Wine & Food Festival Features Sommelier Showdown

International Wine & Food Festival returns to the Reagan building

By Sery Kim
|  Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012  |  Updated 3:47 PM EDT
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Wine & Food Festival Features Sommelier Showdown

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During the second weekend in February, Washington, DC’s International Wine & Food Festival will serve up a heaping helping of cuisine, culture, and wine, wine, wine!

During the indoor food fest, tour gourmet booths, a Restaurant Row featuring local eateries, an Artisan Row and more. To complement the wines presented, five of D.C.'s most notsble chefs -- including Todd Gray of Equinox and Jamie Montes de Oca of Zentan -- will meld the worlds of food and wine to create their own savory dishes.

An added fun twist this year is the first-ever Sommelier Showdown on Thursday, Feb. 9. Five pro oenophiles -- including Theo Rutherford of Fiola, Brent Kroll of Adour and Eli Benchimol of Chef Geoff's -- will compete in a race of the taste, using deductive tasting to identify wines with hidden labels.

A special Cupid's Not Stupid: Cocktails to Fall For reception on Friday, Feb. 10, and the main event runs Feb. 11-12 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

Tickets are on sale now. General admission for one afternoon (2-6 p.m.) is $80-$85; for both days you'll pay $145. Thursday's Sommelier Showdown is $55, and Friday's cocktail reception is $55. A VIP package ($600) is available for the big spenders. 

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