Wine lovers should make tracks to the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea in spring. On Friday, May 6, the resort will join forces with Opus One Winery, Napa Valley, CA, to offer guests a viticulture evening, featuring discussions of the cuisine of Four Seasons Master Executive Chef Roger Stettler and the wines of Opus One's Winemaker Michael Silacci. The event will take place on Four Seasons Resort Maui’s Oceanfront Lawn.
Silacci, who is responsible for all aspects of vineyard management and winemaking, has selected five Opus One vintages to feature at the dinner including:
1981: One of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley history, producing a lean, elegant and quite long-lived wine;
1995: A vintage that is ideal in nearly every way; spicy and rich, the wine offers exquisite balance and a persistently long finish;
2001: Michael’s first vintage at Opus One, showing a supple creamy entry, followed by intense flavors of ripe black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate, and finishing with lingering black fruit and savory spice;
2005: A voluptuous garnet, this vintage offers concentrated aromas of blueberry, rose petals, white truffle, licorice and nutmeg;
2007: The 2007 vintage will be a special surprise and delight to round up the exceptional wines being presented.
Four Seasons Maui’s Master Executive Chef Stettler is planning a four-course meal as well as an array of hors d'oeuvres to complement the experience. Among the featured menu items will be Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Aged Port Wine-Mole Syrup (1st Course); Maine Lobster and Scallop "Blanquette" (2nd Course); and Braised Oxtail, Sun Choke Mousse; Crackling Kurobuta Pork Belly, Acaii Berry Reduction (Main Course). Dinner guests will finish the evening with a sampling of sweets and cheeses prepared by Four Seasons Maui's Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton.