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Fighting Off Getting Back To Reality! Today's Tuesday store email 9/5/2017 Cheers!

This is today's Tuesday Store email written here for the second time as we get our server issue worked out. Read and enjoy it. cheers, TONY 9/5/2017

 

     FROM SANTOS RIVERA : Beer and Cider -

          THREE Beers -

       1) Octoberfest from SAM ADAMS, On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles - a hearty & smooth Marzen, liked by many! A perfect beer for this weather with a really nice chill!

       2) Doublebock beer . the ' Tregenator ' from TROEGS Independent Brewing, On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce beers, from Hershey, PA., with 8.2% alcohol by volume, , using Magnum, German Northern and Brewer hops with a bronze color, , a thick and chewy taste with intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and dried stone fruit. .... yes yes yes!

       3) Down To Earth IPA Session , with 42 IBUs, 4.4% alcohol by volume, a 6-pack of cans  from the 21st Amendment Brewing CO., a extra pale ale with a bold malt taste and hop flavors : serious!' ... " Whether you have a long mission behind you or a full afternoon ahead, this session IPA will help keep things real. " Yes, I agrtee, we agree.

          ONE Cider -

       1)  Pressed-On-Site Hard Cider ' Original ' from JACK'S, a 12-ounce cans 6-pack On Special for $10.99 , made with apples, sulfites and carbonation, gluten-free, from Pennsylvania, We love it! " We produce a hard cider from the ground up. We grow, press, and ferment apples, then package the final product all from our facility located in one of the Apple Capitals of the world, Biglerville, PA. " Cheers, come try some!

     AND IN LIQUEURS - LIQUORS From Jagir Singh we have -

       1) Cane Run Estate Original Rum Number 12 blend, imported, On Special for $12.99, a great deal, what a fine price, exciting and ' new ' and thrilled to have it here to offer you all.

     2) Breaker Bourbon Whisky, a limited realease, hand-crafted Bourbon that is aged for a minimum of 5 years. $48.99 a bottle, something ' new and exciting ' to bring to your attention from , a 45% alcohol by volume, from Buellton, Santa Barbara County, California, ....

     3) Amaro Cio Ciaro , a typical and original liqueur produced and bottled by PAOLUCCI LIQUORI in Sora, Italy. It is On Special for $19.99 a bottle, with 30% alcohol by volume, and worth trying to see if this style of Amaro suits you or not? The price is excellent if it does. Cheers.

     WINE By Chris & Tony -

       1) Vinho Verde from ANJOS de Portugal, On Special On Special $7.99 a bottle, a dry blend of 40% Arinto, 30% Trajadura, and 30% Loureiro, a delight, lively, bright, fresh : perfect to cut through this heat and humidity now! And a festive , colorful label, too!

       2) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand, 2016 On Special for $9.99 a bottle,  What a deal, what a value, and , most important - what a wine!

       3) AC 4.090 Gewurztraminer from ALTA CIMA in Chile, from the Valle de Lontue, On Special for $9.99 a bottle, regularly $14.99, this is dry, flavorful, and a steal when you want to drink Gewurtztraminer, tasty, a treat.

       4) Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, from Jane Hunter own HUNTER'S Vineyard : so lovely, so soft and bright and refreshing - a silkiness, a satin, lovely! What a treat, loved it, great sipping!What a treat with or without a meal.

   
        5) Bonarda 2011 Reserva from TIERRA PROMETIDA , from Mendoza, Argentina, On Special for $12.99, a hearty, flavorful, intense and dark-colored red that my family and I enjoyed at the beach in the first week of August. We were in Plover Beach at the Outer Banks in the town of Duck : and with new friends we made from Minnesota we enjoyed this hearty earthy angular red with some apetizers of cheese and crackers, and looking out at the ocean as pelicand dove to their heart's content for their dinner past the breaking of the waves and swimmers, surf-boarders - nice. We closed the beach down with this and it was wonderful. Best with food, an Italian grape taken from Oltrepo Pavese by the Piemonte region, and grown really well, too in Argentina. Come check this one out and see what you all think.

   
       6) " L'Ingenue " 2011 of ELYSE Vineyard from the Naggiar Vineyard, a dry flavorful, developed, brighter and more lingering mouthful of distinct Rhone varietal flavors that have cadences of honey and accents of nuts - a real treat with a meal, some soups would be amazing - creamy soups like squash, or even cooked squash - mmmmm.

WEDNESDAY Wine Sale Here Every Wednesday - SAVE UP to 20% OFF your wine purchases. Call Chris or Tony to discuss this with us at 202-363-4265 : THREE WAYS to save big.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

WEDNESDAY, September 6th, 2017 : 5-8PM : We have Marci Weinstein here to taste four really exceptional ' new and exciting ' Kiwi wines form WITHER HILLS ( killer Sauvignon Blanc, and even greater Pinot Noir, and a delightful dry Pinot Noir rose, too ) asnd also for INKBERRY Mountain Estate ( a Shiraz - Cabernet blend ). JOIN US, no charge, what a treat : maybe, no - most definitely I was amazed!

FRIDAY, September 8th, 5-8PM : We have third-generation owner-winemaker Greg Grazziano here of his own GRAZZIANO Family wines to taste an assortment of incredibly tasty, honest, true-to-soil wines from Mendocinoa, CA. I love what Greg makes- serious, flavorful, distinct, unique - some of the best I have had from California, and great GREAT DEALS, too!

SATURDAY, September 9th, 2017 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Serghei coming to pour a selection of his FABulous dry reds and whites from Moldova, and it might include a sparkling wine, too. Will talk to Serghein tomorrow and be sure what we are tasting. They are so flavorful, with character, style, power and finesse, too at times. Great wines to enjoy with your meals.

THANK YOU as always for everything, you all are the very best love you all. Cheers, TONY 9/5/2017

  

       6) CHATEAU CANTELAUDETTE 2013 Graves de Vayres, from Bordeaux is a real trear. Something to enjoy now, On Special for $15.99 : some grip, some backbone, some real flavor and taste : a winner with your meal almost anytime. Enjoy with flavorful foods.

     IT IS A SOBERING time in our lives, and here we are in the beer, wine and spirits' business and most everything we sell has alcohol in it. Still a sobering time on so many fronts, and balance is what is needed most of all. I read a story on Sunday on the front page of the Washington Post newspaper called : " THe Homecoming " I believe? I read it all. It spoke to me on many levels in volumes, and I was thrilled to look into this slice-of-a-local-life in Missouri. I learned, I understood, I thought, I felt, I cried, I smiled, I grimaced, I felt like I was being admitted into a world in the United States that I very much need to know something about as we try and heal our divisions.

     I DO NOT HAVE IT in front of me but I loved it, and read it over the day, a two-and-ahalf-page article that was told from the point of a twenty-two year-old girl, just married, in college, returning home to be with her family for the three-day yearly country fair. The young lady voted Democratic, and most the small town and her friends voted Republican. Her last name was Trump as were many of the people in the town, and her husband was from Honduras, he voted Democratic, too.

     I LOVED THE WHOLE STORY, and I guess some of the highlights, many, were the words her father spoke. He spelled it out. He was a voice of reason, of experience, of someone that had paid his dues and he put things into perspective so he could move along and do what he could both for his family, his community, and not be swallowed up by the division we have. He spoke of learning to speak to one another, to bridge the divide, that we all had many more things in common than not. I loved that.

     I ALSO LOVED that this young 22-year-old-girl was reading a copy of James' Joyce's ULYSSES as well as listening to Bob Dylan : loved that a whole lot! Yes!!

    
     I MOWED our lawn this weekend and I listened to Bob Dylan, his words reached out to me and made me lsiten closer and want to be enriched by them, to see what we may have in common? What bond of experiences we might have shared and be sharing today. I woder if Sting will mention the guitarist that just passed away from the two-man sensation STEELY DAN tonight at his concert? I understand that he will be at Wolf Trap? That would be nice. I also read the article on STEELY DAN and today, more than ever, we are all reeling, reeling in the split-second, milli-second cyberspace reality that has invaded our lives, thoughts, actions, everything. I understand that the guitarist passed away at 67? 1067 was a great year for music. Great year for peace and love, sunshine, the year of Aquarius, of enlightenment, brothery-sisterly ; come together and love one another ' love and words of Jessie Colin Young of the Youngbloods. Remember that?!?

Now We Return To Reality After Labor Day! School Starts, Many Of Are Back From Vacations!

     WE NEED TO see where we all stand now? That is essential as we continue in 2017 and get closer to the end, to our holidays, to our new cyberspace realities, to hopefully a greater reach-out to others that we may disagree with? What will we sip as we do? What will help our words bite less, and more of our love and community and human-bond come forth and shine versus hatred, fear and distrust?

     FROM SANTOS RIVERA : Beer and Cider -

          THREE Beers -

       1) Octoberfest from SAM ADAMS, On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles - a hearty & smooth Marzen, liked by many! A perfect beer for this weather with a really nice chill!

       2) Doublebock beer . the ' Tregenator ' from TROEGS Independent Brewing, On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce beers, from Hershey, PA., with 8.2% alcohol by volume, , using Magnum, German Northern and Brewer hops with a bronze color, , a thick and chewy taste with intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and dried stone fruit. .... yes yes yes!

       3) Down To Earth IPA Session , with 42 IBUs, 4.4% alcohol by volume, a 6-pack of cans  from the 21st Amendment Brewing CO., a extra pale ale with a bold malt taste and hop flavors : serious!' ... " Whether you have a long mission behind you or a full afternoon ahead, this session IPA will help keep things real. " Yes, I agrtee, we agree.

          ONE Cider -

       1)  Pressed-On-Site Hard Cider ' Original ' from JACK'S, a 12-ounce cans 6-pack On Special for $10.99 , made with apples, sulfites and carbonation, gluten-free, from Pennsylvania, We love it! " We produce a hard cider from the ground up. We grow, press, and ferment apples, then package the final product all from our facility located in one of the Apple Capitals of the world, Biglerville, PA. " Cheers, come try some!

     IT IS A SOBERING time in our lives, and here we are in the beer, wine and spirits' business and most everything we sell has alcohol in it. Still a sobering time on so many fronts, and balance is what is needed most of all. I read a story on Sunday on the front page of the Washington Post newspaper called : " THe Homecoming " I believe? I read it all. It spoke to me on many levels in volumes, and I was thrilled to look into this slice-of-a-local-life in Missouri. I learned, I understood, I thought, I felt, I cried, I smiled, I grimaced, I felt like I was being admitted into a world in the United States that I very much need to know something about as we try and heal our divisions.

     I DO NOT HAVE IT in front of me but I loved it, and read it over the day, a two-and-ahalf-page article that was told from the point of a twenty-two year-old girl, just married, in college, returning home to be with her family for the three-day yearly country fair. The young lady voted Democratic, and most the small town and her friends voted Republican. Her last name was Trump as were many of the people in the town, and her husband was from Honduras, he voted Democratic, too.

     I LOVED THE WHOLE STORY, and I guess some of the highlights, many, were the words her father spoke. He spelled it out. He was a voice of reason, of experience, of someone that had paid his dues and he put things into perspective so he could move along and do what he could both for his family, his community, and not be swallowed up by the division we have. He spoke of learning to speak to one another, to bridge the divide, that we all had many more things in common than not. I loved that.

     I ALSO LOVED that this young 22-year-old-girl was reading a copy of James' Joyce's ULYSSES as well as listening to Bob Dylan : loved that a whole lot! Yes!!

    
     I MOWED our lawn this weekend and I listened to Bob Dylan, his words reached out to me and made me lsiten closer and want to be enriched by them, to see what we may have in common? What bond of experiences we might have shared and be sharing today. I woder if Sting will mention the guitarist that just passed away from the two-man sensation STEELY DAN tonight at his concert? I understand that he will be at Wolf Trap? That would be nice. I also read the article on STEELY DAN and today, more than ever, we are all reeling, reeling in the split-second, milli-second cyberspace reality that has invaded our lives, thoughts, actions, everything. I understand that the guitarist passed away at 67? 1067 was a great year for music. Great year for peace and love, sunshine, the year of Aquarius, of enlightenment, brothery-sisterly ; come together and love one another ' love and words of Jessie Colin Young of the Youngbloods. Remember that?!?

Tastings Labor Day Weekend Join Us!

Here are our tastings ! For Labor Day Weekend :

FRIDAY, September 1st, 2017 : We have THREE Tastings :

     1) Andrew Shapiro of his own K & B Sodas will be here to release the ' new label ' on his own, weekly=fresh-brewed Ginger Brew that he invented and makes personally himself, and Andrew will be here pouring it for you all - yes! Join us. 12-3PM, a treat, get some bottles signed as gifts for this special end-of-summer-back-to-school-weekend!

     2) Tatiana will be here from Downey Selections of Fine Italian wines to pour a selection. Come welcome Tatiana here. It will be her first wine-tasting here, and we are thrilled with the wines we tasted last week and have slected for you all, including really fine Dolcetto that will seduce and cajole and tease and please you soooooooooo. 5-8PM

     3) We have Whit of the REPUBLIC RESTORATIVES Distillery in Ivy City, Washington DC coming here to pour an assortment of gin, vodka, and Bourbon whiskey, too : all made locally by the only tow women owning their own distillery in DC! Yes, really top-flight, do your civic duty, come taste their vodka called Civic! 5-8PM

SATURDAY, September 2nd, 2017, 2-6PM -

     Tony and Chris' Picks! To Be Decided Tomorrow, we will see what we will see, and we will taste with you what we will taste with you! YES!!! What fun!!!!!!!

JOIN US : all tastings are free, everyone is always welcome, always all ways! Cheers ...

HAPPT Labor Day Weekend !      TONY

Labor Day Wines 8/29- 9/5/2017

SPANISH WINES To Talk About This Week with you all, traditional, classic, flavorful, tasty wines to mostly enjoy with meals.Perfect to enjoy also this Labor Day Weekend, and they are all fresh : we just got them in here, yes, si si si snor, senora, todos gentes : venga aqui ahora por favor!

1) A FABulous dry white blend of 50% Verdejo and 50% Viura  Sed De" Tramoya " 2016 from DON DIEGO, On Special for $9.99, a lively bright fresh in-your-face white that will immediately please, entertain, cajole and suduce you, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Y Leon, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, this is a tasty treat, perfect for the end of summer. Yes si si si claro que si amigos.

2) 2016 dry white Rioja from DON JACOBO, $11.99 a bottle, that fresh and lively and bright taste with just enough body and weight to make you smile, relax, enjoy, and perhaps even laugh as you enjoy this with family and friends, with or without a meal.

3) Albarino from Spain's Rias Baixas region, from SEGREL, with 13% alcohol by volume, $15.99, a real elegant, polished, bright and flowing svelte-lush-ripeness that is impossible to ignor and not like into the third or fourth sip. It simple tastes good : like France's Sancerre wines, a real treat with or without food, and a good value, too. Cheers. Hasta luego amigos.

4) Blanco De Tempranillo Vino Blanco de uva tinta = white wine from a red grape, the famous Tempranillo grape of Rioja and other regions, too. This 2015 is mature and with developed flavors and it will be great when combined with food and so it is back now at this ridiculously affordable price. Made by a female winemaker, it will please you, test you in a good way, make you turn your heads, and enjoy and relax. Mmmmmmmm good!

5) 2016 dry Rioja rose from DON JACOBO, $11.99 a bottle, deep color yet really soft and full voluptuous round and yummy smooth taste from the Tempranaillo grape. This is a winner. My family and I enjoyed it earlier in August at the beach in Duck, North Carolina, on both the Sound side, as well as on Plover Beach. Wow, love it. Great by itself, also a treat with many a food profile. Cheers.

6) 2014 Tempranillo Spanish red from Valencia, from MARQUEZ DE ZENETE, On Special for $10.99, with 13.5% alcohol by volume : some grit, some Spanish earth, some real dry and delineated flavors that shine when paired with anything grilled, marinated, tapas, you name it. Great value, too.

ALL WINNERS these six Spanish wines. Really like them. Have sold them here for years, and they alwasy deliver : over-deliver for their prices, that is they way we like it : over-delivering, surprising you with extra flavor and taste, and lots - loads of extra value, too.

Cheers, come see us, happy Labor Day Weekend!

Include us, let us make it special together.   TONY  8/29/2017

Labor Day Liquor Specials ! 8/29-9/5/2017

ALL IS WELL as we get ready for Labor Day Weekend here in Cleveland Park NW Washington DC, 20008, our nation's capitol. It is cool kool in the sixties and rainy, too : perfect weather to enjoy all these alcoholic beverages we have from Jagir for you now. Cheers, let us know what you think of them, too, be sure and share.

1) Grappa di Moscato from MOLETTO, On Special for $38.99 a bottle. , from Montegalda, Italy, a real class-act, I have tried them and enjoy them, and can speak well of them. I enjoyed myself so much the Nebbiolo. This one is the softer, rounder, brighter, more fruit-cenetered, forward one with less tang and bite and fire, so easier for many to sip and not choke or worse be surprised and knocked for a loop! It is a great way to start your journey discovering and enjoying-experiencing the many pleasures of fine grappa! Cheers.

2) RON Flor De Cana Anejo Clasico traditional artesenal rum rhum , On Special for $19.99 a bottle, it is slow-aged, has been since 1890, this is the 5-year-old slow-aged, with 40% alcohol by volume, and it is always a favorite of many of you that shop here.

3) Cranberry flavored vodka from Austin , Texas, from DEEP EDDY, On Special for $18.99 a bottle. Shake and serve it for best results. It is a great way also to blend into many cocktails, as the flavors are intense, sharp, edgy and powerful, so mix this and become your own mixologist and find ' new expressions ' for this Cranberry DEEP EDDY, yes!It has 35% alcohol by volume.

4) Charcola filtered Vodka from LAIRD'S, distilled since 1780, from LAIRD and Company, from Scobeyville, N.J., it is distilled from grain and is a great value for mixing drinks, from a whole liter bottle, so more for your money, yes!

SO : here are but a very few of the spirits we have to offer you : hopefully something for everyone on a really cool damp rainy day in the sixties. Feels so refreshing, really it does. Come by and see what we have to offer you all. TONY  9/29/2017

Thanks again for everything.

Happy Labor Day weekend, too.

Happy Labor Day Weekend! 8/29/17

WORKING ON TODAY'S Store Tuesday Email and writing it on our web page as our server IContact is having technical difficulties this rainty Tuesday cool kool day here in Cleveland Park NW 20008 Washington DC, our nation's capitol. Oh well, march on we will, I do. No other choice.

ALL IS WELL, spoke to Marlene that needs some GLENLIVET 15-YR-Old  delivered as a gift and so I took care of that among other things.

I HAVE A WHOLE TABLE here filled with things to write about as we approach Labor Day weekend! That is good, that is necessary, be proactive, organized, get your week and weekend planned and then catch the wind, the water, the current and ride ride enjoy-ride GO!

From Santos Rivera In BEER We Have :

1) Peche 'n Brett , an oak-aged organic ale brewed with peaches, On Special for $22.99 a 750ml bottle, , from FARMHOUSE ALES, in Oregon, this is also certified organic by Oregon Tilth.   " Our seasonal oak aged organic peach beer is brewed with local Oregon fruit. Peche 'n Brett is brewed and refermented with the peaches in our Seizoen Bretta. One and a half pound of peaches are added to each gallon of Brett to produce a secondary fermentation resulting in complex peach aroma and flavor . ... " What a distinct, rich and immediate taste and flavor, you must experience this at some point, and see what you all think? Cheers.

2) GET UP Offa That BROWN from GOLDEN ROAD, brewed and canned  in LA, , On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, with 5.5% alcohol by volume.

3) El Gose from AVERY BREWING CO. . Salut and Prost, On Special for $12.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, from Boulder, Colorado : " A timeless, traditional tart ose ( goes-uh ) with its zesty and salty disposition is brightened by a tangy citrus twist. A bier for every dia! Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, maled wheat, malted barley, limes, sea salt, hops and yeast. " Talk about

4) DOUBLE DUCKPIN Double IPA , Spare no hop, from UNION CRAFT Brewing, On Special for $14.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, : " When we first brewed Duckpin, our little session-style pale ale, it really hit the spot for a go-to, anytime refresher. But we soon felt like we were just practicing. Knocking down all those little Duckpins just made us thirsty for somethinh bigger! So we went back to the beerhouse ... " What a jolt and kick of personable and outspoken tastes and flavors, try this! Cheers.

So here you have it for beer this week , and with much more coming to excite you all as well. Come check these out, cheers, thanks for all your business, we love it, we love you, you are the very best. TONY  8/29/2017

Our IContact Down, Tuesday Store Email 8/29-9/5

Our IContact Email server is down and so I am typing the store email here for the very first time hoping that I may be able to copy and paste it later and thus not waste any time, as time is a precious commodity. It sure is, invaluable, really essential.

It is the end of August , the 29th, 2017 to be exact. It is cool, kool with rain and drizzle today, in the sixties, lovely, refreshing, a real treat! A great day to enjoy everything as it is not too hot, and everything will show really well now. Come by after you read this, see what we have to catch your fancy

LABOR DAY is also on the horizon, for many this represents the end of summer, and it is really a tough pill to swallow.

SCHOOL HAS STARTED BACK and that was yesterday.My daughter and wife started back and it has been tough as the first day, the first week is really hard as eveyone has to get reacclimated to the ' new year ', the new scene so to speak. Heard all about it last night

SO : WE HAVE many new situations setting in and new scenarios and possibilities to encounter, adjust to, work around, with, for and together to grow more. 

OUCH! That all sounds like so much. It is.

I VOTED at our local elementary school this morning before coming to work. My wife reminded me and I am happy I did. It is a glorious way to star/start/art my week, as I am an artist.

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? Getting ready for the fall and th end of our year with so much at stake. Better to be proactive and not reactive.

TODAY SO FAR I have had Tim with Southern Glazer here tasting me on a new 92 proof Kentuckt Straight Bourbon from  OLD FITZGERALD that was really quite polished and we are thinking about selling it here.

THEN MARCI WEINSTEIN came by from her new employer of fine Kiwi, Aussie and also California and Oregon wines from what I can determine so far. ARGYL sparkling Oregon wine is in the assortment, and that speaks volumes to me! But even more important were the four wines I tasted with Marci that I did not know already, the wines from New Zealnad of WILLOW HILLS ( a dry bright crisp Sauvignon Blanc, a full and rich and satisfying all-by-itself dry full rose, and also a ' killer ' world-class Pinot Noir that blew me away for all the layers, the old-world richnessm complexity, the fruit-centered middle, mmmm, balanced, complete, long finish. AND then fro Austrailia the INKBERRY Shiraz, a Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignpn red I was prepared not to like after the superlative Pinot Noir. I had to eat and swallow, and chase down my throat with the INKBERRY my words as it has dark blue berry flavors with some plum or prune and darkness, grit, and it showed really well. Marcy will be here on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 5-8PM tasting these wines with you all, they are truly special and well-made, focused, balanced : all real treats! Thanks Marci!

Tues Store Email 8/22-29/17

 

Cleveland Park WineCleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

vinho /  BIerES/ Cervesas / Wein / Cidres / We have it all - L'eau ausi!

     I'M TRYING TO SOUND NEW HIP AND ORIGINAL and intriguing here so that you wonder what I am saying and open this email! You may be surprised from now on as perhaps I have gotten into too much of a sure-thing and you already know what that is and so don't feel it necessary to check what I spend the better part of a Tuesday writing here for hopefully your benefit.
 
I WROTE the above back on August 20th, 2009! It is fun to see what has changed since then, some things have stayed the same, too.
 
I AM SORRY and yet personally happy - selfish of me, I know - when some of you read last week's store email and thought you were coming to try 27 Greek wines. I am sorry for the confusion, but I was delighted to see you all anyway. I had just returened from my vacation the day before and to see so many of you here was a treat for me. You all looked so good, like summer was taking good care of you. Some of you did have some tough stories to share with me, too - and I sympathize, really I do.
 
HOPEFULLY many of you saw the total eclipse of the sun yesterday by the moon? It sure was a spectacle, and I was off and didi my best to make the most of it, succedding some. Go to our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits and see the pics I just put up, they will make you laugh, as more than just us humans caught the total eclipse bug!
 
I ENJOYED the process, the moment, knowing that on some level many of us were taking some time to catch it and be marvelled and pleased, awed and amzed! It was quite something else.
 
BUT : let me focus on our many specials now and pick up here later after getting your attention with some important spirits we have to cajole and entertain, soothe, please and tease your spirits!
 
IN BEER from Santos Rivera we have :
 
     1) Cherry Picker Farmhouse ale aged in oak barrels with cherries from the ALMANAC BEER Company, brewed in northern California, ( Farm To Barrel ) with Brett, On Special for $10.99 with 6.8% alcohol by volume. Brett is something that also occurs in wine, and some people like it, and can enjoy it, others cannot. It is not for everybody. Try it on for size, fit and feel : taste where your palate is on this? Cheers.
 
     2) Sunlight Cream Ale celebrates American brewing tradition by balancing smooth malt complexity with a crisp, clean finish. Made by SUN KING Brewery, a fresh local beer from Indianapolis, Indinia, a 4-pack of 16 Fl. Oz cans, On Special for $15.99 , ( a pint in every can ) - " Sun King remains dedicated to fresh ' local ' beer through exclusively Indiana-based distribution and continued growth, with a commitment to community development throughout the state. " We like that, really we do. Cheers.
 
     3) 1906 Reserva Especial , a 6-pack of 33cl bottles with 6.5% alcohol by volume, On Special for $11.99, : " 1906 es sinonimo de tradicion y de cuidado los detalles. Selecionamos las mejores materias primas y elaboramos nuestras recetas anadiendo el ingrediente mas importante : la pasion. Solo asi conseguimos que cada 1906 tenga una personalidad unica. 1906 es nuestra interpretacion mas personal. " Attention to every detail, using the finest ingredients, using original old recipe being careul, and ensuring the finest distinct unique product possible, that is their goal, and they succeed. Try this soon.

SPIRITS LIQUORS, LIQUEURS From Jagir -

 
     1) ' Original ' Calvados Pays D'Auge fruite et delicat - fruity and delicate - from LECOMPTE, Normandy, France, $25.99 a 375ml bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, : I like this Original for the warm moths because it is milder, softerm lighter, less intense, easier to sip and enjoy with both heat and humidity, and this is a smaller size bottle, and easier to transport and to share, camping, with friends and family : apple brandy at it's very purest, brightest, best!
 
     2) PUR LIKOR three-sampler-bottle-packs back by popular demand. I personally love this. Owner Kiki Braverman from Germany brought these organic liqueurs to our attention more than two years ago, and this sampler pack of three is a great way to drink the best quality and to have some real variety as well. It includes a bottle !) blossom of elderflower with really dark deep color with 22% alcohol by volume, and ... 2) the spice blood orange liqueur, and a bottle of ... 3) williams pear liqueur, too, the last two with 25% alcohol by volume, all in a nice gift-pack of 100ml bottles, On Special for $27.99. A great product, a great gift idea, a win-win for everyone!
 
     3) Beach Plum Gin liqueur from GREENHOOK GINSMITHS, small-batch distilled, with 30% alcohol by volume, $51.99, thus is a great summer treat to enjoy now on vacation.: " created with a rare, finicky fruit with a prized piquant flavor recipe creates a distinctive liqueur with a lovely color. Dare I say that this is Slivovitz and gin combined in a refreshing unique way?!?
 
     4) Rye Small Batch 100% Rye whisky from WILLIAM WOLF, $30.99 a bottle, bottle # 3781, with 46% alcohol by volume, a product of Holland, and it is recommended to serve over ice, refreshing, forward and bright in flavors, too!

          TWO out of THREE From FERNET BRANCA :

 
     1) Branca Menta Fratelli Branca Distillerie, On Soecial for $30.99, mint and the Fernet Branc here combined. You need to find something to add to this like they add Coca Cola to the regular Fernet Branca. Think about the flavors of mint, crushed ice would be great for example, and maybe some soda water or even some tonic?! Be a mixologist, let me know what you try and like. Cheers!

     2) Fernet Amaro Extra Fine liqueur , On Special for $24.99 a bottle. This is how you settle your body after you enjoy whatever earlier in the day and evening. This makes it easier for you to sleep well and comfortable after a day and night of enjoyment! Clever, drink the Branca Menta first then the Amaro! Cheers! With 40% alcohol by volume.

 
 
          WINE From Chris & Tony :
 
 
 
          ONE From France :
 
     1) A dry white blend from the DOMAINE VETRICCIE, on the Ile de Beaute , $9.99, a dry and tasty, distinct blend of 50% Vermentino and 50% Chardonnay, from France, this is a great wine to sip indoors or outside when you grill or have a plate of assorted appetizers, with salads, and so much more!
 
 
          ONE From Germany :
 
     2) 2015 Muller-Thurgau Halbtrocken white from Germany's Rheinhessen, region, a liter bottle at $15.99, a graet refresher, off-dry, what a treat when you want some more fruit in your mouth and less acidity or heaviness. This is great to sip all by itself, also great when you use a lot of butter in your recipes, a treat. More wine here as the bottle is as liter, and not a 750ml bottle!
 
          ONE From Australia :
 
     3) Shiraz 2014 from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, made by SIDEWOOD, $16.49 a bottle,  : " Handpicked from individually selected rows on our 300 acre estate. This cool climate wine was carefully crafted in the winery, and is the result of an extraordinary vintage. Complex and elegant, rich ruby red in clor, with brooding aromas of black and red fruit., enhanced by tantalizing notes of cassis and nutmeg derived from 15 months in French oak barriques. ... " With 14.5% alcohol by volume, chill 30-40 minutes and enjoy the energy, the power, the force and concentration of firm deep flavors! Yes.
 
         ONE From Virginia :
 
     4) Viognier 2015 from Charlotte County, VA. from Gabriele Rausse and his son made at the GABRIELE RAUSSE Winery, $18.99. This is great when you want to drink a wine made from all the grapes grown in Virginia, by the grandfather of Virginia wines ( going back to 1976 ,the principal gardener at Monticello for years now ), - and you want the purety and the freshness, the brightness that you can and should always get! The best yes, such amazing quality, and a value as well. Highly recommended.
 
 
          ONE From New York State :
 
     5) 2014 Dry Red Blend, $19.99 a bottle,  of 55% Merlot, 40% Corot Noir, and 5% Malbec: produced and bottled by OENOLOGY, calles SHINDIG, this is lively, bright, edgy, refreshing, with bing cherry tartness, and weight from the Corot grape, chill 40 minutes and enjoy with a meal of smoked foods, anything off the grill, what a great and refreshing, distinct wine this is! Yes.
 
 
          ONE More Wine  Wine From France :
 
       6) ' Roche Gravit ' 2015 100% Gamay, from the town of JUlienas, made by ALBERT BICHOT, this is  not a beefier ( like the Fleurie we have from Manoir du Carra, $19.99  - not a beefier version, more muscle, power, tannins and acidity than some Cru Beaujolais wines, and this needs a meal as a result. Chill ), and so this 2015 On Special at $19.99 is softer, rounder, more gentle and silky, rounder, kinder for this heat and humidity when you want to sip your red. Medium-to-lighter-bodied, chill 40 minutes and enjoy with or without food. Cheers.
 
 
          TWO Sparkling Wines :
 
 
       ONE From Armenia -
 
     7) Origins methode traditionelle Brut, On Special for $23.99 a bottle, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, from Yerevan, made from the indigenous grapes of Khatoun 60%, and with the Voskehat 40%, made in the Vayots Dzor region, I like the polish, the freshness, the brightness, the pure flavorful tastes that are here. It is really quite amazing, and perfect for this heat and humidty. It is a special treat, buy it tomorrow here and get 20% off this bottle price. Yes!!! Highly recommended.
 
 
     8) 4478 Methode traditionell Nobleeffervescence from the Val D'Oasta northwestern Italy, made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, On Special for $27.99, I love this with asian meals, middle eastern, tex mex and Mexican foods, too : great when there is any jalepeno or cilantro included in the meal! Highly recommended, what a great treat. Mmmmm yeah.
 
 
          SAVE HERE each Wednesday on your wine purchases : UP TO 20% OFF the marked sticker prices. Ask Chris or Tony for help.

     1) BUY any bottle of 750ml wine at $19.99 or more and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker price.

 
     2) Buy any six bottles of wine ( except Moet or Veuve Clicquot French champagne ) and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker prices.
 
     3) BUY any twelve bottles or more at any price ( except Veuve Clicquot and MOET ) and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices!
 
     CALL - PAY on a Wednesday if you cannot come by : 202-363-4265.
 
 
     WEEK'S TASTINGS :
 
     Friday, August25th, 2017 ( 5-8PM ) : Join us here with Narayan Campbell and try some fine Chilean Sauvignon Blanc white and dry Pinot Noir rose from VIEJO FEO, as well as Petit Cote 2013 from LA GRANDE COTE, and some Chardonnay 2015 from PICO & VINE! Something for everybody we hope, great wines for this heat and humidity, though it might be a little bit cooler by Friday we hope.
 
ALSO : From Santos with BEER :
 
We have a GREAT LAKES beer tasting here of the their current flavors, join us, always a great treat!
 
     Saturday, August 26th, 2017 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy coming to pour four great Italian small-production, family-owned wines of :  1) the Bianco dry white Trebbiano from the TENUTA CASALI winery in Emilia, Italy from Sylvia Casali, ... the 2) Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Brut from Valdobbiadene, from RONFINI, $18.99 : a softer, rounder, more bright delicate elegant expression of the Gllera grape, a lovely treat...   TWO Tuscan reds, ONE Tuscan red blend, ONE CHIANTI, both from AGRISOLE, , the Tuscan red blend is a touch beefier, more earth, a fine red to chill 40 minutes and enjoy with a meal, $13.99, and the more suple, polished, elegant Chianti 2015 DOCG at $18.99 a bottle. I took the Tuscan red for vacation and loved it, really was quite pleased! COME TRY all four with Robert this Saturday.

     ALSO : In Spirits From Jagir :

 
     We have a TWIN VALLEY Maryland, Rockville Tasting with Dave. We love these - 1) Rye, $35.99 2) Grand Thoroughbred Single Cask whiskey, $35.99 ... 3) 1812 Maryland Bourbon Whiskey, $35.99, ... and the 4) Black Joe Coffee Liqueur, too, $25.99
 
JOIN US for our tastings, they all are free and we welcome everyone, really want to see you. Bring family and friends and enjoy the moments here with us before heading on ...
 
     SAVE BIG  THREE WAYS - three ways here on wine each Wednesday!.... SAVE BIG!!!!!
 
 
     STAY HYDRATED TODAY, it sure is hot, and you want to be safe and alert and feel well, so drink lots of water first!
 
     ALL IS WELL, we have a number of you still here with us and not on vacation and that helps as these are trying times for all.
 
     WE HOPE we have plenty to offer those of you here, that is always our aim - to serve you all first as a happy customer is the best scenarion possible. always all ways.    
 
     SCHOOL has started for many, in Washington DC, and in Virginia. School will start for Maryland after Labor Day.
 
     THE POOLS are still open and that is good for all those that need to be refreshed in this intense heat.
 
COME BY, see what we have, get what you need and be safe and well-stocked and pleased. Cheers, thanks for everything!  TONY  8/22, 2017
 
     WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is my old store email from August 20th, 2009 : read and enjoy it if you have time, check for current availabilty and pricing, and vintages. Cheers!  TONY
 
 

Tuesday 8/15/2017 Weekly Store Email 4 CPWineSpirits Yes Read It Now Ahora Agora!

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TASTE 27 GREEK WINES WED!:WE'VE GOT GREAT THINGS IN STORE FOR YOU!

     LIFE IS GRAND THOUGH THE WHEELS ARE TURNING so slowly with this heat and humidity now. It's my first day back at work after having been gone 2 weeks and I really do feel refreshed and like a million dollars. I got up quickly this morning and walked on our exercise treadmill and really whipped up quite a  salty drippy sweat that felt great as I thought of what good it was doing for me. I had listened to Igor Stravinsky's " The Rites Of Spring " as I walked. I actually have an old record on the LONDON LABEL ( it cost me $1.50 I believe ) that I purchased way back when at one of the State Department Book and Record Sales.
 
     I WROTE THE ABOVE back on August 17th, 2009! Imagine that?!?
 
     IT IS NOW Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 eight years later. Read the old store email below if you have time and want to read our past to see what was going on back in 2009.
 
     SO MUCH TO SHARE with you all and I have assembled many bottles and 4-packs, six-packs ( cans and bottles here ) on our tasting table to share now after being gloriously, wondrously absent here for two weeks. It is great to see some of the wines I tasted just before leaving here as they are amazing deals for you all! The beers in cans and bottles are so colorful and pleasing and engaging, too : with great names. The liquors are some local, some not, and their is a new 100% agave tequila reposado, doblemente anejado rum, too. Love that descriptor : double-old. That is ' some old! '

     BEER From Santos :

 
 
     1) Raspberry UBER Berliner-Style Weisse , a German-style Das People's Bier / beer On Special for $6.99 a 375ml bottle, with 3,8% alcohol by volume, , from the NICKEL BROOK Co. in Burlington, Ontario, what a treat to try from ` : " Nickel Brook Raspberry Uber Berliner WEisse bier uses our refreshing sour style of wheatbeer which has then been aged in local raspberry flavour exlosion that still maintains the incredibly unique quality of our Uber Berliner Weisse. "
 
     2) Warlock Imperial Stout ale brewed with pumkin & with Pumpkin Pie Spice, a seasonal brew from SOUTHERN TIER Brewing Company, On Special for $7.99 a 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle, with 8.6% alc by volume, : " Warlock is the master of the underworld. Brewed to bewitch your palate on its own and as counterpoint to our very own Pumpkin beers. With its full body, notes of pumpkin pie spice, and black magic in a glasss. " Vintage 2017 - fresh.
 
     3) Irish Stout O'HARA'S a traditional Irish stout, full-bodied luxuriously smooth stout with a discernable roast bite. ... " this uniquely Irish stout brings one back to how Irish stouts used to taste, with a robust roast flavour complemented by a full-bodied and smooth mouth feel. The aroma carries rich coffee  and liquorice notes while the generous addition of Fuggle hops lends a tart bitterness to the dry expresso-like finish. " A Big Yes to this.$10.99 for a 4-pack of 12 ounce bottles.
 
     4) Strawberry ale brewed with whole strawberries from the Massaro Farm, in Woodbridge CT, On Special for $12.99 a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans, from the BLACK HOG Brewing Co., called Strawberry GOSE, this looks like a ' must-try '!
 
     5) Wolf Pup Session IPA from the GOLDEN ROAD Brewing in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2011, here we have all the trendy, popular and in vogue styles flavors tastes from California, in 12-ounce cans,  : " Refreshingly Hoppy with a wildly aromatic citrus character , with 4.5% alcohol by volume - great summer hot weather beer / ale to try with your meals that are well-seasoned and steaming, piping hot off the barbie grill!

     6) Imperial PUMPKING ale brewed with Pumpkins, from the Southern Tier Brewing Co. a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, On Special for $16.99, always a great and anticipated pumpking ale, and we have it here already! Come get some before it disappears!

 
 
     LIQUEUR / LIQUOR From Jagir -
 
 
          Liqueur Triple Sec From Calabria, Italy -
 
 
     1) CAFFO Solara , a triple Grand Orange liqueur ( kissed by the sun of southern Italy ), On Special for $24.99, with 40% alcohol by volume, , made in Calabria, Italy, do you know this @AmyRiolo?!? You should. It would be great to include it in all your food recipes of the Mediterranean area as well as Calabria that is near-and-dear to your heart, as well as to ours! Cheers. Great flavors, great taste, a treat at a really fair price for all this taste and distinct character.
 
 
          Mexican Tequila -
 
 
     2)   Cimarron 100% de Agave Reposado Tequila. a perfil seco, envasado de origen, cultivado a 4,600 ft. en atotonilco el alto, Jalisco, Mexico, On Special for $26.99, for a full liter : great color, great value, what a taste and character to boot! Very pleased to have this as the flavors are distinct, with extra character and yet some polish and finesse, too.
 
 
          Dominican Republic Island Rum -
 
     3) Ron Gran Reserva 1888  doblemente anejado rum, only 613 barricas, from BRUGAL in the Dominican Republic, On Special for $49.99 a bottle : the top level of flavor and taste, so much power and yet a smooth silkiness as well, a silvery shiny golden fire that elicits a positive appeal and pleasure with some nice burn, some added distinct layers of flavors that take several sips to define and realize are there as you settle back for a wonderful Dominican Rrepublic magic carpet ride. Recommended.
 
 
          Japanaese Whisky -
 
     4) Toki SUNTORY Whisky from the House of SUNTORY , whisky established in 1923  : almost their 100 year anniversary! On Special for $41.99 a bottle, with 43% alcohol, glad to have this back. It was missing in action for a number of years, and with all the fascination of what Japan adds to the whisky category, this is great to have back here once again. Cheers.
 
 
          Local Spirits From DC : A Gin & a Vodka -
 
       DC Vodka -
 
 
     5) Royal SEal Vodka from Jos A. Magnus in Ivy City, made by distiller Nicole Hassoun , On Spercial for $27.99 a bottle : softer, more delicate, more refreshing, has a unique lightness of being that is amazingly bright and refreshing. Like a great song, like a great tenor - the middle range notes are so expressive and alive, and the swallow and end flavors just linger and linger!
 
 
       DC Gin -
 
     6) Checherbark American Dry Gin from District Distilling Co. , made by master distiller Matt Strickland , On Special for $30.99 a bottle, with 47% alcohol by volume, this has more weight and texture, mouth-feel, and is a treat when you want some silk and bright polish and some extra creamy-dreamy layers of taste - like mille feuilles, going in that direction : like a fine croissant.
 
 
          Wine From Chris and Tony -
 
 
       SEVEN Wines Under $10!
 
     1) Aragone Maremma Toscana ' 2009 half-bottle ( 375ml bottles ), On Special for $6.99 a bottle, regularly between $15-$20 a bottle , with 14% alcohol by volume, with Stelvan closure, a dry mature distinct, flavorful medium-bodied dry Italian Super Tuscan red blend of 40% Sangiovese , 26% Alicante, 26% Syrah, and 10% Carignan - this is an insane steal, value, brilliant wine!
 
     2) Boet Le Roux 2016 old vine Colombard , a Swartland, South Africa, $8.99 a bottle, flavorful, tasty, great body and acidity, some brightness, definitely freshness, too : what fun! Love it, fine food wine.
 
     3) Vinho Rose from Portugal, a Vinho Verde producer, from SANTOLA, On Special for $8.99 a bottle, some body, some extra weight, flavor and creamy bright taste, great to sip now with this rain and humidity knocking more strongly at our doors! Withh 11% alcohol by volume, come get some agora - now ! Bom dia, boa noite tambem.
 
     4) Dry  2012 Bordeaux-style Merlot from Bulgaria's Thracian Valley, from BULGARIANA, On Special for $8.99, regularly $11.99 a bottle. Good distinct flavor, a medium-bodied red, a treat to enjoy now when you grill or have a burger or saussages, sweet or hot Italian saussages, mmmmmm!

     5) Le Rouge Plaisir = The Pleasure Red Cotes de Gascogne, 2012 called " Java ', from the family Famille FEZAS, in southwest FRance, On Special for $8.99 a bottle, regularly $13.99 a bottle.  from the DOMAINE CHIROULET, a Thomas Meunier Selections' wine, a blend of 35% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 30% Tannat. 150 years, five generations of experience, from the Languedoc, the Armagnac region, : a fruity and rounded red, chill 30-40 minutes and enjoy as you grill or prepare a meal, a tasty wine indeed, a great value, too.

 
     6) Cabernet Franc 2011 from CANTINEBUOSO , Veneto, Italy, On Special for $9.99 a bottle, reglarly $17.99 a bottle. This is a great dense, deep, gutsy, edgy rawm earthy, barnyard, old and mature and a bit of a lion, or bear roaring! A great food wine, only for those of you that want a rough and tumble experience!
 
     7) Fola from Roberto Negri, using the idigenous grape variety Ancelotta Rosso di Sabbioneta, a 2007 sweet red 500ml bottle, with 14% alcohol, this is a like having stewed prunes and plums with sweet fairy grandmothers that bless and help us in all our difficult times to navigate the ways of life! Love it, On Special for $9.99 a bottle, a treat, a steal, get some wuick!
 
 
 
          FOUR Great Ridiculous Value Splurges :
 
     1)  Cremant de Loire Brut from CHATEAU De La DURANDIERE, On Special for $14.99 a bottle,, regularly $21.99 a bottle. Great edge, definition, complex strong and complete flavors, a treat, a pleasure with a meal, something to enjoy with your meal, refreshing, needs food to flesh it out.
 
     2) 2013 Mourvedre MacLaren Vale from the YANGARRA Estate Vineyard, On Special for $19.99 a bottle, regularly $29.99 a bottle. This has elegance, brightness, refreshment, refinement, a real pleasure, a real silky soft sunshine-red treat! Enjoy it soon at this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse of the moon sun and earth!
 
     3) The Ornbaun Red Wine California Mendocino 2014 dry red blend from the DREW Winery, with 13.9 % alcohol, On Special for $24.99, regularly $49.99 a bottle, I am blown away by the rightness, the leftness, the centeredness the everythingNESS bless bliss please tease tresure-trove-trouve-oui-NESS of this wonderful red! Love it, come get some quick!
 
     4) Aragone Maremma Toscana 2010 ' La Mozza " Bastianich Estate dry Super Tuscan red, same as the half-bottle On Special 2009 for $6.99 above, this magnum is On Special for $29.99, regularly $59.99 a bottle! This is a ridiculous sale wine of great character and taste from a very good flavorful complex vintage that is a keeper, a pleasure, a treasure. You must get some quick! Makes a great gift.
 
ALL WINES tomorrow that are $19.99 a bottle or more get a 20% idscount, even on the Sale or Special wines! Come here and save big tomorrow!
 
Cheers, .... you are all the best!
 
     BACK FROM VACATION, and from my drive I could tell that many of you are still off on vacation as my ride was swift with many fewer cars on the road.
 
     WHERE ARE YOU?!? Where is your vacation now? Tell us about it, share some of your pictures with us. I immediately have this posted on our Facebook page at : ClevelenadParkWine&Spirits so go there, and add your photos there if you like sharing pics and any other comments of what you like and enjoy best wherever you are?
 
     WE WERE BOTH on a week Stay-At-Home, as well as a weel of VayKay away. We were due to go to Hatteras Outer Banks, North Carolina the first week of August, were forced to stay at home and rearrange things quick so we could be at Duck the second week. Upsetting but we turned things around and had both a great stay-at-home, and get-away vacation! We were fortunate and dealing with a situation that was unsure at best as we knew the whole Hatteras Island was vacuated the day we were supposed to be up and ready and in the car at 6a.m.
 
     IT WAS cooler and cloudier at the beach and that was a first for us. Usually it is hotter than blazes! It was great, too for once to be on the Sound side of the Outer Banks, to see so many pelicans, and to see the glorious sunsets all 360 degrees : no mattter where we looked it was stunning! And we saw so many pelicans flying around mostly in small groups of under five at a time, many diving down past the swimmers that could walk way out far on the sand bars, and the pelicans would dive and then disappear from our sight because of the rolling layers of studied, sure, turbulent a bit waves.
 
     THE COMPANY, the food, the wine, the seagulls and the many dogs and their people , the children fearless in many cases, the snad castles, digging, the lonely lifeguard of Plover, the people, all good - all relaxed, all calming and a special treat.
 
     WE MET a couple that had driven, John and Michele, from Minessota with their two teanagers and their red lab Rhett named after Rhett Butler, that carried with him a shiny bright yellow tennis ball in his jaws. All he wanted was for us to throw it in the oceon so that he could retrieve it and bring it back, and he was a master at retrieval!
 
     CHEERS, THANKS for everything, you all are the very best! Must send this now, everything else will have to wait.
 
JUST TRIED some fine wines with family member Nico of his family's VIAMONTE Wines of Argentina, with Nico and his brother Martin, they are producing really polished, fine, beautiful grape wine expressions in Argentina like the 2015 Bonarda Montevia that blew me away - absolutely loved it! Cheers!   TONY

Moving Forward W/ John Forrest Kiwi Jeffrey Blair, Jeff Mausbach, David Owner of Black Cottage, T0 Father's Day /Memorial Day!

 
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CALL US : 202-363-4265 ; We'll deliver now Though It's Beautiful Today & WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU. TIME for some dry rose & bubbly, mixed drinks, some refreshing brews, some exciting apple & pear ciders : so many possibilities now

ABOVE IS WHAT I WROTE back in May 14th, 2013 and it rings true today for the most part, pretty amazing!
 
MEMORIAL DAY Weekend is coming up with Memorial Day on Monday May 29th, 2017. I have already been hearing about this through my daughter that is a teacher. It is the day that the neighborhood pools open and everyone can finally get in the water, cold as it may be , and often is. Brrrrr many would say. I would splash around and warm up and be happy as a clam!
 
 
THE SUNSHINE is finally starting to remain here with us it seems, more than the rain! This is the third or fourth day and it sure does feel special.
 
HOPE EVERYONE thanked their super teachers last week, and enjoyed Mother's Day this past Sunday! We owe our success , happiness and well-being in large part to all of you. Thanks from all of us from the bottom of our hearts!
 
As usual now I arrive here and feel that the week will be chock-full of activities and specials and important people and beers, ciders, liquors and spirits and wines to share with you all, and there is.
 
I JUST HAD SOMEONE  from the OLNEY Winery in Maryland come and see us and that was fun. She will return again tomorrow and taste with Chris and me in the mid afternoon, her many wines with fruit infusions, as well as some of her wines, too. It will be interesting to see what OLNEY Winery offers, they say that they are already in 600 stores in Maryland. Wow, that is impressive, especially as these wines that are fruit-infused with Blackberries, Watermellom, Peach, Black Cherry, Green Apple, Cranberry, Black Cherry Bomb ( this one with a higher alcohol level of almost 15% I believe she said? ), and more. Have any of you had these yet? Are you interested in any of these flavors, let us know? Thanks.
 
 
I JUST HEARD an ad fro a chain grocery store on the radio. It made me think that it was clever the ad, the lady spoke well, prsented a good picture. My comment to this is that they are many things to many people, a great wine selection, too she claimed. I know someone that works for them that has shopped here for years and that gentleman told me that the wine selection is really hit-or-miss : that some bottles are really fine, others are a real bust.
 
FURTHER, this is what we offer, not groceries and so many other categories : SIMPLY beer, cider, liqueur, liquor, other spirits and wine. Nothing more : and we are here to walk you through these selections and advise you, face-to-face, these are our specialties, and we are well-versed in them :
 
     - Jagir for liquor,
 
     - Santos for beer and ciders and spirits
 
     - Chris for beer, cider, liqueurs, liquors, wine and more
 
     - Tony ( me ) for cider , liqueurs, liquor, wine and more. Beer is not my specialty, I know some, am always learning more.
 
     - We all are always learning more : our doors are open to all new products, experiences, and more : as you all are interested in all of the , both ' old and new ' experiences! We have to be there to work with you on better knowing, appreciating and sharing all these.
 
 
SO : Let's stat this beautiful Tuesday with :
 
     BEER & CIDER From Santos Rivera :
 
          CIDERS :
 
     1) Oak Barrel Reserve cider from POTTER'S CRAFT, Free Union, VA ( go to : ( www.PottersCraftCider.com for more info ), $16.99 a 750ml bottle,  : " Patiently aged in oak barrels sourced from a local apple brandy distillery, every batch of this handcrafted cider develops unique character and complexity. Traditional barrel-aging techniques produce a full-bodied cider with intense aromas of caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak. ... "
 
     2) " Honey Hard Apple Cider from STRONGBOW, On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 5% alcohol by volume, gluten-free, from the United Kingdom, with 195 calories each, with no artificial flavors or colors. Cheers!
 
          BEER :
 
 
          TWO From CRAZY MOUNTAIN Brewing Company :
 
 
     1) Barleywine style ale with Cranberry, the " LOcal's Stash ' from CRAZY MOUNTAIN Brewing Company, On Special for $11.99 a 750ml bottle, with 11% alcohol, 23 SRM, 35 TBU.From Boulder, Colorado, : " Many of these offerings are designed to mature and perfect with age, so be encouraged to lay them down, and let them collect some dust. "
 
     2) Tequila Barrel-Aged Double Wit, and ale brewed with spices, On Special for $17.99 a 750ml bottle, , with 9% alcohol by volume, with an SRM of 6, and a TBU of 20. Cheers,
     ENJOY both!
 
 
          LAGUINITAS In Cans -
 
     1) ' Twelfth of Never ' Ale from LAGUINITAS, a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, On Special from $11.99 , brand-new, the first time we are seeing this, come try some!
 
 
          LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Jagir :
 
 
       LIQUEUR :
 
 
     1) Chios Mastiha Liqueur Psychis, On Special for $29.99 a 750ml bottle,  : " Mastiha is the natural and rare tree resin of the Pistacia Lentiscus Var Chia tree, which is only produced in the southern part of Chios and its exceptional aroma is unforgetable.  ... keeps its aroma during the distilation ... " It has a neat white chord-rope around the neck of the bottle that must have a meaning as well? Anyone know what that might be?
 
       LIQUOR :
 
     1) Clear- No-Color ' V ' French Cognac from REMY MARTIN, 100% distilled grape spirits from the house of REMY MARTIN, On Special for $38.99, with 40% alcohol by volume, : add what you want to it or enjoy it straight, or on the rocks, or chilled to be more refreshing!
 
        Amazing Tequila :
 
 
     2) Reposado Tequila 100% Puro de Agave, from SIEMBRA VALLES, Valles region, estate-grown, $49.99 a 750ml bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, : " Delicately aged over three months in proprietary white oak barrels from the Missouri Ozarks. Previously used in our highland expressions, these barrels elevate the valley Tequila fermented with Bacass. Experience the terroir of Arenal with this ambassador of the Valees. "
 
 
 
       INDIAN SINGLE MALT from Goa :
 
 
 
     3) Peated Select Cask from JOHN Distilleries, India, Goa, India, with 55.5% Alcohol by Volume, On Special for $95.99, an amazing Indian Single Malt to blow you, us, all away. It did when we tasted it. Sold-out, too except for these last two bottles. Come get some and be amazed at how velvert-smooth, silky-soft these flavors are! A tremendous treat, think about for Father's Day : get one now, sold-out I believe in town except here?

       Gin :

 
     4) 94 Proof / 47% Alcohol by volume : BOOTLEGGER 21 New York GIN, ( issued under authority of Prohibition Distillery ) , 750ml bottle, come check this out!
 
 
       Vermouth :
 
     5) bRoVo Witty Batch #3 Dry Vermouth by JONNY DC, On Special for $20.99 a bottle, with 19.9% alcohol by volume, refrigerate after opening, from Woodinvillle, WA. We tried these with one of the owners and were so impressed, the quality, the distinct, bright, lively, ahhhhLIVE quality here is amazing, and will drink great on it's own and make some great cocktails, too. go to :  www.brovospirits.com for more info. Cheers! 
 
 
 
          WINE From Chris & Tony :
 
      WHITE :
 
 
 
   1) 2014 Pinot Gris BOE Brooklyn Oenology, North Fork of Long Island, $22.99 a bottle, from Allie the winemaker, this is so rich, so full, so amazingly layered and lovely with fruit overtones and great mouthfeel, a treat to hold seconds longer in your mouth before you swallow, and do not swallow all the wine, do it in steps, let the wine remaining in your mouth after you swallow a bit EXPLODE on your tongue and palate!  With 12.7% alcohol, this is a great wine to enjoy slightly-chilled 30 minutes indoors or outdoors, with whatever finger foods you have around, and then with your full meal later. Cheers, thanks Allie.
 
 
       ROSE : Three To Try -
 
     1) CARMEN Dolores Roasado De Garnacha, vino varietal de Espana : Robin liked this so much last year we ordered it again, and it is selling well once again!
 
     2) " L'Oratoire - Cuvee Divine " Vin De Provence, France from the Chateau PIGOUDET, depuis 1820, $21.99, so sublimely delicate and rich in taste, the color alone will lull and please you, the distinct taste with highs and lows and accents, tweeks, and full dotting of all ' i's ' ayes / eyes is pretty amazing. Come get some while you still can, it is selling quickly now : perfect weather for this.
 
     3) Kaapse Vonkel 2013 Brut dry rose from South Africa's SIMONSIG, a methode Cap Classique, $26.49, since 1971, made with a blend of 57% Pinot Noir and 43% Pinotage is so stylish, so bright and felxible and svelte and yet generous, displays a whole range of flavors and every emothion, too that your tongue and other senses can feel : highly recommended. Yes.
 
 
          THREE RED :
 
     1) " Shindig ' 2014 New York State dry red blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Corot Noir, and 5% Malbec. Chill 40 minutes, up to 60 minutes, enjoy cool kool refreshing, the Corot Noir flavors will brace the whole together, the glue, the spice and earth and what a treat chilled with anything seasoned of well-marinated , also hot off your grill, a real treat!
 
     2) Grenache & Mourvedre and Shiraz all blended beautifully, gracefully here together with polish and sheen, and lovely nuances of taste that thrill and appeal, tease and please us so! $19.99 a bottle, from the SCHILD Estate in Australia's Barossa Valley, this is a delight, chill 30-40 minutes, serve now inside or outside, perhaps in the shade outside! Australia is getting ready to explode here once again, and we are leading the way.
 
     3) 2013 Meritage a dry red Bordeaux blend from Virginia's Lousoun County from the NORTH GATE Vineyard, $27.99 a bottle, with 13.6% alcohol by volume, we have had Mark the owner here tasting it out with you all, and now it is drinking like many dreams come true : which is yours?!?
 
 
SAVE ON WINE WEDNESDAYS! Every Wednesday, 
 
     - SAVE UP TO 15% when you buy 6 bottles
 
     - SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker price with any bottle of wine over $19.99 ( except MOET & CHANDON and VEUVE CLICQUOT )
 
     - SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices when you but 12 or more bottles of wine ( except for MOET & VEUVE ).
 
     CALL US if you cannot join us, 202-363-4265, pay tomorrow, save tomorrow, pick up at your own convenience. Cheers!
 
 
WEEK'S TASTINGS -
 
     TONIGHT, Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 , 5-8PM :
 
     WE HAVE THREEE Tastings :
 
      - TABLE # One : 
 
     We have owner Jeffrey Blair of the BLAIR ESTATE  here tasting his really extraordinary, small-production, top-flight wines of Arroyo Seco :
 
     1) 2015 Rose of Pinot Noir, Blair Estate, $28.99 a bottle, one of the very greatest ever! Grapes are grown just to make this one dry rose that looks unfiltered as it has so much of the grape adding a dense color indeed that follows through in an amazingly fresh, bright, intense, layered, one hundred layers here! 13.46% alcohol by volume ...
 
     2) 2013 Pinot Gris, $36.49 and On Special for $29.49 a bottle! Come taste and decide for yourselves. From the Meador Estate Vineyard , LImited Release, Bottle No. 0240 / 2616 ... 13.9% alcohol by volume, ...
 
     3) 2013 Chardonnay Roger Rose Vineyard ,Limited Release , Bottle No. 1576 / 2892 , Bottle No. 0240 / 2616 ) .. . come taste and be blown away, tell us all what you taste? 13.8% alcohol by volume.
 
     4) 2014 Chardonnay, Delfina's Vineyard, Limited Release, Bottle No. 2065 / 2640 : richer, fuller, carries the burdens of greatness so well here! 14% alcohol by volume.
 
     5) Blair Estate Pinot Noir 2013 The Reserve from Delfina's Vineyard, Arroyo Seco AVA , Harvest Oct. 16th, 2013, 125 cases made, 14.8% alcohol by volume, go to : BlairWines.com for more info. Marina, CA.

     TABLE # TWO :

 
    We have owner, winemaker David Clouston of New Zealand, of Marlborough, with his BLACK COTTAGE wines that he will pour : both of which my wife, daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed on this Sunday's Mother's Day celebration at our daughter's apartment as she made us both dinner!
 
     1)  Sauvignon Blanc 2016, $15.49, clean and crisp, and full bright and rich, ...  a treat, showed great with the shrimp and fresh asparagus, ...
 
     2) 2014 Pinot Noir , $22.49, so bright and refreshing, balanced, a treat, both the Sauvignon Blanc and the Pinot Noir were a treat with our meal, including a fresh local goat's cheese that our daughter bought at the Open Market that Sunday morning, along with the fresh asparagus, that inlcuded purple asparagus - a first for us!
 
     TABLE # THREE :
 
       We have owner Jeff Mausbach here of MANOS NEGRAS ( made in Pategonia, Mendoza, Argentina, as well as in Rapel, Chile : I have met Jeff years ago, sold his wines already from Argentina, and am delighted to welcome him back here tonight with -
 
          TWO From Argentina -
 
     1) 2014 Red Soil Neuquen Pategonia, Argentina,, $15.49, great girth, grip, mouth-feel - honest!
 
     2)2015 Mendoza Malbec, $15.49, more grip, more grit, more to knock your tastebuds and rub them up against, a fine food red!
 
          ONE From Chile -
 
     3) 2014 Carmenere Rapel, Chilean dry red, $15.49. will try this one with you and we can decide together what we think of it! Cheers,
 
JOIN US TONIGHT : enjoy!
 
 
     WEDNESDAY< May 17th, 2017 : We have owner John Forrest here to taste an assortment of his wines with us all. John is a dear friend now and we have known him for many years, sold his wines for many years now! Come taste : Five wines :
 
     1) FORREST Estate Marlborough STONY BANK Sauvignon Blanc,  2015, $16.49
 
     2) FORREST Estate " Wairau " Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, $20.49 ...
 
      3) ' The Doctors '  '2014 Riesling Marlborough, $19.99, dry crisp, mineral ..
 
     4) ' The Doctors'  ' 2015 Gruner Veltliner Marlborough, $19.99, round, supple, warm mouthfeel, generous, accomodating, lovely!
 
     ONE Red -
 
     5) FORREST Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir, $26.99, the Pinots just get fuller, richer, more ripe and generous and so appealing!
 
     REMEMBER , all the wines at $19.99 or more get 20% OFF the sticker price tomorrow, get a bottle signed for Father's Day, be proactive, put it away for your dads!
 
 
     FRIDAY, May 19th, 2017 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Sotiris Bafitis here to taste some of his great ' new ' vintages of Greek wines he just sent us ; YES!
 
     SATURDAY, May 20th, 2017 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy back to taste more of his small selection, family-run wineries from Italy, from Emilia, from Romagna, Sicily, Puglia, maybe more? Yes, from Lake Garda , too! Cheers, wonderful wines, all!
 
 
THANKS for everything, JOIN US all week long as we taste and get ready for more beautiful weather and celebrate all that we have to be thankful and grateful for! Cheers
 
YOU ARE THE VERY BEST, JOIN US here tonight : ...
 
LET'S Make SOME ' BIG NOISE ' For Wrgentina, Chile, California and also New Zealand!
 
THANKS AGAIN, TONY 5/16/2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email that I wrote and posted on May 14th, 2013, read and enjoy it if you have time and check for current availability, prices, vintage changes, and let us know if you want any? Cheers, thanks for your continued trust and support of us. We appreciate it greatly!  TONY 5/16/2017
 
 
 
THE SUNSHINE is starting to break through again and perhaps the wind / breeze is less chilling, too?!? Let's hope so as we try and all find our balance and rhythm in all this volatile weather recently. What can we hope for/ what can we expect?
 
WELL HERE YOU MAY all expect that we have a great changing assortment of beer bitters, cider, digestives liquor , liqueur,  waters , wines , with an occasional sprinkling of Bailey Kasten's FABulous local chocolates ( Bailey and Saif live here in D.C. and work in Old Towne Alexandria, Virginia making these fine chocolates and caramel's - $9.99 and $14.99 a box ), Bill Sander's extra virgin California olive oil (  $18.99 a 500ml bottle, made from 3 Spanish olives - Bill used to live here in Cleveland Park as well ) and James' Teavine organic sparkling Missouri ( 2 grapes grown there : the Traminette and the Riesling ) mixed with honey and green tea ( James is also a local Cleveland Park boy-man made good like Bill ).
 
WE SUPPORT LOCAL, WE SUPPORT small businesses : we stand and work together here and it works. For those of you that have come to know us you know this is how we work. We have nothing against the bigger enterprises, but being small we work more closely with the smaller companies and keep each other gainfully employed in these very difficult times when the large companies have their lawyers that announce in public meetings here that they are just trying to be more for their customers. WELL, aren't we all?!? And when did we stop respecting the boundaries of each of our business ventures and not spill into the business of everyone else?!?
 
I KNOW, I KNOW, I should not be saying or writing this, but as my horoscope said today : " You are not trying to be a rebel but you cannot help but notice the injustice around you " : I paraphrase, of course. But this did strike a big chord with me earlier this morning before coming to work. Cheers.
 
SAM ANDERSEN Just Stopped By With Owner Franz Leth of WEINGUT LETH in Wagram, Austria to taste quickly 8 wines : three of which we carry. Here are my notes : 1) Gruner Veltliner Reserve Steinagrund 2011,  $17.99 ( Rich yet very contained, supple on the palate and yet distinct and bright! ),  2) Roter Veltliner Reserve Hofweingarten 2011, $20.99 ( thicker, meatier, broader and a bit more laid-back and yet amazingly pleasing to hold on my tongue a few seconds longer and savor the aroma and the taste ),  3) Roter Scheiben 2011, $36.99 ( lighter, brighter, more of a fine ballet dancer that has practiced and practiced so that every step, every pause, every glance and splash makes an amazingly bright, distinct and memorable impression!, $36.99,  4)  Riesling Reserve Felser Weinberg 2011, $20.99 ( light and airy and bright and breezy and fresh and perfect for when it gets warmer and more humid : a complete wine that will completely blossom with the hot weather still to come, and otherwise with a meal ), 5) Roter Veltliner Reserve Scheiben 1990 Library Release , $89.99 ( wow, the world stops here to take note, appreciate and to wonder and marvel that there could be such fullness of flavors, such brightness, such gaiety and warmth and personality still after to many years being held captive in this bottle! ), 6) Gruner Veltliner Reserve Brunnthal 1985, $107.99 ( to have such freshness and vim and vigor and character that has it's scars and it's chiseled cheeks and sculpted clay features, like sculpting a grape and giving it a 3-D dimension that is so captivating, and that draws everyone into it's web/sphere of influence - amazing - all the flaws and all the perfections wrapped up nicely here as one - bravo! ),  7)  Pinot Noir red 2010, $43.99 ( who could know it could have so much flavor and personality, weight, a dusty-forest-floor dryness of rolling around on the ground, being mixed into the blend with the other grapes : a distinct, really nice medium-bodied dry red to enjoy with a meal ),  8) Baluer Zweigelt Reserve " Gigama " 2008, $76.99, ( a 100% Zweigelt dry red that is made only every other year or when merited that takes the Zweigelt to a place that I have never been before : rich, complex, aged and flavorful and layered and that digs deep into the soul and the heart that is Zweigelt, and not what we just taste on the surface and that is only really just skin-deep. This 2008 penetrates, it's like a biodynamic wine that goes way down into the the guts and the soul of this famous Austrian indigenous red grape. Cheers. What a wonderful tasting. Franz has been here once before several years ago. He tells me to be sure and give credit to his son, also named Franz that makes the wines today. Prost Franz, father and son and grandfather, too!
 
 
BEER From SANTOS :
 
     1) Stillwater Artisanal American Farmhouse Ale , wheat ale brewed with white sage ( $12.99,  1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 6.6% alcohol by volume , Westminster, MD. , www.electricmadness.com ) : " Starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops ...  ". Exciting!
 
     2) Dark Dawn Stout , ale aged in oak, bottle-conditioned " Madrugada Obscura " from the JOLLY DUMPKIN Artisanan Ales ( $16.99, 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 8.1% alcohol by volume, www.jollypumpkin.com, from Dexter, Michigan ) : " Push past the limits of sense and sensibilities, from the known into the unknown. Fall way off the map, and here there be monsters. ...  ". Sounds like so much fun! Ready for an adventure?
 
 
CIDER From SANTOS :
 
     1) Irish John J. KELLY'S Double-Fermented Traditional Hard Cider ( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 4.6% alcohol by volume, CELTIC DRINKS Company in Melbourne, Florida, ) : made from apple juice, water, sugar , malic acid and ascorbic acid. Cheers.
 
 
LIQUOR From Ravi :
 
     1) Pineapple Fusion - Pineapple fused with Coconut from BACARDI ( On Special for $16.99 a bottle, 35% alcohol by volume, www.bacardi.com ) : sounds like a perfect drink as the heat finally comes to us here!
 
     2) Peach Red Rum from BACARDI ( On Special for $16.99, Bacardi rum with natural flavors, 35% alcohol by volume, www.bacardi.com for recipes and more ideas of how to enjoy this as the humidity starts to climb here soon enough : BE REFRESHED, feel cooler.
 
     3) 70 Calories ( Per Serving )  Island Spiced Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur  & Natural Spices ,  with Truvia sweetener from MALIBU ( On Special for $14.99 a bottle, 30% alcohol by volume, for more recipe ideas go to : www.malibu.rum.com ) : AGAIN : a great hot-weather refresher and just enjoyable, too.
 
     4) Barolo Chinato " Cocchi " , Casa Fondata Nel 1891 ( $62.99 a liter bottle, old recipe from Giulio Cocchi, 16.5% alcohol by volume, www.alpenz.com  and also : www.cocchi.com ) : pair it after dinner with dark chocolate, also great with the Vin Brule popular in Italy's Piemonte region in the colder months, or on a colder evening here after the sun goes down and there's a chill in the air. Cheers, It's a great digestive, a great settler of one's stomach after a full and satisfying meal. VERY SPECIAL. Come a bit closer, try some on for size, fit and feel, it's all so very personal - and only your response matters here.

WINE From MICHEL & TONY :

 
          WHITE -
 
     1)  Muscat & Viognier 2012 Biodynamic dry, broad, rich and brightly-complex white blend from the DOMAINE CAZES, ( On Special for $8.99 a bottle, 12.5% alcohol by volume < www.cazes-rivesaltes.com )  this Le Canon du Marechal : good flavor and good body , distinct and good for you, what more can anyone ask for? GREAT VALUE as well, that's what!

     2) Our Dog Blue off-dry white from Chateau Morrisette ( $11.99 a bottle, Meadows of Dan, Virginia, www.thedogs.com ) : just nice easy sipping! Nice all by itself, needs no meal. Enjoy in this heat and humidity as it rolls in. Cheers.

 
     3) Nelson 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from SEIFRIED, New Zealand ( On Special for $19.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, ) : with a bit of extra time in the bottle this Sauvignon has developed really nicely, taken on some extra character and definition and fleshed-out really nicely so that it is offering the whole package and range of flavors. It's a real treat. Eric Platt just said how much he liked it. He just brought us the two owners : Alice and Hermann Seifield. I have met Agnes now perhaps three times, but this was the first time I was meeting Hermann and it was a true pleasure. he works the vineyards and is as true character, just like his wines : distinct and very well-defined.It was nice to meet you Hermann and to see you again Agnes. Cheers. Thanks for your quick visit here earlier with Eric Platt before heading to the airport to fly home.
 
 
          REDS -
 
     1) " Feuille de Garance " 2010 Cotes du Rhone from the DOMAINE ROUGE GARANCE ( On Special for $8.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume, 30% Syrah and 60% Grenache and 10% Cinsault ( great vintage, also biodynamic ) : this is a medium-bodied, dry and flavorful red that is a steal now. Great for grilled and when your foods are well-seasoned. Cheers : only three or cases left at this price.
 
     2) Padrillos Malbec 2012 ( $10.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, ) : a beefy, hearty, gutsy mouthful for a meal! Real backbone!
 
     3) Brouilly 100% Gamay lighter-bodied red burgundy from the DOMAINE VOUGEON ( $11.99, 13% alcohol by volume ) : chill 30 minutes and enjoy with everything or all by itself : it goes with so many things, so completely versatile! A delight, a steal, too : such GREAT VALUE!
 
     4) Merlot 2010 made with Organic Grapes by TERRA SAVIA, Mendocino, California ( $16.99, estate-grown, limited release, 14.2% alcohol by volume , Hopland, CA. ) : this is so velvety and silky-smooth, I LOVE it, I absolutely LOVE this : so fine, so nice to sip all by itself. It's a true and utter delight no matter how you cut it. 

          Sake : 3 From Michel & Tony :

 
 
     1) TOZAI Junmai " Living Jewel " Premium Japanese sake ( $11.99, Kyoto, 300ml bottle,  14.9% alcohol by volume ) ; clean, smooth, hint of tangy fruit. Use the Koshikari rice here.
 
     2) TOZAI Ginjo " Well Of Wisdom " Premium Japanese sake ( $14.99, 300ml, 14.9% alcohol by volume ): Rich, anise, long finish, using the Gohyakumangoku/ Nihonbare rice to make this.
 
     3) TOZAI Ginjo Nigori " Voices in the Mist " ( $14.99, Premium Japanese sake, 300ml bottle, 14.9% alcohol by volume, ) : citrus, banana, dry finish taste, using the Gohyakumangoku / Nihonbare rice varieties.
     TOP FLIGHT these three sakes. Cheers!
 
 
WEEKLY WEDNESDAY Non-Sparkling/Still 3-Part WINE SALE:
 
     1) BUY any $20 Or More Non-Sparkling Wine & SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker price.
     2) BUY ANY 6 Or More Non-Sparkling-Still Wines & SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker prices.
     3) BUY Any 12 Or More Non-Sparkling-Still Wines & SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices. Includes port, sherry, marsala, madeira and sake. CALL : 202-363-4265 and ask Michel or Tony to help you. Cheers.
 
 
WEEKEND TASTINGS :
 
     Friday, May 17th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Andrew Stover here to pour some outstanding dry red and white wines from Liguria, Italy that blew Michel and me ( Tony ) out of the water recently! WOW, fun and very exciting, and affordable, too : using the Vermentino and other indigenous grapes of the region that most of us have never heard about. Cheers.
 
     Saturday, May 18th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Oscar Losama of his own, with his wife Olivia VOILA Imports tasting an exciting roster of dry French roses : 1) Domaine de la Solitude 2011 rose Cotes du Rhone,  2) Cambis " La Vie En Rose " 2012 dry rose from Saint-Chinian, southwest France,  3) Pelaquie Tavel southern French Rhone 2012 dry rose,  4) Pigoudet Premiere 2012 dry rose, and the  5) Camas Pinot Noir dry rose 2012 Ddp. This will be fun and just in time : BRING IT ON Oscar!
 
 
I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN many things but it's time to thank you all for you continued support over the years. Thanks for everything, we greatly appreciate it. Cheers, come on by , trade stories with us, let's grow old together here in Cleveland Park, it's a dynamic and great neighborhood filled with so many great people, places and things to do and see and experience fully. Cheers,  TONY
 

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