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In today’s episode of CorkRules, Robert Tas is joined by certified sommelier Cecilia Bonet as they navigate the wine list of Limani, a high-end Greek restaurant near Rockefeller Center. The wine list at Limani offers a broad selection of Italian, French, kosher,  and local wines. But perhaps what’s most exciting to try at Limani are the Greek wines that reflect the unique terroir of Santorini.

Wines reviewed include:

  • Assirtiko 2018 from Sigalas Winery.
  • Oregonian Pinot Noir ´Seven Springs´ Evening Land
  • 2015 Chardonnay Au Bon Climat, produced in Santa Maria Valley
Transcript: Limani

LIMANI – New York

RT: Hello and Welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where we review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Cecilia Bonet, Certified Sommelier.

Hello Cecilia, it’s great to have you the CorkRules Family and from beautiful Spain

CB: Hello Robert, great to be here.

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules.

We created CorkRules to demystify wine list’s because we know from experience, those lists can sometimes 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.

So, today we are talking about Limani near Rockefeller center. This is a high-end, swanky, beautiful Greek Mediterranean restaurant featuring seafood galore plus they have a broad selection of wines including some great wines from Greece. There is something for everyone.

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

As far as I can see, the wine list is well distributed with reds and whites, although there is perhaps little room for sparkling wines.

You will find a broad selection of Italian, French and local wines as well, but I would like to highlight the incredible choice of Greek wines, which are normally difficult to find.

As consumers, we are used to seeing wine lists with old-world wines, and when I mention this, I mean generally European wines, but not Greek. And if there are, very few.

And if we are talking about the wine offer, they also have some Kosher wines.

Rt; So, with all their great wines, anything unique jump out at you?

In this magnificent Mediterranean restaurant, we will find mostly seafood dishes. Therefore, I would like to suggest on this occasion more white or light red wines than others with more body and structure.

Something you should definitely try is the Assirtiko 2018 from Sigalas Winery. Assirtiko is the champion white grape of Greece, originated on the volcanic island of Santorini. Wines are bone-dry and lean with subtle saltiness, ideal both as an aperitif for its freshness and to pair with most main dishes.

RT: Sounds like a great suggestion, but what a lighter red to get me going?

But if instead, you love red wines, and perhaps with little structure, I would choose the Oregonian Pinot Noir ´Seven Springs´ Evening Land, produced in 2017 by Eola Amity Hills.

RT: As you looked at the list did you see any good values wine you might point us too?

Value Wines

If I choose to remain in the country I will suggest the 2015 Chardonnay Au Bon Climat, produced in Santa Maria Valley. It is rich on the palate, and the classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vaNULLla go on and on. This lively wine will go with a wide assortment of foods, even with some meat.

If, on the other hand, I wanted to try a Chardonnay from its origins, I would prefer the 2017 Pouilly – Fuissé by Albert Bichot, produced in the emblematic Burgundy.

RT: Right on, Bichot is one of the finest producers in Burgundy. Always a great choice.

So this is a special kind of place, what’s a special bottle for one celebrating a special occasion or big business dinner?

Bigger budget/Special Occasion

If it were up to me to decide, and a red one in this case, I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to drink the 2015 Barolo Cannubi from Chiara Boschis, produced in the heart of Piedmont, north of Italy. I have to say that I had the opportunity to meet Chiara when I was in London, and I was absolutely impressed by the quality of her wines. This would be definitely my choice, if a go for a bit more structure.

RT: Cecila, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Limani’s wine List. I’m adding this to my list and can’t wait to try your suggestion 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 as we have lots of other episodes of your favorite restaurant wine lists available.

And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.


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