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About this Episode

Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the wine list at Rich Table. If you are looking for a restaurant where food is expertly prepared and served in a modern, friendly, casual and comfortable space, this is the place for you. And to take your dining experience to the next level, Grant offers recommendations and wine pairings. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Lady of the Sunshine “Chene Vineyard”,  Edna Valley

  • 2019 AD Beckham “Amphora”, Chehalem Mtns, Oregon

  • 2018 Scribe “Atlas West” CS, Atlas Peak, Napa valley

Transcript: Rich Table

Rich Table


RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules!

A podcast where we review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier


Hello Grant, great to have you back for another great wine list.


GW: Hello 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 wine lists can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.


Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, 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.




Rich Table

Rich Table is the culinary husband and wife team Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich creating a down-to-earth environment that speaks to using thoughtfully farmed ingredients in laid back dining experience. They have a great wine list to match so I’m excited to take a look at their vision.

Starting with cocktails, I’d go for the Cougar Melon-camp featuring Mezcal, Montenegro, cantaloupe, Thai basil and lemon which is right up my ally but the Midnight rye’der with Rye, PX Sherry, coffee vermouth, and blood orange Amaro also sounds like a great cocktail for a rainy day like today.

For wines by the bottle, I love the 2010 Clos Cazals Extra brut Oger Grand Cru which is an amazing Champagne coming from older vines. This wine is really expressive and has a beautiful structure and will be great for special occasions to toast loved ones.

Moving on to domestic whites, I’d go for the 2020 Lady of the Sunshine ‘Chene vineyard’ in Edna Valley. Gina farms this vineyard by herself, and she makes fantastic wines that really show a sense of place and taste delicious. A great French alternative for Chardonnay would be the 2018 Oliviar Leflaive from Pulgny Montrachet which is a classic and will be richer and weightier but will not disappoint.

Rich Table has some fun Grange wines as well so one to look out for is the 2021 Jolie Laide Trousseau Gris from Sonoma Country which is really light and fresh with a floral and savory side to it as well.

Moving on to domestic reds, I really like the 2019 AD Beckham ‘Amphora’ from the Chehalem Mtns up in Oregon which is aged in clay pots called Amphora fermented naturally and makes way for a wine that’s very savory, aromatic and somewhat wild in nature. A good Burgundian alternative would be the 2016 David Duband from Nuits st George which is a classic that you can’t go wrong with.

If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, then domestically I’d go for the 2018 Scribe ‘Atlas West’ CS from Atlas Peak over in Napa valley. Scribe does a great job to source wonderful fruit and the winemaking is much more lightly handed so the wines are very food friendly but still have much to offer in the glass. For you Robert, I’d try the 2007 Ch. Beaucastel CDP which is a classic wine with some age that will really tick some of your favorite boxes and will impress friends and clients. There’s some other great choices here but I think this covers some good ground.

Lastly, let’s finish with something on the sweeter side and bring home with 2012 Dom. De Montbourgeau Vin de Paille from the Jura. These wines are always so layered and complex and is a great way to bring your evening to a close.

RT: Grant, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Rich Table’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try your great suggestions.  

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

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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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