Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Presents JAQK Cellars Winemaker Dinner

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will feature five handcrafted Napa Valley wines from JAQK Cellars at a special five course wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 9. The dinner is $90 per person and includes paired wines with five courses (cost includes tax and gratuity). Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse is located at 25 East Ohio Street in Chicago, Illinois.
JAQK Cellars is a new wine company dedicated to crafting extraordinary wines. Founded by Joel Templin, Katie Jain and Craig MacLean, JAQK Cellars is about crafting unique, individual wines that have been coddled, cajoled and doted upon every step of the way. Under the helm of Master Winemaker MacLean, JAQK Cellars creates a variety of wines out of Napa Valley, including handcrafted Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

"We are very pleased to be hosting this dinner along with JAQK Cellars Winemaker/Co-Founder, Craig MacLean," says Curtis Nordeen, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Chicago operating partner. “JAQK Cellars has mastered its winemaking skills and produce varietals that are food-friendly and deliciously drinkable upon release.”

The evening will begin with a reception of Apple & Brie Tartine with Wasabi Crusted Fritters alongside JAQK Charmed Sauvignon Blanc, 2007.

The first course will be a Seared Scallop over Mixed Greens with Harvest Peaches and an Orange Lime Vinaigrette paired with JAQK Her Majesty Chardonnay, 2008. The salad is followed by Wild Mushroom Ravioli with a Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce paired with JAQK Black Clover Merlot, 2007. The third course is a Porcini Dusted Filet Mignon with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Grilled High Country Asparagus paired with JAQK High Roller Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007. The dinner concludes with Walnut Turtle Pie served with coffee and tea, and JAQK Soldiers of Fortune Syrah, 2007.

Reservations for the JAQK Cellars winemaker dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse are required and may be made by calling (312) 329-9463. Please note that space is limited.

About JAQK Cellars
Based in San Francisco, JAQK Cellars is dedicated to creating distinctive wines in creative packaging. The company released its first vintage in 2008 after JAQK Cellars co-founding team Joel Templin and Katie Jain of HATCH, an award winning design firm that wanted to explore the world of wine, partnered with acclaimed Napa Valley winemaker, Craig MacLean. Serving as JAQK Cellars’ co-founder and winemaker, MacLean earned his master’s degree in Enology from U.C. Davis.

MacLean’s detailed winemaking history began with apprenticeships at Chappellet and Markham, before he crafted wines for Cain Vineyard and Winery as well as Spring Mountain Vineyard. He then authored Kelham-MacLean Wines. Craig has served as independent winemaker for a host of vineyards, including Ahnfeldt, Vito Bialla, Brookdale, Ilsley and Juslyn. The three friends hold a shared belief in the importance of getting together and enjoying each other’s company, agreeing that a bottle (or two) of great wine can be quite helpful in that regard. For more information, visit

About Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Nationally acclaimed Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders—with a unique wine list known as the “Fleming’s 100™” that features 100 wines served by the glass. Fleming’s was launched in Newport Beach, Calif. in 1998 by successful restaurant industry veterans Paul Fleming and Bill Allen. Today there are 64 restaurants nationwide. Fleming’s is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Wine Spectator’s annual Awards of Excellence, and Wine Enthusiast’s annual Awards of Distinction.

For more information about Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and the Fleming’s 100, please visit, or on a mobile device.

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