There's something quite powerful about the combination of fine steak and wine. Draped in a high quality atmosphere and riddled with sommelier knowledge and too many potato sides to count, the experience is fulfilling, time and time again. Ruth's Chris Steak House is no exception; and its new Tastemaker Dinner series manages to take the classic steakhouse meal to an even more refined level of taste and ambiance.
Upon being invited to next week's dinner in the Tastemaker's lineup, i learned of the prestigious reputation of Ruth's Chris wine partner, Chateau Montelena:
"In 1976, Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena had the wine world buzzing when its ’73 Chardonnay defeated esteemed French competitors in the prestigious blind wine tasting known as the Judgment of Paris, forever changing the way the world viewed American wines."
Memphis Executive Chef Dan Holland gave me a sneak peek of next week's menu and, boy, are we in luck. The second course, intended to pair with a Napa Valley Chardonnay, encompasses a pan seared scallop over bacon citrus beurre blanc, topped with a caramelized roasted pineapple slice, shaved almonds and microgreens. The light scallop managed to carry the savory notes of bacon with the sweet touches of roasted fruit. It was scrumptious, buttery and rich to the taste, just like the complimentary Chardonnay.
Join me next Thursday to toast exclusive wines (including the 2006 Estate Cabernet) from the vineyard that put California at the forefront of international wine culture. Savor the "sizzle" that made Ruth’s Chris a household name, and enjoy an evening with me that’s as rare as it is perfectly paired!