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By the Glass: ‘Wine Speak’ offers chance to share, learn

In January, the inaugural Wine Speak event offered rare opportunities to learn from top wine professionals who shared their insights, wisdom and experiences from many perspectives. Read More

By the Glass: Corsican wines ready for world stage

Many parts of Corsica, the birthplace of Napoleon, remain undeveloped. We drove for hours on almost perversely narrow, winding roads through mountainous, rocky, wild countrysides and never saw a hint of civilization. Read More

By the Glass: Wine seminars provide rare tasting opportunities

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival hits Oahu this month with a list of unforgettable events that feature chefs, winemakers, master sommeliers and mixologists who are superstars in their fields. Read More

By the Glass: Find finesse in pinot noir

California pinot noirs that garner high scores from the wine media these days are showy, flamboyant, dark-colored at the core, quite viscous, wonderfully lush, surprisingly opulent and often oak-laden. But someone who buys wines based on media scores and accolades could miss out on wines like that stunning pinot I tasted the other night. And that would be a shame. Read More

Wines from family-owned projects worth checking out

Wines from these family-owned projects, each from a different wine-growing region of the world, are worth checking out. Read More

4 Mediterranean wines great for gulping

In the Old World, especially along the Mediterranean basin, wine was an integral part of dining. It still is. Through the generations, each region has developed food specialties, and along the way has figured out which wines add to the enjoyment of a meal. Read More
 

Wine seminar creates light-bulb moments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June is here, and we should be thinking about wines appropriate for warm weather. Read More

Rieslings complement many sweet-sour dishes

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

The popularity of Mediterranean-inspired food seems to be on the rise. Read More

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