What's Happening NOW! 3/28-

 
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TIME TO GET A true glimpse of our amazing country and world, ...
 
YOU CAN & ARE ENCOURAGED to do this here with us as we explore the almost infinite possibilities available to us if we only stop to ask, to find, to discover, to share, to understand ALL that is here for us at a hand's reach, with the tap of our fingers, with the opening of our ears to actually hear what is being said and going on all around us all of the time!
 
STOP TO SMELL the various bouquets in the beers, the ciders, the liqueurs, liquors, waters and wines! What a grand exploration this all can and should be for us if we are given the chance, give outselves the chance.
 
PAUSE, REFLECT, let the possibilities sweep over you, it can, should and will happen if we slow down some and get away from all our screens!
 
WE HAVE PASSOVER, EASTER and EARTH DAY ahead of us and we have TWO ' Big-Theme ' Tastings this month :
 
1) Our 2nd Big-Theme BEER-TASTING on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 :
 
     1)We have Andy Jones of his own MADIDUS Importers here to taste some of their fun and exciting ' new ' beer selections from : 
     - FLYING MONKEY
     - NICKEL BROOK
     BOTH from Canada
 
     AND -
     - ARCADIA
     - DARK HORSE
     BOTH from Michigan
 
     2) Carmelo Sutera , export manager of Brasserie du BOCQ
     - DUBOCQ Saison Blanche de Namur
     - WESTMALLE TRIPEL
 
     3) Lindsey Ely , sales account manager DC / VA / MD of ABITA Brewery
 
     4) Pat Amarone DC/ MOCO/NOVA Territory Manager of HEAVY SEAS BEER
 
    5) John Haley of BOLD ROCK Hard Cider , real apples, real craft ...
 
SANTOS and these five professional beer/cider  specialists are working out more of the details this week and so will be able to include more soon.
 
JOIN US ON Thursday, April 6th, 2017 : 5:30-8:30PM : taste and experience some really fine beers and ciders here with us. We are fine-tuning our beer tastings, this is the second, and it will include some really special ' new ' beers, some you already know, as well as some cider that is so tasty in this warmer weather coming our way!
 
FREE BEER & CIDER Tasting, join us, learn, meet others that share your interests, have fun, too!
 
 
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 Big Theme Wine-Tasting is a bit late in some ways for the topics, in other ways a great way still to pay respect and celebrate our days of Passover, Easter, and Earth Day that are in April though already passed. This means we will have wines that are kosher and some from Israel, too ( they may not all be kosher ), for Passover, and for Easter we will taste some fine wines made in the United States that are perfect for this time, too : and for Earth Day we will have some fine sustainable farming, vegan, organic and biodynamic wines to pour.
STAY-TUNED, just started working on all of this a couple of weeks ago and still have a whole lot to do.
 
I HAVE A BEEF to share with you all, just so you know the signs I have put on the inside of our storefront windows we had to move yesterday becasue the DC district Goverment came by and told us it was illegal to have them up as they obstructed the view into the store. I have moved two of them and placed them on the ways of our display window wells. We still firmly believe and are here to support the community in any way that we can. Cheers. Come in and speak to me please if you need any further clarification.
 
 
BEER / CIDER From Santos :
 
     1) La Folie 2017 Sour Ale ( matured in oak barrels ) from NEW BELGIUM, $15.99 for a 1 Pt. 6 Fl/ Oz bottle, with 7% alcohol by volume , from their ' Lips of Faith ' series, : " Our traditional Flanders-style sour brown is matured in large French oak wine barrels called foeders for 1-3 years, 13 foeders are then chosen and mindfully blended for complex notes of green apple, cherry and caramel. YES!
     2) Imperial Doughnut Break Imperial Porter from EVILTWIN Brewing Glaze , a malt beverage brewed with coffee and with natural flavors added, On Special for $17.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz with natural flavors added, with 11.5% % by volume :  " Did Imperial Biscotti Break also make your sugar levels rise and the bitter sweet flavors of coffee, almonds and chocolate very sentimental - now we topped it off with insane amounts of doughnuts, ... "
 
AND From Canada :
 
     1) Unfiltered Head Stock India Pale Ale from NICKLE BROOK Brewing Co. , genuine & authentic, small-batch beer that is always fresh, a miracle of science, , $8.99 a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, cheers, come check this out.
 
     2) Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from FLYING & MONKEY Craft Brewery ( normal is weird ), On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, : " Heeding a chorus of voices crying for a dark roasty thing with lots of west coast hops and a higher ABV, we summoned Netherworld from the chaotic flipside of the brewhouse where hybrid is the norm and nothing is ordinary. ... "
 
LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Jagir :
 
     1) Limoncello Artisinal Lemon Liqueur ( Discover the Amalfi coast ) from DON CICCHIO & FIGLI ( On Special for $30.99 a bottle ), made in Washington DC, with 25% alcohol by volume is ' the real deal. Don went to Italy to see how Limoncello was made and he learned the ' tried-and-true ' way from Sarento, he made it that way, not with additives, and other artificial enhancements, he makes it the great tasty old-fashioned way - yes, si si si si si! Worth every penny. come try some.
 
     2) PIG'S NOSE a blended Scotch whisky, On Special for $25.99 a bottle : " 'Tis said that our scotch is as soft and as smooth as a pig's nose ' Made from 100% scotch whiskies, distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland, with 40% alcohol by volume,  .... slowly matured and aged in the finest oak casks. " Yes!
 
     3) DISTRICT MADE Vodka , hand-made in Washington D.C. , from One-Eight, On Special for $34.99 a 750ml bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, this is another fine class-act made here locally in Ivy City, come taste and discover this and see what you all think? It has been here now more than a year and you need to taste and rediscover it all over again!
 
WINE From Chris & Tony :
 
     1) Chardonnay Private Reserve 2013 from ALMA De Chile, made in Chile's Aconchagua Valley, $9.99 a bottle, flavorful, tasty, some nice complexity, a fine food white to enjoy now , tasty all by itself! Si!
 
     2) Viognier 2015 from Argentina's La Rioja valley, from CHANARMUYO Estate, On Special for $10.99 a bottle : I like the fullness, the richness, the balance, the flesh and bright flair here - lovely!
 
     3) Firmint indigenous dry white 2013, an off-dry white wine from Hungary, from GROF DEGENFELD, $19.99 a bottle, a real complex, multi=layered treat that hits many spots on our palates, calls out for food when first opened, as the acidity, the minerality are robust, vocal and active, like a volcano, and yet, as it ages in the bottle being open a day, two or three it gets rounder, softer, fuller, more lush and creamy and a delight to sip all by itself! Yes!
 
     3) 780 cases produced of Texas sparkling wine by McPHERSON, in Lubbock, Texas, but finished off in southern California at Kim McPherson's winery. $20.49 a bottle, this is so fresh, lively, bright, refreshing, ahhhhhhh so nice to sip all by itself, a really lovely sipping sparkling wine, love it all by itself.
 
     4) VIA EDETANA Edetaria 2012 is a wonderful and special and fascinating blend of Garnatxa Fina ( Grenache ), Peluda & Samso , a D.O. Terra Alta, $22.99, ... 60% Garnacha, 10% Carinena, and 30% Garnacha Peluda, each grape aged for 1 year in 300 liter French oak barrels - promising a flavorful, balanced, unique and really tasty dry red that pretty much spoke to me in several liquid wine languages all at once, and I not only appreciated, but I understood them each equally well, especially when blended here as they are!
 
     5) " Thea ' 2013 dry white made from France's Petit Manseng and perhaps the only 100% Petit Manseng made in Italy by Vittorio at his winery TRE MONTI, $29.99 a bottle, ' Rubicone ' from Romagna, Italy, ... that we will serve for dinner tonight at Piccolo Ristorante with owner Vittorio that is here right now :        "Thea white is our most important white wine, in fact Thea was my mother name. She was the founder of our winery. We love this wine. In this wine you can find pinapple taste, tropical fruit when it is young but it is a white wine that you can ageing and after some years is possible to find hydrocarbur taste like in some Riesling from Germany.  This wine was selected from Alitalia Airlnes to use during the Pope's pastoral. The Vatican offers this wine to his guests during the flight. Just 400 cases in one year." Join us tonight, call for reservations now at : 202-342-7414 7pm, $69 plus tax and gratuity, yes, sic courses, 5 wines! Ohhhhhhh BABY yes!!!!!!!!!
 
 
WEEK'S TASTINGS :
 
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 9 5-8PM ) : Join us with owner/ winemaker Brad Rey of ZONTE'S Aussi McLaren Vale producer of a Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, made in the Adelaide Hills, $19.99, and his Cabernet Sauvignon ( with 10% Tempranillo ), $19,99, made in Fleuri Peninsula, should have some Gamay in it, too! Ask Brad why not Gamay?!? Join us tomorrow, the bottles will all be $16.00 tomorrow as we take 20% OFF the $19.99 a bottle, get a bottle signed as a gift!
 
Friday, March 31st, 2017 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Chris Bartha here tasting a selection of his wines, to be decided here tomorrow!
 
Saturday, April 1st, 2017 ( 2-5PM ) : We have TWO great wine tastings :
 
     1) Brayden Campbell of Lanterna Wines pouring New Zealand and France -
 
     - The Loop Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, $13.99, 2015, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, really soft, bright, smooth, silky and great to sip!
     - THREE BROOMS dry Riesling On Special for $18.49 a bottle, .... dry, good mineral, smooth fullness, nice to sip and enjoy all by itself!
     - Chateau Peybrun Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, 2012, mis en bouteille au chateau, what a complete, flavorful, balanced, dry red Bordeaux to enjoy with or without food, a real treat, On Special for $15.99, regularly $21.99 : we have the last four cases here for you of this tasty 2012, get some while you still can.
 
AND :
 
We have owner / founder of PROUD POR Berlin Kelly here from 5-8PM to pour her two wines -
 
     - This Oyster Rebuilds OYSTER REEFS, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, from California's North Coast, $19.99 a bottle, some good fullness, richness, body, mineral, citrus heft and body to hold it's own against many a dish, nice .... supports the Chesapeake Bay reefs ...
 
     - This Wine Saves BEE SPECIES , a 2015 Pinot Noir from California's Umpqua Valley, $22.49, this has some extra depth, flavor and richness on the palate to complement many a white meat, cheese, wild salmon , smoked cured meats/ fish  and more!

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, you all are the very very very best, join us tonight here or at Ristorante Piccolo tonight in Georgetown for our dinner with Vittorio 7pm, $69 for a 6-course, 5 wine meal, still room, just come or call ... all wines on deep discount, too if you want to purchase any. Cheers, thanks again, TONY 3/28/2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email that I wrote and sent on August 30th, 2011, read and enjoy it at your convenience. Cheers, check for current prices, vintages, availability, too? Thanks for everything,  TONY  3/28/2017
 
 
SERIOUS : Almost That Is! It's NOT QUITE The End Of Summer Yet and so we still have things for you all to stretch out your holidays last two days of August for example? I know, I know : work always gets in the way and yet ONCE YOU GET OFF we are always here and more than ready to help you all slide smoothly through the rest of the day and into the evening when you can fully relax and take the load off.
 
IT SURE WAS AN INTENSE WEEK last week with first an earthquake on Tuesday and then a hurricane on Saturday passing through our region. I don't know about you but it was pretty intense here all of last week starting around 3PM on Tuesday and we want to thank you for all your shopping here. I am at this moment trying to focus and get organized and ready for Thursday the 1st of September when lots of " new and exciting " wines will be rolling through our back door. I've got lists and prices and emails to go through today and tomorrow as I am running out of time quickly.
 
 
I HAVE FOUND SOME STUNNING WINES to share with you all and one of them is the 2000 NICOLIS Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ( a half bottle ( 375ml size ) that on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 will be On Sale for $17.99/ now they are $27.99 - that's a $10 savings : two ( 2 ) half bottles make a full 750ml bottle at that would be $35.99 a bottle and that's a ridiculous price  ) and it's so pithy and earthy and old-style. Definitely a great food wine and not so much one for sipping on it's own. A hearty-robust food taste and this hearty-robust food wine would be a great combo. I have purchased the last five cases and these are mature wines in a half-bottle that may be taken on picnics and on camping trips. It's for convenience and of really high quality, too.
 
 
WE HAVE MORE CHAMPAGNE, the LOUIS De VARANCY " Cuvee Prestige " Brut Non-Vintage from Champillon coming on Thursday as well : the last five cases of this as well On Sale @ $28.99/ Reg : $33-$35. It's so smooth and bright and fresh and elegant and perfect for sipping all by itself. It needs no food. Creamy and not yeasty heavy - lovely and enticing. With the 10% case discount it's only $26.09 a bottle : what a deal! Come get some while you still can at this great everyday price for real French champagne. I highly recommend this for the price.
OUR NEXT ' Big-Theme " Wine-Tasting Is On Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 ( 5:30-8:30PM

ALSO For Thursday, September 1st, 2011 : WE are getting in a couple of " new " Chilean wines called VINA AROMO, a dry red Carmenere and a dry red Merlot ( Riservas both ) that sold for $16.99 a bottle and are now On Special for $10.99. Greg and tried them with our local rep recently and it was funny that at first I did not like the Melot at all. I found it tight and hard to taste : no flesh and no finesse at all. The Carmenere we both liked pretty much immediately and I thought and later said : " What's not to like? " ANYWAY, we ordered twenty-five assorted cases and I went back to taste them again ( that's twenty or so minutes later ) and I really liked the Merlot - even more than the Carmenere. I liked the more classic style that the Merlot took : slow to open and reveal it's charms. The Merlot will always be a more tight, more food wine whereas the Carmenere is much fleshier and more generous and easier to enjoy with or without food. It will be easier to sell the Carmenere but ultimately I think the Merlot is the more interesting wine. We will see : only time will tell.

 
 
DOS PASOS & ALMA Chilean Wines BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! This will be great as Manuel Rojas of both will be our Special Guest for our Chilean Big-Theme Wine-Tasting on Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 2011 ( 5:30-8:30PM ). There is no charge for these tastings and so you will be able to try a full assortment from Manuel which includes the IN SITU ( the 2007 Caberent Sauvignon is delicious and drinking like five dreams come true, one for each day of the work week! ) wines as well as the DOS PASOS and the ALMA wines.
 
 
WE ALSO HAVE SOME ALMA ( 5 types from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenere, $14.99 for all of them ) and DOS PASOS ( Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and  Merlot, $9.99 for them all ), coming soon to Cleveland Park Wines. This is exciting. In the IN SITU wines we will have the Syrah, Chardonnay and the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Plenty of choices for you all. The ALMA and the DOS PASOS wines will be here this Thursday as well : only two days away!
 
BUT HELLO THERE! WE also have an ITALIAN Dry Red Pinot Noir VALUE : from Lombardy, Italy up in the north where Milan is : this 2009 Pinot Noir CA' DEA is according to sommelier Andrew Stover : " soft and juicy, really big fruit, not a lot of tannin ... ". I agree with him. It's a crowd-pleaser. It's On Special for $11.99/ regularly $14.99. Wow, this will turn some heads, especially with this weather that we are enjoying now. I bought fifteen cases and after those are sold the price will revert back to $15 a bottle. Come get some while you can. This is a real treat, very special. 
 
 
BUT HEY GUYS , this email is much more than just wine. I have to include other things like the really successful news of our GREAT LAKES beer tasting ( Dortmunder Gold, Commodore Perry and the Burning River were some poured ) this past weekend. The local rep had a number of selections open and I must say I got a chance to try them all and they were really showing well. I was very pleased. I really enjoyed the Oktoberfest myself.
ALSO From SANTOS :
     1) Pumpkin Ale from SCHLAFLY, this special release ( On Special for $12.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 8% alcohol by volume, with spices/ cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, schlafly.com ) : " I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion " Henry David Thoreau. I agree.
     2) Pumpkin Ale from POST ROAD ( On Special for $8.99 a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5% alcohol by volume ) is ale brewed with pumpkin and spices and the most-popular each year.
     3) India Pale Ale New Belgian " Ranger " ( On Special for $3.99, Alc 6.5% Alcohol by volume, 1 Pt., 6Fl. Oz bottles ) Is a great deal according to Santos. It's from FAT TIRE. Cheers.
 
 
THEN LET'S NOT FORGET RAVI while we are at it! A young lady came and poured some of the NUDE Vodka ( On Special for $24.99 / regularly $34.99 ) from Bend, Oregon : simply seductive.
HERE ARE SOME " Other " Suggestions from  Ravi :
 
     1) 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the AUCHENTOSHAN distillery ( $46.99 ) is really special and has not been here for quite some time and people have been asking for it and it's finally NOW back!
     2) Basil-flavored SQUARE ONE Organic Vodka ( $32.99, Rigby, Idaho , www.squareoneorganicspirits.com ) is brand new and really exciting/
     3) Sweet Tea flavored Vodka from SWEET CAROLINA ( $14.99, alc 35% by volume , sweetcarolinatea.com ) is also just arrived here in Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits.
 
 
LAST NIGHT I DRANK some of the RIEBEEK CELLARS 2009 Swarthland South African Cabernet Sauvignon ( $6.99 ) that blew me away it was so velvety and bright and fresh and round and full and supple and fruit-forward with no attitude or edge. What a wonderful and inexpensive treat! I have a few bottles now in the store and much more coming on Thursday. Highly recommended.
 
 
CALENDAR OF Week's Tastings :
 
     Friday, September 2nd, 2011 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Theresa Morrison here from her won company pouring some of her current releases from Oregon ( CHATEAU BIANCA ), California, Chile and South Africa. This will be fun. Love the CHATEAU BIANCA unoaked Oregon Chardonnay On Special for $11.99 / Regularly $14.99 ). It's really showing well now.
     Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Alexis coming to pour for us some of the L.A. CETTO Mexican wines ( Petit Sirah, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, $11.99 each ) and the WALLABY CREEK South Eastern Australia estate-bottled wines, too ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Shiraz : $9.99 each ). Join us : there is No Charge for these tastings : everyone is welcome.
     COME GET READY FOR LABOR DAY with us as we start the weekend here together. We have plenty to celebrate with and to help everyone relax and enjoy these last few days before getting back to the grind of it all. Thanks for all your help and belief in us. We look forward to seeing those of you that have been away.
 
FOLLOW US ON : www.clevelandparkwine.com, sales@clevelandparkwine.com, on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, also on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, also : chatwine.blogspot.com. Cheers.
 
TO ORDER ANYTHING : Contact me : Tony at : 202-363-4265 or at : anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwine.com.
 
STILL HOLDING ONTO THE SUMMER? Contact Paul Cate at : CRUISE PLANNERS : Local : 2020618-4575 or toll free at : ( 800 _ 618-4575  paul@luckydogvacations.comwww.luckydogvacations.com. Paul's a really great guy : you will like working with him, so easy to talk with.   Cheers,  TONY