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About this Episode

Wine educator and sommelier Grant Wood joins Robert Tas in this episode of CorkRules. Grant shares his expertise on the extensive wine list of Lafayette to help you navigate the list with ease.  Stand out wines on the list include the Dirler-Cade Cremant d’Alsace, the 2019 Domaine Roulot Meursault, and the Domaine Tempier, La Migoua, from the Bandol AOC in Provence.

Key points include:

  • 02:20: A leading natural wine producer
  • 03:20: Wines that wake the palate
  • 04:00: Calvados on the list
Transcript: Lafayette


RT: Hello and Welcome to 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 back.

GH: Hey Robert! Happy to be here :)

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

We created CorkRules to demystify wine list’s because we know from experience, that those lists can sometimes can be intimidating and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list with confidence, find those hidden gems, 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.

So Grant today we are talking the divine Layfayette.  They describe themselves as an everyday grand café and bakery located at Layfayette and Great Jones in downtown NYC.

Grant, this list looks like it has a great selection of wines where do you think we should start?

GW: As you know me, I always like to kick things off with a cocktail and as the weather gets warmer, their Great Jones Spritz is a refreshing way to start your evening. Or if you want to toast your dinner party in style, the R.H Coutier Grand Cru Brut Tradition is a fabulous Champagne by the glass is full of toasty brioche and preserved citrus rinds that will match well with any of their starters.

RT: Yum. Any bottles we should think about?

GW: If you’re looking to order bubbles by the bottle, then the Dirler Cade Cremant D’Alsace is a great value and made in the same traditional method as Champagne. If you want to take it up a notch, then you can’t go wrong with the Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé coming from Champagne.

RT: Any whites we should look at?

GH: As for whites, a great value and a perfect pairing with the oysters on their menu would be the 2019 Domaine Ecu Sevre & Maine ‘Granite” from the Loire Valley which will promise to be clean, fresh, and really wake up your palate. Otherwise, a great bottle to splurge on from Burgundy would be the 2019 Domaine Roulot Meursault which will be much richer and rounder paving the way to stand up to fattier and creamer dishes.

RT: You know, I love my reds, I’m excited to hear your thinking here?

GH: On to reds, I love the 2020 Marcel Lapierre from the village of Morgon in Beaujolais. Lapierre is one of the leading natural wine producers that offers extremely drinkable reds from the Gamay grape that are lean and easy to match up with a variety of dishes. If you want something a bit bigger but still very lifted and savory, then I’d go with Domaine Tempier ‘La Migoua’ from the Bandol AOC in Provence which overlooks the Mediterranean. Tempier is a classic from this region and offers such great drinking pleasure and will match well with the Chicken, duck, or steak on their menu.

RT: Grant, great suggestions, anything to close out our evening?

GW: Lastly If you want to bring your evening to a close then I love their selection of Calvados which is an apple and pear brandy from Normandy. The 1987 Lemorton coming from the Domfrontais is a sub region that offers a bit more pears along with the apples that they use to produce Calvados. This is a wonderful digestif that warms the soul.

RT: Grant Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Lafayette’s wine list.

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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