Unwind at two Portland, Maine, wine dinners in May

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Make reservations now to sip and savor at two upcoming Wine Dinners in Portland, Maine: first at Local 188 on Monday, May 16, and second at Davids, on Thursday, May 19.

Local 188:

Local 188’s five-course dinner with wine pairing is $75 per person (plus tax and grat) and begins at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the menu:

• Amuse
Montsarra Cava

• Seared Scallops, Sweet Pickle Lime Salsa, Himalayan Pink Salt
Vienne Les Cranilles Cotes du Rhone 2008

• Braised Rabbit Ravioli, Dried Cherry Porcini Sauce
Perrier Vin de Savoie Mondeuse 2004

• Citrus Glazed Pork Roulade, Foie Gras Stuffing, Five Spice French Lentils, Ginger Glazed Carrots, Peashoots
Hochar Pe’re et Fils 2002

• Goat Blue Cheese, Poached Pear Gastrique
Montlouis les Tuffeaux 2007

• Liz’s Special Dessert
Marenco Brachetto 2007

David’s

David’s is pairing with Linconville’s Cellardoor Winery on a five-course menu. Seating is limited to 10 tables, and the price is $79 per person (plus tax and grat). Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Here’s the menu:

• Truffle fest amusé
Tenderloin carpaccio, black truffle, white truffle oil, capers, cracked pepper Fonduta
with truffles and grissini
Cellardoor Viognier

• Hudson valley foie gras and moularde duck breast, honey grilled black mission fig,
“Duck honey” crostini, Riesling-ginger-soy glaze
Cellardoor Riesling

• Pink peppered Diver Scallops, butternut squash risotto, Pinot Gris butter poached lobster
Cellardoor Pinot Gris

• Intermezzo
Grilled golden pineapple with frozen basil and vanilla bean vodka

• Salmon with lobster redux, crispy EVO and rosemary “steak frites”
Cellardoor Artist Series Grenache

• Heirloom garlic and rosemary roasted lamb saddle, tian of white bean and roasted garlic, roasted tomato, braised spinach, intense lamb jus
Cellardoor Monti Al Mare

• Dessert: Roasted pear tart, pumpkin ice cream, peppered maple bacon brulée
Cellardoor Serendipity

• Confiture
Amaretto chocolate and salt caramel cashew truffle with an znise-almond cookie