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Katla Wines – Tasting Event

Bringing Mosel and Rheinhessen to Clitheroe, we’re hosting a Katla wine tasting at Corto on Thursday 26th May, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Katla is a winery unlike any you’ve ever come across. The baby and creation of Jas Swan, a 28 year old winemaker from Germany, each wine is an expression of creativity, purpose and energy — rather than simply the land from which it came.

Get your tickets!

Jas’ wines can be frivolously fun or seriously contemplative, depending on her mood and the direction her grapes tell her to move in. Previously based at the legendary Staffelter Hof winery in Mosel, she has recently relocated to Rheinhessen where her forthcoming vintages will all be made.

Each Katla wine is natural and unfined, unfiltered and with very little (if no) sulphur added. The result is bright, surprising wines with freshness, balanced acidity and impressive clarity and poise. 

Jas is extremely passionate about the environment, and as well as foraging in her local region for additional ingredients for meals (and occasionally for ciders and other drinks she makes on the side for fun) she advocates for better practices within the wine industry as a whole. This advocacy is intersectional — for Katla wines, there can be no ecologically responsible wine without also producing that same wine ethically from vineyard to glass, industry to drinker. This includes promoting a wine world that’s free of prejudice and welcoming to all.

The Wines

At this tasting, you will taste:

  • Katla — Kiki
  • Katla — Queendom
  • Katla — Cucu
  • Katla — Sóley
  • Katla — Helja

As well as tasting these wines, we’ll have notes from Jas and you’ll be able to buy bottles at a special take-out price.

Bring an open mind and prepare to fall in love with German wine that’s got its sights firmly set on a more inclusive future! Don’t miss out, get your tickets now.

Molly Bland “Glou Glou” Art Gallery

Corto’s next artist in residence is the wonderful Molly Bland.

Molly is a Morecambe-based artist who designed, amongst many other things, Farm Yard Ale’s new rebrand, and is strongly connected to a plethora of community-based art and creativity projects in the North West.

We are thrilled to be able to showcase her vibrant work in Corto, starting on Saturday 26th March, where she will be opening her gallery and we’ll be pouring a range of delicious glou glou wine!

Molly Bland’s art will be available for all to view from March 26th-April 30th

Spring Natural Wine Tasting

We’ve got a lot of delicious wine in for the coming sunshiney months (we promise, the sun will come out at some point) so we thought, why not have a tasting?
The tasting will take place on Thursday 17 March, 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Tickets are £30 and include tastings of 5 different natural wines, a bit of a natter about each of them, and some nibbles.
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PRE-ORDER Marie Courtin -Efflorescence 2015 Champagne (A note from Katie)

Get yourself a special bottle of grower champagne to celebrate a Christmas where we’ll all be together again.

Last festive season Tom bought me a magnum of Efflorescence, with the promise that when we opened it, we’d be surrounded by people we love again.

Needless to say, Efflorescence by Marie Courtin, the champagne house mastered by Dominique Moreau in Polisot, Cotes des Bar, means a lot to the both of us.

But enough mushy stuff. What does it taste like? Smell like? Feel like?

Efflorescence in chemistry terms, is the name for a layer of salt and minerals — so as you might expect, this cuvée displays beautiful glimmering textures of minerality brought up from the limestone-clay soil; the same soil found in Chablis and Sancerre.

If you prefer your champagne to be packed with leesy brioche richness, this might be a turning point bottle for you. 100% Pinot Noir and aged in ex-Chablis oak barrels and with no added dosage, it’s got a lemony brightness and raspberry fizz. It’s extra-brut. It’s spritzy, playful and perfect with festive canapés like blinis with smoked trout.

Dominique Moreau prefers to use the name Efflorescence for a more romantic meaning, however. To the house of Marie Courtin, Efflorescence is a word that encompasses constant and gradual evolution, shifting and changing with time.

This champagne will age fantastically well. As Moreau says, the grapes used for this cuvée have “great power”, and this fuller body and tart burst-berry-like acidity will enjoy time to itself for the next 15-20 years.

If you can wait that long.

We say: pop that bottle.

Marie Courtin – Efflorescence 2015 is £60 per bottle from Corto on pre-order ONLY.

PRE-ORDERS ARE BEING TAKEN UNTIL MONDAY 20th DECEMBER

PLEASE MAKE AND PAY FOR YOUR ORDERS AT THE BAR, OR EMAIL US IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT IN: hello@cortobar.co.uk

We will not be posting orders. Collection only.

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Corto’s First Natural Wine Tasting Event!

We’re hosting our first natural wine tasting event!

On Thursday 12 August 2021 from 7pm until around 9.30pm (no rush), Katie will take you through five of our latest bottles from around Europe that have sparked our imagination and made us close our eyes and go “woah”.

You’ll learn about the winemakers behind the wines and find out why they do what they do in the way that they do it. Of course, you’ll get to taste the five wines and learn about why they taste the way that they do. And there’ll be paired snacks too! (Vegan options available)

If you’ve never been to a wine tasting before and don’t know what to expect, here are some tips:

  • Sniff the wine
  • Sip the wine
  • Chat about the wine
  • Have a blast

This is the first of, we hope, many wine tasting events at Corto where we can make wine less intimidating and more fun. We might even play some games.

Get your tickets to our FIRST EVER WINE TASTING EVENT here via Eventbrite: https://corto_firstwinetasting.eventbrite.co.uk 

A bit more on Natural Wine

Natural wine is one of our favourite things.

It’s wine that’s been made with as little intervention as the winemaker sees fit — at the very least it’ll be grown without pesticides, although often you won’t find organic hallmarks on the bottles we sell. It’s an expensive cost winemakers prefer to avoid, using organic practices because they prefer to, not to tick a box.

As much as we love the eco aspects of natural wine, there’s another side to it that’s just as compelling. 

The wild way these wines express themselves is something, we believe, is hard to recreate using conventional methods. The experimentation, innovation and creativity of natural winemakers is something, we think, is worth celebrating. They are using ancient methods to care for their vines and make their wines, in a modern setting where low intervention techniques and a mind towards the environment has never been more important.

So that’s why we love natural wine. We hope after you taste some of our latest bottles, you will too!

Buy your ticket to our first ever wine tasting here

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Natural Wine — What is it? And why do we love it so much?

If you’ve ever popped into our little temporary bottle shop (two weeks until it turn into a bar!) or you had a look on our webshop when it was online during the Delivery Days, you’ll have noticed our natural wine selection.

Spanning France, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, we’ve had natural wines from all over the world on our shelves, from regions that you might never have heard of or drank wine from before. We love that. Finding unusual and amazing wine unexpectedly is a total joy and we will NEVER get bored of it.

But what exactly is natural wine? And why do we love it? Let’s have a bit of a chat about it.

Natural Wine is made with “low intervention”

When we say “low intervention” or even “low intervention wine”, what we mean is wine that’s been made with as little extra fuss and faff as possible.

Natural wine isn’t an official term (although some certifications are available… we’ll maybe talk about that another time) and it’s mainly used as a way to single out wines made a certain way.

Natural wine is essentially the way wine used to be made in the olden days: grow some grapes, squish them, let the juice ferment with it’s own natural yeasts, maybe filter it, store it, bottle it (maybe with a dash of sulphur, maybe not), drink it.

Some winemakers like to go a bit further and use Biodynamic processes to make their wine in connection to the land and things like the moon’s phases. We’ll write about that another time!

What’s “conventional wine”?

Wine you might find in the supermarket can still taste great, but it’s normally what you call “conventional” wine, meaning that it’s not made in a low intervention way. In fact, it can be made with a whole ton of intervention, from using reconstituted concentrated juice, to having additives added in to improve flavour, colour and texture. And that’s not even mentioning additional sugar, preservatives, co2 or the unnatural pesticides and fertilizers used on the grapes as they grow.

We aren’t against conventional wine. In fact we sell some, sometimes. We choose our wine based on how it tastes and how much we can appreciate the care and attention to detail the winemaker has given their wines from vineyard to table. 

What we often say is that we choose mostly natural wine because this way of making wine can prove that the winemaker has thought about every aspect of the winemaking process, and is making the best possible wine from the raw materials at hand — and that’s what really excites us about wine anyway.

Natural wine at Corto

When Corto opens as a bar on Friday 4th June 2021, we’ll be serving natural wine alongside a huge range of natural cider and craft beer. To us, each of these tasty things is just as important as each other.

Natural wine can be a little more expensive compared to mass-produced wine, and so we’ll be selling a range of different wines by the glass (BTG) every week to give you the chance to try them. Making delicious things accessible is something we’re really keen on at Corto and often a whole bottle of something unfamiliar can seem offputting. 

Come in for a glass and see what you think — wine shots will be available too if you can’t make your mind up!