Intro to CorkRules
- 4/29/22 | 4:19
About this Episode
In this episode of CorkRules, host Robert Tas explains why he decided to start this podcast, and how it is designed to help both the amateur and the discerning oenophile navigate the wine lists of their favorite restaurants so they can find those hidden gems, value wines, and special bottles for special occasions. Each week, he reviews a wine list with a certified sommelier who explores the list and shares a few expert tips on vintage, varietal, and little-known tips from the wine industry.
Hello and welcome. My name is Robert Tas. Thank you for joining me, I would like to introduce you to my story behind cork rules. About eight years ago or so, I started my wine journey with a group of friends who invited me to a so called wine dinner. This dinner set me on my way to becoming passionate about wine. Okay, maybe a little obsessed. I'm all about drinking the perfect bottle with great food, sharing these experiences with friends and loved ones. Nothing could be better. Since that dinner, I've been trying to learn and drink as much as I can. I've been fortunate to drink some great stuff along the way. But I still very much view myself as a wine rookie. And novice. As I got into wine more, I realized three things. I really liked to drink wine. I love the craftsmanship, the vinters put into it, you can taste it, you can feel the history surrounding many of these wines. And they're great, and there's so many wines to try from all over the world. The second thing I learned is I really liked drinking wine with friends, loved ones, and special occasions. Okay, most occasions, having a great bottle just makes all our experiences better. And the third thing I realized is that I like drinking wine while I'm dining out. I love eating at great restaurants. But this is a big but ordering wine at restaurants, well, steaks. It's hard. It's daunting, it's overwhelming.
You know how it goes, you walk into the restaurant, and within minutes, they hand you a menu, a list a book. Yes, these are restaurants that have huge, beautiful leather bound books that often have 50 plus pages of wines in them. And so now with all the eyes on you, you've got to make a decision and try to pick one. At that moment of truth, you have to be able to absorb the wine list. But wait a minute, no wine list are the same. They're all written differently. They all have their own style. They all have different selections of wines, restaurants actually go out of the way to curate wines off the beaten path. From ice and orange wines to all over the world you can choose from to their credit restaurant and wine directors are trying to enhance your experience as they should. On top of all that you've got to know what your guests might like. And finally what budget to think about. And now you need to make a decision in a very short amount of time. I still personally find this challenging. Sometimes restaurants do have sommeliers who are fantastic and are here to help you. I encourage you to ask them questions and get recommendations. They have amazing knowledge and are really here to help your dining experience. But sadly, I've learned that many people are afraid to ask for help. We did a survey last year and found that 72% of the people don't want to ask for help. I was blown away by that stat. But I guess it makes sense. No one wants to look silly, ask dumb questions or be embarrassed. Most people feel like they lack wine knowledge, including myself. So many of us default to the basics like Chardonnay and Cabernet. This to me is a big miss. It just shouldn't be this hard to enjoy a great bottle or find the right bottle to make our experience the best. So with all this said, we set out to create CorkRules.
Our mission is to demystify the restaurant wine list, we are launching this podcast series where in each episode we will review a specific restaurant wine list. The idea is to try to do a short podcast around five minutes or so to help you navigate the restaurants wine list. Given an overview, find those unique gems or value wines, or that special bottle to impress your date, friends or boss. This may seem ambitious given there are over 100,000 restaurants in the US alone. So we're going to start small and focus on New York City as a pilot each podcast I'll be joined by a wine educator to help us review these lists. So please check out our website to get to know our songs. Maria Grace Mikayla, Josh to name a few. We will be releasing new episodes frequently and we'll be expanding across the country soon. If you have a favorite restaurant you'd like us to review, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website where we have a request form available. Most importantly, we want to get your feedback on the concept and format.
We hope these podcasts can be helpful in elevating your dining experience and providing you with some wine suggestions to help you demystify those lists and find that perfect bottle. Thank you for tuning in. Now sit back and listen to some really great wine list reviews. Cheers
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Robert Tas talks to writer, and director Todd Norwood about his new film, Gap Weekend and the world of wine. Todd shares stories about the making of his film Gap Weekend, and, of course, wine. Todd shares why he chose to film in wine country, his favorite wine, how he paid the crew overtime, and where you can access the film.
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Wines reviewed include:
10 Year Sercial Madeira
Broadbent Single Cask O 078 Verdelho Madeira
Meet the “Queen of Barbaresco” Gaia Gaja from the legendary Gaja Winery
- 22:21 min
In this special edition of CorkRules, Robert Tas interviews Gaia of Gaja Winery in Piedmont, northwestern Italy. Widely considered to be one of the greatest estates in the world, they have produced coveted and collectible labels and earned a reputation as winemakers who never compromise on quality. Robert and Gaia talk about the history of the vineyard, which spans five generations of winemakers, the regions, terroirs and varietals, why they are special to the vineyards, the family’s philosophy in winemaking, and what they are doing to deal with the impact of a changing climate.
Wines reviewed include:
2018 Conteisa Barolo DOP
2020 Barbaresco DOP
2020 Gaia Rey Langhe DOP
Chosen Family Wines
- 28:48 min
Robert Tas and Channing Frye talk wine culture, wine community, and of course, Chosen Family Wines. Channing shares his journey from the NBA to winemaking, the community of winemakers he works with and how his company chooses the winemakers to work with. He also explains what he loves about the wine industry, what he thinks should change, and of course, his wines, including a bottle you’ll want to save for ten years, and an exciting rose.
Wines reviewed include:
2021 Chardonnay, Lingua Franca
2021 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Salty Goats
2022 Willamette Valley Rosé, Chosen Family
Le Nez du Vin
- 30:11 min
In this episode of CorkRules, Robert Tas interviews, Viva Lenoir Head of Aromas and Development Officer at Le Nez. Viva was born around the same time as Le Nez du Vin, the olfactory book created by her father, Jean Lenoir. A keen enjoyer of wine, she specializes in the sensory analysis of coffee and whisky. A former comedian and radio speaker, Viva had an interesting and adventurous life before returning to the world of wine. As a child, her father introduced her to the concept of tasting notes in wine, and now she follows her passion for aromas and the adventures of the olfactory system.
Marchesi di Barolo Winery, Piedmont
- 30:15 min
Valentina Abonna talks about the generational family-owned and operated vineyard, Marchesi de Barolo. She shares the genesis of the Barolo wine (also known as the king of wines and wine of kings) that dates back to the 1600s, and is birthed from a love story when a young bride was brought to the village and decided that a quality wine was needed, long before the Piedmont region was recognized as a wine region. The family has owned the winery and vineyard since and still uses barrels that date back to the 1800s.
Key points include:
The difference between Barolos and barbarescos
What makes Barolos unique
Innovation and the future of the winery
- 11:6 min
In this special episode of CorkRules, Robert Tas interviews Allison Luvera and Lauren De Niro Pipher, the co-founders and CEOs of Juliet, a company that turns perceptions of boxed wine upside down and delivers quality wine in sustainable, accessible packaging. They talk about their unique design choices, how they overcame the stigma surrounding the quality of boxed wine, and why they got into the business in the first place. They also discuss the quality of wine, including orange wines, and the longevity of wine due to the packaging.
Topics discussed include:
The inspiration behind the design
The innovative, sustainable packaging
The premium quality of their wine, including appellations and varietals
- 22:13 min
Robert Tas and special guest, Bradley Knebel, General Manager of Tatiana, talk about Bradley’s career in wine, inclusivity and diversity in wine production, and, of course, the wines on the list at Tatiana's. From velvety pinots to sublime orange wines, Bradley shares the inspiration behind the list, the extraordinary bottles that should not be missed, and a little background knowledge on the producers.
- 43 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
- 15:19 min
Robert Tas interviews Cheron Cowan, an Advanced Sommelier from Court of Master Sommeliers and the beverage director from Craft, Tom Colicchio’s flagship restaurant where guests enjoy award-winning dishes in an elegant and comfortable space. This restaurant has won many awards for both food and wine. Whether you want a white, red, or rose, Cheron identifies the bottles on the list that should not be missed.
Wines reviewed include:
Grongnet, Blanc De Blancs, Brut, Nv, Champagne
2020, Rías Biaxas, Spain
2021,Pinot Noir, Failla, Sonoma Coast
- 8:51 min
Hanna Lauerman, General Manager of Haley.Henry Wine Bar and Robert Tas review the wine list at Haley Henry. This popular wine bar has an intimate and bohemian vibe and a stellar wine list. They made the semi-finalist list for the 2020 James Beard “Outstanding Wine Program” award, and they focus on responsibly sourced and natural, small-production wines, so you know exploring this list is going to be an adventure. Hanna points out the must-try little-known wines, shares a little background information on the producers and regions, and introduces orange wines from Greece and a PetNat inspired by punk rock.
Wines reviewed include:
- The Bodegas Albamar Albarino, Spain
- The Koukos Sidiritis Orange Wine, Greece
- The Forlorn Hope Abandoned Bicycle, California