Danielle Moffatt went to Chile, New Zealand, Austria and France for the skiing. She stayed for the wine. Nichols, 40, is a Stowe native and attended Green Mountain Valley School, a well-known ski academy in Waitsfield.
She has skied all her life. 16 years ago, she moved out to California to coach ski racing at the Sugar Bowl Academy in Norden, a small town tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
She traveled all over the globe with her team. The skiing was good. The wine was even better.
During visits, Moffatt found herself sneaking away for day trips with friends to visit some of the world-renowned wineries for which those far-off places are known.
“All of them were great wine places,” Moffatt noted.
Like a fine grape during fermentation, an idea began to blossom in Moffatt’s head. She wanted to open her own wine bar.
Her dream was realized with the opening of Cork Waterbury in 2011.
“My goal is to create a comfortable wine scene,” Moffatt said. “Some wine stores can be pretty pretentious.”
After a successful five years in Waterbury, Danielle brought Cork to Stowe with the opening of Cork Stowe at 35 School Street in September, 2015.
Cork Waterbury is a 23-seat wine bar with outdoor seating and retail store located at 40 Foundry Street in downtown Waterbury, VT.
The bar features a variety of natural wines by the glass, bottle, and on draft, as well as local draft beers and tasty food (cheese & charcuterie, sandwiches, oysters, salads, flatbread, and the like). When you fall in love with something at the bar, you can take a bottle home from the adjoining retail store.
Located at 35 School Street, Cork Stowe is a 35-seat wine bar/restaurant and retail store. With a dining room, fireplace lounge, and outdoor patio (in the warmer months), there's options for everyone. Like Waterbury, the bar features a variety of natural wines by the glass, bottle, and on draft, as well as local draft beers. With a full kitchen, Cork Stowe's chef offers a diverse selection of creative plates to pair with your wine. Cork Stowe's natural wine shop is like nothing else in the area. Our motto: drink.good.wine!