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.


Champagne & Belle Glos Friday and Ken Wright 2015 Pinot Noirs Saturday – Free Weekend Tastings!

You’ll definitely want to stop by the store on Friday to get your weekend off to a great start with value Champagne, our featured wines, and the just-arrived 2015 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas.  Then swing by again Saturday as we feature four of Ken Wright’s magnificent 2015 Willamette Valley single vineyard Pinots.  Great wines both days!

Featured Wines, Fun Value, Belle Glos For The Weekend – Friday, October 28 from 3-7pm

Five terrific wines to start your weekend off with a bang!  Join us from 3-7 on Friday to sample:

Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV – It’s Champagne season!  Well, we think it’s always Champagne season, but Fall/Winter are especially appropriate.  This bottling is a bargain, with lots of character and a very fine value price.

Jean-Paul Thibert Pouilly Fuisse 2015 – A delightful rarity – high-quality white Burgundy from a great vintage with a nice kiss of oak at a very comfortable price.  Delicious now and over the next 5 years or so.

Tenuta Capraia Chianti Classico 2013 – This triple 90 point Chianti smells more like Brunello than Chianti and flows across your palate with ripe fruit and silky tannins.  A bargain from $12.98.

Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2014 - As Wine Advocate says, "Readers need to put Domaine du Tix at the top of their list of new estates from Ventoux to watch out for."  A luxurious blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache that's loaded with blackberry, spiced meat, fresh herb, and cracked black pepper aromas and flavors and finishes firm and fresh.

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas 2015
– The just-arrived 2015 edition of this preeminent “Power Pinot” is exceptionally rich and velvety with a touch more lift than in some years.  A very short crop means our simply silly good pricing can’t be listed on the web and won’t last long.

Note that the Belle Glos pricing is too low to list on our web site.  If you’d like to know the deal, just email us, call us at 703.356.6500 or simply stop by the store.

Ken Wright’s 2015 Single Vineyard Pinots and More! – Saturday, October 29 from noon-4pm

I’ve been chomping at the bit to show you these wines ever since I tasted barrel samples with Ken last February.  Now the time has come!  We’ve got four of Ken’s dozen single vineyard Pinot Noirs from the outstanding 2015 vintage here and open to taste this Saturday with our key featured wines of the week, too.  Join us from noon-4pm Saturday to try:

Jean-Paul Thibert Pouilly Fuisse 2015
– A delightful rarity – high-quality white Burgundy from a great vintage with a nice kiss of oak at a very comfortable price.  Delicious now and over the next 5 years or so.

Tenuta Capraia Chianti Classico 2013 – This triple 90 point Chianti smells more like Brunello than Chianti and flows across your palate with ripe fruit and silky tannins.  A bargain from $12.98.

Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim 2015 – Ken owns and farms this marine sedimentary site with loving care.  It’s not far from Savoya and Shea, but it often packs in even more power and punch than its more famous neighbors.  Both the clones and the soils incline Abbott Claim towards a distinctive spice and floral focus, although there’s always plenty of rich plum, cassis and black cherry fruit. 

Ken Wright Canary Hill 2015 –
One of only two wines Ken makes from volcanic sites, this is always distinctive for its notes of bright cherry, blue/black berry, and juicy acids.   It’s a blend of 30+ year-old Pommard and slightly younger Dijon clone growing on very shallow, porous, soils.  Lots of fruit with complicating accents of tobacco, herb, and more.

Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015 – Ken’s parcels were replanted about 10 years ago after phylloxera reached Freedom Hill, and now they give wine with a wonderful blend of richness and structure, accessibility and ability to age.  Lots of spice, chocolate, and herb notes to add complexity to the dark raspberry and plum.

Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2015 – Ken’s signature wine and, arguably, Willamette Valley’s signature vineyard.  Always a fine marriage of ripe fruit and juicy, fresh, texture, this usually wants a few years in cellar to show its best. Ken pretty much made the reputation of this vineyard, and it's always one of his most powerful, concentrated, wines.

We’ll have some treats from the cheese case out to enjoy with the wines and plenty of information on Oregon’s vineyards and the 2015 vintage to share.  Join us!

One Sip at a Time 2016 -Two Great Classes Left Including Cheap vs Expensive Blind Tasting!

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

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.

Guillon Burgundy Dinner at 2941 Restaurant on November 9!

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.


Dinner with Gevrey-Chambertin’s Jean-Michel Guillon
Wednesday, November 9 – Reception 6:30; Dinner 7pm
2941 Restaurant – Cost $178 All-Inclusive
Make Your Paid Reservation Through The Restaurant Only at (703) 270-1500

Calling all fans of the best red Burgundy and profound Pinot Noir from anywhere in the world!  Come join us for a sumptuous 6-course dinner at award-winning 2941 Restaurant as top Burgundy vigneron Jean-Michel Guillon presents white and red Burgundy from vintages 2007, 2011 and 2014. 

We’ve lauded Jean-Michel’s wines for years as not only majestic Pinot Noirs that impress from first sip, but also as wines that really sing with great food.  This is your chance to discover that for yourself as we enjoy six brilliant Burgundies with an elegant tasting menu created by Chef Bertrand Chemel just for this event.  The meal and pairings:

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre of Steamed mussels & 30 month aged Virginia prosciutto
Guillon Pinot Blanc 2014
Warm Sea Scallop In a Shell  | hazelnut sea salt toffee, cremini mushroom & leek, lobster saffron émulsion
Guillon Santenay Les Bras Blanc 2007
Roasted French Quail | Swiss chard, Luxardo Maraschino, cubeb black pepper, quail jus
Guillon Fixin Les Crais 2014
Spiced Braised Duck Leg ”Cannelloni” | wild mushroom, celery root, turnip, duck sauce façon “Grand Veneur”
Guillon Grevrey Chambertin Père Galand 2011
Roasted Duck Breast | chestnut & spaghetti squash, duck jus
Guillon Grevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champonnets 2011

Roasted Venison Loin  | Petite cuillère d’Aligot, Savoy cabbage, jus d’Automne
Guillon Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin 2011

Pinot Noir Poached Bartlet Pear | mascarpone sorbet, thyme

Come at 6:30pm to enjoy a glass of Jean-Michel’s Pinot Blanc, meet the winemaker, and enjoy a savory treat.  Then, we’ll be seated at 7pm to begin our feast as Jean-Michel and his importer, Olivier Daubresse, share the story of the Domaine and insights for each wine.  As always, the service will be exemplary and Chef Chemel’s cooking never fails to amaze and delight.

This extraordinary Burgundy Dinner is likely to sell out quickly, so you should make your reservations as soon as you can.  To reserve, please call 2914 Restaurant directly at (703) 270-1500 and specify that you are reserving for the November 9 Burgundy Dinner.  All reservations must be accompanied by payment of $178 per person (credit card over the phone is fine).  Reservations can be cancelled for full refund up to 48 hours before the dinner.

Note that you cannot make reservations for this dinner via Open Table or through the store.  All reservations must be made and paid at time of reservation through the restaurant at (703) 270-1500

For those who haven’t been before, 2941 Restaurant is perhaps the elite-level restaurant in this part of Northern Virginia, a regular “Top” selection by The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Zagat and more.  It’s located at 2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042, just inside the Beltway between Routes 29 and 50 and offers free valet parking. 

Again, to reserve your seats, please call us at 703.356.6500, 2914 Restaurant directly at (703) 270-1500 and specify that you are reserving for the November 9 Burgundy Dinner. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet and dine with one of Burgundy’s most outstanding winemakers!


Call 703.356.6500 or email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com. Watch our web site and your email box for more new class announcements and updates!