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About this Episode

Certified sommelier Michaela Quinlan introduces some spectacular wines, including lesser-known wines from Hungary and Corsica, from the wine list at Eleven Madison Park. This plant-based restaurant located in the heart of New York overlooking Madison Square Park provides a fine-dining experience matched with an equally fine wine list. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint, 2017
  • Marcel Zanolari l’Essenziale Rosso d’ Valtellina, 2017
  • Pittnauer St. Laurent 2011 from Burgenland
Transcript: Eleven Madison

Eleven Madison Park

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 to demystify wine list’s 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 Eleven Madison. Eleven Madison offers many ways to enjoy their fine dining experience as you overlook Madison Square Park. Come enjoy their multi-course, plant-based tasting menu, snacks, or even just enjoy a glass from their extensive wine list. Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what do you think of their wine list?

MQ: I think this wine list redefines extensive! There are so many classics, and unique varietals, that I could take notes for days. I have highlighted a few and hope you enjoy them.

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

MQ: The first, of many, that jumped off the page was the Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2017 from Hungary. One of the many wonderful things about the Furmint grape is, like Riesling, it is incredibly versatile in its ability to produce beautiful wines from dry to sweet. This is a dry Furmint which offers aromas of white flowers, green apple, and citrus. This medium-bodied white wine is grown in volcanic soils, so we can come to expect bright acidity and a mineral finish. This would complement herbal dishes.

RT: 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: Of course! A must try would be the Marcel Zanolari l’Essenziale Rosso d’ Valtellina 2017 from Lombardi in Northern Italy. This dry red wine is made from the Nebbiolo grape featuring bright acidity, ripe, red cherries, a hint of earthiness, and beautifully smooth tannins on the finish. This is another food-friendly wine, especially roasted vegetables.

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 unique crowd-pleaser for the table would be the Pittnauer St. Laurent 2011 from Burgenland, Austria. St. Laurent is a red grape that has been compared to Pinot Noir with an edge. I find St. Laurent to maintain the cranberry, cherry notes similar to Pinot Noir, but take that up a notch with a bit more spice, and herbal, earthy finish. This is perfect for your savory mushroom dishes.

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: Of course! Another unique selection for an excellent value is the Antoine Marie Arena San Giovani Patrimonio 2018. The grape in this dry, citrusy white wine is Vermentino. This wine is produced in the Patrimonio region of the Mediterranean Island of Corsica. This Vermentino is organic and certainly showcases the Mediterranean climate with its bright acidity, minerality, and classic nutty/almond finish.

RT: For me personally…

MQ: Absolutely!

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

 MQ: I have been enjoying a number of spectacular Chablis recently. One to consider to add to your special, or any occasion, would be the Louis Michel Chablis Grenouille Grand Cru 2018. Grenouille wines are rare and notable, as they come from one of the smallest Grand Crus in the region of Chablis in Burgundy. This highly rated Chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel and does not see any oak aging. This results in aromas and flavors of green apple, pear, white flowers, and a mineral finish. The mineral finish is also due to the Kimmeridgian, or limestone, soil found in this region of Chablis. This would be a wonderful pairing for the number of herbal dishes, and to your celebration.

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


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