Kapalua Wine & Food Festival 2015

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Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Wine Tasting LocationsFRIDAY, June 12

Festival Golf Tournament
The Bay Course, Kapalua – 7:00 am 
Not included in 4-day pass; sold separately                               

AVAs of Willamette Valley
Wine Seminar & Tasting    

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 12:30 pm –2:00 pm
Join some of the true pioneers and new stars of Oregon Pinot Noir for a tour of the Willamette Valley and its unique terrior. This seminar will showcase both established headliners and newest upcoming wineries.

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.

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: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar | 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

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Wine Tasting LocationsSATURDAY, June 13

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.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer & Winemaker Darryl Groom
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 wine growing region of Santa Barbara & its wines have grown meteorically in acclaim, especially over the past 5 years & deservedly so. The east west configuration of the hills & resulting 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.”

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Wine Tasting LocationsSUNDAY, June 14 

“Elusive and Exclusive” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This Seminar Features a panel of winemakers famous for producing seriously amazing “elusive” wines from the most exclusive “neighborhoods” in the Napa Valley

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Michael Mina
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 Michael Jordan.

“The Wine World of Sports” Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This Seminar brings together an amazing panel of celebrity athletes and “Hall of Famers” from Baseball, Football and Hockey – 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, World Series games and the Grey Cup Championship of Hockey!       

Seafood Festival
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 “Best of the Fest” award. Hawaiian entertainment provided by Nuff Sedd.

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