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Jul 20, 2012 08:37 AM

Wine Corkage in Maui

Finally Maui is attempting to catch up to the Islands by allowing Corkage in it's restaurants much to the dismay of some greedy owners. Interesting article below:

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  1. Thanks for the article, yes it has been quite the talk over there about this. Maybe they can repeal the no infused alcohol rule instead!

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    1. re: manomin

      Some of the Restaurant owners are really taking a chance by being so strongly opposed to falling in line with the other Islands. Mama's is the most supportive and they do the most volume which is interesting.
      The fact is several of the restaurants allow some of us to bring wine in over there for the last few years anyway. Now it's legal.
      Went to Joy of Sake in Honolulu tonight, good stuff.

      1. re: russkar

        Yes, you are right about some restaurants allowing this. I think Peter is right too along with Mama's. Glad you enjoyed JOS, I keep thinking one year I'll go! Can't do everything! What was your favorite dish?

        1. re: manomin

          Stage's Pork Loin (sous vide)
          Blt (big island) Beef
          Cake Works - Green Tea macaroon
          Prima - Panna Cotta (savory)

          1. re: russkar

            Sounds lovely! Thanks for telling us!

            1. re: russkar

              you mean you didn't care for chai's thai style oxtail soup? for me, that and stage's sous vide pork loin were the standouts.

              1. re: killersmile

                Chai's was very good and would have been 3rd in the Proteins for us right after BLT.

      2. That is good, as they were "flying solo" on BYOW, before.

        Glad to hear that they are finally catching up.

        It's too late for my two bottles of DRC's, but such is life.


        1. The Liquor Commission voted yesterday to make Corkage legal in Maui County.
          A victory for all of us that collect wine or like to drink the wines we like vs. the restaurants wines.
          Hopefully the Restaurant Owners that opposed this change will now embrace it or lose a certain amount of business.

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          1. re: russkar

            Great news, at least for me - though those DRC's were shipped back to the Mainland, and are now long gone.



          2. Bev Gannon opposed this deal...her wine lists are interesting and very fairly priced, however I don't see how she would lose out too much if she charged $35 corkage, like Mama's...Maui did not set a maximum corkage...if they wanted to, they could charge $50, or even $90 like the FL did.

            And aren't most customers tourists?'s not like they're bringing wine on the plane, aside from a few true wine geeks.

            Personally, I don't like drinking wine in Hawaii (or any tropics) never seems to taste quite right....give me a beer or silly drink anyday :)