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About this Episode

Wine educator and certified sommelier Grant Wood and host Robert Tas take a trip to Tudor City Steakhouse where Grant identifies wines guaranteed to impress you, your guests, wine nerds and rap moguls. From bubbles to cocktails, Grant offers a few suggestions to kick off the evening before moving on to pairings and a cocktail to round off the evening. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2016 Rosso di Montalcino from Donatella
  • 2009 Bruno Colin 1’er cru from Chassagne-Montrachet
  • The Lete Vautain Brut Champagne
Transcript: Tudor City Steakhouse

Tudor City

RT: Hello and Welcome back to another episode with CorkRules! 

A podcast where we review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Grant Wood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grant, it’s great to have you join our CorkRules family!

GW: Hey Robert, I’m so happy to be here with you.

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules.

We created CorkRules to demystify wine list’s 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.

Welp, we got ourselves another steakhouse here but at Tudor City, it seems there is everything from seafood and pasta as well so all diners will be satisfied with their fair.

Starting with cocktails, the Saketini jumped off the page straight away featuring Itami sake, vodka, and a cucumber puree. The Tea Time with Bourbon, chamomile tea, cinnamon, and lemon juice looks like a great way to start to me as well.

The wine list is short and sweet so I’m going to do my best at pointing out the exciting stuff with this one.

For bubbles, I wish there was a bit more to offer but I’m going to start out on top with saying that Cristal from Luis Roderer is really an awesome prestige cuvee that’ll delight rap moguls and wine nerds alike. The Lete Vautain Brut Champagne by the glass will do the trick as well of course.

For whites, the 2009 Bruno Colin 1’er cru from Chassagne-Montrachet is a great Kermit Lynch import and is an easy choice for me otherwise, the Kistler 2008 Chardonnay from the Sonoma coast won’t suck either.

For reds, a great value is the 2016 Rosso di Montalcino from Donatella and will be an easy wine to pair with any of the heartier fair but taking it up a notch further is the 2014 D. Cinelli Brunello di Montalcino. I wasn’t super thrilled with the Cali cabs so much but the 2014 Quintessa CS from Napa is always a great wine and the 2015 M Seduction from France’s Haut-Medoc was a strong vintage for bdx and is pretty good value for what it will deliver.

The spiked hot chocolate would be a great cocktail to tie off the meal and warm the soul.

Grant, great job today!  Thank you for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate Tudor City’s wine list. I can’t wait to go and try your suggestions 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.


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