My festival festivities began a few days before Kim’s. I had tickets to the PS7 kickoff event, which was sadly canceled due to the freak snowstorms DC was privy to. I braved the storm anyway with the promise of an ice bar serving up some of mixologist Gina Chersevani’s creations. I have to say, with ice bars and snowmen being constructed across town, DC’s a jovial place to be in a storm!
After that I hit up the Poste event on Friday, with the city’s best mixologists whipping up love-inspired cocktails for Valentine’s Day, featuring absinthe, tequila, whiskey, and a few other liquors I shouldn’t have mixed. The favorite, from the mumblings I overheard, was Equinox’s Simo’s cherry-topped and sugar-rimmed martini. The appetizers were few, a theme of the weekend, but what we could snag from the trays was worth it—oysters, mmmmm.
Saturday’s tasting was what I had been looking forward to the most. Kim and I geared up with notebooks, cameras, Twitter-ready phones, and an empty glass each.
That said, the pairings with food were the most fun, and the most informative. Kim and I paired ZenZen ice wines with
We braved the crowds for Jose Andres’ demo. As a TV personality he is great in front of a crowd and though we didn’t get to taste any of his tapas, we had a lot of fun. I have similar feelings about Todd Gray’s demo the following day—he’s a very accessible and outgoing personality both at home in the kitchen and in front of a crowd. The biggest question for Gray as he whipped up his famous risotto was “when does Equinox reopen?”. It was nice to see that the festival brought out all the chefs’ biggest fans!
As usual, I am liking the wines coming out of
I’m excited to see what next year’s festival will bring. For a date, this was great for Valentine’s Day (I also attended the brunch at Ris, as did Kim, though not as a couple), and an awesome opportunity to taste and buy new wines while learning things along the way.