Cork Wines & Spirits

We have the finest wine selection and will ensure you have the best customer experience in the area.

Cork Wines & Spirits opened in Hoboken July 2014 and in Harrison December 2014.  Both cities were in need of a fine wine shop to meet the palates of an amazing and knowledgeable crowd of wine enthusiasts. Not only do they love a delicious wine, but are willing to explore the vast ways that people extract this liquid from grapes. We have taken it upon ourselves to find winemakers who are interested in bringing their creations to New Jersey.  The Wine Guys taste every wine that is in our stores, handpicking each item, making sure that our customers receive only the best. In addition, we encourage our customers to participate in our tasting panels adding their selections to our offering!

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Less is More

Inspired by a conversation I had with author Dina Rose PhD, I really do think that less can be more. Which would you rather have; a 12 oz. fairly good steak for $18.00, or an 8 oz. really good steak for $18.00? By enjoying the quality of your meal, it is likely that you will take more time and care preparing, serving and eating your meal. It’s likely that you will be more relaxed and you will eat more slowly. It’s also likely that you will sip and savor your wine over a longer period of time while having conversation with your friends and family. Less is more.

The Wine

Bolgheri Rosso is from the same region as world famous wines, Ornellaia and Sassicaia, but much, much less expensive, but delivers like it wasn’t. This Super Tuscan is made from a classic Bordeaux-style blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 20% Syrah. Deep ruby red in color, this wine has an enticing bouquet with aromas of small dark stone fruits and soft spice. Medium/full in body, this wine is smooth, with silky tannins and flavors of black cherry, dark plum and a touch of espresso that leads to an elegant lingering finish. This wine is the perfect partner for a variety of dishes, and it pairs well with the flank steak.


The Pairing

Grilled Flank Steak with Black Beans Corn and Tomatoes

I have been following and trying Chef Gina Homolka’s recipes from for about a year and enjoy this really tasty, healthy dish that’s a good example of less is more.

What you will need:

1 1/2 lb flank steak (prime grass feed), 1/2 tsp cumin, 2 garlic cloves crushed, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper to taste.

For the black bean, corn and tomatoes:

3 tbsp red onion minced, 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup, fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 medium vine ripe tomatoes diced, 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed, 1 cups fresh corn kernels, frozen if you have to, 2 tbsp finely minced cilantro, kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

How to make it:

Combine red onions, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and set aside a few minutes. Add tomatoes, black beans, corn, and cilantro and set aside. Preheat a lightly greased grill and cook steak on high for 5-7 minutes on each side for medium. Let the meat rest about 5 minutes before slicing. Slice the beef into thin slices across the grain, place on a platter topped with the corn, black bean, tomato salad.

I serve this with toasted semolina bread and arugula drizzled with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

Cheers, The Wine Guys

Bring Your Own Beverage (Wine)

The dog days of summer are here, you know those days, the heat lingers, and it’s just too hot to cook! But you want something that tastes like it was cooked at home. Fortunately, Hoboken has lots of options’ and B.Y.O.B.’s keep the expense down and allow you to have a glass of wine or a beer with your dinner, without turning up the heat.

Stop by Cork, on your way to your favorite B.Y.O.B. or call the Wine Guys at Cork (201-942-9964) for help with a recommendation, and free quick delivery. 

The Restaurant

Last Friday I was walking up Washington Street and I saw a banner outside of Schnackenberg's.” Open for Dinner Fridays and Saturdays”. Having had really good breakfast and lunches at Schnackie's I was looking forward to trying what local restaurateurs Joyce and Eugene Flinn, were cooking up. After a quick glance at the menu I knew what I was going to having, something too hot and messy to make at home, Fried Chicken. Consistent with every meal, donut, or scoop of gelato I have had at The Schnack, it was really good. The chicken had a thin crisp crust that stuck to the meat and was flavorful without being salty. The meat was juicy and I could taste the natural flavor of the chicken along with the subtle seasonings.  I had a side of creamy potato salad, along with broccoli slaw accented with bacon and golden raisins, and of course a butter milk biscuit. With food this good at a great value and a great selection of wine from Cork, even fried chicken is possible, when it’s too hot to cook.

The Wine

Domain Clavery Blanc 2014

This beautiful pale yellow wine with reflections of green is made from a 60/40 blend of vermentino and viognier. The aromatic, bouquet of nectarine, pear, lemon and acacia makes you think about the warm dry climate of Languedoc-Roussillon in south of France, where this wine is made. Sipping the wine reveals a crisp palate medium/ light in body with flavors of white peach, apricot, grapefruit and lime with elegant light minerality. The aromatic lingering finish has a touch of pleasing salinity that is a testament to the terroir where this wine is from. At $15.99 this versatile summery wine is a bargain to enjoy by its self or with your next meal. I had this wine with Schnackenberg's fried chicken last Friday night: it was really good, lifting the pleasant savory flavors off the pallet making me want to take another mouthwatering bite.


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