Anniversary brings outpouring of thanks

UnCorkedIt’s hard to believe I have been writing Uncorked for eight years. I absolutely love sharing ideas each week, but more importantly I enjoy the feedback from you, the reader.

As I celebrate this anniversary, I am reminded my aim for this column has always been to offer honest recommendations of wines we can find in our market. But more than the recommendations, I hope this column makes wine – an often pretentious and confusing subject – fun to learn about and more enjoyable to drink.

This next year as we continue our wine journey together, I want to add a few interactive features to the column. Keep an eye out for a few “homework” lessons involving tasting wines together. You’re the reason I write the column, and your thoughts, questions and suggestions about what you want to know help me immensely. Keep the questions and suggestions coming!

As I do each year, I have put together a complete list of values and splurges featured in this column in the past year. Just send an e-mail or written request to this mailing address and I’ll send you a copy; e-mail uncorked@lorrihambuchen.com or write to Uncorked, c/o the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221,Little Rock, Ark. 72203.

A few of my favorites from the past year:

THE VALUES

  • 2011 Wishing Tree Unoaked Chardonnay, Australia (about $13 retail)
  • 2011 Root 1 Chardonnay, Chile (about $12 retail)
  • 2010 Cline Cellars Cashmere, California (about $15 retail)
  • 2011 Big House Red Boxed Wine, California (about $22 retail)

THE SPLURGES

  • 2011 Presqu’ile Pinot Noir, California (about $49 retail)
  • 2006 Reynolds Family Winery Persistence, California (about $58 retail)
  • 2007 Bell Vineyards Napa Valley Claret, California (about $69 retail)
  • 2009 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, California (about $49 retail)

List will show 2010 was a good year

2010 UnCorked ReviewDuring the past six years, this column has touched on an expansive collection of topics — food and wine pairing, the cork debate, the screw-cap deliberation and just simple, basic ideas for wine lovers. My aim has always been 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 relaxed and easier to understand.

This past year I have received an overwhelming amount of feedback, questions and ideas — please keep the suggestions coming!

As a way of saying thank you for reading Uncorked I would like to offer a complete list of the past year’s Value and Splurge wines. It’s easy to keep on your personal computer or print for quick and easy reference. To request a copy, Contact Me.

A few 2010 favorites:

THE VALUES

  • 2007 Banfi Chianti Classico, Italy (about $15 retail)
  • 2007 Tamas Double Decker Red, California (about $9 retail)
  • 2008 Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile (about $13 retail)
  • 2007 Gnarly Head Cellars Zinfandel, California (about $14 retail)
  • 2009 La Vieille Ferme Rhone Rose, France (about $11 retail)
  • 2009 Bodega Norton Rosado, Argentina (about $13 retail)
  • 2007 Raimondo Family Winery Tempranillo, California/Arkansas (about $16 retail)
  • 2009 Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc, California (about $16 retail)

THE SPLURGES

  • 2007 Olivier Leflaive Chablis Les Deux Rives, France (about $29 retail)
  • 2008 Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Pinot Noir, New Zealand (about $28 retail)
  • 2009 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (about $24 retail)
  • 2008 Argyle Willamette Valley Chardonnay, Oregon (about $20 retail)
  • 2008 Presqu’ile Winery Pinot Noir, California (about $45 retail)
  • 2008 Presqu’ile Winery Chardonnay, California (about $35 retail)
  • 2006 Robert Mondavi Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, California (about $50 retail)

You can download the UnCorked | 2010 Wine Review by clicking the download button below.

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UnCorked | 2009 Wine Review

It’s that time of year when I round out another 12 months of UnCorked columns and a lengthy list of Value & Splurge wine recommendations.  My aim continues to be offering honest recommendations of wines available to you in your market.  But possibly more than the specific recommendations, I hope this column makes wine — an often pretentious and confusing subject — more of a relaxing topic and easier to understand.

In the past year many of my column ideas were from questions and feedback from you the reader – keep the suggestions coming it only makes UnCorked more relevant with valuable information you want to read.

As I do each year, if you would like a listing of the past year’s Value & Splurge wines – they are ready for your reference. The list makes it easy to keep on your computer or for a quick print to have on hand for an easy reference.

UnCorked | 2009 Wine Review

UnCorked | 2008 Wine Review

Throughout the year, I make recommendations in my UnCorked column to help readers choose great wines at every price. Then, at the end of the year, I compile those recommendations into this – a detailed list of the year’s standout choices.

My annual Wine Review will help you select the perfect wine for every budget and occasion, and hopefully save you a little trial-and- error in the process. So here’s to another great year. Cheers!

UnCorked | 2008 Wine Review

UnCorked | 2007 Wine Review

Throughout the year, I make recommendations in my UnCorked column to help readers choose great wines at every price. Then, at the end of the year, I compile those recommendations into this – a detailed list of the year’s standout choices.

My annual Wine Review will help you select the perfect wine for every budget and occasion, and hopefully save you a little trial-and- error in the process. So here’s to another great year. Cheers!

UnCorked | 2007 Wine Review