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.

 

On Tasting This Weekend: Summer Favorites in White, Red and Pink Plus New Merguez On Sale!

With Summer in full swing now, we’re featuring some outstanding summer values this week at our Friday (3-7pm) and Saturday (noon-4pm) free tastings.  Two crackling white wine values lead off, followed by a favorite rosé and three succulent reds – including our featured choice for Father’s Day giving from Margaux’s Ch Siran.  Plus, just wait until you try the new MeatCrafter’s Lamb Merguez with hints of fennel and mint – a great grilling choice for this weekend!  Here’s the full line-up:

Man Family Wines Warrelwind Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – A favorite South African Sauvignon Blanc value is better than ever this year with plenty of ripe tropical and citrus fruit and a hard to beat $7.98/ea case price deal.

Michael Pozzan Chardonnay Russian River 2012 – Russian River Chardonnay Value ALERT!  If you love the rich fruit, creamy texture, and subtle accents of butter and oak that make Russian River Chardonnay so wildly popular (and expensive!), then this outstanding value (just $12.98 this weekend) is not to be missed!

Dom Du Dragon Grande Cuvee Rose Cotes De Provence 2014 – This long-time favorite Provençal pink is better than ever in 2014 with loads of ripe strawberry/cherry fruit, a generous handful of crushed herb, and a zippy finish that just won’t quit.

Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Willamette Valley 2012 – Top wines from the outstanding 2012 Oregon harvest are almost all gone, making the late arrival of this fine value from benchmark winemaker Steve Doerner very welcome indeed!

Feudi Branciforti Dei Bordonaro Nero d'Avola 2013 – From Sicilian masters Firriato and good friend and importer Maurizio Farro, this rich and juicy Nero delivers plenty of dark, ripe, fruit while finishing clean and fresh.

Saint Jacques de Siran Bordeaux Superior 2012 – From one of the oldest estates in Margaux, this rich and luxurious Bordeaux blend would be pretty compelling even without the attractive package, stylish wood case, and sub-$20 sale price!

Bordeaux and lamb go together like, well perhaps peanut butter and jelly isn’t the perfect analogy, but you get the drift.  So as you sip on Siran’s bargain Bordeaux, try a taste of Stan Feder’s fantastic Lamb Merguez sausage with fennel and mint.  This sizzling fresh sausage (now under the MeatCrafters label instead of Simply Sausage) is a fresh, summery, take on classic Merguez with a touch of spice and loads of exotic, fresh, herbal notes.  It’s perfect as a main course with couscous and grilled vegetables, or as an appetizer with a little cooling yogurt sauce for dipping.  You can taste the quality and care that goes into these in every bite as we have it out to sample and take home on sale!

Old World vs. New World Whites and Perfect Pinks One Sip at a Time

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.

 

 

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.

Sweet & Savory Chenin from Dom des Baumard This Thursday Night

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!

 

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.