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  • 5/21/19

Premier Napa Valley wine collection headlines fourth TasteMaker dinner of 2019 
WINTER PARK, Fla., May 21, 2019 – This summer, Ruth's Chris Steak House is teaming up with iconic American winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, for its fourth TasteMaker dinner experience. The dinner series allows guests nationwide to experience artfully selected, world-class wines paired with an exquisite fivecourse meal created by Ruth’s Chris’ executive chefs.  
Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards spent the past 40 years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Napa Valley wines, which makes it the perfect pairing for the famed Ruth’s Chris Steak House – who will celebrate its 54th anniversary this May. Ruth’s Chris’ founder, Ruth Fertel set the leading standard for the American steak house, and during this TasteMaker dinner, guests can experience fine dining with a premier collection of Duckhorn wines. Duckhorn is known for putting Napa Valley Merlot on the map and redefining Merlot and Bourdeaux-style wines in the U.S. This TasteMaker dinner brings the world of wine and steak house dining experiences together.  
“Our team at Ruth’s Chris was inspired by the French style Duckhorn Vineyards uses to create their wine, which lead our chefs to create a menu packed with flavors that mimic French cuisine,” said Abdiel Aleman, Vice President of Culinary Development for Ruth's Chris Steak House.  
French inspiration can be found throughout the dinner, like the third course’s French style taboule, including a mint puree with the Cajun Crusted Prime Strip Carpaccio. Ruth’s Chris New Orleans roots shine through in the Cajun crust made with spices to give the right amount of heat, which is paired with the famed 2015 Duckhorn Merlot. 
The five-course dinner will also feature chef curated dishes such as Smoked Duck and Melon Salad topped with Bleu Cheese, Smoked Red Pepper Coulis with Fried Oysters, Petite Filet Mignon with Walnut Roquefort Butter, Caramelized Onion and Fig Galette, and Chocolate Ganache with Pistachio White Chocolate Cream for dessert.  
This May, Ruth’s Chris will celebrate 54 years since Ruth Fertel - mother of two - opened the doors of what is now a global fine dining leader. Ruth took a leap of faith and mortgaged her home to buy Chris Steak House in New Orleans. Shortly after opening, the restaurant caught fire leaving Ruth to relocate and rename the restaurant. Since then, more than five decades have passed and Ruth’s Chris Steak House has grown into a beloved, fine dining experience packed with rich history and can be found in more than 150 locations worldwide.    
To learn more about Ruth’s Chris Steak House and the TasteMaker dinners, please visit Seating for each dinner is limited, so guests are encouraged to plan in advance. The remaining wineries in Ruth’s 2019 TasteMaker Dinners series include:    
July  American Craft TasteMaker Dinner featuring The Federalist Wines and  Tito’s Handmade Vodka 
August   Veuve Clicquot

October  Caymus Vineyards

November  Stags’ Leap Winery 
Ruth's Chris Steak House was founded by Ruth Fertel over 50 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ruth had a recipe for everything – from how to prepare her signature sizzling steaks to how to treat her guests. This timeless formula is a testament to how one neighborhood eatery has become the largest collection of upscale steak houses in the world, with more than 150 restaurant locations around the globe. Ruth's Chris remains true to its heritage, helping guests make their best memories on 500-degree sizzling plates. Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is how it's done. 

The Duckhorn Portfolio has set the standard for American fine wine for four decades. The acclaimed Duckhorn Portfolio includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, Goldeneye, Migration, Decoy, Canvasback, Calera and Kosta Browne, each with its own dedicated winemaker. With more than 850 acres of renowned estate vineyards, along with grapes from the finest growers, each winery has a canvas of lots from which to blend its wines. Focused on optimal grape selection, innovative winemaking techniques and a premium barrel-aging program, the Duckhorn Portfolio is founded on a pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to quality. The only American wine portfolio in this century with two Wine Spectator “Wine of the Year” winners in its portfolio, the Duckhorn Portfolio wines are available throughout the United States, on five continents, and in over 50 countries. 

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