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.


Summer Value Favorite Tasting – Friday, July 31 from 3-7pm

Plenty of hot weather and cool chillin’ out to go this summer, so now’s a great time to stock up on super value, chill-out, wines to carry you through the season.  Join us this Friday from 3-7pm as we pour:
Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2014 – One of the finest Chardonnay values in the store is better still on a hot afternoon with a little cheese or cold seafood.  Fresh, crisp, and much more complex than you’d expect for the $10 price tag, it’s like a Tuesday night Chablis.

Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – A sizzling Sauvignon value from two Cloudy Bay alums, this is – as Wine Enthusiast (92 points) says, “Everything you’d ever want in a Sauvignon Blanc—and then some.”

Tenuta I Gelsi Ofanto Gelso Rosso 2011 – Southern Italy’s Aglianico grape is often called “the Barolo of the South” for its intense structure and long life.  But, treated carefully, it can make a wonderfully fresh and fruity summer sipper, too – like this one!

Fairhills by Mendoza Vineyards 1907 Malbec 2011 – Our Carryout Case Special Malbec deal is perfect for enjoying on the back deck with grilled burgers and brats now and will dress up any cocktail or dinner party you’re planning for cooler days to come.

Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2014 – Big cookout and picnic foods sometimes need something a bit more hearty as a playmate, but without a hearty price tag.  Philippe Plantevin’s Grenache/Shrah 2014 Cotes du Rhone is rich enough for anything on the grill and smooth and supple enough for simple sipping, too.

With some fun treats from the cheese case out to sample and plenty of fresh baked Lyon Bakery bread to take home and enjoy, our free Friday night tasting makes a great way to kick-off a late summer weekend.  Join us!


Maurizio Farro Introduces Montefalco Gems from Perticaia – Saturday, August 1 from noon-4pm

Meeting veteran Tuscan and Umbrian winemaker Guido Guardigli and getting to know his Perticaia wines was one of the highlights of our early summer.  And, while Guido is back home working the farm right now, here’s a great chance for you to get to know his wines with importer Maurizio Farro.  You’ll feel like you’re enjoying the brilliant sunshine, ancient history, and stunning scenery of Umbria as you sample:

Perticaia Grechetto IGT 2014 - This spritely Umbrian white blends 90% Grechetto with 10% Trebbiano Spoletino to deliver a zippy, lemony-fresh, mouthful of citrus, stone fruit, and herby fennel flavors.  Juicy, fresh, delicious!

Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2013 - A very nearly perfect pizza red that you'll love just as much with burgers, chicken, or even olive oil-slicked grilled fish.  Mostly Sangiovese with dashes of Colorino and Merlot for complexity, this is all about fresh black cherry juice, crushed raspberries, and subtle spice.

Perticaia Montefalco Rosso 2012 - Still mostly Sangiovese (70%) with 15% Colorino, but here we get an introduction (15%) to Umbria's most important red grape:  Sagrantino.  A dark, powerful, Italian red that's built for richer foods, this stays wonderfully light on its feet and will just get better over the next few years.

Perticaia Sagrantino Montefalco DOCG 2011 - The estate's top wine and a majestic introduction to one of Italy's most distinctive red grapes.  It takes 3 years to make this - 12 months in barrel, 12 months in tank, and then 12 more months in bottle before release - and it will just get more powerful, rich, and impressive for years and years to come.

Cascina Corte Dogliani Classico 2013 - And, for a brief break from Umbria, we'll travel north to Piemonte to sample this wonderfully juicy and fresh Dolcetto. Organically grown from vines planted in the 1940s and 1950s, this would be a fantastic match for summertime tomatoes!

Maurizio will have stories, photos, and plenty of his unique enthusiasm and charm to share along with the wines.  Come try them and enjoy a quick (and free!) Italian vacation on a hot summer day.

Wine Class: A One Sip at a Time - Fall Classes Coming!

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. Course fee for each class is $25.

Sign up for any of the core classes, which take place the second Thursday of each month at 7:15 pm (except August) and last about 90 minutes. In addition, you can sign up for "Deep Dives" into some of the world's greatest grapes on six Sundays throughout the  year. 

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

No Classes for August ... Happy Summer!

Six (Other) Whites You Should Know 
Second Thursday of September (Sept. 10, 2015), 7:15 pm

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.

Pinot Noir - A One Sip at a Time Deep Dive
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, 5:00 pm

Delicate and ephemeral, 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. 8, 2015), 7:15 pm

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 pate? 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!

Riesling - A One Sip at a Time Deep Dive
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, 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.

Six (Other) Reds You Should Know
Second Thursday of November (Nov. 12, 2015), 7:15 pm

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 away your discovery.

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer?
Second Thursday of December (Dec. 10, 2014), 7:15 pm

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.