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Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas review the wine list at Terra Eately, a unique restaurant inspired by earth and fire. The dining room centers around a wood-burning Italian grill, and they offer an extensive wine list with a superb collection of Italian wines. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2021 OTELO Lugana, Veneto,  Italy

  • 2019 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Vigneto di Tobia Col Di Corte, Italy

  • 2019 Lenotti Bardolino Classico, Tuscany


Transcript: Terra Eately

Terra Eately

RT: Hello and welcome back 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 fabulous episode.

MQ: Hi, Robert.

RT: Before we jump in, let's talk CorkRules. We created CorkRules to demystify wine list 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. So sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list. So today we're talking about Terra at eat ally. Eataly Tara is a wood burning Italian Grill located within the Eataly Boston, a high-end Italian marketplace here you can enjoy all your classic Italian favorites. Michaela, I have a feeling they have a fabulous Italian kind of wine list.

MQ: Absolutely. And I will admit, there are so many amazing Italian wines on this list. I could certainly recommend at least a half dozen for each of our categories today. I tried to limit myself to a handful of unique selections. So I hope you enjoy them.

RT: Amazing. Amazing. All right. So where are we going to start what jumped out at you first?

MQ: Well, a fresh white wine that caught my eye was the 2021 OTELO lugana from the Veneto of Italy. Now this grape is 100% Tobiano, which is a clone of Trebbiano de lugana. And it features aromas and flavors of ripe pear melon, tangerine and mango with some bright acidity and a mineral finish. Pair this wine with some lightly sauced pasta or herbs dishes.

RT: Maybe that's a fabulous start. Anything else catch your eye? Maybe something a little bolder.

MQ: Oh my goodness, of course. So many actually. But do consider the 2018 vignette quite Donno it's the Aglianico your Pina from the compania to pair with richly sauce passes and that woodfired pizza. This bold Aglianico from Southern Italy exudes ripe blackberries, blueberries, plums, some white pepper and herbs. Just another Italian classic red grape to explore.

RT: Fantastic fantastic. There's so many choices and in Italy I think they have over 350 different varietals anyways and always fun to try new things there. All right, so this guys obviously have a lot of range on their list. Anything that caught your eye is a must-try.

MQ: Yes, it's sort of one of my favorite regions. In Italy. It is a B 2020 Cold Of course it's it's the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Vigneto di Tobia Col Di Corte 2019 I love they tell you everything about the wine in the name there is from the mark a region of Italy so the mark K region is located along the calf of the boot of Italy among the historic castles of Jesse. Now, this Verdicchio grape features aromas and flavors of ripe peach some parents tangerine, dried apricots with a little saline note on the finish. Thanks for being right there along the water. I definitely pair this beautiful white wine with olives should coterie and lightly sauce pasta.

RT: Awesome, great suggestion. All right, we want to order a bottle and I'm excited to hear where you're gonna take us I'm sure they have a pretty broad set of things for us to choose from.

MQ: Yes, absolutely. Well, a crowd-pleasing red wine for the table would be the 2013 Luppi and a bocce from the Piedmont of Italy. Now nor this northern Italian red wine consists of some Nebbiolo and some vegetable Lena. Now this Polina is indigenous to the Piedmont region and is a relative of the Nebbiolo grapes. This wine features classic notes of ripe red cherries, some rose petals, smoking leather, again, that gorgeous mineral finish all coming from this beautiful soil composition of the region is definitely your go-to if you are eyeing originally sauce, pasta and proteins, which I tend to do.

RT: That's a fabulous suggestion. Can't go wrong with Northern Italian red wine and never yellow grape is fabulous. excellent suggestion. All right. What about something for our budget-friendly listeners?

MQ: Sure, well, I send out quality value white wine that caught my eye definitely is the 2021 P of folic it's the area's pecorino from the Abruzzi region of Italy and not to be confused with cheese of the same name. They do pair well together though, so you can always keep that in mind. The pecorino grape is quite aromatic with notes of white flowers, lemon zest, ripe apricot and pear with a note of salinity on the finish care this wine was some soft cheese like fish and sugary, amazing. Amazing. What about something red? Sure, well, an excellent red blend to consider would be the, 2019 Lenotti Bardolino Classico this classic red blend of poor Vina and Rhonda nella showpieces ripe strawberries and red cherries.

With notice of leather smoke and clove is the firm tenants and save refinish. Make this one want to consider when pairing with herbs, lean proteins and pasta.

RT: Fantastic. All right. What do we want to do for a special occasion? We have an anniversary a birthday. How do we up our game?

MQ:  Oh well the two classic to round out our recommendations would be the 2018 Bell Sina Colonia Grom Sela Zone A from Tuscany now this is a highly rated Kiante classico features the standout qualities of central VSA such as ripe black cherries, lavender and sage with notes of leather and smoke in the finish. The structure and round tannins will make this wine an excellent companion to all wood-grilled richly sauce dishes, and certainly will add to your special event.

RT: Thank you so much, Michaela. Amazing all your fabulous suggestions. We're grateful for your help to navigate Tara Italy’s wine list. Can't wait to get up there and try all of your fabulous calls to our audience. Thank you all for joining us here on court rules. If you would like us to review one of your favorite restaurants, please send us an email to info at corkrules.com or visit our website where we have that request form available. We are looking forward to being with you on another CorkRules episode soon. In the meantime, please check out our website for all our latest episodes of your favorite restaurant wine lists. And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly. We look forward to being with you on another CorkRules. episode soon.



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