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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 10/11/2007

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By Erin

If you like sampling wine, food or wine and food, then leap on the chance to sip Bordeaux beauties or chew on Georgetown's finest. If you happen to find yourself in Penn Quarter, stop in and check out the newest culinary creation from workhorse Wolfgang Puck.

Wine and Food
If you're looking to celebrate the fabulous appellations of Bordeaux, buy tickets to the French Wine Society's tasting with food pairings. It is held at the French Embassy, which is impressive on its own, and it includes ambitious amounts of wine. Why not go? Well, the price is steep for non-members ($75), but if you arrive thirsty and with an appetite and you should get your money's worth.

There will be dozens of red and white wines for tasting from throughout Bordeaux. For a splurge, purchase tickets to premier tastings in the Classified Growth tasting bar area. There, you'll find wines from acclaimed chateaux, including Mouton-Rothschild, Smith-Haut-Lafite and Leoville-Las Cases. To sample the classified wines, you'll need to purchase tasting tickets. Each ticket costs $5 and tastings range from one to five tickets.

The wine may be the big draw, but there will be plenty of food as well. Some of the area's top French restaurants, including Cafe du Parc, La Chaumiere and Bistro Lepic, as well as non-French spots such as Hank's Oyster Bar and Pesce will prepare dishes like cassoulets, braised veal, crepes and terrines.

If you're interested in learning as well as tasting, there will be a seminar on the terroirs of Bordeaux starting at 6 p.m. just before the tasting begins at 6:30. No tickets will be sold at the door, so buy now here.

Food and Wine
For another event that requires tickets for tastings, check out Saturday's Taste of Georgetown. Sample food from 1789, cupcakes and assorted treats from Baked and Wired, Seasons and other neighborhood restaurants or listen to jazz courtesy of Blues Alley. Attendees who are 21 and over can also sample wine inside the Old and New World wine pavilion at no extra cost.

Soon to Come
The Source by Wolfgang Puck opens its doors tonight. Set over three levels, this expansive restaurant will offer more casual options like pizza and sliders in the entry-level lounge and more formal dishes in the upstairs dining area. Executive Chef Scott Drewno has logged hours at Puck's Chinois and Spago and at Times Square's Ruby Foo's, my go-to dining spot after Broadway shows.

Drewno plans to offer Asian food inspired by local, seasonal and often organic ingredients. When I spoke with him, his menu ideas included cleaner takes on Asian food, but he avoided the fusion label. Continuing the trend of making Penn Quarter the go-to area for good wine with dinner, the Source will have a two-story wall of wine.


By Erin  | October 11, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
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