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.


Thanksgiving Selections for Every Table! Free Daily, Friday and Saturday Tastings

Come into Chain Bridge Cellars anytime now through the day before Thanksgiving and you’re going to find some amazing Turkey Day selections open and ready to try!  Of course, both our free Friday and fres Saturday tastings feature Thanksgiving-ready goodies.  Before then, we’ll have at least one featured white and one featured red open daily to try.

And – because we know you’ll never buy them unless you give them a try – we’ll have at least one sweet wine open to sample every day now – Thanksgiving.  On Tuesday, we’ll open the most delicious, satisfying, Ruby Port we’ve ever tasted.  On Thursday, come try a rarity – a 100% botrytis, 100% Chardonnay, stickie from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  And, over the weekend, Ice Cider!

On Friday from 3pm-7pm join us to sample:

Steininger Grüner Veltliner Grand Grü 2016 – The best vintage yet of this holiday staple, this is creamy, rich, very food-friendly Grüner with an extra dose of spice from gaining in Acacia wood.  Winner of a nice 92-94 point rating from Austria’s Falstaff magazine, too!

Brandborg Pinot Noir Benchlands 2014 – Our featured for Thanksgiving Pinot Noir delivers fine levels of ripe fruit and savory spice with a light color that looks pretty on your table and deep palate that will handle anything Turkey Day throws at it.  From $16.98, it’s outstanding value, too!

Corliss Red Blend 2012 – Ok, this has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.  But we don’t often see wines from this brilliant Columbia Valley estate and this 95+ point Bordeaux blend (50% Cabernet Sauvignon) is worth trying while you can.

Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2015 - A long-time, nicely rated, favorite CdP is sure to shine with any Thanksgiving fare.  This year's model has loads of dark, earthy, red fruit and nicely firm, food-frinedly, finish.

Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Prestige 2015 - Older vines and a dose of 20% Mourvedre ramp up the concentration and earthy complexity of this 94-96 point stunner.  If your stuffing runs to the mushroom or chestnut direction, this will be the bottle you want on the table.  Just outstanding.

Then on Saturday from noon-4pm, a real treat – the first visit to the store in years of John Paul Cheski, owner/founder of Free Run Wine Merchants.  JP will be pouring an outstanding line-up of superb Thanksgiving selections:

Marcel Couturier Macon Loche Les Longues Terres 2014 - Chardonnay from the southernmost Burgundy region can be a great match with Thanksgiving, and this one is going to shine. Pretty fruit, for sure, but also the beginnings of bottle maturation on show with a sleek, nutty, finish.

Boschis Francesco Grignolino Piemonte 2016 - Want to try something light and fresh with Thanksgiving (I know I do!).  This snappy fresh cherry/berry red from Italy's Piemonte region will do the trick.  The kick of cranberry fruit matches turkey and stuffing and gravy like...well, like cranberry sauce!

Brandborg Pinot Noir Benchlands 2014 – Our featured for Thanksgiving Pinot Noir delivers fine levels of ripe fruit and savory spice with a light color that looks pretty on your table and deep palate that will handle anything Turkey Day throws at it.  From $16.98, it’s outstanding value, too!

Bedrock Wine Co Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 - Zinfandel and Thanksgiving are classic matches, and this Wine Spectator 93 point Zin will easily prove the point.  As Spectator says, it's "Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit."  At $25, this is a steal.

Brandborg Gewurztraminer 2014 - Classic Gewurz aromas here: rose petals, lychee, and hints of spice.  It's rich and mouthfilling, but finishes clean.  All of the exotic aromas and flavors are reigned in by a surprising amount of welcome acidity, making this a perfect partner for Thanksgiving feasts (and Inidan food, too!).

Eden Honeycrisp Ice Cider 375ml - Like ice wine? Strong cider? Honeycrisp apples?  All three come together in this deliciously sweet and spicy ice cider from New Hampshire.  It takes about 8 apples to make one 375ml bottle of this nectar, and every sip is loaded with sweet and tangy apple and pie spice complexity.

We’ll have some treats from the cheese case out to sample during both our Friday and Saturday tastings.  And, of course, our staff is on hand and ready to help you make your perfect Thanksgiving match.  Join us!

Free Tuscan Food/Wine Festival Sunday the 12th; Champagne Classes Open for Registration!

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.


Free Sunday Tuscan Festival of Wine and Food With Poggio Alloro’s Sarah Fioroni
Sunday, November 19 from 2-4pm - FREE!!

Sarah Fioroni’s title at Tuscany’s Poggio Alloro estate:  Executive Chef, Sommelier, and General Manager of the Winery!  In other words, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone better qualified to showcase the charms of Tuscan food and wine, and that’s just what she’ll do on Sunday, November 19 from 2-4pm at Chain Bridge Cellars.

Join us during this free, come-and-go, event to taste five different wines from the Fioroni family’s Tuscan farm and winery, Poggio Alloro, located just outside the walled city of San Gimignano.  And, as you sample Vernaccia, Chianti, and sweet/savory Vin Santo, you’ll have the chance to try some treats from Virginia’s only Tuscan butcher:  the US branch of Poggio Alloro’s neighbor Terre di Sienna!

Sarah’s importer, our good friend Maurizio Farro, will be pouring the wines while Sarah shares her family story, experiences in Tuscan food and wine, and even autographs her cookbook for you to enjoy at home (we’ll have copies for sale during the event).  The cookbooks and wines will all be available at very special celebratory pricing.

You’ll enjoy meeting Sarah, delight in her clear, easy-to-follow, receipies for authentic Tuscan foods, and you’ll love the wines, too!  With a nip of Autumn in the air, we could all us a bit of warming Tuscan sun.  A visit and tasting with Poggio Alloro’s Sarah Fioroni is the next best thing.  Join us!


The Annual Champagne Class and Celebration
Session 1:  Thursday, November 30 @ 7pm
Session 2:  Wednesday, December 27 @ 7pm
Session 3:  Saturday, December 30 @ 5pm (note start time!)
Course Fee:  $65 per person (sorry:  no class passes for this event)

It’s here!  Time to fete the end of 2017 and get ready for a great 2018 with Chain Bridge Cellars’ annual Champagne Class and Celebration.  If you’ve joined us for one of our annual show of brilliant bubbles, you already know that this is the most fun, festive and delicious classes of the year.  And if you haven’t attended before:  What are you waiting for?

This year we’re all about the classics, including three featured wines from one of Champagne’s great family-owned estates:  Pol Roger.  We'll taste 8 great wines, including 3 Pol Roger bottlings: White Foil, Vintage 2008, and the justly famous Cuvee Winston Churchill.

See the full list of wines at this link and then use the instructions there to register for your preferred session online.  Or just stop by or call us at the store to sign up today.  Don't delay - great bubbles wait for no one!


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 December: Cheap vs Expensive!

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 and the Cheap vs. Expensive blind tasting, return this year.  And we’ve added new classes, including:

  • The Best Whites You’ve Never Heard Of, Thursday, Oct. 12
  • Reds to Watch, Thursday, Nov. 9

At just $25/ea for six to eight wines, snacks, and plenty of great conversation, OSAAT session are already great buys.

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 a description of the class and to reserve your seats

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 call us at 703.356.6500, email wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com, or just stop by the store.