Cork Market (1805 14th St., NW; 202-265-2674) is hosting the first part of its four-class Wine Fundamentals series. The 90-minute session covers basic wine vocabulary, wine storage, serving techniques, the difference between grape varietals, and how to properly swirl, sniff, and sip to evaluate wine. 7 PM; $45. For more information, click here.
Tuesday, March 2
Open Kitchen (7115 Leesburg Pike #107, Falls Church; 703-334-1504) hosts a cooking class that doubles as a singles mixer. At the Marinate and Mingle class, you’ll learn to make chipotle grilled pork tenderloin, yogurt/curry-marinated swordfish or mahi mahi, marinated roasted root vegetables, and macerated fruit over vanilla ice cream. 7 PM; $75. For more information, click here.
Wednesday, March 3
As part of the first annual Capital Wine Festival, the Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row is hosting a four-course wine dinner featuring vintner Alex Gambal. The menu includes cured hamachi with red grapefruit, jicama, lavender, and a honey vinaigrette; stuffed rabbit saddle with herb gnocchi, bacon lardons, and raspberry jus; and cherry mille-feuille with pain d'epices vanilla ice cream and white chocolate. 7 PM; $125. For more information, click here.
Thursday, March 4
At L’Academie de Cuisine’s (16006 Industrial Dr., Gaithersburg; 301-670-8670) Cooking With Chicken class, you’ll learn to braise coq au vin, sauté chicken fajitas, and roast a brined chicken. 7 to 10; $75. To register, call 301-986-9490.
Friday, March 5
SlowFood DC is hosting workshops with urban-farm expert Will Allen at Lynchburg Grows (1339 Englewood St., Lynchburg; 434-846-5665) today and tomorrow. Allen is a 2008 MacArthur fellowship recipient and cofounder of the Milwaukee-based nonprofit Growing Power. The workshops include discussions on worm farming and aquaponics (using fish to grow plants), and there’ll be presentations by the Environmental Protection Agency. Friday 8 to 7:30, Saturday 8 to noon. $250 for both days. For reservations and schedules, call 434-846-5665 or e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, March 6
Head to Vint Hill Craft Winery (7150 Lineweaver Rd., Vint Hill, Va.; 703-991-0191) for a seminar on America’s viticultural areas. Afterward, there’ll be a tasting of California Cabernet. The seminar, $30, starts at 10 in the winery’s Teaching and Tasting balcony. To reserve a spot, call 703-991-0191 or click here.
Sunday, March 7
Stop by Elk Run Vineyards (15113 Liberty Rd., Mt. Airy; 410-775-2513) for the class How Wine Is Affected by Flavor and Texture in Food. You’ll learn how spice combinations and sweetness influence the flavors of wine, and you’ll learn to pair wine with specific foods. Tickets are $20, and the class goes from 2 to 3:30. Click here for more information.
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