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.


Free Weekend Tastings Including A Visit from Klaus Wittauer and Eiswein Saturday!

A great set of wines open both days this Friday and Saturday including refreshers perfect for late-season warmth and warmer-uppers you’ll love when we finally get a bit of a chilly nip in the air.  Come by both days!

Favorites for Fall (Warm or Cool) – Free Tasting Friday, September 23 from 3-7pm

Featured wines of this week plus a few favorites from earlier in the year.  All are impressive wines and even more impressive values.  Join us from 3-7pm to sample:

Anton Bauer Grüner Veltliner 2015 – This single-vineyard, hand-crafted, always well-rated, Grüner Veltliner has been so popular for so long that it’s hard to believe the 2015 vintage is the best yet.  But it is.  Do not miss.

Dom Des Malandes Chablis 2014 - Delicious when it first arrived, this has just gotten better and better over the past few months.  Excellent value in top-quality, pure and salty, village Chablis.

Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge Burgenland 2013 – The last bottles of the Austrian red that will make fans of Washington and California pretty darn happy!  As Wine Enthusiast said in their 91 point review:  "What unpretentious, honest joy."

Vinedos Real Rubio Rioja Reserva 2007 – Did you enjoy the 2005 Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva 2005 while it lasted?  Well this 90 point, fully mature, rich and smooth, value is at least as good.  From $9.98, this will go quickly.

Bodegas Volver Triga Alicante 2012 - This powerful, rich, and very sexy Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon blend will be just the bottle to pop when you want to class up a casual meal or enjoy an affordable luxury anytime.  Bold stuff.

Get to Know Austrian Wines with Klaus, Including a Rare and Delicious Eiswein – Saturday, September 24 from noon-4pm

Former sommelier and wine merchant Klaus Wittauer has been a driving force in helping American’s get to know the fine wines of his home country, Austria.  His KW Selections import book features some of Austria’s very best winegrowers, showcasing a broad range of regions, styles, and varietals.  And because most of Klaus’s producers fly a bit “under the radar” and he brings the wines to us directly, the prices just can’t be beat!

Join us and Klaus this Saturday as he shows you a wide range of what Austria can do.  We’ll sample:

Steindorfer Passion Rose Burgenland 2015 - Whether it gets cool or stays warm, we're going to keep right on drinking delicious rose - like this one!  Think of it as the pink verson of Apetlon Rouge.  Fun and yummy.

Anton Bauer Grüner Veltliner 2015 – This single-vineyard, hand-crafted, always well-rated, Grüner Veltliner has been so popular for so long that it’s hard to believe the 2015 vintage is the best yet.  But it is.  Do not miss.

Paul D Muller Thurgau RoMaNa 2015 - So this looks like a serious romance for young Paul Dreider: he's named a wine for her!  From a grape that makes indifferent sweet wine, this is dry and savory but full of fruit.  Think Sauvignon Blanc with apricot in place of the grapefruit and you won't be far off.

Tegernseerhof Riesling Terrassen Wachau 2015 – Martin Mittlebach is one of Austria's very best winemakers and we should all drink as much of his wine as we can before the critics figure that out.  This is his "entry-level" Riesling, a blend of higher and lower altitude sites that explodes across your palate and lingers long and pure.  No "petrol," no residual sugar, just intense, sophisticated, pleasure.

Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge Burgenland 2013 – The last bottles of the Austrian red that will make fans of Washington and California pretty darn happy!  As Wine Enthusiast said in their 91 point review:  "What unpretentious, honest joy."

Anton Bauer Grüner Veltliner Eisewein 2013 – One bitterly cold morning in January 2014, Anton Bauer and his team got up before dawn and harvested the last Grüner Veltliner berries of the 2013 growing season.  The frozen solid berries gave up a tiny bit of high-sugar juice and loads of brilliant acidity, all waiting here for you to try.  A remarkable treat.

We'll have treats from the cheese case out to enjoy with the wines as Klaus shares plenty of stories and information about the wines and winemakers.  Join us!

Celebrate Olivier's 20th at La Cote d'Or plus Big Napa Cab Class - Delicious October Events!

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.

Celebrate Vinifrance Imports’ 20th Anniversary
With Founder/Owner Olivier Daubresse!
Selections from Olivier’s Cellar
Special Paring Menu by Chef Jacques Imperato, La Cote d’Or Restaurant

Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm
Five courses with wine pairing plus desserts and frites
$100 per person inclusive of tax and tip

Since he began his business in 1996, Olivier Daubresse has been one of our area’s most skilled and insightful importers of fine French wine into the local area.  To celebrate his 20th year in business, we’re hosting an extraordinary dinner at the new (to him) home of Chef Jacques Imperato:  Arlington’s La Cote d’Or Restaurant.  Olivier has selected four wines from his cellars to illustrate his approach to selecting wines and demonstrate how even so-called “modest” wines can evolve over time.  And, Chef Jacques has devised a stunning menu to match the wines, paring a respect for French tradition with his own distinctive (and delicious) flair.  The Menu:

Hure de saumon modern, symphonie de légumes du jardin en salade de cresson, huile vierge de noisette, crème légère à la ciboulette
Salmon terrine modern, assortment of vegetable in watercress salad tossed with hazelnut,
chive crème fraiche

Domaine Borgeot Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravieres 2003

Consommé de bœuf et crosse de jambon fume, flan de foie de volaille blond a l’estragon, julienne de crêpe,  champignon japonais  
Clear Beef and prosciutto broth, chicken liver custard, tarragon, crêpe and shiitake mushroom julienne
Domaine Guillon & Fils Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champonnets 2006

Lapin fermier rôti à la moutarde et sauge fraîche en croûte,
Sauce à la baie de genièvre, garniture Grand-mère
Rabbit roasted with mustard and sage in a flaky puffed pastry dough, juniper berry sauce, potato, bacon, glazed pearl onions
Domaine Maillard Per et Fils Beaune (Rouge) 1998

Carbonade Provencale d’agneau mijotée avec haricots blancs,
Figues au caramel de miel et lavande aux pignons
Leg of lamb simmered in a white wine sauce with rosemary and cannellini beans
Figs with lavender, honey caramel and toasted pine nuts

Domaine d’Eole Coteaux d’Aix en Provence 1996

Poire pochée au sirop de framboise et poivre noir, glace à la cannelle
Poached pear in black raspberry and black peppercorn syrup, cinnamon ice cream

We haven’t done a dinner like this in years, and it’s sure to sell out.  Please, if you love great wine and great food and want to be part of Olivier’s 20th Anniversary celebration, reserve your seats right now.  You can email us, call us at 703.356.6500, or stop by the store.  Or call La Cote d’Or at 703.538.3033 (be sure to mention the wine dinner!).

La Cote d’Or is a charming French restaurant located along the border of Arlington and Falls Church.  The address is 6876 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22213 – just on the Falls Church side of I-66.  Free parking is available in the Motel lot immediately to the left of La Cote d'Or or for a nominal charge in the underground lot on Westmoreland Street (to the right of the Restaurant).

Any questions?  Just let us know and we’ll be happy to help. Again, this celebration for Olivier Daubresse’s 20th Anniversary as an importer is sure to sell out – please make your reservations right away!


Spotlight on Napa Cabernet Terrior and 2013 Vintage
Thursday, October 20 @ 7pm
Course Fee $45

This class sold out with a longish waiting list when we offered it in late August.  So, by popular demand, join us for a second exploration of Napa Cabernet and the great 2013 vintage in October!  As Robert Parker says, “2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines.”  His overall rating for the vintage was 98 points, by two full points, the highest rating Parker has ever given North Coast Cabernet.

Of course, as many of you tasted last year, “Napa” is more than one, homogenous, growing area.  There are now 13 recognized AVA’s in Napa Valley and at least two or three more likely to receive approval over the next few years.  More and more California winemakers are now seeking to deliver both classic “Napa” richness and a more clearly defined sense of “place” in their wines.  With the arrival of a very fine set of 2013s, right now is a great opportunity to see how well they’re doing!

We’ll explore Napa Valley Cabernet from the cool Oak Knoll district in the South through the world famous Rutherford Bench before climbing the steep hills of Spring Mountain to the west and Howell Mountain to the East.  In all, we’ll taste 8 wines, all from the great 2013 harvest.

We’ll have to make some changes from our last class, but the line-up will include:

Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 (WA 93+)
Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District 2013 (JS 93)
Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate 2013 (WA 91)
Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Rutherford 2013 (Vinous 93)

We’ll also have wines from Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Stag’s Leap and more.   While none of these wines is “cheap” (and several nestle right under the $100 mark), all are exciting examples of their regions and contemporary Napa winegrowing and winemaking.  You’ll enjoy light snacks as we discuss Napa Valley’s vinous history, recent vintages, and – of course – enjoy some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon.  We’ll have the full tasting line-up on the web site by the end of September.  But don’t wait that long to reserve your seats!



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 2016 - Cab Plunge, Exploring "Other" Whites Up Next!

One Sip at a Time wine classes let you learn all about wine, focusing on how to taste, evaluate, and talk about wine in a fun, relaxed, tasting room setting.  All classes take place in our wine classroom in McLean, convenient to Tyson's Corner, Falls Church, and the entire Northern Virginia/DC area.

You'll find 20 different wine classes in our 2016 series ranging from blind tasting to wine and chocolate to the always popular Good Wines Gone Bad wine flaws class.  Classes take place on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons throughout the year - check out the complete schedule below and click on any class for more details.

Also, check out our separate schedule of  "Spotlight" Wine Classes, featuring winemakers, importers, and wine regions.)

Each OSAAT wine class is $25, or you can purchase a Passport for six seats in the series for $100. Reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or just stopping by the store.

OSAAT 2016 Wine Class Schedule - McLean, VA

Click on any course title for more detailed description of the tasting

Six (Other) Whites You Should Know - Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:15, $25

Cabernet Sauvignon - Sunday, Oct. 23, 5 pm, $25

Six (Other) Reds You Should Know - Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:15, $25

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer? (Session 2) - Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:15 pm, $25


To reserve your seats for any of these fun and tasty wine classes, just call us at 703.356.6500, email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or just stop by the store.