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About this Episode

In this episode of CorkRules, wine educator and sommelier Leire Tejada and Robert Tas navigate the wine list of Marc Forgione, a restaurant that brings innovation to New American cuisine and uses the best of local and seasonal ingredients. The menu may be local but the wines on this list are a beautiful representation of the best-known wine areas in the world.

Wines reviewed include:

  • Crémant de Bourgogne Bruno Dangin “Blanc the noir”
  • Getariako txakolina, Rubentis, 2021
  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico, 2019
Transcript: Marc Forgione

Marc Forgione

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 Leire Tejada, wine educator and certified sommelier.

Hello Leire, it’s great to be back together for another episode

LT: 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 Marc Forgione here in NYC. A laid-back yet high-style approach to American cuisine in a comfortable and spirited setting.

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


LT: I’m so excited to share some information about Marc Forgione Restaurant where they offer a signature style of food and extraordinary wine list from across the best-known wine areas in the world.


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

LT: Of course! I would definitely recommend to start with a glass of Crémant de Bourgogne Bruno Dangin “Blanc the noir” from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, organically farmed which is absolutely delicious with some snacks such as Smokin’ Hot Savage Blonde Oysters.

RT: Me neither, that is for sure unique.

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

LT: I definitely say yes, the menu is plenty of unique wines. Starting by the red wines by the glass the Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico, 2019, from Tuscany is a classic red wine made from Certified organic 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot grapes. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish and a wonderful pairing with Piedmontese Hanger Steak.


RT: I’m always blown away by the Italian wines and am always finding new favorites. 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?

LT: Absolutely! There is an amazing selection, but today I’m going to focus my attention on an extraordinary wine super drinkable during the Spring and Summer time. Getariako txakolina, Rubentis, 2021 from Ameztoi family winery, located in the Basque Country in the Northern coast of Spain. This wine is made from an indigenous grape called Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarribia bletz

, and also are grown organically. Another curious fact is the tanks are closed towards the end of the alcoholic fermentation in order to preserve the naturally occurring carbonation. So, you will enjoy a delicate, effervescent character in each drop of wine. I would recommend this vibrant and complex wine with Chili lobster.


RT: Ooh, Terrific.

Leire, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind.  any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

LT: Definitely, one of my favorite good value wines on the list is Chateau Beychevelle “Les Brulières”, 2018 from Haut Mèdoc Appelation (AOC) in Bordeaux. A sublime example of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grows organically under the traditional blend. A beautiful example of soft tannins, and a delicious mix of black fruit to share with the iconic plate Snowdance Farms Chicken Under a Brick.

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

LT: Of course, Pax Mahle Syrah “Walker Vine Hill Vineyard” 2002 from Russian River Valley in California is a unique wine made by Syrah grapes from the ten acres of Walker Vine Hill vineyard sustainably farmed. This vineyard is situated in a unique micro-climate that traps cool coastal influences to allow the fruit to ripen slowly. Another important detail, the 2002 vintage for California was exceptionally good, so the result It’s a great, ripe, and rich wine.

RT: For me personally, I always like wine with a little age on it. 

LT: I 100 percent agree

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

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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