Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and Opus One Winery Team Up for Unforgettable Dinner Event under Tropical Stars

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Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci and Four Seasons Resort Maui Master Executive Chef Roger Stettler Plan Perfect Pairings for May 6 Event at the Resort

"The original founders of Opus One Winery were Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillippe de Rothschild. The men first met while in Hawaii and later launched the renowned vineyard.."
Thomas Steinhauer, Four Seasons Resort Maui

If you are a wine lover looking for the ultimate in exquisite food and wine pairings, then look no farther than Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. On Friday, May 6, the resort joins with celebrated Opus One Winery, Napa Valley, CA, to offer guests an exceptional viticulture evening, featuring discussions of the creative cuisine of Four Seasons Master Executive Chef Roger Stettler and the wines of Opus One's Winemaker Michael Silacci. It all takes place under the stars on Four Seasons Resort Maui’s Oceanfront Lawn.

"The original founders of Opus One Winery were Robert Mondavi and Baron Phillippe de Rothschild. The men first met while in Hawaii and later launched the renowned vineyard so it is quite fitting that their select vintages come back to us to be enjoyed by guests at Four Seasons Resort Maui for this special occasion," says Thomas Steinhauer, regional vice president and general manager, Four Seasons Resorts Maui.

Silacci, who is responsible for all aspects of vineyard management and winemaking, has selected five Opus One vintages to feature at this unforgettable dinner including:

    1981: One of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley history, producing a lean, elegant and quite long-lived wine;
    1995: A vintage that is ideal in nearly every way; spicy and rich, the wine offers exquisite balance and a persistently long finish;
    2001: Michael’s first vintage at Opus One, showing a supple creamy entry, followed by intense flavors of ripe black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate, and finishing with lingering black fruit and savory spice;
    2005: A voluptuous garnet, this vintage offers concentrated aromas of blueberry, rose petals, white truffle, licorice and nutmeg;
    2007: The 2007 vintage will be a special surprise and delight to round up the exceptional wines being presented.

Four Seasons Maui’s Master Executive Chef Stettler is planning a sumptuous four-course meal--plus an array of extraordinary hors d'oeuvres—to complement this most romantic tropical experience. Among the featured menu items will be Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Aged Port Wine-Mole Syrup (1st Course); Maine Lobster and Scallop "Blanquette" (2nd Course); and Braised Oxtail, Sun Choke Mousse; Crackling Kurobuta Pork Belly, Acaii Berry Reduction (Main Course). Dinner guests will finish the evening with an imaginative sampling of delectable sweets and cheeses prepared by Four Seasons Maui's Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton.

This is just one of the Unforgettable Events featured by Four Seasons Resort Maui in 2011.
Others include unforgettable tennis, cycling, yoga and surfing experiences with world-class athletes and teachers. View: http://maui.fourseasons.com/edition/unforgettable-events. Or on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsResortMaui. The Opus One event cost is $350 per person. Reservations may be made by contacting concierge.maui(at)fourseasons(dot)com or by calling 808 874 2201. Space is limited.

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