Cognac, Armagnac and all things Brandy
November 21, 2012
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
Brandy: A distillate made from grapes. That is the most basic definition of Brandy, and it encompasses a multitude of beverages. Some are rich and smooth and EXPENSIVE. Others are clear, crisp, and not for the faint-hearted. In this Episode, we'll try to take the mystery out of Brandy in all its forms. We'll discuss the differences between those most amazing of Brandies, Cognac and Armagnac. We'll remind you of more affordable options for your cocktails and baking projects as well as a few Spanish Brandies that are quite palatable. We'll discuss those 'Eau de Vies' from France as well as Grappa from Italy, and yes, those are still Brandy. What about Apple Brandy or Pear Brandy sometimes known as Calvados? If there's time this week, we'll get to those amazing beverages as well. While complex and sometimes difficult to find the one you love, it's well worth exploring the World of Brandy. If you have a question for us, email it to AroundtheWorldinaGlass@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.