The plus side to living near a city like DC is that you are never short on things to do.
Another plus side, most of those things to do are offered at half off through all those deal sites.
Not usually a sucker for the deals but definitely a sucker for the wine events, I jumped on the opportunity to attend Around the World in 80 Sips. It was offered for half price on LivingSocial a few weeks ago and when I woke up to see it my inbox, I immediately sent it to a few fellow winos. Last year, I didn't jump in time and it was sold out before I could buy it.
I was lucky this time. My friends and I bought tickets and marked our calendars.
Having been to quite a few of these wine tasting events, even pouring wine at some of them myself, I pretty much knew what to expect. Way too many people crowded around one table with 15 wines and only 1 pourer. Everybody stretching their arms as far as they would reach for the chance that they may get a miniature taste. You know, the usual.
We arrived to check in and were greeted by a mob of thirsty wine lovers. We then proceeded to visit each table and taste whatever we could get our hands on. It was exactly like I expected; overcrowded, loud and way too many lines of anxious people. It's a great opportunity to meet fellow winos but if you want to go to really learn about the wines being poured, this is not that type of event. If you are lucky to be in the industry, I believe going to the trade tasting would be best. I'm sure it's more calm and one-on-one.
Regardless, we made the most of it and tried numerous wines at each table. Of course my favorites were the French wines. They were pouring great Burgundies, white and red. That toasty, oaky Chassagne-Montrachet sticks out in my mind. I'm picky about my Chardonnay and a white Burgundy is the way to go!
Conclusion: As long as you're with friends, you can have fun with just about anything!