What’s Happening in Washington, DC: March 27, 2017

There are a lot of wine events in DC this week

The iconic windmills of La Mancha are probably better known than the fantastic wineries. That changes this week.

Talk about convergence: As March and early April welcome the arrival of spring, the Cherry Blossom Festival has officially begun, and Easter and Passover are impending. In May, there’s Mother’s Day. Wow! To keep you up on the latest events related to each particular date, stay tuned for our upcoming Spring Roundup. For now, we’re concentrating on what’s happening now so you can dine well and savor the food and moments with friends. We’ve chosen to highlight events that wine-lovers can appreciate and include appealing snacks and intriguing programs and a special restaurant opening in Petworth. Just be sure to book early for everything; seats are filling up quickly.


Eno Wine Bar to Celebrate Paradise Springs Winery

Does the name Paradise Springs sound familiar? If not now, it will soon. This bi-coastal winery, which sources grapes from Virginia and California, will headline at Eno Wine Bar in Georgetown on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The winery’s CEO and founder, Kirk Wiles, will share a selection of red and white wines from both Paradise Springs’ Clifton, Virginia, and Santa Barbara, California, vineyards paired with a variety of snacks and nibbles. Tickets are $35 per person and include four tastings, the program, and the snacks, and you may purchase tickets at ENO Wine Bar or by email.


Mangia DC Food Tours to Launch New Georgetown Foodie Tour

On Saturday, April 1, Mangia DC Food Tours is launching its latest food tour of Georgetown, and fans are already signing up to secure a spot. As a group, take a casual culinary stroll through this historic neighborhood and sample a total of four to five tantalizing food offerings from top-notch purveyors, with a glass of wine or a wine spritz provided to complement each creation. The walk covers about 1.5 miles and includes tidbits about the area’s culture, architecture, and fun food history that will pique your curiosity and make you want to explore on your own later.


Sample Super Spanish Wines From Don Quixote’s La Mancha at Slate’s Sommelier Night

If you love Spanish wine, you won’t want to miss the incredible wine tasting being hosted on April 6 at Slate Wine Bar + Bistro from 5 to 8 p.m. The featured wines for the evening will be from La Mancha D.O. If you have never tasted the deliciously affordable wines from Spain, you are missing out on some of the best hidden gems in the wine world.

For this event, guests may sample any four of the featured wines, which include hand selected reds and whites, for $15 per person. The list includes El Progreso, airén blanco; Villavid, macabeo/verdejo; Rubio y Oro tempranillo roble, Raíces crianza tempranillo; Tomillar Reserva cabernet sauvignon/tempranillo; Mont Reaga Tempo cabernet sauvignon/syrah; and Verum Reserva merlot/tempranillo/cabernet sauvignon blend. Make your reservations by calling (202) 333-4304 or reserve a space on Open Table.


Taqueria del Barrio to Open This Thursday

Petworth is finally getting some fun food destinations, and this Thursday, March 30, Taqueria del Barrio opens its doors. What’s on the menu? Delicious margaritas and cocktails and Mexican food that includes 14 different types of tacos made with housemade tortillas, three specialty torta sandwiches, and other traditional dishes. The restaurant’s interior is hip, has clean lines, and is decorated with incredible murals — the room will remind you of the fun little cantinas found across Mexico.


Taste World-Class Virginia Wines at RdV Vineyards During Spring and Summer

What does springtime mean in Virginia? It’s the signal that it’s time to make plans to soak up the incredible scenery by heading to the state’s best wineries to sip fantastic wine. About one hour west of D.C. is Delaplane, Virginia, which is home turf for one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries: RdV Vineyards. This boutique vineyard and winery is a cult-favorite among wine professionals, wine geeks, and wine enthusiasts, and in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, on April 13, RdV is launching a new tasting program on Sunday, April 9, called “Celebrate Virginia.”


In case you didn't already know, Virginia was home territory to Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s most historic and celebrated wine enthusiast, Founding Father, and fascinating second president. RdV’s “Celebrate Virginia” tastings will showcase local fine wines paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie from around the state, and this exciting new food and wine series will continue every Sunday throughout the summer months.



Each seated tasting will be from noon to 2 p.m. and will include tastings of four different Virginia wines. Tickets are priced at $40 person, and advance reservations are required. For the first tasting on April 9, RdV will be pouring Rendezvous, the winery’s award-winning Bordeaux-style blend, so make your reservations now; this a rare opportunity to visit a winery that only conducts tours and tastings by appointment. Tickets are going quickly.