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In this episode of CorkRules, Michaela Quinlan and Robert Tas discuss the wine list of the Tribeca Grill. This restaurant provides a quintessential NYC dining experience and a Wine Spectator Grand award-winning wine list. Recommended wines include the Forstreiter Gruner Veltliner 2019 from Kremstal, Austria, the Maupague Sainte Victoire Grenache Blend Rose 2020 from Provence, France, and the Domaine Huet Vouvray, le haut lieu sec 2017 from the Loire Valley.

Key points include:

  • 02:26: Must-try wines
  • 03:25: A classic on the list
  • 04:58: Stand-out wines for a special dinner
Transcript: Tribeca Grill

Music Intro:

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 Tribeca Grill. Owned by Restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Oscar winner Robert DeNiro, this is NYC classic American dining at its best. The restaurant consists of two floors in the Tribeca Film Center featuring a stunning mahogany bar and menus to entice and excite.

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

MQ: Scrolling this extensive list, it is not a surprise that the Tribeca Grill repeatedly wins the Grand Award from the Wine Spectator. I have spotted some standouts, but don’t forget to spend some time in their Burgundy section!

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

MQ: I would begin with the Forstreiter Gruner Veltliner 2019 from Kremstal, Austria. While there are still hints of citrus in this dry, white wine, you will certainly welcome the melon and green apple, along with a mineral finish. A wonderful pairing for charcuterie or calamari.

If you are thinking a cheese board perhaps, or looking for a fresh aperitif, then look no further than the Maupague Sainte Victoire Grenache Blend Rose 2020 from Provence, France. Welcome to your classic, Provence rose. The pale color from the brief contact of juice and skin of the red grapes, the strawberry and watermelon, along with a hint of minerality and herbs make this rose a winner.

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: Absolutely. The Domaine Huet Vouvray, le haut lieu sec 2017 from the Loire Valley. Vouvray, being the subregion in the Loire, produces beautiful Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc always makes me think of dried apricots, a bit of honeysuckle, and mandarin orange. This would be wonderful with richer fish dishes or crab cakes.

I’m sure our red wine drinkers would enjoy the Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2019 from Tuscany. Another highly-rated selection, this Sangiovese is medium-bodied with smooth tannins, and a perfect blend of red fruit, earthiness, and spice. Tomato-based and herbal dishes are a perfect pairing.

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: These amazing, highly rated wines keep jumping out at me. Another classic would be the Turley Hayne Vineyard Petit Syrah 2003. This rich, deep purple, full bodied wine exudes blueberry, licorice, firm tannins, and pepper. If you are eyeing something spicy or savory on the menu, then this is your selection.

Another option would be the Clusel Roch Condrieu 2016. This viognier from Condrieu, a subregion of the Rhone Valley is beautifully fragrant with white flowers, lavender, and peach. A perfect partner for charcuterie boards, or rich fish such as tuna and swordfish.

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! The Walnut City Pinot Noir, 2019 from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I really enjoy Oregon Pinot Noir, as they have great body with a perfect balance of cranberry, red cherry, spice, and even a bit of chocolate on the finish. This would be a perfect bottle for the table to pair with beef, or rich sauces. Amazing quality and value.

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: Staying with a classic, I would consider the Testut Grenouille Grand Cru Chablis 2016 form Burgundy, France. This Chardonnay is grown in the heart of Chablis in Kimmeridgian soil. This soil consists of limestone and clay which give Chablis its classic character. You will enjoy peach, citrus, a hint of vaNULLla from the oak ageing, along with a mineral finish, thanks to the famous soil. A wonderful selection for any celebration.

RT: Michaela Thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate The Tribecca Grill’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 quick 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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