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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the wine list at Mooo to find the best wine to pair with your meal at this renowned steakhouse that boasts a stellar wine cellar. Michaela identifies the tasting notes that pair well with items on the menu. She points out the value wines for the times when you want to show a little fiscal restraint and special occasion wines for the times you want to celebrate.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2018 Eugenio Collavini T Friulano Collio
  • The 2002 Heitz Cellars, “Martha's Vineyard”, Oakville
  • 2020 Jean-Luc Millet, Sancerre, Loire Valley
Transcript: Mooo


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 Moo. This stellar steakhouse in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill is a must-visit. They have also opened a second Boston location in the Seaport. Moo is not only your classic steakhouse for evening dining, they also feature breakfast and lunch, along with an excellent bar menu.

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

MQ: As I am sure we are all aware, the restaurant industry is a difficult one, and it is always exciting to see them thrive. Moo has a spectacular wine list featuring Old World and New World favorites. They even feature a gorgeous wine cellar for private events.

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

MQ: Of course, we will begin with the 2020 Jean-Luc Millet, Sancerre, from the Loire Valley of France. I personally enjoy the minerality, bright acidity, and citrus of the Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre. It is certainly one to consider as an aperitif, or to pair with lighter fare, and shellfish.

RT: That is a great way to get started. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?

MQ: I was fortunate to visit a number of wineries in the Willamette Valley in Oregon a few years ago, so I always check out which wineries are featured in each menu. One to consider, and a personal favorite, is the 2019 Averaen, Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. This pinot noir is well balanced featuring ripe red cherries and cranberries, along with notes of smoke, spice, and a mineral finish. A well-structured wine that will complement any of the proteins on the menu.

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

MQ: Of course, we have to feature a full-bodied red wine for Moo’s fare, so another to consider would be the 2016 Cesari, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico from the Veneto. This Valpolicella consists of 100% Corvina. This rich, dry red wine features plumb, ripe blackberries, cassis, smoke, and notes of vanilla on the finish.

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! Heading over to Australia, a highly rated selection to consider would be the 2017 d'Arenberg, 'The Dead Arm', Shiraz, from McLaren Vale. Here we have another rich, red wine. This Shiraz features all the incredible aromas and flavors of blackberries, blackcurrants, vanilla, and a touch of cocoa, with notes of spice and eucalyptus on the finish.


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: 2018 Eugenio Collavini T Friulano, Collio

2017 Muga, (Tempranillo), Rioja Reserva

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 options depending on how many notches you are looking to scale, however, a classic stood out as one to consider. The 2002 Heitz Cellars, 'Martha's Vineyard', Oakville

RT: Michaela, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Moo’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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