More than 50 people were serenaded by the smooth bluesy voice of local artist Nate Frazier in Murphys, as they spent a leisurely evening sipping Tanner wines paired with culinary delights prepared by Chef Kris Fichtner.

Nanette Tanner, who owns Tanner Winery with her husband Dick, said the Wine on the Patio event went flawlessly, laughing as she said, “The stars must have been aligned.”

“The weather was perfect,” she continued. “We had beautiful music by Nate Frasier (The Experimentalist), but what really made it just spectacular was the artfulness and deliciousness of Chef Kris’ small plates.”

“It’s a great casual venue for getting together with a lot of locals and non-locals,” said Michelle Mack of Arnold. “The Tanners always do a really nice job.”

Guests were offered a variety of scrumptious à la carte selections, such as cured coriander salmon served with celery root and arugula salad with green goddess dressing and baby tomatoes, paired with Vermentino Viognier or Doux Rose.

Tanner met with Fichtner, who owns Lunch Lady Catering in Arnold, prior to the event to taste test all the dishes in order to find the perfect wine pairing for each.

She laughed when she mentioned pairing wine and food is a tough job, but “Somebody’s gotta do it.”

Fichtner said teaming up with Tanner was special for her because it was the first time she’s sat down with a winemaker before an event and honed the pairings to perfection.

“The presentation was lovely,” Tanner said, noting Fichtner’s artfulness comes through in all aspects of her personality. “It was like marriage of flavors.”

As guests ate, drank and were merry, a very memorable experience was made on the lush green lawn outside the Tanner’s tasting room in Murphys.

Tables draped with linens and graced with fresh bouquets of flowers created the perfect ambiance for a delightful evening, Tanner said.

“The food was very good,” Mack said. “At our table, everybody thought the Juniper Braised Beef Short Rib was really tender and flavorful. I love the Tanner wines.”

In Tanner’s mind, intimate wine and food events like Wine on the Patio are what make Murphys an experience like no other.

“People just love this about Murphys,” She said. “The wine industry really brings a lot to the table. We love to showcase our local chefs. We really have all of this wonderfulness at our fingertips, and it’s great to be able to share it with everyone.”

Tanner plans to hold at least two more Wine on the Patio events before summer’s end.

In August, Chef Andrea Modrell will pair her dishes with Tanner wines and in September guests will be treated to the culinary selections of Chef Devon Shires of Magnolia Café.

Coming up on Saturday, July 28 is the Tanner Vineyards 2012 release party at Arnold’s Black Bear Inn. Chef Bruce Davison and his wife Wendi will prepare an extended menu paired with Tanner wines.

For more information about Tanner’s events visit, call 728-8229 or email

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