Deciphering Col Fondo

Col Fondo is an almost forgotten method of making sparkling wines in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Introduction of the Charmat Method in the turn of XX century allowed making pristine, clear wines and pushed away the old method producing cloudy and funky wines. However, with the renaissance of pet-nat style around the world, also Col Fondo came […]


Wednesday 26th of June – 7pm 1B Pitville, Cotham Hill BS6 6JZ   £35   The cradle of winemaking in Europe is represented by the windswept, sunny Mediterranean Islands. Join us on a journey around these fabled places and the wonderful wines made there, mostly using indigenous grapes, some incredible landscapes and stories too. Perfect […]

Rosés for Spring

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking!” quips Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada…  Yet, here we are with some of our top Rosés to try now that the weather is finally starting to act a little more Spring-like! Starting with Pasquiers Rosé, a firm favourite and great-value option from the Languedoc where tangy red berries burst from […]


NOW ON SALE IN NORTH STREET Our frozen range of Neapolitan pizzas gives people restaurant quality pizza in their own home. Staying true to their restaurant they use the same high quality ingredients and techniques, hand stretching and cooking the bases at 500C, then they finish topping them, vacuum pack and freeze – its just […]

Delivery day cut-off

Thursday the 21st of December is our last delivery day before Christmas. Collections from our main shops Cotham and North street are still possible up until Christmas Eve.

Staff Picks Part Two

Staff Christmas Picks Part Two Meg: After the obligatory Bloody Mary to soothe the head from the previous night’s celebrations, I would kick the day off with my all time fave and go-to Champagne, Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs. Made from 100% Chardonnay, this delicious fizz has a lightness of touch with beautifully balanced citrus fruit, hints […]

Staff Christmas Picks Part One

Team Corks’ Festive Picks Raz: Uggiano, Governo Toscano Method, Tuscany, Italy A drier appassimento style that has amazing value and taste. I also find myself drawn more to Italian wines this year. A similar wine making technique to Ripasso but showing lighter fruity notes and a distinctive savoury touch of black cherry, dry herbs and […]

Woodchester Valley Vineyard Harvest Day 2023

The perspective of driving a distance on a single-track road always disheartens me a bit. I’m an occasional driver and with practice, I am sure I could rather quickly become more confident with those quite common, especially in the countryside, types of road. Well until then I need a good motivation to convince me that […]

The subtleties of Pinot Meunier

Champagne equals premium price, right? Well – in many cases – yes, you do have to pay significant money for a bottle of that fizz, but there are examples that are far less damaging to our bank accounts and there is a silent hero that makes it possible. Its name is Pinot Meunier.     […]

Cotham Hill Road Closure

Despite there being limited access to Cotham Hill at present, we are open as usual. There is available parking in the streets behind the shop and we can always help carry any purchases to your car! Alternatively, we deliver locally. See you soon and thanks for bearing with us

Upcoming Bank Holidays

We will be closed on the following days for the upcoming Bank Holidays in April and May: All Shops:   Easter Sunday 9th of April -CLOSED Easter Monday 10th of April- CLOSED Monday the 1st of May Bank Holiday- CLOSED Monday 8th of May -Coronation Bank Holiday – CLOSED Monday the 29th of May Bank […]


Wednesday 9th November – 7pm 1B Pitville, Cotham Hill BS6 6JZ £30 We invite you to taste the superb range of wines and ports from the Quinta de la Rosa family. Quinta de La Rosa is a small estate in the heart of the Port wine-growing region in Alto Douro, near Pinhao, owned and operated […]

Bank Holiday Monday 19th of September

All of our shops will be closed for the Bank Holiday Monday the 19th of September. Open normal from Tuesday 20th of September.


CRETAN WINE TASTING LYRARAKIS WINERY Wednesday 21st  September – 7pm 1B Pitville, Cotham Hill BS6 6JZ £30 We invite you to a tasting of the wines from Lyrarakis winery. Renowned for its fabulous beaches and clear blue sea, yet Greece’s largest island has far more to offer. With its wild vineyards and indigenous grape varieties […]


CIRCUMSTANCE DISTILLERY SINGLE GRAIN WHISKY Pre Order We are delighted to offer pre orders on Circumstance Distillery first release.  Circumstance Distillery is the first and only distillery in Bristol distilling from ferment. Making an organic Vodka, white Rum and Whisky. Their approach to making spirits is to respect traditions without being confined by them. The […]

Tequila and Mezcal Tasting

TEQUILA-MEZCAL TASTING Wednesday 20th July – 7pm 1B Pitville, Cotham Hill BS6 6JZ £25 We invite you to a tasting of the iconic spirits of Mexico. Steeped in tradition, these are the ultimate artisanal drinks offering unique and distinct flavour profiles deriving from the vast diversity of agave plants and nuances of each distiller. It […]

June the start of Summer

One of my favourite food times of the year, as now available are the best and freshest ingredients. Our friends at Source Food have available  Asparagus, Globe Artichokes, Heritage Tomatoes and Wild Garlic Pesto. The perfect time to get the barbecue ready. A great go to dish Pork tenderloin with season veg and fresh herb […]

Corks of Cotham & Circumstance Distillery Tasting

On Sunday 26th June, join us for a very special tasting hosted by Circumstance Distillery. Circumstance distillery was founded in 2018, brought to you from the same team behind Psychopomp Micro-distillery. The only distillery in Bristol distilling from ferment, their approach to making spirits is to respect traditions without being confined by them. Described by […]

In Season to Eat and Drink: April

We buy a lot of our food from Source, which for 12 years was operated as a successful café and food hall in St Nicks market in the centre of Bristol. When Covid hit they sold the lease and turned the food hall into an online shop and have been working from their new home […]

Christy’s misadventures in Italy’s Piedomont

  In the North-West corner of Italy lies the stunning wine region of Piedmont. Home to some of Italy’s most prestigious wines, Barolo and Barbaresco being the two most celebrated. The etymology of Piedmont meaning ‘at the foot of the mountains’ or ‘mountain foot’ very much informs and shapes the experience of this beautiful land. […]

Affordable classic wines of Europe

Pharos, White Rioja, 2020, Rioja, Spain Domaine de la Combe, Muscadet Sevre et Main sur lie, 2020, Loire, France Maias Branco 2019, Dao, Portugal  Amoterra Trebbiano 2020, Abruzzo, Italy   The region of Rioja goes back two millennia or more and it is the prime wine growing region in Spain. Even though it is primarily […]

Don’t ‘dessert’ your after-dinner tipples!

With the sweetest time of the year approaching, let’s have a look at how we can make our dessert indulgence even lusher. Pairing with desserts is not difficult if we keep in mind a few simple rules; choose wines that are sweeter than the dish and focus on matching the flavours and weight. Christmas pudding […]

Gift Cards now available on the website

You can now buy Gift Cards on the website. For use in the shop or online.   Gift Card

New May 2021

What’s New…?   It’s an exciting time here at Corks of Bristol as we have many new products arriving each week. Here are just a few of the latest additions to our shelves: Lyrarakis Mandilari Rosé 2020 With summer drawing ever closer, it’s time to introduce some of our new seasonal rosés! Let us begin with […]

What’s New

What’s New…?   It’s an exciting time here at Corks of Bristol as we have many new products arriving each week. Here are just a few of the latest additions to our shelves: Ciu Ciu Oris Bianco 2020 This is a new label from the producer of our long-time bestselling red wine, Ciu Ciu Bacchus. As […]


Chateau Mercian is one of the oldest Japanese wineries established in the Meiji Era when in 1870 two young viticulturists travelled to France to learn about the winemaking process. Just looking at the numbers of French grapes planted today in Japan it’s clear the French inspiration is still very important, however, the most important grape […]

March 2021

We are back Cotham and North Street are open with social distancing. Open Monday to Saturday Midday to 7 pm , Cargo Wednesday and Thursday 4pm to 7pm Friday and Saturday Midday to 7 pm,  Sunday 12 to 5pm. We are doing local delivery and collect from the online shop . The web shop is […]


Thursday, 12th March -7pm Coffee and Beer, 16 Cotham Hill £20 Portugal is a fascinating wine producing country. Most famous for the production of Port, beyond which there is a wealth of table wines offering distinct styles and great value for money. Indigenous grape varieties rule across the varied and diverse wine regions covering the […]


Thursday, 13th February – 7pm Coffee and Beer, 16 Cotham Hill £20 In the North West corner of Italy lies the stunning wine region of Piedmont. Home to some of Italy’s most prestigious wines, it offers a glorious array of varieties little found elsewhere in the world . From bold reds to delicate whites and […]

Whisky and Whiskies of the World

We have expanded our range of Whiskies. Now we can show this amazing spirit that is made from Australia to Taiwan in a huge range of styles and flavours. To start with our New Favourite: Starward from new World Whisky Distillery in Melbourne Australia. Started in 2007 to showcase the region nature of the area […]

When Vodka has flavour !

Vodka is nowadays taking a step back in terms of shelf presence , this is  particularly the case for lots of bars, which tend to give other spirits the limelight. Most of these replacement spirits are deemed as best for drinking neat, with vodka being the basic ingredient for the ubiquitous cocktail. But we argue […]

The (Natural) Effervescent Revolution

Sparkling wines are and have been always associated with celebration, with times of happiness and joyous moments. It dates back to the times were harvest was celebrated with the newly bottled wine shortly after completion, where this newly bottled wine was slightly effervescent, or petillant as the French say. This was in fact the first […]

Let’s talk about Rose Wines!

  Summer is always the time to measure the quantity and quality of rose wine, or so it seems. In reality, wine drinkers are more and more inclined to serve rose all year round nowadays and it is easy to understand why, given the multiple styles out there. But before we go any deeper on […]


GIFTS AND OTHER IDEAS We have a great range of gift boxes. Wine boxes for 1,2 or 3 bottles Wooden Boxes for 1 bottle Beer Boxes for 3,4 and 6 bottles New Can Box for 6 cans Belgian Beer Gift Packs Plus Port Packs 3 different selections from Neipoort 3 Vintages of Colheitas 3 Ages […]

Spontaneous Fun

Lambic-style beers, in the form of a spontaneously fermented beverage, can loosely be traced back to approximately 50-100BC thanks to Roman historians marching with the army, near what is the modern Belgian/German border. The Breweries that survive today often have long, centuries-old history, and have experienced the changes in public tastes and political climates. Some […]

5 Spirits to celebrate Spring

The coming of Spring is imminent, snowdrops are scattered around and the sunshine hours are increasing, our appetite for poking our heads above the winter slumber is increasing too! We are suggesting therefore, a small selection of spirit beverages that we think should match the coming euphoria at the return of Mother Nature’s green shoots. Our first […]


I have just returned from an amazing trip to Mendoza, Argentina’s most famous wine region.  Stunning vineyards framed by magnificent mountains, consistently brilliant wines and inspirational people made for quite an experience (not to mention over consumption of beef and empanadas!). The region is most famous for its Malbec grape and I tried an amazing […]


In the North West corner of Spain lies the magical land of Galicia. Green and rugged it is a beautiful mix of mountains, rivers, rolling hills and a stunning coastline. As breathtaking is the scenery, so are the wines. We have just returned from a tour across the region taking in Rais Biaxas, Ribeiro, Ribeiro […]

A trio of Summer -Portugal’s fresh whites

Not long ago, Portugal was only known for its beautifully crafted fortified wines (Ports) and less so for the easy, quaffable white wines of the north (Minho) or juicy reds of the Dao, Bairrada or the Alentejo. Nowadays this has been rectified, most of wine drinkers having met with the delicious Vinho Verde or similar […]

An evening with Quinta do Vale Meao

Last night we indulged (alongside our customers) into a superb tasting hosted at The Kensington Arms, Redland featuring some fantastic wines from Quinta do Vale Meao.The tasting was presented by Francisco Javier de Olazabal , winemaker at this esteemed estate that sits atop a granite outcrop in the Douro Superior region of Portugal. We started the […]

A Trebbiano, or two…

Italy is a treasure trove for native and sometimes obscure grape varieties, although Trebbiano is not really obscure, it is certainly Italian. Trebbiano is also known as Ugni Blanc or Colombard in neighbouring France, where it is mostly used for creating the base wine for Cognac and Armagnac, with little presence as a wine varietal […]

A Tasting of Interesting Wines!

Earlier this week we were invited to host a tasting for the Bristol Wine Circle,  a lovely group who meet frequently to share their passion for wine. They tasked us to show them a range of ‘interesting wines’, always like a challenge! First was to narrow this down to just ten.  We choose all our […]

Vale Meao Tasting

  PORTUGUESE ICONS QUINTA DO VALE MEAO WINE DINNER   Wednesday 10th  2017 May – 7.30pm The Kensington Arms, 35-37 Stanley Road, BS6 6NP £45 In the upper reaches of the Douro Valley, on the rivers most dramatic meander, sits an iconic estate. Quinta do Vale de Meao produces some of the world’s most stylish wines […]

Teeling Whiskey tasting at Cargo

We are delighted to have Teeling Whiskey in Cargo on Friday 16th March 2017 from 3pm to 6pm. TEELING WHISKEY   Whiskey making and entrepreneurship has been in the Teeling genes as far back as 1782, when Walter Teeling set up a small craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8. Right back in the heart […]

Spanish Wine Dinner

                                                                                   WINE DINNER DANIEL RAMOS DISTINCTIVE TASTE OF SPAIN   Wednesday 29th March 2017 – […]

Wines of Madrid and adjacent DO’s

Since Roman times, Madrid and its mountainous surroundings have been cultivated with grapes. The climate is continental, quite hot summers, equally cold winters and it is this stressful succession of seasons that makes the area a good spot for wine grape-growing. The growers here adapted to these slightly harsher conditions by bringing in the sturdy […]

Pinot Noir Days

The last few days have seen a sudden temperature drop – not wholly unexpected – which has brought with it that slight feeling of need for warmth. Being more specific, it’s that time of the year when you transition from the citrusy white wines  and bone dry rose of the summer to warmer reds. And […]

Sherry “En Rama”

The growing trend is to bottle and release “En Rama” is an exciting addition to our sherry range. “En Rama” is to bottle the sherry (usually Fino or Manzanilla) virtually at the sane condition as found in cask. It has a very light filter to remove any suspended particles that may spoil the wine during […]


From its conception in the later 1800’s, 4 generations of the Antica Distilleria Quaglia have developed artisan spirit production, modernising where needed whilst cherishing the older traditional art and methods of distilling. With a range comprising Vermouth, Gin, Liqueurs, Absinthe, Grappa and Bitters, these are some of the best products we’ve tried. Organic with the […]

Real Wine Month

During the month of April , 2016 we celebrate an exciting, innovative promotion of organic, biodynamic and natural wine. At the dawn of winemaking this is how wine emerged from the fermenting cycle, unaltered by the primordial custodians of the red bacchian juice. It shows mostly what grapes,yeast and mother nature intended to do, turning […]

The Wines of Franconia, new additions.

 Tracing its origins to the first Francs, the ancestors of modern day French, this little wine region, perfectly surrounded by the great forests of Germany, has been making good wine for several centuries. Although it has somewhat kept to it’s original, middle-ages shaped bottle called Bocksbeutels, it has done so out of need for protection […]

Winter Warmers, Part 2

The King is dead, long live the King! Or so the saying goes, a bit like Old World wines too. It is still winter, certainly more so on the continent where the Barolo Hills are covered with a blanket of snow, or the frosty mornings cover most of Burgundy’s Grand Crus. The Old World is […]

Winter Warmers, Part 1.

    The cold, frosty windows signal a returning appetite for rich, dark fruit laden, spicy red wines. There are plenty available nowadays, from the sunny shores of the Southern Hemisphere to the classical Old World blends and single varietals that have time and again proven their worth. The New World reds that would suit […]


Megan’s passed her final exam in the WSET Diploma. We’re all very proud!  

Winter is coming

As winter draws in we see the Breweries shift their releases towards darker beers. Known as Porters or Stouts which are a made from a higher proportion of heavily roasted malts. We stock year round classics such as Cheddar Ales’ Totty Pot Porter & Wye Valley’s Wholesome Stout. Also some more unusual styles including Milk […]

The Douro

At the beginning of October my colleague Meg and I went on a short wine trip to the Douro region of Portugal to visit esteemed producer Alves de Sousa. This was part of a well planned visit by Top Selection Wines, alongside a few colleagues of the wine trade. On arrival, Porto greeted us with […]