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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas take a trip to Queensview Steakhouse on Long Beach. This chophouse offers a wine list with a diverse selection that’s earned Wine Spectator’s distinction  Award of Excellence.  Grace reviews whites from Italy and California, reds from renowned Californian producers, and of course, the baller bottles for a special occasion and budget-friendly must-try wines that won’t disappoint.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Scarpetta Pinot Grigio, Italy

  • 2016 Louis Latour Gevrey Chambertin, France

  • 2008 Cabernet Franc, Jonata, Santa Ynez

Transcript: Queensview Steakhouse


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 Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grace, it’s great to have you!

GH: Hey Hey 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. Grace what are we reviewing today?

GH: We are chatting about the Long Beach hotspot, Queensview Steakhouse!

RT: Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

GH: Totally! We get to take a break from the novel-length wine lists we’ve been reviewing because this one is only two pages! Has some classic selections and really approachable price points. And one of the most unique things they have is a Coravin selection section.

RT: Oh really? What is that for some of our viewers who aren’t familiar with Coravins?

GH: Oh you got it! It just means they are giving their guests the option to try expensive or hard-to-find wines, using the Coravin, which for those who aren’t familiar is a device that punctures through the cork of a bottle, and replaces wine with argon gas which is odourless and tasteless. It’s a great option if you have a really nice bottle of wine, but don’t want to drink the whole thing. Say you live alone like me and like really good wine, it’s a way to just have a glass without having to open or spoil the bottle!

RT: That’s awesome. Cost-efficient and tech-savvy. The wine industry is getting so modern!

GH: Thank goodness for that! We might be an old old industry, but we don’t have to be antiquated, ya know!   

RT: Love that mindset. So where should we start on the Queensview wine list?

GH: Well for bubbles, you could do the Henriot if you’re feeling champagne or 2008 Roeder

Estate if you wanted something domestic

RT: Great choices. I haven’t had an older vintage domestic sparkling in a while. Will have to put that on my to-try list. Now how are we looking when it comes to whites?

GH: Looking tasty! If you’re feeling a light classic sauvignon blanc, they have the legendary New Zealand producer, Cloudy Bay. Or if you’re wanting a solid médium-bodied white, I would go with the 2020 Scarpetta Pinot Grigio from Italy. But if you want to go right to chardonnay, they have the award-winning Chateau Montelena from Napa

RT: Solid white line up right there, Grace. Now I assume they have a killer red selection….

GH: They do indeed, Robert! Starting off light with pinot noir, if you’re thinking France, they have a 2016 Louis Latour Gevrey Chambertin. Or if you wanted a domestic pinot, the 2017 Flowers from Sonoma Coast would be a great choice  

RT: Love those picks. What about something medium-bodied?  

GH: I pick up what you’re putting down Robert! They have a really unique bottle – a 2008 Cabernet Franc from Jonata out of the Santa Ynez region of California. You could also do this fabulous Syrah from Bramasole out of Cortona Italy 2009. Or this 2014 Grenache from the LaBarge vineyard out of Santa Rita Hills CA.

RT: Oh yum those are all some really unique choices. Love to see it! Now I assume since we’re at a California steak house that they have some awesome California cabernet selections  

GH: 100% they do my friend. They’ve got some heavy hitters and classic producers, but my eye gravitated to a bottle I haven’t had before, which is the 2014 Anakota Helena mountain. I always say that the way I learn about wine is by drinking ones I haven’t had before, so if it was me, I would be trying out this cab from Knights Valley. Or if you wanted to go with some old reliables, they have a 2015 Quintessa, as well as a 2015 Chateau Montelena, ohh, and a 2013 Grgich Hills.

RT: Oohhhh wow those are all great selections. Cabernet country indeed. Now, what about some affordable selections? Anything on the menu caught your eye that’s lower in price range.  

GH: Of course! This whole menu is actually very affordable. But if we wanted to get specific, for a White I would go with the Argentinian Torrentes from Terrazas de Los Andes. And then a wallet-friendly red, the 2020 Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley vineyards would do just the trick

RT: Awesome choices. Now, what if we’re celebrating a special occasion? What kind of baller bottles do they have on the Queensview list?

GH: Oh man they’ve got some killer options in the reds. A 2013 Joseph Phelps Insígnia, a 2012 Dominus or a 2016 Opus One. Can’t go wrong with any of those!

RT: Amazing! Grace, thank you so much for helping us navigate the list at Queensview Steakhouse. 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. Follow us on social media @CorkRules and @wineswithgrace

And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.

Thank you.





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