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  • Orlando, FL
  • Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc.
  • 4/18/19

Third TasteMaker Dinner of 2019 highlights most recognized Napa Valley red blend among other wines

WINTER PARK, Fla., April 18, 2019 – This May, Ruth's Chris Steak House will hold its third TasteMaker Dinner of 2019 featuring The Prisoner Wine Company. The series, which pairs well-known wines with exclusive fare, will showcase five wines with five decadent courses crafted by Ruth's Chris executive chefs. Select Ruth’s Chris locations nationwide will host the exclusive five-course dining experience throughout the first week of May.

Based in Napa Valley, The Prisoner Wine Company uses grapes from more than 80 different vineyards to create exceptional flavors and daring blends. Accordingly, Ruth’s Chris set out to create adventurous dishes that give guests an array of exceptional flavors and cuisine. Each course is prepared with perfection and comes with the beloved tried and true distinctiveness of the Ruth’s Chris brand, enhanced with the beautiful characteristics of each individual wine.

“The Prisoner Wine Company has always forged its own path focusing more on blends than single variety wines,” said Abdiel Aleman, Vice President of Culinary Development for Ruth's Chris Steak House. “We used the same approach in creating this five-course pairing menu. From Chilled King Salmon to Duck Potstickers and Pears poached in Prisoner’s wine for dessert, this dinner is designed to be defiantly different.”

The first course begins bold with Chilled King Salmon and a Horseradish Cream drizzled on top accompanied by a Watercress Puree, Pickled Onion and Mini Croutons. The richness of the King Salmon marries perfectly with the fruity richness offered by the “Snitch Chardonnay.” The second course, Asian-inspired Duck Pot Stickers, is paired with “Thorn Merlot” and served alongside Savoy Cabbage Slaw and Sesame Sauce to enhance the earthy flavors of the wine.

Next, guests will enjoy the prized “Prisoner Red Blend,” which incorporates Zinfandel with the unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Charbono. Paired with a Blackened Scallop, Cajun Rice Cake and Green Papaya Salad, the fruit flavors of the wine are balanced by the hint of heat found in the dish. For the main course, a signature Petite Filet is finished with an Espresso BBQ Butter and served alongside Beer Battered Onion Rings. The blend of coffee, cocoa powder and spices in the dish complement the clove and vanilla notes found in this course’s pairing of “Dérangé,” a lush Cabernet-led blend.
For the final course of the night, The Prisoner Wine Company’s “Saldo” is used to soak and poach a Pear, which is then finished with Blue Cheese Crumbs and Vanilla Ice Cream. Using cloves and cinnamon sticks in the preparation of the desert enhances the baking spices and licorice notes of the wine. It's the perfect end to a night filled with adventurous culinary combinations.

Seating for each dinner is limited so guests are encouraged to plan in advance. For reservations and more information about upcoming Ruth's Chris TasteMaker Dinners, please visit

The remaining wineries in Ruth’s 2019 TasteMaker Dinners series include:                      

June                Duckhorn Vineyards

August           Veuve Clicquot

October           Caymus Vineyards

November       Stags’ Leap Winery


Ruth's Chris Steak House was founded by Ruth Fertel 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.


When The Prisoner was released two decades ago as a complex blend of some of California’s best and most unusual grape varieties, it swiftly and permanently changed the American perception of what a red blend wine could be. The Prisoner Wine Company grew to include a range of rule-bending blends with provocative label designs, and the portfolio has been recognized by consumers and critics alike as one of the most innovative wine brands in the market, leading the resurgence of California luxury red blends and earning “cult” wine status. Today, Director of Winemaking Chrissy Wittmann and her team work with over 100 growers in northern California, bringing together exceptional fruit to produce a family of bold and intriguing wines. The Prisoner Wine Company is located on Highway 29 in Napa Valley and welcomes visitors year-round for unexpected, immersive experiences.


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