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Maine winemaker's visit pleases our palates

 

We want to pass along a big "thank you!" to Bettina Doulton, owner of the Cellardoor Winery, who stopped by the other day to introduce our food and beverage team to some of her great wines.

Bettina, a former mutual fund manager who purchased the Lincolnville winery in 2007, brings terrific energy to Midcoast Maine's tourism and hospitality industry. And her wines are excellent, too!

Chef Peter Stiles brought in some cheeses from the State of Maine Cheese Co., based in Rockport, and we had our own version of a wine and cheese party. Sous Chef Mark Weinerth is looking forward to trying the cheese company's Mt. Kineo Caerphilly cheese in our signature Lobster Mac & Cheese and pairing with with the Viognier from Cellardoor.

It should be a great combination. Mt. Kineo Caerphilly is based on a traditional Welsh cheese and has a moist, slightly crumbly texture and a creamy flavor with a hint of tanginess. The Cellardoor Viognier is a dry, white wine with light fruit and floral aromas and peach flavor.

What better way to enhance our guest's Maine vacations than by incorporating some of Maine's best wine and cheese into their meals at 88, our oceanfront dining room, and Bogie's, our lively tavern.

We're looking forward to Cellardoor's return during the Inn's Taste and Tale Days this summer, and they’ll be hosting some wine-tastings with us starting in July. The winery is about 55 miles north of the Inn and takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get there by car. The cheese company is in Rockport, about eight miles south of Lincolnville.