Share a Bottle of Red on Valentine’s Day at the Wine Festival

Glasses of wine

Love at first sip: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Friday’s Main Event, where gourmet treats, live music and dozens of international wines will have your heart fluttering. (Kristen Fletcher Photography via Flickr)

We previewed this thing back in 2012, and we do so again today. And why not, given how I’m sure apartment renters out there like good wine.

This year, the 15th Annual Washington, DC International Wine and Food Festival will take place from February 13 to 15 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. That’s right, the festival encompasses Valentine’s Day.

The venture has hired a deft copywriter for the press release, a wordsmith who throws out phrasings like “epicurean adventure,” “oenophiles and gastronomy enthusiasts” and … well, those are it, but come on, that’s not stock for most press releases. The festival even made the cut in BizBash’s top 100 Washington events for 2013.

What can guests look forward to during the three-day event? They “can look forward to opportunities to sample highly rated wines, artisanal cocktails and craft beer while sharing in the art, culture and fun of food and wine.”

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Ronald Reagan Building
and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

You’ll also be able to sample “high quality food” and “meet and greet winemakers, chefs and tastemakers.” You know, the ones who’ll know how to make your next Adams Morgan soiree a veritable smash.

Glad we cleared that up. Really, what does one actually do here except walk around like a faux-aristocrat? They take part in Master Class Tastings. That one has a British connotation, eh?

And at $45 extra there better be some type of aristocratic cachet machine giving out permanent urbane tattoos, or at least the temporary kind. For that matter, you better be saving that social-climbing renter money. Being classy costs a few quid: 120 U.S. dollars.

Of course, along with wine tastings you’ll get swanky hors d’oeuvres. (You can purchase Master Class Tastings tickets as stand-alones without purchasing general admission tickets, or you could go whole hog and purchase both. What’s $165 for a little savoir faire?)

Among the master classes are The Craft of the Cocktail, sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin.

In all, more than 100 wines and a slew of cocktails will be present for your tasting desires. And you’ll be given a stem-less, logoed wine glass to imbibe with, which is yours to keep. There will even be live music.

But guess what? If you wanna skip the pretentious trappings and just get you some wine, you can do that too at the Festival Marketplace.

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The Marketplace, taking place Thursday-Friday from noon to 8 p.m., will feature more than 30 artisans (selling gourmet food, pottery and jewelry merchandise). It’s free, and complimentary beverages will be had.

Now, midnight, February 12 is the last night to order tickets online (you’ll need to bring your email conformation when you register). I assume you can buy tickets at the event itself on the day of, but you’re taking a chance there suavy, quite a chance.

The presenting sponsor for this 21-plus affair is The Washington Post.

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is located right across the street from Metrorail’s Federal Triangle station (Blue/Orange Line), so jump on the train and go get cultured.

Do a quick search on apartmentshowcase.com for your next apartment.

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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