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Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the wine list at Taberna de Haro in Brookline, MA. This Spanish restaurant is known for its massive Spanish wine list and authentic Spanish cuisine that takes diners far beyond tapas. Think saffron-scented paellas, spicy garlic shrimp, and perfectly sliced Iberian ham all paired with select bottles from a James Beard award-winning wine list. And Sam is here to help you find the perfect pairing whether you are celebrating something special or just winding down for the weekend. She identifies the tasting notes, offers pairing suggestions, and delivers a little background information on the producers to take your wine knowledge up a notch. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2017 Avinyó Brut Nature Reserva Cava

  • 2017 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca

  • 2005 Viña Bosconia Reserva

Transcript: Taberna De Haro

Taberna de Haro

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 Samantha Hohl, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Sam, it’s great to have you!

SH: Hi Robert! Great to be back.

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. Today Sam and I are reviewing


Taberna de Haro is located in Brookline, MA and is known for their extensive Spanish wine list and Spanish cuisine including entrees and tapas.

Where to start

This wine list is long and full of amazing choices! Luckily, it’s got a very handy table of contents at the beginning to help us navigate. While the size of this list might be intimidating, it includes descriptions after each bottle making it much easier to identify something that complements your preference and your tapas alike!
In addition to some excellent Spanish wines, they also have 95 Sherrys to choose from! Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes and can range from dry to sweet. Sherry is higher in alcohol content so you may opt to start or end your meal with it. A dryer sherry is great with Spanish tapas like cured meats or olives. A sherry to start with would be the Fino Tio Pepe. It’s made from Palomino grapes, which is one of the more common grapes for sherry, and aged for five years. It has a wonderful nuttiness, and notes of citrus and salt, it’s complex yet refreshing and has enough acid to pair well with food. Start off the night with this alongside cured Iberian ham or the artichoke hearts with ham and garlic to play off the salty and umami qualities in both.

I love starting a meal with bubbles- it really sets the tone for a joyful evening. In this case, a delicious food-ready cava, which is a Spanish sparkling wine, would be fun and delicious. Sparkling wine goes well with dishes with eggs or mushrooms, so it would be wonderful to start off alongside the Spanish Omelette or mushrooms with duck egg and garlic. The 2017 Avinyó Brut Nature Reserva Cava would be a great choice to get the night rolling. Cava has been really industrialized and produced at high scales, so it’s pretty special to find a true sparkling wine house like Avinyò. They’re located in Catalonia in a remote village and they only use traditional grapes from their organically farmed vineyards to produce their cava to highlight the beauty these bubbles have to offer. Their cavas are aged at least two years giving it lovely fresh pastry notes. It’s also going to be really crisp and mineral forward with flavors of apple and stone fruit.


There’s definitely some great value choices on here! The 2017 Do Ferreiro Rebisaca would be a great budget-friendly choice that would pair so well with tapas. Rebisaca is a blend of white grapes but it’s primarily made from Albariño, a much-loved grape from the Rías Baixas region of Spain. It’s so beloved the menu has an entire section devoted to it! This bottle comes to us from Do Ferreiro’s small family winery where they organically farm and hand-pick their 10 hectares of grapes. The nearby mountain ranges help moderate the climate while still getting ocean influences, making it a perfect environment for the Albariño grapes. This bottle is super aromatic and flavorful- it’s salty, minerally, and full of zippy fruit flavors like white nectarine. It would be awesome with the spicy garlic shrimp!


If it’s a night to celebrate and you’re in need of something special the 2005 Viña Bosconia Reserva would be just the ticket. The Lopez de Heredia wines also have a spot all their own on this wine list, so you know this is going to be memorable. Founded in 1877, four generations of family have been caring for the land and crafting exceptional wines that have gained wide recognition at the Lopez de Heredia wine bodega in Rioja, Spain. Made from primarily Tempranillo grapes, this aged beauty has super silky tannins so it's just super luxurious to sip on. Bursting with cherry notes, some dried fruit flavors, toasty spice and vanilla, along with some leathery smoky tones too. Just so much going on, but still has great acid so it won’t let you down paired with the braised chorizo to start, or with the grilled pork loin to mingle those vanilla notes with the charr from the pork. But to be honest this bottle is going to be loved alongside many tapas on the menu so don’t hold back! 

RT: Sam, thank you so much for helping us navigate the wine list at Taberna de Haro. 

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