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

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

     BEER From Santos :

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

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

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

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

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