34th annual kapalua wine & food festival: june 11—14, 2015

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival 2014 EventsPrepare for a magical weekend at next month’s 34th Kapalua Wine & Food Festival June 11-14th, 2015. Locals and visitors can take advantage and save substantially with early bird discount pricing now available through Friday, May 15, 2015. 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 the celebrated wine regions of Willamette and Napa, a visit with Women Winemakers and sports stars turned winemakers, a focus on Zinfandel and new up and comers “West Coast Game Changers.” Renowned Celebrity Chefs Michael Mina and Charlie Palmer will surely wow guests with world-class culinary fare with many more unique and memorable tastings and experiences throughout the rest of the weekend. Signature evening galas, The Grand Tasting hosted by Honolulu Star-Advertiser/HI Luxury Magazine, and Seafood Festival will showcase the culinary delights of Maui’s top restaurants.

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 2014.”

To date, major sponsors for the 2015 event include The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser/HI Luxury Magazine and Troon Golf/Kapalua.

Tickets are on sale now with a limited number of early bird discounted pricing being offered through May 15 –For information on accommodations packages and travel information or to purchase your tickets online please visit http://www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.


A Master Class Introduction to Wine Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 11am – 12pm
Invitation only; Industry

Local Industry Wine Trade Show & Gourmet Products Sampling                     
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 12pm – 3pm
Invitation only, Industry

Welcome Reception                                                   
Merriman’s Kapalua 5pm – 6:30pm
Invitation only & 4-day pass holders

FRIDAY, June 12

Festival Golf Tournament
The Bay Course, Kapalua – 7am
Not included in 4-day pass; sold separately

AVAs of Willamette Valley
Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 12:30pm – 2pm

Join some of the true pioneers and new stars of Oregon Pinot Noir for a tour of the Willamette Valley and its unique terroir. This seminar will showcase both established headliners and newest upcoming wineries.

Great Wines from Women and Vines
A Panel Honoring the Amazing Women Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3pm– 4:30pm

The “First Annual” Women in Wine panel features some of best winemakers in the industry today – that just happen to be ladies…this girl powered panel tasting will become an annual seminar that will celebrate the women that craft some of the finest wines in the world.

The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style
Hosted by Honolulu Star-Advertiser/HI Luxury
Montage Kapalua Bay– 6pm – 9pm
Featuring the world-class cuisine of the Kapalua Resort family of restaurants:
The Plantation House
Pineapple Grill
Merriman’s Kapalua
Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Kai Sushi at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua Bay


ZINFANDEL – “America’s Grape Variety” Wine Seminar & Tasting                             
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11am – 12:30pm

For years, Zinfandel has been referred to as America’s grape variety. Whether it actually was brought to the U.S. from Italy or Croatia, the very fact that Zinfandel has been grown and flourished in America for well over a hundred years qualifies it as a resident grape variety. During all of that time, Zinfandel has witnessed many different stylistic and profile changes. For this year’s festival, we have assembled a panel of today’s most celebrated producers (of old vines & heritage grape selections) to better understand where this grape variety stands.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer & Winemaker Darryl Groom
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1pm – 3pm

Long time friends and co-horts team up for a fun and feisty cooking demonstration featuring Chef Palmer’s progressive American style of cooking.

West Coast “Game Changers” Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30pm – 5pm

The wine growing region of Santa Barbara & its wines have grown meteorically in acclaim, especially over the past 5 years & deservedly so. The east west configuration of the hills & resulting cooler growing conditions, combined with marine influenced soils, create very unique growing conditions.   Thankfully, there is also a new generation of young, winemaking “turks,” who have emerged & are absolutely changing the game.”

SUNDAY, June 14
“Elusive and Exclusive” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11am – 12:30pm

This Seminar Features a panel of winemakers famous for producing seriously amazing “elusive” wines from the most exclusive “neighborhoods” in the Napa Valley.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Michael Mina
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1pm – 3pm

Award-winning Chef, restaurateur and author showcases his balanced approach to cooking focusing on spice, sweetness, acidity and richness. Co-hosted by the always engaging Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

“The Wine World of Sports” Wine Seminar & Tasting    
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30pm – 5pm

This Seminar brings together an amazing panel of celebrity athletes and “Hall of Famers” from Baseball, Football and Hockey – that are now driven to make extremely high quality wines from different regions of the US! Taste their best wines and “Talk Story” with them about their sports careers- and their newest passion – making “Killer Wines!” Seriously, these guys have played in Super Bowls, World Series games and the Grey Cup Championship of Hockey!

Seafood Festival
Hosted by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card             
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn – 6pm – 9pm.

14 of Maui’s Top Restaurants showcase a seafood specialty and culinary creation in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Hawaiian entertainment provided by Nuff Sedd.




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