I recently returned from a long overdue vacation in Maui. It was my 5th trip to Hawaii and my third time in Maui. Sand-and-sun are not my thing, but overall it was a great family vacation. On most of my travels, I bring a few bottles of wine. On this trip I bought two bottles of wine and one sake. I always think it is a good idea to travel with bottles of wine or sake, either for personal consumption or to give away as gifts.
On this trip I bought an excellent 2006 Conundrum White Table Wine, a good bottle of 2006 Vision Cellars riesling, and a very good sake. I highly recommend the 2006 Conundrum. It’s a multi-varietal white wine from Napa, made in cojunction with Caymus. It’s inexpensive (~$20), refreshing, and unique. Conundrum will not improve with age. I would drink Conundrum within 6 months of purchase.
I almost always bring a bottle of sake when I travel, except of course when I journey to Japan. Sake travels better than most wines, will not lose its flavor profile if kept cold for several days, and it’s difficult to find good sake on the road. For my trip to Maui, I brought a very good bottle of Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri, the “Mirror of Truth.” This post, however, is not about what I bought to Maui, but about a winery in Maui.