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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

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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

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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 

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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

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Jun
20
4:00 PM16:00

TASTING SEMINAR & EVENT: Wild Beer & Wild Wine @ Oxbow

DETAILS: This unique tasting will blur the lines between wild fermented beers and bottle fermented wines! Set to a sound track of David Bowie, Tim from Oxbow and Ned Swain from Devenish will serve a flight of beers and wines, all fermented with wild yeasts, and discuss how much overlap there actually is between these fizzy, ambient, yeast-wild beverages.

About Ned Swain:
Ned fell in love with wine while studying in Florence Italy as a teenager.  On his return to Maine he lucked into a job at the Blue Hill Wine Shop and worked for David Witter: a man who played a big part in creating the fine wine market in Maine back in the 70s and 80s.  Ned moved to Portland in 2002 at 21 to expand Devenish Wines although he had no experience in sales or distribution.  Ned grew up in and with the southern Maine restaurant scene and quickly realized he was happier and more successful when he focused on wines that he was passionate about regardless of whether or not anyone had heard of the places they came from.  As the food scene in Maine continued to develop Ned focused more and more on wines that tasted like the climate, soil, and culture of the specific place they came from.  Eventually many of those wines began to be called "Natural".  Ned has had the opportunity to watch from the inside as the Natural Wine movement in America coalesced and gained momentum.  Most recently Ned has been running across parts of Italy and visiting small producers along the way in preparation for writing a food and wine travel book.

COST: $20 per person
LINKS: oxbowbeer.com and devenishwine.com

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Jun
19
1:00 PM13:00

TASTING SEMINAR/Panel Discussion: What, Really, is a "Natural" Wine?

DETAILS: “Natural” is the hottest, and most hotly debated, term in wine today. Many contemporary wine enthusiasts — groundbreaking importers, sommeliers at the highest levels, forward-thinking retailers, servers and beverage professionals in exciting restaurants and wine bars — have embraced “natural” processes as the driving force behind their portfolios, wine lists and offers. It’s also a thrilling category for ordinary, open-minded drinkers who are interested in new styles and up-and-coming wine regions, as well as those who care about environmental sustainability and their own personal well-being.

Despite the widespread interest, there is much confusion about what the term “natural wine” actually denotes. Sulfites are part of it. So are considerations around organic and biodynamic viticulture, yeast and other fermentation factors, harvest practices, aging vessels, oxygen management, and much more.

There’s little consensus on precisely what constitutes a “natural wine”, but this panel discussion with some of the country’s most prominent and highly respected minds on the subject will sort through the issues with experience, insight and passion. You’ll leave far better informed about what’s at stake in the natural wines movement — both what’s agreed upon and what’s up for debate. Topics will include viticulture, vinification, history, ethics, and of course taste! Throughout the panel discussion, we’ll be pausing to taste wines that reflect a broad spectrum of delicious and fascinating natural wines.

You’ll leave this panel discussion captivated by the wines themselves, and inspired by a mind-broadening appreciation for the myriad forms wine — however it’s named or defined — can take. If you're a wine professional or amateur enthusiast, and you care about wine’s history, present, and future, this is an event not to be missed!

MODERATOR:
Joe Appel — wine director for Rosemont Market and Bakery, a group of six grocery markets in southern Maine that focus on locally grown and produced foods, handmade breads in a traditional European vein, fine cheeses and charcuterie, custom butchering of pasture-raised animals, Maine seafood, and exceptional small-scale wines and beers. For five years he wrote a weekly wine column for the Portland Press Herald, and his wine writing has been published in Saveur and The Art of Eating magazines. He loves wine, can communicate about it pretty well, and is good at getting interesting people to say interesting things.

THE PANEL:

Alice Feiring — Alice Feiring is a New York-based, award-winning writer who has been writing about wine since 1990. Known as a longtime champion of vin naturel, she is the author of six books all of which focus on authenticity or naturalness, whether about Georgia (For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Famous Wine Culture), or bedrock (The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavors from Ground to Glass). Her next book, a handbook for the kind of wines she drinks, will be out in 2019. A past wine correspondent for Wall Street Journal Magazine and Time, she mostly focuses now on her books as well as writing and publishing TheFeiringLine.com, the definitive natural wine newsletter, and occasionally penning essays on life, love, wine, and plumbing.

Ned Swain — Ned Swain fell in love with wine while studying in Florence, Italy as a teenager. On his return to Maine he lucked into a job at the Blue Hill Wine Shop and worked for David Witter: a man who played a big part in creating the fine wine market in Maine back in the 1970s and 1980s.  Ned moved to Portland in 2002 at the age of 21 to expand Devenish Wines, although he had no experience in sales or distribution. Ned grew up in and with the southern Maine restaurant scene and quickly realized he was happier and more successful when he focused on wines that he was passionate about regardless of whether or not anyone had heard of the places they came from. As the food scene in Maine continued to develop, Ned focused more and more on wines that tasted like the climate, soil, and culture of the specific place they came from.  Eventually many of those wines began to be called “Natural”.  Ned has had the opportunity to watch from the inside as the Natural Wine movement in America coalesced and gained momentum. Most recently, Ned has been running across parts of Italy and visiting small producers along the way, in preparation for writing a food and wine travel book.

Byron Bates — Byron Bates is a longtime buyer of natural wines, having curated lists in New York City for restaurants, hotels, clubs and bars since 1999. His programs were recognized by the New York Times, where he was a regular panelist, for bringing the natural aesthetic to an unexpected audience through venues like small clubs and large hotels. In 2014 Bates started importing wines under the moniker Goatboy Selections which he runs with business partner William Fitch, also a longtime buyer of natural wines. Bates also is a partner in the Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, N.Y. 

Chris Campbell — After some reckless stints in the world of publishing and film, it was eventually self-determined that the safest place for Christopher Campbell to do his work was behind bars. During his “incarceration” behind the predictably worn surfaces of mahogany, pine and marble, Chris found his calling as a purveyor of drinks in the city of Manhattan. Wine became his medium of choice—after much exploration.  A love for people, food and wine centered him professionally. The friendships he forged with winemakers met during his years working at Bar Jamon planted the kernel of an idea, and eventually he built an import business of his own, C&P Wines, with a focus on terroir-expressive wines of Spain. As a Spanish-speaking, white, Irish Catholic kid born in New York, Campbell's passion for the wines of Spain threw many for a loop. But Chris felt this was the case in point for his mission: to offer good wine at good prices, with a sense of place.  Portugal was the next frontier, and the full Iberian offering was realized in 2014. In 2016, when the opportunity to merge C&P Wines with Village Wine Imports took shape, Chris Campbell added Italy and France to his quiver, while his mouth watered with the possibilities to prove his favorite point: “Good wines leave a mark.”

Fred Mullins — Fred has sat in many seats within the business of wine, from being a partner in a small artisan importer, a wine director and buyer for retail shops and restaurants, a portfolio manager, and now the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont manager for VIAS Imports. He considers himself lucky enough to work with and alongside some of the best and brightest in the wine world. His passion for wine goes far beyond personal enjoyment, to a focus on sharing knowledge and enthusiasm so that others might benefit. Fred considers wine a discipline that requires deep expertise and attempts at objectivity, while simultaneously demanding open-mindedness amidst wine culture’s continual shifts.

COST: $35
LINKS: TheFeiringLine.com, devenishwines.comtedwardwines.com, and viaswine.com

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Jun
19
10:30 AM10:30

SEMINAR: Women in Wine Panel: Pushing the Boundaries

DETAILS: The wine industry, both in production and distribution, has long been a male-dominated industry. This has slowly been changing over the last few decades. This panel is made up of women who have push the boundaries and found ways to create their own places in the world of wine. As more and more women take up positions of respect and authority in the wine industry it is changing the business of wine and how wine is consumed. Come and hear the background stories and thoughts from these women who have been at the forefront of making this change happen.

Erica Archer — Sommelier Erica Archer is the owner of Wine Wise and the founder and presenting sponsor of Portland Wine Week. Archer is a true oenophile, having obtained high levels of certification in her field. In 2010, she was awarded the Wine Spirit and Education Trust Level Three Advanced Certification in Wines and Spirits (with merit), became a Sommelier in the American Court of Master Sommeliers, and received her Certified Wine Professional award from the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California.

Alice Feiring — acclaimed author and longtime champion of natural wines; publisher of the definitive natural wine newsletter TheFeiringLine.com. Alice has won James Beard, Louis Roederer and Gourmand writing awards. In 2013, she was named Imbibe Magazine’s Wine Person of the Year. In addition to books, she has published numerous essays, has been the past wine correspondent for Wall Street Journal Magazine and Time and currently freelances for a never-ending parade of publications including The New York TimesTown & CountryWine & SpiritsWorld of Fine Wine and Newsweek, among others.

Lauren Friel — Lauren Friel is a freelance writer and sommelier living in Boston. She is a wine and lifestyle columnist with both ChefsFeed and Boston.com, the Boston Globe’s digital vertical, and her writing has appeared with EaterThe Kitchn, Terre Magazine, Bravo TV's The Feast, ThrillistGOOD, Wine Advocate, and Gear Patrol. A digital portfolio of her bylines is available here

In the capacity of a beverage consultant Lauren has written wine programs for retail and restaurant establishments up and down the East Coast, including Committee RestaurantThe Wine BottegaBAR New Haven, and Michelin-recognized Dirt Candy NYC. Lauren’s wine programs have been featured in Food & Wine, Forbes, Elle Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston MagazineEater, VinePair, and Serious Eats, and she’s proud to say that the all-female wine list she developed for Dirt Candy is currently the only existing program of its kind in the US.

Previously, Lauren held the position of Wine Director at award-winning Sarma and Oleana restaurants, where her eclectic beverage programs received local and national recognition. including Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants Award and Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award. She does hold Advanced Certification with Distinction from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Lauren is now taking the jump into opening her own wine bar, to be called Rebel Rebel, in Somerville's Bow Market and slated to open July 2018!

Jen Lakari — Jen Lakari has worked in the restaurant and wine business for decades and taken on all kinds of roles. From being wine buyer at Browne Trading, to working as a private chef, owning her own wine shop, and now being the wine expert at Bow St Beverage's new Portland location, Jen has made wine her career while at the same time raising children and trying to find a balance. 

Tabitha Perry — Tabitha Perry started working as a wine sales person in CA after university but then decided to make the leap into owning her own business and returned to the New England to found Crush Distributors. Tabitha boot strapped the company: starting out of a storage locker and worked nights in Portland Restaurants to get Crush off the ground.  Crush is the first solely woman owned wine distribution in Maine. They supply restaurants and shops all up and down the Maine coast and have an excellent reputation for interesting and thoughtful wines that are great values.

COST: $10 per person

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Jun
18
4:00 PM16:00

(SOLD OUT) CLASS: Wine Pairing with Pasta: Bridge Ingredients and Pasta Making

DETAILS: Featuring chef Paolo Laboa, this class will teach the ins and outs of making various styles of pasta and pairing them with the perfect wine. You'll delve into the history of pasta and create and form pasta portions yourself. Additionally, you'll learn about bridge ingredients that can change a pasta just enough to swing it from one wine pairing to another. At 5:00 pm, the first portion, plated in two distinct manners by Paolo himself, will be enjoyed alongside two uniquely paired glasses of wine in the shared company of your classmates. The second portion will be yours to take home for your own attempt at re-creation or experimentation (along with the right wine, of course)! 

COST: $75, limited to 15 people
LINK: www.soloitalianorestaurant.com

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Jun
18
2:00 PM14:00

(SOLD OUT) TASTING SEMINAR: Expensive Wines and Their Designer Imposters with Sommelier of the Year Mike Madrigale

DETAILS: We all know the world's most expensive wines: Bordeaux, Burgundy, California Chardonnay, Napa Cabernet, and Champagne.  But what about wines that have the same flavor profile and quality—but cost one-half the price? Join NYC sommelier extraordinaire, Michael Madrigale, as he walks (and tastes) you through side-by-side tastings of 5 pairs of wines that will have you challenging your assumptions.

About Michael Madrigale
Over the past 17 years in the NYC wine industry, Michael has amassed enough accolades and industry recognition to last a lifetime.  Among them: 

  • James Beard Award Finalist “Americas Best Wine Program” 2014
  • Named Americas Best Blind Palate 2010 (Food and Wine Magazine)
  • Named Bordeaux Ambassador to US 2015 thru 2018 
  • Named Ambassador of Wines of Northern Greece 2015 thru 2018
  • Two time Sommelier of the Year (Food & Wine 2012) (Wine Enthusiast 2013) 
  • Two time winner of Wine and Spirits Magazine "Sommelier Scavenger Hunt" (2014, 2015)
  • Top 40 under 40 Wine Enthusiast (2015)

Today, Michael has taken his expertise and just launched his online direct to consumer wine company called GRANDECUVEE, where Michael will be selling wines exactly like you'll taste in the seminar. The app is available on the APPLE APP STORE.  

COST: $50
LINKS: Wine Enthusiast video, Eater profile

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Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

TASTING SEMINAR: Discover Rhone Valley with Sheilah McGovern

DETAILS: Discover the Rhône Valley through its wines in this seminar led by expert Sheilah McGovern of Vineyard Brands. In this 90-minute, classroom-style comparative tasting, you'll learn about the vast differences in the Rhône valley from North to South by tasting wines from two of the most well-known and highly regarded families, Jaboulet and Perrin. 

The North — The Syrah vine reaches up out of the granitic-clay hillsides formed 300 million years ago.  Several of the appellations are very steep, very small, highly sought after and require years of patience to achieve maturity.  This is where the great chefs of France are from and where butter is king. 

The South — This is the land of olive oil, lavender, Provence and the sea. Here, many varieties of grapes are used in blended wines and the generous Grenache grape rules.  In the south life is slower paced and the mistral wind controls the climate up to 115 days per year.

About Sheilah — Sheilah McGovern is a resident of York, ME.  She studied oenology and viticulture in Reims, Bordeaux and Beaune and completed an internship with Joseph Phelps in Napa Valley.  She grew up at The Hermitage Inn in Wilmington, Vermont where she and her father created one of the first, Grand Award Winning Wine Lists from the Wine Spectator with over 2,000 selections and a 40,000 bottle cellar.  She has worked for Vineyard Brands, importers of fine wines from family estates and innovative wineries around the world for over 30 years.  She travels to many countries tasting wine and foods and learning about the culture, economics, growing conditions and wine techniques of each unique place as well as developing lasting relationships with passionate families from different regions.  

COST: $25
LINKS: vineyardbrands.com

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(SOLD OUT) CLASS: How to Blind Taste with GuildSomm & Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe
Jun
18
11:00 AM11:00

(SOLD OUT) CLASS: How to Blind Taste with GuildSomm & Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe

DETAILS: Join GuildSomm and Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe for this challenging blind tasting. Open to GuildSomm members, non-members, and serious wine lovers who want to test their palates and earn more abut how to successfully bind taste. The tasting will focus on eight classic wines. Familiarity with the Court of Master Sommeliers tasting grid is helpful, but not at all required. Limited to 40 participants.

About Chris Tanghe — Chris attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and  worked in restaurants all around the country including Denver, Scottsdale, Santa Barbara, and eventually Seattle. Along the way he took an interest in the service side to get a clearer picture of how restaurants operate as a whole, thus was his introduction to hospitality and a shift in his long-term focus. Having a closer interaction with the guest and creating a memorable experience through graciousness and knowledge gave him a new challenge, as well the opportunity to resume his wine studies. 

Chris passed the Certified exam in 2008 while working as the Wine Director and General Manager for Crush restaurant in Seattle, followed by the Advanced exam in 2009 while Wine Director for Matt’s in the Market. In preparation for the Master’s exam, Chris spent time working with Canlis, a Seattle icon of fine dining for 64 years with a 2,400 bottle list, followed by working with Rajat Parr to open Seattle’s RN74 where he specialized in Burgundy & Bordeaux with vintages dating back to the 1940’s. During his first attempt at the MS exam in 2012, Chris passed two of three sections, service and theory, and in the following year honed his tasting skills to great success – he earned the title of Master Sommelier in May of 2013.

After achieving his MS Diploma, Chris took on an opportunity to design a new Spanish concept restaurant from the ground up focusing on Catalonian cuisine and wine. Chris hired and trained a complete front of house team and created one of the most unique wine lists in Seattle at the time. He was awarded with Food & Wine’s Sommelier of the Year award for his efforts.

Next came a move to the distribution world where he was a portfolio manager and educator for Vinum Importing servicing Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Maintaining relationships with over 300 producers, weekly staff training and inventory management were added to Chris’ skillset over the course of 2.5 years.

In his new station as Chief Instructor with GuildSomm, Chris spearheads masterclasses across the country, conduct webinars and contributes editorial content to guildsomm.com. He is ecstatic to be in a position to pay it forward to the next generation of talented sommeliers and play a prominent role in the professional community.

COST: $35
LINK: guildsomm.com

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