France: Hermitage – and the amazing Jaboulet!
May 29, 2013
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
Rhone, an amazing place with amazing wine. I recently had the opportunity to spend time with Ralph, the winemaker at Jaboulet, up on his 'mountain' better known as Hermitage. For a cork dork like me it was surreal to see the vineyards where some of my favorite wines are nurtured and coaxed from the unwieldy granite, soil, climate & terrain. The steep slopes that are tended primarily by hand because machinery is not feasible on the terraced vineyards. The vines struggle to create the amazing syrah that is found in bottles from l'Hermitage. In a town of about 5000 people, one train station, and very few hotels, the wines from La Chapelle vineyard, Crozes Hermitage and a few others are crafted through the sweat, tears, and hard work in spite of Mother Nature. Be sure to listen in as I share what I experienced while spending a short time in Tain l'Hermitage. If there's a question you have 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.