Ruth’s Chris Steak House is excited to host the “Caymus Wine Dinner featuring the Wagner Family of Wine” on April 30 at 107 locations across the U.S. The dinner raises a toast to the iconic American Steak House experience paired with Caymus, an iconic American wine to create an unforgettable evening for steak and wine lovers.
“As part of our five part 50th anniversary wine dinner series, we are proud to partner with Caymus Vineyards and the Wagner Family of Wine. We invite guests to celebrate with us on April 30th for an incredible evening over the timeless pairing of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and a sizzling Ruth’s Chris steak,” said Michael O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer for Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Chuck Wagner, Caymus Vineyards Owner and Winemaker, will illustrate the family’s passion for their wines by hosting one of the pairing dinners. “We are honored to be partnering with Ruth’s Chris and invite guests to join us for an evening of Ruth’s favorite steak house selections perfectly paired with wines made by me and my children – Caymus and the Wagner Family of Wine,” said Chuck Wagner.
The featured menu includes:
Hors d’oeuvres – Ahi Tuna Poke with Crisp Wonton and Sesame Seeds
paired with Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Second Course – Northwest Snow Crab Bisque Spiked with Brandy and Chardonnay
paired with Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
Third Course – New Zealand Lamb Lollipop with Sweet Potato Casserole and Blackberry Sauce
paired with Belle Glos Pinot Noir, Dairyman Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Fourth Course – Filet Mignon with Cremini Mushrooms, served sizzling
paired with Caymus Vineyards, Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Accompaniments include: Lobster Mac & Cheese and Garlic Sautéed Broccolini
Fifth Course – White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise and Dark Chocolate
paired with Mer Soleil LATE, Santa Lucia Highlands
Wine dinner pricing, times and dates vary by market with an average price of $120 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for this event. For a complete list of participating restaurants, and to make reservations, visit: http://www.ruthschris.com/promotions/caymuswinedinner.
Guests attending the “Caymus Wine Dinner featuring the Wagner Family of Wine” are invited to share their experiences at #ThisIsHowItsDone.
About Ruth’s Chris Steak House
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 140 restaurant locations around the globe. Ruth’s Chris remains true to its heritage, helping guests make their best memories on 500-degree sizzling plates. This is how it’s done at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
CAYMUS WINE TASTING NOTES
Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Light and soft-bodied, the 2013 vintage offers a firm acidity balanced with a stark, steely flavor. Aromas are fresh and clean, evoking the scent of early morning after a first rain, with a hint of honeysuckle and underlying notes of tangerine and wet stone. The wine enters the palate with a crisp yet soft quality, flowing into flavors of flower blossom and ending with a mouthwatering finish of fresh-squeezed grapefruit. A long-lasting, zesty minerality leaves the sensation of both subtlety and brightness.
Winemaker: Jenny Wagner
Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
Golden and sun-kissed, the 2013 vintage opens up with evocative scents of lemon and peach, layered with the subtle toasted notes of freshly baked bread. The palate is full and fresh, with ripe flavors of fruit blossoms and a hint of mango balanced by natural, vibrant acidity. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has a finish that is lengthy but never heavy, its mix of oak, butter
And fruit characteristics blending seamlessly and leaving a harmonious, lingering impression.
Winemaker: Charlie Wagner II
Belle Glos Pinot Noir, Dairyman Vineyard, Russian River Valley
The color is a vibrant ruby red. Aromas of ripe cherry, fleshy black plum and dried rose petal are beautifully intermingled with subtle notes of smoke, thyme and anise. The palate opens with a delightful berries and cream character; bright raspberry, cranberry and cherry are nicely balanced by vanilla cream and a rich, rounded mouth-feel. It offers the perfect balance of sweet and savory with fig jam and candied blackberry notes, complemented by cedar, cocoa powder and dark spices. The overall impression is one of balanced structure, bright acidity and silky tannins with a long, lingering finish.
Winemaker: Joseph Wagner
Caymus Vineyards, Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
A rich, dense ruby color, hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and crème de
cassis. On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish. The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine‐grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak.
Winemaker: Chuck Wagner
Mer Soleil LATE, Santa Lucia Highlands
Deep gold in color. Sweet and spicy aromas with rich, ripe, opulent layers of nectarine, apricot nectar and citrus notes. On the palate it is like liquid honey with apricot, fig, marmalade and warm butterscotch, making this dessert wine a stunner. Impressive for its purity, velvety, lush texture and persistence, with just enough acidity to keep this from being cloying.
Winemaker: Charlie Wagner II
About Caymus Vineyards, Chuck Wagner, and The Wagner Family of Wine
In 1972, Chuck Wagner joined his parents, Charlie and Lorna, when they decided to bring their home winemaking talents into the world of professional vintners and established the award-winning Caymus Vineyards. The Wagner family has expanded their fifth-generation farming and winemaking from Napa Valley into the cool, coastal regions of California. Chuck is joined by his sons, Charlie Wagner II – winemaker of Mer Soleil Chardonnays, Joseph Wagner – winemaker for Belle Glos Pinot Noirs, and daughter, Jenny Wagner– winemaker for Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. The ever-popular Conundrum blends round out the portfolio that is The Wagner Family of Wine.