img_5999I got to hang out with friends at a wine-pairing event one evening. Kadota Liquor partnered with Young’s Market to bring Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo to Hilo.

Patrick paired fine wines with a few of his favorite dishes and other assorted pupu.Patrick Okubo is a Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator who currently works for Young’s Market Company Hawaii in the fine wine division. He is the first Master Sommelier in Young’s Market Company’s 125-year history. At the time he earned the prestigious title, he was the youngest Master Sommelier in the nation.

Some wine we tasted:

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    Bubbly paired with smokey sashimi from Moon & Turtle

    Gosset Brut Excellence

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    Paired with caprese poppers

    Taltarni Brut Rose Tache Victoria

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    Paired with deep-fried calamari from Seaside Restaurant

    Langlois Sancerre

  • Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses Languedoc

  • Red Car Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
  • Petrolo Torrione Toscana
  • Juan Gil 100th Anniversary Red
  • Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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    Paired with homemade macadamia nut baklava baked by LHS food contributor Misty Inouye!

    Donnafugata Ben Ryeimg_6079We also enjoyed seared beef tenderloin served with a roasted potato, onion, and carrot medley, grilled venison, smoked meat, smoked salmon, and sushi. If you want to know more about any of the wine we tasted, stop by Kadota Liquor and ask for Ryan and he will tell you all about them and what they pair well with. Living well.  Living Hilo Style.img_5943


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