Noe at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina has been honoured for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards as one of the world’s top destinations for wine lovers.
Lauded for bringing the simple, delectable flavours of Southern Italy to the Hawaiian Islands, Noe complements a growing list of culinary accolades for Japanese-Italian Chef Ryo Takatsuka with Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, and recognition as one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.
“Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” says Marvin R. Shanken, Editor & Publisher, Wine Spectator.
“We are thrilled with Noe’s recognition in Wine Spectator,” says Four Seasons Oahu Director of Food and Beverage (and former Executive Chef) Martin Knaubert. “Noe brings a newfound dining experience to the island, with authentic Italian-inspired cuisine, while capturing the story of grape, soil and climate from some of the world’s finest wine regions.”
The Noe wine list features a rarity of vintages and a diversity of selection referencing every wine region in the world and ranging in price from USD 40 to 10,000 per bottle. Among the references are a rare 1969 Dom Perignon and a 1981 Opus 1: one of the first signature vintages out of the Napa valley.
“Cultivating partnerships with world renowned wineries and suppliers provides us with access to private collections and a depth in cellaring that is not easily replicated,” adds Four Seasons Sommelier and Director of Restaurants Yiannis Kokolakis.
Noe’s award-winning wine list pairs with the culinary mastery of Noe’s Japanese-Italian Chef de Cuisine Ryo Takasuka, who spent ten years in Italy mastering the heart and essence of Italian cuisine at restaurants including the acclaimed Ristorante Il Songo di Angelo in La Spezia and Hotel Eden La Terrazza in Rome, where he helped earn the restaurant two Michelin stars.
Chic, intimate, casually glamorous, Noe has food lovers returning again and again to try dishes best described as Capri-meets-Oahu. Southern Italy’s characteristic light flavours shape dishes inspired by local seafood, top quality meats and homemade pastas, accompanied by an unrivalled selection of Italian wines – many never before available in Hawaii – and a sumptuous selection of desserts including tiramisu made in house. Most tables are outdoors, overlooking the ocean and the neighbouring Lanikuhonua Cultural Estate – ideal for romantic sunset and starlight dining.