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It’s that time of year when I round out another year of UnCorked columns and a lengthy list of value and splurge wine recommendations. My goal continues to be to offer honest recommendations of wines available in Arkansas. But possibly more than the specific recommendations, I hope this column makes wine — an often pretentious and confusing subject — more enjoyable and easier to understand.

Over the past year many of my column ideas were from questions and feedback from readers. Keep the suggestions coming, as they only make UnCorked more relevant, with valuable information you want to read.

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UnCorked 2009 Wine Review

A few favorites:


  • 2007 Lindemans Bin 77 Semillon-Chardonnay, Australia (about $9 retail)
  • 2007 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, California (about $15 retail)
  • 2008 Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (about $10 retail)
  • 2007 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile (about $12 retail)
  • 2007 Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel, California (about $12 retail)
  • 2008 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (about $15 retail)
  • 2006 Paul Jaboulet Aine Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone, France (about $14 retail)
  • 2007 Renwood Sierra Foothills Zinfandel, California (about $12 retail)


  • 2008 Honig Sauvignon Blanc, California (about $18 retail)
  • 2007 Turkey Flat Vineyards Rose, Australia (about $22 retail)
  • 2005 Bell Big Guy Red, California (about $25 retail)
  • 2008 Pacific Rim Organic Riesling, California (about $20 retail)
  • 2008 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (about $18 retail)
  • 2008 Anne Amie Pinot Gris, Oregon (about $19 retail)
  • 2007 Pascal Jolivet Attitude, France (about $22 retail)
  • 2007 Honig Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, California (about $44 retail)