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Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit Match 65, a restaurant located on the Upper East Side that is loved for its “come as you are” atmosphere in an authentic Parisian-style brasserie. Sam identifies the pairing notes that work well with select items on the menu. And to take your wine knowledge up a notch, she explains what maceration means and how it affects the wine, how a chablis differs from a chardonnay, and what the Grand Cru Classe classification means.

Wines reviewed include:

●  2018 Domain Joly et Fils Chablis

●  2018 Famille Perrin Gigondas

●  2005 Latour Pauillac

Transcript: Match 65

Match 65

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 Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified sommelier 

Hello Sam, great to have you back for another great wine list. 

SH: Hello Robert!

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

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


Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, 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.


Match 65 is a French Brasserie on the Upper East Side offering traditional dishes in a cozy space that gives off true French ambiance. 

Where to start 

There are so many food-friendly wines on this list it can be hard to figure out a place to start! I did find a few that would be delicious to sip on and pair with some of the starters. 

RT: Let’s go for something off the Rhone Rouge section that will win the popularity vote with a variety of food pairings! The 2018 Famille Perrin Gigondas is a grenache and syrah blend that has notes of blackfruit and ripe cherries. The sandy soils the grenache is grown in contribute to the rich mouthfeel. This wine also had a long maceration, meaning the skins were left in the wine longer, making the tannins nice and soft. This delicate red is a pleasure on its own, but try it with the Pate de Campagne and you’re setting the meal up beautifully! 

RT: White 

Maybe your night starts out with a white wine, something that has a little weight to it and is ready to mingle with some food. The 2012 Chante-Alouette M. Chapoutier is made from the marsanne grape. This wine is from the Hermitage appellation in the northern Rhone wine region, which produces mostly red wine but also small amounts of white wines. Because this wine is aged, it has great tropical fruit notes, along with hints of melon, apple, and honey. It’s got a medium body that would be delicious alongside the salmon tartare. 

RT: Value Bottle

If you’re not looking to spend too much on a bottle but still want a wine that will pair wonderfully with a variety of things try the 2018 Domain Joly et Fils Chablis. (Jollee a fis) This is a white wine made from the chardonnay grape, but because chablis is in the northern part of the Burgundy region it has a cooler climate, which results in wines with more acidity and less fruitiness than those that come from warmer climates. So this is going to be very different from your California chardonnay. It has notes of pear, grapefruit, apple and stone. This wine has great pairing potential with anything from the buffalo mozzarella, to the pan-seared pork chop or even the trout amandine. 

RT: Celebratory

There is no shortage of choices if you’re looking for an incredible celebration bottle here. The wine list has a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe section, meaning great classified growth. These wines are from estates that are recognized for their exceptional quality. This section then lists the wines by growths. 1st growth is an indication of the highest quality and there are only 5 chateaus classified as 1st growth. If you’re able to try one of these premier wines, you must try the 2005 Latour Pauillac. (Poh-yak) This beautiful, powerful wine has super fine tannins and is bursting with black currants and raspberries, accompanied by chocolate. It’s big and balanced, and has a long graphite finish. If you pair it, try the steak frites or the rack of lamb. But be sure to get lost in the experience that this wine is first! 

RT: Sam, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Match 65’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try your great suggestions.   

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

If you would like Sam 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 cue as quick 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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