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Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, joins Robert Tas to guide listeners through the 28-page wine list of The Polo Bar, a Ralph Lauren restaurant with distinctive, country club decor.  Michaela reviews wines from Bourdeaux, Italy, and Napa and identifies the bottles that deliver on value and quality.

Wines reviewed include:

  • Alexandre Sirech Le Blanc Bordeaux, 2020
  • Prunotto, Occhetti Nebbiolo Langhe, 2017 from Italy
  • Cain Concept, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 from Napa
Transcript: The Polo Bar

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!


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 The Polo Bar. Enjoy classic American cuisine inspired by Ralph Lauren’s favorites, while surrounded by all things equestrian.

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

MQ: Not only do you experience classic décor and cuisine, but the wine list also reads like a who’s who of classic producers. I have several standouts to share with you today, however, please take some time to review and admire the classics of classic, such as Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Romanee Conti, Stags Leap, and Opus One just to name a few. Now, on to some classics in the making.

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

MQ: In what better region to begin, than Bordeaux? I would consider the Alexandre Sirech Le Blanc Bordeaux 2020. This white Bordeaux consists of sauvignon blanc and a hint of Semillon, that offer notes of citrus, grapefruit, minerality, bright acidity, and some grassy notes on the finish. A perfect complement to seafood, and lighter fare.

RT: That sounds great. Did any reds catch your eye right away?

MQ: Absolutely! Another classic grape varietal that stood out right away would be the Prunotto, Occhetti Nebbiolo Langhe, Italy 2017. This is a round, soft, light to medium-bodied red wine with aromas and flavors of red cherries, strawberries, and an earthy finish. This is a perfect companion to poultry or pasta.

RT: That is for sure unique.

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

MQ: Of course. Let’s visit classic New World and Old-World selections. Let’s begin in the New World with the Cain Vineyards Winery, Cain Concept, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Napa. This is the selection for fans of rich, robust, cabernet sauvignon with leather, smoke, tobacco, ripe blackberries, and cassis. This is your go-to if you are eying lamb or beef.

RT: That sounds great. How about that Old World selection?

MQ: Let’s head to one of my favorite Old World regions, Chateauneuf du Pape and enjoy the  Chateau Font du Loup Puy Rolland Chateauneuf du Pape 2019. Located in the Rhone valley, this wine is 100% Grenache, grown in the classic sand and rocky soils of Chateauneuf du Pape. It is medium to full-bodied with light tannins and exudes strawberries with a finish of cedar, clove, and violets. This would certainly complement any poultry or lamb selections.

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: Another classic would be the Frank Family Vineyards chardonnay 2019 from Napa. I am a Frank Family fan. Their wines are consistently highly rated. This chardonnay is rich with aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, white peach, with a lingering oak finish. Keep this wine in mind if you are considering any cream or richly sauced dish. 

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: You know I love to seek out wines of quality and value. I would consider the Hewitson, Miss Harry’s GSM (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre) Blend 2016 from the Baross Valley Australia. This stand-out blend offers aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, and fig, along with smoke, tobacco, and a hint of vaNULLla on the finish. This is a wonderful blend to pair with anything smoked from the grill, all at 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: Of the many, many classics on this list, you may be familiar with my selection that instantly jumped from the page. An eternal classic, I would consider the Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from St Helena, CA. This wine will win you over with its incredible aromas of pepper, ripe blackberries, white flowers, and spice. The finish lingers with plumb and a hint of chocolate. This wine certainly lives up to its consistently high ratings and is truly a classic to pair with any special event.

RT: Michaela, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate The Polo Bar’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself.  

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

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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.


Thank you.








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