Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Wines Of Macedoni and @StobiWinery Are Sold Here at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Come On By 3423 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC 20008, 202-363-4265

Anthony QuinnHere at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits we sell the wines of Switzerland - 1) Les Murettes of Robert Gilliard S.A., Sion, maison fondee en 1885, Fendant, vinifie sur fines lies, $31.99, ... 2) Chateau Auvernier 2013 , Neuchatel, Caves du Chateau d'Auvernier, proprietaire - eleveur, Thierry Grasjean & Cie, $30.99, - and 3) Dole des Monts Robert Gilliard S.A. eleveurs de grands vins, Sion, 13.8% alcohol, $42.99, On Wednesdays here we take 20% OFF the price of each bottle, tell your friends, come by, call : 202-363-4265 if you need any quantity where I may be able to offer better pricing! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 5/24/2018 Happy Thursday all, come by!

We Sell Swiss Wines at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits! In Washington DC, 20008, 202-363-4265!

Here at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits we sell the wines of Switzerland - 1) Les Murettes of Robert Gilliard S.A., Sion, maison fondee en 1885, Fendant, vinifie sur fines lies, $31.99, ... 2) Chateau Auvernier 2013 , Neuchatel, Caves du Chateau d'Auvernier, proprietaire - eleveur, Thierry Grasjean & Cie, $30.99, - and 3) Dole des Monts Robert Gilliard S.A. eleveurs de grands vins, Sion, 13.8% alcohol, $42.99, On Wednesdays here we take 20% OFF the price of each bottle, tell your friends, come by, call : 202-363-4265 if you need any quantity where I may be able to offer better pricing! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 5/24/2018 Happy Thursday all, come by!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My Tuesday Email about Wine and Spirits, Ciders, Vacation, How Will You Spend Yours, Where Will You Be? We Can Help You, Cheers, Come Taste With Me, Tony

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WE are getting ready for this long weekend of remembering, celebrating, honoring and also getting ready for summer , the beach, the mountains, traveling overseas, whatever escape we can plan and execute to find some relief from the heat and the humidity and the street of life and work. WE can help you achieve some or part of these plans and goals.
I WROTE this back on May 19th, 2015 and sent it to you all, and it still rings true! So much to be thankful for and to celebrate, to honor, to respect and acknowledge, to remember and not forget, and most of all to not take for granted.
THE POOLS OPEN and so that is a delightful respite from the heat and humidity here in Washington DC, and it is a good time to remember those and the things that made it and still make it possible for us to enjoy our lives here in the great United States of America where many still live and respect others and thank them, too, so many contributions have been made to the fabric of our lives, and thanks, respect should always be given to include and not exclude, to build and not tear down.
I WAS THINKING that as I drove to work this morning, I knew I would have to include it here as we all need to grow, not to grow older, not to grow more tired, not to grow mad, to grow more cynical, not to grow more lazy, not to grow thinking we are owed something, simply to grow, to appreciate, to smile and share and receive more - together.
SAVE BIG ON WINE here tomorrow, especially when you want a special treat costing more than $19.99 a bottle, and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker price. Call and order here 202-363-4265. Pay tomorrow and SAVE.
ALSO Buy from our rack of 3 for $33, and 6 for $60 of wines and save all week long, mixed or matched, however you choose. We can assist you.
OUR WEEKLY Calendar of Events :
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 ( 5-8PM ) : Come taste with me three wines from Bulgaria the red indigenous Gamza grape, and from France a dry white mix of grapes Cotes Du Rhone, as well as a 100% Semillon dry white Bordeaux. Iwill teach you how to drink and enjoy it and match it with food and get your full money's-worth, too. #freewinetasting #everyonealwayswelcome. #JoinMeTonight!
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 ( 5-8PM ) : Join Serghei from Moldova as he teaches us, too about the FABulous wines of Moldova and Turkey, and more ?!? Let us all see what Serghei has up his sleeves tomorrow night for us.
Friday, May 25th, 2018 ( 5-8PM ) : TWO tastings -
Santos has organized a tasting of the DOGFISH HEAD beers for us, Namaste, 60 and 90 minutes, and the ' new ' flavor, too! Join us. #freebeertasting.
ALSO : Jade Smyth of the Jackson Family Wines will be here to try four fine wines :  1) La Crema dry Pinot Noir rose,  2) Edmeades CA. Zinfandel dry red, ... 3) a ' new ' Prosecco from Italy ... AND : from CA. we will taste the 4) Murphy Goode Sauvignon Blanc, too.  JOIN US.
AND : Just Added : Melanie Asher is just back from Peru where she was making more La Diablada and also Macchu Pisco , and will be here making some delicious Pisco Sours - join us!
Saturday, May 26th, 2018 : 2-6PM, Lyss the owner of Red Wolf Wines ( with her customer Ian ) will be here to taste their fine wines of South Africa :  Eagle's Nest, and Babylonstoren and more - four FABulous wines to feel real special and smile and glow/ grow grow grow!
JOIN US, learn, enjoy, profit and share and get all that you can from your moments.
SO : it is about to be vacation time for us , some will start now and that is wonderful, so this email will be about vacation and relaxing, and smiling and laughing, and feeling pure joy.
I HAVE PLACED a number of bottles to write about on our tasting table, so let me start in a more novel approach.
I LIKE TO GO to the beach when I have time-off from work, and so I usually take wine , and sometimes a few other things, but always wine!
Some like dry wine, some like off-dry, and some like sweet, I can see taking a bottle of good Rioja to the beach like this Usoa de Bagordi, it has 14% alcohol by volume, is a ' value ' at only $9.99 a bottle, from the 2015 vintage, good acidity, darker fruit Tempranillo flavors, would chill it 40 minutes or more.
I WOULD ENJOY it anywhere at the beach, on a deck, at night with only the stars and moon to light us, in full sunshine, going off to enjoy the sound side of a beach, pretty much anywhere, with many snacks and or a full meal, something grilled from flavorful fish like some tuna to some hummus and pita bread, a nice pesto dish, some tapas of course, ... yes si si si! 
BUT HEY, you can also make some great drinksthat would be refreshing for the heat, and we have some 99 Apples Schnaps liqueur here for you all, $17.99 a bottle, 99 proof, apple is so good in the heat, I would probably do something like add some apple juice and add slices of apples, too, and something to offset the apple with something sweeter, like some slices of mango as well! That would be fun and exciting for me, a learning experience, my experience, not someone else's, a discovery.
AT THE BEACH in beer I would look at the ' Exit Sixteen ' DOUBLE IPA , hoppy highs of Tangerine Mango and Pine from FLYING FISH, a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles with 8.2% alcohol by volume, On Special for $10.99, to go along with the spicier Asian, Mexican, Southwest US, Indian foods that need something to clear the palate, separate the flavors, like a breath of fresh air to make both the food and the wine work brilliantly together! YES!!!
SOME OF US ARE GAGA over hard cider, and the Basque country makes some that will test our devotion to them - unflitered, unfined - cloudy, tart, tangy, real sharp edge to the taste, needs food desperately, and the more flavorful the better. Try it with some  flavorful appetizers - perhaps anchovies, perhaps some pickled choices, even perhaps something mildly sweet, what do you like to serve with ISASTEGI Sagardo naturala / natural cider, with 6% alcohol, $10.99, please give me your suggestions. And some shellfish could be spectacular with this, too, perhaps clams, fried? Some fish with cheese like parmesan added to the white fish, I keep thinking fresh sardines?!?
GRAND OLD PARR Blended Scotch whisky, aged 12-years, from Scotland is back once again. We have not had it for quite some time and have had numerous calls about it, and so it is now with great pleasure that we can announce that we have it here once again, On Special for $33.99 a bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume. What cute small bottle it comes in, great for a gift.
AND ALSO - if celebrating a birthday at the beach, or a graduation, something off-dry would be nice to suit more palates -
TRY THE KOSTER-WOLF Weingut 2016 Riesling Troken, a liter-size bottle, $16.49 a bottle, from Germany's Rheinhessen, with 11.5% alcohol by volume, this is a nice way to have a refresher and something that will stand up to some fruit-based sweets like an angle food cake, something perhaps with pineapple, perhaps some lime pie, maybe something with fresh peaches?!? Or pears?!?
ANY OF YOU going to the mountains?
TRY some GUNPOWDER Irish Gin, so ' new and exciting ', thrilled to have it here, really distinct flavor and taste, and a great transparent cobalt bottle, too.
THIS IS MADE with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea, ' Drumshandbo slow distilled ' , On Special for $39.99, with 43% alcohol by volume, ' from the curious mind of pj rigney ', this is unique, where the ordinary becomes so extraordinary.
TRY THIS to give you a new experience after a walk in the hills, after dipping your feet in the cool waters of a lake or stream. So refreshing. 
THE ' Dank Wood ' up in the cellars and underground spaces, caves, etcetera up in the mountains and ravines with the pine, the spruces, the mint and wildflowers, all those darker, more sheltered from the sun places might be a great place to rest from a sojourn and open one of the four bottles in this 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles of the FOUNDERS Brewing Company, their ' Barrel-aged series ' , an imperial red India Pale Ale, aged in Bourbon barrels, $16.99, maybe hike in Michigan, cross into Canada, maybe you can even see Russia from where you are?!? Contact Saturday Night Live if you can, they will want to introduce you to Sarah perhaps? With 12.2% alcohol by volume, at Grand Rapids, enjoy the goodness in dank!
FOR WINE in the mountains the FOSSI Rosso, a dry red blend of Primitivo and Merlot, maybe some Sangiovese, too from my good friend Andrea Fossi, $8.49 a bottle, ... enjoy this medium-bodied dry red chilled 40 minutes or more with some pasta, pizza, cheese or even with red or white meats, a treat to easily open , without a cork, the Stelvan-closure you just twist the top and then pour and enjoy and sit by a fire as the sun sets and the chill of the higher altitudes set in for the night.
AND AS THE FIRE softens as the night goes on up in the mountains of West Virginia, perhaps in Lewissburg, outside, brrrrrr near midnight sipping this liter bottle of the WeinkellerErbach 2016 Riesling from Germany's Rheingau, $13.49, withh 11/5% alcohol by volume would be warming and comforting, would not even need you to chill it, the mountains would take care of that all by themselves, you just need to pour and raise your glass to your lips, tilt, and enjoy! Mmmmmmmmmm good!!!!
PERHAPS YOU ARE on a cruise? What will you enjoy on the waters?
PAMA the Pomegranate liqueur is so good for us and so tasty and refreshing on the rocks, blended with many other things, I would have fun and add it with other dark fruit juices like blackberry, maybe even make a smoothie or slushee, whatever, have fun, live, smile, dream awake! $23.99, with 17% alcohol, not too alcoholic, I like that.
ON A CRUISE some of the California ST GEORGE Bruto Americano liqueur, On Special for $20.99 a bottle, with 24% alcohol by volume, would be nice, too. Add it to some good inexpensive sparkling wine like a Spanish cava or a French sparkling wine, like our Pierre Larouse, $9.99, or Painous $9.99.
THE HEERING 200 Cherry Liqeur is finally back in stock here and we are delighted to offer it to you once again, this would be so nice with so many sweets after the meal as you lounge around in lounge chairs on the deck, if it is allowed, sipping and watching the sunset or later watching the moon and the stars, maybe even spot a shooting star?!? With 24% alcohol by volume, mix it or have it on the rocks, and smile broadly, sigh silently yet loudly!
IF I WAS in a car crossing the country I would take some ' Lexington ' Spring IPA from Natty Greene's, On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack from Greensboro, North Carolina, maybe I would head up to Maine, perhaps to Boston, or Vermont, I might enjoy one of the six bottles, and keep the rest to share with anyone I meet on my travels, share the wealth so to speak, with 6.8% alcohol by volume, a seasonal that is brewed with peaches?
IF I HEADED SOUTH in my car to go to Georgia, or down to New Orleans I would take some of the delectable Sweet Pedro Ximenez grape that makes the MALAGA wine like sherry from Spain, $21.99, with15% alcohol by volume, called MALAGA VIRGEN, this is a treat and keeps well, and may be enjoyed many an evening sitting outside in the slight chill or breeze of the evening, especially if you are parked by the ocean.
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is my old store email that I wrote and sent on May 19th, 2015 - read it below, enjoy, and ask for current prices and availability? Cheers, thanks for all your belief in us.
IF I WAS BOARDING a plane this ' value ' MILES' Original & Genuine LONDON DRY Gin On Special at $7.99 a bottle would be a ' must ' to stick into my luggage and share with others when reaching my destination, great value, with 40% alcohol by volume, cheers!
IF I WAS GOING to Trinidad or Tobago I might take some bottles of the MILLS and HILLS Imperial Stout from BROUWERLJ de MOLEN in the United Kingdom, Leyne Ales from Scotland, $8.99 a 11.2Fl Oz bottle, with 9.5% alcohol by volume, easy to pack, something ' new and exciting ' for most, fun to share, cheers!
AND IF I WAS HOME and grilling I would chill forty minutes some of the Romeo from VERONA Merlot and Corvina grape red blend from ITaly, $9.99 a bottle, and enjoy it while I grilled and watched the sun slip down through my canopy of tall trees out back and out of my sigh sight!
I AM especially blessed and lucky just now to be eying and slowly sipping this rich amber-colored liquid from France called cognac, called " Cordon Bleu ", called MARTEL. Yes, all true, come and see for yourselves, what a lucky treat.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! Happy vacationing, come and see me now and taste with me, cheers, thanks for all your business, stay dry as the heavens are crying here on Connecticut Avenue NW 20008 right now!   TONY

OUR LOCAL REP from Washington Wholesalers spoke about JACOB'S CREEK and a wine collaboration with another winery and whether he could come and taste me on it this next Tuesday? I said : " Yes, between 3-4PM." AS he was packing his bag he asked me if I wanted to try some MARTEL " Cordon Bleu? " I said : " Sure. " It took me a moment to catch my senses and to put it all together. Looking at the bottle brought it all rushing back to me and I smiled inwardly, the smile, like the " Codon Bleu " slowly working it's way outward as I realize and as the silkiness of this amber works it's magic ...
AND WHAT MAGIC it is, I love the caramel overtones, warm and comforting and lilting and rich and bright and , si, oui, just right, juste ce qu'il faut maintenant! Lovely, a real-vrai treat for me to nurse my agitated throat that has valiantly fought against the recent pollen everywhere!
AND YOU CAN HAVE all this for a measly $155.99, the taste will replace your immediate reaction of " ouch! " , with a broad smile and a big " wow!"
 MY LIFE is hard I was getting ready to type with a smile on my face as I put a cork in an open bottle of CHATEAU SAINT-VALERY Saint-Emilion 2012 ( so open and fruit-forward, balanced , and really well-priced, tastes good almost immediately, very round and smooth and pure and bright ), $16.99 a bottle I believe?
WE WILL HAVE some by the end of this week when Jim Reeves comes to taste French wines here on Saturday with you all from 2-6PM, mostly red and white burgundy that includes two fine Cru Beaujolais of Brouilly 2013 " H. Brac-de-la-Perriere" , $22.99, and the ' new kid-on-the-block ' that owner Eric introduced here with you all, his Saint-Amour  ' Les Grands Vents ", 2013, $22.99. With a slight chill, lovely both. Our tastings are free, no charge, bring family and friends, make it special.
BUT HEY, SANTOS JUST CAME BACK from vacation and brought me a gift that I want to share with you all this evening to welcome him back. I have missed him. It's a white he bought in El Salvador, a French white from B & G Imports. SO : ask me for a taste along with the Saint-Emilion tonight when you come by after work.
SPEAKING OF SANTOS now, here are some beer selections from him :
     1) " Belgique DU NOIRE " 2014 bottle-conditioned ale from OVERSHORES Connecticut, USA, $16.99, 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl Oz bottles, East Haven, Conn., : " A rich and seductive Belgian Style Imperial Stout. ... Pair with chocolate, orange, dates, nuts, balsamic reduction, roast vegetables, duck, lamb." Makes me hungry just to type all of this, I love it! Cheers.
     2) ' Palate Wrecker ' Imperial India Pale Ale from GREEN FLASH ( Hop Forward & Aggressive ), On Special for $8.99 a1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle with 9.5% alcohol by volume, : " Weighing in at six pounds of hops per barrel, Palate Wrecker stands up to the happiest heavyweights in the ring. A complex double-brewing process of mashing and sparging ... " New term for me : sparging" ...
     3) Imperial American Bock Lager aged in Bourbon barrels " Bock Bock " from SCHMALTZ Brewing Company, On Special for $13.99 a 1Pt 6Fl. Oz bottle, with 9.2% alcohol by volume, CliftonPark, NY, .... HEBREW, The Chosen Beer. Try some, see what you think?
     4) Double Chocolate Stout , stout brewed with natural flavor, from ROGUE < $16.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, Newport, OR, brewed with no chemicals, preservatives or additives : wow, I like the sound of this, like the taste, too. With 9% alcohol by volume.
LIQUEUR/ LIQUOR From Malkit & Jagir :
     1) Ginger All Natural Infused with Ginger Root, for a warm, spicy finish, from STIRRINGS, Liqueur On Special for $19.99 for a 750ml bottle, ... : " exotically lush aroma, and sweet- spicy flavor of fresh-grated ginger ... "
     2) The King's Ginger, " emphatically ginger liqueur was specifically formulated Berry Bros in 1903 for King Edward VII ... ", $42.99 a 750ml bottle, 41% alcohol by volume : a class-act! Glad to have it on our shelves.
     3) Amaro Fratelli Ramazzotti Casa Fondata Nel 1815 ' Milano ' , $22.99, with 30% alcohol by volume. This is a fine staple of ours and we are thrilled to have it back on our shelves as it shifted from one wholesale house to another. Phew! Graham, we are ready for your next visit.

          LIQUOR :
     1) Rhum Agricole NEISSON from Martinique Reserve Special, a one liter bottle ( that's more in the bottle for all ) from Thiebert-Carbet, On Special $68.99, 42% alcohol by volume, ... lovely color, a great golden color, I say " YES!
NEWS FLASH : Patricio of Palm Bay recommended that Melanie come here today to see me, and in her bag-of-tricks she had three wines and one ' new ' French whisky called ' Bastille " , all four of which I have just tasted. I told Melanie that the SELLA & MOSCA Sardinian Vermentino white, 2013, $14.99 , is lovely and she will bring the Cannanau red to taste, as well never have enough fine Sardinian wine. I also tasted the dry French rose from Marselles from JEAN-LUC COLOMBO that I met years ago, and I told Melanie I could use some of the white Cotes du Rhone now, maybe the rose, too ... and we also trued the MONTGRAS XX 2012 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenere , that was, unfortunately slightly-corked, and yet the flavors were rich and opulent and cradling, I want to try another bottle, $14.99, what fun. Now for Bastille Day in July we just have to finish our plans for a tasting here with Melanie. Thanks Patrizio and Melanie.

WINE : From Chris & Tony :
     1) Italian 100% Barbera dry 2014 rose from TATI, a paler, more rose-lighter-salmon color, DELIGHTFUL balance, flavor and taste for only $8.99 a bottle! Nice.
     2) 2013 off-dry red CASTILLO Del CONDE from Valencia, $9.99, that has more flavor and taste, more nuances, a delightful charming, appealing taste where the flavors keep revealing other elements that they conceal sometimes, reveal others. Chill slightly, nice for this heat and humidity!
     3) Dry Greek Rose blend of Xinomavro and Moschomavro grapes, this ' DioFili ' from the SIATISTA Winery in Siatista, Greece, is a delicate color of rose-salmon, $12.99, and drinks beautifully and is charming - engaging! Sotiris Bafitis had it open here this past Saturday, it was a big hit, each year it is, come get some!
     4) 2012 Portuguese dry red from the Duoro region, called " Tons " Duorum, $13.49 a bottle, a fruit-forward, more modern and brighter dry blend of three of the many grapes that make up a port : 1) 50% Touriga Nacional, 2) 30% Touriga Franca and ... 3) 20% Tinta Roriz. It showed beautifully when I poured it here this Friday evening, and we sold a lot, even some on Saturday when I tasted the last of it to our customers! Thanks Jody, great suggestion.
     5) Ginzo Premium Japanese sake " Well Of Wisdom " from TOZAI, $14.99 for a 300ml bottle, with 14.9% alcohol by volume. Contains no sulfites and is gluten-free ; lovely taste that is rich, with anise accents, and a long finish, too. Beautiful Cobalt Blue bottle as well. What is not to like?!?    6) Gruner Veltliner from Carnuntum, Austria, from NETZL, $15.49 a bottle, this classic 2014 has green apples, lemon zest, is full and refreshing, and lovely accents of pepper on the palate, too! It is a trocken/dry bottle to enjoy even with all this heat and humidity, chill - a great summer food wine as well.
     6) 2013  dry 100% Assyrtiko

BREAKING KIWI NEWS : Owner John Forrest here from FORREST WINES to say a few words : " always love to come and see Tony, best wines in town! Thanks John!
     Friday, May 22nd, 2015 ( 5-8PM ) : WE have Robert Kennedy pouring his wonderful selections from Italy : all small producers, family-owned, the very best! Some sparkling and some non-sparkling wines!
     Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Jim Reeves , mentioned above coming to taste his fine wines with you all : Beajolais Cru wines, other red and white burgundy wines, too!


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THANKS for all your support, we appreciate it greatly!  TONY
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email, read it if you have time. Cheers,  TONY

THE HUMIDITY is here to bother us now from time to time. We always think we are ready for it but it always catches us off-guard and we are here to help you navigate through and around it as best as you all can on your own terms. We have lots of suggestions for you on this, from cool and refreshing apple and pear ciders to a special Jalapeno 100% Agave tequila to some refreshing ale with Raspberry puree, some chocolate liqueur, some Lucky 13 red ale, some Sloe Gin, some Goldwasser liqueur with actual gold flakes settled nicely at the bottom of the bottle, and many still and sparkling wines, as well as many dry roses.
SOMETHING for pretty much EVERYONE!
THE RECENT PAST TORNADOES that have devastated certain areas in Moore a suburb of Oklahoma City I believe? , including the one yesterday afternoon that has leveled two elementary schools is so tragic and getting up to watch more of this this morning with my wife on the Today Show with Al and Matt and the NBC 4 Morning News team was especially hard for us. Out prayers and our sympathies go out to all of them now in their time of need. It's hard to hear someone say that such devastation is so complete. The young lady that had helped with her husband look for survivors remarked that ten minutes before the tornado hit ground there that everything looked fine and that the sky was blue ...
WE ALSO READ THIS MORNING that Ray Manzareck the keyboard player for the DOORS sixties singing rock band just passed away in Germany. My wife showed me the article and I read it completely. Ray was an amazing musician as were both John on drums and Robbie on guitar. Ray had to make his Hammond organ sound like a bass guitar and he did it, too. Jim Morrison the singer that dies so unexpectedly at the tender age of 27 years of age is the best-remembered of the four. Ray's last quote in the article said basically that it was always about Jim, all the conversation, always about Jim! Yet for me it was always about the four of them ; these four guys in the band. As Ray put it, about the music. I agree : it took all four of them to create the sound that they are still famous for in songs like : " Light My Fire " that they sang on the Ed Sullivan show and were banned from ever returning once that Jim Morrison refused to modify his lyrics and sang them as they were intended. Remember?
SO : just like the music of the DOORS where all four players were important, so it's the same with all these wonderful products that I will now mention here. Music is an art form just as are so many fine beverages where multiple elements all have to pull their own weight to be the success that they in many cases ultimately are. Bear with me as I use this in continuing today's store email to you all, to tie it all together : to flesh it out, give it life, purpose and make it interesting, too.
BUT BEFORE I DO THIS I want to say that I received a very nice " Thank You " from Joy Sterling of the famous California IRON HORSE Vineyards that makes both fabulous sparkling as well as still wines using the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir grapes. I wrote on the IRON HORSE Facebook page and " liked " them as  we have sold a whole selection of their sparkling wines over the years including the one that both draws attention to ? and gives back to the ocean called :
" I Am Giving / I Am The Ocean ".
THE RELATIONSHIP we / I have with IRON HORSE is long and strong and includes many individuals and stories from Tim Gural our old Field Sales Manager of Washington Wholesale The Charmer Sunbelt Group to Claude Thibaut that made the very first IRON HORSE " Wedding Cuvee " for Joy Sterling , one of the owners of IRON HORSE Vineyards. We sell Claude Thibaut's current Virginia sparkling wines here, a NV Brut for $30.99 and a Vintage 2008 for $31.99 : BOTH are FABulous! And we sold the : " I Am Giving / I Am The Ocean ", as well as tasted all four that we had from IRON HORSE here two Decembers ago ( 2011 I believe ) with the help of Tim Gural that was so good at promoting them here to us. Thanks Tim.
AND NOW I realize with our good customers Ed and Jinny and another " more recent " good customer Barton Seaver that is a talented and successful  sustainable-ingredients cooking chef  that he helped with Joy Sterling make and promote the IRON HORSE : :  " I Am Giving / I Am The Ocean " - Barton bought our last bottle last year in 2012  that we sold here : and Ed & Jinny are serving the " Wedding Cuvee " soon : SMALL WORLD that comes together and connects in such marvelous ways. I love it. I have called Roberta and am checking to see if we can get any more of the : " I Am Giving ... " to sell here? I also want to taste with Michel the current vintages of the IRON HORSE before I get to , I hope, finally meet Joy for the very first time soon. Maybe Roberta can come and taste us, or perhaps Joy you can taste us? All sounds so promising. Cheers.
WHAT I LOVED about the IRON HORSE : " I Am Giving ? I Am The Ocean " : polish, finesse, elegance, subtle, almost gravity-defying : a wonder and a treat to hold and cradle in my mouth as I sipped and enjoyed it. It was vintage-dated and I believe it was a 2008? Cheers. Thanks Barton for helping to bring this all back to me with the help, too of Ed and Jinny : the harmony of the universe, of the ocean, like the harmony of four musicians playing together to create a wonderful experience where every part mattered/ matters.
WEYERBACHER Riserva Ale with Raspberry Puree added and Aged in Oak Barrels, $17.99, a 2012 vintage, 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz bottle, from Easton Pennsylvania, ). This just sounds like it would be great now to sip and enjoy and relax. I guess that Ray Manzareck would be the Oak Barrels used here. Go to their page or to our Facebook page to see these pictures of the oak barrels used, as well as the beautiful color of this ale. Cheers.
LAGUNITAS " Lucky 13 " Mondo Large Red Ale ( On Special for $6.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, 8.6% alcohol by volume, from LAGUNITA Brewing Co. in Petalume, California,  ) : Ray Manzareck would be : " ... the Noble Brewer of the planet's only legal Steam Beer ... ". and Robbie of the DOORS might be :  " ... Oregon's Rebel Brewer from Newport ... ". It always takes a team, and everyone's influence is felt by the others daily. Fun.
VAN GOGH Amsterdam Chocolate Liqueur from The HEART of Amsterdam, imported from Holland ( On Special now for $13.99 - very limited availability, 30 Proof, 15% alcohol by volume, distilled in Schiedam, Holland ) : this would be the Jim Morrison while the VAN GOGH Dutch Chocolate Vodka would be the Ray Manzareck - as the two would be mixed together, are mixed together to make a very special drink.
TANTEO 100% De Agave Tequila Blanco  Jalapeno ( $45.99 a 750ml bottle,  infused with natural Jalapeno, 40% Alcohol by volume, 07477 Tan 7-06-12 J12 ) : I believe that in this recipe - there are many here to consider : Pitcher of Jalapeno Margaritas :  12 Oz I TANTEO Jalapeno Tequila, 6 Oz. I Fresh Lime Juice, 4 Oz I Agave Nectar, combine in a pitcher with ice and stir well and pour into ice-filled rocks glasses ( salted rim optional ), and garnish with lime wedges. Here Ray Manzareck would be the Jalapeno Tequila, Robbie would be the fresh lime juice, Jim would be the Agave Nectar and John the drummer would be the ice cubes! All fun. cheers. All necessary.
STELLA ARTOIS " Cidre "/ Cider  made with Hand-Picked Apples ( $7.99 a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 4.5% alcohol by volume, Baldwinsville, NY ) : new and exciting! I guess that in this case that Ray Manzareck would be the original beer from Europe as he was in Germany when he died?! Hard to say, and yet this Hand-Picked-Cider could not have been made without it's glorious past and glorious beers that all started in Europe so many wonderful moons ago!

LIQUEUR DANZIG " Goldwasser " Der Lachs " 22 Karat " ( $29.99 a 750ml bottle, from the Distillery Der Lachs, since 1598, Norten-HardenbergGermany, ) : " The Original Danziger Goldwasser was invented by the legendary pharmacist Ambrosien Vermullen in 1598.  ... owes its reputation to the infusion of 22 karat gold flakes and its bitter sweet taste experience ". I guess that Ray Manzareck of the DOORS would be the Bittersweet taste referred to hear?! Jim Morrison clearly would have been the 22 karat gold flakes! All good fun : all essential in the final product, not one more important than the other, though it is easy to forget this. Try not to.
YOU GET THE IDEA : it's all about team work and that's so often what produces the greatest success stories.
BEER From Santos :
     1) Gouden CAROLUS Cuvee Van De Keizer Jaargang 2011( On Special for $8.99 a 4-pack , 11.2Fl. Oz, 10% alcohol by volume, Mechelen, Belgium, ) : brewed by Brewery Het Anker, one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. ... it's a blond ale of top fermentation that illustrates  the subtle balance between  the different natural ingredients. It's pretty wonderful, pretty special, love the bright golden color, love even more it's incredible balance and full taste. A treat!
     2)  2012 " Dragon's Milk " Ale Aged In Oak Barrels from The HIGH GRAVITY SERIES of NEW HOLLAND Brewing ( On Special for $9.99 a 23 Plato, 10% alcohol by volume, ) : " A barrel-aged stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath. Pairings : red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese and dark chocolate ".
     1) PLYMOUTH Sloe Gin from COATES & COMPANY ( On Special for $38.99 a 750ml bottle, 26% alcohol by volume, , English ) : " A truly traditionalEnglish Sloe Gin, made from a recipe in 1883. It's intensity and richness is the result of using high strength Plymouth gin which extracts the maximum flavour from the Sloe berries ".
     2) POW-WOW Botanical Rye Straight Rye Whiskey Infused with Botanicals ( On Special for $41.99 a 750ml bottle, 45% alcohol by volume, 90 Proof,, rye whiskey aged over 2 years ). Check this out. 
     3) MOON MOUNTAIN Wild Raspberry Flavored-Vodka ( $21.99 a 750ml bottle,  traditional  copper pot-distilled , 35% alcohol by volume, ORGANIC, contains elderberry extract, , Lawrenceburg, IN ) ; new and exciting and different! Cheers.
WINE From Michel & TONY :
          4 Dry Rose Wines :
     1) Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rose of Sangiovese, Sonoma County ( $14.99 , 13.2% alcohol by volume, since 1962, estate grown and bottled, Wetzel Family, ) : always a hot-weather favorite, very refreshing and bright.
     2) 14-18h 2011 GAIA Wines, Koutsi, Nemea, dry dark-deep-colored rose made from the indigenous Agiorgitiko grape in the Peleponnisos region of Greek, $16.99, 13% alcohol by volume, ) : a very fine wine when you grill or well-season your food. Delicious.
     3) 2012 Domaine de la Solitude Cotes Du Rhone dry French Rhone rose ( $18.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, Pierre Lancon, proprietor , ) : a fine medium-to-light-bodied red to enjoy with food. Will make you hungry and searching for something to munch on after the third sip. Cheers. beautiful salmon color. That's worth the price of admission all by itself - the color - everything else is extra and a bonus!

     4) Domaine Pelaquie Tavel 2012 dry rose from the southern Rhone valley in France ( #20.99, 14% alcohol by volume , a dry blend of 60% Grenache and 30% Cinsault ) : a dark and deep color, this dry rose from the town of Tavel is very famous and a great rose to enjoy with a more flavorful meal. What a treat!

          TWO LIGURIAN Italian Wines :
     1) DURIN dry white   100% Vermentino indigenous grape variety from Riviera Liugure di Ponente , 2011 ( $16.99, 13% alcohol by volume , ) : amazing character, brightness, freshness and appeal! A JOY to drink , especially with this heat and humidity, and a value for the wines of Luguria!
     2) DURIN  2009 Granaccia indigenous red from the Colli Savonesi ( $18.99, 14% alcohol by volume ) : a medium-to-light-bodied red that should be chilled slightly as it has some nice pepper and spice qualities that become energized and also collected better with the cold and thus more refreshing. A very nice hot-weather red for the humidity, too : so distinct, so much it's very own flavor and taste. best with food to flesh it out some more.
          TWO MORE REDS  :
     1) MARQUES De ZENETE Gran Reserva 2005 Spanish Tempranillo red blend from Valencia, Spain On Special for $13.99, 14% alcohol by volume, AN INSANELY GREAT DEAL & VALUE from Spain : WOW, and from a GREAT VINTAGE, TOO! WHAT A DEAL! NICE ALMOST ANYTIME.
     2) " Cuvee Constance " 2008 Cotes Du Roussillon Villages dry southern French red ( $15.99, 15% alcohol by volume ) from Thunevin-Calvet : flavorful, round and nice with meals fresh off your grill. Chill slightly twenty-thirty minutes and enjoy with that good taste of grilled meats and vegetables!
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     Friday, May 24th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : Come by and meet Ruben as he pours his fine selection of the BULGARIANA Bulgarian dry reds and whites. Fine wines, great values : fine food wines : all dry.
     Saturday, May 25th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : Come and taste with owner Estebe of his Tradewinds Specialty Imports selections of fine still and sparkling wines from Spain and Argentina, also his fine Spanish sherries. We will certainly taste his OUTSTANDING Syrah 2011 dry red from Argentina's La Rioja region from the CHANARMUYO Estate, the Chamas Honnorat Family wines for only $10.99 : WHAT A GRAND WINE, what a GREAT DEAL, too! Love it, with a meal, perfect!!!!!!!!
     MET OWNER and WINEMAKER Ron Coleman of his TAMARACK CELLARS Walla Walla, Washington State wines ( tried 3 with Jeremy earlier today: a Chardonnay, A fireman's dry red blend 2010 and a dry 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon that is young and needs a meal : liked them all ). We need the Chardonnay, I liked very much the brightness, roundness and softness of the dry red blend. Treats all of them. Ron and Jeremy and I spoke of the passing of Ray Manzareck of the DOORS, we spoke of 1967, we spoke of " Light My Fire ", and " Break on Through ", we spoke of the Grateful Dead and their song " Truckin'  ", and " what a  long, strange  trip it's been ... " with many more still to come, which included for Ron today seeing the pandas at our National Zoo just two blocks away. he even took a picture. He asked me : " And you know what we talked about ?!? " , and I said " yes " but turned out I was wrong when Ron immediately responded/ answered : " Bamboo, of course! " with a big grin and smile! Sounds about right to me. Tomorrow Michel will taste these wines. We've sold them before. We never have too many fine wines from Washington State here : the more the merrier Ron. Cheers. Take care.
LET US KNOW WHAT we may do better for you all?   TONY

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My Tuesday Wine and Spirits Email I Write and Post Each Tuesday , Read & Enjoy It, Cheers, Come By Now and Taste Chilled Red Wines With Me - Three, See How Good They Taste!

WOW, 92 degrees today, come by and taste 3 chilled red wines w/ me tonight 5-7:30PM! We have a full week of activities here from Tuesday thru Saturday, be a part of this all, enjoy, learn, meet new people, I love making introductions so people know the names of those they are standing by as they taste. We are a neighborhood that deserves to enjoy life together,everyone welcome, black lives matter here,all life does!!

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SOME BUSINESS FIRST, then the glorious rest that follows here, so don't stop scrolling or reading till you get to the end of this store email I write.
I KNOW you will scroll and read the parts you like, that is great with me, the same way I read the Washington Post newspaper in the mornings.
I TRY and include things for everyone, it is more casual and newsy and fun and relaxed, and meant to be easy on the eyes, and also easy to read. Lots of ' small chunk bites ' for you all you enjoy as time permits.
BEER and CIDER From Santos -
1) ' Lizards of Okoz ' , an Imperial Stout brewed with Blueberries, Chocolate and Vanilla, then aged in Bourbon barrels, from FOUNDERS Brewery, with 10.5% alcohol by volume, $20.99 a bottle, 750ml bottle, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, come try some.
2)25  Blonde de L'Enfer ( Blond from Hell ), from UNIBROUE, a Belgian-style golden ale brewed with spices, a 750ml bottle with 10.5% alcohol by volume, On Special for $13.99 a bottle, , ' Brassin D'Exception - Specialty Brew ', made by Jerry Vietz the brewmaster called maitre brasseur, ... Celebrate UNIBROUE'S 25th anniversary with this blond from hell. This raises the question for me : il y une brune ou une ' ginger ' de l'enfer aussi? Is there a brunette and a ginger from Hell, too?!?
1) Ginger Cider from Virginia's MT. DEFIANCE Cidery ( we will taste these with our local rep this weekend on Friday the 18th, 5-8PM - join us for that and try the range we represent which is at least three ), $12.99 for a 750ml bottle, with 7.2% alcohol by volume, come taste and see how dry it tastes to you, how much ginger it packs?!? Cheers.
LIQUEUR and LIQUOR From Jagir -
1) Limoncello #cream #liqueur from PALLINI Roma, : " This delicate cream liqueur is the perfect marriage of Pallini Limoncello and the freshest Italian dairy cream. " Since 1875, On Special for $21.99, come check it out.
2) Lillet rose-colored French aperitif wine, in season now with this 92 degree heat and hot we will have today - try some on the rocks! $21.99, with 17% alcohol by volume.
THREE Flavored Vodkas from KETEL ONE all Botanicals - NO CARBS -
1) Grapefruit and Rose, made with vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural flavors, no sugar ( no artificial sweeteners or flavors ), On Special . this is a family effort , and these are made with passion.
KETEL ONE does not cut corners - this tastes like the real McCoy, they all do, as a result, try them and smile and be pleased, teased, tested and feeling good.
2) Cucumber & Mint , made with vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural flavors, No Sugar ( no artificial sweeteners or flavors ), On Special for $36.99 a bottle , with 30% alcohol by volume, NO CARBS!
3) Peach & Orange Blossom - Real Botanicals and Fresh Taste, made with vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural flavors, NO SUGAR ( no artificial sweetners or flavors  ), with 30% alcohol by volume, NO CARBS!
TRY All Three!
WINE From Chris and me, Tony -
     TWO Also Served at Mr Chen's Organic Restaurant -
1) 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Smillon white blend, $16.49 a bottle, from Australia's CAPE MENTELLE, western Australia, the Margaret River with 12% alcohol by volume, : 61% Sauvignon Blanc, and 39% Semillon, this is a dry and full and rich Bordeaux-blend French-style wine, with medium-to-light-body, some good acidity and minerality, a fine wine to enjoy with many a meal, and it will certainly work at Mr Chen's Organic restaurant here. Try it with the vegetarian spring rolls, or the purple fried rice with either shrimp, pork or chicken, or their ' combo version ' of all three. If you cannot dine there, get this dish as a takeout and be amazed, love it so, tried it twice now, looking forward to the third time.
2) " Terrazas de los Andes from ALTOS Del PLATA, from Mendoza, Argentina, $11.49, with 13% alcohol by volume, from the Ernesto Catena family of wines, fruit-forward, fruit-centered, this is so approachable, so agreeable, so pleasing, easy to sip and enjoy on it's own, and at Mr Chen's Organic restaurant it would be great with the Mongolian pork dish with all the onions and pork and juice, yum, and also with the Singapore Angel Hair Rice Noodles, with a choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, pork or vegetables. I have tried the pork and the beef so far, still have to try the chicken or the vegetables. Chill this Malbec 2016 for 30-40 minutes and enjoy that way!
AND Also here ( not at Mr Henry's Organic restaurant ) :
1) Termes 2014 from Spain's Toro region, On Special for $22.99 a bottle, a Tempranillo dry red that is full and round, generous, distinct, tasty, draws my tongue, nose and palate closer - what an amazing red to enjoy, I was charmed for a second time when I tasted it recently, and am delighted to have it here back on our shelves! 
SAVE UP TO 20% OFF each Wednesday here two ways on wine, call or come by for details : 202-363-4265 .
ALSO : 7-days-a-week we have our SPECIAL on wine :
3 for $33
6 for $60, running along our office wall by our computer on the rack, inquire about that, too.

WEEK'S Tastings :
TONIGHT : Wednesday, 5/15./2018 5-8PM : Come taste three reds I have chilled for you and let's see what you think, if you like it, yes - JOIN ME - wines of France ( La Chapelle Gunchay ), California ( Paso Robles ), and South Africa ( Robertson, South Africa ) ... #freewinetasting#everyonewelcome #joinus
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 : ( 5-8PM ) : We have Libby Edwards here from Diamond District Wines to taste three fine wines she sells us :  1) Chenin Blanc 2017, from Argentina, $15.49, 12.5% alcohol by volume, we tried it here and everyone was impressed, everyone, lighter- brighter, refreshing, dry, just right!  2) Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ' Expression Reserve ' from Casablanca, Chile, from VILLARD , $21.99 - bolder, fuller, more edge and verve and power, yes si si si si si!With 13% alcohol by volume, ... a fine food wine!  AND  .... 3) Nerello Mascalese dry red from Sicily. the Terre Siciliane, $11.49, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, 2016, ... chill it, we will, and you will see it and taste it's sweet lullabies! 
Thursday, May 19th, 2018 ( 11am-2PM ) : Andrew Shapiro is here to taste with you all his excellent Ginger Brew non-alcoholic, from K&B Sodas - now available in handy 4-packs, come get some, so smooth and lovely, textured, not heavy, very pleasing on it's own, and great to make Moscow Mule's and Dark and Stormy's, too. Girard Pangaud of the great French restaurant - bistro here in Washington DC in the nineties, Girard's Place is always raving about it's merits each and every time he stops in to purchase some. WE like that, that pleases us much.
Friday, May 18th, 2018 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Eric Garcia here of Tradewinds Specialty Imports here to try the line - 4 types - of BODEGAS HIDALGO sherries - Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso and Cream : I was blown away by the integrity, honesty, purity, freshness, brightness, balance, depth and concentration of all four! Si si si si si si si!  AND   5) La Gitana Rioja Reserva 2009, a beauty, too - really a treat, $24.99 . Come taste these five with Eric and practice your Spanish and French as he is fluent in both. Cheers.
Mentioned already here : From Santos with CIDER we have : MT. DEFIANCE Cidery here pouring a selection of their Virginia ciders like the Ginger cider that I wrote about. Cheers!!!
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Andy Gable here of Hop & Wine here to taste two great French champagnes from LALLIER, the 1) Rose Brut NV 750ml bottles at $49.99 On Special, and the 375ml bottles of the Non-Vintage Brut On Special for $24.99 - oooohhhhhh yeah, and from Oregon we have the PROUD POUR Pinot Noir ' The Wine Saves BEE SPECIES ' from the Umpqua Valley, $20.99 a bottle - a real treat with some special decorations! beautiful flowers on the neck of some of the bottles, great touch, that of owner Berlin. Cheers.
MARK YOUR Calendars NOW -
Wednesday, May 30th , 2018 ( 5:30-8:30PM we have a mini-Big Theme Dry Rose Tasting with fifteen+ roses from France, Germany, Spain, - a European tasting yes si oui, prosit, JOIN US and Oscar Losama, Alan Cohen, Eric Garcia and Craig Mauro. This will be very special indeed. Stay-tuned for more.

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 ( 2-6PM ) : We have owner and winemaker Paolo Cali of his own Sicilian wines PAOLO CALI here to taste his full range with you all. It will be Paolo's third or fourth wine-tasting with you all.
THE WHOLE STORE is abuzz today as it should be as we get into another day of 92 degree weather before temperatures drop into the seventies for the rest of the week and rain is predicted to fall each day till Sunday, so we will see, and I will chill, have chilled my three reds that I will pour for you all tonight and tell you why I believe they should be chilled 30-40 minutes to best enjoy.
MOTHER'S DAY and TEACHER APPRECIATION, and taking donations for the TYSHON PERRY FUND were a success, and we continue to accept in our bin above our computer by our tasting table for TYSHON PERRY FUND. Please continue to support this fund and ask more about it when you are here. #BlackLivesMatter and it is a crying shame that Tyshon's life was taken recently here, the life of a promising 16-year-old stabbed that died shortly after here in Washington DC.
I WENT OVER TO THE Firehook Bakery last Saturday evening and spent some time there in the Roma Garden and Grape Arbor and Fountain slice of paradise, a lovely evening, great wines for the occasion served there, all available for purchase here so do come by.
I ALSO DISCOVERED their ' new croissants ' - three I believe, I fell in love with all three immediately. Mazen the general manager, and Josh the assistant manager were there and they assure me these will soon be available for purchase. I highly recommend them, and some of the reds I will pour tonight will complement them well. Go by and inquire.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE and we work with our fellow retailers here to encourage an active, lively, positive environment for one and for all. There was a good crowd in the garden and Dwight did a great job pouring the wines we were a part of selecting for this celebration of both Mother's Day as well as Teacher Appreciation Week.
IT WAS ALSO INSPIRING to see all the young students across the street 6-14 years of age showing their business sense and skills with what they had made to sell , and did sell there 10am-1PM , alongside the Farmer's Market and the Uptown DC Arts House. Inspiring all!
THE City Fitness Gym with Dega Schembri raised two thousand dollars or more for the program : Girls On The Run Washington DC : " Look Good - Feel Good - Do Good " . Cheers! We contributed a case of wine to this with the help of Manuel Rojas of La Isla Corp : coem ALMA Cabernet Sauvignon , and the Sauvignon Blanc of DOS PASOS, both from Chile, from the Aconcagua Valley, we sell them all all the time,
JUST TRIED : a range of the @FrogsLeap Napa Valley, California wines with our local rep @FernandoSilva of @RepublicNationalDistributingCompany, wines, excellent as always by @JohnWilliams yes yes yes, gracias Fernando! Loved the Zinfandel, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Sauvignon Blanc, ...
ALSO JUST TRIED with owner / winemaker @ChrisBoustred the fine #fruitcentered #fruitforward #fruitfirst #SouthAfrican wines of #Stellenbosch from @RenhoogteWineEstate in #Simonsberg , a treat as well, so much joy and respect for these grapes from Chenin Blanc to Merlot, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon young and older-vines red blends, pretty delicious, will try and get these here soon. Cheers!
JEFF MAUSBACH one of the proprietors of MANOS NEGRAS in Argentina, along with Alejandro Sejanovich was here with Jennifer of Breakthru Distributors pouring his fine and authentic, balanced, distinct, tasty wines of Sauvignon Blanc, two Pinot Noirs from Pategonia, and two Malbec wines as well - I liked them all - they tasted of the land from which they come - true to origin - bravo Jeff and Alejandro! 
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email I wrote and posted May 13th, 2014, read and enjoy it if you have time and if interested in anything check for availability, pricing, and current vintages if they apply? Cheers, TONY 5/15, 2018

THE WHOLE STORE is abuzz today as we get ready for Bill Murray's visit here to the store later this evening. We are serving, too some of Bill's favorite wines from the CANOE RIDGE winery in Columbia Valley, the Horse Heaven region ... JOIN US tonight, Bill Murray here tonight saves the day for us all, with humor, character, personality, stories galore and some really fine wine, too at his hands!
BREAKING Tragic NEWS : Olivier Lotterie of the Vineyard Brands was just here with owner Tyrrel Myburgh ( cellarmaster ) tasting the current releases of the M.A.N. South African wines that we will sell again from $10-$15 a bottle : Pinotage, Syrah-Grenache, Chardonnay and Pinotage ... impressive all, and Olivier says to me : " I have some tragic news for you Tony : " One of our most beloved winemakers passed away from a heart attack. " I turn to look a t him and await what follows : " Laurence Faller. " NO! " I scream. " That cannot be!?! How?!? " And Olivier continues : " I know you knew her personally. " Danny Haas would bring her here and one of my fondest memories of Laurence besides her tasting here in the store with us and with our customers is her taking me to lunch with Danny Haas over to the INDIQUE restaurant.
Olivier continued : " Danny is devastated. The whole region of Alsace is devastated. " We are devastated, how sad! Laurence has been here at least three times that I remember, tasting us, tasting you all, signing bottles, doing all that she can for her wines, for the wines of Alsace, for France : a classy lady, a real inspiration, married with two children that survive her, only forty-five years old : TRAGIC.
The other night with my wife , Maeco, Katherine, Denise and Sandrine we drank some of Laurence's " Cuvee Laurence " Pinot Gris with a delicious steak meal that Marco from Rome grilled for us, with a great green tossed salad with buts and ' special veined and colorfully-explosive deep-rich lavender and red snaking through the crinkled greens ... a tasty vinaigrette and some brown rice was it ... RIDGE Zinfandel 1985 that I already mentioned here, and Laurence's SATURATION of delightful viscous, thick and lulling and wafting and floating fresh and bright allusion and homage complete to nuts and honey and creams and dense-deep citrus and vanilla and varied, variegated, voluptuous flavors-savors-delighting one and all senses, seriously entertaining,pleasing, teasing, testing, turning and stopping us and our palates with each sip, big or small ... the flavors were those to truly savor and not labor, just delight, not fight, just be swept-up, just be harmonized, humored and everything but hammered as they made their entrance, found their space and placed - all these lasting Pinot Gris golden-rich-colored tastes of the " Cuvee Laurence '!

I always had to buy more of the " Cuvee Laurence " in homage, in appreciation of her, her beauty, the intensity of her eyes, the way she would with them grab yours and hold your eyes for a lifetime before releasing them.

The way her hair that was drawn back tightly to mold her youthful and edged features. She was so beautiful, so simple in her stylishness, little embellishments of this or that that spoke volumes always. It was always a treat to be in her presence and to taste with her.
She was always very attuned and very attentive to all that was going on around her. One one of her visits she was here when Aurelio Cabestrero came and visited with one of his Spanish owners/producers. I have pictures of all of that and need to share them now more than ever before.
We have some of Laurence's wines here today like the Muscat Reserve 2009 " Clos des Capucins " , On Special for $36.99, 13% alcohol by volume, and I will have to open a bottle today and celebrate her life as well as that of everyone at DOMAINE WEIBACH from Kaysersberg , and from family members : Colette, Catherine et Laurence ... as well as the ' new ' generation there that I do not know yet.
Laurence you are loved, will be missed, you are so special!
The last visit from Danny Haas when he came a month or so bearing his twenty-or-so wines included a bottle of the DOMAINE WEINBACH and after tasting it and sharing it - actually it included two bottles , a Grand Cru and another - Danny knowing how much I liked Laurence, left both bottles, one of which I took home as Joe took home the Grand Cru. Thanks you Danny, we feel your pain. We are all pained.
I toast now here to you Laurence. Merci pour tous, c'est bien trop tot que tu viens de nous quitter, nous sommes tous bien tristes! Ce n'est pas juste ca, vraiment pas juste. I die myself a little with this sad news Laurence.
THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT OPENS again to everyone after three years of repairs and being closed. I remember being able to climb up the stairs in the past! That was a feat, glad I did it once, glad to have the memories of that, seeing inside and outside the Washington Monument, what fun.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stevie Wonder, glad to hear so much of your great music today. Happy birthday Kim!


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HEY, Jimmy's getting married today! Just sold some real French dry rose CHARLES De CAZANOVE Tradition Pere Et Fils a Reims ,  champagne , $22.99 to go along with the occasion, and since it was all so rushed I loaned them two Reidel champagne flutes to use as they are on the run, the two of them, too busy , too impatient after waiting all these years! What a treat to be a part of all of this as Jimmy has been coming here weekly now for years tasting sometimes and always picking up what was needed , that, on special occasions always included a bottle of dry Jurancon white as that was part of a childhood memory so many wonderful years ago. Congratulations to you both, you both are wonderful people and it has been a pleasure and an honor to sell to you over the many years here. Cheers, I raise a glass and toast you both.

     1) " Grey Lady " Beer brewed with Spices and Natural Flavors from CISCO BREWERS Nantucket ( On Special for $1.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 4.5% alcohol by volume, Nantucket, Massachusetts ) : Belgian-styled, " emits a complex nose with sophisticated notes."
     2) " Positive Contact " from DAN The AUTOMATOR and DOGFISH HEAD Brewery ( On Special for $10.99, 1 Pt 9.4Fl Oz bottle, 9% alcohol by volume ) : " Ale brewed with apple cider and spices . A positive combination of Fujo cider, slow roasted farro, a bit of cayenne and fresh cilantro." Nice.
     3) " Monk's Cafe " Flemish Sour Ale ( $12.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle,  ) : " We blend young and old ales to make this mildly sour ale, light bodied with a lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish. Very refreshing."
LIQUEURS and LIQUORS From Malkit & Jagir :
     1) Soju from TY.KU Premium Imported 100% all-natural Soju - one-half the calories of vodka ( On Special for $19.99 a 750ml bottle, distilled from 100% barley, 20% alcohol by volume, produced in Japan ) : " Hand-distilled, ... the #1 selling distilled spirit in the world."
     2) El JIMADOR Hand-Harvested 100% Blue Agave Tequila a) Blanc, On Special for $19.99 a 750ml bottle,  AND :  b) Tequila Reposado 100% Blue Agave, On Special for $19.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume. " New " and " Positively Exciting! "
     3( French Caribbean rum from CLEMENT Depuis 1887, since 1887, Rhum Vieux Agricole, aged and delicious rum from Martinique, Select Barrel, On Special for $27.99 a 750ml bottle, : something smooth and refined and truly special to sip and savor and linger over - no rushing, ennnnnnnnJOOOOOOYYYYY thoroughly!
          SAKE :
     1) TY.KU Sake Premium Junmai Imported Sake ( On Special for $12.99, 15% alcohol by volume, product of Japan ) : Fancy bottle for a gift, one we have enjoyed and sold here on-and-off for years : and are delighted to sell once again as the price is now so reasonable for such fine quality : a ' no-brainer " I like to call this.
         WINE :
     1) East Coast 2009 Riesling from New Zealand's SILVER POINT / COOPER'S CREEK Winery ( $6.99 a 750ml bottle, 12% alcohol by volume ) : I took a case of this to the beach last August it was so goof : all my relatives loved it, Karen our photographer-customer here loves it, too. Wonder if she knows it's back yet?!? FABulous soft, smooth, rounded Riesling flavors, nice-sipping with or without a meal.
    2) Dry Portuguese Vinho Verde from SANTOLA ( $7.99 a 750ml bottle, 9% alcohol by volume ) : That easy and soft and smooth taste with a touch of sparkle and no edge, no bite, just nice sipping even outside in the full heat and humidity and sunshine of the day! Delightful, refreshing with a crayfish on the green tall bottle you cannot miss.

     3) Vieilles Vignes Pays D'Oc dry French rose from the CLOS Du CANALET ( $9.99 a 750ml bottle, old vines, 12.5% alcohol by volume, this delicate salmon-colored bottle 2013 has a nice sipping quality to it, smooth and full enough and certainly so very pleasing, with or without food!
     4) Dry Greek rose made from the Xinomavro and the Moschomavro 70-year-old vine grapes from Siatista, Greece ( On Special for $9.99 a bottle, regularly $14.99 a bottle ) : I enjoyed some on Mother's Day with my wife and daughter and again last night with my wife : tasty, full and rich and rounded and so pleasing to sip- a delight! Thanks Sotiris. We will taste it this coming Monday night at 6:30PM at our Murayo Greek restaurant meal for a five-course/ five-wines meal there at $60 a person. I hope you already all made your reservations as the dinner has been sold-out now for a week I believe. See some of you there I hope. I will be going. All the wines will be On-Special for the dinner and available to purchase here as we support weekly-daily-hourly the wines of Greece, in big part to the hard work of Sotiris.
     5) 2912 Dry Spanish blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Garnacha and 20% Mazuelo from DiNaRellS ( $9.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume, Emporda, Spain ) " a bit hearty, edgy and spicy and flavorful, medium-to-light-bodied, honest and tasty dry red perfect for grilling and seasoned and flavorful dishes!
    6) DRY Riesling Delle Venezia 1000Mille Liter Bottle ( $13.99 a liter, 12.5% alcohol by volume ) : from Italy, a great value, great to sip, really distinct and tasty! Like it a whole lot, as well as the dry red Bardolino. I am hoping that Amy will be tasting these on this Saturday as they are perfect for this warm weather now.
     7) Clos LOJEN 2012 dry red Spanish red from Manchuela ( $16.99 a 750ml bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume : medium-to-light-bodied, dry and spicy and toasty, roasted berries, what a treat to enjoy now. Great food wine. Hope that Amy will also taste this here this coming Saturday.
     8) 2006 Privat Collection dry red Greek wine from ANTONOPOULOS, Greece, from Patras ( $17.99 a 750ml, 14% alcohol by volume, ) : Classic, dry, flavorful, earthy and pithy and great food wine style- classic wine-making, wine made to go with a meal, a real treat. From Sotiris Bafitis, one of our - and your very favorites!

TUESDAY,  May 13th, 2014 : Come taste the wines of CANOE RIDGE, Washington State tonight from 5-8PM and meet Bill Murray, too that loves these wines!

FRIDAY, May 16th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : Come and taste with Sotiris Bafitis and try the wines that we will serve on Monday night at our Greek dinner with him at Murayo restaurant at 6:30PM! What a fun treat both events will be.
SATURDAY , May 17th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : Come meet Amy Troutmiller and taste her excellent Italian and Spanish wines here.
MONDAY, Ma7 19th, 2014 : 6:30PM - our dinner at Murayo with Sotiris Bafitis!
TUESDAY, May 27th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : Our Big-Theme Sparkling Wine-Tasting - everyone welcome. Free, join us!
JOIN US, NEVER any charge, everyone always welcome. The more the merrier!!
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING. YOU ALL are the very best, we love you all. Take care and come see us, celebrate with us! Cheers,  TONY

WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is my store email written and sent on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 ... see how things have changed or stayed the same. Call for current prices and availability, too. Cheers, TONY 5/13/2014

THE WHOLE STORE is  set up to serve you with this warm weather whether it rains or shines outside, we have something for you all. Every week I walk our aisles and am always amazed that there is something " really new and exciting " from both Ravi ( liquor ) and Santos ( beer ). How could there be so much? We are getting so much variety and category, country and style and that is really exciting for you all. You , like us, just have to figure a way to keep up with it all. That means finding out what is " hip and current ", " trendy and really new " , purchasing what looks the most exciting and then finding the time to try these " new " things out. It's exciting, it's a true challenge with many great rewards in sight for you all.
I HAVE ALREADY TALKED about and included many of the canned beers that are available to you all. This used to be true only with the most commercial of beers for so many years and then DALE'S came along and started to change all of that leading to the D.C. BRAU beers that are our very own from Washington D.C. We always have several of the DALE'S available for you all as well as we have another drop of the D.C. BRAU coming this week as we mostly sold out last week. I have also mentioned the many canned beers that we get from Hawaii and that is exciting and I have seen a fair number of them on our counter up front being purchased. I feel that we will only continue to add to all these canned beers so always be sure and ask Santos. They claim that they are easier to chill quickly, lighter to carry when you travel and of course less to break or go wrong in bigger crowds.
          CANNED BEER :
     1) Blanche De Bruxelles . White Beer ( Biere blanche, wit bier, weiss bier, cerveza blanc, benoe nnbo, buzasor - $7.99 a 4-pack of cans, 500ml, 1 Pt. .5Fl. Oz, ) from Belgium is new and is wrapped in plastic for east transport and enjoyment when you get to wherever you are going. Great summer and warm weather colors, too with white, sky blues and deep sunshine yellows.
          LIQUEURS - New & Old -
TRADITIONAL CATEGORIES like KAHLUA , BAILEYS, and LIMONCELLO are all abuzz with " new " flavors, too. I just wrote up one last week for KAHLUA with peppermint I believe? BAILEYS has had the " mint " and the " caramel ". Now  we wait awhile and it's anyone's guess when the " new " flavor of theirs will be available? We might not know when but rest-assured that we will have another flavor, perhaps this fall instead of this summer? I don't want to risk a guess on that as the whole world of liquid refreshments is exploding with more and more choices and varieties.
THIS MORNING I believe for the second time the VILLA MASSA Liqueur LIQUORANGE of Sorrento ( On Special for $22.99, 750ml, 30% alcohol by volume ) that is a variation on the theme of their Limoncello that started off the whole Limoncello revolution here in the United States that seems now like a very, very, very long time ago. Some of you still make your own and many of you still buy the VILLA MASSA. Here you have a fun variation to play around as the warm weather and the humidity are with us off-and-on these days.
IT WAS A BIT OF A MELTDOWN here the past two weeks as you all kept coming by and asking for the APEROL Aperitivo liqueur ( $21.99, original recipe since 1919, Fratelli BARBIERI, 11% alcohol by volume) is based on an infusion of selected herbs and roots. A popular recipe : Aperol Spritz : ice cubes, slice of orange, 3-parts Prosecco ( or any other dry sparkling wine ), 2-parts APEROL and 1-splash of soda. People were a bit distraught and we are happy to tell you that APEROL is back once again and we bought a lot to be sure we do not sell out so quickly!
           BOTTLED BEER :
WE KNOW MANY OF YOU PREFER bottles of beer and so we have the :
     1) " new "  FIRESTONE " Union Jack " IPA ( $12.99, 7.5% alcohol  y volume, ) is an American style India Pale Ale from the FIRESTONE WALKER Brewing Company. This is for those of you out there that have a passion for the ale.
WE ALSO KNOW that the hard apple cider business is exploding and so for those of you out there have you discovered the  :
     1) Angry Orchard Hard Cider " crisp apple " that is naturally gluten-free ( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 5% alcohol by volume ) : " This crisp and refreshing cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle dryness for a balanced cider. At Angry Orchard we use the ripest apples, harvested by hand to ensure the highest quality. The result is a distinctly crisp and refreshing cider."
          LIQUOR :
     1) EFE 3 Distile  RAKI( Triple Distilled , $33.99,, 750ml bottle, 47% alcohol by volume, ) is made with 100% grape alcohol in Turkey's Bozdag mountain. Distilled in traditional pot stills with anis seeds. They get the spring water from the Bozdag mountain. Enjoy it chilled and straight or by adding water, then ice as a long drink. We are excited to have this as many of you have asked us now for it for years.
     2) " Tierras " TEQUILA Autentico de Jalisco " Anejo "  from 100% Agave( On Special for $39.99 a bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, Mexico ) is really good and it's also made from organic agave plants. Made from Blue Agave in small batches and as smooth as it ever comes. We had it open here last year and proceeded to sell through it and the Reposado and the Silver several times over and it's great to have them all back here again.
       WHITE :
     1) Sauvignon Blanc and ALSO : Chardonnay, 2010 from GATO NEGRO ( BOTH are On Special for $5.99, Valle Central, 13% alcohol by volume, ) from Chile have been around for a very long time and we thought we would offer them once again to you all for casual, easy-drinking wines to enjoy with this heat and humidity. They are very pleasant and the price is also very easy on all of our wallets. Come and enjoy them all over again. They also come in many reds flavors, too from Cabernet, Carmenere, Merlot, and  Shiraz.

       ROSE :
     1) DOMAINE DE MOULINES " Les Cigales " 2011 ( $10.99 , 12.5% alcohol  by volume ) is a nice crisp and refreshing dry rose that we are thrilled to sell here and it was a bonus to discover it written up in the Washington Post newspaper last Wednesday. Great deep wild Sockeye salmon color, too!
     2) KNIPSER " Clairette " 2010 dry trocken rose ( $26.99, 11% alcohol by volume,, Laumersheim, Pfalz , ) is made from 1005 Pinot Noir and has weight, substance, character and was I believe the very favorite tasted this weekend by Chris Bartha when we tasted dry roses for Mother's Day. Lovely.
     3) CHATEAU ROUBINE 2011  " Cru Classe " Cotes De Provence ( $19.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume , ) is a delight to drink. So much elegance, refinement and finesse and bright rose sunshine taste. Made by Valerie Rousselle that is the owner and the harvester and the wine is made from their own grapes and not purchased. It showed beautifully this past Saturday and everyone loved it and many bought it, too.
     4) GRAF V. SCHONBORN 2011 dry Pinot Noir rose ( On Special for $19.99, 11.5% alcohol by volume, Volkach, Germany, ) has got really lively, brisk high levels of acidity and a deep rose color and will complement many a meal. It is best when served with food : salads, tapas, many hot weather meals.
     5) " Pink " 2011 dry rose from SCHLOSS SCHONBORN VDP 100% Pinot Noir ( On Special for $19.99, 11.5% alcohol by volume , Hattenheim, Germany , ) is lovely : softer, more mouth-pleasing, fuller and smoother on the palate. I loved it, really I did. It shows really well with food. Love the deep rose color and mostly just love the way that it tastes. It's a beauty any way that you cut it.
       REDS :
     1) Pinot Noir 2009 Pinot Noir from Oregon's FIRESTEED Vineyard ( $14.99,, 12.7% alcohol by volume, Rickreall, Oregon ) is light and bright and refreshing and a real treat to enjoy all by itself and certainly with most meals, even with this heat and bouts of humidity that come and go depending. Great value, too. We are happy to have it back again.
     2) Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 " Coleccion Privada " from NAVARRO CORREAS in Mendoza, Argentina, is On Special for $9.99. We are almost sold out once again. Come get some while you still can. It was once the measure by which all great Argentinian Cabs were judged by. If it was approaching the quality of a Coleccion Privada then it was something to take seriously. Here we have a really tasty, flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina and you should all sample it all over again : especially when it's at this great value.
     FRIDAY, May 18th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Cristina of Winesellers Imports here to do a wine-tasting of Kiwi, New Zealand , Argentina and California wineries : FIRE ROAD ( Kiwi ), ZUCCARDI ( Argentina ), and TORTOISE CREEK ( Lodi, California ). This will be fun with both dry reds and whites. Join us, never any charge.
     SATURDAY, May 19th ( 2-6PM ) Armed Forces Day USA : Join us when Andrew of Vinifera Imports joins us to taste an assortment of his excellent Italian wines from the Veneto, from Tuscany and maybe more? We will see? Join us, never any charge, everyone is always welcome.
I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS. I certainly hope that everyone had a great Mother's Day weekend. The weather was nice most of it fortunately and that's always a bonus. We hope that we can help you with this weekend and to get through this week until you may enjoy this coming weekend when the rain will be perhaps a distant memory from Monday's deluge as it may be another one tonight. Keep a close eye on today's weather and have an umbrella with you. Stop by, chat and relax and let's share some stories. We are sure that you have many, we certainly have many. Cheers and thanks for everything that you do for us. We appreciate it.   TONY




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