Capital Grille a high end steakhouse with old world ambiance is offering what it calls the "Generous Pour" again this summer. We enjoyed last year's "Pour" so why not. We sampled the wines along with a pretty fine dinner at their Paramus location.
The idea behind "Generous Pour" is to give you the opportunity to experience several exciting wines for the price you would pay for a single bottle of any one of them. Capital Grille's Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, personally chooses nine wines he feels are world class and pair well with the summer menu. You can enjoy them all.
The wines are in fact world class. The Gary Farrell Sonoma Chardonnay and the Napa Valley Pinot Noir from Villa Mt. Eden were extraordinary, but the two wines we enjoyed the most were a white called Simcic Rebula from Slovinia and a sweet Late Harvest Chenin Blanc dessert wine from Kanu of South Africa.
With our first course of fresh and nicely briney raw Blue Point oysters and a delicate yet abundantly flavorful Kobe beef Carpaccio we had two white wines. Personally I prefer West Coast Oysters, but the Carpaccio was first rate.
Both wines were exceptional, but as I said we liked the Slovinian Rebula best of the two. This is saying a lot as the Gary Farrell Chardonnay was perhaps one of the best I have ever put to my lips.
Rebula is a grape that may be better know as Ribolla which is what it is called in Italy. It has a enchanting orange color. The flavor and aroma is rich with tastes of golden plums and apricots. For one taster Sultana Raisins comes to mind and there are hints of flowery honey. It fills the mouth in interesting ways and towards the end it has a delightful bitterness of herbs and minerals.
For dinner I had a rich Filet Oscar, a take on surf and turf with king crab meat and bearnaise sauce over grilled beef tenderloin. Diana had a Citrus Glazed Salmon which she loved.
For these our able waiter Andy aptly recommended two of the red wines in the "Generous Pour" With the steak I rich Cabernet Sauvignon from Bourdeaux by Chateau du Pin and Diana had the Villa Mt. Eden Pinot Noir and again she won. She is not a huge fan of Pinot Noir finding many too "thin" for her taste in read wines, but this one from the Russian River Valley was big, full and sumptuous. I think the 2009 Bordeaux needs more time to find its full perfection.
Dessert was ecstatic with a Late Harvest Chenin Blanc from South Africa that we adored. Along with a Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake we were in heaven.
The "Generous Pour" is available at all Capital Grille locations through August, ending September 2nd. More Information Here