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A Top Sommelier's Guide to Wines of Northern California, Washington-State Wines From Women Makers, and Wines of the Oldest World

3-Session Evening Series on Zoom

Friday, February 5, March 5, and April 9, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. ET
Quick Tix Code: WINE2021
 $175 Package Member
 $200 Package Non-Member
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REGISTRATION ADVISORY: Please read through the complete program description before registering. This series includes wine tasting kits as part of its ticket price that must be picked up from a local Washington, DC wine bar.


Note: These programs can be purchased separately. Registration for this series will end by 9 a.m. ET on Friday, February 5, 2021.

FEB 5  Wines of Northern California

In the 1960s and 1970s, Napa Valley led the charge in putting America on the global wine radar. A lot has changed since California wines beat the corks off the French competition in the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (aka the Judgment of Paris). But one thing remains the same: The quality of Northern California wines has continued to improve.

This immersive tasting experience led by Erik Segelbaum spans the best of Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino counties. He explores variations in terroir from high elevation to valley floor, what makes the Sonoma Coast so special, and reveals hidden gems from some outlying appellations.  


MAR 5  Washington-State Wines From Women Makers

Washington state is without a doubt a (not so) hidden gem in the American wine scene. Known for having the perfect balance of Old World earthiness and New World fruit ripeness, Washington state wines are world-class additions to any wine cellar. Some of Washington’s most powerful and amazing wines are being brought to life by equally powerful and amazing women. In this guided tasting led by Erik Segelbaum, explore some of Washington's best wines produced by women winemakers, grape-growers, or viticulturists.


APR 9  Wines of the Oldest World

Israel and the Levant can be considered the oldest world when it comes to winemaking. Archaeological records show domesticated grape growing and winemaking in this region dates back more than 5000 years and is largely responsible for the evolution of modern wine.

In this guided tasting with Erik Segelbaum, explore Israeli wine's storied past, present, and future. Taste wines made from biblical-era indigenous grapes, which are enjoying a resurgence of cultivation. Segelbaum also discusses the French connection and the influence of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild (of Château Lafite Rothschild) on Israel's wine scene. He explores Israel's future in Mediterranean varietals, how the Israeli spirit made the desert bloom, and the social and environmental consciousness that exists in Israeli winemaking.

3 sessions

Photo Caption (upper right): Erik Segelbaum


  • The cost includes curated personal tasting kits with enough wine for one person to sample the full lineup of wines.
  • Additional participants must register individually to receive their own tasting kits, which is an essential component of the series.
  • Each session will have separate kits available for pick-up at Maxwell Park wine bar in the Navy Yard neighborhood (1346 4th St. SE; Metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark, Green Line). The schedule is as follows:
    • Wines of Northern California: Thursday, February 4, 12–4 p.m. and Friday, February 5, 12–4 p.m.
    • Washington-State Wines: Thursday, March 4, 12–4 p.m. and Friday, March 5, 12–4 p.m.
    • Wines of the Oldest World: Thursday, April 8, 1–5 p.m. and Friday, April 9, 1–5 p.m.
  • Pick-ups are contactless, with all appropriate health, safety, and social distancing precautions. Due to state and federal laws, wine kits may not be shipped.
  • NOTE: Patrons will receive additional wine tasting kit pick-up information by email prior to each session.


Erik Segelbaum is a Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker for 2020 and Food &  Wine magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year. He holds the designation of Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of fewer than 600 specialists in the world who hold this level of certification. Segelbaum is the former corporate wine and beverage director for Starr Restaurants, a wine journalist and educator, and chief vinnovation officer of SOMLYAY hospitality and private events consultancy.

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