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A Celebration of Wine at The Kahala co-sponsored by Wine Spectator

For the first-time in Hawaii, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is partnering with Wine Spectator to offer a spectacular wine weekend on October 7 and 8 with three events featuring special guest, Gillian Ballance, Napa Master Sommelier: a 90+ Wine Tasting, a Master Sommelier Seminar and a five-course Wine Dinner at Hoku’s.


Friday, October 7

90+ Wine Tasting Opening Reception
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wine Spectator and Ballance will offer tastings for a variety of 90+ rated wines including the recently rated 2014 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay at 92 pts, 2013 Penfolds Bin 389 (92 pts) and Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet rated 94 pts with delectable amuse bouche and appetizers by The Kahala’s culinary team. 

$75 per person inclusive of food and beverages (tax and gratuity additional)

About Gillian Ballance


Gillian Ballance has spent the last 20 years working in the top fine dining restaurants in the country. In 2012, Ballance passed the esteemed Master Sommelier Diploma Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers, representing one of 30 women in the world. She received her Higher Certificate of Distinction as well as her Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the British Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Her career includes opening up Cello in NYC, Wine and Beverage Director at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, Plumpjack Group’s Wine Director, Wine Consultant and Sommelier for Bottega Restaurant in Napa Valley, Wine Director at the luxurious Cavallo Point. Currently Ballance is the National Education Manager at Treasury Wine Estates. Ms. Ballance has a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and grew up in Tulsa.

Saturday, October 8

Master Sommelier Tasting Seminar and Panel Discussion
Maile Ballroom & Foyer
10:00 am -12:00pm

For wine aficionados, The Kahala will offer an educational tasting seminar, Blind Tasting 101 – How to Taste Like a Pro with Master Sommeliers Gillian Ballance, Patrick Okubo of The Estates Group, a division of Young’s Market Company and Roberto Viernes general manager of American Wine and Spirits, a division of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Four wines will be blind tasted.

$50 plus tax and gratuity

Hoku’s Wine Dinner 
6:30 pm

The final and last event of A Celebration of Wine at The Kahala ends with a special, five-course Hoku’s Wine Dinner, Napa Valley Wine Trail prepared by Kahala executive chef, Wayne Hirabayashi and Hoku’s chef de cuisine, Hiroshi Inoue paired with Wine Spectator selected wines on October 8 starting at 6:30 pm at Hoku’s. Menu items include Kauai Ama Ebi, Pomegranate Roasted Foie Gras, Carta Fata Wrapped Local Onaga Snapper, Kona Maine Lobster, Cabernet Sauvignon Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Ragout & Kona Coffee Crusted Lamb Rack and Pineapple Tarte Tatin with Rosemary Ricotta Sorbet.

$150 per person inclusive of food and beverages (tax and gratuity is additional)

For event reservations and more information on A Celebration of Wine at The Kahala, call The Kahala’s Dining Reservations at 808.739.8760 or email [email protected].


Exclusive Offer ~ 20% Off Rooms & Suites

Exclusively for those that purchase event tickets for The Kahala Wine Weekend co-sponsored by Wine Spectator, The Kahala Hotel & Resort will offer 20% Off our daily rate for rooms and suites.


*Offer valid for dates of stay from September 30 - October 14, 2016. Must use the promo code WINE to book the exclusive rate. Terms and Conditions Rates subject to availability and may change at any time. Promotion subject to blackout dates and limited availability.

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(Hawaii Standard Time)
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