Artist Series Wine at The Capital Grille
Every year uptown’s Capital Grille holds their Artist Series Wine Event featuring an exclusive wine with an original piece of artwork as its label. This year I had the chance to try the wine, a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon created by Tom Peffer of Napa Valley’s Atalon Vineyards with Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes. And, while my judgment may have been clouded by the fact that I tasted it alongside delicious items like a porcini rubbed Delmonico steak and a flourless chocolate espresso cake, I thought the wine was fantastic.
It’s a robust wine and pairs very well with things like the rich Delmonico with its delicate marbling or the smooth, decadent chocolate dessert. Those with a knowledge of wine will be able to taste flavors of cherries and vanilla. Those who simply like good wine paired with good food will appreciate sipping it alongside Capital Grille’s dry aged steaks.
Now to the art part: The wine is blended solely for The Capital Grille and there are less than a thousand cases produced (Charlotte’s Capital Grille only has sixteen cases). Artists and wine-label makers competed to have their work on the bottle and artist Patricia Timbrook won with her painted, Pairings (pictured). If you like, your server can peel the label off and laminate it for you to take with you following your dinner.
And now for the charitable part: For every bottle sold, The Capital Grille donates $25 to Share Our Strength, a national charity dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States. (The bottles are $75 each.)
The event started on March 21st and lasts until the sixteen cases have run out. To reserve your bottle call 704.348.1400.