Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Uncorked: Wine Store Meets Wine Bar

Buying wine can be intimidating. Large or small, wine stores have tons of different wines to choose from and making the leap to try something new can be difficult. Who wants to spend $20 dollars or so on a bottle of wine that you might not like? So we tend to stick with what we know and always buy the same wines. Until now. Tucked away in Falls River Towne Center, Uncorked offers the unique opportunity to taste 48 different bottles of wine before buying, all in a room that looks more like a Tuscan wine cellar than a store. With twelve bottles of wine from four different regions of the world—US West coast, France/Germany, Mediterranean, and Southern Hemisphere—you can easily find something new that you like. And if you want further suggestions or advice, any of the knowledgeable owners/employees are always happy to lend a hand.

In addition to the tasting machines, Uncorked offers periodic free tastings featuring a particular type of wine or wine producing region. One of these tastings featured wines from Germany, a region often overlooked and unfamiliar to many wine drinkers. Germany is often associated with very sweet Rieslings but the country offers so much more. With the help of Steve, an incredibly knowledgeable wine distributor, anyone visiting Uncorked during his tasting could learn more about all that Germany has to offer the wine world. And anyone who came thinking they didn’t like German wines, probably thought differently at the end of the evening. These informal tastings are a great way to learn about new wines and possibly change any preconceived notions you might have had about particular wines.

Not only does Uncorked provide a great place to buy wine to drink at home with family and friends, it also serves as a great place to meet a friend for a glass of wine and a small plate of food. In this way, Uncorked brings the wine bar into the wine store. After putting money on your wine card, you can select a 1 oz, 2.5 oz or 5 oz pour from any of the machines. At prices that are competitive and often less than your typical wine bar, this is a great place to stop by in the evening after work or on Saturday afternoon. To complement your glass of wine, Uncorked serves small and large plates of quality meats and cheeses. And when you’re done enjoying your glass of wine and cheese, you can purchase a bottle of the wine at retail cost instead of paying for the mark up charged at restaurants and bars. All in all, Uncorked is a great find for any wine lover. Stop in Tuesday through Sunday to taste a new wine or enjoy a glass of an old favorite. And check the website for upcoming events.

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