Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fleming's to host Justin Winery dinner March 23 in LIncolnshire with Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, IL; 847-793-0333) is hosting a Justin Wine Dinner 7 p.m., Friday, March 23. Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman of Justin Vineyards & Winery will be on-site to speak about the wines during the meal.

Fleming’s Lincolnshire Chef Partner Roger Abuan and Spellman have worked together to showcase  the best of food and wine for the dinner. The evening starts with a passed appetizer reception featuring Shrimp Crostini and Tapenade Crostini paired with Sauvignon Blanc Paso Robles, 2010. This is followed by a salad course, Seared Scallops, Lentil, Arugula and Belgian Endive Salad with a white wine vinaigrette. The second course is Braised Short Ribs and horseradish mashed potatoes with a balsamic reduction, which is paired with Justification Paso Robles, 2008. The third course features Grilled Lamb Chops with Ratatouille. This is paired with Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, 2009 and Isosceles Cabernet Sauvignon Blend Paso Robles, 2009. Dessert is Chocolate Mousse Cake with Chantilly cream elegantly paired with Obtuse Port Paso Robles, 2009.

This all-inclusive dinner is $120 per person and includes five wine pairings with four delicious courses and dessert. Reservations for the Justin Wine Dinner at Fleming’s are required and may be made by calling (847) 793-0333.

About Justin Vineyards &  Winery
A world leader in Bordeaux style wines, the 160 acre Justin Winery was founded in 1981 by Justin Baldwin in the Paso Roble’s appellation of California’s central coast. Their desire is to make world class wines that reflect the unique soils and climate of their California Central Coast property. Emphasis is placed on making Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals, combining Old World tradition with New World techniques. Justin Winery is family owned and operated. For more information, visit

About Joseph SpellmanJoseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery. He has worked with wine since 1979, principally as a sommelier, in Chicago’s top restaurant cellars, including Tango, Maxim’s, The Pump Room, The Park Hyatt Hotel, and Charlie Trotter’s. He has also had stints in wine retail, wholesale, and importing companies, as well as the Napa Valley producer Joseph Phelps. He has been a leading wine educator, writer, and consultant, and has led wine seminars in the US, UK, Japan, and Australia.

Joseph earned the prestigious Master Sommelier Diploma, the 29th American to do so, in 1996. He is a frequent instructor and examiner in the Court of Master Sommeliers, and in 2005 was elected Chairman of the American Chapter of the Court. He has also passed the difficult Certified Wine Educator Examination, in 2003, and has studied for the Master of Wine Diploma with its top instructors. Among his professional written works, he is most proud of his critically praised wine notes featured in the landmark series of recipe and photography books by Chef Charlie Trotter.

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, please visit

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