This Sunday: Wine and Jazz in Crystal City

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‘Vintage Crystal – Wine, Tapas & Jazz Festival’
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Ah, sunny days with just a hint of chill, briskly slammed the door on summer and launched us into autumn! Walking my dog this morning with sunglasses and a JACKET(!) reminded me of the first time I wore a jacket last autumn – in Argentina!

Along the Andean foothills lies Mendoza – heart of Argentine wine, and especially the ruby red elixir called Malbec. Mendoza lies in desert that some years can go 350 days without any precipitation, yet reliable, consistent wines can be produced because of irrigation from the Andean snow melt. The desert climate also creates high daily temperature variance — some days can have a 40 degree fahrenheit swing – which results in thicker skinned grapes that give Mendoza grapes more body and color. Just the perfect compliment to grass-fed beef steaks or grilled vegetables.

Just 120 miles west, on the other side of the Andes, is the heart of Chilean wine country. In addition to award-winning Casablanca Valley Chardonnay is Chile’s signature red grape, Carmenere. This cousin of Merlot provides a bold, aromatic richness that is just the right pair for harvest-time meals.

This Sunday, I can relive my Andean memories, or virtually escape to Spain’s Costa del Sol, in Crystal City! “Vintage Crystal: A Taste of Wine and Jazz” provides an afternoon of wine, music and dancing — just in time to chase away the rainy days and sweltering heat of summer 2011!
Entering its fifth year, the annual Vintage Crystal: A Taste of Wine & Jazz brings people to the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington for a Spanish and Latin-American inspired festival.

On Sunday, September 18, patrons will have the opportunity to taste thirty different wines from Jaleo Wine Shop, highlighting wines from Spain, Argentina, and Chile. To pair with the wine, there will also be samples from more than twenty different local restaurants. Latin jazz music from Trio Caliente, dance instruction from The Salsa Room, and wine classes from Washington Wine Academy will round out the programming which runs from 2:00 to 6:00.

Hosted by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, tickets cost $20, include tastings and a wine glass, and can be purchased at the main entrance of the event on 20th Street South. Free parking will be available at 241 18th Street, 220 20th Street, 2100 Crystal Drive, 2200 Crystal Drive and 223 23rd Street. The event is also easily reached by Metro.

Brittany has tried to leave DC, it just never lasts. She has lived in Chicago, California, and China – but she always comes back home. Brittany is a drinks, nightlife, and style correspondent for We Love DC. Between columns, you can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, or standing by the bar. Email her at brittany(at)

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