Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cleveland Park Store Email, Dinner, Too With Vittorio Navacchia Owner-Winemaker At TRE MONTI In Romagna, Italy On This Thursday Night, March 5th, 2015 at 6:30PM @ Ristorante PICOLLO, $65 With Tax And GRatuity! Join Us : Call : 202-342-7414 To Reserve Seating With Robert Kennedy & Vittorio Navacchia and Anthony Quinn

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Happy TUESDAY! SUNNY NOW, clear skies, will we get snow?!?

Wow, I wrote that two years ago and here we have had some nice weather on
Monday and are now expecting snow later today with some more on Wednesday
night, early Thursday morning! It is a sign! I Love it, you just never

COME & STOCK UP TONIGHT just in case! We are prepared for you.

I wrote that, too a couple of years ago and it also stands true for today.
It is also another sign. I love signs, really I do. Come and get what you
need, especially as Sunday was so bad with all that sleet that froze and
was hard to walk on without fearing for your life.

... lots of snow perhaps? hard to get around, navigate the streets, metro
down,  ...

I also wrote the above two years ago, sort of fascinating. SO : come get
what you need here just in case..

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE there are fewer than twenty days left before spring
and that is great. That is cheerful and encouraging, and I am thrilled
about that, really I am as we need some weather that is not so difficult or
hard to navigate. The last thing any of us need is to slip and break our
hip and be on crutches or in bed when we all have so much constant work to
do and that we cannot afford to delay.

I STARTED MY DAY selling an assortment of twenty-four bottles to Mandy of
Peruvian wines, reds, whites and roses for an auction and fundraiser that
they are doing. That was inspiring as we are the only ones she contacted
that actually had the wines to sell her here in Washington D.C. We started
with them, the TACAMA and the SANTIAGO QUEIROLO wines, she left me with one
lonely bottle here of the ' Vino de la Magdalena Reservado ' semi-sweet red
wine, $13.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume.

I TASTED these wines with Danielle three or four months ago and liked what
was selected, some of the more expensive wines I did not like at all,
finding a metalic or sharp edge that just did not work for me so I did not
order those, even though one was a Malbec and would have been easy to sell
just because of that.

NEED a delivery? call us :2020-363-4265. We will be happy to come see you
with whatever you need and that we have in stock.

SO : wow, we are suffering at our house from having watched the last
episode of Downton Abbey where there were at least two references to claret
and one to a fine Margaux red. My ears pricked up immediately when I heard
those words and I will mention two that we have here that you may want to
come by and purchase if you have not yet watched the season finale? Both
are from the excellent 2010 vintage.

1) CHATEAU LAVAGNAC 2010 Bordeaux, $16.99 a bottle, mis en bouteille
au chateau, 13% alcohol by volume, flavorful, complex, good definition,
good lively, flavor-forward taste and excellent with a meal, It is really
best with a meal, and it represents a great deal.

2) Grand Vin De Margaux, from CHATEAU MONBRISON, 2010 , $61.99, 13.5%
alcohol by volume, from Laurent Vonderheyden that spent time here in the
Washington D.C. metropolitan region while his brother made the wine. When
Laurent returned to Bordeaux and Margaux he started making the wine. We did
an incredible dinner in the past at Lavandou restaurant with Laurent
presiding over the dinner and introducing each wine with each course,
vintages of 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005 I believe? What a special time that
was. Cheers. Come get a couple of bottles, one to enjoy now and one to lay
I May Have To Have a glass of one of these myself tonight. Sounds like a
great idea as it will be cold and a good glass of claret might be just the

BUT HEY SANTOS, what do you have for us today ?

1) 1894 By PETRUS , Barrel Aged Belgian Ale, , a Limited 120 Edition,
19=894 De Brabandere Brouwerij, $25.99 a bottle, 8 % alcohol by volume,,
for a 1 Pint 9.4 Fl. Oz bottle, : " With a new generation the Bavik Brewery
chooses for a new name BREWERY DE BRABANDERE this with a respectful wink at
120 years of history, Hand in hand with a tasteful future."

2) ' Lorenzini Double IPA ale brewed with tangerine and blood orange
juice by MAUI Brewing Company, these 12 Fl. Oz 355 ML cans, four cans with
7.6% alcohol by volume, On Special for $10.99 : " In collaboration with the
biologists from the shark research programat the Hawaii Institute of Marine
Biology. This team uses satellite and acoustic tags to monitor the movement
behavior drivers of tigersharks as they overlap with human use of coastal
waters ... "

3) ' Hibernation Ale ' with English-Style Old Ale robust from the
GREAT DIVIDEBrewing Co. , On Special for $12.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce
bottles, brewed and bottled in Denver, Colorado, : " HIBERNATION ALE has
been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped
ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty,
warming character." Try pairing it with grilled beef tenderloin, apple
crisp with ginger ice cream, too. Sounds so good , all of it. Cheers.

LIQUEUR and LIQUOR by Jagir and Malkit :

1) Sambuca dei Cesari from LUXARDO, a Sambuca liqueur from Italy,
$28.99 a bottle, from Torreglia, Padova Italia, since 1947, 38% alcohol by
volume. Come in and try this. It was a treat to try it with the owner
himself of Luxardo. Cheers.

2) ' Zodiak ' Vodka , a luxury Potato spirit, On Special for $24.99 a
750ml bottle, ( regularly $26.99 ) 40% alcohol by volume, the Gemini II May
22 - June 21, : " Gemini, symbolized by the mythical image of the twins,
possesses a dual nature that creates the ability to master multiple tasks
at one time and to see many sides of an issue. Intelligence, curiosity, and
quick wit typify the Gemini persona... "

3) Cognac 1er Cru Reserve Des Dieux Grande Champagne from PIERRE
FERRAND, $99.99 a bottle, 750ml bottle, from the Grande Champagne controlee
region if France, ... the top-of-the-top, the best-of-the-best : " ... Ce
procede donne des cognacs qui, au sortir de l'alambic, possedent de
subtiles notes de fruits et des fleurs que l'on recontre dans les grands
vins. "

I agree, subtle notes of fruit and of flowers do come through both the
bouquet and the taste to charm and please us all if we take the time to
slow down, and appreciate these lovely nuances that are generally reserved
for the gods ... but here available to us, too.


4) 12 KNAPPOGUE CASTLE Single Malt Irish Whiskey, On Special for
$35.99 a bottle, regularly $48.99 a bottle, Very Special Reserve, aged in
Bourbon oak casks, 40% alcohol by volume, exceptional, made from  " malted
barley, triple-distilled one batch at a time, in copper pot stills, then
aged in bourbon oak casks for twelve years, ... wonderfully mellow and
bright with rich depth of flavor."

5) Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey,
$64.99 a bottle from GREEN SPOT, 40% alcohol by volume, by MITCHELL & SON ,
a fine example of the ultimate. : " Fresh, aromatic oils and spices with
orchard fruits and barley on a background of toasted wood. ... Full spicy
body, with a hint of cloves along with the fruity sweetness of green apples
rounded off with toasted oak.. It has a lingering flavor of both spices and
barley. " Wonderful. And Saint Patty's Day is on the 17th, of March this
year! Be proactive, try it on for size, fit and feel now, and get some more
before the 17th! Sounds like a great plan to me.

6) ' Phoenix ' Irish Whiskey  Limited Edition , 55% high strength non
chill-filtered , $68.99 , from TULLAMORE DEW is a " unique high strength
triple distilled Irish whiskey enriched in pot still finished in old
Oloroso sherry casks. "

WOW, this makes three Irish Whiskies to be enjoyed for Saint Patty's Day!
What a wonderful treat.

WINE By Chris And Tony :

A Great Everyday White Value :

1) Vin de Pays Des Cotes Catalanes 2011, a dry white French blend,
from Jean Gardies, this is a dry and flavorful white for a meal and also
that will warm and cheer us as the biting cold from outside tries to crack
us up into smithereens of broken chards ...yikes, NO!!!!!

From Turkey :

1) Dry white wine from Turkey, the ' Klasik ' VILLA DOLUCA ,  a
Sultaniye 60% , 40% Semillon, from Turkey's Agean, Thrace , 12.5% On
Special for $8.99, a rich, complex, flavorful dry red ...

2) Dry red blend from Turkey, a 40% Okuzgazu , 40% Alicante, and a 20%
Carignan, this ' Klasik ' VILLA DOLUCA from Anatolia, Aegean region in
Turkey is On Special for $8.99 a bottle. Tasty, flavorful, good
fruit-forward, spice, earth and toasty, roasted flavors. It , like the
white is a fine food wine.

A Dry French Rose :

3) ' Printemps d'Eulalie ' / springtime dry French rose from the
Minervois region, $18.99 a bottle, 2013, 13.5% alcohol by volume, from
France's Languedoc region, from the CHATEAU SAINTE EULALIE , deep colors,
rich flavor, more taste, more everything, a great food wine, just a few
bottles remaining, come claim yours.

A Dry Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, too : three fine
whites :

1) Riesling from the ' Falcon Vineyard ' , 2009 from LAKE CHALICE,
Marlborough, On Special for $15.99 a bottle, regularly $19.99, with great
freshness and intensity, lighter-bodied, with a bouquet of lime, lemon, and
grapefruit, fine structure and acidity and so really great aging potential,
too : no need to rush through it.

2) Gewurztraminer 2011, an Estate wine, from Elgin, South Africa and
from PAUL CLUVER, $15.99 a bottle, with good mouth-weight, excellent
balance and clarity of taste and richness, too. I like it, drank some with
Paul Cluver himself when he was last here.

3) Pinot Gris 2013 from Nelson, New Zealand, from the SEIFRIED Estate,
$19.99 a bottle, : " Apricot and almond characters with a hint of spice.
Rich and smooth with a long lingering finish. " The winery dates back to
1973 and we have been thrilled to sell them ever since Robert Whale and
Eric Platt first brought us Agnes Seifried. They are exceptional wines, all
distinct, all pure and focused and distinct and secure in their identities
as grapes from these particular areas of Nelson, New Zealand. Perfect for
this cold weather, will warm and comfort us all.

ONE Great Deal On French Sparkling:

1) Cremant De Loire Dry Brut from HENRI GRANDIN, a dry Chenin Blanc
blend On Special for $14.99 a bottle, regularly $14.99. Rich, dry, fine
complexity and yet such a lush, silky, bright and fruit-forward taste that
is immediately pleasing and so satisfying!

ONE Exceptional Arizona Red :

1) ' Lozen ' 2011, an elegant dry red blend of 35% Merlot, 32%
Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petite Verdot, with 14.2%
alcohol by volume, I really like the subtle, the fruit-forward, the cadence
and the freshness and brightness with little-or-none of the weight or the
oppressive columns of flavor that are like hitting your head on them with
no give and no entering beyond and to the center of the flavors.
I like this Lozen and it can age and improve a whole lot more : it is just
starting it's journey here, even though it is already a 2011 : buy some and
drink one a year to see where you can go together.

WEDNESDAY Weekly 3-Part Still Wine Sale:

1) BUY ANY Still/ OrNon-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!

WEEK'S TASTINGS : Wine-Dinner, Too :

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 6:30PM at Risrorante PICOLLO we have
owner and winemaker Vittorio Navacchia for an incredible dinner with the
TRE MONTI Romagna, Italian wines paired with the excellent cuisine of
Ristorante PICOLLO. Cost is $65 per person with tax and gratuity. At : 1068
31st St. NW ( Georgetown ) Washington DC, call : 202-342-7414 to make
reservations. Limited seating. Come by for a copy of the menu and see what
you will be getting. Wow, wonderful!!!

Friday, March 5th, 2015 ( 5-8PM ) : with Andrew Stover of his own
VINO50 Selections as well as Siema Imports : we will taste some Spanish
wines as well as some from both Arizona and New York and have a variety of
grapes from Chardonnay to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc,
too. Cheers.

Saturday, March 6th, 2015 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy here with
owner/ winemaker Vittorio Navacchia of his own Romagna, Italian vineyard
called TRE MONTI tasting great Albana dry and flavorful white as well as
some killer 2010 Sangiovese Romagna Superiore, too that will redefine your
already excellent relationship with the Sangiovese grape!

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, really do appreciate it, you all are the best. Come
by and see us,  TONY

Anthony Quinn Wrote And Posted This Tuesday Store Email On March 5th, 2013 For Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits : Cheers And Enjoy!

Cleveland Park Wine Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

Happy TUESDAY! SUNNY NOW, clear skies, will we get snow?!?

COME & STOCK UP TONIGHT just in case! We are prepared for you.

lots of snow perhaps? hard to get around, navigate the streets, metro down,  ...

need a delivery? call us :

we will come see you with :

1) Bailey kasten's local/ delicious chocolates,

2)extra virgin  ca. 3-spanish olive oil from bill sanders,  3)


4) liqueurs,liquors,

5)wines, waters, non-alcoholic products,

6) vegan, bio-dynamic,

7)kosher ...  you name it :

we probably have it to sell you and deliver ...

CALL US TODAY at : 202-363-4265 and let us know what you are low on and we can
have it delivered or ready for you to pick up later as you leave work and pass
by here on your way home.

WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS : we are working on a " new " format for the store emails
so that it is easier to shop and buy from them. We are going to link more
directly to our " newly-designed/ and constantly being worked on and added to "
WEB PAGE  : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. Check it out. Michel has been
working non-stop on it adding all our various products, starting with the wine
and moving into the ale, beer and everything else.

IT'S A DAUNTING JOB and takes time to pay close attention to detail and
accuracy, and provide meaningful and informative points that may make all
difference in if you purchase this or that? If this or that is the best solution
for your immediate needs? It's tricky, just as Spike said in the movie " Love
Actually " : do any of yo remember that scene where he is talking to Hugh Grant?
Great scene.

SO BEAR WITH US AS we try and make your shopping here with easier and more
satisfying. We are trying to combine the pictures with the products, and to
always have a shopping cart ready and at your disposal so you just have to click
it and not work any harder than that. EASY, ... and with as much information
right there at your fingertips on one screen! Wow, that's big, I like it. Being
someone that grew up without computers around me this is certainly a very brave
new world. Cheers.

NEWS : TWO of our customers were just recently mentioned in the Washington Post
newspaper -

Sara our SOUPERGIRL and her mother that make great soups here locally and
deliver them to you : congrats to you and your mom Sara ( I remember when you
first came to us with the idea of using our store as a local pickup/drop-off
point for your soups and we said " yes ". It never worked out here, I guess our
space was limited and not the best? I cannot remember now, but we have been
aware of your fine efforts from the get-go.    AND  :

Peter Robinson our local and multi-talented piano player that is currently
playing at the fine restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel here in Washington D.C. on
16th St. NW is it? Anyway, he got a great write-up in the Washingtonian magazine
in December 2012. Peter loves red Burgundies, the wines of the commune of
Mercurey in the Challonaise region to be more specific. He also seems to have
developed a sweet-tooth for ports if I am not mistaken, out last conversation
was about some ...

FAB 20-year old port that we have from FERREIRA , a Tawny that is simply
sinfully wonderful and silky and long-lingered and On Special for $65.99 a
bottle. Congratulations Peter. it was great to read your story as it filled in
some of the spaces for me over the years. Keep playing and recording
beautifully, and never forget to stop long enough to enjoy a fine glass of wine,
or two ...

MORE NEWS : 2 Fine Owners/Winemakers In Town :

Jean-Charles Boisset of the Boisset Family Wine Portfolio was in Camden
Yards, Baltimore, Maryland for the Portfolio Wine Tasting from 1-5PM. Being my
day-off I was able to attend with Jean Gagliolo our local Prestige rep. I was
happy to see Jean-Charles again and tell him that we stock and sell well the
1) LYETH and DeLOACH California wines ( BOTH the Chardonnays are On Special
for $11.99 ) as well as the
2) French CHARLES DU FERE " Jean Louis " 187ml bottles Blanc de Blanc for
$3.99, Brut, 11.5% alcohol by volume,  and
3) LOUIS BERNARD 2010 Cotes Du Rhone red, $10.99, 13% alcohol by volume ;
4) BOUCHARD AINE & Fils Macon-Villages Chardonnay, 2010, $14.99, 11%
alcohol by volume, since 1750 these wines have been made!

AND : We had some great Italian winemakers in town here yesterday tasting
their fine Piemontese wines : Silvia Altare of ALTARE and Luciano Racca of
CLERICO  of  : sorry I missed them. We buy the wines from Bacchus imports and
will have to ask our local rep Sal Furfari what we missed and what is available
for us to buy?! Michel and I know it will be good. We already have some of this
fabulous portfolio of Italian wines :

1) " Visadi " 2010 Dolcetto from DOMENICO CLERICO, Langhe dry red, $20.99,
13.5% alcohol by volume, Monforte D'Alba and
2) Barbaresco 2008 from BRUNO ROCCA, $61.99, 14% alcohol by volume, Rabaja
di ROCCA BRUNO. BOTH are stunning.

BUT HEY, LET'S TALK ALE & BEER Now From Santos :

1) Ur-Bock Dunkel, since 1378, On Special for $12.99, alcohol is 6.5% by
volume, 12-ounce bottles, from EINBECKER BRAUHAUS, Germany.
2) Mai-Ur-Boc, On Special for $13.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, from
Germany as well. BOTH are here once again : thanks Santos!


1) I.P.A. India Pale Ale Love Beer, Love Life, HARPOON ( On Special for
$9.99  a 6-pack, MA. and VT, www.friendofharpoon.com ) : " With a fresh ,
floral hop aroma and unique malt profile, Harpoon IPA is a beautifully balanced
interpretation of this great style ".
2) " Celtic Red " from HARPOON, established in 1986, Slainte ( On Special
for $9.99 a 6-pack, Boston & Windsor ) : " Irish Ale malt makes this seasonal
beer hearty enough for January's chill but balanced enough for a spring-like St.
Patrick's Day. Slainte ". Yes, with tomorrow's snow this would be great if you
get stuck at home.



1) Irish Whiskey Single Use Bourbon Barrels from JOHN L. SULLIVAN ( $26.99,
a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, www.JohnLWhiskey.com, established 1889,
imported by Undisputed International LLC , Washington D.C. ) has been praised in
the Washington Post, ) : we were one of the very first stores to carry and
promote and write about this excellent Irish Whiskey. We highly recommend it.
2) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey , estate-bottled, OLD BARDSTOWN (
$22.99, 50.5% alcohol by volume, Nelson County ) is distilled in Kentucky, Old
Time Sour Mash. Cheers.

3) Vodka from MEZZALUNA, Italy, Filtered Four ( 4 ) Times, ( On Special for
$29.99 a 750ml bottle,  40% alcohol by volume, distilled from grain, ) : make
these drinks :
a) Mezzaluna Cosmopolitan 1Oz Mezzaluna Vodka, 2/3 Ounce Triple Sec, Fill
with Cranberry Juice.
b) Blue Moon Martini  3 Parts Mezzaluna Vodka, 1 Part Blue Curacao and
Garnish with a lemon twist.
c) La Dolce Vita  3 Parts Mezzaluna Vodka, i Part Cranberry juice.
d) The Original Italian Martini  3 Parts Mezzaluna vodka,  1 Part Amaretto,
Topped with a new cherry or shaved almonds.
ALL these sound really nice, especially if you are all snowed-in and can sit
back and relax and watch the snow fall.
Ready for the snow?!?

4) Rhubarb Tea from ART IN THE AGE ( $29.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by
volume, USDA Organic-certified, Philadelphia, 1771, ) : " Certified organic
neutral spirits with Rhubarb & other botanicals native to rural North America
... lemon, beets, carrots, vanilla, Cardamon, pink peppercorn, coriander and
petitgrain. Wow. Also certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Something new from
something old : time to rediscover this Rhubarb Tea. Cheers.

1) Gran Classico Bitters Tempus Fugit Spirits Liqueur ( $38.99 , 28%
alcohol by volume, product of Switzerland, ) : " Gran Classico Bitter is based
on the original Italian Bitter of Turin recipe dating from 1864. ... "  ...
extremely versatile ... GREAT COLOR and label and just looks like fun and
excitement and learning about " new " tastes and drinks. Cheers.

2) Ireland's Legendary IRISH MIST Liqueur which contains Irish Whiskey,
Honey and Natural Aromatic Spices, Tipperary, Ireland. www.irishmist.com ) :
make the IRISH MIST Cranberry & Lime :  Add Irish Mist to cranberry juice and
garnish with a lime. Sounds flavorful and very refreshing.

3) Lemon Bitters from BITTER TRUTH ( $18.99, 200ml bottle, 39% alcohol by
volume, www.bittertruth.com , Pullach, Germany ) : Ideal as a Cocktail

WINES From Michel and Tony :

1) Pear Wine from FABBIOLI CELLARS ( $36.99 a 500ml bottle, Leesburg,
Virginia, www.fabbioliwines.com ) : This should be UTTERLY amazing about now.
It's been in this bottle awhile and I bet it's drinking really well now and will
ward off a lot of this biting cold that we can expect with tomorrow's snow.

2) " Streppatriccio " dry Italian red from Umbria from BARBI, 2011 (
$11.99, 13% alcohol by volume ) is a wine that Michel tried here recently on a
Monday and LOVED it and so we have some for this cold weather coming. What a
great price, Michel says it is a classic, traditional dry Italian red,
medium-to-light-bodied that is excellent with food. I'll have to try some on for
size, fit and feel tonight and watch the snow start to fall? Cheers.

3) " Valvigneyre " 2011 100% Viognier Cotes Du Rhone made like a dry
Condrieu at one eighth of the price! From Alain Paret and poured this Saturday
by Sara was excellent. It sold beautifully because it is flavorful and distinct,
balanced and a superb deal, too! Cheers and enjoy.

4) Syrah 2010 ( great Rhone vintage ), $17.99, frpm LOUIS CHEZE, 13%
alcohol is made in the Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes just outside the norther
Rhone town of Saint Joseph. It's big and round, lots of lush-bright-electric
toasty-berry flavors, lots of of pepper and leather : medium-bodied, a great grip
and mouth-feel and will warm you as the snow falls tomorrow. Come get some now.
A treat. Sara also poured this here this past Saturday. Merci Sara.

5) Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2010 ( great Rhone vintage ) from the region of
Cairanne from the DOMAINE De DIONYSOS, " La Cigalette " ( $20.99, 14.5% alcohol
by volume  ) a southern red blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and
5% Carignan is more dusty-dry, more earthy and hearty than the northern Syrah :
it also is lighter: and YET it cries out for food immediately whereas the Syrah
above can be enjoyed for at least two glasses before the welcoming meal follows!
Cheers. It, too was poured by Sara this past Saturday afternoon here.

OWNER Andreas Wetzel here 3/6/13 stopping by to taste current CHATEAU
BIANCA Oregon reds and whites. Join us, never any charge. You have been buying
these wines here for years now between the dry Pinot Noir, the dry white Pinot
Gris and the Riesling as well. It represents great value for the money : sound
wines of Oregon : something that we can all embrace heartily. 5-8PM.

OWNER Enrico of DREI DONA Romagna Italian wines ( 3/11/13 ) to taste and
speak about his " new " Sangiovese " Le Vigne Nuove " Tenuta Paazza, $13.99,
13.5% alcohol by volume, go to : www.dreidona.it for more info ), and his " Il
Tornese " 2008 dry blend of Chardonnay and Riesling, $19.99, 13.5% alcohol by
volume ), 5-8PM, : also the PRUNO and MAGNIFICAT. Cheers. We have been selling
Enrico's wines here now for years. They are special and a real treat.

6) Zinfandel, Old Vine 2011 from the " Mohr Fry Ranch " in Lodi,
California, and bottled by ST. AMANT ( $19.99, certified GREEN, 15.5% alcohol by
volume, Woodbridge, CA. ) Michel and I really loved this when we tried it :
balanced, distinct, flavorful and another great cold-weather/snow wine! Come get
some tonight and taste it work it's magic. Cheers.

7)  Il Frappato Victoria Frappato dry indigenous red from Sicily from the
VALLE DELL'ACATE ( $21.99, 13% alcohol is wine from Acate ) that we have now
carried for years and that is finally back in stock. People have missed it.
Medium-to-light-bodied, spicy, bright, toasty, earthy with a specific herb or
two - a lovely, distinct dry red that will marry well with many flavors! Enjoy.

THE TEXAS DINNER went well last Saturday at the Mayfair and we have some of
the fine DUCHMAN Dolcetto red 2010 from the Bingham Family Vineyard for you all
to enjoy during this snow tomorrow, $19.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, from
Driftwood, Texas. Come get some tonight.

WEDNESDAY 3-Part Still/Non-Sparkling Wine SALE Every Wednesday :

1) BUY ANY Still wine bottle over $20 and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker
2) BUY ANY 6 or more still/non-sparkling wines and SAVE 15% OFF the
marked sticker prices.
3) BUY Any 12 or more still/non-sparkling wines and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker prices.
If you cannot come by call and place your orders with us : 202-363-4265.


Friday, March 8th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : Dimitri Curbet of Nice Legs
Selections will be here to taste West Coast and perhaps even some wines from his
home of Moldova? WE are deciding tomorrow so call if you want to know exactly.
WE may also include some fine Patagonia wine from southern Argentina.

Saturday, March 9th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : Estebe of Tradewinds Specialty
Imports will be here to taste some of his fabulous Spanish wines. We are still
working on the lineup but it promises to be exciting and will include the
incredible " M " MUNIA 14 Meses Barrica from Toro, Spain ( $26.99, Crianza 2006,
14,5% alcohol by volume ) : smooth and silky and elegant and bright and fresh as
you can imagine. That 14 months in oak and now in the bottle for awhile really
gives the wine elegance and breed. What a treat!

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, I know that I have forgotten many things but it is
time to send this store email to you all. COME see us and get what you need for
tomorrow's snow. Let's get you all set tonight just in case.

SAVE, SAVE MORE and SAVE STILL MORE here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winemaker Dinner March 5th, 2015 , Thursday With Vittorio Navacchia of TRE MONTI In Romagna, Italy At Piccolo Ristorante And Much More, Read On!

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Starting with our WEEKLY WEDNESDAY sale here at CP Wine & Spirits. Come see
us or call if you cannot come. You are always welcome. Call : 202-363-4265.

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!

PARTIES Big & Small, Weddings, Anniversaries, Celebrations, Wakes,

Impromptu, serendipitous, a lot of life may be channeled and harnessed that
way. It is my preferred way as there is so much energy already happening
all around us.

Robert Kennedy of his own Italian Import company RWK Imports just came by
with copies of our next wine dinner with owner/ winemaker Vittorio
Navacchia of his own TRE MONTI. WE will be at Piccolo Ristaurante in
Georgetown once again on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 6:30PM and will be
tasting with Vittorio his wonderful Romagna Italian reds and whites made
from the Romagna Sangiovese red grape as well as the indigenous Albaba. The
cost of this dinner with an Antipasti Misti, a Primi Piatti, a Secondo
Piatto and an Il Dolce will cost $65 per person ( plus tax and gratuity ) .
The restaurant is located at : 1068 31st Street NW. Please call :
202-342-7414 for reservations.

We did a fabulous dinner there already with TENUTA CASALI wines of Romagna
with owner and winemaker Silvie. I loved the whole experience then. The
setting in the back of the restaurant is slightly elevated just above the
bar and is spacious and well-lit, cozy still and very comfortable, and we
all had a wonderful experience then that we will recreate again with
Vittorio that is like family here as we have been selling Vittorio's wines
here now for years.

I Got To Meet Vittorio and his wife years ago when Oscar and Olivia brought
them here. They have been here now three or four times I believe.

If You Want More to stimulate your palate and interest go to their Facebook
page or web page at TRE MONTI and see the segment that Anthony Bourdain did
there on his show : " No Reservations! " It was only one of two episodes
that he did with wine at a winery, the other one was in Provence, France.

I Find Myself Tweeting all the time now to ' get R Word Out ' as there is
so much to share. I just tweeted this dinner thirty minutes ago and I bet
it will be shared by other tweeters as there is a whole world out there

I Need To Get Better at it and to start looking at more of the other tweets
out there. I need to answer them and re-tweet them, too. It all takes time,
it all takes discipline and making some time each day as there is so much
available and yet how will anyone know if they do not see what we are

It Is Stimulating, It Is Fun, I am enjoying the challenge as it very much
is that : a big challenge of how to stay visible and relevant and on
peoples' minds and good thoughts / graces, too!!!!

You Should All Follow Us On Twitter at : cpwinespirits and also at,
wineenabler. Stay caught-up with us as we try valiantly to stay caught-up
with you and the world spinning by madly around us!

I Am So Sorry to hear from Betty KRISTENSEN of the recent passing of Aris
A. Zissis on 4th of February, 2015. He would have been 86 on the 11th of
February. He was a true gentleman and friend and a mentor, too in many ways
as he started some of the early Greek wine-importing with the wines of
Central Greece called INO. For $11.99 including a dry white and medium-dry
white, a dry red and a medium-dry red, and a Retsina, as well as an Ouzo,
and the FIX Greek beer as well,

The INO Medium-Sweet Red has always led the sales, a blend of 35% Cabernet
Sauvignon, 40% Grenache rouge and 25% Carignan. INO is located in Thebes,
Greece and has been nice to sell here, and have Aris and Betty come in the
past to taste and sell it to you all, and I have also seen it at the Greek
churches here at their festivals, and seen Betty and Aris tasting them so I
would stop to chat and catch up on the latest info which covered the whole
gambit with Aris from early DC wine business to politics, family, Greece
and it's people and the many difficulties of helping the younger people
wanting to start importing wines here from Greece like Sotiris Bafitis did
years ago.

We used to buy many Nemea wines also from Aris that were mentioned in the
Washington Post wine columns by Ben Giliberti, various older vintages that
were from the 1997, 1998 and 1999 vintage as I recalled.


We will have to do a wine-tasting here of INO and celebrate Aris the man,
the importer, the extraordinary human being, gentleman and wine-pioneer
that he was. As my friend said earlier today, Annette said that his memory
would continue through us and all the positive things that he did to touch
and inspire all of us over them many years : three decades.

SANTOS JUST BROUGHT me an apple cider from France :

1) Clos Normand Brut French-fermented cider, On Special for $7.99 a 750ml
bottle, from Normandy, France, 4% alcohol by volume, what a great deal! I
will have to buy some and take it home and enjoy it, perhaps even tonight
as this is good weather for a good apple cider and Normandy , France is one
of the greatest areas ever of production, along with the great Calvados
apple brandies and the Pommeau des Charentes that they make there as well,
all of which we carry and sell here.


2) Natural Hard Apple Cider with Pilsner Yeast and Pure Apple Juice from
CRISPIN, On Special for $6.99 a 22 Fl. Oz bottle, with 5.6% alcohol by
volume, certified GF Gluten-Free, : " Experiencing a yeasty lager like nose
with fresh citrus & green apple. Clean and refreshing. Hints of honey ... "


1) ' Spring Saison ' Parallel 49 Wheat Beer HAYFEVER Ladies & Gentlemen ...
, On Special for $11.99 a 4-pack of 11.5 Fl. Oz bottles, 6.5% alcohol by
volume, product of Canada, ... : " Till the earth, tip the bottle. With the
new season comes a new saison - complex, with a semi-dry finish. " From
Parallel 49 Brewing, Vancouver, B.C. WE also have another flavor up front
as well that Santos ordered and I will include that next week. Stay-tuned.

ON  LIQUEUR / LIQUOR From Jagir and Malkit :

1) Acai Spirit VEEV , an Acai liqueur, $27.99 a bottle, 30% alcohol by
volume, made with the national fruit from Brazil called Acai that brothers
of Veev, Courtney and Carter Reum call " the world's preeminent SUPER FRUIT
", They recommend making a Superfruit Margarita with 1 Oz VeeV Acai spirit,
1 Oz blanco / bianco tequila, 1 Oz fresh lime juice, 1 Oz Simple Syrup or
agave nectar. Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a
ice-filled rocks glass. ... " This has been popularized by surfers. How
many of you are surfers? Surf the web, drink VeeV Acai while you do?!? Just
an idea ...

2) Amaro Di ANGOSTURA Liqueur from the House of ANGOSTURA, $29.99 a 750ml
bottle, 35% alcohol by volume, From Trinidad and they are of course famous
for their bitters that everyone simply must have at any bar.

3) Reserva Rum from DIPLOMATICO, $23.99 a 750ml bottle, , a RON Extra Anejo
/ Aged Rare Rum : " Reminiscent of sherry, soft wood, oak and vanilla, an
amber Ron Extra has an elegant and a very refined flavor. Nice to sip
slowly and feel this liquid wealth spread and spread and spread
beautifully, effortlessly in this intense cold ...

4) ' Double Barrel ' Irish Whiskey from GLENDALOUGH, $39.99 a 750ml bottle,
42% alcohol by volume, aged more than three and a half years .... nice.
Have you experienced GLENDALOUGH yet?

WINE From Chris and Tony :

SAKE : Rice Wine ...
1)  Sake from TY.KU Premium JUnmai imported sake , $17.99 a 750ml bottle,
15% alcohol by volume, : " this Silver is a premium Junmai sake that
utilizes 30% polished sake rice and all natural ingredients. Fresh and
slightly sweet with subtle pear notes, leaving softness on the palate. "
Produced in Japan. Really good price as a well as really smooth taste, very
pleasing sipping. Cheers.

2) Gruner Veltliner Classic 2014 from Carnuntum, Austria, $14.99, from
Kwselection is lovely and tonight Andrew will taste it here with you all
from 6-8PM! Join us, no charge, bright, refreshing, lovely!

3) 2011 ' Tazi " dry white Arizona blend from ARIZONA STRONGHOLD, an
opulent mouth-feel blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca ,
Chenin Blanc and Gewurzytaminer. This is a ' perfect ' rich and flavorful
white to enjoy with this biting cold, and it is on a deep discount now at
$16.99, it used to sell for $24.99. Andrew Stover will also taste this here
tonight, come and taste, buy and save!

4) 2011 " Mangus " dry Arizona red blend from ARIZONA STRONGHOLD in Cochise
County, this blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
and Cabernet Franc impresses me greatly for it's subtle, elegant, delicate
and seemingly non-apparent flavors as it is so light and clear in color ,
and yet it EXPLODES with all it's amazing taste, flavor, charm, warmth and
tremendous appeal. I love it, I am always so pleased and pleasured when I
taste it!

5) Malbec , Mendoza, Argentina 2013 from COLORES Del SOL, On Special for
$8.99, Chris and I will open it this week and share a taste with you. Come
and try it here. We will have it open on either Wednesday or Thursday!

6) Bonarda Mendoza, Argentina 2013 from MI TERRUNO ' Uvas ', $12.99, 13.5%
alcohol by volume, nice and earthy, dusty and a touch rustic and yet also
some lively, zippy cherry-berry fruit with personality and tremendous
versatility. I like it. Have tasted it twice now, once this past Friday
when John poured it here for you all from 5-8PM. Thanks John!

7) 2013 Albana Secco ' Vigna Rocca ' TRE MONTI , $18.99, from Italy's
Romagna region and taste it early before our winemaker dinner with owner
Vittorio at Piccolo Ristaurante on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 6:30PM. It
has so much body and extra weight and mouth-feel, liquid sunshine that
grows on the palate and becomes even more spectacular as it opens. Great
for this cold weather.

8) 2010 ' Petrignone ' Sangiovese Riserva from TRE MONTI in Italy's Romagna
region, $23.99, a bit more old-world style, medium-bodied, drinking
beautifully now, had some during the past holidays from a magnum bottle
that blew us all away. It is showing so well, what a fine food wine : for a
hearty, a flavorful meal, sip , relax, feel expansive and enjoy thoroughly!
Vittorio will use this at his dinner on Thursday, March 5th at Piccolo.



Andrew Stover here tonight to taste the wines he should have tasted here
this past Saturday if it had not been for the horrible weather. Join us, no

FRIDAY, February 27th, 2015 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Chris Bartha here to taste
an assortment of his wines from Italy to France.

ALSO : We have Luca Bosio here of his own Piemontese property tasting his
Barbera Di Asti dry red called " Leda "  Truffle Hunter. ALSO : Dick Rosano
our local winewriter and book writer will be here signing copies of his
latest book on wine called " Hunting Truffles." Join us, never any charge!
Everyone always welcome!

SATURDAY, February 28th, 2015 ( 2-6PM ) : WE have Marci here of Constantine
Imports to taste an assortment of the fine JOSEPH MELLOT wines of Sancerre,
Loire Valley, France : the ' value ' wines that include Sauvignon Blanc,
Pinot Noir and a bice dry rose Pinot Noir, too.

JOIN US, Never any charge!

Thanks for everything. We appreciate all your support now and over the
years!  TONY

Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits' Tuesday Weekly Store Email Written By Anthony Quinn On Feb 26th, 2013, Enjoy : ON : Vermentino, BRUNI Tuscany, " Hooked " German Riesling, Tower 15 ' The Swell ', Terradora Dipaolo Aglianico, Dalliance Zinfandel, Duchman Family Winery McPhersons' American Sparkling Wine, Pisco Porton & More ...

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PARTIES Big & Small, Weddings, Anniversaries, Celebrations, Wakes, Impromptu,
Serendipitous Happenings : we do some of all of this here as it is all part of
your lives. Let us help you with Gift Certificates for family and friends and
business associates. ALSO : make sure if you are getting married and you
like/love wine that you set up a gift registry here with us so that you don't
get five toasters and seven vases and lots of things that you neither want or

WE CAN HELP YOU with making your life easier : that is the reason that we are
here. This being the last week of February you can begin to think of March/ How
many of you face the " sequester " issue and are worried? Today's Washington
Post coverage of everyone back in session in Congress does not look promising
and that must be upsetting to many of us? Are our voices being heard loudly/ in

BUT HEY, this is supposed to be about positive things to relax and make us all
more happy and healthy?!? I will leave the politics to the politicians but it is
good to stay informed and to comment where we can and to make a difference where
we can. Right? The Washington Post did make a general statement I believe
wondering why the public response had been so little concerning all this?

WE HAVE some really nice things to make you all aware of that are especially
nice with this colder, brisker, damper weather. Here are some of the  ...

ALE, BEER & CIDER From Santos :

1) Blue Law Porter " Exponential SERIES " from EPIC BREWING ( On Special
for $8.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fluid Ounce bottle, 7% alcohol by volume,
www.epicbrewing.com ) : " Blue Law Porter celebrates Utah's State Tree, The Blue
Spruce. The spruce tips used are hand picked on and around Capitol Hill where
new blue laws, like spruce tips, emerge each year ". Only a few thousand bottles
released ( Salt Lake City, UT 801-906-0123. Check it out, this is brewed with
blackberry puree with spruce tips added.

2)  1809 Brewed in the traditional style of the Berliner Weisse ( $6.99, 5%
alcohol by volume, 1 Pt 9 Fl. Oz, product of Germany ) ; " Already in the 1600's
the Berliner Weisse Style Beer was mentioned in documents by the French
reformers " Huguenots " as they crossed Berlin on their way to Flanders. Try
some. Cheers.

3) 950 Cuvee Quadruple hopped Belgian Blond Ale frp, AFFLIGEN ABDIJ-ABBEY (
$10.99 , 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 6.8% alcohol by volume, product of Belgium )
will warm you up in these cold and damp days and nights! THE SHOW must go on ...

4) JACK'S Hard Cider w? Local Pennsylvania apples ( On Special for $9.99 a
six-pack of 12 ounce cans, 5.5% alcohol by volume, www.jackhardcider.com ) : "
We produce a hard cider from the ground up. We grow, press, and ferment apples,
then package the final product ...  ". This is also something nice for this
colder and damper period, good now before sequestration, and good after ...

5) Eight Point I.P.A. India Pale Ale from DEVILS BACKBONE Brewing Company (
On Special for $10.99 six-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5.9% alcohol by volume,
Lexington Virginia , www.devilsbackbonebeer.com ) : we have the three flavors
and they will be tasted here this Friday from 5-8PM. Cheers.


1) PISCO PORTON from HACIENDA LA CARAVEDO ( On Special for $39.99,
regularly $44.99 a bottle, 43% alcohol by volume, established 1684, product of
Peru. www.PiscoPorton.com ) : Michele tasted this here this past Friday on
George Washington's 281'st birthday celebration and it was very well-received.
It sure is smooth, elegant and polished and bright. I had a taste all by itself.
I actually wanted to try the product all by itself to see what all the hype is
about!!! The packaging is gorgeous and will make a great gift and the PISCO
PORTON is a delight to sip as well. GREAT VALUE now, come get some before the
price goes back to $45 a bottle! Cheers.

2) THe Original KOLOA Kaua'I Dark Hawaiian Rum from Rama, Hawaii ( $41.99,
40% alcohol by volume, www.koloarum.com ) : " It all started here! Hawaii's
first Sugar Plantation was established on Kaua'I in 1835 in Kolao town.

Native Hawaiians and other plantation workers from around the world made history
pioneering Hawaii's sugar industry. Today, Kaual's " tall cane " continues to
thrive in the rich volcanic soil, nurtured by the pure waters of Mt. Wai ale ale
. the wettest spot on the earth ... ". I like that, the wettest spot on the
earth. That must be something!

How many of you have been there and can tell us about their experiences there?
Please respond to this email and share them with us. Come and try this and the
others as well as we have the whole line perhaps here now. Support Hawaii and
good rum as well.

3) All Natural BLOOD ORANGE SKYY Infusions ( On Special for $15.99 a
bottle, Lawrenceburg, KY, USA, www.skyyinfusions.com ) : " ... made with real
blood oranges, starts with premium Skyy vodka which is carefully infused with
all natural ingredients for the irresistibly crisp, fresh taste of lusciously
sweet blood orange. ... ".

4) GIN from the ROYAL DOCK / HAYMAN'S  of Deptford, Navy-strength GIN (
$27.99 a bottle, 57% alcohol by volume, www.hayman-distillers.co.uk ) : " Our
family has supplied this very same gin to both the Admiralty and the trade from
1863. Its bright and robust profile had great appeal among the highest ranks.
Based in London, we delivered to the Royal Victoria Yard ...  ".
5) Mandarin Napoleon Grande Liqueur Imperiale ( $44.99 a 750ml bottle, 38%
alcohol by volume, ; distilled, blended and bottled in Belgium Fourcroy ,
www.mandarinenapoleon.com ) : " Make the MANDARITO : one-half lime, 6 leaves of
fresh mint, 2cl Mandarine Napoleon, Sounds so flavorful and refreshing this
MANDArito ...


Last week owner K. N. Vinod of INDIQUE ( 3512-14 Connecticut Avenue,
Washington D.C. 20008, 202-244-6600 www.indique.com ) needed something for
himself and he stopped to chat and we caught up on business and things for
awhile and I introduced him to a couple of our customers here. It's always good
to stay caught-up with the other local businesses here as we all help each other
out and are benefited from the fact that we all draw customers here to Cleveland
Park our wonderful Northwest neighborhood, and thus to each other. Cheers K.N. :
love your gentle and pleasing smile, and the fine food at INDIQUE, too.

ALSO : JP Caceres the Brand Manager - Washington D.C. of PISCOPORTON was
here with Michele on George Washington's 281st birthday helping to pour and
explain the philosophy of PISCOPORTON a very fine and refined and
elegant-tasting Peruvian Pisco. It was fun to have them both here as it's
helpful to get different perspectives and points-of-view as JP ( Juan ) is from
South America, not Peru but he was asked by them to work for them he quickly
pointed this out to one of our customers! Welcome Juan to Cleveland Park Wines &

ALSO :  We welcome Renee A. McCoy-Collins, DDS, of the Capitol DENTAL
group here as a neighbor and customer. If you are looking for a new dentist you
can reach her at : RMccoycollins@capitoldental.net / rmoms@aol.com. Welcome


I sent you a special email about this this past Wednesday as this is a fun
and special opportunity that we are involved in here as we ALWAYS sell and
represent and encourage our customers to think and drink and discover " outside
the box " as  they sample wines from around the United States that are
less-known still. PLEASE READ and go see and meet and here wine-writer
extraordinaire Jancis Robinson talk about her book collaboration called AMERICAN
WINE, It's excellent. I bought my copy and love it. Jancis will hold a
discussion with Washington Post wine-writer Dave McIntyre at the Baird
auditorium on Thursday evening, March 21st, 2013 at 7PM I believe. Cost is $75 a
person for the event to meet Jancis Robinson.


High Plains Driftin', Sippin and Eatin' Wine Dinner at MAYFAIR & PINE
Restaurant, Glover Park :

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
$70 Per Person

Sommelier Andrew Stover ( Vino 50 ) and Executive Chef Emily Sprissler are
pleased to invite you to an executive wine and foof pairing event to highlight
the wines from the High Plains Texas. Discover some of the Texas Panhandle's
best boutique wineries : McPHERSON, DUCHMAN : a 6-course Texas Wine Dinner. To
purchase tickets go to :  http:
//tastedc.com/event/6-course-texas-wine-dinner-mayfair-pine    at : 2218
Wisconsin Ave. NW  Washington, D.C. 20007  ( 202- 333-2090 ).
WOW !!!! WHAT A FUN EVENING! Come check the menu here or go to our Facebook
page to see it at :  Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits.


1) McPHERSON American Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry ( $19.99 a bottle, 12%
alcohol by volume, only 630 cases made,  www.mcphersoncellars.com ) : made by
the two brothers, one living in Texas and the other in California - in Temecula,
CA. to be exact. Smooth, soft, elegant, fresh and so elegant, so easy to enjoy
with or without food!
2) DUCHMAN Family Winery 2010 Dolcetto Bingham Family Vineyads ( $19.99,
13.5% alcohol by volume, ) , made by Stan and Lisa Duchman and winemaker Dave
Reilly. WE have a few bottles left, it was written up by Dave McIntyre in the
Washington Post and has sold-out at Siema imports now.
3) " La Herencia " V. 2010 - Texas, red table wine from McPHERSON (
$18.99 , 13.9% alcohol by volume , www.mcphersoncellars.com ) : is a blend of
78% tempranillo, 12% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache and 5% Syrah.
ALL 3 are excellent and fun and worth trying at least once.


2009 / 2010 : 2 Great BORDEAUX YEARS:

1) 2009 CHATEAU De CAILLAC, Graves, dry red blend ( $21.99 a bottle, 13%
alcohol by volume , Illats, Bordeaux ) : this dry medium-to-light-bodied-red is
drinking beautifully now. All the flavors and notes have blossomed, or so they
had when I tasted them with the owner Philippe that is a regular and good friend
now. We love his visits. I commend him, too as he is one of the rare Bordeaux
owners that visits us here and we do appreciate that. Bravo! Try some - you will
like this a whole lot!

2) CHATEAU Du GAZIN 2010 frm Canon Fronsac, Bordeaux is a more spicy,
hearty, pithy, flavorful dry red that has more edge and bite. I like it though
it is young. You can drink it now with a meal but it will clearly age and
improve in the bottle with another 3-6 years or so. No need to rush : perhaps
have a bottle every other year? Cheers.


1) Syrah 2011 " Grand Vallon " of Charles Brotte ( $7.99, Vaucluse, 13%
alcohol by volume, France ) : what a great everyday deal for a flavorful dry
French Syrah at only $7.99 a bottle.

2) Rosso Toscano 2010 from VILLA d' ( $8.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume,
Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy ) :  ... an easy to drink, velvety wine ... at a
great price, too. Cheers. For you Ernie among others ...

HOT OFF THE PRESS : Our good customer Zeeshan Ahmad just brought me a copy of an
old hardback book : The Wines Of ITALY by Cyril Ray published by Octopus Press
in 1966! Thanks Zee! Any of you interested, come by and look at this neat old
book with good text and some fun photographs, too! Cheers.

3) A Zinfandel soft, velvety-plush dry California blend from Lake County,
this DALLIANCE 2010 ( $17.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume , www.dalliancewines.com )
is lush and ripe, bright red-fruit-forward and with no edge, just comfortable
pillows in which to rest your tongue and palate! Cheers. Chris Bartha tasted it
here this past Saturday with you all.

4) Aglianico indigenous dry red from southern Italy, a 2010 from
TERRADORA DIPAOLO ( $17.99, Campania, Italy, 13% alcohol by volume, from Vias
imports, www.terradora.com ) : this red medium-to-light-bodied red impressed me
for it's brightness, elegance and finesse : and for giving me space to stretch
my tongue out in it's flavors and to become thrilled and satisfied, too. Bravo :
a fine wine, a fine effort. Really nice. Our FAB rep Franceen Kahng of Vias
Imports tasted it here this past Friday with you all on George Washington's
281st birthday celebration here. Thanks/ grazie Franceen.

5) TOWER 15 " The Swell " 2-1- from Paso Robles, California ( $21.99,
14.8% alcohol by volume , www.tower15winery.com ) is a dry, hearty and
robust-balanced blend of 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Malbec, 27% Merlot and 14%
Petit Verdot. Chris Bartha tasted it here this past Saturday and it was another
big success - perhaps the best-selling of his four weekend wines here.


ALL small beer/liquor and wine stores are having trouble with the store
window displays of wines now that is recent and caused by recent developments
that we all have to look further into before saying more but it is odd that
after all these years we all are having trouble and obstacles to having wine
window displays?!? Whom is wielding their muscle and brawn to make this now an
issue? SO : come see Andrew Stover's ( on Vino 50 Wine Selections ) excellent
STRONGHOLD Arizona wine window before it goes down at the end of this week.
Andrew did a great job : it's a fun window. Cheers.


1) " Hooked " German  Riesling From Rudi Wiest Selections ( $12.99, 9.5%
alcohol by volume,  www.ridiwiest.com ) : this is a touch off-dry but this past
Saturday when Chris Bartha tasted it all with you it tasted just perfect for the
cold and the wet of the weather! Nice, I like everything except the label. I
guess that I am " hooked " on everything except the label! Cheers. Try some.

2) Gruner Veltliner 2011 from Austria's LUST & LAUNE ( $17.99, 11.5%
alcohol by volume, www.magellanwineimports.com ) : this is smooth and bright and
lighter-bodied and really nice sipping but I will like it even better as we get
into warmer weather. Nice to sip inside where it is warm and toasty, then it
becomes more refreshing. Great label, a well-balanced, well-made wine. Cheers.

3) Vermentino indigenous dry white originally from Spain but famous in
Italy, this " Plinio " from Tuscany's Maremma region, this BRUNI ( $19.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume , www.aziendabruni.it ) is a delight to enjoy : distinct,
balanced, flavorful and so very versatile in all it's food combinations.
Franceen Kahng of Vias imports also tasted this here with you all on Friday,
George Washington's 281st birthday. What a treat that was : 5 great tasting this
past Friday!

WEDNESDAY Weekly 3-Part Still Wine Sale:

1) BUY ANY Still-Non-Sparkling Wine 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-non-sparkling wines and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker prices. This includes port, sherry, madeira, marsala and sake.
CALL : 202-363-4265 and place your order if you cannot come. PAY and SAVE on
Wednesdays here at Cleveland Park Wines.


1) Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 ( ALL DAY ) : SAVE on our three-part
still-non-sparkling WINE SALE!

2) Friday, March 1st, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Oscar Losama, part-owner
of VOILA Imports here to pour a selection of his fine French and Oregon wines
here with you all. Something for everyone, call for more info : 202-363-4265.
Cheers, JOIN US, never any charge.

3) Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Damien our local French
rep from Opici here to taste some excellent French wines :  1) Cotes Du Rhone "
Valvigneyre " 2011 dry white Rhone from Alain Paret, $15.99 , 13% alcohol by
volume, www.maison-alain-paret.fr,   2) 2011 Bourgogne Chardonnay from Chartron
et Trebuchet, $17.99, 13% alcohol by volume that had nutmeg was it in the
taste?  ,  3) French Syrah 2010 ( great vintage , $17.99, 13% alcohol by volume,
from Louis Cheze, this Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes is made outside of Cote
Rotie is it, or Cornas ( ? ) , and offer a great peppery, spicy, earthy Syrah at
a very reasonable price! Go to : www.domainecheze.com for more info on this
northern Rhone wine.  4)  " La Cigalette " Domaine de Dionysos, 2010 Cairanne
Cotes Du Rhone Villages southern Rhone, Grenache-based ( $20.99, 14.5% alcohol
by volume, is a great steal as well : 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and
5% Carignan. Lovely, Uchaux, France!!!!

I AM SURE I FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS but it is time to send this email now! Thanks
again for everything, come and see us TODAY and EVERY DAY! Cheers,   TONY

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One Of The Great Wine Days And Nights In Late June 2012 In Brasil's Caxias Do Sul At PIAGENTINI / XDECIMA / TORO / CORDOND'OR / LEONE ... OBREGADO!

wONDERFUL ENRICHING EXPERIENCE FOR ME IN bRAsil , in Caxias Do Sul in late June 2012 ...

This wonderful man from Uruguay living in Caxias Do Sul, learning French when we met him in June 2012, working for PIAGENTINI / TORO / X DECIMA / CORDON D'OR / LEONE  made the experience one of my very favorite ever becasue, working on showing the world how good these wines could be, showing them to us on this day, he devoted the whole day, tasting, tour, lunch and dinner with us and saw always the ' big picture ', knew and explained in Portuguese, French and English the situation that the wines of Brasil face today in the global, international market, and shared it all openly and willingly with us, was hospitable, friendly, professional, wonderful, sharing and caring : I give him a 150 % for effort and success and a job really, really, really well done that I will not soon forget and which I will always be eternally grateful for. It was an honor and a treat to be in his company and to share wine, food, stories, laughs, insights and a slice of life with him. Bravo, bravo bravo! Obregado, gracias, merci, grazie .... tudos, todos amigo, ami, friend ... hope to see you again. Hope to work with you someday!   Anthony  ( TONY ) Quinn  2/22/2015

I loved my time at Piagentini and X Decima and being in the vibrant, alive town of Caxias Do Sul! Wow, it was so memorable, really special! Obregado! i HAVE so much more to share, but this gives some idea of the wonders that were mine on this day in late Jume 2012!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Two El Salvadorian Are Strong Community Influences, One In Washington D.C., One In Virginia : Cheers To Both Of Them : Santos Rivera And Fernando Franco .

I was thrilled to read this article earlier here at home in the Food section of the Wahington Post newspaper after having yesterday quite ' eye-opening ' conversation with Santos Rivera from El Savador , like Fernando Franco the vineyard manager of the Barboursville winery not far from Charlottesville. Both Santos and Fernando have contributed a lot to their communities since arriving, Santos in Washington D.C. in Cleve Park , Northwest now for more than twenty years , and Fernando in Virginia in the Charlottesville region at Rapids and Prince Michel and now at Barboursville. Both have been and still are really positive forces in our community and I have enjoyed very much working with Santos Rivera. For the last fifteen years and I look forward very much to meeting Fernando some day and I am thrilled here to read his words, to see a picture of him. I would have loved to see a couple of pictures close-up to show the specific work on the vines, that would have made this even better for me. We're any pictures taken to show this? If so can we see them? this is an excellent article and it gives me reason to try these wines again. Maybe Jason will stop by with some, that would be nice. Cheers, happy Wednesday all!

I was thrilled to read this article earlier here at home in the Food section of the Wahington Post newspaper after having yesterday quite ' eye-opening ' conversation with Santos Rivera from El Savador , like Fernando Franco the vineyard manager of the Barboursville winery not far from Charlottesville. Both Santos and Fernando have contributed a lot to their communities since arriving, Santos in Washington D.C. in Cleve Park , Northwest now for more than twenty years , and Fe...
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