Wine 201: The Advanced Class
August 29, 2012
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
Okay, it's graduation time. We've been discussing wines, flavor profiles, and regions for several weeks, and now it's time for Wine 201. We'll discuss the differences between tasting, drinking and savoring wine. How to determine quality vs. price? How to 'taste' like a pro? Why we 'spit'? What we look for when choosing wines for the WineBar, a.k.a., selling wines we wouldn't buy for the house? Differences between customer favorites and ours. How we select wines to drink at home? Wines to cook and bake with, how to substitute, and how to buy them without breaking your budget. Why and when does vintage really matter? How does the wine change as it ages and how to pick the correct wines to age? How to properly age your wine and why bother? And finally, turning off the analysis to savor and enjoy the beauty and flavors of the wine in your glass, i.e., how to not be that annoying person at dinner! If there's a question you'd like us to include, email us at AroundtheWorldinaGlass@hotmail.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.