kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Never mind the tax deadline, enjoy Brabo's Ridge Vineyards wine dinner on April 15

On April 15 at 7 PM, Executive Chef Robert Wiedmaier will present a spring-inspired four-course menu, while Leah Dedmon, wine and beverage manager of Brabo offers up the perfect pairings from the Ridge Vineyards portfolio.  Brabo will host Eric Baugher, vice president and winemaker of Ridge Vineyards (Monte Bello), who will discuss the intricacies of Zinfandels and their differences based on terroir. California's Ridge Vineyards has locations in Santa Clara County and Sonoma County, CA, and its approach to winemaking focuses on natural, ecologically sustainable farming and fermentation rather than technological approaches.  Ridge Vineyards is a Napa Valley Icon, specializing in premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnays. The winery is known for their excellent single-estate wines, which often stand up to the best of Bordeaux, not only in new releases but also in aging.  This wine dinner will be a unique opportunity to taste a wide variety of Ridge’s single-estate Zinfandel’s, and is sure to spark a lively discussion facilitated by Baugher, who will help guests discern the intricate differences.

Here is the menu for the evening:

Welcome reception at the Butcher’s Block, A Market by RW

Sparkling Wine and Assorted Tart Flambées

1st Course:

Butter Poached Lobster Raviolis, Fava Beans, Lobster Cream paired with Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay

2nd Course:

Roasted Breast of Squab and Confit Leg, Pearl Onions, Bacon Lardons, Banyuls Reduction paired with Santa Cruz Mountains Estate (Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot Blend)

3rd Course:

Australian Lamb Tenderloins and Sonoma Foie Gras, Wrapped in Phyllo, Morel Mushrooms, Lamb Jus paired with Paso Robles Zinfandel and Lytton Springs Zinfandel

4th Course:

Meadow Creek Dairy Grayson, Herbed Toast, Mustard Fruits paired with Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

Mignardise: Chocolate Truffles

The cost for the wine dinner is $95, including food and wine, and exclusive of tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required.  For reservations, please call 571-482-3308 or email