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Wine Tasting South America at the Hawaii Prince

The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki held a South American Wine Tasting event last night, March 19, 2016 in their beautiful Mauna Kea Ballroom, with a focus on vineyards from Argentina and Chile, along with their regional cuisine, and live Latin beats provided by Eddie Ortiz and Son Caribe.

On behalf of The Tasty Island, Yours Truly was invited by Joy Basuel and Glenn Shigeta of Marketing and Food & Beverage for the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Which always blows my mind attending events here, as I was BORN on this same property, when it was Kaiser Hospital in Waikiki. That’s kinda’ weird, yet pretty cool!

Following are photos, captions and commentary from the event. As always, enjoy. ;-)

“Which wine glass is good? This one ovah he’ah? But I like ‘dat one ovah de’ah. But this one is fine? K’ ‘den. Shoot.”

Here’s part of the wine list:

The Hawaii Prince: South American Event
Featuring over 30 wines from 14 of South Americas best producers.


  • Altamana Grande Reserve Malbec 13
    91pts – Wine Spectator
  • Calcu Cabernet Franc 12
    90 pts – James Suckling
  • Calcu Rose 12
    90 pts – Wines & Spirits Magazine
  • Maquis Lien Cabernet Sauvignon 12
    91 pts – James Suckling
  • Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 12
    91 pts – Robert Parker Jr
  • Montes Alpha Twins Red 11
    92 pts – Tasting Panel
  • Clos de Fous Cabernet Sauvignon 11
    91 pts – Robert Parker Jr.


  • Alta Vista Classic Torrontes 13
    91 pts – Decanter Magazine
  • Colome Authentico Malbec,
  • Ben Marco Malbec 13
    92 pts – James Suckling
  • Bodegas Catena Malbec 13
    91 pts – Robert Parker Jr.
  • Bodegas Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 13
    90 pts – Robert Parker Jr.
  • Bodegas Chacra Pinot Noir 14
    92 pts – James Suckling

Peruvian Pisco Punch (Encanto Grand & Noble Pisco, Sweet Vermouth, Pineapple Simple Syrup) and Caiprinha Brazilian Cocktails (Cuca Fresca Cachaça, Lime, Brown Sugar)


  • Grilled Sirloin with Chimichurri Aioli
  • Fried Onions and Garlic Potatoes
  • Seafood Stew with Potatoes
  • Sliced Bread
  • Beef Empanadas
  • Black Bean & Corn Salad
  • Chicken with Piri Piri Marinade
  • Couscous Salad
  • Chocolate Caramel Sandwich Cookies

Royal Kona Coffee (and water) station

Live Latin music to salsa to by Eddie Ortiz and Son Caribe

Pomai gettin’ his Salsa groove on with the ladies! Ariba! Carumba! lol

How every GREAT party should be when it’s all said and done…

Pomai with Aaron Miyakawa, Director of Restaurants for the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

Pomai with Glenn Shigeta, Director of Catering and Conference Services (and interim Food & Beverage Director) for the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

Pomai with April-May Smith, Miss Latina Hawaii

Pomai with Joy Basuel, Marketing Assistant for the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, 3.19.16

Pomai with Ward Almeida , former Food & Beverage Director of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, and now General Manager of Lotus Waikiki

To note, Ward Almeida, former Food & Beverage Director of Hawaii Prince Hotel, has since moved on to become the General Manager of Lotus Waikiki, formerly known as “W”, right next to Sans Souci behind Kaimana Beach, where Bobby McGee’s used to be. Remember that club?!!! If you do, like me, you’re officially now OLD! lol

And what did I learn from this wine tasting event? Like any other finer restaurant, if I blurb the word “floral”, “tannic” or “rustic”, I immediately gain respect from the person serving me, even though I don’t know what the HECK I’m talking about. LOL!!! Just kidding, but I really don’t know what I’m talking about, yet the servers all definitely knew what they were pouring. I’m a Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir kinda’ guy, so that’s what I always gravitate towards. In fact, all I sampled at this event were reds, no whites. No way. Strictly reds.

That said, this by FAR my favorite label of the evening…

Pomai’s Wine Pick of the Evening: Ricardo Santos Cabernet Souvignon 2011 – medium bodied, rich and complex, while being somewhat fruity, yet balanced. Only 600 bottles of this label were produced.

Huge mahalo to Joy, Aaron, Glenn and the entire team at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki for the invitation to yet another FIRST CLASS foodie event! You folks ROCK!

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club
100 Holomoana Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96815

Tel. (808) 944-4491

The Tasty Island related links:

2015 Hawaii Prince Oktoberfest

2015 Hawaii Prince Hanami Sake Festival

Hawaii Prince Christmas Concert Brunch

2014 Hawaii Prince Oktoberfest

P.S. Waikiki Beach, version update 3.20.16…


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