This weekend, the Wine Riot tour is coming to Washington. Billed as a “non-pretentious wine tasting event created with the 21-35 year old set in mind,” it presents an opportunity to taste 250 different wines in a casual and upbeat environment set up inside Constitution Hall. Organized by Boston-based wine-marketing company Second Glass, they have held Wine Riot events in other cities that have attracted big crowds interested in sampling new wines, posing in whimsical photo-booths, and having a good time.
You may find a new favorite wine at the event, too. Second Glass says their research shows these events continue to influence what attendees buy and drink for an average of six to nine months after the Riot. That is not surprising because, under the playful exterior, Wine Riot is all about wine appreciation and education. Their “Wine Intelligence Unit” helps tasters out and guides them through their options. There are also “Crash Course” classes throughout the event which focus on specific topics.
Each ticket ($50 – $60) entitles the attendee to a logo wine glass which they can refill an unlimited number of times with samples over the four-hour block on Friday or Saturday night or Saturday afternoon. Food will be provided by Luke’s Lobster for those who want some crustaceans with their chardonnay.