Wine & Food Blog

Sunday, June, 25, 2017

2017 Wine Sails Portland, Maine (Updated Brunch)

Join with us for our scenic brunch and sunset wine sails on board the immaculate 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland’s waterfront. Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, will guide you in a tasting and exploration of the wines of renown regions of the world as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways… all while indulging in a wine class.


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Things to do in Portland, Maine — Wine & Food Walks, Sunset Wine Sails, Cocktail Walks

Join with Sommelier Erica Archer on land and at sea in iconic Portland, Maine on our highly-rated Wine & Food Walks where you’ll enjoy high-quality wines while enjoying the he city’s acclaimed food scene, or join us for an incredible Sunset Wine Sail where you’ll enjoy scenic views of Maine lighthouses, waterways and islands on board an immaculate Windjammer… all while indulging in high-quality wine experience. Private group events available.


Burgundy, France with Master Sommelier Michael Meagher & Sommelier Erica Archer, October 15-21

Sommeliers Michael Meagher and Erica Archer will host a group of 12 people on an incredible trip to the world-renowned wine region of Burgundy, France, October 15-21, 2017.   This is a exclusive and truly rare opportunity to travel to one of the most sought after and complex wine regions of the world, with two sommeliers by your side taking you to highly coveted wineries and Michelin starred restaurants for unforgettable wine and dining experiences.

Tips for choosing a sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve

I’m not quite sure why many people gravitate towards sparkling wines only for special occasions. I can honestly tell you that a good sparkling wine tastes just as good on a random Tuesday in February as it does on New Year’s Eve. I’m going to blame it on labeling terms. They can be a bit confusing.  What is the difference between brut and dry anyway? And let’s also blame tradition. We’ve been conditioned to think of sparkling wines only for special occasions such as weddings, New Year’s Eve, and Grand Openings! Since at least one of these occasions will present itself this week, let’s put to rest some of the confusion with a few tips for successfully choosing a sparkling wine for NYE and many occasions to come.


Napa & Sonoma with Sommelier Erica Archer, November 1-5, 2017

Join Sommelier Erica Archer as she hosts you at incredible wineries with delicious high-quality wines, scrumptious dining experiences, and well-planned excursions that will immerse you in these world renown wine regions of Napa & Sonoma. Our guests had an incredible time on last year’s sold-out trip.