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Big-Theme Wine-Tasting ' Ridiculous VALUE ' Wines, Many Spirits 2 Enjoy!


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     WE HAVE A  ' Big-Theme ' Value Wine-Tasting planned for Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 from 5:30-8:30PM, Free, Join Us, Taste ' insane values ' to taste and buy just in time for Father's Day on Sunday, June 19th,.
COME TASTE HERE and get some great bottles of wine for your father , you buy more than one or two bottles, mix up six, give him an assortment. You can afford it because you are saving big on each bottle that you buy, and you can sav up to an additional 20% if you buy bottles over $20 or you buy a case of twelve or more.
     You can start voting I understand starting today in the Democratic Primary , and voting contiues into the weekend? 
     You may wish to come and select whatever you enjoy drinking at this time of the year to celebrate that you voted, the sunny hot, slightly humid weather, perhaps with a light breeze if you ' up on a rooftop ", or on a balcony, outside, grilling, chilling, smiling.
     HOPE EVERYONE enjoyed a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. It was relaxing for our family, lots of necessary yardwork with all the previous rain. It looks better. I am getting some real delight in sweating like a pig as I work and clearing out some of our flower beds of too much that competes with the flowers we really want to see bloom, that is, if our local, healthy deer population does not get them before they have a chance. We saw a hummingbird, too at our feeder, and this must ne The Year of the Chipmunk!
     WHY DO I MENTION ALL this ?!?Because sometimes having a beer or a mixed drink or a glass of wine while watching all of this can be quite pleasing and relaxing.
     FUNNY, it is hard to find a healthy balance between working and relaxing, and yet we achieved it pretty well, even though we did not get our first swim in over the weekend. That did sadden me some, I would have liked it. Oh well, perhaps this coming weekend, the forecast is good for the week and this Saturday, maybe rain on Sunday.
     REALLY FUNNY how weather talk is gaining even more of our time, concentration and space. We are all scrambling to make good decisions to maximize the time we have to relax.
     YOU CAN ALWAYS COME HERE, we always have something to mention, some great, ridiculous sale going on, and we try and bend your ear to be sure you know about it or any others as you walk around the store in search of what you came for, and perhaps something else as an ' added bonus ' before you leave.
     I HAVE ALREADY BEEN TWEETING this morning. If you want to see what I have been tweeting about FOLLOW us at CPWINESPIRITS, and also at WINEENABLER. I am trying to reach out to those that tweet more than anything else.
     WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK about tweeting? Please share your thoughts as I am doing it in the hopes of reaching a larger audience for us here. What do you know about it, do you tweet? Do you learn valuable info from tweeting that you would not get otherwise? Please share your thoughts.
          FROM SANTOS : Beer and Cider :
     1) ' Guilty ' , a Belgian-style DOMA coffee from SELKIRK ABBEY Brewing Company in Post Falls, Idaho, On Special for $9.99 a 1Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle with 8.3% alcohol by volume, : " It's not for the masses, it's for you. Our 2013 homebrew contest had 34 entries. This beer won. One sip will tell you why. We were happy to enter it as our Pro-Am beer at the Great American Beer Festival. We very proudly use coffee from our neighbor, DOMA coffee toasting company, in this beer, "
          THRRE NEW beers from AMARCORD :
     1) ' Gradisca ' by AMARCORD ' L'Arte della Birra ",  brewed in Italy, lager chiara, 100% Malto d'Orzo, $5.99 a bottle, with 5.2% alcohol by volume, for a 1Pt. 9 Fl. Oz bottle. They are done in homage to the freat Italian film director Federico Fellini, all commemorating one of the great characters in Fellini's classic 1973  ... a bottom-fermented special lager like it's namesake Gradisca, dreamed of, and sought after by everyone!
          THE Other Two beers are : 
     2) ' Midona ',  Golden Ale $5.99 with 6.5% alcohol by volume : " ... this beer is rich with crystal malts, with significant undertones of yeast, bread dough before it's medium hoppy finish accented by notes of sweet spice. " ...

     3) ' Volpina ' red ale , $5.99 a bottle, with 6.5% alcohol by volume ... " ... ( a irresistable woman of easy virtue : beautiful, sensual and seductive ) this beer displays warm malt and toffee notes on the nose, delicate lacing and a balance of fruit, caramel and chocolate throughout. "

     I TASTED them all with Andrew Stover a couple of weeks ago and was quite impressed, they are all so different, I had my favorite but that will change depending on the time of day or night I drink them, and if there is a meal involved, indoors or outdoors, the weather?!? So many variables, the temperature, too at which they are served. Come try one of each, have fun, explore, watch the movie 1973, a whole 'nother world back then! People are musch the same though, see which character you prefer?
     ALSO : In Cider We Have :
     1)   Old Volstead's Summer Shandy , a blend of hard cider and lemonade from MT. DEFIANCE , made from local Virginia apples in Middleburg, Virginia, On Special for $7.99 a bottle with 5.6% alcohol by volume, using 100% fresh-pressed apple cider, yeast and lemonade. Perfect to sip now as the heat is in the eighties!
          Something Totally Popular & Totally Different :
     1) Not Your Father's Root Beer , On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, from SMALL TOWN Brewery, an ale with the 5.9% alcohol by volume, ale with the taste of spices : " We like to think of it as a dark SPICED ALE with a vanilla and honey notes, best served chilled or poured in a glass over ice, You'll enjoy it, WE DO. " Try some, see what you think, it is it's own uniqye category, come without expectations of anything and see if you like the taste? Cheers!
          LIQUEUR, LIQUOR From Jagir :
     1) Holiday Aquavit distilled from grain GAMEL ODE , a Nordic inspired 45th parallel produced for Scandinavians at heart and Gamle Ode , $38.99 a 750ml bottle with 42% alcohol by volume, ... ' .... infused with dill, caraway, juniper, mint, allspice, and orange.  ... produces a cleansing note and a smooth finish. ... " Skaal!
     2) The Edinburgh Malt GLENKINCHIE  12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, On Special for $55.99 a bottle, regularly $55.99 a bottle, : " A dry, refined character born just twenty miles from Scotland's capital, naturally makes GLENKINCHIE ' The Edinburgh Malt. ' Its aromatic smoothness brings to mind cut flowers and creamy lemon cheesecake. Crisp and focused, with a herbal, drying finish, this is an ideal aperitif and partner to smoked fish, sushi or scallops. " I like all of this, what great food pairing suggestions, this is superb, brilliant marketing as they make some great pairing suggestions here, I like the creamy lemon cheesecake reference a whole lot. Cheers, come try some.
          TWO Vermouth-Aperitif-Cocktail-Blenders :
     1) " Capitoline '  White Cordial , distilled by New Columbia Distillers LLC, Washington D.C. , 750ml bottle with 18% alcohol by volume, ... : " Capitoline is made by hand in small batches in an attempt to make a drink both delicious on its own and in cocktails. Use as you would your favorite vermouth. Distilled, infused, and bottled in the Capitol City. " 
     2) BRoVo  Spirits ' Pretty ' Floral Vermouth Batch #3 , a white vermouth made by Amanda R & George E, using wine grapes, $20.99 a bottle, with 19.9% alcohol by volume, this is really exciting, really cutting-edge, it adds something really ' new and refreshing and exciting ' to the category of the world of vermouths! I fell in love with this and the others when I tasted them with Amanda, I fell in love immediately, SUPERB!
          WINE From Chris & Tony :
     1)Chardonnay Dominio de Punctum Organic Vineyards  from FINCA FABIAN , $9.99 a bottle, 2014, with 13% alcohol by volume, this is bright, lively and a real treat to enjoy all by itself, or with a meal. Also comes in the red Tempranillo. Cheers.
     2) Tinto 2014 ' Montecastrillo ' dry red Ribera Del Duero from FINCA TORREMILANOS, $14.99, made by law with 100% Tempranillo grapes, aged in oak for 4 months to make it a bit earthier, beefier, more rustic and edgy, great color, intriguing bouquet, quite the treat to sip and enjoy with a meal, almost anything off the grill, it should be slightly chilled, sipping late at night while looking up at the moon and stars. The moon should be visible tonight! We had this poured here this weekend by Euripedes and Nassos on Saturday afternoon, it was well-received, sold, too by those of you lucky enough to taste it then.
     3) 100% Chenin Blanc from CHARLES BOVE, made in France's Loire Valley , 2014, imported by Vintage 59 and Roy Cloud, superb quality, what a Chenin Blanc can be, a tasty one that we will taste here with Graham Isaac our local Contry Vintner rep that sells them to us. Graham and I are looking at another Vintage 59 wine to pour together with this Vouvray, might be their sparkling wine! Stay-tuned.
          BUY These Following, SAVE 20% OFF stickers tomorrow:
          SPEAKING of France's Loire Valey :
     4) ' Les Millets ' 2013 Reuilly dry rose from JOSEPH MELLOT , $20.99 a bottle, this is an amazing and complex dry rose with a really light , pale color, and yet the flavors fly up and out from the glass! It will make a great dry rose to enjoy when you grill, have some wild salmon filets off the grill, smoked fish or turkey even, this is a hearty hefty flavorful beauty that both knows and speaks it's mind!
     5) 2012 dry red blend from Wellington, South Africa, a blend of 81% Shiraz , 17% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier grapes, from THOKOZANI, $21.49, with 14% alcohol by volume. I really like the smooth and bright, lively, edginess that is softened and become even more fruit-centered with the alcohol , it is charming, it is tasty, it will stick with you and your palate will remember the flavors and want more, a treat
     6) Macabeu 2013 , 100% Macabeu indigenous grape variety from Spain, from JOSEP FORASTER, this rich, complex, layered, viscous white is made from old vines, with extra skin contact, more time on the lees, from Montblanc , a D.O. from Conca de Barbera, with 13% alcohol by volume, this is a great food wine and will hold it's own against many a dish, well-seasoned, aged, grilled, ... they make fine sparkling Cava, too, we carry both. The owner himself was here, and we hit it off really well from the get-go! So Josep Foraster is now family, one of the Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits group : we are a really big family here.
     7) Red 2010 dry Israeli blend from SOUTHERN WINERY, sooo smooth, so silky and bright, no bite, a true and pure taste that is buffered by the alcohol, I liked it a lot when I poured it here this past Friday night from 5-8PM, it would be great with many grilled meats, some flavorful cheeses, it showed brilliantly this past Friday. It is not kosher however, from Ramat Negev, $28.99 a bottle, you should come treat yourselves, chill it thirty-forty minutes, it will warm up to the perfect temperature, and be a special wine to celebrate with!
     SAVE HERE ON WINE each and every Wednesday, you can save three ways, up to 20% OFF two ways, either by buying any bottle of wine ( except MOET & CHANDON  and VEUVE CLICQUOT French champagne ), or any twelve bottles at any price, and if you buy six bottles at any price you can save 15% OFF the marked sticker prices,
     THREE WAYS TO SAVE ON WINE on Wednesdays, call and pay for your purchase on Wednesday, we can hold it for you or deliver if you like, let us know, we can work it out! 


     Friday, June 3rd, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Graham Isaac here from the Country Vintners to do a tasting of the CHARLES BOVE Vouvray and sparkling wine from the Loire valley, as well as the two from WEST CAPE HOWE in western Australia, the 1) Shiraz, the ... 2) Sauvignon Blanc and ... 3) Chardonnay, too! Come taste, free tasting!
     Friday with Legends Imports and Ryan Thomas we will taste three spirits :  1) Ginmare , a Barcelona , Spanish gin,... a ...2) BLOOMERYLemoncello ' Sweet Shine ' from West Virginia, with all the fruit coming from West Virginia ... and the .... 3) TOWN BRANCH Bourbon whiskey from Kentucky : all ' new ' : HOPEFULLY something for everyone! YES,si, claro que si!
     FREE TASTINGS HERE always, join us, make some new friends, come and see what you think, bring family and friends, become our family and friends, too!
     Saturday, June 4th, 2016 : ( 2-6PM ) : We have John and Theresa Morrison here from their own Boutique Imports to taste a selection of their wines that I believe should include : One COMPASS or IL CUORE ( the heart ) California wine, One DEMEYE Stellenbosch South African wine, One wine of Argentina, either the sparkling rose of Malbec, or a regular non-sparkling dry Malbec, ... and we will see for the last entry when Theresa calls me back soon!
     ALSO : We have Kayla coming to taste with you all  the FABulous MAGNUS Ivy City, Washington D.C. gin and vodka " Royal Seal ', both at $27.99, great values for their top-quality, they WAY overdeliver for these prices, ... and we hope to also tast their limited, new release : " Mury Hill Club : " Balanced notes of wood, char, vanilla, and dried fruit, black pepper forms at mid palate and lingers for a long, warm finish."
Richard Wolf writes as well : " This whiskey is singularly unique. I don't know of anything out there that is comparable. " I cannot wait to try it!
ALL FUN, all exciting, let's share tastes, stories and creat some good times and memories together as we taste and sample TOP-FLIGHT wines from all around the world in all price ranges and all styles, reds, whites, roses, sparkling, still, dry and sweet!
CHEERS, THANKS For everything, we appreciate all you do for us, and your continued support! See you soon, come by when you get off work tonight, or call us for a delivery at : 202-363-4265.    See you soon,  TONY

Anthony Quinn's Weekly Tuesday Store Email April 26th-May 3rd, 2016

Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine

Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

SUNSHINE,MoRE italian reds,plumP wineS - some, more lean ones, too!

five presidential primaries going on today, come by, get what you want here to enjoy at home tonight while watching the returns , or while watching " The Voice ' , or wahtever else you like, perhaps listening to some Mozart or some Prince, deciding what purple outfit to wear tomorrow?

THINKING OF THE organic wine on OUR  shelves from austria like the  MEINKLANG biodynamic wine estate, austrian ' prosa ' 2014 osterreich dry rose, $18.99 a bottle, with only 10.5% alcohol by volume, nice! On the Austrian-hungarian border, this is  a DEMETER wine with some sparkle, too.

Tomorrow is both the birthday of Alan and Katarina and so I want to take this moment to wish them both a really good day and night to celebrate their birthdays! Cheers, I raise a glass to you.
I ALSO RAISE A GLASS to our dear friend and fellow former Cleveland Park store/bar/restaurant manager Dave Hansen that is waiting for the next liver as his has suffered and must soon be replaced. Dave, our thoughts are with you our dear friend and fellow-hard-worker, dedicated neighborhood Cleveland Park advocate, too. You are the best, we wish you the very best, your service here while at PULPO was great, you rewally added to our neighborhood, supporting it always, and we miss you, and want the very best for you Dave!
THINKING OF rose wines and our  ...
' BiIG THEME ' ROSE tasting coming up this Wednesday, May 4th, 2016. Free, everyone always welcome. Please mark your calendars now so you do not forget.
IT WILL BE FUN, it will be exciting, many rose dry wines, some sparkling, too will be poured by four of our favorite reps that represent really fine portfolios of trose wines :
1) Oscar Losama co-owner with his wife Olivia Bobart of Voila Collection / Oslo Enterprise that specializes in French wine. Oscar always comes by with samples, many of them, of his fine small estates all around France for us to try. As a result we always buy an assortment from Oscar, and are happy to do so as we have thus tasted the wines and have some real idea of what we will be tasting. That is important. From Oscar we will only our French wines, and they represent all prices, all styles, all different colors and densities, too of rose dry wines, prices as well. Thank you, merci Oscar, merci Olivia, can't wait to taste the Provence, Costieres de Nimes,  and southwest French wines, too, like Saint-Chinian - the ' ever-popular ' La Vie En Rose ', 2015, $16.99, ... and more ...
2) Alan Cohen , Vice President, Owner of LVDH Imports that also brings early here a selection of fine, mostly French, dry rose wines, with the wonderful adition of the HOLLORAN Willamette Valley rose that we tasted here with the owner himself, Bill Holloran , we presolf off the bottle sample Bill had 14 bottles, not bad! Thanks Bill, thanks Alan. From Alan one I look forward to is the ' Les Ligeriens ' Val de Loire, Loire Valley Rose D'Anjou 2015, $11.99, because it is always a touch off-dry and so nice to sip all by itself. Some of our customers love this style, so we must have some each year.
3) James Kellaris of Roanoke Distributing will be pouring three amazing French bubblies : two from France that includes a fine southwest France MAS DE DAUMAS Frizzante sparkling , a GUILHEM dry rose 2015, and an AIX en Provence dry 2015, too.

4) Erin Weaver our local rep for Lanterna Imports actually suggested this idea to me for another rose tasting and I jumped on it once I thought about it. It makes perfect sense, really works for us. This will be wonderful. With Erin we will have Le Grand Courtage , a Grand Cuvee Brut rose, $22.99 a bottle, that has a lovely focused, firm yet generous pleasing taste. really quite special! Erin will also have one French dry rose from Corbieres that was delightful, as well as some Spanish roses, and also a Vinho Verde dry rose, too! 

THanks Erin for suggesting this to me over the phone the other night. This will be a great way of fully embracing spring and thinking, too to the summer months that are already knocking on all our doors and soon on our windows that will either be open to welcome the breezes or closed to keep the humidity and heat out!
CHEERS ALL, JOIN US for our ROSE Big-Theme Tasting on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 from 5:30-8:30PM, free, you all are welcome to join us.
ALL WE ASK is that you call and give us your names of the number of people coming to taste these delightful rose wines, or send me an email telling me how many you will be in your party :
BUT HEY, I HAD A BEER I REALLY LIKED LAST NIGHT! It was the CALVERT Brewery , Rye something or other and it blew me away and I just told Santos and he is ordering some to come this Thursday, and so I will stay mumm on this till next Tuesday and do a full-waxing-poetic then! It will sell for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles! Be prepared to be wowwed! And it has less than 6% alcohol by volume, smooth as can be, loved the velvet lining inside and out.
     ALSO IN BEER From Santos we have :
     1) A Brett Saison ' Century Ale ' from ALLAGASH Brewing Company, $13.99 a  12.7Fl. Oz bottle,, 375ml, with 8.2% alcohol by volume, a real treat from ALLAGASH Brewing, some real flavor here.
     2) Strawberry Schwarzcake , a German-style black lager brewed with strawberries, from the WILD WOLF Brewing Company, Nellysford, VA. 2958, On Special for $5.99 a bottle, with 5% alcohol by volume, ... come try some real soon!
     3) Raspberry Stout from HARDYWOOD, On Special for $10.99, ' Reserve Series ', from Richmond, Virginia, an Agriberry , Cultivate ... wow, cheers, what fun!
     LIQUEUR, LIQUOR From Jagir :
     1) THe ' Original " Honey Liqueur from IRISH MIST , with honey and natural aromatic spices, too , $28.99 a bottle, with 35% alcohol by volume.
     2) Original Liqueur Cream from McGUIRE'S , made with imported Irish whiskey, On Special for $12.99 a bottle, what an amazing deal, come try some, this should become your summer Irish cream drink , yes!
     3) Untitled Whiskey No. 2 3/28/16 Batch 2 , from ONE EIGHT, $66.99, with 46% alcohol by volume, come taste this, what a treat, support D.C., support small business, support great talent, initiative and quality, too!
     4) Peach flavored vodka from DEEP EDDY in Austin, Texas, $16.99, with 35% alcohol by volume, this is the latest flavor that we have added here to the DEEP EDDY line, come check it out and see if you like it as much as the others.
     5) London Dry Gin from BULLDOG , $23.99, is a class-act, and almost classic here now. We love it, remember when Lauren Jones used to come here and taste it with you all. Thanks Lauren, you started or maintained something special here as I believe Jody Jackman also used to represent it here? With 40% alcohol by volume, : " A Brazen Breed, Perfectly Balanced With Natural Poppy, Dragon Eye, and Hints of Crisp Citrus .... " I liked it, really fresh, lively , smooth, great value, too.
     TWO LIQUOR, LIQUEUR, BRANDY Tastings Tomorrow :
     Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) :
     1) CATOCTIN CREEK Distillery here locally in Purcelleville, Virginia will be here tasting the two Rye whiskies, and the brandy, like the Roundstone Rye Single Barrel whiskey, distilled from 100% Rye, $41.99 a bottle, what a treat, it will be grand to get Chad back here tasting with you all! Join us, always free. Everyone always more than welcome here.
     2) WE have our Irish rep fresh from Ireland here to taste two from GLENDALOUGH, the 7-Year-Old and the ' Double Barrel, both some of the best Irish whisky ever, the ' Double-Barrel ' , $39.99, with 42% alcohol by volume, is made in small batches and aged for three and a half years in Bourbon barrels and then another six months in Oloroso sherry casks! Wonderful, I tried them both recently : both top-flight.
     WINE From Chris & Tony : 
     1) 2015 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BERAUD, $14.99, from France's Costieres de Nimes with 13.5% alcohol by volume is a real gem and Oscar Losama will taste this if there is any left on our Big-Theme ROSE Wine-Tasting on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, free, join us, it is a fine bottle, tasty, refreshing, and alluring, too!
     2) 2015 Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc from WARWICK in South Africa, with 13% alcohol by volume, from the Coastal Region, made by Mike Radcliff, I like selling this strong, bolder, dry and tasty expression of Sauvignon Blanc, quite the treat, great when you grill outside, some shrimp, some veggies, some goat's cheese , some hummus, whatever, a joy to drink, thanks Mike!
     3) Viognier 2014 from RIDGEBACK,$19.49 a bottle, produced and matured at Langerwacht Farm, Paarl, South Africa, 13.5% alcohol by volume, quite the mouth-feel, grip, flavor, and wonderful lingering intensity, too here in the still version, also available in the sparkling one, we have both!
     4) ' Zeepaard ' Western Australia, from WEST CAPE HOWE, 2012 Shiraz, $11.99, a fine, fine, really nice dry and tasty Shiraz red from our friend Gavin Berry the winemaker there!
     5) Primitivo Gioia Del Colle ' Allegoria ' from Marianna Annio from her family's PIETRAVENTOSA winery, On Special for $19.99 a bottle, regularly $21.99, 2013, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, this is lovely, polished, bright, still young, will improve a lot over the next 6-12 months, I like it, almost like some carbonic maceration in the taste at first, it blows off after awhile, so crisp and lively from the get-go, but settles and rounds out and becomes downright expansive in a wonderful story-telling way after in the glass or open for an hour's time!
     6) Riesling 2013 from South Africa's SPIOENKOP region, On Special for $24.99, regularly $32.99 : this is an amazing dry, complex, mineral-faceted, citrus-bedecked, dazzling and full and profound dry Riesling to enjoy with any meal that needs a white that will keep and hold it's own with many strong flavors and textures. YES!
SAVE BIG HERE tomorrow, Wednesday, ALways SAVE UP to 20% OFF the marked sticker prices on still and sparkling wines, three ways, ( Veuve Clicquot and Moet not included ), come SAVE, come taste, come learn, come luxuriate in the glow of spirits and wines that we offer here seven days a week, in beers, too, ciders as well.
     Friday, April 29th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Razvan here of his wone company here to pour his special wines of Romania from the MOSER to the with the Fateasca Neagra and the Babeasca Neagra for the reds, and the Sarba for the white, and the GLIA Feteasca Neagra, too, not to mention the organic wines made with the Babeasca Neagra grapes, we will see when Razvan calls me tomorrow, we like them all!
     Saturday, April 30th, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Theresa Morrison here right now to talk about our tasting! What timing!!! And we have four great wines to taste with you all, two Malbecs, one from Argentina (  1) VIAMONTE Malbec Reserva, On Special for $22.99, regularly $32.99 - onlt 23 bottles available!  from Mendoza, Lujan de Cajo , smooth as a newborn baby's skin, velvet soft, delicious  ... , and the YORKVILLE CELLARS Malbec, $29.99from Yorkville Highlands Mendocino, organic, made by Deborah and Edward Wallo, growers, owners , that is also sooooo smooth, a bit leaner, not quite as full and generous, but generous , too : love them both : and I rarely say this about Malbec. Come taste and see what you think?
ALSO : Theresa will pour the DE MEYE rose dry Shiraz 2015, that is bright, focused and a delight to sip, it will make you hungry as you start your second glass, and the COMPASS Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma, made by Jonathan Dreyer, this, too is a lovely wine to sip at our week's end, and we - you - us - ALL of us will be more than ready to sip our worries and stresses down to a maneagable level! Yes! Whate fu, free, join us, it only costs you when you let your guard down and actually but one or more or three or four!
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, you are all gold, the very best, love you! Come see us!

Anthony Quinn's Weekly Tuesday Store Email Of April 19th, 2016 : Read & Enjoy!

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IT'S OUR 80+ dgrees second day-in-a-row today, and that is exciting. YES Organic opened up here this past Saturday and that is a welcome relief for many of you that have mentioned this to us repeatedly as many of you were quite upset that it was not open in Decemeber like they forecats.
WE HAVE Mariana Annio the owner, winemaker of PIETRAVENTOSA winery here this Saturday. She makes brilliant wines in one of the two famous wine-grape-growing regions of Puglia called Gioia del Colle, and she makes four brilliant versions of the Primitivo grape in red wine, and one in a dry rose.
WE HAVE A DINNER THIS SUNDAY at CASA LUCA , April 24th, 2016, 6-9PM , at : 1099 New York Avenue, N.W. with Mariana Annio and her wines of Agricole PIETRAVENTOSA, join us, this will be very special, what a treat, come taste the wines with the food and see what you all think. Go to their web page and check for the menu, price.
ALL THE Agricole PIETRAVENTOSA  WINES will be available for sale at special pricing and ready to pick up here at our store on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016. All the wines including the " one-time offer ' of the Volere Volare 2012 Primitivo that they put in old oak barrels for a little more than a year, $19.99 a bootle for that and the " Allegoria 2012, and the EstRosa 2014 dry rose, and the Reserva 2008 is On Special for $45.99, regularly $49.99 a bottle.

CALL CASA LUCA ristorante now for reservations as I hear they are going quickly.

MARIANNA ANNIO will be here herself this Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 from 2-6PM with importer Robert Kennedy to taste all 4 wines here , a free-tasting, join us. This will be Marianna's second tasting here and we are so excited to get her back here.
GEORGE DUBOUEF of his own Beaujolais empire is scheduled to come see us here any minute, that will be fun, what a moment that will be.
TOMORROW we have a tasting of the JUSTIN Vineyard California wines between 5-8PM, come by, free!
ON FRIDAY we have a tasting of some fine German wines with Chris Bartha from 5-8PM, that may include some sparkling, may also include some French and Italian wines. I have to catch up with Chris and see what he has up his sleeves for us this Friday. It will be great , the wines are first-rate, small production in many cases, and also some sensational values, especially the Italian wines!
SATURADAY, April 23rd, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Marianna Annio of her own Agricole PIETRAVENTOSA winery from Puglia, Italy that I mentioned above, with the dinner the next night at CASA LUCA.
SAVE TOMORROW, SAVE every Wednesday here on your wine purchases, up to 20% OFF , two ways at least, one way you save 15% OFF on your purchase of the marked sticker prices.
THIS WILL BE THE SHORTEST EMAIL I have every posted, sorry, do not worry, just too many important owners and winemakers that came by today from ...
Betsy Nachhaur , Russian River Valley, CA. that with her husband Bill that makes the wines, tasted me on five of their filed blend reds and I was blown away with the 2011, 2012 Dolcetto, loved the fruit-centered qualities of the Zinfandel 2012, liked very much the Cabernet Franc 2012, too, all five were amazingly well-made, well-balanced wines, what an incredible treat.
WE ALSO HAD owner Michael Honig of his family's  CA. Napa Valley HONIG fine Sauvignon Blancs and also Cabernet Sauvignons, and before that we had ...
Robert Kennedy here to talk about our wine-dinner and wine-tasting here for the Agricole PIETRAVENTOSA, with  ...
Kerry Tate of the Diamond District Wines  also tasting me on some superb REZABAL Txacoli de Getaria  Basque whites, a dry white and rose Txakolina, the dry 2014  white was thicker, denser, more packed and fleshy in flavor, the 2015 rose was soft and silky and delicate. Wow, loved both of them, each $18.99 a bottle, here in May as are the HONIG wines of Napa,  and the ACORN Winery  wines of the Russian River Valley.
THEN ERIC PLATT comes by with three killer wines, tow reds from Spain, a 2007 Priorat red that we will put On Special for $11.99 a bottle, a Jumilla red Cabernet, Syrah and Monastrell red blend for the same price, and a  WEINGUT EUGEN WEHRHEIM 2013 Niersteiner Bildstock Riesling Kabinett Rheinhessen German white, with 10% alcohol by volume, that will be On Special for $13.99 : all three are splendid, amazing wines, great values, and all drinking really well now, though they can all be enjoyed over a long period of time as they are still improving in the bottle.
They will be here the first week of May, so come and place your orders here now before I sell out. I have a bottle of the German Riesling open here for you to taste now when you get off work.
THANK YOU for everything , sorry this email is so short, will do better next week.
ENJOY THE results of the primaries tonight with something you get here before heading home! We have something for any of you, just let us know what you like.
THE BEER COOLERS, WINE FRIDGES are all well-stocked, so we should be able to find you something to walk home with and start enjoying immediately in this 80+ degrees warm weather of ours outside, the second day in a row, wow, summer is now here, a short up-and-down spring, summer already?!?
COME SAVE HERE TOMORROW, come to our tastings, call CASA LUCA for reservations this Sunday to meet Marianna Annio and taste her fine wines of Agricole PIETRAVENTOSA, or meet her here first on Saturday, then have her wines with some fine Italian food the next day, all withing this weekend, so many great choices. Cheers, thanks again,  TONY

Anthony Quinn's Tuesday Store Email April 12 , 2016

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HAPPY WARMER DAYS SOON AHEAD, & Rainless Week Ahead! We all want to shed our thicker layers of clothes, get suntans, relax, not be rushing while outside, soaking up all those glorious rays that warm and inspire, that fire our imaginations, fleshing-out our lives, giving ourselves a pat on our backs, on those of our loved ones, telling them how much you appreciate being with them.
ALL IS NOT LOST, it is there to be found. We just have to keep moving, keeping active, with some purpose, some list of what we want to do today and this week, for this month, before the end of this year. Pacing ourselves, that is the key, and we try and help you all accomplish that.
WE LOVE WHEN YOU STOP BY to chat as many of you do. We love that you think of us as a resting-spot, a second home, an oasis from the elements, a shelter from the storms that rage on so many plains from politics, to global weather and warming,  to diseases, cancers, aging, discrimination, hatred, loss of much transparency, forgetting honesty and humbleness, wow, the list is long and yet I say : " Go outside, feel the breeze, listen to the birds chirp, watch the squirrels jump from tip-of-tree-branch long distance over to other tree or rooftop, , catch the quick scamper of the chipmunks dashing for cover from flower pot to canopy of gree-leafed day lillies, the buzz of a bumble bee, the annoying buzz of a fly close by, the grace of a lady bug. It is all therapeutic.
IT HELPS ME to dig in the earth of our yard as I did yesterday, to transplant some of our Nandinas and group them together.
IT WAS BEAUTIFUL TO WHEEL my mother around outside so she could feel the sun's rays, the breeze, the spotty drops of wet and cooling rain, listen to the birds chirping and singing gloriously.
ALL GOOD, that is what we all need, some good of the earth grounding as we bike or run or walk through the parks, escape upstairs to roof tops, to balconies, simply opening a window and closing our eyes and breathing-in the freshness of outdoors.
WE CAN ALSO HELP YOU by greeting you as you deserve, a nice ' hello ', a smile, a grin, a simple : " How are you? " , " Welcome to our store. ", " So nice to see you again. None of this costs us anything and yet it breaks the ice, melts our steel barriers up to protect us from so much external, harmful, disruptive noise.
I DID A LOVELY SMALL Private Wine-Tasting for five wonderful young ladies, librarians, one of them getting married and going to France, England and Iceland for their honeymoon! Wow, we had a blast , four wines to delight in from France ( Bordeaux 2010 , Costieres De Nimes 2011 ) , one orange wine, a Kisi from Georgia, an amazing Cremant De Bourgogne.
THEN I ESCORTED THESE FIVE LOVELY YOUNG LADIES over to Sorriso restaurant to introduce them to owner Pietro that they did not know, they had booked a meal there from reading positive reviews of Sorriso! I love that, love it when the neighborhood shines.
THEN I CAME BACK, cleaned up, washed our wine glasses and headed home for a much-needed break from all this wonderful activity here in Cleveland Park, a ' happenin' ' neighborhood. So much always happenin' right under our nose and we do not even know about it.
EVERYTHING IS SELLING these days, you are all interested in everything pretty much it seems. Everything is open to discussion, to trying, to making in our own unique way. So many of us are ' new ' mixologists today. That is exciting. So many of you are amateur beer-makers. Our Swedish neighbor is growing hops and so we will see what that will produce ath the end of this year? The plant went in this past fall and looks like it survived our winter, so now only time will tell!?!
     We maust have at least thirty hard ciders, some local, some French and Spanish,English ... many made here in the United States as well. We have many in all price ranges, some single bottles, some four-packs, some cans, some six-packs like ...
     1) " Green Apple ' Hard Cider from McKENZIE'S Hard Cider, On Special for $11.99 for a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 5% alcohol by volume, : " McKensie's Green Apple Hard Cider has quite the kick. With its deliciously crisp, slightly tart bite of fresh green apples, it's the most fun you can have with apples. " From West Seneca, NY, and naturally gluten-free.
          THREE  BEERS :
     1) ' Triple " KARMELIET, On Special for $13.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, with 8.4% alcohol by volume, this is an authentic Belgian ale from Belgium, : " Round, robust, smooth and fruity, with a delicate spicy flavor. Bottle conditioned ale made with Oats, Barley and Wheat, a true ' 3 grain ' ale, 100% natural. "
     2) ' Seclusion " IPA from NEW PLANET Brewing,  : " New, crafted to remove gluten ", $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans with 4.9% alcohol by volume, Wow, this is really exciting!
     3)  Hop IPA from ROGUE Brewery, $8.99 a bottle, a six rogue farms hop varieties, with 6.66% alcohol by volume, ... : " Risk, Dream ... no chemicals, preservatives or additives ,  .... : " In a bold collaboration with Mother Nature, we grow our own varieties of aroma hops at Rogue Farms in Independence, OR. We also string, stake, train, test, trim, separate, sort, kiln and cool them. ... "
          LIQUEUR, LIQUOR From Jagir :
     1) ' Tierras ' TEQUILA Autenticas de Jalisco, 100% Agave, , the Reposado, certified organic, USDA Organic, made, hecho en Mexico, On Special for $40.99 a bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, I like this, I like it a lot. Eddie Ofori tasted me on this years ago, I found it so elegant, so fine, so polished, really liked it, have been selling it ever since! Now Eva sells it to us, really a fine Tequila that comes in Anejo and also Blanco On Special for $36.99 a bottle. Cheers, come get a bottle of each.
     2) RUSSELL'S Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, 6 Years Old, with 45% alcohol by volume, On Special for $43.99 a bottle : " More than 90 years. That's the combined tenure of Master Distillers Jimmy & his son Eddie Russell. They hand select barrels after at least 6 years of aging, resulting in a Rye that delivers a balance of smooth, complex allspice, pepper and almond flavors. Their experience guarantees yours. " Come check this out, try some on for size, fit and feel!

     3) Uigeadail The Ultimate Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, from ARDBEG, On Special for $76.99 a bottle, with 54.2% alcohol by volume, it is non-chill-filtered, what a flavorful intensely smooth peaty taste, great price, too!

          LOCAL Distiller Success-Story-Blossoming!
     1) ' Royal Seal ' Magnus Inaugural edition Vodka, $27.99, from Nicole, her sister Danny Hassoun, and another : they rock! I was blown away, so was everyone else that came by here and tasted with us a week or so ago. Nicole came by, she waited patiently to taste. She helped me with one of our regular customers to pick out a local gift ( we both recommended highly the white whisky Rock Creek, $32.99 from ONE EIGHTH ), and Nicole talked us through the three that she has for sale now. Danny delivered the three last week, what a treat, many have already sold , like the Bourbon whiskey, and a lot of the gin, too. 
     I loved this Royal Seal Vodka, it blows me a way fro it's lightness, brightness, and freshness, as well as it's unique style that made me dub it the ' crossover ' between vodka and gin, like a vodka with a splash of gin added to it to give that extra excitement of a gin and yet the lightness and brightness of a vodka!
     This may be a whole ' new ' category : ' crossover ' of a gin and a vodka, or a vodka and a gin?!? You may be hearing this from me first. After all, why not? Either or both, one being the base and something to tweek that base? I think there is real promise in this idea. We will see, time will tell. $27.99 a bottle for the vodka and the gin, both exceptional, all three in stock, the Bourbon whiskey is just shy of $90 a bottle.
Nicole tells us our price is great and that she will send customers our way becasue of this. Thanks Nicole, Watch my video on Facebook that I took of her waxing poetic over her spirits.
          WINES OF ALL TYPES From Chris, Tony :
     1) Castell De Raimat Albarino 2014 from Costers Del Segre RAIMAT, $11.99 a bottle : a ridiculous price for a Spanish Albarino, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, this is a lovely dry white wine with good taste and presence, and a great value for the most remowned grape variety in Spain. Lovely. Try some!
     2) Cabernet Sauvignon de Chile from ALMA, the Private Reserve 2013, On Special for $9.99, with 14% alcohol by volume, an Aconcagua Valley Cabernet that is  tasty, flavorful, distinct, balanced dry red, I like it a lot, I really do. Some of these inexpensive wines like this really over-deliver and that is exciting as so much is expensive and not worth the asking price. Be selective, we try and be always, if we can save you money and give you great taste, distinct flavors for less moeny then we have really succeeded!
     THIS MAKES ME THINK, too of the dinner we are working on with owner Manuel Rojas od ALMA De Chile wines, and with Coppi's Organic down the street in the old Lavandou location! I have asked Carlof the owner of Coppi's Organic to come to the store today to work on setting a menu for a spectacular dinner down there as soon as we can set a date! So exciting, keep checking with us as we work on this project together.
          5 Half-Bottles To Mention : 3 R Kosher :
     1) Cotes Du Provence 2014 MANO dry rose, On Special for $5.49 a bottle, an elegant dry roe French blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. It is a more delicate taste that has blossomed now and become fuller and richer, more body and taste, drink and enjoy now with a meal!
          NEXT THREE Are Kosher For Passover :
     2) Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Valle Central , Chile, Bin No. 947 from TERRA VEGA, kosher for Passover, 13.5% alcohol by volume, $5.49. A fine food wine, screwtop, easy to transport and enjoy on a hike or picnic, too.
     3) Moscato from Italy from CANTINA GABRIELE, a sweet white wine that is also kosher for Passover, $7.99 a bottle, from Lazio, Italy, right outside of Rome, 2015, also Mevushal, with 5.5% alcohol by volume. Great gift, great value, deep blue bottle, fun and relaxing and so pleasing, too!

     4) 85% Cabernet Sauvignon &  15% Cesanese semi Sweet red wine ' Dolcemente ' from Italy's Lazio region outside of Rome, from CANTINE GABRIELE, 2014, with 11.5% alcohol by volume, also kosher for Passover, Mevushal also, this is a lovely way to drink some red sweet wine, as your friend drinks the Moscato sweet white, what a treat! Something for everyone. You do not need a lot as they are both sweet, so enjoy, take on hikes and for picnics, and enjoy! 

          Asian Pear Dessert Wine :

     5) Asian Pear sweet wine from SUBARASHII KUDAMONO, made with Asian pears grown in Pennsylvania, $31.99 a bottle, with 20% alcohol by volume, this is a distinct, bright, steely-fleshy, RADIANT sweet wine for you all to enjoy that is on the drier side of that,  a wonderful treat that comes from the East Coast!

SAVE BIG THREE WAYS ON Wines Each Wednesday, UP TO 20% OFF :

     1) Buy any bottle of 750ml sparkling wine ( except Moet or Veuve Clicquot ) or non-sparkling wine at $19.99 or more and SAVE 20% OFF on those bottles!
     2) Buy any six bottles of sparkling ( not Moet or Veuve Clicquot ) and SAVE 15% OFF, bottles at any cost, 750ml bottles.
     3) Buy 12 or more bottles of sparkling or non-sparkling ( except for Moet or Veuve Clicquot ) and save 20% OFF on the sticker prices, even if already On Sale!
SAVE BIG here each Wednesday, same SALE here, save and enjoy and reap the rewards of your shopping and paying here on Wednesdays, weekly, without fail! Cheers!
     Wednesday ( tomorrow ) , April 13th, 2016 , 5-8PM, We have Graham Isaac, of the Country Vintners here pouring the fine wines of G.D. VAJRA, Piemonte, Italy, like the 1) Langhe Nebbiolo 2013, $27.99,  with 13.5% alcohol by volume, and the 2014 Moscato Di Asti, $20.99 a bottle, we will also taste the Dolcetto and maybe the Rosso, too. ALL bottles that are over $19.99 a bottle get 20% OFF tomorrow, ...
SAVE BIG with us here, up to 20% OFF on each bottle!
     Friday, April 15th, 2016, 5-8PM : We have Jody Jackman back , exciting, to do another in-store wine-tasting, and we have picked four exciting wines : !) Kthma Aptypos Atlantis Santorini dry rose / poze, $18.99 a bottle ... 2) Domaine Mercouri from Greece, a dry red, $25.99, that blows me away, love it, wonderful ... 3) Tenuta Valdipiatta 2012 Colli Senesi Chianti, $17.99,  ilike the polish and the brightness, elegance, finesse... 4) LOIS Austrian Gruner Veltliner dry white, $15.99, clean, crisp, lively, bright, percolating in zestiness and bubbliness-almost, not quite, must be tasted, you come up with a definition!
     Saturday, April 16th, 2016, 2-6PM , We have Estebe Salgado here of his own Tradewinds Imports to taste a variety of fine Spanish wines like : ...
1) Sparkling Cava Brut dry from ROSSIGNOL De Moragas, $16.49 a bottle,  with 12% alcohol by volume, this is sooo lively, I love the froth, the creamy texture that is also light and airy and yet has some real delicious weight! Love it. ...
2) Verdejo dry white 2014 , made from 100% Verdejo, this MANIA is a charmer, lively, good tartness, good accents of acidity and minerals, and yet some lovely mouth-feel, too as it has now been in the bottle a bit extra and all those terciary flavors have developed and are blossoming right on and into our tongues and palates. ...
3) TEMPERAMENTO 2012 dry red indigenous Bobal, $17.99 a bottle,  with 13.5% alcohol by volume, wow, I really do like this wine a whole lot, it has breed and elegance, a certain polish and definite finesse, medium-to-light-bodied, wonderful silk and satin texture tha spreads over the full surface of your tongue and saturates it slowly but surely.

JOIN US, all three tastings are free, come with family and friends, come meet someone and start the process of making your own ' new ' family ... what fun, how exciting!

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, you all are the very very very greatest most wonderful BEST! We appreciate all you do for us as we try and repay your patronage with all that we possibly can do in return for you. It takes us all working together as a team! Thanks again,  TONY

WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email I wrote , read it, enjoy it, check for current availability and new prices? Thanks, cheers, happy week as we move closer to Passover and Earth Day, the New York Primaries, saying Bye-Bye to American Idol, having The Voice going strong, asking about the cumulative effects of the Uptown's movie about Batman and Superman?!? So many things going on, exciting and lots for us to do as we consider wisely, getting money back from the IRS, thinking of the Summer Olympics, watching to see if our female U.S. soccer players get equal pay to that awarded, given to their male counterparts? That would be nice, I believe .... cheers all! Thanks again for everything.
AUSTRIAN WINES that taste so good in the spring and the summer months. I am copying and pasting this announcement about the the tasting/seminar at the Austrian Embassy on Monday, April 19th, 2015 when Klaus Wittauer and his owners-winemakers-and me - all taste with you.
 Austrian Embassy Washington DC  (202) 895-6700
·               Address: 3524 International Ct Nw, Washington, DC 20008

     Monday April 20, 2015     6pm to 8pm
                                           Event goes until 9pm
RSVP to Sandy Dickerson   by   Wednesday April 15th   or   703-216-3837
Tasting is free for the Trade (1 free ticket) - but we need an RSVP
And if you would like to bring your Spouse or a Friend please make a reservation under the International Club website
you can make reservations under ICDC Members  
(make reservation early as ticket prices do go up as we get closer to event)
(  )$55.00 - 7:15 PM General Admission for ICDC Members:
( )$65.00 - 6:30 PM VIP Admission for ICDC Members:
Event at the Austrian Embassy  - Monday April 20, 2015   -   6:30pm to 9pm  (trade 6pm)

Monday, April 20 Meet The Winemakers: Austrian Embassy Wine Tasting and Dinner Reception. Join us as some of Austria's most prominent winemakers present over 40 wines for a tasting at the Austrian Embassy. This is a rare opportunity to meet and speak directly with the winemakers while sampling some of the most exiting new wines imported to the USA today. We will pair the wine with a dinner buffet of Austrian food for an exciting culinary experience. The evening will conclude with tastings of delicious world renowned Austrian Ice-wine! Space is limited so please make your reservations now.

PASS BY AFTER this fine Austrian wine-tasting at the Austrian Embassy and get a bottle here for your dinner so you can continue the flow that you started with Klaus and the winemakers and owners themselves, many that we know and that have been here before tasting with you all! Cheers.
 ... we have whatever you might still need here last-minute. Come by and see us.
STOP BY and speak to me if you like single malt scotches, I need to speak with you and share some information that I think you may be very interested in hearing. Do it this week please, I need to find out which of you are really nuts and passionate about single malt scotch!
IT'S NOT TOO LATE : Call or come by today and SAVE BIG WITH us here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits!

 TODAY'S STORE EMAIL is about the celebration of being alive and here and in ' the now ', being present, contributing, enjoyment and feeling good about ourselves.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS : Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 : we have our South African winemakers / owners here from GLENELLY in Stellenbosch, and also DeMORGENZON here from 3-6PM, so take some extra time off and join us here, get off early from work so you can try these extraordinary wines! No charge, everyone welcome, and all the wines On Special for this tasting here. The DeMORGENZON wines are also from Stellenbosch. Cheers, call : 202-363-4265 for more info.
SAVE BIG EACH WEEK : WEDNESDAY Weekly 3-Part Still Wine Sale:

1) BUY ANY Still/ Or Non-Sparkling Wine ( except Veuve Clicquot, or Moet &
Chandon ) over $20 and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker price.
2) BUY ANY six still wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker price.
3) BUY ANY 12 or more still/ or non-sparkling wines ( except Veuve Clicquot
or Moet & Chandon ) and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker prices. This includes port, sherry, madeira, marsala and
CALL : 202-363-4265 and place your order if you cannot come. PAY and SAVE
Wednesdays here at Cleveland Park Wines.
ALWAYS SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits!

SAL JUST CAME By and said : " Samplers?!? Wow, what a great idea, twenty-five years later after the Mayflower Wine And Spirits and the first time I am seeing these samplers, what a great idea ... ", and he picked one up, looked at it , and smiled. Thanks Sal, we appreciate that. you remember, so do I, after all, I did work there : one of the best experiences ever for me that I still treasure and remember fondly.

BY THE WAY, the six-bottle wine samplers are off and starting to do well here and we are selling this current spring assortment of two dry rose wines, two dry red wines and two dry whites for $79.99 a 6-pack, a savings of $15 off the marked bottle prices. Come get one and give it as a gift or enjoy it yourselves.
CHARLES Just Came By and said : " Satva, great mattresses, look it up, planned obsolescence " with so many of the ' new ' matresseses he continued. His wife Pamela liked the hand-written note I gave Charles for them. I like writing notes still, a dying art, but brings a smile to my face each and every time that I write or see one. Cheers. Thanks Charles for the heads-up on Satva.
Wine By Chris & Tony :
1) Chenin Blanc 2013 Fairtrade from FAIRVALLEY inW.O. Western Cape, South Africa, $$11.99, with 13% alcohol by volume. This is smooth and bright and crisp and a touch tart and tangy, and bracing even, and wonderful for this spring weather of ours. It is in our 6-bottle sampler and it would have been wonderful this weekend sitting outside and enjoying a lunch and looking out and about as literally before your eyes the trees start to sprout small amounts of green at their many branch tips.
2) Tannat 2012 ( great year in Serra Gaucha ) ' Intenso ' dry red from SALTON. I enjoyed the last of it after Michael Cavanagh tasted it here this past Friday night with you all. What was left in the bottle at the end of Saturday night came home with me and I shared it with our neighbor and our ILDA pool neighborhood gents, Jim and Brian that came to pick-up things for their pool auction to raise money.
WE DONATED things and that brought a huge smile to my wife's face, and I invited them to taste some Chilean wines DOS PASOS, ALMA, IN SITU, and also the ' Father's Watch ' red Rhone Sonoma Coast blend from KIVEL STADT Cellars , On Special, also in our 6-pack sampler , for $19.99 instead of $24.99 a bottle). Both the SALTON Tannat 2012, On Special for $13.99, ... both tasted really fine even after being open almost three days. SO : the SALTON and the KIVEL STADT improved for me, they did not diminish in any noticeable way, I liked them better, especially the KIVEL STADT that really did soften and brighten and reveal more of it's inner core. What fun.
3) Zinfandel ' The Heart ' from California's Mendocino County, from IL CUORE, $14.49, 14.1% alcohol by volume, is smooth and very fruit-forward, I like it, medium-to-light-bodied, really nice, no need for any food, you may sip this all by itself.
4) Fateasca Neagra 2011, DOC-CT from Husi, Romania, thi s ' Glia ' , $14.99, is made from this indigenous grape Fateasca Neagra, and is showing so well now, only 5,090 bottles produced, and the flavors have matured nicely here and the wine is showing really well. But do not take my word, come taste it and see what you think with Razvan and Gabriella the next Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 5-8PM here.
5) ' Clos Lojen ' 2012 from Spain's Manchuela region, this indigenous Bobal , $16.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, is really evolving nicely and showing a fullness, and a ripeness , brightness that is exciting and flavorful and balanced. This is good wine, really good wine. I like it, you all have, too every time that our local rep Amy tasted it with you all here. It is even further along on it's journey to complete and wonderful enlightenment, enlightenment for all of us, too. Cheers.
6) ' The Lady of Naoussa ' NAOUSSEA, Greece, a 2008 Oynth Kthma, $16.99, 13% alcohol by volume, blew me away when I tasted it last. I loved it, I absolutely loved it, that is why it is here for you all to discover and enjoy it's many wonders and charms. Earthy and pithy, a spicy, rustic, with lots of gamey flavors, nothing exactly polished or refined, more the guts of the grapes, the brute natural strength and varnished glories and weaknesses of this indigenous Xinomavro grape as it struggles to dig deeper roots and survive in this Naoussa region of Greece. It succeeds, too.
TIME For BEER from Santos :
1) ' Or Xata ' Blonde Ale brewed with rice from The BRUERY , a 2015 Edition On Special at $12.99 a bottle, in a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz bottle, with cinnamon and vanilla beans added , from Placentia, CA. Looks so inviting! I like the label and packaging a lot.
2) ' Reserve Series' Raspberry Stout ' from HARDYWOOD, $10.99, a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle in a 2015 release. We just got this, customers were asking for it ( " the berries were grown by AgrBerry - cultivate a taste for life - ", made in Richmond, Virginia by the HARDYWOOD PARK CRAFT Brewery.
3) ' Del's Shandy ' from NARRAGANSETT, refreshingly different, beer with natural lemon flavor, a recipe from great grandmother DeLucia made the first frozen lemonade back in Italy in 1840. That goes back quite awhile. You need to try this, from Providence, Rhode Island : this sounds like a great idea, especially when temperatures start to really soar as they did yesterday and Sunday! In cans, a 6-pack, 16 Fl. Oz, with 4.7% alcohol.
4) ' District Common ' , a common style lager, a 6-pack  of 12-ounce cans, $11.99 a 6-pack, with 5.1% alcohol,  brewed here in Washington D.C., try with lemon chicken, local oysters and/or pork medallions. This is all making me both hungry and thirsty, and so I am going to take my lunch break now and return soon! Cheers.
LIQUEUR / LIQUOR From Jagir & Malkit :
1) Citronge Extra Fine Lime Liqueur , a Premium Reserve On Special for $25.99 a 750ml bottle, from PATRON. This is really new and exciting, and ' cutting-edge ', too!
2) The Original NOCELLO Walnut Italian Liqueur from TOSCHI, $31.99 a 750ml bottle, 24% alcohol by volume.
3) Batavia-Arrack Van Oosten , a Dutch East Indies Trading, Ltd. in Batavia and Amsterdam, $29.99 a 750ml bottle, with 50% alcohol  by volume, ... " From the late 17th to 19th century, in an age when ' Punch ' was a celebration of all things then exotic - citrus, sugar, and spice , no Punch was without a true Batavia Arrack."
4) Blended Scotch Whisky Malt Grain Whisky ASYLA : " aged in first fill American oak casks, delicate, elegant in style, with vanilla and soft fruit character. " says whiskymaker John Glaser. Something to taste, something to ponder and enjoy fully. Make some time to enjoy this special whisky.
5) ' Bootlegger ' 21 New York Gin from the PROHIBITION DISTILLERY , On Special for $32.99 a 750ml bottle, 47% alcohol by volume, ... new and very exciting. Come get some now and be one of the first here in DC to try this : " In Gin We Trust."
     Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 ( 5-7PM ) : Taste the fine Israeli wines of SHVO that are not kosher but wonderful , and some of the very best wines we have here in the store. You must come and taste them and decide for yourselves. I believe that they are ' world-class.' I really do love them. I think we will also try the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 from the BOUTIQUE Winery in Israel that is, in fact kosher for Passover. What fun. We may also taste some other ' jewels ' that we may be able to buy and sell here soon, depending on your opinions? JOIN US, NEVER any charge.
     Thursday, April 16th, 2015 ( 5-7:30PM ) : We have the Spanish export manager from ARRAYAN , Mentrida, Spain here to try thee wines : the
  1) ARRAYAN Roasado 60% Merlot and 40% Syrah, 14.5% alcohol by volume, $14.99 a bottle ...  2) the ' La Suerte De Arrayan Garnacha 2011,  On Special for $19.99 a bottle, with 14.5% alcohol by volume, ... and the ...   3) Petite Verdot 2007 dry red grape varietal that is often blended in small amounts into Bordeaux, $29.99, with 14% alcohol by volume, from Mentrida. We will learn all about Mentrida.

     Friday, April 17th, 2015 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Craig Mauro of RAYAImports comeing to pour some fine ' value ' French wines of L'Oie Du Perigord in Southwest, France like ...

1) 100% Sauvignon Blanc, a ...
2) 100% Merlot ...   and a ...
3) off-dry white Semillon-Muscadelle , $11.49 On Special. Come and see what you all think. Cheers!
JOIN US, NEVER any charge.
     Saturday, April 18th, 2015 we have Robert Kennedy back to taste some of his fine artisinal Italian wines of : 
1) PERLA DEL GARDA ' Madonna Della Scoperta ' a dry slightly-oaked Lugana white 2010, On Special for $25.99, Lugana DOC Superiore, 13% alcohol by volume, ...
2) Questo non e un vino tranquillo : ' Osa ' Frappato rosato from PAOLO CALI, $26.99 a bottle. AND :
3) ' Mandragola ' Vittoria Frappato dry red, $25.99, 13% alcohol by volume... wonderful wines, all three!

THANKS For Everything, you all are the very, very best. If you have time FOLLOW us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and at : wineenabler, ...    and LIKE us on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits.

CHEERS and thanks again for everything.TONY

Anthony Quinn's Tuesday Weekly Store Email Of April 5th, 2016 : Read & Enjoy ! Cheers!


It Is Spring , It Is Rose Season, Weather Patterns Run Amuck!


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HOW CAN WE COPE? How can we manage?!? The weather is calling the shots along with politics, climate change, all the uncertainties everywhere that are constantly knocking and pounding and ringing at, on all around us! Argh! What can we do, where to hide, where to find comfort and solace and peace? What better place than here in a spirits retail shop that caters completely to your wants, whims, wishes, winters, wanders, wonders, why's , when's, whether's , ... you get the idea.

I AM TRYING THIS '  new ' email format today and I am praying that it will work. I hope everything today goes off without any glitch. Glitches can be very frustrating, tricky, and I would rather have no glitches today, especially as it is cold but sunny, breezy and so beautiful outside.

WE ARE IN GOOD COMPANY here as acrsoss the street Batman and Superman are keeping us really safe here in Cleveland Park a ' happenin' place and neighborhood '! We have a wonderful community here and having two of the greatest super-powers here now is really something special. How many of you have already seen the movie? Come and share your thoughts and impressions. I grew up reading the original comics of both as they were written and released. I loved them, really I did. I looked forward to them, to the next issues, readin the super hero ones as well as Veronica and Archie comics, too! Boy that seems like eons ago.

IT IS ROSE SEASON and we are gearing up nicely for them. It is also beer season now, and we are working on many of those as well. Never a dull moment as our local rep Mary Lynn for SHINER was here last week ( check the photos I posted on our Facebook page last week with her, me and Andrew Stover, quite nice .... and, prosit as they say, " This beer, however- our first India Pale Ale - has taken a dose of wickedness to brew ... " ), so was ours for PEAK Organic beer, and also for GREAT LAKES. Always something exciting to taste here first amongst ourselves and then with you all, and often on Fridays and Saturdays we have them come here and pour them for you. I look forward to trying the SHINER Wicked Ram IPA, On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 6% alcohol, from the SPOETZL Brewery in Shiner, Texas : " A little wicked goes a long way. "

IN ROSE WINES we have several more coming over the next two weeks to capture your attention and imaginations, like the Daniel Crochet Sancerre rose 2014 that is just really now coming into it's own and is On Special for $17.49 a bottle, regularly $25.99 a bottle, what an amazing wine, what a treat, 100% PInot Noir from France's Loire valley, always a favorite.

SPEAKING OF SANCERRE rose 100% Pinot Noirs we have two other really worthy ones for you all to consider :  ... 1) ' Les Chailloux ' 2015 from Francois et Jean-Marie Cherrier, vignerons, winemakers at Chudoux, On Special for $21.99, and the ... 2) DOMAINE De CHEZATTE  2014, $20.99, also really now realizing more of it's full potential with this extra time in the bottle to flesh-out, fill-out, blossome gloriously! THREE FINE SANCEREE ROSE WINES HERE NOW TO enjoy immediately!

IT IS ALSO Sangria Time : and this Saturday Stuart Carter of Bacchus Imports tasted the two ' new ' ones from SENOR SANGRIA : a red and a white, $9.99, made with Chilean wine and fruit from New York in New York State. Wow, both are delicious, really quite the treat, especially as it wil, one of these moments be amazingly hot and humid and bright and we will all be running for cover and soothing, pleasing liquid refreshment, and these two will provide that for many of us. Come check out what all this liquid ' noise ' is all-of-a-sudden about! I just tasted them for the first time with Stuart this past week here, and immediately liked them both, prefering just a bit myself the white over the red for it's extra layers of fruit and great mouth-feel-comfort. Yummy.

       DISCOVERING : PUR- LIKOR. Elderflower liqueur ...

IT IS OVERALL a good time if one can navigate through the muck and all the interference of converging forces and winds and distractions to us simply living and coping and finding the good in our lives to make it all worth the while and the trials and tribulations. Ouch! Like discovering ... 1) PUR - LIKOR ' Blossom ' an elferflower liqueur made in Germany by Kiki and her excellent group. Kiki brought this here to us herself and we are thrilled to have discovered it, unfiltered, pure and tasty, what it really is and can be for you all to enjoy by itself or when blended with various dry white wines, vodkas, bubbly sparkling wines, whatever suits your fancy, maybe even some gin, and on desserts, too, pind cake possibly?!? I need to take some home to experiemnet. I need to become mixologist, too : I already am at heart.

          JUST HAPPENED : Silvia Casali Calls Robert Kennedy ...

SILVIA CASALI of her family's own TENUTA CASALI wines just called Robert here, ( I was the first to speak to her! surprising her I am sure , in English, when she thougt she would be speaking Italian with Robert ), and she sounds fine, and wanted to discuss his plans and arrival schedule in Italy at the end of this week to attend this years Vin ITALIA show. I am so jealous. Wish I could go myself, that would be amazing.

FROM SILVIA makes this delicious Villa Zappi rose sparkling from Emilia, Italy, $18.99 a bottle, really a delicate, refreshing lively minuet of bubbles that charms and pleases and sets the mood for smiling and relaxing, yeah, with  11.5% alcohol by volume. I like it, so do many of you. You have tried it when Silvia herself poured it for you all here on a Saturday, cannot get any better than that.

     ALWAYS MAKING a discovery here, and today I want, once again, to draw attention to the Irish whiskey CLONTARF 1014, their ' classic blend ' , triple-distilled, aged gently in bourbon barrels, this for $21.99 is so flavorful, so ' on fire ' in an appealing way, I love it, Eddie Aufori introduced it to me several years ago, and I have been a fan ever since, great value, too!

          CHAD COMES BY from Catoctin Creek Distillers ...

WE SET UP A TASTING with Chad to do an in-store tasting of his fabulous brandy, ( a ' Distiller's Reserve ' Virginia brandy from Loudoun County, hand-crafted, small-batch, $47.99, with 40% alcohol by volume ), as well as with his whiskey and his gin. This will be great. Stay-tuned for more info. Chad will be here on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 from 5-8PM to taste these three fine spirits of his , and maybe also introduce something new that we do not already know about? I will check soon with Chad as we get closer to this date. In the meantime come and try some of this deliciously-smooth Virginia brand that is made locally by owners/ distillers Beck and Scott Harris. Cheers.

          AMADOR Whiskey Co. ....

OUR LOCAL REP did a tasting of the AMADOR Whiskey Co. Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ( finished in Napa Valley wine barrels ), and after the tasting he left the bottle and we continued to taste it. It has pleased many a palate, from here and from all around the world. Come and check it out, pretty amazing, some real fire and some real burn, yes some almost-live flame, and yet it perkulates, simmers and pleases so! On Special for $45.99 a bottle, come get a bottle and enjoy.

          RONNIE MILLER JUST CALLED, he and Herve Gantier the owner of the DOMAINE SAINTE-EUGENIE in Corbieres, France are coming now to see me here. Wow, it will be great to see Herve once again. He has the biggest, broadest, most beautiful smile of any Frenchman that I have ever met, goes from one year lobe all the way over to the other! We have now in stock from Herve some of his La Reserve Recolte 2012, $17.99, and it sure is a full, rich, complex dry red Rhone southern France blend of grapes with a brightness, a frankness, a personality with character and breed all of it's own. When I dined at Marcel's restaurant with Antoine Songy, Herve Gantier and Ronnie MIller they were pouring it by the glass! I love that, makes me smile, makes me both happy and proud for Herve and his winemaker, winemaking team. Bravo! A bientot Herve, ca m'a faire grand plaisir de te voir!

         MORE Wonderful wines :

     1) La Griveliere Cotes Du Rhone ' Tete de Cuvee ' 2014, On Special for $8.99 a bottle, with 13% alcohol by volume, this dry Rhone French blend way over-delivers for this price of only nine bucks a bottle! Come and check it out, glad to have it back, thrilled to have it at this price. Great wine when you grill, are outdoors, chill slightly and enjoy with food, what a tasty treat to complement the flavors of your meal.

     2) Pinot Noir 2013 from California and made by Sonoma winery MURPHY-GOODE, $13.99, what a fine value for a tasty red that actually has finesse and brightness/lightness as a Pinot really should be, it is quite pleasing, and really well-priced as well. We tasted it here this past Friday with Jade our local rep of Monument Imports, and I was quite impressed, pleased, smiling, happy to have a tsty, balanced Pinot that is so affordable! Cheers.

     3) ' Piria ' red sparkling Emilia Lambrusco red from PALTRINIERI < $14.49, is also a perfect warm-weather wine, this one with some tasty toasty sparkle with overtones of dried cherries, strawberries, other berries, a mellowness that age has bestowed it, very light in red color now, almost deep rose in color, this is a grand winner, really very special and tasty indeed. Robert Kennedy just delivered a fresh shipment here today. We are all ready to rock-and-roll with you now with this delight.

          The BREWER'S ART Presents :

     1) Choptanr'd Saison , an ale with natural flavors, On Special for %10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, with only 4% alcohol by volume, wow, now that is low, that will be distinct and refreshing for the HEAT WAVE as it is sure to come suddenly here, and when it does, this will be an absolute delight.

          HONEY FLAVORED VODKA ' Buzz ' :

     1) WE are getting into that season where some of this honey-flavored vodka ' Buzz ' from the ALASKA DISTILLERY might be just the ticket indeed to enjoy as temperatures rise in the day and then later perhaps plummet at night, when you are outside at night watching the stars twunkle, perhaps even counting how many of them that you can that are bright, visible and twinkling?!? It sells for $33.99 a bottle, with 35% alcohol by volume.We usually taste this, too about this time, so do not be surprised to see it soon at one of our tastings, weekend-tasting, cheers.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR WEEKLY Wednesday Wine-Savings here! You can SAVE UP to 20% OFF the marked sticker prices! Same deal as always. If you cannot come please call us at : 202-363-4265 and give us the order over the phone and we will bill you and have your order ready here ready for you to pick up at your convenience. Cheers!


Wednesday, tomorrow, April 6th, 2016 : 5-8PM, come meet Nani of her own winery in Spain called EDETANA. We will taste three wines from Nani, one dry white and two reds, pretty incredible. Classic, traditional, all distinct, all quite tasty, nice to enjoy with your meals, and you can taste them, get bottles signed as gifts, and save on them, too as we are running our Wednesday sale tomorrow.

Friday, April 8th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) We have Erin Weaver here from Lanterna Imports to pour some really special dry sparkling rose of Le Grande COURTAGE, comes in regular bottles at $21.99, and the samll 187ml bottles, On Special for $6.99 a bottle. ERin will pour these and others as well, to be decided tomorrow. Call and inquire, I think we may focus on French wines tomorrow with Erin, may add in a Spanish one or two, as well?!? Something that suits this spring ever-changing weather of ours!

Saturday, April 7th, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Jim Reeves coming to taste his Comete wines selections, thinking of doing mostly French burgundy and rhone wines with Jim.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, we appreciate all you do for us, we appreciate knowing you. You are the best. Cheers,  TONY

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WE ARE SO VERY DAD FOR THOSE THAT LOST LOVED ONES, and it is hard to write this store weekly tuesday email for me this day ...

and yet I must, cruel the day-to-day going forth and persevering, ...

Today my day started with Wilfred that comes here regularly for his mixed case of wines to enjoy with his wife. He is suffering from a cold but otherwise is fine and, together, we walked around the store and composed yet another case of fine reds and whites for he and his wife to enjoy. He has lovely white hair, is tall and wiry and always has a gentle smile with that spark in his eyes to warm you. I like dealing with Wilfred, he is a fine gentleman. Glad to have him as a customre here.
My day continued with entering all the email addresses of you out there that will receive these weekly Tuesday updates from me. I had many business cards from those that sell to us so I have included them as they are already doing business with us or soon will be, like :
1) Mhairi Voelgen the Co-Founder & CEO of BroVo vermouths and amaro and Falernum from Washington State that I wrote about last week, including in many videos on our Facebook page, ...
2) Lisa Williams the Marketing Manager for Aidil Wine & Liquor Importer/ Distributors ...
3) Erik Strong our western regional sales manager of KOLOA RUM Co. Distillers & Blenders, that was here just this morning, catch his video and picks on our Facebook page, ...
4) Derrick Brazier our Washington DC Beer Ranger for NEW BELGIUM, ... 
5) John Barbadoro regional manager of PEAK Organic beers of Maine, we have sold these ever since available here ...
6) Marcus Fowler our Steward of the Brand, Mid-Atlantic region, of the WHISTLEPIG Rye Whiskey, ...
7) Muhanna Sweets DC's Ali Zaaza, ...
8) Leandro Lowi the USA & Caribbean Export Manager , Brand Ambassador of the FAMILIA ZUCCARDI Argentina Mendoza wines, Leandro was just here doing a tasting of three of his fine wines including the Torrontes white, the Bonarda red and the Cabernet Sauvignon red, too ...
9) Paul Clear a Partner of the TERROIR WINE GROUP, ...
10) Jennifer McDivitt, our area private dining manager of POSTE Moderne Brasserie. WOW, what fun, so many faces, so many tastes, functions and flavors and personalities that are all a part of our family here at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits. I love this, really I do.  
AND ALAN COHEN of LVDH Imports just tasted me on four reds from owner, winemaker Bill Halloran of his own Willamette Valley winer called HALLORAN Winery, Bill will be here pouring these on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 from 5-8PM, free tasting, join us ... along with his barrel-sample of the new white Pinot Gris.
ALWAYS BUSY HERE as some of us  get ready for Purim tomorrow. I have been hearing about this from Marcie and I hope she will tell me more the next time that we meet?
ALSO : TOMORROW : we have a great event here with Nick Stacy the negociant for his own VINACEOUS wines of Australia, and also Mitch Gardiner of the ALLAN SCOTT wines of Marlborough , New Zealand, that will include ...
a Pinot Grigio from VINACEOUS, ...
A Sauvignon Blanc from ALLAN SCOTT, a sparkling brut from ALLAN SCOTT, a Pinot Noir from ALLAN SCOTT, ...
  A Shiraz-Grenache-Tempranillo red blend from VINACEOUS, a Cabernet Sauvignon from VINACEOUS, as well as a ' new ' Malbec from VINACEOUS. including wines of the Margaret River in Western Australia for the reds, and the white Pinot Grigio from the Adelaide Hills, in South Australia. What fun this will be. Join us here tomorrow.
Some of you will recognize Nick Stacy as he has been here ever since we started selling the wines of WEST CAPE HOEW in Denmark, western Australia, way down under at the very tip!
FRIDAY EVENING we also have a fun tasting here for you all to take advantage of with importer Jim Reeves of his own Comete Wines Imports. Jim will taste a selection of his French and Portuguese wines here. We have an assortment of exciting wines from Jim including his ... 1) QDP LASSO indigenous Portuguese white blend, ... his ... 2) QDP Lasso red indigenous blend, too ... 3) his ... 3) CLOTHILDE-DAVENNE Chablis, ... 4) CLOTHILDE-DAVENNE Petit-Chablis, ... 5) the NANDIN-FERRAND ' Aligote ' dry Burgundy white, ... 6) CLOTHILDE-DAVENNE Bourgogne Blanc made right outside the limits of Chablis, tasting just like Chablis, ... 7) the RED HAWK Pinot Noir Cuvee from Oregon, and the ... 8) RED HAWK Grateful Red Pinot Noir named in hommage to the Greatful Dead group! We will decide tomorrow exactly which of these we will pour this Friday! What fun!
AND ON SATURDAY, March  26th, 2016 from 2-6PM we have a tasting of fine South African wines which will feature the two in plastic bottles from TANGLED TREE, ... a 1) Sauvignon Blanc and a ... 2) spicy Shiraz 2014, both really nice to sip and take on picnics, when you hike and camp, lovely. Our U.S. rep will be here to taste those with you, and Michael Cavanagh will taste some others, still to be decided tomorrow, also from South Africa. It will be at Saturday here of fine South African wines, oh yeah!
WALKING AROUND the store just now, late, as I have been distracted by the events happening in Brussels, Belgium, I found a few items to mention here :
     1) " Fatti " Bavarian beer from Schlokbrauerei chr. stelzer Fattigua ' Bio-Perle ', On Special for $3.49 a bottle, a 1 Pt. .9 Fl. Oz bottle, with 4.7% alcohol by volume, a real treat, coem try some!
     2) Easy Jack IPA from FIRESTONE WALKER Brewing Company, a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans with 4.5% alcohol by volume, an India Pale Ale, from California's Central Coast, On Special for $10.99, what a deal, what a rich taste, too.
     3) Peach Flavored Vodka from Austin's Original DEEP EDDY, with Real Peach flavors, $16.99 a bottle, with 35% alcohol by volume, this is a fine summer, spring vodka to enjoy now and for the next few months! Get an early start.
     4) La Diablada Pisco  from Peru, $38.99, the ' top Niveau ', the best, smooth, no bite, no edge, no hangover, no chemicals, all natural, a real treat! Mmmmmmm good!
     5) Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from MAHU from Chile's Cassablanca Valley , On Special for $9.99 a bottle, with 13% alcohol by volume, this is a tremendous value, what a wonderful refreshing bright spring wine!
     6) Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionnelle from SCHRAMSBERG, a Brut 2012, a half bottle/ 375ml bottle size, $25.99 : wonderful, this is really exciting, Chris and I both loved it when we tasted it recently. So much going on, so many layers of taste and flavor, amazing/ ALSO available in the 750ml bottle size, $41.99, 2013 : we tried the 2012, and this 750ml bottle is a 2013, so we will have to try the 2013 now!
     7) Blanc de Noirs 2011 Brut from SCHRAMSBERG was also a favorite with Chris and me, with more weight, a heartier taste, a fine food bubbly here. Formidable.
     8) Cuvee Theo  Riesling Vin D'Alsace from France's DOMAINE WEINBACH 2014, $37.99 a bottle, with 13% alcohol, was sipping this recently with Chris, Dan, and Carlor the owner of Coppi's Organic restaurant here. It was dry, tight, intense and steely, not open. I liked it. I LOVED it a couple of days later, the same bottle I took home and drank later, at that point it opened magnificently and revealed all its layers of incredible Riesling charm, finesse, everything almost, loved it. Have it with food now, or put some away and wait patiently!
     9) Gewurztraminer 2014 from the DOMAINE WEINBACH, is a real treat, too $37.99, more full, lush and ripe and delectable. Oh yeah!
SAVE HERE BIG three-ways on wine tomorrow, up to 20% OFF. Call for more details or simply join us with Nick Stacy and also Mitch Gardiner for our tasting from 5-8PM, free, join us, SAVE when you buy the bottles you taste!
THANKS for everything, you all are the very very very very BEST, love you.  TONY
WHAT FOLLOWS below is an old store email I wrote on this same day in 2011, wow, how time flies. Cheers,  TONY


ON THIS 3rd DAY OF SPRING to start thinking about being outside more and what better wines to do this with than Austrian?!? They are so refreshing and buoyant and lively and fresh and many seem to defy gravity almost. I am always charmed by them and many of you seem to be in this same predicament. It's really a good place to be in and we are here to help facilitate this transition seemlesly into spring here in Cleveland Park with two real experts on Austrian wines : our two special guests -  Klaus Wittauer and Daniel Hubbard. Between the two of them they will with the help of Jean Gagliolo and Sal Furfari be pouring about twenty Austrian wines that covers the whole gambit of what Austria personifies magnificently : sparkling, dry reds, roses and whites as well as sweet wine, too : from grapes that run the spectrum of flavor prfiles ( many indigenous ) : Gruner ( green ) Veltliner, Roter ( red ) Veltliner, Samling, Welschriesling ( has nothing to do with the Riesling grape at all! ), Muskateller, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, for the whites  ; and for the reds : Saint Laurent, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and more. In all with Richard Fitzgerald of Republic-National Imports we will be pouring about twenty-five Austrian wines on this Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 from 5:30-8:30PM. Join us. There is never any charge. To show your support for these Big-Theme Wine-Tastings we ask you to buy at least one bottle. ALL WINES On Special WEDNESDAY from Bottle-One! Everyone will save. THE MORE YOU BUY of course the MORE YOU SAVE. We will have deep savings on buying six or more and twelve or more bottles , mixed or matched.

     This past week Brian came by from the new restaurant opening in the Yanni's old location across the street from us here called Medium-Rare. If all goes well they will be open for business on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011. They will have a really simply but tasty menu with steak and fries fried twice as one choice,  sliced Portobello mushrooms as a second, fresh-baked bread, four beers, twelve wines and four or five sweets to finish off with. This will be a welcome addition to our neighborhood. I was over in the restaurant talking to Brian last weekend and it's looking great, really a nice space.
     LAVANDOU is offering a special to their email customers this coming Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011. You might want to call today to get onto that list at : 202-966-3003 or email them at : Looks pretty apetizing with " Lapin a la Moutarde ", " The Other Bouiillabaise " and " Grand Marnier or Chocolate Souffle " - and all for a ridiculous price, too. I won't put that in here as it's low. So call or email ASAP to get onto their email list and go dine there after our BIG-THEME AUSTRIAN Wine-Tasting here. Trust me, do this, you can't lose. Tell owner Florence and waiters Marc and Philippe that you heard about this here at Cleveland Park wines. This would be a great combination and so economical for everyone this Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011.
     HERVE GANTIER , owner of the French Corbieres vineyard DOMAINE SAINT-EUGENIE was here last Friday with Ronnie Miller of the Robert Kacher portfolio tasting us on his current releases that will all be available here the first week of April : one dry rose and three dry reds : the " Les Clos ", the regular bottling 2008 as well as the special " La Reserve ". too. These are all regular items here.
     ARGENTINA DINNER At PETITS PLATS in early April is already half full. Call or email Laurent Guinand of GiraMondoWine at : He can catch you up to speed. I don't have all the information for it yet.
     JAPAN is HEAVY ON OUR MINDS NOW and so on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 We will host our next BIG-THEME Wine-Tasting and that will be on Japanese sake as well as include some wines of Argentina, too : anything but Malbec for that.
     WINE-DINNER @ DINO With Owner/Wine-Maker Jeff White of the GLEN MANOR Virginia winery that makes a " killer " Sauvignon Blanc as well as other really balanced, flavorful and distinct wines that will pair really well with Dean Gold's cuisine at DINO here on our corner of Ordway and Connecticut Avenue.
       1) J.K.'S SCRUMPY Hard-Cider Farmhouse Organic " Orchard Gate Gold " ( $6.99, USDA Organic, Twenty-Two Ounces Bottle, 6% Alc. By Volume, Gluten-Free, No Sulfites added  ) - Quote from Benjamin Franklin : " He that drinks his Cyder alone, let him catch his Horse alone ".
       2) J.K.S SOLSTICE Hard-Cider Farmhouse Organic " Limited " Spiced and Unfiltered ( $6.99, USDA Organic, 22 Ounce bottle, Gluten-Free, no sulfites added, 6.9% Alc. By Volume ) - another Benjamin Franklin quote here : " Give me Yesterday's Bread, this Day's Flesh, and last Year's Cyder ."
     BEERS :
       1) Summer Wheat Beer HOP SUN Seasonal from Southern Tier Brewing Company ( On Special for $9.99, 6-pack, 12 oz bottles,, ) is brewed with 1 variety of hops and 3 types of malts.
       2) The TANNER'S JACK , English and from the brewers of " Old Speckled Hen " of MORLAND ( On Special for $10.99, 6-pack 12 oz bottles, 4.4% Alc By Volume ) : this hopped ale is brewed to celebrate an 18th century tradition of drinking fine ales from leather tankards called black Jacks or simply " Jacks ".
       1) GLEN GRANT Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-Year -Old ( established in 1840 ) , ( $42.99 ) is " seductively smooth, fruity and rich ... rich, fruity, delicate nutty finish ".
       2) RUSSELL'S Reserve Rye 6 Yr-Old Kentucky Bourbon Rye Whiskey ( $39.99 , 90% , 750ml ) is something that we actually tasted with Jimmy Russell when he himself came here last year and spent 2-3 hours here tasting one week afternoon with our customers lucky enough to stop by. It's quite excellent.
       3) BACARDI 'S " Ron Solera " ( $19.99, Tradicion Orgullo, 750ml bottle, 40% Alc. By Volume, Hecho en Mexico  ) ... good to have this " new " rum from BACARDI here with us now. Nice gift package, too.
       4) BANK'S Rum Imported 5 Island Rum, " a sophisticated blend of Barrel-Aged rums - Pot-Distilled Jamaican & light Trinidadian, amber rum from Guyana & Barbados. Enhanced and inspired by the journey and discoveries of Joseph Banks. It's $31.99 a bottle for this 43% Alc. By Vulume 750ml bottle that is quite elegant and has great stage presence, too!
       1) Plum Wine from HAKUTSURU ( $14.99, 750ml bottle, 12.5% Alc By Volume, ) with other natural flavors is a product of Japan. Being sweet when we lived in Paris back in the 1970's they used to shave ice and put it into the glass with the plum wine in the Parisian restaurants. My wife and I loved it, really we did at the end of our meals.
       2) TOZAI PLUM Blossom Of Peace ( $19.99, 720ml, alc. 10.5% by volume )  has an almond aroma, ripe plum taste, semi-sweet  ... and can be enjoyed as an aperitif, digestif, or throughout the entire meal. " This " ume-shu " is crafted with premium Japanese sake and the region's highest quality ripe green plums, or " shiro-kaga ". You can also add ice, club soda and call it a spritzer or add bubbly and call it a Plum Belini.
       1) Viognier Estate-Grown from Paso Robles, California from RABBIT RIDGE ( $8.99, 750ml, alc. by 14.5% by volume ) is a nice addition to the other RABBIT RIDGE wines that we sell so well here on a daily basis. It's a specially nice wine for this cooler weather and will warm you a bit if you want to enjoy some outside at home or in a cafe.
     2) Chardonnay, unwooded - no oak , in stainless steel, this 2007 is the very last that we will ever have. This 2007 is selling for $13.99 a bottle and MORESON that makes it in Franschoek will no longer make it. So, if you have enjoyed it in the past then come and get some before we have no more.
    3) Torrontes 2009 Reserva from BODEGA TAMARI in Argentina's La Rioja region north of Mendoza ( $15.99 ) is showing really nicely now. It's a perfect 3rd day of Spring wine and one that will warm you all just a wee little bit as the weather starts to climb above the fifties and into the sixties and even the seventies. Cheers. It's also available in a Malbec.
    4) A complex White Blend of Grapes, 2009 JEZEBEL Blanc Oregon white is like a really nice wine from France's Alsace region - more super-rich and super-charged. This one really delivers more than the $19.99 that we are asking. Wine-maker Sara Shaw tasted me on it about two months ago when she visited Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits for the very first time. What a pleasure that was to get caught-up again on all the excellent DAEDALUS wines of Oregon. Many of them are now here on our shelves.
    1) Zinfandel XYZ ZIN Vine Aged Series 2007 ( $15.99 ) is made with grape vines that are a minimum of ten years of age or more. We had our rep Tom open it last week here for you on over the weekend and it showed beautifully. It's from a great vintage in California and showing well especially with a meal to flesh out the flavors of this wine that is best with food. It's a welcome addition here in the store.
    2) " Les Auzines " CUVEE HAUTES TERRES 2008 Grand Vin Du Languedoc Corbieres ( $16.99 ) is a blend of Rhone grapes like Cinsault and Mourvedre - organic and quite a flavorful, solid and stylish dry red with cascading flavors to entice anyone bear out of it's winter slumbers.
    3) Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Kakheti ( $18.99 ) from TELIANI VALLEY ( 13% Alc. By Volume ) is a favorite here. Made in the country of Georgia it's one of the regular wines that we sell here and which many of our customers have already tried. Come check it out - you will be surprised. Cheers.
   4) Dry Red Blend called " Point Break " 2007 ( $22.99 ) from the LONGBOARD Vineyards is showing really well. When wine-maker Oded was here a couple of weeks ago here in the store and then later at his Ardeo Wine-Maker dinner on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 it was showing really well in both places. I know, I went to the dinner at Ardeo and it was one of the nicest evenings and meals that I have had in a long time. Enjoy some of it now - it will be great when you start grilling outside.
   5) Pinot Noir from Califirnia's Alexander Valley and made by the LONDER Vineyards. It sells for $32.99 a bottle and once that it is open for between and hour and two hours it starts to shine and perform at such an unimaginable level of flavors fully open and rounded, completely fleshed-out and so nice on the tongue and on the palate. The whole mouth fills with it's tastes and one is calmed, relaxed and immediately satisfied or at least teased and pleased and a willing and eager participant! Cheers.
     WEDNESDAY, March 23rd, 2011 ( 5:30-8:30PM ) - We have our BIG-THEME AUSTRIAN Wine-Tasting with Klaus Wittauer & Daniel Hubbard here to enlighten and entertain you with all their vast knowledge of Austrian wines. JOIN US, NEVER any charge. 25 AUSTRIAN Wines To Taste.
     FRIDAY, MARCH 25th, 2011 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Danielle Davidowitz of Dionysos Imports here to taste some Turkish, Portuguese and Greek wines with you all. Greg and I tasted them this past week and really liked them and thought that they would make for a really fun wine-tasting here. Some dry rose, too as it is spring. We may also try a dry rose Prosecco as well. We will see.
     RAVINDER SHARMA has scheduled a  Bend, Oregon NUDE Vodka  tasting this weekend as well. It's simply seductive.
     SATURDAY, March 26th, 2011 ( 3-7PM ) : We have Chris Bartha here from Cobblestone Imports to taste a variety of his excellent wines still to be decided tomorrow when he makes his call on our store. Recently he has tasted us on so many excellent wines that it will be fun picking through the selection with him tomorrow. May be some German, may be from California and maybe from Tuscany - hard to say just yet. Stay-tuned and call or inquire at : 202-363-4265 if you need to know if friends and family are visiting.
I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING But It's Time To Send This E-Mail NOW. SO MUCH TO SAY, so little time. Just received some EMERALD BAY Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Chardonnay - both for $9.99 that both Greg and I enjoyed tasting here last week. Another great addition for the store and our customers. Cheers and see you today, tonight, tomorrow and hopefully every time you need our expert advice and help. We trade and count on it as it's what keeps us relevant to  you all.  TONY



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COME BY TODAY, Feeling very inspired, spent time with my mother yesterday, on cloud nine

MEET Mhairi Voelsgen here tomorrow around noon! Yes, what a treat that will be ... west coast meets east coast here tomorrow, wednesday, march 16th, 2016 at noon.

You have no idea what I am talking about, right?!? Mhairi Voelsgen makes her own amaro and vermouths, as well as falernum in washington state, as well as her own curacao, and ...

she will be by to taste them with us here tomorrow and i invite you to stop by if you are off and interested. this is indeed very exciting.

we already have the vermouths of peter pasten the famous owner/ chef of obelisk restaurant,  ... 1) CAPITOLINE WHITE CORDIAL,  AND, 18% ...  2) CAPITOLINEROSE  CORDIAL, 14.5% ... BOTH SELLING FOR $27.99, EXCITING, ALL OF THIS.




I AM CONCERNED as you may have noticed in the header above about what is going on with our wines, especially large-production ones, and I want to have more transparency from these large groups as to what they are adding to the wines consumed and why?
IT STAND TO REASON that if they have more than a hundred or so essences of fruit flavors like Strawberry and Raspberry that are added to drinks to give us the sensation of drinking those fruits that other additives are being introduced to a grape to do the same thing on some level or another. I understand that many additives are allowed, I heard 50 as a number but that seems high. My point is that any number that is allowed should be talked about and explained as I would like to know why they are necessary at all? Let us start an open conversation about this, it is vitally important, it really is.
I DO NOT WANT TO ALARM, just start a meaningful conversation, have more transparency about all of this. As I learn more I will share it here with you all. I am all about transparency, even if it results in difficult conversation. You may expect me, us to be truthful here, as much as we possibly can be, with you all. It is hard as no one talks about any of this, as itf it is all a necessary evil and we must simply accept. Well, I am not about simply accepting, I want to know more, I want to know why, and I want to share this with you as I discover more.

WE HAVE St. PATRICK'S DAY this Thursday, March 17th : this is very exciting as I bring a 4-pack of MURPHY'S Imported StoutDraught-Style, with 14.9Fl. Oz cans, On Special at $7.99 a 4-pack, a nice way to sip and enjoy as the bite, the burn, the taste is a bit softer, smoother, not as much as the attack you get with GUINNESS Stout that we also have here for you.I will take mine home tonight and enjoy it with my wife at our meal tonight. It will be a special treat, I like the taste very much. I really like corned beef as well, mmmmmmmm good!

WE ARE READY FOR YOU for St. Patrick's Day! Notice I spelled it out? I have had people tell me it has to be either St. Patty's or St. Paddy's day, one or the other, and still other people telling me it can be either : confusing! SO : I spell it out! Cheers, come celebrate with us. 
BUT HEY, we have other beers to enjoy and I have walked the aisle and found a couple to mention to you all.
     1) Schlokbrauerei Chr. Stelzer FATTGAU Bay ' Fatti ' by Stelzer SCHLOFS EXPORT , Bavarian beer since 1353, adhering to the Bavarian Purity law of 1516, On Special for $3.49 a bottle, for a 1 Pt. .09 Fl. Oz bottle, a private Braustatte , premium klasse, go all of that? So much to know, I know the taste, superb, that is what matters to me, consistent excellent taste.
     2) Weizen German beer of WESTHEIMER, since 1862, , a non-pasturized beer, On Special for $3.99, with 5.3% alcohol by volume, : full-flavored, naturally cloudy, live wheat beer that is also made by the German Purity Law, come by and get some, so distinct, so much unique personality, nice to sip, even better to enjoy with our meals, at least for me that is, I get hungry and at least want some finger-foods served along with this Weizen WESTHEIMER.
AND I HAVE STUART CARTER here and we are talking GLENDALOUGH, and so here is Stuart to clarify, editfy and please you all : "Glendalough is the first craft distillery in Ireland, located in the town of Glendalough. The Double barrel is aged three years in Bourbon barrels and finished for six months in Oloroso Sherry casks. Pictured on the label is St. Kevin, who set up the town on Glendalough as well as seven churches in the town. " Thanks Stuart, I will take it from here!
     GLENDALOUGH is Double-Barrel Irish whiskey , $39.99 a bottle, with 42% alcohol by volume, this will be a real treat for you all to enjoy this week. Come get a bottle today. It is in stock and on our shelves now! Cheers!
SPEAKING OF WHICH , we need something smooth and silky to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day and for that I have selected the ...
     1) PADDY'S ' Bee Sting ' Irish honey Original recipe, $22.99 a 750ml bottle with a premium liqueur and Irish honey all blended together with PADDY Irish whiskey. This will be wonderful to sip, with 35% alcohol by volume, a nice respite from Irish beer, and or Irish whiskey, sit dowm, relax, sip and sigh and smile and feel grand and special and enjoy your owne very special celebration of St. Patrick's Day!
BUT HEY, How About something to enjoy tonight while listening to The Voice or while hearing the results of the returns tonigh on the Primaries from Florida and Ohio?!?
     1) ' Quik Start My Heart ' a Strawberry Milk Stout from DuCLAW Brewing, a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles with 6.8% alcohol by volume, made in Baltimore, Maryland ( support local ! )

          " Goodies " From Jagir In Liqueurs, Liquors :

     1) Beach Plum Gin Liqueur , small-batch distilled, from GREENHOOK GINSMITHS, $51.99 with 30% alcohol by volume, wow, beautiful color, really quite an exotic taste, too : a treat!
     2) Reposado Tequila 100% Agave Azul from Jalisco, Mexico, from CASAMIGOS, $57.99, gluten-free, with 40% alcohol by volume : the real thing, come taste the difference!
     3) 1843 DAVID NICHOLSON Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey , 100 proof, On Special for $32.99 a bottle, from the original ' 43 ' recipe, and worth every penny, what a treat! Come rediscover this, saturate your tongue and senses!
     4)  District Made Vodka , hand-made in Washington D.C., On Special for $39.99, with 40% alcohol by volume, from ONE-EIGHTH, Batch 7 / 470 bottle, wow, small-production, really high quality, too! Great packaging as well ...
     5) Old Tom Gin from HAYMAN'S , the authentic Victorian style gin, $29.99 a bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, since 1863, England, the real McCoy from HAYMAN'S Distillery! Come try something old and yet sooo new and exciting!

          WINE From Chris & Tony :

     FOUR Roses; Fun Dry Rose ' Wines :
      1)  Macchiarello 2015 dry Italian Piemonte rose from BARBI, $9.99,  with 12% alcohol by volume, what a lovely dry, tasty, some real body and character dry rose at a great price, too!

     2) Wagram/ Osterreich Feuerbrunn dry 2015 from ANTON BAUER sure does have a delicate color and the taste is quite elegant, and it will grow and fill up and out more as it sits in the bottle before being drunk for the next three or four months now. Come try some, a delight, perfect spring and summer wine.

     3) Xinomayro 2015 dry Greek rose from DIOFILI Winery in Siatista, Greece on the mainland, On Special $12.99 , regularly $14.99 a bottle, just arrived, fresh, bright' lively and crisp and so energized and animated, lovely color, too : perfect for our spring now knocking on all our doors and windows everywhere!
     4)  Sancerre 100% Pinot Noir from Daniel Crochet a vigneron, producer a Bue, in Bue, Loire Valley, France. This 2014 is really starting to just hit it's prime after having some bottle age. Some really need it and benefit from it. I tried it last week with Sotiris Bafitis and decided to make a big commitment on it as we can sell it to you On Special for $17.49 a bottle, usually anywhere between $25-$30 a bottle, and it is tasting like a million dollars now. Come get some, already in the refrigerator here, just received it with these others today. Oh yeah, rose season brothers and sisters!
          TWO From NARMADA , Virginia wines that impress me :
     1) ' Dream '  soft dry white Traminette 2011 from the NARMADA Winery, On Special for $17.49 a bottle, lovely to sip but also excellent with food, will hold it's own against many a spice or herb and make everything smooth, savory and bright!
     2) " Melange ' soft dry 2010 Virginia wine from the NARMADA Winery that was my personal favorite of the six we tried when Amy brought us samples recently. It is On Special for $20.99 a bottle, a blend of their grapes, medium-bodied, bright, fruit-forward and silky and smooth, great to sip, will also take the heat out of your mouth and cools and makes everything just right, just like we like it.
          ONE Pinot Grigio With A Blush Of Color :
     1) The WHITE KNIGHT 2014 Pinot Grigio from Lodi, California, $14.49 a bottle, with 13% alcohol by volume still has the color from the skin. It is lovely, no burn, full, silky, bright, good weight and some delightful charm, everyone loved it when open here a week ago. It is a welcome surprise, more flavor and more taste, you must try some.
     COME SAVE EVERY WEDNESDAY here on your wine purchases. Call here to find out more : 202-363-4265.
     Friday, March 18th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) : We have owner. winemaker Paolo Cali of his own Sicilian winery PAOLO CALI here to taste an assortment of his fine dry reds, dry rose, and dry white Grillo that we introduce for you to discover, taste , enjoy along with his red grapes of Nero D'Avola and Frapppato.
     Saturday, March 19th, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Ken Ross here to taste both fine wines of California and also of Spain and Argentina, liter bottles, regular bottles :
1) EL JEFE Grande Tempranillo ( no oak ) lier, $11.99, Spain, ... 2) Malbec blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah, $18.99, 2014, liter bottle, $18.99, ...
3) Tempranillo from Ucles D.O. MESTA 2014, On Special $9.99, organic Spanish tasty red, ...
4) 2012 Petit Sirah from Mendocino County in California, from GRAZIANO, $19.99 a bottle, ...
JOIN US, ALL tastings here are free, everyone more than welcome.
THANKS For everything, have to post this now, out of time, cheers all,  TONY

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WOW,  wine-tastings Galore -great times, too!

TODAY IS BEAUTIFUL and we have so much going on on Mardi Gras/ Fat Tuesday - 2 Dinners Tonight, 2 Wine-Tastings and all is well and cheery and bright, breezy and clear on this drop-dead gorgeous day here in Cleveland Park. We have lots to do now to get ready for all these evening activities that originate here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits.
I STEPPED OUT for a few minutes ago and realized how beautiful it was outside, really nice, really special, I smiled from ear-to-ear, wonderful.
I AM NOW READY TO ROCK-AND-ROLL today and have the tasting-table filled with ' liquid libations-goodies ' to write about as there is always something happening, always something new and exciting, always somethhing worth drawing attention to, that deserves a mention, that should not be forgotten, not ignored, recognized!
I JUST MET NICOLAS LASSAGNE from VIGNOBLES LASSAGNE that makes excellent red Bordeaux wines as well as a delightful dry rose wine as well. He makes classic Bordeaux wines that really are quite balanced and distinct, needing food as they should, and very reasonably-priced as well. Wow, I was impressed, really quite pleased.
WE WILL HAVE the wines of Nicolas here in April. We have already made many commitments and so we have to honor those before moving onto new ones.
SPEAKING OF WHICH, this past weekend we had a tasting of two HONOR Brewery beers, a 1) Golden Ale, and also a 2) IPA. I really liked the Golden Ale, but I believe that the IPA may have out-sold it, although I think when the tasting was over we only had a six-pack left of HONOR Brewery here! That was great news, a grand success. The next morning our local rep Greg brought us back three cases to be sure we were covered for the rest of the weekend. Thanks Greg. The six-pack sells On Special for $10.99, the IPA has 6.8% alcohol by volume, from Denver, Colorado, and supports our veterans, I like everything about this.
MORE BEER From Santos Rivera :
     1) Hoppy Ki Yay India Pale Ale from LONE RIDER " Ales for Outlaws ", from Raleigh, North Carolina, and as they say : " Just a fly in the ointment, the monkey in the wrench, the pain in the ass. " I like this spirit, the beers sure are fine, and have a great following, we are thrilled to have them, and delighted, too when we taste them here with our customers. Cheers!
          TWO From KONRAD :
     1) Svatopavelske 16 degrees Pivovar Liberec-Vratislavice, On Special for $3.49, this is a Special, Semi-Dark Starkbier from Konrad 16. Saint Paul, with 6.5% alcohol for a 1 Pt. .9 Fl. Oz bottle : " from our own wells in the Jizera Mountainsm malt from our own malting plant, and aromatic Zatec hops. Enjoy! "
     2) Svetly 11 Lezak Pivovar Liberec Vratislavice, On Special for $2.99 a bottle, a Czech Premium Pale lager with 4.8% alcohol by volume for a 1 Pt. 6.9Fl. Oz bottle.
     LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Jagir :
     1) YENI RAKI liqueur that is produced from grape and anis seed, $25.99 a 750ml bottle, with 45% alcohol by volume, made in Turkey by Mey Alkollu, selling more these days as more of you discover this gem. We also have and sell the wines of Turkey here, buy some of both! Cheers!
          IN LIQUOR :
     1) William Wolf Rye Small Batch 100% Rye whiskey, $30.99, with 46% alcohol by volume, from Holland, : " Think like a wolf " is their logo, the price is excellent for this quality. Come try some.
     2) Single Malt Whisky Rappahannock Pot-Stilled non-chill-filtered from Sperryville, Virginia, from WASMUND'S, $39.99 a bottle, with 48% alcohol by volume, I I loved this, was enjoying some on Saturday night over at our neighbor's and really enjoying the weight, the mouth-feel-attack, the smoke and the simmer and the gentle flame of fire , liquid, passing over and through and between all my senses, nice! Highly recommended, this has come the distance and is keeping up and showing that what it has is really worth the serach and the price. Cheers Rick and Shawn!

THREE-PART Wednesday Sale On Wine, Each Wednesday, Order and Pay on Wednesdays and SAVE UP to 20% OFF on the marked sticker prices on all wines in the 750ml size bottle besides Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon French Champagne!

          WINE From Chris & Tony :
     1) Romagna Sangiovese from Italy, from TRAVERNELLO, On Special for $5.99 a 750ml bottle, what a great outdoor sipping wine for this weather in the sixties today, love the price, too!
     2) Bianco dry white blend from Calabria, Italy, this CIRO 2014 from LIBRANDI, $12.99 a bottle, with 12.5% alcohol by volume come from Jody Kackman that was here tasting this past Friday, and it is a fine white to enjoy now as the temperatures rise and it feels sooooo good to be outside!
     3) ' La Vie En Rose ' 2015 dry French Saint-Chinian rose from the DOMAINE DE CAMBIS, $16.99, an elegant and bright, fresh lively and balanced blend of the Cinsault and the Syrah grapes is drinking beautifully now. Oscar Losama of Voila Imports had it open here this past Saturday and you all loved and bought a lot of it! Come get some now and start the spring off right.
     4) ' Melange ' 2010 dry red from the NARMADA Winery in from Amissville, Virginia. Lovely. I really liked it, we have a selection of six wines from NARMADA here now for you, come by and check them out! Something for everyone.
A LOT OF THESE WINES, BEER, LIQUEUR and LIQUORS would be nice to enjoy tonight while the results come in from the primaries from the various states here.
          TWO Sakes That Are ' New ' :
     1)  Organic Nama Sake from SHO CHIKU Bai, $5.99 for a 300ml bottle with 15% alcohol by volume. I sampled this a week ago and was quite impressed, really fine quality, what a fine dry, distinct, tasty sake that will be perfect now in this heat. So refreshing.
     2) Nigori unfiltered sake that is sikly mild taste from SHO CHIKU BAI, $9.49 for a 375ml bottle, with 15% alcohol by volume, is drinking like a dream, so smooth, so round, so right and soothing-pleasing, oh yeah! DRank some in New York in Hell's Kitchen in August of last year with my son at a local restaurant there, wonderful. Tried some again here last week, really loved it!
     Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 ( 5-8PM )
     TWO Tastings tonight :
          1) James will taste the fine wines of  A ) GUILHEM - dry rose Moulin de Gassac, 2015 Pays D'Herault, un vin comme autrefois, a wine like from the past, $11.99, ... B ) Alvarinho Contrato Portuguese Vinho Verde from Anselmo Mendes, $21.99, razor-sharp mineral and citrus, some real flavor and weight, gorgeous, ...  C ) and a French wine from Gaillac in the Southwest of France, a 2012, ' Les Gravels ' 2012, $19.99, a dry fascinating , maddening red blend of 40% Braucol, , 40% Duras and 30% Syrah.
          2) THREE From ZUCCARDI with Leandro Lowi : A) Cabernet Sauvignon " Q " 2012 Valle De Uco Gualtallary La Consuelo, Mendoza, $22.99, 14% alcohol by volume, ... B ) Serie A Torrontes soft-dry and floral white from IP SALTA , 2014, $16.99,  with 14.5% alcohol by volume, .... and the .... C ) Serie A Bonarda Santa Rosa 2014 dry red, $16.99,  with 13% alcohol by volume. Come check these out!
ALL WINES OVER $19.99 a bottle, except Veuve Clicquot and Moet Et Chandon tomorrow, Wenesday, are 20% OFF the bottle cost on the sticker!
          Friday, March 11th, 2016 , ( 5-8PM ) : I will taste some of my ' Picks ' like the White Knight Pinot Grigio from Lodi, California, with 13% alcohol by volume. I quite liked it when I tasted it with our local rep Marci and so will taste it and others this Friday. Join me, no charge, you are all welcome!
          Saturday, March 11th, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Narayan returning to taste some fine ' new ' and old wines we love from South Africa. That will be fun, some new wines I recently tasted with Narayan and Katie, I liked them, will be great to taste them and see what you all think!
ALL TASTINGS ARE FREE, join us, you are all more than welcome, you know that, if you do not, you soon will!
     THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, you all are the very very VERY BEST, we love you!   TONY

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IT'S STILL So Exciting, Seeing Clearly R Shining Sparkling stars so clearly @ Night! 4 nights now in a row!

Tues. Primary Voting ALL DAY, what to enjoy tonight in drink and food as we all watch the returns?!? WE can and are thrilled be able to help you with the drinking part of this equation. Come by, our beer and wine refrigerators are filled with many choices to the max!
JOHN ( Jean-Olivier ) JUST CAME BY asking : " I need a red. " I responded : " What do you need it for? How will you serve it? What price is good for you? " John who's family is originally part-French ( John speaks French , he did, too, with me ) said simply : " It's a gift.  ... a Cotes du Rhone. Something simple, nice for sipping. " I walked him back to our Rhone sections and we went back-and-forth as I described the wines, showing him wines from the Costieres De Nimes, from Corbieres, from Languedoc and finally from Minervois. 
JOHN QUICKLY PICKED UP on the fact that I love wine, and try many of the wines we sell here. I built up a confidence for him and we settled at the CAMPAGNE DE CENTEILLES 2010 Minervois bottles par Boyer Domergue, $17.99 a bottle, with 14.5% alcohol by volume. It was three dollars more than the $15 he wanted to spend. I had shown him wines at $11.49, $13.49 and another at $17.99, I wanted to work withing his price range. But, as he said, it was a gift and this Minervois is a 2010 and showing really well.
I TOLD JOHN : " I do not want to lie to you, all these wines would benefit and show better with some crackers, bread or cheese, pate , too. " We will see. I hope John comes back and gives me a report on this gift of the CAMPAGNE DE CENTEILLES. Cheers, nice to meet you John.  
THIS IS A Really Fast-Pased Time, as we all lnow, and so one of the big excitements here as I walked in earlier was that Santos cleaned, waxed our floors , and on Facebook I posted some pictures of how good the full stretch, the length of the store is, FABulous, really impressive. This morning's sunshine came in through our front here and bounced off our floors and was spectacular, really stunning, you could follow the sun on the floor like a path, looked great. Check them out.
I HAD FUN WALKING EARLIER these shiny waxed floors of ours as I picked out different items to bring to your attention for tonight's primary election returns of both Democrats and Republicans,... and you may enjoy them throughout the week as well.
BEER From Santos :
     1) ' Le Merle " Saison Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale, from the American Artisan Series , from the NORTH COAST Brewing Company, On Special for $10.99 a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 7.9% alcohol by volume, from Fort Bragg, California.
     2) " Seclusion " IPA from NEW PLANET Brewing is 'new, and crafted to remove gluten ", a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans with 4.9% alcohol by volume, come check this out and see how it tastes and feels on your tongue and in your mouth, and how it is absorbed and received by all your senses?!? A fun project, a great task that will please and reward many. Cheers.
     3) Godfather Original Quality , the GODFATHER Premium Beer, On Special for $2.99 a  650ml bottle, with 6.8% alcohol by volume, I should have had you all enjoying this for the Oscars this weekend! Without  the ' hit ' of course, unless you consider a good taste like a good hit! Cheers!
     1) ' Mahina Coco ' Coconut liqueur from CLEMENT, a French Caribbean liqueur, this is a splendid Creole delicacy of white rhum and macerated coconut, $25.99 a bottle, with 18% alcohol by volume, I like this quite a bit, a really fine, elegant flavor, smooth, silky coconut taste!
     2) ' Los Parrales ' Anniversario SINGANI from Bolivia, $38.99 a bottle, ' the spirit of altitude ' , is really pure, very fresh, so alive, leaves no headaches, really a very fine and tasty, yet unique taste in a spirit made at such a high altitude. Marina will be here to taste it this Friday from 5-8PM, join us and taste it for yourselves and see what you all think? It will be Marina's third time here tasting it. And the price has gone down since we started with her two years ago. Come and taste and see what all the fuss is about!
     3) Anejo Tequila of Agave, called CORAZON, made from 100% Agave, $54.99 a bottle, with 40% alcohol by color. Besides the smooth and intense flavors I am mezmerized by the color, less-filtered, leaves more of the taste and the character in the bottle, and the bottle-shape, too is really special. 

     4) The Distillers Edition of GLENKINCHIE , The Edinburgh Malt, a Single Malt Scotch Whisky, On Special for $109.99 a bottle, with 43% alcohol by volume, this refined and distinct flavor comes in part from being double-matured in Amontillado casks-wood ... here the whisky has a sophisticated balance between sweet and dry, with a malty depth and showing of this lovely lowland character to the max! Cheers, worth every hard-earned penny of yours.

I STEPPED OUTSIDE TO CLEAR my thoughts and walked down to the end of our block just now to Macomb Street and Connecticut Avenue NW, , 20008 , and looked down by Ardeo and spotted a dirty penny. I decided to walk back and pick it up, brought it back, washed it off, and it is still pretty dirty and the image of Lincoln is scraped up badly now, the other side with the Lincoln Memorial is also tarred black, shiny and matted, two great contrasts, I cannot make out the vintage, glad I have it, a lucky charm for me today as we start to decide who will follow in all our older president's footsteps tonight! I might have to wash this penny again, saving and investing pennies, building up from there.
WINE By Chris & Tony :
     6 Fine Wines Under $10 :
     1) 2013 dry white Italian wine from Piemonte, a Cortese , Bricco Dei TATI, On Special for $6.99 a bottle, what a great refreshing.lively treat with real taste , distinct, good character, best with food! Yes!
     2) Garnacha & Syrah, a 2014 vintage, from Spain , the Campo De Borja region, this VINA COLLADO On Special for $7.99 a bottle with 14% alcohol by volume is tasty and over-delivers for the price, a great quaffer! Full, round, layered with good accents of pepper-white and spice, everything nice!
     3) 2014 Piemonte Barbera from Bricco dei TATI , $8.49 a bottle, is a delight, peppery, spicy, earthy, classic style, to be enjoyed with a meal, that is where it will shine, great value, too. Medium-to-lighter-bodied, packs some poignant punches!
     4) Macabeo indigenous dry grape variety used to make many sparkling Spanish cavas, this VINA COILADO 2014, On Special for $8.99 a bottle,   with 12.5% alcohol by volume is a tasty, distinct dry white to use again with food where the food and the wine work off one another and taste the best. May Mediterranean dishes here, shellfish, some fresh sardines from a lake, some paella, a feijoada from Brazil, so many great combos here including many dry and hard and semi-hard cheeses will be great together here!
     5) Tempranillo and Syrah dry red from Spain using organic grapes, $9.99 a bottle, 2014, with 13% alcohol by volume, this Vino de la Tierra de Castilla dry and flavorful red, On Special for $9.99 a bottle, is a another really tasty fine food wine. Chill 30 minutes and enjoy thoroughly!
     6) Parados Malbec 2015 from Mendoza, Argentina On Special for $9.99 a bottle, a hearty, robust, full-kick-extension hit to cleanse and clear and satisfy, at a really great everyday price of $9.99 a bottle, with 14% alcohol by volume. Really nice!
          OVER $10 :
     1) Organic Tempranillo from Argentina's SANTA JULIA : really nice, fleshy, rounded organic wines with some accents to please many, a 2015 lighter-bodied red, $10.99 a bottle. Also available here in Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay!
     2) 2010 ( great vintage in Bordeaux ) CHATEAU LAVAGNAC Bordeaux red, On Special for $12.99 a bottle, a really fine food wine now, food fleshes out the harder more complex flavors and renders them more adorable.
     3) Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from Ellie's TEN SISTERS and ONE BROTHER Kiwi family in Marlborough, $18.99 a bottle, smooth and silky, more like a French Loire Valley Sancerre! Fine value, too!
          THREE For Tomorrow's Bulgarian Taste:
     1) 2010 CASTRA RUBRA  Thracian dry red blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, kosher for Passover, $19.99 a bottle, delicious, balanced, a real treat, I was quite impressed when Robert tasted me on it. He will be back to taste again tomorrow from 5-8PM.
     2) 2010 Via Diagonalis Thracian dry red blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Rubin and 5% Mavrud, also kosher for Passover, also to be tasted here tomorrow, with 14.5% alcohol by volume, $19.99, also distinct, impressive, a great addition here to our  selection.
    3) 2012 Burgozone Pinot Noir PGI Danube Plain from Bulgaria, this is a soft, open and delicious, floral Pint Noir, very appealing , very enjoyable to sip all by itself! Robert will also taste this tomorrow night!
          WEEK'S TASTINGS :
     1) Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) TWO TASTINGS 4 U :
          a) Narayan will taste the fine French Burgundy wines of L, COUTURIER dry red and white Burgundy, as well as a ' killer ' Cremant that blows me away! Free, join us.
          b) Robert of G & B Importers will be here to taste a broad selection of six/seven fine wines of Bulgaria tomorrow, including the three I just mentioned above!
     2) Friday, March 4th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) : Jody Jackman will be here to work her magic with you all! Call tomorrow for more info, will know more then!
     ALSO : We have Marina here to taste her fine Bolivian SINGANI higher spirit with you!
     3) Saturday, March 5th, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : we will have Oscar here of Voila Collection to taste two outstanding French rose wines, and I hope some of the AIRLIE Oregon wines, too! Call for more info tomorrow when I will have finalized our plans with Oscar.
     THANKS for everything, you all are the very best always. We love you. Cheers,  TONY

Anthony Quinn Weekly Tuesday Store Email 2/16-23/2016, Read & Enjoy!

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      BY WINES I Also Mean BEERS, LIQUORS & LIQUEURS :  Of course, we have it all!
     LET'S COLLABORATE, this is an immensely talented, varied, special neighborhood with being offered, so many possibilities to share, to work on together, to harness, and to channel nthe energy, the possibilities and turn so much that ' could and should be ' into ' is '! 
     For Years This has been such a place to exchange ideas and to feel a bit more at home, welcomed, appreciated, and to learn, too. So many ideas have been exchanged here, too many to remember, some that we all used and benefitted from, sharing in what we have done together as a team.
     KEPP THESE IDEAS & THOUGHTS coming so that we have a richer, more charged, more alive, active, fun and special store and neighborhood here. AS we see it we need one another, we sink or we swim together here. That is our lot. And a great lot it is.
     WE WERE THRILLED, for example this past Sunday when Tealye Long/ partner came to pour here the Rujero Singani from Bolivia, that is high elevation estate grown , $34.99, a premium Bolivian Singani, with 40% alcohol by volume, using the Muscat of Alexandria  grapes that have grown there now for 200 years. Tealye probabbly made a traditional drink adding some ginger or some fresh lime? I will have to ask her. I was not here. But we all thanks her for coming to pour and to introduce this fine Rujero Bolivian Premium Singani to our customers. Gracias e hasta luego Tealse! Come back and introduce yourself so that I may meet you. Did you take any pictures? If you did LIKE us on our Facebook account at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits and share them with us. I would have taken pictures to share if I had been here but I was home myself on this past glorious Sunday before the snow and the rain and ice today!
     THE FUN THING is that things are always brewing, always percolating, always simmering, sometimes boiling, it is important to stop by, check in, see what has, in fact just occured, just arrived, just arrived in very limited supply, with a policy of first come, first serve. Don't miss out. You walk by here anyway to and from work, so come in to scan quickly with your eyes, ogle the spectacular, salivate, dream, fantasize, ... even if for just a few seconds, thus not denying yourselves of some of the bounty and treasure that can be found, that is CPWineSpirits! Sorry for this outlandish plug, I know I am stretching things, just want to be here for you.
     " Good morning  "  Santos just said as he walked by me heading to the front of the store. It must be a sign for me to start talking about his cervesas here, aqui, a la tienda de nosotros para vosotros, si, si si si si!
          BEER  & CIDER From Santos :
     1) Sidra Natural , Natural Cider called GOBERNADOR , a drink, a bebida natural, made in the traditional method in Asturias, Spain, $9.99 for a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, with 6.5% alcohol.

     2) Nugget Nectar Ale from TROEGS Independent Brewing, On Special for $13.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 7.5% alcohol by volume, , blending the super-fresh hops into an Imperial Amber Ale that is excessively dry-hopped, a lovely expression results of pine, resin, and mango. Like the Greek wine Retsina with a splash of mango added, only ale not wine, but similar? You might also want to try some Retsina? Cheers, enjoy.

     3) Hop Rod Rye Alcohol Burnin' Monster Ale from BEAR REPUBLIC Brewing Company, Independent since 1995, from Sonoma , Caifornia, On Special for $12.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, : " Hop Rod Rye is a high performance, turbo charged, alcohol burnin' monster ale with dual overhead hop injection, made with 18% rye. " Come try some!

     4) The Abyss 2015 Reserve On Special for $17.99 a 1 Pint 6 Fluid Ounce bottle, from DESCHUTES Brewery from Bend, Oregon : " The Abyss : Malt beverage brewed with black strap molasses, Licorice, with Cherry bark and vanilla added with 21% aged in oak Bourbon barrels, 8% aged in oak barrels, and 21% aged in oak wine barrels." Wow, all this certainly tweeks, accents, and delineates these flavors like layers of clothing or skin working together well.

     5) Organic Pale Ale from SAMUEL SMITH Old Brewery, fermented in Stone Yorkshire Squares, Tadcaster, On Special for $7.99 a 550ml bottle, with 5% alcohol by volume, ... " captures the true soul beer. It is brewed with hard well water, best organic nalted barley, yeast and organic aroma hops. Fermentation in ' stone Yorkshire squares creates a full-bodied rounded palate. It has fresh maltiness that reminds you that good beer is a product of the soil - organically nurtured. " All good, all true, fine , exceptional quality really! Cheers, come try some, be amazed.

          LIQUEUR LIQUOR From Jagir :

     1) Sambuca Ricetta ORO Originale On Special for $29.99 for a 1 liter bottle size ( more in the bottle! ) with 38% alcohol by volume, something new and exciting, and perfect for this biting cold! Will cheer and warm you up nicely as you look out on our wintery landscape and appreciate being inside, or just from coming inside after being out in the cold!
     2) SUZE Saveur d'autrefoi : trnslates to : SUZE , flavor of another time, a full liter bottle liqueur from France, $30.99 : " ... original recipe of SUZE, giving it its characteristic taste and unique personality, On the palate, the fresh gentian gives rich, subtle and intense flavors, followed by floral notes and , while the clean bitterness offers a hint of spice. " Both Tom and David came and were thrilled we had this! Tom's wife wanted it for a special drink she discovered that featured SUZE. And David is a chef that will visit you at your home and cook up whatever you want to celebrate life, love, friends, anniversaries, whatever.
I PUT DAVID ON VIDEO  this past Saturday and that may be seen on our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits. Check it out. David was talking about Chartreuse, the yellow and the green, but he also spoke to me about SUZE while he was here. He is also a fine mixologist of these various liqueurs and spirits that we carry a broad range of here for you to enjoy,

     3) Dark Rum handcarfted, small batch from MT. DEFIANCE Distillery here locally in Middleburg, Virginia, $39.99 a bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, we had it sampled here this past Saturday. Yes, the day before Robert with Tradewinds Specialty Imports brought our local rep by to taste the ' new ' MT. DEFIANCE products like a fabulous ' new ' creme de Cassis. Then Robert returned to taste the two rums, the dark and the light when he also tasted out three fine Spanish wines.

Turns out that Andrew Shapiro the inventor of his own non-alcoholic GINGER BREW collaborated with Robert and made a drink with the dark rum and also his GINGER BREW that our customers quite liked. Good thinking, serendipitous moment that worked, smart thinking, thanks Andrew and Robert.
     4) Aged 5 Years in Oak REPUBLIC RUM Rhum Ron , the Old Guavaberry Brand COUNTRY ST. MARTEN, $27.99 a bottle,  with 40% alcohol by volume, nrand new here, exciting! For more info go to their web page, as it all sounds so enticing, so colorful! Go to : Cheers!
     5) Double Barrel Irish Whiskey GLENDALOUGH, $39.99 , 42% alcohol by volume : " Hand crafted in small batches and aged three and a half years in Bourbon barrels and six months in Olorosos Sherry casks. " Wow, wonderful, so much here at play, and at a very reasonable price, too : a deal.

          WINE Of Chris & Tony :

     1) Verdejo and Viura dry white blend from Rueda, Spain, this GRAN CARDIEL On Special for $10.99 was tasted here this past Saturday by Robert of Tradewinds Specialty Imports, and it sure is bright, lively, fresh and a really nice wine for sipping as well as for meal, from the 2014 vintage, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, this is perfect to lift the rain and the gray away from today!
     2) A dry white blend of the Portuguese grapes Arinto and also Fernao Pires, from the 2012 vintage, from Lisbao, On Special now for $8.99 a bottle, down from $15.99, it is highly recommended! I cannot say enoughgreat things about this, love, love, extra love it! Full, rich, rounded, creamy, multi-layered, wonderful, really a very special treat that will warm and please, soothe the stress and your muscles from shovelling this weekend. I did some, I am a bit sore, too.
          TWO Fine ' New ' Bubblies :
     1) Russian Sparkling wine 1870 Brut of ABRAU-DURSO, $12.99, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, that I was tasting recently with our local rep and that I quite liked, especially considering the price, great value, quite balanced and tasty and smooth and bright, too. Really glad to have these here at the store! Come check it out. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and also Sauvignon Blanc, and is fruit-forward and luscious!
     2) Edoardo Miroglio Brut Metodo Classico, On Special for $14.99 ( we iused to sell it three-four years ago for $24.99 a bottle ! ) is from Bulgaria's Thracian Valley , from the 2006 vintage, and I am floored by the depth and richness, the brightness, the layers and the bread, toast, yeast and complexity, yet complete harmony in this incredible sparkling wine made by an Italian. Bravo, this is highly highly recommended! Wonderful!
          TWO ' New ' Magnums of Wine 4 U! :
     1) Trebbiano D'Abruzzo 2014 from STELLA, $14.49 a magnum, is really showing well. Jody Jackman and Kay Mallon our local fine Winebow Group Import wine reps brought it by to taste here this past week. Chris and I both really liked it, thought it tasted so much better than some of the Pinot Grigio wines we are tasted on, and to have something more interesting and fuller, richer in body and taste, better to fend off this awful chilling cold, too, we have it here now for you! With 12.5% alcohol by volume, nice.
     2) Grenache + Syrah of LOS DOS , a 2013 dry red Spanish magnum from the Campo de Borja region, $15.49 a bottle, ( with a cork and not screw-top ) , with 14% alcohol by volume, this wine is tasty, flavorful, balanced and really nice and also represents quite a value!
          TWO More From Spain :
     1) Pazo Da Bouchina Albarino from Rias-Baixas Val do Salines, $19.99, we tasted this within the last two weeks and enjoyed hos refreshing, bright, a nice way to warm up and feel snug as you chill.
     2) Garnacha 2013 dry red from Spain fro ALBADA, $10.99 a bottle with  14.5% alcohol by volume, will rock and lull you, will soothe your tired muscles, too, a fine medium-bodied red to sip by itself and then pass over to your dinner afterward, with a glass to also enjoy with whatever your meal is, as this is quite versatile with food.
          THREE From Liguria, Italy :
     1) Pigato dry Indigenous White, from DURIN, the Riviera Ligure di Ponente, $18.99, 2014 with 12.5% alcohol by volume : to be tasted here this weekend on Friday, February 19th, 2016 from 5-8PM with Andrew Stover. Great dry delicious bright white, love it!
     2) Ormeasco di Pornassio , made with the indigenous Ormeasco grape variety, fuller, richer, much more complex than the Pigata, nice for this brrrrrrr cold of this week! $18.99 a bottle, , 2010, with 12,5% alcohol by volume.

     3) Colli Savonesi 2009 made from the Granaccia grape, i.e. the Grenache or Garnacha grape, this is a lighter, quite white pepper and spicy version, great chilled thirty minutes and served with finger foods, smoked salmon, especially wild, other smoked meats and fish, tasty, fun, something different, a great alternative to those wines you already know. From Italy.

ALL THREE will be tasted here this Friday eveining, 5-8PM, by Andrew Stover. Join us. Free tasting as they all are.
CALL or COME BY and take advantage of our Wednesday weekly specials on wine. Save every Wednesday UP TO 20% OFF when you purchase here. Call us, be sure and pay tomorrow, at : 202-363-4265. Cheers.
     Wednesday, February 16th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) : Chris and I will open some fine choices for you to try like VIVENCIAS 2008 ' V " Lote 01 dry red Vino de Calidad de Valtiendas, $42.99, that out to be drinking like a dream about now. We will taste it and see what we think? I am looking for another bottle or two to add, and will let that be a surprise for you all tomorrow!
     Friday, February 17th, 2016, ( 5-8PM ) : We have Andrew Stover coming to pour the three excellent wines above from Liguria, Italy, as well as the WILDEKRANS 2013 Pinotage from South Africa, too, On Special for $18.49 a bottle. Tasty, a fine red to taste next to the Granache.
     Saturday, February 18th, 2016  ( 2-6 PM ) : We have owner, winemaker Vittorio of TREMONTI here from Romagna, Italy to pour a series of his superb wines, the Albana whites that we love, from two vintages, so that you may pick your favorite, as well as some of the excellent Sangiovese, too, including some magnums of this wine from the exceptional 2010 vintage, what a chance to try and enjoy and profit from some exceptional wines that will warm us, cheer us , flatter us, what a treat!
THIS WILL BE amazing, a really fun event it will be Vittorio's second weekend wine-tasting here, the walls will shake, the wines will play to us like fine music, dance for us like fine ballet! Fun. Join us, never any charge
     THANK YOU ALL for everything, we appreciate all your support, all you do for us. Come on by. Check us out.
     AS I SAID at the beginning here : let's collaborate! Cheers! TONY
WHAT FOLLOWS below is an old store email that I wrote and sent in 2011 was it? Read and enjoy it and check out current availability and pricing? Thanks,  ...
      being a wine-guy I think of wine first and would enjoy myself more of the others if only I had some space left over after the wines that I enjoy - only there is never any room. Sad, I know : but I do love my wines, really I do. And last night I enjoyed some of the Aussie PIKE'S 2006 Shiraz that our local rep gave me a bottle to enjoy back in December 2009. I was supposed to enjoy it during the holidays and they came and went and so did the snowstorm of the century and it just seemed like the right thing for me to enjoy with my leg of lamb that I made for my family on President's Day and just before the Winter Olympics started again with the Men's Skateboard Cross I think it is called? The wine needed quite a bit of time to shed it's monumental, columned firmness and steel and reveal more of it's interior which it began to do about an hour after I opened it. Really it was quite excellent well into the second hour of being unscrewed as it a Stelvan-closure and does not have a cork.
     SPEAKING OF STELVAN CLOSURE some of you may know Sydney Moore Margolis that used to own the Mayflower Wines & Spirts back in the 1980's? She asked me the other day to speak about Stelvan-closure versus cork? There are two points to consider between Stelvan-closure and cork finishes to a bottle of wine:
       1) Will a wine age with Stelvan-closure? The jury is still out on that as yet. Nothing is conclusive as yet on that as the seal is pretty much air-tight and so if no air gets in at all how may the wine inside age?
       2) Is the wine with Stelvan-closure and not a cork finish any brighter and fresher? Experiments have been done on this with bottles coming from Europe of the very same wine and vintage on the same container and then judged together. The results are that the Stelvan-closure does in those cases at least preserve the freshness and brightness of the wine more than with a cork finish.
       That's good as most wines with Stelvan-closure are meant to be drunk young anyway while they are still bright and fresh and lively and less-evolved.
    WE ARE JUST THIS WEEK STARTING to pick up the many pieces as you know that last week with the " snowstorm of the century " here in Washington D.C. that it was a struggle in itself just to cross either Macomb  or Ordway Streets or to use the parallel service street between the two : one took their lives into their own hands in trying to accomplish these simple tasks that we often take completely for granted.

     WE WERE THRILLED TO BE HERE AND OPEN every day except the first Saturday ( the 5th, 2010 ) when the first snow storm hit us in a big way. Sorry for that : we would have been here if we could have. But we were prepared for the second " big storm " on Wednesday February 10th, 2010 and were pleased to discover that for many of you we were your destination point as you ventured into the elements to come and stock-up here. I decided to sleep-over in Cleveland Park on both the 9th and the 10th so as to be here with Santos, Chris and Nelson. It was quite the thrill to walk down here from the Kennedy Warren where I slept like a baby on the 9th : I was walking into the howling winds that swept white sheet after sheet of thin yet numerous snowflakes that were unrelenting and melting quickly and constantly on the touch of my skin and making me bristle with energy and alertness each and every time ...

     WE ARE SCRAMBLING TO REFILL OUR SHELVES! You all bought so much this past week and we need desperately to regroup and have the wines you so love back on our shelves. I have called some of our distributors and they have kindly passed by today so that I could order some of the basic wines that you all love from ALL OVER THE WORLD! So, on this weekend and on Monday as well the shelves will begin to fill back to their old glory days and there will be plenty to chose from. Here are some of what to expect:
     1) DELGADO Argentina Chardonnay, Malbec & Tempranillo : ALL 3 ON SALE for $9.99 and drinking beautifully.
     2) MIGUEL TORRES Chilean Chardonnay ON SALE for $10.99 / Reg: $13.49.
     3) MACABEO Spanish Indigenous dry ( TERRAI ) white, $8.49
     4) GARNACHA, Spanish dry red Rhone-Style ( TERRAI ),$8.49
     5) DOLIUM Malbec ( long out of stock ), Argentina, $13.49
     6) LE LAPIN Petit Sirahm Paso Robles, CA, $9.99
     7) LBV ( Le Bon Vin ) 2004 Napa Merlot, ON SALE $9.99
     8) BELLEVUE Loire Valley Unoaked Chardonnay, $10.99
     9) BELLEVUE Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99
   10) LA LINDA Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, ON SALE $7.99
   11) RAMBLIN RED Paso Robles dry CA. Red, $9.99 ( a dry red blend of 45% Cab, 3o% Syrah, 20% Zin + )
   12) Corbieres dry red 2007 ( great vintage ) CHATEAU De VAUGELAS, $10.49
     THERE ARE ALSO MANY SPANISH reds coming as we are almost out, MORE MALBECS, too.
     THIS IS A FUN PERIOD : restocking as there is so much to buy and Chris and I will have a good time doing all of this together,really we will. Tomorrow will be another " big push " here for the two of us.
     I'VE LOST THE SECOND HALF ONCE again and am demoralized to the max! What BS! I'll tyr and send this now on Wednesday to at least have something out. I'm getting quickly disenfranchised with i-contact as a realiable method of sending these emails. They don't save the messages and on top of that the scree just disappeared after I pushed the " send Immediately " button. Sorry - so much more to say as we are getting so much wine here as well as liquor. I will send a follow-up to this shortly as there is so much more to add and to share with you all.  TONY

     DID YOU RECEIVE THIS ALREADY?!? I don't believe that you did and so I am sending it once again today : Friday February 19th, 2010 just before 4 PM and in time for HAPPY HOUR!

     HAPPY HOURS - 3 @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits :
       1) Friday , 5-8 PM : Chris Barker and I will open three wines for you to taste : a dry French white Picpoul, a dry French red Pinot Noir that is brand new ( $8.99 a bottle ), as well as the Lirac 2007 dry red Rhone blend from CHATEAU DE SEGRIES ( $16.49 - one of Mike Martin's " favorites " ).       2) Saturday, 3-7 PM : Chris and I will open a selection of the Elite Imports wines that we are receiving in a " boat-load " shipment tomorrow! This will be fun, this will be MAD, this will be a WHOLE LOTTA WINE AT ONCE to FILL OUR SHELVES and FLOOR as more will come again on MONDAY and FILL MORE THE STORE as we are so low on so many things thanks to you and your staying at home all last week during the constantly falling and thick snow with snow banks, sludge, mountains piled high and everywhere, crags of thick ice, danger every street corner ... and your being stir-crazy and needing/wanting to escape if only for awhile .... thanks you all ...
       3) MONDAY, Chianti right-hand-to-winemaker man stopping by to say " hello " and taste a couple of his new wines that will be coming shortly to this market from DA VINCI. Call for more info on Monday or respond to this email and I will answer as I get more of the info myself.

     SANTOZ SEZ : that we still have lots of the ABITA beers ( $8.49 ) to celebrate Mardi Gras if you missed it and still want to cheer New Orleans and listen to the Animal's : " House of the Rising Sun "...   and we have lots of GREAT LAKES, too that is brand new and selling like hotcakes these last three or so weeks.

     ALSO : Santos has a sore back as yesterday many hundreds of cases came back to us to replenish very low stocks... thank goodness, after all it is sunny and chilly and beautiful and ALMOST HAPPY HOUR!!!!!
     RAVINDER SHARMA SEZ : We have some great deals on single malts and Irish whisky:
        1) JAMESON Irish triple -Distilled Irish whisky :
          ON SALE for $22.99 ( 750ml )
          ON SALE $29.99 ( lietr bottle )
        2) GLENLIVET 12 Year-Old Single Malt, Scotland:
          ON SALE for $38.99 ( 750ml)
        3) DEWARS 12-Year-Old Blended Scottish whisky:
          ON SALE for $28.99
       NEW and EXCITING :
        1) SEAGRAMS 7 Dark Honey 750ml : ON SALE for $13.99
     CHRIZ SEZ :
        1) 2006/2007 TWO HANDS Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, ON SALE for $24.99 / regularly $49.99 - One case of each left! That's it -no more! Come and buy what you want or respond to this email so we will not be out!
        2) VINA ALBINA 2003 Reserva red Rioja from ( ON SALE for $24.99/reg: $33.99 ) is a classic, old-world-style Spanish Tempranillo blend that is showing beautifully now. Our Rep from Vintage Imports, Jeff just tasted Chris and me last week .... Medium-bodied and really quite evolved and fleshy/flirty/twinkle in it's eye/ tasty-taste-me Spanish red ...
     TONY SEZ :
       1) CAVE SPRING 2006 Riesling Estate-bottled " CVS ", $30.99 . Our rep and owner of Boutique Vineyards Theresa Morrison is here in the store now dropping off some info and she sez : " It's oyster season and this single-vineyard, limited-production ( only a few hundred cases made ) is a perfect racy pairing. "      
       2) KEO St. John Commandaria Crete dessert, $20.99 is showing beautifully. Jody Jackman had it open for Valentine's Day and we still have it to taste. Come try some : do " Valentine's Day " all over again! Who sez it only has to be once a year? It has lovely burnt caramel, toasty-roasted nutty and honey overtones that seduce one into a lovely reverie and feeling of peace and calm and cheer that is something special ...
     FOR MORE INFO : go to :, as well as : and chatpoetry and for more pictures of the snow - of you all in it here in the store and outside.
     DINNERS :
       1) @ Dino on Thursday, Marvh 4th, 2010 with owner/winemaker of the L'Espinase Rhone wines : Jean-Marc Espinases Rhone reds of Rouge Bleu and Mistral. Call Dean and Kay at Dino for more info and come meet Jean-Marc here before the dinner from 5-7 PM and taste these two excellent red Rhones. The Mistral really impressed me yesterday when our rep Charles brought it by to taste with Chris and I. It was really quite spicy and earthy and fleshy and tasty all in one. I could have easily enjoyed a full glass here if it were not for all that we have to do constantly!
     Jean-Marc just put us on his web page and a lady called me earlier yesterday morning wanting to know more about what wines we would be tasting, and if the rose was available yet? I loved that, really I did - the power of the internet forges on ....
     2) @ RASIKA Flavors Of India & HIRSCH Winery : Owner and Winemaker David Hirsch will be on hand for this 5-Course Dinner with 5 wines. It's quite the production! The menu just reads and reads and reads more and more and more to offer one to titilate and inspire/fire/desire - all the great bells and whistles that one could want ... $200 , includes tax and gratuity. Call : 202-637-1222 to reserve.> Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 at 7:30 PM.
     CHEERS< come and see us. We are all revved-up to be all that we can and may be for you ...   TONY




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