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In this episode, host Robert Tas and certified sommelier Michaela Quinlan explore the wine list of the renowned Italian restaurant, Pasquale Jones. Situated on the corner of Mulberry and Kenmare Streets in Manhattan's Little Italy, this establishment offers authentic Italian cuisine and a sophisticated wine list that is sure to please both the palate and the pocket.  

Wines reviewed include:

  • Cantine Barbera, Grillo 2019 from Sicily
  • Molettieri Aglianico 2017 from Taurasi from Campania
  • Jean Claude Lapalu Cote de Brouilly 2020 from Beaujolais
Transcript: Pasquale Jones

Music Intro:

RT: Hello and Welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast 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 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 Pasquale Jones. If you are looking for a posh, Neapolitan eatery, with wine galore, Pasquale Jones is the destination for you. Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what do you think of their extensive wine list?

MQ: Your eyes certainly need to be as big as your appetite when scrolling through their wine list. I kept stopping on one amazing selection after another and am thrilled to share them with you.

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

MQ: The first white wine that caught my eye was the Cantine Barbera, Grillo 2019 from Sicily. Grillo is one of the many unique white grapes from Italy. The citrus, herbal, and hint of salinity make this a perfect pairing for seafood, pastas, and roasted vegetables.

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: A must-try for our red wine drinkers is the Molettieri Aglianico 2017 from Taurasi from Campania. Campania is located in the south, shin area of the boot of Italy. Aglianico is a full-bodied red wine with excellent tannin, white pepper, and black cherry. The savory notes of the Aglianico would pair well with smoked or cured meats.

RT: What does it compare to? 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: Pasquale Jones also features an orange wine section on their list. Many of you may be familiar with orange wines, or skin contact wines.

These wines are produced by allowing the white wine to ferment on the skins which creates a deep, orange hue. Be prepared, this is a bold, white wine with notes of honey and dried orange rind. The savory nature of this wine pairs well with roasted dishes that feature herbs such as rosemary and thyme.

RT: Is it sweet? Ooh, Terrific.

MQ: - not sweet

RT: Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind..  any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: Absolutely! The Jean Claude Lapalu Cote de Brouilly 2020 from Beaujolais. The red grape here is the Gamay grape from Beaujolais, a sub-region of Burgundy. Now, this is not your Beaujolais Nouveau, which takes the Gamay grape and expedites the fermentation process to produce that light, tutti-fruity flavor. This is the real deal, red Burgundy. It’s medium-bodied with beautiful floral aromas, along with blackberry and black cherry. Not only is this an excellent value wine, but it is also food-friendly.

RT: Distinction btw Gamay and BV 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: No matter how many notches you are looking to go with this menu features an astounding selection of high-end wines. I would recommend the Cascina Baricchi Reserva Barbaresco 2013. Barbaresco consists of the Nebbiolo grape which is full-bodied with some serious tannin yet aromas of roses and strawberries. This wine can certainly stand up to all things smoky, and in this case, wood-fired. Always an impressive selection.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Pascale Jones' 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 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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