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This group has been created for people who enjoy learning about wine and culture at the same time. Each quarter of the year, we host events at an embassy in Washington DC to share and learn about the culture of the hosting country. You don't have to be a member to attend those embassy events. Come and join us for cultural adventures around drinks and food.

Upcoming events (5)

Halloween and Toussaint Ball

Embassy of France

$79.00

To secure your spot, purchase your ticket from the Eventbrite link ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-and-toussaint-ball-at-the-embassy-of-france-tickets-68491061609). RSVPing ONLY on the Meetup page, doesn't allow you to attend the Event. ABOUT THE EVENT In France people commemorate their dead on the 1st of November, locally known as “Toussaint” - which is the contraction of “Tous les Saints”, meaning “All the Saints” in English. The night between the 31st of October and Toussaint’s day is Halloween night and children dressed as ghosts, skeletons, witches, Frankenstein monsters, vampires or mummies put into action a French adaptation of the American trick or treat : “des bonbons ou des farces” (candies or pranks). Adults party the night away. You are invited to this French Holiday and join us if you dare. It is our way of saying thanks to all of our people without pulling pranks. Don't be lame, don’t be naughty, creep or crawl to our party! And don’t forget, scare up a fright costumes are a must on this night. Calling all Goblins, Ghosts and Freaks of the night. You can come for the night, you can come for a flash. But come to have fun at our bash! France is the origin of Masquerade Balls and what is A Ball celebrating the day of the dead without a Masquerade? Put your snazzy masquerades on to put an icing on the cake. We will fly you over on a broom or float you like a ghost to France without leaving DC and meet you at the fusion point of American and French cultures. DRESS CODE : We recommend wearing your spookiest, scariest, or most creative costume! There will be costume prizes for the most festively dressed attendees. SALSA DANCING : At the later part of the night we will give a Salsa lesson and decorate the night with French Latino hits. TICKET TYPES : I. VIP (Enters at 7:00 pm): Ticket Price Includes: - Seated Dinner - Early Admission to the Ball - Freely Flowing Champagne Reception with a mesmerizing piano bar - French Open Bar Featuring French Wines, Beers and Other Non-alcoholic Beverages Dinner Menu: Mesclun Salad Charcuterie Platter Cheese Platter Bread Assortment Fillet of Salmon Saffran Sauce Chicken, Chicken Forestière Green Beans Rice - Dessert * Dinner ends promptly at 8:30 and all VIP Guests should check-in before 8pm. II. GENERAL ADMISSION (Enters at 8:30 PM) Ticket Price includes: - French Open Bar Featuring French Wines, Beers and Other Non-alcoholic Beverages - Halloween Themed Dessert Buffet Père Lachaise Cemetry Vanilla Choux Catacomb Cannelés Un Chat Noir Crunchy Chocolate Bar Pumpkin Bavarois Cheesecake Fantôme Macaroons and many more III. LATE NIGHT (Enters at 10:00 PM) Ticket Price includes: - French Open Bar Featuring French Wines, Beers and Other Non-alcoholic Beverages NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR Dance With DJ: Washington's top DJs spins the best French, American, Euro, Retro, Swing and Top 40 songs. Hits like Chez Moi will be featured. A spooktacular light display will fill the embassy and the dance floor to add that special late night French touch! Refund & Ticket Resell All sales are final. We only refund the full amount, if the event is canceled. If it is rescheduled, we will send an email to those who RSVPed 'YES' advising that. A full refund will be given to those that let us know within 2 calendar days of the update email, if you are unable to make it on the new date. No refunds will be given after that time. However, you can sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Please, feel free to post in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send the organizer a message letting us know the full name of the person taking your spot. You must let us know two hours before the RSVP close time, on the day of the event.

Masquerade Ball Dress Rehearsal [VIRTUAL] - Win Tickets For The IRL One

To secure your spot, purchase your ticket from the Eventbrite link (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/masquerade-ball-dress-rehearsal-virtual-win-a-ticket-to-the-irl-one-tickets-105221570550). RSVPing only on the Meetup page, doesn't allow you to attend the Event. ABOUT THE EVENT Due to the pandemic we couldn't host the Masquerade Ball as it was planned. However, this doesn't stop us from enjoying the dresses and the outfits we bought for the event. Our fashion designers and life couches will help us to walk the Virtual Runway. While the fashion industry continues to introduce us to new styles every season (especially with the addition of Face Masks), the industry would not be where it is today without the help of influential people. Female style icons not only give us something to strive for but also inspire us to take pieces of our own and blend them together by women they see on the street, on the runway or from famous style icons. The designers and Coaches offer tips on how to uncover the rules you have around style and if they are serving you in the advancement of your goals. Then give you the tools to head on over, go shopping in your own closet to find those hidden gems, then pair, repurpose and create your personal style. We will intertwine these great tips with Trivia Game and there will be lots of fun prizes for the winners. To add more fun to the evening, add a favorite accessory to represent your favorite style icon, such as a big gorgeous pair of sunglasses to represent Coco Channel. Hope to see you for this fun night of meeting new friends, cocktails, trivia, prizes, learning some great new fashion tips. For group discounts and bulk purchase, email us ([masked]) OR text us at (202)[masked]. DRESS CODE : We expect gentlemen to range from creative tie to tuxedo, while ladies range from stylish cocktail attire to flax/flapper dresses and gowns. DJ MUSIC : DJs spin best hits the entire time of the event and get you of off your couch, to show off some moves. ONE ON ONE MEETING : We will have breakout rooms, for participants, to meet each other, after the formal session of the event. Masquerade Contest : What is the a Masquerade Ball without a Masquerade contest? Our hosting team will pick three winners of the night and award them with thickets of the IRL (In Real Life) MASQUERADE BALL. Note: This is a virtual event not at the Embassy. When you purchase a ticket, you will be emailed the Event ID and Password. Payment Instructions : 1. You should login from a PC to see the 'Pay Now' button, after RSVPing. Then hit the button. 2. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for. 3. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card". 4. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal. Refund & Ticket Resell All sales are final. We only refund the full amount, if the event is canceled. If it is rescheduled, we will send an email to those who RSVPed 'YES' advising that. A full refund will be given to those that let us know within 2 calendar days of the update email, if you are unable to make it on the new date. No refunds will be given after that time. However, you can sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Please, feel free to post in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send the organizer a message letting us know the full name of the person taking your spot. You must let us know two hours before the RSVP close time, on the day of the event.

Australian Wine Tasting Soirée

The Gryphon

$65.00

Update # 1 : As usual, we have few bottles of HIGH END/TOP SHELF wine, which is sold out worldwide:) Join us for an Australian Wine Tasting night! Six different types of wines will be featured. This is a wine tasting night, where we pour six types of delicious wines for hours, we get educated on the wines by the top notch experts from the industry. On top of that, we socialize and mingle with many like minded wine lovers through out the evening. *Full cash bar will be available after the Event. Ticket price increases to $ 45 on Feb. 1st, to $ 55 on Feb. 22nd and to $ 65 on Feb. 29th, 2016. Please get your early bird ticket before then. Payment Instructions : 1. You should login from a PC to see the 'Pay Now' button, after RSVPing. Then hit the button. 2. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for. 3. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card". 4. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal. Refund & Ticket Resell All sales are final. We only refund the full amount, if the event is canceled. If it is rescheduled, we will send an email to those who RSVPed 'YES' advising that. A full refund will be given to those that let us know within 2 calendar days of the update email, if you are unable to make it on the new date. No refunds will be given after that time. However, you can sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Please, feel free to post in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send the organizer a "message" through their Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot. You must let us know two hours before the RSVP close time, on the day of the event. METRO & PARKING INFO : The Gryphon is half a block from DuPont Circle Metro Station. Please take 'DuPont South' Exit. Check it on http://www.wmata.com/ and plan accordingly. Street parking might be difficult. However, if you plan to drive, there are parking garages around.

New Zealand Wine Tasting Soirée

The Gryphon

$45.00

To secure your spot, purchase your ticket from Eventbrite link. ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-zealand-wine-tasting-soiree-tickets-25712474704#tickets ). N.B. : If you brought your ticket from the Eventbrite link, you are all set and you will be on the list. You don't need to pay or RSVP on the Meetup page and vis versa. Join us for a New Zealand Wine Tasting night! Six different types of wines will be featured. This is a wine tasting night, where we pour six types of delicious wines for hours, we get educated on the wines by the top notch experts from the industry. On top of that, we socialize and mingle with many like minded wine lovers through out the evening. Ticket price increases to $ 45 on June 7th, to $ 55 on June 28th and to $ 60 on July 12th and to $ 65 on July 25th, 2016. Please grab your discounted ticket before then. Payment Instructions : 1. You should login from a PC to see the 'Pay Now' button, after RSVPing. Then hit the button. 2. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for. 3. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card". 4. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal. Refund & Ticket Resell All sales are final. We only refund the full amount, if the event is canceled. If it is rescheduled, we will send an email to those who RSVPed 'YES' advising that. A full refund will be given to those that let us know within 2 calendar days of the update email, if you are unable to make it on the new date. No refunds will be given after that time. However, you can sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Please, feel free to post in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send the organizer a "message" through their Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot. You must let us know two hours before the RSVP close time, on the day of the event. METRO & PARKING INFO : The Gryphon is half a block from DuPont Circle Metro Station. Please take 'DuPont South' Exit. Check it on http://www.wmata.com/ and plan accordingly. Street parking might be difficult. However, if you plan to drive, there are parking garages around.

Past events (106)

La Fête de la Musique

Online

$45.00

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