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Love Wine and Love Maine? Try a Wine Walk

perkins-cove-footbridge2Wine Walks in Maine are the perfect pairing – wine education while on vacation – or an afternoon appreciating wine at new-to-you local venues. Your lovely host Erica Archer, CWP, WSET, offers this fun format of mobile wine classes in the Kennebunks, Ogunquit, and Portland, and Wine Sails in Portland and Camden.

I joined in a Friday Wine Walk in Kennebunk, as our group from Boothbay to Fort old-vines-bar-tableLauderdale, made our way to four Kennebunk restaurants tasting unique Chardonnays – the wine theme for the day. Erica, the beautiful blond brainchild behind Wine Wise – her wine event company founded five years ago, presented four fabulous wines with rich detail and description as we sipped away the afternoon together.

We uncorked our first taste at Duffy’s on Kennebunk’s Main Street. Chef John prepared a delicious poached salmon with summer squash medley that provided just the right balance to our buttery Kendall Jackson Vintner Reserve Chardonnay. Erica offered regional background, technical terms like malolactic fermentation, and then very pragmatic tips like how to open a bottle of wine perfectly and champagne like a pro (turning the bottle – not the cork).

winewalk2Our next stop at Owen’s Farmhouse, we smelled, sipped and savored a bright but subtle French Burgundy-region Albert Bichot Chardonnay which complemented the wood-fired pizzas we shared in this cozy café. Erica’s wine knowledge is impressive, she’s a Certified Wine Professional with Level Three Advanced Certification as a Sommelier. But she’s also warm, witty and passionate about her wines – no wine snobbery here. As Erica says, “If wine is a foreign language, we all become more fluent after a few glasses.”

At winewalk1Academe, in the Kennebunk Inn, Chefs Brian and Shanna had created a clever BLT – Arancini with Brussels sprout and bacon which was fantastic with our beautiful bubbly – Veuve Clicquot Champagne (a Chardonnay in fancy French clothing).

We learned wonderful little wine facts:
Champagne corks can release at 45 mph
80% of the taste in wines comes from the aroma
Wines are served too cold, red, white, even rosé
French White Burgundy = Chardonnay
Red Burgundy = Pinot Noir
The Master Sommelier Certification Exam has a less than a 10% pass rate
The best wine opener* is the basic corkscrew with a knife, screw, and two notches
*note to my friends: please no more silly battery operated openers for my birthday

winewalk5Our final stop was 50 Local for a Foxglove Chardonnay from San Luis Obispo California paired with spicy tofu, local field greens, earthy pasta and mushrooms. So we had toured the west coast to France and back in our two-hour wine block walk. Our minds had been opened with each bottle, to new approaches to drinking wine, and better appreciation of how territory and treatment affect each vine and harvest. Our food pairings were excellent – showing Erica’s attention to detail and collaboration with her host chefs.

We walked away from our Wine Walk having tasted and toasted new friends with a new improved vino lingo and greater love of wines.

Now I want to  Wine Sail in Camden or Portland at sunset, sounds sublime. See Wine Wise’s schedule for Erica’s upcoming Wine Walks in Ogunquit, Portland, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and Wine Sails in Casco Bay and Camden.

See more fun food and wine events on the Southern Maine Coast including  Kennebunkport’s Progessive Dinner Trolley and The Kennebunkport Festival!

15th Annual OgunquitFest – Fall for Maine!

Maine Fall CoastFall means  Ogunquitfest in the beautiful seaside village of Ogunquit. For 15 years  annually Ogunquit hosts a festive festive weekend with a Dog Costume Parade and Pooch pageant, Maine Whoopie Pie Eating contest, wine tastings, Antique Car Show, and the world-famous high heel dash and Waiters’ Race. The Ogunquit fall events range from family friendly to silly to a total scream… Ogunquitfest is Friday- Sunday October 23-25, 2020.

Come celebrate Halloween a weekend early in Ogunquit Maine, join in the fall festivities including pumpkin decorating and an Autumn Bazaar full of maine crafts, art and food locals food items. Its also a great peak foliage weekend to dine on that last fresh Maine lobster of the season, shop, walk the beach on a crisp fall day, and stay at one of Ogunquit’s best lodging properties, or nearby in Wells Maine or lodge in The Kennebunks.

15th annual OgunquitFest Calendar of Fun Events (2020 events will be similar)

Friday Oct 25, 2019
4-7pm Haunted House
at Leavitt Theatre, 25 Main Street

5:30-7pm Trick or Treat Main Street, Beach Ave, Shore Road and Downtown Ogunquit
Dress in costume and visit shops and businesses with the “Come In” sign in their window for treats.

7:30 Monsters Movie- Free showing at Leavitt Theatre

Saturday, October 26, 2019
AUTUMN BAZAAR 9am-4pm, Ogunquit Beach. 75 vendors with Maine crafts, perfect for holiday shopping! Non-perishable food donations are accepted for local food pantry or pet food for the Animal Welfare Society.

PUMPKIN Decorating 10-11:00am Dunaway Center, School Street. An autumn delight for kids of all ages.

ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10am-1pm, Main Beach parking lot. Vote on your favorite classic car! Winners announced at 12:30pm. Free admission.

WHOOPIE PIE EATIN CONTEST 12:00-1:00 old Village School , Cottage Street. Who can eat Maine’s favorite dessert treat fastest?

WINE TASTING 2pm-5pm. Perkins & Perkins, Main Street. Wine tasting with fall foods.

RIVER RALLY  Kayak and SUP 2-4pm, Ogunquit Footbridge, end of Ocean Street. Meet at the Footbridge,  paddle to the Beach Street bridge and back. It’s not a race, just good fun. Kayaks and SUPs welcome. Weather permitting.

Ogunquit Fest Obstacle Course 2:30-3:15pm Riverside, Ogunquit Beach – fun for kids.

4-7pm Haunted House at Leavitt Theatre, 25 Main Street
Sunday, October 27, 2018

AUTUMN BAZAAR 10am-3pm, Main Beach parking lot. See Saturday description.

Children’s Costume Contest 10-11:30am Ogunquit Village School

DOGTOBER POOCH PARADE and POOCH COSTUME AWARDS 11am, Ogunquit Main Beach. Costumed kids, adults and canines welcome! Pooch pageant to follow at 11:30am!

WAITERS RACE 12:30pm End of Beach Street. Ogunquit’s best waiters race with full trays to the beach and back. Anyone can enter!

HIGH HEEL DASH AND WALK-OFF 3pm, Perkins Cove Road. Watch this hilarious high heel race as men, ladies and a mix of brave souls put their best, highest foot forward and dash for cash. The race around Perkins Cove in high heels is fun to watch, even better to participate! Racer’s HighHeels must be at least 2” high. Prizes are awarded for Best Time, Highest Heel and Most Outrageous Costume! Proceeds from registration will go to Frannie Peabody Center.

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The Patriots are coming to Ogunquit this Spring

The beautiful coastal town of Ogunquit was established in 1686. To this day, Ogunquit carries a proud heritage of sea faring, coastal art and seafood. The “beautiful place by the sea”, Ogunquit’s translation in Abenaki, celebrates its seaside vibrancy with festivals.  perhaps the biggest event is Ogunquit’s Annual Patriots Day Weekend celebration mid April !

The entire ocean front communities turns out and celebrates with historical characters walking the streets, musterings, and fife & drum concerts, craft fairs, Colonial treasure hunts, and a Chefs’ taste of the Town. this year marks the 29th Annual Patriots Weekend in Ogunquit with some extra fun events like a Pooch Pageant, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and Maine Street – Ogunquit’s biggest nightclub – celebrating with a big Friday night party. For lodging during this fun festive weekend, see our Guide to Ogunquit’s best lodging.

Ogunquit’s Annual Patriots Day Weekend Events:
All Weekend Long
TREASURE HUNTS:
 Complete your Patriots Day booklet to the Chamber at the Main Beach tent, and be entered to win a prize! As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize!

HISTORICAL BUILDING HUNT (throughout Ogunquit) Patriots Day celebrates Ogunquit’s history. Draw at least six of the following the most historic buildings and landmarks in your Patriots Day booklet and be entered to win a prize: Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit Playhouse, Marginal Way Lighthouse, Perkins Cove Bridge, Footbridge (at Footbridge Beach), pedestrian bridge (at end of Wharf Lane)

Patriots Day 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19, wait for Patriots Day 2021 details!
Previous year’s Events:
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019
9:00am-5:00pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library) Used book sale, with proceeds to fund the Ogunquit Memorial Library.

5:00pm: FUNDRAISING FRIDAY (Bintliff’s Restaurant, 335 Main Street). 

7pm: HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: Boston Tea Party,  You’ve heard the dramatic tale  – now see it come to life at Perkins Cove.

8pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE (upstairs at Ogunquit Baptist Church, Shore Road) Historic characters play revolutionary music in a fife and drum concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church!

9pm: MAINESTREET party (Mainestreet). – Ogunquit’s biggest wildest night club. Fun music, drinks, dancing, 21+.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:
OGUNQUIT STOCKS, AND  PHOTO OPS (Main Beach Parking Lot & Perkins Cove) Selfie photo opportunities for the whole family! Don’t worry, the stocks don’t lock, but they will be available all weekend for photo opportunities. Another fun photo opportunity available with a life-size cut-out stand-up where you can take a photo of yourself dressed in old-time bathing suits, as Uncle Sam, and more!

COLONIAL FLAG TREASURE HUNT (under the tents at the Beach) Find all of the flags at the craft fair. Using the page in your brochure, draw each flag in the appropriate colony’s box. Don’t worry, you aren’t being judged for artistic talent! We may throw in some other Colonial-era flags in to throw you off the trail! Turn in your solution at the Ogunquit Chamber table under the tent, and be entered to win a prize.

GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE TEA CHEST (under the tents at the beach) How much did a tea chest weigh? Look at the chest and guess what it would have weighed when full of tea. No, as a safety precaution, you will not get to lift the box! As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize! 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR ( Kennebunk Savings Bank tents at the Beach parking lot) Over 50 vendors will sell their wares under the tent! We’re collecting donations of non-perishable food for York County Shelter Program, and pet food for the Animal Welfare Society.

9:00am-5:00pm: OGUNQUIT MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library)

10am – 11am: COLONIAL CHILDREN’S GAMES AND CRAFTS (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Play games from the colonial era, and make your own to take home and play later!

12:00 noon: AMERICAN PIE CONTEST (downstairs at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) Submit one home-made pie in an “American” flavor to our “celebrity judges”. Pies will be judged during Taste of the Town in the following categories: theme, appearance, and taste. The grand prize winner will receive $50 in Gift of Ogunquit gift certificates, and the recipe will be featured in the next edition of our Ogunquit cookbook. Of course the best prize is the bragging rights for having made the best pie in Ogunquit! Winners will be announced after Taste of the Town.

11:30 – 1pm: “TASTE OF THE TOWN” (Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) A variety of Ogunquit restaurants’ top Chefs will serve up their special dishes for you to try out! Buy tickets at the door or ahead of time under the tent at the beach. Tickets  are $10, $15 for VIP admission early at 11am. Brign a donation for the local food pantry or animal shelter.

1:30pm: FIFE AND DRUM COPR CONCERT (Ogunquit Heritage Museum) .

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tent at the Main Beach parking lot) See Saturday description.

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot. Weather permitting.) $5 per person.

11am: RE-ENACTENT OF THE FLAG RAISING AT IWO JIMA (Marginal Way) While the flag raising at Iwo Jima did not take place during the Revolutionary War, we take a moment to remember and give thanks to all of those who have fought for our freedom throughout our history. Weather permitting.

12:30pm: PATRIOTIC POOCH PAGEANT AND FASHION SHOW (Liquid Dreams parking lot, 696 Main Street. Weather permitting.) Dress your dog in costume, or just come to watch the show! Two costume categories: Patriotic(red, white, and blue) and Favorite American figure. Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic costume and best costume impersonation. Animal Welfare Society will be there to feature some of their adoptable dogs.

See more Southern Maine Coast events and festivals, like the Kennebunkport Festival, and visit Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Portland Maine soon.

For Maine lodging, visit Southern Maine Coast Lodging Guide , Visit Maine Lodging Directory, and Kennebunkport Maine Lodging Guide.

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