The Capital Grille

by nibblesandfeasts on April 16, 2011


The Capital Grille
I had the pleasure of attending a spring food and wine pairing reception at The Capital Grille.  The event was hosted by Master Sommelier George Miliotes and Executive Chef Dana Dare.
  
Before I tell you about my wine pairing evening, I want to tell you a bit about the Capital Grille. Upon arrival, it hits you.  The lovely mahogany walls and the comfortably dim ambiance emit a warm welcome. The staff, equally inviting.  We were escorted to the patio area of the restaurant where the event took place.  Half patio, half bar, the entire area overlooked a beautiful sunset and West Los Angeles.  Perfect for private gatherings.
The restaurant is located in the bustling intersection of San Vicente (near the Beverly Center) and features Valet parking easily accessible off Beverly.  
Upstairs Patio
Upstairs bar adjacent to patio
Main Restaurant

Beautiful West LA view from patio

The reception was centered around four new wine selects that have been recently added to the Master’s Sommelier’s award winning list of 23 wines. Food consisted of an extravagant spread of cheeses, roasted vegetables, a lobster tower with oysters and shrimp.  Beautifully and deliciously handcrafted appetizers made their rounds.  Below are the four featured wines and Master Sommeier’s George Miliotes notes…

Avanthia
Godello, Valdeorras, Spain 2008
The Godello grape gives intense and ripe flavors of peach, pear and apple that explode on the palate. A crisp finish with subtle hints of oak makes this wine perfect with seafood selections.

 Domaine Vincent Girardin
1er Cru, Les Gravieres, Pinot Noir, Santenay 2007

Ripe red cherries, raspberries and exotic spices blend with the earthiness that is only found in Burgundy.  The silky smooth finish of this Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with the rich flavors of salmon.

La Jota
Cabernet Sauvignon,
Howell Mountain, Napa 2004

The finest mountain growing site in Napa yields this robust Cabernet…dense and ripe red fruit are balanced by powerful plump tannins typical of La Jota.  This Napa Cabernet is lovely with any aged steak.

Barossa Valley Estates
E&E, Black Pepper Shiraz
Barossa, Australia 2004

Rich blueberry fruit flavors, a meaty aroma and hints of herbes de Provence fill the senses and finish with a velvety mouthful.  This Ausie Shiraz and lamb chops are a classic food pairing.

Some delectable photos of Chef Dana Dare’s menu items brought out the flavor in each one of the featured wines…

Truffles!
The Capital Grille

8614 Beverly, Blvd.
Los Angeles,  CA 90048
424-354-4138
Website
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Roxan April 26, 2011 at 6:42 am

Thank you for writing about Capital Grille! It's so close to me but i've never heard of it.. I'm always looking for new (well – new to me) restaurants to check out!

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