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2019 Events

Please make all event payments to KOV Nation's Capital Chapter.
Send to KOV Treasurer; Promptly mail checks to: Walter Rachele, PO Box 264, Lovettsville, VA 20180

Email Walter J. Rachele and/or Kenneth A. Haapala

February 23 6:00 p.m. Sparkling and Savory Brochure
Home of Master Commander Ken Haapala
9634 Boyett Court, Fairfax, VA

March 16

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Social: 6:30
Dinner: 7:30
Attire: Black Tie w/tastevins

Brochure and Pricing
Bistro Bis at the Hotel George
Washington, DC
Stay at the hotel on the 16th for special rate of $179. Contact hotel (202) 347-4200 for reservations.

April 13
4:00pm to 7:00 pm Gordon Murchie Reception and Ceremony
RSVP 703-941-9422
Domaine Funeral Home
5308 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22161

May 3-5
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National Meeting of Delegates
Truckee, CA
sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Chapter

May 11 6:30 p.m.

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Celebrating Wines of Northern Italy
Cost: $65 per person / light fare + wines
Portofino Restaurant
526 South 23rd St.
Arlington, VA

June 6-11

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FICB event - Finland

August 17
Blessing of the Vines
Walsh Vineyards
16031 Hillsboro Rd,
Purcellville, VA 20132

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September 7
6:30 p.m.

Rose Around the World

Rose Tasting Spreadsheet
Richard and Claire
5282 Navaho Dr
Alexandria, VA

September 28
A Capital Event

Nation's Capital Chapter Cadre head south to the Capital of North Carolina
5:30 p.m.

North Carolina Grand Assemblage

Wine Cellar, Angus Barn
Raleigh, NC

November 16

6:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Harvest Dinner
High-end bistro serving seasonal upscale New American fare in a modern, sophisticated space.

Menu with Wine Selections
Ris ...
2275 L St NW,
Washington, DC 20037

"[Chef] Ris Lacoste helms the stove at this terrific neighborhood spot, a draw for diners in the company of family, business associates and lovers alike. The sprawling, light-filled dining room is dressed in earth tones and filled with intimate corners for an air of seductive sophistication. And the menu, with its ramped-up takes on the tried-and-true, toes the line between familiar and surprising. Loaded with butter and olive oil and jazzed up with red pepper flakes, linguine with clams is briny and delicious and chicken Milanese has just the right amount of breading beneath its zippy tomato topping. Even the crown of cauliflower is interesting and complex, thanks to an ensemble of roasted vegetables slicked with mustard cream and an army of flavors." Michelin Guide

December 6
6:45 p.m. Annual Business Meeting
7:00 p.m. Party Starts
Christmas Party and Christ Church Benefit 526 South 23rd St.
Portofino Restaurant
Arlington, VA
A short business meeting will precede this evening of merriment. The meeting will include the annual Treasurer's report, an announcement of the 2020 schedule of events, and election of officers. All members are encouraged to attend. During the business meeting, candidates for the four organizational positions are nominated and voted upon. These positions are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Currently, the positions are held by Ken Haapala, Russ Davis, Walt Rachele, and Claire Cuccio, respectively. If you wish to nominate someone else for a position, please contact Dave Barber (, who is chair of the Nomination Committee.
All attending are requested to bring a gift ($10 - $20) for a child, appropriately wrapped, with the suggested age and sex of the child indicated on the package. These will be distributed to the less fortunate by Christ Church in Alexandria and by an appropriate organization in Anacostia (SE Washington).

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