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Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas review the wine list at Eddy V’s Prime Seafood restaurant. This vibrant location offers a stand-out menu specializing in steaks and seafood and a classic wine list with a selection of old and new world wines to pair with items on the menu, including scallops and salmon, wines with spice to pair with smokey meats, and wines to  pair with richly sauced seafood and spicy dishes,

Wines reviewed include: 

  • 2020 Cave de Lugny, Les Charmes, Burgundy

  • 2018 K Vintners Millbrant Syrah, Washington State

  • 2019 Bodegas Caro, Amancaya, Mendoza, Argentina

Transcript: Eddy V's Prime Seafood Restaurant



Eddie V:

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 Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. Come enjoy happy hour, live music, private events, and of course, a stand out menu specializing in steaks and seafood.

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

MQ: In this kind of environment, you know they offer favorites for all palates. Join us for today’s selections for steak and seafood.

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

MQ: We must begin with a classic, Old World Chardonnay from Burgundy in France. Consider the 2020 Cave de Lugny, Les Charmes, Burgundy. Les Charmes is located at the base of the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. This Chardonnay is aromatic with notes of white flowers, fresh acidity, lemon zest, tangerine, with a toasty finish. Pair this Chardonnay with scallops and salmon.

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

MQ: If you are looking for a full-bodied red wine with a bit of spice, consider the 2018 K Vintners Millbrant Syrah from Washington State. A crowd pleasing Syrah that features notes of blackberries, black cherries, clove, black pepper, with a smoky/nutty finish. A wonderful companion to smoked proteins.

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 medium-bodied white wine that is a must-try when pairing with richly sauced seafood and spicy dishes is the 2020 Kruger-Rumpf Estate Riesling, Trocken from Germany. The key word on this label is ‘Trocken’. This means the Riesling is dry, and features bright acidity, ripe peach, ripe green apple, white flowers, lime zest, and a mineral 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: Another crowd-pleasing red wine for the table is the 2019 Bodegas Caro, Amancaya from Mendoza Argentina. This red wine consists of 64% Malbec and 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, making it a perfect companion to steak, lamb, and other rich proteins and pasta. With aromas and flavors of currants, blackberries, black cherries, raspberries, smoke, spice, and lavender, this bottle certainly packs a punch.

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: As we love to discuss Rose for year round enjoyment, a robust Rose to consider of excellent quality and value is the 2021 Feudi di San Grigorio Aglianico Rose from Campania, Italy. This richly colored Rose features notes of ripe red cherries, watermelon, with strawberry jam, and a floral finish. Pair this Rose with shellfish and dense fish such as salmon and tuna, all for an excellent price.

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

MQ: I always seem to stop for a moment when I spot a Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Consider the 2019 Benton Lane Pinot Noir when in search of a quality/vale red wine. This is truly your go-to for a medium bodied red wine to pair with herbed and lightly sauced proteins. Well balanced with aromas and flavors of red cherries, cranberries, and strawberries, along with notes of spice, white pepper, clove and smoke, this Pinot Noir is a winner.

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 looking for art in and out of the bottle, look no further than wines by Orin Swift. The conversation begins with the arrival of the bottle. For a special occasion, consider the 2018 Orin Swift Papillon from Napa, California. This highly rated Bordeaux style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc has it all. Rich and dense, this blend features black currant, fig, plumb, cassis, smoke, and leather, with notes of licorice and lavender on this finish. All the richness you could ask for to pair with Eddie’s menu and your special occasion.


RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Eddie V’s Prime Seafood’s 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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