This weekend is the Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival. 200 wineries will be represented with a whopping 800 wines up for tasting. I was lucky enough to obtain press credentials for the event so I will be heading up to DC around 1:00 tomorrow to make sure that I take full advantage of the trade only part of the show. In addition to the excitement of the show and tasting some new and fabulous wines I will have the added excitement of meeting fellow blogger and Virginia resident Sonadora from the blog WannabeWino.
Since I will be driving back to Richmond after the event I figure I should only taste for a couple of hours. That being said I have studied the list of wineries and distributors that will be in attendance in order to pick out some most visits.
Here is my short list:
Brown-Forman distributors (because they distribute Wakefield wines which I really enjoy)
Cellarium Imports (Italian wine importer)
Chateau Julien Wine Estates ( a winery from California that I have never heard of)
Confluence Wine Imports ( South African Importer)
Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines (small family winery from Paso Robles that I also hadn’t heard of)
Four VinesGraystone Wine Imports (wines from Moldova, I had now idea what or should I say where Moldova was)
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Willamette Valley Vineyards
The event is Saturday and Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and is open to the public 2:00 – 6:00 both days and is $95 for a single day pass.
Stay tuned to both Anything Wine and WannabeWino for upcoming reviews of the event.
Have a great time. I remmeber going to the first one and then volunteering for a couple of others to score passes. Usually the California section has been my favorite. And if you run across any Italian Brunellos, take advantage.