Wine of the Week. August 7, 2017
I'd like to talk about what we are most passionate about at the shop: our staff. We have a wonderful team here, and what better way to showcase them, than to share with you some of their favorite wines. Each person brings a unique recommendation to the table. Our first recommendation comes from Howard. Most of you know Howard, as he has been with the store since 1996, when it was located at the King Kamehameha Shopping Center. His loyalty to the shop has never gone unnoticed, and hi…
Our most affordable Riesling
Everyone loves a good, crisp, and refreshing Riesling. The Riesling grape first originated in Germany in the region of Rhine. The grape is typically very aromatic with high acidity, making it a number one choice on a warm afternoon.
After reading our last post on Sauvignon Blanc, I believe a good Riesling is a good follow up wine to try. The wines are very similar in that they are very versatile and easy to pair with. Very forgiving.
Our most affordable Riesling, if you are just getting into the w…
Sauvignon Blanc 101
Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine that first began to gain popularity in France. Some new world regions, such as California, are calling it "Fume Blanc." Its a green-skinned grape with flavors ranging from grassy to sweet and tropical, depending on the climate.
The name Sauvignon Blanc means “Wild White”and is one of the most widely planted wine grapes in the world. Since it is so widely planted it has many different styles, and a ton of creative ideas on how to pair food with.
With a white wine li…
Wine of the Week. July 10, 2017
Chardonnay is one of my go to grape varietals. Chardonnay tastes like Chardonnay to most people, but connoisseurs know that the grape, like any other, varies significantly based on where it’s grown and produced. It pairs well, it’s refreshing, and if done right can be extremely memorable. I love wines with a good story behind them. I want my wine to represent the hard-working people who put it on the store shelf. How did they come up with the name? How long have they been in business? Are they…
Wine of the Week. July 3, 2017
We would like to thank you for the overwhelming support of our new "Wine of the Week" blog.
We hope to continue to educate you in the wonderful world of wine. From history, to the making of, and even recipes and food pairing ideas.
This week I’d like to share with you a fun idea, in the spirit of 4th of July, a recipe you may like to use tomorrow at your BBQ gathering. It’s a recipe for a dark chocolate and Malbec no churn ice cream!
Who doesn’t like ice cream (especially chocolate ice cream)? It’s…
Wine of the Week. June 26, 2017
Let us introduce to you a new series, our "Wine of the Week" blog will have everything you're looking for to try a new wine. From recipes to pairing ideas, we've got you covered.
Special guest host and sommelier, Nikki Premo, will guide you through our store and feature a new wine every Monday.
To kick us off, let's start with a light-bodied Chenin Blanc from Santa Maria Valley, California. A three-acre vineyard that was planted over forty years ago.
Known as the “Foxen Boys,” owners Bill and Dick…
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The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.
There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not rep…
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EXPANSION TO OUR EUROPEAN WINE LINEUP
We here at Kona Wine Market have added what we feel are some great new players in our Spanish, Italian and French wine lineups.
Several new selections from Priorat, arguably the premier wine producing region in Spain, offset and augmented by some great Northern Rhone reds and whites. Our Chateauneuf du Pape section will leave you asking for more, and to cap it all off a significant increase in our Italian offerings which will elicit "Bellissimo's" from your collective wine loving throats.
Wine Ratings- Explanation
Our goal is to help you choose the wines that are best for you. After all, you are the most important judge of the wine you drink. We know that the wine selection is vast and choosing a wine can be overwhelming, so to give you a balance of information, we display wine ratings from eight different publications: Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wines & Spirits, and Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate. Kona Wine Market is not sponsored by, affiliated or associated with any of these publications or th…
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California Sauvignon Blanc - Where it's at is where it's at
With at least 3 distinct styles of Sauvignon Blanc coming out of California it’s sometimes tough to figure out what you’re buying. There are many producers emulating the wildly successful, full throttle style popularized by most of New Zealand’s producers. Unfortunately not many regions in California are particularly well suited to this ripe, yet vibrantly green style.
California has been most successful with the rich, round style popul…