Cork Head Wine Festival

February 17, 2019 @ 6:09 pm – 6:09 pm
Hotel at The Lafayette
Hotel at The Lafayette

On Saturday, February 16th, 2019 Step Out Buffalo presents a fun and approachable wine tasting experience – Cork Head Wine Festival.

The world of wine can be an intimidating place – but not at this fest. We love wine and we love learning. We’re passionate about trying new things and finding hidden gems – which is what this festival is all about. Whether you drink wine with every meal and travel the world trying new varietals and styles, or you enjoy the occasional wine tour and don’t even know what a varietal is, we’ve got a glass for you.


Here’s what to expect at Cork Head Wine Festival:

Highly Curated List of Wines:

We’ve called on super knowledgeable, local wine experts from across WNY to pull together a curated collection of 100+ wines from around the world to ensure you’ll have a quality tasting experience. All you need to know is – we got you.

🍷 Some of the wines you’ll taste at Cork Head Wine Festival!
* Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
* Four Graces Pinot Noir
* Kuleto Native Son Red Blend
* Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
* Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet 2016
* Vina Cobos Felino malbec 2017
* Kokkinos Xynamavro 2014
* Rafael Palacios Louro 2017
* Bertani Due Uve
* Bertani Valpolicella
* Bertani OVE Secco
* Bertani Amarone
* Cantina Baglio Oro, “Guari” Inzolia
* Cantina Baglio Oro, “Zafara” Catarratto
* Cantina Baglio Oro, “Sciulè” Frappato
* Cantina Baglio Oro, “Donsar” Syrah
* Mud House Sauvignon Blanc & Central Otago Pinot Noir
* Da Luca Prosecco & Rose Sparkling
* Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet
* Barossa Ink Shiraz
* Lignum Red Blend
* Gemma Prosecco
* VOGA Moscato
* Ca’ Montini Pinot Grigio
* Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva
* 9 Lives Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec
* Danzante Pinot Grigio
* 1865 Cabernet
* Imagery Cab and Chardonnay
* McManis petite Sarah
* 7 Deadly Zin
* Chloe Rose
* Quercetto Chianti Classico & Chianti Classico Riserva
* Rotari Brut Sparkling
* Stemmari Nero D’Avola
* Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio
* Leonard Oakes Estate Winery Riesling Petillant Naturel
* Leonard Oakes Estate Winery 2017 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
* Leonard Oakes Estate Winery 2015 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
* Leonard Oakes Estate Winery SteamPunk SV BrownSnout
* Liten Buffel 2016 Perfetto Pinot Noir
* Liten Buffel 2016 Shaw Riesling
* Liten Buffel 2017 Faucheaux
* Liten Buffel 2017 de la terre, pour la winediva
*Rapariga da Quinta Red
*Rapariga da Quinta White
*Monte do Carrapatelo Red
*Monte do Carra*patelo White
*Napa by N.A.P.A. Chardonnay
*Napa by N.A.P.A. Red Blend
*Napa by N.A.P.A. Pinot Noir
*USA Cabernet
*Oak Ridge Winery OZV Zinfandel
*Oak Ridge Winery OZV Blend
*Lodi Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
*Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Chardonnay
*Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Petite Sirah
*Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Pinot Noir
*Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Cabernet Sauvignon
*Lake Sonoma Chardonnay
*Lake Sonoma Pinot Noir
*Lake Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
*Valley of the Moon Blend 41
*Valley of the Moon Cabernet
*Valley of the Moon Zinfandel
*Valley of the Moon Pinot Blance Viognier
*Replica Knockoff Chardonnay
*Replica Misbehaved Pinot Noir
*Replica Just Right Cabernet Sauvignon
*Replica Retrofit Chardonnay
*Replica Pickpocket Red Blend
*Sempre e per Sempre Chardonnay
*Goldenrod Flower Pinot Noir
*Los Monteros Cava
*Vineland Estate Semi Dry Riesling
*White’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc
*Gerberas Garnacha
*Boutinot Les Six Cairanne
*Il Cascinone Rive Barbera d’ Asti Superiore
*Opolo Mountain Zinfandel
*Quara Estate Malbec
*Alasia Moscato
*Vintage Buffalo / Ten Thousand Vines Winery Lighthouse Moscato
*Vintage Buffalo / Ten Thousand Vines Winery Without Annie’s Barrel, Chardonnay
*Vintage Buffalo / Ten Thousand Vines Winery Church Street Pinot Noir
*Vintage Buffalo / Ten Thousand Vines Winery Ellicott Square Cabernet
*Johnson Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
*Johnson Estate Winery Marechal Foch
*Johnson Estate Winery Bright Steel Chardonnay
*Johnson Estate Winery Black Locust Riesling
*Midgard Winery Alliance
*Midgard Winery Blueberry
*Midgard Winery Nordic Fire
*Midgard Winery Honey Apple
*Victorianbourg Wine Estate Traminette Special Selection
*Victorianbourg Wine Estate Fleur du Vin
*Victorianbourg Wine Estate Pechette
*Victorianbourg Wine Estate Chocolate Obsession
*Henry Varnay Rose Sec NV
*Circa Pinot Grigio 2018
*Red Tail Ridge Riesling, Good Karma 2017
*Friend and Farmer White Wine 2017
*Friend and Farmer Red Wine 2018
*Gulp/Hablo Garnacha 2017
*Alhambra Malbec Reserva 2017
*Clovis Côte Du Rhone 2017″
*Librandi, Val di Neto Bianco Critone (2017)
*Castelluccio, Sangiovese di Romagna Le More (2017)
*Tasca d’Almerita, Sicilia Nero d’Avola Regaleali Rosso (2016)
*Duorum, Tons de Duorum White (2017)
*Quinta do Passadouro, Douro Passa Tinto (2015)
*Quinta do Crasto, Douro Tinto (2015)
*MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (2016)
*Santa Barbara Winery, Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County (2016)
*Ancient Peaks Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles (2016)
*Liberation de Paris, Chardonnay (2017)
*Château Clos Manou, Petit Manou Médoc (2014)
*Clos La Coutale, Cahors (2016)
*This list is subject to change*

Educational Tasting Seminars & Interactive Experiences:

But like, fun ones with wine drinking involved. You know those super knowledgeable local experts from WNY’s best wine shops and bars we mentioned above? They’ll be in the house along with winery brand reps who know their stuff. Throughout Cork Head’s seminar schedule you’ll get to have a drink with experts who will teach you a thing or two – from practical tips to fascinating wine facts you never knew you wanted to know. The guests at your next party will thank you.

5:30 – 5:50 – Wines of Sicily with Cuvee Imports
6:10 – 6:30 – Organics, Biodynamics, and Sustainability in Wine Production with T. Edward Wines
6:50 – 7:10 – Discover Andre Clouet Grand Cru Champagne with The Certo Brothers

Official Wine & Food Pairing Bar:

Who doesn’t love a pairing bar? At Cork Head you’ll get to visit this wine & food pairing station for an expertly paired wine and h’ordeuvre tasting included with admission.

Good Vibes:

Need a palate cleanser? Some jams? Good eats? We got you. Enjoy a cash bar with additional libations, music, food for purchase, and more details yet to be announced.

Wine Drinking for a Cause:

We’re thrilled to announce that a portion of all proceeds from Cork Head will be donated to PATH People Against Trafficking Humans, Inc. of WNY, an organization with a mission to end human exploitation through education, prevention and restoration.

Food for Purchase:
– Sweet and savory crepes provided by Hotel Lafayette
– Cocktail meatballs, Tortellini Pink Vodka, and Antipasto on a stick provided by Giacobbi’s Cucina Citta


Date: Saturday Feb 16, 2019

Time: 5-8pm for General Admission, 4-8pm for VIP

Place: Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203


– General Admission: $40 + taxes and fees (includes admission to the event from 5 – 8 pm and a tasting glass)

– VIP: $60 + taxes and fees (includes 1 hour early admission to the event from 4 – 8 pm, and an upgraded tasting glass)

– Designated Driver: $10 + taxes and fees (Includes entry into the event. Wine samples and glass are not included in this ticket type)

Mirror Matter
Buffalo Spree
UBMD Physicians Group
Alchemy Wine & Beer
AXA Advisors

Are you a winery, distributor, wine shop, wine bar, restaurant or business who wants to get involved or sponsor this event? Email us at

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