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.

 

Great Values Friday, Austrian Wine Festival Saturday - Free Weekend Tastings

Featured Wines & New Values – Friday, February 24 from 3-7pm

Join us Friday from 3-7pm as we get warmed up for Saturday’s big Austrian Wine Festival and showcase a few fun new values in-store, too.  Come by to try:

Paul D Müller Thurgau RoMaNa 2015 – Having established himself as the king of great value Grüner, Paul Direder is branching out with this fruit filled but bone dry take on an often overlooked grape. Kind of like Sauvignon Blanc with apricot replacing the grapefruit, but clearly uniquely delicious.

Steininger Grüner Veltliner Kamptal DAC 2015 – Even in the warm 2015 harvest, this is as crisp, clean and refreshing as ever with an extra dose of great Grüner Veltliner fruit to go with the white pepper and mineral notes.

Ch du Retout Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2014 – We’re as much at fault here as anyone, but let’s not overlook the charms of Bordeaux’s 2014 vintage while waiting for the 2015s.  For under $20, this Wine Spectator 90-93 pointer has fine richness and length with true elegance to boot.

Dom Rose Dieu Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2014 - Damien Rozier’s Cotes du Rhone Villages 2014 is a treat.  It’s a robust blend of hand-harvested Grenache plus Mourvedre and Syrah with a bit of time in neutral wood casks.  But mainly it’s a ton of fun in your glass.

Jonata The Paring Syrah 2013 – If you’ve enjoyed this high-end winery’s Bordeaux Blend – The Paring Red – just wait until you taste their easy-drinking take on the grape that made them famous:  Syrah.  Lush, plush, smoky, meaty, and too much fun to drink.

As always, we’ll have some wine-friendly treats from the cheese case out to sample and great tasting prices on every bottle open.  Join us!

Austrian Wine Festival with Importer Klaus Wittauer – Saturday, February 25 from noon-4pm
Here at Chain Bridge Cellars we love Austrian wine – and looking at how much moves through the store each year, it’s pretty clear many of you do, too.  Whether you’re an old hand at Grüner Veltliner and Blaufränkisch or have no idea at all what either of those are (the first is white, the second red), this Saturday is the perfect opportunity to get to know the incredible range and value Austrian wines offer.

Our favorite Austrian importer, Klaus Wittauer, and I will be pouring 10 great wines for you from noon-4 on Saturday from some of the country’s best estates and most famous wine regions.  And they’ll all be on sale at fantastic prices including can’t be beat mixed/solid case savings!

I’ll be sharing five sizzling whites from one of my favorite estates, Steininger in Austria’s Kamptal region plus a great example of what just may be Austria’s best red grape:  Blaufränkisch.  Klaus will have five wines on his table, too, ranging from a dry and savory Müller Thurgau and shockingly good Chardonnay to reds from Zweigelt, Pinot Noir and more.

You’ll get to taste some fantastic wines, marvel at the simply silly good prices, and learn a bit about what just may be the most exciting quality wine region in the world.  Alas, we won’t be able to offer you crispy schnitzel or savory sausages with the wines, but we will have some treats from the cheese case out to enjoy along with the wines.  And, we’ll certainly take your feedback into our tasting in Austria in 2 weeks as we select the best new wines to bring you this Spring, Summer and beyond.

You can check out the full line-up below – something for every palate!  And if you can’t make the tasting Saturday, you can shop the full Festival line-up online right now and enjoy the terrific mixed case savings.  We’ll pour:

White Wines & Fizz

Steininger Riesling Sekt 2014 - We love the Steininger's still wines, but their first love is fine fizz.  This is one of their most exciting sparkling wines, creamy and loaded with peach and lime fruit lifted by a fine dose of bubbles.

Steininger Riesling Kamptal Reserve Steinhaus 2014 - High altitude Riesling from a cool vintage equals sizzling excitement here!  Brisk and fresh with a clean, intense, dry finish.

Steininger Grüner Veltliner Kamptal DAC 2015 - One of our most popular Grüner Veltliner's every year, the 2015 gains a touch of extra weight from the great vintage but loses nothing in freshness and vibrancy.

Steininger Grüner Veltliner Reserve Kittmansburg 2015 - From an especially sunny, south-facing, site with deep loess soils, this is exceptionally powerful and rich with a finish that just won't quit.

Strauss Chardonnay Gamlitzberg 2015 – Here in a warmer corner of Austria, Chardonnay really thrives and the Straus family knows how to bring out its best.  As Wine Enthusiast says in their 91 point review, “A very friendly, clean-cut light-footed but full-fruited Chardonnay showing some lovely midpalate texture and lots of freshness.”

Paul D Müller Thurgau RoMaNa 2015 – Having established himself as the king of great value Grüner, Paul Direder is branching out with this fruit filled but bone dry take on an often overlooked grape. Kind of like Sauvignon Blanc with apricot replacing the grapefruit, but clearly uniquely delicious.


Red Wines

Anton Bauer Pinot Noir Wagram 2014 – One of the greatest values in Pinot Noir from anywhere in the world.  For under $16 you’ll get a dark, earthy, elegant Pinot that pulled down a 93 point rating from Wine Enthusiast (and may actually be better than that).

Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge Burgenland 2013 – The very last shipment of the Austrian red that will make fans of Washington and California pretty darn happy!  As Wine Enthusiast said in their 91 point review, this oak-aged blend of Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch,  "What unpretentious, honest joy."

Hillinger Zweigelt 2015 – Austria’s very own “Zinfandel analog” really shines in this warm vintage bottling from certified organic grapes.  Plump, juicy, full of red and black fruit, and ready to gulp with a burger or all by itself.

Anton Bauer Blaufränkisch Wagram 2012 – It’s a mouthful of a name, but Austria’s best red grape delivers a real mouthful of flavor – at least in Anton Bauer’s capable hands.  Exotic cherry, lavender, chocolate, and spice aromas and flavors shine in this rich, mouthfilling, steak-worthy, red.

Again, all of these terrific wines are on sale now and you can enjoy the great mixed/solid case discounts before the tasting when you shop online or visit the store.  But for your very best savings, join us on Saturday wearing Austria’s traditional lederhosen (or at least something close to it).  We’ll knock an extra 5% off everything in your basket during the tasting.  Join us!

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 seven great wines including a simply stunning Pinot Blanc!  See the full list of wines on tasting at this link where you can also reserve your seats online.  Or just stop by or call us at the store - 703.356.6500.


Spotlight on Patricia Green Cellars with Co-Winemaker Jim Anderson
Tuesday, May 9 @ 7pm
Course Fee $40


Patricia Green Cellars has been among our favorite Willamette Valley wine estates for a few years now, both for the quality of the wines and the character of the people – co-winegrowers Patty Green and Jim Anderson.  After a great visit with Patty last year exploring their 2014s, you won’t want to miss the chance to meet Jim and get to know a sizzling set of 2015 releases!

Tasting through the 2015s (and some pretty impressive barrel samples of 2016s) earlier this year, I was once again impressed by the mix of no compromise purity and “wow that’s really delicious” fun Patty and Jim bring to Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  Jim will help you understand how he and Patty make this magic happen and taste the unique character of each vineyard site they work with.  We’ll share 8 wines including the estate’s top bottling:  Notorious.  See all the details and full wine list here and reserve your seats online or by calling us at 703.356.6500 today!


Spotlight On The Majestic Rhone Wines of E. Guigal from Cotes du Rhone to Cote Rotie
Thursday, June 1  @ 7pm
Course Fee $50


“Legendary.”  “Masterful.” “Extraordinary.”  These are the kinds of words you hear again and again from experts and critics about the winemaking and wines of E. Guigal.  Founded by Etienne Guigal and managed today by son and grandson Marcel and Philippe Guigal, this is the estate that led the re-birth of the Northern Rhone after WWII and continues to make great wines from Cote Rotie down to Chateauneuf-du-Pape today.

Come experience some of France’s greatest wines as Christophe Courteaud from Guigal’s US importer, Vintas, leads us through the history, vineyards, and wines of this great estate.  We’ll sample 7 whites and reds from both the Southern and Northern Rhone.  The tasting will include wines from legendary vineyards like Cote Rotie and Hermitage as well as exciting bottlings from St. Joseph, Chateauneuf du Pape and more.  See all the details and reserve your seats online here or by calling us at 703.356.6500 today.

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

Secrets of Blind Tasting and Dive Into Grenache in March - One Sip At A Time

What could just be the best wine class series in the DC area gets even better in 2017, with 19 classes including 11 Thursday night and 8 Sunday sessions. 

The most popular sessions, like Wine & Chocolate, Hurray for Rosé!, and the Cheap vs. Expensive blind tasting class, return this year.  And we’ve added six new classes, including:

  • Luxurious Red Blends, Sunday, Feb. 5
  • Do You Know the Score? (The Critics tasting), Thursday, June 8
  • The Best Whites You’ve Never Heard Of, Thursday, Oct. 12
  • Reds to Watch, Thursday, Nov. 9

At just $25/ea normally for six to eight wines, snacks, and plenty of great conversation, OSAAT session are already great buys.  But, purchase a OSAAT Passport right now for yourself or wine loving friends and you’ll get tickets to six sessions for just $100 – a $50 savings.  Even better, now your Passport is good for any OSAAT session in 2016 or 2017, so taking advantage of your savings is easier (and tastier) than ever.

Check out the full 2016 One Sip At A Time course schedule at below and then just click here (or call or stop by the store) to purchase your passes today.  You’ll receive a card to put under the tree or in a loved one’s stocking along with schedule information and more.  A great gift at great savings!

All classes take place in our wine classroom in McLean, convenient to Tyson's Corner, Falls Church, and the entire Northern Virginia/DC area. Call, email or click to reserve your seats today!

Also, check out our separate schedule of  "Spotlight" Wine Classes, featuring winemakers, importers, and wine regions.)

 

One Sip at a Time 2017 Schedule

Click on any course title for more detailed description of the tasting and to reserve your seats

February - April Classes


Guess That Grape! Blind Tasting and Sensory Perception, Thursday, March 9, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into Grenache, Sunday, March 19, 5 pm

Good Wines Gone Bad – Wine Faults and Flaws, Thursday, April 6, 7:15 pm

 

May - July Classes (no classes in August)

Full and Fleshy Reds and Whites, Thursday, May 11, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into  Pinot Noir, Sunday, May 21, 5 pm

Do You Know the Score?  The Critics, Thursday, June 8, 7:15pm

Deep Dive Into Sauvignon Blanc, Sunday, June 25, 5pm

Hooray for Rosé!, Thursday, July 13, 7:15 pm

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer? (Session 1), Sunday, July 23, 5pm

 

September - December Classes

Foolin' Around With Flavor: A Food/Wine Experience, Thursday, September 14, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into Chardonnay, Sunday, September 24, 5 pm

The Best Whites You’ve Never Heard Of, Thursday, October 12, 7:15

Deep Dive Into Cabernet Sauvignon, Sunday, October 22, 5 pm

Reds to Watch, Thursday, November 9, 7:15

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer? (Session 2), Thursday, December 7, 7:15 pm

 

Reserve your seats for any of these fun and tasty wine classes online or just call us at 703.356.6500, email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or just stop by the store.