Winesday with The Wine Shop – Price Ranges
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!
I sure hope that everyone had an extraordinary time at the Rotary Club of Poipu’s wine tasting at Kilohana last Saturday. It was a magnificent night that included great wine, amazing food and fun, fun, fun. For those of you who were really interested in trying a dichotomy of different wines, it was the perfect event.
After the evening was over, I started thinking about all of the comments that I received from enthusiastic wineaux. It was clear that it really did not matter about the price of the bottle, but wine tasters were more concerned with the flavor, character, and the origin of the wine.
That brings me to this part of this blog that I find just fascinating, which is discussing unique wines from different regions that are available at various price points. We have Spanish wines that have excellent value and are known for being bold tasting reds and light fruity whites.
Italy’s diverse wine program, featuring over 10,000 different varietals, offers many options with prices ranging from $14 to $1,000 a bottle. France, which is known for having one of the most magnificent grape growing regions in the world, exports a beautiful bottle of Chardonnay for $17, but you can also pay $17,000 a bottle for an exquisite Bordeaux. Australia is coming up with some luscious Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon blends, and they also have a fair amount of more fruit-friendly white wines. Argentina and Chile are known for their beautiful contributions of Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon, in addition to a stunning white Torrontes. And let’s not forget about our own domestic wines from California, Oregon and Washington to name a few.
If you are looking for more opportunities to enjoy beautiful wines and scrumptious cuisine, please make your reservation for our next Wine Dinner on March 10 at Casa di Amici in Poipu.
Dano and Ellen O’Connell
The Wine Shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. On the first Saturday of each month from 4 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.