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SUNSHINE, DINNER @ Taberne Del Alabardero , Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 , Reception 6:30PM, Dinner 7PM :

With Spanish Really Fine Wines of Bodegas Vinicola Real, wine-tasting. foo-wine-pairing dinner with...

Executive Chef Javier Romero,

with, con ...Appetizer,

Three Courses,

Dessert, too and

four FABulous Spanish wines.

Feauturing :

Raquel Dominguez of Bodegas Vinicola Real, Brand Manager, ...

Joseph Ayash the owner of United Cellars, and ...

Gustavo Iniesta our area manager of United Cellars ( that used to work at the Taberna for years ) ..., and me, ...

Anthony Quinn the wine-enabler of Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits that is hosting this dinner and providing special pricing for the dinner! ALL wines, by the bottle, are 20% OFF for the dinner. what a great deal for great wines:


1) Rias Baixas D.O. white of PAZO DA BOUCINA ...

2) Bianco D.O. Ca Rioja from CUEVA DEL MONGE 2012  ..

3) Tinto red D.O. Ca. , Rioja from CUEVA DEL MONGE , ...

4) 200 MONGES Reserva D.O. Ca. Rioja 2007

COST : $100 per person, all inclusive, call today to reserve if you have not already : 202-429-2200, or go to : www.alabardero.com.

SEE you tomorrow for a grand experience!

We have copies of the menu here if you want a copy today, we have been passing them out now for two weeks or more.


THE SUN'S OUT NOW, glorious day so far, really a treat with some great sunshine, some breeze, cool and refreshing, possibly some rain in a day or two, but clear and dry now.
I DROVE TO SEE MY MOM yesterday and it was a glorious drive out 270 in Maryland. One of my favorite sites is that of the American flag blowing brightly and freely in the wind on the left of the road as I leave Washington D.C. and the 495 Beltway behind me. The flag is the biggest I have seen in use today, at some car dealership, at half mast yesyerday, and simply wonderful and glorious, always makes me smile broadly, I absolutely beam with pleasure and price on my ride, with my sunroof down, too, ahhhhhh the life.
I WANT TO CONTINUE to take opportunities to thank and to mention those that come to the store with exciting stories, things to share and to sell us, thanks for our services are offered, too. Love it all, thank you all.
THIS PAST WEEK was amazingly full with activities and tastings, customers, and so many shared moments here with us all.
We had Nick Stacy of Vinaceous wines of Australia come to pour ( a dry Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, too, also a Shiraz red blend, a Shiraz, and also a Malbec, from Margaret River, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, yummy all! Colorful, too! I always LOVE the Red Right Hand Shiraz-Grenache and Tempranillo elegant red and dry blend, that is still a bit young now, open 1 hour before drinking, from Western Australia's Margaret River where Nick is from, $19.99 a bottle, enjoy when you grill outside on the barbie, almost anything, chill 30 minutes before serving, it will then always warm up to just the perfect temperature. Trust me on this. ) ...
with Mitch Gardiner of ALLAN SCOTT wines of Marlborough, New Zealand, ( pouring  a Cecilia brut sparkling wine  - I love it, a winner - , $28.49 a bottle,  ... of Chard and Pinot Noir, also their signature Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, all so tasty! ) ...  that was quite the event ..
We also had on Thursday night owner Bill Halloran of his own HALLORAN Winery in the Willamette Valley pour his three Pinot Noirs, one Tempranillo, one barrel-sample of Pinot Gris, as well as another barrel-sample of dry rose ... wonderful, here for you all to enjoy. I love them all, but the Tempranillo dry red for $29.99 is amazing!

Aleks of his own BALKAN WINE Project brought by winemaker Dane Jovanov, PhD of the Macedonian STOBI Winery, the bottles are signed here of the 2014 RKATSITELI Tikves, Macedonian dry white , $12.49, wonderful. Come get some, incredible wines.

Erin Weaver of Lanterna Selections came by with Tawnya T. Falkner ( proprietor ) of her own Le Grand COURTAGE, sparkling dry brut regular and also rose, available in splits, $6.99, and 750ml bottles, $19.99, the 750ml bottles are all signed by Tawnya, really delicate, bright, lovely silky expressions of the grapes. I like both, the 187ml slits are so convenient, and they sell as well as the 750ml bottles, and we will taste them here in April with Erin on Friday, April 8th, 2016 from 5-8PM. Mark your calendars!
Peter Spann of his own SPANN Vineyards in Glen Ellen, California came by on 3/12/2016 , a Saturday, and I loved meeting him. I love his wines, had tried them earlier in the week with our local rep, Danielle Davidowitz of Dionysos Imports, wonderful fruit-forward, fruit-centered bright, fresh alive and delicious wines! Thank you Danielle and Peter.
Ronnie Miller of local regional rep for the Robert Kacher Selections of fine French wines brought us family member Farncoise Roumieux of her VIGNOBLES MAYARD wines, a delicious 2012 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape that was amazing, too, such balance and freshness, brightness, loved it, and we will have it here in April. Merci Francoise, thanks Ronnie! I missed the dinner at Bobby and Kelly Kacher's home as I was here busy selling wine. I told Francoise that I had met her and that was the key, that I go to events like this to meet the key people and get to know them, that that interests me the most, everything else is nice, but meeting the principles involved is key, paramount for me! Cheers.
Try the DOMAINE GAVELAN 2011 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape < $57.99, that we have here now from Jade that is really big, hearty, beefy, a more masculine style, I like this, it is the boldest expression of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape that I have had in years, moder-style, and for that , and the fact that it is made by a female winemaker, that I had to have it.
Kerry Tate our local sales rep for Diamond District Imports just brought me the family member Clemence Fabre of her family's French Corbieres property, CHATEAU De LUC, and we tried the dry red and rose and the red, wonderful balanced expressions of these grapes grown in the soil and fairly-priced, too. Clemence came with her Rosemary and Thyme and it got us all in the real spirit of things, just as these herbs grow freely and generously, everywhere where vines and olive trees, wild lapins/rabbits, wild boars, sanglies are not! Yes, si, oui, will have these wines in April when they are all available to us. It was a real treat to meet and to taste with Clemence!
And Then there are customers like David that gave as a school auction item a wine-tasting of fine Georgian wines and did it this weekend and emailed me back : " You did a great job. " Nice to hear David, glad you liked the Vinoterra Orange Kisi wine, and that you felt that some of the wines way over-delivered for their prices. Thank you for sharing, we appreciate that very much.
And then this Saturday Ariela from Uruguay and her husband Michael that lived and shopped here for years ( but have been gone in Uruguay for the last four years ) came back and saw our current display and bought a bottle of the ARTESANA dry red Tannat-Merlot-Zinfandel blend, $17.49. They know the owner and the female winemaker, have been to the winery there. Ariela wanted a picture of me holding the bottle up at our register to take and share with them when they return. I like that, like the wines, look forward to meeting them as I have not yet, but have bought and sold the wines now for at least two years through Andrew Stover our local Siema Imports rep. Thanks to you all. What a treat. Great to see you again Michael and Ariela. You both look great.
LOVED SEEING you recently Carroll Carter, Jr as you passed by me, smiling, you looked great, glad to have you and your parents as customers here.
IT WAS ALSO nice to meet and taste with you Sara Knight our Specialty Wine Sales Rep for the GLORIA FERRER, CA. and the Spanish FREXEINET Cava wines, and Chris and I look forward to having some of the GLORIA FERRER here this April, so soon! Thanks, gracias para todos, for everything Sara.
IT IS A SMALL WORLD, it is a community here in Cleveland Park Northwest, Washington D.C. , 20008, and we love working with you all, really we do.
AND WE ALL JUST MET our new Irish rep , Brendan Crowley for the GLENDALOUGH Distillery, we have set a tasting for him to come and pour the Double Barrel and the 7 year old, and probably also the 13-year-old from 5-8PM! What fun, check out the video I made just now on our Facebook page at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Cheers!
BEER : From Santos -
1) Bikini Blonde Lager from the MAUI Brewing Co., in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, a 6-pack of 12 ounce cans, with 5.1% alcohol by volume, On Special for $11.99 a six-pack, great to have perfect for now and as it gets still warmer!
2) The Abyss 2015 Reserve from the DESCHUTES Brewery in Bend, Oregon,  On Special for $17.99, 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. Come try some real soon!
3) Amber Ale Aged in Catoctin Creek ' Revolution ' from the HERITAGE Brewing Co. , $17.99 a bottle, with 11% alcohol by volume, the Barrel Series, , in a 22 Fl. Oz bottle, what fun!
1) Royal Challenge Spirit Whisky, RC , a blend od rare scitch, select grain and matured Indian malts, On Special $19.99, with 42.8% alcohol by volume.
2) ' Chauffe-Coeur ' Calvados Appellation Calvados Controlee , VSOP $54.99, a 750ml a bottle. ...
3) Liberator Gin is a hand-crafted American gin distilled in alembic barrels with 9 distinct, vibrant botanicals, On Special for $33.99,  42% by volume, a taste treat!
4) Three Olives Vodka , imported, On Special for $16.99 with 40% alcohol by volume. What a deal!
5) Double Barrel Irish Whiskey from GLENDALOUGH Distillery. It is $39.99 a bottle. We just had Brendan Crowley here our new rep from Ireland , and he tasted the 7 year-old and the 13-year-old with me, and we will have him come here Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 from 5-8pm.
WINE : From Chris & Tony :
1) Garnacha Col Ila Do , On Special for $7.99 a bottle, come taste it here tonight with me, wonderful wine!From Spain, fine wine! You can taste it here tonight.
2) Cabernet Sauvignon  Lujan de Cuyo, 2011 from VINA ALICIA Paso De Piedra from Mendoza, Argentina, $20,99 a bottle, with 14,5% alcohol by volume, what a hearty, angular, beefy food-ready-fit-sooooo-well-for-TREAT! I like it! Have it when you grill.
3) Ted 2010 Ramat Negev , a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, from Southern Winery , 14% alcohol by volume, from Israel, not kosher, smooth and silky and I love the elegance, the polish, wonderful! A real treat!
SAVE EVERY WEDNESDAY on Wine UP to 20% Off, Three ways, call for details, 202-363-4265.
     Wednesday,  March 30th, 2016  ( 5-8PM ) Amy Frazier of the NARMADA Winery in Virginia will be here to pour her selections with you including the fine " Mom " white, the red blends, some Traminette white, too, a real assortment, love them, great sipping!
     Friday, April 1st, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) Come taste with Jade from Monument Imports, still working on the selections!
     Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : Come taste with Stuart of Bacchus Imports as he tastes some fine wines , sparkling Californaia SCHRAMSBERG, a Blanc De Blanc, a Brut, a dry Rose ...  and more, wonderful ...
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, you all are the very best ... thanks for everything, come see us, come to our dinner tomorrow.
I SPOKE TO GUSTAVO and there is still space at our dinner, come and join us at the TABERNA Del ALABARDERO ... 6:30PM, ... cheers,  TONY
What follows below is an old store email I wrote and posted back on March 29th, 2011, read and enjoy and check for current availability and pricing, cheers,  TONY 3/29/2016
THINKING OF NAMASTE Dogfish Head beer, of " Los Nahuales " Joven 100% Agave Espadin MEXCAL, of VICTORY " Headwaters " Pale Ale from Dowington, PA., of Japan and our Big-Theme Japanese Sake & Plum Wine Tasting ( Wed. March 27th, 2011 5:30-8:30PM - and looking for a local relief operation to raise money for it ), of the " new " MEDIUM RARE " restaurant in the old Yanni's location that is opening tonight ( Brian tells me that the trial run was yesterday ) at 5PM, of lots of Italian reds to warm us up in this chillier weather, of our up-coming Friday, April 1st Georgian wine-tasting of five different styles of Saperavi indigenous red grape variety wine, and of this Friday, April 1st when we will receive a whole selection of excellent wines, some being " inventory-reduction " from Neil Empson imports and that will offer ridiculous values to you all from Barolos all the way down to Dolcettos and others. There is lots on my mind now and that's good.
AND I ALMOST WENT OFF and forgot to mention all the great Austrian wines that we offered you all here this past Wednesday evening for March's Big-Theme Austrian wine0tasting. The overall comment at this tasting was that of the 24 wines there was not one loser! Klaus Wittauer our Austrian wine-importer was also blown away by our selection saying that he had never seen so many Austrian wines here in a wine store before. I told you I would paraphrase you Klaus and so there goes.
I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT some current ITALIAN WINES that we have here now and will list them here for you all. They include a white or two as well as many of the Italian reds can really warm one up as the temperatures tumble when the sun says " adieu ".
       WHITES :
     1) " Giabine " Piemonte dry white Chardonnay from ANTICHI GIOCHI ( $15.49 ) : perfect to wrap yourselves around this flavorful and well-structured dry white.
     2) " Arcese " White Canelli " Piemonte white from BERA VITTORIO E FIGLI ( $19.99 ) and imported by Louis Dressner that sells organic and wines really typical of small regions and areas in Europe. May your prayers be with Joe as he is suffering from brain cancer and needs our well-wishes and prayers now more than ever. This wine is really special. Dry and complex and worth your making a special trip here to find some and try it on for size, fit, feel and pleasure.
     3) " Jesera " Pinot Grigio from VENICA in Friuli, Italy's " Collio " region that is reputed to make some of the very finest Pinot Grigio in the world. Try this one and you will agree - filled with it's own personality and charm, a bit more color - almost a gold-dusting - and real nuances and definitions to expand the palate and meaning of the words " mineral "  and  " citrus ". It's a big winner ( $22.99 ) for a nice meal.
     4) " Dafni " 2007 the dry white indigenous grape variety from the island of Crete ( I know, I know, I'm cheating a bit here but want to include these anyway ). This LYRARAKIS dry white is layered with many skins of mineral and citrus flavors that also included grand and smooth notes of notes with bits of spice and accents of honey, too - the essence of honey. It;s On Special now for $15.99 a bottle.
     5) " Moscofilero " dry white indigenous grape variety from the Peloponnes peninsula of Greece is also a stretch from Italy but still in the same vein, really. I mean, Greek wines came first and were followed by the Italian wines later : let's never forget that. This dry white Moscofilero On Special for $13.99 a bottle is not as hearty of complex as the Dafni. From ESMIOS it's a 2009 and has great acidity and more punctuating acids that adhere and grip and squeeze you and you palate just a bit more. More impatient to drive it's point home it is also very much a wine that will excel in the company of a flavorful meal. It will also warm us all a bit with this chilly, brisk weather outside.  
     6) Verdicchio 2007 of " Donna Ginerva " ( $25.99 ) from the Conte Giovanni Baldeschi Balleani - it's a classico and one of the silky ans smooth and really elegant, fruit-driven -toasty and animated, lively and engaging dry whites to titilate the senses.
     7) Santa Chiara from PAOLO BEA in Umbria ( $47.99 ) is served by DIONO restaurant and is a powerhouse or more flavors and tastes ( honey, nectar, rich and creamy and nutty and so multi-layered and thick and dark in color that most will not know what to make of it. It's a sublime food wine, do not chill at all and wait for it to open and reveal it's charms really slowly like a great bottle of red wine. It's a 2006 and still has years and years of life.
       REDS :
     1) " Germoglio " dry red Tuscan Sangiovede red from LE FILIGARE( $14.99 ), this 2009 is showing quite nicely now and marries really well the old world and the new world wine-making styles. Medium-bodies with some really nice brightness, toastiness, bright intense fruit and best when served with food. Sure to get you well on the way to being warmed up in this cold, chilly, breezy weather.
     2) Chianti Classico 2008 from Tuscany in Italy, this RS from COLTIBUONO ( $17.99 ) has again a great balance of old and new world styles of wine-making and with it's extra weight and brawn it's especially nice when combined with a robust and flavorful - uncomplicated comfort-food meal.
     3) " Vigne Nuovo " Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2009 dry red from VALLE REALE in the Abruzzo region of Italy is like a rustic, earthy, pithy and perky , spicy, too Chianti. The grapes were once Sangiovese until they became cloned so much that they became their own. Now by law the Montepulciano can have up to 20% of the Sangiovese blended back into it.
BEER By Santos Rivera :
     1) " Namaste " Beer is made by DOGFISH HEAD and is beer brewed with coriander, orange and lemongrass (On Special for $12.99 a bottle, 1 Pt9.4 Fl Oz, 5% alc by volume ). What a great label with a skeleton on it clapping it's boney hands! Go t: www.dogfish.com for more info.
     2) " Odyssey " Ale Aged In Oak Barrels from ALLAGASH ( $18.99, 1Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz. , 10.4% Alc. By Volume, bottles in February, 2011, cases bottled were 55o. Limited production... www.allagash.com for more info.
     3) " Headwaters " Pale Ale from VICTORY ( $9.99 a  6-Pack 12 ounce bottles from Downingtown, PA. www.victorybeer.com  ) is new and exciting for us.
     4) Ancient Grain Ale from MEINKLANG that is Austrian and organic and quite distinct and flavorful. It's $18.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles ( 100% biodynamic farm, 4.7% Alc. by volume, 11.2 Fl Oz to be exact bottles ) . Demeter certified ... check it out. It's brand new here.
LIQUOR/LIQUEUR From Ravinder Sharma :
     1) " Los Nahuales " Mezcal Joven 100% Agave Espadin ( $52.99, 43.3% Alc By Volume, 750ml bottle ) is also brand new here. Great bottle and package - reusable bottle that would be fun to keep around. too. From Oaxaca, Mexico ...
     2) " Sweet Lucy " Bourbon Based Liqueur from BENJAMIN PRICHARD'S ( $29.99, 750ml bottle ) is handcrafted in small batches to achieve a really smooth flavor. It's made in Kelso, Tennessee, 35% alcohol by volume.
     3) Cream Vanilla alcohol-infused whipped cream( On Special for $10.99 ) is made with grain neutral spirits and also really new and exciting.
     4) VIEUX PONTARLIER Absinthe Francasie Superieure 65 Distillerie of EMILE PERNOT ( $69.99 750ml bottle )is 65% alc. by volume and crafted with grape neutral spirits and distilled with herbs. Also brand new here...
GO TO MEDIUM RARE Restaurant Tonight In The Yanni's Old Location ( 5 PM, it's the 2nd night they are open ) for their steak frites with all the warm, home-made bread you could want, with also Portobello mushrooms and pasta, twelve wines , four beers by tap, four or five desserts, too. I just saw Brian and all is set for tonight. I also just spoke with Bobby Kacher wine rep Ronnie Miller and President of operations, Antoine Songy and  I got a list of some of the wines being served from France :  1) BRUNEL'S Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2006,  2) TARIQUET'S Sauvignon Blanc,  3) CARLOU'S dry rose from the Costires Du Nimes region,4)  CHOPIN'S 2008 Pinot Noir red burgundy, and  5) a sweet French red 2007 , too.
DINO HAS A BURGER & BEER SPECIAL , starting tonight, Tuesday - Thursday, March 29-March 31st, 2011 with the local Alexandria, Virginia brewery PORT CITY BREWERY. Get an IPA,or Porter in the bar area. The burger is from local farm-raised cows. Andrew the bartender just dropped this off for me a few minutes ago. Thanks Andrew for the heads-up on this fine offer.
KOSHER WINE SHEET for getting ready for PASSOVER. Come pick up your copies and be prepared and proactive. There are 35 wines on the sheet from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Israel and includes dry and sweet and sparkling and white, rose and red wines, too : something for everyone and in all price levels, too. Cheers!
     Friday April 1st, 2011 We have a dual wine-tasting of mostly GEORGIAN ( 5 different Saperavi indigenous reds - one sweet one, too ) and FRANCE with a sparkling soft-dry rose from Bugey and also a Quincy dry white Loire Valley Sauvignon blanc, too : Mamuka and Laurent will be on hand to conduct this exciting wine-tasting here, JOIN US, NEVER any charge.
     Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 : We have Matt of Washburn Imports here to taste a selection of Spanish reds, one white and also one dry white California Viognier from PEIRANO ESTATE. Fun, more fun, and still more fun!
     WINE-CLASS on European wines also on Saturday from 11:30-1PM with six wines and at a cost of $10 a person. Get up and get over here and have a blast with me. I will conduct the tasting and I promise to make it memorable. What a deal! Call : 202-363-4265 to reserve a place. I still have some spots for you.
      SANTOS TELL ME that there is also a Heineken beer tasting this week so keep your eyes peeled for such an event here.
I AM SURE I AM FORGETTING A WHOLE LOT but it's time to send this email now so that you can read it , get here and then over to either MEDIUM RARE the new steak-fries restaurant and to DINO for the Burger and PORT CITY IPA and PORTER Beer special for only $10 at Andrew's bar! So much excitement and joy and enthusiasm and purpose and aim and destination and desire/fire to manage and fulfill, too ... good luck and thanks for all your support - we greatly appreciate it if we do not tell you enough ...   TONY