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Wine: Locapours have 2 reasons to drink

By Dave McIntyre

Regional wine will be showcased at two events in the District next week.

On Monday, Nov. 15, the Roof Terrace Restaurant at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host a Drink Local! reception as part of its monthly WIne & Cultural Celebration series.

Roof Terrace sommelier John Coco has selected wines from Pollak Vineyards, Chester Gap Cellars, Gabrielle Rausse, Mountfair Vineyards and Fabbioli Cellars, as well as the top-notch sparkling wine from Thibaut-Janisson to represent Virginia’s finest wineries.

Locavores will be able to soak up some of these locapour wines with small-plate dishes designed by Roof Terrace executive chef Joe Gurner, showcasing local ingredients of course. The reception runs from 6-8 p.m., and admission is $40. Reservations can be made by calling 202-416-8555 or online.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, wines from around the country will be featured at the National Wine Experience at the Newseum. This event, sponsored by USA Today, is designed to showcase the growth of the wine industry throughout all 50 states. As of this week, more than 300 wines from 25 states were slated to be poured. Food will be supplied by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

The event’s organizer, Alex Pappajohn, said he hopes to expand this debut event into an annual experience. “We’re creating an event that will present a unique opportunity for both emerging and established wine regions across the country to showcase their product on a national stage,” he said in a statement.

The National Wine Experience will give consumers the opportunity to compare wines from the Robert Mondavi Winery to those of South Dakota’s Prairie Berry Winery. Top-draw names such as Ramey Wine Cellars and Navarro of California and Torii Mor of Oregon will be pouring wines alongside new wineries such as Jeff Gordon Cellars (yes, by the NASCAR star) of Calistoga and a selection of wines from Texas and some from Indiana.

The National Wine Experience will run from 7:30-11 p.m. on November 20. Tickets are available online only, at $115 per person or $199 per couple. Each customer will receive a souvenir Riedel wine glass.

-- Dave McIntyre

By Dave McIntyre  | November 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Wine  | Tags:  Dave McIntyre, wine  
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