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.