Spain: Ole! It's Wine History and Regions
August 15, 2012
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
Spain lies on the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal. Many times it's lumped together in wine books as if they're wines were the same or similar. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We'll learn about Spain's history, and it's victories and difficulties within the wine industry during the last several hundred years. Why many vineyards were ripped up and planted with wheat. How they've come back from 70% vineyard loss, and created wine that has everyone buzzing! We'll discuss they're grapes, food styles, aging and of course that amazing desert wine Sherry. We'll discover the differences between Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are more than just the price. Remember, 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.