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.

 

Perfect for Summer Weekend Tastings With Amanda Page Saturday and a Little Dauvissat Chablis Friday – Free Weekend Tastings June 6 and 7.

Summer Values Plus Dauvissat Chablis – Friday, June 6 from 3-7pm

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, it’s time to focus a bit on refreshing values for summer sipping, cookouts, shellfish feasts, and more.  Friday’s tasting features to stunning value bottles from Bulgaria – yes, really – including the rich and cookout-ready 90 point Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon.  Plus, our featured Albarinos of the week and a rare chance to try a wine from Chablis master Vincent Dauvissat.  The line-up:

Bulgariana Sauvignon Blanc Thracian Valley 2015 – At last the weather’s warming up, the sun is (more often) out, and you’re ready to sip something cool and refreshing over the long weekend.  From just $8.98, here’s a thirst-quencher you can enjoy all summer long!

Dauvissat Chablis (Village) 2014 – Vincent Dauvissat is the acknowledged master of old-fashioned, impeccably grown and made, Chablis.  While his Village wine is priced like most other houses’ 1er Cru, it performs like one as well.  A rare chance to try the work of a master.

Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino Rias Baixas 2015 – Always one of our favorite Albarino, and even better than the 91 point rated 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions.  Amazing freshness here with complexity, fruit, and selzery minerality to burn.

Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino 1583 Rias Baixas 2014 – Year-in, year-out, one of the greatest wines to come out of Spain’s Rias Baixas region.  Old vine Albarino given a kiss of barrel for extra depth and Burgundy-like richness and complexity.

Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon Thracian Valley 2012 – Pretty easy story here – 90 point Cabernet Sauvignon made with help from Michel Rolland that you can take home from $9.98.  Don’t miss this one!

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

Mostly Spain (Plus One South African Beauty) With Amanda Page from Kysela Per et Fils – Saturday, June 7 from noon-4pm

No one does great value from Europe and south of the Equator like Wine Enthusiast Importer of the Year Fran Kysela, and no one does a better job of presenting those values than Kysela’s Amanda Page.  Join Amanda this Saturday from noon-4pm as she presents:

Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino Rias Baixas 2015 – Always one of our favorite Albarino, and even better than the 91 point rated 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions.  Amazing freshness here with complexity, fruit, and selzery minerality to burn.

Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino 1583 Rias Baixas 2014 – Year-in, year-out, one of the greatest wines to come out of Spain’s Rias Baixas region.  Old vine Albarino given a kiss of barrel for extra depth and Burgundy-like richness and complexity.

Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Chardonnay 2014 – This could just be the very best Chardonnay value in the store.  Big, rich, and full of flavor, it puts plenty of $30 California Chards to shame – but because it comes from South Africa, you can enjoy if for just $14.98!

El Escoces Volante Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha VV 2013 – A big, rich, mouthfilling Garnacha that will shine at any cookout with everything from burgers to BBQ ribs.  “It is what it is” says the name, and “what it is” is a delicious value!

Finca Sobreno Ildefonso 2009 – A profound, 93 point, Tinto de Toro – aka Tempranillo – from 80 year-old vines grown in the rugged vineyards of Toro.  A full 18 months in all new French oak smooths off the edges but doesn’t mask Toro’s classic power and heft.

All of the wines Amanda pours will be available to take home at very special tasting discounts.  Join us from noon-4 and find some new favorites to enjoy through the summer and all year long!


June Class: Spotlight on California Terrior – The Movement to Cooler Climates, Greater Restraint

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 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.

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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: Fragrant, Fruit-Filled Whites and Reds on June 9!

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.