Learn More About the Prisoner Wine Company, Our Featured March Winery

As our Tastemaker dinners resume for 2024, Ruth’s Chris Steak House looks forward to celebrating noteworthy winemakers and distillers. This March, we start off with the Prisoner Wine Company. Known for rule-breaking blends, this modern California winery certainly isn’t held prisoner by tradition. On the contrary, Chrissy Wittman and her team use grapes from more than 100 growers—including several unusual varietals—to create captivating wines with a cult following.

Are you intrigued yet? For $130 per person plus tax and tip, join us for a multi-course meal paired with selections from the Prisoner Wine Company. Together, we’ll savor every sip as we delve into a world of defiantly distinct wines.

Continue reading to learn more about the Prisoner Wine Company, our featured March winery, or reserve your spot at an upcoming wine dinner event or dinner at one of our restaurants near you.

Prisoner Wine Company and the Rebirth of the Red Blend

Inspired by Spanish painter Francisco Goya’s Le Petit Prisonnier, Wittman founded the Prisoner Wine Company in Napa Valley with a mission to break the chains of oppression and embrace creativity. Over 20 years ago, she combined some of California’s best and rarest grape varieties into the Prisoner red blend. Its release caused quite a rumble in the wine industry, and upscale American red blends have resurged in popularity ever since. In addition, Wittman uses the Prisoner Wine Company platform to drive prison reform in the United States!

Prisoner Wine Company TasteMaker Dinners at Ruth’s Chris

While our Huntsville Prisoner Wine Company dinner has sold out, we still have seats available at the following restaurants:

  • Birmingham (AL): Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Alpharetta (GA): Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Atlanta Buckhead (GA): Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Kennesaw (GA): Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Columbia (SC): Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Greenville 385 (SC): Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Greenville Downtown (SC): Friday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Myrtle Beach (SC): Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Chattanooga (TN): Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Featured Wines on the Prisoner Wine Company Dinner Menu

When you join us for this exclusive dinner, you’ll have the unique opportunity to experience the vastness of the Prisoner Wine Company lineup, along with five chef-inspired courses:

Amuse Bouche: Blindfold Blanc de Noir

Firstly, we begin with a white-pressed Pinot Noir blend that also includes small amounts of Viognier and Gewurztraminer. Light, citrusy sips complement our chef’s colossal crab salad drizzled with a Champagne vanilla dressing.

First Course: The Prisoner Chardonnay

This full-bodied, oaky Chardonnay blend brings sweet flavors of baked apple and crème brûlée to balance out our savory carrot-ginger bisque.

Second Course: The Prisoner Cabernet

Up next, this Cabernet blend features tasting notes of dark fruits, vanilla, and nutmeg. The wine’s robust mouthfeel helps it stand up to our beef short rib finished with beurre rouge atop a cauliflower purée dusted with carrot powder.

Main Course: The Prisoner Red Blend

Of course, our dinner wouldn’t be complete without the flagship Prisoner wine — or a Ruth’s Chris steak! Five red varietals all come together in this iconic blend. Enjoy alongside our filet mignon topped with espresso barbecue butter and served with beer-battered onion rings and truffle mashed potatoes.

Dessert Course: Zinfandel Poached Pear

For our last course, the wine is in the dish itself rather than in a glass! Poached in Zinfandel wine, the pear comes topped with vanilla ice cream, candied walnuts, and blue cheese crumbles and is served alongside your choice of tea or coffee.

Reserve Your Spot for One of Our Prisoner Wine Dinners

Whether you treat this wine dinner as a romantic date night or a festive outing with a group of fellow foodies, we hope to see you here at Ruth’s Chris at our next wine dinner event or an upcoming Tastemaker dinner this year. Come with an open mind and experience an evening that your taste buds will remember. Make your reservation now — spots are filling up fast!