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.
- CdP, Vougeot, Arneis & More Friday and Olivier Daubresse Pours Guillon on Saturday!
Chateauneuf, Arneis, Rosé and Two From Jean-Michel – Friday, October 9 from 3-7pm
We’re going to get the big Burgundy weekend off to a great start by showcasing two of Jean-Michel Guillon’s stunning 2013 red Brugundies – including Grand Cru Vougeot! – along with our featured Clos du Mont Olivett CdP and other treats. Join us from 3-7pm to try:
Manon Rose Cotes De Provence 2014 – Sure, the leaves are getting ready to turn, but there’s still going to be plenty of sunny days calling out for something pretty and pink. This classy Provencal rosé is just the ticket for less than $10!
Marco Porello Roero Arneis 2014 – The most delicious white wine from Italy’s Piemonte region – home of Barolo and Barbaresco – is even better when it’s priced like this. Compare this beauty to $20+ examples and get ready to Carryout a Case from $10.99!
Guillon Cote de Nuits-Villages Queue de Hareng 2013 – A great introduction to Jean-Michel’s 2013s, this charming Pinot Noir from vineyards just outside Nuits St. Georges is full of rich fruit and earth and finishes clean and long.
Guillon Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot 2013 – We’ll pull the cork on just one bottle of this glorious Grand Cru, so it’s worth coming a bit early to give it a try. A majestic, powerful, Vougeot.
Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape 2013 – Hard to follow Grand Cru Burgundy, but this gutsy, old-school, Chateauneuf will be up to the challenge. Powerful and ripe with immediate accessibility and plenty of potential in cellar, too.
With the wines we’ll be sampling our featured Ariston Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a treat from the cheese case, too. A great tasting and a great start to the long weekend.
Olivier Daubresse Pours Jean-Michel Guillon 2013 Red Burgundies – Saturday, October 10 from noon-4pm
This is always one of our most exciting Saturday tastings of the year, and no Burgundy or Pinot Noir fan will want to miss it! Importer and Burgundy expert Olivier Daubresse will be in-store to pour six of our featured 2013 reds from Jean-Michel Guillon. We’ll taste:
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Pere Galland 2013
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2013
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2013
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champonnets 2013
Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle 2013
Guillon Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin 2013
Highly rated, painstakingly grown, and meticulously made, these are simply brilliant red Burgundies to sample now and enjoy for years and years to come. Note that only one bottle of the Grand Cru Mazis will be opened, so it could pay to come early.
- October Classes: Port, Piemonte, and a Chance to Play With Your Food (and Wine)
We’re calling these "Spotlight Sessions," because they each shine a focused light on one aspect of wine and the wine world. Here you'll find an exciting fall class schedule ranging from California to Portugal, from Piemonte and Tuscany to – in a brand new session – an opportunity for you to play with your food and wine! Check out our current fall schedule below. 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.
Benchmark Port and Dry Reds from Warre’s
Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 pm, $30
Rui Ribeiro, export manager for Symington Family Ports, will lead us on an exploration of classic Ports and very modern and exciting dry wines from the legendary Warre. You’ll learn about the region, Warre’s storied history, and some great Port lore – like why do they always pass the decanter to the left?
And, you’ll enjoy some killer wines, from modern dry reds to exotic white Port to a stunning, just maturing, 1997 vintage. Here’s the line-up:
Warre White Porto
Altano Duoro Red 2013
Altano Duoro Red Reserve 2010
Warre Otima 10 Year Old Tawny
Warre Tawny 20 Year
Warre Warrior Porto Reserve
Warre LBV Porto 2003
Warre Vintage Porto 1997
We’ll pair the wines with luxurious cheeses and chocolates and plenty of great conversation. And we might even sneak out an older treat, too. Reserve your seats now by calling the store at 703.356.6500, emailing us, or just stopping by.
Foolin’ Around With Flavor: A Food/Wine Experience
Sunday, Oct. 18, 5pm, $20
Our own Diane McMartin will put her degree from the Culinary Institute of America Greystone facility in Napa to work as she leads you in this highly interactive exploration of how food changes wine and wine changes food. You’ll explore how acidity, bitterness, sweetness and salty/savory flavors in food and wine interact using simple foods – lemon, cheese, pepper, apple, and salt – play with four different wines. Lots of conversation and learning in this brand new, one-of-a-kind class!
Barbaresco and Beyond with Sori Baitin Winemaker Giovanni Pasquero-Elia
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7pm, $40
The wines at this benchmark Piemonte house are better than ever, but the prices remain very reasonable indeed. Join winemaker Giovanni Pasquero-Elia as we sample Arneis, Barbera, Dolcetto, Langhe Nebbiolo and four different Barbareco. You’ll learn what makes each grape special, how Barbaresco and Barolo differ, and more at this extensive exploration of one of Piemonte’s most outstanding estates.
Chianti and Beyond: A Tour of Tuscan Sangiovese
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7pm, $30
We think of Tuscany as the home of Sangiovese, but you’ll be shocked by just how much variety this classic Italian grape shows depending on where it’s grown. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Super-Tuscans, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti from 4 different regions and more – all distinctive and all very, very, delicious.
The Annual Champagne Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 pm, $50, or
Sunday, Dec. 27, 7 pm, $50
Our most popular class of the year (so much so that we had to do it 3 times last year!). Grower Champagne, Grand Marques, and everything in between along with very celebratory nibbles.
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 October: Wait A Minute: That's SWEET!
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. In addition, you can sign up for "Deep Dives" into some of the world's greatest grapes on six Sundays throughout the year. (See also our schedule of "Spotlight" Wine Classes, featuring winemakers, importers, wine regions and food and wine pairing.)
Reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just stopping by the store.
Hey, Wait A Minute: That’s Sweet!
Second Thursday of October (Oct. 8, 2015), 7:15 pm, $25
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, $25
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, $25
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, $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.