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About this Episode

Certified sommelier and wine educator Grant Wood joins host Robert Tas to demystify the wine list at Hearth, a James Beard award-winning restaurant in East Village that is wholly dedicated to sustainable dining. Grant identifies the not-to-be-missed cocktails, the hidden gems, and the value wines on the list. But to truly take your dining experience to the next level, he also offers pairing suggestions and a little more information on the varietals and producers.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2016 Mari dry Riesling from Michigan
  • Jacquesson, Cuvée 743 Extra Brut from the Vallée des Marne
  • The 2013 Chateau Musar Blanc from Lebanon
Transcript: Hearth


RT: Hello and Welcome back to another episode with 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, it’s great to have you join our CorkRules family!

GW: Hey Robert, I’m so happy to be here with you.

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules.

We created CorkRules to demystify wine list’s 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.

Alright so Hearth situated in the east village is quite a NY staple with a great menu, fun cocktails, and a really thought-out wine list to tie it all together.

Right off the bat, the Do Not Pass Go cocktail featuring Amontillado sherry, mint, vermouth, and lime is a perfect way to slip into your evening. The Paper Frog with reposado tequila, mezcal, chartreuse, and lemon is really calling my name right now as well.
Moving on to the wine list here, I must make a shout out to my good friend Gustavo Sotelo who is the winemaker at Scribe in Sonoma. Hearth has their 2020 rose pet-nat of pinot noir which is always a perfect way toast to friends and loved ones in an easy and relaxed way. On to the whites, the 2016 Mari dry Riesling from Michigan of all places sounds like a really fun wine to check out and explore an unexpected domestic region.

As for bubbles, the Jacquesson, Cuvée 743 Extra Brut from the Vallée des Marne in Champagne which will offer all the tension and verve that I love from these smaller producers in Champagne. A fun sparkler from Germany is the 2018 P.J. Kuhn Spatburgunder Sekt Blanc de Noirs which is really fun for the price.

For whites, the 2018 Jean Jacques Confuron Bourgogne Aligoté is a perfect wat to get things crackin’. The 2017 Léon Beyer Gewurztraminer from Alsace is a spicy, floral wine that fuels the Gewurz till it hutrz movement! The 2013 Chateau Musar Blanc from Lebanon would be a really fun wine to apse any wine nerd as well.

For reds, the 2020 Sillice, Ardoisieres Mondeuce from Savioe in eastern France which would be an amazing value wine with complexity and verve. The 1987 Enrico Vi, Cordero di Montezemolo from Barolo will be a magical Nebbiolo to splurge on. The 2017 Las Madres ‘ Belharra from Carneros is a revelation as well.

To finish, the 1994 D’Olivera from the island of Madeira making Malvasia is truly a revelation and a perfect closer for an evening at a place like Hearth.

Grant, great job today!  Thank you for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Hearth’s wine list. I can’t wait to go and try your suggestions 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.


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