About Us


Wine & Spirit Education TrustThe Wine Center, llc serves as the exclusive Arkansas host for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

As an Approved Programme Provider (APP), The Wine Center standards are vigorously checked to ensure students have the highest quality of teaching available to enable them to pass their WSET qualifications.

The Wine Center is owned and operated by Lorri Hambuchen, DWS. Lorri has extended her love and appreciation of wine into a fresh approach to wine writing and education. She is the author of UnCorked, a weekly wine column offering advice to readers on the best way to shuffle through the vast amounts of wines giving her audience an educated opinion of wine with a straightforward explanation for buying. Her years of columns prompted a forum for her writing found on this website’s blog.

Many people assume that wine is reserved for a select few. That you need a well-worn passport and the keys to a French chateau to appreciate its pleasures. Not so!
To truly enjoy wine, all you really need is a little direction and a modest budget. Good conversation is a plus, too. The passport and chateau? Strictly optional. – Lorri Hambuchen

After having achieved a Diploma in Wines and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London, Lorri worked with WSET to bring this prestigious program to Arkansas.  She has been able to certify locations to provide Level 1 Award through Level 3 Award WSET courses and serve as the Exam Facilitator for the rigorous testing required for certification in these programs.

The Wine Center has WSET approved facilities in Little Rock, Arkansas; Fayetteville, Arkansas serving the Northwest Arkansas market including Springdale and Bentonville; Nashville, Tennessee and Kansas City, Missouri.  With students now in five states, The Wine Center is expanding its reach to setup WSET approved satellites in other major markets including Tulsa, Oklahoma; St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi.

The Wine Center is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. The mailing address is 1818 N Taylor St #339 | Little Rock, AR 72207. You can reach us by phone at 855.946.3338 or by email at info@thewinecenter.com. We hope to hear from you soon!