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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Las Vegas continues to serve the city well with convincing depth and variety of international marketplaces—even outside of Chinatown with its markets of Pan-Asian leanings and Hispanic chains such as Mariana’s that have Goya products stacked to the ceilings. Although it’s comforting that the abundance of the aforementioned reflects some diverseness in our demographics, truly international cities go beyond such general breakdowns and contain some jewels—and yes, let us boldly proclaim that Las Vegas is an international city!