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.

 

A Squirrelly Cab, Crisp Chablis, and 93 Point Nebbiolo – Pretty Exciting Free Friday and Saturday Tastings!

We’re ranging far and wide on this week’s free weekend tastings, starting and Friday from 3-7pm and continuing on Saturday from noon-4.  You’ll have the chance to learn the “Secret” of a great value Washington state Cabernet, try a WA 97 point Cab sibling, and revel in the newest release of the always delicious Louis Michel Chablis.

And, for Italian fans, a special treat.  If you love Barolo, Barbaresco, and other great Piemonte reds made from the majestic Nebbiolo grape, you regularly face two big problems:  the wines are too expensive to drink casually and they need to cellar for years before they really delight.

So this weekend, we’re pouring a vintage 2010 Nebbiolo – ready to drink! – with plenty of pedigree – try 93 points from Wine Enthusiast – that will cost you a whopping $20.  It’s a wine you really need to taste to believe.  And taste it you can this weekend!  We’ll pour:

Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2016 – The latest edition of this long-time Chardonnay favorite is destined to be…well, a favorite again!  At once zesty and rich and very fun to drink.

Secret Squirrel Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend 2014 – The big secret here is that this is the second wine of Corliss Estate in Washington.  Once we start pouring it, there will be no hushing up how delicious it is!

Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012 – If we’re going to taste the second wine, might as well show off the first!  This Wine Advocate 97 point powerhouse still needs some time to open up and shine, but we’ll take a peak right now.

Anzivino Gattinara 2010 – Barolo and Barbaresco’s Nebbiolo grape shines brightly in this Wine Enthusiast 93 point example from the rolling hills of nearby Gattinara.  Now seven years from harvest, this is nicely maturing although still has plenty of life.  It’s shockingly good for Gattinara.  The sub-$20 price is more shocking still!

We’ll have some light snacks out to enjoy with the wines and plenty of good company and cheer.  We hope you’ll join us Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday noon-4!

Spotlight Classes Featuring Cab Beyond Napa, Billecart-Salmon & Winemaker Xavier Arnaudin from Union Sacre

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, click on any of the course titles to reserve online today.

Spotlight on West Coast Cab Beyond Napa
Thursday, January 25 @ 7pm
Course Fee $45


While Napa Valley remains America’s most famous and important region for fine Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux’s top red grape is shining brightly up and down the West Coast.  Join us as we explore a range of Cabernet Sauvignon styles from southerly sites like Santa Barbara and Paso Robles to northerly Columbia Valley and Walla Walla in Washington.

You’ll sample a total of 7 wines ranging from great values for everyday enjoyment to powerful and refined bottlings you’ll want to cellar and savor for years.  Check out the full tasting list at this link and reserve your seats now online or by calling us at the store at 703.356.6500. 


Spotlight on Union Sacre with Winemaker Xavier Arnaudin
Tuesday, February 6 @ 7pm
Course Fee $30


Union Sacre is easily the most exciting new (to me, anyway!) California winery we’ve come across in years.  Their skin contact Gewürztraminer is exotic and flavorful but still dry and pure.  Their Riesling is lovely, aromatic, and – again – dry.  Their Syrah is muscular, rich and deep.  And their Happy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon is vibrant, pure, and still big and bold enough to handle a steak.

What’s even better than the wines (and the silly good prices) is the story behind this soon-to-be-famous micro-estate and its founder/partners, Philip Muzzy and France’s Xavier Arnaudin.  And the best way to get to know both the wines and the story is by joining Xavier and us for this great class and tasting featuring the wines of Union Sacre.  We'll taset six wines at what I guarantee will be one of your top wine tasting/class experiences of 2018. Check out the details here and reserve your seats today.

 

Spotlight on Champagne Billecart-Salmon (A Valentines Day Eve Treat!) **SOLD OUT**
Tuesday, February 13 @ 7pm
Course Fee $65

This class is sold out, but we're happy to add you to a waitlist!

It's been a few years since our last visit from the good folks at Champagne's Billecart-Salmon.  So I can't think of a better time than the night before Valentine's Day (and Fat Tuesday for those tracking Lent) to renew our acquaintance with one of the world's greatest sparkling wine houses.

Clement Calleja from the winery will join us to present this historic estate's story and share seven exciting wines, including two superior high-end, luxury, bottlings running $200+ for Cuvee Nicolas Francois and north of $450 for Les Clos Saint Hilaire.  You'll get your money's worth from this class in more ways than one!  See the full wine list, all the details, and reserve your seats here today!

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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!

Learn About Wine, One Sip at a Time: The 2018 Schedule

What could just be the best wine class series in the DC area gets even better in 2018, with 14 great classes including four fine Sunday afternoon events.  The most popular sessions, like Wine & Chocolate and the Cheap vs. Expensive blind tasting, return this year.  And we’ve added new classes, like Italian Reds You Should Know and a three-part series exploring the wines of Spain.

One Sip at a Time sessions are already great buys at $25/ea for six to eight wines, snacks, and plenty of great conversation. And they get even better when you purchase a One Sip at a Time Passport.  You’ll get six seats at any One Sip at a Time classes to use yourself or bring a group for just $100 – a savings of $50 over the class-by-class price.  Check out the One Sip at a Time Passport here and the 2018 schedule below. 

 

One Sip at a Time 2018 Schedule

Click on any course title for a description of the class and to reserve your seats

Old World vs. New World - Thursday, Jan. 11, 7:15pm

Deep Dive: Grenache - Sunday, Jan. 28, 5:00pm

Wine and Chocolate - Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:15pm

Stroll Through Spain Session 1: Rioja – Sunday, March 25, 5:00pm

Luxurious Red Blends - Thursday, April 12, 7:15pm

Spanish Series 2: Northwest - Thursday, May 10, 7:15pm

Deep Dive Chardonnay - Sunday, May 20, 5:00pm

Cheap vs. Expensive Session 1 - Thursday, June 14, 7:15pm

Hooray for Rosé - Thursday, July 12, 7:15pm


Food and Wine Pairing Mythbusters - Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:15pm

Italian Reds You Should Know - Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:15pm


Deep Dive Cabernet Sauvignon - Sunday, Oct. 28, 5:00pm


Stroll Through Spain Session 3: Priorat and Catalonia  - Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:15pm

Cheap vs. Expensive 2 - Thursday, Dec. 13, 7:15pm

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