Nightlife review: Corkscrew’s approach helps make wine more approachable

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, October 19, 2017

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Corkscrew Wine and Cheese — Rockbrook Village

Where: 10924 Prairie Brook Road (the Blackstone location is at 3908 Farnam St.)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Info: 402-991-2927, www.corkscrewwineandcheese.com

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I like wine, but it’s not usually my go-to drink.

The nice thing about Corkscrew Wine and Cheese though, is you don’t have to be a wine expert to enjoy it.

There are two Corkscrew Wine and Cheese locations in Omaha — one in the Blackstone District and one in Rockbrook Village near West Center Road and South 108th Street. I visited the Rockbrook location.

Corkscrew has about two dozen wines — sparkling, whites, rosés and reds. Most of the wines are about $8 by the glass and $25 by the bottle.

Corkscrew’s happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday, with a selection of wines available for $5 per glass.

If you’re new to wine, Corkscrew’s drink menu is helpfully broken down with detailed descriptions of each wine.

I got a glass of Brunn — a Grüner Veltliner from Austria. It was advertised as having lots of apple and citrus flavors and a hint of pepper. It delivered on all counts. As an added bonus, it was one of the happy hour $5 wines.

I also tried the OZV Red Blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet and Petit Sirah, another $5 happy hour deal. It has hints of blackberry, vanilla and toasted oak and, like the Brunn, it tasted exactly as advertised.

If you’re not into wine, Corkscrew offers about 20 beers, most of them craft brews. Some are from Nebraska breweries like Benson’s Infusion and Lincoln’s Zipline.

They also have standard imports like Guinness and the domestic classic, Bud Light. The beers range in price from $4 to $8, with Bud Light, predictably, on the low end, and a Belgian brew on the high end.

Corkscrew also has a selection of spirits that come in 2 oz. servings — gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, bourbon and scotch. They range in price from $7 to $12.

You can get a cheese plate to serve two for $12 and to serve four for $20. They also have meat and cheese trays that serve two for $15 and four for $29.

The cheese plates come with three cheeses and accompaniments. The meat and cheese plates come with three cheeses and two cured meats. I got the meat and cheese tray for two, but it served three of us easily.

We hung out on Corkscrew’s patio which I’d highly recommend while the weather still allows. The patio has a greenery-covered pergola, an outdoor fireplace, string lights and plenty of patio furniture.

Overall, Corkscrew is a more upscale, but still comfortable, place to spend an evening.

Plus, you can take a bit of the Corkscrew experience home with you, because it’s not just a wine bar — it’s also a retail wine shop. Corkscrew has more than 700 wines ranging in price from $10 to $300, so there’s a little something for everyone.