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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on August 22, 2010 at 6:53 am
Filed under: dining, Events, featuredarticle, festival, wine

Vintage Crystal – Wine, Tapas & Jazz Festival

The Vintage Crystal food, wine and jazz festival returns to Crystal City for its 4th year.  The one-day festival brings more than 30 different wines hailing from Spain, Chile, and Argentina along with live jazz, dancing and food from 25 Crystal City restaurants for an afternoon of Latin-inspired fun, food and wine.

Local Latin American dance groups lead the Latin-themed festival by taking the stage to entertain guests, along with live jazz musicians.  And don’t miss the opportunity to take a FREE Rumba, Salsa, Samba and Cha-Cha dance lesson.

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Attendees may also sample complimentary food dishes from over 25 local restaurants and food shops including some of the more notable area restaurants including Café Pizzaiolo, CC Bistro, Jaleo, Lebanese Taverna, Morton’s, Portofino Restaurant and Zpizza.

Spain grows over 600 varieties of grapes producing everything from bolder red Tempranillo wine, to lighter sparkling Cavas and fortified sherrys. Spanish wine production dates back to pre-Roman times.

While wine making in Chile and Argentina had its origin in Spain, brought to the New World by the Spanish missionaries in the 1500s, the wine these countries produce are growing in popularity. Initially Argentine and Chilian wines were popular because of their low prices, but in more recent times, the quality has improved.   Value-priced offerings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as wines made from the popular Malbec grape, one of the classic Bordeaux varietals, helps these wines become more desirable to the American consumer.

And Vintage Crystal Food & Wine Festival is an ideal festival to sample many of the better wines form these countries, all having their roots in Spain.

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Vintage Crystal Food & Wine Festival – The public parking lot located at 220 20th Street South, Arlington, Virginia (map)

Date and Time - Sunday, September 19, 2010 – 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets – $20.00 per person, includes food and wine samples, along with a commemorative wine glass.  Food tasting only tickets – $10.00.  Tickets available on-site only — CASH ONLY.  Admission for children 12 and under are free.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Crystal City – Blue & Yellow line, then a 1–block walk.

Parking – Limited street or area paid garage parking is available.

Images – Courtesy of Vintage Crystal.

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