February 6, 2009

Wine Tasting, Flavors of Freeport

Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting
Flavors of Freeport
Hilton Garden Inn
5 Park Street, Freeport
(207) 865-1433
Saturday, Feb. 7th

This is the 2nd Annual Flavors of Freeport (link).

Who is there?
  • Cold River Vodka
  • Gritty's (you should see the moveable wooden bar they have for events!) - try their new 21 IPA (its their 21st year!) and a Red Ale made especially for this event!
  • SOPO Wines
  • Wicked Wines and Beers
  • Mariner Beverages (wines and beers)
  • National Distributors

There will be a dozen or more beers, 25+ wines, a cider or 2 and Cold River Vodka to taste.

Tickets are $15/person.

The Wines: (I'll update this with info through the night)

Sparkling Wines:
  • Scagliola Moscato D'asti "Primo Baci" (means "First Kiss")
  • Villa Cornaro Prosecco

  • Sun Garden Riesling 2007 (Germany)
  • Marchetti Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2006 (Marche, Italy) $13.99 - This is one of the best Mediterranean whites under $15 I've ever tasted! Wonderful citrus and mineral flavors and aromas. This also has notes of green apples and tropical fruits. Vibrant acidity and loads of minerality throughout the wine. Picks up a little nuttiness (almonds?) on the finish. Long, crisp finish! Maurizio Marchetti, the winemaker, only uses the best grapes (most years he gets no more than 1/2 a bottle from a single vine). 2,100 cases. Food pairing - seafood, shellfish, swordfish, etc. Great with poultry. Organic Farming
  • Touraine Sauvignon Blanc (France)
  • Joseph Drouhin La Foret Blanc (France)
  • Peter Lehman “Layers” (Australia) - brand new to Maine!
  • Franciscan Chardonnay (California)
  • White Oak Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (California) Reg. $16.99 Sale $13.99 - This is AWESOME! A tasty, yummy, aromatic wine from the Russian River Valley. Aromas and flavors of nectarines, grapefruit and melons. Just a touch of vanilla on the finish which is clean and crisp with hints of citrus. 100% cold-fermented in stainless steel. Aged “sur-lie” to add complexity & roundness. 5,838 cases made. This is White Oak’s Flagship wine! Food pairing - Great choice with shellfish, lobster, fish, lighter chicken dishes, etc.
  • R. Stuart & Company Big Fire Pinot Gris 2006 (Oregon) $13.99 - Yum! This wine is crisp and delicious with flavors of pears, apples and delicate blossoms. Aromas of honeysuckle. Finish is big and crisp! Food pairing - Wonderful wine with Maine shellfish! Thai food, sushi, salads, spicy grilled shrimp.....Wine Enthusiast, "Best Value Oregon Pinot Gris"


  • Pietra Santa Winery Sacred Stone Master’s Red Blend Cask #4 (California) $10.99 - Delicious! Smooth! Rich! Soft! Juicy! Loads of ripe plums and cherries. Dark and lush! Crisp acidity and a rich, soft finish! Blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Dolcetto. 18,088 cases made. 24 months in French and American oak. Food pairing – great wine for a party – your guests will thank you for serving this! Drinks well with or without food. Grilled foods! Barbecue. Pizza. Pasta. Poultry. Mushrooms. Etc.
  • Cantine La Quercia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2006 (Italy) Reg. 15.99, Sale $11.99, By the Case $9.99 - Delicious wine from Italy! Medium-bodied with lush, ripe red and dark berries in the aromas and flavors. Spicy notes in the flavors. Smooth and soft drinking! Dusty tannins that don’t overwhelm the flavors. 100% Montepulciano. 4-6 months bottle aging and 4-6 months barrel aging in 10 year-old oak barrels. 2,000 cases made. Organic farming. Food pairing – meats, roasts and pasta dishes.
  • Maestre de Campo Malbec 2004 (Argentina) $14.99 - Well-balanced wine with real nice tannins (they've smoothed out) and dark fruit with notes of mocha and chocolate. 100% Malbec. Aged 12 months in French and American oak barrels. Vinedos Los Maitenes is the work of 2 close friends with a background in winemaking. They founded this estate in 2001. One characteristic of this winery is that they hold wine at the winery until it is ready to drink - so you can pull the cork on this and be confident is has sufficient barrel/tank and bottle aging! Food pairing - steak, beef, lamb, pasta dishes, lasagna, etc. Luigi Bosca Malbec (Argentina)
  • Olympic Cellars Handyman Red (Washington)
  • Moillard “Les Violettes” Côtes du Rhône 2007 (France) $11.99 - An AWESOME wine & a great value! It’s hard to think of a wine that gives you more “bang for the buck!” Aromas of dried cherries, berries, pepper & herbs. Flavors of plums, red & dark berries & peppery spice. Subtle minerality. It has a warm, soft feel in the mouth. Bright, fresh smooth finish. Soft tannins. Food pairing – Mushroom dishes, grilled or roasted meats, pizza, hearty meals. Drinks well on its own, too! Organic Farming
  • Michael Pozzan Annabella Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
  • Joseph Drouhin La Foret Rouge (France)
  • Angeline Pinot Noir (California)
  • Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz 2005 (Australia) Reg. $17.99 Sale $14.99 - A “killer” Shiraz at this price! Aromas of berries, cherries, toffee and herbs. Flavors of intense plums, bittersweet chocolate, Moderate tannins. Clean finish with nice length. Aged in French and American oak hogsheads for 12 months. Not an “oaky” wine – the time in oak just softens the wine! Food pairing - Excellent choice for just drinking, a good steak, lamb chops & aged cheddar! Wine Spectator, 91 points
  • X Winery Red X (California)
  • X Winery Syrahtica (California)
  • The Red One (Australia)


  • Trentadue Chocolate Amore (California)

Beers & Cider:

  • Fuller’s London Porter (England) - Brand new to Maine!
  • O’Hara’s Irish Stout (Ireland) - Brand new to Maine!
  • Erdinger HefeWeizen Dark (Germany) - Brand new to Maine!
  • J.K. Scrumpy Cider (USA)
  • Kwak (Belgium)
  • Lion Stout (Sri Lanka)

Freeport Cheese & Wine

Freeport, ME 04032

(207) 865-3993