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.

 

End of Summer Sale Tastings Friday (3-7) and Saturday (noon-4pm)

Our big End of Summer 2016 sale kicks off on Thursday with 30 wines on sale for 30-58% off – while they last!  Want to try before you buy?  We’ll have 3-4 of our favorites from the End of Summer Sale list open and out to taste on Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday from noon-4pm. 

Which wines will be open? That depends on how many of each are left, but it’s likely you’ll sample a lovely red Burgundy, a bold Provençal red, and you’ll certainly get to try this week’s featured Dom Lemonier Pouilly Fuisse Terriors 2014 both days.  Join us both days and get ready to end your summer with a bang and kick off fall with a full wine rack (and big savings)!

Spotlight on Ramey Chard/Cab and Mastrojanni Brunello in September

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 Modern Beauties from California Pioneer David Ramey
Thursday, September 15 @ 7pm
Course Fee $40


There aren't many people who have done more to establish California as a quality wine region than David Ramey.  Join us on Thursday, September 15, as George Staikos from the winery shares David's story and some of his and his wife's, Carla, stunning reds and whites - including the simply brilliant 2012 Caberenet Sauvignon Pedregal (WA 95-97).

Having established Matanzas Creek and Chalk Hill as top Sonoma wineries, David and Carla crossed the Mayacamas Mountains in to take over as winemaker at Dominus Estate before founding Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996.  David pioneered modern California winemaking, including sur lie aging of whites in barrel, native yeast fermentations, and making reds without acidification or filtration. His 1979 UC Davis thesis on volatile ester hydrolysis (translation: how aromas evolve in wine) is still used today to understand how wine ages.

At Ramey Wine Cellars, David is able to take the chances and make the wines he really loves. As Decanter Magazine noted last year, "David Ramey is one of California's best and most respected winemakers."  And the wines really rock!  Join us as we sample:

Sidebar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013
Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Carneros 2013

Ramey Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014
Sidebar Cellars Field Blend Red Russian River Valley 2014
Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013
Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Oakville 2012


As always, we’ll enjoy light snacks with the wines and have plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.  The wines are delicious, the story captivating – join us!  Reserve your seats by calling us at 703.356.6500, emailing us at wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com or just stop by the store.


Spotlight on Montalcino's "Glorious" Mastrojanni
Thursday, September 22 @ 7pm
Course Fee:  $30


As Wine Advocate says, "Mastrojanni is an estate that is living a true moment of glory."  This venerable Tuscan estate was acquired by the Illy family (of coffee fame) in 2008 and has shot up the Tuscan quality charts ever since.  Join us on Thursday, September 22, as Rada Linke from Mastrojanni leads us through the story and stunning wines of this oustanding Brunello estate. From Mastrojanni we'll taste:

Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino 2014
Mastrojanni San Pio Toscana (Super Tuscan) 2012
Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino Loreto 2011
Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena 2010


And, as a warm up, Mastrojanni's importer, Maurizio Faro, will share a few other gems from his portfolio.  This is a delicoious opportunity to get to know one of Tuscany's emerging top estates.  Reserve your seats now and 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!

One Sip at a Time 2016 - Fun With Food & Wine on September 8!

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

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.