2019 Schedule of Events

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 6

Welcome Reception

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

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.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

Greg Brewer – Brewer Clifton
• 2013 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Machado, Sta. Rita Hills
• 2017 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Machado, Sta. Rita Hills

Tyler Thomas – Dierberg Vineyard
2013 Dierberg “Drum Canyon Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
• 2016 Dierberg “Drum Canyon Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

Richard Sanford – Alma Rosa Winery
2009 Alma Rosa Winery Mount Eden Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
• 2017 Alma Rosa Winery El Jabali Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

Rick Longoria – Longoria Winery
2008 Longoria Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, Fe Ciega Vineyard
• 2016 Longoria Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, Fe Ciega Vineyard

 


 

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

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.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

Roberto Damonte – Malvirà Winery
• 2010 Malvirà Trinità Riserva Nebbiolo D.O.C.G, Roero, Italy
• 2012 Malvirà TreUve Langhe Bianco D.O.C, Langhe, Italy
• 2013 Malvirà Roero Arneis Vigna Renesio D.O.C.G, Canale, Italy
• 2017 Malvirà Roero Arneis Vigna Trinità D.O.C.G, Roero, Italy

Giorgio Rivetti – La Spinetta
• La Spinetta Lidia Chardonnay, Piemonte, Italy
• 2015 La Spinetta Valeriano CRU Barbaresco D.O.C.G, Barbaresco, Italy
• 2015 La Spinetta Starderi CRU Barbaresco D.O.C.G, Barbaresco, Italy
• 2015 La Spinetta Gallina CRU Barbaresco D.O.C.G, Barbaresco, Italy


 

Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style

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
  • WÜSTHOF

NEW THIS YEAR – EXCLUSIVE EARLY ENTRY PASS 
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.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

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.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

Theresa Heredia – Gary Farrell Wines
• 2013 Gary Farrell Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap
• 2014 Gary Farrell Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap

Julien Teichmann – Keller Estate
• 2016 Keller Estate La Cruz Chardonnay, Petaluma Gap
• 2016 Keller Estate El Coro Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap

Ryan Prichard – Three Sticks Wines
• 2016 Three Sticks Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay
• 2017 Three Sticks Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

Rickey Trombetta – Trombetta Family Wines
• 2015 Trombetta Family Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap
• 2017 Trombetta Family Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay, Petaluma Gap


 

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.


 

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!

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

Laely Heron – Domaine Lux Fontis

Mikael Sigouin – Kaena
2016 Kaena Tierra Alta Grenache, Ballard Canyon
• 2016 Kaena Grenache Larner Vineyard, Ballard Canyon

Anne-Charlotte Bachas – Château de la Font du Loup
• 2015 La Font du Loup Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
• 2015 La Font du Loup “Le Puy Rolland” Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Mike Sullivan – Benovia Winery
• 2009 Benovia Winery Four Brothers Vineyard Grenache, Sonoma Mountain
• 2016 Benovia Winery Four Brothers Vineyard Grenache, Sonoma Mountain

 


 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 9

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Brennan’s

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 Slade Rushing and General Manager and Restaurant Ambassador Christian Pendelton showcase favorites from the Crescent City. Paired with a variety of champagnes and other special selections.

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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.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

Fred Scherrer – Scherrer Vineyards
• 2003 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
• 2010 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
• 2015 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Ted Edwards – Freemark Abbey
• 1999 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosche, Rutherford
• 2009 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosche, Rutherford
• 2015 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosche, Rutherford

Richie Allen – Rombauer
• 2013 Rombauer Stice Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena
• 2016 Rombauer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Tyler Thomas – Star Lane Winery
• 2005 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon
• 2011 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon
• 2016 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon

 


 

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.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

Rich Aurilia – Red Stitch; former Major League Baseball Player /SF Giants
• 2014 Red Stitch Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
• 2016 Red Stitch Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands

Vince Ferragamo – Tenuta di Ferragamo; former Quarterback/LA Rams
• 2015 Tenuta di Ferragamo Caressa J Super Tuscan, Orange County
• 2016 Tenuta di Ferragamo Caressa J Super Tuscan, Orange County

Jim Fox – Patiné Cellars; former player/current LA Kings TV Analyst
• 2015 Patiné Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap
• 2015 Patiné Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

 


 

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 to date:

  • 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

NEW THIS YEAR – EXCLUSIVE EARLY ENTRY PASS 
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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