, please email it to AroundtheWorldinaGlass at gmail.com
Around the World in a Glass
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Around the World in a Glass explores the wine and alcohol beverage regions of the world. We focus on a region, grape or style, and answer questions such as what makes it so special, where it is, what style of wine or beverage produced, and how to understand the labels. Our winery and regional guests talk about their wines and regions, we discuss specific wines from that region, and take part in tasting wines from there. In addition, we'll answer your questions, discuss stemware, wine and food pairings, places to eat, and tours or features. Some of the regions we'll explore are Champagne, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Burgundy, Loire, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Rhone, and many more. We’ll also feature other beverages besides wine, including Single Malt Scotch, Well Aged Rum, Gin, Tequila, Mescal, Cognac, Vodka and more regional and style explorations.
Kimber Stonehouse is the Director of Operations at Sportsman’s Fine Wine and Spirits, Arizona’s privately owned, premiere wine and spirits shop. Kimber loves the nuances of food and wine pairings, and has a fondness for Single Malt Scotch and well-aged Rum, in addition to other tasty beverages. Kimber believes that Champagne, and bubbles in general, go with all foods and should not be limited to celebrations or special occasions. Kimber is a Certified Specialist of Wine, an expert on crafting cocktails, and has written several industry articles, including “How to Host a Beer Tasting” and “What’s so Special about Bubbles and Champagne.” Kimber was selected by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation to Australia to explore their wine regions. In her current role at Sportsman’s, Kimber continually attends wine and spirits classes and tastings and is responsible for the food menu and wine list changes. These changes require staying current on new wines, balancing flavor profiles with price, quality and interest, and matching the food menu. Each week, Kimber will highlight wonderful wines, champagnes and cocktails, and will focus on the right food pairings to make every meal a delight.