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About this Episode

Robert Tas and sommelier Emily Gutierrez sommelier reviews the wine list at Ruffian, and who better to review it than the restaurant’s sommelier herself. Ruffian has earned many accolades and awards for both the food and the wine. Located in East Village, they offer a great selection of vegetarian cuisine, and a dynamic wine list that provides over 250+ selections by the bottle (including 35+ orange wines) and over 30 wines by the glass. The list includes little-known producers from all over the world – Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary, Solvaki, Croatia, Greece, with super unique choices from all around the world. With so many choices on hand, it’s a good thing Emily is here to help navigate this list. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Benedek, Hárslevelű “Öregtőkék”, Mátra, Hungary 

  • 2021 Ocho “How Do U Feel?” Chinuri / Kakheti, Georgia 

  • 2019 Heinrich “Naked” Blaufrankisch Blend / Burgenland, Austria

Transcript: Ruffian


RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules!

I’m your host Robert Tas along with Emily Gutierrez sommelier from the Ruffian, a super cool neighborhood wine bar located in the hip East Village.

Hello Emily, thanks for being here on CorkRules, - a podcast where we help simplify and demystify the wine lists at some of our favorite restaurants and wine bars. We talk with certified sommeliers, wine/food professionals who point out interesting bottles, classic food and wine pairings, hidden gems, value wines, or splurge wines that will take your experience over the top.

EG: Thank you so excited to be here.

RT: Emily, I’m super thrilled to talk about the Ruffian and their super curated wine list. But before we jump in, can you tell us a little about you?

EG: (How long you’ve worked there, how you got connect, in the business, fun fact, etc.)

RT:  So Ruffian sounds like a super cool spot, an intimate setting with a fabulous vibe. Not too mention you have great food/snacks as well. Can you tell us a little more about Ruffian?

EG: (Give a little history, overview of the place, vibe, etc.)

RT: So great! I’m wish I had a place like that in my neighorhood. Ok, so let’s pivot and talk about your wine lists. You all have curated some very unique producers from all over the world – Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary, Solvaki, Croatia, Greece, with super unique choices from all around the world? Oh, and some from France, Spain and Italy too. So tell us about this super unique list?

EG: (Give a list overview, how you all think about curating the list. Name a couple of producers, be specific.)

RT: Very cool. Anything on your list that’s a must try?

EG: (Name 1-2 wines that are a little nerdy, be specific).

RT: Awesome. How about something off the beaten path. Help push me palate.

EG: (Name 1-2 unique wine, be specific).

RT: Fabulous. How about if I’m celebrating something special?

EG: (Name 1-2 baller wines, be specific).

RT: Those are fabulous suggestions. Emily it has been a pleasure to talk with you about Ruffian’s very cool and eclectic wine list. I am looking forward to stopping by for a glass or two soon.

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