Winemaker adds flavor to a pair of events
Winemaker Van Williamson of Edmeades Winery in Mendocino, Calif., will be the guest at two events next week.
Williamson, often called "The Zin-meister," has one of the most colorful reputations among winemakers. He'll speak with guests at both events about his old-vine California wines.
On July 25, Williamson's zinfandels will be paired with chef Jason Miyasaki's four-course menu at an Edmeades Winemakers Dinner at d.k. Steak House in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
The menu: Spiced Baby Back Ribs (with 2006 "Shamrock Vineyard"), "Nicoise-Style" Seared Ahi Salad (2006 "Mendocino"), Zinfandel-Braised Kobe Short Ribs (2006 "Ciapusci Vineyard") and Duo of Chocolate Cheesecakes. Cost is $85. Call 931-6280.
On July 26, Williamson hosts a tasting of five "wild and wooly zins" at Vino in Restaurant Row. Two-ounce pours will be offered of his 2006 "Mendocino," 2005 "Perli Vineyard," 2006 "Shamrock Vineyard," 2006 Zinfandel "Zeni Vineyard" and 2005 "Ciapusci Ranch"
The tasting starts at 5:30 p.m.; cost is $39. Call 533-4476.
Winemaker Van Williamson of Edmeades, known for his zinfandels, hosts two events next week.
Chardonnay is the star at Vino celebration
If zinfandels are a little too big and red for you, Vino goes white with a "Chardonnay & Keith's Mid Summer Dinner" on Saturday.
The menu: Greek-Style Bruschetta with Seafood Ceviche (with 2003 Louis Michel Chablis Premier Cru "Vaillons"), Seafood Sausage (2003 Cantina Terlan Chardonnay "Kreuth"), Seafood Pasta (2005 Barnett Chardonnay "Sangiacomo Vineyard") and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cost is $62. Call 533-4476.
Willows celebrates American beer
Rekindle the fireworks of Independence Day with a "Reds, Whites & Blues" beer tasting at the Willows restaurant, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Part of the restaurant's "Hops & Grinds" series, this event features American craft brewers including Anchor Brewing Co., Bison Brewing Co., Boston Beer Co., Coors Brewing Co., Mehana Brewing Co., Mendocino Brewing Co., North Coast Brewing Co., Pabst Brewing Co. and Rogue Ales. Meads (fermented brews of honey, water and yeast) from Redstone Meads of Colorado also will be poured.
Cost is $25 advance, which includes a pupu buffet; $30 at the door. Tickets available at the restaurant, 902 Hausten St.; Liquor Collection; Wine Stop; and Tamura's Kaimuki. Call 952-9200.