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Wine educator and sommelier Grant Wood joins Robert Tas to discuss the wine list of the Antique Garage in Soho. The menu demonstrates a collection of cross-cultural influences and they focus on responsibly-sourced, organic ingredients. Recommended wines on the list include the Cabernet Sauvignon from Groth, from Napa Valley’s Oakville, the Pecorino by Ciavolich from Abruzzo, Italy, and the Laurent-Perrier’ La Cuvée Sur-Marne Champagne.

Key points include:

  • 01:14: Bubbles on the list
  • 02:06: The Piemont region of Italy
  • 02:47: Turkish Raki
Transcript: Antique Garage

Antique Garage

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, it’s great to have you back.

GH: Hey Robert! Happy to be here :)

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

We created CorkRules to demystify wine list’s because we know from experience, that those lists can sometimes be intimidating and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list with confidence, 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.

So, Grant today we are talking the Antique Garage.  They are located down in Soho with an amazing ambience with a wonderful collection of antiques that just add to the experience.

Grant, the menu here is pretty diverse, can’t wait hear where do you think we should start?

GW: Starting with their cocktails, being a big gin guy myself, the Little Tenderness features Hendrick’s gin, St-Germain, and grapefruit which sounds absolutely refreshing!

RT: Nice call with summer on the horizon, how about some juice to get us going?

GW: Moving to bubbles, the Laurent-Perrier’ La Cuvée Sur-Marne Champagne is a true classic but the Francois Montrand from the alpine region of the Jura offers great value and will satiate any wine lover at the table.

RT: What about something on the lighter side to kick us off?

GW: A really fun white by the bottle is the Pecorino by Ciavolich in Italy’s Abruzzo is textural, mineral, and fresh on the palate which is fun to pair with all sorts of dishes on their menu. I actually just had this bottle with some friends the other day at a little wine bar that I frequent in Napa.

RT: What if I’m looking for something for my second course or so but easy on the wallet?

GW: On to reds, I love the Barera D’Alba by Vietti Tre Vigne coming from Piedmont in Italy. Barbara is always a budget friendly, yet approachable red that is soft, fruit-forward, and ever-so food-friendly. As for something bigger and more celebratory, I have to make a shout out to my hometown of Napa and recommend the Cabernet Sauvignon from Groth, located in Napa Valley’s premium sub-AVA of Oakville. These Luxurious wines are powerful with fine-grained tannins and a rich full body mouthfeel that craves fatty meats and a big meal. For a wine like this, I would ask your server or sommelier to decant the wine before service to ensure the wine can “open-up” and soften those tannins and release more aromatics.

RT: Great call. I love those big cabs myself. Anything else on the menu catch your eye?

GW: Lastly, Antique Garage has Turkish Raki on their menu which is twice distilled spirit using grapes and anise as their base. This is a fun and unique spirit that will promise to ease your appetite and bring your evening to a close.

RT: Grant Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Antique Garage’s wine list.

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Thank you.





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