Foster your love for fermented grapes with today’s Groupon: for $42, you get a ticket to the grand tasting at the 12th Annual Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival (an $85 value) on Pennsylvania Avenue, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday, February 13. You get unlimited wine tastings and food samples, plus cooking demonstrations from notable chefs throughout the day.
During your time at the festival, you'll get a chance to taste more than 600 wines from 100 of the most respected wineries in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, and the U.S. Nonwine vendors, meanwhile, offer artisanal foods to sample and purchase so you don’t get too tipsy from your unlimited sips. You can also break up your tastings with cooking demonstrations by Ramon Narvaez from Marcel's at 2 p.m., PS7s Restaurant's Gina Chersevani at 3 p.m., Victor Albisu of BLT Steak at 4 p.m., and Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck at 5 p.m.
The stately halls of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center complement the epicurean excursion with old-school columns that belie modern interior design. Surprise your lonely mailman with a pre-Valentine's excursion to a world of heady sips and gourmet bites, or go solo and meet the oenophile of your dreams when your foreheads nearly touch as you bend over a bouquet of pinot noir.
- The Grand Tasting presents more than 1,100 wines from leading national and international vineyards. Guided tastings…enhance the experience for oenophiles of all levels of experience. – Washington Post