Monday, October 14, 2013

Cork & Fork - Review of Wine Tastings & Giveaway

Cork & Fork's weekly tasting events have been going so well that they built a separate tasting room in the back of the shop. I recently attended the Krupp Brothers Napa Wines event and had a delightful time. The room in the back of the shop is bright and inviting with multicolored prints on the walls and contrasting dark wood tables. This allows patrons to still shop for wine while the tasting event is in session. On this particular evening, the class was entirely about one winemaker -- Krupp.

All of the wines I tasted were fantastic with my favorites being the Black Bart Stagecoach Syrah 2009 ($79.99), Veraison Napa Valley Stagecoach Cabernet 2007 ($84.99), and the Krupp Synchrony Stagecoach 2010 ($129.99). Yes, we really did taste the $130 bottle of wine. What a treat!

Afterwards, fresh bread, olives, and nuts were served and we all had the opportunity to talk to the speakers and discuss wine. What a great night.

New Class!
Well, since all of these events have been going so well, Cork & Fork is now holding a Wine Education Program. The Wine Essentials Class is for the beginner looking to learn more about the basics of wine. This three-class weekly introductory course is designed to cover the basic grape varietals, and old and new world regions as the key to wine tasting and understanding the full wine spectrum.

The instructor is none other than Matt. Stollenmaier. Matt enjoys collecting, studying, and tasting wine, which started as a hobby working in the hospitality industry, but soon became a strong passion. Matt holds the WSET Intermediate Wine and Spirits Education Trust Certificate from the International Wine Center in New York City, Master of Wine Program. He is also a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

I'm excited to announce that I am offering a chance to win a full 3-week Wine Essentials Class (worth $90) with the option to add a second guest for half off ($45). To enter for a chance to win, just complete the form below.

Giveaway details:
  • Requirements: just complete the form below
  • Prize: a complementary Wine Education Program (3-week series) to be held on 
    • Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
    • Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
    • Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Additional optional prize: add a friend to this class for 50% off ($45)
  • Where: Cork & Fork at 1522 14th St. NW in DC (not transferable)
  • Deadline to enter: Friday, October 18 by 5 p.m.
  • Winners will be announced on this blog on Tuesday, October 22
  • For an additional chance to win, like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and let me know that you did so in the comment box below (please indicate the name you used to register for this giveaway). If you already liked my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, please just let me know in the comment box below and I'll put you in for a second entry.

Good luck!

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