The 9th Annual Washington D.C.
International Wine and Food Festival is the largest indoor wine
tasting event in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing wine-lovers with the
opportunity to sample over 800 wines from more than 200 wineries. The
Festival offers wine tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations from some
of the City’s top chefs, food samples, winemaker “meet and greets,” and
access to manufacturers of related lifestyle products and services.
The Washington D.C. International Wine and
Food Festival is the largest indoor wine tasting event in the
Entering the Grand Tasting,
you are welcomed with a souvenir glass for tasting and a glossy magazine
outlining the exhibitors and where to locate them, plus schedules for
the “meet and greet” presentations, chef demonstrations and guided
tasting/seminars. Each winery has a booth, welcoming guests to sample a
flight of their wine selection.
Winemakers educate guests on the production of
Held at the Ronald Reagan Building
and International Trade Center, the
Grand Tasting is divided among
three large rooms. The main room features solely North American wines,
while the north room features Old World wines in addition to North
American wines and the south room features New World wines in addition
to North American wines.
From vineyards as close as Virginia to wineries as far as Australia,
the Festival has a wine for every consumer. With tastings ranging from a
traditional Pinot Noir to an
exotic guava fruit wine, the day
was filled with fantastic wine, chocolate, and cheese tastings as well
as educational and informative lectures and demonstrations.
Cooking demonstrations from some of the City’s
Among the highlights were the Wine
That Loves series, Robert
Mondavi’s Solaire series, and
Miami Winery’s fruit wine. In order to simplify wine and food
pairings, the team at Wine That Loves created a series of wine that is
developed to enhance the flavors of food. The wines are designed to
pair with the foods Americans enjoy most often and to reflect American
tastes. Three varietals of wine were offered for tasting and the names
are simple: Wine That Loves Pasta With
Tomato Sauce, Wine That Loves Roasted Chicken, and
Wine That Loves Grilled Salmon.
The team provided tastings of grilled chicken, grilled salmon, and baked
ravioli with tomato sauce to demonstrate how well their wines paired
with these foods. The design of the bottles and the names are fun and
quirky, and the wine did indeed enhance the flavors of the designated
Guests sampled Solaire by Robert Mondavi
In a large room near the entrance to the Festival,
Solaire by Robert Mondavi offered
guests the opportunity to taste two new wines by the famed
winemaker. Available in Chardonnay
and Cabernet Sauvignon, Solaire
is produced from grapes grown in California’s
Santa Lucia Highlands and
Paso Robles. The Solaire series,
which will be available in fine wine stores and restaurants, is Robert
Mondavi’s first new release in 13 years and allows consumers an
exquisite wine at a reasonable price. The
Chardonnay is aged for 13 months
in French Oak, yet remains affordable at less than $20 a bottle.
One of the more unique tastings offered was from
Miami Winery. Rather than grapes,
Miami Winery produces wines made from the fermentation of exotic fruits.
Three varietals were offered: Guava, Mango, and Lychee. Made from fruit
grown in Miami’s sub-tropical climate,
Miami Winery’s fruit wines are a novel substitute for the
traditional dessert wine.
The Grand Tasting at the
Washington D.C. International Wine and
Food Festival provides the opportunity to sample wines from new
up-and-coming winemakers as well as some of the traditional favorites.
There were tastings of over 800 wines from
more than 200 wineries
With wines ranging from an Oregon Pinot Noir, to an Australian
Shiraz, to a Viognier from Lodi, California, the Festival offers
something for every palette. Wine paired with innovative chocolate
offerings, such as Chocolove’s
Chilies and Cherry in Dark Chocolate
and Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate,
and creamy cheese samples allowed for a delicious and decadent way to
spend a Saturday afternoon.
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