kapalua wine & food festival

Oenophiles, gourmands, and enthusiasts of the good life will reconvene on the west side of Maui in celebration of the 31st Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival June 8 through 10, 2012.

Along with Host Master Sommelier Michael A. Jordon, MS, CWE, renowned winemakers and the celebrated chefs of Maui will lead panels and journey guests through world-class varietals and fine cuisine over the weekend.

“Our property is once again proud to offer a stunning backdrop for such a high-caliber connoisseur’s event,” said Tom Donovan, vice president and general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “This year’s unique collaboration of a Kapalua-centric chef showcase on Friday night is going to be an outstanding demonstration of innovative talent within Kapalua Resort.”

Featuring Maui’s impressive farm-to-table movement and globe-trotting gastronomy, gourmet demonstrations, festive functions, and impressive, interactive seminars will tempt discerning palates.  New headlining events not to be missed this year include The Grand Tasting- Kapalua Style, where the Kapalua family of restaurants – The Banyan Tree, Kai Sushi, Merriman’s, Pineapple Grill, Plantation House, and Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar – will pull out all the stops to showcase Kapalua’s premier culinary venues.

Throughout the weekend, participants can also select from an impressive list of interactive wine seminars, including a highly anticipated tasting of the wines of renowned female winemaking pioneer Heidi Peterson Barrett, showcasing a selection of her La Sirena wines; Pinot Superstars from five California AVAs; Spanish-focused seminar; a Bio-Dynamic/Organic winemaking panel, and Kings of Cabernet Panel.  Some of the featured wineries/winemakers are: Williams Selyem, Pisoni Vineyards, Scherrer, Frog’s Leap, Domaine Carneros, Plumpjack, Ramey Wine Cellars, David Arthur Vineyards, Hill Family Estates, and Word Wines, to name but a few of the outstanding wineries to be showcased.

Perennial favorites such as the Festival Golf Tournament, Festival Winemakers’ Dinners, and the signature finale event, the Kapalua Seafood Festival, featuring 15 of Maui’s finest restaurants and more, will make an encore appearance and will not disappoint.

Tickets are now available, to purchase please visit http://www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.

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