I went with a group of six to enjoy the local fare with international flair menu that is offered at the Banyon Tree, an award-winning restaurant located on the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua grounds. Robert was our server and he was fantastic. The Ritz-Carlton Champagne was a group favorite on this evening. We also enjoyed a bottle of Lassegue Bordeaux, as well, and I name-dropped about my dinner with the winemaker's charming wife, Monique and their array of wines. An enjoyable evening with friends overlooking the ocean. Highly Recommended!
Last month, wine professionals in Houston were given the opportunity to taste wines from one of the country of Georgia's flagship producer, Teliani Valley, over lunch at Concura to learn about the ancestral grapes, the ancient winemaking techniques, and the modern tools which come together to make the classic wines of the Kakheti region. There are 525 grape varieties currently recorded in the country with over 135,000 acres under vine, 72.4% of those vines are located in Kakheti. The country of Georgia is located approximately 620 miles from Rome and size wise, it is just slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut. Despite its small size, it has a lot of neighbors that border it: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey; it also touches the Black Sea. The Kakheti wine region is located in the eastern part of Georgia with two river basins, the Ivri and Alazani, which both influence the wines. The vineyards are located at elevations of 800 to 2,600 feet with views of the Caucasus