Thursday, December 5, 2013
By Meredith Goad email@example.com
and Avery Yale Kamila firstname.lastname@example.org
State's wineries invite public to open houses on Sunday
The Maine Wine Guild is sponsoring Open Winery Day on Sunday.
Wineries all over the state will be open to the public, offering samples, food and wine pairings, entertainment, wine-making demonstrations and behind-the-scenes tours.
The guild suggests planning your visits to various wineries with the Maine Wine Trail map, available at mainewinetrail.com.
Most wineries will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted below:
• Bartlett Winery, Gouldsboro. 546-2408; bartlettwinery.com
Wine tastings plus presentations by the winemaker, a wine importer and a specialty wine shop owner; demonstrations of wood-fired oven cookery; artisans from a local cheese company and a smokehouse. A tasting from Bartlett's library of exceptional aged wines will be available by advance reservation.
• Blacksmith's Winery, South Casco. 655-3292; blacksmithswinery.com
A progressive food and wine pairing throughout the winery, with a limited supply of complimentary glasses, will feature Smiling Hill Farm cheeses, Jim's Chocolates and other specialties.
• Breakwater Vineyards, Owls Head. 594-1721; breakwatervineyards.com
Tours of the winery with samples (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) of Appleton Creamery's award-winning goat cheeses.
• Catherine Hill Winery, Cherryfield. 546-3426; cathillwinery.com
Live music, local cheese and chocolate makers, special tastings in addition to the winery's regular tastings, Art in the Vineyard in partnership with Tunk Mountain Art and Craft Gallery.
• Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville. 763-4478; mainewine.com
Chocolate and wine pairings, wine tastings; barrel tastings, vineyard and winery tours.
• The Fat Friar's Meadery, Newcastle. 563-5382; thefatfriarsmead.com
A medieval party with a gypsy minstrel ensemble, lords and ladies, belly dancers and perhaps even knights demonstrating the finer points of chivalry and sword fighting. Medieval pastimes and crafts will be explained, and the Fat Friar will give tours of the meadery and pour tastings.
• Maine Mead Works, Portland. 773-6323; mainemeadworks.com
Complimentary Maine Winery Guild glasses will be available.
• Oyster River Winery and Vineyard, Thomaston. 354-7177; oysterriverwinegrowers.com
Tour the farm and watch draft horse-powered demonstrations in the vineyard (noon to 2 p.m.). Wood-fired pizzas by Uproot Pie Company and ice cream by Stone Fox Creamery.
• Prospect Hill Winery, Lebanon. 651-9335; prospecthillwines.com
Food and wine pairings, vineyard tours, demonstrations of winemaking equipment and discussion of grapes suited to the Maine climate.
• Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, Union. 785-2828; savageoakes.com
Vineyard tours, grape tastings and winery demonstrations. Maine singer/songwriter Don Campbell will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.
• Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, Union. 785-3024; sweetgrasswinery.com
Distilling demonstrations and a special cocktail sampling.
• Two Hogs Winery, Vassalboro. 660-5594
Samplings of local products will include cheeses, breads and chocolates.
• You-nity Winery, Unity. 948-7777; younitywinery.com
Grape stomping, live band, alpacas; artwork on display, winery tours.
Local chefs gearing up for 'Claw Down' competition
Local chefs are creating lobster bites for a new lobster chef challenge called "Claw Down," which will be the kickoff event for the region's restaurant week.
The "Claw Down" challenge, sponsored by the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. The winner will be named "Claw Down Chef of the Year."
Participating restaurants include The Boat House Bistro & Tapas Bar, the Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Brown's Wharf Inn, Davis Island Grill and 10 others.
Lynn Archer, owner of Archer's on the Pier and the Brass Compass Cafe, will emcee the event, along with Mike Rovin of 94.9 WHOM. Judges will include Dane Somers, executive director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council; Kelly Patrick Farrin, the 2010 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year winner and a sous chef at Primo restaurant in Rockland; and Meredith Goad, food writer for the Portland Press Herald.
(Continued on page 2)