Going underground at Bangor Wine & Cheese Co. in downtown Bangor means that you’re probably going to learn something interesting about wine — or beer, or spirits. BW&C owner Eric Mihan launched his brand new wine school, dubbed Wine Underground, last week in the spacious, charmingly funky basement of the building that houses both his business and Fiddlehead Restaurant.
For now, Mihan, who has worked in the wine industry in both New Jersey and Maine for nearly a decade, will offer just one regular class: Wine 101, an hourlong primer on tasting, picking the right wine for the right occasion, storing it and keeping it fresh. It’s a laid-back affair in which participants taste a few wines of different varieties and freely ask questions of Mihan, who tries to keep it as unintimidating as possible. Wine is a huge subject with a storied history, but with a few simple tools it’s not hard to get a basic grasp of how to choose and enjoy a good, inexpensive wine.
After a few sessions of Wine 101, which will be available to both the general public and to restaurant owners seeking to educate their staff, Mihan will also offer a class on wine regions of the world, on wine pairings and much more. Eventually, he plans to team up with Gene Beck of Nocturnem Drafthaus in Bangor to offer Beer 101, and later he hopes to offer a class on fine spirits. The next Wine 101 class is set for Wednesday, May 30. The cost is $40 per person. To reserve a seat, call 942-3338.