By TIMES STAFF
Published May 25, 2007
Wine store opens with tastings daily
Cork & Olive, 10019 N Dale Mabry, opened May 4, months after its sign first tempted Carrollwood with its wine offerings.
"We still get people driving by asking if we're open, " said Shauna Swanson, a company sales representative.
The store's sign went up months ago, but because of other projects and delays in construction, it is just now opening.
The Cork & Olive brandis growing so quickly there's a lot going on, Swanson said. That includes another store opening soon at the Citrus Park mall.
Of the store's merchandise, 65 percent of the wines are exclusive to the store, which means that the brands at Cork & Olive can't be found in a nearby supermarket.
The average price of a bottle is around $15.
"Good wine doesn't have to be expensive, " Swanson said, and that's a big part of the company's pitch.
The wines come from across the world, South Africa, Chile, Europe, and nearby, California and Washington state.
Since many of these wines are new to customers, the store offers wine tastings all day every day. Each week at least 10 new wines, five reds and five whites, are available for sampling.
"Most people want to try before they buy, " Swanson said.
If a customer is not happy with a purchase, the bottle can be brought back for a full refund. Just put the cork back in.
The store also sells a variety of olive oils and dipping spices along with hand-blown glassware made in Romania exclusively for the store.
The store will host its monthly Sip & Dip Night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. On the last Thursday of each month, the store hosts the wine tasting which includes appetizers and entertainment.
Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 813 868-3733.
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