Napa Valley – Keeping it Close to Home
June 20, 2012
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
This week we're keeping it close to home, and exploring that wine region in the United States called Napa Valley. We'll talk about the region and why its so distinctive and special. We'll discuss its history, and some of the wine making greats like Robert Mondavi. Of course, we'll talk about the Judgment of Paris; its significance on the acceptance of Napa Valley and the United States in general as an international wine competitor. Brian Downey, a Napa Valley enthusiast, will share his favorite restaurants, wineries, and off the beaten path places you won't want to miss while you're in Napa Valley. We'll discuss the sub regions of Napa Valley, the mountain AVAs, and how their wines differ in structure and flavor profile from the valley floor. As always, if you have a wine question you'd like us to answer, please email it to AroundtheWorldinaGlass at hotmail.com
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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.