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Bubbles and Champagne Tasting

Help us Celebrate our 5 year Anniversary! This Friday, 12/18/15, we will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary in style with a sparkling wine and Champagne tasting on the deck in front of Princeville Wine Market at Princeville Center. We will be pouring wine from 4-6pm and there will be pupus provided to pair with the […]

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Meet the Owners- Manoa Chocolate

Join Manoa Chocolate this Sunday, 10/25/2015, from 4-6pm at the Princeville Wine Market to discuss how chocolate is manufactured from bean to bar. Craft chocolate maker Dylan Butterbaugh of Manoa Chocolate Hawaii has been making high quality, dark chocolate in Kailua, on the windward side of Oahu since 2010.  We’ll be tasting their signature inclusion bars as well as […]

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Does Beaujolais age well?

Does Beaujolais Age Well? It depends… One of my favorite wines to drink year round in Hawaii is Cru Beaujolais. Cru Beaujolais is not exactly the same thing as Beaujolais Nouveau or Beaujolais Village. They are all part of the catch all region of Beaujolais and they are mostly made from the grape called Gamay […]

Does Kauai do corkage?

On Kauai it is totally legal to bring your own bottle of wine into a restaurant. Most restaurant corkage fees, the price charged to bring your own bottle, is between $20-$30. The St. Regis tops the list at $35 per bottle. I have not had any issues or attitude with bringing my own bottle into […]

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The blue clay of Petrus

In the aftermath of the recent Bordeaux seminar we helped organize with Vintus I have been wondering what to share about the experience. We tasted some very good wines at a variety of price points. What lingers with me the most, as with most good wine experiences is the notion of terroir. My favorite of […]

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Bordeaux Seminar and Wine Tasting

Join the Princeville Wine Market for an educational classroom style wine tasting led by the Vice President of Vintus, Patrick Will. Vintus is a importer of family-owned, estate-based producers of hand-crafted wines. The venue will be Nanea Restaurant at the Westin Princeville on Tuesday, April 14th 2015 at 4:00PM. We expect the tasting to go […]

What color is Bordeaux?

What color is Bordeaux? Bordeaux can be white, red, or even rosé! No wonder you may be confused. Bordeaux wines are generally blends, but not always. There are many grapes permitted in Bordeaux, but the most common for red wines is Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The most common white grapes are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. […]

What is Burgundy wine?

What is Burgundy wine? Burgundy is a famous wine growing region in France. White burgundy generally refers to the Chardonnay grape from the region in France called Burgundy. There are other white grapes sometimes found in Burgundy such as Aligote and rarely Sauvignon Blanc, however, white Burgundy is almost always Chardonnay. Red Burgundy generally refers […]

Buying older wine

What a gamble buying older vintages of wine can be. And, what a reward when it pays off! I have a great customer who always likes to ask me what I have in with age. Being a retailer in Hawaii, I typically only have access to current releases. Sometimes I can get library released wine […]