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Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit Foreign Cinema, a vibrant location that weaves food, wine, cocktails, film, and art gallery into one harmonious ambiance. It provides evolving menus in a sensual environment where guests can enjoy a fabulous selections of wines, including Champagne and oysters on the half shell.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2016 Dom Albert Boxler “Dudenstein” Sommerberg Riesling Grand Cru, Alsace

  • 2018 Agostino Pavia & Figli, Grignolino d’Asti

  • 2012 Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Transcript: Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema

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 Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier.

Hello Grant, great to have you back for another great wine list.

GW: Hello 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 wine lists can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, 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.

Foreign Cinema

Here we have a one-of-a-kind, nationally acclaimed restaurant combing indie films with California-Mediterranean cooking located in the Mission. This is a very popular restaurant with great cocktails and a wonderful wine list as well. Let’s dive in!

Let’s start with bubbles! Right away, I like that they’ve highlighted a section of their favorites so I’d go for the Domaine Vouette et Sorbee extra brut ‘blanc d’Argile’ from the Cote des bar in the south of Champagne. You can’t go wrong with Ulysse Collin extra brut BdN ‘Les Maillons Congy, Cote Sezannais of course and I like the Egly-Ouriet Brut rose grand cru from Ambonnay if you want something pink!

Moving to lighter whites, the 2016 Dom Albert Boxler ‘Dudenstein Sommerberg Riesling grand cru from Alsace is one of my favorites which is fresh, high acid, mineral-driven Riesling to pair with the oysters on their menu. Something fun from the Jura is the Dom Du Pelican Savagnin Ouillee from Arbois is a great choice as well. Moving over to the Loire, I like the 2017 Nicolas Joly ‘Les Vieux Clos’ from Savennieres and is a leader in Biodynamics.

Stepping things up a bit if you want to splurge and impress your guests the you can’t go wrong with the 2016 Coche-Dury Bourgogne which has all of the classic reductive and mineral characteristics that they’re known for. A great value on here moving south into the Rhone, I love the 2016 Yves Cuilleron Roussanne, Vin des Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes which is a great producer that makes some of my favorite whites in the Rhone. Another great value is the 2019 Clos Sainte Magdeleine from Cassis in Provence. There are a lot of great Italian and Spanish whites on here as well so don’t pass up on those either.

Let’s move on to reds now. There’s a great selection of red Burgundy but let’s look at their other great reds on here for the sake of diversity. The 2018 Agostino Pavia & Figli, Grignolino d’Asti is a really fun and easy value wine to consider. I know you like your Barolo, Robert, so I’s go for the 2011 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva, Vignolo would be a stellar wine to go with. I also love the 2012 Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva which is classic Brunello that never disappoints.

If you want to stick to some California favorites, then I’d go for the 07’ Cain Five from Spring Mountain or even the 2014 Forman Cabernet if you want Napa Cabernet. The 2019 A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Zinfandel warms the soul for me and is a classic for Dry Creek. I also love the 2016 Cruse Wine Co. Heintz Vineyard Syrah which is peppery and floral. If you’re feeling weird you should try the 2017 Forlorn Hope Mondeuse from the Rorick Vineyard in Calaveras County. Lastly, the 2019 Jolie-Laide Gamay Noir from El Dorado County is a really fun and food-friendly wine for a dinner at Foreign Cinema.

I think this is a really cool and friendly wine list that is meant to warm the soul and spice on your movie nights with great food and great wine.


Grant, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Foreign Cinema’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try your great suggestions.   

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

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

Thank you.




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