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January 19, 2020

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Fujioka’s Wine Times

Lagavulin 11-year Offerman Edition ($104.99)

Just in time for 2020, Fujioka’s Wine Times has an array of popular choices that are ideal for local tastes, and top air with one’s favorite cuisine.

Be sure to try Olelo Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ’17 and Olelo Chardonnay, Paso Robles ’16 ($12.99 each). The three colors on the Olelo label represent the land, sea and sky. And, as there must be a natural balance between these elements, fi ne wines also need to have a natural balance.

Knob Creek 12-year ($59.99)

Handcrafted traditional wine making techniques and barrel aging ensure Olelo Wines are naturally well balanced and satisfying. In 2010, Olelo Wines was created by local master sommelier Michael Jordan exclusively for Disney’s Aulani Resort at Ko Olina. Since then, these delicious wines have become a favorite of guests.

These handcrafted artisan wines have gained a loyal following, and due to popular demand, they’re available at exclusive locations across the country.  The “island-style” wines are soft, supple and easy to drink, and pair perfectly with fresh and light tropical and Asian cuisine.

Olelo Cabernet Sauvignon, left, and Olelo Chardonnay ($12.99 each)

Arnad Rouge de Vallee “La Kiuva” ’18 ($17.99) is a lighter valley red version of one of Fujioka’s favorite wines: a delicate 100 percent Nebbiolo from high in the Italian Alps near the French border. Arnad-Montjovet is named for two small villages in the Vallee d’Aoste where the main grape grown is Picatendro, the local clone of Nebbiolo, which yields small bunches of tiny, ripe grapes that provides intense fruit and depth to the local wines. It’s medium bodied, fl oral, juicy and filled with an array of violet and spice notes.

Named in honor of actor Nick Offerman, Lagavulin 11-Year Offerman Edition ($104.99, 46 percent alcohol by volume) is a top choice of the huge Lagavulin enthusiast who has appeared in numerous ads for the brand. Offerman collaborated with Lagavulin distillery manager Colin Gordon to select the blend for this edition and also helped with the label design, which bears his portrait and signature along with a quote.

Arnad Rouge de Vallee “Ka Kiuva” ($17.99)

The single malt Scotch whisky features alluring aromas of smoked meat along with sweet malt and vanilla tones. Its peat level is not overwhelming, but has enough to support the Lagavulin style with citrus and earthy flavors that linger on the palate.

Knob Creek ($59.99, 50 percent abv) is a must-have bottle as the bourbon whiskey is aged for 12 years, which will excite fans who previously looked forward to the nine-year version. Customers look forward to the spirit’s rich flavors of baking spice and sweet vanilla.

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