Chile might be the "Country of Poets", but without its wine, it'd be "The Country Poets Expatriate From, Because Isn't Wine Why We Got into the Poem Business in the First Place?" Experience the majesty of Chilean grapes for yourself, during the Salud! Chilean Wine Fest.
Started on Chilean Independence Day -- September 18th -- and running through the 30th, Salud! is a two-week opportunity to thirstily descend upon DC's finest restaurants and sample Chile's unique grape variety (Carmenere), its signature red (Cabernet Sauvignon), its standard-bearing white (Sauvignon Blanc), and more. Participating restos include everyone from BLT Steak, to BRABO, to Founding Farmers, whose offerings of both Yankee Pot Roast and Low Country Shrimp & Grits prove they truly represent all the people. If food bores you, there'll also be free tastings at wine shops all across the city, including Best Cellars Dupont, Addy Bassin's MacArthur Beverages, and Schneider's of Capitol Hill, where they will sell no wine before One Day at a Time.
For a complete rundown of restaurants and tastings, remember the words of Chile's greatest poet, Pablo Neruda: "Click this link. Seriously, click it now, if you want to find out where the wine's at." Brilliant.