Monday, May 3, 2010

Sneak Peek: Cork and Fork



A new wine retailer is about to open along 14th Street.

Gainesville, VA-based Cork and Fork, wine merchants who specialize in "some of the finest wines, beers, and cheeses from around the world not available at your local grocery store" will be opening to the public on Saturday, May 8. This evening, they held a soft opening, where we were treated with a tasting of some of the wines they will be carrying (and at least one beer), along with some light hors d'oeuvres.

Co-owner Dominique Landragin will be managing the store which will be located near the corner of 14th and Church streets, next door to the Homemade Pizza Co. In addition to the Gainesville location, Cork and Fork also has an outpost in Bethesda.

Landragin discussed the idea behind the store, which will include a lot of tastings, as well as wine-and-food pairing events that will introduce people to wines they may not be aware of, as well as some hard-to-find beers. (The one they were tasting tonight, a Spanish beer called Estrella, was a lovely, light wheat beer that reminded me a bit of Allagash White.)

While there, I asked Landragin what, to me, seemed to be the obvious question: are there any concerns with being mistaken for the guys a couple of blocks up the street? "Not at all," he said. "People will know that there is a difference between us."

Time will tell, I suppose. The official opening will take place this Saturday. Those wishing to learn more may do so at www.corkandforkva.com.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is great. Frankly Cork Market needs a little competition,

IMGoph said...

ha! hilarious that the website ends in VA and not DC. might want to pony up the few bucks for another URL, guys.

Malnurtured Snay said...

I love their shelving!

convexhull said...

Will they be selling Ripple, Mad Dog 20/20, Thunderbird and other fortified wines? Places such as C&F are considered good, but the opening up of another liquor store would likely brings howls of protest from the elites of our neighborhood.

cabhf said...

For those interested, please come to my grand openings. I have two new businesses coming soon on 14th. Bitchell Bold, selling furniture, and Garden Segment, selling plants.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't sound ghetto enough for that area.

Record digger said...

Last thing the neighborhood needs... BORING

another overpriced wine seller...

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Anonymous said...

Streetscape 101 - DON'T BLOCK YOUR WINDOWS WITH A BLANK WALL! Open windows not only encourage more customers to the store but they provide a more pleasing and safe pedestrian environment. It's bad enough enough that 14th St is getting another wine shop....

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what is going next to Marvin on 14th? Lots of construction in the 2 spaces over (towards U).

Anonymous said...

I agree with the Streetscape 101 comment about not blocking the window with a blank wall. I live right around the corner from this store and if I didn't see the construction for the last 1 1/2 years, I wouldn't even know the store was there. Very poor marketing! Ditch the blank wall!

Anonymous said...

uggg...yet another liquor store. I agree, "boring". Oh and while I'm being sour grapes...ANOTHER "furniture store" and ANOTHER "plant" store (when 2 already failed) !!??!

Come on, get creative people.

Anonymous said...

We went today. 2 thumbs down. The bottles aren't marked with prices, so we were in for a shock when the bottle we chose was $5 more than it costs at Harris Teeter. They don't even have a credit card machine yet. And there was no food, so why is "Fork" in the name??

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Mr. 14th & You said...

Anon 2:06: Please refer to our comment policy about personal attacks. Substantive criticisms are welcome; personal insults are not.