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5 Must-Tries for Wine Lovers

BY Kathryn Drury Wagner | September 9, 2016 | Feature Features

Raise a glass! Whether you love a French Bordeaux or are after that high-scoring Napa Cab, the islands are ready to fill your senses with stunning wines. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy wine this fall in Hawai‘i.
Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival

1. Pairings Wine Dinners at The Moana Surfrider
The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa will host a series of special winemaker dinners, called “Pairings,” at Beachhouse restaurant. The vintners will include Kistler Vineyards, who will be featured on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Caymus Vineyards, on Thursday, Dec. 1. On the food side, chef David Lukela is putting together a lavish five-course spread for each. Dinner is $100, plus tax and gratuity; parking is complimentary. Reservations can be made at Honolulu Box Office. Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, 2365 Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 922.3111

2. Cooking Classes with Wine at BLT Steak
New Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Thivet will teach 1.5-hour cooking classes, inspiring guests to learn about paella (Oct. 8), tapas (Nov. 12) and holiday dishes (Dec. 10). Better yet, upon arrival you’ll be served a glass of Champagne or wine, and along with the cooking demonstration, a complete three-course lunch is also included with two glasses of wine. $90 per person, $110 for the holiday celebration class. Call 808.683.7447 or email for reservations. Trump International Hotel Waikiki, 223 Saratoga Road, Waikīkī, O‘ahu

3. The Bar at R. Field Wine Company, Foodland Farms
Foodland Super Market opened its new flagship, Foodland Farms, at Ala Moana Center on Sept. 6 to much fanfare. One of the nicest features is The Bar at R. Field Wine Company. The largest outlet of this gourmet food, wine, spirits, cigar, charcuterie and cheese haven is anchored by a wine-by-the-glass and craft beer bar—with a few island-made brews, and food menu. Foodland Farms, Street Level of the Ewa Wing at Ala Moana Center beneath Nordstrom; R. Field Wine Company, 949.8742, The Bar at R. Field open daily 11AM-10PM

4. Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
This is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific, with 100 internationally known chefs and wine producers. Three weekends’ worth of festivities will take place, on Maui (Oct. 14 to 16), Hawai‘i Island (Oct. 22), and O‘ahu (Oct. 26 to 30). Master sommeliers from Au Bon Climat, Silver Oak Cellars and Stag’s Leap are but just a few of the winemakers who will be in attendance. Visit the website for tickets to the various events

5. Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner at Hali‘imaile General Store
The award-winning wines of Chateau Montelena, portrayed in the film Bottle Shock, will take center stage for an extraordinary evening at Hali‘imaile General Store on Maui. A six-course dinner, prepared by executive chefs Bev Gannon and Marc McDowell, will be paired with the wines, presented by special guest Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo. $150 per person. Seating is at 5:30PM and reservations are required. 900 Hali‘imaile Road, Hali‘imaile, Maui, 572.2666

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