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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas review the wine list of Il Capriccio in Whippany, New Jersey where they serve authentic Italian cuisine featuring local seafood, meats, and vegetables from their local 180-acre organic farm. Michaela shares her expertise in tasting notes and pairings to complement the menu and identifies the exceptional value wines in addition to those little-known gems and sparklers for all occasions. 

 Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Case Paolin, Coste Degli Angeli, Manzoni Bianco, Veneto, Italy

  • 2014 Odoardi, Giovan Battista, Gaglioppo,  Calabria

  • 2013 Bellavista Franciacorta Brut, Italy

Transcript: Il Capriccio




Music Intro:

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 Il Capriccio in Whippany, NJ. Authentic Italian cuisine featuring local seafood, meats, and vegetables from their local 180 acre organic farm.


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


MQ: Il Capriccio features an exquisite wine list of over 15,000 bottles. An Award of Excellence winner by Wine Spectator, this list offers Old and New World favorites, half bottles, and special selections.



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


MQ: The first white wine that caught my eye was the 2020 Case Paolin, Coste Degli Angeli, Manzoni Bianco from the Veneto of Italy. This Northern Italian white wine is a cross of Riesling and Pinot Bianco, resulting in a full bodied, aromatic wine featuring tangerine, lime zest, and ripe pear, with notes of minerality and white flowers. Pair this unique white wine with richly sauced seafood with pasta and savory dishes.


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


MQ: Let’s head to Southern Italy for another unique, full bodied wine. Consider the 2014 Odoardi, Giovan Battista, Gaglioppo from Calabria. The Gaglioppo grape features ripe plumb, fig, blackberries, with notes of licorice, tobacco, and firm tannins. Another stand out red that pairs well with tomato based sauces and all proteins and pasta.

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


MQ: We know I enjoy something sparkling for any and all occasions. A must try is the 2013 Bellavista Franciacorta Brut. Franciacorta is located in Northern Italy. This fresh, dry sparker consists of Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. Classic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, ripe pear, dried apricot, and toasty brioche. A wonderful way to begin your dining experience or to pair with shellfish, charcuterie, or fried appetizers.


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: If you are considering rich, meat sauces and pasta, then the 2007 Taurino Patriglione, from Puglia is for you. This Southern Italian red blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera is rich in color and body. Featuring red cherries, ripe blueberries, sage, lavender, with smoke, and tobacco on the lingering finish. Another unique and crowd pleasing red wine to consider.



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:  I have thoroughly enjoyed reviewing Il Capriccio’s wine list. The next unique white wine of excellent quality and value that I discovered is the 2018 Arnaldo Caprai, Grecante Grechetto from Umbria. Grown in Central Italy, this 100% Grechetto is light to medium bodied with bright acidity, minerality, ripe peach, tangerine, lemon zest, with a dry, lingering finish. Grechetto is an excellent companion to lightly sauced pasta, light fish, and proteins.


RT: That sounds great. What is your other value selection?


MQ: Another standout red wine consideration would be the 2017 Assuli Furioso Perricone from Sicily. The Perricone grape is native to Southern Italy and features ripe blackberries, black cherries, and prune, with notes of baking spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon from its time in French oak, and firm, round tannins. This wine of excellent quality and value pairs beautifully with hearty proteins, and tomato based sauces.




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


 MQ: The following wine is truly spectacular. Consider the 2010 Emidio Pepe, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in Central Italy. Emidio Pepe founded his winery 1964, however, the Pepe family winery dates back to 1889, originated by Emidio’s father and grandfather. Emidio strives for perfection in his wines, which is made quite obvious with each sip of his Trebbiano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This 2010 Montepulciano is rich, full bodied, and aromatic. Showcasing aromas and flavors of blackberries, cassis, mushroom, smoke, and leather, with violets and licorice on the lingering mineral finish, this wine is truly a winner. Enjoy with all richly sauced and savory dishes, along with any special event. 



RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Il Capriccio’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself. 


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