Wine & Food Blog

Monday, November, 19, 2018

Wine Getaway Weekend in Camden Maine with Chef Sam Talbot & Sommelier Erica Archer

What makes a weekend getaway to an iconic destination even better?  A getaway centered on fine wines, a renowned Sommelier, and an acclaimed Chef. From June 12-14, Sommelier Erica Archer will host a sailing, wining, and dining adventure at one of Lark Hotel’s newest properties, Whitehall, in Camden, Maine.  Limited to 17 people.


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2011 Cedré Héritage from Cahors, France

The 2011 Cedré Héritage from Cahors, France. Lush ripe red raspberry and plums, with intoxicating aromas violets and lily, smoky and dusty earth, cedar, tobacco, and chocolate. Medium plus body, alcohol, acidity and gripping tannins and finish. A really good wine from one of our favorite go to regions for good value reds. For eating in, this wine would go really well with a garlic and rosemary rubbed steak on the grill and a side of marinated shiitakes. If dining out, the steak at the Merry Table in Portland, Maine is one we highly recommend. Give them a few days advance notice and they can arrange to have this wine for you, And I believe they have a delicious Cahors on the menu.


Lobster Guacamole and the 2013 Campuget Rosé—Zapoteca, Portland, ME

Zapoteca knocks the Mexico meets Maine theme out of the park with this Lobster Guacamole dish. Add a glass of the 2013 Chateau de Campuget, Tradition Rosé from the Costieres de Nimes, France and have yourself and incredible food and wine experience in Portland, Maine. In fact, I sampled a few other possible wine pairings, and for my palate, this rosé was the best choice by the glass for this dish.


2011 Torii Mor, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

I opened this 2011 Torii Mor, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon last night and it was a little tight. After having the 2007 on a recent Wine Walk in the West End we knew how really good their wines are. So this one being much younger in age, I put it up for the night with a loosely fitted cork on the counter to let there be a slight air exchange.  (more…)