Northern Virginia - Wine Education and Schools

This is a list with links to various Wine Education and Schools in and around Northern Virginia.
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Chain Bridge Cellars

Wine classes and events in our in-store tasting room. Custom presentations available by special arrangement. Home of 'One Sip at a Time' - monthly classes on wine basics - from "Tasting and Talking about Reds" to "Hooray for Rosé!" In addition, check our active schedule for a variety of "Spotlight" classes on specific estates, varietals and regions. Classes include take-home materials, education-rich presentations, lots of opportunity for discussion, plus light appetizers. See our website for more information and up-to-date listings, email wineteam@chainbridgecellars, or call 703-356-6500 for more information.
1351 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, Va
ph. (703) 356-6500

Tom DiNardo - The Wine Zealot

Tom DiNardo has worked in the wine industry in both California and Washington. With a reverence for the grape, Tom continues his passionate pursuit today as a wine consultant and educator who teaches others about oenology and wine collecting. Mr. DiNardo is a sommelier diplomate with the International Sommelier Guild and a member of the Society of Wine Educators. He is a freelance writer for Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, and Santé Magazines, and is a regular contributor to Wine Tom is a featured auctioneer for Chicago based ERI wine auction gallery, and has sold some of the finest and rarest wines from around the world. Mr. DiNardo is also a certified master appraiser (ISA-AM & MPPA)and prior to his wine immersion experience, Tom DiNardo founded DiNardo & Lord Auctioneersin 1993. Through these unique experiences, Tom has gained invaluable knowledge about the wine industry. Please view our Charity Auctions Calendar ( To learn more about our Wine Appraisal Services (
ph. 888-503-0828

The Capital Wine School

The Capital Wine School is the premiere school for wine education in the Washington, DC metro area. Courses are offered for beginners and professionals. The school is owned and operated by Jay Youmans MW. Jay is an Advanced Level Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), a Certified Wine Educator (CWE), a Certified Burgundy Wine Educator, and a Master of Wine. He has judged wine at the Star Wine Competition, the California State Fair, and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. He has been the competition director for the Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition since 2012. He was a contributing author to The Business of Wine, published by Greenwood Press (2009). The Capital Wine School offers many types of classes - Introduction Classes on Wine and Tasting - Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses and exams: Levels 1 - 4, including Diploma - Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) courses and exams: French Wine Scholar (FWS) & Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) - Exam Prep Classes for the CSW, CSS, & CWE exams (Society of Wine Educators) - Essential Blind Tasting Skills - Focus Tastings on the wine regions of the world - and more!
5207 Wisconsin Avenue - Suite # 7
Washington, DC
ph. 202-792-5020