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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier and Robert Tas visit the fun and funky restaurant Hatchet Hall. This lively neighborhood restaurant and bar focuses on the simplicity of quality ingredients sourced from local farmers. It’s all about friendly vibes and fun times. The wine list is regularly updated with a menu that focuses on the wine's culture and history. Here, you will find a stellar natural wine selection of all organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2016 Newton Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

  • 2019 Chanin, Santa Maria Valley

  • 2021 Viognier from CCGP Vineyard, Santa Barbara

Transcript: Hatchet Hall

Hatchet Hall

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 as always 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 will be reviewing LA hot spot Hatchet Hall. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

GH: Thanks Robert! I am loving the look of this place. It's super modern and quirky and eclectic so it’s right up my alley.

RT: Sounds very LA hahah shall we dive right into the list?

GH: Absolutely! So I love that not only have they organized it by the regular sparkling White rose red etc, but then they have sub categories like “not Chardonnay” and “keep hatchet weird”

RT: Sounds more like a collection of short stories rather than a wine list

GH: Well that’ll be the idea for my autobiography one day hahahah but starting off with bubbles as we always do. If you’re feeling in the mood for classic champagne, I would go with the the Labbe Blanc de Blanc. But if you’re an Oregon sparkling fan like yours truly, they have a 2020 sparkling from Civic Winery.

RT: Love the sound of those. Now how are looking for whites? What subcategories do they have?

GH: Well starting with the “light and Bright” selections, I would do either the 2019 French Ugni Blanc from E Bodin winery. Then under the “keep hatchet weird category” I would go for the 2021 Viognier from CCGP Vineyard out of Santa Barbara. 

RT: Nice selections. I’m curious to see what “not chardonnay” has to offer.

GH:  You and me both Robert. The sub headling reads “full and structured, familiar but different”. With these selections in mind, I would do the 2018 Melon d’Arbois from Paul Benoit out of Jura.

RT: Great idea. Are they completely without chardonnay? I would find that hard to believe for a California restaurant.

GH: They do have a few! I would go with the 2019 Chanin Chardonnay out of Santa Rita Hills

RT: There we go. Can’t forget about those die-hard chardonnay fans. Now should we dive into the reds? Excited to hear what categories they have here.

GH: So starting out with “not pinot noir” hahah how about that. I would do the 2020 Gamay Noir from La Triolet. I call gamay the cousin of pinot noir so that will be very similar. But they do have 2 pinot noir options thank goodness haha I would do 2019 Chanin from Santa Maria Valley. 

RT: Hey hey for gamay hahah now since they had a “keep hatchet weird” white, I assume they have a “keep hatchet weird” red?

GH: They sure do. And I would go for something called the 2014 Purple Pyramid from CCGP Vineyard from out of Santa Barbara.

RT: Oh how fun. Definitely sounds like a delicious central coast red blend. What about something bigger and bolder?

GH: Do you mean “full and structured”? B/c that’s what they're’ calling it at Hatchet Hall. My picks from this category would be the 2016 Bordeaux from Château de la Croix – no relation to the sparkling water hahah. Or for our diehard California fans, they have a 2016 Newton Cabernet Sauvignon out of Napa.

RT: Great choices. Grace, thank you so much for helping us navigate the wine list at Hatchet Hall.  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 an 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

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Thank you.






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