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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the Italian wine list at the LA hotspot Rossoblu. This fun and funky restaurant will not disappoint serious diners and wine lovers. On the menu, you will find handmade pasta dishes, in-house butchery and salumi, and classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. The wine list offers unique varietals from family-owned wineries. From sensational sparkling wines to light and zesty whites or 

Grace spots the bottles that will be delicious, delightful, and sometimes, downright decadent. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2021 Vermentino, Antonella Corda Vineyard, Sardinia

  • 2021 Galanghina, Marisa Cuomo, Campania

  • 2016 Margaux, Chalatour de Bessan

Transcript: Rossoblu


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 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. Grace, what restaurant will we be discussing today?

GH: We are diving into the wine list at LA hotspot Rossoblu 

RT: Sounds delicious. Should we kick it off with some sparkling?

GH: I mean when do we not! Haha! If you wanted a classic champagne they have a Grand Cru Brut from Bernard Remy, or if you wanted an Italian sparkling I would do this Albana from Tre monti ‘dalbana. I’ve actually never heard of it before and you know I always recommend trying wines you’ve never had!

RT: Hey we encourage curiosity and an adventurous spirit here at CorkRules 

GH: Preach Robert! 

RT: Hahaha amen. Alright, now how about some whites from the Rosso Blu list?

GH: Well they are def sticking with the Italian theme. I am loving the look of this 2021 Vermentino from the Antonella Corda vineyard out of Sardinia if you’re feeling something light and juicy. They also have a 2021 Galanghina from Marisa Cuomo from Campania.

RT: No relation to the former governor of New York I assume

GH:  HAAAAAAA I’m imagining Andrew Cuomo talking about wine. Oh my lord haha 

RT: hahahah alright back to the task at hand. Is anything kind of rich and lush for our Chardonnay fans?

GH: They have a really delish looking 2021 Sauv Blanc Chard Blend from Zuani Vineyard. Or for the cali chard drinkers they have a 2021 from the Lumen Vineyard out of Santa Maria Valley

RT:  Oh those both sound great. Thanks for that Grace. Alright we’re talking Italian – ready to hit us with some reds?

GH: Ready when you are buddy. Starting off with my favorite, Barolo, they have a 2017 from Virna Vineyard. But if you’re craving like i always am, they have a 2017 chorey les beaune from Francoise andre. 

RT: Oh love the sound of either of those 2017s. Delicious. How about something medium-bodied?

GH: Coming right up. I’m feeling this 2016 Nebiolo from Prevostini. Or again if you’re a die-hard francophone they have a 2020 Syrah from Christophe Semaska out of the Rhone Valley 

RT: Oh yum those are great picks. Alright, what are you thinking for the big boys?

GH: Bold and structured? I got you. Def could do this 2017 Brunello di Montalcino from Fanti, or I’m really interested in this 2011 Tuarasi from Bocella.

RT: Love it. Any cabs for our die-hard fans?

GH: Of course, I would never forget the cab fans. They have a 2016 Margaux from Chalatour de Bessan, or you could do this 2015 from Kelly Fleming Vineyard out of Napa. 

RT: Ah there we go. Grace - thank you so much for helping us navigate the Italian wine list at Rosso Blu.  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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