Happy 10th Anniversary to Put a Cork In It

Posted on January 28, 2016
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Put a Cork in it Ten years ago, Fort Worth got a jewel of a wine shop. Put a Cork In It opened on January 27, 2006. Two months later, I wrote an article for the Fort Worth Business Press talking about Chris and Deedra Keel’s working dream. As with the fine wines they sell, they have not just gotten older, they have gotten better!

Colorful, comtemporary, and refreshing — that’s what the new wine shop on Park Hill at University is all about. Chris Keel and his wife Deedra opened Put a Cork in It on January 27 with about 270 wines or as Chris put it “with a little something from everywhere.”

With purple walls, high ceilings, horizontal chrome wine racks, a custom fitted ladder, a wooden breakfront, and several Ikea rugs with yellow, red, purple and green, there is a clean yet welcoming feel to the shop. Deedra’s cousin has done the art work in colorful Van Gogh style.

Seventy-five percent of the wine is under $25. On Fridays and Saturdays they have free tastings of two or three selections sometimes with a theme. Stop by, put your name on their email list, and those patrons will be notified what’s to be tasted that weekend. They encourage customers to step out of the box and try something new.

Keel’s cousin who owns Park Hill Café next door told him about the space that had become available. For Chris Keel owning a wine store isn’t too far fetched. In south Texas Keel sold glass bottles to wineries for a living. The theme at Put a Cork in It is ‘Sell some wine and have a good time.’

The address is 2972 Park Hill Drive, Fort Worth. Hours are Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm.

Ten years later Put a Cork In It fulfills its same promise with even more depth and versatility. Days and hours are longer for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tastings. Wines chosen are even more eclectic and enticing often grouped by country or varietal. If you are one of many sincerely interested folks in learning more about global wines, what better place to taste and talk with those of like interests. Taste characteristics are one thing but a ’round table’ of relaxed conversation about wine regions, who is behind the action in the vineyards and in the winery, and reasons for producing certain varietals, lend to gaining wine knowledge without even realizing it. After all, it’s Friday night and time to wine-down.

Thanks for ten wonderful years, and here’s to many more!

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