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About this Episode

Certified sommelier and wine educator Whitney Grant joins Robert Tas to demystify the wine list of NYC Prime Rib, a supper club in West Village where the lights are low and the drinks strong. Whitney navigates the wine list to find the perfect cab sauv to pair with prime rib in addition to finding the other delicious vintages and varietals on the list.

Wines reviewed include:

  • Victorine de Chastenay
  • 2013 Bergström, Silice, from the Willamette Valley in Oregon
  • 2000 Chateau Margaux
Transcript: NYC Prime Rib

NYC Prime Rib

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 Whitney Grant, wine educator and certified sommelier.

Hello Whitney, it’s great to have you join our CorkRules family.

WG: Hi Robert!

RT: 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 NYC Prime a supper club in the West Village. This late-night dining den winks back to a lost era.

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

WG: You’ve gotta go with some classic wines at a place like this!

I always love to start my night with a glass of bubbles, and they’ve got a great list of sparkling wine by the glass. I would recommend the Victorine de Chastenay. Light with refreshing acidity makes for a great aperitif.

RT: Ohh terrific. What about a white to get us going?

WG: Chardonnay from the Santa Rita Hills in California would pair nicely with the shellfish appetizers. This wine will have notes of lemon, great minerality with a bright saline finish.

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

WG: The 2013 Bergström, Silice, from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. This wine comes from the Chehalem Mountain AVA. This Pinot Noir is super fragrant, darker, and richer than many other vintages. It is developing those wonderful tertiary characters with age big yet still a lovely delicate Oregon Pinot Noir.

RT: Wow, sounds delicious. What about something to impress my guests?

WG: Now if you are looking to impress your guests, I would recommend the 2000 Chateau Margaux. A flawless vintage and a timeless Bordeaux classic. The 2000 vintage is noted for its remarkable concentration of flavors with elegance and softness on the palate. If you have the opportunity to enjoy this wine, you’ll be reminiscing about the experience for years to come.

RT: So Whitney, is there anything you would recommend for someone with a more conservative budget?

WG: If you’re looking for a hearty wine that will pair nicely with the menu without breaking the bank, I would recommend the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from the White Rock Vineyard in Napa Valley. With this wine, you’re going to get an elegantly layered Cab with rich dark fruit, spice, and leather. Cab Sauv is a classic pairing with a menu like this. The richness will pair perfectly with a full-bodied Napa Cab.

RT: Great suggestions, anything from the old-world wines to consider?

GW: Another great option if you are still looking to enjoy an old-world wine would be the 2018 Domaine François Villard from Crozes-Hermitage of the Northern Rhône Valley in France. This is a great value wine that is predominantly Syrah. You can expect bright fruit flavors that are best drunk while young.

RT: Whitney, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate NYC Prime’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself. 

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