Pouring It On at The Capital Grille
It’s always a pleasure to dine at a restaurant with a nice wine list. However, if that wine list features 5,000 bottles, how do you go about picking just one for dinner? Maybe it’s time to try something new and adventurous. Or you might prefer to stick with the tried and true. I suggest you stop worrying about all that and head to The Capital Grille to experience five different world class wines with your meal for just $25. It’s called The Generous Pour Wine Event.
The Generous Pour Wine Event offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy generous pours of as many of the featured wines as they choose and the event exemplifies the expert, personalized service that The Capital Grille is known for. Guests will be guided through the experience, with suggested pairings and wine tasting notes for each course ordered.
I was fortunate to experience these wines paired with food last night. Stand out pairings for me included the Smoked Salmon Amuse with Lunetta Rosé each with a sense of delicacy and softness. Wine blogger Bean Fairbanks of Wine and Beer of Washington State noted on Twitter that it was a beautiful color and flavor match.
The Proscuitto Wrapped Mozzarella and Vine Ripened Tomatoes accompanied the Gary Farrell 2009 Chardonnay from Carneros, the roundness of each making a nice pairing.
I also experienced my first sip of Edi Simcic Rebula from Slovenia. This wine was poured at the same time as the Chardonnay so that we could compare and contrast the two. Totally like night and day. The oak notes are prominent in the Chardonnay, while there is something more minerally in the Rebula. Want to learn more about the Rebula grape? Check out the blog Cornichon.org to see what Ronald Holden has to say about Ribolla from the Italian side of the region.
Cedar Planked Salmon was the next dish in my lineup. All of us at the table were delighted that the presentation included the plank the fish was cooked on. I enjoyed the dish with a generous pour of Villa Mt. Eden 2007 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir from Russian River, California. I detected more dark notes in this Pinot than those from Oregon – like baked cherries and chocolate toffee.
Lucky for me my friend Ed was feeling generous and offered me a sip of the Chateau du Pin 2009 Bordeaux he was poured to pair with his steak. That wine was one of the highlights of my evening.
The grand finale of the meal was a glass of Kia Oro Chenin Blanc from South Africa served with dessert. It was sweet without being cloying. The cheesecake that was served alongside the wine had a lovely bruleéd topping and the freshness of lemon permeating the creamy texture, and it was a lovely match for the wine.
I am always delighted by restaurants that offer interesting glass pours, flights, or pairings. Getting to taste generous pours of so many fascinating wines in one evening made me downright giddy. Intrigued? Then don’t wait to visit The Capital Grille and experience the Generous Pour Wine Event for yourself. The special only runs until September 2nd.
Full disclosure: I was invited to the Generous Pour Wine Dinner by my friend Brenda of the blog Culinary Fool and was a guest of Seattle food blogger Keren Brown who writes the blog Frantic Foodie and organizes all kinds of food events.
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