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Certified sommelier Michaela Quinlan and Robert Tas review the wine list at 1770 House in East Hampton. They have received the annual Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2007, and they offer high-end half bottles and magnums in addition to an extensive list of wines from around the world. As she reviews the list, Michaela identifies wines with bright acidity, lime zest, tropical fruit, minerality, with notes of saline on the almond finish; dried apricot, candied fruit, honey, and caramel, or how about a wine that features notes of plumb, fig, and ripe blackberries with notes of licorice and cola on the finish? To help you choose from this range of delicious choices, Michaela offers pairing suggestions that will help ensure the meal you choose pairs beautifully with the wine. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Domaine La Sufferene Rose, France

  • 2013 Felsina Vin Santo, Tuscany

  • 2018 Oremus “Mandolas” Dry Furmint, Hungary


Transcript: 1770 House

1770 House:

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 lists 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 1770 House Restaurant and Inn in East Hampton, NY. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine in their fine dining room and outdoor patio, along with pub fare in their casual tavern.

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

MQ: You know you are in for a treat when you see a wine list that has received the annual Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2007.  1770 House’s extensive wine list features something for all palates, along with high end half bottles and magnums.

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

MQ: The first wine to catch my eye was a Rose from the glorious region of Bandol. Consider the 2020 Domaine La Sufferene Rose. Located within Provence, France, this featured half bottle is organic and consists of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache, and Carignan. Showcasing fresh strawberries with notes of watermelon, dried apricot, and spice. This is a beautiful way to begin your dining experience or to pair with charcuterie and cheese.


RT: That is for sure unique. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?

MQ: Another half bottle that caught my eye was the highly rated 2013 Felsina Vin Santo from Tuscany. For those of you who like to enjoy dessert first, consider this special dessert wine consisting of Malvasia, Trebbiano, and Sangiovese. It features dried apricot, candied fruit, honey, and caramel, and pairs beautifully with desserts featuring fruit and nuts.

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

MQ: A must-try, especially if you are dining on the outdoor patio, is the 2018 Oremus ‘Mandolas’ Dry Furmint from Hungary. Furmint is often used to produce a gorgeous dessert wine, however, this dry Furmint features bright acidity, lime zest, tropical fruit, minerality, with notes of saline on the almond finish. Pair this wine with shellfish and 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: A classic producer, one of many on this list, that caught my eye for the table. Consider the 2018 Ken Wright ‘Carter Vineyard’ Pinot Noir from the Eola-Amity Hills within the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ken Wright produces Pinot Noir from over 13 different vineyard sites, each exuding unique characteristics. This ‘Carter Vineyard’ Pinot Noir is organic and fruit-driven featuring notes of plumb, fig, and ripe blackberries with notes of licorice and cola on the finish. Enjoy this bottle with herbed and lightly sauced proteins. 

RT: Ooh, Terrific. Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind.  Any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: A standout wine of excellent value to consider is the 2020 Marc Deschamps ‘Le Champs de Cri’ Pouilly Fume located in the Loire Valley of France. The Pouilly Fume region produces stellar Sauvignon Blanc that is fresh with bright acidity, fresh lemon and lime zest, cantaloupe, and grapefruit, with notes of white flowers and a mineral finish. Pair this standout white wine with shellfish, seafood, and soft cheese.

RT: That sounds great. What is your other value selection?

MQ: A red wine of excellent quality and value that pairs beautifully with herbed dishes and pub fare is the 2016 Olga Riffault ‘Les Picasses’ Cabernet Franc from the Chinon in the Loire Valley of France. This Cabernet Franc features round tannins, ripe blackberries, with notes of thyme, black pepper, mushrooms, and a lingering finish, all for an excellent price.

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

 MQ: If you are looking for a bottle to not only take your experience to the next level, as well as having a rich history, consider the 2017 Antinori, Guado al Tasso from Bolgheri within Tuscany in Italy. The Antinori family has been producing wine since 1385. Grown along the Tuscan coast, this Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and full-bodied with ripe blackberries, ripe plumb, cassis, tobacco, smoke, and vanilla, with a soft, lingering finish. A classic bottle to add to any special event.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate 1770 House Restaurant and Inn’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 an 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.


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