Rosé Rosé Rosé!!! We are in the thick of summer, finally. In this tasting we will be exploring the world of Rosé; starting with a blanc de noir that is essentially white, and ending with a rosé that is so dark, its pretty much a red. There is sure to be a rosé for everyone at this tasting, come taste through the rainbow with me! As always, FREE!!!
Our foraging classes have been a major success, and so much fun! By the time this class rolls around, chanterelles and black trumpet mushrooms should be out in full force, as well as a bunch of other edible and medicinal mushrooms. Lowbush blueberries, and lots of other goodies should be around as well. We will take a 1.5 hour walk at a TBD location within 20 min of Brunswick, and will then reconvene at the Vine to eat a delicious foraged lunch together and discuss our findings. $50/PP includes lunch, and kids attend free. A perfect way to spend Sunday morning with your family.
Come join Justin from National Distributors as we explore the wines of Kermit Lynch. Kermit Lynch was one of the first importers I learned to look for many years ago as I was beginning to get serious about wine. I am happy to say, the wines he selects truly stand the test of time. They have integrity, are varietally correct, have a good story, and are produced sustainably and ethically… We’ll select 5 wine that exemplify those characteristics. Come taste with us!
Oooh la la, chanterelles and trumpets should be out in force by this time, as well as all manner of edible boletes, reishis, chicken of the woods, lobsters, hopefully many mushrooms. Although we will look at lots of plants in this class also, mushrooms will likely take center stage. We will take a 1.5 hour walk at a TBD location within 20 min of Brunswick, and will then reconvene at the Vine to eat a delicious foraged lunch together and discuss our findings. $50/PP includes lunch, and kids attend free. A perfect way to spend Sunday morning with your family. Call the Vine with questions, and to sign up!
Come hang at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden under the full moon and enjoy cocktails created by moi, delicious bites, while listening to live music. All while raising money for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. More details and tickets can be found on BTLT’s website: www.btlt.org
If you’ve been in to the Vine, you know, I love everything vintage. Our vintage clothing popups have been going well, but the element that has been missing for me is the styling component. Just like cooking, just like cocktail construction, just like any art form, if you know the rules, the ratios, and the ingredients, you too can create something beautiful.
So, I am reinventing Vestments. I’ll curate a collection of beautiful vintage clothing for you to peruse, with a drink in your hand, and I’ll help you create cohesive outfits using those pieces. Come hang, try on fun garments, and maybe learn a thing or two to complement your personal style.
Think: pisco sours, margaritas, whiskey sours, gin fizzes, daiquiris - they all are related, and once you understand the basic ratios, you can make them all, and then make your own interpretations of these classics. Come learn, have some drinks, and eat some snacks. All for $40!!! Call the Vine at 207-721-3000 to sign up.
Finally, another cocktail class! We will learn how to preserve the bounty of summer flavor in syrups and infusions, and will then create some tasty drinks with our ingredients. Anyone who drinks at the vine knows how much I love my botanical syrups and infusions. Come learn how to do the same thing at home. $40/PP includes light snacks, drinks, and a bunch of information.
Our first foraging class was a total success, over sold out, and so fun! So I’m going to do one a month until the snow falls. Mushrooms will be starting to pop by this class, so we’ll be on the lookout for them, as well as other delicious edible flowers, greens, fruit and roots. We will meet for an approximately one hour long walk in the woods, and will then reconvene at the Vine to eat a delicious foraged luncheon while learning how to cook what we found. The class will last approximately 3 hours, and includes lunch for $65/per person. Call the Vine at 207-721-3000 to sign up, and the last class sold out quickly.
Whats that you say? Another wine tasting so soon? Yes. We’ve really been enjoying our wine tastings, and apparently so have you, so we are going to try and do one every other week. I’ll update soon with more info on the wine lineup as soon as we decide.
We are so sorry that we missed May, but Vestments is back and better than ever. Every second Sunday of the month the Vine will be taken over by 4 vintage clothing vendors, including myself. Bar is always open, and pretty soon, so will the porch! Come hang, peruse the clothing, have a drink and a snack.
This month Taylor and I will be joined by Northwoods Vintage who has some AMAZING (check out his instagram page) vintage menswear. Taylor and I will cover the bases for the ladies. All the summer dresses you’ll ever want…
5 Wines, all under $18 - plus -10% Discount on 6 bottles or more = an amazing opportunity to stock on some amazing value wines specially selected by me for optimum summer consumption. This is a very Francophile tasting, 5 lovely wines from all over France and Corsica - Gamay, Aligoté, Mondeuse, Niellucciu, Jaquere, Altesse - all uncommon but delicious grapes. come taste!!!! These are guaranteed to be wines you’ll want to drink all summer.
A gin and tonic is one of the most simple drinks to make, and consequently also very fun to manipulate. Come taste the different styles of gin you can choose from, and learn how to make your own infusions and syrups to customize this classic summer beverage. Our classes are fun, informal, but also very informative. $40/PP includes drinks and snacks. Call 207-721-3000 to reserve your spot!
The fifth edition of Vestments is upon us, and we are going to explore the fashion of the Kentucky Derby! Think big hats, floral dresses, seersucker, and other such things! We’ll have an extensive collection of vintage hats, and some really great vintage staples as well… If you’ve never been to one of our clothing popups, they are a lot of fun, and feature a rotating cast of vendors. Bar is open, and we are serving food as well! Some get a drink and browse all of the beautiful clothing that we have found for you!
Wow Wow Wow!!! I love Illahe Vineyards, and they will be here pouring their wines on Thurs, April 25! Their wines are pure and alive, and really friggen delicious. Minimalist winemaking, sustainable practices, horsepowered harvesting and mowing. All the good things, pure Willamette Valley deliciousness. We’ll have a really fun line up including a Gruner Veltliner, some bubbles, Tempranillo rosé, and of course, Pinot Noir… Come taste, and as always, free!
I taste more wine in the month of April than at any other time of year. Why? Because this is the month in which most of my distributors are having their industry only shows. We have the opportunity to taste new vintages, and new wines. Come check out some of my favorite new finds, the wines that gave me pause, and made me smile. Always free!!!
I’m bringing my cocktail classes on the road! On Wednesday March 13, I head to Sammy’s Deluxe in Rockland to teach a classic and improvised stirred cocktail class. We will be covering stirred classics such as the Martini, Manhattan, Negroni, Old Fashioned, as well as Classic Riffs such as the Boulevardier, Toronto, Old Pal etc… Then I’ll let ya loose to improvise under my supervision using my extensive amaro and vermouth collection. So, if you are feeling as stir crazy as I am, head north for the evening, take the class, and stay at Sammy’s for dinner. Or, if you live in the Rockland area, and haven’t made it down to my classes yet, here is your chance, I’m coming to you!! As always, $40 gets you in, gets you drinks and snacks, and I promise, you’ll leave happier and more wise. To Sign up, call Vessel and Vine at 207-721-3000
Vestments Volume 3 is Booked! For our March Edition of Vestments - Vessel And Vine’s monthly vintage clothing popup sale, we will be welcoming sprig, and the more colorful wardrobe that comes along with it. Come stock up on some fun duds for your spring vacation. Or, just will Spring to come early by changing what you wear - which is what I do. If nothing else, it helps your brain feel warmer… Taylor and I will be joined by two vendors, to be announced soon! We are changing the hours of this monthly event to 1PM-6PM, to allow y’all more time to shop. And, of course, we’ll have delicious cocktail and food specials. What is better than being able to shop with a drink in hand?!
THE DAY BEFORE VALENTINES DAY, I will be teaching another class: Amaro Y Amore - reinventing classic love cocktails through the context of amari. Bring your love, or just bring your love of yourself. This one is guaranteed to sell out, so do call early if you want to hold a spot. As always, $40/PP includes drinks, snacks, and knowledge.
Our first vintage clothing pop up sale was a smashing success, so they will now be a monthly event! We will have four vendors again, including two new guests. (Check them out on Instagram: @guruvintage, and @jareddesimio) There will be vintage clothing, upcycled vintage, vintage fabric, napkins and tea towels, vintage aprons. SO MUCH GREAT STUFF! And… delicious snacks and brunchy cocktails available for purchase. Last month’s was poppin’, so get here early for the best selection.