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June / July 2015

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48 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } JUNE/JULY 2015 { pro to pro } In 1988, Chuck Furuya was the tenth person in the U.S. to pass the Master Sommelier exam. His passion has always been to fully excel at wine service and education. Chuck began working in restaurants while attending college and through the years has managed many of Hawaii's most highly regarded establishments. His mutual passion for wine and food led to his desire to create exceptional, quality dining experiences in the Aloha State. When Masters Meet by Roberto Viernes, MS / photo by Cory Lum OUR CONTINUING SERIES OF INTERVIEWS FINDS US IN HAWAII FOR A ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHUCK FURUYA, MS Roberto Viernes, MS (right) is General Manager of American Wine & Spirits of Hawaii, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits. Viernes has been with Southern for more than ten years and earned the Master Sommelier title in 2005. Here, he interviews fellow Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya.

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