Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Capital Grille blends food and wine deliciously!

Tony Glorioso (Caymus), Chefs and Charlie Stauter, Managing Partner 




















The Capital Grille blends food and wine deliciously!
Story and photos by Christopher J. Davies

Impeccable service, warm décor and ambience, delicious dry aged steaks and ultra fresh seafood (flown in daily) makes for the best culinary experience that you can get! The Capital Grille delivers this precisely like a fine Swiss clock!

The Capital Grille has one of the finest wine lists of any multi-store (40) national restaurant chain. Each restaurant boasts an impressive 5,000 plus bottle cellar. With this many wines, it is no surprise that they carry the annual Wine Spectator Award of Excellence!

Our local Capital Grille is located in Downtown Denver in historic Larimer Square. It's an amazing location with a bustling bar crowd. A favorite place for business lunches as well celebratory dinners.

Caymus Wine Pairing Dinner

The Capital Grille's wine programs are always educational and value added!
Recently we attended a Caymus Wine Dinner which was held in a private dinning room. The dinner was hosted by Tony Glorioso, Caymus' Western Sales Manager and a 20 year wine industry veteran.

My wife and I attend a lot of wine dinners, but I have to say that this was one of the best run, most delectable, that we have had in a long time. Best of all it was offered for $95 per person, which represented an excellent value considering the fact that we enjoyed 6 premium wines from Caymus paired with highly creative culinary fare by New York born and raised Chef/Partner Lawrence Bergstein. Just 30 lucky wine and food lovers got to enjoy!

Tomato Gazpacho with Chilled Shrimp

Menu
-2008 Caymus Conundrum
Wild Mushroom & Boursin Crostini
Mellon Balls with Fleuer De Sel & Lime

Caymus Conundrum is their signature white blend ($22.99 wine store price)

-2007 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay
Tomato Gazpacho with Chilled Shrimp

-2008 Bella Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir
Wild Salmon With Olathe Corn Risotto,
Lobster Mushrooms & Maple Sage Butter

Wild Salmon

What a surprise hit for us and our table guests! This was an exceptional dish paired with what became my favorite Caymus wine of the evening. The Salmon was outstanding, cooked just right to a perfect firmness. 2008 Bella Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir sells in wine stores for around $45.
-2008 Caymus Cabernet
Garlic & Rosemary Filet with Truffled Fingerling Potatoes & Rosemary Garlic

Rosemary Filet

The filet was cooked perfectly and paired very well with the Cabernet. This was exactly what we expected...a classic pairing. ($70 wine store price)


-2007 Caymus Special Select
Duck Confit With Black Mission Figs, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Fava Beans & Madeira.

Duck Confit

Very lean, premium duck without a trace of fat and a delicious crispy skin, complimented by the figs and smoky bacon. This paired well with the Caymus Select Wine. ($70 wine store price)

-Mer Soleil Late Harvest White
Assorted Desserts

This excellent grand finale of cookies and elegant dessert wine!
Tony Glorioso was an amazing host guiding us through the Caymus wines and inserting history about the California wine industry. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. Best of all the wine pourings were generous. Rating: Outstanding!

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Don't Miss! The Capital Grille's Master Wine Tasting Event
Taste 11 wines for just $25

Master Sommelier George Miliotes (one of 170 in the world) has selected an outstanding selection of wines from California, Europe and Australia. Head on down to any Capital Grille to receive your personalized tasting. The cost is just $25 per person and this is an ideal prelude to dinner. Order some appetizers and savor a flight of 11 wines from around the world.  Hurry! The Master Wine Tasting Event runs through September 5, 2010.

The Capital Grille, Denver is located at 1450 Larimer Street Reservations can be made by calling 303.539.2500 or by visiting TheCapitalGrille.com.  In addition to its main dining room, The Capital Grille features private dining rooms for up to 42 guests, as well as the Chef’s Table, with a front line view of the open kitchen, accommodating up to 10 guests.

For more details about Caymus visit www.caymus.com

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