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Posted May 05, 2009, at 9:08 p.m.

Become an alchemist

Winemaking is as close to alchemy as anything gets — and the vintners at Lincolnville’s wonderful Cellardoor Winery & Vineyards are master alchemists. They’ll share some of the tricks of the trade with curious oenophiles in two winemaking classes May 28 and June 25 at the vineyard at 367 Youngtown Road. Attendees first will learn the basics of winemaking from Cellardoor’s Aaron Peet and Brian Smith, and aroma identification and pairings from CC Peet. At the June class, participants will rack their wine, and at a third class to be announced later in the summer, the wine will be bottled and labeled. The cost for the class is $125, or $150 for a couple, and includes the juice and yeast, two cases of your own bottled wine delivered later in the season, food and wine pairing, and the aroma identification demonstration. For $175, Cellardoor will include the equipment to make more of your own wine. As space is limited, reservations are suggested early; call 763-4478 or e-mail info@cellardoorvineyard.com.

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Growth market

Farmers market season is finally upon us, and while many markets are not open until the end of May or beginning of June, several towns in eastern Maine already have opened up public spaces to farmers of all stripes. Now open is the Orono Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, located in the Steam Plant parking lot on College Avenue, though for this weekend only it will be found in the municipal parking lot in downtown Orono, because of graduation ceremonies at UMaine. The Newport Farmers and Artisans Market opens for the season between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Paris Farmers Union. The Belfast Farmers Market on Front Street on the waterfront runs Friday mornings, the Unity Market Day runs Saturday mornings at the Unity Community Center, and the Camden Farmers Market kicks off Saturday mornings behind the Knox Mill building. For more on farmers markets in Maine, visit www.getrealmaine.com/buy/farmers_markets.html.

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Reopening Monday

We were heartbroken when Giacomo’s Groceria, the downtown Bangor wine, cheese and imported foods shop and eatery, shuttered its doors in February. Now we are delighted to learn that a newly renovated Giacomo’s will reopen Monday morning, May 11. Along with the old Giacomo’s staples of big, tasty sandwiches, Coffee By Design beverages and pastries, there will be panini, wine by the glass and more new dishes. The space itself is bigger, with more seating and new restrooms. For more information, visit Giacomo’s Web site at www.italianuniverse.com.

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