Winos: Events Just For You
DC Wine Week is here and getting a lot of out people out, drinking wine! But why stop at just one week?! There are always fun, educational, social wine events going on around town all year long. Between wine shops, restaurants and social groups like Young Winos of DC & French Wine Social it’s easy to find a wine event just about any day of the week.
Most wine shops host weekly, FREE, tastings which are a great opportunity to try new wines. These include but are not limited to Local Vine Cellar, Grateful Red, Calvert Woodley, Potenza Wine, MacArthur Beverages and more. Local wine bars also host multiple events ranging from tastings to wine dinners.
Some have monthly events which attract a number of people, the wine novice and expert alike. One of my favorite wine tasting events around town is the monthly Grand Tasting at Bell Wine Shop. Held the 2nd Wednesday of every month, Bell’s hosts a large tasting of over 30, sometimes 40 wines for only $10! Talk about an unmatched happy hour! Each month has a theme and October there was two, the 2nd one being on Wednesday 10/24. But it’s not wine, nooo, it’s spirits! The November Grand Tasting will be held on Wednesday, November 14th so don’t miss it!
If free is more of what you’re looking for then join the Young Winos at Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park on Wednesday, October 24th for a FREE, BYOB Blind Tasting! Yes, free and BYOB. They are concentrating on the Rhone varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Roussane and more. The idea is to promote conversation and education about the Rhone Valley in France. It is free to attend but they only ask that you bring a bottle of either Rhone wine or a bottle of the same grapes to taste blindly. Last time, this was a great success and a lot of fun. The picture shows the bottles wrapped up and only numbered. Taste, take notes and discuss. There’s no need for you to feel pressured if you don’t know a lot about wine, education (and finishing the bottles!) is what it’s all about!
Speaking of France, French Wine Social is a new social group that’s spreading it’s wings across DC. The focus is to bring great French wine to the average consumer. After working years in wine retail, I’ve noticed how most consumers shy away from France because “the bottle is too hard to read”, “it’s the what grape?!” among other reasons. Those are valid points but it doesn’t have to be so foreign! FWS is about educating and exploring the world of French wine.
What better way to dive into French wine than through Burgundy, one of the most elegant, highly-regarded regions in France. On Sunday, October 28 at Equinox Restaurant, they are hosting a wine producer from Burgundy for a 3 course dinner with wine pairings! Come meet the legend from France, enjoy food by Chef Todd Gray and sip their highly-acclaimed wine. For details on the delicious menu and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Wine and food events are all around you. I fill my calendar weekly with social wine events because the more you taste, the more you learn! Not a bad way of educating yourself either See you around town.