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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas talk tasting notes and wine pairings with a stellar selection of wines from Mirabelle at Three Village Inn. This restaurant has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and offers a truly cosmopolitan wine list, featuring wine by region and varietal. Michaela identifies the tasting notes on wines that must not be missed for the discerning oenophile and discovers a few gems for the adventurous wine lover, including a dessert wine from Greece and a beautiful white Bordeaux.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2017 Corte Pagliare Verdieri, Lambrusco Rosato “Ven Crud”,  Emilia Romagna, Italy

  • 2018 Domaine du Coulet-Matthieu Barret “Et La Banniere”, Crozes-Hermitage, France

  • 2017 Charles Smith “Kung Fu Girl” Riesling, Washington

Transcript: Mirabelle at Three Village Inn

Mirabelle at Three Village Inn


https://www.mirabelleatthreevillageinn.com/menus/ - wine-list


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!


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.


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


RT: Today we are talking about Mirabelle at Three Village Inn in Stony Brook, NY. Built in 1751, the property was used as a private residence until the 1930’s when it became a restaurant and Inn. Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch featuring a French inspired menu, Mirabelle at Three Village Inn is a perfect destination for weddings and special occasions.


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


MQ: This Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient is truly a crowd pleaser. Featuring wine by Region and varietal, this award winning list showcases Old World and New World favorites. We hope you enjoy today’s selections.



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


MQ: When I spotted this first wine, I immediately craved cheese, charcuterie, and spicy food. Consider the 2017 Corte Pagliare Verdieri, Lambrusco Rosato ‘Ven Crud’  from Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy. This Lambrusco di Sorbara is the lightest of all Lambrusco. It is dry and floral featuring white flowers, violets, red cherries, watermelon, and tangerine. A beautiful wine with a touch of effervescence, or frizzante.


RT: That is for sure unique. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?


MQ: The second wine that caught my eye was a dessert wine from Greece. I am more familiar with Vinsanto from Italy, but here we have a Vinsanto from Greece. Consider the 2004 Argyros Vinsanto from Santorini, Greece. Arriving in a 500ml bottle, this Vinsanto is an Assyrtico blend that ages in French Oak for 12 years, resulting in aromas and flavors of caramel, candied apricot, candied peach, and brown sugar. A stellar dessert wine.


RT: 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 is the classic 2018 Chateau Carbonnieux ‘Grand Cru’ Graves Blanc from Pessac-Leognan in Bordeaux, France. Graves is a subregion that produces standout wines. This medium bodied Sauvignon Blanc features bright acidity, lemon zest, white flowers, and a grassy/mineral finish. A beautiful white Bordeaux to pair with cheese, seafood, herbed and lightly sauced proteins.


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: Another classic, French wine worthy of consideration would be the 2018 Domaine du Coulet-Matthieu Barret ‘Et La Banniere’ from the Crozes-Hermitage in the Northern Rhone of France. This medium to full bodied Syrah features ripe blackberries and boysenberries, with notes of white pepper, black olives, and an earthy/mushroom finish. The round tannins add to the pleasure of this wine. Pair with richly sauced proteins and savory dishes.


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: the following winemaker always has a great story behind each of his wine creations. One to consider of excellent quality and value is the 2017 Charles Smith ‘Kung Fu Girl’ Riesling from the Columbia Valley in Washington State. As the story goes, Charles Smith was enjoying Chinese takeout while watching a martial arts film and decided he needed to create a wine that shared the same energy. This Riesling is truly intense! Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, dried apricots, ripe pear, and ripe green apple, with a touch of minerality make this wine perfect to pair with shellfish, and spicy food.



RT: That sounds great. What is your other value selection?


MQ: A red wine of excellent quality and value comes to us from the Morgon, which is a subregion within Beaujolais, located in  Burgundy, France. Consider the 2018 Anthony Thevent, ‘Cuvee Julia.’  This light to medium bodied red wine consists of the Gamay grape which showcases ripe cranberries, ripe raspberries, with a touch of earth, and baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Gamay is an excellent pairing for richly sauced dense fish such as salmon, along with lighter proteins, all for an excellent price.


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: Today’s selections have consisted of a number of classic, Old World favorites. The next consideration follows suit. Consider the consistently highly rated 2011 Chateau Figeac ‘Grand Cru’ from Saint Emilion in Bordeaux, France. Chateau Figeac is a stunning, Right Bank estate dating back to the 2nd century. This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc continues to delight with the historic elegance of Bordeaux. From aromas of ripe blackberries, and cassis, to mushrooms, sage, thyme, and nutmeg, along with the round tannins and lingering finish, this blend is truly worth celebrating during any special occasion.


RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Mirabelle at the Village Inn’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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