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EVENTS

CorkQueens’ mission is to educate our members. We know that when our members know more about what they are drinking, they not only have a better experience, but they are more likely to make a purchase.

To support our Educational focus, we have the following events for our members:

Wednesday EVENT

🍷Wine Down WednesdayBEGINS TBD: Each Wednesday starting at 6:00 pm the CorkQueen holds a Wine Tasting and Education Event. Attending members will sample 4 to 6 different wines. Each week you will taste a different set of wines from around the world that the CorkQueen has personally selected. You will learn about the Wine Region, the Winery, the Grapevine, the Climate, the Soils and how the wine is made and Aged. 

Wine Down Wednesday wines are different from Wine 101 Education Thursday wines, Wine Thinkers & Drinkers Thursday wines, and Wine Frenzy Friday wines, so come to each event!

Attendance is limited to 20 members. Event is at CorkQueens’ CQ’s Wine Works location.

To Reserve Your Spot for Wine Down Wednesday, tap on the Event Calendar below.

1st & 3rd THURSDAY EVENT

🍷Education Thirsty Thursday – BEGINS TBD: The 1st & 3rd Thursday each month, starting at 6:00 pm, the CorkQueen holds a Wine 101 Education Tasting Event. Attending members will sample 4 to 6 different wines. Each week you will taste a different set of wines from around the world that the CorkQueen has personally selected. You will learn about the Wine Region, the Winery, the Grapevine, the Climate, the Soils and how the wine is made and Aged.  

Wine 101 Education Thursday wines are different from Wine Down Wednesday wines, Wine Thinkers & Drinkers Thursday wines, and Wine Frenzy Friday wines, so come to each event!

Attendance is limited to 20 members. Event is at CorkQueens’ CQ’s Wine Works location.

To Reserve Your Spot for Wine Education Thursday, tap on the Event Calendar below.

2nd & 4th THURSDAY EVENT

🍷Wine Thinkers & Drinkers Thursday – BEGINS TBD: The 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, starting at 6:00 pm, the CorkQueen holds a Wine Thinkers & Drinkers Tasting Event. Attending members will sample 4 to 6 different wines. Each week you will taste a different set of wines from around the world that the CorkQueen has personally selected. You will learn about the Wine Region, the Winery, the Grapevine, the Climate, the Soils and how the wine is made and Aged.  

A 10-minute Ted Talk video on a timely subject will be shown, after which we will chat on the Ted Talk topic (the thinking part). 

Wine 101 Thinkers & Drinkers wines are different from Wine Down Wednesday wines, Wine Education Thursday wines, and Wine Frenzy Friday wines, so come to each event!

Attendance is limited to 20 members. Event is at CorkQueens’ CQ’s Wine Works location.

To Reserve Your Spot for Wine Education Thursday, tap on the Event Calendar below.

Friday EVENT

🍷 Wine Frenzy FridayBEGINS TBD: Each Friday starting at 6:00 pm the CorkQueen holds a Wine Tasting and Education Event. Attending members will sample 4 to 6 different wines. Each week you will taste a different set of wines from around the world that the CorkQueen has personally selected. You will learn about the Wine Region, the Winery, the Grapevine, the Climate, the Soils and how the wine is made and Aged.   

Wine Frenzy Friday wines will be different from Wine Down Wednesday wines, Wine 101 Education Thursday wines, and Wine Thinkers & Drinkers wines, so come to each event!

Attendance is limited to 20 members. The event is held at the CorkQueens’ CQ’s Wine Works location.

To Reserve Your Spot for Wine Frenzy Friday, tap on the Event Calendar below.

🍷 Private Events  – BEGINS TBD Are you celebrating a Birthday, Anniversary, or another Holiday Event? CorkQueen offers Wine 101 Private Events. At a Wine 101 Private Event guests will sample 4 to 6 different wines from around the world that the CorkQueen has personally selected. You will learn about the Wine Region, the Winery, the Grapevine, the Climate, the Soils and how the wine is made and Aged. 

Wine 101 Private Events are for parties of two (2) to the size of a large company.

Contact Karen on the Private Event Contact Form below to schedule a chat about your personalized Wine Private Event

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FAQ's

My first introduction to wine, besides a really bad choice of sampling some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill, come during five years at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Starting as a bartender and advancing to the Beverage Controller, I was tasked with learning about wine and food pairing. Back then it was a job, today it is a passion.

That is difficult to answer because on any given day, it could change. I definitely prefer red wine over white. Spanish is usually my go to, although I also enjoy a good Italian, as well as California Cabs. I am just getting more familiar with French wine. If I had to pick one right now, it would be Arzuaga Gran Reserva from Ribera del Duero.

My usual go-to wine store is Casa Jimenez in Tampa, FL. The Jimenez’ are like family and has introduced me to many wonderful Spanish wines.

Try wine! Try reds, try whites, try roses’! Don’t always stick with what you like or know – be adventurous and try different types of wine. Who knows, you might find a new favorite!

I don’t know as I don’t refer to myself as a wine expert. I prefer to describe myself as a wine enthusiast and there are many classes and certifications you can get.

Yes, currently I have passed my WSET1 and WSET2.

WSET‘ stands for ‘Wine and Spirit Education Trust‘. The training and testing were originally started in England, but now there are classes and certifications from the Napa Valley Wine Academy.

My short and sweet answer is if floor service in a restaurant is your plan, take Sommelier classes. Sommeliers are held to a standard of excellence that you would expect in the finest restaurants. WSET is more about education including theory and history.

I am not a fan of stemless wine glasses if I have a choice. I understand that certain events or areas may call for stemless and I will comply if given no choice.

I always hold my wine glass by the stem. If someone serves it, holding the bowl of the wine glass I am not happy. The same holds true when a friend asks to taste my wine and they grab the bowl! (But most of my friends already know this!)

My reason is twofold. First and foremost, you put fingerprints on the bowl, which does not allow a clear view of the wine. The second reason is that a hand on the bowl could have an adverse effect on the wine, warming it sooner than desired, especially white wines.

My favorite thing is discovering new wines and sharing wine with friends.

ABOUT CORKQUEEN

headshot-karen-koch-20190724Known to her friends and family as Karen, she has embraced the idea of wine and education.

Karen began her involvement in wine while working at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. She started as a bartender and advanced to the Beverage Controller.

Karen enjoys discovering new wines (especially Spanish reds) and sharing those discoveries with her friends.

Karen has passed the WSET 1 and the WSET 2. She has led the monthly event, Wine Down Wednesday at the Centre Club in Tampa, Florida since 2016.

In 2019, Karen started the Bacchus Club of Tampa Bay. This group has the opportunity to taste higher-end wines or enjoy a wine pairing dinner. Sometimes they even get a visit from winemakers from the U.S. and Internationally.

Karen currently serves on the board of Corks 4 A Cause, which is a 501(c)(3) that holds wine events to raise money for other non-profits in the Tampa Bay area.

TESTIMONIALS

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Lucille Koch

 ‘Momma’ as everyone called her, has alway been my #1 ‘Angel’ Supporter not only in life but in starting my CorkQueen Wine Business.

Sharon & Kenneth Young
Sharon & Kenneth Young

Idea To Growth LLC (IdeaToGrowth.com) – Sharon and Ken have been supporters since I decided to start CorkQueen.com. Ken has helped as both a business coach and builder of the CorkQueen.com website. 

Beth & John Socoski
Beth & John Socoski

Socoski Design & Consulting/The Socoski Foundation – The Socoski’s provided much needed assistance in the area of graphic design. John designed awesome business cards as well as punching up the current CorkQueen Logo and creating the CQ’s Wine Works Logo. Beth, as always have provided whatever help was needed especially encouragement and the promise to buy lots of wine.

Kristi and Jon Campbell
Kristi and Jon Campbell

Home Instead Senior Care/RF Campbell Charities – Kristi has made it possible for the CorkQueen to get better connected. As a super networker, Kristi has introduced the CorkQueen to two of the organizations she really thinks would be beneficial. That would include The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce (#STCOC) and Working Women of Tampa Bay (#WWOTB). Besides the introductions, Kristi, like Beth provides the CorkQueen with encouragement and support, along with the occasional “SCORE” when major milestones are met.

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