Raise Your Glass

Raise Your Glass wine column published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

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Pair Excellence

If you plan to attend this year's Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, I encourage you to spend some time talking with the master sommeliers who annually make this one of Maui's most anticipated events
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Raise Your Glass

The unadulterated truth about organic wine.
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Finding a Favorite Wine

When people ask me to name my favorite wines, I always struggle. I taste wine for a living, so you would think it would be easy. It's not.
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The Top 100 Wines

Expert wine columnist Charles Fredy shares his top wine selections of 2013, including his favorite cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling and syrah.
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An Italian Holiday

Buon Natale! Holiday wines with an Italian accent.
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Summer Whites

Moschofilero, Assyrtiko, Albarino and Vermentino are four wines you may not have heard of, but they're worthy choices for summer.
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Plush & Spicy

If phrases like “forward on the berries,”  “seductive mouth feel,” and “plush and spicy” make your taste buds whoop, you are in for a treat.
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Waiter, There’s a Sock in My Wine!

In this wine-and-spirit advice column, advanced sommelier Charles Fredy explains how various flavors and aromas like end up in a glass of wine.
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Spirits of the Season

Get into the spirit of the season. We've got the recipes.
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The Sommelier’s Test

MNKO's wine expert spills the secrets on becoming an advanced sommelier.
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What’s Behind the Pricy Label

Ever wonder why certain wines are so expensive, others so cheap? The better question might be, does the wine's quality justify its price?
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The Case of the Blind Wine Tasting

A blind wine tasting is an engaging way to share these pleasures with friends, without intimidating those who don’t know much about wine.
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The Art of Champagne

What makes Champagne special? It requires tremendous care and patience—and you literally have to make it twice.
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Southern Charm

Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy explores wines from the Southern Hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile.
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What’s Your Taste in Wine?

Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy explores fashions in wine, why some grow or decline in popularity, while others remain timeless.
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This Must Be Kapalua

Just when you think it can’t get any better, sommelier fantastico Michael Jordan steps it up another notch.
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A Toast to Fortified Wine

Wine columnist Charles Freddy explains how fortified wines make a perfect holiday season pairing. It’s also a sweet sip that’s perfect for dessert.
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Holiday Wines

MNKO's wine expert recommends selections for your holiday event.

To Protect and Serve

Exposure to oxygen is what ruins wine. Most reds begin to deteriorate within a day of being opened. So how do you save that bottle of red?
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Wines for a Summer Barbecue

This issue features finding the perfect red wine to accompany summer barbecues.
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Liquid Luxury

Botrytis cinerea, a fungus found in a small percentage of late-harvest grapes, leaches most of the water from the grape, and in so doing, concentrates the sugars.
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Finding Aloha in Loire Valley Wines

MNKO's wine expert explores Loire Valley Wines.
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A Festival of Great Wine Experiences

How to get the best of the fest.
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Traveling Companions

This issue features finding the perfect wine to accompany your travels.

A Hall Mark of Quality

Hall Wine's ultra-premium wines are not inexpensive, but in my opinion, their organic farming enhances the fruit flavors and produces higher-quality wine.
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Vineyard Geology

Geology creates nuances of flavor that distinguish a wine and the region it comes from.
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A Second Look at Organic Wines

It wasn’t that long ago that organic wines weren’t taken seriously.

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Tiger Balm

Make this fun cocktail to celebrate 2022, the Year of the Tiger, or simply to ring in the weekend!