Generous Pours at Capital Grille

In casino gambler circles, a “George” is a generous tipper. Capital Grille master sommelier George Miliotes is just such a guy. “Our corkscrews stand ready,” reads a flier for the Generous Pour, a limited-time offer (932-6631) that allows diners to enjoy 9 ounces of up to nine wines with their meal for just $25. The menu highlights three whites, two international reds, two California reds and a dessert wine. You can mix and match to your heart’s content—nine 1-ounce tastes, three 3-ounce glasses, etc.—and they’re not the least bit stingy with the pours!

Our server Alex Guerrero, also a sommelier, started us out with a glass of Cremant de Loire brut from Marquis de la Tour while we perused executive chef David Sacco’s menu. From there, he held our hands through five courses. We enjoyed a ’08 Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre chardonnay with sizable oysters on the half-shell, but the reds are where the magic is.

From the ’09 Byron pinot noir, which Guerrero recommended with the spinach and applewood-smoked bacon salad, we zipped over to Europe for a well-structured ’09 Monastrell from Spain’s Tarima Hill and back to California for two delicious cabs: ’03 Freemark Abbey with seared Ahi tuna and ’06 Chalk Hill Estate with lamb. The dinner finished on a sweet note with RL Buller’s the Portly Gentleman, an Aussie spin on Port.

In all, a steal. But hurry as this offer concludes Sept. 4.

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