Sponsored Edition: Fine Wining

By day you’re a filing, faxing, multitasking, meeting-planning, client-entertaining mastermind. By night, you’re curled up on the couch eating frozen dinners chased with Pinot Grigio from a box. All while indulging in your habitual Food Network fantasizing about long weekends of eating top-chef cuisine and sipping rare vintages.

Time to wake up and make the dream come true.

Just book a weekend at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, the annual four-day feast of fine wines and gourmet food held June 24 to 27 at Kapalua Resort on Maui. www.leichic.com

Choose a la carte tickets, two-night packages or a four-night package which comes with luxurious accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, plus extras like a daily buffet breakfast and golf clinics, as well as passes to the wine and food events of your choice. Check out the lunch cooking demonstration by DK Kodama called “DK’s Secrets: Sansei Style.” Or hit up one of the interactive tasting seminars like “Zins and Cheese,” or “Wine Idol: The Master Challenge.”

Of course you’ve got to keep your appetite up for The Grand Tasting, where some of the country’s top Master Sommeliers are on hand to help you taste your way through hundreds of hard-to-find and food-friendly wines. Plus, you’ll be able to sample local chefs’ dishes created with the freshest locally grown ingredients – the Maui Farm Bureau partnered with the event to make sure chefs had access to the best Maui fruits and vegetables, beef, cheese and other ingredients for their farm-to-fork creations.

The long weekend wraps up with an extravaganza of haute cuisine from the deep sea at The Kapalua Seafood Festival, where 13 of Maui’s top chefs create and cook dishes to compete for the “Best of the Fest” prize.

The best part? This paradise of food and wine isn’t on some Fantasy Island. It’s right next door on Maui.

And once you book your ticket, you can get on with your new daydream: a whole long weekend where you do nothing but sip back and relax.

The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is June 24-27, 2010 at Kapalua Resort on Maui. Check out packages and book your tickets by calling 888.665.9160 or clicking here.