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. 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.
- SELLING OUT FAST! Tour of 2009/2004 Bordeaux and Champagne Party!
Coming up fast - the last wine classes of 2013. Check out the details and reserve your seats now! And don't forget our monthly One Sip At A Time - Wine Basics for Everyone series. We've still got room in each class - check out the details here.
Annual Champagne Tasting and Class
Session 1: Thursday, December 5 @ 7pm
Session 2: Sunday, December 29 @ 6pm (NOTE earlier start time!)
Course Fee for Each Class: $65
So popular, we have to do it twice! And, this year’s Holiday-season Champagne class will reach new heights of delectable fun. We’ll pour eight Champagnes, each paired with a small bite or two from our own Cheese/Food selections and plus some fun warm nibbles as well. We’ll have great Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noir, vintage, value, and at least one “Grande Marque” from a top producer. We’ll start at 7pm (6pm on the 29th) and go until the bubbles and fun run out! See the full list of featured wines here.
A Tour of Bordeaux - Exploring 2009 and 2004 Values
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7pm - Course Fee: $40
Almost all wine lovers know that Bordeaux is the most famous red wine region in the world - and often the most expensive. But we'll show you that anyone can enjoy a great bottle of Bordeaux without breaking the bank! Join us to learn about the famous Classification of 1855, the differences in "Left Bank" and "Right Bank" Bordeaux, and the best ways to cellar and savor Bordeaux in any price range. Our focus this year are on the best values from the great 2009 vintage and the often overlooked 2004s. See the full list of wines here and reserve your seats today!
- "One Sip at a Time" - A Wine Class Series for Beginners to Experts
Held the second Thursday of each month, 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.
To register for classes, just contact us at the store to reserve your seat. Here's the remainder of our 2013 One Sip at a Time schedule.
Watch for our 2014 schedule ... coming soon!
One Sip at a Time 2013: The Grand Finale
Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You REALLY Prefer? – One Sip at a Time
Second Thursday of December (December 12, 2013) – 7:15 (course fee $25)
For the Grand Finale of our 2013 One Sip At A Time season, we’re going to step things up a bit and challenge you to a blind tasting! You’ll try four pairs of wines “blind” (i.e., you won’t know which is which). One will be a solid $12-$15 value; the other a $25-$40 star. Can you tell them apart? And, more importantly, which do you prefer?
In this festive December 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 learn just how much a price tag may influence your preferences – One Sip at a Time!
Again, each One Sip at a Time class is just $25 per person. Call, email, or stop by the store to reserve your seats today.
- A Weekend of Holiday Cheer Including Maurizo Farro on Saturday!
A great set of Holiday season tastings on tap for you this weekend including Tuesday’s featured Villa Medoro Montepulciano on Friday and a double tasting on Saturday featuring the newly arrived Manincor whites and reds with Maurizio Farro and a few gems from our selections, too.
Best Bets for Holiday Celebrations – Friday, December 6 from 3-7pm
Charles De Cazanove Champagne Brut Tradition NV – The best value in “real” Champagne we know is better than ever in this release. Hard to believe so much quality is in the bottle for less than $30!
Charles De Cazanove Rose Champagne NV – And they make a killer pink Champagne, too! Well deserving of the Wine Spectator 91 point rating, this may be the greatest rosé Champagne value we’ve ever seen!
Bodegas Borsao Garnacha 2012 – Robert Parker called the 2011, ““Possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world.” The 2012 is just as fine and a steal at this weekend’s Carryout Case sale price!
Villa Medoro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 – Just missed Tre Bicchieri status this year, but the quality is actually as fine as ever – just the price has dropped.
Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012 – We passed on the too-light 2011, but this rich, fruit-filled, Pinot Noir value is back and ready to become a customer favorite again in 2012!
Double Trouble with Maurizio Farro, Roy Estate, and More! – Saturday, December 7 from noon-4pm
The Manincor wines from Alto Adige were super popular when we introduced them to you a few months ago. Now Italian importer Maurizio Farro has brought us more of our favorites and a new Pinot Noir! And we’ll be pouring some exciting Holiday choices upstairs, too, including Roy Estate 2009. Here’s what will be open to try at this blockbuster double Holiday event.
Table 1: Maurizio Farro Pours Manincore and More
Il Falchetto Langhe Chardonnay 2012 – A great value in Holiday Season party Chardonnay that just happens to be from the region around Barolo. Crisp, bright, and all too easy to love!
Manincor Reserve Della Contessa Alto Adige 2012 – The first of the Manincor wines to sell out last Fall is back and more beautiful than ever. Pinot Bianco (60%) plus Chardonnay (30%) and Sauvignon Blanc grown 500 meters above sea level and made with no oak for pure refreshment.
Manincor Mason Pinot Nero 2011 – What a beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir, bursting with ripe cherry fruit and just the right dashes of spice and fresh earth.
Manincor Reserve Del Conte Alto Adige 2011 - An unusual blend of Lagrein, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon that leaves you feeling these grapes should be blended together more often!
Manincor Cassiano Alto Adige 2011 – The new vintage of our favorite in the Manincor line-up is once again a beautiful blend of mainly Merlot and Cabernet Franc that delivers Bordeaux-level flavor intensity with an elegant, Pinot-like, weight.
Table 2: Featured Holiday Selections from Chain Bridge Cellars
Bzikot Bourgogne Blanc 2011 - A crackling fine white Burgundy for enjoying now at a silly value price.
Bodegas Borsao Garnacha 2012 – Robert Parker called the 2011 “Possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world” and the 2012 is every bit as delicious (and this weekend, just as fine a value!)
Dom Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge 2011 – A beautiful bottle of Burgundy Pinot Noir that’s bright, juicy, and silky smooth. Very fine value, too!
Small Vines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011 – We get all too little of Paul Sloan’s elegant California Pinot Noir in the best of times, but the short 2011 harvest means there are just 5 cases of this 91 point beauty to go around.
Roy Estate Proprietary Red 2009 – Another outstanding release from Shirley Roy and winemaker Philippe Melka from this highly regarded, if still under the radar, Napa Valley estate.
We’ll have plenty of delicious food samples to enjoy during the tastings and staff on hand to help you make your very own, personalized, Holiday wine selections. Join us!