Ruth’s Chris Steak House just successfully celebrated the Pinot Noir grape at their latest Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinner event on April 5. Each portion of the 5-course meal featured Pinot Noir pairings selected by the award-winning winemaker Joe Wagner.

The first course brought seared ahi tuna with Szechuan pepper sauce. It was served with Belle Glos’ “Oeil de Perdrix” — a rosé made from Pinot Noir — which was a bright and crisp complement to the spiciness of the Szechuan.

Next up was a truly appetizing parmesan soup with bacon and chives. This dish was rich and savory, but the Böen’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir proved to be an equitable pairing.

For course number three, Belle Glos’ “Clark and Telephone Vineyard” Pinot Noir was poured up alongside roasted chicken with a pomegranate glaze and a red quinoa salad dressed with cilantro oil, lemon, and macadamia nut. It’s certainly safe to say that you could drink this renowned Pinot Noir with anything and feel more than content, but this really does feel like the most complex and thoughtful pairing of this dining experience.

The main course, of course, is Ruth’s signature Filet Mignon, which is always cooked to perfection and this time was no exception. The steak was served with a wild mushroom burrata bruschetta, a spring risotto, and a roasted vegetable napoleon. All this was coupled beautifully with Elouan’s “Reserve” Pinot Noir.

Finally, with Steorra’s Brut Sparkling blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals, diners enjoyed a yuzu panna cotta with citrus meringue, coconut cream, and gelato. The pairing was a light and refreshing way to end an excellent, but filling meal.

Don’t miss out on future Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinners! Each of the upcoming events seems just as appealing as the last. Below is the schedule for the dinners with the corresponding wine that will be featured:

May 3 – Freemark Abbey

June 21 – Caymus Vineyards

August 23 – Veuve Clicquot

October 18 – Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

For reservations and more information about Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinner series, visit the Ruth’s Chris website.

All images courtesy of Ruth’s Chris.