Cherry Blossom Festival: Estadio Hosts 3rd Annual “Sherry Blossom Festival” Classes, Suppers and Porron Parties

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This spring, Estadio is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Sherry Blossom Festival, hosted concurrently with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Estadio will celebrate the Spanish fortified wine from March 20 – April 15, 2018 with special sherry menus, pintxo pairings, happy hours, sherry-paired suppers, educational tastings and even weekly #PassthePorron parties, where complimentary sherry-filled porrons will float around the restaurant for diners to enjoy.

Estadio’s festival devoted to the fortified wine kicks off on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:00pm with an open-to-the-public Kick Off Party fueled with sherry flights, brand new sherry cocktails from bar director Adam Bernbach, and complimentary communal porrons throughout the evening.

Chef Bautista will even incorporate sherry into his cooking, resurrecting Estadio’s legendary Sherry Glazed Halibut with pea shoots, romesco, garbanzo beans and dried cherries; and ending the meal on a sweet note with the popular Sherry Float, combining vanilla ice cream, Moscatel sherry and a housemade maraschino cherry. Other dish and drink pairings might include an Amontillado from Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla paired with Rhode Island Calamari a la Plancha & salsa verde; or an Oloroso Seco from E. Hidalgo, Gobernador paired with a Seared Wagyu Bocadillo topped with tonnato sauce and arugula.

Estadio’s four-course tasting menu-for-two Sherry Blossom Suppers are $65/person (minimum of two guests), which includes a welcome sherry cocktail, three savory courses paired with sherry and Estadio’s signature sherry float to end the meal.

Fresh off a staff trip to Spain in summer of 2017, Team Estadio brought back several incredibly unique, elusive sherries in their suitcases, dubbing them “suitcase sherries.” Oddities include a fino sherry made from Pedro Ximenez grapes, served in a glass lightbulb (the Fino Eléctrico En Rama en Bombilla), a ‘natural’ 30+ year old Amontillado (the Fino Imperial VORS); and the Bodegas Tradición, Amontillado Tradición VORS, 30 Anos, a hand-numbered bottle they found in Jerez on the first day of their trip ($20 for a 1 oz. pour).

For newcomers to the world of sherry, or those looking to expand their palates and explore different styles, Estadio’s wine director Kevin Martin will host an educational tasting class on Saturday, March 24 from 4-5 p.m. at the restaurant. The hour-long class will taste through three dry styles — fino, amontillado, and oloroso — each paired with three complementary pintxos from Chef Bautista. The informative and fun tasting will conclude with the restaurant’s signature moscatel sherry float.

Seats are limited, and tickets are available for $30/person through Eventbrite.

Estadio. 1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 319-1404.

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