Renowned Consultant Michel Rolland Visits Honolulu

This is the original, pre-edited version of the article I wrote for The Honolulu Advertiser on February 4th, 2009.  Who says I’m long-winded?


A giddy fan waits patiently as his Long Shadows Pedestal magnum is signed by Rolland. Yours Truly waiting in the wings for the interview to resume.

On Wednesday, January 28, 2008, Hawaii welcomed world-renown, consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.  Mr. Rolland’s first stop after arriving in the state was here on Oahu to promote his wines during a seminar held at The Honolulu Design Center and Stage Restaurant.

Immediately afterwards, he was to jet off to the Big Island, before heading off to South America and South Africa.  Mr. Rolland spends the majority of his time consulting with clients overseas, so we were indeed lucky for the opportunity to have him here for a formal, yet personal seminar.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Mr. Rolland as far as his personality was concerned.  His accomplishments and influence in the wine world are so wide-reaching and impressive; it was hard for me not to be intimidated.  Continue reading