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Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas visit Primo in Rockland, Maine. Primo serves a truly fresh and ever-changing menu, and since they source their produce from their own farm, you can’t get fresher than that. This is the ultimate farm-to-table experience and they offer a stellar wine list to match the menu. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Chateau de Segries, Tavel, France

  • 2019 Skouras Salto Moschofilero Wild Yeast, Greece

  • 2014 Clau de Nell, Grolleau, Loire Valley

Transcript: Primo


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 Primo in Rockland, Maine. Primo describes themselves as a “full circle kitchen” as they manage their own greenhouses, pigs, and hens. Truly a fresh and ever-changing menu.

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

MQ: Primo features an exciting selection of Old World and New World wines, along with half bottles, and magnums. A standout selection to pair with their beautifully fresh menu.

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

MQ: A region that jumped out at me right away was the 2020 Chateau de Segries from Tavel. Tavel is located in the Southern Rhone Valley of France and is known to produce top Rose. This highly rated, organic, full-bodied rose consists of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah, and features aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, raspberries, licorice, with a mineral finish. This is a beautiful pairing with cheese, light fish, and herbed proteins.

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

MQ: A white wine that caught my eye was the 2019 Skouras Salto Moschofilero Wild Yeast from Greece. The Moschofilero grape is floral, medium bodied, and is fermented with wild yeast, resulting in a creamy finish. Notes of white flowers, citrus, pear, and melon, along with bright acidity make this wine an excellent companion to lightly sauced or herbed proteins.

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 to pair with any herbed dish would be the organic and biodynamic, 2014 Clau de Nell, Grolleau from the Loire Valley. The Grolleau grape is light to medium bodied showcasing ripe black cherries, blackberries, herbs and earthy notes. Consider this classic and savory wine.

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 stand out to consider would be the 2017 Pablo Bea “Pipparello” Riserva from Montefalco in Umbria, Italy. Also, organic and biodynamic, this red blend of Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Sagrantino, features black cherries, cassis, mulled spices, with round tannins on the smooth, lingering finish. Another companion to fresh herbs and rich proteins.

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: A stellar quality and value wine to consider would be the 2021 Rallo Ciello Catarratto from Sicily. The Catarratto grape is similar to Sauvignon Blanc with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, citrus, minerality, bright acidity, but slightly fuller-bodied with the Italian classic almond finish. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with shellfish.

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

MQ: Another favorite quality and value region to consider would be the 2019 Chateau de Montmirail from the Vacqueyras located in the Southern Rhone Valley of France. This stand out red consists of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre is full-bodied with ripe black cherries, white pepper, sage, minerality, and a soft finish. Another complement to richly sauced fish or smoked proteins.

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

MQ: A truly perfect wine to pair with any special event would be the 2017 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon of the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. While Ridge wines are always highly rated, the 2017 vintage received 100 points from Jeb Dunnuck. With a touch of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, this incredible wine showcases ripe blackberries, cassis, licorice, minerality, pine, and notes of cocoa. It is rich, full bodied, and fragrant, with firm, round tannins from the historic single vineyard of Monte Bello. A standout wine to add to any special occasion.

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