Tastings & Events

Spotlight Classes on Bordeaux (Left Bank and Right) and St Innocent's Mark Vlossak

Here's our current schedule of "Spotlight Sessions," wine classes that shine a focused light on one aspect of wine and the wine world.  Please also see our One Sip at a Time Schedule.

To reserve your seats at any of these great classes, just call, email or stop by the store today.  Or,  just click on any of the course titles to reserve online today!

The Medoc, Graves and Sauternes:  Exploring Bordeaux’s Left Bank
Thursday, Feb.  23, 7pm
Course Fee $50

Pauillac.  Margaux. Graves. Sauternes.  Some of the most famous and historically important vineyards in the world lie on the gravelly soils on the eastern side of the River Gironde – Bordeaux’s “Left Bank.”  We’ll sample a total of 8 wines ranging from high-value “Medoc” appellation gems to grand Classified Growth bottlings from world famous Chateaus including rich whites, savory reds, and a sublime sweetie.

Whether you're a long-time Bordeaux fan or just interested in learning more, this will be a delicious and delightful tour of Bordeaux's most famous vineyards. See all the details and reserve your seats online here or just call us at 703.356.6500 or stop by the store.

Pomerol, St. Emilion, and Satellites:  Exploring Bordeaux’s Right Bank
Thursday, March 16, 7pm
Course Fee $50

Join us as we get to know the velvety wines of Fronsac, the perfumed beauties of St.  Emilion, and the plush powerhouses of Pomerol.  And delight in the superb (and lovely young) values from Bourg & Blye and the regions called “Satellites” to Pomerol and St. Emilion.  Steven Schattman returns to help us understand Bordeaux's Right Bank region and wines as we enjoy light snacks and plenty of great conversation.

See all the details and reserve your seats online here or just call us at 703.356.6500.  The marvels of Merlot are not to be underestimated - join us!

Spotlight on St. Innocent with Owner/Winemaker Mark Vlossak
Thursday, March 23 @ 7pm
Course Fee:  $40

Since founding St. Innocent in 1988, Mark Vlossak has become one of the most influential and distinctive winemakers of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  And he remains one of the most outspoken!  Join us on Thursday, March 23, to meet Mark, hear the St. Innocent story, and taste an amazing set of benchmark wines.

As Mark told Wine Advocate, “I want to make wine to eat with, wine that can age and wine that is complex. I’ve reduced the new wood since 2001, and I’m looking to express site location - above and below the surface. Vintage expression is also very important. The idea is not to make ‘the best’ wine every vintage, but rather express the difference between the growing seasons. I want the wines to be different from each other.”

I’d add that no one does texture like Mark.  All of his wines – red and white – possess lovely richness and density, even a sense of plushness, without any excess of ripeness or weight.  You’ll quickly see what I mean as we taste:

St. Innocent Chardonnay Freedom Hill 2014  (Vinous 91)
St. Innocent Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill 2014 (Vinous
St. Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi 2014 (Vinous 92)
St. Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2014  (Vinous 93)
St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea 2014  (Vinous 93)
St. Innocent Pinot Noir Justice 2014  (Vinous 93)
St. Innocent Pinot Noir Zenith 2013

As always, we’ll serve light, wine-friendly, snacks to go along with the wines and enjoy plenty of back-and-forth discussion with Mark.  Reserve your seats today by calling us at 703.356.6500, visiting us at the store, or online at this link.


Call 703.356.6500 or email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com. Watch our web site and your email box for more new class announcements and updates!

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