Perfect Pairing: Poke, Sauvignon and a Maui Sunset

One Wailea resort sets out to indulge, explore and exploit two complimentary flavors

Perfect Pairing: Poke, Sauvignon and a Maui Sunset

Sometimes, and might we stress that it isn’t often, a big resort “gets it right” and presents a unique pairing of events that is out-of-the-box and utterly enticing. Take the Makena Beach Resort in beautiful Wailea, Maui; they’ve brought together the world’s youngest master sommelier (Honolulu’s own Patrick Okubo), and that delightfully Hawaiian treat—poke—for an evening that will explore the finer aspects of both. 

“Poke and Sauvignon Blanc” will unfold on October 11, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the resorts casual Molokini Bar & Grill, giving patrons the opportunity to imbibe on an array of crisp white wines, alongside cool, cubed ‘ahi. In this—the era of “please beat me over the head with yet another farm-to-table experience” or “we-must-eat-the-entire-animal!” event, getting back to the mellow, fairly non-committal aspect of ideal food pairings is a welcomed blessing. 

No need to wax your over-grown, ironic, Dali-esque moustache here: Okubo will tote along a healthy supply of dry yet gulpable blancs that include Matanzas Creek, Craggy Range, Michelle Redd and a few other surprises. These will invariably pair nicely with the firm, meaty fish that is most typically tossed with sesame oil, soy, green onion and whatever other accoutrements executive chef Marc McDowell bestows upon lucky patrons. 

Not to be outshined by fine wine, McDowell is tempting those considering the jaunt to Wailea with shrimp and beef pokes as well, something that should open up the palate and really put Okubo’s pairing skills to the test. 

Included in the $35 per person tab is a bit of education from Okubo himself on the Bordeaux origins of the specific grape in contention, as well as its evolution overseas and into California (and elsewhere) barrels. 

With selections of both Old and New World wines, Okubo will surely open patron’s eyes to some new labels—giving you all the ammo you need to impress your pals at your next sunset cocktail fete. 

Part of the resort’s “Food & Wine Education Series,” this event will be proceded by another (theme yet to be determined) on November 8, followed by a third on December 20th. Stay tuned to www.makenaresortmaui.com for more information. 

 

With selections of both Old and New World wines, Okubo will surely open patron’s eyes to some new labels—giving you all the ammo you need to impress your pals at your next sunset cocktail fete.