Tuesday, June 29, 2010

RUN ! Dont walk to the Capital Grille's Master Wine Tasting Event with wines selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes







The Capital Grille is well known for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef selections, fresh seafood and extensive, award-winning wine list that houses roughly 4,000 bottles in the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine cellar.



They also offer more than 325 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. For guests with especially discerning tastes, the restaurant offers a private wine locker membership, by annual lease. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, the restaurant has also received the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award.




Capital Grille's Master Wine Tasting Event is back and for any Wine Enthusiast and/or Foodie you cannot go wrong. This event showcases a collection of remarkable wines hand-selected by one of the world’s Master Sommeliers, George Miliotes. This one-of-a-kind event offers wine enthusiasts the rare opportunity to sample well-known vintages as well as insider wines they’ll want to know, from five of the world’s most celebrated wine growing regions.





“I strongly believe that wine education must be experiential and first-hand,” Miliotes observed. “That is why I am thrilled to be able to provide a fun and thorough wine exploration at The Capital Grille. We are especially pleased to bring some of the world’s most exclusive wines to our guests this summer, in an enlightening taste journey.”




Recently we had the opportunity to visit The Capital Grille. During our visit we were able to sample their outstanding food along with their returning Master Wine Tasting Event. This is a wine program which gives patrons a wonderful opportunity to sample some superb wines that have been specifically paired with their menu all for an extra 25 dollars per person. This special is available through September. With a reputation as one of the best steak houses in Las Vegas, this is a most excellent offer. This event showcases a collection of hand -selected wines by Master Sommelier, George Militoes.

The first seven weeks (June 7 – July 25) of The Capital Grille’s Master Wine Tasting Event will feature:


Wine from California’s famed Napa Valley, including a Bancroft Ranch Merlot from esteemed Beringer Vineyards







A Cabernet Sauvignon from Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina, and other Italian varietals




A Pinot Noir and other varietals from Villa Maria Cellar Selection of New Zealand





The second six weeks (July 26 – September 5) will highlight:




World renowned wines from Napa Valley, including a Chardonnay from Cambria Winery and Vineyards




An impressive collection from Spain, including a Jorge Ordoñez Muscat Alexandria




Several wines from Australia, including The Chook Sparkling Shiraz




Our gracious host, Corey, guided us through the wines, while suggesting some of the best fare on the menu. We started our dinner with a variety of appetizers including the lobster and crab cakes, prosciutto wrapped mozzarella with vine ripe tomatoes, and pan fried calamari with hot cherry peppers. We were impressed with all of the appetizers, but our favorite was the lobster and crab cakes.






The combination of both with the dry mustard and red pepper was a marvelous way to start the meal. Each bite paired exceedingly well with the Cambria Bench Break Chardonnay Santa Maria, 2006. The Rich, buttery citrus notes accentuated the richness of the lobster and the delicateness of the crab. We were well impressed with this wine that held great mouth feel and structure.

LUNETTA PROSCECCO , TRENTINO, PROSECCO

TERUZZI & PUTHOD TERRE DI TUFI , TUSCANY 2007
Blend of Vermentino , Chardonnay and Vernaccia

GRAGGY RANGE TE MUNA ROAD, MARTINBOROUGH , 2008 /09
Sauvignon Blanc

CAMBRIA BENCH BREAK , SANTA MARIA 2006
Chardonnay













We then went on to try a fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil salad with 12 year aged Balsamic.
The heirloom tomatoes where drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and aged Balsamic vinegar. A tomato salad that was refreshing, light and extremely tasty.

FONTERUTOLI POGGIO ALLA BADIOLA , TUSCANY 2007
Sangiovese /Merlot Blend

WILD ROCK CUPID'S ARROW . CENTRAL OTAGO 2008
Pinot Noir















On to the main courses that gives the Capital Grille its amazing reputation as one of the best steak houses in Las Vegas and around the country. The Filet Mignon was the best we have ever had. Now we have eaten in many great restaurants on in our culinary travels but this night we were pleasently surprised and the meat surpassed other great filets that we have enjoyed.

The filet literally melted in our mouths like butter. We also tried the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico Steak aged with Balsamic. The Balsamic lends sweetness to the meat. The sauce is generous for this dry aged steak. For those who would like a more traditional rib-eye, the Delmonico steak is a hearty, bone in with classic rib eye flavors. With 22 0z. , you will not go hungry.

BERINGER BANCROFT RANCH , HOWELL MOUNTAIN , NAPA VALLEY 2003
Merlot

GRAGGY RANCH TE KAHU , HAWKS BAY 2006
Merlot

SELLA & MOSCA MARCHESE DI VILLAMARINA , SARDINA 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon

FREEMARK ABBY SYCAMORE , RUTHERFORD , NAPA VALLEY 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend




Did we have room for dessert? Corey convinced us that the cheese cake with seasonal berries was a perfect ending to our amazing dining experience. The cheesecake was a lighter version of its New York cousin. It was delicate with the ricotta filling and graham cracker crust. We were not disappointed.




Ten wines from around the world with suggested pairings from Corey made the evening quite complete . We did leave with some favorites of the night however :


CAMBRIA BENCH BREAK , CHARDONNAY , SANTA MARIA 2006

We know the appellation well and were impressed by light but not over bearing influences of Oak with nice minerality and citrus. This was a lovely light bodied Chardonnay



FREEMARK ABBEY SYCAMORE , RUTHERFORD, CABERNET BLEND , NAPA VALLEY 2003
By far our favorite of the night and we had the bottle at our table to enjoy it even more. Black fruit and hints of chocolate with a long lingering finish show why this area and producer make some of the finest California Cabernets we have had.

Every guest is presented with tasting notes from George Miliotes, as well as space to add notes of their own. In addition, The Capital Grille will prepare custom flights for guests particularly interested in comparing and contrasting similar varietals from the regions being presented during each phase of the event. These exceptional wine pairings are available through September. The view, the food and the wine will make your evening a memorable experience.






For additional information about the Master Wine Tasting Event and The Capital Grille experience, please visit www.TheCapitalGrille.com.




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