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.

 

Super Summer Values for Memorial Day and Beyond – Free Friday (3-7pm) and Saturday (noon-4pm) tastings

With Memorial Day here and summer fun on the horizon, we’ll open up some of our favoriate warm weather refreshers to sample this Friday and Saturday.  Join us from 3-7 on Friday or noon-4pm on Saturday to try:

Jean-Marc Brocard Bourgogne Blanc Kimmeridgien 2013 – With the richness of a Macon, the generous fruit of California’s Central Coast, and the crisp lime-zest and minerality of Chablis, this is going to be your “go to” summer Chardonnay!

Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Petit Bourgeois 2014 – The new vintage of our favorite “baby Sancerre” shows of the quality and ripeness that has pretty much everyone excited about 2014 in the Loire Valley.  Snappy, fresh, and delicious.  Just $10.98 this weekend!

Vista Hills Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013 – A steal of a Pinot Deal (from $15.98) made from estate grown Dundee Hills fruit and delivering generous warm vintage Pinot flavors and a silky smooth texture.

Musella Valpolicella Superiore 2012 – Winner of Italy’s top honor, Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri, this vibrant Valpolicella is a great cookout and wind-down-the-day winner!

Casa Santo Lima Confidencial Reserva 2010 – With a nice 92 point rating, a super $8.98/ea case price, and loads of ripe, juicy, fruit, this is the wine that removes all excuses for trying Portugal’s dry reds.

All tasting wines will be avaialable at very special savings prices, and you can enjoy a nibble of something savory from the cheese case during the tasting, too.  Plenty of fresh-baked Lyon Bakery bread to take home, including their always popular Brioche Burger Rolls!   We’ll have those out to try as well and terrific craft beers in the chiller, too.  Everything you need to get Memorial Day off to a great start.  Join us!

Old World vs. New World Reds One Sip at a Time (Full OSAAT Schedule, too)

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.

 

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 and taste these great wines:

Hillinger Pinot Noir Eveline 2013
Paraiso Pinot Noir Santa Monterey 2013

Clos Siguier Cahors 2011
Catena Malbec Mendoza 2012

Ch Recougne Bordeaux Superior 2010
Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Napa 2012



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.

Southern Italy Adventure and Sweet & Savory Chenin: May Wine Classes

We've got two exciting wine classes slated for May plus One Sip at a Time sessions – (see here for the details on those). Call (703.356.6500), email (wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com) or stop by the store to reserve your seats today!

 

Tour Italy’s Sunny South with Jim Hutton, Vias Imports
Sunday, May 16 at 5pm
Course Fee $30    Free for VIPs and Guests!


No country in the world has a more diverse set of grapes and wines than Italy, and we love ‘em all!  Join us and Italian wine guru Jim Hutton for this very special Sunday afternoon class as we explore a few of the more delicious, if overlooked, examples from Italy’s sunny south.  We’ll hike our way into the remote vineyards of Pulgia and Calabria to sample Negromaro, Primitivo, and Gaglioppo, wind our way back to Basilicata to sample examples of Aglianico traditional and modern, and sail to Sicily to sample Nero d’Avola and more. 

Throughout our journey, Jim will share insights and knowledge gleaned from countless trips to Italy and his personal knowledge of the wines and growers as a member of the USA’s most important Italian-owned importer.  We’ll sample 8 gutsy red wines:

Statti Gaglioppo Calabria 2013

Cantele Primitivo Salento Puglia 2012
Cantele Salice Salentino 2011

Tenuta I Gelsi Gelso Rosso Basilicata 2011
Azienda Ofanto L'Emozione Aglianico Del Vulture 2007

Colosi Nero d'Avola Sicily 2013
Santa Tresa Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012
Feudi del Pisciotto Versace Nero d'Avola 2011


As always, we’ll have loads of information, great company, and light snacks to enjoy with the wines.  A trip to Italy’s sunny south – what could be better on a Sunday afternoon!  To reserve your seats,  just call, email, or stop by the store.


Sweet & Savory & Sparkling Chenin from Dom des Baumard
Thursday, May 28 @ 7pm
Course Fee:  $30  Free for VIPs and Guests!


If you'd like to understand just how versatile, mouthwatering, succulent, and flat-out delicious Chenin Blanc can be, join us for this exciting exploration of the wines of Anjou's Domaine des Baumards.  Nearby Vouvray is more famous, but true fans have long known that the two great Anjou vineyards of Savennieres and Coteaux du Layon are quite possible the finest Chenin Blanc sites in the world.  An no one captures the essence of Chenin Blanc in its finests sweet, sparking, and dry forms than the Baumard family.

We'll be led by Christophe Courteaud from Baumard's US importer, Vintus, in an in-depth exploration of the history and unique characteristics of two equally great, if utterly different, vineyards within site of each other across the Loire River.  Coteaxu du Layon, and it's "Grand Cru" Quarts de Chaume, take advantage of generous sunshine and morning fogs to turn out some of the world's greatest sweet wines.  A stone's throw away, Savennieres delivers exotic, wildly complex, and bone dry whites like nothing found anywhere else in the world.

And, there's a little red and some fantastic fizz, too!  We'll sample 7 wines:

Cremant de Loire "Carte Turquoise" Brut NV
Cremant de Loire "Le Brut Rose" NV

Savennieres 2011 (WS 90)
Savennieres "Clos du Papillon" 2009  (WS 93/WE 93)

Anjou Anjou Logis de la Giraudière 2010 Rouge 2010  (WS 88)

Coteaux du Layon "Carte D'Or" 2011  (WS 91/WE 92)
Quarts de Chaume 2010 (WS 96/WE 94)


With plenty of education, lots of discussion, and sweet and savory snacks, these wines will turn you into a Chenin Blanc lover in record time.  To reserve your seats, just call, email, or stop by the store now.