The Capital Grille’s Generous Pour Welcomes California Wines

Raleigh’s Capital Grille is bringing back its infamous The Generous Pour for another year. This year’s theme is Legends of the Land. Patrons can embark on up to 7 California wines that are inspired by a racehorse, a childhood friendship and one wine that placed at the 1976 Judgment of Paris. All these wines are connected by the popular Jackson Family winemakers.

From now until September 1, guests at Capital Grille’s two North Carolina locations (Raleigh and Charlotte) can enjoy these wines with dinner for an additional $28 per person. 

For the white wine enthusiast, try the Stonestreet Sauvignon Blanc or the Nielson Chardonnay. Both wines pair well with seafood dishes in the likes of seared scallops, fried calamari or jumbo shrimp. Or try Copain’s Rosé of Pinot Noir, an exclusive wine only available at the winery’s tasting room in Mendocino County, and at Capital Grille.

For the red wine drinker, you won’t be disappointed. Try samples of a Pinot Noir from Maggy Hawk Vineyards, a red blend from Cenyth in Sonoma County or the two typical-style California reds that taste of ripe fruit and nice tannins that line the mouth. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Freemark Abbey, which placed during the 1976 Judgment of Paris (remember the movie Bottleshock), pairs perfectly with prime cuts of red meat. Or sample another exclusive wine made available just for this event – a Bordeaux-style red blend courtesy of Sonoma County’s Arrowood Vineyards.

Capital Grille’s managing partner Joseph Butler encourages guests to try them all, or try only what you like. “If you like the whites, just have us pour whites. If you really liked the Freemark Abbey, and only want that, we can do that for you as well.” 

Below is a more in-depth look at all 7 wines featured at The Capital Grille:

  1. Stonestreet Sauvignon Blanc – with hints of Meyer lemon, Thai basil and pear, this white wine from Alexander Valley paired well with the shrimp and lump crab cake appetizer.

  2. Nielson Chardonnay – From Santa Barbara County, this wine reminded us of citrus blossom, apples and honey. This wine would pair well with seared scallops and fried calamari.

  3. Copain Rosé of Pinot Noir – One of the exclusive wines you can only taste at The Capital Grille. With a very floral nose and strawberry taste, it’s both a light and delicious wine to pair with Burrata cheese – which we did.

  4. Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir – Floral and pretty, this light tasting Pinot Noir has hints of cranberry and lavender. A nice sipping wine while waiting for your main dish to arrive. This wine comes from Anderson Valley, on the sloping vineyard that lies between the California Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean.

  5. Cenyth Red Blend – The first of two red blends hailing from Sonoma County. This blend has hints of dark berries and a nice amount of earthiness.

  6. Arrowood Red Blend – Another exclusive you’ll find only at The Capital Grille. A mix of five Bordeaux varietals from Sonoma’s AVAs, this wine leaves of taste of ripe black plums, underbrush and savory black olives. If you order red meat such as the Filet Mignon or the New York Strip, you won’t be disappointed in this wine.

  7. Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon – Our top pick of the night paired the best with the New York Strip. Boysenberry, dark cherries, oak, tobacco and cocoa are all dominate in this wine. Did you know the Freemark Abbey 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon placed during the 1976 Judgment of Paris alongside big names such as Stag’s Leap and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild?