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Cork This! Winery Located in Historic Montgomery, Texas

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Street scene in Montgomery, TX

Street scene in Montgomery, TX

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.

Birthplace of the Texas Flag

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

Photo by Peggy W

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 as well 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

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

I agree with you. What led us there was the wine tour but what we left with...wonderful impressions of this historic town...was so much more! Hope you have had a fine day today over there in Florida.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

This is definitely a fun place to visit whether one appreciates wine or just wants to absorb some of the history and ambiance of the town. Thanks for the shares.

We enjoyed the few warm days and did some raking of our yard picking up countless acorns. The mower does not pick them up so good old fashioned labor is involved. I have blisters to prove it and sadly...there is more raking to be accomplished. Much cooler today but more seasonable.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 27, 2015:

Hi Peggy

some of the best day trips and even overnight trips are to these small historic towns that offer unique opportunities to explore and discover.

this one looks like a gem, my Friend.

Great photos made me wish to visit there.

Many Angels and blessings are on the way to you this evening ps

C E Clark from North Texas on January 27, 2015:

Another interesting place to visit! I think it might even be a fun way to spend Valentine's Day afternoon for a date -- just be sure not to have any of that wine that causes pregnancy. ;)

Voting this up and BAUI, pinning to my 'Travel' board, and sharing.

A beautiful day today and to remain nice for the next couple of days and then . . . back to chilly and rain. :( We're having a few of those days you mentioned in this piece. Hope you're not too busy to get out and enjoy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2011:

Hello Cork Underlayment,

Thanks for your comment on the hub Cork This! Winery in Montgmery, Texas.

Cork Underlayment on August 02, 2011:

thank you for share about cork!!

i like them!

Cork Underlayment

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2010:

Hello Billy S. Cox, Jr.,

Thanks for commenting on this hub about the Cork This! winery in Montgomery, Texas. As you can tell, we also visited Retreat Hill Winery and I had planned to also write about it...but had not yet done so. On my list...!

The First State Bank Building in Montgomery will be a great (and historic!) place for your second location of Retreat Hill Winery. Congratulations on your expansion and thanks for leaving this update on this hub.

Billy S. Cox, Jr. on August 09, 2010:

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for visiting the wineries on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Retreat Hill Winery is opening a second location in downtown Montgomery in the old First State Bank building. Retreat Hill Cellars is now open on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In another couple of weeks, we will be open on Wed-Sunday in downtown Montgomery.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2010:

Hi Betty,

Yes, it truly was a great year for enjoying wildflowers. It was also a perfect opportunity to get out and learn more about the wineries in this part of Texas...like Cork This! Winery in Montgomery. You have many in your "neck of the woods" that we would enjoy visiting someday also. Thanks for the visit.

Betty Reid from Texas on May 11, 2010:

Great hub and great photos. And great year for wildflowers! I'd like to visit the wineries you mentioned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2010:

Hey Candie,

There was a "some or all of the above" selection in that poll regarding Cork This! Winery in Montgomery, Texas. If you ever get down this way to visit.....you'd better contact me! Would love to meet you! :-) We can hoist a few wine glasses together!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on April 28, 2010:

Peggy. I'm miffed. I want to check SEVERAL things on your poll but it will only let me mark ONE. ONE Peggy. How can anyone pick only ONE?? I want to visit that winery, I want to visit the town, I want them to make me fun labels.. ONE? Can you please all an "All the above" to your wonderful polls? Loves ya lots!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2010:

Hi Ben,

I know what you mean. Cork This! Winery being in a strip shopping center was also a surprise to us when we first saw it. Most other wineries are out in the country on larger pieces of land. But.....since they buy all the grapes and juice and do nothing but blend it and craft it into the various types of wine.....guess that can be done anywhere. Their store is really pretty! Can just imagine dining in that spot having a nice catered meal. Thanks for the visit!

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on April 26, 2010:

Sounds like a good time, I've only gone to one winery here in Wisconsin and it was loads of fun. I was surprised to see it was in a strip mall but it looked like they still gave the store a lot of panache. Funny to hear your MJ white glove line, makes me think of Jesus Juice, LOL. Fun article Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2010:

Hi mdlawyer,

Glad you liked this look at Cork This! Winery in the historic town of Montgomery, Texas. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

mdlawyer on April 22, 2010:

Splendid portrayal and presentation. Thank you

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2010:

Hi Tony,

That is interesting to know that you have similar historic towns in South Africa that would look similar to the one in Montgomery, Texas. Thanks for adding that information about wine being made in South Africa for people who might be unaware. Have you written about any of the wine routes?

Tony McGregor from South Africa on April 21, 2010:

A very enjoyable visit! Thanks so much. In South Africa we also have a thriving wine industry with many wine routes. The pix in this Hub could, at least some of them, have been taken in a small town in South Africa. Guess small towns in pioneer countries have similar histories and therefor similar looks.

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace

Tony

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2010:

Hello DjBryle,

It would be fun to go arm in arm to Cork This! Winery and then continue our explorations of the very historic town of Montgomery, Texas together. Consider this a virtual linking of arms. :-)

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on April 20, 2010:

I wish I could visit too... =) Thanks for the captivating images and helpful information. Another wonderful hub from a great hubber! =)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2010:

Hi James,

Believe it or not most states produce wine and Texas is something like the 3rd largest producer if I have my facts correct. Cork This! Winery purchases the grapes and juice from other states, but some grape varietes grow well here and some wineries grow and harvest their grapes making them into the latest vintage. Thanks for the visit and comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on April 19, 2010:

Who knew!? I certainly had no idea wine was made in Texas. Thank you for the education and the gorgeous photos. I enjoyed your Hub immensely.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2010:

Hi sarovai,

I see that you also found humor in the naming of their wines at Cork This! Winery. Many of the descriptions as well as the names were really funny. I just put a few of them in this hub. Thanks for the visit to Cork This! in historic Montgomery, Texas and for leaving a comment. :-)

sarovai on April 19, 2010:

Hi Peggy W is it nice to read all this kinds of numerous thinking.

One Night Stand - Cabernet Sauvignon...Warning: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy

All the way your visits makes me happy.

Thank u for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2010:

Hello suziecat7,

Hope your wish comes true and you get to visit Cork This! Winery in Montgomery, Texas someday soon. Thanks for the visit and first comment.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on April 18, 2010:

Very nice - I would like to visit someday.