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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas bring a little Hollywood glamor to the airwaves with a review of the wine list at The Palm, a Beverly Hills hotspot. This is a place where people come to celebrate life and enjoy the good food and exceptional wines, and patrons have been enjoying this renowned location since the twenties and through the decades that followed.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2020 Toscolo Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Italy

  • 2020 Argyle Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

  • 2020 Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy

Transcript: The Palm

The Palm

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 Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grace, it’s great to have you!

GH: Hey hey Robert !Happy to be here as always

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. Today we will be chatting about Beverly Hills hot spot The Palm

GH: Robert I was very excited to chat about this location, as it’s one of those old school Los Angeles classic locations! It’s rumored that Fred Astaire once tap danced across the bar, and boy would I have loved to been a fly on the wall for that!  

RT: You would have got up there and joined him in a duet!  

GH: You know me so well Robert hahaha  

RT: Besides old Hollywood royalty, what else should we know about the Palm and the wine list?  

GH: They’re keeping it simple! Highlighting both the wine and the cocktail list. Straightforward and user friendly. It’s all about the ambiance and the people watching here

RT: I love it. Shall we start with some bubbles then?

GH: That’s what Marilyn Monroe would do! If you’re wanting proper champagne, then I would choose a classic Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne. However, if you wanted a smaller producer, the 2020 rose Prosecco from Italian winery, Riodo, would be a really fun choice.

RT: Fantastic. And I assume they have some delicious white and rose choices as well?

GH: Oh for sure. If you’re thinking rose all day, they have the aptly named Hamptons Water which is a staple in most trendy restaurants these days. Or if you’re feeling a light white and wanted an unusual varietal, you could go with the 2020 Toscolo Vernaccia di San Gimignano out of Italy. And then of course I won’t forget my chardonnay drinkers – the 2020 from Hartford court in the Russian River Valley would do the trick.

RT: Something for everyone here. I love it. How are we looking for reds?

GH: Looking tasty Robert! If you’re wanting a light red, they have the 2020 Argyle Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley or this 2020 Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti from the Piedmont, Italy.

RT: Delish. Do they have anything a little juicer and more lush?

GH: They sure do! Getting into Sonoma, you could do 2019 merlot from Alexander Valley Vineyards, or this 2020 zinfandel from Cline

RT: Oh yum. merlots and zins don’t get nearly enough love. Thanks for the reminder, Grace. Now of course, it wouldn’t be a California restaurant without California cabs.

GH: I know that’s right! They’re def holding it down for Napa Valley here at The Palm. If you wanted a single vineyard cab experience, the 2018 Butcher’s Choice Vineyard is looking pretty tasty. Or if you wanted to do a big bold red blend, they have the 2018 Stags Leap Hands of Time red, or the 2020 Fabric of the Land from Quilt Vineyards.

RT: Awesome Grace, thank you so much for helping us navigate the list at The Palm Beverly Hills. 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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