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Cork Fine Wines - About Us

Cork Fine Wine is a boutique wine store in the heart of downtown Calgary, located inside the Bow Valley Square complex. We offer free tastings every Thursday and Friday from 1:30-6:00PM, stop in and try something amazing!

Meet Our Chief Wine Geek

Cork’s General Manager, Matt Stortz, began his wine journey over 20 years ago as a server in the restaurant industry. During his time in hospitality, he developed an all-consuming passion for the world of wine. Matt's diverse experiences as a bartender, wine importer, and wine director instilled invaluable knowledge, bolstered by first completing his WSET 2 with Distinction and later his WSET 3 with Merit.

A true advocate for making wine accessible, Matt takes pleasure in demystifying the subject and cultivating enjoyment for wine enthusiasts of all levels. His philosophy is simple: "There is never the best wine; there is the right wine for today." This principle underscores the belief that wine need not be expensive to be delightful.

With a firm commitment to exceptional customer service, Matt and his dedicated team at Cork Fine Wines have been trusted wine advisors for Calgarians for over 12 years.

Trusted Fine Wine Experts in Calgary

At Cork Fine Wines, our team takes pride in meticulously handpicking each bottle for our store, ensuring every selection meets our high standards. We taste-test up to 50 wines per week, ensuring our ability to expertly match the perfect libation for any occasion, gift, or new experience you seek. Our knowledgeable wine experts are eager to share their broad collection with you and provide personalized recommendations.

Cork’s dedication to remaining at the forefront of the wine and spirits industry is unwavering. We consistently research new harvests, vintages, and trends to stay informed about the latest and most captivating offerings available.

Boasting an average of 20+ years of experience, each of our staff members has curated expertise across the entire spectrum of the liquor industry, be it wine, beer, spirits, bartending, wine pairing, and event planning. You can rely on our approachable and skilled team at Cork Fine Wines to provide exceptional guidance and service tailored to your specific needs.

Our Store

Nestled in the heart of downtown Calgary, located inside Bow Valley Square, Cork Fine Wines offers a fun, laid-back shopping experience amidst the bustle of city living. Stop in to enjoy exceptional customer service and free tastings as you browse our fully curated collection of wine, spirits, and local craft beer. Our newly renovated wine cellar showcases a diverse range of back-vintage, rare, and iconic bottles from the best wine regions in the world. The store is thoughtfully organized with staff picks that include recommended pairings for foods or special occasions. Discover the joy of wine exploration at Cork Fine Wines!

Beverage Geeks, Without the Snobbery

As an independent Calgary wine store, we welcome beverage aficionados of all levels - without the snobbery. We cater to seasoned connoisseurs seeking rare bottles, as well as newcomers looking for guidance in discovering the joy of wine, beer, and spirits. Our success stems from the trust and meaningful relationships we forge with every customer. To further share our expertise and make appreciation accessible, we host complimentary tasting events every Thursday and Friday in-store from 1:30-6:00PM. Join us in celebrating our passion for fine beverages, where knowledge and enjoyment go hand in hand!

Our Selection

We’re proud to offer a curated selection of over 1500 wines, spirits, beers, and cocktails from more than 40 countries. We've got everything; from tasty pinot noir to top-notch Champagne, rare Brunello and iconic Napa Cab’s.

We're also big supporters of local craft beer, and our shelves are stocked with some of the best brews around. If you're a beer geek like us, you're definitely in for a treat - we get all the limited edition beers from the best brewers - ‘88, Blindman, Cabin, Dandy, The Establishment, Last Best, Tailgunner, xHale - just to name a few!

Our friendly team of experts is always around to help out with any questions or recommendations. Stop by the store to chat, we usually have something open to taste as well. If you’re looking for something specific that we don't have – we'll do our best to track it down for you. We love a challenge!

So, come on in, take your time browsing our incredible selection, and let us know if there's anything we can do to make your experience even better. Cheers!

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