Every summer, the Capital Grille restaurant chain throws a fantastic wine tasting event called "Generous Pour" (details can be found here!) For $28, you get to try 7 different wines that have been ranked highly (90+) points by critics. Three whites and four reds, and the pours are certainly generous! The servers will ask you if you would like more of any of the wines, and you're free to have as much as you'd like. It's a fabulous deal, and a great way to discover some new wines to add to your kitchen! My favorite white was the Cambria Chardonnay and my favorite red was the Siduri Pinot Noir, both available at Total Wines, and newly added to my to do list of errands!
I also enjoyed the stories behind these two wines. The Cambria brand is a all female operation - only women work at the winery and they have an all female management team. The Cambria label also sponsors women by providing an annual grant to a different woman once a year that empowers and motivates them. The bottle even features a self-portrait of the grant winner! The Siduri label gets its name from the Babylonian goddess of wine, which is just awesome!
The restaurant is also running an awesome give away - fill out the form with your contact info and drop it in the fishbowl at the front desk. One lucky winner will win all 7 of the wines featured in the Generous Pour event, plus the funky wooden wine holder shown below! Fingers crossed :)
This appetizer was so delicious - prosciutto wrapped mozzarella with balsamic marinated cherry tomatoes.
Giant shrimp cooked in garlic and lemon over crostini in a small cast iron skillet.
My husband's entree - large seared sea scallops over polenta and corn with torn lemongrass on top.
A small amuse-bouche to serve as a palette cleanser between white and red wines. This was a small piece of fried salmon over a dill cream sauce on top of a slice of fresh cucumber.
My entree - butterflied filet mignon with creamed corn and bacon as the side. Yum! And needless to say, the meat went fantastic with the last two red wines served, both full-bodied Cabernets!
And of course, we had to end the meal with chocolate lava cake to go with the last mouthfuls of Cab!
Yes, I took the wine glass. But to be fair, my rose needed the water! :)