Saturday, April 19, 2014

Meeting Just Now , Saturday April 19th, 2014 Cristina from Belo Horizonte, Brasil $ Selling her SALTON Wines!

JUST HELPED Cristian with a difficult wine choice : she was going to see picky people about their wines that travel extensively and always push her wines back to the side on the counter and never open them when she visits. I told her that that makes me feel really bad and that we had to do something about it. " Where are you from ? " I ask Crustina . " Brazil. " she responds. " What?!? Then you have to take them a wine from Brazil! " " Noooooo! " she groans. " They are no good. We buy the wines from Argentina. " I said : " That's not true! They are good. You must take them a wine from Brazil! Blame me, Anthony Quinn, have them come see me if there's any problem! " She smiles, hesitates, as I reach for the SALTON Volpi Pinot Noir, $17.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, Campanha Gaucha. She says out loud as I hand her the bottle : " Campanha Gaucha. " I ask her where she's from? Belo Horizante she says. My face lights up : " That's where I bought my mother a dress when I was a child and we were driving from Rio to Cristallina to buy Yopaz and other semi-precious stones ... I was only 6-7 years old then ... " It was a great serendipitous conversation and I can't wait to hear from Cristina that bought the Petit Chablis  DOMAINE JEAN CLAUDE COURTAULT 2011, $18.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, and the " Intenso " espumante-likeProsecco , $14.99 from SALTON, and the SALTON Pinot Noir, too ... cheers,  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  4/19/2014 Happy Easter all, and it's the last day of Passover week, too ... cheers all ...  TONY a beautiful Saturday here in Cleveland Park Northwest, Washington D.C., 20008, baby blue skies, breezy, bright, clear skies, lovely - nice to be alive ...

Friday, April 18, 2014

RIDGE Vineyard California Wines Come Alive Through My Tastebuds, Sharing Old Vintages 1980 & 1985 With Dear Friends & Family & Offering @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits The Current Vintages Of The Wines : The Circle Of Life Through RIDGE Vineyards' Wines!




A COUPLE OF WEEKENDS AGO our good friend and old customer Marco came to see us
here with his son. They were visiting from Florida and they were here on both
business and pleasure and it was great to see them. Marco was all worried that
his son would break a bottle, I was not worried at all.

MARCO HAD RECENTLY DISCOVERED the Chenin Blanc wines of South Africa and he
bought a bottle of the DE MEYE Stellenbosch 2013 dry white, $11.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume, go to : www.demeye.co.za for more info. He invited my wife
and I to join them for dinner later that night as we are all old friends. After
talking with my wife we heartily accepted their invitation.






IT WAS DARK and we did not know the way later that evening as we drove to
Reston, VA. and finally found their town house. It was well-worth our efforts,
we had a grand time. Always good to see old friends and reconnect.

MARCO GRILLED some delicious steak and served it up piping-hot with a grand
green garden salad, and a savory rice dish, too. I opened a bottle of RIDGE 1985
Lytton Springs Zinfandel that was a blend of grapes. I have had the bottle a
long time. Either my father brought it to me from California when he visited, or
I bought it. The price on the bottle was $9.95 a bottle: a small rectangular
white strip with the price marked simply in black ink.

I HAD NO IDEA what we would discover when we sampled the RIDGE Lytton Springs
1985 Zinfandel. It was a crap-shoot, you simply do not know?!? I was hopeful, I
was silently praying, I wanted it to be good, not old and tired and faded. The
cork came out all in one piece, that was a good sign.

THE LAST BOTTLE of RIDGE wine that I had was a low-fill bottle of 1980 Zinfandel
that our good friend Harry had brought back for me after visiting the winery
with a group of business associates. I shared it with Harry and his family at a
Thanksgiving celebration that we were invited to that included a lot of his
family.

THE 1980 RIDGE Zinfandel was a touch faded, and yet it was magnificent as it
slowly climbed out of the bottle and over the rim of my glass. I was amazed and
impressed both. What a complex medley of earthy, peppery, spicy, leather and tar
and olive accents. All the fruit was so well enveloped by a sweet and rich oak :
both fruit and oak mellowed and living still in such harmony. This was pretty
amazing! It was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all. Thanks Harry!

THE 1985 RIDGE " Lytton Springs " Zinfandel was bright and radiant and fresh and
alive and cheerful and silky an red-berry-toasty-berry-cherry-flavored : simply
amazing! Who would have even thunk this possible, believed it to be so?!? It
tasted like it had been bottled for only a few years and not 29 years! Wow, this
blew me - us all away. It , too was thoroughly enjoyed by us and it went great
with the meal.

I SAVORED EVERY bite, every sip, and I could not have imagined a better time to
enjoy it. Made me think of my father and our visit so many years ago to RIDGE
way up at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's pretty impressive that view
along with the wines and the winery staff, too.

THIS IS ALL GREAT , but a bit of a ' tease ', I know. SO : we have the ...

RIDGE 2011 Paso Robles 100% Zinfandel from the Benito Dusi Ranch for you at
$35.99 a bottle, 14.5% alcohol by volume to enjoy if you are RIDGE fans! 

The Dynamics Of A Successful Wine-Tasting : Since Chris Pigott's Hard Work Introducing Me To The GOUGUENHEIM Argentina Mendoza Wines OF Owner Patricio Gouguenheim It Took Our Passover-Day, Tuesday April 15th, 2014 In-Store Wine-Tasting @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits To Get The Ball Rolling Once Again! Cheers, Gracias Patricio!! Valentin Also Poured The Distinct and Flavorful Dry Reds & White & Sparkling White Of J.P. CHENET : Merci Valentin! On A Bien Travailer Nous-Trois Ensemble Ce Soir-La!




COME TONIGHT : 5:30-7:30PM : Meet owner Patricio Gouguenheim of his family's own GOUGUENHEIM Valle Escondido, Mendoza, Argentina winery and taste the Bonarda-Syrah 2012, $11.99 a bottle ; and the Torrontes dry 2012, at $10.99. Patricio I am sure will have more wine open for you all to taste; ... and you did, too : a Chardonnay, a Merlot, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Malbec and a Syrah. I liked them all except the Malbec, it was my least-favorite. We talked a lot about Malbec, and I said to you Patricio : " anything but Malbec ! " I also said that I was probably the only person that you met here in the U.S. that told you that? You answered : " Yes. " and you smiled as we all did as you responded. Oh well, I stand by my statement : anything but Malbec, let all the other grapes live and have a chance. I loved the Syrah - so full and round and delicious, I liked the lightness and the brightness of the Merlot, the charm and brightness of the Chardonnay, and the firmness and the concentration - yet not heaviness of the Cabernet Sauvignon! Well-made, well-balanced, well-priced wines all. Gracias Patricio!

ALSO : Come meet and taste with Valentin Pellegrinelli wines of southwest, France : the J.P. CHENET two reds, 1) Pinot Noir Reserve 2011, $9.99, ... 2) J.P. CHENET Pinot Noir 2011, $9.99 a bottle, and the ... 3) Chardonnay 2012 J.P. CHENET, $9.99.

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! Cheers, No Charge, Join Us tonight, Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 from 5:30-7:30PM. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Wine-Tastings, especially wine owner and winemaker tastings are always tricky and demand constant attention and supervision. That's my take on them and I always want to be present to make sure that everything goes as smoothly and as successfully as possible.

I also want to thanks Valentin of J.P. CHENET that tasted this night with us, and Joe of the Country Vintners Imports that helped bring Patricio to us on this visit of his to Washington D.C. Thank-you all!

From Patricio Goughenheim  to me after our GOUGUENHEIM Winery wine-tasting ...Hola Tony

I hope you didn't arrive too late to pick up your wife ( was my fault).
Thank you so much for your hospitality, I did a lot of tastings and never had someone like you so dedicated to the success of my tasting.
See you next time I will be in town, take care
Kindest regards  Patricio

It was great to have you Patricio. I was my treat, I only wish that we had had a chance to talk longer as I feel that you would have told me many wonderful stories about Argentina and I would have loved hearing them as they would make my eyes widen and my knowledge of such a passionate and wonderful country expand so much and give me so much more delight and pleasure when speaking of it and it's people and wines, food, culture and land and country. That will have to wait until our next visit!  Do you have any pictures to send me still or do I have them all. You are welcome here at the store anytime, I got to my daughter and wife on time, and it will be a pleasure to see you the next time. Keep up the good work, cheers,  TONY 4/18/2014


At a wine-tasting everyone is welcome to taste. They are not private tastings for a lucky few - everyone is encouraged to taste with us : EVERYONE! It's important to invite everyone and to include everyone, no matter anything else, at least greet them and make them feel welcome and comfortable and included. Simple as that. If I do that then I feel like I am doing my job thoroughly and properly.

On Passover night, Tuesday April 15th, 2014 we had really bad, cold, rainy weather and we had taxes due ; and so it was not the best evening for a wine-tasting. It was very challenging to say the least, and yet we managed quite well and those that did taste often did buy a bottle from either Patricio or from Valentin that was tasting the French sparkling and non-sparkling wines of J.P. CHENET. It was fun, we had a good time and made the most of a really difficult situation, everyone working together as a team. We helped one another.

The wines all showed quite well on this evening and we had a real cross-section of tastes and flavors, styles, weights and textures on the palate from earthy and barnyard and to fruit and spice and raisin integrated with fruit in wood , and darker, to brighter, fresher, lighter and brighter - from one extreme to another in both red and whites - and then a thoroughly delightful sparkling French wine, too that we had available to purchase in small 200 or 187-size bottles at $4.99 each. Fun!

The GOUGUENHEIM Mendoza, Argentina wines were available in a dry and floral , fresh and bright Torrontes, $10.99 white and also a dry red Bonarda-Syrah blend, $11.99 ( good medium-body, good mouth-feel, good focus and pleasing ) : both showed really well.

THE J.P. CHENET Chardonnay showed big and flavorful and firmly and was best with food being medium-bodied, distinct and with good mouth-feel/grip. I liked it.

THE J.P. CHENET bottles od both the Pinot Noir and the 60% Merlot/ 40% Syrah are more acquired tastes : more earthy and weedy and spicy and like a barnyard of savors and flavors , and definitely need food. John our local guitarist did not like them at all and found them ' off. " That's okay, I told him that it was the style. Other customers liked them just fine. To each hsi own, a chaqu'un son goute ..., all good.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Store Email Of4/15/2014 On : DEMARIE Arneis, GIACOMO FENOCCHIO Arneis, CHATEAU BIANCA Pinot Noir, RIDGE Vineyards 1980-1985 Zinfandel, GOUGUENHEIM Wine, Patricio Gouguenheim, Kopper Kettle, VA. HAYMANS Old Tom Gin, DEKUYPER Papaya LEGEND Brewing, J.P. CHENET French Wines , VICTORY Brewing, Brooklyn Ale & More! ENJOY!!

CLEVELAND PARK WINES & SPIRITS 3423 CONN. AVE. N.W. D.C.
HAPPY PASSOVER ... we have whatever you might still need here last-minute. Come
by and see us.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE : Call or come by today and SAVE BIG WITH us here at Cleveland
Park Wines & Spirits!

EVERYONE SEEMS TO MISS our TUESDAY Wine-Sale that is great when you want to save
on sparkling wine, champagne, prosecco, cava, vin mousseux, espumantes and more!

ON EVERY TUESDAY every bottle ( except VEUVE CLICQUOT ) that's over $20 a bottle
is 15% Off, ...

AS WELL AS ...  6-Or-More bottles are 10% off for both sparkling and
non-sparkling wines.

AND ... 12-Or-More -Bottles of sparkling or non-sparkling are 15% OFF the marked
sticker prices. This is every Tuesday.

TODAY - EVERY TUESDAY is your time to SAVE BIG here on sparkling wines, mark
your calendars, the clock is ticking, and we want you all to know this and to
save with us on Tuesdays!

TODAY'S STORE EMAIL is about the celebration of being alive and here and in '
the now ', being present, contributing, enjoyment and feeling good about
ourselves.

I JUST HAD a tremendous story with Wendy over the BOXWOOD WINERY wines in
Middleburg, Virginia. I have just copied and pasted this from what I wrote
earlier and posted on our Facebook page. Have you LIKED us on Facebook yet? You
should, that's where I share daily whatever is going on here. It's a good way to
keep up with us as we speed along trying ourselves to keep up with everything
that is happening all the time around us. No easy task.

" I'm looking for a particular red? Do you sell BOXWOOD? " asks Wendy. " Yes! "
I respond immediately . " I've called five other s and you're the only one,
you're number six on the web site . No one carries it anymore. " " That's our
gain and their loss! " " oh wonderful ... " responds Wendy. " Which one do you
want? " I ask. " The BOXWOOD. " I told her that they make three reds and one dry
rose and that I would see what I have for her. It was the 2009 BOXWOOD, $29.99 a
bottle. She was thrilled explaining to me that she had gone to the BOXWOOD web
page and that we were #6 listed that carried it, that we were the only one to
have any as she called down the list. Wendy told me also that she's a real
estate agent and that some did her a huge favor and that person LOVES BOXWOOD,
and usually drives down to the vineyard to buy it. I explained that I know
Rachel Martin and that I have carried it now for quite some time as I believe in
what BOXWOOD is doing with their wines and will continue to carry them. I also
explained that Wendy will be giving the very best that BOXWOOD Vineyards' makes
, and that it has the bottle-age that the wine needs as they are designed to age
gracefully and not be drunk immediately upon release, much like a fine Bordeaux
wine that is their inspiration. Everyone wins! Cheers Wendy, cheers, BOXWOOD,
cheers Rachel, and cheers CP Wine & Spirits, too. Have a great Tuesday Wendy,
see you later. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 4/15/2014

JUST ARRIVED!! @RachelMartin having a loving moment with our Baby Sauvignon
Blanc vines. WERE SO EXCITED!! Josh hopes to begin planting at the end of the
month!
#boxwoodwinery #vawine #sauvignonblanc Virginia is for Lovers — with Rachel
Martin.

A COUPLE OF WEEKENDS AGO our good friend and old customer Marco came to see us
here with his son. They were visiting from Florida and they were here on both
business and pleasure and it was great to see them. Marco was all worried that
his son would break a bottle, I was not worried at all.

MARCO HAD RECENTLY DISCOVERED the Chenin Blanc wines of South Africa and he
bought a bottle of the DE MEYE Stellenbosch 2013 dry white, $11.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume, go to : www.demeye.co.za for more info. He invited my wife
and I to join them for dinner later that night as we are all old friends. After
talking with my wife we heartily accepted their invitation.

IT WAS DARK and we did not know the way later that evening as we drove to
Reston, VA. and finally found their town house. It was well-worth our efforts,
we had a grand time. Always good to see old friends and reconnect.

MARCO GRILLED some delicious steak and served it up piping-hot with a grand
green garden salad, and a savory rice dish, too. I opened a bottle of RIDGE 1985
Lytton Springs Zinfandel that was a blend of grapes. I have had the bottle a
long time. Either my father brought it to me from California when he visited, or
I bought it. The price on the bottle was $9.95 a bottle: a small rectangular
white strip with the price marked simply in black ink.

I HAD NO IDEA what we would discover when we sampled the RIDGE Lytton Springs
1985 Zinfandel. It was a crap-shoot, you simply do not know?!? I was hopeful, I
was silently praying, I wanted it to be good, not old and tired and faded. The
cork came out all in one piece, that was a good sign.

THE LAST BOTTLE of RIDGE wine that I had was a low-fill bottle of 1980 Zinfandel
that our good friend Harry had brought back for me after visiting the winery
with a group of business associates. I shared it with Harry and his family at a
Thanksgiving celebration that we were invited to that included a lot of his
family.

THE 1980 RIDGE Zinfandel was a touch faded, and yet it was magnificent as it
slowly climbed out of the bottle and over the rim of my glass. I was amazed and
impressed both. What a complex medley of earthy, peppery, spicy, leather and tar
and olive accents. All the fruit was so well enveloped by a sweet and rich oak :
both fruit and oak mellowed and living still in such harmony. This was pretty
amazing! It was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all. Thanks Harry!

THE 1985 RIDGE " Lytton Springs " Zinfandel was bright and radiant and fresh and
alive and cheerful and silky an red-berry-toasty-berry-cherry-flavored : simply
amazing! Who would have even thunk this possible, believed it to be so?!? It
tasted like it had been bottled for only a few years and not 29 years! Wow, this
blew me - us all away. It , too was thoroughly enjoyed by us and it went great
with the meal.

I SAVORED EVERY bite, every sip, and I could not have imagined a better time to
enjoy it. Made me think of my father and our visit so many years ago to RIDGE
way up at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's pretty impressive that view
along with the wines and the winery staff, too.

THIS IS ALL GREAT , but a bit of a ' tease ', I know. SO : we have the ...

RIDGE 2011 Paso Robles 100% Zinfandel from the Benito Dusi Ranch for you at
$35.99 a bottle, 14.5% alcohol by volume to enjoy if you are RIDGE fans! It's
young but delicious, balanced and quite a treat as well. Great with a meal as
well, anytime you grill outside, meats or vegetables, whatever - a delight, also
with cheese, pates, terrines, sausages ...  ENJOY!

JUST GOES TO SHOW that things can age gracefully and still be really impressive,
wines and people and more ... still alive, still kicking, still enjoying.

ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS , Greg that we have know now it seems forever came to the
store on Saturday and I saw him back here pondering the wines.

TURNS OUT GREG was about to celebrate this past Sunday was about to celebrate
Sunday and " a big one ", his 50th birthday. Wow, you look great Greg, you
really do. Congratulations! I am so happy I was here to help you find what wines
to serve with your birthday meal. That pleases me enormously.

A LITTLE DETAIL SLIPPED from Greg's lips as we spoke and he said that a Arneis
and a Pinot Noir were suggested by the chef, Roberta Donna that was cooking his
meal there at his home! Wow, that changes everything, really, that's BIG. We had
to recalibrate, we had to restructure, re-plan and get it right. This was
important on many levels now.

GREG THEN SAID TO : " pretend that I had not told you any of this. " I said : "
I can't do that. " Anyway after lots of conversation back-and-forth we found
some interesting choices to add to the Arneis and the Pinot Noir.

GREG BOUGHT the last of the DEMARIE Langhe dry white Arneis 2011, 12,5% alcohol
by volume, $16.99 ( I still have one bottle in th cold box up front, from Vezza
D'Alba, Piemonte : NOTE - Roberta Donna is from the Piemonte region of Italy
that makes such great wines ).

I ALSO SOLD GREG some of the Roero Arneis 2012 GIACOMO FENOCCHIO , $23.99, 14%
alcohol by volume to use as the aperitif wine as people arrived. It's softer,
rounder, and more fruit-forward than the DEMARIE that he would then use with the
meal itself.

FOR THE PINOT NOIR I showed Greg many Pinot Nero's from Italy and then we also
talked about some from the United States. I showed him the CHATEAU BIANCA 2010
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $18.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, and we decided
that it would work for his meal as well.

IT WAS QUITE the discussion about this meal. For me it all boiled down to two
things : 1) keep Greg happy, and  2) keep Roberto Donna happy ... and the rest
should all fall into place. I can't wait to hear from Greg now!

JUST ANOTHER GRAND celebration of life here in Cleveland Park and in the greater
Washington D.C. metropolitan region. Glad we were a part, glad I could help.
It's what I get so much personal satisfaction from.

SAVE TONIGHT & TOMORROW :

TUESDAYS :

1) BUY ANY sparkling wine bottle over $20 a bottle and SAVE 15% OFF the
marked sticker price ( except for VEUVE CLICQUOT ).
2) Mix six or more bottles and save 10% OFF the marked sticker prices.
3) BUY 12 or more bottles of sparkling or still wine and SAVE 15% OFF the
marked sticker prices.
Includes Port, Sherry, Marsala, Madeira, Sake.

WEDNESDAYS :

1) BUY ANY Still Wine over $20 a bottle and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
2) BUY SIX or MORE bottles of still ( non-sparkling wine ) and SAVE 15%
OFF the marked sticker prices.
3) BUY TWELVE OR MORE non-sparkling wines and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
INCLUDED are Port, Sherry, Madeira, Marsala and Sake.
MIX THINGS UP. Have fun, get more of what you want this way. spread out
your experiences, too.

SAVE , SAVE, SAVE MORE @ CP WINES!

HEY SANTOS : What Beers/Ales Have You?!

1) Brooklyn " Wild Streak " Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels ($23.99, 1 Pt.
9.4Fl. Oz bottles, New York,  ... " sometimes a little cavorting is a fine thing
... our Brooklyn Wild Streak is our barrel-aged Belgian-inspired golden ale
enlivened by the earthy funk of the wild yeast ... ".

2) " Red Thunder " Malt beverage aged in wine barrels from VICTORY ( $10.99
a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 8.5% alcohol by volume , go to www.victorybeer.com,
Downingtown, PA. ) : " ... we filled oak barrels that previously held red wine
with our Baltic Thunder and waited patiently for results. "

3) " Lager " from LEGEND Brewing CO. in Richmond, Virginia ( On Special for
$9.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, go to : www.legendbrewing.com for more info
) : " Not just a beer, it's a legend." I like that. Ballsy!

LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Malkit and Jagir :

LIQUEUR :

1) Tropical Papaya from DEKUYPER ( $12.99 a  750ml bottle, 15% alcohol by
volume, 30 Proof , since 1695, ) : my challenge to you is to come up with some
interesting drinks to use this Papaya with and I will post them on our Facebook
page and give you all full credit for your inventions!

LIQUOR :

1) Old Tom Gin  from HAYMANS Family Gin Distillers ( On Special for $27.99
a bottle, the authentic Victorian gin, distilled from grain, 40% alcohol by
volume, since 1863, go to : www.haymansgin.com for more info ) : go back in
time, try it as it used to be a long, long time ago : drink in the tradition,
try it on for size, fit and feel!

2) Kopper Kettle Handcrafted Single Estate ' Grain To Glass ' from BELMONT
FARM Virginia Whiskey ( On Special for $30.99 a 750ml bottle, 86 Proof, from
Culpepper, VA. barrel-aged 4 years ) : go to : www.belmontfarmdistillery.com for
more info , matured in apple wood and Virginia white oak. Cheers.

3) Trinidad & Tobago Caribbean rum aged 7 years from ANGOSTURA , est 1824 (
$24.99 a 750 ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, ) : " ... we say the sugar cane
is only ready for making rum when it's been kissed by a butterfly." I can see
that, can you?!? Sure you can, sip some while you discuss this point ...

WINE :

1) J. P. CHENET Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, $9.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume,
Landras, France ) : flavorful Pinot, will taste it tonight from 5:30-7:30PM!
Taste with Valentin Pellegrinelli tonight!

2) J. P. CHENET Reserve Merlot-Cabernet 2011 , 13.55 alcohol by France,
Pays D'Oc ( $9.99 a bottle, 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon ) : a hearty,
beefy, balanced and tasty dry French red in an old Cognac bottle found on the
property and used exclusively now by J.P. CHENET! Nice... Tasted tonight again!
With Valentin Pellegrinelli !!!

3) Torrontes dry white from Argentina's Valle Escondido in Mendoza, this
2012 , $10.99 will be tasted by it's owner himself Patricio Gouguenheim! Wow,
this will be great!!

4) Bonarda-Syrah dry red blend from Argentina's Valle Escondido region,
flavorful, good complexity and balance and flavor! Patricio will also taste this
soon here tonight!

WINE-OWNER TASTING TONIGHT :

COME TONIGHT : 5:30-7:30PM : Meet owner Patricio Gouguenheim of his family's own
GOUGUENHEIM Valle Escondido, Mendoza, Argentina winery and taste the
Bonarda-Syrah 2012, $11.99 a bottle ; and the Torrontes dry 2012, at $10.99.
Patricio I am sure will have more wine open for you all to taste;

ALSO : Come meet and taste with Valentin Pellegrinelli wines of southwest,
France : the J.P. CHENET two reds, 1) Pinot Noir Reserve 2011, $9.99, ... 2)
J.P. CHENET Pinot Noir 2011, $9.99 a bottle, and the ... 3) Chardonnay 2012 J.P.
CHENET, $9.99.

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! Cheers, No Charge, Join Us tonight, Tuesday, April 15th,
2014  from 5:30-7:30PM. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

WEEK'S ' Other ' Tastings :

Friday, April 18th, 2014 : Sotiris Bafitis is here to taste great Greek and
Italian classics from 5-8PM!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : Andrew Stover is here to taste some
great Italian dry wines, white CASA MIA Chardonnay, 2012, $9.99 ..., red VIS A
VIE 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Veneto, Italy at $9.99  and rose from TATI,
Piemonte ...  and BARBI, Umbria, as well as some ' killer ' fresh and floral and
fruit-forwars Spanish Garnacha from COLLADO, 2012, $9.99 a bottle. ALL GREAT
VALUES at UBDER $10 a bottle. Love that. No charge, join us.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, we love you, we appreciate it, really we do. Cheers,
TONY

Reconnecting With The RIDGE VINEYARDS Through The 1980 Vintage Of GEYSERVILLE Zinfandel That Our Family Friend Harry Brought Back From His Visit To The Vineyard Six Or So Years Ago : Still Shining & Drinking Brightly! Thanks Harry!

THE LAST BOTTLE of RIDGE wine that I had was a low-fill bottle of 1980 Zinfandel
that our good friend Harry had brought back for me after visiting the winery
with a group of business associates. I shared it with Harry and his family at a
Thanksgiving celebration that we were invited to that included a lot of his
family.
THE 1980 RIDGE Zinfandel was a touch faded, and yet it was magnificent as it
slowly climbed out of the bottle and over the rim of my glass. I was amazed and
impressed both. What a complex medley of earthy, peppery, spicy, leather and tar
and olive accents. All the fruit was so well enveloped by a sweet and rich oak :
both fruit and oak mellowed and living still in such harmony. This was pretty
amazing! It was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all.   Thanks Harry!   Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn In my Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits weekely Tuesday store email yesterday,4/15/2014  Cheers, TONY

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Anthony Quinn Email April 17th,2012 On : LIPS OF FAITH Beer, Mommel Ale,Poperings, VILLA MASSA Limoncello, KAHLUA Peppermint, CAPTAIN MORGAN, FIFTY POUND Gin, PINIAGA " La Senda ", DOM> De La Mordoree Cotes Du Rhone, TAMAS-WENTE CA. Wine, FINCA ANTIGUA, VINA BUJANDA. Joseph Pfister Alsace & More!


CLEVELAND PARK WINES & SPIRITS 3423 CONN. AVE. N.W. D.C.
IT'S OUR MONTHLY TWO-DAY SALE TIME ONCE AGAIN : Wed. April 18th & Thurs. April
19th, 2012 ( ALL DAY, two-days , SALES : SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Park Wines
& Spirits tomorrow and on Thursday, too. If you cannot come please call and Ean
or Tony ( me ) can help you : 202-363-4265 : and we can deliver it, too. It's a
TWO-PART SALE :

1) BUY ANY STILL ( non-sparkling ) WINE OVER $20 and SAVE 20% OFF the
sticker price.
2) BUY ANY 12 BOTTLES of still ( non-sparkling wine - that includes ports
and sherries, madeiras, marsalas and sakes, too - box wines as well as small or
large bottles of still wine ) : and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices,
EVEN if the bottles are already ON SALE, SAVE some more with us these next two
days. Great opportunity to sale, save and continue saving with us. Cheers.

I LOVED IT : driving along Route 50 ( Arlington Boulevard ) this morning trying
to get to work on time and being in traffic and looking up and focusing on what
I thought was the space shuttle Discovery flying above me. It was.

I FRANTICALLY LOOKED FOR my camera and snapped a couple of pictures quickly
before it was swallowed up by all the soft baby green-leafed trees and I
counted my lucky stars for having been able to take the pictures. I would have
loved to have taken some more. I was hoping that I could get to the Teddy
Roosevelt bridge in time and that was not to be as everyone else was already
there and prepared to witness this glorious sight and to take their many
pictures, too. Then I realized that my memory card was not in my camera and my
heart sank!

I THOUGHT BACK TO WHAT I HAD SEEN so briefly and so off-guard and I branded
those quick split seconds into my brain and thought that that would simply have
to do. At least I saw all of this though briefly " live " and I was treasuring
this moment. Little did I know that as I got closer to the Teddy Roosevelt
bridge that the Discovery would be passing back our way and that we would all
see it all over again!

PEOPLE WERE PARKED ON THE SIDES of the road and standing on fences and on
perches with cameras poised and ready to take the perfect picture. I got some
once again with my Panasonic Lumix camera that was loaded with the battery and
ready to go. I liked the couple I got as the Discovery space shuttle flew over
the Washington Monument. That was simply luck on my part : being in the right
place at the right time. I, like many others I am sure was fifteen minutes late
to work.

I DID LOVE THE EXPERIENCE, however and thought to myself that many people would
be out looking up and out for the Discovery. I thought of my good friend Steven
perhaps up on the Kennedy Warren roof looking for and following the Discovery's
path as it wound it's way to the Smithsonian Udvar Center in Virginia.

I BEGAN TO WONDER what wine would be like to drink in space? Was anybody
allowed to drink any wine on the flights? Did John Glen enjoy ever a sip or two
or red or white wine? Does John Glen like wine? So many questions passed
rapidly through my thoughts as I moved slowly along the Teddy Roosevelt bridge
and past the Lincoln memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Kennedy Center and
then later along the blossoming Rock Creek Parkway.

I HOPE YOU DO NOT MIND INDULGING ME in these thought processes and these
seemingly random snatches of ideas and feelings. It was fun to watch all the
people on the bridges I passed under as I drove down the Rock Creek Parkway.
They were all looking up and towards my back and what I was driving away from.
Could they still see anything? I wanted to turn around and look myself.

ANYWAY, for all you scientists out there like Phil and Andrea and many more :
is it possible to drink wine and beer in space? I do not remember hearing
anything ever about any of this. If it is not possible or advised then I think
that that seals the deal for me. I have no interest myself in flying into
space. And not being able to enjoy a beer or a good glass or two of wine :
well, that's the straw that would break my back! Please include any thoughts on
any of this.

HOW MANY OF YOU were able to witness the Discovery space shuttle live this
morning?

WE HAVE AN EXCITING WEEK FOR YOU HERE in Cleveland Park and the store is still
filled with so many wonderful specials and items for sale. That never seems to
change as our distributors always have so many wonderful products in their
warehouses that eventually must be sold to us at great sale prices so that we
will buy and so that they can clear the space for more beers, liquors,
liqueurs, and wines that are arriving. It's a constant situation and it's all
about economics. We are thrilled to be able to do our part and pass the
substantial savings onto you all.

ONE GREAT EXAMPLE OF OUR WINE SAVINGS TO YOU is the JOSEPH PSISTER Reserve 2009
organic/ biodynamic Gewurztraminer. It's On Special now for $19.99 ( regularly
$27.99 ). The past Wednesday Mark Congdon had it open for our customers to try
and I really enjoyed the fullness, richness, even ripeness of flavors that was
never cloying or heavy or too assertive. It's a perfect balance to sit around
and enjoy all by itself. It's medium-bodied and has no sharpness or tartness,
just pleasing from bouquet to first impression and all through the palate and
the long, lingering finish. Lovely : a treat. I could see buying a case of it
and enjoying with many of our meals or simply when my wife and I sit outside,
chat, look around at all the green surrounding us and basically " chill ". We
love chilling and this would be a a great wine to chill around.

I JUST SPOKE TO SANTOS and  went over some beer selections with him. Here they
are for you all to consider.

1) " Bier De Mars Ale brewed with spices from the LIPS OF FAITH Series (
On Special for $6.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, 6.2% alcohol  by volume.
www.newbelgium.com ) from NEW BELGIUM Brewing  is : " A celestial collision of
orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon, verbena, and unidentified flying brettanomyces,
launch to newbelgium.com ".

2) O.K. BEER Full Pale Piwo Jasne Pelne ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack
of 12 ounce bottles, from Poland, 5.5% alcohol by volume ) is brand new for us
here and we are really excited to have it for you all.

3) HOMMEL ALE from POPERINGS ( On Special for $9.99, 1 Pt. 9.4 F. Oz, 7.5%
Alcohol by volume, product of Belgium, NV Van Eecke B- 8978 Watou ) is also "
new and exciting. ALWAYS something new here at Cleveland Park : you can always
count on this - variety, more variety, and still more choices. It can sometimes
make your head spin.

UPDATE ON THE DISCOVERY : our customer and friend Steven in fact was not up on
the roof of the Kennedy Warren building. In fact he went down to the Mall and
saw everything from that vantage point with many other passionate souls there
all with their cameras pointed to the beautiful baby blue skies with ribbons of
wispy white clouds  breaking everything up.

LIQUOR, LIQUEUR From RAVI :

LIQUEUR -

1)  Liqueur LiquOrange of Sorrento, from VILLA MASSA ( best served chilled
. On Special for $22.99, 30% alcohol by volume, from Piano, Sorrento ) is an
exciting variation on the VILLA MASSA Limoncello that started the whole ball
rolling here years ago. Nice to see that they have a fun warm-weather variation
on a very popular theme.

2) Peppermint Mocha Licor Delicioso from KAHLUA ( On Special for $16.99,
limited edition, 20% alcohol by volume, www.kahlua.com ) is " a balance of cool
peppermint and dark chocolate, blended with our original Kahlua from the heart
of Veracruz, made from 100% Arabian coffee beans and sugarcane spirit ".
Cheers.

LIQUOR -

1) Black Spiced Rum Caribbean Rum with select spices and natural flavors
is Double Charred Blackened Oak by CAPTAIN MORGAN ( $24.99, 47.3% alcohol by
volume, www.captainmorgan.com ) is made with Blackstrap rum, rich clove spice
and Cassia bark. Sounds great for a dark and stormy perhaps?!?

2) FIFTY POUNFS Gin Batch N0. 04/10 , Rare and Handcrafted London dry gin
( $34.99, 43.5% alcohol by volume, 100 grain neutral spirits . product of
England, ) : " FIFTY POUNDS GIN is distilled in single batches, produced in
small quantities in order to preserve the quality ".

WINE From EAN & TONY :

WHITE :

1) Sauvignon Blanc 2009 California from FOX BROOK ( On Special for $9.99,
12.5% alcohol  by volume ) is something that we just discovered and are
delighted to have. " Crisp and refreshing wine with aromas of citrus and honey.
... pairs well with Greek salad, white fish, and fried calamari ".

2) Chardonnay 2010 California from FOX BROOK ( On Special for $9.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume ) is cellared and bottled by FOX BROOK winery in Napa and
Sonoma.

3) FINCA ANTIGUA  100% Viura 2010 ( $14.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume ) is
made from a single vineyard estate. Made in La Mancha, it's a youn ( joven )
wine that is aged on it's lees for 5 months. Go to : familiamartinebujanda.com
for more information.
I LIKED IT WHEN  we tasted it this past Friday with our rep Jody Jackman from
Winebow Imports. Crisp and flavorful, really well-balanced and smooth and
bright and a real treat to sip. Great with food, too.
THIS IS PRETTY SPECIAL Spanish dry white that will really help to make our
spring and summer whether sitting inside or outside. It will also pair really
well with seafood, white meat, creamy rice, paella, pasta. The bouquet will get
you right away of apricots, peaches and pears.

4) Dry White Sauvignon & Perdo Ximenez Spanish blend, this COMOLALUNA 2010
( $11.99, 10.5% alcohol by volume, www.tradewindsspeciality.com ) is tart and
tangy and crisp and fresh and bright and FABULOUS with seafood like many
shellfish and fried fish like calamari. Also combine nuts anytime as the Pedro
Ximenez grape from the sherry region of Spain really complements the addition
of nuts.

Dry ROSES :

1) " La Senda " 100% Bobal dry 2010 rose from PINUAGA ( On Special for
$9.99, 13% alcohol by volume, www.bodegaspinuaga.com ) from Toledo, Spain is
hearty and tart and tangy and very much a food wine. This is not to be drunk
all on it's own. Any flavorful, hearty or robust meals with some good seasoning
and left to marinate - that's what this dry deep colored Bobal rose will
complement. Cheers.

2) " La Dame Rousse " Cotes-Du-Rhone dry rose from the DOMAINE DE LA
MORDOREE, 2011, from Fabrice and Anne-Marie Delorme ( $16.99,
proprietaires-recoltants, www.domaine-mordoree.com , 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah,
10% Cinsault ) is an absolute delight to drink now. I just sampled some a month
ago and it would be a treat to drink it now at 1:30PM sitting outside somewhere
relaxing and enjoying a meal or simply watching people walk by. This is one of
the very best dry roses we will offer you all this spring season so come by and
check it out while we still have some. Cheers.

REDS :

1) FOX BROOK California Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ( On Special for $9.99 )
is exciting and new and " is rich and full-bodied with smooth tannins giving
way to a lengthy finish. ... prime rib, wild game and grilled pork chops " as
you sip and enjoy your meal.

2) ZINFANDEL 2009 Central Coast from TAMAS Estates in California is made
in Livormore by the WENTE family. It sure does deliver a whole lot of extra
flavor for the dollar. We will sell it as long as we can keep it at $9.99 a
bottle or less. At this price it way over-delivers for the price. There is also
a Double-Decker Bus dry red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Petit
Sirah. I liked it, too very much. It also sells for $9.99 a bottle. We will ask
Tom to come in and taste you on both. Cheers.

3) Malbec 2010 Valle De Chanarmuyo from Argentina's La Rioja region in the
northern part not that far from Uruguay ( $10.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol  y
volume, www.chanarmuyo.com.ar ) , made by CHANARMUYO Estate is hearty and
robust and has grip, girth, rustic mouth-feel and a red to enjoy with your meal
and not by itself. If you have it with something off the grill or some
flavorful cheeses or some good pate then you are all set. Cheers.
DISCOVER THE  LA RIOJA wine-producing region of Argentina.! This region adds to
what we already have in Mendoza and is worth experiencing as well.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR BUSINESS and do check us out at :
www.clevelandparkwines.com, on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and
on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and at : chatwine.blogspot.com. NEVER A DULL
MOMENT here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. Thanks again. Join us here
anytime, you are always welcome.   TONY

4) Rioja Tinto 2010 from VINA BUJANDA ( $11.99, 12.5% alcohol  by volume )
was also tasted here this past Friday by Jody Jackman of Winebow Imports and it
showed ( along with the other three wines ) beautifully. It was a great Spanish
wine-tasting!It's medium-to-light-bodied and a refreshing Tempranillo to enjoy
with light foods, tapa dishes, etcetera. With just the right amount of acidity
and toasty cherry-berry flavors. It's nicely balanced and a glass or two before
the meal and then perhaps another with the meal and I would be all set?!? Yes,
I think so. For more info go to : www.familiamartinezbujanda.com.

5) Beaujolais 2009 ( great year ) from the CHATEAU DE PIZAY ( On Special
for $12.99, regularly $18.99 ) is drinking like a dream now. Toasty
berry-cherry flavors, bright fruit, silky, not heavy, very elegant and
refreshing and a delight to sip. Chill slightly and enjoy with or without a
meal. It's a beauty and a delectable. restrained symphony of flavors and tastes
that speaks of youth and enthusiasm and so many wonderful charms and
possibilities. Cheers.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 2012 : ( 5-8PM ) : Owner Oscar Losama , with his wife
Olivia Bombart, of VOILA Collection will be here tasting an assortment of great
French country, small-production wines. JOIN US, NEVER any charge. bring
friends and your family and those special people in your lives and share this
experience. Cheers.

SATURDAY, April 21st, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : Come meet and taste with Danielle
Davidowitz of Dionysos Imports some of her company's excellent Portuguese Vinho
Verdes as well as their fabulous dry reds, too. Join us, never any charge :
everybody is always welcome here. Cheers.

I AM SURE THAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS. I did just finally meet Tony
Poer of his own MEYER Family Cellars winery in Oakville, California (
707-895-2341, www.mfcellars.com ). He wrote in my guest winery book the
following : " Tony,   A great pleasure to meet you in person ( finally! ). From
my first-ever wine-tasting experience with Aaron Millman at Syracuse
University's Villa Rossa in Florence in January, 1989 to Cleveland Park Wines
in April, 2012, it's been a long, strange trip in the wine business! Thank you
for adding to the experience! " Cheers,  TONY POER
IT WAS GREAT to finally meet you Tony. We have your MEYER Port-Style red
wine for sale here at $32.99 that has lovely overtones of plums and prunes and
other dried fruits. it's pretty amazing and a lovely treat that covers so many
surfaces of my tongue and palate. I can still taste it now, even after my
lunch. The flavors linger beautifully.

Reconnecting Just A Few Minutes Ago With The BOXWOOD Winery In Middleburg, Virginia When I Got A Call From Wendy This Tuesday Rainy Morning Here In Cleveland Park, Washington D.C., 20008, @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Where I Manage The Wine Department : Nice.

" I'm looking for a particular red? Do you sell BOXWOOD? " asks Wendy. " Yes! " I respond immediately . " I've called five other s and you're the only one, you're number six on the web site . No one carries it anymore. " " That's our gain and their loss! " " oh wonderful ... " responds Wendy. " Which one do you want? " I ask. " The BOXWOOD. " I told her that they make three reds and one dry rose and that I would see what I have for her. It was the 2009 BOXWOOD, $29.99 a bottle.  She was thrilled explaining to me that she had gone to the BOXWOOD web page and that we were #6 listed that carried it, that we were the only one to have any as she called down the list. Wendy told me also that she's a real estate agent and that some did her a huge favor and that person LOVES BOXWOOD, and usually drives down to the vineyard to buy it. I explained that I know Rachel Martin and that I have carried it now for quite some time as I believe in what BOXWOOD is doing with their wines and will continue to carry them. I also explained that Wendy will be giving the very best that BOXWOOD Vineyards' makes , and that it has the bottle-age that the wine needs as they are designed to age gracefully and not be drunk immediately upon release, much like a fine Bordeaux wine that is their inspiration. Everyone wins! Cheers Wendy, cheers, BOXWOOD, cheers Rachel, and cheers CP Wine & Spirits, too. Have a great Tuesday Wendy, see you later. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  4/15/2014