I tend not to make the best decisions after a boozy brunch with my friends… Vanessa French and Lisa Byrne, on the other hand, do. Like 3 years ago when they decided to launch D.C. wine week over a boozy brunch at Belga Cafe. I’ve said it before, I think every week should be wine week. But in the District, it’s officially October 12-19 and there a little something for everyone this year!
Starting with Downward Dogs and Upward Sips on Sunday, October 13 (6-7:30PM; $20; Vida Fitness U Street). Since I can barely hold my tree pose sober, it’s a good thing the wine portion of the event comes at the end of the work out, on the gym’s roof ;-)
On Monday, it’s Columbus Day for some and Canadian Thanksgiving for others… Either way, you should celebrate with wine at the Coupe (6-8PM; $20). There’ll be complimentary pours and specials on wine by the glass so you can discover new varietals (and new technology too… bottles are dispensed from Napa Technology Wine Stations.)
OPA! Before moving to D.C., I spent two weeks traveling around Greece with a girlfriend. I’ve had a certain weakness for Greek wine ever since and I love any opportunity to try some κρασί. On Tuesday, October 15 (6-9PM; $5 glass, $11 carafe) Kellari Taverna and the Greek Embassy are teaming up to introduce Washingtonians to Greek grape varietals we may not about during an extended happy hour. Sounds wonderful to me!
After Greek wines, sample some 16 Italian reds, sparklings and whites at i Ricchi (Wednesday October 16, 6-8PM; $30).
One of my favourite pairings of all is oysters and sancerre… hopefully, the sauvignon blanc will be flowing at Tel’Veh Cafe and Wine Bar’s Oyster and Wine Happy Hour on Thursday (October 17; 5:30-7:30PM; $1 oysters and happy hour specials on wine).
Finally, the week will wrap up with another great pairing: wino and bocce (Friday, October 18; Vinoteca; 6-8PM). And yes, while I prefer petanque to bocce, I do love me some Vinoteca and $5 wines-by-the-glass and bocce sounds like the perfect ending to a fun wine-filled week!
Clearly, my girlfriends and I need to step up our game next time we have unlimited mimosas