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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas take a trip to the east coast where they review the wine list at Chillingsworth, a fine dining bistro in Brewster.  Michaela points out a few scrumptious whites to pair with seafood dishes, reds that put Oregon on the map for pinot noir, and a vintage bottle that would make any special occasion exceptionally memorable.

Wines reviews include:

  • 2019 Ladoucette Pouilly Fume from the Loire Valley
  • 2019 Hugel Gewürztraminer from Alsace
  • 2012 Chateau D’Issan, Blason D’Issan Margaux
Transcript: Chillingsworth


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 Chillingsworth. Located on Cape Cod in Brewster, Chillingsworth offers award-winning multi-course, along with a la carte contemporary menus in their fine dining room.

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

MQ: I have attended exquisite special events at Chillingsworth, and especially love their Bistro Bar. The Bistro Bar offers a more casual atmosphere along with outdoor garden seating, along with their entire wine list.  

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

MQ: Of course, their champagne and sparkling list is one to review, however, I have to begin with the 2019 Ladoucette Pouilly Fume from the Loire Valley. The Pouilly Fume appellation produces fantastic Sauvignon Blanc that would pair beautifully with seafood and shellfish. It exudes aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest, bright acidity, minerality, and an herbal finish. A great way to kick off your dining experience.

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

MQ: Another favorite white wine that often catches my eye right away is Gewürztraminer. The 2019 Hugel Gewürztraminer from Alsace is always a winner. I truly enjoy the tropical fruit, pineapple, peach, great minerality, with a hint of honey on the finish from this medium-bodied wine. It would make an excellent companion to rich fish such as salmon and swordfish, along with spicy dishes.

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

MQ: With the herbs and perfectly sauced proteins on the menu, I would consider the 2011 Morgan “Double L” Syrah from Santa Lucia Highlands.  This Central Coast Syrah comes from the only certified organic vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands and showcases ripe blackberries, white pepper, black olives, herbs, with smooth tannins on the finish.

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: Should you be considering any of the beautiful, richer dishes on the menu, then a bottle of the 2012 Chateau D’Issan, Blason D’Issan Margaux could be the winner. This Left Bank Bordeaux from one of the oldest wineries in Bordeaux, features a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot that exude aromas and flavors of cassis, smoke, leather, ripe blackberries, minerality, with a hint of coffee on the finish.

RT: Ooh, Terrific.

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

MQ: A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend Oregon Pinot Camp where I stayed on the Chehalem Winery property in the Willamette Valley. I was delighted to see two, incredible wines from Chehalem that fit our quality and value designation. The first selection would be the 2018 “Inox Unoaked” Chardonnay. This Chardonnay showcases aromas and flavors of white flowers, honeysuckle, and green apple with a light, mineral finish. An excellent value wine to pair with lighter fare.

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

MQ: Another consideration would be the 2017 Chahalem Chemistry Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir is part of a project with the Stoller Family Estate winery to showcase the exceptional quality and value of Oregon pinot noir. This wine is sure to please, featuring aromas and flavors of raspberries, cranberries, plumb, red cherries, spice, and a hint of mint on the finish. Both are certainly wines to consider at an excellent price point. 

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 could not leave this list without mentioning the 2010 Chateau Talbot St Julien, Grand Cru from Bordeaux.  2010 was a legendary vintage in Bordeaux with the warm, dry summer days, and cool evenings. This Left Bank Bordeaux is 100% cabernet sauvignon and showcases the exceptional quality wines that are produced in St Julien which are well balanced and age exceptionally well. The aromas and flavors of cassis, minerality, ripe blackberries, with notes of licorice on the finish. A special vintage for any special event.

RT: Michaela, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Chillingsworth’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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