2019 Schedule of Events

Tickets Now on Sale!

Early Bird Ticket pricing on Grand Tasting and Seafood Festival thru April 30th!
Schedule subject to change.


Welcome Reception

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Invitation only and 4-Day Pass Holders


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

The Ritz-Carlton, 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 terroir, the growing area is well-suited for Pinot Noir grapes, which tend to do well in cool climates.

Featured winemakers/wineries:

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


La Bella Italia Wine Seminar & Tasting
Regional Focus: Piemonte, Italy – Sold Out

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

Two of Italy’s greatest winemakers will present wines and tell the stories of the beautiful and historic Piemonte region! Featuring two best friends,Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetta Winery and Roberto Damonte of Malvirà Winery.

Featured winemakers/wineries:

Roberto Damonte – Malvirà Winery
Giorgio Rivetti – La Spinetta

Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style – Sold Out

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

Come dressed in your best “White Party” attire for this year’s event! 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.

Featured Restaurants:

  • Cane & Canoe – Montage Kapalua Bay
  • Heritage Restaurant San Francisco / MVB Visiting Chef
  • Honolua Store
  • Merriman’s Kapalua
  • ‘Olu – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  • Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Sugar Beach Events
  • Tamura’s
  • Taverna
  • The Plantation House
  • UHMC Culinary Arts Program

Special Guests:

  • Maui Cookie Lab
  • Maui Gold Pineapple Company
  • Sweet On Maui
  • Petrossian Caviar




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 one of the country’s brand new American Viticultural Areas (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.

Featured winemakers/wineries:

Theresa Heredia – Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
Julien Teichmann – Keller Estate
Ryan Prichard – Three Sticks Wines
Rickey Trombetta – Trombetta Family Wines


Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Mark Tarbell – Sold Out

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.

• FIRST COURSE – Georges Bank Scallop Crudo, Carrot Broth, Pea Cream,
Mint and Pea Tendril
• SECOND COURSE – Vol Ai Vent with Confit Chicken, House-made Chorizo
and Carmelized onion
• THIRD COURSE – Tarte Tatin” with Caramelized Tomato and Onion,
Local Goat Cheese and Fine Herb

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. We will discover the different styles and expressions of the grape from both new world and old world!

Featured winemakers/wineries:

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


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Sunday Champagne Brunch at Brennan’s – Sold Out

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

Sample the flavors of New Orleans from one of its most well loved restaurants, Brennan’s. Chef Haley Bittermann and General Manager and Restaurant Ambassador Christian Pendelton showcase favorites from the Crescent City. Paired with champagne.

• FIRST COURSE – Hot Beignets with Powdered Sugar
• SECOND COURSE – Egg Yolk Carpaccio – Grilled Shrimp, Crispy Sweet Potato,
Andouille Vinaigrette
• THIRD COURSE – Eggs Sardou – Crispy Artichokes, Parmesan Creamed Spinach,
Choron Sauce
• FOURTH COURSE – Bananas Foster – Bananas, Butter, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon,
Rum, Vanilla Ice Cream


Varietal Focus: California Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Seminar & Tasting

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

Tasting of multi-vintages of Cabernet Sauvignons from different regions of California. A deep dive comparison with a panel of winemakers from Napa, Sonoma County and Santa Ynez Valley.

Featured winemakers/wineries:

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



Historical Focus: “Wine 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.

Featured winemakers/wineries:

Rich Aurilia – Red Stitch; former Major League Baseball Player /SF Giants
Vince Ferragamo – Tenuta di Ferragamo; former Quarterback/LA Rams
Jim Fox – Patiné Cellars; former player/current LA Kings TV Analyst



Seafood Festival

Southwest Airlines

Sponsored by Southwest Airlines
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 other culinary creations in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Enjoy the evening with favorite island entertainment, Nuff Sedd.

Featured Restaurants:

  • Banyan Tree
  • Gannon’s in Wailea
  • Honu Seafood & Pizza / Fridas Mexican Beach House
  • Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
  • Hula Grill
  • Japengo
  • Joey’s Kitchen
  • Lineage
  • Mill House
  • Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman – Ka’anapali
  • Pacific’O Restaurant
  • ROCKsalt at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
  • Roy’s Ka’anapali
  • Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Wailea


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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