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.

 

The Magical 2015 Vintage in Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Argentina, California and Saint Joseph – Free Friday and Saturday Tastings

So here’s the argument we want to make:  Vintage 2015 is one of the greatest harvest ever for the global world of wine.  That doesn’t mean every 2015 is a great wine or even that every region had it easy.  But again and again we find ourselves tasting wines from 2015’s harvest with delight and satisfaction.

Come by the store from 3-7pm on Friday or noon-4pm on Saturday and we’ll have some wines out to help make our case.  You’ll have the chance to taste:

Ch d'Anice Graves Blanc 2015 - Sure, 2015 was brilliant for red Bordeaux, but don't overlook the whites!  Especially ones like this 50/50 Sauvignon and Semillon blend with a just-right touch of oak.  Plenty of brisk, citrusy, fruit with fine richness and smoky complexity.  Yummy.

Bishop's Peak Chardonnay 2015 - Something to delight any Chardonnay - heck any white wine - fan here.  Half done in neutral barrel for creaminess, half in tank for freshness and fruit, and all from Talley's highly-regarded Oliver's Vineyard in the Edna Valley.  The Vinous 90 point rating doesn’t' even scratch the surface of how good this is, especially at the $12.98/ea case price.

Dom Chignard Fleurie Les Moriers 2015
- The quality, joyfulness, and yumminess of Gamay in Beaujolais's 2015 harvest is pretty ridiculous. And this old-vine (70 years!) Fleurie from along the border with Moulin-a-Vent is a stunning example.  Whether you prefer the Wine Advocate 92 point or Vinous 93 point rating, we know you'll love this rich, perfumed, and very pure Beaujolais.

Bodega NQN P15 Patagonia Malbec 2015 - Maybe you think you're "over" Malbec or have just never quite gotten the bug.  But Malbec from Argentina's cool southerly Patagonia region is a different animal from Mendoza's richly oaked powerhouses.  This one has oodles of fresh red berry fruit with a hint of dark chocolate, a sublime mouthfeel and a long, juicy, finish that just won't quite.  And the sub-$15 price is simply silly good - much like the wine.

Vincent Paris Saint Joseph Les Cotes 2015 - The critics don't hand out 92 point ratings (as Wine Advocate did here) for "mere" Saint Joseph often - usually those scores are reserved for Cornas, Cote Rotie and Hermitage.  But Vincent Paris is up to something special with this 100% Syrah that's loaded with dark berry, smoked meat, and subtle spice aromas and flavors.

We’re pretty confident you’ll find a lot to like here.  All wines on tasting and not already on sale will be 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the mixed case of tasting wines both days.  With all that’s going on in town this week, we think you’ll enjoy the break and know you’ll love the wines.

Spotlight Classes on Chateauneuf and Bordeaux (Left Bank and Right)!

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 right here to reserve online.

 

 

Wandering Willamette Valley with Beth & Rob Crittenden, Roanoke Valley Wine Co.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7pm and January 26, 7pm
Course Fee $35

BOTH DATES NOW SOLD OUT.  CALL 703.356.6500 TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST

No exaggeration here:  No one has done as much – heck, half as much! – to bring Oregon’s best wines to our area than Rob and Beth Crittenden.  And if there’s anyone who knows the region, the soils, the wines and the people of the Willamette Valley better than Rob and Beth, I’ve certainly not met them!

We'll taste 9 fantastic Willamette Valley wines including Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, a "mini-vertical" of Freedom Hill Dijon Clone, and three winemakers' take on one of America's great Pinot vineyards:  Shea.  See all the details at this link and then reserve your seats online or by just giving us a call at 703.356.6500


Chateauneuf du Pape: Tasting At The Pope’s New Castle
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7pm
Course Fee $40


It’s hard to believe that just 25 years ago, few wine lovers considered Chateauneuf du Pape a “serious” wine region.  Since then interest in Chateauneuf has exploded as has the quality of the wines.  Today there’s never been more great CdP out there and there’s never been a greater diversity of styles to enjoy.

While we taste the wines we’ll learn how this region rose from obscurity in the 1300s, dropped out of sight later, and then re-emerged (with a little help from Robert Parker) in the 1990s and beyond.  We’ll have some CdP-friendly snacks to enjoy with the wines and plenty of time for discussion and questions.  You’re guaranteed to try something new and enjoy some very exciting wines.

You can see all the details of the class (including the tasting list when announced) and reserve your seats online by clicking on this link. Or just call us at 703.356.6500.


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!

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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!

One Sip at a Time: The 2017 Schedule Including New Classes

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

January - March Classes

Old World vs. New World Reds, Thursday, January 12, 7:15

Luxurious Red Blends, Sunday, February 5, 5 pm

Wine and Chocolate, Thursday, February 9, 7:15 pm

Old World vs. New World Whites, Sunday, February 19, 5 pm

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.