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Wine Sail In Portland, Maine: Loire Valley

    Past Event: Wed, July 1, 2020 (4:00 - 6:00 PM)

Maine Wharf
68 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Cost: $125 advance at winewiseevents.com

Must be 21 years of age or older.

For those of you that have sailed with us in the past, we hope you are well. We honestly can’t wait to see you and take you on a safe, ventilated, quality wine, and sailing experience that puts you safely 6-feet distanced from other passengers. We know it’s the highlight of your Summer and we plan on keeping it that way. For those that are new to us, we look forward to sharing this incredible experience with you.

It’s important to note that we are on a different boat and a different location this year. The sailboat Frances has chosen not to operate this season and we are forever grateful to Portland Schooner Company for adopting us and giving us a home with their largest Schooner, Timberwind, a two-masted schooner built in 1931 by Victor Cole at Union Wharf in Portland and measures in at 96' overall. Read below for direction to the Maine Wharf (not the Maine State Pier).

We are closely adhering to Maine’s guidelines for social distancing, sanitizing, and face coverings. Be sure to bring your facemasks. You will be required to wear your facemask for waiting in line, boarding, disembarking, and anytime you get up from your seat to use the head (bathroom). A face covering is not required while sitting and enjoying the wine sail. Please keep 6-feet distanced from others standing in line to board and while disembarking. Once we are all boarded and seated you will be able to take your facemask off for the duration of the sail while you are in your assigned seat. We feel compelled to emphasize that this is a trying time for a lot of people. This may be some passengers' first “safe experience” outdoors. It is all of our responsibility to act with others' safety, comfort, and enjoyment in mind. We are all in this together. Let’s care for one another and have an incredible experience that will be the highlight of your summer, for sure.

It is imperative that you buy all of the tickets for your party in one purchase so that you may all be seated together. We cannot move people around after boarding as we need to depart on-time. We do not have the staff to answer emails and phone calls and re-do seating charts over and over again if this imperative detail is missed.

We will be beginning with two weeks of Wine Sails; two on Wednesday 7/1, two on Saturday 7/4, three on Sunday, 7/5, three on Wednesday 7/8, and three on Sunday 7/12. Once we can see that these sails have passengers, we will add more. If you see a Wine Sail after 7/12 listed as sold out it is because we have put ticket availability at zero. Please be patient. Whether or not we add more wine sails after July 12 will be entirely dependent on the demand for the first two weeks. We thank you for your patience and support, and WE hope to see you on the historic and beautiful Timberwind for an incredible Wine Sail. And, yes, you can make one of these a private Wine Sail for your family, team, and summer occasion. We’re going to make it great!

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 96-foot two-masted schooner built in 1931, on the Portland Waterfront. You'll explore some incredibly delicious wines from France's renowned Loire Valley that you'll love to have in your repertoire. We kick of every season with an incredible Lore Valley Wine Sail. The wines are diverse, delicious, and perfect for Summer.

You're in for an incredible wine education experience as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways .. all while indulging in a wine class. You'll walk away with knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select and pair wines and describe what you smell and taste.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from one of France's most adored wine regions, the Loire Valley.

  • Find out what makes the Loire and its sub-regions unique in their styles of wine.

  • Discuss the major grape varieties and styles worthy of your attention.

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting wine.

  • Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level.

  • Enjoy our delicious selection of cheeses, cured meats, fresh fruit, crackers, etc… presented in your own individual box. We are not able to accommodate food allergies or substitutions during these sails. But you may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations of any kind.

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.

Timberwind is located on the Maine Warf on Portland’s historic waterfront, not the Maine State Pier where we have previously departed from. Entrance to the Maine Wharf is located on Commercial Street, Portland, Maine, between Scales Restaurant (down the wharf a little bit at 68 Commercial Street) and RiRa Irish Pub (72 Commercial Street) You’ll go all the way to the end of the wharf, approximately 100 yards towards the waterfront, past Scales. You can’t miss Timberwind at the end of the dock. Please keep in mind that this is the Maine Warf, not the Maine State Pier where we have previously departed from. Please keep in mind to have your required facemask on and be 6-feet distanced from other parties while waiting in line. We’ll be on the boat setting-up and will come to get you when we’re ready to board you. You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your wine sail.

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 $15.00 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?

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