The Tasting Panel magazine

August 2010

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eVeNT Wrap-Up liquid luxury on maui WaIWeRa WaTeR reFreSHeS palateS aNd cOOlS dOWN cOcktaIlS at tHe rItz-carltON, kapalUa story and photos by Allison Levine Kapalua, one of THE TASTING PANEL’s favorite Hawaiian hideaways. With Master Sommeliers Fred Dame, Michael Jordan, Shayn Bjornholm, Jay Fletcher, Greg Harrington, Joe Spellman, Brian Cronin, Geoff Kruth and Emily Wines in attendance, hundreds of wines were poured and tasted at seminars and events throughout the weekend. T drate, they picked up a bottle of Waiwera, the premium water for the Ritz Kapalua and the official water sponsor of the event for the third year. Waiwera—available in both still and sparkling versions—is sourced from the serene North Island of New Zealand and enriched with a high pH and mineral content, making it clean and refreshing. When attendees needed a refreshing glass of H2 During the week- end, Waiwera also hosted Liquid Luxury, an elegant cocktail event focused on unique mixology featuring spirits, wine and artesian water. Cocktails were made with Waiwera water, as well as event partners Bombay Sapphire and Champagne Taittinger and were crafted by award-winning mix- ologist Joey Gottesman, who has been featured on The Food Channel, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight and Epicurean Radio. Waiwera water is distributed by Young’s Market Company in California and Hawaii (with Better Brands). Currently focused on building the brand on the West Coast, Waiwera will be expanding into key markets on the East Coast next year. Guests sample Taittinger champagnes, among many other wines, at the event. Waiwera COO James Roberton and CEO Philana Bouvier. 88 / the tasting panel / august 2010 O to cleanse the palate or rehy- he 29th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival took place in June at the stunning Ritz-Carlton, Mixologist Joey Gottesman mixes a Waiwera cocktail. Featured cocktails created by Joey gottesman Spicy Basil Sapphire Caesar Bombay Sapphire bruised to perfec- tion in Waiwera ice, island-sourced fresh basil, yuzu, Sriracha, dill weed and wasabi bound in Clamato and fresh lime. Lemongrass and Rose Essenced Sparkling Bombay Sapphire Gimlet Alizé Rose and Bombay Sapphire flash-infused with fresh lemongrass and cranberry, served on the rocks with fresh-pressed lime and capped with Waiwera sparkling water. Château d’Aqueria Rosé Peppered Sangria Château d’Aqueria 2007 Tavel Rosé enhanced with Bombay Sapphire and fresh citrus, bound in cranberry, white cane sugar reduction and Waiwera sparkling water. French 45 Bombay Sapphire, lemons, Waiwera still water, simple syrup and Taittinger Cuvée Prestige.

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