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.

 

Spring Has Sprung Favorites – Free Friday (3-7pm) and Saturday (noon-4pm) Tastings This Week

With the arrival of “normal” Spring weather (including the occasional refreshing April shower!), it’s time to break out the warmer-weather whites, reds, and even pink wines!  On Friday (3-7pm) and Saturday (noon-4pm) this week we’ll feature five great Spring-friendly wines during our absolutely free weekend tastings.   Join us to sample:

Dom du Dragon Grande Cuvee Rosé Cotes de Provence 2016 – One of your favorite Provençal Rosés is better than ever in the excellent (if small) 2016 vintage.  Plenty of strawberry and watermelon fruit lifted by lemon/lime acids and a fine hint of fresh herb.  Even better on sale!

Lora Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc 2015 -  From organic grapes grown within sight of the windmills of La Mancha, this bursts with tangerine and sweet pink grapefruit aromas that carry on to the ripe, deeply flavored, palate. Delicious, fun, and punching well above it's price point (especially this weekend!)

Bruni Poggio d'Elsa Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese 2015 – When the winemaker names a wine for his mother (Elsa in this case), you know it has to be pretty fine!  A rich and zesty blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese with a fleshy texture and brisk, pizza/pasta-friendly, finish.

Dom Du Tave Vinsobres Cuvee Paradis 2014 – One of our favorite Cotes du Rhones of the past few months is showing even better now!  70% Grenache made in tank and 30% Syrah done in barrel give this rich fruit and a nice chocolaty finish.  Fire up the grill!

Jonata The Paring Syrah 2013 – If you’ve enjoyed this high-end winery’s Bordeaux Blend – The Paring Red – just wait until you taste their easy-drinking take on the grape that made them famous:  Syrah.  Lush, plush, smoky, meaty, and too much fun to drink.

As always, all the wines will be on sale and will mix/match for any six or 12 bottle discounts.  If the wine rack is looking a bit empty, come on by, find some new favorites, and stock up on great wines at fine tasting discounts.  We look forward to seeing you!



Spotlight Classes on Right Bank Bordeaux, Patricia Green Pinot, and Guigal!

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.

 

Pomerol, St. Emilion, and Satellites:  Exploring Bordeaux’s Right Bank
Tuesday, March 28, 7pm (New date!)
Course Fee $50


Join us as we get to know the velvety wines of Fronsac, the perfumed beauties of St.  Emilion, and the plush powerhouses of Pomerol.  And delight in the superb (and lovely young) values from Bourg & Blye and the regions called “Satellites” to Pomerol and St. Emilion.  Steven Schattman returns to help us understand Bordeaux's Right Bank region and wines as we enjoy light snacks and plenty of great conversation.

See all the details and reserve your seats online here or just call us at 703.356.6500.  The marvels of Merlot are not to be underestimated - join us!


Spotlight on Patricia Green Cellars with Co-Winemaker Jim Anderson
Tuesday, May 9, 7pm
Course Fee $40


Patricia Green Cellars has been among our favorite Willamette Valley wine estates for a few years now, both for the quality of the wines and the character of the people – co-winegrowers Patty Green and Jim Anderson.  After a great visit with Patty last year exploring their 2014s, you won’t want to miss the chance to meet Jim and get to know a sizzling set of 2015 releases!

Tasting through the 2015s (and some pretty impressive barrel samples of 2016s) earlier this year, I was once again impressed by the mix of no compromise purity and “wow that’s really delicious” fun Patty and Jim bring to Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  Jim will help you understand how he and Patty make this magic happen and taste the unique character of each vineyard site they work with.  We’ll share 8 wines including the estate’s top bottling:  Notorious.  See all the details and full wine list here and reserve your seats online or by calling us at 703.356.6500 today!


Spotlight On The Majestic Rhone Wines of E. Guigal from Cotes du Rhone to Cote Rotie
Thursday, June 1, 7pm
Course Fee $50


“Legendary.”  “Masterful.” “Extraordinary.”  These are the kinds of words you hear again and again from experts and critics about the winemaking and wines of E. Guigal.  Founded by Etienne Guigal and managed today by son and grandson Marcel and Philippe Guigal, this is the estate that led the re-birth of the Northern Rhone after WWII and continues to make great wines from Cote Rotie down to Chateauneuf-du-Pape today.

Come experience some of France’s greatest wines as Christophe Courteaud from Guigal’s US importer, Vintas, leads us through the history, vineyards, and wines of this great estate.  We’ll sample 7 whites and reds from both the Southern and Northern Rhone.  The tasting will include wines from legendary vineyards like Cote Rotie and Hermitage as well as exciting bottlings from St. Joseph, Chateauneuf du Pape and more.  See all the details and reserve your seats online here or by calling us at 703.356.6500 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!

Good Wines Gone Bad - Learn The Secrets of Wine Faults One Sip At A Time on April 8!

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, Hurray for Rosé!, and the Cheap vs. Expensive blind tasting class, return this year.  And we’ve added six new classes, including:

  • Luxurious Red Blends, Sunday, Feb. 5
  • Do You Know the Score? (The Critics tasting), Thursday, June 8
  • The Best Whites You’ve Never Heard Of, Thursday, Oct. 12
  • Reds to Watch, Thursday, Nov. 9

At just $25/ea normally for six to eight wines, snacks, and plenty of great conversation, OSAAT session are already great buys.  But, purchase a OSAAT Passport right now for yourself or wine loving friends and you’ll get tickets to six sessions for just $100 – a $50 savings.  Even better, now your Passport is good for any OSAAT session in 2016 or 2017, so taking advantage of your savings is easier (and tastier) than ever.

Check out the full 2016 One Sip At A Time course schedule at below and then just click here (or call or stop by the store) to purchase your passes today.  You’ll receive a card to put under the tree or in a loved one’s stocking along with schedule information and more.  A great gift at great savings!

All classes take place in our wine classroom in McLean, convenient to Tyson's Corner, Falls Church, and the entire Northern Virginia/DC area. Call, email or click to reserve your seats today!

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 more detailed description of the tasting and to reserve your seats

February - April Classes


Good Wines Gone Bad – Wine Faults and Flaws, Thursday, April 6, 7:15 pm

 

May - July Classes (no classes in August)

Full and Fleshy Reds and Whites, Thursday, May 11, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into  Pinot Noir, Sunday, May 21, 5 pm

Do You Know the Score?  The Critics, Thursday, June 8, 7:15pm

Deep Dive Into Sauvignon Blanc, Sunday, June 25, 5pm

Hooray for Rosé!, Thursday, July 13, 7:15 pm

Cheap vs. Expensive: Which Do You Really Prefer? (Session 1), Sunday, July 23, 5pm

 

September - December Classes

Foolin' Around With Flavor: A Food/Wine Experience, Thursday, September 14, 7:15 pm

Deep Dive Into Chardonnay, Sunday, September 24, 5 pm

The Best Whites You’ve Never Heard Of, Thursday, October 12, 7:15

Deep Dive Into Cabernet Sauvignon, Sunday, October 22, 5 pm

Reds to Watch, Thursday, November 9, 7:15

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