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18 top wineries featured at Maui Calls this evening at the MACC

August 9, 2013 - Carla Tracy

As many of you know, Maui Calls will be uncorked from 6 to 10 Friday (tonight) at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. It is the MACC’s signature annual gala fundraiser, and it’s chock full of colorful lei, food from 15 top Maui restaurants, coveted auction items and some of the best wine you’ll ever find in the islands. Tickets are still available at $175 per person. You may call 242-SHOW or visit Maui Arts & Cultural Center Website.

“When we sold our company last September to Paradise Beverages, Art Vento and the gang at the MACC were concerned about my ability to continue supplying wineries to Maui Calls,” says Alan Jahns. “But I’m happy to say that Paradise has been extremely supportive, allowing me to continue hosting the winery part of Maui Calls. In fact, 2013 will be my fifth year in a row!”

“Maui Calls has always been extra special to me, probably meaning a little more to me than my brethren in Honolulu and on the other islands as I’ve been a resident here since 1978. How can one not be impressed by the high level of gastronomic superstars they’ve been able to maintain, year after year?” continues Jahns.

“Since taking over as the wine sponsor for Maui Calls in 2009, I’ve always tried to outdo the previous year’s group of wineries —and although I’m a little biased, I think 2013 is the best group yet! We have more wineries participating this year than in any of my previous four years as sponsor — I’m counting 18 participants!” (see list below).

Jahns will bring back the core group of crowd favorites such as Duckhorn, Rombauer, PlumpJack/Cade, Miner Family, Owen Roe, Paradigm, John Anthony and his favorite Argentine importer, Vino del Sol.

“I’m extra excited with the ‘Class of 2013,’ because we have the largest group of newbies/first timers participating than any previous year,” Jahns continues. “We’ve got two of Washington State’s greatest producers participating for the first time: Andrew Will and Betz Family, whose cabernet blends have been outscoring the best from Napa Valley over the past decade.”

More participants from Napa Valley are coming with the addition of first timers.

“We’ve got Whitehall Lane, Somerston Estate and local-wine-hero Ray Signorello joining Orin Swift – creator of The Prisoner —who’s credited with making red blends all the rage over the past few years,”says Jahns. “And speaking of the greatest red-blends coming out of California, we’ll have Jeff Cohn and his JC Cellars, along with the crazies from SloDown wines -- and their hot-new wine called, Sexual Chocolate,’ (I can confirm there’s no chocolate in this wine, but still waiting on finding any sex).”

Confirmed Participants are:

Andrew Will Winery: Will Camarda (owner)

Betz Family Winery: Tim Steinke: Director of Sales

Cade Estate and Plumpjack Estate Wineries: John Conover (Partner-General Manager)

Duckhorn Wine Company: Michelle Watkins: Western Sales Manager

Handley Cellars: Milla Handley (Owner/Winemaker)

JC Cellars: Jeff & Alexandra Cohn (Owners)

John Anthony and JaM Cellars (Napa Valley): John and Michele Truchard (Owners)

Miner Family: Jen Ayles: National Sales Manager

Negociants U.S.A. (Importer: Australia & NZ): David Townsend: Pacific Region Manager

Orin Swift: Tom Traverso (Partner/GM)

Owen Roe Winery: David O’Reilly (Owner/Winemaker)

Paradigm Winery: Sean Crowley: Director of Sales and Marketing

Priest Ranch/Somerston Estates: Jack Edwards: Vice President of Sales

Rombauer Vineyards: Alan Cannon. C.W.E.(Certified Wine Educator) Director of Sales

SloDown Wines: Bo Silliman (Owner & Board Certified Wynecologist)

Signorello Group (Signorello, Edge, Trim & Fuse) Michael Updegraff

Vino del Sol (Importer: Argentina): Kent Smith (National Sales)

Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards: Tom Leonardini Jr. (owner)


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Alan Jahns, right, will bring in 18 top wineries