Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Matt Daniels Stops By Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits To Taste CVNE Monopole Dry Spanish White, CVNE Crianza 2011 Rioja Red, SANTO RISTO Garnacha Red , the 2011 MAURO Red, Too ... & LUSTAU Pedro Ximenez Sherry Was It Matt?!? On Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 : Great Start To The Day Today! Thanks - Gracias Matt!







Matt Daniels brought by some pretty special Spanish dry reds and whites for me to taste this Tuesday around noon . he had a list, I scanned it and said that this is pretty impressive and he said something like he knew that with a smile on his face, the MAURO I will sell for $60 a bottle,...


 the GRANBAZAN Albarino Green Bottle -  the intro  - not the brown bottle, wow, so balanced, so fine, so pure and fresh and balanced and appealing, loved it.

Then Matt poured the CVNE white after and it was simply too awkward for me after the lightness, airiness and lilt and swag of the Albarino, lovely, yes, but definitely a food wine and some appetizers liked some fried calamari perhaps would have brought it to life and made it sing to me in a language I would want to learn immediately even if I did not know it already! he Crianza 2011 CVNE Rioja red pleased me enormously because it was fleshier, meatier, more red red blood, sweet red blood color and taste, and I loved the balance and it's frame-o-reference, and it's scope : lovely, also reasonably-priced.

 I also liked the SANTO RISTO Garnacha that is pictured here as it will sell for around $12 and it delivers pretty much everything to enjoy these fall days, and enjoy them thoroughly, immediately, with or without a meal.





 AND : the 2011  Maura was amazing, more forward and more fruit-centered and fleshier and brighter and better-balanced than I remember, still quite young and yet very approachable now with a meal. his was a fine tasting Matt and we will enjoy getting these this week. Cheers,  TONY





Matt promises to come back with some of the LUSTAU sherries for me to try once again and we have some of the Fino coming back this week! Cheers. It's beautiful fall weather here now and perfect for all of these selections.    TONY

Ana Keller The Owner & Winemaker Of The KELLER ESTATE Sonoma Coast CA. Wines Here On Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 2014 From 5 To 8 PM Tasting Three of Her Excellent Wines InCluding 2 Chardonnays and 1 Pinot Noir : No Charge, A Free And Wonderful Wine-Tasting With Ana Keller!






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WE are pleased to have Lew make the delivery of these 5 cases of inexpensive
Pecorino from Italy that my wife just enjoyed with our meal last night. She
liked it. That's great news indeed.

Lew is also bringing us some tasty vinho verde with 11.5% alcohol by volume and
thus more flavor  and character, too. We also need that.

We MAKE Many Wine decisions and it is nice to take some of the bottles home as
I did these two and enjoyed them with my wife, daughter and two neighbors.

ULTIMATELY WE DO this to bring you the best , most informed selections that we
can, and trying beer and wine, even liquor with food is the best that we can do
to have a better sense of how the beer or the wine evolve and either complement
or not one another. It's a constantly changing equation and a joy to monitor,
especially when it's your own time to do with what you will, and not be under
constraints from being at work. Lovely.

SINCE I QUOTED LOU I asked him how he spelled his name : " Do you spell your
name '  L O U , or do you spell it  L E W ? ' I asked him. " L O U Lou
responded, but it's actually Luigi. " he added with a smile. " Where are you
from in Italy ? " I asked Lou.  " My father is from Calabria. " I smiled then
and said no wonder you sell us the excellent CIRO Calabrian 100% Gagliopo red. "
Lou smiled again and said that : " And no one knows the Gagliopo grape. " I
seconded that notion immediately. We love selling it here, a Rosso Classico 2010
from Marina, Italia, 13% alcohol by volume, it's such a flavorful, honest, pithy
and so much tastier with a meal to ' flesh it out " as I like to say. We have
some in stock as I type, thanks to Lou and to Chris our salesperson for the
wine.

I AM THRILLED that I engaged Luigi in conversation as we started to speak about
what he sells that me may not already have here. I told him how we operated and
he listened and then said that he had an excellent Moscato that was at a really
competitive price. I asked him if he had a bottle to taste? Then I asked him if
it was from Italy?

LUIGI SAID he had the CHIARLE Piemonte Denominizione Di Origine Controllata 2012
bottle in his car and would get us a sample to taste. Luigi told me the price
and I told him what I would need as a price to buy ten cases at a time and sell
it up front at $9.99 a bottle ON SALE. He thought a minute and said, " I can do
that , I'm making the executive decision here on the spot for you now. " I like
that, I cannot wait to taste it with Chris here a bit later. Join us, stop by,
ask for a taste? Give us your opinion? We would like that. We will not have them
wine until tomorrow or Thursday if we do buy it, Cheers. The alcohol content is
5.5% alcohol by volume, and my only concern is to see how fresh and bright and
vibrant it still is? if it is all of that and we can sell it to you for $9.99 a
bottle On Sale then this will be grand find and I say hurray!
JUST GOT A CALL FROM JIM saying that he wanted a case of the 2013 ROCCHE
COSTAMAGNA dry Arneis from Langhe, Piemonte, Italy that we started selling here
recently. We sell it for $15.99 a bottle, it has 13% alcohol by volume, and we
tasted it here two Saturday's ago with Andrew Stover our local Siema rep and the
owner of his own VINO50 Selections. It was quite ' the hit ' and we were happy
to include it as the Washington Post had just reviewed one of our regular Arneis
selections that was sold out, most of it in Virginia before the Wednesday review
in The Post's Food section came out! Argh! I have a real ' love-hate '
relationship with these reviews in the Washington Post. We like supporting them
and having what the customers come in search of as it helps business all around
and we are thrilled for that. However, so often there are real snags in the
chain of players involved here in getting these wines to you, and we do not
enjoy looking like ' the bad guy ' when we do not have one of the wines where we
are mentioned having it.

I TOLD THE MAN that wanted six bottles of the Arneis mentioned in the paper that
it was all sold-out. I quickly said that Andrew and I had worked to arrange
including a tasting here on that same Saturday of the ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA 2013
Arneis, $15.99, that we bought from the same supplier and that he and his wife
could sample before buying. I told him that the Arneis was $2 more than the one
reviewed so that he would know I was aware of the price difference. He said that
he would mention this to his wife. I did not see him return and taste it.
Perhaps his wife came and tasted it? In any event we did what we could to
alleviate any misunderstanding concerning this Arneis or any other wine that we
get mentioned for and do not have. Complicated, a web to weave through, we are
trying to do our part. Cheers.

ANDREW WILL BE SENDING JIM a case of the Italian Piemonte Arneis 2013and one for
our shelves as well. It has sold really well. Bright, forward, a bit meaty and
certainly tasty and polished and with good Arneis character as well, and
excellent food wine that will complement well many a meal. By the second glass
you will be looking around for some food to fill out the flavors and the lively
acidity and mineral that the wine shows.

JESSIE JUST CAME UP TO ME and said : " They sent me back to you. " She said this
with a really bright smile. " Do you have any empty boxes? " I told her to come
back later, that we would have some later. " How many do you need? " I asked
Jessie? " As many as you have. " she responded. " So, you're leaving us? " I
asked? " Yes,but don't worry, we'll still come back here for the wine,
especially for the wine-tastings, they are the best. " she said again with an
endearing and warming smile that covered her face from ear to ear! Thanks
Jessie, it's always a pleasure helping you. See you in a bit as soon as we stock
some of the shelves with all this ' great value ' wine that is coming through
our doors now.
without your knowing perhaps anyway as you come and we ask you if you need any
help, and when you say " yes " we make suggestions that may or may not agree
with you at the time. We try and listen really carefully to you all as it is
such a personal choice whichever wine works or does not for each and every one
of us. We all have to pay attention : to try and understand the event, the mood,
the occasion, the people involved: mush easier said than done. But it's all fun
: all done in good fun ...   and fun we have! Cheers!!






MATT DANIELS just came by with tastes of some pretty special Spanish wines that
we will be putting back on our shelves this week, thanks Matt. The wines are :
1) " Verde " Albarino 2013 from GRANBAZAN, $22.99, the ... 2) Crianza 2010
Rioja, $14.99, and the ... 3) Garnacha 2011 from Santo , $11.99. All were
balanced, fresh, lively , balanced, all treats. Cheers, thanks Matt, see you
when you return with the EMIDIO LUSTAU sherries from Spain that we need to get
back here once again!


Matt Daniels brought by some pretty special Spanish dry reds and whites for me to taste this Tuesday around noon . he had a list, I scanned it and said that this is pretty impressive and he said something like he knew that with a smile on his face, the MAURO I will sell for $60 a bottle,...


 the GRANBAZAN Albarino Green Bottle -  the intro  - not the brown bottle, wow, so balanced, so fine, so pure and fresh and balanced and appealing, loved it.

Then Matt poured the CVNE white after and it was simply too awkward for me after the lightness, airiness and lilt and swag of the Albarino, lovely, yes, but definitely a food wine and some appetizers liked some fried calamari perhaps would have brought it to life and made it sing to me in a language I would want to learn immediately even if I did not know it already! he Crianza CVNE Rioja red pleased me enormously because it was fleshier, meatier, more red red blood, sweet red blood color and taste, and I loved the balance and it's frame-o-reference, and it's scope : lovely, also reasonably-priced.

 I also liked the Garnacha that is pictured here as it will sell for around $12 and it delivers pretty much everything to enjoy these fall days, and enjoy them thoroughly, immediately, with or without a meal.

 AND : the Maura was amazing, more forward and more fruit-centered and fleshier and brighter and better-balanced than I remember, still quite young and yet very approachable now with a meal. his was a fine tasting Matt and we will enjoy getting these this week. Cheers,  TONY






HEY, BUT WHAT ABOUT ALE and BEER from Santos? Here's what I found earlier :

1) CUSTER'S LAST STAND Ale brewed and bottled SMUTTYNOSE Brewing Company
from Hampton, NH., ... On Special $10.99 for a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, , made in
collaboration with STONE Brewing Company, with 6.8% alcohol by volume. Make your
stand, gain a new flavor taste profile, ... cheers.

2) Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Aged In Oak Barrels by CROOKED LINE, an ale
brewed with Pumpkin and Spices, with 10.3 % alcohol by volume, limited release
with 9.4 Fl. Oz, from Salt Lake City, Utah. Looks like it is selling well
already, come and get some while you still can!

SANTOS Just SUGGESTED THESE TWO :

1) Session IPA , the TRADER from UINTA Brewing, in cans, On Special for
$9.99 a 6-pack of cans, this is exciting to have as the flavors are all there to
enjoy and in cans it is easier to carry and don't have to worry about any broken
glass : all good. And there is only 4% alcohol by volume, and I like that as it
is easier to enjoy while drinking and still feel good afterward, what a great
and it should not be a novel concept either. Enjoy.

2) Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale from the 21ST AMENDMENT , On Special in
a box of 6 - 12 ounce cans, with 45 IBU's and 7.9% alcohol by volume, what fun,
what a treat, enjoy outside when the sun goes down, around a fire, this and the
fire will keep you warm, toasty and smiling.

AND NOW for Jagir and Malkit We Have  In LIQUOR :

1)  Bianco Vermouth de CHAMBERY Blanc from DOLIN, $13.99 a 750ml bottle, is
something that everyone does not know, this French Vermouth is not like the dry
version that you know and love already, the Bianco is softer and easier and has
completely different applications when you serve it alone or when you mix it. Do
you know it yet? If not you should, it will add to your vocabulary of flavors
and tastes that fine vermouth can offer, this one from France and from DOLIN.
Cheers.

2)  X Rated Fusion Liqueur , $27.99 is striking for the color and the tall
and sleek bottle shape : shocking deep pink color, and ...it's " a sensuous
fusion of ultra premium French vodka & Sicilian blood orange mingling with Mango
& Passion Fruits. " It has 17% alcohol by volume, what fun, what a statement it
makes even before you open the bottle and pour some into a glass.

TWO DAYS TO SAVE : Tuesday and Wednesday :

Today, Tuesday, Sept. 30th, 2014 : SAVE UP TO 15% OFF on your purchases of both
still wines and also on sparkling wines, too. Call and pay today and SAVE,
especially on bubbly!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 2014 : SAVE up to 20% OFF on still wine ( no
bubbly or sparkling wine ) : you know the drill, everything is still the same,
come and SAVE BIG today and tomorrow at Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits/
202-363-4265. Call us and ask us to explain if you have any questions. Cheers.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 ( 5 to 8 PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy here to
try four super wines from Italy with you all :  1)  PERLA del GARDA Perla 2013
Trebbiano di Lugan, $22.99 a bottle, ... 2) PERLA Del GARDA Terre Lunari 2009
Benaco Bres rose, $22.99 a bottle, ... 3) TRE MONTI Reserva red, $23.99 ... and
the ... 4) PAOLO CALI Mandragola 2012 Frappato red, $25.99 a bottle ...this will
be fun, this will cover some of Italy's by-and-large hidden treasures! JOIN US,
never any charge.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 ( Just Announced, 5-8PM ) : We have Ana Keller
, owner and winemaker at KELLER ESTATE in the Sonoma Coast California wines here
to pour her own Pinot Noir and her two Chardonnay. I loved the elegance and the
silky finesse of the " La Cruz Vineyard ' 2009, what a lovely treat, so subtle
and rich and not heavy and cloying, so elegant, I loved it, really did love it,
$51.99 a bottle, 14.1% alcohol by volume, ... come taste it with Ana and get a
bottle signed of it as well as of the two others we will taste and enjoy. Ana
might bring something else for us to taste as well, we will see?!/ JOIN US<
NEVER any charge, everyone welcome. This is a special winery and Ana is indeed a
very special person : love her and her wines.

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 ( 5 to 8 PM ) : We have our Greek OENOS
wine-tasting here. What's new and exciting in Greece? Come discover that here
with us from 5 to 8 PM, no charge, join us...

Saturday , October 4th, 2014 , We have Michael Cavanagh and perhaps Gabriella to
taste some outstanding wines of Brazil, South Africa and Romania, too : what a
great treat this will be : all the wines are outstanding, really great as well
as great values, distinct, focused, characterful and intriguing-beguiling as
well. Join us, never any charge. Katie may come, too : you just never know ...

MARK YOUR CALENDARS : Robert Kennedy and Cleveland Park are hosting a TENUTA
CASALI Wine-Dinner ( Four Courses ) at the Ristorante Piccolo at 1068 31st St.
in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 2014 with Sylvia Casali there herself
to conduct this extraordinary wine and food pairing of some of our favorite
Italian wines, all that are here in the store and on our shelves. Come talk to
Robert here tomorrow, Tuesday when we taste some of them with you and give you a
' sneak preview ' into this phenomenal opportunity! Wow, I cannot wait. I will
be at the dinner myself. We have the PERLA Del GARDA Brut sparkling 2008, the
TENUTA CASALI Palazzisa 2012, the Baruccia 2011, the Quartosole 2010, what a
fine line-up, come check this all out. Thi is special indeed, and the cost is
phenomenal for what you are getting. You do have to add tax and gratuity onto
the $55 per person charge for the meal. See you there!

I HAVE MANY WINES to speak about, the store has filled up with grand specials on
...

2) 1)   COSTE MANCINI  Terre Di Chietti 2012 Pecorino dry indigenous Italian
white, with a lovely creamy accent of nut and honey and yet completely dry and
smooth, abd On Special now for only $9.99 a bottle ...

3) the ROHCO BLANCHIS Collio, Friuli Pinot Grigio 2012 On Special for $12.99 a
bottle - wow, so much flavor and taste, incredible deal, wonderful : ... and
the

4) Bodegas Iranzo 2011 organic dry red blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50%
Tempranillo is On Special for $10.99 a bottle, is bright and pure and fresh and
100% FRUIT-FORWARD and balanced, and I LOVE IT, absolutely love it, and at
$10.99 a bottle it's a steal and good for you, too. Cheers, ...

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, come taste and check out what we have and SAVE BIG here
at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Thanks, gracias, grazie, merci again .
TONY

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits' Tuesday Store Email Of October 5th, 2010 : Creme De Lys , Navarro Correas Claude Thibaut's VA. Sparkling ' Fizz ' , Ribolla Gialla Sparkling Italian, Duca Carlo Guarini Primitivo From Salento, Hugh Hamilton's The Ratbag Merlot Aussie Dry Red 2007, Asso Tuscan Dry Red 2009, Simonnet-Fevre 2006 Pinot Noir, Riebeek Cellars Swartland South African wines, Pravis Muller Thurgau Italian White and More!


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WE CAN HELP YOU MAKE Many Wine decisions

ULTIMATELY we do this without your knowing perhaps anyway as you come and
we ask you if you need any help, and when you say " yes " we make suggestions
that may or may not agree with you at the time. We try and listen really
carefully to you all as it is such a personal choice whichever wine works or
does not for each and every one of us. We all have to pay attention : to try
and understand the event, the mood, the occasion, the people involved: mush
easier said than done. But it's all fun : all done in good fun ...   and fun we
have! Cheers!!

CLEVELAND PARK DAY this past Saturday here, October 2nd, 2010 from 1-5 PM
was a huge success any way that you call it. The weather was as drop-dead
gorgeous and beautiful as anyone could have ever imagined with clear clue
skies, hardly a cloud anywhere to be seen and warm and a touch of a breeze and
everyone in great moods from children and the Moon Bounces and Dunking Vats to
parents and their wines, eye-glasses and freebies to fitness-center deals and
chocolate croissants, activities for the kids tied-in with the National Zoo in
the front of Firehook Bakery; and all the wines, beers, liquors and liqueurs
that you could possibly ever want ( 7-8 of them in all I believe )!

IT WAS GRAND  and we also had cheeses that Ravi bought along with
crackers, baguettes from Firehook Bakery and pate and cheese from owner Dean of
Dino restaurant, too. It was a smash, and thanks for coming and checking out
our two blocks of activity this past Saturday that I know carried into the
evening at dinners at Dino, Sorriso, Palena, Lavendou, Ripple and more.

WE ALSO HAD guest owner/wine-maker Hugh Hamilton himself of the Hugh
Hamilton Winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia tasting his Scallyway unwooded
Chardonnay 2010( $18.99 ) and his Ratbag Merlot 2007( $18.99 ) with bottles
here signed for gifts to family and friends. Hugh who is a great friend now at
one point announced during his tasting here : " All roads lead to Cleveland
Park ". Thanks Hugh for that, really do appreciate such strong sentiment.

OUR 2ND BEGINNER'S WINE CLASS was another success I believe. I know that I
certainly had a blast tasting the six wines : 1) ARGYROS ATLANTIS 2007
Mandelaria-Mavrotragano indigenous grapes  Greek Santorini dry red( $18.490,
2) FAKUE Txakoli 2009 Spanish slightly-sparkling Getariako Txakolina white (
$23.49 ),  3) Alvarino indigenous grape variety dry Portuguese white Vinho
Verde ( best of the style , $14.99 , lower alcohol, too : 12.5% ),  4)
Sangiovese I.G.T. " Perlage " biodynamic from Marche, Italy ( $16.49),   5 )
Zweigelt indigenous spicy, pithy, earthy, mineral dry Austrian from Burgenland
Austria  from Leo Hillinger ( $19.49, 2009 ),  and the  6) dry Riesling (
minerals, brightness, freshness, crispness ) 2008 German Mosel from
DR.H.THANISCH - so bristling and yet so smooth and elegant and refined and
lovely- that's the word - lovely. JOIN US : Call or respond to this email and
tell us you want to come for the next Beginner's Wine-Tasting this Saturday,
October 9th, 2010 ( 11:30-1 PM, $10 for six more exciting wines ).

SO  MUCH GOING ON : SO MUCH to keep track of and yet it all SPELLS SO MUCH
FUN! HERE ARE SOME " New Revelations " TO EXCITE YOU :

From Santos  BEER / CIDER :

1) Certified Organic Ben Gleason's White Ale ( On Special for
$6.49/6-pack 12 fl. oz bottles, was $9.99 , wolavers.com , Otter Creek Brewing
Middlebury, Vermont ... since 1997) is certainly really exciting and new.

2) Pilsner beer Cervejaria PETROPOLIS " Itaipava ( On Special for $9.99,
6-pack 12 oz bottles, www.aidilwines.com ) is also certainly " new and exciting
".
3) " Old Thumper " Extra Special Ale from the RING WOOD Brewery ( On
Special for $8.99 6-pack 12 oz bottles ) is hand brewed and bottled by SHIPYARD
BREWING CO. Llc Portland , ME .
4) Cider ( $8.49 6-pack 12 oz bottles, made from freshly pressed local
apples, HARPOON 4.8% alc. by volume, MA and VT ) is another really exciting "
new " entry here for us in Cleveland Park.

RAVI'S Liquor and LIQUEUR :

1) Cherry Liqueur " Rouge " from Roi Rene of COMBIER ( $26.99, is from
Saumur, Loire Valley France and brand new and shiny and fun for us all here in
Cleveland Park.

2) Pink Grapefruit BELVEDERE ( $32.99 , from Poland, 40% alc. by volume,
) made by BELVEDERE is again " new and exciting " for us all here in our
neighborhood.
3) Old Tom Gin " RANSOM " Alambic Pot Distillation Herat Cuts Barrel
Aged for 3 to 6 months ( On Special for $34.99 ) , Batch No. 012, Bottle No.
1319 is handcrafted from naturally farmed grains and botanicals. It's 44% alc.
by volume (  88 Proof ) and brand-spanking new. I tried it : it's in it's own
league : flavorful and very distinct and got a great golden color like
sun-filtered cognac except that it's gin made in Sheridan, Oregon. There's so
much information on the label by the way that it could easily be the first
chapter in many a book. We should do some in-store readings from this label :
it would add and air of gravitas to any particular moment here in time.

Chris & Tony's Wines : Finally! I Can Breathe Again....

WHITES :

1) Chardonnay California 2009 CREME DE LYS ( $12.49 ) is one that both
Chris and I tried the other day with our rep Kelly and really liked. It's got
balance and finesse, flavor, style and brightness. Something very " new and
welcome " for us here in Cleveland Park.
2) Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009 ( $12.49 ) called RUBUS is
another really exciting new California Chardonnay with even more body and
flavor and nuanced complexities that hold one's palate and then latch onto
their mind and imagination as they calm one's gut. Yes, si, oui, claro que si!
3) Chardonnay Swarthland " Collections " South Africa 2010 ( wow, so
joven, so jeune, so young! $6.99 so value-oriented, too! ) from RIEBEEK CELLARS
is another real treat and value for us to have here and be able to offer you.
Pretty amazing and dry and fresh for this low price.
4) Sauvignon Blanc Swartland " Collections " South Africa 2010 Sauvignon
Blanc ( $6.99 ) is another dry, great crisp and flavorful and refreshing white
to enjoy now and when the mood strikes.
5) " Malamatta " Collio Bianco dry white Friuli Italian blend Of Ribolla
Gialla and two other grapes lends great gravitas and flavor and intensity - so
much depth that your tongue can float on it's shoulders for hours daydreaming
of more great things still to come ... It sells for $26.49 and is well-worth
the price.
6) Muller Thurgau from PRAVIS " San Thoma " 2009 from Dolomiti, Alto
Adige, Italy, Lasino, at $16.49 offers so much extra layers of flavors :
several as in Mille feuille sort-of-idea and it's so well-carpeted that you can
stay a long time with it - ride on it's carpets of flavors, land softly, float
and fall into it, use it as a wonderful crutch to lean into and collapse
amongst as you enjoy your meals - many - as it will hold it's own with many
solid food flavors indeed.

REDS:

1) Pinot Noir 2006 from SIMONNET FEBVRE ( 1840) at $10.99 is a
great/grand/spactacular everyday value of French Pinot Noir from the Vin De
Pays De Mediterranee. Great value.
2) ASSO Tuscan red 2009 Sangiovese red blend from Italy at $10.99 is
another great red to enjoy now and in many situations except that it's from
Italy this time and a bit more concentrated and darker in color, too.       3)
Merlot 2007 The Ratbag from HUGH HAMILTON ( $18.99 ) sure is showing
beautifully these days and a treat : medium-bodied, fresh, bright, lively and
balanced and with great color extraction and toasty/berry-cherry flavors. NICE!
3) Dolcetto D'ALBA 2007 " Bricco " from MASCARELLO ( $29.99 ) is silky
bright elegant, refined, flavorful, SUPLIME red to take over to Dino restaurant
tonight for no corkage fee and an absolutely wine to treat you and all your
tired bones and muscles and senses, too. Wow, what's not to love here?!? This
is really fine wine - period.
4) Primitivo " Vigne Vecchie " from the DUCA CARLO GUARINI in Salento,
southern Italy( $21.49 ) is another "no-brainer " to take over to Dean at Dino
restaurant on the corner tonight and not pay any corkage and have an absolutely
sublime and sinfully great red wine with pepper and spices and earth and warm
sun overtones that will complement to a " T " many of his Italian dishes. It's
a guarantee! Trust me on this ... I know.

SPARKLING :

1) Virginia Fizz sparkling wine , $21.99 from Claude Thibaut is another
great bottle of local sparkling wine to enjoy with or without food. It's a true
delight. So smooth , so bright and lively and with rippling speed, finesse,
charm and sparkle - lovely!
2) Ribolla Gialla Vino Spumante Brut from Friuli, Italy is a sparkling
wine of charm, liveliness, brightness and appeal that won both Chris and me
over immediately. It sells for $26.49 and is a treat any way that you slice it.
Cheers,  TONY

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

Friday, October 8th, 2010 ( 5-8 PM ) : We will taste with Jody Jackman
an assortment of her excellent " new " wines that have just arrived here in the
store this past Friday.
Saturday, October 9th ( 3-7 PM ) : We have Kelly Bigel here from
Pinnacle Selections to taste some of her " new " releases like the CREME DE LYS
Chardonnay California 2009 ( $12.49 ) and the Cabernet Sauvignon " Collection
Privada " from NAVARRO CORREAS: this 2007, $15.99 is a real benchmark for
great, traditional-styled Cabernet from Mendoza, Argentina. JOIN US, NEVER ANY
CHARGE!

I AM SURE I have forgotten something but it will have to wait. Don't
forget that we have the BEGINNER'S CLASS this Saturday from 11;30-1PM if you
want to join us let me know by responding to me , Tony , on this email. It's
$10 a person for six wines and an hour-and-a-half of me.

ALSO REMEMBER : The next BIG-THEME Wine-Tasting on lesser-known U.S.
States ( Hawaii and Idaho and Arizona and Michigan and more ) has been changed
to Saturday, October 16th, 2010 here from 1-5 PM. JOIN US. NEVER any charge.
Cheers,  TONY

Monday, September 29, 2014

Once Again Tasting And Really Discovering This Time For The First Time The True Magic And Charm And Maturity And Appeal Of The GIRARD 1986 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon On Monday Night, September 29th, 2014 With The Steak I Grilled For My Wife And My Meal! Sublime This 1986, I'm Bowled Over!


The label has two acorns on it and this is the season for the acorns falling from the trees and being so perfect and beautiful : I love them, I love this bottle tonight, too! I am honored to be drinking and enjoying it as I am now , and have been for the last two hours or so. It still is pleasing, it still is exciting, it still is all there and not missing a beat, so consistently divine it is! Cheers!!






I am so impressed this time with this 1986 GIRARD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ( ' produced and bottled by Girard Winery Oakville , Napa Valley , CA. table wine contains sulfites  ' reads the front label, sold at Bassin's for $13.99 a bottle, ).

I have tried the wine now five or more times and it has never tasted this silky or velvety or sublime, like a really fine aged wine, like one of the finest aged wines, with a touch of an intense bouquet that hits you immediately and with beautiful aged red ruby color that has some brown to it but not too much.

It's a treat, it's a real treat, it's world-class, I am amazed that a bottle of this age - 28 yr's old ) is still this fresh and this alive and this balanced, polished, refined, charming and together! Wow, bravo to the wine-making team back then at GIRARD Winery, you all did a terrific job, really a splendid effort on your part to achieve so much elegance, flavor, power, charm and appeal and balanced flavors that almost thirty years now are still delighting me to the max! I am enthralled, I am mesmerized, I am so ' under the spell ', I will enjoy it as I type, as I watch the show tonight ' The Voice ', and I am thrilled to have just scanned these pictures and included them here, using a flash light and shining it on the wine in my glass to hopefully bring it out more visually? That is the idea anyway, did it work?






So stay-tuned for more on this wonderful 1986 GIRARD Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as I still have six bottles to open and test and enjoy in whatever state they may currently be in when opened and asked to perform for our hungry and thirsty palates! Cheers, bravo GIRARD Winery!!  TONY   Monday night now here at home in northern Virginia on a fall and cool and beautiful day and night - perfect for this wine - September 29th, 2014 ....


he wine is more briary and woodsy and leaner and with less silk and fat on it's structure, and yet there is nothing missing, just a modulation, a shifting as the second sip turns more of the liquid into a soft and translucent red butter in taste that is filling in and the bramble and the sweet woods and the heat of the sun and the toil and the ardor of the vines and grapes are all expressed here so perfectly, with such harmony and honesty of expression. I am still amazed.

I am still bowled over with appreciation and awe and the magic and the mystery of what hits my tastebuds is still carrying me to new plateaux and new vistas and new realms and I am so pleased to be able to hop on with my thirsty taste-buds and all my senses and ' be taken ' where I may, willingly, appreciatively ... nice, really nice, glorious, in fact. It's now 10:46Pm and I am happy to add this here now before going off to bed.

If I were with friends I am sure we would polish the bottle off. As it stands now there is half a bottle left and I will finish it tomorrow. Cheers,  TONY


The color, too on this wine is still alluring ... calls to me ...

Rediscovering the Swartland South African Bush-Vine Hearty and Rustic Grapes Of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier ( Only 3 % ) In The BLACK ROCK 2004 Signed Bottle To Tony By Eddie That's Caked In Brown Mud In Our Shed Outside Today, Monday, September 29th, 2014 ... Wow, How Did It get So Muddy?!?





Just a little while ago reconnecting with BLACK ROCK that was signed to me, TONY by Eddie it looks like way back when I tasted it with Eddie. it's a 2004 and it is from Swartland and is a dry blend of 75% Chenin Blanc, 22% Chardonnay and % Viognier, made mostly from bush vines that can survive in this rugged territory by the sea where the ancient Swart Renoster - Black Rhinoceros  - made this region famous as it is largely unspoiled. I wonder how my bottle got so caked in mud? Did it come this way from South Africa? Did Eddie bring it all caked in unspoiled Swartland South African mud? And if he did , or if she did, how did they get past our US customs?!? I think I got it this way out in my shed where I still make red and white home-made vinegar in the small barrels that then French chef Alain Planche gave me when he cooked at Le Rivage on the waterfront not far from the Jefferson memorial and just off of Mains Street. Remember?!? Anyway, I think the mud is fitting and so I leave it for authenticity. I ask Eddie to come back with a fresh bottle so that we may see what the current vintages taste like? Is that a deal eddie?!? Cheers and thanks for this, love it, love reconnecting like this. I scanned these two pics just now. Hope they reve some of this dry blends' flavors?!? TONY 9 / 29 / 2014





I just took another picture to show the word " Eddie " and I also poured what was still in the bottle to show, can't be sure that it is the original wine, I do make my own home-made vinegar, so it may not be the original wine, all brown and smelly and funky and murky, the ' authorship ' of it is in question, but fun to show all the same. Cheers, it's interesting to see what I get by scanning a bottle and shining a flashlight down onto the liquid to illuminate it even more, or so I hope. The jury is still out on that as I experiment. Cheers,   TONY



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Discovering the Joys Of The 2004 LAUGHING JACK Limited Two 2004 Barossa Valley Shiraz Earlier This Evening At Home On Our Back Deck With My Wife And Daughter And Our Two Neighbors : Having Everyone Really Enjoy This LAUGHING JACK Shiraz : That Was The Icing On The Cake For Me!






Drinking LAUGHING JACK " Limited Two " 2004 Barossa Valley Shiraz Alc, By Volume 16 % 750ml now with my wife and daughter and neighbors Katarina and Matt. The bottle was a gift when I went to Australia in 2006 was it? I went with Chris Pigott , then of the Country Vintners Imports that paid with his own money, free miles program, to have me fly with him to Australia to see WEST CAPE HOWE, LONGVIEW, PICARDY, TALIJANCICH, and LOOSE END and also GIBSON wineries in both Western Australia, ( oh, also HAY SHED HILL in Margaret River ), and we had a blast! Nick Stacey took us to a FABulous wine shop in Perthe and the owner insisted on giving a bottle of the LAUGHING JACK 2004 to each Chris and me, only two barrels produced. I thank everyone because tonight on our deck out back my wife, daughter and two neighbors all really liked this 2004, and that is huge as my wife and daughter mostly drink white wine! Wow, I am thrilled to be able to have told them all this story and to have had all four enjoy this delicious, still young, yet quite approachable Shiraz today, Sunday, September 28th, 2014. Now it is time for dinner, a pesto that I made from our own garden Basil and will have more to say on all of this really soon! Cheers, TONY 9 / 28 / 2014




Friday, September 26, 2014

John Richard Lay and Eric Platt of Pacific Prime Wines As We Taste The Fine Kiwi NZ Wines Of SIEFRIED, MAIMAI, FORREST & More @ Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits In Cleveland Park Northwest, Washington D.C., 20008 From 5 To 8PM, No Charge, Free Tasting, Everyone Always Welcome ...



TASTING of the Kiwi New Zealand wines today with Richard Lay :

 1) SIEFRIED, Nelson New Zealand ...

  2) MAIMAI , :

    a)  from Hawke's Bay , the Chardonnay, 2012, $16.99,  and the  

    b) Syrah dry red 2011 also from Hawke's Bay, $21.99 ...

  3) FORREST Estate,  Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough, $26.99 NZ,   AND, introducing ...

 4) a ' new ' surprise dry Sauvignon Blanc that I fell in love with two weeks ago trying it with the owner himself, from the producers of the ' Sparklin' Savie ' Sauvignon Blanc that so many of you already know and love ...

JOIN US, never any charge, you are all more than welcome to come and join us here with neighbors, family and friends, let's make a BIG DEAL of all of this ...

 Friday, today, September 26th, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM ...    TONY