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SPECIAL EVENT: Victorieux Champagne Lobster Rolls with Winemaker Cedric Guyot @ Eventide
Jun
20
11:00 AM11:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Victorieux Champagne Lobster Rolls with Winemaker Cedric Guyot @ Eventide

DETAILS: For the first time ever, Cedric Guyot, one of the winemakers of Victorieux Champagne will be in Portland, Maine. Learn more about this fantastic grower-producer Champagne with Maine roots. Enjoy glasses or bottles of Victorieux Brut Tradition, Brut Rosé, and Millésime 2009 Champagnes with Eventide's famous Brown Butter Lobster Rolls and fresh shucked oysters! These Champagnes will be available open to close and Cedric will be on site from 12-3 PM and 5-8 PM.

Cost: This is a non-ticketed event. All are welcome. No reservations.

Links: eventideoysterco.com, vchampagne.com

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WINE SAIL: Spain @ Wine Wise
Jun
20
2:00 PM14:00

WINE SAIL: Spain @ Wine Wise

DETAILS:  Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail sloop, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront as you explore some incredibly delicious wines from Spain that you'll love to have in your repertoire. 

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 .. all while indulging in a wine class. You'll walk away with knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how evaluate, select and pair wines and describe what you smell and taste. it's an incredible outing!

  • Taste and learn about classic and emerging wines from Spain 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: $85
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com 

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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TASTING: Meet and Greet with Winemaker, Importer, and Negociant Mary Taylor @ Browne Trading Company
Jun
20
3:00 PM15:00

TASTING: Meet and Greet with Winemaker, Importer, and Negociant Mary Taylor @ Browne Trading Company

DETAILS: Mary will be at Browne pouring her entire lineup of wines and will be available for questions or just an opportunity to pick her brain on the business of being an importer and a negociant.  Mary is extremely well traveled and versed in the world of wine and has a fantastic story to tell. 

Cost: This is a non-ticketed event. All are welcome. No reservations.

Links: mt.wine, hartandharpwines.com, brownetrading.com


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(SOLD OUT) Blind Tasting: "Fruit de Mer" Organic Wine and Maine Seafood @ The Shop
Jun
20
4:00 PM16:00

(SOLD OUT) Blind Tasting: "Fruit de Mer" Organic Wine and Maine Seafood @ The Shop

DETAILS: Maine is beloved for so many reasons. One of them, for us, is the diversity of life that our Maine waters can provide. From farmed and wild oysters, clams, mussels, to pollack, hake, and crab, to sugar kelp. The list goes on and on.

In this blind tasting of 5 wines (1/2 glass each) and Maine seafood pairings, Caleb and Justin will guide you through the primal, instinctual sensations of salty, bitter, sweet, and savory in this blind tasting and discuss their thoughts behind these great pairings before revealing the wines to the group.

Presented by Justin DeWalt from Chartrand Imports, and Certified Sommelier Caleb Cole. With the partnership of Kit Paschal at The Shop.

Disclaimer: This event is NOT for those allergic or with a particular disdain for seafood or shellfish. 

COST: $45 per person (includes wines, food and tax)

RESERVE: PURCHASE TICKETS

LINKS: The Shop and Chartrand Imports


Caleb, Justin and Kit first met while working at Hugo's restaurant in Portland. They have a great respect for each others paths in the food and wine industry. Caleb and Justin when not bantering about the madness of a particular white Minervois, can be found together fishing, or catching a good concert. 

Justin DeWalt has been based in Portland for 8-years and is the Sales Director for the first solely organic wine importer in the country, Chartrand Imports! After working in restaurant management for many years, living in the Virgin Islands, South Africa, and Chile, Justin appreciates using his experiences from an array of paths to bring his passion for organic viticulture to the streets! You could probably find him diving in Casco Bay and foraging some sugar kelp for this event... Muscadet anyone? 

Caleb Cole is an accomplished Sommelier through the Court of Masters as well as Advanced Certified with Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Caleb found his passion for food and wine in The Rocky Mountains and now, after over 10-years of restaurant work, balances his time in pairing life with Maine and Colorado. Caleb has a undeniable ability to be a detective in the glass and on the plate- being able to pinpoint what you are tasting and why, while communicating and relating to the masses, in a playful and gentle manner. 

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SPECIAL EVENT: Pet-Nat and & Pâté on the Patio @ Woodford's Food & Beverage
Jun
20
4:00 PM16:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Pet-Nat and & Pâté on the Patio @ Woodford's Food & Beverage

DETAILS: Join Woodford’s F&B for a special happy hour event featuring our favorite Pet-Nats from Maine and away with house pâtés at the center of Portland's thriving Woodford’s Corner!

COST: $5-10 per selection

RESERVE: Patio & Bar Seating Available, Reservations for Patio Seating encouraged at woodfordfb.com.

LINKS: .woodfordfb.com

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SPECIAL EVENT: Bucket List Bottles @ MJ's Wine Bar
Jun
20
4:00 PM16:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Bucket List Bottles @ MJ's Wine Bar

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DETAILS: MJ’s is breaking out the big-name bottles on Thursday night and offering venerable vintages by the (unheard of!) glass pour. The list will feature 3 classic "bucket list" wines. Final list to be unveiled 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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WINE HAPPY HOUR: Vino e Aperitivo Tradizionale @ Solo Italiano
Jun
20
4:00 PM16:00

WINE HAPPY HOUR: Vino e Aperitivo Tradizionale @ Solo Italiano

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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 20th, from 4-6pm, 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. Chef Paolo will curate an array of complimentary small bites to pair with appetizing wines, vermouths, and/or wine-based spirit cocktails the responsibility of the guest. Opportunities to relax and taste your way through a flight of vermouth, 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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SPECIAL EVENT: Guest Somm Night with Karen Ulrich from T.Edwards featuring Forlorn Hope Wines @ Central Provisions
Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Guest Somm Night with Karen Ulrich from T.Edwards featuring Forlorn Hope Wines @ Central Provisions

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DETAILS: Karen Ulrich joins Central Provisions for a special night of slinging that good juice from our friends at Forlorn Hope Wines. Danielle Shehab is a Maine native and also Assistant Winemaker at Forlorn Hope Wines and we couldn’t be prouder! We will be featuring wine flights and glass pours as well as a few special pairings.

COST: Varies
LINKS: central-provisions.com, forlornhopewines.com

Reserve: No reservations -- just come!

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TASTING: Maine Winery Guild Maine Wine In The City @ Customs House
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

TASTING: Maine Winery Guild Maine Wine In The City @ Customs House

DETAILS: Enjoy the flavors of Maine wines. The Maine Winery Guild/Maine Wine Trail welcomes member wineries from across the state to Portland to pour their wines, fortified wines, meads, ciders and spirits. Enjoy an evening of sipping and sampling the best of what Maine has to offer in a glass! The event takes place in the US Customs House Grand Customs Hall on Fore Street. Attendees will receive a wine glass and unlimited tastings. 

Wineries include:
Cellardoor
Eighteen twenty wines
Fat Friar
Prospect Hill
Ricker Hill
Savage Oakes
Sweetgrass
Tree Spirits
Winterport Winery

The Marshmallow Cart, Crooked Face Creamery, and Mill Cove Baking will provide snacks.

COST: $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4235601

LINKS: mainewinetrail.com

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Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Summer Whites @ Wine Wise

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: $85
LINK: winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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WINE SAIL: Delicious Summer Rosés @ Wine Wise
Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

WINE SAIL: Delicious Summer Rosés @ Wine Wise

DETAILS:  Join with Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront as you explore some delicious rosé wines from around the world that you'll love to have in your repertoire. 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. You'll walk away with knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how evaluate, select and pair wines and describe what you smell and taste

  • Taste and learn about some delicious rosés that you'll be thrilled to have in your repertoire

  • Find out what makes each region unique in their styles of wine they product

  • Discuss the major rosé grape varieties and some 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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(SOLD OUT) WINE & FOOD WALK: Delicious France @ Wine Wise
Jun
21
2:45 PM14:45

(SOLD OUT) WINE & FOOD WALK: Delicious France @ Wine Wise

DETAILS: Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, for a guided viticultural tasting and walking tour of Portland’s vibrant restaurant scene as you explore some incredible examples of delicious wines from France paired with delicious foods from four great restaurants. You're in for an incredible wine education experience. You'll walk away knowing how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence in knowing how evaluate, select, serve, and pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste. Plan to learn a lot about wine and have a great time doing it.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from France's great wine regions

  • Discover what makes each region unique and its impact on the styles of wines produced

  • Discuss major styles of French wines

  • 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: $63
LINK: winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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TASTING: Vintage Billecart-Salmon Champagne and Caviar @ Browne Trading
Jun
21
4:00 PM16:00

TASTING: Vintage Billecart-Salmon Champagne and Caviar @ Browne Trading

DETAILS: Join wine aficionado Karen Ulrich and Browne Trading caviar experts for a luxurious tasting of Billecart-Salmon vintage Champagne and fine American caviar. A marvelous tasting on a Portland Wine Week Friday afternoon.

COST: $20 at the door
LINKS: brownetrading.com and champagne-billecart.fr/en

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TASTING: Grand Opening + Celebrate Rosé Season @ Grippy Tannins
Jun
21
4:00 PM16:00

TASTING: Grand Opening + Celebrate Rosé Season @ Grippy Tannins

DETAILS: Grippy Tannins will be celebrating its grand opening at its wine shop and tasting lounge at 16 Middle Street in Portland. A rosé tasting showcasing the diverse roses from around the globe will be held from 4-7pm. 

Costs:

  • Admission to the grand opening and tasting is free. 

  • A selection of wines by the glass will be available for purchase. 

Links: grippytannins.com

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Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

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

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: $115
LINKS: www.soloitalianorestaurant.com and www.winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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WINE SAIL: The Loire Valley @ Wine Wise
Jun
22
12:00 PM12:00

WINE SAIL: The Loire Valley @ Wine Wise

DETAILS: Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, during Portland Wine Week in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront. You'll explore some incredibly delicious wines from France's renown Loire Valley that you'll love to have in your repertoire. 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 .. all while indulging in a wine class. You'll walk away with knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how evaluate, select and pair wines and describe what you smell and taste.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from one of France's most adored wine regions, the Loire Valley.

  • Find out what makes the Loire and its sub-regions unique in their styles of wine.

  • Discuss the major grape varieties and styles worthy of your attention.

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting 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: $85
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com 

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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SPECIAL EVENT: World of Bubbles @ Portland Regency Hotel's Garden Café
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

SPECIAL EVENT: World of Bubbles @ Portland Regency Hotel's Garden Café

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DETAILS: Enjoy a flight of four sparkling wines from around the world—each from a different country and each vinified in a different style. These four sparklers will be accompanied by an assortment of Hors d’oeuvres served in the beautiful outdoor Garden Café at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa. An opportunity to experience how fine sparkling wines can pair with an array of different foods. Soak up the sun in the beautiful setting with the world of bubbles.

COST: $45 includes four half glasses of each sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres. Does not include tax and 18% gratuity. Additional pours or glasses of each wine available at an additional fee. 

Reserve: Purchase tickets

LINKS: theregency.com

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(SOLD OUT) TASTING: Fort Wine @ Fort Gorges
Jun
22
2:15 PM14:15

(SOLD OUT) TASTING: Fort Wine @ Fort Gorges

DETAILS: THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Enjoy a summer evening on beautiful Casco Bay. You’ll sip wine at a secret, oceanfront location then take a boat ride to enjoy a tour of Fort Gorges - a historic Civil War era fort. Event details will be sent to ticket holders after purchase is completed.

Itinerary

  • 2:15: Tasting begins

  • 3:30: Boat departs from wharf

  • 5:15: Boat returns to wharf

COST: $75 and includes transportation, wine tasting with ned Swain of Devenish Wines, charcuterie, and a tour of Fort Gorges. This event is rain or shine.


RESERVE: www.FriendsOfFortGorges.org/Fort-Wine (The link will be active on 5/8)

LINK: Friends of Fort Gorges

Questions? email info@friendsoffortgorges.org

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(SOLD OUT) WINE & FOOD WALK: Mediterranean Wines @ Wine Wise
Jun
22
2:45 PM14:45

(SOLD OUT) WINE & FOOD WALK: Mediterranean Wines @ Wine Wise

DETAILS: Join presenting sponsor Wine Wise for a guided viticultural tasting and walking tour of Portland’s vibrant restaurant scene as you explore some incredible examples of wines from Mediterranean Europe with delicious foods from four great establishments. You're in for an incredible wine education experience. You'll walk away knowing how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence in knowing how evaluate, select, serve, and pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste. Plan to learn a lot about wine and have a great time doing it.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from The Mediterranean's diverse regions

  • Discover what makes each region unique and its impact on the styles of wines produced

  • Discuss major styles of Mediterranean wines 

  • 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 establishments we visit

COST: $63
LINK: winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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TASTING: Not Your Average Wine Tour @ Maine Brew Bus
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

TASTING: Not Your Average Wine Tour @ Maine Brew Bus

DETAILS: Portland, Maine has been known for their unique craft beer scene for some time now. But, what about our wine scene?! Now with over 25 different wineries in the state—most working with products grown specifically in Maine (in spite of the typical harsh weather and shorter growing season)—the 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 us on this 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!

For our first stop, we will be visiting Cellardoor Winery. In 2007, Bettina Doulton bought Cellardoor Winery of Lincolnville, ME. Once she visited Lincolnville in December 2006, and saw the 68-acre, 200-year-old farm that featured a 1790s post-and-beam barn and old farmhouse, as well as a state-of-the-art winery across the road, it was a done deal. Cellardoor at the Point is a 5,000 square foot tasting room and event space to tell their story to a larger audience and to pour their award-winning wines in a repurposed space that features a large horseshoe public tasting bar, a smaller private bar that can be reserved for groups, and a large event space.

Next up, Eighteen Twenty Wines. Founded in 2017 and located in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood, Eighteen Twenty is named for the year that Maine became a state. Their primary focus is wine made from locally grown rhubarb. They partner with local farms to get the rhubarb and make all of their wines, by hand, at their location on Anderson Street. Their wines may be made uniquely but people are often mistaking them for wines you know and love like – french roses, sauvignon blancs, and pinot grigios.

Last but not least, we’ll stop at Honeymaker Mead. Founded in 2007 by Ben Alexander as Maine Mead Works, Honeymaker strives to reintroduce the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages: a wine made from honey called mead. In collaboration with South African scholar Dr. Garth Cambray, they developed a state-of-the-art continuous fermentation system, bringing mead making into the 21st century. While traditional mead is often heavy and syrupy, you’ll be pleased to find that the team has developed a light, dry, modern take on the formula. Learn about the secret of their success and taste their extensive list of variations, including some invigorating sparkling Ram Island mead blends.

After the tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars to grab some bottles and cans before continuing your exploration of lively downtown Portland.

Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.

COST: $70

Reserve: https://themainebrewbus.com/not-your-average-wine-tour/

 
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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

WINE SAIL: Sunset Sail with Emerging Wines @ Wine Wise

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: $85
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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DESSERT & SHERRY: 4 Courses with Nominated "Best Pastry Chef" Ilma Lopez @ Chaval
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

DESSERT & SHERRY: 4 Courses with Nominated "Best Pastry Chef" Ilma Lopez @ Chaval

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DETAILS:  Join renowned pastry Chef Ilma Lopez in her restaurant Chaval for her four course dessert tasting menu each thoughtfully paired with delicious sherries from the famed Gonzalez Byass family of wines. Don’t miss this delicious event.

COST: Only $45 per person + tax & gratuity, includes wines and food.

RESERVE: GET TICKETS or call  207-772-1110 or email reservations@chavalmaine.com

LINKS: chavalmaine.com

Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, Has been a multiple-time James Beard top-Chef finalist, and you may have seen her name in the September issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for Restaurant City of The Year.

Chris Peterman will pair and discuss the sherries. Chris was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, spending his childhood summers on the coast of Maine. His first experience working in restaurants was at a small, seasonal, coastal Maine restaurant where Chris returned every summer for 10 years. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, Chris moved to the Maine coast full time before moving to New York City in 2008. In Manhattan, Chris enrolled in the education program offered by American Sommelier. He successfully completed both the Viticulture & Vinification and Blind Tasting Courses, before being offered a position on the Faculty. While in New York, Chris held positions as General Manager & Wine Director at Ouest, followed by Wine Director and Head Sommelier at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s OTTO. Upon moving back to Portland, Maine Chris was involved in the opening of Central Provisions and most recently was the Director of Operations for Cara Stadler's restaurant group which includes Tao Yuan Restaurant in Brunswick, ME and Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland, ME.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Portland Wine Week Run of Indeterminate Length with Ned Swain of Devenish Wines
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Portland Wine Week Run of Indeterminate Length with Ned Swain of Devenish Wines

DETAILS: Starting from the running path down by the East End Beach. We will run over to and around Back cove finishing over by the parking lot by Hannaford’s.  The run will be self timed and as fast or slow as you want it to be. 

From there we will repair to a yet to be determined location in Bayside for a wine tasting and short talk by Ned Swain about his experiences and philosophical reflections on his journey running across Italy and the parallels to natural wine making.

Ned has run many hundreds of miles across country in Italy, putting him self in vulnerable positions in order to meet more people and learn about the places these wines come from. There will be natural wine.  There will be pictures.  There will be food available.  Sign up will be available (not live yet) at www.Crowathletics.com

Price: $20 per person.  All money goes to Look Up, a program to empower kids through running and build community by running with authority figures

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(SOLD OUT) BRUNCH WINE SAIL: With Chef Ilma Lopez and Sommelier Erica Archer @ Wine Wise
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

(SOLD OUT) BRUNCH WINE SAIL: With Chef Ilma Lopez and Sommelier Erica Archer @ Wine Wise

DETAILS: Join presenting sponsor Wine Wise and Chef Ilma Lopez for a gorgeous scenic brunch wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, The Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront as you explore five incredibly delicious wines ... each paired with delicious brunch courses from acclaimed pastry Chef Ilma Lopez of Chaval & Piccolo restaurants in Portland, Maine.

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 .. all while indulging in a wine class. You'll walk away with knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how evaluate, select and pair wines and describe what you smell and taste. And no doubt you will taste and learn a lot about the incredible food that Chef Lopez has made for you.

  • Taste and learn about delicious wines that you'll love to have in your repertoire

  • Enjoy delicious and fresh sweet brunch items from Chef Ilma Lopez

  • Find out what makes each wine region unique in their styles of wine they produce

  • Discuss the emerging grape varieties 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

Your Chef
Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, Has been a multiple-time James Beard top-Chef finalist, and you may have seen her name in the September issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for Restaurant City of The Year.

Your Sommelier
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. Erica is the principal of Wine Wise, a wine education and events service and is skilled at creating truly creative and memorable wine experiences that take guests beyond a typical tasting with her intimate understanding of what makes each wine unique. And she’ll do it with her trademark sense of humor.

The menu will be available close to the date of the event as Chef takes his inspiration from only the freshest local ingredients. Due to the nature of this event we regret that we cannot accommodate food substitutions.


COST: $115 per person
LINK: winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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(SOLD OUT) BRUNCH: Champagne Drag Brunch @ Old Port Sea Grill
Jun
23
11:30 AM11:30

(SOLD OUT) BRUNCH: Champagne Drag Brunch @ Old Port Sea Grill

DETAILS: Portland Wine Week bumps up with Pride festivities and The Old Port Sea Grill knows just how to celebrate both.  Get ready for an afternoon of live entertainment, hilarity, and perhaps a bit of debauchery with Cherry Lemonade. Chef Alex Cove’s delectable brunch buffet includes a sparkling wine toast. A special wine list for the day includes a selection on fine Champagne and sparkling wines.

Cherry Lemonade is a seasoned veteran in the world of drag, but her stage experience isn't limited to just lashes and heels. A trained musical theater triple threat, Cherry brings acting, singing, dancing, comedy, style, and even the kitchen sink into the spotlight with grace. She's brilliant, she's funny, she's drop-dead gorgeous, and she's humble. Her stint as a semi-finalist on American Idol's 14th season has given her the opportunity to travel the country, performing on some of the nation's best stages, as well as the chance to walk the runway in New York Fashion Week 2017. She's a cast regular in 3S Artspace's Bunny and the Fox starring Bunny Wonderland and RPDR's Joslyn Fox, as well as a resident cast member and co-host for Drag Diva Brunch at Lava in Auburn, ME, starring RPDR's Mimi Imfurst. Follow her on Instagram: @ch3rryl3monad3

Cost: $30 (includes brunch buffet and sparkling wine toast (not including tax and gratuity).

RESERVE: This event is sold out. To be on the waitlist for tickets call 207-879-6100.

Link: oldportseagrill.com

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SPECIAL EVENT: Remington's, Royals, and Rosé @ Inkwell at the Press Hotel
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Remington's, Royals, and Rosé @ Inkwell at the Press Hotel

DETAILS: To celebrate National Typewriter day, we have enhanced our annual Great Portland Type Out. This is an annual speed typing event curated by the Press Hotel. In addition to typewriting events, we will offer complimentary food, and rosé specials. Rosé specials will include glass pours of all in house roses at a promotional price.

COST:
Flight of Roses at $12
- Domaine Bousquet Sparkling Rose Uco, AR
- Domaine Fonsante Corbieres, FR
- J Mourat Loire, FR

Glass Specials
- Chateau Mirval Provence, FR $12
- Domaine de Marquiliani Corsica, FR $10
- Muga Rioja, SP $10

This is a non-ticketed event open to the public and hotel guests.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Burgers and Bubbles: Featuring Savio Soares Selections @ Drifters Wife
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Burgers and Bubbles: Featuring Savio Soares Selections @ Drifters Wife

DETAILS: Drifters Wife will be serving up their delicious burger and pairing it with sparkling wines from Savio Soares Selections. Savio Soares will be there for a meet and greet.

About Savio Soares Selections: "Expressive Wines from Small Growers"
WE ARE DEDICATED TO THE EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND THEIR WINES, SINGULAR WINES WITH TRUE IDENTITY AND EXPRESSING THE UNIQUE LOCATIONS OF THEIR ORIGIN. BEHIND EACH OF THESE ESTATES ARE WINEGROWERS WHO DEVOTE THEMSELVES HONESTLY TO THEIR SOILS AND THEIR VINES. THEIR WINES EXPRESS THEIR WAY OF LIFE, THE LEGACY OF THEIR LAND AND THEIR BOND WITH NATURE. 

Cost: This is a non-ticketed event. All are welcome. No reservations.

Links: drifterswife.com, saviosoaresselections.com

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SPECIAL EVENT: Pet-Nat and Caviar @ Central Provisions
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Pet-Nat and Caviar @ Central Provisions

DETAILS: A celebration of Pétillant Naturel (Pet Nat) for short featuring wines from Vacationland Distributors and Caviar from Browne Trading Company. Pétillant Naturel translates to "naturally sparkling" and is a sparkling wine made from ancient methods. They’re unfiltered, cloudy, funky and fun wines making a come-back in a very big way! The only thing more fun than drinking these natural sparkling wines on a Sunday afternoon is pairing them with caviar!

COST: Varies

RESERVE: This is a non-ticketed event. All are welcome. No reservations.

LINKS: central-provisions.com, vacationlanddistributors.com, brownetrading.com

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WINE SAIL: The Many Styles of Pinot Noir @ Wine Wise
Jun
23
2:30 PM14:30

WINE SAIL: The Many Styles of Pinot Noir @ Wine Wise

DETAILS:  Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail sloop, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront as you explore some incredibly delicious examples of Pinot Noir wines that you'll love to have in your repertoire. 

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 .. all while indulging in a wine class. You'll walk away with knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how evaluate, select and pair wines and describe what you smell and taste. it's an incredible outing!

  • Taste and learn about delicious examples of Pinot Noir 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: $85
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com 

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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Special Event: Exploring Italian White Wine @ Solo Italiano
Jun
23
5:30 PM17:30

Special Event: Exploring Italian White Wine @ Solo Italiano

DETAILS: Details: Join us as we welcome the ever-so-charming Fred Mullins of VIAS Imports. Jesse, our resident wine guy, will accompany him–and you–in discussing and simplifying the labyrinth of Italian white wines. Many are aromatic, most have acidity, some have a touch more fruit than others, yet they all have a role! And how the heck does one begin to read an Italian list for ‘vini bianchi’? We will help you decipher both their place and utility by understanding climate, terroir and regional cuisine. The nightly menu will be yours from which to curate a dining experience based on suggested pairings, and Rosemont will offer the option to pre-order these exclusively selected wines following your dinner. Because you will select your own menu and quantity of courses, timeframe will vary by guest, but plan to spend to be with us until at least 7pm.

Cost: $30 per person includes flight of 5 Premier Italian White Wines. Not including food, tax, gratuity.

Limit: 30ppl

Reserve: Click here to purchase tickets

Link: www.soloitalianorestaurant.com

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Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

WINE SAIL: Delicious Wines + Fresh Maine Oysters @ Wine Wise

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: $105
LINK: www.winewiseevents.com 

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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SPECIAL EVENT: Late Night Sake & Sashimi Pop-Up with Cyle Reynolds of Carbon @ Central Provisions
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Late Night Sake & Sashimi Pop-Up with Cyle Reynolds of Carbon @ Central Provisions

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DETAILS: Pop-Up night with Carbon! Cyle Reynolds was a beloved cook at the Central Provisions years ago and he's back for one night only! Downstairs in the bar Chef Chris Gould and Cyle will be cranking out sashimi style bites for a variety of palates and price points! Do you want a quick bite and shot of sake (rice wine) after a long night at work? We got you! Do you wanna ball out and get crazy and make a meal? We got you. Choose your own adventure and pair it will selected Sake! Come as you are- we are looking at you Portland Industry folks.

COST: $5-$20 per plate. Selected Sake options prices vary
LINKS: central-provisions.com

Reserve: No reservations necessary!

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(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Sparkling Wines @ Wine Wise
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE SAIL: Delicious Sparkling Wines @ Wine Wise

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: $85 per person
LINK: winewiseevents.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets.

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TASTING: Meet and Greet with Winemaker Michele D'Aprix @ Grippy Tannins
Jun
19
5:00 PM17:00

TASTING: Meet and Greet with Winemaker Michele D'Aprix @ Grippy Tannins

DETILS: Michele D'Aprix went to UC Davis but relocated to Bordeaux and talked/lucked her way into a job with a pair of renowned consultant wine makers.  Today she is a wine making consultant herself in Bordeaux as well as the Rhone Valley.  She'll be pouring and discussing winemaking in Bordeaux as well as how a young American woman ended up telling the Bordelais how to make wine!

Cost: Admission to the tasting is free.

Links: grippytannins.com

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TASTING:  10th Anniversary Celebration @ Old Port Wine Merchants
Jun
19
4:00 PM16:00

TASTING: 10th Anniversary Celebration @ Old Port Wine Merchants

DETAILS: Old Port Wine and Cigar Merchants will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in its Commercial Street location on June 19, 2019.  A wine tasting celebration with representatives from area distributors will be held from 4:00 to 7:00PM.  The event is open to everyone and will highlight the success of the Commercial Street location as a fixture in the Old Port.

COST: This is a non-ticketed event. All are welcome. No reservations.

LINKS: oldportwineandcigar.com

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(SOLD OUT) WINE EXCURSION: Land and Sea Adventure with Tapas + Wine @ Wine Wise
Jun
19
12:00 PM12:00

(SOLD OUT) WINE EXCURSION: Land and Sea Adventure with Tapas + Wine @ Wine Wise

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DETAILS: Join Sommelier Erica Archer and Executive Chef Gil Plaster on an unforgettable land and sea adventure of delicious proportions. Includes a select wine and grilled seafood tapas pairing from Bluefin restaurant in the Portland Harbor Hotel's lovely garden, a sea voyage to Great Diamond Island on a UB85 charter boat (with more wine and an appetizer, of course), and even more wine and tapas on the patio at the Inn at Diamond Cove, and at the hotel's Diamond's Edge restaurant.

Along the way you'll hear about the history of Fort McKinley and Diamond Cove. Finally, enjoy dessert on the return voyage to the mainland. Brought to you by Bluefin, The Portland Harbor Hotel, Inn at Diamond Cove, Diamond's Edge, and Wine Wise.

COST: $125 per person (all inclusive)
LINKS: bluefinportland.com, portlandharborhotel.com, innatdiamondcove.com, winewiseevents.com, and portlandharborfleet.com

RESERVE: Click here to purchase tickets

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TASTING: M. Y. O. Spritz Night @ Sagamore Hill Lounge
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

TASTING: M. Y. O. Spritz Night @ Sagamore Hill Lounge

DETAILS: Do you have a favorite spritz? Want to get creative? Come to Sagamore Hill on Tuesday evening for a fun and informative lesson in creating your own spritz! Elena Brugnera of Perlage Winery, Justin DeWalt of Chartrand Imports, Connor Montello from UFF and Ryan Deskins of Sagamore Hill will be on hand to answer questions and provide insights into the evening's creative components. Available mixers to create your spritz will feature a diverse array of ingredients curated by Sagamore Hill, Urban Farm Fermentory, and Perlage Winery  So ... come curious and thirsty!

COST: Free admission. Cocktail price will vary by ingredients.

LINKS: Sagamore Hill Lounge, Chartrand Imports

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SPECIAL EVENT: Meet & Greet With Winemaker Carol Shelton, Master of the Zen of Zin @ Central Provisions
Jun
18
5:00 PM17:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Meet & Greet With Winemaker Carol Shelton, Master of the Zen of Zin @ Central Provisions

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DETAILS: Central Provisions is beyond excited to host Carol Shelton during Portland Wine Week.. She is an award winning, landmark California winemaker and an overall inspirational lady. She has won Winemaker of the Year five times, has countless gold medals for her wines and was named one of eight Pioneer Women Winemakers of Sonoma County in 2005. She continues to win awards and accolades – her 2011 Wild Thing Zinfandel was included in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2014. With many harvests under her belt and her passion for winemaking still strong, Carol Shelton has become an iconic woman winemaker. 

Her wines have always found a place on our wine list here at Central Provisions and for this evening we will be featuring three wines: Wild Things Zinfandel, Viognier, and Rose! We will be offering them in a flight as well as half and full glass pours.

COST: Varies
LINKS: central-provisions.com, carolshelton.com

Reserve: No reservations -- just come!

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TASTING: Winemaker Brianne Day @ Maine and Loire
Jun
18
5:00 PM17:00

TASTING: Winemaker Brianne Day @ Maine and Loire

DETAILS: Maine and Loire hosts a tasting with winemaker Brianne Day. Brianne's wines will also be poured by the glass at Drifters Wife (named to the Bon Appétit list of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2018) that evening.

Day Wines is a producer of site driven wines made of fruit sourced from organic or biodynamic vineyards in the Willamette and Applegate valleys of Oregon. The wines are made in a hands off manner, utilizing native fermentation, no additions or subtractions and minimal use of sulfur. All of the wines are unfined and most are unfiltered. Some of the wines draw stylistic inspiration from classic regions and some of the wines are the results of creative expression (which makes for a broad and eclectic line up). 

COST: Free admission to tasting at Maine and Loire.

LINKS: daywines.com, maineandloire.com, drifterswife.com

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TASTING: Rebel Rebel Pop-Up @ Austin Street Brewery
Jun
18
4:00 PM16:00

TASTING: Rebel Rebel Pop-Up @ Austin Street Brewery

DETAILS: Natural wine bar Rebel Rebel from Somerville, Massachusetts is coming to Portland for their first pop-up! Par take in Portland Wine Week and sample wines picked by Proprietor Lauren Friel featuring female producers in natural wine.

No tickets necessary.

115 Fox Street, East Bayside Portland.

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TASTING: Tapas Monday @ Lolita
Jun
17
3:30 PM15:30

TASTING: Tapas Monday @ Lolita

DETAILS: In Spain, tapas is a party in motion.  You stop, you snack, you go to the next spot, and you snack some more.  A 'tapa' is a small bite usually accompanied by wine or beer.  This Monday Lolita be featuring four Spanish wines for you to try, that aren't normally on their lis. And they’ll pair them with a selection of six or seven tapas. This is your chance to try some new wines, savor some tasty bites, and keep the party in motion. 

Tapas starts when they open at 3:30 pm and goes until 9:30 pm or they run out! They are happy to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions.  Their full regular menu is also available all evening from 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

COST: Each 4 oz pour is just $5 and it comes with a tapa from the kitchen. 

RESERVE: This is a non-ticketed event. Just come!

LINKS: lolita-portland.com

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