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Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit one of Grant’s favourite Italian restaurants and wine bars in the city, A16. Their award-winning wine list has been curated with passion and the prices are reasonable, allowing patrons to peruse the list with pleasure. Grant's recommendations include a fragrant, lively wine that is great value, a fabulous Lambrusco that pairs well with the charcuterie board, and a few Californian wines if you want to drink and dine locally.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Marisa Cuomo, Falanghina & Biancolella “Ravello”
  • 2017 Palmento Costanzo “Mofete” from Etna Rosso
  • Prá, Garganega “Otto” from Soave
Transcript: A16


RT: Hello and Welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where we review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier

Hello Grant, great to have you back for another great wine list.

GW: Hello 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 wine lists can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, 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: Here we have one of my favorite Italian wine bars in the city with a great seasonal menu and a passionate wine list to make it that much more fun!

I used to stop by A16 after taking my diploma exams in SF and it was the perfect stop on my way home to grab a great glass of wine and some tasty bites before driving home to Napa.

Let’s kick it off with bubbles shall we? Right away, I love the Le Vigne Di Alice, Marzemino & Glera ‘Osé’ Rose Brut Nature from Vittorio in the Veneto

but I can’t pass up a glass of Lambrusco to go with charcuterie so look for the Paltrinieri ‘Leclisse’ from Modena as well.

Moving on to whites, a bottle of 2020 Marisa Cuomo, Falanghina & Biancolella ‘Ravello’ from the Costa D’Amalfi is a perfect Mediterranean get away in a glass.

A fun value wine is the Prá. Garganega ‘Otto’ from Soave or if you want rose all day then go for the 2020 Tansy Aglianico ‘Heringer vineyard’ from Clarksburg here in California.

As for reds, Let’s start with the 2017 Palmento Costanzo ‘Mofete’ from Etna Rosso in Sicilia which is a fragrant and lively wine with bright red fruit and wild herbs and is a great value as well.

I also love the 2018 Ronchi Di Cialla ‘Ri’Nera’ from Firuli-Venezia-Giulia made from the Schioppettino variety aka Ribolla Nera. This wine is almost like northern Rhone Syrah with it’s black and blue fruits with a bit of lavender, violet and black pepper and is also a great value.

If you want something more local, then the NV17 by Cain is a great California cab that doesn’t break the bank.

Overall, I love A16 with its wonderful approachability and passionate wine team that prices things so that you can experiment and let your inner Italiano run wild.





Grant, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate A16’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try your great suggestions.   


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