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Certified sommelier Michaela Quinlan joins host Robert Tas to review the wine list of Misi, an elegant Italian restaurant located in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Italy produces over 350 grape varietals, and Misi’s wine list features a number of unique and stand-out wines, and Michaela chooses a few of the best from the list that are guaranteed to please.  

Wines reviewed include:

  • Marco de Bartoli ‘Terzavia’ 2018 from Sicily
  • La Sibilla Campi Flegrei Falanghina, 2019
  • Nicolas Mariotti Bindi Mursaglia 2017 from Corsica
Transcript: Misi


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 Misi. Located in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, chef/owner Missy Robbins shares simple, handmade Italian dishes. She has earned Wood and Wine’s Best New Chef Award, and in 2018 was awarded the James Beard Best Chef of NYC.

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

MQ: Thankfully, Italy produces over 350 grape varietals, and Misi’s wine list features a number of unique and stand-out wines that you certainly enjoy.

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

MQ: The wine list begins with several sparkling options. I would consider the Marco de Bartoli ‘Terzavia’ 2018 from Sicily. The grape in this sparkler is Grillo. It’s dry, with bright acidity, green apple, minerality, and a toasty/brioche finish. This is an excellent aperitif and seafood pairing.

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: Absolutely! Another unique option would be the La Sibilla Campi Flegrei Falanghina 2019. The Falanghina is a white grape with lemon zest, peach, apricot, and that classic almond/nutty finish. It is a medium-bodied white wine that would be a wonderful companion to shellfish and grilled vegetables.

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: If you are looking for a robust red wine with your dinner, look no further than the Nicolas Mariotti Bindi Mursaglia 2017 from Corsica. The Nielluccio grape is deeply colored with round tannins with flavors of raspberries, tart cherries, along with a bit of smoke and chocolate on the finish. It is also organic. This is a wonderful wine for pairing with spicy pasta 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: Of course. An option to consider would be the De Fermo Don Carlino Pecorino 2019 from Abruzzo. Pecorino is another unique, medium-bodied, white grape with aromas of white flowers, pear, white peach, and a mineral finish. Many of you may be thinking of the cheese of the same name, which actually is a wonderful pairing for this wine. It is certainly a food-friendly wine for seafood and pasta dishes, all at an excellent price.

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

 MQ: Many wine lists feature large-format bottles. They always add excitement and conversation when they are presented to the table. The limited release San Freolo 1593 Langhe Rosse Dolcetto 2009 from the Piedmont in the 1.5L or Magnum bottle. A Magnum bottle holds two bottles worth of wine. This is a spectacular wine with tart red cherries, ripe blackberries, cassis, earthiness, and notes of lavender on the finish. This would be an excellent pairing for heartier dishes and meat sauces.

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