top of page

Uncorked Access

welcoming everyone to our table!

Accessibility Consultants for the Wine and Hospitality Industries

Uncorked Access believes in our two-pronged approach: advocating, educating, and holding accountable the established wine industry, as well as encouraging the Deaf community to engage, learn, and take advantage of employment and leadership opportunities.

Home: Welcome


Home: News
Wine Tasting Events


Two Options for this opportunity!

Saturday, June 24, 2023
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Full Access to ASL Users !

Sponsored by The Oenophile Institute 

Wine tastings are common practice for both industry professionals and enthusiasts alike, but what if you don't speak the lingo (literally)? Uncorked Access recognizes the significance of this procedure and for years, native ASL users have experienced barriers to engaging in tasting groups and events due to differences in language modality.

Peter & Laura of Uncorked Access will guide a virtual Wine 101 tasting to learn the basics of wine, how to feel confident seeking wine out, and expanding on signs that conceptually match the specific jargon of wine for the Deaf and signing Community.

This class is intended for fluent ASL users, and will be presented entirely in American Sign Language without interpreters.

This Masterclass with Uncorked Access is NOW offered for 0.3 CEUS at the little/some context Knowledge level. The Continuing Education Action is approved by Interpretek, RID sponsor.

There are TWO options for this masterclass !


This will give you access to Uncorked Access’s Zoom Masterclass on Saturday June 24th. If you would like to participate in the tasting portion, you will need to source your own wine from a local retailer. All wines selected for the tasting are available nationally. If you have any issues finding these specific brands any wine of a similar style will work. We will contact all attendees with Zoom link the week of event via e-mail.


**Must be willing and able to pick up tasting kit from the Oenophile Institute in Smyrna, GA. Shipping and delivery are not available. Tasting kits will be a 2oz sample of each wine in glass vials. A Coravin (wine preservation system) will be used to fill sample bottles. Each container will be labeled and placed in a bag for easy transportation. Samples will be good for 7-10 days. Please refrigerate all samples until day of virtual Masterclass. We will contact all attendees with Zoom link the week of event via e-mail.


Uncorked Access at 2023 Lift Collective Conference: Social Sustainability Inside & Out

May 2023

Peter Cook of Uncorked Access will join as one of the panelists to discuss the concept of purposeful leadership in the hospitality industry. Come and meet him if you are in Austin during May 22-23.


 Access and Opportunity for the Deaf Wine Community 

April 2023

“While the wine industry has experienced a reckoning of sorts over the past few years regarding diversity and gender equality, I very rarely saw conversations about inclusion touch on accessibility for the Deaf and/or disabled communities,” Laura said. “Diversity is intersectional, and it must include accessibility.” 

Laura Brown Understein of Uncorked Access and Michelle Morris ,Communications Director for the National Deaf Center and salesperson for DCanter, boutique in Washington, DC., discussed about opportunities and challenges within Deaf wine industry.


Nashville Voyager

April 2023

Exploring Life & Business with Laura Brown Unterstein and Peter Cook of Uncorked Access

Screen Shot 2023-01-08 at 4.29.13 PM.png

Imbibe 75

January 2023

Uncorked Access is honored to be selected to be part of the annual listing of 75 people, organizations, and places who will shape the way you drink in 2023. Laura and Peter are thrilled to start this new year with a bang and look forward to the fruition of our works!

Screen Shot 2023-01-08 at 4.36.24 PM.png

Deaf Wine Professionals Gathering

December 2022

Uncorked Access hosted first virtual gathering of Deaf Wine professionals! We talk a lot about the potential for Deaf employment and leadership in the wine industry, but it’s important to note that it’s already here…
Brilliant Deaf minds are already in this industry, lending their skills, perspectives, knowledge, support. All have experienced the “only Deaf in the room” journey. They are David Uzzell, formerly of Mozzeria, Michelle Morris of DCanter Wine Boutique, Michael Hellman of Vino Polish, Tara Beltrami of Casa Larga Vineyards, and Anne Kearney Logan, Phd  in Viticulture & Enology at Cornell University. 
We know that our network of d/Deaf wine and hospitality professionals is going to grow by leaps and bounds in 2023, and we can’t wait to do more of this!

Check the links for our participants' websites in the resource page.

Screen Shot 2023-01-08 at 4_edited.jpg

Wine Enthusiast Future 40

August 2022

Peter Cook was selected to be part of the 2022 Wine Enthusiast Future 40 list, which recognizes tastemakers who inspire innovation and are bringing the drinks business into the future. (WE) Peter joins Laura, who was selected for the 2021 Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker list.

Laura WE2021.jpeg

2021 Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker

August 2021

Laura was selected as a 2021 Wine Enthusiast 40 under 40 Tastemaker.

"She has since brought her passions together via Uncorked Access, a start-up she cofounded with Deaf ASL poet Peter Cook that offers resources to support Deaf beverage professionals and wine lovers. Meanwhile, she’s also propelled a career in wine academics as an educator for Vin Social, a virtual hospitality platform and quarterly wine subscription that partners with sustainability-driven wine producers to provide tastings and education for businesses and other groups."


Uncorked Access

Featured in Wine Enthusiast !

We are excited that the mainstream wine industry is starting to spotlight our diverse communities. This is long overdue, and we're thrilled to be part of it!

Home: HTML Embed
Home: Instagram
bottom of page