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The presence and impact of COVID-19 has caused us all to live life differently…likely for longer than we would all hope. Our small business prides itself on working with and supporting other locally-owned small businesses. These friendships and our willingness to support their small businesses is as strong as ever. And for now, the Wine Wise experience will be coming to you virtually and it’s going to be awesome. We hope to see you on the screen—fine wines in hand of course!
Join with Sommelier, Erica Archer + Sur Lie’s Executive Chef Jef Wright for an incredible virtual tapas and wine-dinner-for-two delivered to your door. Sur Lie has been wowing Portlanders and visitors palates with their incredible tapas (small plates) menu showcasing an abundance of versatility in flavors and textures showcasing fresh Maine produce for over 6 years now. We’re excited to join them, pair the wines, and share it al with you while we dine together online with Chef Wright.
That’s right, 1-2 hours before logging on to our event you’ll receive your dinner-for-two box containing the two featured wines and six tapas courses each in its container with easy instructions to either place in your refrigerator, freezer, or set to be ready for our first course starting at 6 PM.
We are excited to have you join us for this incredible virtual wine dinner as we gather online from the comforts of home—with two wine glasses in hand—to discuss the featured wines and delicious dishes from Chef Wright… all while creating community and supporting small businesses and local purveyors.
Due to the nature of this event, we regret that we cannot accommodate food substitutions.
Ticket price is $175 all-inclusive of dinner-for-two food, wine, tax, service, download materials, event experience, and delivery. “Seating” is limited to 15 deliveries of wine-dinner-for-two in the Greater Portland area. Live outside of greater Portland? No problem. You can meet us at Sur Lie at 3:45 for no-contact curbside pick-up. Just make a note in the comments field at checkout that you’ll do 3:45 curbside pick-up. You can rest assured that we are exceeding all requirements for your safety and the safety of our teams in preparing, pick-up, and delivering.
Sur Lie is a tapas-style, farm to table restaurant in downtown Portland, Maine—and is doing an awesome selection of their menu for curbside pick-up. Their cuisine is American contemporary… an eclectic mix of influences from all over the world. Sur Lie uses the tapas trend as a way to bring people together and create a very unique dining experience. The food focus is on the amazing and beautiful bounty of locally sourced ingredients that Maine has to offer. Their first year open they were awarded Best New Restaurant by Down East magazine. And co-owner Krista Cole was awarded The Rising Star restauranteur from Maine Restaurant Association.
Jef Wright is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, he has worked in a wide array of cuisines and restaurants both large and intimate. For many years he worked in Atlanta GA, with Richard Blais, former Top Chef winner, and focused on molecular gastronomy as a means to reimagine and refine traditional southern dishes. His passion for continued learning has taken him to Philadelphia and New York where he worked in both a 2 Michelin star restaurant and for a large and well-known upscale restaurant group. His style is best described as heavily influenced by traditional French and Spanish cuisine with a love for upscale Southern always focusing on refined techniques. He was the opening sous chef at The Garrison in Yarmouth, where he helped the restaurant attain a 4-½ star review from the Press Herald. Jef is thrilled to be stepping back into the role of Executive Chef and leading the kitchen at Sur Lie. He looks forward to sharing his excitement and passion for delicious, sophisticated cuisine with Portland.
Archer is a true oenophile, having obtained high levels of certification in her field. In 2010, she was awarded the Wine Spirit and Education Trust Level Three Advanced Certification in Wines and Spirits (with merit), became a Sommelier in the American Court of Master Sommeliers, and received her Certified Wine Professional award from the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. Erica is the principal of Wine Wise, a wine education and events service and is skilled at creating truly creative and memorable wine experiences that take guests beyond a typical tasting with her intimate understanding of what makes each wine unique. And she’ll do it with her trademark down to earth style and sense of humor.
Where do we meet?
On your computer screen at 6 pm on the day of the event. You’ll download the Zoom app and access our event through a link that we will send you.
What do we need?
Set your dinner table with a fork, knife, spoon, napkin, water, and two wine glasses per person so each of you has one glass each of the two wines to enjoy through the first three savory courses. You’ll also need a corkscrew, the downloaded materials for this event, and a computer with internet access, sound, and video capability. Be sure to download the ZOOM app before this event as that is the platform we will be using so that we can all see and hear each other.
Tell us about delivery.
We’ll deliver your box of goodies between 4-5:30 pm that Saturday. Please include your greater Portland delivery address in the comments section at checkout if they are different from your billing address.. Or let us know that you’ll meet us at 3:45 for curbside pick-up. We are vigilant about abiding by all safety and physical distancing requirements for your safety and that of ourselves and our teams.
Because of our size, and the need to purchase the wine and food to accommodate the number of tickets sold, we will be able to refund you only if we can re-sell your tickets (minus the $15.00 credit card transactions we have to pay) OR reschedule you to a different event (there is no credit card transaction fee in this case). There are no refunds or reschedules for no shows or if we are not able to resell your tickets. Makes sense, right?