Two opportunities to sip tasty wines this week. First, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa presents its 2nd annual Fall Festival of Wines, with all proceeds being donated to Maui Youth & Family Services. The festival will feature wine-tasting stations, stocked with a variety of reds and whites, all expertly paired with delicious pupus. If that isn’t enough incentive, just for showing up you’ll be entered to win gift certificates from a plethora of fine establishments. There will also be a silent auction, where guests can bid on a two-night stay at Sheraton Wakiki, Kauai or Keauhou. Other items up for bid include tickets to Warren & Annabelle’s Magic Show, as well as the Old Lahaina Luau. Although the event supports Maui youth and families, I’d leave the kids at home—a night like this should be dedicated to only to drinking wine, not listening to it…. Once, a good friend and I discussed wine. Well, actually, it was more of a monologue. While he went on about “full-bodied flavors” and “floral notes,” I stared at my toenails and wondered whether I should repaint them. Embarrassingly enough, when I drink wine, I can’t ever identify that stuff. I mean, I can tell you whether or not a wine is any good, but I can’t tell you why. Maybe that will change at the second event on our agenda, George Kahumoku, Jr. & Bob Brozman’s Kani Wai (Sounds of Water) CD Release Wine Dinner, happening at Lulu’s in Lahaina. The three course wine dinner (featuring fabulous fare including shrimp crusted mahimahi and a chocolate lave soufflé topped with homemade caramel) will also include a Kani Wai CD (for listening to, not eating). In addition, Alan Suzuki, a well-known local wine representative, will be talking about the vintages being served. If dinner, drinks and music are your idea of a good time, RSVP now.