Monday, April 27
The M Bar at the Renaissance M Street Hotel (1143 New Hampshire Ave., NW) is hosting “Put a Corc in It,” a wine-and-cheese tasting to celebrate the opening of an art exhibition by students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The event, which goes from 6 to 8, includes complimentary tastings of Torrantes and Cabernet varietals by Argentinean organic winemaker Santa Maria plus cheese and light hors d’oeuvres. After the initial tasting, glasses of wine are $5 and select bottles are half price.
Call 202-775-0800 for more information.
Tuesday, April 28
Sample six to seven spring wines at the “Ode to Spring” tasting at Old Town’s Grape + Bean (118 S. Royal St., Alexandria). The tasting will feature a selection of reds, whites, and rosés, with a discussion of the different growing regions and best food pairings for each wine. It runs from 6:30 to 8 and costs $40 per person.
Call 703-664-0214 for reservations.
Wednesday, April 29
Georgetown’s Old Glory (3139 M St., NW) is launching Sip ’n Smoke, an evening of bourbon and cigars every Wednesday on its patio. A small-batch-bourbon flight with Bakers, Bookers, Basil Hayden, and Knob Creek is $20. Cigars from Georgetown Tobacco are available for purchase separately. The tasting runs from 5 to 7. For reservations and additional information, call 202-337-3406.
Thursday, April 30
The French Wine Society’s advanced wine-studies series presents “Barnyard Elegance,” about the reasons wines that age well often develop a barnyard smell and how to get rid of the smell through decanting. The event, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30, will be held in the wine room of the Embassy Suites hotel (1250 22nd St., NW). For tickets, which are $89.10 for FWS members and $99 for nonmembers, call 202-466-0808.
Friday, May 1
Food writer Mary Beth Albright will give a lecture on the “urban locavore” lifestyle at CulinAerie (1131 14th St., NW). She’ll give strategies for shopping at farmers markets and talk about buying seasonal, local produce. The talk, which includes a three-course lunch with wine, starts at 12:15 and costs $45. Call 202-587-5674 for reservations.
Sunday, May 3
Morton’s the Steakhouse launches its summer tasting series with a daylong tour of Charlottesville’s Jefferson Vineyards, which was started by Thomas Jefferson in 1774. The all-inclusive tour starts with a continental breakfast and glass of Jefferson Pinot Gris at Morton’s in Reston Town Center (11956 Market St.). At noon, guests leave for the vineyard, and a winery tour with a box lunch and glass of Chardonnay begins at 1. A blending seminar is at 3, then guests return to Morton’s at 4. The trip costs $189 per person. Call 703-796-0128 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.