The Club del Vino, Washington DC, was born in April 2001 in Washington DC when a small group of friends who shared their love for wine and food decided to start meeting periodically to taste wines and pairing them with food. Initially there were five members, most of the staff members of the Organization of American States. The first meeting took place on April 4, 2004 at the Cafe Oggi in McLean, Virginia that hosted the CV as its first home. The monthly tastings are conducted in the Restaurant Capri, McLean VA
The founder, Juan Luis Colaiacovo, a native from Argentina, has a passion for wine and had been involved in various capacities with the wine industry. He led the club for the initial twelve years of operation and brought it to its present shape and philosophy.
Orlando Mason was the second President of the Club from 2013 to 2016.In 2016 Alfonso Sanchez, that had been Technical Director for a good number of years, was elected to the post of President. In 2021 Maria Claudia Perazza replaced Alfonso.
The idea of the Club del Vino is to explore the world of wine and the pairing of wines and food. Since then the CV has evolved into a more structured organization and has focused on higher quality wines and food pairing after those many years of collective learning and exploration. The Club meets according to a pre agreed tastings program. Membership to the club is by invitation and its composition is quite diverse owing to the fact that most members come from international organizations represented or based in the Washington D.C. area.