Explorer Ponce de León abandoned his quest to discover the mythical land of wine after a tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his journey with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get admission for two to the Italian Wine Market Festival held at the Italian Market of Annapolis on Saturday, September 17, from noon to 8 p.m. (up to a $70 value).
Sponsored by the Love for Luca foundation for the second consecutive year, the Italian Wine Market Festival raises glasses and awareness for the fight against cancer. Mingle outdoors below a white-crested tent, sample domestic and international elixirs that enchant tongues with swirling mixtures of tannins and notes of fruit, and demonstrate an ability to speak eloquently while holding a pint of red wine in your cheeks. While not a formal, bow-tie pasta event, the well-seasoned chefs from the Italian Market and Restaurant cater the festival, piling plates with portions of rustic, gourmet cuisine for festival-goers. Between bites, pit the fruitful whispers of pinot noir against buttery compliments from chardonnays or the spritely tongue of a sauvignon blanc. Music and food tastings wind well into the evening, and a portion of the festival's proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, donated on behalf of the Love for Luca organization.
126 Defense Hwy.
Annapolis, Maryland 21401