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Winesday with The Wine Shop – April Tasting

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


 
Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and their service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!
This Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., we’ll host our monthly wine tasting event. We have an amazing selection of wines to share with you.  We begin  the evening with a 2012 Erocia Riesling from Washington State. With its sweet lime and peach aromas and subtle mineral notes, this wine pairs great with Asian cuisine or Indian curries. Our next tasting is Haras Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley in Chile. Haras Winery’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep purple with hues of red and features the aromas of bitter chocolate, cedar and a hint of mint. Mid-palate is black fruit and rosemary with smooth tannins on the finish. Steak, lamb and hard cheeses pair beautifully with this wine. Our third wine brings us to Italy. Villa Antinori Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2010 is ruby red in color, with fruits and spice aromas that have a touch of oak, cherry and red berries. A puttanesca pairs nicely with this wine. I always save the best for last! Our fourth wine, 2007 Stella Maris from Northstar Vineyards, is a wonderful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. This soft and silky wine has vanilla, rich dark chocolate, coconut, raspberry and cherry aromas. Green olive and a long smoky finish complete this multilayered wine, which is perfect with lamb or beef. Hope to see everybody this Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at The Wine Shop!
Dano and Ellen O’Connell
The Wine Shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. On the first Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m., they host monthly wine tastings. For more information call 808-742-7305 or visit www.thewineshopkauai.com. The shop is located just across the street from the Koloa Post Office.