It's All About the Sweet Stuff or The Liquid Dessert!
August 22, 2012
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
I LOVE dessert wines. They are the perfect finish to a fantastic dinner or just an enjoyable way to end the day. However, just pairing them with any 'dessert' can be disastrous. It takes finesse and planning to pair them well, and sometimes, it's easier to pair them with a cheese plate or enjoy them on their own as a Liquid Desert. We'll discuss Port, Sherry, and Madeira, the fortified sweet and dry wines. And then we'll talk about Moscato d'Asti, Demi-Sec Champagne and other sweet sparklers like Brachetto d'Acqi. We'll include the incredible French wines from Sauternes and Barsac, the California sweet wines, and we'll even head over to Australia for a few sips of dessert! We'll go 'in depth' on why they're difficult to pair with food and how to err on the side of caution. We'll truly be going Around the World in a Glass with this episode, so be prepared to suffer a little jetlag wine style! It'll be a tasty week of sugar and spice.
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.