Bottle Envy

At Uncorked, The Wine Shop in Hermosa Beach, it’s more than just wine … it’s the whole tasting experience.

During a car ride to Palm Springs, friends Kathy Knoll, Gerry Athas-Vasquez and Jeff Bonafede began a conversation that would set the stage for a big professional move. “Kathy always wanted to own a wine shop and had her eye on the previous shop and location as a great opportunity,” says Gerry, a local realtor. “Jeff’s passion for wine and interest in getting into the business is well-known to his friends. Voila! Uncorked is born.”

The trio took over a storefront and debuted their new venture in October 2011. “We’re Hermosa people who love our town, and where’s the place to be in Hermosa? Pier Avenue,” says Gerry. Lucky for them, the new business is generating a lot of local buzz, offering wines from $10 to collector bottles priced at more than $300.

What many may not know from just driving by is that Uncorked has an amazing tasting bar too. For $15, guests can enjoy five 1-ounce pours. In addition, they bring in special winery representatives and host winemaking events weekly and will introduce wine classes for beginners and aficionados starting this spring. We say cheers to that!

302 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach