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Wine Dinner Celebrates California’s Jackson Family Wines

July 10, 2014, 12:58 PM HST
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By Vanessa Wolf

A Madagascar Grilled Prawn from a previous Makena event. Photo by Vanessa Wolf

A Madagascar Grilled Prawn from a previous Makena event. Photo by Vanessa Wolf

The Makena Beach & Golf Resort is at it again – this time twice in the same week.

If you can’t make the wine tasting/education event tonight, you can delight your taste buds and punish your liver this Saturday, July 12, at the Winery of the Month dinner.

With a menu designed by Chef De Cuisine Kurt Lesmerises and held in the resort’s Molokini Bar and Grill, the five-course dinner will feature wine pairings with California’s renowned Jackson Family Wines.

Special guest host Master Sommelier and certified wine educator, Michael Jordan will be on hand to illuminate and educate.

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Not the same guy as the basketball star, Jordan is Jackson Family Wines’ Director of Global Key Accounts and one of only 15 people worldwide to hold both a Master Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Wine Educator diploma from the Society of Wine Educators.

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Take that, other Michael Jordan.

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The meal begins with an amuse bouche of  a grilled Kauai prawn, watercress, fresh papaya, and local avocado roasted red pepper jam with a Champagne Flight

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Next, enjoy fresh Kona lobster salad with Kula watermelon, baby mache, Kamuela heirloom tomato, cucumber, mint, yuzu, and extra virgin olive oil. It’s paired with Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc.

Then it’s onto fresh caught ono, seared medium rare with miso aioli, spicy broccoli, and Hamakua mushroom sake sauce with the Freemark Abbey Chardonnay.

If you know anything about Makena wine dinners, you know they are extravagant. This is why the third course of Hudson Valley duck liver paired with Maui tuna seared rare over brioche french toast, kirsch brandy semi-confit cherries and veal demi-glace and paired with Wildridge Pinot Noir shouldn’t surprise you.

Nor should the house-spice rubbed and grilled Vintage Premium Farm’s dry aged rib eye with chimichurri, fried taro and Kumu Farm’s Swiss chard.

It’s accompanied by the  Stonestreet Monument Ridge Cabernet.

Lastly, indulge in Domaine De Canton Sabayon with Makena mango and Kula country strawberries washed down by Atalon Pauline’s Cuvee

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The event is offered at $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Call 808-875-5888 to make yours.

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