Wine Down @Hyatt

If you ever get the chance to attend a wine tasting dinner at The Hyatt Regency Waikiki, do it.

Last week we were fortunate enough to be invited by The Hyatt Regency Waikiki to a fabulous wine tasting dinner. The wine was rich, bold and beautiful and came courtesy of Dennis Cakebread in Napa Valley. The tasting menu was prepared by The Colony Restaurant and was sooooo delish! I didn’t even know this restaurant existed, but I would sure go back for the yummiest scallops I’ve ever had!

By the time we got there, these ahi cones were being passed around. I grabbed one real quick, cuz I was hongrey! The 2008 Cakebread Sellers Sauvignon Blanc was refreshing after a long day at work.

We took our seats, and at this point I realized it was gonna be a loooong night. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to the end.

So this was the yummy scallop. It was a stewed in Vermouth, served with endive and shiitake, and served with a buttery crepe shell. I was dying! So creamy. I don’t normally care for Chardonnay, but the Cakebread Cellers Reserve Chardonnay, actually paired quite nicely.

The second course was a lobster and arugula salad with a caviar and white truffle vinaigrette. Oh man, was the truffle flavor good. Served with Cakebread’s Pinot Noir. At this point, Dennis Cakebread himself came to our table to talk with us. I’m sure he was like, “What are these kids doing at my event?!”

After the salad we had a apple intermezzo to clear the palate. That was cool and refreshing. Now the main course, an espresso-rubbed filet with a huge Buerre Monte-poached shrimp sitting nicely on top. They brought out a deep Cabernet Sauvignon with this. At this point the table next to us was getting pretty rowdy. I swear they cheers’ed like eight times. Although by this point, I was getting a little tipsy too…

Okay, I barely remember eating this dessert (hence the awful photo) and it kind of looks like Spam, but from what I hear it was delicious! (Croquant chocolate and hazelnut bars, served with 2006 Cakebread Zinfandel).

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