Thursday, June 20, 2013
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:
64 Pine St., Portland | 207-871-9060 | www.auroraprovisions.com
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 6, featuring Easter wines.
161 Commercial Street, Portland | 207-553-7665 | www.lerouxkitchen.com
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 | oldportwine.com
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 | hwww.rsvpdiscountbeverage.com
4 to 7 p.m. April 11, featuring Spanish wines from Ole Imports
The Good Life Market
1297 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond | 207- 655-1196 | www.thegoodlifemarket.com
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
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.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.