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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas review the wine list at Clarity in Vienna, Vermont. Clarity offers an à la carte or gourmet prix fixe four-course dinner tasting menu that 

showcases the very best seasonal offerings, largely sourced from a close network

of local farmers and suppliers from across the country.  Specially selected wine and whisky pairings are available with tasting menu. Their wine program features over 400 wines from all over the world, ranging from classic wines available by-the-glass to fine vintages and some of the most exciting wines from all over the world.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2012 Pakravan-Papa, Prunice di Riparbella, Tuscany

  • 2016 Valerie Forgues Gamay, Touraine, France

  • 2019 Le Jade, Viognier Cave de Pomerols, Languedoc,  France

Transcript: Clarity




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 our mobile app and our podcast’s to demystify wine list 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 Clarity in Vienna, VA. Serving lunch, dinner, and a four-course tasting menu, along with locally sourced beef and produce, Clarity is a must visit. 


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


MQ: Clarity features a beautiful list of Old World and New Word favorites. Enjoy today’s selections during your private dining experience or special event.



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


MQ: The first wine that caught my eye was the 2019 Pascal Jolivet, Sancerre Rose from the Loire Valley of France. The Sancerre region within the Loire Valley is known for their stellar Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. This 93 point rated, organic Rose is 100% Pinot Noir and features aromas and flavors of strawberries and cranberries with notes of herbs on the finish. A perfect companion to lighter fare and seafood.


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


MQ: Consider the 2019 Cass Mourvedre from Paso Robles, CA. This Estate grown, 100% Mourvedre is rich and full bodied. Perfect for the richly sauced proteins on the menu. Ripe blackberries, ripe blueberries, plum, fig, with notes of raisins and cocoa on the finish make this red a winner.


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


MQ: A must try is the 2019 En Numeros Vermells, Pedro Ximenez from Priorat in Spain. This is truly a unique wine. Only 53 cases were made. The Pedro Ximenez grape is often used to make sweet sherry. However, this white wine is beautifully balanced with notes of peach and grapefruit, along with spice, pepper, and caramel with a salty nuttiness on the long finish. A must try to pair with richly sauced seafood.


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 stand out bottle to share with the table is the 2012 Pakravan-Papa, Prunice di Riparbella from Tuscany. This Super Tuscan, consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese is medium bodied, with smooth tannins, notes of ripe raspberries, ripe red cherries, smoke, leather, sage, and lavender. A food friendly wine to pair with herbed proteins.



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: An excellent quality/value white wine to consider when looking for a bottle to pair with herbed proteins, dense fish, and spicy dishes, consider the 2019 Le Jade, Viognier Cave de Pomerols from the Languedoc in France. Viognier is medium bodied, fresh and floral with notes of dried apricot, ripe peach, white flowers, and citrus with a mineral finish. All at an excellent price.


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


MQ:  If you are in search of a value red wine of excellent quality, consider the 2016 Valerie Forgues Gamay from the Touraine in France.  Touraine is located in the Loire Valley, and this organic Gamay is medium bodied and showcases ripe red cherries, cranberries, and blueberries with notes of thyme, sage, and citrus on the finish. Pair this red with all herbed and savory dishes.


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


 MQ: If you are visiting Clarity for any special occasion or celebration, why not consider a classic Champagne producer. The Billecart Salmon Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, from Champagne in France. Founded in 1818, Billecart Salmon is the oldest continuously family owned House in Champagne. This Grand Cru, or superior quality sparkler, Blanc de Blancs, meaning consisting of only white grapes, and in this case, Chardonnay, is consistently highly rated with classic aromas of fresh green apple, lemon zest, and brioche, with a creamy, nutty, and mineral finish. A stellar sparkler to pair with any special occasion.


RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Clarity’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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