Where to Drink for Free in Honolulu
Summer is the perfect time to find a new favorite sparkling wine, bright and crisp and perfect for an Independence Day picnic, or to try a different kind of red in your sangria. Or maybe a sake-filled summer is more your speed. Here’s a list of upcoming wine and sake tastings—and they’re free. (We DO suggest buying a bottle or three when you find your new favorite bottle because there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find them again.)
The Chinatown wine shop holds tastings every Tuesday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., while supplies last. Check the website for a calendar of tasting events.
Next up: HASR staff will pick a few of their favorite bottles and pour until there’s no more on Friday, June 13. Show up right at 5 p.m. and you’ll be sure to get more than a few good sips in.
The Wine Stop
The Wine Stop holds tastings every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Check the website for a calendar of tasting events.
Next up: Take dad Saturday, June 14 to taste a few hand-selected, Father-approved bottles at The Wine Stop’s Father’s Day tasting.
On Saturday, June 21, The Wine Stop hosts a sampling of poke and poke-friendly wines. Because sometimes cool and raw trumps grilled and smoky. Wine Stop follows up its poke-fest with its Wines and Fireworks tasting—“sparkling wine for the sparklers, Syrah for the spice, Pinotage for the smoke and Zinfandel for the finish.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
R. Field Wine Co.
Foodland’s in-store wine shop, R. Field Wine Co., holds wine tastings every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Foodland’s four R. Field locations. Check the website for a calendar of tasting events.
Next up: Head to any R. Field location Saturday, June 14 to sample a few bottles and to chat with the distributors who import the wines to the Islands.
Foodland Aina Haina: Ryan Choi of William Gladstone Imports pours a 2011 Famega Vinho Verde, 2011 Chateau de la Bouyere and 2010 Chateau Romfort.
Foodland Beretania: Mark Miyahara of Southern Wine & Spirits takes tasters to Tuscany with a 2012 Antinori Casasole Orvieto, a 2012 Antinori Cipresseto Rosato and a 2012 Antinori Santa Cristina Rosso.
Foodland Kailua: John Munro of Allied Imports goes old-world French with a 2012 Seigneurs de Bergerac Blanc , 2009 Chateau Haut Libarde and 2009 Chateau Coustaut La Grangeotte
Kapolei: Johnson Brothers distributors shows off a 2011 Tiki Sound Sauvignon Blanc, a 2010 Viberti Dolba Langhe and a 2012 Colimoro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
Fujioka’s Wine Times
Fujioka’s holds wine tastings Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Sake Shop
The Sake Shop on King Street hosts sake tasting at least once monthly. Check the website for a calendar of tasting events.
Next up: On Saturday, June 28, from 2 to 7:30 p.m., The Sake Shop will introduce sake enthusiasts (and newbies are welcome too) to nine sake from three Japan breweries in the Akita, Fukui and Nagano prefectures.