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Enjoy A Magical Weekend At The Kapalua Wine And Food Festival

Published on April 9, 2018 by AlohaCondoRental-dot-com
Kapalua Wine And Food Festival

The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine Food Festival is taking place June 7-10, 2018 and is sure to summer's premier event on Maui.


Join us for the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival – a magical weekend on the shores of the world-renowned Kapalua Resort and the longest running food and wine event in the USA.
This annual wine festival on Maui brings together oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture.

2018 TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Must Bring Valid ID

For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Kapalua Wine And Food page.

For a limited time, early bird pricing is available on signature evening galas for $195 until May 1st.

Kapalua Wine Food Festival


Schedule of EventsKapalua Wine Food Festival


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

Regional Focus: “Sand & Fog” Santa Maria Valley Wine Seminar & Tasting
Merriman’s Kapalua – 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Part of the Central Coast AVA, this appellation is the oldest in this portion of California. Owing to the cool growing climate, the valley is best known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Sample some of the areas’ finest producers favorite vintages. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Jill Russell – Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery
• Wes Hagen – J. Wilkes
• James Ontiveros – Native 9
• Jonathan Nagy – Byron/Nielson

Varietal Focus: “Let’s Be Franc!” – World Cabernet Franc Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

One of the major grape varieties worldwide, principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone. A lesser-known and lighter varietal than Cabernet, join us to learn more about this worldwide favorite. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Pam Starr – Crocker & Starr
• Manny Pires – Gandona
• Raj Patel – Patel Wines


Kapalua Wine Food Festival The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style
Sponsored by Montage Kapalua Bay – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come dressed in your best “White Party” attire for this year’s event! Premium wines are showcased with fabulous gastronomic indulgences from Kapalua Resort restaurants and friends. A walk-around tasting and evening under the stars; all on the oceanfront grounds of Montage Kapalua Bay.

Also featuring Petrossian Caviar station and a phenomenal Cheese Display by Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop in Carmel, CA and Maui made sweet treats by The Maui Cookie Lady and Sweet Aloha Baking Company. Sample the winning cocktail from the Banks Rum mixology contest.

Participating Restaurants to date:

• Cane & Canoe
• The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
• Merriman’s Kapalua
• Pineapple Grill
• Plantation House
• Chef Jennifer Jasinski, Presented by Maui Visitors Bureau
• Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar
• Sugar Beach Events
• Taverna
• Honolua Store


Kapalua Wine Food Festival Digging in to Unique Terroir – France, Italy and Hungary – International Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am– 12:30 pm

Moderator Jessie “JABS” Birschbach, Managing Editor of The SOMM Journal and Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo host a journey through a handful of the Old World’s most distinctive examples of terroir: renowned wine regions where the earth and climate can actually be tasted! Travel  in a glass to the regions of Brunello di Montalcino, Alto-Adige, Burgundy and the Tokaj region of Hungary.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Lars Leicht, Trade Development Director for Banfi Vinters presenting Castello Banfi’s Brunello di Montalcino
• Kristina Sazama, DipWSET, Wine Educator for Santa Margherita highlighting the Kettmeir wines of Alto Adige
• Patrick Okubo, MS, CWE, Young’s Market for Kobrand and the Burgundian wines of Maison Louis Jadot
• Enikő Magyar, Project Director for Wines of Excellence, pouring Mád Hungarian wines
• Jessie “JABS” Birschbach – The SOMM Journal


Cooking Demonstration Celebrity Chefs Nancy Silverton & Nancy Oakes   
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Enjoy the cuisine of famed chefs and good friends Nancy Silverton/Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles and Nancy Oakes/Boulevard, San Francisco. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and paired with the wines of the two “Jeffs” – Jeff Stewart of Hartford Court and Jeff Mangahas of Williams Selyem. New this year, Guest Chef Mike Garrity of Wustof Trident opens the program with a fun and engaging demonstration on knife skills and tricks utilizing the top-of-the-line products of Wustof Trident. One lucky audience member will win a drawing for a CLASSIC IKON seven-piece block set (a $758 value).

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Jeff Stewart – Hartford Court Winery
• Jeff Mangahas – Williams Selyem


Kapalua Wine Food Festival Hang Loose with Grey Goose & Banks Rum
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, ‘Ai ‘Ono Tacos & Tequila – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Grey Goose & Banks Rum for a poolside party featuring handcrafted Goose cocktails, specialty appetizers from The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua culinary team and live music from DJ Tony. Open to the public.

For more information call 808.669.6200 


Historical Focus: Family Tree – Scions of Family Wineries     
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This seminar brings together second and third generation winemakers and their winemaker parents to share their secrets, stories and wines.  Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• David Long – David Arthur Vineyards
• Laura Long – David Arthur Vineyards
• Ryan Hill – Hill Family Vineyards
• Doug Hill – Hill Family Vineyards


VarietalKapalua Wine Food Festival Focus: Champagne & Caviar Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Hosted by Master Sommeliers Rob Bigelow and Patrick Okuno with Christopher Klapp of Petrossian Caviar. Sample the finest in caviars alongside premium Champagnes.

Confirmed panelists to date:

• Christopher Klapp – Petrossian Caviar
• Rob Bigelow – Master Sommelier 


Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller 
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller of Food TV fame and a Frenchman classically trained by France’s top Chefs, will present his French-inspired healthy cuisine paired with wines of James Hall of Patz & Hall Winery hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan. New this year, Guest Chef Mike Garrity of Wustof Trident opens the program with a fun and engaging demonstration on knife skills and tricks utilizing the top-of-the-line products of Wustof Trident. One lucky audience member will win a drawing for a CLASSIC IKON seven-piece block set (a $758 value).

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• James Hall – Patz & Hall
• Marcus Notaro – Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Featured Menu:

Hamachi Tiradito, Aji Amarillo Peppers, Citrus, Sea Asparagus and Caviar
Pan seared Diver Scallops, caramelized Pork Belly, Beluga Lentils and Shallot Butter
Wagyu Rossini Burger, seared Foie Gras, Truffles, on Brioche Bun
Pineapple Carpaccio with Lemon Sorbet, Cilantro Granite, Pineapple Chips and Crystallized Cilantro


Varietal Focus: World Famous Pinot Noir Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Top Pinot Noir producers gather to showcase their premium vintages and share their passion for this illustrious varietal.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Jeff Mangahas – Williams Selyem Winery
• James Hall – Patz & Hall
• Jeff Stewart – Hartford Court Winery
• Nico Cueva – Kosta Browne
• Michael Browne – Cirq



Seafood FestivalKapalua Wine Food 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 Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Featuring a Grey Goose Martini Bar and Hawaiian entertainment provided by local favorite band Nuff Sedd.

Participating Restaurants to Date:

• Fleetwood’s on Front St.
• Gannon’s
• Hula Grill Ka‘anapali
• Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
• Japengo
• Joey’s Kitchen
• Mauka Makai
• Pacific’O Restaurant and O’o Farm
• Roy’s Ka’anapali
• Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
• The Banyan Tree
• The Mill House
• Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Wailea
• UH Maui Culinary Arts Program

All events, prices, personalities, performances, menus, wines, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice.




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We are Laurie (Lali) & Jeff, owners of Kihei Akahi unit DG13. Owning a home on Maui has been a dream from the first time Laurie set foot on the island more than 20 years ago. Year after year we have traveled here to enjoy all that Maui has to offer. It’s a magical place that calls us back time after time. Laurie’s affinity with the Hawaiian islands extends beyond just vacationing and goes back two generations. Tutu, Laurie’s grandmother came to Oahu with with her husband Robert in the 1940’s, invited by Elizabeth Arden to open her first salon at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. Leilani, Laurie’s mom, was born in Honolulu in April of 1941. Later that year, on the morning of December 7th, while her father was golfing at Pearl Harbor Golf Course the bombing of Pearl Harbor started. Tutu and baby Leilani stayed in Honolulu while Bob returned to San Francisco and began work as a civil servant. Transportation from the islands to the Mainland was restricted and Tutu and Leilani were unable to return to their previous home on the mainland for months. Tutu had spunk and was tenacious! She wrote President Roosevelt repeatedly imploring him for help on their return passage. Eventually, she received a letter from President Roosevelt’s secretary and was granted passage back to San Francisco. It wasn’t until 2004 when Leilani was able to make Maui her second home. She also owns a condo in Kihei Akahi! In 2017 Laurie followed suit. There’s just something about Maui that is magical and keeps drawing this family back. What we do when we’re not on Maui family photo Our full-time home is a small farm in Calistoga in the Napa Valley, California. Jeff is a 7th generation Calistogan. His family was instrumental in the formation of our town. He is a realtor specializing in the wine industry and his business focus is on Pinot Noir vineyards, wineries and high end wine country estates. He spends much of his free time fishing and camping in our 1968 Airstream trailer. Laurie is an artist and dabbles in a variety of media. Fiber arts and textiles occupy most of her artistic endeavors and includes spinning wool or silk on one of her many spinning wheels, weaving, knitting or dyeing fibers. When not playing in the fiber arts world, she practices yoga, swims and is an avid gardener and beekeeper. Married 28 years, we have two adult children (Kara & Casey) and one very spoiled Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix named Frankie.
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