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.

 

One Sip at a Time 2016 - 20 Classes to Sip Your Way to Wine Education

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 - Monday, Feb 8 @ 7:15pm

Wine and Chocolate SOLD OUT- Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:15 pm, $25

Grenache - NEW DATE:  Sunday, Feb. 21, 5 pm, $25

Old Word vs. New World Whites - Thursday, March 10, 7:15 pm, $25

Good Wines Gone Bad  - Thursday, April 14, 7:15 pm, $25

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.

Spotlight Classes: Temparnillo, Italy's Hidden Gems, and a FREE Tuscan Festival!

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.

 

Tuscan Festival of Wine and Food
With Poggio Alloro’s Sarah Fioroni
Sunday, February 28 from 4 – 6pm
FREE – But Please RSVP!


Sarah Fioroni’s title at Tuscany’s Poggio Alloro estate:  Executive Chef, Sommelier, and General Manager of the Winery!  In other words, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone better qualified to showcase the charms of Tuscan food and wine, and that’s just what she’ll do on Sunday, February 28, from 4-6pm at Chain Bridge Cellars.

Join us during this free, come-and-go, event to taste six different wines from the Fioroni family’s Tuscan farm and winery, Poggio Alloro, located just outside the walled city of San Gimignano.  And, as you sample Vernaccia, Chianti, and sweet/savory Vin Santo, you’ll have the chance to try some treats our staff will prepare from Sarah’s cookbook, A Family Farm in Tuscany: Recipes and Stories from Fattoria Poggio Alloro.

Sarah’s importer, our good friend Maurizio Farro, will be pouring the wines while Sarah shares her family story, experiences in Tuscan food and wine, and even autographs her cookbook for you to enjoy at home (we’ll have copies for sale during the event).  The cookbooks and wines will all be available at very special celebratory pricing.

While the event is free, an RSVP is required so we can gage the amount of food to prepare and ensure we do not become over-crowded.  To RSVP, just call us at 703.356.6500, email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or simply stop by the store.

In the depth of winter, we could all us a bit of warming Tuscan sun.  A visit and tasting with Poggio Alloro’s Sarah Fioroni is the next best thing.  Get your RSVP in today!



Spotlight on Spanish Tempranillo – Region, Wood, and Style
Thursday, March 17 @ 7pm
Course Fee:  $30


You’ll find little discussion of Spain’s Tempranillo grape before 1990 or so – even many wine lovers couldn’t tell you the main grape in Rioja!  But today Tempranillo has emerged as Spain’s most important quality red grape, but there’s still a tension between having Tempranillo express a sense of place vs. a style of winemaking.

We’ll shine a spotlight on Tempranillo in this class as we sample wines from different regions and very different winemaking traditions.  You’ll sample wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, and La Mancha, learn about the differences between carbonic, cool, and warm fermentations, and once and for all understand the pros and cons of French vs. American oak.  Some wines will be young and fruity, others dark and powerful, and at least one an elegant beauty of 10+ years of age.

In a perfect world, we’d grill some baby lamb chops over grape vine cuttings for the class, but the fire marshal wouldn’t be happy if we tried that.  So, we’ll have some fun cheeses, nuts, and chorizo out to sample along with the wines.  Reserve your seats now for this fun exploration of very tempting Tempranillo!


Spotlight on Italy's Hidden Gems with Emanuele Gaiarin, Owner of Siema Imports
Thursday, April 7 @ 7pm
Course Fee:  $30


Italy grows more kinds of wine grapes and has more unique wine styles than any country in the world.  You probably already know Cianti, Brunello, Barolo, Amarone and other famous wines - but what about Cesenese?  Or Savuto?  Or Colline Savonesi?  In this class, we'll let Italian native, importer, and expert extraordinaire Emanuele Gaiarin ("Manu" to his friends) lead us on a journey to the hidden nooks and crannies of Italy where "delicious" meets "extraordinary value."

You'll enjoy 7 or so wines with light snacks as Manu helps us explore some of Italy's most fascinating regions and learn the stories of the families who make great wine up and down the Italian peninsula.  Come are "country wines" - built for casual sipping and sharing.  Others are under-the-radar greats, wines you'll love having to cellar and serve with special meals.  All are delicious - and you'll love getting to know them and Manu!

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Call 703.356.6500 or email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com. Watch our web site and your email box for updates soon!

Free Weekend Tastings Featuring Warming Reds, Refreshing Whites and More!

It may be a holiday weekend, but we are certainly not taking a break from bringing you and exciting and delicious weekend tasting line-up!  Join us Friday from 3-7pm or Saturday from noon-4pm to try five great wines and one rich, buttery, utterly delicious olive oil.  We’ll pour:

Rethore Davy Chardonnay Les Parcelles 2014 – Just a great drinker’s Chardonnay given a little extra complexity from two different harvests – one early for crisp zip and the other later for extra richness and depth.  Superb value.

Macrostie Chardonnay Wildcat Mtn Vineyard 2013 – Many of you have been loving MacRostie’s “regular” Chardonnay for a while now – just wait until you taste their top Chardonnay from the stunning Wildcat Mount Vineyard on the boarder of Carneros and Sonoma Coast.  It’s on sale for $10 off at $29.98 this week (and down to $26.98/ea by the case).  Do not miss it!

Tenuta di Vagliano Palistorti Rosso 2012 – The new release of this “super-Tuscan” blend from Lucca based on Sangiovese, Syrah and Merlot.  It’s kind of a cross between a Sangiovese-based super-Tuscan blend from Chianti – think Tignanello – and a supple, elegant, Brunello.  And, it’s definitely a great deal from $24.98.

Dom Grand Veneur Lirac Clos De Sixte 2012 – We featured this last year to impressive results, but we were delighted at last week’s Rhone class with how beautifully it’s showing now.  The last 10 or so cases of this vintage remaining in Virginia are available now from $19.98.

Mendoza Vineyards MV Malbec Gran Reserva 2011 – What happens when a wine built to sell for $60 and worthy of a strong 92 point rating from Wine Advocate drops in price to $19.98 by the bottle or $16.98/ea by the case?  Lots of happy drinking!

Ariston Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil – As fine as Extra Virgin Olive Oil gets and very well priced everyday here at $16 for a new 500ml bottle and fill or just $13.50 for refills.  At $12 for new bottles or refills this weekend, you have no excuse not to try it!

As always, we’ll have plenty of fresh baked Leonora Bakery bread to stock up on and take home, too.  We look forward to seeing you, and have a wonderful President’s Day weekend!