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About this Episode

Samantha Hohl, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas take a trip to Coppa in Boston, Massachusetts where Sam reviews their fantastic list of wines which have been curated to highlight small producers, so you know there will be some surprise varietals and hidden gems on this list. Sam chooses the wines that pair well with items on the menu, so if you love Italian food (and who doesn’t) get ready to eat, drink and be more than merry with the suggestions Sam offers in this episode of CorkRules.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2021 Foradori Teroldego, Alto Adige

  • 2020 Quantico “Etna Bianco”, Sicily

  • 2014 Gravner Ribolla Gialla, Slovenia

Transcript: Coppa


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, certified sommelier.


Hello Sam, it’s great to be back together for another episode.


SH: 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.

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Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Coppa is a spot where you can enjoy Italian small plates, pizza and pasta dishes crafted by James Beard Award Winning chefs. They also offer seasonal cocktails and a wine list featuring small producers.


Where to start

As you mentioned, Robert, this is a fantastic list of wines curated to highlight small producers. It’s full of Italian favorites and some maybe not as well known gems will be so fun to try. To start us off I’m looking at the Fondo Bozzole “Giano” Lambrusco. I am such a fan of a well-done Lambrusco to kick off the evening! Fondo Bozzole is a farm run by brothers who focus on growing indigenous varietals for Lambrusco. They also run the small production winery themselves, so this is a special find! This bottle is made with Salomino grapes and will have notes of black cherries, and red fruits, with a great balance of tannin, acid, and bubbles. This would be a match made in heaven with pizza, like their Italian sausage and shoshito pepper, but plays really well with pastas and meats too.


Next let’s talk about the 2021 Foradori Teroldego from the Alto Adige region of Italy. The Foradori winery is run by the 4th generation of winemakers and is known for their high-quality production of Teroldego wines. It’s going to have flavors of blackberry, cherry, and subtle spice and some herbaceousness too. It would be beautiful with the Pork Bolognese!


A white wine that caught my eye would be the 2020 Quantico ‘Etna Bianco’. This is a Sicilian white blend of Catarratto, Carricante, and Grillo. This blend brings nicely balanced acid, mineral and saline qualities with notes of citrus. A bit fuller bodied but still refreshing to sip on and delicious with many starters like the Celery Caesar salad or Marinated White Anchovies.



This list is full of value bottles, which we love about Italian wines! A little value gem I wanted to point out was the 2021 Sassara ‘Esotico’ old vine rosé blend. This bottle comes from the Veneto region and is made by 4th generation family winemakers who tend to the vines that are around 60 or 70 years old. This bottle will be zippy, fresh and bursting with fruit flavors including juicy pomegranate, peach, and citrus. It’s really food friendly so it would go well with anything from the cheese plate, to the Honey Roasted Carrots, or Spaghetti Carbonara.




There’s some wonderful celebratory options here! The first one that stood out to me was the 2014 Gravner Ribolla Gialla. The Gravner wine estate is located in Friuli and borders Slovenia. Josko Gravner has made a name for his wines that are crafted using extremely old winemaking practices and are known for their ageability. This 2014 bottle made from Ribolla Gialla aged with skins in amphorae before being bottled and aged for another 5 years. It’s going to have notes of herbs and almonds, slightly floral aromas and flavors of stone fruit. This would be a unique celebration bottle.


Another bottle that’s celebration ready would be the 2016 Frank Cornelissen ‘Munjebel CR.’ Whenever I see a Frank Cornelissen bottle on a list I am drawn in, and this bottle is no exception. He is so admired in the natural winemaking world, and has been making wines for over 20 years in Mount Etna, Sicily. This bottle is made from Nerello Mascalese grapes grown on over 70 year old vines in high altitude vineyards. The yields for the grapes are very low so this is a super special bottle. It will have notes of red fruit, smoke and spice, along with velvety tannins and balanced acid. It will be so delightful alongside any meat dish or red sauces. It would definitely be a treat!


RT: Sam Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Coppa’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself. 


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