American Sommelier, a wine education organization based in New York City, is launching  a state chapter right here in Maine.

Andrew F. Bell, co-founder and current president of American Sommelier, will be coming to Portland Sept. 29 to introduce Mainers to the organization and lead the first of seven wine seminars in the city.

That will be followed by six more weekly seminars led by Chris Peterman. Peterman will be managing the wine program at Central Provisions, the new restaurant from chef Chris Gould that's opening in the Old Port this fall.

The seminars will consist of a two-hour lecture and tasting  that will cover different wine-making regions each week. The first seminar, led by Bell,  will be  “Build a Strong Foundation: An Introduction to Viticulture, Vinification and Tasting.” It will be held at Vignola Cinque Terre, 10 Dana St.

Other sessions will be held at venues such as Caiola’s in Portland and Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport.

All of the seminars will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $60, with discounts for purchasing in quantity.

For more information or to register for a seminar, go to the Maine chapter’s website at


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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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