Anthony Quinn's Weekly Store Email Thurs May 19th, 2016 Read & Enjoy!

DON'T FORGET ZOOFARI tonight, come by early, get what you want here, then go off and enjoy more tonight at ZOOFARI, and support this treasure of ours, our National Zoo right here in our backyard!
HAPPY 15-Years-Of-Marriage TODAY Jonathan, you both are the best, and you have two lovely children, one of each : a lucky couple I would say! Cheers! Good to see you earlier, enjoy the delicious WEST CAPE HOWE Chardonnay from Denmark, Western Australia, $16.99, made by THE man himself, Gavin Berry that has been here in the past pouring to you all on a number of occasions.
YESTERDAY I GOT A TELEPHONE CALL from Elyse Kudo that helped me to difine my whole day! Thank you Elyse, none of this could have been possible without you.
ELYSE, glad you saw my comment to Dave McIntyre's short video montage from the first event at the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute the night before with a similar theme celebrating this incredible blind winetasting in Paris, France back in 1976 with California wines versus their French counterparts.
I TOLD ELYSE about having met Steven Spurrier in Paris, France and shopping at his CAVES DE LA MADELEINE wine store ( and taking his first wine-class there in 1974 when I turned 21, a gift from my mother and father , conducted next door at the ACADEMIE DU VIN next door by Americans Patricia Gallagher and Jon Winrott )
I INQUIRED with Dave about the event and if any of the wine trade had attended the one at the Natural History Museum?
ELYSE READ  this and immediately contacted me through Facebook and email , finally calling here at the store for my home phone number and calling me and inviting me and my wife to attend ' The Judgement of Paris ' event. Cheers to you Elyse, I owe you , you made it possibler for me to tie a whole lot of loose shoe strings together last night
SO I ATTENDED a lovely event from 5-7PM called ' The Judgement Of Paris ' in Washington D.C. at the Cannon Caucus Room , an event and a book commemorating 40 years since the famous blind-tasting that Steven Spurrier, Patricia Gallagher, and Jon Winroth helped organize, orchestrate ...
WITH BOTH  French winemakers/ owners and California owners/ winemakers judging blind both California and French wines, Burgundy whites versus California Chardonnay whites, and French Bordeaux wines versus California Cabernet Sauvignon.
SOME OF THE CALIFORNIA wineries and owners/ winemakers  represented there at yesterday's event were were ...
Warren Winiareski of the STAGS LEAP WINE CELLAR ( there with his daughter, too ), We did not immediately connect. I had to ask who he was of the lady standing next to me. She said that she did not know but that he looked like he might be one of the original players in this wondrous surprise and hugely eventful, landmark winetastings ever. I agreed. We both waited. We both got our chances to meet and talk with Warren. He was polite, he was a bit reserved.
I TOLD WARREN about the stories that Zack that is the COO now of DUCKHORN Winery told me about when he worked with Warren way into the wee hours of the night making wine and all at STAGS LEAP WINE CELLARS !
IT WAS NOT UNTIL LATER in the event that Warren saw me sketching him that he cracked a smile, stopped, people talking to hin while he posed for me. I spoke as I drew quickly and told him that this was the fifth of five quick portrait sketches I had done of him. I gave him the one I was doing of him, he was pleased. He told all of us gathered around that this was the most time he had stood still since arriving. I appreciated that, I appreciated that with my sketch I had finally broken the ice with Warren. ...
Bo Barrett of CHATEAU MONTELENA Winery - I was introduced to him later in the event by his winemaker Matthew , ...
Bo's winemaker Mattew Crafton, CHATEAU MONTELENA, Napa Valley, Matt  of  Richmond, Virginia ( with Matt's wife from Maryland, Julie . I met Matt here a year or so ago in the store when he came to taste us on some of his recent releases like his Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, we hit it off immediately.), ...
Violet Grgich , daughter of Mike Grgich, proprietor, Vice President , Operations of GRGICH HILLS Estate, ... it was nice to talk with Violet about her book she wrote about her father that has been published now for a moth or more. Violet saw my wine labels that I painstakingly soaked off the bottles while living with my family at 93 Avenue Paul Doumer in the sixteenth arrondisement in the seventies. She smiled and said she was still finding bits and pieces of her father Mike Grgich's life and that she felt like she already had to add more to her recently-released book! I liked hearing that, true to life, life is not a clean and simple but complex and messy and magnificent, too! Good luck Violet, it was a pleasure to meet you. ...
Barry Dodds, Ambassador of FREEMARK ABBEY ( 36+ years winemaker Ted Edwards was sadly not there. I Met Ted a year or so ago for a special winemaker dinner that I was included in, thanks to my good friend Elyse Kudo.

BARRY and I chatted as I sketched him and I thanked him for coming by the store yesterday with our rep Jade of Munument Distributors / and the Jackson Family of Wines, Jade specializing in their small European wineries, too in Italy and elsewhere. Thanks Barry and Jade.

IT IS ALL ABOUT TEAMWORK and working together, and for that reason we have many of the wines here like the FREEMARK ABBEY wines as everyone from Elyse Kudo to Jade, Liz, Tim, winemaker Ted Edwards of FREEMARK ABBEY, Barry, all of you make the connections, the links , the reasons to work more closely together. Cheers.
IT RANKS AS ONE OF THE GREAT EVENTS in my life, seeing my mother earlier and thanking her for the wine-tasting class she gave me for my 21st birthday, and then seeing Steven Spurrier again, with his wife, after so many years have passed, and meeting all the others, too that were a part of the 1976 blind-tasting in Paris, France so many glorious moons ago! Pulling the pieces togetherm making the connections, living the ' wine dream ', the wine possibilities, the growth of the wine business here in the United States.
GREAT TO SEE YOU STEVEN again after so many years. I enjoyed sketching you and the others last night.
IF WE DO NOT HAVE ONE OF the above-mentioned wines from HEITZ Cellars, CHATEA MONTELENA Winery, FREEMARK ABBEY Winery and Vineyards, GRGICH HILLS Estate or CLOS DU VAL we will be happy to order some. I drank some really fine wine last night, two of them, reds in magnums from CHATEAU MONTELENA and also from FREEMARK ABBEY : real treats for me!
BUT HEY, this is about BEER, CIDER, Spirits in Liquors and Liqueurs, just like the chance of meeting Nick Maas of RUMCHATA liqueur, here just a few minutes ago.
" Hey Tony, did you see the new products? " Santos just said to me as he approached me typing here. I said : " Yes some of them, I have them here on our tasting table. Come see, bring me whatever is missing!
SO MANY ' New ' Items 2 Talk About : 
          THREE From CHARM CITY :
     1) MEADWORKS ' Basil Lemongrass ' ' canned, brewed & bred in Baltimore , On Special for a 4-pack of 12 ounce cans at $11.99  ( Flavor notes : Herbal, crisp, and refreshing )... with 6.9% alcohol by volume.
     2) MEADWORKS  ' Mango Comapeno ' with 6.9% alcohol ( Flavor notes : not too much heat,
not too much sweet. ) ...
     3) MEADWORKS ' Elderberry ' , barrel aged draft mead ( On Special for $11.99 for a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans, with 6.9% alcohol by volume ... Flavor notes : berry to slightly bitter, dry finish ).
          WONDERFUL ' New ' Additions!
          THREE MORE ' New '  CHARM CITY : In Bottles ...
     1) MEADWORKS ' Rosemary ' On Special for $10.99 for a 500ml bottle, ' barrel-aged honey wine with  Rosemary ... '  ... Mead is more awesome with rosemary, savory aromas and crisp flavors intermingle with the notes of oak barrel and floral honey to create a fresh taste of summer. '

     2) MEADWORKS ' Strawberry Ginger ' , barrelaged honey with strawberry & ginger , 500ml bottle, On Special for $10.99, with 12% alcohol by volume, ... 'An excellent complement to warmer weather, each sip starts with fresh strawberries and ends with a hint of refreshingly spicy ginger '.

     3) MEADWORKS ' Sweet Blossom ' , a semi-sweet barrel aged honey wine, 500ml bottle, with 12% alcohol by volume, On Special for $10.99 a bottle  ... ' Our first semi-sweet offering packs a floral punch of orange blossom honey, with crisp citrus notes and a smooth finish '.
          AND A CIDER From FRance :
     1) KERISAC, On Special for $7.99 a bottle, with 2.5% alcohol by volume, from Brittany, a cidre bouche, great value, some lively bright flavors and tastes, too!
          AND A BEER From Boulder, CO :
     1) ' Vanilla Bean Stout ', a stout with vanilla beans added , aged in Bourbon barrels, On Special for $15.99 a bottle, from AVERY Brewing Company, ' Botanicals & Barrels ' .... " A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of TOUGAN. Ugandan and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel, and molasses to round out it's lusciously silky stout. "
          TWO LIQUORS From Jagir :
     1) V.J.O.P. Signature edition series from SIPSMITH Independent Spirits Distillery , $59.99  a bottle, hand-crafted in small batches, : " IMagining the botanicals as components in an orchestra, here we have taken the lead instrument - juniper - and amplified its presence in the ensemble, and then raised the decibles by increasing the proof alcohol. The result is our very own symphony in ' J Major : V.J.O.P. - Very Juniper Over Proof gin. ' Batch No. VJOP / 00014 .... YES!
     2) Sagamore Spring Fed  Spirit RYE American Whiskey, American owned Straight Rye Whiskey, $44.99 a bottle with 41.5% alcohol by volume, Batch 1B, Bottle 58, Bottler UP . " Our spirit flows from a spring house, built in 1909, at Maryland's Sagamore Farm,naturally filtered spring water, fed from a limestone aquifer.
The same water that fuels our champion thoroughbreds, also cuts the rich spice of our rye, creating a spirit as revolutionary as America's risk-takers and history makers. Our story is one of passion, of old meeting new, and crafting a timeless American whiskey."
I like this, beautiful deep color, and the bottle is unique in shape, too : conversation pieces all of this, fuel the tongue and palate and mind and heart and firing the guts, too!
          WINE By Chris & Tony :
     TWO From Englad, HATTINGLEY Valley : thinking of you Steven Spurrier :
     1) Blanc de Blancs using the traditional method, 100% Chardonnay, a Brut dry sparkling , from Hampshire southern England, I liked how elegant, how bright and lively and so refreshing this distinct Chardonnay flavors are, a real treat. enjoy, $57.99 a bottle, try it sometime to have a wonderful ' new ' experience.
     2) ' Classic Cuvee ' $52.99 a bottle, also a brut that is made of the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir grapes, again so distinct, so unique, I like this about both : they have their own characters and add to the equation of what is already available. Add these to your taste experiences, live brightly, distinctly, vividly!
          FOUR Virginia Wines :
     1) Una Pera Pear Wine from FABBIOLI Cellars, $16.49 a bottle, what a dry, flavorful treat for this weather we are trying valiantly to enjoy! It is a lovely treat, another flavor component, come try some.
     2) 2013 Merlot from NORTH GATE Vineyard , also in Loudoun County like FABBIOLI Cellars, this $21.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume elegant red is fruit-forward, bright, smooth and round and lovely, quite the medium-bodied red to enjoy when sit around chatting or enjoying being outside, around a fire, around a grill, it will warm you in this evening chill!
     3) Nebbiolo 2013 dry unoaked red from GABRIELE RAUSSE Winery  in Charlottesville, VA., with 13% alcohol by volume,   one of my all-time favorite winemakers, owners, Gabriele Rausse himself that started the business in Virginia way back in April 1976, he is the real McCoy, the start to our wonderful Virginia way back when it all started, just with FARFELU Vineyard making wine way back then, many moons ago.
I LOVE  these elegant, bright, lighter expressions from Gabriele that has done several great tastings here before with you all over the years. Come get a bottle, perfect when the heat kicks in!

     4) 2011 Cabernet Franc from NARMADA Winery in Virginia's Amisville area, on the way out to the Lurray Caverns, On Special for $22.99, this is a lush and fruit-forward Cabernet Franc that should also be slighty-chilled like the others and enjoyed either with or without a meal, Tasty, silky, bright.

          ALSO :
     1) Vouvray 100% Chenin Blanc from France's Loire Valley, made by CHARLES BOVE, $18.99 a bottle, what a lovely new addition here to our selection. From Roy Cloud and Vintage 59 Selections : always solid, always distinct and flavorful, characterful, too! Go Roy! Go Katherine Hepburn!
     2) Malbec from Argentina's Mendoza valley, from COLIMAN, this magnum, 1.5ML bottle for only $11.99 is a steal, what an incredible value : bright, fruit-forward, tastes like the fruit of the grape, simply Malbec, not bulked-up, the real Malbec fruit flavors sing here, chill slightly, great party red.
SAVE EVERY WEDNESDAY three-ways on wines, UP to 20% OFF on your bottles!
     Friday, May 20th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) : I will do the tasting tomorrow : join me, four wines :
1) LUIS PATO Bruto sparkling Portuguese red using the Castra Baga , $17.49 a bottle, wonderful, dry, unique, not heavy, come try it! ...
2) IDUNA , a 100% Verdejo dry white fermented in small barrels, so deliciously flavorful, smooth and creamy, On Special for $15.99, from $27.99, from Spain's Toror region. ...
3) Kangarilla Road 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia's McLaren Vale, On Special for $21.99, how wonderfully elegant, bright and sublime, love it!
4) ' Il Bianco ' 2011 Orvieto from DECUGNANO, DOC Orvieto Classico Superiore , wow, made ny Enzo, this will be a delight, a treat of creamy-dreamy nut and honey flavors! $31.99, with 13.5% alcohol by volume.
CHEERS, JOIN US, NEVER any cost for our wine-tastings, beer-tastings, liquor-tasting : you all are always MORE THAN WELCOME .... come see us now before Zoofari starts!
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email that I wrote and posted on May 17th, 2016 , and so read it, enjoy it if you have the time, and inquire about present availability and pricing of any items? Cheers, happy Thursday, enjoy the ZOOFARI if you attend tonight, make it special, celebrate all the wonderful animals they have here at our National Zoo! Cheers,  TONY
BREAKING NEWS HERE NOW : Nick Maas of RUMCHATA Liqueur , his family invented this special recipe in their kitchen ( Nick is from  Chicago, Illinois here now telling us this wonderful story , and his new plans, etcetera for other projects! Go to Facebook to see the video and the pics, come and get a rare, signed bottle by Nick Maas while we still have them, great Father's Day gift for fathers to share with their families!
YESTERDAY I ATTENDED a lovely luncheon with owner Mike Ratcliffe of the WARWICK and VILAFONTE South African wines in Centerville, Virginia with rep Lisa Guifre ( Norris now ) that just got married two weeks ago. What great news Lisa! That made the reunion with Mike that much more enjoyable as I tasted through Mike's current selection here. From the " Professor Black " 2009 Sauvignon Blanc ( $18.99 ) for a white ( refreshing and lovely ) : and following through with six reds, four from WARWICK (  1) Pinotage 2008 Old Vines, $19.99,  2) First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99,  3) Three Cape Ladies blend, $21.99,  4) Estate Reserve 2002, $32.99 ...  and from VILAFONTE I tried :  1) 2006 Series M, $34.99,  and the  2) Series C $49.99. We have The First Lady and the VILAFONTE M in stock along with the Professor Black 2009 Sauvignon. All the wines were showing beautifully yesterday and I will have the WARWICK reds in the first week of June and Lisa will come and do a tasting of all of them sometime soon.
     AFTER THE LUNCH I worked my way over to the Downey Annual Win-Portfolio Tasting at the Hendry House and got a chance to greet once again many of the Italian owners and wine-makers that I enjoy so much. We carry a whole lot of their wines here from Max Di Lenardo to Salvatore Martusciello to Maurizia e Ludovica e Eliza and many, many more. It was wonderfully intense. We will have Salvatore Matusciello of the GROTTA DEL SOLE in Naples, Italy here tomorrow to taste a few of his and his wife's excellent wines. By the way, just as Lisa got married two weeks ago, Salvatore's wife Gilda had a baby two weeks ago. What fun. She was not at the tasting yesterday and so I really got a nice chance to catch up with Salvatore that was like a show of splendid fireworks all over his face for quite some time I might say as he saw me sketching his portrait and then offering the two of them to him as gifts. It really did surprise him. And Alessandro Furlan just came through our front door and he's waiting for me now over at the Firehook Bakery and I'm going over to join him now and have a quick bite with him and try and catch up where we left off last year. It will be fun, really as usual. Yesterday I tried some of his excellent DEGANI Valpolicella reds from the Veneto as well as some of the excellent VERBENA Brunello as well. It was quite the tasting and I have given Brennan Downey an order already to be delivered here the first week of June, 2011. I can't wait as so many of the wines are so fresh on my mind now. They do have some great wines that all started with Michael Downey and his wife Peggy. Michael and I used to work together back at the Mayflower Wines & Spirits back in the mid eighties.
     SO : AS YOU READ HERE, yesterday was quite the busy wine-day for me on my day-off. I loved it and it was good to finally finish up and get back home to my family as it was my evening to make my wife and son our dinner and I chose to make some really tasty burgers on our grill. I do love to grill and use it every chance that I get. I would have served some wine but was wined out myself and so instead I pored my wife a glass of the ENCOSTAS DO LIMA 2008 Vinho Verde ( $9.99 ) that is tasting so full and rich and with added body and so lively and fresh all the time. I loved it the night before and I will bring some more home soon as it is an excellent food wine and will hold it's own against many flavors and tastes, grilled, broiled, marinated, whatever.
     ALESSANDRO FURLAN just came through the store. He sells me many of the Italian wines that you all love from the DEGANI Amarone 2006 Della Valpolicella ( $54.99 ) to the VERBENA Rosso di Montalcino ( $29.99 ), and many more of course. It was great to see him outside of the Downey portfolio tasting yesterday so that we could simply sit and chat and have lunch which I was happy to treat him to. We go back a long way as Alessandro came to learn English back at the Mayflower Wines & Spirits back in the mid eighties. Seems like lifetimes ago.
    IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR OUR Big-Theme Bordeaux Wine-Tasting here on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 from 5:30-8:30PM. It will be fun as it will include the great 2009 vintage as well as reds, whites and roses ( both still and sparkling ) and it will by-and-large be conducted by French people in the business : Laurent Givry ( President of Elite Imports ), Pierre of Nicolas Imports and who's family also owns a vineyard in Bordeaux, too ( along with rep Jean Gagliolo ), Olivia Lombart ( President of Voila Imports ) and Sam Gessner of LVDH who's owner Laurent Vonderheyden owns and makes the wines of Chateau Monbrison in Margaux, Bordeaux. This will be fun and exciting and so come prepared to try many exceptional wines in all the price brackets. It's free and so bring some family and friends. ALL WINES will be at a special price this night from bottle number one.
     I JUST SAMPLED SOME EXCELLENT Kiwi Riesling from owner and wine-maker Henne Bosman ( from South Africa ) and making wine in New Zealand : top-flight dry Riesling that will sell for called TRUE DARING 2007 I believe that was fabulous and fresh and bright and elegant and with nuanced citrus overtones taht will sell for $45 a bottle in a recent blind tasting of Rieslings was just under Jos. Joh. PRUM : that's saying something, too! Thanks Henne and Jennifer Riedlinger ( national sales rep ). Henne only makes this one single wine - how daring is that!?!
     BUT THESE EMAILS HAVE TO BE MORE - more than simply about wine! Regis for Roanoke Imports just tasted me on some of his Swiss Absinthe called Vieux Pontarlier from the Distillerie Francasie Superieure ( $69.99). It's got a lovely, intoxicating yellow-green color that's as bright and liquid-electric as can be. It's got electricity running through it.I love it's licorice bouquet that tweaks my nostrils. Wow, I still haven't tried it. It might be too great for me and I may never recover. But I like the promise and all that it entails. 

     AND THEN THERE'S ALWAYS Santos and his beers and ales. The FIRESTONE " Walker's Reserve "  ( On Special at $6.99 a 1 pt. 6 fl.oz, 5.8% alc. by vol. ) is " new and exciting ". It's also followed by " Double Jack " Double IPA from Firestone Walker as well. Same size and all as the first and On Special at $8.99 it's quite the steal.

     Week's Tastings :
       Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 ( 508PM ) Salvatore Martusciello of GROTTA DEL SOL , Naples, Italy will be here tasting a selection of his fabulous Italian reds and whites. Join us.
       Friday, May 20th, 2011 ( 5-8PM ) Ronnie Miller will be here tasting the Robert Kacher portfolio of excellent French wines from the Only Girls Syrah to Herve Gantier's dry Corbieres rose and the Tariquet " Classique " Colombard Balnc and the Lalande Sauvignon Blanc 2009 from the Gascogny region of southern France.
       Saturday, May 21st, 2011 ( 3-7PM ): We have Ken here tasting some fine Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc and the XYZin 10-50-100 year-old Zinfandels. Wow, what a tasting. Join us, never any charge.
       I AM SURE I AM FORGETTING SOMETHING NOW but it it is time to send this one. Thanks for everything. I ran out of time and apologize for that. it's been busy and life is a wonderful coach and a roller coaster to boot! I love it, eat and wear and live it as many of you know. More to follow. Cheers,  TONY