October DC/VA/MD Wine Month Events

From our friend at Rock the Roof DC, Michael Perez

October 1st officially kicks off Virginia wine month, and local restaurants, bars, wine shops, and vineyards are rolling out a great selection of events to celebrate, both in Virginia and around DC. Here are some highlights, and be sure to visit our calendar for a full list of upcoming wine events, also available on our brand new mobile app!

The Wines of Southern Spain at Mockingbird Hill – Saturday, October 4

While Sherry dominates Southern Spanish wines, and the Northern wines still get far more recognition, there are wines throughout the South of Spain (including Sherry) that deserve more in depth attention. In this class, you’ll look at the wines of Southern Spain, including Palomino from Jerez, Pedro Ximenez from Montilla and Moscatel of Malaga, with sommelier and bar manager Chantal Tseng. Attendees will get to try a flight of Southern Spanish wines and accompanying snacks from Mockingbird Hill. Click here for more information and tickets.

VA Wine Month Kickoff Party at Creek’s Edge Winery – Sunday, October 5

What better way to celebrate VA wine month than visiting a new, up and coming winery in Loudoun County, Creek's Edge Winery! Join Young Winos of DC on Sunday, Oct 5 from 2-5pm to enjoy VA wine, scenic views, and of course friends! Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Austrian Wines: A Taste of Culture with Winemaker Leo Hillinger at DCanter – Sunday, October 5

In Austria, vines are synonymous with the landscape, culture and daily life. This winemaking region is best known of its grüner veltliner, but its southern Burgenland region is quickly emerging as a highly regarded red wine destination. Learn more about this traditionally overlooked, rising star phenomena in the wine world. Meet and interact with winemaker Leo Hillinger in an innovative “live, virtual tasting,” who will share a taste of Austria’s culture as you taste the region’s delicious wines. Click here for more 
information and tickets.

LaCappuccina Wine Dinner at Ovvio Osteria – Tuesday, October 7 

Enjoy an extravagant 5 course dinner, plus pre-dinner reception of meats and cheeses, with each dish accompanied by the perfect wine. Click here for more information and tickets.

Bodegas Arrayan Wine Tasting Dinner at Taberna del Alabardero – Tuesday, October 7

Executive Chef Javier Romero,in collaboration with Sommelier Gustavo Iniesta wants to invite you to a unique Wine Tasting Dinner, where you are going to discover the marvelous wines from this “new” region in Spain: Mentrida and the good job that Arrayan is doing from the last 15 years! Click here for more information and tickets.

Women Winemakers of Virginia Tasting/Reception at The Curious Grape – Wednesday, October 15

Women winemakers: once a rarity, their numbers are growing, and Virginia boasts an impressive crew. Join us at a private wine tasting event – with culinary offerings! - at the Curious Grape in Arlington as we meet three of these Old Dominion tastemakers.

• Jennifer Shailor from the winery with a 60-mile view, Bluemont Vineyard
• Heather Munden, the new winemaker from powerhouse Breaux Vineyards
• Karen Reed from the local Leesburg favorite, Dry Mill Vineyards

Click here for more information and tickets.

Pinot Noir around the World at Cork & Fork – Thursday, October 16

While Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile wines with styles ranging from light and feminine to a heavier velvet blanket depending on what corner of the world it’s from it’s also one of the toughest to grow. Come explore the 10th most planted grape in the world. Click here for more information and tickets.

Heavy Pour Monday at The Pursuit – Monday, October 20

Tired of restaurants skimping on their pours by the glass? Join Young Winos of DC at The Pursuit, where Heavy Pour Monday will get your week started off right! Click here for more information and to RSVP.

14th Wine for Canines & Felines at Maggiano’s Chevy Chase – Wednesday, October 22

The 14th annual Wines for Canines and Felines event benefitting the Montgomery County Humane Society, this is a chance to showcase some tremendous wines and support a great cause. Featuring 15+ wineries pouring 75+ wines showcasing everything from Amarone to Zinfadel, plus silent auction! 

A Virginia Wine Tasting at Oxon Hill – Saturday, October 25

Enjoy a relaxing day trip with a wine tasting!!! Each $95 Ticket Includes:
• A Chauffered Limo Ride to Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA
• Admission into the winery with Tasting
• Mimosas, Bellinis, and Hor' dourves
• Live Spoken Word by Eddye K Allen

Chilean Wine Class at Screwtop – Saturday, October 25

Wicked Wino Tours "Surf & Turf" Edition at The Loft – Sunday, October 26

Wine Tasting: "Le Tour de France" at Sofitel – Wednesday, October 29