Yes, the cork has officially been popped. From July 12th – September 4th, you can celebrate the Generous Pour Wine Event at The Capital Grille in Downtown Providence. What does this fantastic event entail, you ask? Well, you can enjoy as many wines as you like for only $25 per person! Your selection consists of 9 highly rated red, white, and sparkling wines, all chosen by George Miliotes, Master Sommelier (shown in the video above).
According to Mr. Miliotes, it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to this final selection. He said he tastes 100+ wines in an average week! The best job ever? Possibly. How do I get his job anyway?!?!
Fortunately for me, I was invited to sample some food and wine pairings for this event. And being the hard working food blogger than I am, I took it upon myself to sample all 9 wines in order to provide you with the best recommendations possible. It wasn’t easy, but somebody’s gotta do it. :)
Two different wines were recommended with the Cedar Planked Salmon. I preferred the Byron Pinot Noir over the Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay. Typically red wines are not paired with fish, but as George Miliotes would say, “it was like a match made in heaven.” The fattiness of salmon and the black licorice flavor from the fennel paired well with this light red Pinot Noir. It had hints of raspberry and some subtle earthiness. Overall, a great food wine for just about any dish.
Next, I tasted the Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter. Two wines were recommended with this dish – Chalk Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Conte Brandolini Merlot. And the winner…Chalk Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon!
Bold and full-bodied, this wine had powerful flavors that paired perfectly with the sirloin. The steak had a coffee rub that married well with the spiciness of the Cabernet. It had hints of sage and graphite. Definitely not for beginners, but this wine was a real winner in my book. It turned out to be my favorite of the entire night!
For dessert, I ordered the Flourless Espresso Cake. I was hesitant to order this at first since flourless cakes are often heavy and dense. Luckily, this was not the case. This deliciously intoxicating dessert tasted like fudge, except much lighter…and better! It’s like a chocolate lovers dream come true. It was paired with RL Buller, The Portly Gentleman which had sweet strawberry and cherry syrup flavors. Although it can’t actually be considered a Port since it is from Australia instead of Portugal, this fruity dessert wine has a smooth finish that is the perfect end to any meal.
Thirsty yet? Then I suggest you head down to The Capital Grille to take part in The Generous Pour Wine Event. For only $25 per person, it’s a real bargain since some of the wines cost upwards of $80 per bottle at the liquor stores (that’s not taking into consideration the 2.5x – 3x mark up for alcohol at restaurants). It’s a great way to celebrate the summer with friends at a fraction of the regular price.