Elite Wine Experience on Maui

Gain access to curated wine selections at Four Seasons

BY JEN MURPHY — Winter 2019

ugary tiki cocktails are often the drink of choice at many Hawaiian resorts. But at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, some guests prefer to toast the sunset with 2014 Joseph Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet. To cater to guests with discerning wine tastes, the property has teamed up with sommelier-to-the-stars Christian Navarro of Wally’s Wine & Spirits in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, Calif., to create an unparalleled wine experience in its year-old Elite Suites. The resort has upgraded the traditional minibar in these suites to a mini wine cellar, which Navarro has curated with one of the island’s deepest label selections, such as 1994 Harlan Estate and Château Petrus Pomerol going back to 1998. The 22 sommeliers on staff get all of the details right, such as decanting your bottle of choice so it’s opened just in time for sunset sipping on your oceanview patio. If you fall in love with a bottle, the property can even introduce you to the winemaker via email or phone. Through a partnership with Riedel, Four Seasons also offers all guests an hourlong, in-room glassology tutorial that educates wine aficionados on the different-shaped glasses they should use to drink different varietals. — JEN MURPHY

Details: From $14,000 for a two-bedroom, oceanfront Elite Suite; $500 for a glassology session. 800-311-0630; fourseasons.com/maui

FOR OENOPHILES: On March 1-3, the Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic will feature 30 of the world’s best wineries (such as Biondi Santi and Dom Pérignon), as well as celebrity guest chefs. Wally’s Christian Navarro is curating the wine for the event, which will include master classes, wine dinners, a glassology session, Champagne brunch, and an oceanfront gala.


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