Bay Scallop Crudo, Borage, Verbena served at The School House 1913 wine dinner. Sande Updegraph / For The Forecaster

I rarely review restaurants, but I do want to comment on a recent wine dinner at The School House 1913 in Harpswell.

The owners themed their five courses around the ocean, focusing on the bounty and images from the sea around the Harpswell peninsula. Each course was imaginatively presented. Portions were small plate-sized so that you were not overwhelmed with excess food. The paired wines were skillfully selected and light, crisp and fresh for the summer. The dinner was served on a Wednesday evening when the restaurant is normally closed and the house was sold out. More monthly dinners are planned for the rest of the summer. I will be sure to let you know the dates. 506 Harpswell Neck Road, 295-2029.

Sande Updegraph lives in Brunswick and is a longtime food writer. She can be reached at

Portersfield Cider, 255 Elmwood Road, Pownal, 233-5534, is open for tasting by reservation. The tastings involve flights of cider paired with local seasonal foods. They create “dry, lightly sparkling, richly-flavored ciders [which] go best with an aged cheese, good bread, and dinner with friends,” according to Portersfield’s web page.

Vessel and Vines classes in July include Hungarian Wine Tasting on July 14, 6-7:30 p.m.; Portuguese Wine Tasting on July 21, 6-7:30 p.m.; Daisies and Sours Cocktail Class on July 28, 6-7:30 p.m.; and Foraging Class July 24, 9-11 a.m. $45/person, tickets at 721-3000, 4 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

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