Starting This Friday, June 8-10: Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

By Megan Hazen

For three days in Kapalua, wine is everything. At the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, you can attend seminars on pinots and cabernets, hit up countless wine tastings and meet and greet sommeliers and winery owners from all over the world. Did you know that there are only three Master Sommeliers in Hawaii? One of them, Patrick Okubo (the youngest Master Sommelier ever), will lead a tasting of premium Spanish wines on Sunday.

The food part of the festival is just as exciting. The Grand Tasting on Friday, after the festival’s golf tournament, will feature some of Kapalua’s best cuisine from Merriman’s Restaurant, The Plantation House, Kai Sushi, Sansei, Banyan Tree and Pineapple Grill. Then on Saturday watch Chef Ron Siegel–the first U.S. citizen to win the Iron Chef title–host a cooking demonstration. The weekend ends with a fabulous Seafood Festival, featuring wines and spirits and food from David Paul’s Island Grill, I’o & Pacific, Roy’s, Gerard’s, Capische? and many other fine restaurants.

It’s the ultimate wining and dining experience that you don’t want to miss. $550 Four-day festival pass (see website for individual event prices). Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (One Ritz-Carlton Dr.);


The 31st Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
“Lucky Live Hawaii”
Celebrating fine wine & food
June 8 – 10, 2012

FRIDAY, June 8
Festival Golf Tournament
The Bay Course, Kapalua – 7:00 am Shotgun start
Pair up perfectly with Festival winemakers, speakers and guests for a game of gently rolling fairways and scenic
ocean views with complimentary awards luncheon to follow.

Pinot Superstars
Wine Seminar
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, top Pinot specialists showcase favorites from the five AVA’s of
California: Russian River Valley, Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Santa Maria Valley/Santa Lucia Highlands
Bob Cabral – Williams Selyem
TJ Evans – Domaine Carneros
Gary Pisoni – Pisoni Vineyards
James Ontiveros – Native9
Fred Scherrer – Scherrer Vineyards
Robert Cook – Chalone Vineyards

The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style
Hosted by Modern Luxury Magazine
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn– 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Let your palate explore premium and rare celebrated wines from regions around the world and savor the cuisine of
Kapalua’s culinary stars and locally grown produce. Live local entertainment. Featured restaurants:
– Banyan Tree/The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
– Kai Sushi/The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
– Merriman’s Restaurant
– Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar
– Pineapple Grill
– The Plantation House

Organic Vines Make Better Wines
Wine Seminar
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Featuring Amigo Bob Cantisano/Organic Agricultural Advisor
30 years of organic wine grape advising with some of the best in the world
Amigo Bob Cantisano will present the practical and esoteric aspects of producing wine grapes using non toxic
organic farming. He advises nearly 50 organic grape growers and wineries in California and Oregon. Amigo’s
presentation will feature the success stories of many of his clients and how they produce top quality wines using
human and environmentally friendly state of the art organic farming. Other panelists include John Williams from
Frog’s Leap, Anthony Biagi of Plumpjack, Charles Thomas of Quintessa, Michael Jordan, MS and Patrick Okubo,
MS. Other featured wines include Morgan, Skipstone and Chappellett.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Ron Siegel
Chef of Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chef Siegel is regarded as one America’s culinary superstars. As the first U.S. citizen to win in Iron Chef, Chef
Siegel is known for blending haute French cuisine with subtle Japanese touches. Featured wines include
Pisoni Vineyards, David Arthur, Illumination and Word Wines.

Tasting with Heidi Barrett and La Sirena Wines
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Heidi Barrett is regarded as one of Napa Valley’s foremost winemakers. With great enthusiasm, a love for what she
does, and an abundance of experience, Heidi’s instinctive gift of integrating the art and science of winemaking is
unparalleled. Since 1988 she has developed an impressive client list of ultra-premium wineries.  In addition to her
very own wines from La Sirena, she is currently the winemaker for Amuse Bouche, Paradigm, Lamborn, Kenzo
Estate, Au Sommet, Vin Perdu, and Fantesca.   Past winemaking clients include Screaming Eagle(14 years),
Dalla Valle(8 years), Jones Family(12 years), Grace Family(6 years), Vineyard 29(6 years), David Arthur, Barbour
Vineyards(15 years), Revana (10 years) and Showket(12 years). This seminar will feature a selection of her own
brand, La Sirena wines:
2011 Moscato Azul ( chilled of course)
2007 Barrett Vineyards Syrah
2008 Art Bus Red blend
2009 Pirate TreasuRed
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sparklers by the Spa Wine Tour
Kapalua Spa 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Sample a variety of Sparkling Wines provided by Domaine Carneros and hosted by Winemaker TJ Evans of
Domaine Carneros accompanied by an assortment of chocolates, truffles and other sweet treats. Kapalua Spa will
provide a sampling of “mini” services and treatments for a relaxing and experience. Featured wines:
Domaine Carneros Brut
Domaine Carneros Rosé
Domaine Carneros LeReve
And a special winery only Sparkling

Festival Winemakers’ Dinners
Locations and Times vary
Wine and dine with Festival Winemakers. For more information on these awe-inspiring dinners and priceless

SUNDAY, June 10
Viva Espana! A tasting of premium Spanish Wines
Wine Seminar
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
A comprehensive tasting of wines from one of the hottest regions in winemaking. Hosted by Master candidate
Charles Fredy, he will lead this fun and informative tasting of wines from several areas of Spain. Along with Patrick
Okubo, the youngest Master Sommelier in North America and one of only three in Hawaii. Many of the featured
wines were selected by Master Sommelier Sara Floyd of Jorge Ordonez Selections. Featured wines to date:
• Vins El Cep, Marques de Gelida, Rose, Cava-Penedes, 2007
• Bodegas Botani, Dry Moscatel de Alejandria, Sierras de Malaga, 2010
• Fillaboa, Rias Baixas, Albarino, Galicia, 2011
• Bodegas Borsao, Tres Picos, Garnacha, Campo de Borgia, 2010
• Vall Llach, Embruix, Priorat, 2007
• Bodegas Volver, Volver, Tempranillo, La Mancha, 2009
• Bodegas Muga, Muga Reserva, Tempranillo, Rioja, 2007
• Condado de Haza, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, 2008
• Bodegas Botani, Jorge Ordoñez, Victoria, Moscatel de Alejandria, Sierras de Malaga, 2006

Wine Tour
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sample a variety of wines from local market distributors; locations throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua hotel
Alaloa Lounge – surprise selection of weekend favorites
Waihua Spa – Dom Perignon
Pool – Sake, Organic Garden
Benzinger Organic Wines
Kings of Cabernet Panel
Wine Seminar

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Kings of the Cabernet world join in for a fun and informative tasting of some of the world’s favorite
Cabernets. Hosted by MS and winemaker of Word Wines, Michael Jordan. Showcased winemakers and wineries:
Anthony Biagi – Plumpjack & Cade
Alison Doran – Hill Family Estates
David Long – David Arthur Vineyards
David Ramey – Ramey Wine Cellars
Chris Upchurch – DeLille Cellars
John Williams – Frog’s Leap

Seafood Festival
Hosted by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The grand finale event showcases Maui’s top chefs and the bounty of the Pacific! Enjoy wine, beer and spirits
while you mingle with winemakers, chefs and friends right on the Beach House Lawn! And dance on to the live
entertainment featuring live local entertainment.

Featured Restaurants:
Hali’imaile General Store, Banyan Tree Restaurant, Roy’s Restaurant, Monkeypod Restaurant, Kai Sushi Bar, Japengo, Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, Hula Grill, I’o & Pacific’o, Capische?

4-Day Festival Pass – includes all events (except Golf Tournament) $650 $550
Festival Golf Tournament $99 $99
Pinot Superstars Wine Seminar $65 $55
Grand Tasting $140 $130

Bio-Dynamic Wines $65 $55
Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef $95 $85
A Tasting of wines of Heidi Peterson Barrett $75 $65
Champagne Sampler Wine Tour $35 $35
Winemakers’ Dinner Contact Restaurants Directly

Viva España! A Tasting of Premium Spanish Wines $65 $55
Wine Tour $35 $35
King of Cab – Cabernet Panel $65 $55
Seafood Festival $140 $130