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About this Episode

Grace Hood and Robert Tas explore the wine list at Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails. This restaurant embodies the apres-ski vibe and offers fresh, contemporary cuisine with worldwide inspiration, but most importantly, a stellar wine list to enjoy after a day in the snow or on any summer afternoon. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Pinot Bianco from Catina Tramin, Alto Adige,  Italy

  • 2019 Chenin Blanc from Domaine aux Moines, Loire Valley

  • 2019 Domaine Drouin from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Transcript: Fall Line

Fall Line

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

GH: Happy to be here Robert.  

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 Grace and I are chatting about the Vail Colorado hot spot – Fall Line.

GH: Oh man this was one of my go-to spots when I lived there a few ski seasons ago. Great wine list, awesome menu, very cool ambiance.

RT: Love the sound of that. Should we dive right in with some sparkling?

GH: Twist my arm why don’t ya ha-ha starting off with bubbles. I love the look of this Chartogne Tallier Blanc de Blanc, or this Henri Dosnon Brut Rose.   

RT: Can’t go wrong with either of those. What direction are you steering us when it comes to the whites?

GH: If you’re feeling something light and aromatic, they have a 2020 Pinot Bianco from Catina Tramin from Alto Adige in Italy. And for something medium bodied, the 2019 Chenin Blanc from Domaine aux Moines out of the Loire.

RT:  Oh, wow those are definitely some different picks for you. Fall Line has a fairly eclectic menu it seems.  

GH: It does actually! I’m pleasantly surprised with their off-the-beaten-path choices.

RT:  But of course the must have some chardonnay.

GT: Oh of course. For American chardonnay – I'm going with one of my personal favorites – the 2019 Domaine Drouin from Willamette valley Oregon. And then for French Chardonnay – the 2019 Domaine LaRoche Chablis.

RT: Two great picks – and definitely right up your alley Grace ha-ha-ha thanks for those – alright where are we headed when it comes to reds?

GH: Starting off with new world pinot – I’m thinking the 2017 Racines from Santa Rita Hills in California is looking pretty tasty. And then for old world pinot – going to have to be the 2015 Grand Cru Louis Latour Château Corton Grancey.

RT: Awesome – definitely can’t go wrong with either of those. Now how about something a bit more medium-bodied?

GH: For my fellow merlot drinkers out there – for a new world selection I’m going with one of my favorite American merlot makers Keenan – they have their 2018 Napa on the list. And then for right bank Bordeaux merlot – they have a 2014 Chateau Angelus Grand Cru from St. Emilion

RT: Oh, wow those both sound amazing. Any interesting syrahs on the Fall Line menu?

GH: Oh, for sure – was just looking at those. They have a 2017 GSM blend from Betz Family Winery out of Walla Walla Washington which you know is one of my favorite new world regions. And then staying in that same year 2017, but going old world, they have a Matthieu Barret from Cornas out of the Rhone valley.

RT: Great choices – what if were feeling something Italian?

GH: Oh Fall Line kills it in their Italian section – you could do a 2010 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano, 2006 Barolo from  Francesco Rinaldi, or for something bigger and bolder, a 2015 Brunello di Montalcino from Pian Dell-Orino

RT: Love the sound of those. All right, we can’t forget about our cab drinkers. We need something full-bodied and lush to warm us up after being on the slopes.

GH: My thoughts exactly Robert – they’ve got the iconic 2016 Promotory out of Napa – or if you wanted a French cab they’ve got a 2005 Chateau Pichon Longueville Grand Cru Pauillac

RT: Heyo now we’re talking. - Grace thank you so much for helping us navigate the wine list here at Fall Line.  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. Follow us on social media @CorkRules and @wineswithgrace

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


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