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About this Episode

Cecilia Bonet, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas head south to Miami where they kick back and review the wine list at The Surf Club. This restaurant is a nod to Miami’s heydays of the 60s when the culture was all about fun, style, and beautiful people. Today, the à la carte menu interprets classic continental cuisine for a contemporary audience, and the extensive wine list offers wines from the most renowned wineries, including a fine wine selection.

Wines reviews include:

  • Frederic Savart 'l'accomplie' Extra Brut Champagne Nv, France

  • 2011 Castillo Ygay, Gran Reserva Especial, Marqués De Murrieta

  • 2019 Failla, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Transcript: The Surf Club

The Surf Club

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where we review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Cecilia Bonet, wine educator and certified sommelier

Hello Cecilia, great to have you back for another great wine list.

CB: Hello 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 wine lists can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, 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.


With an old-school glamour, is The spot for special occasions!

The Surf Club is an upscale fine-dining spot in Surfside by Chef Thomas Keller, located in Florida

*Best California Chef in 1996, and the Best Chef in America in 1997

Style: Classic Continental cuisine for a modern audience

Top Level View

The Head Sommelier Zach Gossard’s list, tend to the classic wines from Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux; with a curated selection of Californian wines, because of Chef Keller’s connections to the Napa and Sonoma valleys.

The wine list is quite extensive with exquisite references from the most renowned wineries, perhaps expensive but definitely a fine wine selection.

Unique Stuff


Frédéric Savart is regarded as one of the most interesting producers in all of Champagne. He is a boutique producer from tiny organically-farmed parcels in ÉCUEIL, a Premier Cru terroir in the Montagne de Reims.

His champagne ‘L’Accomplie’ is a Pinot Noir dominant blend rounded out with Chardonnay, resulting in a bright and aromatic delight with notes of green apple, salt, wet rocks, and chalk dominate this creamy yet restrained palate. It has a big mousse with a crunchy green apple flavour and texture. It is subtle, elegant and persistent.

The best pairing here? Don’t miss out the Oysters in all the formats!

Value Wines


Failla is the project of winemaker and farmer Ehren Jordan, focusing on cool climate sites on the Sonoma Coast and world-class vineyards in Oregon.

The 2019 Chardonnay, from Sonoma Coast, is a stellar appellation-level wine. Slightly golden in the glass with a lovely nose of lemon curd, the wine is plenty of delicious orchard fruits here along with a buttery feel in the mouth and citrus freshness. The palate exhibits the perfect balance, between the fruit, the acidity is on point, and the oak is subtle but noticeable.

Outstanding when paired with the Maine Lobster Thermidor.

Bigger budget/Special Occasion


Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 2011 is the product of one of the best vintages in Rioja. This is a real deal and my choice for a Special Occasion.

This amazing blend is yet composed mainly of Tempranillo, with the addition of 16% Mazuelo. It offers the traditional Rioja style with notes of vanilla, orange peel, red fruits and undergrowth.

You will find it balanced and full of harmony, elegant with round tannins and the acidity that promises a long ageing time and a surprising longevity.

In addition, Castillo Ygay is one of the century-old labels of Rioja. It is designed following the silk-screen printing of the first wines of the region.

Maybe is because Castillo Ygay was aged for 24 months in American oak barrels and refined in the bottle for another 5 years and where, but no matter how hard I will try to explain it to you, there’s nothing like the experience of tasting it. Much better paired with the Prime Beef Short Rib Wellington.

Cecilia, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate The Surf Club’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try your great suggestions.   

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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