33rd annual kapalua wine & food festival

KWFF_Seafood Festival_Prepare for a magical weekend at the 33rd Kapalua Wine & Food Festival presented by Visa which will take place June 12-15, 2014. This annual ‘migration’ of oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life reunite on the shores of the Kapalua resort to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture.

Highlights of the weekend include interactive wine tasting seminars from such celebrated wine regions of Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and the Pacific Northwest. International wines will also be well represented, and savored, from Italy and New Zealand. Celebrity Chefs Dean Fearing and Andrew Sutton are sure to wow guests with culinary samplings with many more unique and memorable tastings and experiences throughout the rest of the weekend.

Host Master Sommelier, Michael Jordan commented “This festival has a great vibe and is becoming the favorite for winemakers to attend and showcase their premium vintages and share their stories. Our goal every year is to surpass the fun and festivities from the year prior and I have no doubt we will top the stellar success of 2013.”

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at http://www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.


Thursday, June 12
Welcome Reception Hosted by Honolulu Star-Advertiser and HI Luxury Magazine
Merriman’s Kapalua • 5pm – 6:30pm
Invitation only & 4-day pass holders

Friday, June 13
Festival Golf Tournament
The Bay Course, Kapalua • 7am

New Zealand’s North and South Islands
“A Journey through Emerging Regions”
Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 12:30 – 2pm
Taste some of this island nation’s finest red and white wines from several different varietals. Visit these unique regions – some established – some quite new – as we journey through the pristine wine growing sites of New Zealand.

Santa Lucia Highlands, Meet the Pioneers
Regional Focus Wine Seminar and Tasting
Co-Hosted by Master Sommeliers Michael Jordan and Chuck Furuya
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 3 – 4:30pm

Visit with top winemakers from the windswept Santa Lucia Highlands – a very special mountain side appellation on the West side of Salinas Valley in Monterey County. Taste the incredible wines and hear the history from the pioneers of this “California Cote d’Or!” Participating wineries include Talbott, Pisoni, Morgan and Roar.

The Grand Tasting, Kapalua Style
Hosted by Modern Luxury Hawaii Magazine
Montage Kapalua Bay • 6pm – 9pm
Featuring the world-class cuisine of the Kapalua Resort family of restaurants and a few special guests:

  • The Plantation House •         Pineapple Grill • Merriman’s Kapalua • The Terrace Chef-Crafted at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • Kai Sushi at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • Montage Kapalua Bay • New Zealand Master Chef •            Whole Foods.

Saturday, June 14
Pacific Northwest/Washington State AVA’s Regional Focus Wine Seminar and Tasting
Hosted by Master Sommeliers Chuck Furuya & Rob Bigelow
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 11am – 12:30pm

Taste stellar wines from some of the best vineyard sites in the Great Pacific Northwest with some of the most well respected wine makers on the planet!

Celebrity Cooking Demonstration with Chef Mark Tarbell
Hosted by Master Sommeliers Patrick Okubo and Michael Jordan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 1pm – 3pm

Chef Mark Tarbell – the only winning competitor on the 5th season of Iron Chef America – was classically trained in France for wine and food and has received numerous accolades including being nominated as “Best Chef – Southwest” by the James Beard Foundation.

Brotherhood of Eternal Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley & Sonoma Coast
Hosted by “Sommelier for the People” Michael Jordan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 3:30pm – 5pm

These great winemakers – all good friends – will invite us in for a glimpse of their shared passion and their devotion to this seductive thin skinned beauty named Pinot Noir. Russian River and Sonoma Coast are home of some of the most exceptional Vineyards in the world. These jewel box sites produce tiny amounts of the most delicious fruit anywhere.

Sunday, June 15
Italian Wines, a comparative tasting of highly sought after Italian wines
Hosted by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 11am – 12:30pm

The Italian countryside has a unique charm which permeates to their lifestyle, food and their wines. We are excited to bring “A Taste of Italy” to the 2014 Kapalua Wine & Food Festival with a quartet of true superstar, game changing Italian winemakers. Visiting from Piemonte in The northwest of Italy will be La Spinetta, a highly acclaimed Barolo/Barbaresco specialist and Braida, a revolutionary Barbera superstar. From Tuscany, Ciacci Picolomini, one of the top echelon Brunello di Montalcino stars….and the legendary Vittorio Fiore (Poggio Scalette) one of Italy’s most iconic, influential winemaking consultants of all time, will also be joining the panel.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Dean Fearing, “Lunch with Dean and Dave”
Co-hosted by winemaker David Long and Michael Jordan, MS
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 1pm – 3pm

Award-winning Chef Dean Fearing paired with the wines of David Arthur Vineyards and co-hosted by winemaker David Long.

“Bacchus Loves the Hillsides” – The magical effect of altitude on mountain fruit
Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 3:30 – 5pm

A tale of four winemakers and four mountains. These great wines are made from some of the most exclusive mountain vineyards in California. Compare varietal, vintage, super rare wines and a special side by side comparison of the two Anakota Vineyard sites by Pierre Seillan.

Seafood Festival
Hosted by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Beach House Lawn • 6pm – 9pm

15 of Maui’s Top Restaurants showcase a seafood specialty and another creation in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Entertainment by ‘Nuff Sedd.

For information and to purchase tickets visit the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival website: http://www.kapaluawineandfood­festival.com.


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