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Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas peruse the wine list at the all-Italian restaurant Trattoria Dell'Arte. This establishment celebrates the art of food and wine, and even though the wine list is only one page, it is carefully curated to ensure a fabulous oenophile experience. Grace points out a lovely small production of Italian sparkling wine that is hard to find outside of Italy, a must-try Italian chardonnay, and a should-not-be-missed Italian red from a high-end Italian producer.

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2018 Grand Cru Chablis from Moreau
  • 2010 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Emidio Pepe
  • 2020 Vermentino from Colli di Luni
Transcript: Trattoria Dell'Arte

Trattoria del Arte

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where 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: Bonjourno Roberto!

RT Before we jump in, let’s talk about those wine lists. We created CorkRules to help 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 today we’re chatting about Trattoria Del’Arte. Grace what are your initial thoughts?

GH: Well, as I always say, you can’t go wrong with Italian! Their wine list is an easy 1 page, mainly focusing on Italian wines, with some French and American thrown in there as well.

RT: Awesome! Should be pretty straightforward. Where shall we start?

GH: If we’re thinking about kicking it off with sparkling, they have this lovely small production of Italian sparkling called Franciacorta, which is really hard to find outside of Italy so def worth trying out at Trattoria Dell Arte. If you wanted to go with a more classic vintage champagne, then the Bollinger Brut Rose would be a great choice as well.

RT: Awesome. Always love trying new hard-to-find wines. What are you thinking for whites?

GH: Oh man. They have a lot of great Italian whites on the menu. If you’re for something on the lighter side, I would do the 2020 Pinot Bianco from the Alto Adige. If you’re feeling something with a little bit more weight and citrus to it, the 2020 Soave Classico from the Veneto region would be a great choice. And for our chardonnay drinkers out there, Italy actually does a lovely chardonnay. When it comes to style, it kind of meets somewhere in the middle of an American chardonnay and a French Chardonnay. They have a 2018 chardonnay from Tuscany which would do the trick, and that’s actually the white wine pick in the Sommelier Selections portion of this list, so I must know what I’m talking about hahaha.

RT: Love it. I haven’t had Italian chardonnay in a while. Will have to give it another try again soon. Now we know the Italians are famous for their reds. What would be your recommendations on this list Grace?

GH: Oooh, there are so many good ones to choose from. I’m definitely feeling this 2015 Barbaresco from Gaja, which is one of the most famous and high-end producers in Italy. Could also do another piedmont producer and go with this 2013 Barolo from the A Baroli vineyard. 

RT: Oh yum either of those would be a great choice. Now, what if we're looking for a heavier bolder red?

GH: Then it’s gotta be this 2015 Camarcanda, another one from Gaja.  Or you could go with this 2009 Brunello di Montalcino from the Biondi Santi vineyards.

RT: Two great super Tuscan options Grace. Can’t go wrong with either. Now how about some value wines?

GH: Thankfully this list is pretty affordable overall! But if it were me choosing for the table, I would go with the 2020 Vermentino from Colli di Luni for a white, and this 2018 Barbera D’alba from Elvio Cogno

RT: Delicious and affordable. Just how we like it. Now, how about a special occasion bottle?

GH: If we’re going special occasion white, I’d choose the 2018 Grand Cru Chablis from Moreau. And then for a special occasion red, I’d do the 2010 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Emidio Pepe.  

RT: Amazing Grace. Great choices as always. Thank you for helping us navigate the wine list at Trattoria Del’Arte.

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.


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