Drinks

Zoo Uncorked: Fine Wine and Animal Encounters

Zoo Uncorked, the annual wine fest put on by Friends of the National Zoo and sponsored by Total Wine & More, takes place this year on Thursday, Sept 12 from 6-9 p.m. Professionals will pour highly-rated wines ranging from a berry-rich Bordeaux to an Italian chardonnay with notes of pineapple to a honey-tinged pinot gris from a sustainable vineyard in Oregon.

Guests will be able to explore the Zoo grounds after hours and have the opportunity to meet an African penguin. The Big Cats Circle will be open for the duration of the event and, from 6-8:30 p.m., attendees are welcome to explore the Think Tank – where Redd, the young orangutan, hangs out.

Food trucks will sell award-winning crepes, gourmet popcorn, and authentic handmade dumplings, while keyboardist and pianist Marcus Johnson will perform his contemporary jazz hits for crowds. The D.C. staple and NAACP-Image award winner will bring wines from his own collection, FLO Wine, for guests to sample.

VIP guests can look forward to delicious cuisine from local restaurants, a dessert bar, and exclusive animal encounters at Conservation Pavilion. They also will receive a surprise complimentary animal-themed gift courtesy of TrueZoo.

Visit www.fonz.org/uncorked for more information and to buy tickets.

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