Wine Terms 101
September 4, 2013
Hosted by Kimber Stonehouse
Lately, I've been focused on education even more than usual, it must be all those 'back to school' ads I keep seeing. Let's get back to basics, and define the words of the wine industry. This class isn't going to sound like a dictionary – unless it's a really tasty dictionary! However, in the past, I've taken friends to 'professional' tasting events; shortly after arriving, my wine friends were completely overwhelmed with the terminology and the atmosphere of a professional tasting. This week let's delve into those words and concepts that are often tossed around like 'everybody knows what we're talking about.' Words like malo-lactic fermentation, neutral oak, French oak, concrete vs. stainless steel, terroir, and the list goes on and on. I'll attempt to shed some light on these terms, why we care, and how they affect the flavour profile of the wines we drink. 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.