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About this Episode

Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the wine list at La Boca in Santa Fe, New Mexico. La Boca features a carefully curated wine list that showcases Spanish varietals and pairs well with their Spanish-inspired menu. Sam reviews wines made from lesser-known varietals from a variety of regions in Spain. If you want to expand your palate and find some new favorites, this episode will open up a world of new wines to explore. In addition to pairing suggestions and tasting notes of each wine, Sam offers a little background information on the terroir to expand your knowledge of how the growing region influences the wine. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2019 Raúl Pérez La del Vivo

  • 2020 Envínate Benje

  • 2015 Bodegas LAN Culmen

Transcript: La Boca

La Boca

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 Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Sam, it’s great to have you!

SH: Hey Robert great to be back.

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.

You can now download our CorkRules app available on the apple app store. Where you can access all the wine lists of your favourite restaurant wine lists, get personalized recommendations and connect, share and learn with your friends.

RT: So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list. Today Sam and I …

La Boca


La Boca is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Chef James Campbell Caruso is the 8-time James Beard Award nominee behind La Boca. They feature Spanish dishes crafted with local ingredients and a carefully curated wine list that showcases Spanish varietals.

Where to start

This wine list features a wonderful array of Spanish wines, sherries, ciders and beer. There’s some amazing bottles on here ready to enjoy alongside your Tapas. For a tasty white wine to start us off I’m looking at the 2019 Raúl Pérez La del Vivo. Raúl Pérez is a Spanish winemaker who has received world-wide recognition. This bottle is made from single-vineyard sites that have vines over 50 years old. It’s made with the Godello grape and 80% of the grapes are juiced and aged for a year in barrels while the other 20% is fermented with skin contact and then the two are blended. It’s super fragrant and mineral, with notes of pear, saline and citrus. It’s fantastic with starters like salads or salty appetizers like the olives, or the Fried Manchego salad.

A red that stood out to me was the 2020 Envínate Benje. This bottle comes from the Canary Islands and is made from primarily Listan Prieto which is a popular varietal planted on the Canary Islands. The grapes come from vines over 70 years old and the volcanic soil they grow in imparts a lovely smokiness. This wine also has really fresh acid and notes of raspberry, cherry and herbaceous qualities as well. It’s going to be great with a variety of meats or red sauce dishes.


This list is full of value bottles so it’s definitely not hard to find something delicious that’s also affordable. Let’s start with the 2020 Can Feixes Blanc Selecció. This is a white blend from the Penedés region of Catalonia. Can Feixes was established in 1768 and is considered a premier estate in this region. They make their wines with only the highest quality grapes and this bottle is made primarily from Parellada. It’s going to have notes of stone, lemon and hints of ginger. It pairs wonderfully with seafood and veggies.

If you’re thinking red you could go for the 2016 Veronica Ortega ‘Quite.’  This bottle comes from the Bierzo region of Spain and is made with Mencia grapes from 80 year old vines. It’s nicely balanced with red fruit and earthy notes with some floral qualities as well. This bottle would pair well with dishes like the lamb meatballs or the bruschetta with mushrooms.


There’s plenty of celebratory options on here and I have a couple to mention. First, the 2015 Bodegas LAN Culmen would be a beautiful Temperanillo to savor. Full bodied and complex with red fruit notes, spice and minerality. So tasty to sip and perfect with harder Spanish cheeses or the Braised Short Ribs.

Another very special red would be the 2017 René Barbier Espectacle De Monstant. This bottle is made with Garnacha grapes from vines over 100 years old. It’s a beautifully complex bottle with both richness and refreshing acid. It’s going to have notes of red fruit, spice, herbs and flower petals. Only 5500 bottles were produced of this so it’s certainly a treat.

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

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

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And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.

Thank you.











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