HONOLULU -- Wine:
The Experience, a venture launched in Waikiki last spring, is
wine-tasting with a twist.
which caters to small affairs such as bachelor and bachelorette
parties and corporate retreats, not only offers tastings of
different varietals, it invites partygoers to pick one wine and, at
a later date, return to bottle it and take it home.
Its only a matter
of time before the concierges start recommending us and the tourism
market starts booking parties here, said Shannon Ball, founder and
president. We have events booked for the next four months.
ride from downtown hotels, the Experience takes place in a room
that holds up to 75 guests and is designed in the vein of a Napa
Valley wine-tasting room. Guests taste any number of reds and
whites, from a Chilean cabernet to a German riesling or Italian
valpolicella. After the tasting and selecting process, the staff
prepares a glass barrel, in which 30 bottles of the chosen wine
will ferment for two months.
The price per
barrel ranges from $275 to $360. Included is the room rental (hosts
can bring their own caterers, music or entertainment); the bottles;
labels (which guests can design or pick from a template of
computer- generated labels, then personalize); and a two-hour
return visit, when bottles are labeled, filled and corked. Shipping
For more, call
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].