Monday April 02, 2012 | 12:14 PM
Posted by Maine a la Carte

Whether a wine connoisseur or simply wine curious, there are plenty of local wine shops that host regular wine tastings. It's an ideal (and free) way to sample something new, learn what pleases your palate and buy a few bottles with "I've had it and it's good" confidence. Here's a short list of a few upcoming tastings:

Aurora Provisions
64 Pine St., Portland | 207-871-9060 |
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 6, featuring Easter wines.

LeRoux Kitchen
161 Commercial Street, Portland | 207-553-7665 |
1 to 3 p.m. April 7, featuring wines from Spain, Portugal and Argentina, presented by Easterly Wine, with Tasty Tacos.

Old Port Wine Merchants
223 Commercial St., Portland | 207-772-9463 |
4 to 7 p.m. April 11, "Be first to taste the new vintages from Poggio ALTesoro, which include the #79 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011: Sondraia 2008. This was one of the highlights from our trip to Italy!"

RSVP Discount Beverage 887 Forest Ave., Portland | 207-773-8808 |
4 to 7 p.m. April 11, featuring Spanish wines from Ole Imports

The Good Life Market
1297 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond | 207- 655-1196 |
Saturday, April 21 and Saturday, May 26th to kick off the summer season the wine way.

For more wine tastings, check out 12 shops for superb (free!) wine sampling

- Shannon

About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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