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Acclaimed California winemakers Richard Sanford (left) and Donald Patz were panelists at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival last weekend. Patz is a repeat Maui visitor. Carla Tracy photo

DINING WITH DAD . . . You have two more days to enter Dad to win the Father’s Day Contest Upcountry at Pukalani Superette. The grand prize is a six-foot Barefoot Surfboard, followed by gift cards, combo platters from the store’s catering department and gift certificates. Winners will be drawn Friday. Place your Father’s Day orders now for Sunday at 572-7616.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel will dish up its award-winning champagne brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and word has it that Exec Sous Chef Chris Napoleon will slow-roast prime rib, glaze barbecue leg of lamb and beef brisket, and make pork laulau. Call 661-0011.

Or saddle up to Stopwatch Sports Bar & Grill in Makawao for Father’s Day specials of surf ‘n’ turf or flat-iron steak and shrimp steak combo plates for $19.95, according to owner Haru Hiu-Arian.

While Maui Prime Fine Foods is not open on Sundays, the Lahaina gourmet shop is up and running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, stocking Snake River Farms American Wagyu ribeyes, Australian Wagyu T-bones and live Maine lobsters. And ask Jason Mahon about the Maui steamer pots.

Want to order sushi take-out and let Dad sip some sake as he savors it? Iron Chef Morimoto’s Easy Cup Sake is now available in Hawaii. A refreshing summer drink for the beach or the home, it comes in a cooler-friendly five-pack of resealable glass cups. Made from premium grade Yamada Nishiki rice polished and then brewed with pure Fushimizu water, Easy Cup Sake is dry on the palate and has a balanced texture and no preservatives, sulfates or gluten.

You may find it at local retailers Foodland, Safeway, ABC Stores, Island Grocery Depot and more. Easy Cup Sake is also available at Morimoto Maui at Andaz Maui at Wailea.

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BITS AND PIECES . . . Speaking of Andaz, a wine dinner will be held at its signature Ka’ana Kitchen at 6 p.m. June 20. Courses include clam dip with chicharon, foie gras and local citrus; pan chowder filled to the brim with snapper, Kona lobster, smoked mussels and chayote; duck breast with black raspberry molasses and Big Island goat cheese; Meyer lemon sorbet; adobo short ribs with quail egg; and “Spider Cake” made with wild Piilani Highway hibiscus and Upcountry honey. Wines will be poured by Chambers & Chambers Certified Sommelier James Maher. The cost is $175 per person. Call 573-1234.

By the way, Chambers & Chambers recently had a rosé wine trade tasting at Spago Maui with both Maher and his boss, Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy, pouring the cool and refreshing varietal.

“Wailea Wine has some of the rosés we tasted, and you can order any that they do not have,” says Maher. “Aloha Discount Liquor also has a few.”

Hot on the heels of the Kapalua Wine Festival, which had star power of the chef and winemaker kind, the Maui Film Festival is looming larger than life at its Wailea venues and at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Word has it that Taste of Wailea is sold out, except for pass holders, and that tickets to Taste of Chocolate at 10 tonight at Four Seasons Resort Maui are going as fast as you can devour a chocolate souffle with banana ice cream.

The MACC will present films Friday through Sunday, and Isana Restaurant will cater sushi rolls, garlic noodles, garden salads and grilled chicken. At the Celestial Cinema in Wailea enjoy foods by crowd-pleasing nightly caterer, Mulligans on the Blue.