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About this Episode

Wine educator and certified sommelier, Cecilia Bonet and Robert Tas review the wine list at the authentic Italian restaurant, cocktail bar, and wine lounge, Taverna di Bacco. In addition to a lovingly curated wine list offering top-shelf Italian wines, this popular hangout on the Lower East Side is open late and has a romantic “secret garden” for private parties.

Wines reviewed include:

  • Fià Nobile Cerasuolo di Vittoria, 2012
  • Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Contesa, 2016
  • Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Rinieri, 2010 
Transcript: Taverna di Bacco

Taverna Di Bacco

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where we review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Cecilia Bonet, wine educator and certified sommelier.

Hello Cecilia, great to have you back for another great wine list.

CB: Hello 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 wine lists can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, 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.

Top Level View

With a short wine list, they introduce us into Italy with just one page. There is a great selection of wines at a fair price, although you will not find the most recognized producers. So, let me walk you through it.

Unique Stuff

Fià Nobile 2012 Cerasuolo di Vittoria

The name of the only DOCG in Sicily comes from ‘Cerasa’, cherry in the Sicilian dialect. It is a blend produced from the indigenous varieties nero d’avola and frappato.

This Cerasuolo is a unique wine, easy to drink for its youthful flavours and aromas of cherry, strawberry and pomegranate, due to the particular soil and climate in which the grapes are cultivated.

As Cerasuolo di Vittora has excellent levels of natural acidity, it is a wonderful food wine. Pair the wines with a variety of dishes! I’d say try it with the Spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce.

Value Wines

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Contesa 2016 is the wine I’d like to suggest.

Although Abruzzo is well known for its red wines and for good reason, this region has a plenty of whites that are worth exploring.

The trebbiano grape has been grown in central Italy since Roman times. This Trebbiano d’Abruzzo has perfumed aromas of yellow apples, is creamy on the palate with orchard fruit flavors, sweet spices and a lemony acidity.

A perfect pairing for the RIGATONI with chicken ragu' alla parmigiana and peas.

Bigger budget/Special Occasion

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 Rinieri

Famous for its bold, layered and long-lived red, Brunello di Montalcino, the town of Montalcino is about 70 miles south of Florence and has a warmer and drier climate than Chianti.

The sangiovese grape is king here, as it is in Chianti, but Montalcino has its own clone called Brunello.

The Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010, produced by Rinieri is a magnificent wine that will appeal to those who love the softer and richer side of Brunello. With precision and complexity, this full body but still elegant wine, shows violets, dark cherry and blackberry, softened by spice.

A truly fantastic wine to enjoy with STINCO D'AGNELLO: braised lamb shank with parmesan risotto.

Cecelia, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Taverna di Bacco’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try your great suggestions.   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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