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.

 

Holiday Treats Friday, Eric Rodez Champagne with Olivier Saturday – Free Weekend Tastings!

A great free tasting weekend here at Chain Bridge Cellars featuring Cabernet, Chardonnay, Cava, Champagne and more!  Join us from 3-7pm on Friday and noon-4pm on Saturday and we know you’ll find something exciting to take home and enjoy for the holidays.

Holiday Treats Featuring Roy Proprietary Red 2013 – Friday, December 9 from 3-7pm

Kick off your weekend with a bang this Friday as we pour five exciting wines from Napa, Burgundy and Champagne!  From 3-7pm stop by and sample:

Finca Valldosera Cava MS 4.7 Brut Nature NV - Not all that sparkles is  Champagne!  But even though this is Spanish Cava, it's got a ton of Champagne quality and character at a very party-friendly price.

Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV – A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from Eric’s Grand Cru vineyards, this shows a touch of toast to go with vibrant citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors.

Albert Bichot Montagny 1er Cru 2014 - A rich and vibrant Chardonnay from one of Burgundy's last great sources of real value, the village of Montagny.  Zesty white peach, lemon curd, apple and more with a fine mineral finish and good richness and depth.

Jonata The Paring Red 2012 – Not all fine bubbles have to come from Champagne and not all great California Cabernet comes from Napa, either.  This rich and plush and very smooth Cab blend from the Santa Ynez Valley is already delicious and fun to drink.

Roy Estate Proprietary Red 2013
– The best (WA 96+) vintage yet of one of our favorite high-end Napa  Cabernet Sauvignons.  There’s plenty of density and ripeness here but also a fine finesse and long, lingering, finish.  We’re opening just one bottle, so come early!

We’ll have some treats from the cheese case out to sample with the wines and great tasting sale prices, too.  Join us!


Grand Cru Champagne of Eric Rodez with Olivier Daubresse – Saturday, December 10 from noon-4pm

The annual pouring of new release from Champagne’s Eric Rodez is always a highlight, but this year’s crop of great bubbly is the best and most exciting yet.  Here’s your chance to taste six stunning Grand Cru Champagnes, all poured by Burgundy and Champagne expert, importer Olivier Daubresse.  You’ll sample:

Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV
Eric Rodez Ambonnay Blanc de Blancs NV
Eric Rodez Ambonnay Grand Cru Millesime 2007
Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV
Eric Rodez Empreinte De Terroir 2003 Chardonnay
Eric Rodez Empreinte De Terroir 2004 Pinot Noir


These are always some of the most profound and pure Champagnes we carry, and this will be your only chance to try all six of these stunners at once – for free!  Expect a big crowd so come early and savor handcrafted, meticulously grown and made, Grand Cru Champagne this Saturday from noon-4pm!

One Sip at a Time: The 2017 Schedule Including New Classes

What could just be the best wine class series in the DC area gets even better in 2017, with 19 classes including 11 Thursday night and 8 Sunday sessions. 

The most popular sessions, like Wine & Chocolate, Hurray for Rosé!, and the Cheap vs. Expensive blind tasting class, return this year.  And we’ve added six new classes, including:

  • Luxurious Red Blends, Sunday, Feb. 5
  • Do You Know the Score? (The Critics tasting), Thursday, June 8
  • The Best Whites You’ve Never Heard Of, Thursday, Oct. 12
  • Reds to Watch, Thursday, Nov. 9

At just $25/ea normally for six to eight wines, snacks, and plenty of great conversation, OSAAT session are already great buys.  But, purchase a OSAAT Passport right now for yourself or wine loving friends and you’ll get tickets to six sessions for just $100 – a $50 savings.  Even better, now your Passport is good for any OSAAT session in 2016 or 2017, so taking advantage of your savings is easier (and tastier) than ever.

Check out the full 2016 One Sip At A Time course schedule at below and then just click here (or call or stop by the store) to purchase your passes today.  You’ll receive a card to put under the tree or in a loved one’s stocking along with schedule information and more.  A great gift at great savings!

All classes take place in our wine classroom in McLean, convenient to Tyson's Corner, Falls Church, and the entire Northern Virginia/DC area. Call, email or click to reserve your seats today!

Also, check out our separate schedule of  "Spotlight" Wine Classes, featuring winemakers, importers, and wine regions.)

 

One Sip at a Time 2017 Schedule

Click on any course title for more detailed description of the tasting and to reserve your seats

January - March Classes

Old World vs. New World Reds, Thursday, January 12, 7:15

Luxurious Red Blends, Sunday, February 5, 5 pm

Wine and Chocolate, Thursday, February 9, 7:15 pm

Old World vs. New World Whites, Sunday, February 19, 5 pm

Guess That Grape! Blind Tasting and Sensory Perception, Thursday, March 9, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into Grenache, Sunday, March 19, 5 pm

Good Wines Gone Bad – Wine Faults and Flaws, Thursday, April 6, 7:15 pm


May - July Classes (no classes in August)

Full and Fleshy Reds and Whites, Thursday, May 11, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into  Pinot Noir, Sunday, May 21, 5 pm

Do You Know the Score?  The Critics, Thursday, June 8, 7:15pm

Deep Dive Into Sauvignon Blanc, Sunday, June 25, 5pm

Hooray for Rosé!, Thursday, July 13, 7:15 pm

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer? (Session 1), Sunday, July 23, 5pm

 

September - December Classes

Foolin' Around With Flavor: A Food/Wine Experience, Thursday, September 14, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into Chardonnay, Sunday, September 24, 5 pm

The Best Whites You’ve Never Heard Of, Thursday, October 12, 7:15

Deep Dive Into Cabernet Sauvignon, Sunday, October 22, 5 pm

Reds to Watch, Thursday, November 9, 7:15

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer? (Session 2), Thursday, December 7, 7:15 pm

 

Reserve your seats for any of these fun and tasty wine classes online or just call us at 703.356.6500, email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or just stop by the store.

The Annual Champagne Classes and New 2017 Spotlight Sessions

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.  Or,  just click right here to reserve online.

 

The Annual Champagne Classes 2016
Dec. 26, 3 pm    Dec. 27, 7pm
Cost: $65 per person


This year’s Chain Bridge Cellars’ annual Champagne classes will be the most exciting, informative and – yes – delicious we’ve ever offered.  Inspired by a brief trip to Champagne in early March, we’re going to taste 8 amazing wines that each showcase a different aspect of the world’s most important sparkling wine region’s soils, climate, and heritage.  And, we get to sample a fine and maturing example of one of Champagne’s most famous (and expensive) prestige bottlings:  Salon.

We’ll taste 8 great wines, some old favorites that just keep getting better with each release; others wines you may have heard of, but never actually tried.  The line-up:

L. Aubry Fils  Brut, NV
Pehu-Simonet Face Nord Rosé Brut, NV
Marc Hébrart Sélection Brut, NV

Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve NV
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Cuvée Fleuron  Brut, 2009
Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or Brut, 2010
Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV
Salon Blanc De Blancs Le Mesnil Brut 1999


Because of the very high demand for this class (and the more extravagant than usual set of wines we’ll be pouring), we require payment information be provided at the time of registration and will bill your card 48 hours in advance of the class.  You may cancel your reservation up to 48 hours before your selected class at no charge.  No refunds/cancellations less than 48 hours in advance of the class.

To reserve your seats, just right here and you can reserve online.  Or give us a call at 703.356.6500 or simply stop by the store.  Don't miss this chance to enjoy brilliant bubbly from accros Champagne!

 

Wandering Willamette Valley with Beth & Rob Crittenden, Roanoke Valley Wine Co.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7pm
Course Fee $35


No exaggeration here:  No one has done as much – heck, half as much! – to bring Oregon’s best wines to our area than Rob and Beth Crittenden.  And if there’s anyone who knows the region, the soils, the wines and the people of the Willamette Valley better than Rob and Beth, I’ve certainly not met them!

We'll taste 9 fantastic Willamette Valley wines including Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, a "mini-vertical" of Freedom Hill Dijon Clone, and three winemakers' take on one of America's great Pinot vineyards:  Shea.  See all the details at this link and then reserve your seats online or by just giving us a call at 703.356.6500


Chateauneuf du Pape: Tasting At The Pope’s New Castle
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7pm
Course Fee $40


It’s hard to believe that just 25 years ago, few wine lovers considered Chateauneuf du Pape a “serious” wine region.  Since then interest in Chateauneuf has exploded as has the quality of the wines.  Today there’s never been more great CdP out there and there’s never been a greater diversity of styles to enjoy.

While we taste the wines we’ll learn how this region rose from obscurity in the 1300s, dropped out of sight later, and then re-emerged (with a little help from Robert Parker) in the 1990s and beyond.  We’ll have some CdP-friendly snacks to enjoy with the wines and plenty of time for discussion and questions.  You’re guaranteed to try something new and enjoy some very exciting wines.

You can see all the details of the class (including the tasting list when announced) and reserve your seats online by clicking on this link. Or just call us at 703.356.6500.


The Medoc, Graves and Sauternes:  Exploring Bordeaux’s Left Bank
Thursday, Feb.  23, 7pm
Course Fee $50


Pauillac.  Margaux. Graves. Sauternes.  Some of the most famous and historically important vineyards in the world lie on the gravelly soils on the eastern side of the River Gironde – Bordeaux’s “Left Bank.”  We’ll sample a total of 8 wines ranging from high-value “Medoc” appellation gems to grand Classified Growth bottlings from world famous Chateaus including rich whites, savory reds, and a sublime sweetie.

Whether you're a long-time Bordeaux fan or just interested in learning more, this will be a delicious and delightful tour of Bordeaux's most famous vineyards. See all the details and reserve your seats online here or just call us at 703.356.6500 or stop by the store.


Pomerol, St. Emilion, and Satellites:  Exploring Bordeaux’s Right Bank
Thursday, March 16, 7pm
Course Fee $50


Join us as we get to know the velvety wines of Fronsac, the perfumed beauties of St.  Emilion, and the plush powerhouses of Pomerol.  And delight in the superb (and lovely young) values from Bourg & Blye and the regions called “Satellites” to Pomerol and St. Emilion.  Steven Schattman returns to help us understand Bordeaux's Right Bank region and wines as we enjoy light snacks and plenty of great conversation.

See all the details and reserve your seats online here or just call us at 703.356.6500.  The marvels of Merlot are not to be underestimated - join us!

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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!