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A customer 2 nights ago, asked me the difference…. between Barolo & Barbaresco. I thought that would make for an interesting blog…..especially if I could incorporate quotes from other notables on the subject.  Just so you understand, There is NO ONE correct answer.  It would therefore be crazy to generalize, as there are so many factors/variables which can influence the outcome. I am, however, just hoping by asking the questions, it will start the discussions….AND hopefully the comments from each will help to shed more light on the topic……from different perspectives.  I have found that is a great way to learn.

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Feb
17

Big Island Brewhaus

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It is really amazing how craft beers have thankfully caught on in the local restaurant scene, which has created more demand for importers & distributors to bring in a growing array of quality minded beers.

Fortunately, a real standout- Big Island Brewhaus, is local. 

I first met brewmaster/owner Thomas Kerns when he helped open the Fish & Game Brewing Company in the late 1990’s over in Kahana, Maui.  In the mid 2000’s the awards & accolades really starting rolling in & deservedly so and over time, Tom & his beers really developed quite a following.  I was surprised to hear that Tom & his wife Jayne moved to Waimea over on the Big Island, first taking over a Mexican restaurant & finally starting to produce their craft beers again.  In several recent tastings, these beers are really worth searching out for.

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Feb
15

Didier & Catherine Champalou

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Here is a note I received from Bruce Neyers & Kermit Lynch about one of our favorite wines, which I thought you might find interesting.

Recently, I had a chance to talk to Kermit about Didier and Catherine Champalou. We visited them last month with my traveling group, and as many of you have already heard the 2013 vintage in Vouvray was a disaster. Domaine Champalou lost almost 70% of their 2013 crop to a combination of hail, coulure and rain, and Kermit was interested to hear how they were dealing with this enormous economic setback. They were fine, I told him, and indeed despite an economic disaster that seems almost biblical, they were upbeat, enthusiastic and welcoming. Strong people. Kermit thought about it, and sent me the following note, which he entitled ‘From the Pencil of Kermit Lynch’……..”  Bruce Neyers

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Feb
12

Blind Tasting 01-30-14

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Yes another Blind Tasting…..another opportunity to learn…to better understand what good wine can be……AND hopefully get better at listening what the wine wants to say….especially on this quality level.  185

2011 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais

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Feb
06

Blind Tasting 01-28-14

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After we finished our New Age Kaiseki @ Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, we did a Blind Tasting with the “guest sommeliers” who poured wines for the dinner.  Our goal was to show this new generations of wine professionals what our teachers from England referred to as bankers–typical, “spot on” wines.

Again, I don’t think we as an industry spend enough time teaching people what is good wine.  Hopefully we accomplished that on this night, in a small way. 

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1995 Felsina Chianti Classico “Riserva”

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Feb
05

Yet Another Blind Tasting

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I have mixed feelings on blind tastings.  On one hand, I find that most tasters, will inevitably select their favorite of the line-up….& it usually is the biggest, blackest, loudest, more dramatic.  While that is okay for most, I ask myself, what am I learning?

We, therefore, created these blind tasting opportunities at our VINO restaurant, so we all can walk away experiencing & learning other facets of wine enjoyment.

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“NEW AGE” KAISEKI MENU

JANUARY 28, 2014

1 Mekajiki Carpaccio

first course

Mekajiki Carpaccio–sesame oil-chive relish, chili pepper water vinaigrette, micro greens and truffle oil

 wine:  Birichino Malvasia Bianca  2 Island Tako

 second course

Braised Island Tako–seaweed salad, yuzukoshu, shiso and yuzu vinaigrette

wine: Gysler Silvaner Medium Dry  3 Papaya and Foie Gras

third course

Marinated Island Papaya & Seared Foie Gras–green papaya, sweet Thai chili and Thai basil chiffonade

wine: Elio Perrone Bigaro  4 Surf and Turf

 

fourth course

“Surf and Turf” 

oxtail chawan mushi spoon & Kauai shrimp with Chinese five spice dust

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CARLISLE

Mike Officer & his team are one of the VERY TOP producers of Zinfandel out of California today..  His are real formidable, highly acclaimed wines, that’s for sure, which are well worth seeking out.

Zinfandel “Saitone Ranch” 2011—is another old vine vineyard (planted in 1895) in that Olivet Lane corridor.  The 2011 is 92% Zinfandel & 8% “other grape varieties.  The wine sees 16 months in oak (22% new) & bottled unfiltered & unfined.

Zinfandel “Carlisle Vineyard” 2011—is his own ranch, planted in 1927 on Olivet Lane & organically farmed.  The 2011 is 82% Zinfandel & 18% other grape varieties (38 in all).  Wild yeast fermented, 16 months in oak (27% new), bottled unfiltered, unfined.   abbb4

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