Life is Good – Napa Valley Visits Kahala

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Napa Valley Visits Kahala

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The Wine & Food Classic weekend kicks off Friday April 22nd with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s gourmet, five-course dinner with wine pairings by Pride Mountain Vineyards award winning wines, all under our gorgeous Hawaiian night sky at the water’s edge on The Kahala’s Diamond Head Lawn.

Chef Cindy Pawlcyn is the Chef / Owner of Mustards Grill, Go Fish, and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, in the heart of California’s Napa Valley wine growing region. Mustards Grill has been the hub of the Napa Valley food and wine industry since its opening in 1983. It’s where winemakers lunch with locals and chefs dine on their nights  off. We met Chef Pawlcyn and tasted her world renown duck burgers and they are out of this world! Tomorrow there’s a class with Chef, call the Kahala and see if you can get in.  I know that there are a few seats available for tonight’s dinner as well and on  Saturday there is also a wine seminar with Suzanne Pride Bryan & Stuart Bryan, the principals of Pride Mountain Vineyards, which has the unique distinction of being featured among only 22 California wineries chosen for Robert Parker’s book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates.  Pride has also placed six times on the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 list of wines over the last ten years. Join the Bryans as they guide you through a tasting of their amazing wines. The Bryans are second generation to the art and business of fine wines and Suzanne commented that she envisions a legacy not unlike an italian vineyard where “400 years from now it would be wonderful if the vineyard is still in existence”. Having tasted Pride’s 2008 Viognier for the first time (and with Chef Pawlcyn’s amazing duck burger what a treat)  their efforts will surely lead to longevity for this family business.  Here is an excerpt from the series we’re producing with host, Dante Camara, on great food and wine. Life is Good. For more visit


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