Once again, there’s much to love about this year’s Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival.
There’s also a little to be annoyed about, and some things that make you go hmmmm.
So, before I dive into the delicious details, here’s what I think they get right this year, and areas I think could be improved upon in the future…
and in his column this week Joe Appel calls for Portland to take a step forward in its appreciation, knowledge and love of wine.
There are two plausible reasons for this passivity: chefs, servers and critics don’t know anything, and/or they don’t care. The new program being offered in Portland by American Sommelier, a New York-based wine-education institute that hosts seminars and course series, is a terrific step toward addressing the former problem. The latter challenge has a more complicated but not insurmountable set of solutions, and more on that below.