36th annual kapalua wine & food festival june 8 – 11 at kapalua resort

The annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is just around the corner, June 8 – 11, and promises to be another spectacular weekend gathering of top winemakers, culinary and superstars from the celebrity chef scene and our own homegrown Maui favorites. The kick-off Grand Tasting gala hosted by Hawaii.com on the oceanfront lawn of Montage Kapalua Bay, showcases the culinary creations of Kapalua Resort Restaurants and special guests along with renowned wines from around the globe.

The featured creations of Kapalua’s inspired chefs are sure to wow seasoned event goers and new comers alike. A few highlights of dishes being served by resort restaurant partners: 
Chef Jojo Vasquez/Plantation House, 2017 Aipono Award winning “Chef of the Year”:

  • Seared Ahi on a crispy tortilla with lime crema, tomato, avocado and cilantro Chef Robert Barrera/Pineapple Grill.
  • Oxtail tortellini with parmesan, brodo and parsley Chef Neil Murphy/Merriman’s Restaurant.
  • Kauai Shrimp and Taro Pancake
With more from host restaurant Cane & Canoe, Honolua Store, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Taverna and UH Maui Culinary Academy.


2017 Schedule of Events
Kapalua Wine & Food Festival


A Master Class Introduction to Deductive Wine Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
10:30am – 12pm
Invitation only; Industry
Hosted by Rob Bigelow, Master Sommelier & Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier.

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

Welcome Reception
Plantation House Restaurant Lower Lawn
5pm – 6:30 pm
Invitation only & 4-day pass holders.


Festival Golf Tournament
The Bay Course, Kapalua
Not included in 4-day pass; sold separately. Advance registration required.

Regional Focus: New Oregon Wine Seminar & Tasting
Merriman’s Kapalua
12:30pm –2pm
The Willamette Valley is evolving and there is a great movement underway, an evolution of viticulture, winemaking and flavor! Discover some of the top players on this scene and taste some amazing samples of their newest projects.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date: Adam Lee – Siduri,
Tony Rynders – Zena Crown Wines,
Jay Somers – J Christopher Wines,
Erik Kramer – Willakenzie Estate Winery.

Regional Focus: “Cruising Highway 101” Paso Robles – Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
3pm– 4:30pm
Road-trippin’ through Paso Robles and their eleven new AVA’s diversity of grapes, styles & fun! Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:
Scott Shirley – Justin Vineyards,
Matt Trevisan – Linne Calodo, Chloé Asseo – L’Aventure Winery, Karl Wicka – Turley.

The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style
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.

Featuring some of Maui’s top restaurants: Cane & Canoe, 
Honolua Store,
Maui Culinary Academy, Merriman’s Kapalua, Pineapple Grill, Plantation House, Taverna,
 The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui “Sugar Squad” Dessert featuring B3 A Beach Bunny Bakery, Donut Dynamite, Maui Cookie Lady and Cupcake Ladies Catering Co., Gourmet Cheese Station provided by HFM Food Service
and Petrossian Caviar Station. Guests will also enjoy the OluKai Experience Tent where the newest in their handcrafted island-inspired designs will be showcased. Live entertainment by the four piece string band Bravado. Preview the newest in luxury vehicles by Lexus, official vehicle of the Festival. Premium wines, Kona Brewing Company beer and Bombay Sapphire specialty craft cocktail bar.


Varietal Focus: Rising Rockstars of Pinot Noir – Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
11am – 12:30pm
Amazing Pinot Noir Specialists, now building up and coming wineries in the heart of California’s Pinot Paradise. Pinot Heads Unite! Discover these great winemaker’s newest projects. This will be delicious! Confirmed winemakers and wineries to date:
Jeff Gaffner – Ram’s Gate,
Tony Lombardi – Lombardi Wines,
Bibiana Gonzalez Rave – Cattleya Wines, Bob Cabral – Three Sticks.

Cooking Demonstration Celebrity Chef Andrew Sutton
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
1pm – 3pm

Chef Andrew Sutton of Disney’s Napa Rose prepares cuisine celebrating the bounty and heritage of California, inspired by the seacoast, farms and diverse flavors of the state. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and paired with exquisite wines. Featuring the wines of Williams Selyem.

Historic Focus: “Family Tree – Scions of the Vine”
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
3:30pm – 5pm

This seminar honors the great legacies of historic family wineries. The tasting brings together second and third generations winemakers and their winemaker parents to share their history, secrets, great stories and killer wines.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date: Gary & Jeff Pisoni – Pisoni Vineyards,
Lee & Regina Martinelli – Martinelli Winery, Herta & Lisa Peju – Peju Wines.


Regional Focus: “Baja Mexican Magic” An Emerging Region with Five Valleys- Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
11am – 12:30pm
Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, California wine country has been growing grapes and producing wine for many years. There are over 130 different Italian grape varieties alone, along with grapes from Spain, France and no rules! Delicious wines made by artisan winemakers and an incredible emerging region, just waiting to be discovered. This is a must-see region.
Fernando Martain – Cavas Valmar,
Tom Bracamontes – Corona del Valle,
Alberto Rubio – Fluxus,
Daniel Lonnberg – Emeve / Literal / Canada de los Encinos.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Cat Cora
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
1pm – 3pm
American professional chef and restaurateur best known for her featured role as an “Iron Chef” on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and featuring a selection of Greek wines.

Varietal Focus: Classic California Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
3:30pm – 5pm
A star-studded tasting! Classic California wineries famous for producing stellar wines. A great study of sites and styles, texture and flavors from Napa Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley.
Confirmed winemakers and wineries to date:
Kristina Werner – Arrowood Winery, Rob Davis – Jordan Winery,
Philippe Melka – Melka Wines
Sam Kaplan – Arkenstone
Marcus Notaro – Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.

Seafood Festival
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Aloha Garden Pavilion
6pm – 9pm
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. Premium wines, Kona Brewing Company beer and Bombay Sapphire specialty craft cocktail will be served. Perennial musical favorite Nuff Sedd provides rocking tunes to dance the night away. Participating Restaurants for the Seafood Festival are: Cane & Canoe,
Fleetwoods on Front St., Gannon’s Wailea, Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a, Japengo, Morimoto Maui, Pacific‘O, The Banyan Tree,
Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Hula Grill Kaanapali, Maui Culinary Academy, Laulima Events and Catering, Pulehu,
Roy’s Ka‘anapali,
Napili Kai Beach Resort Sea House Restaurant.

Please note that this is a preliminary Schedule of Events based on our publishing date – All items are subject to change.

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

Bon Appetit!


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