Bourbon Tasting at Falmouth Country Club
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Bourbon Tasting at Falmouth Country Club

Bourbon tastings at Falmouth Country Club are back for the 2024 Winter season for Falmouth Country Club members and their guests! Join us for a delicious evening of a side-by-side tasting of fine Bourbons. Sommelier Erica Archer will host the evening and lead us in a tasting of five quality Bourbons and a discussion of key considerations in assessing the quality attributes of fine Bourbon. There will likely be a highly allocated “bonus-round” sixth Bourbon to cap off the night. This is part of a series of Borbon tastings at FCC - each one will showcase a different line-up of Bourbons … accompanied by delicious charcuterie boards. Please reach Falmouth Country Club directly to secure your seats.

Your Sommelier
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 down-to-earth style and sense of humor.

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Virtual Wine Dinner with Chef Sansonetti of Chaval: Mediterranean Land & Sea
Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

Virtual Wine Dinner with Chef Sansonetti of Chaval: Mediterranean Land & Sea

Join Sommelier Erica Archer and James Beard, Finalist, Best Chef Northeast, Chef Damian Sansonetti, Co-Owner of Chaval, for a delicious Virtual Wine Dinner centered on the cuisine and wines of The Mediterranean. All enjoyed from the comforts of home and the help of technology. And we’re delivering it all to your door on the afternoon of the event. 1-3 hours before our event, you’ll receive your dinner-for-two box containing your wine and food with easy instructions to reheat for our 6 pm start.

This is part of a series of Virtual Wine Dinners with Sansonetti and Archer since 2020, and perhaps we will have a guest appearance from Chef Ilma Lopez). Tonight Chef Sansonetti is bringing The Mediterranean to Maine using the produce of local Maine farmers, fishermen, harvesters, and purveyors, and we’ll pair it with beautiful wines from regions around The Mediterranean. We can’t wait to enjoy this incredible meal with you.

Featured Wines: TBA

Menu: TBA

Due to the nature of this event, we regret that we cannot accommodate food substitutions.

We are excited to have you join us as we gather online from the comforts of home to discuss the featured wines and food pairings, create community, and support small businesses and local purveyors.

Price is all-inclusive of your wine-dinner-for-two, 2 bottles of wine, tax, service, download materials, event experience, and delivery. “Seating” is limited to 15 deliveries in the Greater Portland area, which includes Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland Foreside, Falmouth, Gorham, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, and Westbrook.

Tell us about delivery.
We’ll deliver your box of goodies between 3:00-5:00 pm on the event day. You’ll need to be over 21 years of age with a valid ID to accept delivery.

Live outside of our Greater Portland delivery area? No problem. You may meet us for contactless curbside pick-up at Chaval at 3:00. Please make sure to put a note in the comments section at checkout that you’ll do curbside at Chaval at 3:00 sharp (we need to leave on time to make out delivery rounds and get back to our post in time).

For delivery and curbside, you can rest assured that we are exceeding all requirements for your safety and the safety of our teams in preparing, pick-up, and delivering.

Chef Damian Sansonetti, a Pittsburgh native, grew up exploring fresh, local ingredients, making pasta with his grandmothers, curing meats with his grandfather, and assisting his father in the family kitchen. A career in food was practically his birthright. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Sansonetti worked at Nantucket’s Brant Point Grill and Pittsburgh’s Steelhead Grill, moving to New York to open Heartbeat in the W Hotel. Sansonetti met Daniel Boulud while working at Shallots in Midtown and eventually took a position at Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne. Training rigorously under Chef Olivier Muller, Sansonetti became chef de banquet at Daniel and then sous chef under Jean Francois Bruel. Promoted to executive chef of Bar Boulud in 2008, Sansonetti was named a 2009 StarChefs.com Rising Star and, in 2022, a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast. Now ensconced in the burgeoning food scene of Portland, Maine, Sansonetti’s partnered with his wife, Pastry Chef Ilma Lopez (a 2014 StarChefs.com Rising Star Pastry Chef and nominated in 2018 for a James Beard Award as Outstanding Pastry Chef), to open their Italian fine dining restaurant Piccolo and in 2017 Chaval.

Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, has been a twice semi-finalist James Beard “Best Pastry Chef” (national), and you may have seen her name in an issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for ‘Restaurant City of The Year’. Their new restaurant, The Ugly Duckling, will open in early 2023.

Sommelier Erica Archer is a Maine native and 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 down-to-earth style and sense of humor.

Where do we meet?
On your computer screen at 6 pm on the day of the event. You’ll download the Zoom app and access our event through a link that we will send you.

What do we need?
Set your dinner table with a fork, knife, spoon, napkin, water, and a wine glass per person. You’ll also need a corkscrew, an ice bucket if you want to keep your wine chilled, the downloaded materials for this event, and a computer with internet access, sound, and video capability. Be sure to download the ZOOM app before this event, as that is the platform we will be using so that we can all see and hear each other.

Cancellations/Reschedules/No Shows
Because of our size and the need to purchase the wine and food to accommodate the number of tickets sold, we will be able to refund you only if we can re-sell your tickets (minus the $20.00 credit card transactions we have to pay) OR reschedule you to a different event (there is no credit card transaction fee in this case). There are no refunds or reschedules for no-shows or if we cannot resell your tickets. Makes sense, right?

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Wine Club Delivery
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Wine Club Delivery

WINE WISE WINE CLUB

A Sommelier-Curated Wine Club for
Portland + Surrounding Communities

Wine Club Members, it’s the last Wednesday of the month which means your club wines will be delivered today. We can’t wait for you to experience them. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Accept the Delivery. Someone at least 21 years old must be present with a valid ID to accept the delivery.

Recycle Your Tote with us: Your wine will be packed in an eco-friendly cardboard tote. Please return it to us for reuse.

Make the Most of Your Wine: Enjoy our tasting notes, serving, and food pairing suggestions to enhance your wine experience.


Not a Wine Club member yet?

We’d love to have you. Discover hard-to-come-by limited production wines that are handpicked by a trusted source, convenient monthly deliveries, and access to member-only perks and events.

We offer several distinct membership plans. Choose the one that is right for you depending on how many bottles of our sommelier-curated wines you’d like delivered each month, the perks you'd like to experience, and if you want tasting notes and food pairing advice or a monthly custom selection.

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Wine Club 6-Bottle Members Semi-Annual Soirée
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Wine Club 6-Bottle Members Semi-Annual Soirée

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Tonight’s the night! Our Semi-Annual Wine Club Soiree for 6-bottle Wine Club members with six-month membership July-December. It will be a delicious evening of delicious food, great wine (of course), and great people. We’ll have some industry pals joining us to partake in the festivities, feed you great food, and pour you great wine.

If you are not a Wine Club member yet, January is the perfect time to join at the 6-bottle level which has extra semi-annual perks with each six-month semi-annual membership (January-June and July-December), including:

  • First access to Portland Wine Week Grand Opening Women in Wine Dinner Tickets

  • A Semi-Annual Soirée at Portland Wine Week

  • A Semi-Annual Winter Soirée

  • Semi-Annual gifts to accentuate your wine program at home

As a Wine Wine Wise Club member, we want you to feel part of something special. See all the perks for 3-bottle and 6-bottle members on the Wine Club page.

 
 
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Wine Club Delivery
Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Wine Club Delivery

WINE WISE WINE CLUB

A Sommelier-Curated Wine Club for
Portland + Surrounding Communities

Wine Club Members, it’s the last Wednesday of the month which means your club wines will be delivered today. We can’t wait for you to experience them. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Accept the Delivery. Someone at least 21 years old must be present with a valid ID to accept the delivery.

Recycle Your Tote with us: Your wine will be packed in an eco-friendly cardboard tote. Please return it to us for reuse.

Make the Most of Your Wine: Enjoy our tasting notes, serving, and food pairing suggestions to enhance your wine experience.


Not a Wine Club member yet?

We’d love to have you. Discover hard-to-come-by limited production wines that are handpicked by a trusted source, convenient monthly deliveries, and access to member-only perks and events.

We offer several distinct membership plans. Choose the one that is right for you depending on how many bottles of our sommelier-curated wines you’d like delivered each month, the perks you'd like to experience, and if you want tasting notes and food pairing advice or a monthly custom selection.

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Bourbon Tasting at Falmouth Country Club
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Bourbon Tasting at Falmouth Country Club

Bourbon tastings at Falmouth Country Club are back for the 2024 Winter season for Falmouth Country Club members and their guests! Join us for a delicious evening of a side-by-side tasting of fine Bourbons. Sommelier Erica Archer will host the evening and lead us in a tasting of five quality Bourbons and a discussion of key considerations in assessing the quality attributes of fine Bourbon. There will likely be a highly allocated “bonus-round” sixth Bourbon to cap off the night. This is part of a series of Borbon tastings at FCC - each one will showcase a different line-up of Bourbons … accompanied by delicious charcuterie boards. Please reach Falmouth Country Club directly to secure your seats.

Your Sommelier
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 down-to-earth style and sense of humor.

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Small-Group Trip to Napa + Sonoma
Mar
17
to Mar 23

Small-Group Trip to Napa + Sonoma

4 spaces remaining.

Since the Fall of 2019, we last took our beloved customers on a trip to Napa & Sonoma. In March 2024 we are going back in style with exquisite wineries, meals, sights, and experiences. We can't wait to sneak out of Maine in March and land in the full bloom of two incredible wine regions. Be one of the few to join Sommelier Erica Archer on this 6-night Small-Group Trip to Napa & Sonoma Trip to Napa & Sonoma, March 17 - 23, 2024.

Google Flights has flights under $300 right now RT from Boston to San Francisco! Let's go!

You’ll be joining Sommelier Erica Archer on a 6-night getaway in the world-renowned wine regions of Napa and Sonoma. If you love wine, food, beautiful scenery, excellent accommodations, and some adventure and relaxation too … you’re in for an incredible vacation.

Our first trip to wine country was to Napa Valley in March, many years ago, to begin our wine studies at the Culinary Institute of America’s Rudd Center for Wine. It will be so nice to catch a plane out of Maine in March and into the sunshine and full bloom of spring in these Northern California wine regions.

Your trip will begin as you check in to your hotel, and meet for a lovely wine receptions, followed by a lovely wine diner. We’ve curated some exceptional experiences at premium wineries and fine restaurants throughout the week, with time to relax and explore on your own as well. In addition to tasting many great wines of these regions and sub-regions, you’ll be learning a lot about the art of wine appreciation from a great teacher on visits to world class wineries and restaurants enjoying incredible wines and on delicious dining experiences throughout your stay. Did we mention the hot air balloon ride over the valleys with spectacular views of the vineyards and breathtaking valley landscapes? 

If you think you’d like to join us we do advice booking early. These small-group trips do fill-up quickly.


Your Sommelier

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 Napa Valley—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.


TRIP DETAILS

Must be 21 years of age or older.

PRICE:
$6,395 per person, double occupancy

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
6-Nights accommodation
All hotel taxes
All ground transportation for our itinerary in Napa & Sonoma
Continental breakfasts daily
Welcome reception
Three wine lunches
Four wine dinners
Meal taxes & gratuities
All scheduled wine tastings
Erica Archer as your professional wine escort
Hot air balloon ride
All admissions per itinerary
All sightseeing per itinerary

DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Airfare or travel to Sonoma/Napa or from the airport to the hotel, although we are happy to transport you from the airport to the hotel if your flights align with ours. We’re happy to provide transportation to SFO airport for flights departing after 3 pm on Saturday, March 23.

CONDITIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Trip guaranteed departure is based on 6 attendees.

RESERVATIONS:
To reserve your trip please Contact Erica Archer at Wine Wise erica.archer@winewiseevents.com or 207-619-4630 to submit your deposit of $2,000 per person. The remaining balance is due January 17, 2024.

CANCELLATIONS:
If you must cancel on or before 1/1/2024, there will be a $500.00 per person cancellation fee. If you must cancel after 1/1/2024, 50% payment is refundable, if we can replace your reservation. We strongly urge you to consider taking travel insurance to help cover any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. For insurance information, please visit InsureMyTrip.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Wine Wise and Erica Archer accept no responsibility for any delayed departures or arrivals, missed connections, loss, damage, or injury to persons or property. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and substitute arrangements of equal value if circumstances warrant a change. 

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Wine Club Delivery
Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

Wine Club Delivery

WINE WISE WINE CLUB

A Sommelier-Curated Wine Club for
Portland + Surrounding Communities

Wine Club Members, it’s the last Wednesday of the month which means your club wines will be delivered today. We can’t wait for you to experience them. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Accept the Delivery. Someone at least 21 years old must be present with a valid ID to accept the delivery.

Recycle Your Tote with us: Your wine will be packed in an eco-friendly cardboard tote. Please return it to us for reuse.

Make the Most of Your Wine: Enjoy our tasting notes, serving, and food pairing suggestions to enhance your wine experience.


Not a Wine Club member yet?

We’d love to have you. Discover hard-to-come-by limited production wines that are handpicked by a trusted source, convenient monthly deliveries, and access to member-only perks and events.

We offer several distinct membership plans. Choose the one that is right for you depending on how many bottles of our sommelier-curated wines you’d like delivered each month, the perks you'd like to experience, and if you want tasting notes and food pairing advice or a monthly custom selection.

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Wine Club Delivery
Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

Wine Club Delivery

WINE WISE WINE CLUB

A Sommelier-Curated Wine Club for
Portland + Surrounding Communities

Wine Club Members, it’s the last Wednesday of the month which means your club wines will be delivered today. We can’t wait for you to experience them. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Accept the Delivery. Someone at least 21 years old must be present with a valid ID to accept the delivery.

Recycle Your Tote with us: Your wine will be packed in an eco-friendly cardboard tote. Please return it to us for reuse.

Make the Most of Your Wine: Enjoy our tasting notes, serving, and food pairing suggestions to enhance your wine experience.


Not a Wine Club member yet?

We’d love to have you. Discover hard-to-come-by limited production wines that are handpicked by a trusted source, convenient monthly deliveries, and access to member-only perks and events.

We offer several distinct membership plans. Choose the one that is right for you depending on how many bottles of our sommelier-curated wines you’d like delivered each month, the perks you'd like to experience, and if you want tasting notes and food pairing advice or a monthly custom selection.

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Small Group Trip to Tuscany + Cinque Terre Extension
Apr
28
to May 8

Small Group Trip to Tuscany + Cinque Terre Extension

SOLD OUT
(Let us know if you’d like to be added to the waitlist)

You’ll be joining Sommelier Erica Archer on a 7-night small-group trip to Tuscany, April 28 - May 5, with exclusive visits to some of the best wineries, magnificent wines, restaurants, art, and architecture that Tuscany has to offer. We’ve also included an optional extension to CinqueTerre, May 5 - 8. Space is limited, and our small-group trips do fill up quickly. If you think you’d like to join us, we do advise booking early.

With Sommelier Erica Archer as your guide, you’ll have exclusive access to private tours, premium wine tastings, and exclusive experiences at some of the most exclusive wineries in the region.  You can’t beat the perks of having Erica as your guide—day after day of access to superb wineries, incredible wines, and glorious culinary experiences—you are in for an incredible trip.

This will be our sixth Small-Group Wine Region trip to Tuscany. Past trips have filled quickly. Do not delay in making your reservation for this trip if you’d like to join us.

Your Sommelier

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 down-to-earth style.

Must be 21 years of age or older.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
7-nights accommodation
All hotel taxes
All ground transportation during the trip
Continental breakfasts daily
Welcome night wine reception
Four wine lunches
Four wine dinners
Meal taxes & gratuities
All scheduled wine tastings
Erica Archer as your professional tour guide
All admissions per itinerary
All sightseeing per itinerary

DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Airfare or travel to and from Tuscany and our starting hotel location.
Some meals are on your own. These are arranged around free time to explore the picturesque Italian villas.
Cinque Terre excursion is priced separately.

CONDITIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This trip is guaranteed departure based on 8 attendees.

RESERVATIONS:
To reserve your trip please submit your deposit of $2,000 per person for the Tuscany trip + $1000 per person for the Cinque Terre extension. Contact Erica Archer at Wine Wise with any questions: erica.archer@winewiseevents.com, 207-619-4630. The remaining balance is due February 1, 2024.

CANCELLATIONS:
If you must cancel your trip reservation with us before 2/1/2024 there will be a $500.00 per person cancellation fee. There are no refunds after 2/1/2024 if we cannot fill your spots. We strongly urge you to consider taking travel insurance to help cover any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. For insurance information, please visit InsureMyTrip.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Wine Wise and Erica Archer accept no responsibility for any delayed departures or arrivals, missed connections, loss, damage, or injury to persons or property. We are not responsible for any extra costs incurred for required covid testing and accommodations if you test positive and cannot leave the country until you are able to test negative. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and substitute arrangements of any equal value if circumstances warrant a change.

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Private Small Group Trip to Tuscany
May
12
to May 19

Private Small Group Trip to Tuscany

PRIVATE TRIP

Guests be joining Sommelier Erica Archer on a 7-night small-group trip to Tuscany, with exclusive visits to some of the best wineries, magnificent wines, restaurants, art, and architecture that Tuscany has to offer.

With Sommelier Erica Archer as your guide, you’ll have exclusive access to private tours, premium wine tastings, and exclusive experiences at some of the most exclusive wineries in the region.  You can’t beat the perks of having Erica as your guide—day after day of access to superb wineries, incredible wines, and glorious culinary experiences—you are in for an incredible trip.

Your Sommelier

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 down-to-earth style.

Must be 21 years of age or older.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
7-nights accommodation
All hotel taxes
All ground transportation during the trip
Continental breakfasts daily
Welcome night wine reception
Four wine lunches
Four wine dinners
Meal taxes & gratuities
All scheduled wine tastings
Erica Archer as your professional tour guide
All admissions per itinerary
All sightseeing per itinerary

DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Airfare or travel to and from Tuscany and our starting hotel location.
Some meals are on your own. These are arranged around free time to explore the picturesque Italian villas.
Cinque Terre excursion is priced separately.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Wine Wise and Erica Archer accept no responsibility for any delayed departures or arrivals, missed connections, loss, damage, or injury to persons or property. We are not responsible for any extra costs incurred for required covid testing and accommodations if you test positive and cannot leave the country until you are able to test negative. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and substitute arrangements of any equal value if circumstances warrant a change.

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Wine Club Delivery
May
29
10:00 AM10:00

Wine Club Delivery

WINE WISE WINE CLUB

A Sommelier-Curated Wine Club for
Portland + Surrounding Communities

Wine Club Members, it’s the last Wednesday of the month which means your club wines will be delivered today. We can’t wait for you to experience them. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Accept the Delivery. Someone at least 21 years old must be present with a valid ID to accept the delivery.

Recycle Your Tote with us: Your wine will be packed in an eco-friendly cardboard tote. Please return it to us for reuse.

Make the Most of Your Wine: Enjoy our tasting notes, serving, and food pairing suggestions to enhance your wine experience.


Not a Wine Club member yet?

We’d love to have you. Discover hard-to-come-by limited production wines that are handpicked by a trusted source, convenient monthly deliveries, and access to member-only perks and events.

We offer several distinct membership plans. Choose the one that is right for you depending on how many bottles of our sommelier-curated wines you’d like delivered each month, the perks you'd like to experience, and if you want tasting notes and food pairing advice or a monthly custom selection.

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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Loire Valley
Jun
7
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Loire Valley

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 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.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore some incredibly delicious quality wines from France's renowned Loire Valley that you'll love to have in your repertoire. These wines are diverse, delicious, perfect for summer, and adored by wine newbies and connoisseurs.

  • Taste and learn about these delicious wines that you'll be thrilled to have in your repertoire

  • Find out what makes each region and sub-region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • Discuss the major grape varieties and some up-and-coming contenders worthy of your attention

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You are welcome to bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Piedmont, Italy
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Piedmont, Italy

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of Italy’s renowned Piedmont region that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from Piedmont, Italy that you’ll thoroughly while sailing and seeing in the sight on the coast of Maine and love having in your repertoire.

  • Discover classic and emerging wines, varieties, and styles found in the Piedmont region.

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Delicious Whites
Jun
8
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Delicious Whites

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality white wines from around the world that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious white wines you’ll thoroughly enjoy and love to have in your repertoire.

  • Discover classic and emerging white wine regions, varieties, and styles.

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Mediterranean
Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Mediterranean

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality reds from countries and wine regions around The Mediterranean that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from all around The Mediterranean from countries such as Greece, Mediterranean France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Lebanon, etc.

  • Discover some incredible gems, emerging and classic, that you’ll love to have in your repertoire.

    Learn a few things to expect from wines made in these Mediterranean countries and climates.

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: California's Central Coast
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: California's Central Coast

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of California’s Central Coast that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

The Central Coast in California covers the long stretch of coastline from San Francisco Bay south to Santa Barbara and some of California's most famous wine regions outside Napa and Sonoma. The climate and topography vary enormously across this immense region bringing a beautiful diversity of grapes grown and wines produced. We can’t think of a better way to showcase this than through a diverse line-up of wines poured while sailing in Casco Bay.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from the diverse regions of California’s Central Coast, such as Edna Valley, Paso Robles, Monterrey, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Mountains, etc.

  • Find out what makes each Central Coast wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Celebrating Women Winemakers
Jun
12
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Celebrating Women Winemakers

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from some incredible women winemakers that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from around the world made by women who are at the topping of the lists for making incredible wines.

  • Find out what makes each featured European wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Sparkling Wines
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Sparkling Wines

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality sparkling wines from diverse wine regions and styles from around the world that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious sparkling wines from around the world, including, of course, Champagne, France that you’ll love having in your repertoire.

  • Discover classic and emerging sparkling wine regions, styles, and producers that this exciting and growing category of sparkling wines has to offer.

  • Discuss the major styles of sparkling wines (e.g., pet-nat, Charmant, and Methode Champagnoise) worthy of your attention.

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a sparkling wine label when selecting your next glass or bottle.

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You are welcome to bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Pacific Northwest
Jun
13
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Pacific Northwest

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of The United State’s Pacific Northwest that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines of the Pacific Northwest that you’ll thoroughly enjoy and love having in your repertoire. We’ll be pouring two of our favorite wines we’ve discovered lately.

  • Discover classic and emerging wines, varieties, and styles in these regions.

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Greece
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Greece

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

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 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.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the renowned wine regions of Greece that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about five delicious wines from Greece’s mainland, peninsula, and islands.

  • Find out what makes Greece’s regions and 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Amber, Orange + Rosé Wines
Jun
14
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Amber, Orange + Rosé Wines

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10-16, 2024

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality amber, orange, and rosé wines from around the world that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious amber, orange, and rosé wines from around the world that you’ll love

  • Find out how color in wines occurs and what information can be assessed from a wine’s color.

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Spain
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Spain

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of Spain that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from the renowned and diverse sub-regions of Spain with all of its varying climates, elevations, terrain, classic and emerging wines, and styles.

  • Find out what makes each Spanish wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: South Africa
Jun
15
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: South Africa

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of South Africa that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from the renowned and diverse sub-regions of South Africa with all the varying climates, elevations, terrain, classic and emerging wines, and styles.

  • Find out what makes each wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Sicily
Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Sicily

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10-16, 2024.

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the renowned wine regions of Sicily that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from Sicily from the distinctive, volcanic, and high elevations of Mount Etna, to Cerasuolo Vittoria, and nearby Islands and inlets, etc.

  • Find out what makes Sicily’s regions and sub-regions unique in their styles of wine.

  • Discuss the major Sicilian 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine + Fresh Maine Oysters Sail in Portland, Maine
Jun
16
3:15 PM15:15

Wine + Fresh Maine Oysters Sail in Portland, Maine

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE & OYSTER SAIL!

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

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

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. It does not get much better than this.

· Taste and learn about five delicious wines that pair great with fresh Maine oysters.

  • Find out what makes a wine a good match for fresh oysters

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • We are serving five wines and plenty of oysters. Due to the nature of our events, we are not able to accommodate food allergies, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You are welcome to bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations of any kind.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Italy
Jun
21
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Italy

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the renowned wine regions of Italy that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from Italy, such as Alto Adige, Friuli, Liguria, Piedmont, Sicily, Sardinia, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto, etc.

  • Find out what makes Italy’s regions and 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Delicious European Wines
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Delicious European Wines

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from wine-renowned European countries that you'll love to have in your repertoire

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from Europe’s classic and up-and-coming wine regions in countries such as Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Georgia, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, etc.

  • Find out what makes each featured European wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Italian Whites
Jun
22
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Italian Whites

Must be 21 years of age or older.

Must be 21 years of age or older.

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality white wines from Italy.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious white wines from Italy—including some incredible gems from the stellar vintages and emerging and classic varieties and regions that you’ll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Learn a few things to expect from wines made in these Italian regions and grape varieties.

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: France
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: France

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of France that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from France; such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Savoie, Rhone Valley, etc.

  • Find out what makes each French wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Club Delivery
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Wine Club Delivery

WINE WISE WINE CLUB

A Sommelier-Curated Wine Club for
Portland + Surrounding Communities

Wine Club Members, it’s the last Wednesday of the month which means your club wines will be delivered today. We can’t wait for you to experience them. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Accept the Delivery. Someone at least 21 years old must be present with a valid ID to accept the delivery.

Recycle Your Tote with us: Your wine will be packed in an eco-friendly cardboard tote. Please return it to us for reuse.

Make the Most of Your Wine: Enjoy our tasting notes, serving, and food pairing suggestions to enhance your wine experience.


Not a Wine Club member yet?

We’d love to have you. Discover hard-to-come-by limited production wines that are handpicked by a trusted source, convenient monthly deliveries, and access to member-only perks and events.

We offer several distinct membership plans. Choose the one that is right for you depending on how many bottles of our sommelier-curated wines you’d like delivered each month, the perks you'd like to experience, and if you want tasting notes and food pairing advice or a monthly custom selection.

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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Portugal + Spain
Jun
28
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Portugal + Spain

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of Spain that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from Iberian Portugal + Spain as we explore indigenous grape varieties grown in varying climates, elevations, terrain, and classic and emerging wines and styles.

  • Find out what makes each wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • Discuss the major and emerging Portuguese and Spanish grape varieties and styles worthy of your attention

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: California
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: California

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse California wine regions that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from the diverse regions of California, such as Central Coast, Napa, Mendocino, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Sonoma, etc.

  • Find out what makes each California wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: European Whites
Jun
29
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: European Whites

Must be 21 years of age or older.

This Wine Sail is part of Portland Wine Week, June 10 - 16, 2024.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious mineral-driven European white wines that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious white wines from Europe’s classic and up-and-coming wine regions in countries such as Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, etc.

  • Discover classic and emerging white wine regions, grape varieties, and wine-making styles that deliver these kinds of wines.

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Mediterranean
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Mediterranean

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality reds from countries and wine regions around The Mediterranean that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from all around The Mediterranean from countries such as Greece, Mediterranean France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Lebanon, etc.

  • Discover some incredible gems, emerging and classic, that you’ll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Learn a few things to expect from wines made in these Mediterranean countries and climates.

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Chef Series Wine + Food Sail: Spain in Maine with Chefs Sansonetti + Lopez
Jun
30
12:00 PM12:00

Chef Series Wine + Food Sail: Spain in Maine with Chefs Sansonetti + Lopez

Must be 21 years of age or older.

WINE & CHEF SAILS ARE BACK!

If these are not the best thing going on in Portland in the Summer, we don’t know what is. Sommelier Erica Archer has invited some of her favorite chefs in Portland to join her on a select few of our season-long wine sails to pair five delicious courses with five delicious wines.

Today two James Beard Nominated and Finalist Chefs, Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez Co-Owners of Chaval and The Ugly Duckling, come on board to prepare five delicious courses of Spanish cuisine inspired by the produce of local Maine farmers, harvesters, and purveyors, created to pair with five delicious wine from Spain.

You're in for an incredible wine, food, and sailing experience as you sail through Maine’s pristine Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways. You'll walk away 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. And no doubt, you will taste and learn a lot about the incredible food Chefs Sansonetti and Lopz have prepared for you.

We recommend getting your tickets soon if you’d like to join us. These events sell out quickly!

Menu TBA
The menu will be available close to the date of the event as the chefs take inspiration from only the freshest local ingredients. Due to the nature of this event, we regret that we cannot accommodate food substitutions.

Your Chefs

Chef Damian Sansonetti, a Pittsburgh native, grew up exploring fresh, local ingredients, making pasta with his grandmothers, curing meats with his grandfather, and assisting his father in the family kitchen. A career in food was practically his birthright. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Sansonetti worked at Nantucket’s Brant Point Grill and Pittsburgh’s Steelhead Grill, moving to New York to open Heartbeat in the W Hotel. Sansonetti met Daniel Boulud while working at Shallots in Midtown and eventually took a position at Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne. Training rigorously under Chef Olivier Muller, Sansonetti became chef de banquet at Daniel and then sous chef under Jean Francois Bruel. Promoted to executive chef of Bar Boulud in 2008, Sansonetti was named a 2009 StarChefs.com Rising Star and, in 2022, a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast. Now ensconced in the burgeoning food scene of Portland, Maine, Sansonetti’s partnered with his wife, Pastry Chef Ilma Lopez (a 2014 StarChefs.com Rising Star Pastry Chef and nominated in 2018 for a James Beard Award as Outstanding Pastry Chef), to open their Italian fine dining restaurant Piccolo and in 2017 Chaval. Sansonetti was a 2022 finalist for the James Beard Award, Best Chef Northeast.

Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, Has been a multiple-time James Beard top-Chef finalist, and you may have seen her name in the September issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for Restaurant City of The Year. You can find her daily at their new bakeshop and luncheonette The Ugly Duckling.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Greece
Jun
30
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Greece

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 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.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the renowned wine regions of Greece that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about five delicious wines from Greece’s mainland, peninsula, and islands.

  • Find out what makes Greece’s regions and 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Tuscany
Jun
30
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Tuscany

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the renowned wine sub-regions of Tuscany, Italy, that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about five delicious wines from Tuscany, such as Carmignano, Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Maremma, San Gimignano, etc.

  • Find out what makes Tuscany’s regions and 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Pacific Northwest
Jul
5
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Pacific Northwest

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of The United State’s Pacific Northwest that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines of the Pacific Northwest that you’ll thoroughly enjoy and love having in your repertoire. We’ll be pouring two of our favorite wines we’ve discovered lately.

  • Discover classic and emerging wines, varieties, and styles in these regions.

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Napa + Sonoma
Jul
5
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Napa + Sonoma

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of Napa & Sonoma, California, that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from the renowned and diverse sub-regions within Napa & Sonoma.

  • Find out what makes each of the Napa and Sonoma wine regions unique in the styles of wine they produce

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You are welcome to bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Rosé
Jul
6
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Rosé

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality rosé wines from around the world that you'll love to have in your repertoire. These wines are diverse, delicious, perfect for summer, and adored by wine newbies and connoisseurs.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious rosé wines from around the world that you’ll absolutely love

  • Find out how color in wines occurs and what information can be assessed from a wine’s color.

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Piedmont, Italy
Jul
6
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Piedmont, Italy

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of Italy’s renowned Piedmont region that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from Piedmont, Italy that you’ll thoroughly while sailing and seeing in the sight on the coast of Maine and love having in your repertoire.

  • Discover classic and emerging wines, varieties, and styles found in the Piedmont region.

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Chef Series Wine + Food Sail with Chefs Sansonetti + Lopez
Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

Chef Series Wine + Food Sail with Chefs Sansonetti + Lopez

Must be 21 years of age or older.

WINE & CHEF SAILS ARE BACK!

If these are not the best thing going on in Portland in the Summer, we don’t know what is. Sommelier Erica Archer has invited some of her favorite chefs in Portland to join her on a select few of our season-long wine sails to pair five delicious courses with five delicious wines.

Today two James Beard Nominated and Finalist Chefs, Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez Co-Owners of Chaval and The Ugly Duckling, come on board to prepare five delicious courses inspired by the produce of local Maine farmers, harvesters, and purveyors, created to pair with five delicious wines.

You're in for an incredible wine, food, and sailing experience as you sail through Maine’s pristine Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways. You'll walk away 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. And no doubt, you will taste and learn a lot about the incredible food Chefs Sansonetti and Lopz have prepared for you.

We recommend getting your tickets soon if you’d like to join us. These events sell out quickly!

Menu TBA
The menu will be available close to the date of the event as the chefs take inspiration from only the freshest local ingredients. Due to the nature of this event, we regret that we cannot accommodate food substitutions.

Your Chefs

Chef Damian Sansonetti, a Pittsburgh native, grew up exploring fresh, local ingredients, making pasta with his grandmothers, curing meats with his grandfather, and assisting his father in the family kitchen. A career in food was practically his birthright. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Sansonetti worked at Nantucket’s Brant Point Grill and Pittsburgh’s Steelhead Grill, moving to New York to open Heartbeat in the W Hotel. Sansonetti met Daniel Boulud while working at Shallots in Midtown and eventually took a position at Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne. Training rigorously under Chef Olivier Muller, Sansonetti became chef de banquet at Daniel and then sous chef under Jean Francois Bruel. Promoted to executive chef of Bar Boulud in 2008, Sansonetti was named a 2009 StarChefs.com Rising Star and, in 2022, a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast. Now ensconced in the burgeoning food scene of Portland, Maine, Sansonetti’s partnered with his wife, Pastry Chef Ilma Lopez (a 2014 StarChefs.com Rising Star Pastry Chef and nominated in 2018 for a James Beard Award as Outstanding Pastry Chef), to open their Italian fine dining restaurant Piccolo and in 2017 Chaval. Sansonetti was a 2022 finalist for the James Beard Award, Best Chef Northeast.

Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, Has been a multiple-time James Beard top-Chef finalist, and you may have seen her name in the September issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for Restaurant City of The Year. You can find her daily at their new bakeshop and luncheonette The Ugly Duckling.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: South Africa
Jul
7
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: South Africa

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of South Africa that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from the renowned and diverse sub-regions of South Africa with all the varying climates, elevations, terrain, classic and emerging wines, and styles.

  • Find out what makes each wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Sicily
Jul
7
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Sicily

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the renowned wine regions of Sicily that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from Sicily from the distinctive, volcanic, and high elevations of Mount Etna, to Cerasuolo Vittoria, and nearby Islands and inlets, etc.

  • Find out what makes Sicily’s regions and sub-regions unique in their styles of wine.

  • Discuss the major Sicilian 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Loire Valley
Jul
12
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: The Loire Valley

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 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.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore some incredibly delicious quality wines from France's renowned Loire Valley that you'll love to have in your repertoire. These wines are diverse, delicious, perfect for summer, and adored by wine newbies and connoisseurs.

  • Taste and learn about these delicious wines that you'll be thrilled to have in your repertoire

  • Find out what makes each region and sub-region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • Discuss the major grape varieties and some up-and-coming contenders worthy of your attention

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You are welcome to bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Portugal + Spain
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Portugal + Spain

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of Spain that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from Iberian Portugal + Spain as we explore indigenous grape varieties grown in varying climates, elevations, terrain, and classic and emerging wines and styles.

  • Find out what makes each wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • Discuss the major and emerging Portuguese and Spanish grape varieties and styles worthy of your attention

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: European Whites
Jul
13
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: European Whites

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious mineral-driven European white wines that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious white wines from Europe’s classic and up-and-coming wine regions in countries such as Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, etc.

  • Discover classic and emerging white wine regions, grape varieties, and wine-making styles that deliver these kinds of wines.

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: California's Central Coast
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: California's Central Coast

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of California’s Central Coast that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

The Central Coast in California covers the long stretch of coastline from San Francisco Bay south to Santa Barbara and some of California's most famous wine regions outside Napa and Sonoma. The climate and topography vary enormously across this immense region bringing a beautiful diversity of grapes grown and wines produced. We can’t think of a better way to showcase this than through a diverse line-up of wines poured while sailing in Casco Bay.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from the diverse regions of California’s Central Coast, such as Edna Valley, Paso Robles, Monterrey, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Mountains, etc.

  • Find out what makes each Central Coast wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Amber, Orange + Rosé Wines
Jul
14
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Amber, Orange + Rosé Wines

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality amber, orange, and rosé wines from around the world that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about a series of five delicious amber, orange, and rosé wines from around the world that you’ll love

  • Find out how color in wines occurs and what information can be assessed from a wine’s color.

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: France
Jul
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: France

Must be 21 years of age or older.

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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 knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of delicious quality wines from the diverse wine regions of France that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from France; such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Savoie, Rhone Valley, etc.

  • Find out what makes each French wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

  • 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 your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Delicious European Wines
Jul
19
3:15 PM15:15

Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Delicious European Wines

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from wine-renowned European countries that you'll love to have in your repertoire

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from Europe’s classic and up-and-coming wine regions in countries such as Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Georgia, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, etc.

  • Find out what makes each featured European wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

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

  • Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting your next bottle of wine

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

  • Enjoy your delicious box of cheeses, cured meats, fruit, nuts, crackers, etc. Due to the nature of our events, we cannot accommodate food allergies, commissions, accommodations, or substitutions during these sails. You may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations.

Your Sommelier
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 56 Commercial Street (where Commercial Street meets Franklin Street). You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your event.

What else?
Please refer to our FAQ page for answers to questions that you may be wondering about.


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Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Celebrating Women Winemakers
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Sunset Wine Sail in Portland, Maine: Celebrating Women Winemakers

Must be 21 years of age or older.

LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL!

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, and gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, pair wines, and describe what you smell and taste.

Join Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 74-foot sailboat, Frances, built by her Captains and crew on Portland's waterfront, with new seats added for everyone to be seated comfortably. You'll explore a selection of five delicious quality wines from some incredible women winemakers that you'll love to have in your repertoire.

  • Taste and learn about some delicious wines from around the world made by women who are at the topping of the lists for making incredible wines.

  • Find out what makes each featured European wine region unique in the styles of wine they produce

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