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Host Robert Tas and Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier review the wine list of the steakhouse Royal 35. In addition to guiding listeners through the wine list to find the best value and hidden gems, Grace shares her knowledge on the varietal Malbec and legendary American winemaker Paul Hobbs.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2007 Belle Epoque from Perrier-Jouet
  • 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet from Joseph Drouhin
  • 2011 Crocus By Paul Hobbs Grand Vin Malbec
Transcript: Royal 35 Steakhouse

Royal 35 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 Robert! Happy to be here as always

RT: Right on Grace! 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. Alright, Grace today we will be talking the New York City steakhouse Royal 35. What are your initial thoughts, Grace?

GH: Well, we’re talking steak, so we’re definitely talking big tannic red wines, and there is no shortage of them on the Royal 35 list!

RT: Big flavors equals big wines! So, what would you kick us off with?

GH: Since Royal 35 has a nice raw bar selection, I would start either with a vintage champagne - my pick would be the 2007 Belle Epoque from Perrier-Jouet. And when you move into the salad and soup course, you could do 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet from Joseph Drouhin, who is a legendary Burgundy producer that is now also making wine in the Willamette Valley with their Domaine Drouhin Oregon project. I drink literally anything the Drouhin family makes. Absolutely delish.

RT: Yummm I love it. What are your picks for reds since we are at a steak house?

GH: So one wine that caught my eye was the 2011 Crocus Grand Vin Malbec By Paul Hobbs from Cahors which is a wine region in France about 100 miles southwest of Bordeaux, famous for its Malbec production. When people think of Malbec, they usually go straight to Argentina to the Mendoza region which arguably produces the most famous Malbecs in the world. However, just like all those other European varietals that are now produced in the Americas, Malbec is a French varietal with a rich history in the country. And the reason I chose this Malbec specifically is b/c it’s made by legendary American winemaker Paul Hobbs who got his start in the Napa but now consults for vineyards all over the world.

RT: Amazing - I love how international a community wine can be.

MV: Totally - another wine that caught my eye was the 2012 Heitz, Trailside Vineyard, Napa cabernet. Heitz is a legendary producer in Napa and since this 2012 has a good 10 years of age on it, its softer tannins would be an amazing complement to the steaks on the menu.

RT: Well-aged wine for well-aged steak - makes total sense! Now Grace what is your pick for a value wine and then a special occasion wine?

MV: For value for steak, I’m going with the 2014 J. Mcclelland Cellars, Petit Verdot from Napa. Petite Verdot is one of those smaller production varietals that you usually see in blended reds. However, on its own, it is a great alternative to the cabernet if you’re looking for a structured bold red. And for a high ticket wine - gotta for with a classic California Cab - 2014 opus one.

RT: Amazing! Thank you so much Grace for helping us navigate the Royal 35 wine list. 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.


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