Maine, Thanksgiving, Wine

The Best Thanksgiving Wines

Choosing Thanksgiving wines that will complement the food and please everyone can be tricky, says Back Bay Grill general manager Adrian Stratton. A good rule of thumb is to look for wines that balance acidity with big fruit flavor. Here are some of his favorites.

Down East Magazine

November 2015

The November issue of Down East is now available. See 10 Ultimate Maine Thanksgiving Recipes, plus the ancient art of gleaning, a Rockport restaurant tell-all, Maine made must-haves, and more!

Salt Water Farm, Rockport Maine, Down East Magazine

Hard Opening

Last year, 170 new restaurants opened in Maine. Statistically, more than a quarter of them won’t make it through their first year. This is the story of one that did — restaurateur Annemarie Ahearn’s ambitious Salt Water Farm — and of what it took to get there: bruised egos, broken friendships, and tough lessons about what Mainers want.

Ultimate Maine Thanksgiving, Recipes, Down East Magazine

The Ultimate Maine Thanksgiving Feast

Every family has their own Thanksgiving dinner traditions, but some common elements, like turkey, sweet potatoes, and a whole lot of butter, unite us all in mouthwatering anticipation. Larry Matthews, chef/owner of the iconic Back Bay Grill in Portland, likes to keep things simple and delicious, with dishes that allow for easy adjustment to accommodate a potentially increased guest list.

We Made Paper Too, Maine Mill, Down East Magazine

We Made Paper Too

A reluctant writer takes to the road with a tale of a Maine mill town — only to find that her story is something close to universal.

Battle of the Bridge, Down East Magazine

A Battle Lost

When it comes to football, Biddeford High School is no longer in neighboring Thornton Academy’s league, literally or figuratively. Thus ends “The Battle of the Bridge,” a spirited rivalry between Biddeford and Saco that dated to 1893. And there’s no question which of the two former mill towns feels the loss more acutely.