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Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit Delfina, a wholly “Cali-Itali” restaurant that bridges that offers a beautiful amalgamation between the old-world and the new. This cozy and intimate restaurant offers a casual dining experience with fine-dining quality.  This location does not disappoint and neither does the wine list. Grant recommends wines to pair well with items on the menu and suggests a few stellar cocktails to kick off your Delfina experience.

Wines reviewed include:

●  2019  Weissburgunder ‘Praesulis’ by Gump Hof in Alto Adige

●  2021 Carignan from Railsback Freres

●  2016 Barbera by Guiseppe Mascarello

Transcript: Delfina

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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 Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grant, it’s great to have you!

SH: Hi Robert! Great to be back.

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. Today Grant and I are reviewing

Delfina SF

 Delfina has been in SF for over 20 years and is back with a new design after being closed during the pandemic. This time with a whole new look and a fabulous menu to match. They are true pioneers to the Cali-Itali with everything from Pizza to Liberty Farms Duck. Let’s take a look at their beverage program and see what gems we may discover!

Let’s kick it off with cocktails as you know I can’t resist!

I’d go for the Dolores Park Swizzle with rhum blanc (French islands) lime, Maraschino and absinthe. Rhum with an H is what tells you that this is coming from the French islands and are made with cane juice as opposed to molasses. Another quick draw for me is the Negroni Nostrano featuring Bordiga Occitan gin, vermouth rosso and house-made apertivo because you know I can’t say no to any kind of Negroni. 

Moving on to bubbles here there is a great Italian theme with some great options. I’d go for the Sagrantino Brut Rose by Scacciadiavoli out of Umbria. This is a beautiful rose from an underappreciated part of Italy for Spumante and at a reasonable price. Otherwise, I’d order the Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelverto by Zanasi out of Emilia Romagna which is a killer sparkling red that is perfect for antipasta or charcuterie. 

Moving on to whites let's go for the 2019  Weissburgunder ‘Praesulis’ by Gump Hof in Alto Adige which is really lean and easy going but for something a little closer to home I can’t resist Ryme’s 2018 Ribolla Gialla from the Vare vineyard in Napa Valley. Ryan and Megan are making truly awesome wines that are for the people. They’re also a favorite of my girlfriend and I and we drink these wines all the time. 

One other local favorite would be Idlewild’s 2021 ‘The bee – Flora & Fauna’ made from Arneis-Muscat and Canelli-Favorita which I think would have just the right amount of body roundness to pair with something a bit richer. 

Let’s get in the reds now, yea?

On the lighter side, I’d go for the 2021 Carignan from Railsback Freres here is California which is high acid, bright red fruit, and super easy drinking.  Looking back to Italy, though, I like the 2016 Barbera by Guiseppe Mascarello which is always delivers and I think is such a great wine for the table. 

Moving into the bigger reds which I know is where your head is at Robert. I’d go for the 2017 Nerollo Mascalese by Passopisciaro which is such a classic and would be great with their menu. Another standout for me is the 2012 Aldo Conterno ‘Colonello’ from Barolo which would really just steal the show. 

Lastly, I’d finish my evening with the 2012 Falanghina Passito by La Sibilla in Campania to tie off what is sure to be a wonderful dining experience at Delfina. 



RT: Grant, thank you so much for helping us navigate the wine list at Delfina

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