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.

 

Two Great Burgundies join Featured Wines on Free Tasting - Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25

We’ve got a fun and delicious tasting line-up for what is shaping up to be a lovely June weekend.  You’ll love the snappy “baby Sancerre” from Patient Cottat (and love the price even more!) and enjoy the opportunity to try both our featured wines of the week from Oregon and the Rhone.  And, just for fun, we’ll pour two very impressive Burgundies, a Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet and Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin.  Here’s the line-up you can enjoy from 3-7 on Friday or noon-4pm on Saturday:

Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc Le Grand Caillou 2015 - A "baby Sancerre" from one of the region's best estates, this is a light, fresh, Sauvignon with snappy white grapefruit, green melon, and lime fruit and a definite flint and smoky mineral note running through from front to back.

Chartron et Trebuchet Puligny-Montrachet 2012
– We don’t get to pour rich, buttery, ready to drink Puligny-Montrachet often, so don’t miss the chance to try this beauty – especially while it’s on sale.

Biggio Hamina Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountain 2013 – A broken deal gives us the chance to offer you a great 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot at half the $40 target price.  Plenty of fresh red fruit and cut flowers here with a smoked stone minerality from volcanic Jory soils.

Dom Henri Magnien Gevrey Chambertin VV 2013 – Almost none of the pure, classically-styled, wine of this tiny (2,500 case) estate makes it to the USA, but one taste will convince you to grab up all you can.  Lovely red fruit here with excellent Gevrey minerality and grip.

Dom Philippe Plantevin CdR Villages La Daurelle 2011 – A long-time staff and customer favorite shines brightly in the just arrived 2011 edition.  Plenty of gutsy fruit and layers of complexity from earth, licorice, and spice accents, it’s ready to enjoy now and over the next decade plus.

Whether you’re looking for something to enjoy this weekend at a casual cookout or party or want to try something more impressive for the long-term, we’ve got you covered this Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday from noon-4.  Join us!

July Class: Spotlight on Amalie Robert Willamette Valley Wines with the Owners!

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.

 


Spotlight on Amalie Robert Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and More!
Thursday, July 7 @ 7pm
Course Fee $30

Join us for an evening with Ernie Pink and Dena Drews, owners and wine-farmers of Oregon’s Amalie Robert estate, and you’ll quickly understand why I do everything I can to visit them every time I’m in the Willamette Valley.  Sure, the wines are outstanding – consistently among the most highly rated in every kind of vintage – and showcase what is coming to be recognized as one of the Valley’s very best vineyards.

But hearing Ernie talk about growing and making his wines is very nearly as much fun as drinking them.  Ernie loves to dig into the dirty details creating great wines and a great estate vineyard, and does so with great energy, enthusiasm, scientific data, and a somewhat alarming number of bad puns.  Check out the Amalie Robert Farming Blog (aka the FLOG) at this link.  As they say, let the FLOGGING being!

Among the many joys of Amalie Robert is that they release their wines later than almost anyone else I know of in the USA and also make an utterly irresistible 100% Pinot Meunier.  At this tasting we’ll pour the following wines (all ratings Josh Reynolds, Vinous):

Chardonnay Her Silhouette 2015 (un-oaked)
Chardonnay Cameo 2012 (oaked)
Pinot Meunier 2014
Pinot Noir The Uncarved Block 2010 (91 points)
Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 2010 (92 points)
Pinot Noir Wasenswil Clone 2010 (93 points)
Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvee 2010 (93 points)
Pinot Noir Estate Selection 2010 (92 points
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Whether you’re a long-time Willamette Valley Pinot fan or just love to learn about how great wines are grown and made, this is a “do not miss” opportunity.  We’ll serve light snacks with the wines and enjoy loads of great conversation.

To reserve your seats, just call us at 703.356.6500, email us, or stop by the store.

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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 - July Classes Feature Rose and Sauvignon Blanc

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

Old World vs. New World Reds (past)

Guess That Grape! Blind Tasting & Sensory Perception (past)

Wine and Chocolate (past)

Grenache (past)

Old Word vs. New World Whites  (past)

Good Wines Gone Bad  (past)

Full and Fleshy Reds and Whites - Thursday, May 12, 7:15 pm, $25

Pinot Noir - Sunday, May 22, 5 pm, $25

Fragrant and Fruit-Filled - Thursday, June 9, 7:15 pm, $25

Hooray for Rosé! - Thursday, July 14, 7:15 pm, $25

Sauvignon Blanc - Sunday, July 24, 5 pm, $25

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer? Thursday, Aug. 11, 7:15 pm, $25

Chill Out! - Sunday, Aug. 21, 5 pm, $25

Foolin' Around With Flavor:  A Food/Wine Experience
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:15 pm

Chardonnay - Sunday, Sept. 18, 5 pm, $25

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.