Ends Sunday: $25 Wagyu Burger and Belle Glos or Silver Oak at The Capital Grille

Thursday, November 14, 2013


As I was driving down to the Massachusetts State House to testify in favor of allowing the direct shipment of wine to Massachusetts Tuesday I thought to myself: Should I stop in at The Capital Grille for lunch? Of course I should!

I'm not too familiar with restaurants around the State House so rather than struggle with uncertainty I stopped in at The Capital Grille on Boylston Street for a quick bite to eat. I'm glad I did because I didn't realize they were still running their Wagyu & Wine offer which includes:
  • A Wagyu Burger topped with Havarti and a "perfectly prepared" egg
  • Truffle Fries
  • Your choice of a glass of Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -or-
  • A glass of Belle Glos Pinot Noir
All for $25.

This is quite a deal because Silver Oak Alexander Valley carries a retail release price of $70 and Belle Glos single vineyard wines retail for $44. Say what you will about steakhouse markups, and I'm unsure what a bottle of Silver Oak goes for on their list, but if they sell it for $150 and you get 4 or 5 glasses per bottle that would be like a $33 glass of wine. They're basically paying you $8 to take the burger! ;)

And the burger is terrific.

I couldn't decide which wine to taste so I tried both.

At this location they're pouring the 2012 Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wine-Searcher). This is the second vintage Dairyman has been in the Belle Glos portfolio and the first time I've tried it. I always pause a bit when choosing wine by the glass in a restaurant especially if I see it's been opened for an indeterminate amount of time. Especially at 11:30 am when the bottle was likely opened the night before.

But the wine was absolutely delicious. If you've tasted Belle Glos Pinots before you know it's a bit of a Cab drinker's Pinot - rich and full bodied. For my palate, they never cross the line into raisins and prunes and they skilfully retain brilliance despite their ripeness. The Dairyman continues this winning streak.  My favorite bottling has long been the Las Alturas Vineyard, but I'd put the Dairyman right up there alongside Las Alturas. I'd like to track down a bottle or two of the Dairyman to see how the two compare side by side. Highly recommended.

The 2009 Silver Oak Alexander Valley (Wine-Searcher) was very nice as well, and even though both paired nicely with the Wagyu Burger, I preferred the Pinot Noir. Either I've gone so far off the deep end in favor of the core flavor profile of California Pinot Noir I can't discern a good Cab from a good Pinot OR this wasn't the greatest glass of Silver Oak I've had. I'm usually a fan too. It wasn't bad - it just wasn't great for me.

However the Wagyu Burger was terrific. The egg yolk provides a perfect sauce of sorts for what's probably best enjoyed with a knife and fork. The Truffle Fries are good but like I've said before not my favorite side on their otherwise terrific menu.

All things considered you can't go wrong with this offer. A second glass of wine, if you'd like, will set you back $20. Check it out before the offer ends this Sunday November 17th, 2013:

https://www.thecapitalgrille.com/pages/wagyu-and-wine/

This offer is valid at most but not all Capital Grille locations.

Check 'em out:
The Capital Grille Boston
900 Boylston Street
617-262-8900
http://www.thecapitalgrille.com

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