2019 Schedule of Events

Tickets Now on Sale!

Early Bird Ticket pricing on Festival Passes before March 15th and Evening Tickets thru April 30th!
Schedule subject to change.


Welcome Reception

Merriman’s Kapalua – 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Invitation only and 4-Day Pass Holders


Regional Focus: Sta. Rita Hills AVA Wine Seminar & Tasting

Merriman’s Kapalua – 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Sta. Rita Hills is part of the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA. The wine region is exposed to fog and coastal breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean. When combined with the rocky nature of the area, the Santa Rita Hills area is well-suited for the growing of Pinot Noir grapes, which tend to do well in cool climates with rocky soil. The region is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah varietal wines.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

  • Greg Brewer – Brewer Clifton
  • Richard Sanford – Alma Rosa Winery
  • Tyler Thomas – Dierberg Vineyard
  • Rick Longoria – Longoria Winery



Educational Focus: Taste Like A Master Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00pm – 4:30pm

An introduction to tasting like a Master Sommelier! Our three host Master Sommeliers – Michael Jordan, Rob Bigelow and Patrick Okubo – take you through the deductive tasting grid and all the intricacies of using your senses that will have you well on your way to tasting like a Master!


Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style

Sponsored by Hawaii.com
Montage Kapalua Bay – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Exclusive Early VIP Entry – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

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. Also featuring Petrossian Caviar station. 

Be the first to sample and taste the evening’s selections with a one hour exclusive early entry to the Grand Tasting. Entrance starts at 5:30pm for an additional fee. Early admission tickets are limited.



Regional Focus: Petaluma Gap AVA Wine Seminar & Tasting

Hosted by SOMM Journal
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00am – 12:30pm

The SOMM Journal hosts a journey through the Petaluma Gap AVA. The Petaluma Gap is the premier gateway to the Sonoma Coast and northern Marin County wine region with a 150-year tradition of growing grapes. Designated as the country’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Petaluma Gap is producing premium grapes that make the new AVA one of California’s best areas to grow primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grapes.  

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

  • Teresa Heredia – Gary Farrell Wines
  • Julien Teichmann – Keller Estate
  • Ryan Prichard – Three Sticks Winery
  • Rickey Trombetta – Trombetta Family Wines



Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Mark Tarbell

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Iron Chef Mark Tarbell of the famed Tarbell’s Restaurant in Phoenix takes his classical training in French cuisine and marries it with the freshest island favorites. All are eloquently paired with Southern Rhone influenced wines and other stellar selections by winemaker Laely Heron and Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.


Varietal Focus: Grenache with Panache Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Grenache loves to be blended with other red grapes and is grown in many countries Including Spain, France, US, Australia, and S. Africa. We will discover the different styles and expressions of the grape from both new world and old world!

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

  • Laely Heron – Heron Wines
  • Mikael Sigouin – Kaena
  • Anne-Charlotte Bachas – Château de la Font du Loup
  • Mike Sullivan – Benovia Winery



Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chefs from Brennan’s Restaurant of New Orleans “Champagne Sunday Brunch at Brennan’s”

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Sample the flavors of New Orleans from one of their most well loved restaurants, Brennan’s. Chef Slade Rushing and General Manager and Restaurant Ambassador Christian Pendelton showcase favorites from the Crescent City. Paired with a variety of champagnes and other specials selections.


Varietal Focus: California Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Tasting verticals of Cabernets from different regions in California with a panel of winemakers from Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

  • Fred Scherrer – Scherrer Vineyards
  • Ted Edwards – Freemark Abbey
  • Richie Allen – Rombauer
  • Tyler Thomas – Star Lane Winery



Historical Focus: Wide World of Sports Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Renowned for their sports prowess, these Sports Stars have now turned their sights on making world-class wines.  This fun and engaging panel shares stories from both fields of ‘dreams’ – the playing field and the vineyard.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

  • Rich Aurilia – Red Stitch 
  • Charles Woodson – Charles Woodson Wines 
  • Vince Ferragamo – Tenuta di Ferragamo​



Seafood Festival

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Exclusive Early VIP Entry – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Celebrate the “Maui Mardi Gras” with Maui’s Top Restaurants showcasing a seafood specialty and culinary creation in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Enjoy the evening with live island style entertainment.

Be the first to sample and taste the evening’s selections with a one hour exclusive early entry to the Seafood Festival. Entrance starts at 5:30pm for an additional fee. Early admission tickets are limited.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, menus, wines, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. Must be age 21 and older to attend all events. Must bring valid ID. Tickets to the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival are not tax deductible. Kapalua Wine & Food Festival urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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