The Wine Mystic


Wine Dinner at The Hanalei Dolphin

I am happy to announce a wine dinner with Joe Signorile, French Wine Specialist with Kobrand importing. Kobrand has started importing the wines of Domaine Zind Humbrecht, a benchmark of Alsace. For those unfamiliar with this region, Alsace is located on the border with Germany and has frequently been occupied by both countries over the […]


How to make sangria with white wine

Customers have been asking me recently how to make sangria with white wine. Many people don’t even know this is a possibility and they are missing out if they like sangria. I find the white versions to be much more refreshing in the Hawaiian heat. Just like red sangria, there are many different versions to […]

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Monkey 47 Gin

Often times I learn about cool new products from my own customers. I was first tipped off to Monkey 47 gin from a good customer who had it while in Paris. This was about 6 months ago and at the time it was not yet being distributed in the USA. As I looked into acquiring […]

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How to store wine

A question that I frequently get as a fine wine retailer is how to store wine to keep it from going bad and/or lasting longer. The single greatest danger to wine from the time that it is bottles to when you drink it is poor storage. Wine ages best when resting between 55-60 degrees F. […]


How to become a sommelier

Thanks to the recent release of the movie “Somm”, there has been more interest than ever in what it takes to become a sommelier. The internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers is considered by most in the wine trade as the organization responsible for bestowing the title of sommelier. There is nothing to stop someone […]


Signatory Scotch Whiskey

If you are looking for a special bottle of Scotch for yourself or as a gift might I recommend an independent bottler rather than straight from a distillery? I know it sounds strange, but let me explain. There are a few bottlers that purchase barrels directly from a distillery and then age it themselves. In […]


Rosé Wine is on Fire

Living in Hawaii I tend to assume that whatever is popular right now was popular somewhere trendy on the mainland about 10 years ago. I am stoked that it seems that rosé aka blush wine has finally hit it’s stride out here. The days of cloyingly sweet White Zin are behind us and hello light/crisp/refreshing/floral […]