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Real Event: A Grape Affair at Cellardoor Winery

Nikki-Lynn Boath


Lincolnville, Maine is home to an extraordinary, century old treasure, known as the Cellardoor Winery. The 68 acre farm has been in the passionate hands of owner and caretaker, Bettina Doulton since 2007.  She and Cellardoor's team of wine experts are there to share their passion for wine making and tasting with anyone who walks in the door. Sounds like heaven for any wine enthusiast, right?


Cellardoor hosts various exciting events throughout the year where guests can come and enjoy great wine, delectable cuisine, and each other's company! "A Grape Affair" was Cellardoor's most recent event and the first of its kind! Guests were asked to reserve their spots in the weeks prior to the event but upon arrival, guests were encouraged to select their own seats so they could easily mingle. Everyone was transported to the party destination on a fun little tractor ride that showcased the countryside setting.


Cellardoor hired Lani Stiles and her team from Megunticook Market to prepare a Tuscan style menu for the event. The menu included mouthwatering dishes such as Caprese Salads, Grilled Osso Bucco, and Chicken Cacciatore. The scrumptious food offerings were paired with some of Cellardoor's most popular wines. Pinot Gris and Monti al Mare were served during dinner and for dessert, a sweet blueberry wine infused with Maple Syrup. An espresso paired with tiramisu or a cannoli, concluded the cuisine for the evening. Guests were able to buy wine during the evening, but many guests returned in the days following the event to purchase the wines they fell in love with during the Tuscan dinner.


GigMasters' Variety Band, Wavelength (Scarborough, ME.) was hired to perform throughout the evening. They played background music for dinner conversation and were so great that some guests just could not resist dancing in between courses. The dance floor was quite busy for the second half of the evening as Wavelength played some Motown, mixed with some 70's, 80's and todays hits. Everyone danced well into the night as the sun set behind the vineyard.


Bettina was thrilled with the outcome of the evening and looks forward to hosting more events similar to "A Grape Affair", in the future. "There were lots of smiles throughout the event as guests relaxed and mingled in the vineyard. It was a perfect evening - "Under the Maine Sun" - just what we all envisioned."

Have you ever visited Cellardoor Winery or attended an event there? Please tell us about it in the comments below!