DETAILS: Sur Lie, Portland's favorite tapas-style restaurant, offers a weeklong Portland Wine Week deal. From Tuesday through Sunday (6/18-6/23) Sur Lie will feature several wines from Spain and Portugal by the glass, and with each glass comes a perfectly paired tapas plate for your wine and food pairing pleasure. Just $15 for a delicious glass of wine and a perfectly paired tapas.
DETAILS: The Shop, Island Creek Oysters’ sunny spot on Washington Avenue offers a weeklong Portland Wine Week deal. From Tuesday through Sunday (6/18-6/23) The Shop will feature a different oyster each day with a glass of sparkling wine. Just $15 for a half-dozen (6) oysters and a perfectly paired glass of bubbles.
DETAILS: Enjoy select reserve wines (1/2 glass pours) paired with Chef's special tapas nightly, every night of Portland Wine Week starting at 5:30 PM.
Cost: $10 for each wine with pairing or all three for $25
2018 Giantza Txakolina, Basque, Spain (85% Hondarrabi Zuri,10% Gros Manseng, 5% Hondarrabi Beltza)
2015 Miquel Pons Eulalia Brut Cava Rose, Penedes, Spain (100% Trepat)
2017 Casa Ferreirinha, Papa Figos, Douro, Portugal (Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional)
DETAILS: Join Union restaurant for a weeklong pre fixe Portland Wine Week menu. Ther 3 course menu by Executive Chef Josh Berry focuses on the bountiful local foods that Maine and New England offer. Alongside the inspired dishes, a variety of wines from around the globe will be expertly paired.
COST: Three course dinner with wine pairings or $55pp tax and gratuity not included.
DETAILS: To pair with their nightly changing menu, Fore Street will be bringing a White Burgundy and Red Burgundy up from their wine cellar to be enjoyed by the glass or by the bottle.
RESERVE:: Reservations highly recommended or join the walk-in line at 5:00 (many will be in line by 4:30 for these few coveted walk-in tables and seats at the bar).
DETAILS: Take your blind tasting skills for a spin! Stop by MJ’s Wine Bar any day during Portland Wine Week for one of two blind tasting flights. Each flight features three wines. Simply challenge yourself and your friends on Tier One (answers revealed onsite) or enter to win MJ’s Tier Two Blind Tasting Contest* (answers and the winner revealed after 10 pm on Sunday, June 24). You'll receive points for correctly identifying grape (2 points), country (2 points), sub region (1 point), and vintage (1 point).
The first flight will be casual and just for fun. The participant will be given a flight of half glasses (3oz) pours and asked to guess the grape, region and year. At the conclusion, if the participant would like to know the answers, we will reveal them. There is no prize, other than delicious wine and some friendly competition, for this tier.
The second tasting will be more involved. The participant will be asked to guess grape, region, sub region and year. The answers will be kept completely secret. At the end of Portland Wine Week, the person who answered with the most correct responses will be awarded a special prize.
The winner of MJs Tier Two Blind Tasting Contest* will receive a gift card to a Portland wine shop, to be announced soon!
Tier One (beginner): $15 per flight
Tier Two (challenging natural wines): $20 per flight
Both blind tastings will be available to everyone throughout the entirety of Portland Wine Week, just stop by during normal hours!
*No purchase necessary. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) and Canada 21 years old and older. Void in Quebec and where prohibited. Ends June 24, 2018. In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen by a random drawing of all those receiving the highest number of points. For Complete Official Rules, including prize description, click here.
DETAILS: The restaurants of the Big Tree Hospitality group, Hugo's, Eventide Oyster Co. and The Honey Paw will all be featuring wines from Hermann J. Wiemer for Portland Wine Week.
Hermann J. Wiemer is regarded as one of the pioneers of viticulture and winemaking in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
As a native of Bernkastel, Germany who emigrated to the Finger Lakes in the 1960s, Hermann J. Wiemer was uniquely qualified to help establish and create a wine region now known for its Riesling identity. His mother’s family had been making wine in Germany’s Mosel Valley for more than 300 years. His father, a skilled nurseryman, had been in charge of the Agricultural Experiment Station in Bernkastel and was responsible for restoring vines in the Mosel region after WWII. As a result, he recognized the importance of grafting vinifera on American rootstock. Ultimately, this conviction led Hermann’s father to convince Dr. Thanisch – who maintained the most famous Riesling vineyard in the world – to graft Mosel Rieslings onto American rootstock.
Hermann spent the summers of his youth learning to graft by hand and later complemented the skill and knowledge passed from father to son by attending Germany’s premier winemaking and viticultural institutions. However, it wasn’t until his experience in the Pfalz at the Viticultural Research institute in Neustadt(Forschungsinstitut fur Reblausbekampfung und Wiederaufbau der LLFA Neustadt) that Hermann was finally able to put his life experiences and education to practice. This practical training and research institute, headed by the influential Dr. Helmut Becker, only accepted three admissions per year, and Hermann was one of them.
All he needed was the right place to apply his skill and passion from wine-making at the highest levels. In the little town of Dundee, on the western shore of Seneca Lake, he found it. Hermann discovered that the cool climate and gravelly soils of the Finger Lakes were similar to his family’s vineyards in the Mosel Valley. At a time when very few thought it was possible to grow vinifera varietals on Seneca Lake, Hermann believed that the unique soil types and moderating weather effects of the Finger Lakes would make it possible to produce great wines here. German folk wisdom held that Riesling grapevines would flourish where black cherry trees thrived. Subsequently, Hermann purchased 80 acres of land on which we now have the winery and the “HJW Vineyard”. Countless hours, an uncanny skill at grafting, and willingness to experiment to find the best clones of each varietal for the region helped Hermann establish the vineyard. An obsessive dedication to making the most authentic and elegant wine has slowly and increasingly caught the attention of the world’s most discerning wine critics.
DETAILS: As part of Portland Wine Week’s Women Winemakers Track, Central Provisions will feature a wine list dedicated to some of their favorite Women Winemakers from around the world. Mark your calendars and come out for this first ever offering of it’s kind in Portland by enjoying this list by the glass or by the bottle in the downstairs bar or the upstairs restaurant.
Reserve: No reservations -- just come!
DETAILS: In celebration of Portland Wine Week, the AC Lounge is offering daily specials:
6/17: Monday Blues ($6 Glass Maine Sparkling Buet)
6/18: Spanish Tuesday (6 Spanish wine sampling)
6/19: Wednesday Spritz (20% off Orange Spritz)
6/20: Thursday Special (half priced wines by the bottle)
6/21: Wine Down Friday (half priced wines by the glass)
LINKS: AC Hotel by Marriott Portland