For those of you that have sailed with us in the past, we hope you are well. We honestly can’t wait to see you and take you on a safe, ventilated, quality wine, and sailing experience that puts you safely 6-feet distanced from other passengers. We know it’s the highlight of your summer and we plan on keeping it that way. For those that are new to us, we look forward to sharing this incredible experience with you. It’s important to note that we are on a different boat and a different location, and a different schedule this year. The sailboat Frances has chosen not to operate this season and we are forever grateful to Portland Schooner Company for adopting us and giving us a summer home with their largest Schooner, Timberwind, a two-masted schooner built in 1931 by Victor Cole at Union Wharf in Portland and measures in at 96′ overall. Read below for direction to the Maine Wharf (not the Maine State Pier).
COVID-19 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS OF ALL PASSENGERS We are closely adhering to Maine’s guidelines for social distancing, sanitizing, and face coverings. Be sure to bring your face masks. You will be required to wear your face mask for waiting in line, boarding, disembarking, and anytime you get up from your seat to use the head (bathroom). A face covering is not required while sitting and enjoying the wine sail. Please keep 6-feet distanced from others standing in line to board and while disembarking. Once we are all boarded and seated you will be able to take your face mask off for the duration of the sail while you are in your assigned seat. We feel compelled to emphasize that this is a trying time for a lot of people. This may be some passengers’ first “safe experience” outdoors. It is all of our responsibility to act with others’ safety, comfort, and enjoyment in mind. We are all in this together. Let’s care for one another and have an incredible experience that will be the highlight of your summer, for sure.
CHANGES TO TICKET PURCHASES It is imperative that you buy all of the tickets for your party in one purchase so that you may all be seated together. We cannot move people around after boarding as we need to depart on-time. We do not have the staff to answer emails and phone calls and re-do seating charts over and over again if this imperative detail is missed.
LET’S GO ON A WINE SAIL! Join with Sommelier Erica Archer, CWP, WSET Advanced, in beautiful Portland, Maine, for a gorgeous scenic wine sail on board the 96-foot two-masted schooner built in 1931, on the Portland Waterfront. You’ll explore some incredible wines from South America that you’ll love to have in your repertoire. You’re in for an incredible wine education experience as you sail through Maine’s beautiful Casco Bay with scenic views of Maine lighthouses, islands, and waterways … all while indulging in a wine class. You’ll walk away with knowing a lot about wine, how regional influences impact wine styles and quality, gain confidence knowing how to evaluate, select, and pair wines and describe what you smell and taste. Taste and learn about a series of five delicious wines from South America that you’ll love having in your repertoire. Discover classic and emerging wine regions, varieties, and styles that these exciting countries have to offer. Discuss the major grape varieties and styles worthy of your attention. Learn what to expect from certain terms on a wine label when selecting wine. Learn the basics of tasting or take your wine knowledge to the next level. Enjoy our delicious selection of cheeses, cured meats, fresh fruit, crackers, etc… presented in your own individual box. We are not able to accommodate food allergies or substitutions during these sails. But you may bring your own snack if you have food allergies or hesitations of any kind.
YOUR SOMMELIER 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 sense of humor.
WHERE DO WE MEET? Timberwind is located on the Maine Wharf on Portland’s historic waterfront, not the Maine State Pier where we have previously departed from. Entrance to the Maine Wharf is located on Commercial Street, Portland, Maine, between Scales Restaurant (down the wharf a little bit at 68 Commercial Street) and RiRa Irish Pub (72 Commercial Street) You’ll go all the way to the end of the wharf, approximately 100 yards towards the waterfront, past Scales. You can’t miss Timberwind at the end of the dock.
Please keep in mind that this is the Maine Wharf, not the Maine State Pier where we have previously departed from. Please keep in mind to have your required face mask on and be 6-feet distanced from other parties while waiting in line. We’ll be on the boat setting-up and will come to get you when we’re ready to board you. You’ll receive a more detailed email a few days before your wine sail.