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Drink up, Boise. Another bar will open in the North End in 2018

Wine Shop guru Divit Cardoza pours during a tasting event. Knowledgeable employees such as Cardoza will be part of the allure of the Boise Co-op’s new wine bar Uncorked!
Wine Shop guru Divit Cardoza pours during a tasting event. Knowledgeable employees such as Cardoza will be part of the allure of the Boise Co-op’s new wine bar Uncorked! Statesman file

Whether you’re hiking in Camel’s Back Park or biking through Hyde Park, you’ll never go thirsty in Boise’s North End. Not with all the places slinging libations.

Two new bars have appeared in the past six months — and a third is on the way.

Uncorked!, a new wine bar from the Boise Co-op, will open in mid-2018, as reported by the Boise Weekly.

An extension of the Boise Co-op Wine Shop, the small bar will be built in a space being used for Co-op storage and wine classes. The entrance to Uncorked! will be next door to Fort Street Station, a pub that made its debut this summer at 808 W. Fort St. Three months later, Camel’s Crossing wine bar opened at 1304 W. Alturas St. in Hyde Park.

“For us, it makes a lot of sense,” Boise Co-op marketing manager Mo Valko explains. “We’ve got the Wine Shop. I just think this is a great way to get the younger generation of wine drinkers.”

Uncorked! will be an approachable wine bar with a variety of choices from around the state, region and world. “We’ll have a lot of wines at great prices,” she says. “This isn’t just high-end cellar wines.”

Beer drinkers will have options, too. Uncorked! will have four taps — three for rotating craft beers, one for hard cider.

And if you’re looking for pours from those trendy, automated wine dispensers?

“No way,” Valko says. “We have real humans. Who know a lot about wine. I think that’s one of the things we do best at the Wine Shop.”

The tapas-style menu at Uncorked! will come from the Boise Co-op deli, but it will be unique to the bar. And it will include filling entrees.

“Like, you can get a half a roast chicken with salad,” Valko says. “So people can eat a full meal there. And we’ll do cheese plates.

“But if people want to grab a burrito from the store and come across the street and hang out in the wine bar, they can do that.”

The 500-square-foot space will hold about two dozen customers. There also will be a patio outside — just in time for Uncorked!’s target opening date of June.

Valkos envisions a mixed customer base: Wine Shop regulars, burgeoning wine aficionados, social drinkers, Co-op shoppers — and anyone looking to learn about wine.

“It’s a good way to try some of the wines we offer in the store, too, if you’re intimidated by those wines,” she says. “Like, have a glass. Get a 2-ounce pour.”

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