Jun
24
6:30 PM18:30

(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Wines & Fresh Maine Oysters

DETAILS:  Join Sommelier Erica Archer for a gorgeous sunset wine sail on board the 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail sloop, Frances. As you gaze at lighthouses, islands and the sun setting over the Portland skyline, you will:

  • Explore some delicious white, sparkling, and rosé wines from around the world that you'll love to have in your repertoire. And we'll pair them with fresh Maine oysters shucked right on board
  • Find out what makes each region unique in their styles of wine they produce
  • Discuss the major grape varieties and these up and coming contenders worthy of your attention
  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine
  • Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level
  • Enjoy a selection of delicious Maine oysters, cheeses, fruit, and nuts

COST: $95
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com 

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

BURGER NIGHT: Featuring Glou Glou wines from Savio Soares @ Drifters Wife

DETAILS: Burger Night and Glou Glou Wines! Come get casual with juicy burgers and very drinkable wines from Savio Soares Selections. Importer Savio Soares himself will be a special guest for the evening. Vegetarian sandwich also available. Wines by the glass will be between $10-$14 (bottles $40+). Menu and wine is à la carte.

Savio Soares features what he describes as "Expressive Wines from Small Growers." After working with big names and brands in top Paris restaurants, he began to tour the European countryside getting to know the makers and growers. He says, "Those excursions provided a new understanding of the wines I was working with and broadened my wine appreciation. My focus moved to unknown small growers and in many ways unknown regions, just for the pleasure of discovery. My palate has evolved too but increasing towards appreciating more natural wines, wines with curiosity, nerve and uniqueness. I am addicted to finesse and grace and concentration that seeps through a less extracted and weighty wine. These wines are my selections and there is more out there to discover!"

COST: Varies. This is not a ticketed event. No reservations. Walk-ins first come, first serve! 
LINKS: www.drifterswife.com and saviosoaresselections.com

RESERVE: Walk-ins only for this special event

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Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

WINEMAKER NIGHT: Amarone, Ripasso and the Legacy of Giovanni Bertani @ Solo Italiano

DETAILS: Meet winemaker Giovanni Bertani, great-grandson of the mind behind Ripasso and Amarone, of Tenuta Santa Maria! He will be in-house to talk about his family's love and use of Recioto and Corvina as well as their traditional, yet innovative, approach to winemaking that produced these iconic styles of wine we know today. 

Seating will occur all night long, with the daily menu designed around the wines on offer. Chef Paolo Laboa will prepare classic Genovese dishes that we all know and love, but be sure to expect traditional Veneto cuisine to pepper the menu as well. Since it is not a pre-fixe menu, you are welcome to eat as much or as little as you’d like–opt for a full family style, five-course affair with a complete flight of Giovanni’s wines or eat light with one course and a glass of wine. The choice is yours! 

This is not a ticketed event, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Feel free to call with any questions.

COST: Varies
LINKS: www.tenutasantamaria.wine and www.soloitalianorestaurant.com 

RESERVE: Call 207-780-0227 or at Opentable.com

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TASTING EVENT: Grower Champagne & Caviar @ Central Provisions
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

TASTING EVENT: Grower Champagne & Caviar @ Central Provisions

DETAILS: Finish out a week of wine on a high note! Mark your calendar for this champagne and caviar pairing event at the Central Provisions downstairs bar, featuring Grower Champagne from Victorieux and caviar from Browne Trading Company.

Grower Champagnes are those produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. Récoltant-Manipulant is the term in French, and Grower Champagnes can be identified by "RM" on the wine label. Established in Maine, Victorieux Champagne currently imports a Brut Millésime 2009, a non-vintage Brut Tradition and Brut Rosé. The event will feature the latter two. These true Grower Champagnes, sourced from a registered Vigneron Independent, are vinted in a three-generational family winery located in the Côte de Sézanne region of Champagne, France. 

COST: $10 per half glass, $20 per glass, $75 per bottle. Caviar priced separately.
LINKS: central-provisions.com and vxchampagne.com

Reserve: No reservations necessary -- just come!

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Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

(Only 6 tickets left!) SPARKLING WINE BRUNCH: Exclusive Pairing Menu @ UNION

DETAIL: Executive Chef Josh Berry presents an exclusive, three-course Sunday brunch menu (see below) expertly paired with exquisite sparkling wines. Held at the Market Table at UNION, seating is limited to 12 people. Book soon! 

MENU:

  • Macerated Berries — Lemon Curd | Whipped Yogurt | Granola Cluster | Markus Huber Sparkling Rose
  • Pan Roast Gulf Shrimp — White Corn Polenta | Sunny Duck Egg | Blistered Shishitos | Alexandre Monmousseau Cremant de Loire
  • Brioche Pain Perdu — Cinnamon Gelato | Smoked Caramel | Sterling Blanc de Blanc

COST: $45 per person (including wine; not including tax + gratuity)
LINK: www.unionportland.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

(SOLD OUT) CLASS: Vino & Vinyasa

DETAILS: Stretch and center yourself with an hour-long yoga class followed by bubbles and brunch. Focus your drishti on the breathtaking waterfront views at Scales Restaurant as you practice in this flow-style class with instructor Alexzandra Peters of Be Well Portland. Afterward, dig into a lite brunch spread (provided by Be Well Portland) and enjoy a wine tasting hosted by MS Walker, a wine importer known for interesting wines from all over the world. You'll taste a selection of bubbles from France and Spain and everyone's favorite post workout beverage—rosè!

COST: $33 before 5/27/2018, $38 after 5/27/2018, $40 with yoga mat rental
LINKS:  scalesrestaurant.com and bewellportland.com

RESERVE: Click here for details and to purchase tickets

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Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Sunset Sail with Emerging Wines

DETAILS: Join Sommelier Erica Archer for a gorgeous sunset wine sail on board the 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail sloop, The Frances. As you gaze at lighthouses, islands and the sun setting over the Portland skyline, you will:

  • Taste and learn about some emerging European wines that you'll be thrilled to have in your repertoire
  • Find out what makes each region unique in their styles of wine they produce
  • Discuss the major grape varieties and these up and coming contenders worthy of your attention
  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine
  • Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level
  • Enjoy a selection of delicious cheeses, fruit, and nuts

COST: $79
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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Jun
23
5:30 PM17:30

WINE DINNER: The Diversity of Napa Wines @ Bolster, Snow & Co.

DETAILS: Four-course dinner of mouth-watering Bolster, Snow & Co. cuisine paired with exceptional Napa wines. Explore the history and wide-ranging style of Napa wines as you taste your way through the region with paired courses from our kitchen. Two seatings: 5:30 & 8:00 pm. An optional tasting seminar with Kenji O’Sullivan of Nickel and Nickel Winery precedes dinner at 2:30 pm.

COST: $100 per person (Optional tasting seminar at $50 per person)  
LINK: bolstersnow.com 

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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Jun
23
5:15 PM17:15

TASTING TOUR: Not your average wine tour with Maine Brew Bus

DETAILS: Now with over 20 different wineries in the state, most working with products grown specifically in Maine (in spite of the typical harsh weather and shorter growing season), owners’ abilities to think outside the vine has truly taken root. Portland has become home to a few of the big names and newest contenders in this ever-growing industry. Join the folks at Maine Brew Bus for a NEW, unique tour to explore the Portland wine scene in a way that you won’t find anywhere else and with stops that will truly change your perspective on what wine even is!

COST: $70 per person
LINKS: mainebrewbus.com

RESERVE: Click here to buy tickets.

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Jun
23
2:45 PM14:45

(SOLD OUT) WINE WALK: Mediterranean Wines

DETAILS: Join Sommelier Erica Archer of Wine Wise (Portland Wine Week's presenting sponsor) for a guided viticultural tasting and walking tour of Portland's vibrant Old Port restaurant scene as you explore some delicious wines from Mediterranean Europe. Plan to learn a lot about and discover delicious wines while exploring downtown restaurants and have a great time doing it!

  • Taste and learn about delicious wines of Mediterranean Europe that you'll be thrilled to have in your repertoire
  • Find out what makes each region unique in their styles of wine they produce
  • Discuss the major grape varieties and up-and-coming contenders worthy of your attention 
  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine
  • Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level
  • Enjoy delicious paired foods at each of the four restaurants we visit

COST: $58
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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Jun
23
2:30 PM14:30

TASTING SEMINAR: History & Geography of Napa @ Bolster Snow & Co.

DETAILS: Explore the history and wide-ranging style of Napa wines as you taste your way through the region. Sip 6 different wines that will truly reflect the dichotomy of Napa's varied terrain and diverse grape-growing culture. Presented by Kenji O’Sullivan of Nickel and Nickel Winery. Approximately 2 hours. Optional four-course dinner of mouth-watering Bolster, Snow & Co. cuisine and Napa wines to follow. 

COST: $50 per person (Optional dinner at $100 per person to follow)  
LINK: bolstersnow.com 

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

TASTING EVENT: Cans are Crushing It!

DETAILS: The popularity of canned wines is on the rise, and with good reason. Not only do they have many virtues for the winemakers, such as a smaller environmental impact, less risk of spoilage, and lower production costs, they’re also fun, portable, and increasingly excellent in quality. Join us at LeRoux to taste through our favorite canned wines, and see why these quality wines are crushing the stigma and transforming our conceptions of what “good wine” should be.

COST: Free
LINK:  lerouxkitchen.com

RESERVE: None necessary, just come!

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(SOLD OUT) WINE PAIRING LUNCH: Bangs Island Mussels @ Scales
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE PAIRING LUNCH: Bangs Island Mussels @ Scales

DETAILS: A lunch of locally grown mussels and a glass of wine. Limited to 18 people. Matthew Moretti will be on hand to talk about mussel farming off the coast in Casco Bay, Maine. The father and son team at Bangs Island Mussels are committed to growing the finest seafood in a manner that is in complete harmony with the sea. Using sustainable aquaculture techniques, Matt, Gary, and their team farm raise rope-grown mussels, scallops, and kelp.

COST: $22, plus tax and 20% gratuity
LINKS: www.scalesrestaurant.com and www.bangsislandmussels.com

Reserve: Call Scales at 207-805-0444 to Reserve

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Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH: Billecart-Salmon Birthday Celebration @ Lolita

DETAILS: Celebrate on Saturday morning! Join Lolita for the 200th birthday of Billecart-Salmon. The acclaimed East End bistro will offer two of the venerable French producer’s champagnes by the glass throughout brunch (and dinner, too!). Exclusive to brunch is an optional prix fixe menu with a glass of one of Billecart-Salmon’s more exclusive bottlings.

COST: Varies
LINK: www.lolita-portland.com

Reserve: Make a reservation or just walk-in. 

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) RIOJA WINE DINNER — TRADITIONAL VS MODERN

 

This 5-course dinner starts with a selection of tapas and a glass of Cava. Then, enjoy dishes from the kitchen and wines from storied Rioja producer Lopez Heredia and from Alvaro Palacios’ Palacios Remondo Estate in Eastern Rioja. Finish with dessert and sherry. 

Cost: $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Call:  207-772-1110 to see if you can get in!

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Italian Food & Wine Sail w/Chef Paolo Laboa

DETAILS:  Join Sommelier Erica Archer and Executive Chef Paolo Laboa for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, The Frances, as you explore five incredibly delicious Italian wines that you'll love to have in your repertoire. Each wine will be paired with tastes of delicious crudos, cured meats, and dessert prepared by chef Laboa of Solo Italiano and a native of Genoa, Italy. 

You're in for an incredible wine education and food experience as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways.

COST: $108
LINKS: www.soloitalianorestaurant.com and www.winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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Jun
22
3:00 PM15:00

WINE HAPPY HOUR: Wine & Maine Oysters @ Woodford F&B

DETAILS: Join us at the bar (and patio if weather permits) for a pay-as-you-go Wine & Oyster Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm.  The afternoon's offering will feature classic whites, off the beaten path sparklers, rosés, and more, paired with select Maine oysters. 

COST:  $1 a piece oysters and tastes + glass pours ranging from $3 to $10
LINK: www.woodfordfb.com

RESERVE: NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY!!

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Jun
22
2:45 PM14:45

(SOLD OUT) WINE WALK: The Many Styles of Pinot Noir

DETAILS: Join Sommelier Erica Archer of Wine Wise (Portland Wine Week's presenting sponsor) for a guided viticultural tasting and walking tour of Portland's vibrant restaurant scene as you explore some delicious examples of Pinot Noir wines from renowned regions of the world. Plan to learn a lot about and discover delicious wines while exploring downtown restaurants and have a great time doing it!

  • Taste and learn about different styles of Pinot Noir from around the world

  • Discuss major styles and influences of different sub-regions on the wines they produce

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

  • Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level

  • Enjoy delicious paired foods at each of the four restaurants we visit

  • We'll send an email to attendees the Wednesday before the event announcing the restaurants we'll be visiting

COST: $58
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Summer Whites
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Summer Whites

DETAILS: Join presenting sponsor Wine Wise on the first day of Summer, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances. Explore delicious white wines from renowned regions of the world. You're in for an incredible wine education experience as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways. 

* Taste and learn about some delicious white wines
* Find out what makes each region unique in their styles of wine they produce
* Discuss the major grape varieties and worthy up-and-coming contenders
* Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label
* Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level
* Enjoy a selection of delicious cheeses, fruit, and nuts

COST: $79
LINK: winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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TASTING EVENT: Meet and Greet with Klaus Wittauer @ Central Provisions
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

TASTING EVENT: Meet and Greet with Klaus Wittauer @ Central Provisions

DETAILS: Come party with the masters and welcome the beginning of summer! Don't miss this unique opportunity to taste through a dynamic portfolio of Austrian Wines and meet the man who is responsible for bringing all of the gems that you will taste to the states. This meet and greet will include some late vintage and special offerings, as well as affordable $5 pours of favorites. All of the featured wines will have suggested food pairings that highlight the cuisine of Austria crafted by chef Chris Gould.

COST: Varies
LINK: www.central-provisions.com

Reserve: Call 207-805-1085 to Reserve

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TASTING EVENT: Wine Flight Night with Birichino Winemaker @ Lolita
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

TASTING EVENT: Wine Flight Night with Birichino Winemaker @ Lolita

DETAILS: Alex Krause, founder and winemaker of Santa Cruz winery Birichino will join the crew at Lolita from 5:00 - 7:30 pm to answer questions and share winemaking stories. Two flights of wines (one white & rosé and one of reds) will be available all night long.

COST: White/Rosé Flight: $20, Red Flight: $25
LINKS: www.lolita-portland.comwww.birichino.com

Reserve: Make a reservation or just walk-in. 

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Jun
21
4:00 PM16:00

Tasting Event: Bucket List Bottles @ MJs Wine Bar

DETAILS: MJs is breaking out the big-name bubbly bottles on Thursday night and offering these venerable vintages by the (unheard of! ) glass pour. The list will feature 3 classic "bucket list" wines (think Dom Perignon, Perrier Jouet, etc). Final list determined that day. Pop in and find out what owner Mark Ohlson has up his sleeve!  

COST: Varies
LINK: onecitywines.com 

RESERVE: No reservations necessary. Just come in! 

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Jun
21
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TASTING EVENT: Bubbles & Snacks @ Lio

DETAILS: Start your Thursday or Friday evening (4-6 pm both nights) off with some bubbles and snacks on the deck at the newly opened Lio! Includes four (4) half-glass drink tickets to try a selection of sparkling wines and some nibbles from the kitchen. 

COST: $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

RESERVE: Email morgan@lio-maine.com 

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Jun
21
4:00 PM16:00

WINE HAPPY HOUR: Vino e Aperitivo Tradizionale @ Solo Italiano

DETAILS: Historically a northern Italian concept from Genoa to Milan and Venice, Aperitivo Hour is flush with appetizing beverage and small bites. The goal is to be in the company of friends, food, and beverage—the true trifecta of a rich, social culture.

On Thursday, June 21st, Solo Italiano will embrace this tradition and open its doors and patio to Portland Wine Week's visitors and showcase Aperitivo Hour's full, authentic experience. All of chef Paolo Laboa's culinary creations Del Giorno will be complimentary, with appetizing wines, vermouths, and/or wine-based spirit cocktails the responsibility of the guest. Opportunities to relax while learning a bit about this dynamic of wine culture will certainly abound.

COST: Varies
LINK: www.soloitalianorestaurant.com

RESERVE: No reservations necessary! Just come!

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Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

(SOLD OUT) WINE DINNER: Burgundy from North to South @ Lolita

DETAILS: From Chablis in the cooler north to the Mâconnais in the south, Burgundian winemakers produce wines of great finesse and beauty. This dinner will feature wines from the Frederick Wildman Portfolio, including village and premier cru selections from two highly esteemed producers. 

COST: $125 per person, inclusive of tax and service
LINK: www.lolita-portland.com

Reserve: Click here to purchase tickets

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(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Sparkling Wines
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Sparkling Wines

DETAILS: Join presenting sponsor Wine Wise for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot Sailboat, Frances as you explore some delicious sparkling wines from around the world with Sommelier Erica Archer. You're in for an incredible wine education experience as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways. 

* Taste and learn about some delicious high-quality sparking wines
* Discover what makes each sparkling wine and wine region unique
* Discuss major styles and influences of the different regions on the wines they produce
* Learn what to expect from certain terms on a sparkling wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine
* Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level
* Enjoy a selection of delicious cheeses, fruit, and nuts.

COST: $79 per person
LINK: winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Event: A Master Introduces Extraordinary Portuguese Wines & Authentic Snacks

DETAILS: Gather on Rosemont Cape Elizabeth’s wraparound porch to taste a great array of thrilling Portuguese wines from current as well as library vintages, with the country’s great ambassador Rui Abecassis of Obrigado Vinhos Portugal. The wines will be accompanied by plentiful platters of delicious food: local cheeses, house-made charcuterie, exquisite Iberian tinned seafood from Donostia, and other snacks. We can’t think of a better way to greet the summer in Maine!

COST: $20
LINK: rosemontmarket.com

Reserve: email joe@rosemontmarket.com

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