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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas review the wine list at Terra. Terra is a rooftop restaurant and lounge featuring a wood-burning Italian grill and views of the Hollywood Hills. Named for "earth" in Italian, Terra's menu is centered around the grill, and their wine menu is a fabulous selection of Italian wines. This is the place to explore Italian wines region by region. Who could complain about that?

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2013 Dolcetto, Piedmont, Italy

  • 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, Italy

  • Bollicinie Rose from Serafini and Vidotto, Italy

Transcript: Terra


RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where, in each episode, we will review a winelist 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 hey 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. So, Grace you’ve been spending more time eating and drinking all over Los Angeles, is that correct?

GH: That it is indeed Robert! I’ve loved being able to have these firsthand experiences to be able to bring to the podcast.

RT: We love that for you Grace. Appreciate your time, mind and liver ha-ha so what are we reviewing today?

GH: Today we will be chatting about Terra, which is the beautiful rooftop restaurant that is inside the Eataly marketplace! I had lunch there the other day and it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon  

RT: The life you lead Grace. Where would you like to start us?

GH: So as many industry insiders know, Eataly is part of the Batali and Bastianich restaurant group. And I note this b/c for every restaurant wine list in this company, it will match the cuisine. So for instance, I was a sommelier at the Batali and Bastinach Spanish restaurant Casa Mono in New York City. And since it was a Spanish menu, it had an Spanish wine list. The same goes at Terra, except it’s an all-Italian menu with all Italian wine list.

RT: Bellisima! I love it. So where would you start us on this all-Italian list?

GH: Well, it’s a pretty reasonable 3 pages, and I love that not only have they broken it down by the usual red White sparkling rose, but they also have subcategories for the aromatics in the wine. So, for the sparkling they have “fizzy and stimulating” as well as “Complex and elegant”   

RT: Which are definitely descriptors for this podcast hahaha

GH: hahaha absolutely Robert! Under the fizzy and stimulating, I would go with this Bollicinie rose from Serafini and Vidotto, and under the complex and elegant I would pick the Trento Doc Brut from Ferrari vineyards  

RT: Oh yum those sound really unique and interesting. Can’t wait to hear from they have for the white categories.  

GH: So, starting with “light Bright and floral” I would choose this gruner veltliner from Alto Adige, mainly b/c you don’t see a lot of gruner veltliner production outside of Austria. Or if you wanted a more classic light bright floral Italian white – can’t go wrong with vermentino

RT: Oh, Italian Gruner sounds amazing. Def interested in trying that.   

GH: And then we move into their next category for whites which is “rich and lavish” aka what I aim to be hahaha and under that I would pick the Etna Bianco from Sicily

RT: We’ll all be rich and lavish once this podcast takes off Grace!  

GH: Love that for us Robert! I think next category describes my current state “complex and médium bodied” hahaha and for my wine pick I would go with this Fruiliano from the House of Bastianich

RT: I see the last category is “unusual and esoteric”  

GH: Color me intrigued in this category for sure! They’re skin contact whites aka Orange wines! I think this Verdiccio Reserva would be an interesting choice.

RT: Awesome. Does that bring us to reds?

GH: It sure does Robert. Starting off we have “soft and medium bodied” and I would go with the 2013 Dolcetto from Piedmont. Moving right along into the next category which is “elegant full and sophisticated” they have a Bollicinie rose from Serafini and Vidotto which def caught my eye.

RT: Very cool. Those are two I haven’t heard of in a while. Always fun to revisit some styles we haven’t tried in a while. Is the last red category something like “full bodied and rich?

GH: Very close! It’s “full and luscious” which sounds like a hair care advertisement hahah but also def describes the wines in this category. My pick would be the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino. And that’s amore!

RT: hahahah grazie mille – Grace, thank you so much for helping us navigate the wine list at Terra.  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.






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