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 “Weekend” Tastings on Thursday and Friday – Fireworks Favorites!

With July 4th falling on Saturday and most of you having this Friday off, we’re changing up the weekend tasting schedule a bit.  Since Thursday is sort of like a normal Friday – the last work day of the week! – we’re holding our regular Friday tasting from 3pm-7pm on Thursday.  And, to make Friday’s day off even more fun, we’ll be pouring from noon-4pm Friday.  No tasting on Saturday, though, when we’re open limited hours – just 10am – 4pm.

Our featured wines this week are pretty much perfect for Holiday weekend sipping, so we’ll showcase them both days.  Join us Thursday from 3-7pm or Friday from noon-4pm to sample:

Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2014 – This year’s crop of pretty pink wines is turning out to be just fantastic (and the most popular we’ve seen so far!), and Philippe Plantevin’s contribution is another winner.  Pretty strawberry and watermelon fruit with a dry finish that just won’t quit.

Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2013 – A bit of a step up from the usual weekend sipper, but so utterly fresh, pure, and delicious that you’ll be tempted to pop a bottle Saturday night anyway.  Very nearly Grand Cru weight here with fine intensity and a mouthwateringly long finish.

Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013 – It’s always tempting to compare this to much more expensive Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc, but it’s really even more fun than that.  Peachy, floral, Viognier holds center stage with a touch of extra heft from Genache Blanc and dusty minerality from Marsanne. A great summer sipper, a fine match to salads, and sublime with seafood.

Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2014 – As usual, one of the most delicious and best value Rhone reds we’ll offer all year, but now a 50/50 blend of Syrah and Grenache.  The combination of intense ripeness, mouthfilling weight, and a juicy, refreshing, finish is impossible to resist.

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012 – As Robert Whitney said in his 94 Point Wine Review Online review of Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012, “If the price were $75 most Napa devotees wouldn't even blink.”  Fortunately, even though this is the best Faust Cab we’ve ever tried, the price matches the best deal we offered on the 2005.  A super steakhouse Cabernet value!

We’ll have some treats from the cheese case out to enjoy with the wines and fresh-baked Lyon Bakery breads – including the delicious ciabatta rolls! – in-store both days.  We look forward to seeing you, and wish you and your family a safe and delightful Independence Day!

July OSAAT: Perfect Pinks and Dive Deep Into Sauvignon Blanc!

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.

Hooray for Rose! - Featuring 10 Pretty Pinks
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!  Our tasting includes a whopping 10 great wines:

Hillinger Secco NV
Dom Du Dragon Grande Cuvee Rose Cotes De Provence 2014
Ch Les Valentines Rose Cotes De Provence 2014
Raventos I Blanc La Rosa 2014
Castillo Ducay Rosado 2014
Early Mountain Rose 2014
Valdinera Chiaro Di Luna Rosato 2014
Pierre & Bertrand Couly Chinon Rose 2014
J. Mourat Fiefs Vendeens Collection Rose 2014
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV

A pretty fine line-up of the prettiest pink wines we could find.  Join us to explore the world of rose:  One Sip At A Time!

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.