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.


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.

Two Great One Sip At A Time Classes in May (Including Sunday Chardonnay!)

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.

Chardonnay - A One Sip at a Time Deep Dive
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 5:00 pm

Often referred to as the winemaker’s grape, Chardonnay is a chameleon. From steely, citrusy Chablis to full-throttle, lavishly oaked California examples, Chardonnay can taste radically different depending on where it was grown and how it was made. You might even taste one from a place you’d never expect to find Chardonnay, just to keep things interesting! Here's the line-up:

Di Lenardo Chardonnay Friuli 2013
Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2013

Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Chardonnay 2011
Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013

Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Cuvee De La Maison 2010
Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros 2013

In this casual, Sunday-evening class, you’ll explore the many faces of Chardonnay.

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.

Rosé, ‘Baby’ Rombauer & CdP, Super-Value Red ... plus Caymus Special Selection 2012 – Blockbuster Free Friday & Saturday Tastings!

It’s hard to top having one of Burgundy’s most exciting young winemakers in store (as we did last Saturday), but we’re giving it a try this weekend.  Come by Friday from 3-7pm or Saturday from noon-4pm and you’ll get to try one of the strongest tasting line-ups we’ve offered so far this year.  From the prettiest (and most delicious) pink wine in the store, to a value white built to satisfy Rombauer fans, to a sub-$15 Cotes du Rhone that tastes like Chateauneuf, to a killer value red for Spring/Summer, there’s something for everyone open this weekend.

And, for a very special treat, we’ll even open one bottle of the just arrived 2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection on both Friday and Saturday.  You’ll find the newest release of this legendary Napa Cabernet from the even more legendary Chuck Wagner selling for $200ish in some corners of the country.  Try and take some home this weekend from $149.98.  Here’s the line-up:

Ch Les Valentines Rosé Cotes de Provence 2014
– Year after year, this is the best (and most popular!) pink wine we offer, and the 2014 is better than ever.  There’s even more intensity to the aromas and flavors and a spectacular juicy finish.  And, it’s an even better deal at just $18.98 for bottles or $16.98/ea by the case!

Butter Chardonnay California 2014
– The go-to choice for folks who love the big, rich, oaky, buttery, style made famous at Rombauer is better than ever in 2014!  Loads of fruit, spice, caramel, and – of course – buttery yumminess here with a clean, mouthwatering, finish.  A big, early, purchase brings the price down to just $16.98 for bottles or $14.98/ea by the case, and “by the case” is the way to stock up on this buttery beauty.

Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud 2012
– We thought we might sell out of last week’s Carryout Case special red, so we made sure to have another shipment lined-up for this week.  A killer cookout and party red from 40+ year-old vines that was a fantastic value at $9.99.  Just $7.98 for bottles or $5.98/ea by the case through this weekend.

Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2012– As Wine Advocate said, this is “tasting  like a mine-Chateauneuf,” which isn’t surprising – the Champauvins vineyard sits just across the path that marks the end of Chateauneuf, next to Beaucastel’s CdP and famous Coudoulet vineyards.  Big, gutsy, and a true steal from just $13.98.

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 2012 – The “regular” 2012 Caymus Cab blew everyone away when it arrived last May and pulled down a completely expected 96 point rating from Robert Parker.  Special Selection is Caymus founder Chuck Wagner’s choice of his best barrels of the vintage and always out-scores the Napa wine by 2-4 points.  Potentially perfect?  Come see for yourself and enjoy some significant savings.

As always, we’ll have some treats from the cheese case out to sample and plenty of fresh-baked Lyon Bakery bread to take home, too.  Join us!