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October 6, 2008


Biggest party of the season—and it's free: Bisnow's Democrats v. Republicans Hip Happy Hour. 1,500 people from all Washington industries. The great Park at Fourteenth. Oct 15, 6-8 PM, stay and watch the debate. No charge, but you must sign up!


By Karin Tanabe for Bisnow on Business

Bacchus would have felt right at home at last week’s Wine is Art: Celebrating the Winemaker and Collector, hosted by National Museum of Women in the Arts. The night allowed art and wine lovers to recognize, via their taste buds, the accomplishments of ’08 International Gold Medal Winners in the National Women’s Wine Competition, held earlier this year. The competition was judged solely by women, but we assure you that the award-winning wine was appreciated across the gender divide. 


Point Blank Public Affairs principal Amy Weiss and husband, Dickstein Shapiro’s Peter Kadzik, with über lobbyists Tony and Heather Podesta. The Podestas have been just a tad busy during this past whirlwind Washington week.


“I figure our event will be really popular until about 8:30,” said museum director Susan Fisher Sterling, left, referring to the VP debate starting at 9. The museum had the debate on upstairs. (The first two floors may have been an ode to Napa, but, hey, this is still Washington.) With Sterling, the night’s honoree Margit Biever Mondavi, VP of Cultural Affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery. A working artist, Mondavi has been at the Napa Valley winery, concentrating on the pairing of art and wine since 1967.


DC’s own green pioneer, Nora Pouillon, Chef/Owner of restaurants Nora and Asia Nora, and Heather Podesta. Open since 1979, Nora was the first certified organic restaurant in the US and one of Bill Clinton’s favorites when he was Prez.


Lizette Corro, CEO of the Webster Group and one of the evening’s chairs, with museum board member Charlotte Buxton. With 20 wines to sample at the event, you can guarantee that this art-loving Washington crowd was more relaxed than those VP hopefuls in St. Louis.


Three event chairs: Arlene Fine Klepper, Sheila Spainhour Shaffer and Sharon Stark. The evening of lovely libations was sponsored by the NMWA’s Business and Professional Women’s Council.


Nancy McCorkindale, NMWA VP Winton Holladay, Board Member Jan Smith Donaldson, and Hap Holladay.


NMWA board members Caroline Boutté and Nancy Stevenson. The men behind them are hard at work bidding on the silent auction. The art of the grape was even more popular than politics.

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