Ruth’s Chris Steak House- Port Wine Dinner



Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Orlando hosted a 5 Course Port Wine Dinner featuring Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca Porto wines. It was a fun night full of tasty eats and fooducation. Missy the Brand Ambassador and Chad Ruth’s Chris Beverage Manager were excellent hosts. The dinner highlighted the origins of Port Wine and the age differences between various vintages.

Here are some fun facts on Ports…

  • Port was born in the Upper Douro Valley in the oldest wine region in Europe.
  • A reserve port is a choice, non-vintage red (Ruby) Port that is more rich in flavor than others of its kind.
  • Vintage Aged Tawnies are individual wines in differing vintages aged in oak casks for either 10, 20, 30 & 40 years. They will begin to lose their purple-black color and take on it’s tawny hue. As tawnies mature they become more nutty in flavor and develop more depth.
  • A Quinta is a vineyard or farm and produces the best quintas during the harvest years.
  • Chocolate & Wine are an excellent combination. Natural tannins in cocoa ready the palate for the tannins in the wine. This makes the other flavors in the wine come forward.



First Course

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Crostini

Port Steeped Figs, Kalamata Olives,

Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction

“Port of Manhattan” BIN27 Cocktail



Second Course

Tawny Poached Pear & Arugula Salad

Minted Vinaigrette, Candied Walnuts, Feta Cheese

Fonseca Siroco White Port


Third Course

Butternut Squash Bisque

Maple Nutmeg Crème, Fresh Chives

Fonseca BIN27 Reserve Ruby Port


Fourth Course  

Filet Mignon & Sizzling Shellfish Trio

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Sequoia Grove Cabernet, Napa Valley


Dessert Course

Artisanal Cheeses, Fresh Berries & Nuts

Jacques Torres BIN27 Infused Chocolate

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny

Taylor Fladgate Vargellas Vintage 2004



We enjoyed learning all about Port Wine and it’s food pairings and look forward to attending more culinary events hosted by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Thanks to Crave Local for the invite!

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Ashley is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. She is a passionate foodie and loves sharing her affinity for cuisine through her writing. She vows that nothing brings people together like a wonderful meal and great conversation. She enjoys cooking, fine dining, photography and traveling. She is also a co-host on Designed by Magic a podcast on 407 the PARX.

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