Available on

About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas chat about the New York hot spot Temple Bar, an intimate cocktail bar that’s tiny on square footage but big on quality wines. Grace identifies some classic champagnes, lighter whites and big, bold reds.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Beaujolais from Julien Sunier
  • 2018 Gruner Veltliner Weinghaut Berhatt
  • 2018 Timo Mayer Cabernet
Transcript: Temple Bar

Temple Bar

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where we will review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grace, it’s great to have you!

GH: Hey Robert! Happy to be here as always  

RT Before we jump in, let’s talk about those wine lists. We created CorkRules to help 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, value wines or that special bottle that will take your dining experience over the top.

RT: So Grace today we’re chatting about the infamous New York hot spot, Temple Bar.

GH: Oh man this place has been around forever! It’s a tiny little cocktail bar that they revived last year. Glad to see its return.

RT: Totally. Now I know they’re known for their martinis, but what are your thoughts on their wine selections grace?

GH: Everything about this place is tiny! Their square footage, their food selections, and even their wine list. But they definitely choose quality over quantity in this place.

RT: Absolutely. Love that mindset. So where would you start us?

GH: If you wanted to pop some bubbly at Temple Bar, I would def go with the Vilmart and Cie Premier grand Cru Brut Rose. Or if you’re wanting blanc de blanc, then the Ruinart would be more up your alley.

RT: Two classic champagne choices. I love it. What about some whites?

GH: Lighter whites I would go with would be either this 2018 Gruner Veltliner from Weinghaut Berhatt Ott. They also have a 2019 muscadet from Domaine de l’Ecu. Both would be really refreshing with a lot of aromatic floral notes. If you’re looking for a heavier weighter white, then the 2020 Chardonnay from Mathiasson vineyard in Napa is going to be perfect. Mathiasson has had a cult following for years and everything they make is delish.

RT: Wow those all sound like great choices. How about some red choices for our listeners?

GH: If we’re feeling a lighter style red, then this 2020 Beaujolais from Julien Sunier would be a great choice. If we’re a pinot fan like yours truly, then they have 2017 from the classic Oregon producer, Eyrie vineyards. Another red that caught my eye was this 2018 Cornas from Matthieu Barret which is going to be a delicious Rhone valley syrah, another personal favorite. However, if you’re wanting a bigger bolder red, it’s going to have to be 2018 Timo Mayer Cabernet from the Yarra Valley in Australia

RT: Awesome choices. Can’t wait to try them next time I’m at Temple Bar. Now Grace I know this list is pretty small, but would there be one bottle that stood out to you for a special occasion?

GH: yes actually! They have a magnum of Billecarte-Salmon Champagne from the 2007 vintage. My advice – call up some friends, tell them to meet you down at Temple Bar b/c you’ve got some delicious vintage champagne to share! You’ll be the most popular person in Manhattan haha  

RT: Amazing Grace. Great choices as always. Thank you for helping us navigate the wine list at Temple Bar.

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. Follow us on social media @CorkRules and @wineswithgrace

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

Thank you.






Want to request a Restaurant?

Interested in having a restaurant’s wine list featured in a future podcast episode? Let us know here.

Get the CorkRules App

Use the QR Code or
click on Download to install!