Try Something New: Northern Rhone Wines
January 9, 2013
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
It's a New Year, and I like to try new things, learn new things, and occasionally, I discover a new hobby or region that is just awesome. So join me today in the Northern Rhone region of France for some amazing wines. Now I have to be honest, these wines are not exactly budget friendly, but they are always worth their price, at least from my perspective. We'll start with the Northern most region of Rhone, Cote Rotie, and travel south to the very edge, just before crossing into the Southern Rhone. These vineyards are based along the Rhone river, and in the Northern section many of them are on hilltops or the steep sides of hills. The terrain is rocky, the winds are strong, and the grapes as well as their growers must be hearty. This is the land of Syrah, and only Syrah for the reds, and the primary white grape is Viognier, and only Viognier. If you have a questions, please 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.