29th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

Real Estate Agent with Island Sotheby's International Realty R(S): 56519

The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is one of my favorite Kapalua events.  Especially, the Seafood Festival down on the beach.  You can't ask for a more beautiful setting to showcase the fantastic food and wines.  I look forward to it every year, and many visitors plan their vacations around this fantastic weekend.

The 29th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

"Summer Soirée"
Celebrating fine wine & food

 Hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dame
June 24-27, 2010

12:00 noon - 3:00 pm: Industry Trade Show
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - Anuenue Room
By invitation only, local distributors present their portfolios of new releases to industry professionals.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Welcome Reception  
Location: TBD
This by-invitation only affair includes Festival Master Sommeliers, Festival Chefs, winemakers, media and 4-day Festival pass holders for an intimate "aloha" kick-off to the 2010 Festival!   

FRIDAY, June 25
7:00 am - Shotgun Start: Festival Golf Tournament   
The Bay Course, Kapalua Resort
Pair up perfectly with Festival Master Sommeliers and winemakers for a game of gently rolling fairways and scenic ocean views with complimentary awards luncheon to follow.  Available to 4-day Festival pass holders, media and industry only.  Pre-registration is required.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Cab Franc Retrospective  
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
For all those Cabernet Sauvignon lovers, explore the world of taste of its parent, Cab Franc!  Established in the southwest of France sometime in the 17th century, more than two centuries later this major red grape varietal has emerged in The United States!  See if you will fall in love with Cab Franc just the same!  

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm:  The Grand Tasting                
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - Aloha Garden Pavilion
Come dressed your best to this "Summer Soirée" that showcases close to two hundred celebrated wines from around the world, including select wines from Festival Master Sommeliers who will be on-hand to personally discuss their favorite picks!  Executive Chef John Zaner and the culinary team of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua display a medley of summer cuisine with a gourmet twist!      

11:00 am - 12:30 pm:  Heal the World with Pinot Noir                                      
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Sapphire Hill, Pisoni, Patz & Hall, Scherrer, Brewer-Clifton and Hanzell all in one room!  How can this not make the world a better place?

12:45pm - 2:45 pm: Kapalua Wine Tour                   
Four locations throughout Kapalua Resort TBD
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.  
*The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, guests receive complimentary tickets.

3:00pm - 4:30 pm: Zins and Cheese                                                             
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
A varietal character of contradiction, this master minded wine has the adaptability of the best of them.  Especially when paired with the delectable specialty selections of Cheese Master, Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop in Carmel and Santa Barbara, these are unforgettable partnerships that are simply astounding!   

SUNDAY, June 27
9:00am - 10:30am: Festival Golf Clinic    
Kapalua Golf Academy
Perfect your full swing and short game with PGA teaching professionals, for novice and veterans alike.  Pre-registration is required.  Available to 4-day Festival pass holders, media and industry only.  Pre-registration required.

11:00am - 12:30 pm:  Wine Idol: The Master Challenge 
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
All Festival Master Sommeliers bring to the stage their favorite of all favorites!  With conversation and insight, learn why and what to pair these wines with and then vote with the rest of America (or at least Colossal Wine Judge Fred Dame, MS) for the hands-down winner!

Master Sommeliers include:
Fred Dame       Constellation Wines US, San Francisco, CA
Geoff Kruth     Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Forestville, CA
Jay Fletcher     Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, Aspen, CO
Greg Harrington           Gramercy Cellars, Walla Walla, WA
Michael Jordan            Word Wines, Napa, CA
Emily Wines    Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, San Francisco, CA

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  DK's Secrets: Sansei-Style 
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
One part Japanese, one part Pacific Rim, one part Hawaiian Regional Cuisine...and you get Hawaiian Fusion.  But that's nothing without world-renowned Chef DK Kodama's inspiration!  Taste as he tastes and sip wines with the best in this surreal lunch experience with DK, and his truly contemporary and innovative cuisine that has become a notorious Hawaiian culinary movement! 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm:  Kapalua Seafood Festival       
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - Beach House Lawn
Find your forte!  The perfect epicurean occasion to culminate this Festival weekend, Maui's top chefs present a bounty of the Pacific!  Enjoy live entertainment and dancing, wine, beer and spirits while you mingle with winemakers and chefs and friends! 

For festival passes, individual tickets and information visit www.kapalua.com
This is the preliminary schedule.  Events are subject to change.


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Kevin Lundy
Focused Realty - Denver, CO

That is truly one festival, that I am sad I won't be attending. Wow! Very nice!!! Ejoy`

Apr 16, 2010 09:52 AM #1
Courtney Brown, Realtor (S) Vice President
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Lahaina, HI
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Thanks for reading---it's such a fun event.  Maybe you'll make the 30th anniversary!

Apr 16, 2010 01:09 PM #2
Marcia Hawken
Naples Luxury Specialist

Countney, The Naples Wine Festival  now raises nearly ten million a year for local charities.  Awesome event.  We are grateful for those so fortunate to contribute to our needy.  It has been going on for nearly ten years.  They must have gotten some ideas from your festival!

Apr 18, 2010 11:40 PM #3
Courtney Brown, Realtor (S) Vice President
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Lahaina, HI
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Hi Marcia,

That's amazing!  It's wonderful Naples has found an event that is so successful in raising funds for local charties.

Thanks for reading!!!

Apr 19, 2010 11:07 AM #4
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