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The 34th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Kicks Off Thursday

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By Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]

The 34th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival has the distinction of being the longest running event of its kind in the nation. This year, there are fourteen events that comprise the three-day festival. MauiNOW’s Malika Dudley spoke with the Katie Cotten, Director of Catering at the Montage Kapalua Bay Resort for details. Click HERE for a link to the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival website. A list of the events can be found below.

The 34th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

June 11–14, 2015




Welcome Reception    

Merriman’s Kapalua 5–6:30 p.m.

Invitation only & four-day pass holders

Complimentary awards and luncheon

FRIDAY, June 12

Festival Golf Tournament

The Bay Course, Kapalua • 7 a.m.


Not included in four-day pass; sold separately                                                      

AVAs of Willamette Valley

Wine Seminar & Tasting           

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • 12:30–2 p.m.

Join some of the true pioneers and new stars of Oregon Pinot Noir for a tour of the Willamette Valley and its unique terroir. This seminar will showcase both established headliners and newest upcoming wineries.

Allen Methven             Methven Family Vineyards

Mark Tarlov                        Chapter 24

Eugenia Keegan            Gran Moraine

Nate Klosterman            Argyle


Great Wines from Women and Vines

A Panel Honoring the Amazing Women Wine Seminar & Tasting

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

The “First Annual” Women in Wine panel features some of best winemakers in the industry today – that just happen to be ladies… this girl powered panel tasting will become an annual seminar that will celebrate the women that craft some of the finest wines in the world.

Mia Klein                        Selene Wines

Sara Fowler                        Peju

Pam Starr                        Crocker & Starr

Heidi Bridenhagen            Macrostie Winery


The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style           

Hosted by Honolulu Star-Advertiser/HILuxury Magazine

Montage Kapalua Bay– 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring the world-class cuisine of the Kapalua Resort family of restaurants and friends:

The Plantation House

Pineapple Grill

Merriman’s Kapalua

Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Kai Sushi at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua Bay

Maui Culinary Academy featuring Alumi Chef Lyndon Honda

Hawaii Made Dessert Station featuring Maui Cookie Lady and Big Island Candies & Cookies

Black River Caviar

Entertainment provided by local rising star Lily Meola.



ZINFANDEL—“America’s Grape Variety” Wine Seminar & Tasting                                      

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

For years, Zinfandel has been referred to as America’s grape variety.  Whether it actually was brought to the U.S. from Italy or Croatia, the very fact that Zinfandel has been grown and flourished in America for well over a hundred years qualifies it as a resident grape variety.  During all of that time, Zinfandel has witnessed many different stylistic and profile changes.  For this year’s festival, we have assembled a panel of today’s most celebrated producers (of old vines & heritage grape selections) to better understand where this grape variety stands.

Matt Trevisan                         Linne Calodo

Fred Scherrer                        Scherrer Vineyards

Mike Officer                        Carlisle

Jeff Stewart                         Hartford Court Winery


Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer & Winemaker Daryl Groom

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

Sponsored by Shun Knives

Long time friends and co-horts team up for a fun and feisty cooking demonstration featuring Chef Palmer’s progressive American style of cooking.


West Coast “Game Changers” Wine Seminar & Tasting

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

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

The coastal California wine growing regions have grown meteorically in acclaim, especially over the past 5 years & deservedly so. High risk/high reward farming in these “colder sites” with configuration of the hills, elevation and proximity to the sea result in cooler growing conditions, combined with marine influenced soils, create very unique growing conditions. Thankfully, there is also a new generation of young, winemaking “Turks,” who have emerged & are absolutely changing the game.  Join us and travel up Highway 101 from Santa Barbara County to Anderson Valley as we visit and taste with some of the most talented young winemakers of our era!

Raj Parr                        Domaine de la Cote

Gavin Chanin                        Chanin Wines

Matt Dees                        Jonata

Eric Johanssen                        Champ de Reves



SUNDAY, June 14

“The Wine World of Sports” Wine Seminar & Tasting           

“Elusive and Exclusive” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This Seminar brings together an amazing panel of celebrity athletes and “Hall of Famers” from Baseball and Football – that are now driven to make extremely high quality wines from different regions of the US! Taste their best wines and “Talk Story” with them about their sports careers- and their newest passion – making “Killer Wines!” Seriously, these guys have played in Super Bowls and World Series!

Vince Ferragamo            Ferragamo

Rich Aurilia                        Red Stitch


Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Michael Mina

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

Sponsored by Shun Knives

Award-winning Chef, restaurateur and author showcases his balanced approach to cooking focusing on spice, sweetness, acidity and richness. Co-hosted by the always engaging Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow and the wines of Kosta Browne/winemaker Dan Kosta.


“Elusive and Exclusive” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Seminar & Tasting           

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

This Seminar Features a panel of winemakers famous for producing seriously amazing “elusive” wines from the most exclusive “neighborhoods” in the Napa Valley.

David Long                        David Arthur Vineyards

Philippe Melka                        Melka Wines

Chris Carpenter            Lokoya Wines

Jeff Garguilo                        Garguilo


Seafood Festival                      

Hosted by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card                       

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

14 of Maui’s Top Restaurants showcase a seafood specialty and culinary creation in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Hawaiian entertainment provided by Nuff Sedd.


Banyan Tree

Hula Grill


Joe’s Nuevo Latino


Makena Beach Restaurant


Maui Culinary Academy


Morimoto Maui


Pailolo Grill & Bar/Westin

Roy’s Restaurant

Star Noodle


There are also several “Industry only” events.

A Master Class Introduction to Wine Tasting                        

Thursday, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Invitation only; Industry


Local Industry Wine Trade Show & Gourmet Products Sampling                       

Thursday, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Invitation only, Industry

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