It’s hotter than hell outside, so why would anyone in their right mind set upon a three-inch slab of meat guaranteed to raise internal body temperatures to match the ambient muck? A completely justifiable question, but Capital Grille manages to lure people into this weather to visit their restaurants. How? From now until September 4, 2011, they will serve their “Generous Pour” wine for $25 per person. It’s an adventurous and delicious way to wash down your side of beef.
Master Sommelier George Miliotes has done the hard work of selecting nine top-rated wines of different types, styles and complexity to pair optimally with the menu at Capital Grille. The wines range from a sparkling white from France all the way to fantastic dessert port from Australia, with visits to Spain, California, and Italy in between. As hard as it must have been for Miliotes to narrow down the world’s selection to nine, it was even harder for me to pick favorites. However, if you twist my arm, I’d would go for another glass of the 2010 La Cana Albariño — a light white with lemon notes and a nice acidity. I also wouldn’t say no to the 2006 Conte Brandolini Merlot — a fruit-forward, wine with medium body and nice structure.
This is the third summer that Capital Grille has offered the Generous Pour program. It’s successfully bolstered their off-peak business while giving customers a great way to expand their wine knowledge affordably. Try it and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s worth a trip into the heat.
633 North St. Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611
I sampled the Generous Pour wines and accompanying dinner at a media event for free.