Tastings & Classes

Stop by for our weekend free tastings and check back here often for our wine class schedule, wine dinners and festivals through out the year, including our One Sip at a Time series.

Call us at 703.356.6500 or email us at wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com to find out what's coming up or make your reservations.

 

Huge Weekend Tastings Featuring Summer Whtites, Syrah, Rosé, and a 95 Point Barolo Masterpiece – Friday and Saturday, July 25 & 26

It’s the last weekend of July, and we want to send Summer’s middle mouth out with a bang.  So this Friday and Saturday, come by to sample six stunning wines ranging from perfect for the season white values, rosé from vineyards just above St. Tropez, and two blockbuster, highly rated, reds.  Join us Friday from 3-7pm or Saturday from noon-4pm (or both days!) as we pour:

Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio Friuli 2012 – A long-time favorite is better than ever in 2012 with even more fresh fruit to go with the snappy, dry finish.

Di Lenardo Chardonnay Friuli 2012
– Made from the rare Chardonnay Musque clone, this stainless steel Chardonnay pumps out floral perfume to go with the ripe orchard and tropical fruit.

Di Lenardo Sauvignon Blanc Friuli 2012 – A blockbuster Sauvignon Blanc that marries New World aromas and fruit to Old World vibrancy and cut.  All three Di Lenardo wines mix/match to just $9.98/ea  by the case!

Ch Les Valentines Rose Cotes De Provence 2013
– As many of our 2014 favorites sell out, we’ve just taken delivery of our last supply of the pink wine of the season.  The essence of rosé and as beautiful to taste as it is to look out.

Vincent Paris St. Joseph Les Cotes 2012
– Probably the most exciting young red our staff have tried this year, this is 100% Syrah from granite vineyards with a nice rating (IWC 90-92) and a fine price break (just $22.98 by the case).  Do. Not. Miss. It.

Massolino Barolo Normale 2009 – As pure and beautiful as young Barolo gets, it’s not surprising this is tied for Wine Spectator’s highest rated (95 points) Barolo of the vintage.  An early candidate for WS Top 100 status and very, very, delicious already.

As always, we’ll have some fun food out to sample from the cheese case and plenty of fresh-baked Lyon Bakery breads to take home.  Join us!

"One Sip at a Time" 2014 - Taking August Off, Back In Gear in September!

One Sip at a Time classes focus on wine basics like how to taste, evaluate, and talk about wine, while helping you identify the wines and flavors you enjoy most. You can join us for the full series or just come by for a class or two.

Classes are the second Thursday of each month at 7:15pm (except August) and last about 90 minutes. Course fee for each class is $25.

New for 2014 - "Deep Dives" One Sip at a Time. We've added six classes on Sundays focusing on some of the world's greatest grapes! Also $25 each. See the line-up below.

 

2014 One Sip at a Time Thursday Class Schedule

Fun with Fizz
Second Thursday of July (July 10, 2014) – 7:15

In this fun and fizzy session, we’ll explore the world of beautiful bubbles, ranging from the classic vineyards of Champagne to the high desert of New Mexico. And, as if straight sparkling wine wasn’t delicious enough, we’ll even share a few of our favorite sparkling cocktail ideas. You’ll learn where the bubbles come from, what to eat with fizz, and figure out your favorite styles – One Sip at a Time!

OSAAT Deep Dive:  Sauvignon Blanc – Sunday, July 13, 5:00 pm
Aromatic, sometimes even pungent, Sauvignon Blanc is like that friend we all have who makes his or her presence known the second they enter a room! Despite its distinctive varietal character, there are many different ways to express this popular, citrusy varietal. From minerally Loire-Valley examples, to New Zealand “grapefruit bombs” to richer, oaked examples, learn all about this mouthwatering grape in this fun, casual One Sip at a Time class.

Six (Other) Reds You Should Know
Second Thursday of September (Sept. 11, 2014) – 7:15

Cabernet and Pinot Noir…not going to be in your glass! Instead, we’re going to explore a world of flavor and fun with some of the world’s other great red grapes. These are some of our favorite food-friendly and sipping-friendly reds, some from “important” grapes you may have tried before and others from a bit off the beaten path. A world of interesting, delicious, and often super value reds awaits your discovery.

OSAAT Deep Dive: Pinot Noir - Sunday, Sept. 14, 5:00 pm
Delicate, ephemeral, and difficult and expensive to grow, Pinot Noir is the diva of the grape world. Maybe that’s why we love it so much? In this Deep-Dive One Sip At A Time class you’ll get to explore this complex, aromatic grape. You’ll taste everything from earthy red Burgundy to plush California Pinot, and maybe even find that elusive, delicious, great Pinot Noir for less than $20.

Hey, Wait A Minute: That’s Sweet!
Second Thursday of October (Oct. 9, 2014) – 7:15

We know, we know. “I don’t like sweet wines” is something we hear every day. But, have you ever tried a sweet-and-tangy Loire Chenin Blanc with a little mousse paté? Or, a golden Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend with bleu cheese? Or, perhaps most wonderful of all, a nutty, caramel-infused barrel-aged sweetie with toasted nuts? Come give these beauties a try, and you may just find yourself sweetly convinced!

Six (Other) Whites You Should Know
Second Thursday of November (Nov. 13, 2014) – 7:15

No Chardonnay. Not a taste of Sauvignon Blanc. Nope, we’re going to delve into some of the world’s most interesting whites, many of which come from grapes you’ve never heard of! Sure, we’ll play with Pinot Gris and rock out with Riesling, but we’ll also get to know some unique grapes you’ve seen on wine lists before, but not been sure what to expect. Now you'll not only know how they taste, you'll also know how to pronounce them!

OSAAT Deep Dive:  Riesling – Sunday, Nov. 9, 5:00 pm
One of the world’s most misunderstood grapes, Riesling is beloved by sommeliers, but causes an involuntary nose-wrinkling in most consumers. Wind down the weekend with a look at this surprisingly versatile grape. From bone-dry Australian Rieslings with racy acidity to unctuous German examples that are about as far away from Blue Nun as you could imagine, you’ll taste all that Riesling has to offer.

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer?
Second Thursday of December (Dec. 11, 2014) – 7:15

The Grand Finale: A blind tasting! Sample four pairs of wines “blind.” One will be a $12-$15 value; the other a $25-$40 star. Can you tell them apart? And which do you prefer? In this festive session, you’ll learn why wines cost what they do and tricks for getting the most wine for your hard-earned dollar. And you’ll find out how much a price tag may influence your preferences – One Sip at a Time.

Note: Registration for this December class opens to the general public on Dec. 1. Registration before Dec. 1 restricted to One Sip at a Time Passport holders and attendees of at least four other 2014 One Sip at a Time sessions.


Reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or just stopping by the store.