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Pouring at Wine Riot DC 2013

I spent this past weekend pouring wines at Wine Riot DC. My friend Morgan First, founder of Wine Riot, asked if I could help out. I’ve heard a lot about Wine Riot before so I was eager to get a chance to attend my first one. It was even better to see the action from behind the scenes. If you haven’t heard of Wine Riot, it is a traveling wine tasting party. This is a wine tasting that focuses on fun first. There is great music, over 250 wines to try, costumes, temporary tattoos, and a fun photo booth. This is the only wine tasting I’ve been to where many of the people are dancing in the isles. It was a lot of fun. They had a booth devoted to learning more about your own wine preferences. Partiers could taste and decide if they liked Oaked vs UnOaked, Young vs Old, Sweet vs Dry, and Old World vs New World. I worked Old World vs New World Saturday night because that is one of my favorite topics. After people marked down their cards with their preferences, people then went to each booth to sample hundreds of wines in total. No one was going to leave sober.

I'm explaining what Cava is.
I’m explaining what Cava is to a few lovely girls. They were eager to learn about non Champagne bubbles.

Another highlight of the event was the Bubbly Bar.I worked the Bubbly Bar Friday night. It was a bar set up with eight different kinds of sparkling wines from all of the world. People got to try Cava, Prosecco, Cremant, Brachetto, and of course Champagne. This was a great introduction to people that great sparkling wines come from all over the world and are not only Champagne. One wine I would have liked to see there would have been a Lambrusco, since many people have never seen a sparkling red wine. Perhaps next year, I’ll bring one.

Bubbly Bar Setup
The Bubbly Bar Before The Crowds Arrive

There are also numerous classes being given on wine from around the world. They teach classes on everything from the great regions of California to special highlights from South America. I met a lot of really nice people and it was a blast. If you want to try a lot of different wines, dance with your friends, and learn something about wine, you should definitely give it a try. I would definitely do it again next year. Perhaps I’ll see you there. You can find out when the next one is happening over at Second Glass.