Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sadly We Say Bye Bye To Both Ripple & Nam Viet Here In The Next Few Days Of June, 2017 : Come By ASAP & Dine & Enjoy A Last Meal Or Two While You Still Have The Time! Nam Viet Closes Saturday, June 24th!

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We all need to be in more of a cleveland park state-of-mind. we need to spend more time looking around us here in our neighborhood & Appreciating what we have fully.


I was just saying that as patronage goes down here prices usually rise and that makes many of you think we are being greedy and not keeping your interests at heart. NOT TRUE : we have to pay high rents to be here and have to make a profit to keep our doors open as customers come through less and perhaps order more goods on line?


there is more competition, more choices for you all, we know that, we all are trying our best to keep our doors open for you, prices down, and our service to you as good as we possibly can.


that being said we are saddened to be saying ' Bye , Aurevoir, hasta luego, a la prochaine, a presto ' to both the two fine restaurants of Ripple and Nam Viet here on our block that close their doors before the end of june.


What follows below is an old store email I wrote and sent on June 17th, 2014 : read and enjoy it if you have time, here is today's from Tuesday, June 20th, 2017.
HOPE YOU ALL enjoyed a great Father's Day weekend. My family took me to the Sprinfield Manor Winery and Distillery outside of Frederick, MD, to visit their wonderful lavender fields on the hill, drenched in bright sunshine and heat Sunday, but saved by the constant, cooling breeze!
I AM SAD to say that I did not sample anything, either the wines of the distilled spirits, : too hot, and the wines were made from grapes from other states and not Maryland alone. Oh well, felt better as a result on a horribly hot and dangerous day, and was able that evening to enjoy more of the @PaoloCalli wines of southern Sicily that we tasted here with you all this past Saturday night with owner/ winemaker Paolo Calli himself, and importer @RobertKennedy between 6:30-8:30PM. Many of you got signed gift bottles from Paolo, lots of smiles, great cheer and moments to treasure. We even had someone play their harmonica here for Paolo - that was a ' first ' here!
WALKING AROUND the store just now collecting my / our thoughts and seeing what ' goodies ' we need to write about today and share our wealth of riches with you?!? Have found many and will start with them now :
IN BEER From Santos Rivera we have :
      1) Hefeweizen Grapefruit Bier imported from Germany, On Special for $8.99 a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans, that is perfectly refreshing for this hot weather with low humidity today and tomorrow I believe. Come get some, Santos keeps it in our silver cooler up front across from our register.
     2) Pilsner POLESTAR from LEFT HAND Brewing Company, $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 5.5% alcohol by volume, : " a zesty German-style Pilsner with great biscuity malt flavor and a dry, crisp finish. " Yes, love seeing a Pilsner for a change, nice for this heat, too.
          TWO From UPLAND Sour Ales :
     1) Dry-Hopped Sour Ale " Hopsynth " , ale aged in oak barrels with fresh hops, On Special for $8.99  for a 500ml bottle, from Bloomington, Indiana, : " A Blended Work Of Art - We developed HopSynth by blending younger batches of our blonde base sour Basis, then dry-hopping with new and experimental varieties of hops, This non-traditional combination results in a unique balance of tart and hoppy flavors as well as a range of hop aromas including pine, tropical fruits and citrus notes. " YES to all the above!
     2) Limited Sour Ale ' Revive ' , same size as above, On Special for $8.99, : " Let this bottle Revive your beer drinking experience. A unique blend of pineapple and chamomile meets our base sour blob=nde ale. Discover our wood-aged sour with the unique combination of fruit and spice, producing lively aromas of citrus fruit and herbs with tart flavors of apple, pineapple and stone fruits. "

Liqueurs / Liquors From Jagir :
     1) Allspice Dram from ST. ELIZABETH , a tradition of the West Indies, $35.99 a bottle, with 22.5% alcohol by volume : tweek many a drink with a dram of Allspice, yes, from Austria : " From its origins in the tropical hills and valleys of Jamaica, the allspice berry has for generations been prized for its exceptional tastes of citrus, cinnamon and nutmeg and pepper note that dazzles the palate. The allspice liqueur known in classic cocktails as ' Pimento Dram ', brings together the fine pot-still rum and allspice berries of Jamaica. " Enjoy in punches, mulled wine, and with continental and land cuisine, too.
     2) Double Expresso from VAN GOGH , On Special for $25.99 a bottle, with 35% alcohol by volume, , this is a brilliant naturally-infused expresso flavored vodka that may be enjoyed in so many ways : find your own, be proactive and creative, let your imaginations soar.
     3) Dry Rye GIN from ST. GEORGE , handcrafted in California, On Special for $39.99 a bottle, with 45% alcohol by volume, I loved this becasue it has an aroma of mangos and I love mangos, the taste is smooth, bright, rich and lingers in a really pleasing way, too!
     4) Grapefruit Bitters that is ideal as a cocktail flavoring, from BITTER TRUTH, $11.99 a 300ml bottle, all natural, from Germany, with 44% alcohol by volume, this is a great refresher in a cocktail, two-three splashes and your tongue and palate with feel so much more alive and free and happy!
     WINE From Chris & Tony -
     1) A Merlot, A Cabernet Sauvignon , and a Cabernet Franc, THREE reds from the Domaine BASSAC, All three On Special for $9.99 a bottle, all distinctly different, made from organic grapes, all fruit-forward and fruit-centerd : all delicious now for this weather. Tasted here last Saturday by Andrew Stover.
     3) THREE From The MERKIN Vineyards : from Maynard Keenan :
A) " Tarzan ' 2013 New Mexico dry red blend of  88% Tempranillo and 12% Primitivo - a lovely elegance, not heacy, fruit-centered and lighter!$38.49 ..
B) " Chupacabra " 2015 Arizona dry blend of 45% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre - a lively frisky and fresh expression of these three grapes, a delight to sip even in this heat,$28.49 a bottle.
C) " Shinola " 2013 New Mexico dry red blend of  44% Sangiovese, 26% Montepulciano 16% Dolcetto, 7% Refosco , 7% Primitivo: a bit fuller with the extra bottle age, still delightful in this hot weather :
ALL THREE should be chilled 40 minutes or so and then enjoyed!
OUTSTANDING French Champagne, Value, Too :
     1) Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Premier Cru RM ( Recoltant Manipulant - own and do everything themsleves from start-to-finish ), $41.99 a bottle, a Brut dry Tradition, this is amazing : weight, body, bread and dough, complexity, presence, character, and such an amazing low price : love it!
WONDERFUL Portuguese Red Dao -
     1) Colheita Selecionada desde 1990 / in perpetuum, from CABRIZ, $13.49,  a flavorful, complex medley of flavors from the blend of 40% Alfrochero , 40% Tinta-Roriz, and 20% Touriga-Nacional - loved it with food when I first tasted it, fine with things off your grill yes!
WOW : Burgundy French Wines : 3 White Chardonnays, 4 Red Pinot Noirs -
          WHITES -
     1) Chardonnay old-vines / vieilles vignes from the CHATEAU DE SANTENAY, 2015, $27.49 : I was thoroughly impressed with this wine, the flavors, the unique taste, the body and the bright long finish, lovely.
     2) ' Le Jarron ' 2013 Deux Montille from a sister and brother ( soeur - frere ) team : and they knocked it out of the park with this Saint-Romaine Chardonnay with so many levels of flavor, such intense appeal and presence, such an impact , and balanced completely, a jewel always, and one that will improve with more age, On Special for $46.99 a bottle.
     3) Meursault dry white 100% Chardonnay from the DOMAINE Jean-Michel Gaunoux, 2013, On Special from $75.99, a firmer, more lean and muscular, more svelte and mature yet youthful taste of Chardonnay that is so slow to open and reveal all of it's charms, and yet rushing it would be the worst thing that you could ever do! Well-worth the delay, the time, the effort, the patience, the unwillingness to march along to the beat of this very special white Burgundy from the town of Meursault!

          REDS -
     1) 2015 Bourgogne Rouge 100% Pinot Noir from the CHATEAU DE SANTENAY , made from old-vines / vieilles vignes, this is also quite impressive, more body and presence and flavor than I would have expected, and youthful and balanced, slow to open, do not rush it.
     2) " Herbuottes ' Morey-Saint-Denis from Frederic Magnien, a 2013, On Special for $43.99, this is a tasty, youthful, rustic, a meatier, more grip, more girth and a bit of the ' savage - primitive ' cry of these Pinot Noir clones that howl their existences to us in joy, pain, hope and brilliant survival! Yes.
     3)  " Seuvrees Vieilles-Vignes / Old-Vines, from the Domaine Michel Magnien, 2013, $55.99 : I liked the more lean, the more kind-mean texture and attitude here, a stamp of these Pinot Noir feet letting us know that though often considered mor of a lamb, here the wolf or the bull wants to assert itself, too :
a treat with a meal. Slow and steady, steady and slow, like the tortoise,
this wine already is a winner and when it crosses the finish line we will al break out in a big smile that will connect into one representing all of us . YES!
     4) 2013 Volnay 1er Cru ' Les Champans ' No 00470 from the Domaine Joseph Voillot, mis en bouteille a la prprete, from Volnay, Burgundy, France,
On Special for $82.99 a bottle : this is quite backward, quite rustic and still dark, closed, a bit self-centered and less open at this point to the world around it. It might need the most babying/coaxing and coddling, the most patience.
Do not be in a rush, put it away for a rainy special day in five years or so.
Wait and you will be greatly rewarded, leprechans standing by the pot of gold at the endo of a brilliant rainbow of Pinot Noir colors, accents, nuances, highs-to-lows-and-back-again, It will be amazing, now it is partially asleep.

Wednesdays is always SAVE ON WINE DAY @CPWineSpirits!
3 ( THREE ) Ways To SAVE -
TWO Ways To SAVE Up To 20% Off Sticker Price
ONE Way to SAVE Up To 15% Off Sticker Price
CALL ( 202-363-4265 ) and pay if you cannot come, but always SAVE every Wednesday on your wine purchases here.
CALL and ask for Chris or Tony ( me ) for all the details.

ALSO : One Insane Deal -
     1) Viognier 2015 from the Chateau BURGOZONE , their ' Cote de DANUBE ', On Special for $9.99, regularly $15.99 a bottle. This is a lean, greatly impressive dry and structured, lively, jostling, forward-tasting, fresh and enthusiastic youthful Viognier that shows some real maturity of composition and character, too ! Love it, LOVE the low price, only a bit more than two cases here now! Come get some quick!
WEEK'S Tastings :
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 ( tomorrow, we have Valerie of Winesellers Ltd, an old friend, we have done so many great events and tastings together here and also next door at Nam Viet with her German wine selections ( we have also done the same thing at Dino's restaurant on the corner here before it left to the Shaw neighborhood ), and so tomorrow we will taste here with Valerie the following :
          TWO German Whites -
     1) Dr Heyden 2015 Rheinhessen  Silvaner troken- dry alte Reben - old vines  estate-bottled  from winemaker and owner Frank, a treat, an amazing German white from the Silvaner grape, a beauty!
     2) 2015 Riesling DR. THANISCH Erben Muller-Burggraff , Mosel $16.49, from another great friend Barbara Rindquest , Feinherb, with 10% alcohol by volume, this has got a lilting brace of acids that keeps the whole Riesling taste on our palates very bouyant! LOve it, thanks Barbara.
          TWO Aussie Red Shiraz Wines - HOPE Estate Family Vineyards , Hunter Valley & Western Australia -
     1) Shiraz ' The Ripper ' Geographe Western Australia, from owner Michael Hope that has been here many times in the past. 2013, $20.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume, this is leaner, meaner, more gruff and hearty like one of the trolls under the bridge that insists on being reckoned with! Great food Shiraz.
     2) Shiraz Basalt Block Hunter Valley New South Wales, 2013, $16.49 a bottle : this is rounder, softer, more silky and soft and less bite or tannins, the more mellow and pleasing to sip of the two!
          ONE Fine Port from Portugal -
     1) Ruby Reserve Lote No. 601 Portofrom QUINTA De La ROSA, 500ml bottle, 19.5% alcohol by volume, with extra layers of buffering and calming, soothing and pleasing flavors that coddle and comfort and relieve stress, anguish, despair and worrying ! This is a winner, chill for 40 minutes before serving and enjoy the exotic magic carpet ride this affords our palates and our tongues - true pals to all of us!
Graham Isaac from the Country Vintner will also be here with Valerie : we will rock it here tomorrow. JOIN US.
FRIDAY, June 23rd, 2017 ( 5-8PM ) : We are welcoming Jeff of LVDH to come here and pour some of his fine selections that he represents brought to us by Alan Cohen and Laurent Vonderheyden : French , Italian, Chilean, and more!
We Have JoAnn returning from TWIN VALLEY distributors in Rockville, MD to taste a selection that includes the ' new and small-production - less than 30 bottles each month - JZE Cask Strength Bourbon whiskey , too, what a great treat this will be with  Four-Grain Rye and Thoroughbred and more, JoAnn is great at making these MD spirits come fully alive, too.
We have Sophia of the DR. STONER'S -
     1) Fresh Herb flavored vodka, like non-other that you have ever tasted as it is layered and redolent, thick, viscous and flowing and fragrant and almost exotically perfumed if you can imagine any of this come and taste it, and BE AMAZED! On Special for $29.99 a bottle.
     2) Smoky Herb flavored whiskey, On Special for $29.99 a bottle, with 42% alcohol by volume, : AGAIN_ amazingly thick, the bouquet alone will make you think of none-other than winning the ' pot ' of liquid gold that will not burn up in smoke but will coddle and please, rock and cradle you and your palate and all your senses into a state of total relaxation. Cannot believe this till you try it!
SATURDAY, June 24th, 2017 ( 2-6PM ) : With Andrea Shank of Tradewinds Specialty Imports we will taste a medley of Spain and Argentina here :
          FOUR Sherries from ALEXANDRO : aavailable in 375ml and 750ml bottles - 1) Finos dry, 2) Manzanilla soft silky dry, 3) Amontillade a sharper nitty-honey dry, and ... 4) Cream that rolls around, lulls, languishes, caresses the tongue, throat, wallls of your mouth, teases your lips, a real pleasing tease and symphony of liquid sherry textures to absorb, yes!
     ALSO :
Andrea will taste the FABulous  -
     1) Spanish sparkling Cava from ROSSIGNOL de Moragas , their dry rose, $16.49 a bottle, 12% alcohol by volume, a lovely refresher in this heat, along with the bolder Malbec from CHANARMUYO, a 2014 La Rioja, Argentina dry red of Malbec, their Reserva bottling, $21.49, chill 40 minutes and serve, with 14% alcohol by volume, from the Valle de Chanarmuyo ... a fine food dry red, best with a meal.
JOIN US : ALL these tastings are free and meanto to educate , entertain, introduce you to more wine, people, experiences, expose you and you palate and senses to ' new and exciting ' sensations!
Bring family and friends,
Everyone always welcome here!
THANKS For Everything. You all are the best , the creme de la creme, the top-niveau, the salt of the earth, and we love you.
ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD there is so much to say :
SAD that RIPPLE is leaving us as they have been great neighbors, a great inspiriation and fun and exciting and with such quality and attention to detail, to local, to small-batch, farm-produced produce and always serving up some of the very freshest and the very best. Thank you Roger, thank you waiters, staff, bartenders, chefs and all the staff that have made our lives here all that more special. Good luck to you in your new location. You will be sorely missed, and the void will be impossible to replicate.
SAD, TOO To be losing NAM VIET Restaurant this ame month of June, 2017. Mr and Mrs Toi, son Ricky and his brother and sister have all been a big part of this neighborhood now for twenty years. I have already written a lot about this so go to our Facebook page to read more at : @ClevelandParkWine&Spirits. Cheers,
THANKS To you Ripple and Nam Viet. You have been truly magnificent!
BOTH Ripple and Nam Viet close by this weekend I believe? Maybe next Tuesday and Wednesday are the last days? Check, go by, have a meal, celebrate their food, excellent service and what they have added here. Neither will be replacable : each had their own uniqueness and special qualities, a sad loss indeed for us. Makes me cry almost, I stop short of that, but it is hard.

SHOP LOCAL, find things to try and to experiement with. Participate, engage your retailers and restauranteurs. Do not be silent, tell us your concerns, give us all a second and a third chance, try and be as excited as you can here in your own neighborhood because we need you as much as we need you. Let us work closer together, grow stronger together, flourish, smile, beam together.
EVERY SALE or every meal that we do not get hurts us and makes it harder for us to stay healthy bright alive and completely here and present for you, with the means to truly answer your needs, It takes a village, a neighborhood, a Cleveland-Park-State-Of-Mind and committment.
ALWAYS express your concerns, your issues, what does not work so we may adjust, correct, deal with them while we still can before moving out , away, and out of your lives.
CHEERS, I am by nature a positive and optimistic person, and I say all of this only becasue I care.
THANKS again to you all, TONY 6/20/2017


 LIFE IS HOT HERE NOW IN Cleveland Park & You All Need To Know Why You Should .... be drinking wine for the world cup and not Beer, cider or liquor instead...


1) They make wine in brazil and it's quite good! 

RESPONSE : They make wine all over the world and it's quite good, too!
2) THEY WORLD CUP is being held in Brazil this year!
RESPONSE : It's been held in many other countries like Italy and Greece and the United States and many other countries, so?!?
3) PEOPLE NEED TO DISCOVER the fine quality of wines from Brazil as they are still largely undiscovered, no one knows much about them?
RESPONSE : That  can be said about many areas of the world like Croatia that played against Brazil on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 and lost their match to Brazil. We should have all been drinking their wine to make them feel a wee bit better?
4) THEY DON'T MAKE CACHACA Rum in other parts of the world?
RESPONSE : They do make many other rums in places like Venezuela, Trinidad, Martinique, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Nicaragua,  and so many other countries as well, so?!?
5) THEY DON'T MAKE BEER in other countries like they do in Brazil! I mean, what about another XINGU Black beer from the Amazon, where else can you get that?!?
RESPONSE : Try some GUINNESS Man and get a grip with more bite, more guts and intensity, not so mild as XINGU. The Italians that just beat England make fine beer, too like PERONI and NUOVO BIRRIFICIO NICESE Amber Medea beers in the 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl Oz bottles for example?!?
6) PEOPLE WILL BE GLAD to discover SAO FRASISCO named like San Fransisco, and they both make excellent wines?
RESPONSE : They make fine wines in Lebanon just as they do in New York State at the SHAW Vineyard in the Finger Lakes by father and son, the father being Irish and the son being half Irish and half Lebanese, so?!? And I just tasted them with the son Steve Shaw and will have both the dry SHAW Riesling and the dry Pinot Grigio, both at $19.99 a bottle here in late July!
7) BRAZIL is such a wonderful melting pot and they speak Portuguese and not Spanish which is more widely spoken, and we want others to discover the beautiful language of Brazil and Portugal?
RESPONSE : True, Portuguese is beautiful but so is Spanish and all the other romance languages and all the others, too, so ?!?
8) BRAZIL moved it's capitol into the middle of the country so that it could be made more available as a government to all Brazilians?

RESPONSE : That's a hot bed and talking politics is difficult at best and always brings up issues that are upsetting, so let's all just focus on the games and the incredible athletes playing them.
9) Everyone LOVES Bossa Nova and so we want to celebrate the Soccer World Cup with the products and the music of Brazil?
RESPONSE : True, Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz, Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald all did go to Rio de Janeiro in the the late sixties to perform and share their music as well as learn from Brazil their Bossa Nova and Sambas, I mean, even David Byrne recorded not that long ago much of that more current yet traditional music in Bahia and from various regions of Brazil, so?!?
10) Be current, be ' of the moment ', be Brazilian as the Soccer World Cup games are there and to absorb it all you have to absorb as much of the  here and the now ' and of the culture as possible!
RESPONSE : True, but maybe if we all meet somewhere in the middle it will be great!
AND : Since we have it all that should be no problem, just come on by, hang with us, do not be strangers!



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


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


     1) ' Pink ' WOODCHUCK Hard Cider - Gluten Free, Private Reserve ( On Special for 9.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce hard cider bottles, 5.5% alcohol by volume, Middlebury, VT ) : " In support of DRAGONHEART'S cancer SURVIVORSHIP ...  " 
     2) ' Family ' Family Reunio  - 5 SHINER family ' favorites ' ( On Special for $7.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, est. 1908, SPOETZL Brewery Shiner ) : includes : 1) Bock, 2) Kosmos Reserve 3) Black lager 4) Wild Hare 5) Brewer's Pride 6) Premium ... what a mix, something for everyone. Really nice.

3) CIDRE de Thierache Brut French cider  CLOS De la Fontaine Hugo, Rozoy aux Serre ( $11.99 a 750ml bottle, 5% alcohol by volume, ) : methode traditionelle and dry and what a great value, too!
4) ' Positive Contact ' Dan the AUTOMATOR the presenter from DOGFISH HEAD Brewing, Delaware ( On Special for $10.99 a 750ml bottle, 9% alcohol by volume ) : " ale brewed with apple cider and spices, a positive combination of Fuji cider, slow roasted farro, a bit of cayenne and fresh cilantro. " Love the yellow- earth tone of this label, too : very soothing.

     1) Amaro delle SIRENE traditional bitter liqueur from DON CICCIO & FIGLI ( $41.99 a 750ml bottle, 29% alcohol by volume, Washington D.C. - support local - ) : " We handcraft our amaro based on an infusion of selected roots and herbs." Glad to have this here, really glad!
     2) Grappa Di Arneis from MOLETTO ( $37.99 a 750ml bottle, 43% alcohol by volume, from Livenza ( TV ) Italy, ) : " The result is the finest artisan production processes utilizing the pomace of Srneis grapes, this fine grappa offers an elegant, refined balance that emerges in the delicate flavor and unique bouquet, typical of the varietal." The Arneis grape also makes a great dry white in the Piemonte as well as this superb grappa. Cheers.      3) Distinctive Maine potato COLD RIVER vodka ( $36.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume , Freeport, Maine, distilled and bottled by MAINE DISTILLERIES, LLC ) : " Discover a new appreciation of spirits by taking a FREE TOUR of the Cold River distillery in beautiful coastal Freeport, Maine. See how we make each handcrafted bottle of super-premium vodka and gin." Sounds like a great idea, let's all go : when can we meet?!?
     4) Trinidad & Tobago Caribbean Rum Aged 7 Years Estd. 1824 from ANGOSTURA ( $24.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, ) : " ... we say the sugar cane is only ready for making rum when it's been kissed by a butterfly." LOVE that, love Trinidad and Tobago. Was there in the late sixties when the Vietnam War was going on and I had to go to my father's office at the American Embassy to sign up for the draft ...
     5) Seasonal Spring/ Summer Batch Number from D.C.'s very own GREENHAT Distillery, the Show Hat, the Yellow - not Green label, $34.99 a bottle, 750ml bottle, 45.1% alcohol by volume. For more cocktail and more recipes and more of this wonderful story go to : www.Greenhat.com. Cheers. We love having this here. Why have they not contacted us to do an in-store GREENHAT tasting yet. Must be too busy making it ...

     1) Shiraz-Grenache 2011 Aussie red by the WINE MEN Of GOTHAM ( $9.99 a 750ml bottle, 13% alcohol by volume, go to : www,gothamwines.com.au for more info ) : I like this as it is so balanced, so light and fresh and vibrant and pleasing and a delight to drink, even with all this heat, chill twenty-minutes before serving!
     2) Xinomavro and Moschomavro 70-year-old-vines make this delightful dry Greek rose from DIOFILI, 2013 ( On Special for $11.99 a bottle, 13% alcohol by volume ) : Sotiris Bafitis tasted it here this past weekend and it sold really well as usual. It is from Siatista, Greece, go to : www.diofili.gr for more info, and come get a bottle to enjoy tonight after you get off work.
     3) Estate-Bottled Tannat 2011 dry red Serra Gaucha, Brazil red from the SALTON Harmoniza Vineyard ( $11.99 a 750ml bottle, 12,5% alcohol by volume ) : chill slightly and enjoy during these World Cup soccer matches, what a delight, so forward and smooth and balanced and poised and such a great value, too. Highly Recommended.
     4) 2011 Kisi Orange wine from VINOTERRA in Kakheti, Georgia ( $16.99 a 750ml bottle, 13% alcohol by volume, fermented in Qvevri large earthen jars buried underground ) ... I like this, flavorful, a food wine, you have to give it time and space and care and not rush things ... and I thought about this Kisi VINOTERRA Orange wine because Theresa Morrison came just thirty minutes ago with a TERRE ROUGE 2010 Grenache Blanc from California's Sierra Foothills that has such a deep golden color, not orange, and yet the weight and the texture and the grip of this Grenache Blanc from TERRE ROUGE made me think of the Kisi Orange wine from Georgia's Kakheti region. The TERRE ROUGE will get here in July in time for the 4th of July and instead of selling it for $25.99 a bottle we will put it On Sale for $19.99 a bottle in honor of our great holiday. Come get some, there will be just a couple of cases and we will sell a maximum of two bottles to each person. Cheers ... what fun, how special!!!
     5) ' The Custodian ' Grenache 2009 from the d'ARENBERG Winery in Australia's McLaren Vale ( $19.99 a bottle, 14.5% alcohol by volume ) : it's always such a treat when Jody Jackman our Winebow rep tastes this out here with you all in the store. It's a classic and flavorful and tasty and great when you grill and want to be outside. Chill twenty minutes and enjoy thoroughly ... wax poetic, let yourselves relax ...
     6) 2009 - great vintage in burgundy, France from the DOMAINE De L'EVECHE , a 100% Chardonnay from the Cote Chalonnaise ( $21.99, 13% alcohol by volume ) from Vincent Joussier 0 : we tasted this here this past Saturday with Chris Bartha and it is drinking like a dream - wonderful, just a couple of cases left of this quite spectacular dry and rich white burgundy that is balanced, fleshy and forward and silky and bright and , ahhhhh : ' just right! ' : but don't take my word for it , come and see what you think yourselves?
     7) ASSAF " 4 Seasons Pinotage ' 2009 from Israel's upper Galilee, this dry ASSAF Winery dry red Pinotage from winemakers Assaf Kedem and Soren Kedem  has so very much to offer all of us. It sells for $35.99 a bottle, is 14.9 % alcohol by volume,  ) : " The way the vines grow, the altitude, and the cool, dry climate of the Upper Galilee combined with its rich volcanic soil - the terroir. Everything taken together, directly influences the quality of our grapes. "
BIG NEWS , the ' new ' barbecue restaurant where the old PULPO was , called FAT PETE is it ( ?!? ) will open in a week, on Monday June 23rd if not at the end of this week tells me Peter, one of the owners. This is so exciting for all of us, we need something that attracts a lot of people here and this sounds like it might just be one of the missing key elements here to solidify and ground things even more and keep more people here and bring more to us, too. How exciting! Keep an eye peeled and stay-tuned for more : nice.
     8) Azienda Agricola LA GIARETTA Recioto Classico Delle Valpolicella 2005, $35.99 a 500ml bottle, 14% alcohol by volume , Veneto, Italy ) : This just sounds like something we all need to indulge our taste buds in really soon! Do not delay any longer ...

     Friday, June 20th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : WE have :
 1) Fernando tasting from Tradewinds Specialty Imports as well as tasting some great dry red and white wines of Spain and Argentina, and some Moscatel sweet sherry, too  ...
 2)  Gabrielle Rausse, owner and winemaker and tends the gardens at Monticello, too ... of his own Virginia winery GABRIELLE RAUSSE in Charlottesville, VA. here tasting a selection of his wines. What fun, we will have quite the event! Gabrielle is one of the great pioneers here that got the whole Virginia wine business off to a start back when there was only FARFELU vineyards, perhaps INGLESIDE, back in April 1976 I believe he has told me. Cheers, join us, this is an extraordinary opportunity to taste Gabrielle's wines. Gabrielle is from Italy, from Friuli originally and so we will taste an assortment of his wines.
     Saturday, June 21st, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : We have John Spina here of THE Spanish Wine Importers tasting an assortment of his Spanish and South African wines. 
     JOIN US, NEVER any charge.
     Thanks for everything, you are all wonderful. I know I have forgotten many things and yet it;s time to post this now. Follow us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits as well as at : wineenabler : also LIKE us on Facebook and follow us there daily at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits. Thanks again for everything. Call us when you need a delivery. We deliver : 202-363-4265.

WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is my store email I wrote and posted here for you all on Tuesday, July 17th, 2014 ... enjoy it if you have a chance ...   TONY 6/17/2014 ...

LIFE IN THE HOT, Fast lane in Cleveland Park N.W. Washington D.C.

     Just look outside or stroll up and down Cleveland Park and soak in the sun as it pelts down and strikes us square between the eyes and try and see the balance of things clearly so that you may maximize the pleasure of as many moments as possible. We are here to help you do this.
     The heat can be disorienting : so can the brightness of these sunny, baby-blue skied days as we plod along and try not to shrivel like the grapes left outside to do so in the Valpolicella region of Italy that results in the Amarone dry red wines and some of the very best wines made anywhere in the world!
     STORIES, TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS to best survive this intense heat, haze, humidity and pounding sunshine :
     This intense heat that we are experiencing here now reminds me of walking the hillside vineyards years ago Azienda Agricola LA GIARETTA with the owner and our small group of five men on a wine-adventure to visit these sites where some of the greatest wine in the world is being made. We have some of the lesser-known, lesser-spoken-of Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2005 ( $39.99 ) LA GIARETTA in stock. It is even denser, even thicker and lusher and darker in hues and riper than the Amarone that everyone knows and loves. It comes in a 500ml bottle, 14% alcohol by volume,  for this very reason : you drink it more slowly, you let it lavish it's concentrated sweet raisin and spice and toasty-roasted flavors that come from the mostly Corvina grapes ( some Molinara, Negrara and others, too ).
     I AM RELEARNING PORTUGUESE. I spent my early years of 2-8 in Brasil and we are now selling so many Portuguese wines. More than ever before : we have three shelves devoted to Portuguese wines in the store and not just to the Vinho Verdes either that we stock up front and sell for less than $10 a bottle. We just got back the more flavorful, thicker-richer-denser, fruitier version of a Vinho Verde - the  Colheita 2011 ENCOSTAS DO LIMA Branco Meio Seco ( $9.99, 10% alcohol ) also has a lovely slight sparkle and it will taste great inside or outside and not go directly to your head. Enjoy it!
     SPEAKING OF PORTUGUESE and Portugal and Brasil we even have the MIOLO wines of Brasil and I have heard through the grapevine that the 2008 MIOLO Family Vineyards  100% hand-selected Merlot, 13% alcohol by volume, is a very fine vintage and made in the southern Vale Dos Vinhedos region. I was given a sample bottle by our local rep and I can attest myself to liking very much this dry, firm, fruit-forward Saint-Emilion style of Merlot that we sell here for $16.99 a bottle. You should check it out sometime : it's really a wonderful surprise and a delight.
     I LIKE TO DRAW and as a result I like to connect the lines, especially between the Eastern and the Western hemispheres. The lines, too are so often blurred today as many of our customers do not know that many of the grapes came from the Eastern Hemishere and were brought here by immigrants from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, France and so on. I have learned by looking at the MIOLO web page , for example that many of the people that settled in the Vale Dos Vinhedos were from both Veneto and Trento, Italy.
     IT ALL CONNECTS SOMEWHERE and this seemingly large world of ours is connected in so many wonderful ways and so I can start speaking about Italy and Portugal and naturally get to Brasil and to Uruguay that we have supported in a big way for many years now. I am sorry that Abel Sauza our Uruguayian connection has moved to Florida. We do have, however a really fine dry red Tannat that is a grape that originally comes from France's Madiran southwest  not that far from the French-Spanish border.
     WE HAVE A REALLY EXCELLENT 2007 dry Tannat Cerro Chapeu " Amat " Tradicion Carrau ( $29.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume,  desde 1752 ; I got to meet the owner recently at a trade wine-tasting of the Downey imports ) that is pretty amazing and well-worth the money if you want something special. You can start with the MIOLO Family Vineyards 2008 Merlot ( $16.99 ) as it is fleshier, rounder, brighter and more fruit-driven and then pass to the " Amat " BODEGAS CARRAU Tannat 2007 that is both earthier, more spicy and with more developed flavors with more oak, too. I ask the question, too whether this Tannat is made from 100% Tannat grapes or is the law there for only 75-85% of the grapes necessary when listed on the bottle? So much to learn, so much to know, so better get cracking!
     THESE ARE TWO WINES made not that far from one another and yet they are so stylistically different and yet for my palate both are really quite excellent and memorable examples of the grape variety and where they come from and I would be delighted to drink either or both along with the bottle of the Recioto della Valpolicella Azienda Agricola LA GIARETTA 2005 ( $39.99, 14% alcohol by volume, 500ml bottle ) to finish off the meal. I would have a bottle of the ENCOSTAS DO LIMA Vinho Verde Colheita 2011almost as a palate-cleanser/refresher at this same meal to give a break between the wines and the courses and to thus also add accent and the proper attention to each and every wine here as well as the accompanying foods.
     FUNNY, and something that caught my attention immediately, the one and only time that I saw the epically long and interesting-fascinating wine movie called " Mondo Vino " it both started and ended in Brasil. I will have to watch it again as I do not remember if any mention was made of any specific wineries there or of any specific wine region. I have to assume that they were filming in the Vale Dos Vinhedos? That makes sense from what little I know. It also makes me really curious as I wonder if one of the people involved in the filming was from Brasil or not? It all deserves more attention and I will be renting a copy of the movie to watch again.

     ANOTHER THING THAT I NOTICE as I connect all the dots is that all these wines are 14% alcohol and less and I like that as especially with all this extra heat and humidity and beating-down sunshine the lower alcohols are so much easier to both enjoy and to absorb. You not only enjoy them better while you are drinking them with your meal but you also probably feel a whole lot better later as a result of this , too as there is less alcohol ( and in better balance with the other components of the wine ) so as not to got to your head so quickly and leave you with a pulsing headache as well. All good if you ask me.
     STAY-TUNED FOR MUCH MORE INFORMATION and many more choices on these wines as here in the United States and here in Washington D.C. very few people know that they even make wine in either Brasil or Uruguay.
     IT'S SO HOT and the haze and the humidity is holding us all down as we walk along this stretch of Connecticut Avenue N.W. here in Washington D.C. People walk a little more quickly as if trying to escape the pounding and that is completely understandable.
     I JUST HAD TWO YOUNG LADIES come to the store and look into our refrigerator with cold sparkling and still wines. When I asked them if they needed any help the one asked me if we had any really deals on cheap white wines? I responded that we had deals on some " inexpensive " white wines and immediately showed them the bottle of ANJOS De Portugal Vinho Verde ( $8.99, 9.5% alcohol by volume, with a slight sparkle for refreshment ) is made from the indigenous grapes of 40% Arinto and 30% Trajadura and 30% Loureiro.
     I TOLD THEM IT WAS THE BEST THING to drink now with all this heat and humidity and I told them that was so because of the lower alcohol and the slight sparkle. They objected immediately to the lower alcohol and I said that they would have to trust me and report back to me if there were any problems on there day-off and as I would be here all day. I told them my name as well. So far they have not been here and so I hope that all is going smoothly and as planned. Vamos a ver ...
          BEER From SANTOS -
     1) IPA from FLORIDA BEER , Indian Pale Ale " Swamp Ape " ( $9.99 a 4-pack of 12 Ounce bottles, 10% alcohol by volume, Melbourne, Florida, www.floridabeer.com ) : " Firsthand accounts describe an intense beast with a potent aroma and bite. ... Or proof that brewing with five distinct varieties of hops creates an unbelievable, relentlessly hopped India Pale Ale? ... ".
     2) Beer called : Lobster Lovers Beer with quite the sensual/funky label ( $10.99 a 6-pack of 11.2 Fl. Oz bottles, 9.5% alcohol by volume, Aiko Importers Inc, Mount Pleasant SC, www.aikoimporters.com, from Rinkuskia, Birzai, Lithuania ) : " Has life ever snapped at you? Grab it by the claws! ". I rarely ever, hardly never would I say this  BUT I might buy this six-pack just from the art on the label. How does the label and the taste relate? Is there a correlation between the two : imagined or real? The power of suggestion is intriguing and I might just have to buy this from the label. I do have a really good sense, however, that this will be a great summer/hot weather beer to help get through, past and away from the heat and the haze and the humidity that dogged me through the day. Worth checking out. Come by this Lithuanian beer and enjoy the taste and telling stories about what the label might mean or suggest? Cheers.
     3) Wheat beer, unfiltered, since 1989 from the BOULEVARD BREWING CO. ( $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 Oz. bottles, Kansas City, Missouri bottle-conditioned ) : " Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer is a lively, refreshing ale with a distinctive cloudy appearance. Bottle conditioning gives it an extraordinary depth of flavor and makes for a beer that tastes fresher, better , longer. If you wish, gently swirl the last inch or so before pouring to enhance your experience of this traditional beer ".
     1) Imported THREE OLIVES Vodka 1.75ml ( On Special for $25.99, 100% neutral grain spirits, distilled from grain, 40% alcohol by volume , from England ) is one of the tried-and-true vodkas that has stood the test of time and all the recent competition and represents one of the great deals today here. GREAT VALUE, really fine vodka.
     2) Whipped Flavored French Vodka from PINNACLE ( On Special for $13.99 a 750ml bottle, 35% alcohol by volume, PinnacleVodka.com ) has got a real following with both our customers and our bartenders. WE sell out of it regularly. How do you like to serve it? On the rocks? Share your ideas with us.
     3) Tequila Gold  SAUZA made from Fresh Blue Agave Gift Set with SAUZA non-alcoholic Margarita mix ( two bottles, each 750ml bottles ( On Special for $13.99, just blend the two together ) to make your very own SAZA-ritas!!! Cheers!!!

     4) Vodka with natural flavors of CUCUMBER, from SKINNY GIRL ( On Special for $19.99, 30% alcohol by volume, Deerfield, Illinois, 75.8 calories, 0 carbohydrates, 0 Fat, 0 Protein per 1.5 fluid oz. skinnygirlcocktails.com ) is new and exciting here at Cleveland Park. Come try some. Various flavors available. Inquire with Ravinder.
          WHITE :
     1) The FURST Gewurztraminer 2010 ( $19.99 , 12.5% alcohol by volume) from Kientzheim , Kaysersburg ( Haut Rhin ), Alsace, France is round and full and generous and smooth, bright and rounded and has a wonderful and refreshing mouth-feel and is a delight to sip with or without food. It showed beautifully this weekend when Chris Bartha tasted it with our customers for Bastille Day! Highly recommended.
          ROSE : Dry -
     1) " La Clape " Classique 2011 dry rose blend of  80% Mourvedre,  10% Syrah and  10% Grenache, famille E. Fabre ) from the CHATEAU D'ANGLES is drinking like another velvety, bright, fresh, rounded, generous yet toned dream that on the very-first-taste is wonderful and pleasing and easing to one's palate! Again, tasted by Chris on this past Bastille Day and highly recommended. Only 13.5% alcohol by volume, info@chateauangles.com.

          REDS - Dry :
     1) Vinho Regional Alentejano from Portugal, this " LOIOS " from J. PORTUGAL RAMOS ( $9.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume ) is named for the Loios monks that dominated this region. Fresh and bright and forward and a great wine to chill slightly and to enjoy even with all this pounding hear, haze, glaze, humidity and heavy sunshine. Great for a picnic, too with the easy-to-open Stelvan closure.
     2) Pinot Noir " Terrazze " Italian Pinot Nero TENUTA MAZZOLINO  from the Provincia Di Pavia ( $16.99, 2011, 12.5% alcohol by volume - low alcohol once again, easier on our systems ) is an absolute pleasure and delight to drink with or without a meal as we return to from where we started this email : Italy! You can enjoy this Pinot Nero/Noir even in this humidity and heat. Chill it thirty minutes and enjoy it even sitting outside here on Connecticut Avenue N.W. in this really hot summer weather. It is worth this $17 a bottle and more. The Frenchman that makes it in northwestern Italy really knows what he is doing. Cheers, sante, salute!!
     Friday, July 20th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Arielle Monaco of the Country Vintner coming to taste some great Italian as well as Aussie wines : LA GERLA Rosso di Montalcino:  Chianti Classico, too - both reds  ... and then two whites from Australia, one from western Australia and one from South Australia. Something for everybody.
     Saturday, July 21st, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Mark Congdon of J.W. SIEG Imports here with the national sales rep of JULES TAYLOR of New Zealand to pour the three wines that Jules makes :  the 2011 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ( $18.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, www.julestaylor.com ), the 2010 Pinot Noir ( $23.99 ) and the Pinot Gris 2009 ( $18.99 ) ; all from the Marlborough region.
     JOIN US FOR BOTH TASTINGS : NEVER any charge, everyone is always welcome. Bring a guest. Bring an acquaintance, bring some high expectations with you and surprise yourselves and meet some other really interesting people here. Cheers.
     THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, we love selling to you: we love meeting you for the first time and sharing tips, stories , observations and recommendations. That has been what this whole email has been about. Hopefully you have enjoyed it and learned something, too. Thanks again.
     WE DELIVER FOR FREE here in the D.C. area on deliveries for more than $30. Call us at : 202-363-4265. Read more about us at : www.clevelandparkwines.com. Follow us on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and on Twitter at : cpwinespirits.
     OUR DOORS ARE ALWAYS OPEN FOR YOU during our business hours. Let us know what we may better do to help you.
     CHEERS,    TONY

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sadly Nam Viet Pho Restaurant Decides To Close In Cleveland Park Northwest, Washington DC, 20008 After Serving Our Neighborhood Admirably For Twenty Years : A Great Loss, We Will Miss You Ricky, Family, Servers & Cooks - You Have Added Immeasurably To Our Neighborhood & Cannot Be Replaced! Thank You!!!!

My black and white watercolor I did years ago, we toast you all and wish you all well at Nam Viet wherever you go, you have served our community magnificently these last 20 years!   Anthony TONY Quinn 6/19/2017

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We all have enjoyed Nam Viet for many years now. I am the wine manager of CPWineSpirits and have had a great relationship with Nam Viet starting with Rick's father Mr. Toi that I came to know fairly well, always smiling and warmed by his smile, his keen alert and positive personality that engaged me often at the store as we worked at ways to increase both our businesses through wine dinners with the fine wines of Germany ( we did two or three dinners ), and with the wines of Australia, and of France as well, We would provide wines from the distributors like @WinesellersInc and the @CountryVintner and @TheGermanWineSociety , with @RobertWhaleSelections for the wines of Australia, with @LaurentGivry with the wines of @EliteWineImports, ... and people like @AdamSager and Valerie, RobertWhale and so many more individuals. I remember when Renee Schetler ( spelling ? ) of the Washington Post Food section wrote up the #51 Vietnamese noodles ( now the #61 ) , I called it : " comfort food ", brought it home for my family fifty or more times as they all love it still! What will we do?!? Go to the Clarendon northern Virginia restaurant I think ), I took many wine owners and wine makers there, too, also owners of their own import companies like Candi of World Shippers Imports in Pennsylvania, Alfredo Bartholomaus of Billington Imports, John Peters of Billington, Arielle Monaco of the Country Vintners was often there before or after her visits to us or to Ripple, the winemaker of Catena Vigil was there at lunch with Alfredo and me, and so many others. Mike Martin that worked with me loved their food, too, as did and does Santos Rivera, Ved Goyal and his entire family, too. Our good customers Don and Jae always went there, and Jae would always bring me the #51- with just the seafood, no chicken or pork ) when she would come to buy with us and dine there. Eric Platt is a huge fan, too : what will we all do?!? Life does go on, but I never thought it would have to go on without Nam Viet there! A sad loss, tragic really, Ricky and I spoke much on this, we are both greatly saddened by this turn of events. @AnthonyQuinn 6/19/2017

Beau Finley ANC 3C04
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Today, Nam-Viet Pho 79 announced that it is closing its Cleveland Park location. Announcement below:
Dear Cleveland Park,
After 20 years, we have made the very difficult decision to close our Cleveland Park location later this month. We will remain open through dinner service on June 25th and we hope that you can stop by to enjoy one last lunch or dinner with us until then.
As we complete our 20th year in Cleveland Park, we want to take a moment to thank you for your patronage and support these last two decades. Over the past twenty years, we have served countless meals, taken numerous take-out orders, and catered many special events from private small personal gatherings to weddings out of this very location. We have been fortunate to be in a community that has blessed us with lasting friendships with residents in and around the neighborhood.
We would especially like to thank our supportive landlord, the Abbo family. We are grateful to Marcia Abbo, widow of the late Robert "Bobby" Abbo, for her kindness and grace in taking over Bobby’s responsibilities.
To our dearest friends, we will not forget your loyal patronage and friendship all these years. Special thank you to:
Whit & Mitch, The Paige's, Aunt Shirley and Michelle, The Crowley’s, The Stopfer’s, Tanc & Tiernan, Robin & Quin, Ed & Amy, The Petruzzello's, The Lesser's, The Kennedy's, The Reffe's, The Muldoon's, and The Lopez families for your patronage of Nam-Viet and most importantly for your friendship. Your visits, along with the visits of other patrons that extend this entire neighborhood, have been a gift to Nam-Viet every day we have been open.
Lastly, our neighboring storefront businesses over these past 20 years - from Byblos Deli to Fat Pete’s BBQ to Ripple - thank you for being the best neighbors. We greatly enjoyed our relationships of generous reciprocity through the years. We have grown together in this neighborhood, and to every one of these businesses, we thank you for your steadfast support and friendship.
In recent years as the District of Columbia has grown, we have seen new neighborhoods sprout almost monthly, and commerce move from one end of the city to the other.
Competition to remain significant and relevant in this fast-paced DC restaurant market has presented a challenge to Cleveland Park businesses the past few years.
We thank you again, and hope that the community welcomes the next business that takes over the storefront that we have called home for the last 20 years with the same open arms, faith, patronage, and support that you gave to us.
Nam-Viet Restaurant

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits Go to : @NamVietRestaurant #NamVietRestaurantClevelandParkNWWashingtonDC20008 for more info. Thanks you Nam Viet for so many splendid meals, times and moments and so much more over these last twenty years. Thank you Beau Finley for sharing this, glad to share it here, too, and good luck tonight as you all discuss once again the future of our service lane in front of our stores and restaurants.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy Father's Day, Come Celebrate Here All Week With 5 Tastings To Help You Decide What To Buy For Your Father? Cheers, Enjoy Your Special Time With Your Dads!

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I'M IN A CLEVELAND PARK STATE OF MIND having driven to work earlier from Virginia Listening to Billy Joel Sing his iconic song : " New York State Of Mind ", that put me then into a Virginia State Of Mind and got me all pumped up  just the musical introduction before Billy even got to singing. WOW! The juices were flowing for me, sunny and bright and clear and drying up nicely from yesterday's deluge. Thus the reference to Bob Dylan's 1970 classic : " Blood On The Tracks " song called : " Buckets Of Rain " : we've had our rain!
I WROTE the above on Tuesday June 11th, 2017 and posted it for you all then. It still rings true years later. It will be again in the nineties today and so drink lots of water, stay hydrated, enjoy and see you soon!
I AM ALWAYS All Ways in A Cleveland Park State-Of-Mind, more now than ever as we need to continue growing, working together to fill the vacancies in the store fronts here. We need to have a better environment that welcomes people and business here and does not put so many restrictions on those businesses wanting to come here, that when combined with the ridiculously high rents discourages people to come here and start their businesses.
IT IS FATHER'S DAY weekend here  in a few days and we have four great tastings ( actually more as those are only the wine before we add the beer and the spirits, too ) to help you decide and purchase what you might like to offer your father's this Sunday.
HERE ARE SOME SELECTIONS to offer before writing about the tastings :
     BEER & CIDER From Santos :
          CIDER -

       1)  Browns Lane Classic English Dry Hard Cider , from CRISPIN , made with English bittersweet cider apples, a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans with 5.8% alcohol by volume, On Special for $9.99, flavorful, distinct, some real character here, chill and enjoy now : alleviate the heat! From California's Colfax region.
       2) Tips Up Semi-Dry hard cider from Vermont from STOWE CIDER ( we also have the Super Dry Hard Cider, foor 16 ounce cans On Special for $11.99, with 6.5% alcohol by volume, naturally gluten-free, : " Peter meets Paul with a peck, Bob meets Betty with a bushel they give the apples to Adam. How many apples are in this can? Think it over while drinking this cider, for the best results, enjoy this cider in the spirit of Vermont - cold and in good company. " Cheers!
          BEER -
     1) Radler Grapefruit from Salzburger STIEGL, from Austria, in a 4-pack of 16.9 -ounce cans, On Special for $8.99 , so refreshing and pleasing - great to sit outside sipping with all the family in the heat as there will be lots with possible showers, too as you grill or swim at the pool, or so many other possibilities?! This will be refreshing, a crowd-pleaser.
     2) Maiden The Shade Seasonal Release IPA from NINKASI Brewing Company, made in Eugene, Oregon, a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles On Special for $12.99.
     " Bold and drinkable, this Summer IPA captures an impressively balanced hop complexity. An adventurous hop bouquet of eight select varieties is complemented by the use of flaked barley to create a beer that is as robust as it is easy to sip. " Yes!
     LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Jagir :
       1) Premium Pisco Double-Distilled , Triple filtered from CAPEL in Chile, $16.99,  using the Moscatel grapes, with 70 years already behind them, at the foot of the Andes mountains, with the Pacific ocean, there in the desert, this Pisco is a great value and from Chile, not Peru. Have you tasted it yet? Come by, get some, a great value. Cheers. Made a delightful Pisco Sour for your father!
       2) The Arak of KSARA - KSARAK, made from distilled grapes and aniseed, with 53% alcohol by volume, $22.99 a bottle, this has tremendous distinct taste and character. Wes our salesperson tasted it here recently to the surprise and the delight of many of you! Come get some for Father's Day!!
       3) JZE Maryland Cask-Strength Bourbon Whiskey, distilled in Rockville, with 56.7 % alcohol by volume, with only 30 or so bottles made and sold a month ( mostly only sold and available at the distillery says master distiller to me the other day as I inquired about it ), On Special for 58.99, this will be tasted here soon with you all. Something rare, new and exciting, yes!
       4) Speyside Glenlivet 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, from TOMINTOUL, the gentl dram, On Special for $43.99, made by master distiller Robert Flannery ( ? ). I agree, it is the gentle dram, that is why I personally like it, less tear and bite and gruff and grip and tossle, it is milder, easier to sip, and also a great value. Something I have not seen here in years, where has it been these last few years here? Thrilled to have it here at this great value and price. Come try it, should appeal to many of you, fathers, mothers, friends, family, community : to many.
       5) Cranberry , Real Cranberry from DEEP EDDY , a Cranberr-flavored vodka, from Austin, Texas, On Special for $18.99 a 750ml bottle, with 35%  alcohol by volume, this is perfect for Father's Day. Come get some as well as their others. I like the Lemon the best, that would also be great with this extra heat now.
     6) ' Cristal ' Puerto Rican rum, from DON Q, On Special for $12.99 a 750ml bottle, : what a value, what a steal. It sure does deliver a whole lot of taste for such an inexpensive price. It has power and also smoothness, a bit of both, great to mix but even straight on ice it is really quite tasty, not harsh, not jarring. From a recent talk with someone from Puerto Rico she told me that it is considered superior to Bacardo there, and sells for more money there than Bacardi. Here Bacardo sells for more money and I have tasted both and can recommend DON Q where I cannot recommend BACARDI Superior as it bites way too much, no finesse at all for my palate.
     WINE From Chris & Tony -
       1) Tamaioasa Romaneasca , a Romanian varietal IG Dealurile Moldovei- Husi, from MONSER , On Special for $6.99, down from $10.99 a bottle, from Romania, from our Romanian friends Gabriella and , this a delightful off-dry white with taste, character, personality, 2013, and a ridiculous price, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, this is a perfect wine to sip outside in the heat, enjoy with food, and to add some of the dry Sarba white On Special, too for $6.99 : then you have two whites to suit many tastes and palates - both available here now for the week and weekend.
     2) Terre Lunari Benaco Bresciando IGT dry red Lake Garda, Italian blend of  73% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc : we just had owner-winemaker Giovanna here pouring it this past Saturday with importer Robert Kennedy and it sure was showing really well now - a 2009 vintage, slow to age and mature but well-worth the wait,... 
On Special now for $21.49, buy some tomorrow - Wednesday, and get 20% OFF the Special price and pay only $17.19, a great Father's Day present, will be great when you grill and enjoy being outside with family and friends in this heat. Great with cheeses, great with well-marinated foods , anything flavorful, a real treat of elegance and finesse and polish - love it!
       3) A dry Merlot blend of Merlot 55%, and Cabernet Sauvignon, 45%, called INDIVIDO, a 2014, produced and bottled by the Chateau Vartely in Orhei the Republic of Moldova, $15.49 a bottle, , a sec rosu, Roada 2014, with 14.5% alcohol by volume, this blew me away when I tasted it importer Serghei Gulceac, and then again with his wife Stacy McArthur when she poured it all for you this past Wednesday. It is balanced, flavorful, fruit-forward, fruit-centered, a complete delight and a really great price. 
       THIS, TOO would be great for Father's Day when you grill outside and have lots of cheeses and meats and flavorful dishes - it will cut through them and refresh and please your tastebuds and palate. Yes.
       4) ' Jazz ' a dry Sicilian Frappato and Nero D'Avola blend, a light red from owner- winemaker Paolo Cali , $15.99, that will be here tasting it with you all this Saturday from 6:30-8:30PM, with 13% alcohol by volume, I like chilling this an hour before serving - have it nice and cool and kool and refreshing where everything POPS and ZINGS and pleases us, refreshes us all, cuts through the flavors of our foods, and is a great foil to all this heat and possible humidity with possible showers occuring this weekend. It is a geam, along with Paolo's other wines - all to be tasted here Saturday. JOIN US along with Andrew Stover earlier when we taste his selections for Father's Day from 2-6PM.
Free wine-tastings, never any charge.
          FOUR Fine Dry Rose Wines -
       1) 2016 Rose of Sangiovese from BERNARD GRIFFIN , $13.49 a bottle, with 12.9% alcohol by volume, this is a wine that Chris tried and really liked so here it is. I still need to try it. I really like the Merlot and the Fume Blanc - they are really fine wines at really great prices.
       2) A dry Bobal and Cabernet Sauvignon fro FUENTESECA / Bodega Sierra Norte, a 2016, a tasty, well-balanced, dry and fine wine to enjoy with your food. $13.99, I enjoyed this very much!
       3) A dry rosado from Spain's Mentrida , On Special $14.99, a lovely robust, flavorful, and complex dry red to enjoy con comida senores e senoras, si , claro que si! I liked this when I tasted it with Andrea Shank. Great for Father's Day, a real treat!
       4)  " Questo non e un vino tranquillo ' OSA Frappato rosato, made from the indigenous grape of Sicily called Frappato, from Paolo Calli that will be here tasting it with you all this Saturday, June 17th, 2-6PM, ... it has a uniqueness in dry rose wine that is almost undescribably-delicious, intriguing, all it's own, in it's own league, great to enjoy with your meals, refreshing, questioning, posing and fun. $21.99, with 13.5% alcohol by volume.
REMEMBER : Wednesday's is the DAY TO SAVE on your wine purchases : TWO WAYS to save up to 20% OFF the marked sticker prices, ONE way to save up to 15% OFF on the sticker prices.
Call and ask to speak to me or to Chris for clarification.
     WEEK'S TASTINGS - All For Father's Day :
     WEDNESDAY, June 14th, 5-8PM, come and taste with Narayan Campbell as we taste some delicious close-outs , or inventory-reductions from him, as well as another really fine Pinot Noir -
     1) 2014 Pinot Gris, from Oregon's Willamette Valley, On Special now for $12.99, this is amazingly rich, dry, multi-layered and flvaorful with fruit-forward, fruit-centered taste : great value, too!
     2) 2015 Cotes Du Rhone dry white with a good amount of Viognier in the blend, from the DOMAINE MARTIN, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, this has so much extra fruit , so much lusher and more ripe, opulent fruit : you will not believe it when you taste it - delicious, amazing lushness, great to sip all by itself!
     AND - In Red -
       1) 2013 Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley from the BRYN MAWR Vineyards, On Special for $24.99 a bottle, I tried this with Narayan and loved the focus, the authenticity, typicity and character, value, too of Jon Lauer's wines made by Rachel Rose. I know Jon as he visits and tastes here frequently, and I look forward to meeting Rachel someday and tasting with her, too.
COME and taste all three here tomorrow, from 5-8PM with Narayan : all three would be nice to enjoy this weekend, all are great prices , too for this high level of distinct taste, character and more.
     FRIDAY, June 16th, 2017 ( 5-8PM ) : We have me, Tony pouring some of my picks with you all, still to be decided, will let you know. You will be amazed, you will be pleased and surprised. I will pick wines that other fathers would like as I am a proud father of two children myself!
     SATURDAY, June 17th, 2017 :
     TWO Tastings :
     Andrew Stover will be here from 2-6PM tasting you all on both French ' new arrivals ' of his, as well as two wines from Charlottesville in Virginia -
       FOUR From France - Domaine BASSAC, Cotes du Thongue - Jean-Philippe Leca and Francois Delhon, all made with organic grapes
     1) ' Le Manpot ' the moustache, from organic grapes, $17.99 a bottle, with 14% alcohol by volume, really intense, complex, multi-layered, a great wine to chill and enjoy with your food as it will cut through the sauces and seasonings and better define and express the flavors of your meal. Tasty to the max.
     2) 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 , On Special for $9.99 a bottle, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, a fruit-forward, fruit-centered , medium-to-light-bodied red to chill an hour before enjoying, great by itself and then later with your meal.
     3) 100% Merlot 2015 On Special for $9.99 a bottle : also quite generous, lots of charm, a bit firmer, a bit more grip and development in the flavors as it has been in the bottle a whole year more, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, Chill that hour and serve when the food is served.
     4) 100% Cabernet Franc 2016 with 14% alcohol by volume, medium-bodied : more layers of flavor and taste, more complex as a result, great to chill again and to serve with your meal. For all you dads out there that want more in your glass to challenge you a bit more, intrigue you more, a real treat, and at $9.99 On Special it offers great value.
     ALL these are ' new ' on the market. Come taste and decide which you want to drink this weekend?
     ALSO : From Virginia we welcome two fine wines from Gabriele Rausse that he and his son now make together in Charlottesville, VA. Gabriele is the grandfather of Virginia wines and mas released a small amount of Virginia wine he made with the Zonin family back in 1979! He uses very little oak, and when he does the oak is older barrels that impart less strong flavors and allow the grapes to speak for theirselves naturally.
I have always liked this, less powerful but infinitely more appealing, fruit-forward, fruit-centered expresssions of these grapes grown from grapes grown in Virginia, so you get their terroir and character, the typicity of place and time, lovely.

     1) Charlotte County Viognier, $21.49 a bottle, with 13% alcohol by volume, this wine is bright lively, round, supple, vibrant on the tongue, senses and palate, perfect for this intense heat with a lower alcohol content, too. Nice to sip as well as enjoy with a meal of crab cakes, lobster, Tilapia, river fresh water trout, and more.
     2) Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon , $19.99 a bottle with 13% alcohol by volume, this is a stainless-steel Cabernet and is rounded, rich, flaral, fresh, lively, a joy to sip, medium-to-light-bodied, a treat to chill an hour as it can always warm to the exactl temperature you want it on it's own. Also great now as the heat starts to hit with a vengeance. Perfect by itself as wil many a meal.
     NOTE : These wines are made from 100% grapes grown in Virginia. Many of the wineries that you visit and taste now in Virginia are using grapes that they purchase from as far away as Chile and Argentina, Washington State, California, New York State, and more. They are labelled ' American ' on the label, that means that they are blending grapes grown outside of Virginia into their wines.
     SO : If you want to drink a true Virginia wine using Virginia grapes look closely at the label and if you are not sure ask the staff at the winery, or ask your RETailer to help you there.
     THEN ON Saturday from 6:30-8:30PM :
     We have owner / winemaker Paolo Calli of his own PAOLO CALLI winery in Sicily here with importer Robert Kennedy to try Paolo's selection of wines which include, dry reds, rose, and white wines : all that may be enjoyed this Father's Day. Get bottles signed by Paolo to give your fathers, they might really like that personal touch.
If they are here on Saturday night bring them here and have them taste with you and pick the bottles that they want?!?

ALL OUR WINETASINGS are free and everyone is always welcome here. JOIN US : meet , enjoy, relax, feel a sense of community and welcome, share an experience here that is fruitful and where you grow, we all grow stronger together.
ALSO : Take advantage in the morning of our weekly Saturday Farmer's Market from 8:30AM-12:30PM.
ALWAYS drink lots of water to stay fully hydrated as this heat is serious and nothing to play around with.
IN FURTHER News & developments :

GO BY soon and say your ' bye-byes ' to Ripple resutaurant that together with part-owner Roger has done so much to shine a positive vibe and light here in Cleveland Park with fine dining, with fresh produce, with organic foods ( like those at Coppi's Organic down the street, love them , too ), Ripple has been a destination for many and brought and focused positive vibes and attention here for years now for many.
THANK YOU ROGER and changing chef, server, bar and sommelier teams. My wife and I celebrated one of our wedding anniversaries there and a waitress was the very best, engaging and helpful, smiling, knew her menu and helped to make it very special. I remember it fondly.

RIPPLE LEAVES before the end of June so do not delay. They plan to open somewhere else in Washington DC I believe? We will continue to hear more from Ripple. That makes me smile for them as I feel a certain sadness for us here in Cleveland Park.
WE WORK always as a team. That has to be our state-of-mind as we move forward. We need to push always for a better Cleveland Park that is allowed to prosper and shine in these difficult, trying times of disbelief and uncertainty.
LIFE IS FUNNY : we had both customers Dan abd Sarah here on Saturday afternoon when Giovanna of her own family's Perla Del Garda winery was here tasting her Lake Garda wines with importer Robert Kennedy. Dan needed a coin to toss. I dug into my wallet and proffered a penny to Sarah. The toss decided whether it would be Marco's Deli or Vace for dinner, Marco's won the penny-toss. I like that. Will have to ask them more about their meal later.
ALSO : we hear that the water problem here is going to finally be addressed fully in 2018 and it will hopefully avert at at least two or more points the excessive amount of water that falls from our skies and all congregates and meets here in our Red Line metro station of Cleveland Park! That is good news as it will fix and solve this most serious problem that we face as we grow and move forward and show the whole world just how marvelous and special we really are here. Love that.
I AM STILL most-assuredly in a Cleveland Park Northwest Washington DC 20008 STATE-OF-Of-GLORIOUS-MIND! Are you?!?
THANK YOU ALL, Gracias, Merci , Grazie for everything. Cheers, TONY 6/13, 2017
ALSO Thanks to many of our suppliers that come by and visit, taste, introduce us to so many special spirits, wines, ciders, waters, and more : 
1)  Farnck Agostini President of Franck's Signature Wines brought us some great French cognac Vognobles de Saint-Herie JOAN BRISSON, ier Cru, Grande Champagne   with Jeff of Lanterna Imports.
2) Alexia Roberts and Tony Parkinson  of PENNY'S HILL in Australia came with importer Michael Stelling of WINE TREES with our local Constantine Imports rep Macy Weinstein showing us the fine wines of GOSS and CHOOK Vineyards in Australia , tasty , love the sparkling Shiraz, and the GOSS Chardonnay is lovely, too ...
3) Owner and family member Santiago Gouuenheim of the GOUGUENHEIM Vineyard in the Valle Escondido in Argentina was here this past week, too : quite impressive, really liked the simple Cabernet Sauvignon and the Torrontes dry white, too! 

BY THE WAY, I am proud, I got up and voted today in Virginia and then came here to work, so , if you come today you will see my sticker : " I voted. " Cheers, thanks again for everything. TONY
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email I wrote and posted on June 11th, 2013 : read and enjoy it if you have time and inquire about current prices and availability and current vintages, too. Cheers, thanks as always. TONY 6/13/2017
I'M IN AN ART STATE OF MIND that translates into I'm also in a WINE STATE OF MIND, a How-To-Draw-Attention-To-Washington D.C.-Cleveland Park Neighborhood STATE OF MIND?!? I was driving, listening to Billy's Joel and his band and feeling very positive indeed as I remembered...
RACHEL BERRY'S ( spelling? ) , too of : " New York State-Of-Mind " that she sung on the ever-popular show GLEE not too long ago. Boy did that bring the world down around my shoulders when I heard her sing it : I could barely move I was so stunned by her voice and stage presence! SO : you can see that it was a struggle of sorts as I tried valiantly to organize my thoughts and this week while driving to work!?!
THEN RAVI HITS ME WITH David's recent passing, being informed of this last night by Alexander, and how David had lost his fight with cancer. Devastating, such a loss, he will be missed by us all, especially his family that survives him.
DAVID USED TO COME IN to our Saturday wine-tastings to try the wines that we had to taste. He was usually with his dear friend Zia and David, with a twinkle in his eyes would always ask me with lots of gusto : " So Tony what are you flogging today?!? " I would always respond immediately : " David, we are not flogging anything! But we are tasting ... " , and from there the conversations and the introductions to our tasters and other customers gathered would follow. Sad to lose you David, we/ I will miss you sorely. Who will ask me now what I am flogging? Who uses or even remembers this expression anymore?
DAVID & ZIA are probably watching us now from up above , smiling, toasting with a glass of the current CLOUDY BAY Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc or a glass of red California Pinot Noir with David saying to Zia : " what do you think Tony is  flogging now?!? "  I can live with that.
SO, IT IS NOW WITH a very heavy heart that I continue today's TUESDAY STORE email. It should be good I hope : I bring a lot to the keyboard Apple pad as I type-peck away in my own artistic fashion.
THE STORE IS FILLED WITH MARVELOUS stacks of " new & old-favorite " wines and this is THRILLING! I LOVE the red and white Italian wines with a red Vespa on the red wine and a yellow Vespa on the white Italian wine : both dry and tasty and inexpensive for everyday wine.
     1) " Rapido Red " Dry Red Sangiovese from Puglia, Italy, 2011 ( $9.99 a bottle, 13% alcohol by volume, ) : Franceen tasted Michel and me ( TONY ) on this and we were both very pleased and impressed when we heard our price. Such taste, presence and character for so little money, wow!
     2) " Rapido White "  2012 Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie ( $10.99 a bottle, 12.5% alcohol by volume ) : tasty, balanced, with character and perfect for this heat and humidity now. And the labels are wonderful with a yellow Vespa and two riding it, the same couple on each!

YOU NEED to check these two wines out : they are perfect for this weather, perfect in price, perfect for Father's Day, too!
I'M IN A FATHER'S DAY STATE-OF-MIND ... and Estebe Salgado is just about to have a baby an minute NOW : so he might, in fact join OUR ranks as a " new " father just-in-time to CELEBRATE Father's Day with us all! At any rate, he will be a PROUD PAPPA no matter what! SO : as you can see : I'm now also definitely in a Father's Day STATE-OF-MIND!
CHEERS Estebe, here's one to your new addition coming any moment now. We're all also happy for you. You'll have to sell lots of Argentina and Spanish wines now to pay for this all! JUST KIDDING!!!!! Nice to toast you and your family with the exciting " new " GANETA dry rose Getariako Txakolina That's also " rare and exciting"! I've never seen or ever tasted one before and it sells for $21.99 a bottle. We will have it here soon for you all.
IT'S THE  " perfect " SVELTE bottle of tasty and dry rose that everyone needs to have and taste and experience for themselves, as there is NOTHING better for this heat and humidity! Take it the ocean, take it to the beaches, take it home and celebrate Father's Day as well as newborn babies and pretty much just being in a Great STATE-OF-MIND! Here by the weekend in time for Father's Day! Cheers.
SANTOS is putting me now in a BEER STATE-OF-MIND :
     1) L a Divine from St. LANDELIN Bier D'Oree/ Beer ( $13.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz, 8% alcohol by volume, imported from France, Moine Fondateur de L'Abbaye de Crespin, Douai, France , ) : brewed by Les Brasseurs de Gayant. It's TOP-FLIGHT : a perfect gift for this weekend. Some of France's very best.
     2)  2013 " Hoptimum " Whole-Cone Imperial IPA from SIERRA NEVADA ( On Special for $10.99 a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 10.4% alcohol by volume, Chico, California, www.sierranevada.com ) : " ... whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped AND torpedoed." Perfect for Father's Day. ONE of the oldest and finest breweries that the United States has ever tasted! Some of the older fathers will know and remember this : it will put a smile to their faces and an intense taste into their mouths!! Cheers.
     3) " Mad Hatter " India Pale Ale from NEW HOLLAND Brewing ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, from Holland, Michigan,  www.NewHollandBrewing.com ) : " Dry-hopped for a distinctive, floral hop aroma; subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. Pairings : spicy dishes, greens and aged cheese." Enjoy!
     4) DC BRAU'S " Penn Quarter " Limited-Release Robust Porter ( On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, 5.5% alcohol by volume, brewed and canned in Washington D.C. bt BRAU Brewing , LLC,  www.dcbrau.com,  ) : " Penn Quarter is most famous for Ford's Theatre, where President Lincoln was assassinated, and his coat and hat can still be seen to this day." Wow, now that's exciting, have some Porter to contemplate the MAGNITUDE of all of this and watch the movie : " Lincoln ". too. ENJOY.
SANTOS & HIS CIDERS : now I'm in a CIDER STATE-OF-MIND! I like this : my state-of-mind is pretty good just about now:
     1) " Thirsty Cross Cider " Whisky Cask Premium Scottish Cider ( On Special for $6.49 a 16/9Fl. Oz bottle, 6.9% alcohol , made in Dunbar, Scotland ) : " A flavorsome cider, made potent in the wood! Matured in ex-Glenglassaugh casks for six months to nurture the natural characteristics of the cider ... "
RAVI JUST CALLED OUT MY NAME as I finish my lunch and realize that now I also have to get into a LIQUOR/LIQUEUR STATE-OF-MIND! Today it's all about one's state-of-mind. I'm so happy for Estebe about to have a baby, I'm so happy for all the fathers that will have their day this weekend. Nice ... 
SO: Here's what Ravi has for all you Fathers :
     1) Aperitivo COCCHI Americano Americano Rossa Aperitif Wine - Red in color, Ricetta Originale Dal 1891 ( $18.99, 16.5% alcohol by volume , Cocconato D'Asti , Italy www.cocchi.com   , and also  www.alpenz.com ) : Make the " Don Bosco ", as well as the " Acquiescence " - recipes on the web pages -  and settle back and relax and enjoy and feel like the million dollars that you most definitely are.
     CHEERS TO ALL  you glorious, wonderful, magnificent dads!
     2)  Jumbie Mango SPLASH Premium Caribbean Rum with Natural Mango Flavors ( On Special for $13.99 a bottle, imported, product of Panama, 24% alcohol by volume, www.rumjumbie.com , British West Indies ) : " ... unleash the Caribbean spirit ." Do it here in your own back yard or apartment or by a lake or at the beach and ENJOY!
     3) Aviation the American Gin , " Batch-distilled from an adventurous blend of spices from around the world " ( $32.99 a bottle, 42% alcohol by volume, House Spirits, Portland, Oregon ) : Great bottle-shape, love the rippled glass back of the bottle! FUN!!
     4 ) 43 Quarenta Y Tres Liqueur, DZ LICORES S.L., Spain - Diego Zamora ( $ 24.99  750ml bottle, www.LICOR43.com ) : MAKE THE  43 Mini Beer drink with 1.5Oz of Licor 43 and chill it, and add some whipped cream on top to make a Float! It's delicious!!
I JUST TRIED some that our local rep Christopher Regan of Washington Wholesalers made for Ravi and was kind enough to make for me , knowing that I was writing the store email and am always looking for ideas to promote. Christopher sez : " A great way to enjoy a spirits that any father would love ". Thanks, gracias Christopher : just in time : timely I would say! We are setting up a tasting as soon as we can, maybe not in time for Father's Day, but perhaps for July 3rd, 2013? We think so. Cheers.
IT'S A Beautiful GOLDEN HUE this LICOR 43, and with the topping- a float of white on top : very pretty and attractive. I think mothers will adore this and many fathers will like it, so give some to your fathers so that you may enjoy some, too : as long as you are old enough, of course! No bite, no burn : creamy-dreamy-wonderful.
IN A WINE State-Of-Mind W/ Michel & Tony :
          WHITES :
     1) 2011 Dry White Cortese from Italy's Piemonte region from CASTELVERO ( $10.99, 11.5% alcohol by volume, Boglione, ) : flavorful, distinct, dry and better suited to meals, and a GREAT VALUE for what this is and what you get fathers! Cheers.
     2) 2012 Dry White Bordeaux from the Entre-Deux-Mers and made by CHATEAU LES ARROMANS ( $11.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, from Joel Duffau our good friend and father , Moulon 33420 Branne, France, ) : always reliable, always a fine food wine to be enjoyed anytime, but specially now that it's so warm outside! Cheers.
     3) " Shadow Chaser " White Wine 2012 Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia ( $16.99 a bottle, 13% alcohol by volume, ) : Michel and I loved this : so bright, so fresh, so NOT HEAVY, a wonder, a delight, defies gravity and that's something we are thrilled about!  "  ... on the wing / of the beach blue seas /  above a purple sky / scattered sea shells / shelter us of life below the sun ... " I like that, LOVE this white!

          ROSE :
     1) Santons 2012  Coteaux D'Aix-En-Provence . Rose de Provence ( $10.99 , 12.5% alcohol by volume ) : Both Michel and I liked the finesse and the subtle dry character of this delicately-colored salmon rose. I also LOVE the name as I have an incredible collection of santons at home that has been collected lovingly over the years, first by my mother, then by my wife and me, as well as by others bearing " gifts " of santons for us. Cheers. Look up the word " santons " and marvel at these beautiful terra cotta- clay hand-painted figures of people and animals. Cheers. Drink the wine while you enjoy looking at these wonderful santons.

          REDS :
     1) 2010 " TROIS Amis  French Vin De Pays d'Oc Syrah ( On Special for $9.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume from Route Des Vins ) : this is spectacular, so flavorful, so tasty - JUMPS from the glass, pepper and spice - LOVE the balance, the price! Great when you grill this weekend.
      2) " Zeepaard " 2010 Shiraz from WEST CAPE HOWE from Denmark, Western Australia ( $11.99, 14% alcohol by volume, ) : From Gavin Berry and David, this is a really fine wine to enjoy, chill slightly, and enjoy when you grill and are outside.
     3)  Classic Pinot Noir 2011 from LEYDA ( $13.99, D.O. Leyda Valley, Chile, 14.5% alcohol by volume ) : smells like Pinot Noir, tastes like Pinot Noir, this is EXCEPTIONAL Pinot Noir for the money! Really fine, enjoy and BE AMAZED! Cheers.
     4) Saumur Champigny " Clos des Boutifolles " 2010 ( $16.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, Loire Valley, France ) : A fuller, rounder, softer, richer Cabernet Franc taste. Good THICK middle-range, a real treat to sip, not so sharp or angular or as peppery and spicy and earthy as many classic Loire Valley dry red 100% Cabernet Francs. I like it to be chilled like the others for thirty minutes. I do not like this style as much as the classic style. I like more " highs and lows " in my wines, but I do think this Saumur-Champigny will please a whole lot of our customers.
     5) 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from KLEE ( On Special for $19.99, Carlton, Oregon, 13% alcohol by volume ) : the brightness, the toasty-roasted berry-cherry quality of this fruit-forward medium-to-light-bodied Pinot Noir is GREAT! We've sold so much of it : it's a divine treat , like being in a great state-of-mind! Cheers : highly recommended, great price, too for Oregon.
     6) YAKKA 2009 Shiraz from LONGVIEW Vineyards in Australia's Adelaide Hills ( $22.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume, this " single vineyard Shiraz is a flavorful dry, earthy, tasty dry red that needs a meal to help " flesh it out ". This would be a great treat for Father's Day, for those of you that want the wine to chew on you as you chew on it. Cheers.

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY Non-Sparkling / Still-Wine 3-PART SALE :
     1) BUY ANY $20 or MORE bottle of non-sparkling wine and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker price.
     2) BUY ANY 6 Or MORE non-sparkling wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker prices.
     3) BUY ANY 12 or MORE non-sparkling wines and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices.
     This includes port, sherry, marsala, madeira and sake.
     Call if you cannot come 202-363-4265 : BUY some Father's Day presents this was and SAVE!
     Friday, June 14th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Enrico here of his own specialty Italian import company pouring a selection of his hand-crafted wines. We are looking at the Casa Roma Pinot Grigio, Sandro De Bruno dry white 100% Garganega, a dry red Chianto from LA CIPRESSAIA, and also  the Cabernet from FIRMINO MIOTTO? Anyway, it will all be decided tomorrow. Call if you would like to know the final wines : 202-363-4265.
     Saturday, June 15th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Estebe Salgado here this Saturday to pour his wines if his wife has not had their newborn baby yet? He will pour the excellent dry rose mentioned above from Spain along with some other " great " wine selections of his from both Argentina and Spain. I think that this time we will definitely taste the ROSSINYOL Spanish N.V. Brut Cava, $16.99 : and the Baron LADRON de GUEVARA Cosecha 2011 dry red Rioja, $14.99? WE will decide all of this for sure this Thursday. Cheers, ... and come taste with us all.
I KNOW I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS but it's time to send this to you all. Cheers and thanks for everything, and thanks for helping me get into the right state-of-mind to be here and do the best that I can to help you all with all that is going on all around us as we valiantly try our best to be in the best state-of-mind ...  a CLEVELAND PAR state-of-mind now, feels good, feels right ...   TONY