Fifty wonderful wines chosen by Scott Worcester, proprietor of Sawyer’s Specialties in Southwest Harbor, will enable guests to sample varieties from five countries. Whether you like wine dark and richly textured like the almost-inky Post House Penny Black from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa or prefer the light apple-melon-honey flavors of a Kim Crawford Pinot Gris from New Zealand, you will find swallows to your taste. Under-the-radar good value wines will be featured along with iconic and even otherwise unattainable wines. Penfolds’ fabled Grange, Groot Constantia’s nectar-like Grand Constance, and Finca Adalgisa Malbec, from Argentina’s smallest winery will be among the offerings. Sparkling, fizzy, white, rosé, red and dessert wines will be served in tasting portions for you to assess with all of your senses. Guests receive “A Field Guide to the Swallows of the Southern Hemisphere,” created to guide choices, with room for personal tasting notes.
Swallow participants will not be expected to eat like birds during the evening’s flight. A menu of Southern Hemisphere-inspired appetizers created by Jennifer Worcester of Southwest Harbor’s Sips, will complete the exotic tasting experience. Celebrants will learn what foods pair particularly well with the wines.
Those wishing to rest between flights, can watch Museum Carver-in-Residence, Steven Valleau demonstrate how to carve birds or simply relax to the sounds of live jazz performed by Scott Cleveland on keyboard, John Gallagher on bass, and Chris Poulin on guitar.
Don’t miss A Flight of Swallows: tickets are limited and available by advance purchase on-line, by calling 207-244-7555, or in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.