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Sommelier Michaela Quinlan joins Robert Tas to demystify the very french wine list of Dirty French in lower Manhattan and travel around the lesser-known wine regions, including wines of the Savoie, Provence. Dirty French is located at 180 Ludlow Street and is renowned for its timeless classic French cuisine with a contemporary twist.    

Wines reviewed include:

  • Brocard Shibli Burgundy
  • Roserock Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Volnay Premier Grand Cru from Burgundy
Transcript: Dirty French

Dirty French

RT: Hello and Welcome to CorkRules! A podcast where, in each episode, we 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 great wine list.

MQ: Hi Robert!

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules. We created Corkrules to demystify wine list’s because we know from experience, that 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 Dirty French. Located in the posh Ludlow Hotel down in the lower East side of Manhattan. You will be transported to a classic, timeless French bistro and get to hang with all the cool kids. I can hear the music vibing already!

Dirty French also operates a Lobby Bar where you may dine and drink indoors and outdoors in that swanky garden courtyard.

Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what do you think of this super-rich French wine list?

MQ: What better to pair with classic French cuisine, than stellar, French wine standouts from this extensive list? I am looking forward to sharing several with you.

RT: Me too, I love my French wines for sure. As you looked the list did you see anything special regions jump out at you?

MQ: Let’s begin with a unique wine destination in France, Savoie “Sav-wah.” This region is located in the French Alps, and is a haven for white wine lovers. If you are looking to pair fondue, or savory sauces, I would begin with the 2018 Allobroges Blanc, Ardoisières Argile St Pierre de Soucy. This Argiles blend of Chardonnay, Jacquere, and Mondeuse Blanc is rich and round…think white Burgundy, with a hint of floral aromas.

RT: Who doesn’t love the alps. That is for sure unique.

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 would be to head to the small region of Bandol located within Provence. This region is known for its limited roses produced along with a picturesque coastal climate. You must try the 2017
Bandol, Domaine Tempier.
This red wine made from the Mouvedre grape, exudes pepper, blackberry, and cassis. This is your go to when that spicy dish catches your eye.

RT: That sounds right up my alley. These are some suggestions.

So you know I’m getting thirsty and what bottle should we order with dinner, where would you guide us?

MQ: The Valentin Morel, Côtes du Jura Les Trouillots 2018 is a unique white wine from the region of Jura, a neighbor to Savoie. This wine is 100% Chardonnay. The wine does spend some time in oak, so you experience a fuller-bodied wine with hints of baked apple. Perfect to pair with tuna or other rich, seafood selections.

RT: Ooh, Terrific. Yum. Michaela, any hidden value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: Absolutely! The 2020 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, La Pepiere Clos des Briords is always a favorite. The Muscadet grape is grown in the Loire Valley. Let’s not get confused with Moscato. Moscato is often a sweeter, white or rose wine. The Muscadet is a light and quite dry white wine. This is your easy sipper on its own, or perfect pairing with oysters can clams. Excellent wine for an excellent price.

RT: Now Michaela, what if were celebrating a special occasion where we want to break the bank?

MQ: I do love a classic…with that said, let’s head to Chateauneuf du Pape for the Cháteauneuf-du-Pape, Beaucastel 2014. This Southern Rhone classic has been in operation since the sixteenth century producing award-winning grenache/syrah blends. What I love about Chateauneuf du Pape is that the soil has a top layer of stones that warm in the sun during the day that keep the grapes warm during the cooler evenings. This balances the acidity for this stunning wine.

RT: I’ve had this wine before and it’s fantastic. Blackberry and pepper comes to mind. Full-bodied wine. You can drink this for the next 10 or so.

MQ: Absolutely!

RT: Michaela, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Dirty French’s very French Wine List. I can’t wait to go try them myself.  

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

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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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