“CellarDoor at the point” – A Great Experience Worth A Visit
Maine’s wine tasting scene has come along way now that wineries can operate their own tasting rooms to the public. Cellar Door winery in Portland is no exception and it certain to provide a great tasting experience to those that have experienced more established wineries around the world or the novice trying to gain a bit of knowledge.
The “CellarDoor at the point” tasting room is a 5,000 square foot facility that anchors a renovated industrial building on Thompson’s Point and mixes industrial surfaces with bright, sleek, modern finishes that would be right at home in a trendy Manhattan or Parisian neighborhood, where the weary can stop in and try a few samples of the companies latest wines or even make it a party with a few hundred friends in their trendy back room lounge/tasting room/event space. Bold colored seating and oversized chandeliers give the space a sense of warmth without making you feel lost in the large space, and invite you to stay a bit longer than you intended.
CellarDoors’ sampling selection is extensive with 17 varietals consisting of whites, reds, deserts and even sparkling wines. With a very modest price point for the tasting, $8.00, a trip to the tasting room is an easy way to find a great wine without the buyers remorse you sometimes find when you select an unknown varietal from your local retailer. And with the choices available, you’ll definitely find something for every pallet.
And have no fear if you’re a novice when it comes to grapes and wine. The staff is top notch when it comes to providing even the most detailed information about their wines. The tasting specialists, in addition to their love of wine, receive extensive training to develop the knowledge of their products to help customers select just the right wine. Weather it’s the subtle flavors of fruits or oak, or recommendations on what to pair your selection with, you’re sure to impress your dinner guests with a great wine and your new-found knowledge.
But CellarDoor doesn’t stop there. If you’re in the market for that special cheese plate, wine glass or edible that just isn’t available in your local box store that caters to everyone on your street, CellarDoor has it in their trendy shop, and even better is that you don’t find the prices that you would expect from an independent retail wine establishment.
I do however have one complaint. For those of you unfamiliar with tasting events, it’s important to cleanse your pallet (kinda seterilize your taste buds) between samplings. Cellar Door does this with offering an “oyster cracker” kind of chewable. The problem, is that it’s like eating a dog bisket; hard and dry, and after eating a few of those you feel like you need a full glass of wine to wash it down with – perhaps that’s the point though.
All-in-all though, a great experience and worth the $8.00 investment for those looking to get away for a couple house and try some great wines and experience Maine’s emerging wine scene. It’s tasting room is open Wed-Sat, 12-7PM, Sun 12-5PM, and Mon-Tue by appointment.