Winemakers Dinners at the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival
Wine Grape Grower
The Winemakers Dinners that stem from the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival are an excellent opportunity to get cozy with a winemaker. Vineyard owners, grape growers and wine makers lead fascinating stories and narratives of their wines while our local chefs offer the perfect culinary pairings in an intimate setting.
Lucia Vinyards visionary Gary Pisoni will be on hand Thursday night at Merriman’s Kapalua to feature his California Central Coast wines. Relatively new to the wine world Pisoni began bottling wine with his sons Jeff and Mark under the Pisoni Estate label with their first vintage in 1998. By 2000 they added the Lucia label featured at this wine dinner. Pisoni and family already had a reputation for growing some of the best grapes in the region, despite many challenges with water supply. He planted his first vines in 1982 on his family’s ranch at the 1300 foot elevation and trucked water in from the valley floor. From 86 to 89 he drilled five wells that turned up dry, but hit water in 1991. With the addition of the well water he planted 40 more acres but continues a philosophy of growing with low amounts of water. Pisoni says, “My theory is simple: Make the grapes scream for water.” Find him at the festival as well, he will be a panelist at the Heal the World with Pinot Noir. Follow the Pisoni family at @pisonivineyards.
Find them on facebook: Pisoni Vineyards & Winery Gary will “Heal the world with Pinot Noir” this week at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival…in addition to dinners at Merriman’s and the Hali’maile General Store. Keep an eye out for updates!
The Chappellet family has been making wine in the Napa Valley since 1967. The Chappellet Winery is known for their award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2007 Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cab is on The Wine Spectator’s list with a score of 96, described as, “Sleek, rich, intensse and beautifully balanced.” With three generations of the Chappellet family working on their vineyards and winemaking, they are recognized as one of the great winemaking families of California. Cyril Chappellet and wife Blakesley will be hosting the wine dinner at Merrimans on Saturday June 26 featuring their chardonnay, Mountain Cuvee (a cabernet suvingon and merlot blend), their signature cabernet sauvignon, Pritchard Hill cab, and the Pritchard Hill Cabernet Franc. Chef Merriman will be pairing in 5 courses. Blakesley Chappellet will also be judging at the Wine Idol Seminar. Chappellet Winery is on twitter at http://twitter.com/chappellet_wine. (@chappellet_wine).
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Chappellet Cabernet Not to pound our chest …but… more good news …Our 2007 Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is at the top of the “Hot Wines” list in The Wine Spectator’s June 16th insider with a score of 96 points. They call it “Sleek, rich, intense and beautifully balanced.”
Daniel Santos 96 points for a third year in a row now… 05, 06, and now 07! Chest pounding is appropriate! June 16 at 9:48am · Like · Flag
Ed Dena i love it!! send me some please!! June 16 at 9:57am · Like · Flag
Suzanne Harrison Alfaro I think 92 points for ’07 signature cab is to low so it is good to see the estate cab will get the rating it deserves. June 16 at 9:57am · Like · Flag
Christy Argast Prichard Hill Vineyards is one of the best! Chappellet certainly makes a Cab like no other! Hey, have you any available tastings for tomorrow afternoon?? Would love to visit and stock up on some wine there! June 16 at 12:46pm · Like · Flag
Lynette Gillenwater Well I think a round of free samples for your FB friends is in order. June 16 at 2:04pm · Like · Flag
Stephen Hall From the other side of the Planet – Would you have expected anything less! Your wine is truly one of the finest wines that I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy! June 17 at 5:38am · Like · FlagPresents…
Chappellet Winery Wine Dinner
With Owners Cyril & Blakesley Chappellet
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Sauteed Big Island Abalone
Manu Road Spinach, Local Citrus, Capers
Chappellet Winery Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA 2008
Pan Roasted Shutome
House Cooked Bacon, Clams, Kapalua Eggplant, Tomato-Pepper Chutney
Chappellet Winery ‘Mountain Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend),’ Napa Valley, CA 2007
Sea Salt and Pepper Crusted Haleakala Ribeye
Sauteed Beef Heart, Onion, Potato Homefries, Papaya Mustard
Chappellet Winery ‘Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA 2007
Loco Moco Lamb
Shoulder Sausage, Tomato Fritters, Poached Farm Egg, Kona Coffee
Chappellet Winery ‘Pritchard Hill’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA 2007
Aged Cheddar French Toast
Waiwa Chocolate, House Spun Vanilla Ice Cream
Chappellet Winery ‘Pritchard Hill’ Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, CA 2007
Reservations: Required. Attendance is limited. Credit card required for reservation. (808) 669-6400.
Cost: $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.
When. Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 6:30 pm.
Where: Merriman’s Kapalua. One Bay Club Drive. Lahaina, HI. (808) 669-6400. Valet Parking provided.
Schedule of Events including Winemakers Dinners starting from Thursday and going in chronological order: (Winemakers Dinners Highlighted here:)
Maui Brewing Company Dinner – Thu, Jun 24. Dinner features five courses and 4 beer pairings. $50. 5:30 p.m. Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Kapalua, 600 Office Rd., Kapalua; 808-669-6286; www.sanseihawaii.com
Brewer Clifton Winery Dinner – Thu, Jun 24. Wine pairing featuring owner and winemaker Greg Brewer. 7 Wines and 13 appetizers enjoyed in a casual bar lanai gathering. $65. 6 p.m. Pineapple Grill, 200 Kapalua Drive, Kapalua; 808-669-9600; www.pineapplekapalua.com
Lucia Vineyards Dinner – Thu, Jun 24. Wine dinner featuring wine grape grower Gary Pisoni. Five courses and eight wine pairings. $125. 6:30 p.m. Merriman’s, 1 Bay Club Pl., Lahaina; 808-669-6400 www.merrimanshawaii.com
Cab Franc Retrospective – Fri, Jun 25. Cabernet Sauvignon lovers listen up. Cab Franc, a major red varietal and the parent grape to CS has taken two centuries to make it to the US. See if you will fall for the Cab Franc too. . $75. 1:30-3 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-665-9160; http://www.kapalua.com
The Grand Tasting at Kapalua Wine and Food Festival – Fri, Jun 25. This year’s festival theme is “Summer Soiree.” Live entertainment in the Aloha Garden Pavillion with close to two hundred international wines. Cuisine by Ritz Carlton Kapalua Executive Chef John Zaner. $135. 6 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-665-9160; http://www.kapalua.com
Heal the World with Pinot Noir – Sat, Jun 26. Wine can make the world a better place, especially when the vineyards and winemakers of Sapphire Hill, Pisoni, Patz & Hall, Scherrer, Brewer-Clifton, Brooks, Lachini and Hanzell are involved. Keep the faith in this hour and a half pow-wow with Pinot Noir Winemakers. $75. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-665-9160; http://www.kapalua.com
Kapalua Wine Tour – Sat, Jun 26. Embark in an adventure through the spectacular Kapalua Resort, as local wine distributors showcase the unique and hard-to-find wines in their current portfolios. Shuttle service is provided. $50. 12:30-2 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-665-9160; http://www.kapalua.com
Zins and Cheese – Sat, Jun 26. With Cheese Master Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop in Carmel in the house, anything can happen at this pairing with Zinfandel the apparent chameleon of the wine world. $75. 3-4 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-669-6200;http://www.kapalua.com
Brewer Clifton Winery Dinner – Sat, Jun 26. Greg Brewer will preside with a dinner featuring four courses with surprises and four wine pairings. $65. 5:30 p.m. Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Kapalua, 600 Office Rd., Kapalua; 808-669-6286; www.sanseihawaii.com
Patz and Hall Wine Company – Sat, Jun 26. Featuring owner and winemaker Donald Patz. Reception starts at 6pm, three appetizers, four courses and six wines. Dinner at 7pm. $115. 6 p.m. Pineapple Grill, 200 Kapalua Drive, Kapalua; 808-669-9600; www.pineapplekapalua.com
Scherrer Winery – Sat, Jun 26. Featuring owner and winemaker Fred Scherrer. Reception with dinner to follow. Two appetizers, four courses and five wine pairings. $75. 6 p.m. The Plantation House Restaurant, 2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua; 808-667-9225; http://www.theplantationhouse.com/
Chappellet Vineyards and Winery – Sat, Jun 26. Wine dinner featuring owners Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet. Five courses and five wines. $125. 6:30 p.m. Merriman’s, 1 Bay Club Pl., Lahaina; 808-669-6400. www.merrimanshawaii.com
Wine Idol: The Master Challenge – Sun, Jun 27. The best of the best is featured here with the Master Sommeliers Fred Dame, Geoff Kruth, and Blakesley Chappellet Judging. Learn why the wines got to the favorites table, and what to pair them with at this lively discussion of wines. $75. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-665-9160; http://www.kapalua.com
D.K.’s Secrets: Sansei Style – Sun, Jun 27. Learn about the impeccable palate of DK Kodama, at this intimate get together of food and wine. D.K. has set the bar for sushi restaurants and his hawaiian fusion style has created one of the most sought after menu’s on Maui and Oahu. Chef Kodama will host this amazing lunch and take you on a tour of tastings you won’t forget. $135. 1-3 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-665-9160;http://www.kapalua.com
The Seafood Festival – Sun, Jun 27. Join Festival Chef DK Kodama at this years Kapalua Wine and Food Festival Finale. Fourteen amazing Maui restaurants and their executive chefs come together at this Festival to strut their stuff, and compete for the Maui No Ka Oi “Best of the Fest” Award. This year’s participants include Gannons, Banyan Tree, David Paul’s Island Grill, Capische, I’o, Pacific’o, Kai Sushi Bar, Maui Culinary Academy, Merriman’s Kapalua, Pineapple Grill, The Plantation House Restaurant, Roy’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Spago, and the Ritz Carlton Kapalua. $135. 6-9 p.m. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua; 808-665-9160; http://www.kapalua.com