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.

 

Featured Wines And Exciting Summer Values – Friday, August 1 from 3-7pm

Hard to believe that our brilliant summer weather can continue, but on and on it goes!  It’s hard to believe you’ll find a better time to play and dine outdoors than right now, so our Friday tasting focuses mainly on wines for summer fun – plus one great white Burgundy!  Join us to taste:

Uvaggio Vermentino Lodi 2012 – Another great vintage of our favorite Sardinian Vermentino that just happens to be from Lodi, California!  Fantastic seafood and sipping wine at a very, very, compelling price.

Palacio De Bornos Verdejo Rueda 2013 – Visiting this Rueda pioneer was one of the highlights of my mid-summer trip to Spain.  One taste of this crisp, clean, white that bursts with notes of tangerine, orange peel, melon and lemon thyme will make you a convert, too!

Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Les Petites Nosroyes Cuvee de la Maison 2010
– Our “House wine” from Puligny Montrachet is singing now with generous fruit and lovely purity.  A wine every Chardonnay lover should try (and every white Burgundy fan will love).

Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2010 –
Our long-time favorite Cotes du Rhone from the great 2010 vintage is really shining now as the Grenache and Mourvedre open up and deliver more lush fruit and earthy complexity.  A steal.

Bodegas Pascual Buro de Penalosa Crianza 2009 – This blockbuster Ribera del Duero from 40 year-old vines well deserves its 92 point Wine Advocate review and made sense at the $40 release price.  A disruption in the distribution change hacks the price down to $24.98, making this “can’t miss” value!

With five delicious wines, a little something fun from the cheese case, and loads of great company, a stop by Chain Bridge Cellars this Friday is the perfect way to start yet another great summer weekend!

Olivier Daubresse Pours Fine White Burgundy & Gutsy Rhone Reds – Saturday, August 2 from noon-4pm

Our favorite master of all things French returns to the tasting table on Saturday to share five outstanding wines, including some exciting maturing white Burgundies and powerful Rhone reds from Philippe Plantevin.  Joins us to sample:

Bzikot Puligny Montrachet Les Petites Nosroyes Cuvee de la Maison 2010 – Our “House wine” from Puligny Montrachet is singing now with generous fruit and lovely purity.  A wine every Chardonnay lover should try (and every white Burgundy fan will love).

Marie Bernard (Marc Morey) Chassagne 1er les Chenevottes 2007 – Marc Morey’s brilliant 2007 Chassagne from the 1er Cru vineyard of Chenevottes well deserved it’s 91 point rating on release.  Now it’s getting into its drinking window and is simply marvelous!

Dom Larue Saint-Aubin Vieilles Vignes 2005 – A fine value villages white Burgundy from the great 2005 harvest that’s right in the middle of its prime drinking time.  Love the complexity here and the marriage of salty caramel and almost red berry fruit.

Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2010 – Our long-time favorite Cotes du Rhone from the great 2010 vintage is really shining now as the Grenache and Mourvedre open up and deliver more lush fruit and earthy complexity.  A steal.

Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne 2009 – Philippe’s top wine has never been better than in the ripe, dark-fruited, 2009 vintage.  Drinks like a top Gigondas at a much, much, better price.

We’ll have a wonderful new triple-crème cow’s milk cheese to sample with the Burgundies and some savory salami to try with the reds.  Plenty of fresh-baked Lyon Bakery bread to take home, too.  Join us!

"One Sip at a Time" 2014 - Taking August Off, Back In Gear in September!

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.

Classes are the second Thursday of each month at 7:15pm (except August) and last about 90 minutes. Course fee for each class is $25.

New for 2014 - "Deep Dives" One Sip at a Time. We've added six classes on Sundays focusing on some of the world's greatest grapes! Also $25 each. See the line-up below.

 

2014 One Sip at a Time Thursday Class Schedule

Fun with Fizz
Second Thursday of July (July 10, 2014) – 7:15

In this fun and fizzy session, we’ll explore the world of beautiful bubbles, ranging from the classic vineyards of Champagne to the high desert of New Mexico. And, as if straight sparkling wine wasn’t delicious enough, we’ll even share a few of our favorite sparkling cocktail ideas. You’ll learn where the bubbles come from, what to eat with fizz, and figure out your favorite styles – One Sip at a Time!

OSAAT Deep Dive:  Sauvignon Blanc – Sunday, July 13, 5:00 pm
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. From minerally Loire-Valley examples, to New Zealand “grapefruit bombs” to richer, oaked examples, learn all about this mouthwatering grape in this fun, casual One Sip at a Time class.

Six (Other) Reds You Should Know
Second Thursday of September (Sept. 11, 2014) – 7:15

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-friendly 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 awaits your discovery.

OSAAT Deep Dive: Pinot Noir - Sunday, Sept. 14, 5:00 pm
Delicate, ephemeral, and 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. 9, 2014) – 7:15

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 paté? 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!

Six (Other) Whites You Should Know
Second Thursday of November (Nov. 13, 2014) – 7:15

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 some unique grapes you’ve seen on wine lists before, but not been sure what to expect. Now you'll not only know how they taste, you'll also know how to pronounce them!

OSAAT Deep Dive:  Riesling – Sunday, Nov. 9, 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.

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer?
Second Thursday of December (Dec. 11, 2014) – 7:15

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 December 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 2014 One Sip at a Time sessions.


Reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or just stopping by the store.