On Saturday afternoon, the sold out 1K wine walk took place through the tunnels of shops in Crystal City. There were 10 stops with wine, food, free t-shirts, wine glasses, and even your own walking bib. At the very end was a raucous party with more wine and a DJ blasting tunes. The wine walk continued on Sunday too. The walks are presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District and Washington Wine Academy. The beer 1K walk is next weekend, Saturday and Sunday.
The wine extravaganza started at 2 pm with heats every 30 minutes until 5:30 p.m. The walk lasted until about 7 p.m.
While you are given 20 wine tickets you have more than 30 wines to choose from, ranging from Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Chile, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, South Africa, California, Argentina, Germany, Portgual, and New Zealand. There is security at each station and participants are not allowed to take their drinks outside of the station. It would be nice if drinkers could go outside the rooms in maybe a cordoned off area as some of the rooms were a little hot. Otherwise the event was pretty awesome and organized. Signs on the ground directed you to the walk. The wine was divine and it was just a blast.
-Great wine with amazing variety.
-Friendliness of everyone working at the event and the people enjoying the event.
-A chilled red wine from Australia was pretty cool!
-Station Six: Synetic Theater’s mini performances: 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15, 4:445, and 5:15 pm.
-Station Eight: grabbing some hummus and pita bread with your wine with The Perfect Pita. Seriously yum!
-Station Ten: end of the road party with DJ, dancing, cheese, wine, M&Ms.
-Seeing sorority sisters from Delta Gamma all decked out in pink.
-Intermixing with the Tattoo Convention attendees during the walk.
-Women including yours truly singing Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody” at the last wine station along with the DJ, while our male friend asked incredulously, “How do you all know these words to this song?”
If you missed it this past weekend you can still go next weekend, but it will be the 1K Beer Walk instead on the 21 & 22 of January. It was very cool to escape the winter chill and mingle with my friends while sipping wine. This is a very organized event and for obvious reasons always sells out.