We are on cloud wine, Portland Wine Week is taking place again this year from June 12th-June 18th, 2023!
Celebrating the best of what this seaside “Restaurant City of the Year” has to offer, Portland Wine Week will include seminars, tastings, weeklong deals, special events, & more! While it is only April, most, if not all, events are expected to sell out quickly. To ensure you don’t miss out on the fun, here’s a glimpse at a few events you cannot miss this 2023 line-up!
There’s no better way to enjoy fine wine than aboard the 74-foot Sailboat, Frances as it heads out on Portland’s Casco Bay promising scenic views of lighthouses, islands, waterways, and more. Presented by Wine Wise, current sails available include Sparkling Wines, Portugal + Spain, Delicious France, Fresh Maine Oysters, and more.
Carcavelos & Maine Cheese Pairing @ Broken Arrow | Tuesday, June 13th – Saturday June 17th
“West of Lisbon lies Portugal’s smallest wine appellation, Carcavelos. Despite these fortified dessert wines gaining significant renown in the 18th century, the arrival of phylloxera was a setback from which they never quite recovered. Today there is only one active producer of Carcavelos. Villa Oeiras, born of a partnership between Portugal’s Ministry of Agriculture and the municipality of Oeiras, keeps the tradition alive.
Broken Arrow loves cheese! This sweet and salty pairing will be a perfect start or end to a meal, especially if you are indulging in our 5 course chef’s selection with wine pairings!”
Merroir & Terroir @ Union at The Press Hotel | Tuesday, June 13th – Saturday, June 17th from 5 PM – 7 PM
“An experience of Merroir, an adopted French phrase to describe the natural element of an oyster, meets our familiar friend, Terroir, in Union for Happy Hour. Featuring wines from 25-year-old winemaker, Louise Chereau, the newest generation from the pioneers of Muscadet in Chereau Carré, Union hopes to offer an organic expression of Muscadet and their outstanding quality of local oysters they are fortunate to enjoy here in Maine. Each expression of Muscadet; bubbles, still, single vineyard, offered side-by-side with its delicately selected oyster companion, flight style. Enjoy a flight of 3 wines and 3 oysters for $30 for an activated Happy Hour, influenced by yours truly, wine & food.”
Beaujolais – Villages with Atlantic Salmon @ Knotted Apron | Wednesday, June 14th – Saturday, June 17th from 5 PM -9 PM
“The Knotted Apron menu features a series of scrumptious, classic American dishes with an artisan touch. This local bistro nestled in the Rosemont neighborhood will be offering both indoor and outdoor seating for their weeklong Portland Wine Week special wine and food pairing special:
Glass of the 2019 Chateau de Lavernette Beaujolais-Villages
Entrée of Atlantic Salmon served with Beurre Rouge, Asparagus & Pee-Wee Potatoes
Special Tastings + Events
Northern Italian Wines and Fortified Wines @ ViA VECCHiA | Friday, June 16th from 12PM – 2PM | $55 PP – All Inclusive
“Join Via Vecchia’s Sommelier Susannah Gleason and Beverage Director Mark Hibbard for this fun event exploring some of the beautiful wines Northern Italy has to offer. They’ll talk through and taste several wines with Susannah and Mark, and end with a fortified wine-based cocktail workshop.”
A Tuscan Night with Famiglia Cecchi @ Roma Cafe | Tuesday, June 13th from 7PM – 9PM | $75 PP
“Roma Cafe is hosting the Cecchi Family and their amazing wines (Chianti Classico,Val delle Rose Aurelio, Val delle Rose) for a 4 Courses Wine Dinner with 4 wine pairings! Members of the family are going to present their wines. Menu available for view online.“
Fierce Femmes – Clementine Carter Wine Dinner @ Sur Lie | Tuesday, June 13th from 5PM – 9PM | $125 PP
“Sur Lie’s Owner, Krista Cole, and Executive Chef, Mimi Weissenborn will showcase female winemaker Sonja Magdevski of Clementine Carter’s eclectic collection of Rhone varietal wines grown in the Santa Barbara region of California brought into the state of Maine by female-owned Crush Distributors. If you’ve never attended a wine dinner at Sur Lie, you’re in for a treat! Sur Lie’s family style dining creates a fun and unique dining experience. You’ll taste your way through four courses each paired with it’s own unique wine. The food will be perfectly paired by Executive Chef Mimi Weissenborn, a Michelin Star recommended chef who boasts most of her experience in NYC. Optional cocktail hour starts at 5pm. The dinner, consisting of four courses paired with four wines, will begin at 6pm.”
Bottles & Bites @ Twelve | Sunday, June 18th from 12PM – 3PM | $100 PP
“Join TWELVE on the patio for a wine casual afternoon of fun in the sun! Complete with their sommelier Jenn Forge’s favorite summer crushers and passed Hors-d’Oeuvres done in elevated Twelve fashion that will be sure to kick off your summer the right way.”
Brick & Mortar Tasting with Alexis Iaconis @ Maine & Loire | Wednesday, June 14th from 4 PM- 5:30 PM | FREE EVENT
“Winemaker, Alexis Iaconis from Brick and Mortar Wines will be pouring a selection of her wines from her two portfolios—Brick and Mortar and Delta, Wine for Change. Join Maine & Loire for a casual tasting and meet Alexis.”
Floral Arrangement & Sips @ ViA VECCHiA | Sunday, June 18th from 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM | $65 PP – All Inclusive
“This lively tasting event will be hosted by Sommelier Susannah Gleason and florist Morgan Wagner-Holz of Elder Farm and Forage. Susannah will lead the group in tasting four wines while Morgan guides the creation of gorgeous bouquets!
MENU: Four vibrant wines that will pair enhance the bouquet making experience.”