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 Blockbuster Spring Tasting Featuring Grüner, Rioja, Terre Nere and Brunello from Casanova di Neri – Free Weekend Tastings

Not sure what you’ve got planned for this Friday (from 3-7) and Saturday (from noon-4pm), but if it doesn’t include time for a visit to our tasting table, you might want to start revising your schedule!  Five great wines open both days, ranging from crisp, fresh, great value Grüner Veltliner and California Chardonnay to robust Rioja and Sicilian reds.

And, we’ll showcase two different wines from one of the very best Brunello di Montalcino estates:  Casanove di Neri.  On Friday, we’ll pour the more open and immediately engaging Brunello “White Label,” while on Saturday we’ll share the oaked, intense, Tenuta Nuova.  You’ll want to try them both!

Join us Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday from noon-4 to try:

Anton Bauer Grüner Veltliner Gmörk 2015
– Our favorite great value Grüner is an even better deal this weekend from $8.98/ea.  As Wine Enthusiast says in their 90 point review, it’s “Friendly and very moreish.”  A fancy way of saying the bottle will be empty before you know it!

Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2015 - What a great bottle of California Chardonnay for Spring/Summer sipping!  Done in tank and used French oak, it's fresh, full of fruit, and  100% delicious in a "Wow! - That's amazing!" kind of way.  Very much deserving the Vinous 90 point rating.

Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2014 -  If you love great Brunello, Burgundy or Barolo, it’s time to get to know Nerello Mascalese!  This rich Mount Etna red from Italian legend Marc De Grazia is full, fleshy, and very worthy of its 96 point rating from James Suckling.

Bodegas Vinsacro Rioja Dioro 2010 – A modern take on Rioja from a very old-fashioned vineyard, this is both full of “international” style black fruit and laced with classic Rioja herb and spice.  As Wine Advocate says in the 92 point review, it “opens to an explosion of flowers and ripe blueberries that is very perfumed. It feels quite modern and aromatic with well-integrated oak and a luscious palate.”

Casanove di Neri Brunello di Montalcino "White Label" 2012 (Friday) and Brunello Tenuta Nuova 2012 (Saturday) – As Wine Advocate says, “Casanova di Neri is one of the shining stars of Montalcino…There's a higher degree of texture and richness on display, and this is not often the case with Sangiovese.”  This weekend, we’ll showcase the winery’s 2012 Brunello, with the “Normale” on Friday and the benchmark, new oak aged, Tenuta Nuova on Saturday.  Not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you both days!

Spotlight Classes With Philippe Plantevin, Patricia Green Pinot, and Guigal Rhone Stunners!

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.

 

NEW CLASS!
Spotlight on Philippe Plantevin and Robust Rhones
Tuesday, May 2 @ 7pm
Course Fee $25


I drink a lot of wine from the Southern Rhone, but I’ve almost certainly drunk more bottles made by Philippe Plantevin than any other winemaker.  Why?  Well, the wines are delicious, they work well on their own or with food, and each one delivers far more quality and satisfaction than the modest price tags would ever suggest. And, even better - when I drink Philippe's wines, I get the extra satisfaction of knowing I'm supporting one of the most humble, nicest, and most genuine people making wine anywhere in the world today.
 
We'll taste 8 wines with Philippe and Olivier, including the just arrived 2012 Cotes du Rhone Villages La Daurelle and the stunning 2007 La Daurelle - because you've got to try this with a little cellar time to understand just how well it ages.  See all the details and reserve your seats online here.

 

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.


Spotlight on Two Great Vintages of Beaujolais
Thursday, June 22 @ 7pm
Course Fee:  $30

If you're ever going to explore great Gamay from it's homeland of Beaujolais, now's the time.  Vintages 2014 and 2015 are clearly two of the greatest vintages ever in this, one of the world's most under-appreciated wine regions.  Vinous titled their reviews of the two harvests "2014 Beaujolais:  Another Dream Vintage" and "2015 Beaujolais:  A Vintage of Richness and Energy."  And Wine Advocate scored the two vintages 94 and 93 points - among the highest ratings ever for Beaujolais!

Want to see what all the fuss is about?  Join us as we sample 7 (perhaps 8) great examples from vintages 2014 and 2015.  See all the details at this link, reserve your seats online, or just call us at 703.356.6500 or stop by the store.  Bravo Bojo!

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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!

Full and Fleshy Reds and White - Taste Delicious Full Bodied Wines One Sip At A Time on May 11!

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:

  • 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

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.