Fine Wine For The Win

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October 23, 2016

Story By: Christina O Connor |

Pappardelle Ragu a Maile (the third course in Talley Wine Dinner). File photo

Pappardelle Ragu a Maile (the third course in Talley Wine Dinner). File photo

Noted for its authentic Italian cuisine, Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar also boasts an extensive wine list.

According to Il Lupino spokeswoman Mona Wood, it’s one of the best wine lists in town. And now it’s got accolades to back up her claim: Il Lupino recently earned some prestigious awards, including recognitions from Wine Spectator and World of Fine Wine.

So to show it off, Il Lupino is planning to host more wine dinners, starting with Talley Wine Dinner Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in celebration of Talley Vineyards’ 30th anniversary. Talley president Brian Talley will be in attendance, and the dinner will feature select chardonnay and pinot noir pairings. The dinner costs $110 per person.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of it,” Wood says.


Even if you’d like to believe otherwise, you can’t live off wine alone. Luckily, the dishes at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine bar are designed to complement its wine selection.

The restaurant’s Talley Wine Dinner, for instance, is a four-course meal that starts off with Talley Estate Chardonnay and an amuse bouche. Next up is Seared Scallops with Lemon Beurre Blanc, alongside Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay.

Then there’s the Pappardelle Ragu a Maile, a tomato-based ragu featuring pork braised in Chianti wine. It’s paired with Talley Estate Pinot Noir.

Finally, there is the Rack of Lamb, which is marinated in figs, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and is paired with Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir.

IL Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

Royal Hawaiian Center,
2233 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
Breakfast: 8-11:30 a.m.; brunch Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; dinner Sunday-Thursday, 5-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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