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Winesday with The Wine Shop – Valentine's Day

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!
I love Valentine’s Day! It is the only time of the year where you can buy chocolates, wine, and gifts that show your love, and go out to dinner just because it’s Valentine’s Day. Here at The Wine Shop, we just love to pair all our gourmet gifts and goodies with wine for that special person in your life.
If you are so inclined to a little bubbles, a decadent Moscato or a very nice sparkling wine always hits the mark. If you are making a beautiful meal for the evening, we have the perfect red or white wine to accompany your culinary feast.
Here are a few extraordinary wines that I would recommend for this special occasion. If you’re looking for sparkling wine or champagne, Billacart Salmon Reserve Brut or Billacart Salmon Brut Rose are absolutely perfect. When it comes to white wines, depending on whether you like a buttery, oaky Chardonnay or a creamy, crisp Chardonnay, Rombauer Chardonnay or Ramey Chardonnay will fit the bill. If you prefer something a little more fruity and crispy, perhaps a Riesling, Pinot Grigio or even a Sauvignon Blanc would work. Now for the perfect ending to a great Valentine’s Day, I would suggest a late harvest wine or a beautiful port. You could experience the supple tannins and exquisite fruit of a Ruby Port or perhaps even the nuttiness of a Tawny Port. If you have never had a late harvest wine, perhaps it is time to try one.
Happy Valentine’s Day from The Wine Shop!
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.