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.


Oregon, Spain, Burgundy, and South Africa – A Global Free Tasting Weekend Friday and Saturday!

A bit of something for everyone on this weekend’s free tasting table. You’ll have the chance to sample all three of this week’s featured wines plus two exciting whites – one a fun and easygoing value, the other a nicely rich white Burgundy.  Join us from 3-7pm on Friday and noon-4pm on Saturday to sample:

Cape Original Chenin Blanc Western Cape 2017 – Someday, it will be warm and sunny, and you’ll want a refreshing, lighter-bodied, easy-drinking white wine value to share and drink with casual abandon.   This is it (from $6.98!)

Albert Bichot Santenay Blanc 2015 – A drinker’s white Burgundy, already serving up pretty buttered hazelnut, lemon and stone fruit aromas and flavors in a nicely rich, ready-to-go, style.  Luxurious Chardonnay.

Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve 2016 – Always one of the top bargains in high-end Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 91point 2016 edition has lovely fruit, a silky texture, and a great finish.

Patricia Green Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2016 – From one of America’s greatest Pinot Noir vineyards, this is darker, smokier, and spicier than the Reserve.  Nice power here in a wine that stays beautifully light on its feet.

En Numeros Vermells Priorat AiAiAi 2016 – a GREAT value in classic Priorat, this Garnacha, Careinyena, Syrah, Merlot blend explodes with dark fruit, bitter chocolate, sweet spice and dusty slate.

As always, we’ll have some fun treats from the cheese case out to sample and best, mix/match, pricing on all the wines on tasting.  Join us!

Announcing Five New Spotlight Classes for April and May (Hint: Do NOT miss the one on April 29)

Spotlight on Patricia Green Cellars with Melissa Groshong
Tuesday, April 10 @ 7pm  |  Course Fee:  $45

Calling all fans of great American Pinot Noir!  Because you won’t want to miss this chance to sample seven great Willamette Valley Pinots (plus a snappy Sauvignon Blanc) from Oregon’s benchmark Patricia Green Cellars.  National Sales Director Melissa Groshong will be on hand to share the story of this outstanding estate and recent Willamette Valley vintages.  Melissa will share seven great wines from vintages 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  This is an exciting opportunity to see how Patty and Jim’s vision and hard work translate into bottled wine from four exciting vintages.  Whether you’re a long-time Willamette Valley Pinot Noir fan or just looking to get to know American’s most exciting wine region, this is a class you’ll love attending.  Check out the full wine list and reserve your seats online at this link!

Spotlight on Paso Robles Trends with Linne Calodo Asst Winemaker Meghan Balll
Sunday, April 22 @ 4pm  |  Course Fee $35

Meghan Ball is the perfect person to help us understand why Paso Robles is just about the most exciting growing region in California these days.  With stints at Jean Georges Group’s restaurants in New York and more than 4 years as an assistant winemaker and wine educator in Paso, she understands Paso wines as a consumer and producer – and she knows how to share that knowledge with us!

We’ll be developing the wine list over the next few weeks, but we know it will go heavy on Rhone varietals (Syrah, Mourvedre, and Grenache red and white) and include a few selections from Meghan’s Linne Calodo wines.  See all the details and reserve your seats online here.

Spotlight on Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva 2013s with Vias Wines' Jim Hutton
Sunday, April 29 @ 4pm  |  Course Fee $55 - SOLD OUT!  - Taking wait list requests and looking at adding a second session Sunday, May 6.  Let us know if you're interested!

As Antonio Galloni said after tasting through these spectacular wines: “I was blown away by these wines from the Produttori del Barbaresco. The straight 2014 Barbaresco is sublime, while the 2013 Riservas are off the charts.  Under the direction of Managing Director Aldo Vacca, the Produttori are making some of the most distinguished wines in their history. Best of all, the Riservas remain exceptionally well priced for the quality and consistency they offer. It is virtually impossible to go wrong with any of the 2013 Riservas.”

As Galloni suggests, the best way to choose which of the 9 great 2013 Riserva’s to take home is to taste them yourself – and we’re going to make at least 6 of them available to try in this class! See the full wine list and reserve your seats online at this link today.

Spotlight on Bedrock Wine Co. with Partner Chris Cottrell
Thursday, May 3 @ 7pm  | Course Fee $40

Morgan Twain-Peterson’s Bedrock Wine Co. is just about the most exciting new estate working with Zinfandel and field blends since Turley and…well, since Morgan’s dad, Joel Peterson, founded Ravenswood.  Their 2016 releases are every bit as exciting, especially the estate’s top “field blend” reds from ancient vines of 80-100+  years of age.  And the story is almost as exciting as the wines – as you’ll see when you join us and Morgan’s partner, Chris Cottrell, for one of the most exciting and delicious tastings of California wines we’ll do all year.  We’ll taste six wines and learn all about this fine steward of some of American’s most ancient vines.  See the full wine list and reserve your seats online here now.

Spotlight on Oregon's Walter Scott Wines with Partner Erica Landon
Tuesday, May 22 @ 7pm  |  Course Fee $40

We’re fortunate to get to visit Oregon’s Willamette Valley annually and spend time with a great mixture of veteran and up-and-coming winemakers.  No visit is more exciting than Walter Scott Wines.  The husband/wife team of Ken Pahlow & Erica Landon started making wine in a corner of Patty Green’s cellar about a decade ago.  Now they have their own small winery and have emerged as makers of some of Oregon’s most refined and classically styled Pinot Noirs…and as leaders in the resurgence of Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Plus, both Ken and Erica are just really cool people who are a blast to taste with and get to know!  As you’ll discover yourself when you join us for this exciting tasting of Ken and Erica’s stellar 2016 releases.  See all the details and reserve your seats online today!

One Sip at a Time: The 2018 Schedule and NEW Spain Class Section!

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

SOLD OUT:  Stroll Through Spain Session 1a:  Rioja, Ribera and Toro - Thursday, March 15 @ 7:15pm

SOLD OUT:  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.