Karla Nash is passionate. Whether it’s about good wines, good friends or working hard, the passion is obvious. That’s why her boutique winery in the small town of Montgomery west of Conroe is so popular. The passion.
She and a girl friend started Cork This! Winery a couple of years ago with the goal of creating a fun place where folks could stop by for a glass, a tasting or a bottle, socialize with other wine lovers and just have fun far from the big city. “Not bad for a place started by a couple of chicks”, said Karla while giving me a tour.
The majority of the new yet vintage looking building is where the good times happen. Large windows overlook a patio of umbrellaed tables facing Highway 105. Over stuffed couches sit among displays of wine, wine related merchandise and t-shirts with phrases like, “Grandma’s Sippy Cup,” “Got Wine?” and “Group Therapy” all in colorful sequined “bling”. Behind the bar is where the bottling happens for all to see.
With a temperature controlled back room filled with carboys of wine in all stages of production, Cork This! produces a line of products with labels and faux health warnings on the outside every bit as fun, whimsical and tasty as the wine on the inside.
Seventeen varietals in all, there are the Overly Committed Pinio Grigio and the Irreconcilable Differences Syrah. The One Night Stand Cab Sauvignon is on the rack next to Boot Leg Red, a winner at the 2010 International Wine Competition of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The house white is called Girls Night Out and R.U.B., or Rich Urban Biker, Merlot will “get your motor runnin’, just don’t head out on the highway”.
The label art is reminiscent of illustrator Jack Davis or one of many other Mad Magazine cartoonists from the early 1960s, and phrases like, “Warning. Consumption of alcohol may lead to pregnancy” are the norm.
Cork This! is one of the ten wineries found along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail that stretches from Montgomery to Brenham. Quirky girls night out events like Botox, Wine & Chocolate! are staged every month for boutique shopping, chocolate fountain and all the fixin’s, wine and of course . . . Botox. No Testosterone allowed.
My Texas Travelin’ Gal and I got a kick out of visiting with Karla Nash, and I’m sure a bottle or two of Ed’s Red Malbec will be included on a road trip to Montgomery real soon. Cheers!
Cork This! Winery is at 21123 Eva Street in Montgomery, Texas . . . right across Highway 105 from the historic Montgomery cemetery. Call 936-597-4030 or visit www.corkthiswinery.com.
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