Review: Uncorked Tasting Room and Wine Bar in Austin, TX
900 East 7th Street
Website: Uncorked Tasting Room & Wine Bar
Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 11am-12am
Happy hour: Not yet
Uncorked Tasting Room and Wine Bar is the newest wine bar in Austin. Located at 900 East 7th Street, it is the second wine bar to open east of IH 35 as the entertainment district continues to expand in downtown Austin. We stopped by after work on a Tuesday night to see how things are coming along.
Uncorked is a remodeled house (formerly Angie’s) giving it some cozy rooms for friends to gather and drink wine. When it is cooler, Uncorked also offers a nice outdoor seating area. Inside, the décor is rather sparse, but I am sure that the owners will be adding details as they settle into their new spot.
Uncorked’s wine list includes 31 whites, 37 reds, 8 sparklers, 4 rosé and 4 dessert wines. Essentially all wines are available both by the glass and by the bottle. Most wine bars charge about 1/4 of their bottle price for a glass, but Uncorked glass prices are higher at closer to 1/3 of their bottle price. Uncorked’s mark-up on their bottle prices is about 2x retail, which is on the low side of the mark-up most of the wine bars in Austin are charging.
In addition to its standard wine list, Uncorked offers 14 different wine flights, ranging in price from $10 to $20. We (like everyone else in the bar) ordered a flight.
I selected a flight of Alsatian wines, and as is my tradition at wine bars in Austin, one of the wines was corked. When I presented the wine to the bartender/owner, the offending wine was quickly replaced. This was good for me, but bad for all the other people who had drunk the wine from this bottle because it had been opened a long four days ago (the date was written on the back of the bottle). Michael ordered a flight of Rieslings, none of which were corked, but in general the wines were not very exciting.
After the white wine, I ordered a flight of Pinot Noirs, Michael ordered a Spanish red flight, and we split a plate of Three Piggy’s pâté ($12). The Pinots were okay, but again there was nothing special about the selection. Michael reported that the Spanish wines were all somewhat new world in style with plenty of upfront oak. The pâté was good, but the serving portion was quite small for the price.
All in all, Uncorked is a pleasant place, but there are some rough edges that need to be smoothed as the owners and staff settle into their new roles. Service was extremely slow, in part because everyone and everything is new and in part because all the patrons were ordering flights of wine, which understandably take a while to prepare and serve.
Uncorked offers plenty of wines by the glass, but the selection was somewhat obscure. I know folks like to try new wines — I sure do — but more reliable and well-known standbys should appear on the wine list as well.
We will go back to Uncorked again to see how things are progressing, and you can be sure we will let you know what we think.