Weekend Wine Festival Lets You Score Some Early V-Day Points

Wine Festival

Just one more: “Now that everyone is gone, I can have all of this to myself! Mwahaha!” (yanivba via Flickr)

Renters in the D.C. metro area already have a slew of things to do during February, but we’ve found another one: the 13th Annual Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival.

Taking place on February 11 and 12 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, “The Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival (IWFF) is the most popular event of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic,” according to the site.

Let’s start right off the bat by admitting this is a little expensive. But my hunch is that people who enjoy fine wine and food will be more than willing to part with a significant amount of lucre to sample the world’s finest whites and reds.

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The festival kicks off on Saturday, February 11, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a grand tasting. Tickets are $90. On Sunday, the event again takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., only you get in a little cheaper; this time it’s $85. Big spenders or people that really, really love their wine can pick up a two-day pass for $145.


View Larger Map Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

There will be more than 500 “rare, unique and loved wines” from 100 global wineries to taste. There will also be many gourmet food vendors and some of the city’s best restaurants handing out food samples.

Each guest will receive an etched wine glass as well as “have the opportunity to speak directly with winemakers while enjoying and learning about a wide variety of wines.” You will also be able to purchase wine and select gourmet food at the event.

Of course, festivalgoers will be entertained too, in the form of both chef and exhibitor demonstrations.

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In addition, the soiree has two pre-events, one, “Cupid’s Not Stupid, Cocktails to Fall For,” takes place on the 10th at Aria Pizzeria & Bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The festival has several partner restaurants, including Jack Rose Dining Saloon and the aforementioned Aria Pizzeria & Bar; also a partner is food, wine and kitchenware store Dean & Deluca.

If you’re an apartment renter in Northwest with a love of fine wine and food, you may want to trek down to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, located in the Federal Triangle, before Valentine’s Day to get in the mood. You should also check out Apartment Showcase to view other apartment listings.

Metro’s Federal Triangle station (Blue/Orange Lines) is right across the street.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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