Posts Tagged ‘Lincolnville Maine’

Speaking of wine

September 24, 2009

You can host your own winemaker dinner, but first you have to make the wine. To learn—and enjoy top notch meals and luxurious lodging and fun activities—tap into the annual Wine Camp, a joint venture of Cellardoor Winery and the Camden Harbour Inn, slated Oct. 12-16.

Here’s what’s included:
•    Four nights at the Camden Harbour Inn, including turndown service with handmade Belgian chocolates every night; coffee, tea and bottled water in all rooms, as well as complimentary DownEast coffee, Mighty Leaf tea, pastries and snacks all day in the lounge; Wine Camp welcome reception at the Inn with Prosecco and special hors d’oeuvres

•    All meals during the four-day trip, including an a la carte Champagne breakfast every morning at Natalie’s, ta at the Camden Harbour Inn;  a luncheon at Prism Glass & Gallery Café in Rocklan; a dinner at The Edge at The Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville; and a Natalie’s farewell five-course tasting dinner including wine pairings selected by French wine connoisseur and owner of Belfast’s Easterly Wines, Jack Scully.

•    Transportation to Wine Camp activities

•    Wine classes and educational programs at Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard

•    Winemaking kit

•    A cooking class with Natalie’s Executive Chef Lawrence Klang

•    Special outings and activities including a Maine winery tour, kayaking tour, and a sailing trip on the Schooner Olad (weather permitting, rain programs available).

The Wine Camp package starts at $1,650 plus tax per person based on double occupancy and includes gratuity.

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.

Tickets:

$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.

Viognier:
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.

An almost-cheap sleep near Camden

June 12, 2009

Camden’s a pricey town. Ditto for neighboring Lincolnville. Sure, there are some nice and more reasonably priced motels, but if you want something a wee bit special, you’re going to have to pay dearly for it. Except…

IMG_0752Point Lookout. This is the resort and conference center developed on Ducktrap Mountain under the old Charlie Cawley/MBNA (Money Buys Nearly Anything) days. Yes, it was controversial, to say the least. Yes, it resulted in hard feelings in the greater community. Yes, for years the gates were locked and it was an us (meaning gotta  have big bucks) against them (you little people, in the Leona Helmsely sense). But trust me on this, forget all that.

New ownership has opened this stunning facility to the community. The gates are wide open. The views are shared. The facilities open and shared, too. It comprises what may be some of the best views of Penobscot Bay in the state from the summit, stretching from the outer islands to Mount Desert. Now add a fitness facility that would be the envy of any big city rehab hospital. And a bowling alley. And a regulation soccor field with artifical turf. And a softball field. And hiking trails. And… well, you get the picture.

And yes, it’s all open to the public. Sure, you’ll pay to use the fitness facilities, but bowling is only $3 per game–a great alternative for a yuckola day. There’s even a small restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.

IMG_0739Now here’s the cool part. Also part of the complex are 106 one- to three-bedroom cabins in the woods–think Ralph Lauren does summer camp: leather chairs, comfy beds, white pine interiors, air conditioning and heat, some with fireplaces/stoves, all with screened porches. Some have wet bars, others full kitchens.

Here’s the deal: All rent at per cabin not per person rates. In the off-peak season (through late June and again after foliage, those rates begin at $125 per night). In peak season, rates are around $155/night efficiency queen cabin, $175 for a two-bedroom/one bathroom, $195 for a two-bedroom/two-bathroom, and $275 for a three-bedroom/two-bathroom. No meals, but it does include free use of the fitness facility (easily the best in the state; beyond the endless aerobic equipment, there is a full gym, racquetball and squash courts, virtual golf, aerobics room, and so forth). Oh and every cabin has its own free Wifi.

What’s the catch? None that I can see. No minimum stay is required, but there’s no  housekeeping for stays fewer than three days. If you’re traveling with another party or extended family, since the price is per cabin, it’s a good deal in a great location with to-die-for views from a few key locations. And one last note: Don’t be put off because it’s a conference facility. This spreads out on more than 100 acres, so there’s plenty of room to avoid the name-badgers.