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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas dive into a deliciously Italian-focused menu at The Fox and The Knife, a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves soul-satisfying Italian food in a warm, welcoming, high-energy atmosphere. It’s all about good food and good times here, and that includes the wine list. Michaela reviews their exceptional selection of Italian wines. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Le Battistelli Battistelli" Soave Classico, Veneto

  • 2018 Cantina Lilliu, Cannonau, Sardinia

  • 2019 Benanti, Etna Bianco, Carricante, Sicily

Transcript: The Fox and The Knife

The Fox and Knife

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 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.

RT: Today we are talking about Fox & the Knife located in Boston. Fox & the Knife offers traditional Italian fare with a wine list to match. Schedule your dinner or make your way to the bar. You can’t go wrong with classic Italian.

Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what you think of their wine list.

MQ: I can’t get enough of Italian wines. Thankfully, Italy produces over 350 different grape varietals, and Fox and the Knife features an incredible selection for us to share today.

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

MQ: I have to begin with one of my many favorite Italian white wines…the 2020 Le Battistelli Battistelli" Soave Classico, from the Veneto. The white grape in this wine is Garganega and features bright acidity with aromas of lemon, tangerine, and white flowers, along with a mineral finish. Simply an easy-drinking wine to kick off your dining experience, or to pair with light fish or charcuterie.

RT: That is for sure unique. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?

MQ: Absolutely! A rich, red wine to consider as a compliment to pasta is the 2018 Cantina Lilliu, Cannonau from Sardinia. The Cannonau grape is the local name for Grenache. This wine features aromas and flavors of strawberries, ripe, red cherries, cocoa, with great acidity, and a touch of saline on the finish. If you happen to be a fan of red wine for the antioxidant health benefits, then order a few bottles of this Cannonau, as it is known to have three times the antioxidants of other red wines. What’s not to love?

RT: So, Michaela, their list seems to have lots of range but was there anything that you would say is a “must-try”?

MQ: A must-try for our fans of Sauvignon Blanc, would be the 2019 Benanti, Etna Bianco, Carricante from Sicily. The Carricante grape is grown in volcanic soils which leads to bright acidity, minerality, citrus, and ripe pear, and a note of saline on the finish as well. The wines we have been discussing are grown along the coast, so the grapes certainly will be influenced by the ocean breezes. A fresh white wine to pair with cheeses, charcuterie, and tomato-based sauces.

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: You know I can’t pass by a single varietal Cabernet Franc. One to consider would be the 2017 "Ampeleia” Costa Toscana Rosso from Tuscany. I enjoy the ripe, black cherries, notes of herbs and rose, but the earth and black olive aromas and flavors truly stand out. Herbed sauces, or rich, meat sauces would pair beautifully with this wine.

RT: Ooh, Terrific.

Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind, any other great value wines you’d point us too? 

MQ: Of course. Let’s begin with the 2021 Vietti Roero Arneis from the Piedmont. This is a beautiful, medium-bodied white wine featuring the Arneis grape. The honeysuckle, citrus, and cantaloupe make this stand-out value wine a winner to pair with charcuterie or light proteins.

RT: That sounds great. Any great value reds out there?

MQ: Absolutely. I find you can never go wrong with Nero d’Avola. They are always of great quality and value. One to consider would be the 2018 Vino Lauria, Zio Paolo, from Sicily. The Nero d’Avola grape produces this bold, red wine showcasing cassis, plumb, and blackberries, with leather and earth on the finish. This is a perfect companion for richly sauced pastas and proteins, all for an excellent value.

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

MQ: When looking to take your Italian palate up a notch, the 2014 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato from the Piedmont is a sure winner, receiving 94 points from the Wine Advocate. Barolo wines are crafted from the Nebbiolo grape which features aromas and flavors of violets, herbs, red cherries, and strawberries, with round, smooth tannins. This is truly a beautiful to share and enjoy for any special occasion.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Fox & the Knife’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.

Thank you.







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