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Regardless if you become easily excited when you open a bottle of wine or not, everyone knows when a good deal is staring them in the face. And this holds true for Capital Grille’s Generous Pour event (now through August 30th) where guests can upgrade their dining experience by partaking in eight wines of their choosing. If your preference tends to align with white wines, there are several available. In addition, from the reds, you will be equally pleased with the selection. Each year a new list is created, and this this year the wines are all produced by women. You can imagine our anticipation and excitement.

The White Wines
  •        Galerie “Naissance,” Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, Winemaker Laura Diaz Munoz
  •        Barrymore, Monterey, Pinot Grigio, Proprietress Drew Barrymore
  •        Stonestreet “Bear Point,” Alexander Valley, Chardonnay, Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs
The Red Wines
  •        Mt. Brave, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Winemaker Laura Diaz Munoz
  •        Kinton, Santa Barbara, Syrah, Wine Visionary Julia Jackson
  •        Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard,” Santa Maria Valley, Pinot Noir, Winemaker Denise Shurtleff
  •        Matanzas Creek, Sonoma, Merlot, Winemaker Marcia Monahan
  •        Arrowood Reserve Speciale, Sonoma, Cabernet Sauvignon, Winemaker Kristina Werner

As we speak highly on “experience” here at Urban Swank, one doesn’t need to be well versed in wine pairings to enjoy the Generous Pour during your meal. Based on your choices for the evening, allow your waiter to provide a few recommendations. For $28, you can’t go wrong with any of them, but they’ll assist in steering you in the right direction if need be.

During our visit we sampled all three whites along with our appetizers which included Pan-fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers, Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes, and Lobster and Crab Cakes. Our favorite was the Sauvignon Blanc from Galerie “Naissance”; it was very light with wonderful citrus notes and played very nicely with the deliciously wrapped mozzarella.

Moving on to dinner, we were able to see just how savvy our waiters were as we each received personal recommendations based on our main entree. We opted for steak (no surprise here) and received two choices that would fit with the rich flavors and depth of our meats. For the Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged NY Strip with Shallot Butter, the 2007 Syrah from Kinton and the Pinot Noir from Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard” were an ideal match. Our other choice, the Porcini Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye with 15-Year Aged Balsamic, was fitted appropriately with the Syrah and Pinot Noir as well.

The beauty of this event is you can have as much or a little of each type of wine as you like. We also sampled the Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Brave, Mt. Veeder. During our next visit, and before Generous Pour ends, this will be our go to for any and everything we order! It was superbly intense without being overwhelming and the floral notes balanced the sweet and fruity undertones. A sure winner in our books.

So mix and match as you please and remember it is all about your taste and what you enjoy. The Generous Pour event is a great way to discover new wines and to learn more about wines in general. Many of these wines are retail priced at $80 and over so the deal is certainly real. Another bonus…Capital Grille is also participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks so you can enjoy two deals in one night! That’s how we like to roll.

Urban Swank co-hosted this event along with Capital Grille (and Master Sommelier George Miliotes).

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