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 Tasting Friday - Rose and Warm-Up For Saturday's French Value Festival!

Get warmed up for Saturday's French Value Festival on Friday from 3-7pm as we showcase two stunning rosé from Domaine de la Mordoree and three of the new arrivals to be featured on Sauturday – great values from Sancerre, Burgundy and Vacqueyras.  Here's the line-up:

Domaine de la Mordorée Cotes du Rhone Rosé la Dame Rousse 2015 - the festive, fun, side of Mordoree, this juicy, fruit-filled, pink wine refreshes and delights from first sip to last.

Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé La Dame Rousse 2015 - Always one of France's great Rose wines, don't let the dark, rich, color fool you - this is refreshing, complex, and dry.

Dom St. Pierre Piere Prieur Sancerre Blanc 2014 – Classic Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc with zesty citrus fruit and a smoky gunflint note.

Dom Deliance Bourgogne Rouge 2014 – A terrific Bourgogne Pinot Noir buy that pumps out big aromas and flavors of black cherry, spice, tobacco, cocoa and more.

Dom de la Verde Vacqueyras Prelude 2013 – As Vinous (89-91 points) says, this is “Smooth and open-knit, offering juicy blueberry and plum flavors and a touch of allspice.”  Delicious now!

As always, we'll have some treats from the cheese case out to sampler and plenty of fresh baked Leonora Bakery bread to take home.  Join us and get ready for Saturday's big event!

Spotlight Classes for May & June: Brunello 2011, Barbaresco Winemaker, and Cool California (High-End Beauties!)

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 Brunello:  The Lovely 2011s
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm
Course Fee $35 per person

As Antonio Galloni notes, "The 2011 Brunellos have a hard task, as they are nestled between the superb 2010s and the highly promising 2012s."  In a vintage that started out promising to equal or even eclipse 2010's greatness, late summer baking heat gave growers fits.  At its worst, 2011 Brunello can be baked, jammy, and flat.  At it's best, the wines are delicious, but lack long-term cellaring potential.

So, "Do we really care?" seems to be an interesting question to ponder.  If the vintage isn't "great" or long-lived, can it still be delicious enough to warrant our attention?

Those are the questions we'll consider in this exciting tasting of some of 2011's most successful Brunello plus one very exciting Rosso di Montalcino from the even more challenging 2014 harvest.  Join us to sample these great wines (all ratings from Wine Advocate):

Voliero Rosso di Montalcino 2014

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (91 points)
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (89 points)
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2011 (95 points)
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (93 points)

La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (91 points)
Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (95 points)
Villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (NR)
Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (92 points)


As always, we’ll enjoy light snacks and lots of great conversation with the wines.  By the end of the evening, we’ll know whether 2011 is a vintage to avoid or cherish in Brunello di Montalcino!  Just email us at wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com or call us at 703.356.6500 to reserve your seats today.


Spotlight on Produttori del Barbaresco with Cellarmaster Luca Cravanzola
Thursday, May 19 @ 7pm
Course Fee $35 per person


If you tasted the first few Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva wines we showecased in early April, then you already know how exciting 2011 is at this benchmark, historic, Barbaresco estate.  Just wait until you taste even more 2011 Riserva's with someone who helped make the wines!

Luca Cravanzola, grandson of the Produttori's first president and current co-cellarmaster, will be on hand to share the wines and history of what just may be the greatest co-operative winery in the world.  And, we'll taste some stunning wines, including the following (all ratings from Vinous/Galloni):

Langhe Nebbiolo 2013
Barbaresco 2012 (92 points)

Barbaresco Risvera Asili 2011 (95 points)
Barbaresco Risvera Montefico (95 points)
Barbaresco Risvera Montestefano 2011 (94 points)
Barbaresco Risvera Ovello (94+ points)

Barbaresco Risvera Paje 2011 (95 points)
Barbaresco Risvera Pora 2011 (92 points)
Barbaresco Risvera Rabaja 2011 (95+ pionts)
Barbaresco Risvera Rio Sordo 2011 (93 points)


That's a lot of young Nebbiolo!  We'll have some tannin-erasing snacks out to enjoy with the wines and you'll enjoy a great evening getting inside the exciting history and wines of Barbaresco.  Email or call us at 703.356.6500 to reserve your seats today!


Spotlight on California Terrior – The Movement to Cooler Climates, Greater Restraint
Thursday, June 16 @ 7pm
Course Fee $35 per person


You know something special is going on in California when one of the region’s premier specialists in elegant, stylish, and vibrant French and Italian wines starts building a book of high-end California wines.  What “special” is the number of excellent California winegrowers that have discovered the trick to marrying California sunshine to cool sites and restrained winemaking.  Done right, the results are breathtaking:  wines with more than enough richness to satisfy New World palates and the kind of balance, clarity that makes them perfectly paired with food and suited to cellar.

Ryne Hazzard, co-owner of Potomac Selections, will lead this exploration of five different “cool” California producers and our tasting of 10 wines (ratings below all from Antonio Galloni/Vinous):

Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Watson Ranch 2014 (92 points)
Arnot-Roberts Syrah North Coast 2013 (92 points)

Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 (94 points)

Hirsch Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Sonoma Coast 2013 (95 points)
Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate San Andreas Fault 2013 (91 points)

Mount Eden Chardonnay Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 (95 points)
Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 (95 points)

White Rock Chardonnay Estate 2013 (93 points)
White Rock Claret Napa Valley 2012 (89 points)


We’ll enjoy light snacks with the presentation and enjoy these breathtaking wines even more. To reserve your seats, just email us, call us at 703.356.6500, or simply stop by the store.

___________________________

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 - Next Up: Full & Fleshy Whites and Reds on May 12

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.