Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Paul Drinan (Exec Director, Friends of Fort Gorges) with Louise Philbrick & Judy Bernier
Community is a happening thing here in Portland. Case in point, a recent event sponsored by SoPo Wine Co, "Good Wine for a Good Cause", held at GRACE on Chestnut Street.  All proceeds benefited the Cancer Community Center, whose mission is to provide free programming and support the well being of people living with cancer, their families and friends. Services include: support groups, education, wellness, creative expression, social opportunities and complimentary therapies.

Good Wine for a Good Cause event at GRACE
SoPo Wine Co. (South Portland Wine Co.) represents an extensive portfolio of handpicked, unique and artisanal wines, beers and botanicals. In serving the entire state of Maine they work with a completely hands on approach. "They won't sell what they won't drink"

Wines from over 25 wineries were offered at this event, and many of the winemakers were on hand to pour, which made for a festive evening for avid tasters. 

Just a few highlights follow!

From Domaine Spiropoulos in Mantinia Peloponnese Greece, Ode de Panos Brut NV. This 100% moschofilero is white gold in color with delicate hints of floral on the nose and crisp clean finish. So pretty!  Wonderful as aperitif or with Mediterranean fare. Made with charmat method and organic. From Athenee Importers, Hempstead, NY. 

Chris Badini of Athenee Importers with tasters
Spiropoulos Ode de Panos Brut NV

Dow's Vale do Bomfim 2012
Catherine Oster (SoPo wine co) w/tasters

Dow's Vale do Bomfim 2012 from the Douro in Portugal is as old world as the label illustrates! A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca grapes. With plenty of structure and earthy with dark, lush fruit such as cassis. Notes of spice and smoke. Dry finish. Delicious and a great value! 

Layne ("Wine Maniac") & Judy Witherall w/Susan Grenier (SoPo)

Charles Smith K Guido from Jack's Vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington. 100% Sangiovese. Wonderfully balanced fruit, soft, woodsy. Tabacco. Underlying graphite. A wine born of the new world with underlying old world sensibility. Son of a Welsh mother and French father, Smith in fact grew up outside Sacramento, CA. After much world travel, he became a self-taught winemaker, artisan and pioneer in the wine world based in the Pacific northwest. 

Doug Watts (SoPo) & John Anderson (Patricia Green Cellars)

The Adras Godello, an ISAAC FERNANDEZ SELECCIÓN from the Ribeira Sacra region in Galicia northwest Spain is lovely pale yellow in color. Clean, with citrus lemon on the nose and palate along with richer fruit and floral notes, it ultimately sings with minerality.  From 40 year old Godello vines grown in alluvial (gravel, sand) and granitic soil. Terroir absolutely apparent here. What a great summer wine! From Grapes of Spain, Inc.

Look for these and other SoPo wines at your local retailers and restaurants ... RSVP, Rosemont Markets in Portland and Yarmouth, and Perkins & Perkins in Ogunquit to name a few!


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