Italian Barolo is one of the world's red wine treasures. It takes many years, though, to open up for delicious drinking. Top producers therefore produce Barolo-esque reds which are meant for earlier enjoyment, especially with foods. Here is one of our favorites AND from a TOP producer
New World Discoveries
(Cabernet-Petite Verdot-Merlot), Los Padres "Margarita Ranch" (California)
a very tasty, classy, suave Cabernet blend from the high elevation, fog laden hills of southern Paso Robles crafted exclusively for Hawaiian Airlines First Class Domestic service
Pinot Noir, CF Wines "Santa Maria Valley" 2016 (California)
a very elegant, feminine, lovely, seductively textured Pinot—a style we love—produced exclusively for us by Gary Burk of Costa de Oro!
Malbec, Red Schooner (Argentina)
A full throttle, deeply flavored, masculine, "mountain grown" stud, done with Caymus winemaking & expertise. If you want BIG & decadent, this one is for you
Wines by the Bottle
Champagne & Sparkling Wines
Prosecco, Flor (Italy)
Prosecco, Gregoletto "Sui Lieviti" (Italy)
true, artisan Prosecco, done the old fashion way
Brut Rosé, Raventós I Blanc "De Nit" 2015 (Spain)
wonderfully ethereal & pretty
Brut Rosé, Tenuta San Michele "Murgo—Metodo Classico" 2014 (Italy)
Mt Etna magic
Cristal, Louis Roederer 1999
single estate, artisan, handcrafted specialties
Brut Preference, J. Lassalle "Premier Cru"
Brut Rosé, Veuve Fourny "Vertus Premier Cru"
Vilmart Premier Cru "Coeur de Cuvee" 2005
A true icon
Wines for Mediterranean Inspired Foods
Vermentino de Sardegna, Sella Mosca 2016 (Sardegna, Italy)
the very style of dry, tasty, food friendly white typically served in cafes & bistros along the Mediterranean
Verdiso, Gregoletto 2015 (Italy)
a dry, very unique, tasty, mesmerizing "throwback" homage to a nearly forgotten, indigenous, heirloom vine
Pecorino, Offida, Ciù Ciù "La Merlettaie" 2016 (Italy)
a very tasty, masculine, virile, savory, though light, stony & refreshing "country" styled white
In 2006, Food and Wine named Vino one of "America's 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences." Created by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya and restaurateur D.K. Kodama, Vino reflects the energy and passion of two partners who love great food and wine.
"Chuck Furuya, quite apart from quietly being one of the most competitive blind tasters and pool players on the planet, is a great sommelier and leader in the profession. He knows a lot about a lot of subjects, but he most of all loves sharing his knowledge with the community. His reputation across the globe and his teaching contributions to young sommeliers have put Hawaii on the map as a wine destination," said Larry Stone, Master Sommelier and General Manager for Rubicon Estate.
The essence of Vino is this joy and love of sharing a glass of good wine among friends. Modeled after an Italian enotecca, the rustic, warm ambience of the restaurant is the ideal setting for Furuya to share his enthusiasm and expertise with guests. The relaxed, convivial atmosphere allows everyone who visits Vino to feel as if they are part of the extended "Vino family."