A few weeks ago we attended a preview event at The Capital Grille, South Coast Plaza, in Costa Mesa, CA. The Generous Pour Wine Event, is a wine pairing that the restaurant is offering through September 4. For just $25 with dinner, you can experience nine of the wines they offer. Each wine is selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes and there is something for everyone in this collection from well-established estates to lesser-known wineries. Everyone can benefit from his extensive knowledge because in addition to the Generous Pour wine selections, he is also responsible for selecting the wines for The Capital Grille family of restaurants. What was unique about this offer is that if you find a wine in the pairings that you really like, you can ask for more of that particular kind vs. being limited to a single pour like other wine tastings we’ve participated in.
This was the first time we had been to Capital Grille and it exceeded our expectations. In addition to the wines, we had a chance to sample some of their food which was also very good. The highlight of the evening was meeting and speaking with Master Sommelier George Miliotes. He is one of only 173 Master Sommeliers in the world. He was not arrogant or self important like we imagined sommeliers would be. He was quite the opposite. He was very personable and easy to talk to and he didn’t mind all the novice questions we asked. We also learned that a Master Sommelier is very well-versed in alcohol well beyond wine. We got some great suggestions from him and look forward to trying some of his recommendations.
After the event a few of us stuck around and ordered a couple of items off their menu. We tried the Miniature Lobster and Crab Burgers along with the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese that we have heard so much about. Both were excellent dishes. The mac ‘n’ cheese was creamy, rich and had a lot of lobster, which could be tasted in every bite. The lobster and crab burgers were tender, great flavor and seemed to just disappear!