For many people, a romantic night on the lanai, with a nice bottle of wine makes for a perfect night. For others, part of the fun of vacation is going to a lively bar and laughing with friends. Here are five places on Maui that serve fantastic wines in fun and/or romantic settings.
- The Wine Palette (Kapalua)
Fun. With board games, Wednesday Trivia Night, places to doodle and even canvases and glasses to paint on, fun is in the Wine Palette’s DNA. They also claim to have the largest TV on Maui, which comes in handy for sporting events, awards shows and even movies. As for the wine, they have one of the longest wine lists on Maui. The Wine Palette is family-friendly so no need to hire a babysitter for a fun night out. (The Wine Palette)
- Matteo’s Osteria (Wailea)
At the center of the wine bar sits Le Grand Cruvinet wine preservation and dispensing machine. It’s basically the Rolls Royce of wine pouring/preserving machines and pretty much guarantees you’ll always receive a fresh glass of wine. And oh what wines they serve. Matteo’s features over 60 wines by the glass from all over Italy. These wines pair with some of the best Italian food you’ll find on Maui. (Matteo’s Osteria)
- Merriman’s Maui (Kapalua)
Overlooking Kapalua Point, you’ll be hard pressed to find better sunset views. Merriman’s wine strategy is interesting… and we approve! They pour wines from mostly small, family-owned vineyards, eschewing the larger, nationally known wineries. So, while you may not find the wines you normally drink, you might just find something new to love. In general, these wineries use sustainable and organic practices to cultivate their wines. Beyond the wine, Merriman’s has earned a reputation as serving some of the finest, locally sourced foods in Hawai’i. (Merriman’s Maui)
- Da Vine Art (Paia)
This is the only wine/coffee bar we’ve ever known. Located in Paia, the bar is open odd hours so make sure you double-check to make sure they’re open. If you get there before 2 PM, you should be OK. That’s right, this is a wine bar that primarily caters to the lunch crowd, serving beer and wine from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., though Thursday to Saturday, they’re open until 7 P.M. OK, logistics aside, this fun little bar features local wines and offers wine seminars with wine makers and vineyard owners, and showcases local artists and artisans. (Da Vine Art)
- Nick’s Fish Market (Wailea)
With a 2000-bottle wine cellar, Wine Spectator has named Nick’s Fish Market a Best of Award of Excellence five years running. That pretty much covers their wine credentials. Located in the Fairmont Kea Lani, Nick’s features Mediterranean influenced cuisine with a Hawai’ian twist. While they serve steaks and a killer rack of lamb, Nick’s is primarily known for their fresh seafood. (Nick’s Fish Market)
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