Wine Experts Invite Guests to Uncork While They Unwind at Four Seasons Resort Maui
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Gone are the days of stuffy, old-world pretense.
For guests of the Resort’s Elite Suites, these experts provide a list of unexpected experiences, such as “glassology” Riedel glass tastings and Ultimate Pairing Dinners, in which the menu is planned around personal wine preferences. Guests of these suites will also have access to some of the world’s most revered and hard-to-find bottles through an exclusive wine list curated by resort partner Christian Navarro, president and principal of globally-recognised retailer and restaurant Wally’s Wine and Spirits.
As many learned from the instant cult classic documentary Somm, the road to becoming a sommelier is not for the weary. Not only is it rigorous and long, but it is expensive as well. The Resort proudly assists employees aspiring to develop their wine knowledge by financially supporting their pursuit of certification. In addition, the Resort perpetuates this love of wine by encouraging frequent opportunities for the somms to embrace their art. Wine enthusiasts property-wide (somm or not) meet for informal wine chats, attend special quarterly trainings, and highlight wine education during daily staff meetings in all three of the Resort’s fine dining restaurants - DUO Steak and Seafood, Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante and Spago. Sommeliers of all levels gather weekly to engage in friendly competition.
The result is a culture of passionate and collaborative wine experts, offering a deep resource for guests interested in wine. The philosophy across the Resort is to offer wines that pair with the talented culinary team’s cuisine as well as the Resort’s sophisticated yet laid back atmosphere. Most importantly to the somms is that guests enjoy themselves and not take things too seriously. “After all,” says certified sommelier and DUO Steak and Seafood manager Faith Schroeder, “wine’s only meant for drinking. Ultimately, I just want to see my guests smile.”