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Bangor Wine & Cheese offers Wine and Beer classes

BANGOR - Merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling - the options are endless and sometimes overwhelming when it comes to wines. But Eric Mihan is hoping to help the public narrow down which wines best suit their own personal palate at the Wine Underground Beverage School, located inside his Bangor Wine & Cheese store.

"There's nothing like this that's been done in Maine," said Mihan. "We all sleep and we all eat and drink, so why not take a third of your life and do something to make it a little better?"

Last week the wine school held its first course, Wine Appreciation 101. During the one-hour class Mihan taught participants about taste-testing, properly serving and storing wine and how to choose a bottle from among the numerous options available at stores and restaurants.

"Smelling is very important. There are over 10,000 aromas and scents that your nose can perceive, but your palate can only perceive four or five tastes," explained Mihan. "So, I start off the class by having everyone come in and list five of their most strong scent or taste memories, and it doesn't have to be a good memory either."

Mihan, who is also a beer lover, has plans to offer a Beer Appreciation 101 course in the near future.

"I think people should be drinking more, but not excessively," said Mihan. "Drinking is very pleasing, and so many come into the store flustered because they don't know what they want."

Mihan is also planning a number of ongoing seminars at the school with wine and beer producers, importers and other personalities. The first seminar with Luca Currado, owner of Piedmontese estate of Vietti, is scheduled for May 7. Those interested in attending courses and seminars at the Wine Underground Beverage School, located at Bangor Wine and Cheese on Hammond Street, should contact Mihan at 942-3338 for class times and fees.

"This is very good for Bangor," said Mihan. "The first class went well. The reviews were certainly good. It was just great."

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