Welcome to Cork and Fork, a wine bar in the heart of Capitola Village, CA – for super fun people. Come enjoy a carefully curated wine selection, great food, entertainment and local cheer at Cork and Fork.
At Cork and Fork, it’s all about the wine. If you’re in love (and in awe) with wine and wine making, you’ll really want to visit some of these tiny, loved lots of grapes and see and taste our selection for yourself. It really is a work of art in every bottle. We take pride in our long list of partnerships with wineries across California. Cathy personally drives around California to her favorite regions to find new wineries and wines, meet the winemakers and get to know the staff. When she brings wines back to The Cork, know that she truly hand-selected that wine for you to enjoy.
Read our glowing review Santa Cruz Sentinel Restaurant Review for Cork and Fork Capitola: Cheers to this new wine and small plates eatery. 4 Stars for our Wines!
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For Cork and Fork owner Cathy Bentley, it started with one wine class at Cabrillo College in 2006. She took that first class with 3 good friends “just for fun.” That fun class turned into some serious competition for the perfect grade and they studied for hours at a time, almost daily, learning everything they could about wine. They would quiz each other on regions, grape characteristics, maps, and conduct blind wine tastings at 7am in Cathy’s coffee shop. She owned a coffee shop in Capitola Village for 7 years and sold it in 2009 to pursue her career in wine.
You’d often find a latte in one hand and a Riedel in the other as they sniffed and swirled and guessed. Sometimes they’d get their hands mixed up and start swirling their lattes. She was hooked after that. She took every class that Cabrillo offered, some of them twice. Then after taking every class she was the Teacher’s Assistant to the Department Chair (Sue Slater) for 8 years – every semester, including summer and winter break. Cathy is very invested in the Santa Cruz wine community.
Through the years Cathy has continued her wine education and currently holds several certifications:
- Sonoma State University: Wine Tasting Room Management and Winery Accounting.
- Cabrillo College: Wine and Wine Service and World Wine.
- San Francisco Wine School: Wine Program Management and California Wine Appellation Specialist.
She teaches Wine Marketing and Sales and Wine Tasting Room Management at Cabrillo College and many wine classes at Cork and Fork. Cathy’s love of wine is contagious and you’ll walk away knowing she’s doing exactly what she was meant to do. And that is to share her love of wine with you. Whether you’re a novice and know nothing about wine or you’re a winemaker, she will always welcome a chat about wine. She feels it’s just as much fun to teach the beginning wine-lover about wine as it is to learn from a pro.