Vintage: Does it even matter?

April 10, 2013
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse

[Download MP3] [itunes] [Bookmark Episode]

Episode Description

Every week we receive questions about a wine and a specific vintage. Some of the wines requested are wines that would age, and the question comes across as reasonable, although many times unavailable except at the winery. Other wine vintage requests are the 'eye rollers' when they come through the store, and I'll discuss the reasons for the 'eye rolling'. We'll also learn the whys of vintage and each year's footprint in flavor. When it matters, the regions where it Really Matters, and how I buy my wine by wine maker or producer. I'll also discuss California wines, consistency, and the concept of short vintages or vintages that don't produce enough grapes for the current wine market. Vintage is a frustrating concept for the person vying for consistency; which is why blends are so awesome. However, enjoying each vintage for its unique expression is a delight to the seasoned wine drinker. If there's a question you have for us, email it to AroundtheWorldinaGlass@hotmail.com

Around the World in a Glass

Around the World in a Glass

Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

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.

  • Snag
  • ecard
  • Bookmark and Share
Kimber Stonehouse

Kimber Stonehouse

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.

  • Snag
  • ecard
  • Bookmark and Share