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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:


  • 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)


  • 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)

Columnist savors suggestions, feedback

UnCorkedMarch marks Uncorked’s seventh anniversary — reinforcing the feeling that time certainly flies when you’re having fun.

During the past year we’ve explored everything from flying corks to popcorn pairings.

My goal in writing this column is (and always has been) to offer honest recommendations of wines available in Arkansas, and possibly more importantly, to make the subject of wine in general approachable to everyone. Whether you’re just beginning to explore the world of wine or you’re a dedicated oenophile, my hope is this column offers something for everyone interested in wine.

Feedback, questions, ideas and column suggestions are always welcome, so please keep the cards and letters coming.

Below are some of my favorite Values and Splurges from the past year.

For a complete list of wines featured in Uncorked in the past year, e-mail uncorked@lorrihambuchen.com or write Uncorked, c/o the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. The list is great to have on hand for a quick and easy buying reference.


  • 2010 Lindeman’s Bin 77 Semillon-Chardonnay, Australia (about $9 retail)
  • 2010 Cupcake Central Coast Merlot, California (about $10 retail)
  • 2010 Fontana Candida Frascati, Italy (about $8 retail)
  • 2010 Tamas Estates Pinot Grigio, California (about $12 retail)
  • 2009 Cline Cellars Sonoma County Syrah, California (about $12 retail)


  • 2009 Firesteed Riesling, Oregon (about $19 retail)
  • 2009 Presqu’ile Pinot Noir, California (about $48 retail)
  • 2010 A to Z Pinot Gris, Oregon (about $17 retail)
  • 2009 Bell Wine Cellars Yountville Merlot, California (about $36 retail)
  • 2009 Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico, Italy (about $28 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:


  • 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)


  • 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.