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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/ 9/2010

Valentine's dates for wine lovers

By Julia Beizer

Chocolates and flowers are oh-so-lovely, but few gifts are as romantic as a nice bottle of wine. This weekend, wine lovers can sample hundreds of varieties at a smattering of events around the city.

On Friday, Zola Wine and Kitchen adds a Valentine's theme to once of its twice-weekly wine tastings. Taste a rosé, red and white varieties from Chateau Coupe-Roses and the Chocolate Block wine from South Africa. The tasting is free -- just stop by between 5 and 7 p.m.

Cork Wine Bar and Cork Market offer two opportunities to indulge in vino this weekend. From 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Cork Market will be pouring free samples of champagne and other sparklers, so customers can try before they buy. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Cork Wine Bar will host a special tasting of seven champagnes. We're not talking sparkling wine here; we're talking real-deal vintages from the Champagne region of France. Importer Brian Forsgren will lead the tasting and talk about the winemakers who work in the region. The price is $50. RSVP for the Valentine's Day tasting by Feb. 12; e-mail

Co Co. Sala will host two indulgent tastings this weekend. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, guests can taste three chocolate flights, each paired with a special champagne. Expect to taste chocolates in a variety of shades (dark, milk and white) and textures (hard, soft and liquid). The class is $50; reserve a space by e-mailing

Oenophiles will have their glasses full at the International Food and Wine Festival, which takes over the Ronald Reagan Building this weekend. There will be hundreds of wines to taste and a handful of cooking demonstrations to watch. Our sister site TastePost will be hosting its own kick-off party for the festival from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday in The Washington Post building. (The Post is a sponsor for the event.) The wine-and-cheese fete includes wine samples from around the world and cheese-inspired small bites from chefs like Rob Weland of Poste, Peter Smith of PS 7's and Todd Gray of Equinox. Tickets are $25.

-- Julia Beizer

By Julia Beizer  | February 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Events, Restaurants, Valentine's Day  
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Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro is offering a 5 course Prix-Fixe menu for $65 per person and wine pairings are an additional $25.

Posted by: mfanch18 | February 9, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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