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.

 

An Eclectic Tasting Table Line-Up for Friday (3-7) and Saturday (noon-4pm)

A little something for everyone on the tasting table this Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday from noon-4.  Both of our featured wines of the week take center stage, both great values and both at the lowest prices we can find anywhere.  An exotic Russian River white provides a touch of springtime fruit and flowers (and who doesn’t need a little springtime right now!), while a favorite Napa Cab value and a rich, warming, Chianti Classico round out the line-up.  Come by either day to try:

Sarrazin Cremant de Bourgogne NV – What a find!  Here’s a full flavored, fleshy, Burgundy fizz made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay that delivers plenty of Champagne-like toast, grilled nut, and fresh dough character with ripe fruit and a finish that just won’t quit.  A steal from $17.98.

Zeitgeist Trousseau Gris Russian River Valley 2013 – With plenty of blustery weather behind us and more yet to come, we need a little taste of Spring this weekend.  And that’s just what this exotic white that bursts with peach, apricot, and fresh flowers delivers.

Montebuena Rioja Cuvee KPF 2012
– Yes, the label is kind of blah, but the printing error created big savings on this elegant, juicy, and very tasty 90 point Rioja.  Going fast, and a stunning deal from $6.98/ea case price while it lasts!

Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012 – From a collaboration between Napa superstar Aaron Pott and value specialist Joseph Carr, this refined Napa Cabernet was outstanding on release and just gets better and better.  Real, delicious, Napa Cabernet from $16.98.

Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012 – For anyone who missed it last week, this is a rock-solid Chianti with enough cut to handle pasta and enough richness and power to sing with steak.  Not surprising it earned three different 90 point ratings this year!

We’ll have a treat or two from the cheese case out to enjoy with the wines and plenty of fresh-baked Lyon Bakery bread to take home, too.  Join us!

 

"One Sip at a Time" Wine Classes - The 2015 Schedule

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. For more wine class options, check out our winemaker/importer classes.

 

Tasting and Talking about Reds
Second Thursday of February (Feb. 12, 2015), 7:15 pm

A natural continuation of our white wine class, but no previous class or experience necessary! We’ll do a quick recap on tasting skills then dive right in to helping you understand what’s happening in your mouth when you take a taste of Cabernet, Merlot and more.When we’re done, you’ll understand how acidity, fruit, alcohol and tannin work together to create balance and grace and the differences between light, medium, and full-bodied reds. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and other great red grapes take center stage in this fast- paced, delicious time of tasting, sharing and learning about wine.

Wine Doesn’t Get Wrinkles: What Happens When it Ages??
Second Thursday of March (March 12, 2015), 7:15 pm

What happens when a wine ages – does it get better? Does it get different? Can I decant a young wine to make it taste mature? We have lots of information and opinions to share during this fun, free-wheeling session.
Taste what happens when a wine is decanted, and compare a current release red and white with one that has five or more years in cellar. Is older better? Is young and fresh the way to go? You’ll definitely have your own opinions to share the next time someone says a bottle “isn’t ready”!

Cabernet Sauvignon - A One Sip at a Time Deep Dive
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 5:00 pm

An essential grape in most ‘steak house’ wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, with its complex aromas and dark berry flavors, is one of the most popular red grapes in the world. The most famous examples of Cabernet come from Bordeaux and California’s Napa Valley, and while you’ll certainly taste those, you’ll also taste some Cabernet from areas that you might not think of right away when you think of Cabernet. Join us for a fun, casual exploration of this bold, structured varietal.

Good Wines Gone Bad
Second Thursday of April (April 9, 2015), 7:15 pm

The wine you’ve just opened is not as exciting as you expected. Is it flawed? Or you’re at a fine restaurant and the waiter presents the wine. You get a pour and something doesn’t smell right ... now what? Learn how to answer these questions in this class. Sample wines in perfect condition, and then taste some of the most common ways things go wrong. You’ll learn what a “corked” wine is and how to spot oxidation, heat damage and more. And we’ll give you some great strategies for dealing with the wine waiter anytime you have questions or concerns about a bottle.

Chardonnay - A One Sip at a Time Deep Dive
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 5:00 pm

Often referred to as the winemaker’s grape, Chardonnay is a chameleon. From steely, citrusy Chablis to full-throttle, lavishly oaked California examples, Chardonnay can taste radically different depending on where it was grown and how it was made. You might even taste one from a place you’d never expect to find Chardonnay, just to keep things interesting! In this casual, Sunday-evening class, you’ll explore the many faces of Chardonnay.

Old World vs New World Reds
Second Thursday of May (May 14, 2015), 7:15 pm

Taste a Cab/Merlot blend from Bordeaux and one from outside Europe. Try an oaked Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley and one from Burgundy. Same grapes, different wines. What’s going on? Learn the answer as you sip pairs of wines from Europe and the USA. We’ll cover weather, winemaking, and soils, along with the differences between Old World and New World winemaking.

Old World vs New World Whites
Second Thursday of June (June 11, 2015), 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 vs. California, and discover the stunning difference between classic Sancerre and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Then compare Mosel vs. Clare Valley Riesling ... a fun and delicious contrast!

Hooray for Rose!
Second Thursday of July (July 9, 2015) – 7:15 pm

See the world through rose colored glasses!  We'll kick off the dog days of summer by learning all about everyone's favorite warm-weather sipper.  During this fun and casual class, you'll try iconic, pale salmon styles from Provence, to pink fizz, to more unusual styles from around the world.  You'll try an array of rose with complementary snacks, and learn all about how those gorgeous shades of pink get that way!

Sauvignon Blanc – A One Sip at a Time Deep Dive
Sunday, July 19, 2015, 5:00 pm

our every-other-month Sunday series gives you a “Deep Dive” into a single important grape variety – and this month we’re focused on a great summer white, Sauvignon Blanc. 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.

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.

Winter Wine Classes - Brilliant Bubbles from Billecart-Salmon

We're working on an exciting line up of classes for 2015!  Is there a theme, topic, or experience you'd especially enjoy?  Just let us know.  We're looking for great new class ideas to share throughout the year.  Watch this space for new listings, including features on Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Rhone and winemaker visits.

Also, don’t miss any of our One Sip at a Time Classes. To register for any Chain Bridge Cellars class, call us at 703.356.6500, email us, or stop by the store. 


Brilliant Bubbles from Billecart-Salmon
Sunday, Feb. 8, 6pm
Course Fee $40


Want to do something fun and a little romantic the week before Valentine’s Day?  Or just enjoy and learn more about one of Champagne’s most interesting and important estates?  Then sign up now for our special Sunday class with Clement Calleja, the winery’s US Brand Ambassador.  Founded in 1818 with the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, this is one of the few important houses to remain family owned.  The style here is all about purity and elegance, although the wines never lack concentration or depth.  

Clement will share this very respected domaine’s history, reveal how the wines are made and blended, and pour 6 great wines:

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV
Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV (from Magnum)
Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs NV
Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois NV
Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut NV
Billecart-Salmon Brut Cuvee Nicolas 1999


We’ll have fizz friendly snacks out to enjoy with the wines and even a little pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate to try.  And while the bright lights and yellow walls of our tasting classroom aren’t really romantic, the wines certainly are!  To reserve your seats, just call, email, or stop by the store today.