I can’t think of a single event more suitable for libations than time with family the holidays. Every family has their own Thanksgiving traditions. At my mom’s house it’s a cross-stitched tablecloth with the signatures of everyone who has ever dined at her Thanksgiving table and (she threatens) an arrow from their signature to cranberry and gravy stains they left behind. At Mike’s house, it’s a competitive eating marathon with three (THREE!) courses of traditional Italian food (antipasto, soup, ravioli) before the turkey comes out of the oven.

As a city of young professional transients, DC is pretty much a ghost town on the big holidays. We show up at family’s doorsteps with travel tales of woe, hunger pains and – if we’re polite – a few bottles of wine to go with the meal. Pairing wine with dinners that others are cooking can be a daunting task. Luckily, DC’s very own Uncorked is here to help and helps you do a little good in the process. More details after the jump!

For the second year in a row, Uncorked is hosting their Thanksgiving and wine dinner to benefit
So Others Might Eat, a DC organization supporting the city’s homeless and hungry. Uncorked is your opportunity to enjoy a faux Thanksgiving (Fakesgiving?) meal and wine tasting led by Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre, who will walk participants through the best wines to pair with various Thanksgiving dishes.

Founded by Kris and Tracey Schroeder, Uncorked grew out of a private event with friends as a way to share their passion for wine while giving back to the community. Uncorked opened to the public for the first time last year after officially outgrowing the living room of the couple’s Alexandria townhouse. The event continues to expand: this year Uncorked has added a silent auction featuring collectible wines and tickets to local events as an additional route to raise money for DC’s homeless.  So you can sip your wine on Thanksgiving knowing the less fortunate in DC are able to enjoy their own holiday traditions.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Clyde’s Restaurant, Chinatown
Attendees who register by September 30 will be able to take advantage of last year’s pricing.