Must be 21 years of age or older.
Join us for our last Wine Sail of the year in Maine's most colorful season on board the 74-foot gaff-rigged topsail sloop, Frances, that was built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront. You're in for an incredible wine education experience with Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways while indulging in 5 different fine Champagnes... and we'll pair each one with a selection and fresh Maine oysters shucked right on board. You'll walk away with knowing how different vineyards, laws, and producers impact Champagne styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how evaluate, select, serve, and pair Champagne and describe what you smell and taste. QWe can’t think of a better way to end the season.
Taste and learn about delicious Champagne that you'll be thrilled to have in your repertoire
Find out what makes each Champagne unique and the influences in their tastes and styles.
Discuss the major grape varieties of Champagne, France
Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next Champagne
Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level
Enjoy a selection on delicious Maine oysters, cheeses, fruit, and nuts
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, located at at 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days 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?