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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ancien Wines Showcased at The Kahala Wine Dinner

Honolulu, HI…Looking for a few new and wonderful wines to toast your special events in the coming year? The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Ancien Wines are partnering to present a Winemaker Dinner Friday, March 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Hoku’s. Reservations for the five-course gourmet affair with wine pairings are $120 per person and may be made by calling (808) 739-8760, or e-mailing restaurants@kahalaresort.com.

Ancien Wines is famous for its Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay vineyards and has been creating wines of singular expression since 1992. Visionary vintner Ken Bernards has remained on the leading edge of winemaking technique in California, using scientific experimentation in the vineyards and in the winery while adhering to traditional, small-scale methods such as fermenting in small open-top vessels or oak barrels, utilizing hand punch-downs, and seeking to allow his vineyard’s character to speak through the wines.

“My winemaking philosophy is to create a delicate and ever-changing balancing act between traditional wisdom, scientific assessment, and artistic insight,” says Bernards.

As a chemistry student at Oregon State University, Bernards became interested in the flavor chemistry of small-craft beers and fine wines that were then coming onto the scene there. His student research project involved isolating the flavor components of individual hops varieties in experimental beers. At the same time, he began to analyze the chemical components of the fledgling Oregon wines, and found his life’s passion. At the completion of his degree, he joined Domaine Chandon as a research enologist, or experimental winemaker. A trip to Burgundy changed fueled his desire to make his own finished wines full of mystery and nuance. He became winemaker for Truchard Vineyards for four years before branching out on his own and making wines under the Ancien Wines label.

Ancien Wines began simply with only four rows from one knoll on one vineyard. Committed to starting with the best grapes farmed with the best methods, Bernards never stops looking for unique, well-farmed sites to provide top quality fruit for his wines. These days, Ancien Wines sources fruit from ten different vineyard sites in eight different appellations, each one family owned and farmed in balance and harmony with their environment.

“A vineyard in balance yields the highest quality fruit, without the need for excessive manipulation, chemical or mechanical, for the longest period of time,” says Bernards.

He will be on hand at The Kahala’s Winemaker Dinner to present his wines and talk about why his commitment to long-term, healthy, sustainable farms can be tasted in his wines. Among the vineyards from which he selects the fruit for his wines include Toyon Farm and Mink Vineyard of Napa, Perez Vineyard in the Russian River area, Red Dog Vineyard of Sonoma Mountain, Fiddlestix Vineyard from the Santa Rita Hills, Sangiacomo Vineyard of the Sonoma Coast, and the Shea Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley..

“We are very excited to introduce Ancien Wines to our Epitome Club members and friends of The Kahala,” says Todd Oldham, Director of Food and Beverage. “We’ll be pairing each wine with delectable courses created by Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi.  It promises to be great gourmet experience from start to finish.”

The Kahala’s Winemaker Dinner featuring Ancien Wines will include five courses, each with wine pairings. Reservations are $120 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and may be made by calling (808) 739-8760, or e-mailing restaurants@kahalaresort.com. For a complete menu, visit the web site at www.kahalaresort.com .

– About The Kahala –

With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an oceanfront destination resort known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu's social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in Hawai'i. Travel + Leisure ranks The Kahala among the Top 6 Hawaii resorts and among the World’s Best 100 Hotels in its 2012 World’s Best Awards. US News & World Report named The Kahala Best Oahu Hotels (Top 3) in 2011 and 2012. Successful Meetings gave the hotel a Pinnacle Award for three years in a row, 2010-2012. Open Table named Plumeria Beach House in their Best 100 Restaurants for Brunch. TripAdvisor.com gave The Kahala a 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States. The Kahala is a 2012 Fodor’s Choice award winner.