Friday, June 5, 2009

Capital Grille Master Wine Tasting Event

For six weeks, beginning on Monday, July 13th, Capital Grille will be giving its guests the opportunity to sample 11-12 wines hand-selected by the restaurant's master sommelier George Miliotes during their meal. The tastings will feature wines from four of the world's most renowned wine regions: Argentina, South Africa, Spain, and Napa Valley.

The Executive Chef and service team will guide guests through the tasting and suggest menu selections to complement each wine selection.

In addition, guests who participate in the wine tasting event will be given the opportunity to win one of two week-long trips to world class wineries. Miliotes, who is one of only 170 people worldwide to be given the title of master sommelier, will act as the winners' guide.

The event's first three weeks (July 13 – August 2) will include Argentinian wine from the Catena family, including selections from the famed Mendoza wine-growing region, most notably Catena Malbec, which received a 91 (out of 100) rating from Robert Parker, and wine from Spain's world-famous Rioja, Ribera del Duera, and Jumilla regions, featuring selections form vines dating back to the turn of the century.

The second three weeks (August 3 – 23) will feature Napa Valley's Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet and Chardonnay selections, both rated 92 by Robert Parker, South African wine from the Winelands of the Western Cape, including celebrated Cabernet, Syrah, and Chardonnay varietals, and other South African specialties like Chenin Blanc and Pinotage.

Winners of the week-long, personalized wine trips will go behind-the-scenes and participate in the wine-blending process, even blending their own case to ship home. Winners will also enjoy some of the finest restaurants and hot spots in each featured region.

The first insider’s wine experience in Argentina will include three days in the Mendoza region touring vineyards, dining in the cellars, and working hand-in-hand with the Catena family to blend a Malbec to take home and enjoy. In addition, two days will be spent touring Buenos Aires.

The second insider’s wine experience in Napa will include vineyard tours, dinners at different wineries, massages, biking tours of the region and a private blending experience at the Beringer winery, where winners will make their own case of Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet.

The tasting experience is $10 during lunch and $25 during dinner. For more information, contact Jodi Bannerman at 212.871.3020 Ext. 107 or at

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