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Kapalua Wine and Food Festival 2012

Below is a sampling of the schedule for the upcoming Kapalua Food and Wine Festival. For more detailed information and to purchase tickets please follow this link:


12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Local Industry Trade Show – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

By invitation only, local wine distributors and Maui-grown purveyors present their newest releases and latest creations to industry buyers.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception – Merriman’s Kapalua

By invitation only, this affair includes Festival Master Sommeliers, Festival Chefs, winemakers, media and 4-day Festival pass holders for an intimate “aloha” kick-off to the 2012 Festival!

Chef Masa’s Kaiseki Dinner – Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Kaiseki is a formal, many course dinner meant to show case great ingredients, and technique of the Master Sushi Chef, Masamichi Hattori.Please call (808) 669-6286 for more information.

Winemaker Dinner Details

The Banyan Tree with Plumpjack Winery – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The wines of PlumpJack represent their world-class vineyard origins with full-bodied, elegant expression and an approachable style. This elaborately created 4-course menu is paired perfectly with this Napa Valley great. Please call 808-669-6200 for reservations.

Winemaker Dinner Details

FRIDAY, June 8

Festival Golf Tournament

The Bay Course, Kapalua – 7:00 am Shotgun start

Pair up perfectly with Festival winemakers, speakers and guests for a game of gently rolling fairways and scenic ocean views with complimentary awards luncheon to follow.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Pinot Superstars Wine Seminar – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, the stars of the world of Pinot showcase their personal favorites from the five AVA’s of California: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands.

■Bob Cabral – Williams Selyem

■TJ Evans – Domaine Carneros

■Gary Pisoni – Pisoni Vineyards

■James Ontiveros – Native9

■Fred Scherrer – Scherrer Vineyards

■Robert Cook – Chalone Wine

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style

Hosted by Modern Luxury Hawaii

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn

Let your palate explore premium and rare celebrated wines from regions around the world and savor the cuisine of Kapalua’s culinary stars and locally grown produce. Live local entertainment.

Featured restaurants:

■Banyan Tree/The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

■Kai Sushi/The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

■Merriman’s Restaurant

■Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

■Pineapple Grill

■The Plantation House


11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Organic Vines Make Better Wines – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

30 years of organic wine grape advising with some of the best in the world. Amigo Bob Cantisano will present the practical and esoteric aspects of producing wine grapes using non toxic organic farming. He advises nearly 50 organic grape growers and wineries in California and Oregon. Amigo’s presentation will feature the success stories of many of his clients and how they produce top quality wines using human and environmentally friendly state of the art organic farming.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Ron Siegel –The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Chef Siegel is regarded as one America’s culinary superstars. As the first U.S. citizen to win in Iron Chef, Chef Siegel is known for blending haute French cuisine with subtle Japanese touches.

3:00 – 4:30 pm – Tasting with Heidi Barrett and La Sirena Wines –The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Heidi Barrett is regarded as one of Napa Valley’s foremost winemakers. With great enthusiasm, a love for what she does, and an abundance of experience, Heidi’s instinctive gift of integrating the art and science of winemaking is unparalleled. Since 1988 she has developed an impressive client list of ultra-premium wineries including Screaming Eagle(14 years), Dalla Valle(8 years), Jones Family(12 years), Grace Family(6 years), Vineyard 29(6 years), David Arthur, Barbour Vineyards(15 years), Revana(10 years) and Showket(12 years). This seminar will feature a selection of her own brand, La Sirena wines:

■2011 dry Moscato Azul

■2008 Art Bus Red blend

■2008 Cab Sauvignon

■2007 Barrett Vineyards Syrah

■2009 Pirate TreasuRed

4:00 – 5:30 pm – Sparklers by the Spa Wine Tour – Kapalua Spa

Sample a variety of Sparkling Wines provided by Domaine Carneros and hosted by Winemaker TJ Evans of Domaine Carneros accompanied by an assortment of chocolates, truffles and other sweet treats. Kapalua Spa will provide a sampling of “mini” services and treatments for a relaxing and experience.

Featured wines:

■Domaine Carneros Brut

■Domaine Carneros Rosé

■Domaine Carneros LeReve

■And a special winery only Sparkling!!


Dinner with Gary Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards – Merriman’s Kapalua

Winemaker Dinner Details

6:00 pm – Ramey Wine Cellars with Winemaker David Ramey – Pineapple Grill

Winemaker Dinner Details

The Banyan Tree with La Sirena Wines – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

La Sirena wines, produced by Heidi Peterson Barrett, focuses on hand-made, small production Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Syrah, and Moscato wines. Enjoy a four-course meal paired perfectly with this world-class wine. Please call 808-669-6200 for reservations.

Winemaker Dinner Details

“Come Join Our Table” With Fred Scherrer of Scherrer Winery – The Plantation House Restaurant

Winemaker Dinner Details

10:00 pm – A Wine Makers Jam “Unplugged and Uncorked” – Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

THE place to come & hang out AFTER hours! This night will feature blues and folk music jams by winemaker Fred Scherrer, Master Sommelier Michael Jordan & Friends… plus Sansei’s Award winning Late Night Menu & interesting wines by the glass.. 21 yrs and older with valid ID “first come first serve” seating starts at 10 pm.

SUNDAY, June 10

11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Viva Espana! A tasting of premium Spanish Wines – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

A comprehensive tasting of wines from one of the hottest regions in winemaking. Hosted by Master candidate Charles Fredy, he will lead this fun and informative tasting of wines from several areas of Spain. Along with Patrick Okubo, the youngest Master Sommelier in North America and one of only three in Hawaii. Many of the featured wines were selected by Master Sommelier Sara Floyd of Jorge Ordonez Selections.

Featured wines:

■Vins El Cep, Marques de Gelida, Rose, Cava-Penedes, 2007

■Bodegas Botani, Dry Moscatel de Alejandria, Sierras de Malaga, 2010

■Fillaboa, Rias Baixas, Albarino, Galicia, 2011

■Bodegas Borsao, Tres Picos, Garnacha, Campo de Borgia, 2010

■Vall Llach, Embruix, Priorat, 2007· Bodegas Volver, Volver, Tempranillo, La Mancha, 2009

■Bodegas Muga, Muga Reserva, Tempranillo, Rioja, 2007

■Condado de Haza, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, 2008

■Bodegas Botani, Jorge Ordoñez, Victoria, Moscatel de Alejandria, Sierras de Malaga, 2006

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Wine Tour – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Sample a variety of wines from local market distributors; various locations throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua hotel property. Starts promptly at 1:15 pm. This is a Guided Wine tour like none other.

Wine Tour Locations:

■Kai Restaurant Lobby – Ty Ku Sake “Rice Wine”

■Waihua Spa – Dom Perigon

■ AOTE Organic Garden – Organic Wines

■Poolside – Samuel Adams

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Kings of Cab Cabernet Panel Wine Seminar – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

The Kings of the Cabernet world join in for a fun and informative tasting of some of the world’s favorite Cabernets. Hosted by MS and winemaker of Word Wines, Michael Jordan. Confirmed wineries to date include:

■Anthony Biagi – Plumpjack & Cade

■Alison Doran – Hill Family Estate

■David Long – David Arthur Vineyards

■John Williams – Frog’s Leap

■David Ramey – Ramey Wine Cellars

■Chris Upchurch – DeLille Cellars

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Seafood Festival – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn

The grand finale event showcases Maui’s top chefs and the bounty of the Pacific! Enjoy wine, beer and spirits while you mingle with winemakers, chefs and friends right on the Beach House Lawn! Featuring live local entertainment.

Seafood Festival Restaurants:

■Hali’imaile General Store


■Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop

■Hula Grill

■I’o & Pacific’O

■Kai Sushi Bar

■Banyan Tree Restaurant

■Maui Culinary Academy

■Roy’s Restaurant

■Monkeypod Restaurant



■Makena Resort Restaurants

■100 Wines

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