Posts Tagged ‘Cellardoor Winery’

Cellardoor Winery pairs wine with food this spring

February 23, 2010

Taste your way through Maine without leaving the Midcoast. Maine’s Cellardoor Winery, with locations in Lincolnville and Rockport, is hosting wine-and-food pairings every weekend, May 2 through July 25; Saturdays in Rockport, Sundays in Lincolnville. Pairings include Maine cheeses and chocolates, as well as selections from local markets. The detailed schedule is available here.

Ameranouche + Cellardoor + Lily Bistro

December 27, 2009

Trust me, by the middle of January, the holiday glow will have been replaced by dreariness along the coast, and you’ll be pining for a pickup. Here’s one: Lily Bistro, in Rockland, is pairing with Cellardoor Winery for a CSA five-course menu with wine pairings, followed by a live performance by the acoustic trio Ameranouche. Event takes place Friday, Jan. 15, with one dinner seating between 5-7 p.m. Cost is $65, tax and grat not included.

Farmers Fare

December 21, 2009

One of the highlights of my visit to the Camden-Rockland area was finally getting to Farmers Fare, the new Rockport market and cafe emphasizing Maine grown produce and farm-made products. What a gem! It’s a huge post-and-beam structure, filled with food. There’s a butcher counter in one corner, a cafe on the other end. In between are freezers and refrigerated cases with ice cream, spreads, butter, beverages, cheeses and the like, and tables of breads, condiments, wines, sweets, chips, and so much more. If I hadn’t already finished my holiday shopping, I could have done it all here. Couldn’t help but pick up a few stocking stuffers, though.

The order-at-the-counter cafe has both pre-made and made-to-order fare. The menus lists soups, salads, small plates (one with Maine charcuterie, another featuring Maine cheese), and bigger plates ( all hot sandwiches ar available on gluten-free breads).

I’m never one to say no to artisan cheeses, and the so-called small plate was huge. It included Appelton Creamery Camembert, Sunset Acres Farm Chevre, Bigelow Mountain Blue, and Swallowtail Farm Queso Blanco, arranged on a bed of mesclun greens and accompanied by grilled baguette slices and chutney, all for $7.99.

Farmers Fare isn’t just a store, it’s a community center, with events, such as tastings and lectures,  suppers and even a visit by Santa on the calendar.

With the Rockport Marketplace, home of the State of Maine Cheese Company, Cellardoor Winery’s shop, Fresh Off the Farm natural foods market, and the Market Basket gourmet foods shop, Rockport is becoming quite a delicious destination.

Vinfest dinner dance

September 24, 2009

Kick up your heels on Friday, Oct. 2, after savoring a fabulous meal at the Cellardoor Winery, in Lincolnville.  The Harvest Dinner-Dance, which will be held outdoors at the winery, features athree-course menu prepared by local chefs with wine pairings. Afterwards, Maine Pro Musica will play dance music.

Here’s the plan:

Cocktails in the vinyard: served with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Lincolnville’s Trillium Caterering. This should be quite entertaining, too, as clothing designer Meredith Alex (Madgirl World) has created one-of-a-kind costume designs for the Trillium Catering staff.

A sit-down dinner under a tent in the vineyard.

• 1st Course:  Warm duck leg confit with Cellardoor’s Amorosa-poached pear and walnut oil prepared by Chef Michael Salmon of Camden’s Hartstone Inn. Paired with Cellardoor’s Perfect Stranger (made with Cayuga white grapes, it has flavors of juicy pears and a spicy and sweet finish).

• 2nd Course:  Almond-crusted crab and lobster cake served on local apple slaw prepared by Melody Wolfertz of Rockland’s In Good Company restaurant. Paired with one of Cellardoor’s newest releases: Viognier (100% Viognier grapes aged in only 10% new oak).

• 3rd Course:  Cote de Boeuf roasted over Cellardoor vine clippings and garnished with potato tian, shallot-artichoke confit and Bordelaise sauce prepared by Lawrence Klang of Natalie’s Camden Harbour Inn. Paired with Cellardoor’s Prince Valiant (a new five grape blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, and Viognier).

Dancing: After dinner the Maine Pro Musica orchestra, led by conductor Janna Hymes of Rockport with guest soprano Devin Dukes, will perform a specially selected program of big band and dance music.

Dessert: To cap off the night Trillium Caterers will offer a selection of decadent desserts paired with Cellardoor’s new Serendipity dessert wine. At the evening’s conclusion, guests will receive a Vinfest Cellardoor glass and chocolate truffles prepared by Chef Bryan Dame of The Edge Restaurant in Lincolnville.


$100 per person all-inclusive, which will also grant guests admission to the Saturday Vinfest activities at the vineyard.

Three new wines from Cellardoor

July 17, 2009

Next time you’re in the vicinity of either Cellardoor‘s Route 1 Villa store in Rockport or its winery in Lincolnville, stop in for a taste of one (or all) of its three new wines.

• Artist Series Petite Sirah:
A limited edition wine, the Artist Series Petite Sirah is made up of 85% Petite Sirah (from Lodi, CA) and 15% Viognier (from Snipes Mountain, WA). Aged in 15% new oak, the wine is full-bodied with ripe, rich berry aromas, and a beautiful elegance resulting from the Viognier grapes.

• Prince Valiant:
A five-grape blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc (all from Eastern Washington state), Petite Sirah (Lodi, CA) and Viognier (Snipes Mountain, WA), the Prince Valiant has intense aromas of ripe black cherries and white pepper with undertones of coffee and caramel. The versatile wine pairs beautifully with grilled BBQ chicken or a big juicy steak.

Our elegant and complex Viognier will be unveiled this August. Made from 100% Viognier grapes from Snipes Mountain, WA, the wine is aged in only 10% new oak, and is a full-bodied, dry white wine with intense aromas of stone fruits. This one has been worth waiting for, and will be the Winery’s most prized white wine to date.

Chocoholic’s choice

September 13, 2008

Just back from nibbling my way through the first Mid-Coast Maine Wine and Cheese Festival, held at two Rockport locations, Cellardoor Winery’s retail shop and the State of Maine Cheese Co. Plenty of food fun, including tastings of cheeses, wines, chocolates, jams, sausages, smoked seafood products, and more.

I dutifully toured my way through all the vendors, but my faves (no surprise, here), were chocolate related. I’m a huge fan of Safe Harbor Confections, a Waldoboro chocolatier that dedicates a percentage of income, donated in product or cash, to animal-related causes. I love their salt caramels, and the raspberry truffles. And… mmmmm.

For truffle perfection, Dean’s Sweets wins for its stout truffle. Oh my! The bitterness of the stout (beer) brings out the bitterness of the chocolate, without being, well bitter. No sharp edge, just that sublime taste of dark chocolate with depth. Now, the tequila lime, the needhams (made with Cold River Vodka instead of mashed potates), the scotch, the cayene, and the ginger, and… well, let’s just say I spent a bit of time here immersed in quality control. Portland-based Dean’s only uses dark chocolate, and it doesn’t use nuts. The truffles are available at Rosemont Market, in Portland and Yarmouth, from the house by appointment, or via the internet.

Now I previously knew about Safe Harbor and Dean’s, but South Portland-based Nutmeg Foods new Coastline Chocolates were new to me, but one taste (then another, and, okay, another) of the Rivermill salted dark chocolate bar, and I’m a convert. I’ve always been a fan of the marriage of dark chocolate and salt, but usually it comes via chocolate-covered popcorn or potato chips. This is simply a bar accented with Maine sea salt. Not that the other bars I tasted weren’t delicious, but this one was a standout. Nutmeg Foods also makes a line of truffles, including one, Ned’s Red, sold only at the Cellardoor Winery.

Quite the delicious afternoon. Now, must exercise.

Lincolnville wine and dine

September 6, 2008

I sipped and nibbled my way through Lincolnville the other evening, beginning at the Cellardoor Winery for wine and cheese. Cellardoor is actually Maine’s oldest vineyard–not winery, Bartlett Maine Estate, a producer of fruit wines, holds that distinction.

Tucked in the folds of the rolling hills, just inland of Lincolnville Beach, Cellardoor occupies a farmhouse and barn overlooking six acres of grapes. Inside the barn, the retail shop offers free tastings, and you can pick up cheeses and other munchies for an impromptu picnic. on the back deck.

On the night I visited, owners Bettina Doulton and John Tynan were offering tastings not only of their wines, but also of Maine’s Hahn’s End cheeses paired against cheeses “from away.” Hahn’s End stood up to the test. As for the wines, Cellardoor produces about 18. I tasted a couple of different whites, including the chardonnay and a barrel tasting made easy by a way-cool in-barn silo siphon.

Cellardoor also has a demonstration kitchen, and it plans to open a cafe. Plan ahead and visit on Oct. 18, 2008, during Cellardoor’s second annual Romp & Stomp Harvest Festival. By the way, Cellardoor is just one stop on the new Maine Wine Trail.

From the winery, it was onto The Youngtown Inn, where chef Manuel Mercier draws on his Parisian heritage and European training to create sophisticated French-inspired fare served in a country-elegant setting. My surf and turf paired a lobster tail with filet, both butter soft and delicious. Both the mashed potatoes and the butter served with the roll were enhanced with truffle flavoring–just a tad, but enough to make a difference. Service was excellent. Now this was a group function, so the menu was limited, but the chef’s ability to put out perfectly cooked, tender, and moist lobster paired with equally tender and juicy filet for a group numbering close to 60 was impressive.

From there, we went to Cellardoor Winery’s Rockport shop for a dessert wine sampling paired with after-dinner sweets. Now one thing to note: Even if you’re not a fan of wines, this shop (and the one at the winery) has some of the most creative gifts I’ve seen anywhere. There’s one very savvy buyer here, who has a keen eye for distinctive, fun and useful items. I could easily do all my holiday shopping here.