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Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified sommelier, joins Robert Tas as they explore the wine list at 701 West, a restaurant located in the theatre district that is known for its truly global, extensive list. They host wines from Spain to Slovenia and beyond, including renowned producers from England, a country that is fairly new to the wine industry but quickly becoming recognised for producing quality wines. Sam points out the best bottles on the list and offers pairing suggestions guaranteed to enhance the subtle flavors of herbs and spices, and top-notch top notes.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2010 Cornalin de Vetroz from Switzerland
  • Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée
  • 2016 Muscat of Spina from the Rhouse Estate in Greece
Transcript: 701 West

701 West

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 Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified Sommelier. Hello Samantha, it’s great to have you!

GH: Bonjorno Roberto! 

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules. We created CorkRules to demystify wine list’s 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. So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list. 

So, Sam today we are checking out the wine list for 701West -


701 West is an absolute gem for wine lovers! They’re unique in that wine is the star of the show, and the sommeliers and chefs work together to tailor custom pairings to the wine. This collaboration provides opportunities to try uncommon wines with carefully crafted plates. 

Being so close to the Theater District, 701 West is not to be upstaged- they have tableside preparations and even a Champagne trolley!

It’s easy to see that wine is the spotlight here-the wine list is extensive and global! It includes many wonderful bottles from classic wine regions in France, Italy, and Spain, but this list just keeps on going. They have wines from places like Slovenia, England, and Lebanon. The extensive list is organized by type of wine followed by offerings and regions. 


This wine list has so many wines that stand out. A few fun bottles that caught my eye were the 2010 Cornalin de Vetroz from Switzerland. We hear a lot more about cheeses coming from Switzerland, but there are some delicious wines produced from these beautiful alpine regions. This wine is going to have dark juicy fruit flavors and silky tannins. It’s great with meat and cheese and would pair wonderfully with the Lou Bren sheep’s milk cheese or the prime filet mignon. 


If you’re in the mood for bubbles, why not try an English cuvée? The Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée is made from estate-grown grapes in the south of England. It’s aged for more than 3 years and has flavors of baked apple, almond, and honey. With its toasted flavors and fine bubbles, this cuvée is great with seafood and would be delicious with the broiled sea scallops.

Value Wines

A fun value wine on this menu is the 2016 Muscat of Spina from the Rhouse Estate in Greece. The family who owns the winery focuses on using indigenous grapes, and this wine showcases the Muscat of Spina varietal. The wine has delicate floral aromas and flavors of pear and white peach. It’s great with seafood but also pairs nicely with fried dishes and fresh salads. 

Celebration Wine

A wonderful celebration would be the 1992 Fiorano Bottle 26. This is a mature white wine, which is such a wonderful and rare experience all its own. This wine is made from the Malvasia grape, and due to its aging, it has complex flavors of butterscotch and tropical fruit. It also has really solid minerality with notes of crushed stone. This is all complemented by a refreshing acidity, making it a balanced wine that reveals more personality as you drink it. This wine is definitely worth celebrating over!

RT: Amazing! Thank you so much Sam for helping us navigate the 701 West wine list.

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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