Lo­cal Wine Shop Al­ready Has Folks Bub­bly Over Its Ar­rival

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a bot­tle of wine and walked out with 10 bot­tles.’ That’s usu­ally how it is,” Ta­mura said with a laugh.

“ It’s ex­cit­ing, and the re­sponse we’ve had so far is re­ally good,” added Chad Kroeger, Aiea store man­ager. “That’s what’s been the great part about our first week — ev­ery­body’s been re­ally ex­cit­ing and telling us how ex­cit­ing and thank­ful they are that we’re here.”

Also be­gin­ning this week — and sure to be pop­u­lar among area res­i­dents — are free in-house tast­ings, held from 4 to 7 p.m. Fri­days and at 3 to 6 p.m. Satur­days, where the cu­ri­ous or in­trepid can ex­pand palates with help from the ex­pe­ri­enced staff.

“There’s so much knowl­edge here at this store and so much ex­pe­ri­ence within the staff that we’re able to taste a lot of dif­fer­ent things and make a lot of good se­lec­tions that ben­e­fit the cus­tomers,” added Ben Brech­tel, as­sis­tant store man­ager. “When you come into the store, it is a bit over­whelm­ing — you see hun­dreds and hun­dreds of bot­tles and don’t know where to be­gin. We’ve had the ad­van­tage of try­ing 15 of these wines of the 30 we’re look­ing at, so I can tell you this tastes like this, you might like this based on what you de­scribed, or this is a good op­tion.”

Brech­tel, a res­i­dent of West Oahu, re­cently helped launch a Web site for Ta­mura’s Fine Wines, www.tamuras­finewine.com, which high­lights a dif­fer­ent wine and beer of the month as well as other spe­cial­ties found only at this lo­cal chain. Con­nois­seurs can also send an e-mail re­quest to be put on the list for Ta­mura’s wine and cigar clubs or to in­quire about new ar­rivals, in-stock items, spe­cial orders or ex­pert ad­vice.

“With Ta­mura’s we al­ways have stuff that’s exclusive to us that you can’t find any­where else on the is­land,” Kroeger said.“ Right now we have a bunch of re­ally good Span­ish wines that are ex­clu- sive to us, nice price points, re­ally good rat­ings, but there’s more than that. We’re get­ting stuff all the time. Any­thing that’s avail­able, we’re able to get.”

In ad­di­tion to a wide ar­ray of reds, whites, roses, hard liquors, sig­na­tory lines (just ar­rived is a line of wines fea­tur­ing Hello Kitty) and in­ter­na­tional beers, Ta­mura’s Fine Wines also houses many of the pair­ings needed for any at-home wine party. Think cheeses, crack­ers, olives, choco­lates, pasta, br­uschetta, hum­mus, chips, dip, fresh seafood — yes, even their best-sell­ing va­ri­eties of poke.

“It’s like a candy store for any­body who loves to drink or who wants to get into the wines and the poke,” Ta­mura said.

“We have the cheese, the wines, the poke, the beer … you’re bound to walk out with some­thing.

“If we don’t have it, no one will.”

Glenn Ta­mura (cen­ter) is putting his newly opened Ta­mura’s Fine Wines & Liquors store in Aiea in the ca­pa­ble hands of as­sis­tant store man­ager Ben Bech­tel (left) and Chad Kroeger, store man­ager. Photo by Nathalie Walker, nwalker@mid­week.com.

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