Swirl & Sip's

2012 Grand Tasting Event

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Join us! Come and enjoy DC's highest rated and most awarded wine tasting at The Whittemore House in Dupont Circle! Experience over 40 premium value wines from prestigious wine appellations.

Gourmet Selections! Pair our wines with gourmet empanadas from Panas Gourmet, bean-to-bar chocolates from Cocova as well as gourmet hors d'oeuvres including a variety fine cheeses and charcuterie.

Meet the experts! You’ll get to meet the actual importers, winery representatives, certified sommeliers, certified wine professionals and distributors who live and breath these wines every day. 


Try before you buy! Wine and gourmet selections will be available at specially discounted prices. Included with your ticket is a $10 credit towards any purchase. Choose from easy home delivery or shipping options. Additional details below.

Key Facts

  • Date: Friday, November 9th
  • Time: 6 - 10pm
  • Place: Whittemore House, Dupont Circle
  • Great with: Friends!

2012 Grand Tasting Event


Panas Gourmet
Washington Post Editor's Pick & Best Empanadas Innovator

Washington Post Editor’s Pick and Washington City Paper’s Best Empanada Innovator, Panas Gourmet puts out some of the most delicious empanadas in DC.  Their dough is made fresh daily with wheat flour and without preservatives, lard or animal fats.  Four house-made dripping sauces accompany14 variations of freshly-baked pastries.  And that's not all they make, Panas offers a selection of tapas, ranging from ceviche, chorizo skewers to an assortment of cheeses and olives.  
A crowd favorite at our last event! You won't want to miss these pairings - gourmet empanadas, ceviche and chorizo skewers.

      Cocova Chocolate
DC's Best of Yelp

Rated #2 on the Best of Yelp in Washington, DC, Cocova searches the world for the best chocolate makers focused on bean-to-bar production.  With a selection of over 850 products from chocolate truffles to caramels to bon bons and beyond, the team at Cocova represents one of the largest single origin and single plantation chocolate portfolios around.  It’s no wonder Cocova is the only business in DC that maintains a full 5-star Yelp rating with 133 reviews and counting!

Is there a better way to end an evening than with wine and chocolate?

The Spanish Wine Importers

Extreme Value, Exciting Spanish Wines

Taste the highly rated portfolio from Lar de Paula, as well as our favorite Tempranillo from Ribera del Guadiana. The passion for family-owned Spanish wineries and taste for amazing wines brings to the U.S. some of the highest quality, small production, authentic wines from Spain!

Lar de Paula Tempranillo, Madurado 2010 – 91 Pts by Wine Advocate

Lar de Paula Tempranillo, Crianza 2008 – 91 Pts by Wine Advocate

Lar de Paula Tempranillo, Reserva 2005 – 91 Pts by Wine Advocate

Lar de Paula Blanco 2010 – 89 Pts by Wine Advocate

Zaleo Tempranillo 2010 – 88 Pts Penin Guide



Vino50 Selections
Celebrating the 50 States of Wine

Certified Sommelier, Andrew Stover travels across the US in search of up-and-coming wineries and appellations to offer the best in local and regional wines. You’ll have an opportunity to meet with Andrew and taste some of his top quality wines from New York, Virginia and Texas!

Casa Larga Semi-Sweet Riesling (NY) – Gold Medal, NY Wine & Food Classic

Breaux Vineyards ‘Equation’ Merlot  (VA) – Gold Medal, Tasters Guild International

Sawtooth Winery Skyline Cab/Merlot Blend (ID) – 88 Pts, Tasting Panel Magazine

McPherson Cellars Albarino (TX) – Double Gold, San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition

McPherson Cellars ‘Les Copains’  (TX) – Gold Medal, LA Int'l Wine Competition


4 Bears Winery
Sean Minor Wines

Delicious, Approachable California Wines

Sean Minor shares Swirl & Sip's passion: High value wines that over-deliver on quality. And the wine world has noticed - you’ll have a chance to meet with brand ambassador, Phil Tartaglione, who will be pouring the following highly awarded wines.

Sean Minor Carneros Pinot Noir 2010 – Double Gold, New World Int'l Wine Competition

4 Bears Paso Robles Cab Sauvignon 2010 – Gold, New World Int'l Wine Competition

4 Bears Central Coast Chardonnay 2010 – Silver, New World Int'l Wine Competition

4 Bears Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Gold, New World Int'l Wine Competition

Altroconsumo's Best Wine of 2012

Taste wine from Talamonti, set within the 'Golden Triangle' of Abruzzo, and born from a tremendous passion for wine and strong attachment to local roots. Talamonti was recently awarded Altroconsumo's Best Wine of 2012 award for Talamonti's Moda Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

Talamonti Kudos 2004 - 90 Pts by Wine Spectator

Talamonti Moda Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010 - 86 Pts & Best Buy by Wine Spectator

Talamonti Rose Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 - 86 Pts & Best Buy by Wine Spectator

Talamonti Trabochetto Pecorino 2011 - 88 Pts & Editor's Choice by Wine Enthusiast

Talamonti Tre Saggi Montepulciano 2008 - 90 Pts & Editor's Choice by Wine Enthusiast

          $10 Credit with Ticket Purchase
Choose Home Delivery or FedEx Shipping Options

All wine and gourmet selections will be available at specially discounted prices during the event.  Each ticket includes a $10 credit to apply towards your purchase.

Deliveries to Northern VA
We are able to provide home delivery to addresses in Arlington & Fairfax Counties.  Please choose from three convenient delivery windows when checking out:

Tuesday, November 12th – 7pm to 10pm
Wednesday, November 13th – 7pm to 10pm

Deliveries to DC
We are able to provide FedEx shipping to addresses in DC.

Deliveries to MD 
Unfortunately, due to state shipping laws, we are unable provide home delivery or shipping to Maryland addresses.  If possible, please provide a delivery address in VA or DC.

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