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About this Episode

Certified sommelier Michaela Quinlan and host Robert Tas explore the wine list at Tiny’s. Located in the heart of Tribeca, this family-run restaurant is friendly and relaxed and well-known for its seafood and ambience. Included in this episode's review,  Micheala identifies an excellent aperitif or perfect pairing with any shellfish or seafood, a must-try Spanish wine and a sensational value wine. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2015 Montecariano, Amarone della Valpolicella
  • 2020 Sebastien David "Hurluberlu", Cabernet Franc
  • 2015 Il Colle Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany
Transcript: Tiny's


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 Tiny’s. This family run, neighborhood spot located in the heart of Tribeca features classic American fare and stand-out seafood dishes. When you are in the neighborhood, you can’t miss Tiny’s in the pink townhouse.

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

MQ: Tiny’s curated wine list features several standouts, and hopefully new favorites, to pair with their incredible menu.

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

MQ: The first wine that caught my eye was the 2019 Vignai da Duline, Friulano from Friuli, Italy. Friulano is a dry white wine from Northern Italy and is an excellent aperitif or perfect pairing with any shellfish or seafood. Similar in style to Sauvignon Blanc with citrus and grapefruit, the Friulano also features notes of pear and ripe peach with a mineral finish.

RT: That’s a great start. Did any red wine jump out at you?

MQ: Staying in Italy, another to consider would be the 2018 Rosso Della Motta, nebbiolo from the Piemonte region. With balanced flavors and aromas of ripe red cherries, raspberries, leather and oak, this Nebbiolo is a stand-out pairing for pastas and meat sauces.

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:  A must try from Spain is the 2017 Marques de Tomares, Rioja Blanco. This blend of Viura and Garnacha Blanca showcases notes of citrus, pear, and herbs, along with tropical fruit, and a nutty finish. A perfect complement to roasted chicken and fish.

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:  If you are eyeing some of the richer entrees on Tiny’s menu, then I would consider the 2015 Montecariano, Amarone della Valpolicella from  Veneto in Italy. Amarone consists of a rich, complex blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and a splash of Molinara. Showcasing black cherries, blackberries, and plumb, with silky tannins, and a smooth finish of vanilla, and cocoa.

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: Of course, I have two favorites for this category. To begin, I would consider the 2019 Feudi di San Gregorio, Falanghina from Campania. Falanghina is the featured white grape of Campania that features bright acidity and citrus, but also balances hints of honeysuckle, with classic nutty/almond notes on the finish. Another complement to seafood and vegetable dishes, all at an excellent price.

RT: These are all sounding great. What else caught your eye?

MQ: You may know by now, that I simply can’t pass by a Cabernet Franc, especially a high-quality, value Cabernet Franc. With that in mind, I would consider the 2020 Sebastien David "Hurluberlu", Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France. It is medium-bodied, but still offers all the punch of rich red wine. It features raspberries, red cherries, with notes of plumb, earth, herbs, and oak. A wonderful pairing for herb-roasted chicken and blue cheese.

RT: For me personally…

MQ: Absolutely!

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

MQ: When searching for that special bottle on each menu, I find myself seeking out family-run wineries who tell their story in every bottle. The same can be said for the 2015 Il Colle Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany who have been meticulously making wine for over forty years.  A perfect growing season, warm and dry during the summer months resulting in concentrated flavors of raspberries, blackberries, and currants, along with violet floral notes, smooth tannins, with hints of tobacco and nutmeg on the finish. Another wonderful addition to any occasion.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Tiny’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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