Sunday, March 24, 2013

Potomac Gourmet Market

A few weeks ago my friend Nadine asked if she should buy a wine tasting deal she saw via Living Social.  We already know my answer to this question.  So, yesterday the event finally arrived.  Is there a better way to recover from a 12 mile training run?  I think not.

Potomac Gourmet Market is located at National Harbor and this was my first time participating in a full-on wine tasting offered at a grocery store.  It was much more elaborate than the wine sampling you can do on any given weekend day at your local grocery store.  When we arrived, a central part of the store was roped off and set up with several tables.  The tables were set up with two glasses for each guest and we each received a snack-pack of grapes, strawberries, cheese, crackers, salami, pepperoni and chocolate.  There were a variety of white and red wines chosen by the store staff for us to taste.  As the wines changed, we also were able to pair them with a variety of other snacks such as chocolate chip cookies and veggie chips.

This might be the most fun I've ever had at a wine tasting.  Lenny and Arden really encouraged interaction and had lots of fun with all the guests.  They avoided the stuffy, hurry-up-and-taste vibe that you sometimes get at wineries.  Aside from one of the wines, all the varietals were new to me.  There were a total of 10 wines, with something for wine lovers of all types.  My favorites of the day were Boom Boom Syrah (Charles Smith) and Santa Julia Dulce Tinto.  Two things I learned:  Syrah and Shiraz are the same thing!  The wine screw top was made by Stelvin.

Thanks to this wine tasting, we are now members of the wine club for free!  The wine staff will even bring their tastings to your event.  I am definitely looking forward to returning soon!

If wine isn't your thing, Potomac Gourmet Market has a great beer selection along with some unique food options.

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