Hawaii Mom Blog: Halekulani's Wine Tasting Events




November 5, 2017

Halekulani's Wine Tasting Events

Yesterday @wina_wina and I had the pleasure of participating in two Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Events held at Halekulani - Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Vertical Tasting and Château Cos d’Estournel Tasting.  

About Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Vertical Tasting
Cast off your training wheels from session one and roll into an intensive study of a single appellation with the Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Vertical Tasting. The Appellation of Châteauneuf-du-pape (the house of the Pope) resides in the first recognized wine appellation (Côtes du Rhône) in all of France. One the most celebrated of that region is Domaine Vieux Télégraphe. Proprietor Daniel Brunier turns on the microscope and adjusts the lens to discuss and dissect ten vintages from the family’s fabled “La Crau” (The Cradle) vineyard. Learn about the intricacies of the thirteen cépages (grapes) legally allowed to craft these legendary wines and determine for yourself what separates Télégraphe from the pack. 

During the Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Vertical Tasting, surprise guest Angéline Templier from Champagne J. Lassalle featured a few champagnes.

About Château Cos d’Estournel Tasting
In this 5G age of information access, how good a wine tastes right out of the bottle often overshadows the nobility or pedigree of a wine. When the French determined the Classification or Growth system of Bordeaux and the Grand Cru system in Burgundy, it was with generations of experience guiding them. In 1855 Bordeaux established a classification system ranking Château Cos d’Estournel as one of only fifteen “Deuxième Crus” or Second growths. Please join us at 12:30pm for the Château Cos d’Estournel Tasting. US Director for Cos d’Estournel, Mr. Etienne de Nantes will guide us through an eight–vintage vertical tasting from this esteemed Château. As you taste through the vintages, learn what founder Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel saw in his “Cos” or “Hill of Pebbles” (as translated in the Gascon dialect) back in 1810.

Not only did we get to taste some amazing wines, but we learned so much from the fantastic panel of Master Sommeliers - Richard Betts (Sucette, Nichon, Saint Glinglin, My Essential Wines - Australia, Bordeaux & California), Joseph Spellman, MS (JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery - Paso Robles, CA), and Roberto Viernes (American Wine and Spirits), along with Vigneron Daniel Brunier of Domaine Vieux Télégraphe, Etienne de Nantes, US Director of Cos d’Estournel, and Angéline Templier from Champagne J. Lassalle.

It was so intriguing to hear about each vintage, and I loved hearing what the panelists, as well as the attendees, thought about each wine.  

A great big Mahalo to Halekulani for having us!

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