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Cork This! Winery Located in Historic Montgomery, Texas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Top of each wine label at Cork This!

Top of each wine label at Cork This!

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

Having purchased tickets to the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, this was the motivation for my husband and me to go exploring and find places like the unique Cork This! Winery located in the very historic small town of Montgomery, Texas.

It was a beautiful and sunny day with moderate spring temperatures in the 70's Fahrenheit. We Texans who have lived here a while know that the sizzling summer temperatures are looming ahead of us. It is always a treat to experience as many glorious days as this one happened to be ahead of those piping hot days to come.

We were to make field trips to all the wineries during the three weekends set aside for the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Besides Cork This! Winery, my husband, and I visited the following wineries: Bernhardt, Colony Cellars, Pleasant Hill, Messina Hof, Windy, and Retreat Hill.

Landscape Between Houston and Montgomery

Once we got out of the suburbs of northwestern Houston heading up road 249 and taking the bypass around Tomball, we picked up 149 which is also called The Montgomery Trace that leads directly into the town of Montgomery.

As one can tell from these photos we drove through some verdant and lush forested areas that reminded my husband and me of similar landscapes found in East Texas.

This is some beautiful countryside and unlike the topography of Houston which is very flat, we started seeing rolling hills with pastures dotted with horses and cows.

Exterior view of Cork This! Winery

Exterior view of Cork This! Winery

Cork This! Winery

We easily spotted Cork This! Winery which is on one of the main streets in Montgomery. The physical address is the following: 21123 Eva Street, Suite 100, Montgomery, Texas 77356.

Located in a new looking strip shopping center its attractive red brick exterior with red umbrellas shading the outside tables and planters filled with colorful shrubs of roses in bloom beckons one to come inside.

Plentiful free parking spaces exist in the back of the building.

Inside of Cork This! one is welcomed into a beautiful room which functions as the tasting room but it can also be turned into a dining facility for functions limited only by space and one's imagination.

Ambiance Inside Cork This!

Two attractive, well dressed and friendly ladies own this business. Obviously they are also good friends.

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Business hours are from Wednesday to Thursday, from 11 AM to 6 PM. Friday and Saturday they are open from 11 AM to 7 PM, and on Sundays, from 1 PM to 5 PM. To make arrangements for business meetings, catered dinners or other events just give them a call at (936) 597-4030.

For the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail we were offered the following pairings of food and wine:

  • Italian Bruschetta topped with mozzarella cheese which was served with their Signature Red wine, a Cabernet Franc.
  • Chicken Quesadilla's with Jamito Jalapeno cheese was paired with their Girl's Night Out, Green Apple Riesling.

The food being delicious, we inquired if they also did the cooking and the answer was negative. Both ladies jokingly said that they did not want their husband's to expect gourmet meals coming from their hands so they make frequent and good use of local caterers.

Also sampled by my husband and me was their Barbera and Syrah wines.

Cork This! Wines

A sense of humor was utilized in the naming of these Cork This! wines. Examples include the following taken from their menu:

  • Boot Leg Red (which is a Pinot Noir) Written below the name was this: Warning: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
  • R.U.B. (Rich Urban Biker) a Merlot wine. Warning: Drinking too much wine may cause you to put on a white glove, play your Thriller CD and do the moonwalk.
  • One Night Stand - Cabernet Sauvignon Warning: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy

Samples of other innovative and descriptive names include these:

  • Ed's Red
  • Party on Your Palate
  • Irreconcilable Differences
  • Republican Red and others.

Just imagine the fun they had coming up with the warnings written under each name! It brought smiles to our faces just reading the menu!

The charge for tasting the Cork This! wines are one dollar apiece with the first three of them being gratis (free.) Wine by the glass is $5.00 and naturally if one wishes to purchase a bottle and enjoy the warm ambiance of this beautiful tasting room or sit outside under those umbrella tables one can easily do so.

A main part of their business is creating private labels for their wines to suit any occasion. Generally they can be made while one waits or with very short notice. Visitors can also make their own wines with the guidance of the owners using tried and true recipes.

Grapes as well as the grape juice utilized in constructing these wines come primarily from California and one type comes from Arkansas. So while that part of the farming of the vineyards is left to others the name Cork This! Winery becomes even more appropriate. Cork This! they do after the making of these wines.

Update

In updating this article, I learned that Cork This! Winery no longer appears to be open for business. It was such a charming place! I am so happy that we got to experience it when we did.

The town of Montgomery is still worth a visit, and perhaps my photos below will entice you to do some exploring in that historic location.

The Old Methodist Churchyard in Montgomery, Texas

Located across the street from Cork This! and the other adjacent storefronts is The Old Methodist Churchyard. Read below from this historical marker for more information.

This is a picture taken from outside the fencing surrounding the Old Methodist Churchyard with an old tombstone from the Revolutionary war days. Someday I would like to revisit this cemetery and spend more time there!

Street scene in Montgomery, TX

Street scene in Montgomery, TX

Montgomery, Texas

The town of Montgomery is small and we took the time for me to snap a few photos before moving on to our next winery destination of the day. It was founded in July of 1837 by W.W. Shepherd and it was incorporated in 1848.

Montgomery County was created in December of 1837 and the Town of Montgomery became the county seat and remained as such until 1889.

Montgomery was known for being an important trade center before the Civil War. Much cotton was raised in this area of the state.

First State Bank of Montgomery

There are many historical signs on buildings in this area as well as other information regarding the history of this area.

One can find out some information about this First State Bank of Montgomery by looking at the photos. This bank building is directly across the street from the photo above.

Banner: Historic Montgomery - Birthplace of the Texas Flag

Banner: Historic Montgomery - Birthplace of the Texas Flag

Birthplace of the Texas Flag

Many banners are flown in the town of Montgomery, Texas proclaiming that it was the Texas Flag birthplace.

Learn about all the flags which flew over Texas here.

Montgomery Community Well

On a plaque showing an old photo reads the following:

"Community Well c. 1906

This well is still located within the wall that surrounds the Community Center. The well was approved for construction by Commissioners Court in January of 1843. Col. Joseph Bennet was awarded the contract for the sum of $202.50. In July of 1844 it was ordered by the court....."that Joseph L. Bennet be paid for digging the town well, the sum of $152.50."

Alexander McCown had already paid him $50.00."

This photo was taken by hart Davis Addison circa 1906.

Montgomery would be a town in which I would enjoy spending more time. Antique shops, interesting-looking eateries, and other historic buildings in the area would be worth more time to explore and enjoy.

Did we see bluebonnets on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail? Yes, siree! We did indeed! Bluebonnets and other wildflowers were enjoyed by us as well as other wildflower admirers on that sunny day.

I hope you enjoyed this look at Cork This! Winery, and the town of Montgomery. A return visit is assured as this old saying goes..."If the Good Lord is Willing and the Creek don't rise."

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

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