Chain Bridge Cellars


Wine Class

Participants learn about the history and characteristics of Chenin Blanc.

Old World and New World Whites

Participants taste and compare white wines from the Old World and New. Part of the One Sip at a Time Series.

Rose From Around the World

Participants taste roses from Provence, sparkling pinks and other less common varieties. Part of the One Sip at a Time Series.

Sauvignon Blanc Wine Class

Class focuses on Sauvignon Blanc from around the world. Part of the One Sip at a Time series.

Editorial Review

A good place to sharpen your oenological nose, Cecile's has a knowledgeable staff, each with his or her own personal preferences and areas of expertise. This is one-stop globe-trotting for quality wines.

Ideally, Cecile's "students" leave not only with information - questions are encouraged - but a satisfying wine fit for the occasion. To make no mistakes, customers have even come in with cookbook in hand. Prices range from $5 or $6 to the stratosphere. A goal, says manager Jonas Gustafsson, is that customers are "satisfied at all price points."

There is nothing like lab work to increase your knowledge. Cecile's hosts two weekly wine-tastings; Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and later. Casual events, they're often opportunities to taste the featured wines of the month; discover, for instance, that roses are not always sweet, or find that lighter, cleaner white for summer.

Posted on the door is one more lesson; the reminder that "wine is alive." Leaving it in the sun, in your car in extreme temperatures, will do damage.

-- Victoria Lemley