What’s Happening in Washington, DC: October 5, 2015

German wine, Spanish wine, Italian wine, and charcuterie are all the rage this week in the District

ENO Wine Bar will hold an “Art of Charcuterie” event.

For some, summertime is beer time, while others feel the arrival of autumn and search for appropriate wines. This week, District wine bars and restaurants are offering wine lovers a range of wine and food experiences that span the spectrum of wine regions and styles. For the Old World acidic wine-loving folks there are German wines to taste and fans of BBRs, (big bold reds) can sample lush Spanish wines and other iconic wines from around the globe. Cheers!

The Art of Charcuterie and Wine Pairing at ENO Wine Bar
You can count on one hand the number of butcher shops in D.C. and most consumers don’t realize what they’re missing until they visit a fine charcuterie shop like Stachowski Market in Georgetown. To learn more about  the locally prepared charcuterie served at ENO Wine Bar, and how to pair it with wine, attend ENO’s special Art of Charcuterie event on Sunday, October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Local

butcher, Jamie Stachowski, will serve three specialty charcuteries including rabbit pâté, coppa, a specialty salami, and several other surprise charcuterie items. Wine pairings include the Jean-Paul Brun L'Acien' Gamay Beaujoulais, the Gotham Gazerra Nero D'Avola, and the Barboursville Cabernet Franc.

Tickets are available for $25, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Sign up by emailing the team or calling ENO.

Huneeus Wine Dinner at Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi
On Wednesday, October 21, Fiola’s corporate wine director, Casper Rice, welcomes his mentor, renowned Master Sommelier Larry Stone, as he hosts a five-course wine dinner featuring the world renowned wines of Quintessa, Flowers, and Faust. The special event begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $250 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Guests will enjoy fall luxury items such as foie gras, venison, and beef oxtail tortellini. To RSVP, contact Courtney Allen or (202) 538-4749.

Oktoberfest Wine Dinner at Bourbon Steak 
Whatever your plans for dinner Monday, October 5, change them. Instead, make a reservation for the special Oktoberfest Wine Dinner being held at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons. Julian Mayor and his sommeliers have paired lovely German wines with chef Joe Palma’s delicious three-course German menu, which includes standouts like pork schnitzel, house-made kraut and mustard jus, and confit duck leg. You’ll enjoy wines such as a Robert Weil Riesling Trocken (Trocken means dry in German) and a Wittmann Spätburgunder, a.k.a.  pinot noir. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Private Dining Room, costs $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and you may call (202) 944-2026 to RSVP.

Spanish Wine Tasting Class at Casa Luca
If you love the phenomenal wines of Spain, you won’t want to miss the series of fall wine tasting classes on offer at Casa Luca. The classes are led by corporate wine director Casper Rice and include light tapas fare paired with the featured wines. Each class costs $150 and on Saturday, October 17, “¡Viva España!” is the featured class. Start time is 1:30 p.m. and will include wines from Priorat, Ribera del Duero, and Rioja. To register, email Courtney or call at (202) 538-4749.


Summer Whitford is the D.C. City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal and the DC Wine Examiner. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva.