Wine & Food Blog

Monday, November, 19, 2018

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.


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Napa & Sonoma with Sommelier Erica Archer, Nov 7-11, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

**This trip is now sold out.** You’ll be joining Sommelier Erica Archer on a small-group trip in the world renown wine regions of Napa and Sonoma, California, November 7-11, 2017. If you love wine, food, beautiful scenery, some adventure and relaxing too … You’re in for an incredible vacation. Please consider joining us for this wonderful Fall trip.


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.


2016 Friday Wine & Food Walk in the Kennebunks

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, for a highly-rated viticultural tasting and walking tour of The Kennebunks as you explore some incredible wines from renowned regions of the world paired with delicious foods from the area’s vibrant restaurant scene. You’re in for an incredible wine education experience. (more…)

2012 Chateau Mirefleurs, Bordeaux Superior AOC

I have lost count of how many wines I’ve tasted this spring. I think it’s probably more than previous Springs combined. The benefit of professionally tasting a lot of wines in a short period of time (and taking systematic copious notes on each of them) is that it becomes very apparent which ones stand out as good values, which ones are ready to drink or need more time to develop in the bottle before they are able show their full beauty, or which wines are a bit thin and passable, and which make you stop and think about its expression in the context of where it is from.  And which wines are a great value for the money. (more…)