We actively seek out new and rare wines that you will only see here. Our primary objective is to find wines that are the best value at every price point. If what you desire is a $10 bottle, then we will have the absolutely BEST bottles that $10 can buy. If you are searching for a $50 bottle, then we will find you the best $50 bottle you can find. We guarantee that you will walk away with the best value for your money. We appreciate your business and we consider it a privilege to be a part of this community. Welcome to Corks, Knoxville’s better way to buy wine!
Welcome to an atmosphere that is warm and inviting. Welcome to a place where our passion for wine is rivaled only by our passion for teaching and service.
WELCOME TO CORKS
A Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers since 1996, Ryan began his career in wine after graduating from Florida State University. Working for a wholesaler in Florida, Ryan managed an extensive domestic and import portfolio. In that time he sat for his sommelier certification and assisted in staff education for the prestigious wine program at Walt Disney World, as well as sitting on the advisory board of the EPCOT International Wine and Food Festival. His specialty is food & wine pairing and wine service.
Ryan is a Certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators. With nearly a decade of wine and spirits experience, Ryan has become well-known in the Knoxville retail wine and spirits community as an expert in all things beverage-related. After studying microbiology at Maryville College, he traveled to South Africa to study oenology and viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch. While attending school, he was able to work as an assistant winemaker under two of the most well known winemakers in South Africa, Martin Meinert and Ken Forrester. He is always on the hunt for great value single-vineyard and hand-crafted wines. Ryan specializes in New World wines as well as specialty spirits.
Matt is a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators. He holds a Masters degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida and has instructed courses in Winery Tourism and Food & Beverage Management at Virginia Tech. Matt has over 10 years of restaurant and hotel management experience with companies such as Darden, Starwood, Wyndham and Universal Studios. He brings his event experience to Corks as our Private Event Manager, assisting with wine & beer dinners, weddings, tailgating and tastings.
Tony comes to us from a background of custom audio and video systems. He later developed a passion for all things wine where he won himself both WEST (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Level II and Level III awards. Tony prides himself on his ability to find you the right wine for the right meal or the right occasion, and if it is spirits you are into then his in depth knowledge of everything from Scotch, to Irish Whiskey to Bourbon will ensure you always get what you need. Tony’s motto is: life is too short to drink mediocre wine.