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Michaela Quinlan joins Robert Tas for another episode of CorkRules. In this episode, they explore the wine list of the Indian restaurant Tamarind Tribeca. Pairing wine with spicy food is no easy task, but Michaela is on hand to explain the wines that will complement the spices. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • Neyers Chardonnay 2018 from Carneros, California
  • La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2015 from Tuscany
  • L’Enclos de Carbonnieux 2020, from Pessac Leognan, France
Transcript: Tamarind Tribeca

Music Intro:

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 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.

RT: Today we are talking about Tribeca Tamarind, a Michelin Star rated restaurant featuring Indian cuisine with a modern flair. Check out the culinary diversity, and an array of flavors in the NYC Flatiron section.

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

MQ: I always love when restaurants mesh old world and new world. The same can be said for their extensive wine list. I have a number of favorites to share with you today.

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

MQ: To begin with some old world and new world selections from the glass list would be Neyers Chardonnay 2018 from Carneros, CA. With the vast spices on the menu, I would recommend this medium to full-bodied oaked Chardonnay for its ability to hold its own. The bright acidity and citrus, along with baked apple and vaNULLla will certainly pair well with this extensive menu.

Another option would be the La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino 2015 from Tuscany. This highly rated Sangiovese consists of ripe, red cherries, along with smoke and earthiness from the oak aging, making it an excellent pairing for any rich protein dish.

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

MQ: L’Enclos de Carbonnieux 2020, from Pesac Leognan, France. This region is located in Graves, just south of Bordeaux. This is a crisp, bright, citrus, and melon-driven Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion blend, with excellent minerality for herbal-based dishes.

Another unique option is the highly-rated Santo Winery Assyrtiko 2020 from Santorini, Greece. The assyrtiko grape is another white wine of bright acidity and minerality from the volcanic soils of the Santorini island. This is an excellent selection when pairing with seafood.

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: Of course! We will continue our globe-trotting and will sample the Kanonkop Estate Pinotage 2018 from Stellenbosch, South Africa. Pinotage is a hearty, full-bodied red grape known to South Africa that is a cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir. Not only will you discover ripe blackberry and raspberry, but also plenty of smoke and earthy notes as well. This is the go-to wine when pairing a variety of dishes featuring flavorful sauces.

RT: Ooh, Terrific.

Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind..  any other great value wines you’d point us too? 

MQ:  I have found a few great options. Let’s start with the Greco di Tuffo Vinosia L’Ariella 2019 from Italy. (Campania) This fragrant white wine offers aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, and citrus, all while remaining a dry wine. This would pair well with anything fried, or lemon-based.

Another selection would be the Turley JuveNULLe Zinfandel 2019 from Napa, CA. Yet another highly rated classic on the list. This zinfandel features all of the bright, jammy, red fruit while balancing in smoke, leather, and oak. This would be a beautiful compliment to spicy dishes…and all for an excellent price.

RT: For me personally…

MQ: Absolutely!

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

MQ: We have had some fun today discussing stand out wines form the old world and new world. For something celebratory, I would seek out the E. Guigal Cote Rotie 2015 Chatam d’Anpuis from the Northern Rhone of France. I know I have mentioned several highly rated wines today, however, this wine has received ratings of 97 points from Jeb Dunnuck and the Wine Spectator, so this is surely one to enjoy. This Cote Rotie, a sub-region in Northern Rhone, features a spectacular full-bodied blend of Grenache and Syrah with ripe blank cherries, licorice, smoke, leather, and spice form the French oak aging. The rich and smooth tannins will showcase your celebration.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Tribeca Tamarind’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.

Thank you.








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