Learning about wine: Building a Wine Library
August 28, 2013
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
At least five times a week, I'm ask the same question: How did you learn so much about wine? My usual response is “Drinking.” While humourous, it's also true. It's impossible to learn about wine, scotch, or even tea & coffee, if you don't like to drink it, and drink it often. In addition to drinking, most wine/beverage enthusiasts are readers. Some are fans of specific magazines; others are fans of wine blogs. Me? I'm a fan of books. I LOVE them. And that is where I get my continuous flow of information. The wine history, region, producers, grapes, terroir, and the list goes on. The books I choose are well-indexed, dense reading, but not complex. Having an excellent library is one of the essentials for any profession in almost any field, and the wine/beverage industry is no different. A good wine library is a must! In thise episode, I'll give you my top picks for building a wine library. If there's a question you have, 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.