Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Capital Grille's Generous Pour Wine Event

If you're one of those Denver food and wine lovers who, like me, loves to save a buck or twenty on a great dining experience, The Capital Grille is just the place to cool down as summer keeps blaring on. For what is a premium restaurant with a mature wine list, I was personally surprised to see that they were beckoning in the average Denverite in an unassuming way.

Case in point, until September 4th they're offering a tasting experience of bottomless wine parings for only $25. The list is personally selected by CG's own Master Sommelier George Miliotes, and includes 9 highly-rated wines from around the world that as mentioned, will continue to flow as your meal carries on. So you're not left guessing, he also includes tasting notes highlighting the quality, characteristics, and flavors of each wine.

The staff was particularly engaged with the promotion, encouraging us to try a little of this and more of that in order to personally tailor the experience to our tastes. I'll be honest, I'm a red meat red wine guy and it's hard to deviate on that one. But as for the rest of the courses I was on a white kick with what to me was one of the more floral, complex, refreshing wines I've had in some time: La Cana Albarino.

This wine started off our meal with an appetizer of Pan-Fried Calamari with cherry peppers, and Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with vine-ripe tomatoes. Finding a smoky balance with a tart, crisply acidic wine seemed to be the perfect balance.

10 oz Filet Mignon in a tangy jus, paired with a 2009 Byron Pinot Noir

Bone-in Kona Crusted Sirloin with Shallot Butter. A well-aged complement to the 2006 Chalk Hill Cabernet.

The damage- a table covered in wine glasses, and still pouring...

The Portly Gentleman dessert wine and Strawberries Capital Grille - a match made in heaven.

The grand finale - Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake
I'll be honest, even after dessert left the table the wine continued to flow. Those tastes that you couldn't get enough of can serve as a palate cleanser, and your tab won't continue to tick up. The fun part- doing the math. The Capital Grille meets you in the middle on this one- and when you figure out how much your pairings WOULD have cost you but didn't, they quickly become a long lost friend. One that you hope you'll see again very soon. But hurry up, The Generous Pour wraps up in about 4 weeks or so on September 4th.

Dish It Up!

Avg Entree: $35
Complimentary Valet offered with CG Receipt
Open nightly for dinner, M-F lunch

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