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Tap It owner set to pour into square with wine bar
Main Street Market at the corner of Spring and Main streets in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Nick Bowman

Tap It Growlers Gainesville, which is known for its rotating selection of craft beer, plans to bring a wine bar to the square.

Jim Tortorelli, co-owner of Tap It, said the new business will be called “Cork It.” 

He plans to have hundreds of different wines to choose from, four beers on tap and charcuterie boards. 

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Tortorelli said he hopes to open Cork It before Gainesville’s “lighting of the chicken,” which takes place during the Jingle Mingle on Nov. 23. 

The business will be located in the front of Main Street Market, filling up the space of the former doughnut and ice-cream shop, Love Is All You Knead. 

Tortorelli said his dream to open a wine bar sparked from his time in California during graduate school.

Every week while living in California he would try a different type of wine, and every week his fondness sweetened for the drink. 

After 28 years, Tortorelli still has the first bottle of wine that he purchased in California.

“It’s just a passion of mine to have a wine bar,” Tortorelli said. “I always told myself I’d open that thing (first bottle of wine) when something good happens.”

At Cork It people will have the option of paying for wine by the glass — starting at $7 — or purchasing a bottle.

The selection will include affordable and high-end options, both from local distributors and wineries from Italy and California. 

Tortorelli said Cork It intends to host wine tastings along with small food pairings. The wine bar’s hours will be from 3-11 p.m., seven days a week. 

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