Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Art and Wine Thursdays at Kauai Beach Resort

About this month’s event…
  • The price to attend Art & Wine remains at $15 per person (tax & gratuity additional). 
  • This price includes our featured monthly wines, Cheese and Fruit Platter and Vegetable Crudités, and a dining coupon good for a 15% discount off of any entrée purchased for dinner at the Naupaka Terrace.  The coupon will be good for 1 month from the date of this event and is not combinable with any other offer (limit 1 coupon per person).  
  • Note:   The 15% discount applies to food only and not beverage.  This is a great opportunity for attendees to enjoy the art & wine, then consider staying on-site for dinner that evening or return later to dine.

About the Art
Kauai-based artist Marionette Taboniar will be on-site this evening with a mini-exhibition that includes her new collection of reverse acrylic paintings on plexiglass, featuring beautiful underwater scenes!  "Reverse" acrylic means it has to be painted in a reverse method from the normal way of painting.  In other words, the details have to be painted first with the background added last.  Marionette is currently painting underwater scenes of turtles and fish using this method and adds a touch of "gold" paint which gives the piece a sparkle when held in the light at the right angle.

Marionette fell in love with Kauai in 1992 and has been painting "Hawaiian Style" ever since.  Her works include the techniques of acrylics, encaustics, silk painting, watercolors, and pastels and can be found in public and private collections around the world.  Her latest commercial commission was "Tropical Bamboo II" a 22"x30" watercolor for Design Studio of Honolulu this summer.  She has also created numerous designs for Kauai Coffee Company.

For over five years Marionette has been operating her studio, Painting Paradise, in Waimea where she teaches a variety of classes.   In her spare time she enjoys fishing and going to the beach with her husband, Joe.  For more information about Marionette and her art, please visit

About the Wine Tasting
Our topic for the evening is "Wines from France, Spain, and California”.  Here are our featured wines:

Les Hospices 2010 Sancerre Blanc                        
Sancerre is one of the oldest terroirs in France, dating back to the 6th century.  The status of AOC was awarded to white Sancerre wines in 1936 and the terroir stretches over 6000 acres.  The terroir and the vines are on the banks of the Loire Valley, East of Bourges, in the heart of France.  Les Hospices, with its quality/price ratio, is one of the benchmarks of Sancerre!

White-yellow with silver reflections. Lively and full of fruit, with pleasant mineral.  Floral notes of white flowers (acacia & eglantine) and citrus fruit aromas, backed up by blackcurrant buds and wild flowers.  Pairs as an aperitif, with assorted raw vegetables, light dishes such as salads, quiche, fish (salmon) and with poultry, white meats, Asian food, and goat cheese. Serve chilled.

Evohé 2011 Garnacha Vinas Viejas
It is here in the south eastern parts of Aragon that the Garnacha Grapes initially came from Sardinia and where it has most fully adapted to.  The grape is known as Cannonau in Sardinia, where it is claimed that it originated there and spread to other Mediterranean lands under Aragon rule.

Our Evohé Garnacha which sees no oak, is pure Garnacha from start to finish.  The color is a beautiful black cherry hue with a magenta rim; the bouquet is bright, ripe and vivacious with notes of blackberries, blueberries and black plums, lavender and licorice with sleek slate-like minerals.  In the mouth, much is the same, with these luscious black and blue fruit flavors taking on wild touches of mulberry, briers and violets, set into moderately dense and finely-milled tannins allied to lively acidity.  This is Garnacha at its best.

California ~ Mendocino
Patianna 2009 Chardonnay (Organic)  
Patianna Organic Vineyards includes 126 acres tucked alongside the Russian River in the Sanel Valley, Mendocino County.  Our Chardonnay vines thrive in sandy, gravelly soils.  We whole cluster pressed and fermented the Chardonnay in stainless steel tanks, where the wine remained for nine months sur lie.  A light touch of medium-toasted French oak enhanced the bright luscious fruit. The wine shows attractive, fruit-forward floral and white peach aromas with hints of tropical fruit.

An excellent value Chardonnay that should cost more.  Patianna’s certified organic estate vineyards produce a rich wine with a ton of flavor and acidity.  Sur lie aging and a bit of oak create a round lush mouth-feel without adding a stick of butter.  Crisp flavors of apple, pear, peach, tropical fruit and vanilla. 

California ~ Napa
Rutherford Vintners Napa Valley 2009 Chardonnay
“This light straw-colored wine has aromas of pear, butterscotch, and vanilla.  Flavors include apple and melon.  The finish is soft and lingering.  This wine can be sipped by itself or paired with a number of foods.  For appetizers it pairs well with Brie and Munster cheeses.  For the main course one might try pork tenderloin, grilled scallops or baked chicken.” - Larry Rocha, Winemaker

Rutherford Vintners Napa Valley 2009 Merlot  
“This wine has a dark garnet color.  Aromas include cherry, blackberry and spice with flavors of plum and berry. Tannins and fruit marry well for a soft finish. This is a graceful wine.  It can be sipped by itself, but is excellent with appetizers or main courses. An appetizer such as Brie and smoked salmon come to mind.  For the main course, rack of lamb, a grilled steak or roast duck are favorites to pair with this wine.” - Larry Rocha, Winemaker

About the Music
Live music with Jonah Cummings begins at 6:00 pm in Shutters Lounge.

Mahalo and we look forward to seeing you there!

Kauai Beach Resort
4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue, HI 96766
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