Christner’s Orlando Blends Well with Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Christner’s Orlando Teams Up with Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery to Provide Optimal Pairings


If you have lived in the Central Florida area for at least a year, there is a good chance that you’ve eaten at, or at least heard of, Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster. For the latest installment in their Cutting Board Dinner Series, the award-winning steakhouse paired up with Washington-based winery Chateau Ste. Michelle for a 4-course dinner, complete with – you guessed it – lots of wine.

Christner's Orlando Pairs Up with Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

A few of our tasty wines from the evening. 

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the Christner’s (of course!) along with a host from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Our welcome bubbly, the Domain Ste. Michelle Brut, was crisp, tasty & just right for the fall season. The cheese platter (shown above) was next, complete with insanely perfect candied bacon. Paired with Ste. Michelle’s Antica Chardonnay, I would have been pleased to just snack on that all evening. Christner’s famous warm bread completed the first course.

Second course called for some appetizers. A crab cake, extremely well-seasoned and -cooked, was served in a delicious cajun sauce; this was alongside a Caesar salad, and paired with North Star Merlot. Both were tasty and not too filling – always good, when you know there is a steak waiting for you! The cajun sauce is definitely worth noting, having a lovely flavor and consistency. The merlot was a perfect match – it was interesting to learn about the combination of different grapes – not just merlot – that went into the batch.

Christner's Orlando Crab Cake

Crab cake in cajun sauce.

Christner's Orlando Caesar Salad

Christner’s classic Caesar.

Finally, the big moment arrived: what Christner’s Orlando is known for. Our main course, a perfectly medium prime strip. With osage spinach and chateau potatoes, and paired with Antica Cabernet Sauvignon, there was not a dry eye in the house. Steak and cabernet is, truly, a beautiful match.

Christner's Orlando Prime Strip

Christner’s Prime Strip.

Despite the unanimous food coma, we still had one final course. Dessert at Christner’s is not taken lightly. I mean that literally. The enormous slab of orange cake seen here is the actual size served daily. Paired with Antinori Vin Santo, a dessert wine with flavor, I could barely force half down, but enjoyed what I could.

Christner's Orlando Orange Cake

Christner’s famous (and gigantic) orange cake.

All in all, I left extremely full of amazing food, wine, and newly obtained knowledge. We learned not just about Chateau Ste. Michelle, but wine-making as a whole. One fun fact: one of Ste. Michelle’s California vineyards sits higher in Napa than any other, and therefore gets dramatically more sunlight – changing the entire flavor palate of the grapes.

Christner’s Orlando is open Monday-Saturday. For more information on their upcoming events, stay tuned to their website.

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