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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the wines of Italy at Felix Trattoria region by region. Travel by wine region! What a great way to get to know Italian wines, and Grace is on hand to help you navigate the list and the regions. Both the wine list and menu at Felix are inspired by the deeply rooted culinary traditions of regional Italy. Chef and master pasta maker Evan Funke crafts fresh, handmade pasta on-site and to order while you kick off your evening with a light white or glass of sparkling wine.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2018 Primitivo, Tenuta Chiaromonte

  • 2021 Nebbiolo Rose, GB Burlotto 

  • 2019 Verdeccio, La Monacesca


Transcript: Felix Trattoria


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: Bonjourno Roberto

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, we will be reviewing LA Italian hotspot Felix. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts Grace.

GH: Thanks Robert! Well, we are diving into an all-Italian list. And I love that they have it sorted by the region in Italy –  North Central South and the Islands. 

RT: Bueno bueno where would you like to start us?

GH: Just kidding they have an almost all-Italian list, with the one exception being the sparkling section which is all champagne.

RT: Hey nothing wrong with that

GH: Amen to that. My picks from the champagne section would be this Delamotte brut, or if you wanted a vintage champagne, they have a 2017 Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc from Pertois Lebrun.

RT: Delicious. Two great selections. Alright, Grace how about some Italian whites? Should we start in the north?

GH: We shall Roberto! For my northern Italian white pick, I would go with 2020 Soave Classico from Pieropan, or the 2019 Fruiliano from Borgo de Tigilio.

RT: Yum can’t go wrong with either of those. What about some central Italian whites?

GH:  Centro Blanco would have to be 2019 Verdeccio from La Monacesca, or this 2020 Toscana Bianco Ornellalia.

RT: And finishing off the category with southern Italy and the islands?

GH: Well it wouldn't be an Italian white list without some classic Etna Bianco from Sicily. I’m loving the look of this 2020 from I Vignieri. And from the Southern mainland, the 2021 Greco di Tufo from Benito Ferrara.

RT: Love those two. Do they have Italian roses on the list too? I imagine the Italians have their own phrase for rose all day haha

GH: I bet they do and it probably sounds gorgeous haha everything Italian just sounds more beautiful. For an Italian rose I would do the 2021 Nebbiolo Rose from GB Burlotto

RT: Bellissima haha alright are we cruising right along to the reds? What are your northern picks?

GH: For my Barolo pick it's gonna be this 2011 from Domenico Clerico. And then have a 2004 Barbaresco from Sori Paitin 

RT: Oh wow love seeing those old vintages. Both sound amazing. What about some central vino?

GH: Oooo that have some delicious big bold tasty Tuscany treats here. I would choose either the 2001 Sassicia or the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino from La Fiorita

RT: Oooooo yum those both sound amazing. And to finish out the category? Southern picks?

GH: Gonna have to be the 2018 Primitivo from Tenuta Chiaromonte or the 2015 Etna Rosso from Graci

RT: Graci, ahem, I mean Grace hahaha -  thank you so much for helping us navigate the Italian wine list at Felix.  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.

Thank you.






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