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.

 

An Alto Adige Adventure (With a Side of 99 Point Bond/Harlan Napa Cab on Saturday) – Free Weekend Tastings

When we planned this week, we expected to focus our weekend tastings exclusively on the fine white and red wines of Alto Adige’s leading co-op, Kellerei Kaltern.  And we will do that, showing four delicious wines both Friday and Saturday that deliver big flavors and lots of complexity.  Join us on Friday from 3-7pmm and Saturday from noon-4 and taste them all for yourself!

But, if you love America’s most luxurious, highly rated, and rarely available Cabernet Sauvignons, then you might want to make Saturday your tasting day.  Because we’re uncovered a small stash of wines from Napa legend Bill Harlan and you get to try one for yourself!  So, on Saturday only, join us to sample the Wine Advocate 99 point, normally $700 per bottle, Bond St. Eden Proprietary Red 2013!

So, on Friday, the tasting line-up will be:

Kellerei Kaltern Pinot Grigio Söll 2015 - The "luxury" version of our best-selling Pinot Grigio ever amps up the richness and depth substantially with no loss of refreshment or crispness.  As Wine Advocate says in their 90 point review, it's "a zesty and refreshing white wine that delivers a pristine and bright drinking experience. There is a touch of sassy spice on the close that follows fruity tones of peach, melon and citrus. The wine offers good dimension and depth.”

Kellerei Kaltern Castel Giovanelli Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - When I tasted this at the winery, my note was simple:  "Zowie - that's freaking delicious!"  While the US press has missed this stunning, small production, barrel fermented Sauvignon so far, Decanter rated it 90 points, Falstaff (Austria) 91 points, and Italy's Gambero Rosso gave it "Two Glasses."  You'll want at least two glasses of this luxuriously textured, ripe and complex Sauvignon, too!

Kellerei Kaltern Pinot Noir Saltner 2015 - Words like “beautiful” and “lovely” keep coming to mind here.  The wine’s a stunning transparent garnet color in the glass and the aromas are redolent of just picked strawberry, right-off-the-tree red cherry, and mountain flowers with just a hint of wood spice and smoke.  The texture is silky and luscious, delivering mouthfilling flavors of strawberry pie and sweet cherry with accents of berry blossom, spice and smoke.  With a light chill, this is the perfect summer red for salmon, salami, fried chicken (hot or cold!), or just toasting the sunset.

Kellerei Kaltern Solos Lagrein Riserva 2012 - One of Italy's most under-rated red grapes, Lagrein is often made into fun and friendly quaffing wine, perfect for parties and pizza.  But with a little love, Lagrein's fun-loving personality can take on remarkable profundity. French oak gives the wine a dose of spice and there's a touch of earthy licorice root down somewhere deep, giving the blackberry pie and black raspberry fruit flavors a savory, sophisticated, flair.  Rare and exciting!

Then, on Saturday, you’ll find all four of those wines plus:

Bond St. Eden Proprietary Red 2013 – Bill Harlan’s winery built to explore Napa Cabernet terrior has been crushing it for years, and never more than in 2013 when yet another Bond wine (the Pluribus from Spring Mountain) pulled down a perfect 100 point rating.  Rather than rip up our mouths with Spring Mountain tannin, we’ll sample the 2013 St. Eden Cab from Oakville.  Parker called it “absolutely mind-blowing” and rated it 99 points.  Come see what you think!

IMPORTANT:  We’ll only be opening one bottle of the Bond St. Eden and will sharing it at noon sharp on Saturday (sorry – no early tastes).  While the Saturday tasting runs until 4pm, there’s no guarantee the Bond will last that long.  Coming early is strongly recommended!

Last, if you’re interested in the 100 point Harlan Estate 2013 or any of the other Bond wines – including the Parker 100 point Pluribus – and didn’t get our Wednesday Collectors offer, just let us know.  We’ll be happy to share pricing and availability on all of them  See you this weekend!

Spotlight Class on Napa Cabernet Terrior and the Elegant 2014 Vintage - Aug. 27

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 Napa Cabernet Terrior and the Elegant 2014 Vintage
Sunday, Aug. 27, 5pm
Course Fee $50

**This class is sold out! Please call us at 703.356.6500 or email us at wineteam@chainbridgecellars.com to be added to the waitlist!**

It's time for what's becoming an annual event: an in-depth exploration of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon terrior, this time from the fine, elegant, and very pure 2014 harvest. Of course, as many of you tasted in past classes, “Napa” is more than one, homogenous, growing area.  There are now 13 recognized AVA’s in Napa Valley and at least two or three more likely to receive approval over the next few years.  More and more California winemakers are now seeking to deliver both classic “Napa” richness and a more clearly defined sense of “place” in their wines.  With the arrival of a very fine set of 2014s, right now is a great opportunity to see how well they’re doing!

We’ll explore Napa Valley Cabernet from the cool Oak Knoll district in the South through the world famous Rutherford Bench before climbing the steep hills of Spring Mountain to the west and Howell Mountain to the East.  In all, we’ll taste 8 wines, all from vintage 2014. The wine list is still evolving, but right now it looks like this:

Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 (Valley Blend; WA 94)
Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2014 (Rutherford; Vinous 92)
Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon AME Nyers Ranch Conn Creek 2014 (Conn Valley)
Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature (Prichard Hill) 2014 (WA 94+)
Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder 2014 (WA 95)
Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2014 (WA 95)
Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2014 (Spring Mtn; Vinous 97)


While none of these wines is “cheap” (and several crest the $100 mark), all are exciting examples of their regions and contemporary Napa winegrowing and winemaking.  You’ll enjoy light snacks as we discuss Napa Valley’s vinous history, recent vintages, and – of course – enjoy some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon.  This class is strictly limited to 30 attendees, so call, email, or stop by the store to reserve your seats today!  Or reserve online at this link - but reserve quickly, because this class always sells out!

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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!

One Sip at a Time is back in September - Plan Ahead for a Delicious Fall!

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

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