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Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas review the wine list at Sandbar. A winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, this list features a beautiful selection of Old World and New World favorites. Michaela identifies the tasting notes of full-bodied reds, fresh bright Italian whites, Grand Crus and value wines, and offers pairing suggestions with a wide range of dishes on the menu. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Corey Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc Blanc, Long Island

  • 2020 Villa Pozzi Grillo, Sicily

  • 2018 Heritiers de Comte, Lafon, Burgundy

Transcript: Sandbar

https://www.sandbarcoldspringharbor.com/menus/ - wine-list


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 Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier.

Hello Michaela, it’s great to be back together for another episode.

MQ: Hi 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.

RT: Today we are talking about Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Featuring American cuisine from tavern favorites to local fare from land and sea.

Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what you think of their wine list.

MQ: A recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Sandbar’s wine list features a beautiful selection of Old World and New World favorites. Enjoy today’s selections to pair with Sandbar’s award-winning cuisine.

RT: That’s really great, as you looked at the list did you see anything jump out at you?

MQ: Let’s start local with the 2020 Corey Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc Blanc from the North Fork of Long Island. Here we have another classic red grape, Cabernet Franc, where the clear juice is extracted to create a standout white wine. This unique white wine features ripe raspberries, ripe peach, Meyer lemon, with a nutty finish. Pair this medium bodied white with tuna, salmon, and herbed proteins. 

RT: That is for sure unique. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?

MQ: if you are looking for a bold, full-bodied red wine, look no further than the 2017 Orin Swift ‘Eight Years in the Desert’ from CA. This rich, red blend consists of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Petite Syrah and features blackberry jam, ripe fig and prune, with notes of cocoa and chocolate covered strawberries. An excellent companion to richly sauced proteins and pasta.

RT: So Michaela, their list seems to have lots of range but was there anything that you would say is a “must-try”?

MQ: A must-try Italian white wine is the 2020 Villa Pozzi Grillo from Sicily. I enjoy the Grillo grape for its freshness and bright acidity, and you will always find one for an excellent price. With citrus, grapefruit, and ripe green apple, along with fennel and an almond note on the finish, this white wine is a must-try to pair with shellfish and hard cheese.

RT: These are some great calls.

So you know I’m getting thirsty and will need to order a bottle with my dinner, where would you guide us?

MQ: An excellent wine to consider for the table would be the 2016 Ken Wright ‘Guadelupe Vineyard’ Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ken Wright produces wine from over 13 vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley. This is the ’Guadelupe Vineyard’ site. This Pinot Noir features classic ripe cranberries and cherries, but also showcases earth, mushroom, and black olives, and a rich, round finish that is sure to please the table.

 RT: Ooh, Terrific. Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind.  Any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: An excellent white wine of quality and value to consider is the 2018 Heritiers de Comte, Lafon, from the Macon region of Burgundy in France. This organic Chardonnay is medium bodied and features white flowers, ripe green apple, ripe pear, with notes of lime zest, and a mineral finish with just a touch of oak. A beautiful Chardonnay to pair with charcuterie, salmon and tuna, all for an excellent price.

RT: That sounds great. What is your other value selection?

MQ: When seeking a quality/value red wine, consider the 2016 Avignoesi Vino Noblie di Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy. This highly rated, organic red consists of 100% Sangiovese from the region of Montepulciano showcases ripe blackberries, red cherries, clove, sage, violets, with a finish of tobacco and fresh acidity. Pair this can’t miss red with herbed proteins and pasta.

RT: Now Michaela, what if I have a big client dinner or special occasion where I want to take it up a notch?

MQ: A standout wine to add to any special occasion is the classic red Burgundy. One to consider would be the 2018 Domaine de la Vougeraie Grand Cru Le Clos du Roi from Burgundy, France. Clos du Roi is one of the finest Crus within Corton in Burgundy which produced this stellar Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1950. Showcasing ripe red cherries, ripe raspberries, lavender, and mint, with tobacco on the lingering finish. A perfect Grand Cru to add to any special occasion.


RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Sandbar’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself. 

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. 

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


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