Capitol Hill’s Barca hosts a free port tasting from 6:30 to 9:30pm tonight, March 25. Elemental Importers will pour you free wine plus sips of a new line of artisanal ports from Quinta Santa Eufemia, a 100-year-old winemaker based in the Alto Douro in Portugal.
There will be free chocolate and cheese pairings, live music, and featured port cocktails. The cocktails intrigue me, thinking about Portugal makes me weepy, and the party sounds fun.
Also: tonight: two of my favorite wine bars, Poco Wine Room and The Local Vine, are participating in a massive virtual merlot tasting. The idea is that people all over the country drink Washington merlots and tweet about them.
So if you’re on the hill, you can get a glass of merlot at Poco, tweet about it, then head to Barca for free port. Meanwhile in Belltown, winemakers from Dusted Valley, creators of Boomtown merlot, will be at Local Vine (the tasting fee is $5). The wine bar also invited two of the best local wine bloggers to be onhand for the purposes of Twitter tutelage. Tweeters register here, the hash mark is #WAMerlot. If all this Twitter talk gives you hives, just ignore it and drink your wine.
The virtual tasting “happens” tonight, March 25, from 5 to 7pm.