I adore the Capital Grille and make no secret of it that it is my favorite national upscale steakhouse. But did you know that from July 4th through Labor Day they offer the best bang for the buck in the wine world? For $28 and the purchase of a dinner entree, you get endless pours of seven killer wines from four different vineyards owned by legendary vinter Dan Duckhorn, now in his golden years. People are scuffling to put all they can from Duckhorn’s vineyards in both Cali and Washington State into their own wine collections, but Capital Grille is serving a rose that no one else can get their hands on thanks to the clout of Capital Grille’s Director Of Wine Strategy, Brian Phillips.
If you want to know what seven wines you will be served, here is the official list:
White And Rose
Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley
Tasting Notes: Bright and refreshing limes, lemon zest, honeysuckle and pink grapefruit.
Rose Of Pinot Noir
Tasting Note: Strawberry, raspberry, rose petal, orange zest and starfruit
Tasting Notes: Ripe Granny Smith apples, citrus zest, hints of tropical fruit and a touch of savory baking spices
Migration, Sonoma Coast
Tasting Notes: Red fruits, ripe strawberry, raspberry, black cherry and a touch of earthiness
Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Vineyards, Napa Valleys
Tasting Notes: Ripe blackberry, baked Morello cherry, espresso and sweet tobacco
Canvasback, Red Mountain
Tasting Notes: Dark black and blue fruits, plums, black figs, sarsaparilla and licorice
Paraduxx, Napa Valley
Propietary Red Blend
Tasting Notes: Jammy plum, blackberry, red currant and cherry, cinnamon and brown sugar
It goes without saying that the Capital Grille serves some of the most mouth-watering beef out there, so I just had to order a filet mignon at their recent influencer dinner to introduce the wines in this year’s Generous Pour program. (I started with excellent golden brown fried calamari and fried prosciutto di Parma wrapped around fresh mozzarella in case you are curious!) The Capital Grille has one of the most tender and largest filets you can get–it’s grass-fed beef and easily 12 ounces. (I dream about them at night, LOL!)
The sides are all winners here, too. Many guests order the famous Lobster Mac and Cheese as an entree—it is rich and filling. The Brussels Sprouts roasted with slab bacon, soy vinaigrette and EVOO are the perfect blend of crisp greens, sweetness and saltiness—and a must have as a side at The Capital Grille. It is my personal go-to side there.
There are numerous alluring desserts at the Capital Grille. As expected at a steakhouse, their sumptuous New York Cheesecake is the most popular one but the Coconut Cream Pie is the stuff of legends in my book. It is served more like an artistic circular French pastry piled high with fresh cream and a buttery cookie as a clever crunchy topper.
For more info on The Generous Pour or The Capital Grille in general (including making reservations), go to www.thecapitalgrille.com. You can also download The Capital Grille Concierge app. I love that the overall experience of this famous eatery is the feeling of eating with family or friends and making a meal a lesiurely, relaxing experience. There are a few NYC locations, my favorite one being just west of Radio City at 120 West 51st in the middle of the block between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.