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Wine seminar creates light-bulb moments

• Updated on  June 7, 2018 at 4:10 pm
A group of us at Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar were fortunate recently to explore the connection between wine and food through a workshop featuring seven of Hawaii’s top wine professionals. Read More

Finding true value in a bottle

• Updated on  May 1, 2018 at 5:28 pm
To find high-quality and affordable wines, find out where vineyard land is less expensive. Then seek out sites owned by one family for generations, where land mortgage costs minimally affect bottle costs, if at all. Here are four examples. Read More

Rhone Valley excels with grenache blends

• Updated on  April 3, 2018 at 7:17 pm
I am a wine person who believes that soils and growing conditions greatly affect what ends up in the bottle. Fortunately, Old World countries such as France and Italy have had decades — and in some cases, even centuries — to pinpoint the areas of truly special vineyards. Read More

Select chardonnays showcase concept of terroir

• Updated on  March 6, 2018 at 5:22 pm
A longtime friend recently contacted me to say he would be vacationing on Maui and wanted to come to Hono­lulu to have lunch. It turned out to be a special afternoon as we reminisced about the old days when I was cellarmaster at what was then the Kahala Hilton Hotel. Read More

Paso Robles yields great wine finds

• Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm
Although the daytime temperatures can be quite high in Paso Robles, Calif., they easily drop into the 50s at night. This range of temperatures has the potential to produce ripe, juicy grapes, and from those are made unique wines with a wonderful savory quality andintriguing minerality. Read More

Kalani grad returns to Hawaii for wine events

• Updated on  January 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm
Master sommelier Michael “MJ” Jordan is a guitar-playing, good-fun local boy (a Kalani High School graduate) who is a relentless, dedicated wine educator and is committed to making wine accessible, fun and enjoyable for all who will listen to his messages. Read More

Notable wines help top off 2017

• Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Looking back at 2017 and all the wines tasted, here is a shortlist of some of the most memorable ones that offer value as well as quality. Read More

Look to California for wine picks this Thanksgiving

• Updated on  October 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and wine professionals will typically recommend French Beaujolais for the holiday table. This is a solid choice, but this year give some good California wines a try instead. Read More

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Fest offers rare opportunities for wine lovers

• Updated on  October 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm
The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival provides a golden opportunity for foodies and everyone else to take an amazing food vacation without leaving home. Read More

Grenache wines perfect for fall

• Updated on  September 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm
As we head into the fall and winter months, it is an opportune time to change our wine selections. Popular grenache-based red wines are typically brimming with loads of lush red fruit, so its initial appeal for many wine lovers is its deliciousness and charm. Read More

Californian Neyers makes delicious, high-quality wine

• Updated on  August 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm
Over the many years I have been in the wine industry, one of the most influential minds I have encountered is Bruce Neyers. I consider him a “wine Yoda.” Read More

Wines on the rocks are suited to summer

• Updated on  July 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Temperature and humidity can affect how a wine tastes, so adjust the wine you drink when the temperature rises by adding two ice cubes to your glass. Read More

Sauvignon blancs lovely for summer

• Updated on  June 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm
June is here, and we should be thinking about wines appropriate for warm weather. Read More

Rieslings complement many sweet-sour dishes

• Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm
A well-chilled glass of 2015 Dr. F. Weins-Prum Riesling “Estate” was a terrific pairing with a kale salad from Maui Nui Farms. Read More

Wines to uplift Mediterranean fare

• Updated on  April 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm
The popularity of Mediterranean-inspired food seems to be on the rise. Read More

Offerings from MauiWine as good as they are local

• Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm
One of the banners being waved in our local food and wine industry is to buy local, and rightfully so. Read More

Pink wines help boost Valentine’s mood

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s a time for romantic dinners and connecting with your loved one. What better way to celebrate that connection than with a glass of fine wine? Read More
Updated on  January 31, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Rhone grape varieties enhance Mediterranean food

While talking story recently with a friend on Maui, I was reminded of the challenges restaurants have selling red wines produced from “Rhone grape varieties.” Read More
Updated on  January 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Wines for Thanksgiving will complete your feast

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and many local families do their own spins on what to serve. Here are some wine recommendations to round out that holiday meal. Read More
Updated on  November 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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