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Robert Tas and certified sommelier Michaela Quinlan join forces once again to share their expertise on the wine lists of restaurants in New York City. In this episode, they explore the wine list of il Buco. With two locations in NYC, il Buco has earned a stellar reputation and is a popular destination. Their wine cellar holds a selection of over 400 wines and includes an exciting range of lesser-known, artisan wines from Europe in addition to the better-known quality wines. il Buco's wine list has won Wine Spectator’s "Award of Excellence" several times. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • Magia Lambrusco 2016 from Emilia-Romagna
  • Simčič Ribolla Classic 2016 from Slovenia
  • Arnaldo-Caprai 'Cuvee Secret’ 2015 from Umbria
Transcript: Il Buco

Il Buco

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!


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 intimating, 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 Il Buco. Il Buco was an antique shop upon conception in 1994. Now, it is known as the primary restaurant to the family of four locations, two in NYC, one in the Hamptons, and the other in Ibiza.

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

MQ: Il Buco features an exciting and fresh menu that features a unique take on Italian and Spanish cuisine. Their wine list features a selection that will certainly spawn new favorites.

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

MQ: If you enjoy starting an evening with charcuterie, then you must try the Magia Lambrusco 2016 from Emilia-Romagna. This Lambrusco is a dry, red wine with hints of pomegranate and a slight frizzante, the finest of bubbles. The medium acidity pairs beautifully with smoked or cured meats.

RT: That is for sure unique. 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, and rather rare wine, would be the Simčič Ribolla Classic 2016 from Slovenia. This white grape, the Ribolla Gialla, is grown on the border of Slovenia and Northern Italy. The bright acidity, aromas of citrus and thyme make this a perfect go-to for fried seafood, mussels, and anything with garlic.

RT: What does it compare to? 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: Another unique standout is the Arnaldo-Caprai 'Cuvee Secret’ 2015 from Umbria. The grape in this Tuscan neighbor is Grechetto. Grechetto has amazing fruit aromas and flavors of peach and melon, along with a hint of minerality. This is a perfect pairing with heartier fish such as swordfish and tuna.

RT: Ooh, Terrific. Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind..  any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: Staying in Umbria, a wonderful red wine for the table would be the Antonelli 'Contяario' Sagrantino 2014. The Sagrantino grape is another rare selection. You will quickly identify the black pepper, fig, and defined tannins. This is your selection to pair with earthier dishes consisting of mushrooms, sausage, and hard cheeses.

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

MQ: Of course. The La Lecciaia Brunello Riserva 2011 from Tuscany is always a winner. The grape variety in the Brunello is Sangiovese. Because this is a riserva, the aging has been done for you, resulting in smooth tannins, black pepper, a bit of ripe red cherry, and a hint of smoke on the finish. This is certainly the pairing when you are carrying on a conversation and lingering over dinner.

RT: For me personally, I always like wine with a little age on it. 

MQ: Absolutely!

RT: Michaela, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Il Bucco 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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