Winesday with The Wine Shop – Old World Wine Tasting
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 week we would like talk about wines of “Old World” France, Italy, and Portugal, which will be featured at our tasting on December 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Wine Shop.
We will start off with the Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire Chardonnay from Chablis, France. What drew us to this Chardonnay was the very light crispness that it offers your palate. The next wine is also from France and is called La Tarasque Cotes du Rhone. This is an amazing Cotes du Rhone with a lot of history. Aaron Pott is the only American winemaker to ever lead a Grand Cru Château in France. Our third wine that we will be featuring is from Italy. Isole e Olena is a fabulous Chianti Classico. From there we go to Portugal where we will sample a Smith Woodhouse 10-year Tawny Port.
There is something to be said about “Old World” wines. They’ve been making them for hundreds and hundreds of years and are just elegant. With this great lineup of wines we’ve probably hit every gift need for this holiday season: Food, wine, gift wine and of course a beautiful port for dessert.
This will also be our last complimentary wine tasting of the year. As of January 2014, wine tastings will cost $10 per person, or will be complimentary for Wine Club members. Hope to see everybody here on Saturday from 4 to 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 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.