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About this Episode

Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas bring a little country to the city with a wine list review from the Urban Farmer, a modern steakhouse that, as they say, is unexpected, unpretentious, and unforgettable. They offer a spectacular wine list that includes an international selection and many great bottles from the Pacific Northwest. Grace finds some sensational sparklers, robust roses, and whites that will make your night just right. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2018 King Estate Brut Cuvee

  • 2019 Wichmann Vineyard from Triseatuem

  • 2021 Teutonic Rose

Transcript: Urban Farmer

Urban Farmer

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 Grace Hood, wine educator and certified sommelier. Hello Grace, it’s great to have you!

GH: Hey Robert happy to be here as always.  

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. Today Grace and I will be talking about the award-winning wine list at The Urban Farmer in downtown Portland. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.  

GH: Thanks, Robert! Yeah, this place looks right up our alley! They have a nice international selection, as well as obviously a killer pacific northwest list, when in Rome and all haha   

RT: Sounds great. Should we dive right in with some sparkling?

GH: Twist my arm why don’t ya, ha-ha for bubbles, I would do either the 2018 King Estate Brut Cuvee, or the 2019 Brut Rose from the Famous Argyle Winery

RT: Oregon sparkling – sounds heavenly. Alright, where would you steer us when it comes to the whites?   

GH: Well, it wouldn’t be Oregon without some reisling. I’m loving the look of this 2019 Wichmann Vineyard from Triseatuem. They also have a 2021 White Blend from Division Winery called Musical Chairs which sounds like a super fun option.

RT: Ha-ha love a whimsically named wine. How are their selections looking for Oregon chardonnay?

GH: Absolutely delicious obviously! They have one of my favorite wineries, Domaine Drouin, on the list. I would grab their 2020 Arthur Chardonnay. Another great option would be the 2019 Toil from Figgins Winery.

RT: Hope you’re not toiling away too hard on this list ha-ha I kid I kid. Now with Oregon being known for pinot noir, they must have some killer rose.

GH: They sure do Robert. For Oregon Rose, I would do either the 2021 Teutonic Rose, or the 2021 Acid Freak from Libertine.

RT: I can taste the salinity from here ha-ha thanks for that Grace. Alright we’ve come to your favorite, haven’t we? Willamette Valley pinot?

GH:  You know me too well Robert! My top choices for Oregon pinot from the Urban Farmer list would be the 2015 Backbone from King Estate, or the 2014 Grace Vineyard from Domaine Serene (no relation unfortunately ha-ha), you could also do the 2016 Chapter 24 which is exclusive to Urban Garmer so that would be a really special bottle to try.

RT: Of course, your name would be a pinot noir vineyard in the Willamette Valley ha-ha only fitting. Love those choices, Grace. Now how about it we’re wanting something a little more lush and juicy?

GH: Ahhh I see where you’re heads at. I’m loving the look of this 2017 Merlot from the Historic Leonetti Cellars, or this 2016 Tempranillo from Abacela Cellars in Southern Oregon.

RT: Southern Oregon? Wow, I didn’t even know they grew wine outside of the Willamette Valley. Love learning something new from all the CorkRules sommeliers.

GH: That’s what we’re here for Robert! To educate and entertain

RT: You certainly do both of those things in spades grace ha-ha alright now how about we finish it off with something big and bold?

GH: You got it Robert. I would go with either the 2017 Col Solare from the Yakima Valley, or the 2016 Reserve from Leonetti

RT: Love the sound of those Grace - thank you so much for helping us navigate the wine list at Urban Farmer.  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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