Must be 21 years of age or older.
Join us for our last Wine Sail of the year in Maine's Most colorful season for on board the 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail sloop, Frances, that was built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront. Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced will guide you in a wine education and discussion on some delicious Champagne wines from this renown region of France ... and we'll pair each wine with a selection of fresh Maine oysters shucked right on board as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine coastlines, fall foliage, lighthouses and islands .... all while indulging in a wine class.
Taste and learn about different houses and styles of Champagne that you'll love to know about
Find out what makes each Champagne unique
Discuss major Champagne wine styles, grape varieties, methods of production, trends and more
Learn what to expect from certain terms on a Champagne wine label when selecting your next Champagne
Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level
Enjoy a selection of fresh Maine oysters that are shucked right on board the Frances
Learn from the oyster experts about the variety of oysters available here in Maine
Archer is a true oenophile, having obtained high levels of certification in her field. In 2010, she was awarded the Wine Spirit and Education Trust Level Three Advanced Certification in Wines and Spirits (with merit), became a Sommelier in the American Court of Master Sommeliers, and received her Certified Wine Professional award from the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. Erica is the principal of Wine Wise, a wine education and events service and is skilled at creating truly creative and memorable wine experiences that take guests beyond a typical tasting with her intimate understanding of what makes each wine unique. And she’ll do it with her trademark sense of humor.
Where do we meet?
We depart from the Maine State Pier (see the map above under the event title). You’ll receive a more detailed email the Wednesday before your event. Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.
Because of our size, cancellations affect us significantly. If we are able to re-sell your tickets we can refund your ticket price minus the $10.00 credit card transactions we have to pay OR reschedule you to a different date that has availability (there is no credit card transaction fee in this case). You are always welcome to send a friend or family member in your place or sell your own tickets. Just make sure we have the ticket holder's email address so we can send them the event notifications so they are aware of where to find us and any day-of weather related notifications. There are no refunds or reschedules for no shows or if we are not able to resell your tickets. Makes sense, right?
We love our customers.
Receive $5 off your next ticket for every new person you refer to Wine Wise. The discount is applied on to your next ticket after they have attended.
Attend five Wine & Food Walks and Wine Sails and your sixth one is free.