I haven’t seen the prisoner wine till you mentioned it. I’m gonna keep an eye out for some! This was a bottle of cab from Orin Swift.
I don't fry my eggplant. Coat them in olive oil, breadcrumb, garlic, salt and pepper and bake it. No fryer. Then just stack 'em with tomato gravy, and cheese. Never got a fryer for some reason.
Here is my homemade melanzane (an herbal battered eggplant that is lightly fried and then layered 3 to 4 times with various cheeses and sauce between the layers). Also, homemade chicken parmesan (since I had extra egg batter).We use an air fryer for our chicken parm. Im not an eggplant fan and the few times i had eggplant parm that was fried it was like eating a sponge soaked with oil. Yours plated out looks perfect