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Wednesday’s Meritage: Capital Grille, Thomas Keller, and more

Meritage time!

Wednesday’s Meritage was a permanent weekly feature in this blog in the days where the time for blogging was magically found with ease. The wine can be called a Meritage only if it is produced as a blend of two or more varieties – the idea for these Wednesday’s Meritage posts was based on the same principal – sharing the tidbits of news and information which I thought might be of interest to my fellow readers.

Looking through some of the recent emails I came across a few newsworthy items, so off went the sparkle – “that warrants a Meritage post”, so here we go.

The Capital Grille is a group of steakhouse restaurants, which don’t require much introduction for steak aficionados in the USA. Their menu is generally very solid, and, what is very important for me, their wine list is extensive and reasonably priced, for sure for the restaurant in that same steakhouse category. The Capital Grille is known for some innovative wine programs – for instance, their Generous Pour event had been in effect for many years, and it allows people to enjoy a variety of the specially selected wines at a very reasonable price (was $25, now $28) with dinner – a number of my personal favorites were discovered with help of this program. While new Generous Pour will start on July 9th of this year, this is not the program I wanted to bring to your attention. The Capital Grille just announced a brand new program, called “Sip today, sip tomorrow”, with a very simple idea. You can order any bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. Next, the wait staff will use Coravin to pour as many glasses as you would want – and the rest of the bottle is yours to take home. You can get more details on The Capital Grille website – click on the “sip today, sip tomorrow” icon to learn more. I don’t know about you, but I like the idea – now, just need to find a good occasion to visit The Capital Grille and try it for myself.

Say “Thomas Keller” name to any foodie, and you will get an “ahh” reaction from the absolute majority of them. The iconic chef is best known as an owner of French Laundry, a culinary mecca in Napa Valley, and Per Se in New York City. Now, the people of Miami can dance a happy dance, as Thoms Keller is set to open The Surf Club restaurant in Miami, in the town called Surfside (less than 10 miles from Miami). This will be a first Florida restaurant for the Thomas Keller, connecting to his childhood memories of Palm Beach. The restaurant is expected to have a bit more casual menu, compared to the French Laundry and Per Se, but I’m sure Thomas Keller’s style will be well recognized there. The restaurant should be opening next month, so if you live in Miami or plan to visit, you might want to start looking up that phone number…

Last, I have a movie for you. It is less than 20 minutes long. Yes, it is in Russian – but it has English subtitles, which were done pretty well. The movie, called “The Taste”, of course, revolves around wine… and people… and wine. The ending is totally unexpected (it was for me), so if you will go to the extent of watching it, please allocate that 20 minutes of your time  – there is a good chance you will enjoy it, even if you don’t speak Russian. And if you will end up watching it, I would be happy to hear from you, whether you will like it or not.

That’s all I have for you, my friends. As these Meritage posts used to finish – the glass is empty, but the refill is on the way. Until the next time – cheers!

  1. okiewinegirl2015
    June 14, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    To think the guy knew his friend so well to plan a coup but (it’d be a spoiler alert so I won’t say it) Nice!

    • June 19, 2018 at 12:20 am

      the final twist was definitely unexpected for me. Cheers!

  2. June 17, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Look forward to watching the short film later on this evening, when a have a bit more time to spare. 🙂

    • June 19, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Hope you found some time to watch it! For anyone who is into wine, this should be a nice treat. Let me know if you watched it!

  3. Rohan M.
    July 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I love that you posted that video. I had a funny feeling, based on the name, that I knew the story that was to come. And sure enough, it’s a Russian retelling of a delightful little vignette by Roald Dahl titled “Taste” written in 1945. It’s wonderful how faithful the video is – the analysis of the taste and the wine itself are taken straight from the story, the text of which can be found here:


    Also, he actually had his little short story filed in the late 80s, with a lovely intro of him sitting in his very own wine cellar.

    • July 8, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you for all the pointers – I agree that the movie does an excellent job representing the story. And the play was excellent – the arrogance of the “wine master” was portrayed perfectly.

  4. August 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I wasn’t sure what to expect but I enjoyed that short film, thank you for posting it!

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