Strawbery Banke to host annual Vintage & Vine wine tasting & sale

Vintage and Vine 2011

Fine wine and gourmet food tour in historic style set for Saturday, September 10

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (July 22, 2011) In wine country, each year’s vintage holds great promise. As the grapes ripen on the vines, the mood in the vineyards turns to anticipation. What will the storied names produce this year? At Strawbery Banke Museum, the annual Vintage & Vine fundraiser – Saturday, September 10, 2011, 4-7 pm this year – brings the same sense of opportunity.

Not only is the event presented in partnership with the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets, offering a rare chance to pair hundreds of wines with some of the Seacoast’s best chefs and restaurants; it’s a chance to raise a glass to the Museum’s – and Portsmouth’s – storied past on the very spot where 400 years of history, literally, was made. Vintage & Vine 2011 is a fine wine and gourmet food tasting tour through Strawbery Banke Museum’s historic houses and gardens at which wine may be purchased at a discount for one night only. And this year’s event promises to be even more of a magical history tour than last.

The premise is simple: give guests the opportunity to sample the creations of Portsmouth’s best chefs with hundreds of wines from the incomparable New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets (including samplings of some of the rarest wines available in the state) and host the event in the historic houses, under tents and in the lavish gardens of Portsmouth’s largest historical site — Strawbery Banke Museum.

Five star chefs will demonstrate their skills and prepare signature dishes on center-stage grills while dozens of the Seacoast’s finest restaurants display their culinary favorites in the Victory Garden, the Walsh House, the Heritage Garden, the Pitt Tavern, the Chase House, and other historical locations throughout Puddle Dock. Add magical touches like winery experts offering tasting tips, live music by Rhythm Method, a bonfire, a silent auction of some otherwise unobtainable items, and a VIP Reserve Wine Tasting in the Goodwin Garden– all to raise funds to keep the Museum’s great work in education, preservation, heirloom gardens and historical research going. And that’s Vintage & Vine 2011.

This year’s event showcases food and wine selections that match the distinctive grounds and buildings. Participating restaurants to date include: Anneke Jans, Arrows, Black Trumpet Bistro, Blue Mermaid Island Grill, Brazo, Cafe Mediterraneo, Dolphin Striker, Flatbread Company, Hebert Brothers Seafood, Jumpin’ Jays Fish Cafe, Mombo, Oar House, Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, Radici, Ristorante Massimo, Rudi’s Portsmouth, Seaport Fish, Surf Restaurant, The 100 Club, The Carriage House, The Common Man, The Farm Bar & Grille, The Green Monkey, and Wentworth by the Sea Hotel.

“Vintage & Vine offers guests a rare chance to become a part of the history of Strawbery Banke’s historic houses and gardens,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, president of Strawbery Banke Museum. “While sipping fine wines from around the world in the drawing rooms of Portsmouth’s past, guests are transported to the waterfront of Puddle Dock, supporting the Museum’s mission of keeping our history alive while living in the moment of Portsmouth’s great quality of life. While celebrating Portsmouth’s great food and wine, Vintage & Vine is also an annual celebration of why we’re here.”

Winery representatives will spend the evening offering their knowledge with samples of their wine offerings; and all wines being tasted will be available to order at a discount for this one night only.

Save the date. Tickets for this special evening are just $40 per person or $75 including the VIP Reserve Tasting. Tickets for Strawbery Banke Museum Members are $30 per person or $60 including the VIP Reserve. A portion of each ticket is tax deductible. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Vintage & Vine 2011 community partners and sponsors to date include: Exeter Trust Company, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Leading Edge Motorsport, Lincoln Financial Group, McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton, P.A., Natural Rocks, New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets, Optima Bank, Planet Fitness, Residence Inn by Marriott, Taste of the Seacoast Magazine, Waste Management, Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa and Wiggin & Nourie, PA. Those interested in participating in Vintage & Vine as a restaurant partner or sponsor should contact Michelle Firmbach-Nadeau by phone at 603-334-3434 or by email michelle@aquacomm.net . Follow Vintage & Vine 2011 on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/StrawberyBankeVintageandVine

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Comfortable footwear is advised as the tasting stations are arranged throughout the buildings and grounds of the Museum’s 10-acre campus.

About Strawbery Banke Museum

Established in 1959, Strawbery Banke Museum (www.strawberybanke.org) is a 10-acre living history campus that presents nearly 400 years of New Hampshire history through the stories, artifacts and buildings of Portsmouth families. With a backdrop of 16 historic buildings and gardens, role-players, working craftspeople and interpreters reflect the evolution of Portsmouth from the early Colonial period of maritime trade through its 1950s neighborhood of Puddle Dock. Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, is open May 1 through October 31, 10 to 5 daily. Call 603-433-1100 for more information on admission or visit www.strawberybanke.org.

New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC)

The NHLC operates retail locations throughout the Granite State and serves more than 9 million customers each year. Visitwww.LiquorandWineOutlets.com to locate a store, search for product availability, learn about monthly sales, review wine tasting schedules, and sign up to receive significant savings with monthly Email Extras. More than $2 billion in net profits have been raised for the state since the first store opened in 1934. The NHLC is expecting to net an additional $2 billion for the state in the next ten years.

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