35th annual kapalua wine & food festival june 9-12

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival 2014 EventsPrepare for a magical weekend at next month’s 35th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival June 9 through 12, 2016. Local residents and our visitors enjoy this amazing yearly ‘migration’ which brings together oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture.

Highlights of the weekend include interactive wine tasting seminars including Globetrotting Winemakers – winemakers who make wine in two or more countries; Champagne; Family Tree, Scions of the Vine, second and third generation winemakers; New Zealand Pinot Noir; Ten-year Cabernet Retrospective, a comparison of a young vintage and a ten-year aged wine; Women Winemakers.

Featured Celebrity Chefs Hugh Acheson of Top Chef and the Food Network and Chef Michele Mazza of the renowned Il Mulino in New York City each prepare four-course tasting menus paired with rare and hard-to-find wines.

This year will also feature the signature evening galas, The Grand Tasting, sponsored by Hawaii.com, and the Seafood Festival, sponsored by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature. These galas will showcase the culinary delights of Maui’s top restaurants.

Host Master Sommelier Michael Jordan will lead the charge for the weekend festivities. “The 35th annual festival is a tribute to international wines and foods and a celebration of this longest running food and wine festival in the country. We have invited top winemakers and Chefs from throughout the globe, and here on Maui, to feature their most revered vintages and dishes and share their love for food and wine.”

Tickets are on sale now, to purchase tickets online visit http://www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com

Schedule of Events


A Master Class Introduction to Deductive 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 • 5–6:30pm
Invitation only & 4-day pass holders

FRIDAY, June 10

Festival Golf Tournament
The Bay Course, Kapalua • 7am
Complimentary awards and luncheon will follow, not included in 4-day pass; sold separately

Champagne & Scooby Snacks Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 12:30pm–2pm
This seminar brings together an impressive array of Champagnes with tasty treats created by Chef Mark Tarbell. Hosted by Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow.

Women of the Vines
A Panel Honoring the Amazing Women Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 3pm–4:30pm

This is the second in a series of panels featuring notable women winemakers. This girl powered panel tasting will be an annual feature that celebrates the women that craft some of the finest wines in the world. Hosted by Meridith May, Publisher/Editorial Director of SOMM Journal /The Tasting Panel/Clever Root.

Confirmed panelists to date:
Merry Edwards – Merry Edwards Winery
Elizabeth Grant-Douglas – La Crema Winery
Heidi Peterson Barrett – La Sirena
Anne Moller-Racke – Donum Estate Winery

The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style
Sponsored by Hawaii.com
Montage Kapalua Bay • 6pm–9pm

Premium wines are showcased with fabulous gastronomic indulgences from Kapalua Resort restaurants and friends. A walk-around tasting and evening under the stars; all on the oceanfront grounds of Montage Kapalua Bay:

The Plantation House
Pineapple Grill
Merriman’s Kapalua
Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Taverna Restaurant
Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua Bay
Maui Culinary Academy


Family Tree – Scions of Family Wineries
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 11am–12:30pm

This seminar brings together second and third generation winemakers and their winemaker parents to share their secrets, stories and wines.  Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

Confirmed panelists to date:
Carlo Mondavi – RAEN and Continuum
Tim Mondavi – Continuum|
Christopher Hyde – Hyde and Sons
Larry Hyde – Hyde Vineyards
Brandon De Luze – ZD Wines
Robert De Luze – ZD Wines

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Michele Mazza
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 1pm–3pm

Noted Italian Chef Michele Mazza, owner and executive chef of Il Mulino and Trattoria Il Mulino will wow attendees with his traditional, authentic Italian dishes crafted from his roots in Naples. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and paired with exquisite Italian wines.

Globetrotting Winemakers
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 3:30pm–5pm

Featuring renowned globetrotting winemakers that make wines in more than two countries.   Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

SUNDAY, June 12

Regional Focus: Ki Ora! New Zealand Pinot Noir Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 11am–12:30pm

Join some of the true pioneers and new stars of New Zealand winemaking. This seminar will showcase both established headliners and newest upcoming wineries. Hosted by Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 1pm–3pm

Award-winning Chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author showcases his Southern Flavors reinvented for your kitchen Southern cooking. Co-hosted by the always engaging Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow and paired with the Spanish wines. Food & Wine Magazine named him Best New Chef in 2002 and the James Beard Foundation awarded him Best Chef Southeast in 2012. Hugh competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Season 3 and starred as a judge on Top Chef, Seasons 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Ten Year Retrospective – Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 3:30pm–5pm

This seminar features a panel of winemakers famous for producing seriously amazing “elusive” wines from the most exclusive “neighborhoods” in the Napa Valley. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

Confirmed panelists to date:
Bo Barrett – Chateau Montelena
Fred Scherrer – Scherrer Vineyards
Ted Edwards – Freemark Abbey
David Long – David Arthur Vineyards
Marcus Notaro – Stag’s Leap

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.

Please note all events subject to change.

For more information please visit http://www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.

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