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Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit 22 Bowen in Newport where they serve steak and fresh, local seafood in a classy nautical-themed dining room with waterfront views. This charming restaurant is defined by its casual elegance, indulgent food, classic drinks and warm, genuine hospitality, and did we mention the wine list? It’s a lively, ever-evolving list that includes both traditional and trending wines.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020  La Chapiniére, “Touraine”, Loire Valley

  • 2019 La Posta, “Paulucci” Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

  • 2019 San Marzano, “F Rosso” Negroamaro, Puglia, Italy

Transcript: 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille

22 Bowen

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where, in each episode, we will review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier.

Hello Michaela, it’s great to be back together for another episode.

MQ: Hi Robert!

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules.

We created CorkRules to demystify wine lists because we know from experience, that sometimes when we get that list handed to us, well… it can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, or value wines or that special bottle that will take your dining experience over the top.

RT: So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list.

RT: Today we are talking about 22 Bowen. Located in Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, RI, this classic Newport tavern features fresh seafood, steak, and classic tavern fare.

Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what do you think of their wine list?

MQ: Their wine list is as historic as Newport itself, showcasing Old World and New World favorites. As you peruse 22 Bowen’s wine list, be sure to review their half-bottle and large-format selections.

RT: That’s really great, as you looked at the list did you see anything jump out at you?

MQ: Let’s begin with a classic white wine. The 2020  La Chapiniére, 'Touraine' from the Loire Valley of France. This Sauvignon Blanc features aromas of lemon zest, green apple, and grapefruit, with bright acidity, and a dry, mineral finish. A light, refreshing way to begin your dining experience or to pair with cheese, shellfish, and light seafood dishes.

RT: That is for sure unique. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?

MQ: Another wine that caught my eye was the 2019 La Posta, 'Paulucci' Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. If you are considering any of their steak or other rich protein options, keep this wine in mind. Malbec, originating in Bordeaux, has become synonymous with Argentina. This Malbec features plumb, ripe blackberries, spice, red cherries, soft tannins, with a caramel note on the finish.

RT: So, Michaela, their list seems to have lots of range but was there anything that you would say is a “must-try”?

MQ: another standout, must-try red wine is the 2019 San Marzano, 'F Rosso' Negroamaro, from Puglia, Italy. The F Rosso details the exact vineyard location where the Negroamaro was grown. Negroamaro is a rich, red wine native to Southern Italy. Similar in style to sangiovese or primitivo, this full-bodied, red wine features soft tannins with aromas and flavors of red cherries, plumb, and blueberry jam, with a touch of oak on the finish. This is a perfect companion to pasta and richly sauced dishes.

RT: These are some great calls.

So, you know I’m getting thirsty and will need to order a bottle with my dinner, where would you guide us?

MQ: A favorite to pair with rich seafood dishes, salmon, and lobster, would be the 2019 Domaine Christian Moreau, ‘Vaillon,’ 1er Cru from Burgundy, France. This wine is a 1er Cru Chablis meaning it is 100% Chardonnay grown in a single vineyard of Chablis, located in Burgundy. This organic Chardonnay received 97 points from Decanter magazine and showcases aromas of orange blossom, citrus, with notes of honey and almond on the finish. Truly a can’t miss White Burgundy.

RT: Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind.  Any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: A wonderful quality/value wine to consider would be the 2019 Dr. H. Thanisch, Kabinett Riesling from the Mosel in Germany. The Kabinett designation lets us know that this wine is off-dry, or slightly sweet, making it an excellent pairing for spicy dishes and shellfish. This Riesling also showcases aromas and flavors of ripe pear, green apple, bright acidity, and honey on the finish.  

RT: That sounds great. What is your other value selection?

MQ: A fantastic quality/value red wine to consider would be the 2018 Domaine Mikael Boutin Rasteau from the Southern Rhone. Rasteau is a neighbor of Chateauneuf du Pape, therefore, this bottle is showcasing the spectacular climate and soil composition of Chateauneuf du Pape without the high price tag. This blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre features aromas and flavors of ripe, black cherries, ripe strawberries, spice, and black pepper. This is a wonderful companion to herbed proteins.

RT: Now Michaela, what if I have a big client dinner or special occasion where I want to take it up a notch?

MQ: I find that Bordeaux is always a winner when it comes to selecting a wine for any special occasion. One to consider would be the 2015 Domaine du Chevalier from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France. Yet another, historic winery dating back to the late 1800s. Receiving 97 points from James Suckling, this Bordeaux is certainly considered an excellent vintage. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, this red wine stands out with aromas and flavors of black currants, earth, minerality, and ripe, round tannins. It is always a celebration when enjoying such a beautiful bottle.

RT: Michaela, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate 22 Bowen’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself.  

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

If you would like us to review one of your favorite restaurants, please send us email to: Info@CorkRules.com or visit our web website where we have a request form available and we will do our best to get it in the queue as quickly as possible.

We are looking forward to being with you on another CorkRules episode soon. In the meantime, please check out our website for other episodes of your favorite restaurant wine lists. 

And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.

Thank you.








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