STEPHEN ROSS DOOLEY - WINEMAKER AND FOUNDER, STEPHEN ROSS WINES
Stephen Ross Wine Cellars is a premium family run winery located in the Edna Valley specializing in vineyard designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Winemaker and owner Stephen Dooley has become one of the most respected vintners in the region crafting exceptional wines from some of the most prestigious vineyards in the region.
In 2001 he developed an estate vineyard planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in partnership with Talley Vineyards called Stone Corral Vineyard located in the Edna Valley. Home to several well-known vineyards, the Edna Valley exemplifies the characteristic microclimate and geologic features, which are the hallmark of the south central coast; an east-west valley, which mitigates its temperate climate with cooling, ocean-borne breezes. This provides a long growing season ideal for the development of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah grapes.
Dooley is currently producing wines from grapes grown at prestigious vineyards such as Bien Nacido Vineyard, Oliver’s Vineyard, Dante Dusi Vineyard, Wolff Vineyard and Thomann Station in addition to the estate Stone Corral Vineyard. Pinot Noir is also being sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County. He also prodces Pinot Gris and Albarino.
The tasting room and winery is just a few miles from the vineyards of Edna Valley and located in the southern end of town in a mostly commercial area. Once inside the attractive tasting room the wines speak volumes for the commitment Steve has made to creating memorable wines.
The tasting room has an up to date modern look with a roomy tasting bar and small stand up tables made from oak barrels. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to provide details of the wine making process and philosophy of the winemaker.
MIXOLOGIST JEN ACKRILL - DIRECTOR OF MIXOLOGY FOR SKY AND TOP OF WAIKIKI TALKS ABOUT THE SEVENTH ANNUAL HAWAII FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
The seventh annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will feature world class food, wine, and COCKTAILS in Ka‘anapali, Maui from October 20-22nd.
Jen Ackrill, Director of Mixology for Sky and Top of Waikiki, returns to Maui to dazzle guests with her dynamic drinks and charm. With a career spanning more than 17 years, she has developed cocktail programs for some of San Francisco’s premier watering holes including Rye—one of The City's first modern craft cocktail bars. She’s known for making original libations that take a nod from history—with the freshest of local ingredients. This year, the Festival will welcome 200 chefs, winemakers, and mixologists to the two-week long celebration on three islands.
The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawai‘i.
Dates: HFWF17 is October 20-November 5, 2017 on Maui, the Big Island and O‘ahu
Website to buy tickets and book travel: www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
HFWF17 MAUI EVENTS:
20th Annual Roy’s Golf Classic- SOLD OUT
October 20th at Kā‘anapali Golf Course
(Golf tournament was added as the kickoff HFWF event 3 years ago.)
-Fun pairing of chefs, pro golfers, amateurs, food & cocktails spread out over 18 beautiful holes of Kaanapali golf course followed by dinner at Roys Kaanapali. Charity golf event benefits Imua Family Services.
-Hank’s Haute Dogs, Tin Roof’s Sheldon Simeon and more will serve up dishes on the course.
Global Street Food- TICKETS AVAILABLE
October 21st at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
-Beautiful setting on the lawn overlooking Maui’s famous Black Rock Beach
-13 world class chefs such as Jonathan Waxman, Roy Yamaguchi, Raphael Lunetta, and David LeFevere will create street food inspired from cuisine around the world using fresh local ingredients that will be paired with great wines and cocktails by Jen Ackrill and Chandra Lam Lucariello. At the end of the night, there will be a grand fireworks finale.
Hawaiian Airlines Presents Lucky 7 - TICKETS AVAILABLE
October 22nd at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
-Seven course wine-paired dinner featuring six top chefs will be a lucky celebration for our seventh year in a spectacular outdoor setting overlooking the Pacific at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.