Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up an expert's advice with today's Groupon: for $69, you get a two-hour wine-tasting and food-pairing class for two from Food and Wine by Nafi (a $150 value) in Potomac.
Certified wine expert Nafiseh Roomina edifies guests with knowledge and experience to help budding palates blossom and pair food with wine according to complementary tastes. Over the course of two hours, tipplers sample four different wines perfectly paired with elegant appetizers or desserts handmade from scratch by Nafi's kitchen. For those who wish to duplicate the exquisite dishes at home, recipes are available upon request. Tastings reveal reasons behind common conventions, such as swirling the glass to oxygenate the liquid, and help develop a vocabulary to describe flavor profiles as "buttery" or "beyond words". Request a specific topic, such as a chronological "vertical" tasting of grapes from a single vintage, or let Nafi hone in on famous regions, seasonal libations, or popular varietals including pinot noir and sauvignon blanc. Those boasting a rich bouquet of wine knowledge or concealing an extensive cheat-sheet inside a moustache may investigate the concept of terroir, which encompasses the importance of various soil types and their effects on cultivation and production. Classes take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. in a sophisticated, casual environment.
12522 Ansin Circle Dr.
Potomac, Maryland 20854