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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas review the wine list at The Red Dory where the views of the Sakonnet River offer a clue to the Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring fresh ingredients from local farms and docks. And to help you pair wine with seafood, shellfish, or meaty, saucy dishes Michaela identifies tasting notes and offers pairing suggestions to ensure the spices and herbs pair well with the wine. From white Riojas with notes of cantaloupe, green apple, lime zest to bold reds with flavors of blackberries and cassis, along smoke, black pepper, and oak, Michaela helps you understand which wines to pair with meals on the menu. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2021 Ostatu Viura, Rioja, Spain

  • 2017 Cantina del Taburno Aglianico, Campania, Italy

  • 2021 Movia Sauvignon Blanc, Slovenia

Transcript: The Red Dory

Red Dory

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 The Red Dory. Located in Tiverton, RI, overlooking the Sakonnet River, The Red Dory is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant featuring fresh ingredients from local farms and docks.

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

MQ: I was excited to see what gems are on their wine list to pair with the incredible Mediterranean spices on their menu. We have some true stunners for you today.



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

MQ: A wonderful place to start would be the 2021 Ostatu Viura from Rioja in Spain. I am a fan of this white Rioja. This medium bodied wine is light enough for our Sauvignon Blanc fans, but rich enough to stand up to seafood and spice. The aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, green apple, lime zest, with a mineral finish make this a must try.

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

MQ: If you are looking for a bold, red wine, look no further. Consider the 2017 Cantina del Taburno Aglianico from Campania, Italy. The dark fruit, such as blackberries and cassis, along with firm tannins, smoke, black pepper, and oak, make this an excellent wine to pair with herbed proteins.

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 would be the 2021 Movia Sauvignon Blanc from Slovenia. This organic, medium-bodied sauvignon blanc is quite unique with its aromas and flavors of apricot, melon, tangerine, citrus, and a mineral finish. The extra body will certainly compliment any herbed dish.

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 unique wine to pair with any of amazing dishes from The Red Dory’s menu is the 2021 Platinetti Guido, Vespolina from the Piedmont of Italy. The Vespolina grape is indigenous to the Piedmont and is similar in style to Nebbiolo. This red wine features rip red cherries and cranberries, along with a variety of herbs and spices such as black pepper, violets, licorice, and round tannins.

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 stand-out quality and value wine is the 2020 Domaine Julie Benau, Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc of France. The Picpoul Blanc grape shines with its light to medium body, bright acidity, minerality, citrus, green apple, and a note of saline on the finish. This is an incredibly versatile wine for pairing, as it makes a great companion to spice and seafood.

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

MQ: Do consider the 2020 Franz/Netzl Christina Zweigelt from Austria. Zweigelt is an Austrian grape that is a cross between St. Laurent and Blaufrankish. Think of this grape as similar to Pinot Noir. This is a light and fresh red wine that features cranberries, sour cherries, spice, and smooth tannins. This red makes a perfect pairing with the spice of Mediterranean food and can also be served chilled. 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: The Red Dory features a number of options to take your wine selections up a notch. One that caught my eye, always the Old-World fan, was the 2016 Chateau Banaire-Ducru, Grand Cru Clesse, Saint Julien in Bordeaux. This 96 point rated Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a splash each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, showcases cassis, ripe blackberries, and plum, spectacular on its own, but truly a standout  with the exceptional menu of The Red Dory. The smoke, earth, and round tannins make this wine an excellent consideration to add to any event.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate The Red Dory’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 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.

Thank you.








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