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. Call us at 703.356.6500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what's coming up or make your reservations.
- Last Class of 2013 - Champagne Tasting and Party on Sunday, December 29!
Coming up fast - the last wine class of 2013. Check out the details and reserve your seats now! And don't forget our 2014 set of One Sip At A Time - Wine Basics for Everyone series. We've still got room in each class - check out the details here.
Annual Champagne Tasting and Class
Sunday, December 29 @ 6pm (NOTE earlier start time!)
Course Fee: $65
So popular, we have to do it twice! And, this year’s Holiday-season Champagne class will reach new heights of delectable fun. We’ll pour eight Champagnes, each paired with a small bite or two from our own Cheese/Food selections and plus some fun warm nibbles as well. We’ll have great Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noir, vintage, value, and at least one “Grande Marque” from a top producer. We’ll start at 7pm (6pm on the 29th) and go until the bubbles and fun run out! See the full list of featured wines here.
A Tour of Bordeaux - Exploring 2009 and 2004 Values - POSTPONED; NEW DATE TBD
Date/time TBD - Course Fee: $40
Almost all wine lovers know that Bordeaux is the most famous red wine region in the world - and often the most expensive. But we'll show you that anyone can enjoy a great bottle of Bordeaux without breaking the bank! Join us to learn about the famous Classification of 1855, the differences in "Left Bank" and "Right Bank" Bordeaux, and the best ways to cellar and savor Bordeaux in any price range. Our focus this year are on the best values from the great 2009 vintage and the often overlooked 2004s. See the full list of wines here and reserve your seats today!
- "One Sip at a Time" 2014 - A Wine Class Series for Beginners to Experts
Held the second Thursday of each month, 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 seond Thursday of each month at 7:15pm (except August) and last about 90 minutes.
Each class is $25 per person - or you can purchase our OSAAT Passport - for $100, you get 6 seats at any 2014 class(es) of your choice! To order yours, just give us a call at the store - 703.356.6500 - or stop by to see us!
New for 2014 - "Deep Dives" One Sip At a Time! We've addded six classes focusing on some of the world's greatest grapes! See the line-up below.
2014 One Sip At A Time Class Schedule
Tasting and Talking About Whites:
Second Thursday of January (Jan. 9, 2014), 7:15
At one level, what could be easier than tasting wine: Tip your glass and swallow! At another level, it seems more intimidating: Why is everyone swirling their glasses? Why are they saying they taste star fruit, melon and spice? Taste through six different wines and learn the tricks for smelling, tasting, and feeling everything a wine has to offer. We’ll focus exclusively on white wines in this session, where you’ll sip your way to a better understanding of why wines taste the way they do, how to describe what you’re tasting and – most importantly of all – what kinds of wines you really love.
Tasting and Talking about Reds
Second Thursday of February (Feb. 13, 2014), 7:15
A natural continuation of our white wine class, but no previous class or experience necessary! We’ll do a quick recap on tasting skills then dive right in to helping you understand what’s happening in your mouth when you take a taste of Cabernet, Merlot and more. When we’re done, you’ll understand how acidity, fruit, alcohol and tannin work together to create balance and grace and the differences between light, medium, and full-bodied reds. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and other great red grapes take center stage in this fast-paced, delicious time of tasting, sharing and learning about wine.
Wine Doesn’t Get Wrinkles: What Happens When it Ages??
Second Thursday of March (March 13, 2014), 7:15
What happens when a wine ages – does it get better? Does it get different? Can I decant a young wine to make it taste mature? We have lots of information and opinions to share during this fun, free-wheeling session. Taste what happens when a wine is decanted, and compare a current release red and white with one that has five or more years in cellar. Is older better? Is young and fresh the way to go? You’ll definitely have your own opinions to share the next time someone says a bottle “isn’t ready”!
Good Wines Gone Bad
Second Thursday of April (April 10, 2014), 7:15
The wine you’ve just opened is not as exciting as you expected. Is it flawed? Or you’re at a fine restaurant and the waiter presents the wine. You get a pour and something doesn’t smell right … now what? Learn how to answer these questions in this class. Sample wines in perfect condition, and then taste some of the most common ways things go wrong. You’ll learn what a “corked” wine is and how to spot oxidation, heat damage and more. And we’ll give you some great strategies for dealing with the wine waiter anytime you have questions or concerns about a bottle
Old World vs New World Reds
Second Thursday of May (May 8, 2014) – 7:15
Taste a Cab/Merlot blend from Bordeaux and one from outside Europe. Try an oaked Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley and one from Burgundy. Same grapes, different wines. What’s going on? Learn the answer as you sip pairs of wines from Europe and the USA. We’ll cover weather, winemaking, and soils, along with the differences between Old World and New World winemaking.
Old World vs New World Whites
Second Thursday of June (June 12, 2014) – 7:15
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
NEW THIS YEAR - Deep Dive Into Great Grapes
Each of these new classes focuses on one grape: how and where it’s grown, how it’s made into wine, and the major styles of wine it yields. You’ll sample at least six wines, including one over $40 wine. Choose from six bi-monthly classes on the second Sunday of the month. Each class only $25 (and you can use your 2014 OSAAT Passport, too!).
Grenache – Sunday, Jan. 12, 5:00 pm
Cabernet Sauvignon – Sunday, March 9, 5:00 pm
Chardonnay – Sunday, May 11, 5:00 pm
Sauvignon Blanc – Sunday, July 13, 5:00 pm
Pinot Noir - Sunday, Sept. 14, 5:00 pm
Riesling – Sunday, Nov. 9, 5:00 pm
As with all our OSAAT series, you can reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at email@example.com, or just stopping by the store.
- Great Weekend Tastings of Holiday Party and Dinner Favorites!
Two great tastings this weekend, both built around wines for holiday enjoyment and gift giving. Friday features some great values including the return of Chilensis Cabernet at a very attractive $8.98 price. And on Saturday we’ll do selections from California and Spain with Mark Longsworth of The Country Vintner. Join us both days!
Great Values with Chuck Waldman from Robins Cellars – Friday, December 13 from 3-7pm
Chuck Waldman joins us this Friday to showcase a few great value wines as well as Dave Phinney’s blockbuster red from the deep South of France. Join us to taste:
Le Souchais (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2012 - This creamy, rich, bone-dry Chardonnay from Muscadet's Couillaud brothers has become a huge customer favorite - even better at $8.98!
Andre Brunel Cotes Du Rhone 2011 - The little Cotes du Rhone from favoerite Chateauneuf producer Andre Brunel delivers big flavors at a big value price!
Chilensis Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 - We had to drop this customer-favorite value Cabernet when the price jumped. Now it's back, better than ever, and just $8.98 this weekend!
Department 66 (Dave Phinney) D66 Grenache 2010 - From Orin Swift founder Dave Phinney, this monster of a Grenache from 60 year-old vines in Roussilon is intense, bold, and carries a whopping 93 point Wine Spectator rating.
A fun tasting of big and big value wines for the Holidays. Join us!
Mark Longsworth Does California and Spain Plus d'Artagnan Wild Boar! - Saturday, December 14 from noon - 4pm
Great wine loves great food - and we'll have both on hand this Saturday. Our friends from d'Artagnan will be on hand to show off and sample their wild boar roast - if you thought the duck was good, don't miss this!
Meanwhile, great friend of the store, Mark Longsworth from The Country Vitner, will be on hand to pour some great wines from California and Spain. Join us to taste:
Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay Monterey 2012 - A great value Chardonnay from Talbott that perfectly balances rich depth with zesty acids and a long, juicy finish.
Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012 (tentative) - Assuming the truck arrives on time, we'll be pouring our best-selling premium Napa Chardonnay of all time and offering it at a whopping $10 off, too!
Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2012 - The Chardonnay's stable-mate delivers powerful aromas and flavors of ripe red fruit and accents of spice and smoke.
Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Tinto 2012 - We got a re-load of last week's Carryout Case special red, and you'll love the ripe, juicy, fruit and mouthwatering finish just as much as the $6.75 case price!
Bodegas Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial Reserva 2009 - A blockbuster, 95 point, Rioja that delivers the perfect marriage of modern ripeness and traditional balance and grace. A great Christmas dinner wine!
Plenty of d'Artagnan pates and other products and fresh baked Lyon Bakery bread to take home, too.