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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what's coming up or make your reservations.
- What’s Open NOW plus Fizz on Friday, Great Wines from Across Europe on Saturday! Free Tastings
We’ll have some fun bottles open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday anytime you come in. Today (Wednesday) we’re featuring:
Steininger Grüner Veltliner Grand Grü 2013
Steininger Grüner Veltliner Grand Grü 2010 magnum
Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2013
A great pre-Thanksgiving treat!
Free Friday Tasting - 5 Wines Open 12-6pm!
We'll have five great wines to try open all day on Friday, so come on by any time between 12pm and 6pm to sample:
Villa Jolanda Holiday Fizz
El Ganador Malbec Mendoza 2014
Bodegas Vinsacro Rioja Vinsacro 2011
Chappellet Mountain Cuvee (Cabernet Blend) Napa 2013
Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013
A great break from Black Friday madness!
Small Business Saturday Celebration with Amanda Page - noon-4pm
On Saturday, November 28, we’ll celebrate American Express’s Small Business Saturday by having great friend of the shop Amanda Page pour selections from 2013 Wine Enthusiast Importer of the Year (and Winchester-based) Kysela Pere et Fils. Join us as Amanda pours:
Carod Clairette De Die Tradition NV – A very old-school sparkler, made by bottling the young wine while it's still fermenting. It's a blend of 75% Muscat and 25% Clairette that fizzes with fine, pinpoint, bubbles and shows off aromas and flavors of peach, orange, white grapefruit, and fresh flowers.
Palacio de Bornos Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – Although Verdejo gets most of the attention in Spain’s Rueda, Sauvignon Blanc sings here, too. This juicy value pumps out loads of citrus and green grape fruit with an enlivening dash of herbal Meyer lemon. Delicious and fun to drink!
Bodegas Vinsacro Rioja 2011 – The 92 point rating is certainly warranted for this classic-style Rioja made from 70yr old 55% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano and 5% Monastrell, all aged 16 months in American oak. The price is a bit ridiculously low.
Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2013 – Our favorite almost-Chateauneuf is back and very delicious in the juicy, fresh, 2013 edition.
El Ganador Malbec Mendoza 2014 – Ok, the price here is beyond ridiculously low. Remember how much fun it is to drink juicy, fruit-filled, lightly wooded, Malbec by itself or with casual meals? This is that wine you remember, and at WELL under $10, it’s a steal this weekend.
All the wines will be on sale at special tasting prices, and you’ll save even more with our special Small Business Saturday storewide savings program. Join us!
- The Annual Champagne Classes: December 3 and 27 and NOT Sold Out...Yet
We’re calling these "Spotlight Sessions," because they each shine a focused light on one aspect of wine and the wine world. Please also see our fall 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.
The Annual Champagne Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 pm, $50, or
Sunday, Dec. 27, 5 pm, $50
Our most popular class of the year (so much so that we had to do it 3 times last year!). We call it a "class", but bottles of bubble tend to turn things into a party before we're done!
This year's line-up features a wonderful blend of old and new - old favorites and old-fashioned styles contrasted with new-comers and the best new releases. Here's the line-up:
Alain Vincey Champagne Brut NV - We know next to nothing about this young winemaker whose pure, crisp, clean Brut Champagne has just debuted in the US market. But we know it's great value, with classic notes of pear and toast and a spicy finish.
Michel Turgy Blanc de Blancs Reserve Grand Cru Brut NV - Not far from Salon in the Cote des Blancs village of Les Mesnil-sur-Oger, Michel Turgy has been crafting beautiful all Chardonnay Champagne since the 1880s. Toasty, nutty, and rich on the nose and palate with a sizzling brisk and nervy finish. Vinous 91 points
Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve NV - Located in the small Champagne village of Bouzy, Jean Vesselle is in the heart of Pinot Noir country, and this wine features 80% Pinot Noir with just 20% Chardonnay. Pretty, sophisticated, and precise, their entry-level Brut finishes pure and very, very, long. Excellent value.
Jean Vesselle Brut Oeil de Perdrix NV - A very old style of Champagne - not white, not rose, but a pale, brassy, color similar to the color of a partridge's eye. Always 100% Pinot Noir and 100% delicious, this release is full of creamy red fruit and gentle toasty/yeast notes. Vinous 92 points
Jerome Coessens Largillier Rose de Saignee NV - Rose Champagne that gets pretty close to red Burgundy intensity and class, this is a brilliant Pinot Noir from a great young winemaker and an outstanding old vineyard. Very rare, very serious, very delicious. Wine Advocate 91 points
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV - James Bond's favorite Champagne (at least in the movies) and a long-time house wine at Windsor Castle is also very, very, good this release. A touch of wood aging and base wines up to 15 years old make this a mature style showing brioche, hazelnut, toffee, and butter scents and delivering a powerful, rich, palate with an firm finish. Wine Spectator 93 points
Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame 2006 - The "widow Clicquot's" most outstanding wine from a fine harvest of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meniuer in 8 different Grand Cru Vineyards. With 8 years on the lees, this is rich and smoky and very long. Wine Spectator 94 points
If you love bubbles, then you really do not want to miss this annual celebration of fizz. These classes always sell out, so reserve your seats today!
Call 703.356.6500 or email email@example.com. Watch our web site and your email box for updates soon!
- One Sip at a Time Year-End: Cheap vs. Expensive!
One Sip at a Time classes focus on how to taste, evaluate, and talk about wine, while helping you identify the wines and flavors you enjoy most. Join us for the full series or come by for a class or two.
Core classes take place the second Thursday of each month at 7:15 pm. Sunday classes take "Deep Dives" into some of the world's greatest grapes.. (See also our schedule of "Spotlight" Wine Classes, featuring winemakers, importers, and wine regions.)
Reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just stopping by the store.
Last Class of 2015
Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer?
Second Thursday of December (Dec. 10, 2014), 7:15 pm, $25
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 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 2015 One Sip at a Time sessions.
One Sip at a Time 2016 Schedule - New Classes and Old Favorites
Old World vs. New World Reds
Thursday, Jan. 14, 7:15
Sip a Cabernet/Merlot blend from Washington and one from Bordeaux. Try an oaked Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley and one from Burgundy. Same grapes, different wines. What’s going on? And when a winery describes itself as having 'Old-World style,' what the heck does that even mean? Learn the answer as you sip pairs of wines from Europe and the USA. We’ll cover weather, clones and soils, along with the differences between Old World and New World winemaking.
Guess That Grape! Blind Tasting & Sensory Perception
Sunday, Jan. 24, 5 pm
Ever watch sommeliers swirl and sniff and magically know what's in their glass, down to the vintage and vineyard? Well, we won't get quite that far, but in this interactive class, you'll learn how to smell, taste and describe classic varieties while you discover how to taste wine 'blind.'
Wine and Chocolate
Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:15 pm
They're both classic ingredients for a romantic date, but like a lot of celebrity couples, just because something looks like it'll work, doesn't mean it actually will. You'll explore classic wine and chocolate pairings – and a few that may surprise you! – in this indulgent class just in time for Valentine's Day.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 5 pm
In this Sunday Deep Dive class, you'll learn all about delicious, versatile Grenache. You'll taste a variety of styles of this often-blended grape, both by itself and with its classic blending partners. A great pairing in a variety of cuisines, learn why Grenache belongs in your glass.
Old Word vs. New World Whites
Thursday, March 10, 7:15 pm
Discover the similarities and differences between white wines grown in classic European wine regions and their New World counterparts. As you sip, find the common thread in Chardonnay from Burgundy versus California and discover the stunning difference between classic Sancerre and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Compare Mosel and Clare Valley Riesling ... a delicious contrast.
Good Wines Gone Bad
Thursday, April 14, 7:15 pm
Ever wonder what you're supposed to look for when a waiter pours you a taste at a restaurant? Ever thought a wine you bought tasted off but you weren't sure how? In this interactive class, taste good and flawed versions of the same wine to find out how a good wine can go terribly bad.
Full and Fleshy Reds and Whites
Thursday, May 12, 7:15 pm
Think white wines are always wussy and light? Looking for a red that will wow you with steak? In this class you'll explore the world of full-bodied red and white wines from different regions and learn what makes a wine full bodied.
Sunday, May 22, 5 pm
In this Deep Dive Sunday class, you'll learn all about one of the world's most elegant and enigmatic grapes. From classic red Burgundy to that elusive great Pinot Noir for under $20, you'll learn all about what makes this classic grape so great, and what style of Pinot you prefer.
Fragrant and Fruit-Filled
Thursday, June 9, 7:15 pm
Kick off summer with an array of fun, light, aromatic wines that will be the life of all your summer barbecues and evenings on the back deck! Learn what creates those gorgeous aromas, and figure out what aromatic grape you like best.
Hooray for Rosé!
Thursday, July 14, 7:15 pm
This is not your great aunt Sally's White Zinfandel. In this summer-party of a class, you'll taste a wide variety of rosés from around the world, and see why all of us at the store spend pretty much all summer long seeing the world through rosé-colored glasses!
Sunday, July 24, 5 pm
A citrusy classic for summer! In this refreshing class, you'll taste the many sides of this pungent grape, from classic Sancerre to grapefruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. You'll learn all about the fascinating history of this classic grape, and figure out just how grapefruity you like your SB.
Cheap vs. Expensive:
Which Do You Really Prefer?
Thursday, Aug. 11, 7:15 pm
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 fun 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.
Sunday, Aug. 21, 5 pm
Love red wine, no matter the weather? In this interactive, "Sunday Funday" class, you'll learn how temperature affects your perception of wine as we try different summer-friendly reds at room temperature and chilled, and experience how they change. Sunglasses optional.
Foolin' Around With Flavor:
A Food/Wine Experience
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:15 pm
Sure, you know all the tried-and-true food and wine rules: white wine with fish, Port with stilton, and the endless debate over what wine goes best with cheese. In this guided food and wine experience, you'll discover for yourself which rules are worth following, and which ones should be tossed.
Sunday, Sept. 18, 5 pm
Sure, it's everywhere, but do you really know Chardonnay? Explore the many faces of this chameleon of a grape, from classic white Burgundy to our favorite New World values. Do you like your Chard buttery or steely? Find out!
Six (Other) Whites You Should Know
Thursday, Oct. 13, 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 Verdejo, sip on Chenin, and … well, you get the drift. A chance to explore some of the world’s most versatile, delicious, and great value whites.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 5 pm
Sure, we all know what 'Cab' is suppose to taste like, but where are the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon? And where does it come from, anyway? Learn all about this steak-night classic in this Sunday Deep Dive class - sorry, dry-aged beef isn't included.
Six (Other) Reds You Should Know
Thursday, Nov. 10, 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 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.
Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do
You Really Prefer? (Session 2)
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:15 pm
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.
Reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at email@example.com, or just stopping by the store.