Wife and husband business partners Kim and Keith have been traveling internationally as a part of Keith’s wine import trade for years, to countries large and small, down and across, always soaking in far more than just the tastings and dinners and winery tours. Having spent six years working closely and traveling with the dearly-departed English beer and whisky writer Michael Jackson, we have always appreciated the style that he taught us, being far more interested in the people, their families, and the history, with the beverage being quite secondary to the much bigger picture of time, heritage, and passion.
This resulted in a very direct hop to wanting to understand more about the cork industry while on numerous wine trips to what was becoming a favorite destination, Portugal. Beautiful products in village shops and stunning walks through cork oak groves turned us into curious fans in no time. The warmth and generosity of the Portuguese people made it even more attractive, and an entirely enjoyable experience, to dig deeper and see how we might be involved. Our hopeless entrepreneurial spirit and complete trust in the products and the people told us to go for it, and in July of 2015, Cork Karma was born.