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I’o and Pacific’O honored by Wine Spectator

By Staff | Sep 24, 2009

“In developing our wine lists, we’ve focused on boutique, small production wineries who emphasize a sense of place in their wines,” said Richard Clark.

LAHAINA — I’o and Pacific’O restaurants both received Wine Spectator’s 2009 Award of Excellence for their restaurant wine lists. 

To qualify, restaurants must present a well-balanced wine list comprised of quality products. Typically, winning lists offer at least 100 wines, complementing the restaurant’s dining menu in theme, style and price.

“Thoughtful pairing of food and wine enhances the dining experience,” said I’o and Pacific’O Wine Steward Richard Clark.

Along with Clark, restaurant Managers Solana Tao of I’o and Robert Comstock of Pacific’O actively participate in wine list development.

Weekly training sessions provide tasting opportunities and education for the service staff.

The sister restaurants at 505 Front Street serve Hawaiian Regional Cuisine emphasizing the “farm-to-table” concept. Much of their produce comes from their own exclusive O’o Farm in Upcountry Maui. The fresh fish comes from local anglers, and most meats offered are from Upcountry ranchers. All entrees are listed with suggested wine pairings.

For more information, visit www.iomaui.com and www.pacificomaui.com.