2020 Schedule of Events

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Petrossian VIP Client Event

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Kauai Room
Invitation only

Welcome Reception

The Plantation House Restaurant – 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Invitation only and 4-Day Pass Holders


Food and Wine Focus: Champagne and Cheese Pairing

Wine Tasting Panel

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00pm – 12:30pm
Kick off this 39th annual festival with a fabulous flight of fine Champagnes along with cheeses selected by R. Kent Torrey from The Cheese Shop in Carmel, CA. Hosted and moderated by three Master Sommeliers: Patrick Okubo, Dave Yoshida and Roberto Viernes. Guaranteed to be delicious!



Emerging Region Focus: Monterey County

Winemaker Panel

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
The Monterey Bay creates the perfect climate in the Salinas Valley – a paradise for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Fog in the morning and the cold winds in the afternoon provide one of the longest ripening seasons in the world! Moderated by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

Featured winemakers and wineries:

• Chris Miller, MS – Seabold Cellars
• Manny Kemiji, MS – Miura
• Matt Viotto – Karlsen
• Kris Kato – Carmel Road



Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style

Presented by Maui Harvest

Montage Kapalua Bay “The Point” – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
VIP Entry – 5:00pm – 6:00pm (fee applies)
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 and perennial favorite The Cheese Shop of Carmel, CA.




Varietal Focus: Great Merlot Wines of the World!

Hosted by SOMM Journal

Master Sommelier Panel Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00am – 12:30pm
The Historic and Noble Grape Merlot is back in fashion!  Panel is Hosted and Moderated by 4 Master Sommeliers: Dave Yoshida, Roberto Viernes, Patrick Okubo and Michael Jordan. They will taste and discuss their “Favs” and learn about the history and allure of Merlot!



Celebrity Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon with Chef Rick Moonen

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Chef Rick Moonen known as an American seafood chef and an early adopter of sustainable fishing practices and also as the “Godfather of Sustainability” will prepare a scrumptious four-course tasting luncheon with a spin on classic comfort food with a creatively paired with excellent wines!



Regional Focus: Under the Tuscan Sun – Tuscany, Grapes and Sunshine!

Winemaker’s Panel

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30pm – 5:00pm
A rare and special chance to spend time with Silvio di Silvio from Antinori. This amazing expert winemaker has stories, secrets and love of the vine to share.  A rare glimpse into the world under the Tuscan Sun.



Festival Golf Tournament

The Bay Course, Kapalua – 1:30pm Shotgun
Not included in 4-day pass; sold separately. Advance registration required. Space limited




Regional Focus: Spanish Castle Magic

Winemaker’s Panel Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 10:30am – 12:00pm
We have flown-in four great winemakers from Spain to share their wines, their passion and the “magic” of their warm Spanish vineyards with us! Moderated by Master Sommeliers Dave Yoshida and Michael Jordan.  Wineries TBD.



Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon with Chef Aaron Sanchez

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
One of the world’s most distinguished Latin chefs, Chef Aaron Sanchez crafts an inspired and authentic four-course tasting luncheon featuring the flavors of Latin American and Mexico expertly paired with the wines of Scherrer Winery.



Special Limited Seating Interactive Master Classes

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Choice of seminar! Advance enrolment is required! Special Master Classes with limited seating; preference to 4-day passholders

1.     Taste Like A Master – Deductive (Blind) Tasting
Four Wines with Master Sommeliers Dave Yoshida and Patrick Okubo. Learn the process the Masters use to unlock the mystery of “What’s in the Glass?”

2.     Freemark Abbey Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Blending Seminar
with Master Sommelier Michael Jordan – Taste and blend “Barrell Samples” of the five Red Bordeaux grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec



Seafood Festival

Southwest Airlines

Sponsored by Southwest Airlines

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Ambassador’s Lawn – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
VIP Entry – 5:00pm – 6:00pm (fee applies)
Celebrate with 14 of 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.  A variety of the finest wines from throughout the weekend. Hawaiian entertainment.

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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