Skip to main content

See also:

BluEmber Restaurant Winemaker Dinner at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Great Dining at BluEmber Restaurant at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Great Dining at BluEmber Restaurant at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

BluEmber Restaurant Winemaker Dinners at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa


The BlueEmber Restaurant at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in beautiful Rancho Mirage California is beginning their season's Winemaker Dinner Series, featuring the wines of the famed and celebrated Stag Leap Cellars Winery with their winemaker Marcus Notaro on hand on the evening of January 30th. Cocktail Reception begins at 6 pm with the four-course meal following at 6:30 pm.

The esteemed Executive Chef Robert Nyerick, whose previous wine-pairing dinners I’ve covered often, will be again revealing culinary magic here at BluEmber Restaurant as he gets to play with a palate of world famous premium wines from the winery whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon took down the French at the famous Paris tasting.

A quick preview of the BluEmber courses and Stag Leaps' Cellars wines are as follows: At the Reception, a Scallop Carpaccio will be served with a Sauvignon Blanc; 1st course, Panko Crusted Sea Bass to be paired with the Hands of Time Chardonnay; 2nd Course, Duck 2 Ways, Crispy Confit Leg & Seared Breast matched with Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon; 3rd Course, Grilled Center Cut Black Angus Filet of Beef with Cocoa Dusted Short Rib Ravioli is matched with the Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; and, 4th Course, Chocolate Decadence, Apricot Crème Brulée with Erioca Gold Late Harvest Riesling.

I’ve recently tasted three of these wines:

  • For Chardonnay lovers, you’ll love the 2010 Hands of Time which offers pleasing aromas of lightly-spiced Golden Delicious apples and vanilla wafers along with citrus notes of tangerine and lemon. This carries over on the palate with a solid core of fruit and a supple mouthfeel and will be great with the sea bass.
  • The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis is laced with sweet red berries, plums, flowers, mint and cloves. It’s got that great Stag Leaps depth and is a medium-bodied wine that’ll go great with the duck. This duck pairing sounds very French—n’est-ce pas? Yum!
  • The FAY Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic. The Wine Advocate publication just gave it 93 points: "Sweet floral notes meld into plums, menthol black cherries, violets and tar. With time in the glass, the wine fleshes out beautifully."

Next month, stay tuned for more info the up-coming Valentine's Dinner and another great Winemaker Dinner featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle wines. Bon Appetit! & Cheers!

BlueEmber Restaurant: 41-000 BOB HOPE DRIVE RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270-4497 RESERVATIONS (866) 423-1195

Rick Riozza wittily titles himself the "sommelier-about-town" in the desert publication CV Weekly wine and food column: the Vino Voice where his beat is to eat, drink, and cover the environs of Palm Springs. A freelance writer, a contributor to Tasting Panel Magazine, and the Brand Ambassador for the historic Galleano Winery, you can find him conducting wine tastings, food & wine pairing events and fun wine seminars. Contact