46. Sample 50 Fine Wines at Uncork Barrington 2011

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If you love fine wine and savor opportunities to sip samples from around the globe, you don’t want to miss tomorrow night’s 7th Annual “Uncork Barrington” event. I have attended this party every year since it started back in 2005 and, like a fine wine, it just keeps getting better with age.

7th annual Uncork Barrington event in downtown Barrington, Illinois

The party starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, July 8th, and the planners have decided to extend the end time an hour this year, until 10 p.m., to accommodate those who get home later from work. When you enter the event, you’ll receive a complimentary wine glass and a wine passport to track your tastings.  There will be 50 different wines from all regions of the world available to sample along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from some of the finest local restaurants.

Uncork Barrington Wine Tasting Event in Barrington, Illinois

If you’re a true wine connoisseur, you’re probably interested in the list of wines they’ll be offering to sample and for sale tomorrow night. You’ll find tastes from around the world, including vineyards in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Northern California, Southern California, Washington State, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Austria, Greece, Africa and even Illinois! To tempt your palate, here’s the full list:

Argentina & Chile

  • Tilia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009
  • Santa Ema, “Reserve” Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile 2008
  • Santa Rita, “Reserva” Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Casablanca, Chile, 2010
  • Tamaya, “Reserva” Estate Bottled Carmenere, Limari Valley, Chile, 2009
  • Renacer, “Punto Final” Malbec Riserva, Argentina, 2007

Australia & New Zealand

  • Cape Mentelle, Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia, 2007
  • Jim Barry, “The Lodge Hill” Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia, 2009
  • Cairnbrae, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2009
  • Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2010
  • Yalumba, “Museum Reserve” Muscat, Rutherglen, Australia, NV

California

  • Four Vines, “Naked” Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, 2009
  • Block Nine, “Caiden Vineyard” Pinot Noir, California 2009
  • Laurel Glenn, “Reds”, Lodi, California, 2009
  • Obsidian Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, 2008
  • Orin Swift, “Saldo” Zinfandel, California, 2008

California Napa

  • Raymond, “Reserve Selection” Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2009
  • Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2009
  • Honig, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2007
  • Duckhorn, “Decoy” Napa Valley Red, 2009
  • Orin Swift, “The Prisoner”, Napa Valley, 2009

California Sonoma

  • Segehsio, Zinfandel, Sonoma, 2009
  • Alexander Valley Vineyards, Rose of Sangiovese, 2010
  • Pedroncelli, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley, 2007
  • Dry Creek Vineyard, “Foggy Oaks” Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 2008
  • Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, 2008

France

  • Larochette Manciat, Macon-Charnay, Burgundy, 2009
  • Domaine Yves et Breussin, Vouvray Demi Sec, Loire Valley, 2008
  • E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone, 2007
  • Chateau Haut Sarthes, Rose, Bergerac, 2010
  • Chateau Graville Lacoste, Graves Blanc, Bordeaux, 2009

Italy

  • La Marchesa, Gavi, Piedmont, 2010
  • Ghiomo, “Lavai” Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, 2006
  • Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, Veneto, 2007
  • Falesco, Merlot, Umbria 2009
  • Bricco Riella, Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont, 2010

Orphans of the Vine

  • Gruet, Blanc de Noirs Brut, New Mexico, NV
  • Vina Falernia, Pedro Ximenez, Elqui Valley, Chile, 2010
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle, “Harvest Select” Riesling, Columbia Valley, 2010
  • Selbach, “Incline” Riesling, Mosel, 2009
  • Glunz Family Winery, De la Costa Sangria, Grayslake, IL

Pacific Northwest

  • Jigsaw, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, 2009
  • Columbia Crest, “Grand Estates Amitage” Red Blend, Columbia Valley, 2008
  • Columbia Crest, “H3″ Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, 2008
  • Col Solare, Proprietary Red, Columbia Valley, 2006
  • Hedges, “CMS” Red, Columbia Valley, 2009

Spain

  • Raventos I Blanc, “L’Hereu” Reserva Brut Cava, 2007
  • Sitios de Bodega, “Con Class” Verdejo, Rueda, 2009
  • Altovinum, “Evodia” Garnacha, Calatayud, 2009
  • Bodegas Lan, Rioja Crianza, 2006
  • Bodegas Triton, Tempranillo, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, 2008

Along with the wines, there will be live music and food samplings served by Francesca’s Famiglia, Chessies/111 Grille, Coopers Pizzeria, On Occasion Catering, Georgio’s Pizza, Sweet Pea Cakes and more.  And if you don’t care for iwne, water, coffee and soft drinks will also be available.

The price of admissions is $45.00 if purchased in advance and $50 at the gate.  You can buy tickets in advance at the following locations in Barrington:  Wine Discount Center at 311 E. Main Street, Coopers Pizzeria at 117 S. Hough Street and Barrington Print & Copy at 200 James Street.

Uncork Barrington will take place in the north commuter parking lot at East Station and Spring Streets, right by Barrington’s Metra station.  The event is hosted each year by the Barrington Village Association.  That’s the same group that organizes the Barrington Farmers Market every Thursday.  The group’s goal is to “Bring neighbors together and enrich life in the center of our community by highlighting our downtown’s positive points.”  The BVA will contribute money raised from Uncork Barrington tickets sales to local charitable organizations.  To learn more about the event, visit the Uncork Barrington Facebook page by clicking HERE or check out their website at UncorkBarrington.com.

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