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Sommelier Michaela Quinlan demystifies the wine list of Maison Premier. This restaurant is inspired by grand restaurants of New York, Paris, and New Orleans; they are renowned for their outstanding oysters and their wine list is specifically curated to meet expectations. Recommended wines include the Ludovic Chanson Chenin Blanc 2019 from the Loire Valley, the Goyo Garcia TempraNULLlo 2019 from Ribera del Duero, Spain, and the Domaine Hauvette "Cornaline" 2011 from Provence, France.

Key points include:

  • 02:00: Bold reds
  • 03:08: Value wines
  • 04:00: Wines from Provence
Transcript: Maison Premier

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!


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 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 Maison Premiere. Here we have tradition with a modern flair. Think classic, big city hotel restaurants that feature oysters, seafood, and an endless wine list.

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

MQ: I am ready to spend some time in their garden and sample some of these amazing wine selections. Many of the wines featured are organic, meaning no herbicides or pesticides were used in the vineyards, along with biodynamic principles. (self-sustaining system…natural composts, etc)

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

MQ: Of course. I would begin with the Ludovic Chanson Chenin Blanc 2019 from the Loire Valley. I find the light to medium body of the Chenin Blanc, along with the citrus, and minerality, a great place to begin, especially if you are starting your dining experience with some oysters.

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 for our bod, red wine fans would be Goyo Garcia TempraNULLlo 2019 from Ribera del Duero, Spain. This TempraNULLlo blends aromas and flavors of ripe red cherry and plums, along with hints of vaNULLla and spice from aging in French Oak. Even with these bold flavors, the TempraNULLlo is food friendly and pairs well with anything smoked or spicy.

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: Absolutely. With all of the oyster and seafood selections, I would start the table with a bottle of the Famille Thillardon “La Haute Blanc” 2017 from Beaujolais, France. Since we are in Beaujolais, a sub region of Burgundy, the Beaujolais Blanc will consist of the Chardonnay grape. This unoaked Chardonnay brings with it apricot and peach flavors, along with white floral aromas. I can’t say it enough, but this is a crowd-pleaser for the table and perfect seafood pairing, all at an excellent price.

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: You know I love to find wines of quality and value. This menu is certainly full of them! I would consider the Jean Christophe Jezequel Vielles Vignes, 2017 from the Touraine, France. Quality and value can be found in specified locations as well. For this wine, it is from the Touraine, which is part of the Loire Valley, and a neighbor to Sancerre. Therefore, by enjoying this Vielle Viegnes, which means “old vines” often leading to higher prices, you are experiencing all the quality of high-end Sauvignon Blanc…the minerality, grapefruit, and lime, all at an excellent value.

RT: For me personally…

MQ: Absolutely!

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

 MQ: There are so many wonderful options. I would consider the Domaine Hauvette “Cornaline” 2011 from Provence, France. You may be familiar with Roses from Provence. Their red wines are superb as well. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Syrah, exudes Provence, they have all of the smooth tannins and ripe strawberries, but also with a hint of licorice on the finish. This will certainly pair well with herbal dishes and any celebration.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Maison Premiere’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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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. 

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