Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Enjoying Immensely The 2006 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru ( Grand Vin De Bourgogne ) Of The DOMAINE FOUGERAY De BEAUCLAIR Tonight, Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 @ Home In Northern Virginia




John our rep from JAO Wine  Imports was nice to leave this open bottle of the 2006 DOMAINE FOUGERAY DE BEAUCLAIR Bonnes Mares Grand Cru that he opened on Monday and tasted me earlier today at Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits in Cleveland Park, Northwest where we will sell the wine at over $100 a bottle On Special starting in early November.

It is magnificent now, even two day's old. I am thrilled to have some poured here in my glass on my left as I type this impassioned love testament here attesting that I, Anthony Quinn , am enthralled with it, the color, the brightness, it's clarity, it's reflective quality, translucence and clam peace and mystery. I'm drawn-in completely. I can still taste it on my tongue, throat and palate, and it has warmed my belly ever so wonderfully.

It was a touch hard when I first sampled it with my salmon dinner tonight. It had edge and a touch of rough and grit and dirt that was hard and less welcoming. hat was thirty-forty minutes ago. Now it is full and appealing and charming and delightful. I'm amazed, I'm dazed, phazed, pleased and pleasured and plumped and perked and feeling a lulling and lilting and swinging perkiness, as if rocked in the best hammock made from the finest rope that breathes.

I'm at attention, I'm feeling the flow, the energy and warmth and brightness of this burgundy red! I love it, I really do, it's a complete wine, perfect in all it's imperfect perfections which are many and so alive and so touchyfeel to my whole palate, all my senses, and all my body. It has charmed me. I'm off to luxuriate in this red liquid gold from Burgundy and will finish this a bit later.

Just watched " The Voice " and " American Pickers " on tv and enjoyed my burgundy wine. The sign of a great bottle like this for me is pure and simple : I liked everything, I liked it from the start to the finish. I did not want the experience to finish. I lingered and languished and took my time and took small sips and savored and paused and went almost in slow-motion. I certainly did not rush.

At the end after taking my last couple of small sips to stretch the experience I inhaled deeply from the glass. I got the last of the bouquet from the glass, too.

I went upstairs during one of the commercial breaks for the last two chocolate and nut biscotti, gave one to my wife, and held mine back to luxuriate in the glow, the halo, the aura, the presence of this extraordinarily beautiful, blemished, muddled and mired and inspired and fired flame of a Pinot Noir combination of various delightful clones. It was an honor, a thrill , a ride that comes so infrequently for me, and I am so thrilled and pleased to have had it ( thanks / merci John ), and I took full advantage of it and wish that there were more to continue.

Another sign of a great bottle of wine is that I do believe that I could have drunk more, drunk perhaps even the whole bottle when and if it was there. I had  half a bottle and I did share a glass with our neighbors. When I told Katarina how much the wine would retail for she exclaimed in front of two of her children : " Wholy crap! I will have to get Matt to try some. "

I will ask her later how they enjoyed this 2006 Bonnes - Mares Grand Cru from the DOMAINE FOUGERAY De BEAUCLAIR? I bet it surprised and pleased them. It did me, and I am thankful.  Anthony  ( TONY ) Quinn 10 /22 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Come Meet Julie Johnson Of Her TRES SABORES Napa Valley Winery & Taste, ALSO : Taste Robert Kacher French Rhone Wines With Bill Glacken Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 2014 : Pascal and Laure Doquet of PASCAL DOQUET French Champagnes Here : TONIGHT - Italian Dinner With Owner Silvia Casali Of Her Own CASALI Vineyard Romagna, Italian Wines @ The Ristorante Piccolo Dinner In Georgetown : Join Us! Cheers!


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WINES / BEERS / LIQUORS :  They can all still thrill and amaze,  and that's
essential. On this past Sunday evening at dinner with my wife and good
friends Jim and Andrew ...

I WAS BOTH  surprised and thoroughly pleased and entertained trying the
BYRD Vineyard's 2003 , Catoctin , Maryland Cabernet Sauvignon, alcohol
13.5% alcohol by volume with a slightly low-fill that came from my cellar
and that is 31 year's old and still tasting fresh and bright and
fruit-forward, and almost like it had been bottled yesterday. It was
lovely, balanced, fresh and not tired one bit, and it had a low-fill!

A LOW FILL is when the level of the bottle dips below the shoulder of the
bottle and thus there is more air in the bottle than is desired. It is
something that you never know, and can go either way. In this case it went
positively and everyone was thrilled, especially Andrew and me, that was
pure you on our part, especially when you consider that the wine was so
old!

NEWS UPDATE : Giulia a family member of PRAVIS Italian wines was just here.
Her sister, winemaker along with their father came here in 2009 I believe.
The wines have always sold really well here, and we will have both the rich
and flavorful, round and viscous-tasting Chardonnay and the Pinot Grigio
the first week of November. I believe I liked the Chardonnay even more as
it was even fuller and richer on the palate than the Pinot Grigio. Both
will sell for $15.99 a bottle, and it will be great to have them back!

DANIELLE was just here also with MARIA MITSIKOUDI representing their fine
wines, many of which I liked, and many that will grace our shelves in
November for the first time. It will be great to add them as we love
selling Greek wines here from indigenous grapes on up to international
grape varieties, too  :

1) TSELEPOS 13 Mantinia Dry white, really good mouth-feel, real gravitas,
some flavor and weight and body, I liked it immediately

2) HATSIDAKIS 13 Aidani Organic dry white, LOVED it, really loved the
intensity, the grip, the thrust, the ' fill and overflow ' of the wine on
the palate, rich, thick, dense, tasty and a great food wine, one of my
all-time favorites of today's tasting ..

3) GAVALA 13 Natural Ferment from Santorini, a dry white, it was more
mineral, more rustic, more hearty and robust and less-polished, but
delicious, especially with food! ...

: ALL these whites are  riddled with extra character and taste, all
distinct, a touch rustic, mineral and bold and less-polished : I loved them
all, ...

AND SOME REDS  with  :

4) the Red Z ZITSA ,  from Epirus using the Metsovo grape, lighter,
brighter, more airy- toasty berry-cherry and spice, prettier, more
drinkable, medium-to-light-bodied, nice with food,   and ...

5) the FOUNDI 2008 Naoussa red , dry, spicy, using the Xinomavro grape in
Naoussa, a brighter version, clearer, more bright and see-through clarity
in the color here, easier to sip on it's own than the Z above ...   and ...

6) the KAMOUTIS 11 Red Veledos , a dry red blend of 35% Xinomavro, 35%
Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot - authentic, balanced, medium-bodied, a
good food wine,  more body, needing food more, denser color, too, more
pepper and spice and earth here ...and the

4) VOURVOUKELI 12 Limnio dry red made from 100% Limnio grapes, from PGI
Avdira, Thrace : leaner, lighter, more mineral and herb and higher acids
and more toasty-roasted berry - cherry - raisin flavors, I liked it, liked
it a whole lot : fun, something ' new and exciting! "

Stay-tuned for more on these as both Danielle and Maria will be here to
taste them out in November on Friday the 21st, 2014. What a special treat
that will be.

BUT HEY GUYS, let's also talk ALE, BEER & CIDER :

1) " Weez " Ale from the MAINE BEER COMPANY, On Special from Freeport,
Maine, On Special $7.99, 1 Pt. 9 Fl. Oz : I personally like what they do, I
like that they support the community while making really good beer like
their 1% For The Planet, and their notice : please recycle. Try it , see
what you think.

2) " Oude Tart " unfiltered , bottle-conditioned Flemish-Style Red Ale
, Aged in Oak Barrels, from THE BRUERY, On Special for $20.99 a 1 Pt, 9
.4Fl. Oz bottle, 8% alcohol by volume...

3) " Hay Fever " Parallel 49 Spring Saison Wheat Beer, $11.99 a 4-pack
of 12-ounce bottles, 6% alcohol by volume, product of Canada, for, they say
: " Ladies And Gentlemen ". I agree, let's get everyone on-board here, some
fine wheat beer to warm us temperatures drop, even though it's sunny and
beautiful outside now on this Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 2014.

NEWS UPDATE :

Owner Pascal Doquet is being picked up now at the airport by Ronnie Miller
and he's bringing him by to say : " Bonjour! " before his Grand-Cru ,
Premier Cru, Vieilles Vignes,  Recoltant-Manipulant French champagne
tasting with Bobby Kacher the importer. I was invited but cannot go because
of conflicts, malheureusement! Oh well, we have the 1999 vintage at$ 82.99,
the 2000 Vintage brut at $82.99,, the 2002 Vintage brut at $108.99 a
bottle, and the Brut NV at $49.99.

LIQUOR & LIQUEUR From Jagir and Malkit :

1) Hazelnut Liqueur ,  " a luscious Italian liqueur from the best
Piemonte hazelnuts ", $22.99 a 750ml bottle, 20% alcohol by volume, from
FRATELLO : fun and exciting and something ' new ' to try for us all : GREAT
BOTTLE label. shape and presentation.

2) 44 Degrees NORTH Magic Valley Vodka, " Distilled Not Diluted ", a
Brundage Winter Wheat that's 100% Natural, from Rigby, Idaho, North
America, 100% Idaho ... great bottle, packaging and pure, clean taste, too,
40% alcohol by volume,$33.99 a 750ml bottle...

3) Premiere Canne  " Natural Free-Run Sugar Cane Juice " Rhum Agricole
from CLEMENT in Martinique, On Special for $32.99 a 750ml bottl,em
Estate-Bottled, 40% alcohol by volume, : we've tasted it, very impressive,
very smooth, a lovely elegance , finesse, where less is more. Take your
time, roll it slowly over your lips... close your eyes, nice.

4) Gin from Wisconsin's Washington Island from DEATH'S DOOR : "
Something Special from Wisconsin, $31.99, 47% alcohol by volume, ...
tasty, flavorful, nothing innocuous here. The owner himself showed up from
Middleton, WI, showed up here one afternoon and just started to pour and
share his gin with our grateful customers! 1% for the Great Lakes ...
generous to give back.

5) Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky from BOWMORE, Est. 1779 " Rich,
RAISINS and gentle SMOKE lead the way to a delicious CHOCOLATY center ."
Aged 15 Years, this DARKEST Sherry Cask Finished from Scotland, $81.99 a
bottle, 43% alcohol by volume, is a great addition to have for you all :
rich and flavorful, distinct and with even a smoother and longer finish!
YES!!!

WINES From Chris and Tony :

1) " Le Clos " Millesime 2013 Vin de Pays de Hauterive, from the
DOMAINE SAINT-EUGENIE in Corbieres, France, a red Languedoc wine that's a
blend of 45% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carignan and 20% Grenache
is showing beautifully now , as of this past Saturday when Chris and I
opened and shared a bottle with our customers. So smooth, so fluid and
silky and a lovely rounded fruit-forward quality that is worth every bit
the $10 that we charge for it! I was impressed all over again this past
Saturday. Come get some for sipping before your meal or to enjoy with your
meal as well. Delicious. One of my favorites for sipping this year.

2) " Les Cimels " Dry French Costieres De Nimes Red Blend from the
CHATEAU D'OR Et De GUEULES, $16.99 a bottle, this 2011 with 13.5% alcohol
by volume is earthier, pithier, more spice, more pepper and more racy,
higher lows and deeper, more soaring highs, too! It's a really fine food
wine that will ' flesh out ' nicely with the fruit. Try some tonight with
Bill Glacken you can taste it here later tonight from 4:30-7:30PM. No
charge, bring family and friends. You will be pleased, really. Try it
later, too today with Bill Glacken here from 4:30-7:30PM.

3) 2008 Cotes Du Ventoux from the DOMAINE De FONDRECHE, $17.99, 14%
alcohol by volume, is more velvety and brighter, less edgy than the Les
Cimels. I like both, this Fayard I can sip a little more easily by itself,
it's pretty special along with the really fine dry rose that they make and
that we carry when it is available. Bill will have this open here tonight
as well!

Pascal and Laure Doquet are here now. I will ask them to write something in
French now : "Ravi de parcourir les rues de Washington. De bequx souvenirs
pour repartir sur mes terres ou je cultive mes racines pour vous faire
partager le sel de mes terroirs. Au plaisir, Pascal.

Des moments exceptionnels, de belles rencontres conviviales a l' image du
vin partage. bubblelement votre. Laure Doquet.

Merci Pascal et Laure, ca m'a bien plu de faire votre connaisance
maintenant! Et de gouter le rose NV and the NV Brut regular, too ... it's
their first time ever here in Washington D.C., and they are off to meet
Bobby now ...

COME SAVE TODAY on Sparkling wine, come save tomorrow on still/
non-sparkling wines! Every week, it is the same : SAVE on Tuesday and on
Wednesdays here!

TASTINGS :

TONIGHT : Tuesday, Oct. 21st, from 4:30-7:30PM :

1) With Bill Glacken taste three fine Cotes Du Rhone and southern Rhone
wines from Robert Kacher selections mentioned above ,  and

2 ) With owner Julie Johnson of her own TRES SABORES and taste Julies' 2013
Sauvignon Blanc, $26.99 and her 2011 Zinfandel , Rutherford Napa Valley,
$38.99... wow, Julie was owner of the FROG'S LEAP Napa Winery with her
husband John, and now her son also makes wines ; they all three do, Rory's
wines are the CALDEY Wine Project from Napa Valley, all making wine in Napa
Valley ... what fun ... all in the family ... like it, like it a lot.

FRIDAY, Oct. 24th, 2014, from 5-8PM : We have two tastings :

1) Oscar Losama of Voila Imports to try France's Original Dry Red and
Dry White and more ...

2) We will taste the CLEMENT Rum and Orange Liqueur and introduce the
Japanese Sake called, HIRO , the Junmai, $17.99,  15% alcohol by volume in
a 300ml bottle ...

SATURDAY< October 25th, 2014 ( 2 to 6PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy with
Silvia Casali of TONIGHT'S DINNER at the Ristorante Piccolo in Georgetown,
of the 3 Sangiovese Romagna wines from Romagna, ...  and the owner of PERLA
DEL GARDA that makes both outstanding sparkling ( we have sold three, all
in magnums that Robert has tasted with you here already! ) as well as
non-sparkling dry red, white and rose wines! This will be quite the Italian
spectacle and treat here for you all!
JOIN US, NEVER any charge.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING : have any questions or comments : Please call :
202-363-4265. Like us on Facebook at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, and
FOLLOW us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits.

THANKS AGAIN, come see us tonight, join us for dinner at Ristorante Piccolo
in Georgetown, and come buy and taste all week long with us - a Happenin'
Place this ...   TONY

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits' Tuesday Weekly Store Email Of Oct 16th, 2012 On : Rogue Farms Hopland Honey, Bobby Kacher Dinner, Navaro Correas Cabe Sauv, John & Thersa Morrison , Altocedro Gran Reserva Malbec, Temperamento Spanish Bobal Red, Domaine Des Cantarelles Viognier 2011, Ouzo By Metaxa, Horchata Con Rum " Rum Chata ", Ron Abuelo Anejo 7 Varela ... And More ...


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WINES / BEERS / LIQUORS to watch tonight's debate between President Obama and
Mitt Romney ...

IT'S A BIG JOB when you stop to realize that there is always someone coming
through our front door with some thing " new " to show and taste us and
sometimes the products fit in immediately and sometimes not. We just had the
people from LEOPOLD GOURMEL Cognac, France come to us and taste us on some
pretty special and refined/elegant-tasting cognacs. I liked them but realized
how expensive they are and told Rick our local rep that he would have to plan
doing an in-store wine-tasting of the " Premieres Saveurs ", the " Age In Fruit
" and the " Ten-Year-Old " to give people a sense of this new vision from
cognac, France. I know Rick will do this, too so when it happens I will alert
you all to this decadently delicious cognac LEOPOLD GOURMEL tasting.

AND SOMETIMES WE CAN TAKE IMMEDIATELY what we taste as in the case of the 2010
BILTMORE Reserve North Carolina Chardonnay ( $17.99, 13% alcohol by volume,
Ashville, North Carolina, 28803, www.biltmore.com , 800-922-0048. It all started
months ago when Stephanie A. Restuccio ( Field Sales Manager ) of BILTMORE Wines
came calling with Lauren Jones to taste and sell Eon and me some of the BILTMORE
wines from North Carolina. There was only one wee little problem : the wines
that we were tasting were all made from grapes purchased in California. That
simply does not work for me : I want to sell wines from North Carolina if they
come from the Biltmore estate, simple as that.

WELL, IT TOOK THREE TRIES ( the third time being the charm in this case ) as
Lauren and Stephanie cam last week with this delicious, balanced and distinct
2010 BILTMORE Reserve N.C. Chardonnay that's elegant, not heavy, medium-bodied,
fresh and fruit-forward, with oak more as an accent to give the body some weight
as well as brightness. Both Michel and I liked it and so we bought a case to
share with everyone. We both recommend it. Come check it out.

THE OTHER DAY I was talking with one of our customers named Gabriela Dorilhiac
and once I found out she was from Brazil I showed her our selection of Brazilian
wines. We then talked about cachacas, too and she told us her favorites. So that
I would not forget I had her write them down for us and we are checking into
them : SAGATIBA,  NEGA FULO,  ESPIRITO DE MINAS,  and SELETA. Hove any you heard
of these? Let us know. The funny thing was that she was shopping for a bottle of
rum a gift. It's a really small world. Hopefully next time that you come here
Gabriela we will have one of these cachacas that you recommend from Brazil, and
that you will also buy a bottle of MIOLO or CASA VALDUGA or LIDIO CARRARO? We
will see. It was fun to talk with you anyway and exchange ideas and impressions.
Cheers.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL THIS MORNING, I enjoyed a glorious ride with my son this morning,
even stuck in traffic, even with him worrying that we would not make our
rendezvous, I told him not to worry, that we would make it ... I kept commenting
on the trajectory of the many planes taking off from the Dulles airport ... they
are so beautiful to watch. AND, we made it on time, and I made it to work ten
minutes early. There is beauty in the day and it was a great way to start this
day for me that, I am sure will quickly fill up with things that I have to do
and that's okay.

WITH TONIGHT'S DEBATE These could all be possibilities : the Chateau Vartely
2010 dry Chardonnay is superb and only $11.99 a bottle

CHATEAU VARTELY & HILLCREST Estate :

WE HAVE A COUPLE OF GREAT Wine-Tastings scheduled for this weekend. I do not
even know exactly what we will taste but we have both John and Theresa Morrison
coming to taste as well as Dmitri Courbet. Both know their wines and their
portfolios inside and out. So I am sure will will have two tastings that include
some South African wine, some Moldovan wine, too : and then some West Coast
wines of California, Oregon and Washington State. We will get the details ironed
out shortly. Dmitri is from Moldova and two weeks ago his mother was visiting
and she has been making wines in Moldova for more than thirty years Dmitri tells
us. I included some recently at a fund-raiser that I did a wine-tasting and
included some wines from Moldova that were very-well received. Thanks Dmitri.
John Morrison is from South Africa and I just sent a message to the HILLCREST
Estate  Winery there in Durbanville where Curly is the winemaker. He's quite the
character.

WE MAY TASTE  Curly's Sauvignon Blanc this go-round as the last time we tasted
his dry red blend, the 2006 of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blended together (
$14.99, 14% alcohol by volume, cellardoor@hillcrestfarm.co.za ) that's got good
body, toasty beery flavors and spice and pepper, too. It's a really good food
wine. Come check it out.

BEERS FROM SANTOS : Beers for the debate?

I WALKED THE AISLES here earlier for both beer and liquor inspiration. I found
some exciting beers from Santos to mention here:

1) KARLOVACKO Pivo Beer Stoljetna Tradicija  Okrunjeno Kvalitetom ( On
Special for $3.99, 500ml , 1 Pt. 0.9Fl. Oz, 5% alcohol by volume ). Would one of
you please come and tell me something about this beer, it's fascinating the
label and the bottle and I could use some help! Cheers.

2) Ale On Lees  EPHEMERE ( $10.99 a 4-pack, 12 fluid ounces, from UNIBROUE,
Chambly, Canada, 5.5% alcohol by volume, ) : " bottle fermented/ flavored white
ale on lees ... ale brewed with apple juice. coriander, orange peel and with
natural flavors added ".

3) Sunshine Pils from the Independent TROEGS Craft Brewery ( On Special for
$9.99 a 6-pack of 12 Ounce bottle, 4.5% alcohol by volume, with all natural
ingredients and no preservatives, Harrisburg, PA. , www.troegs.com ) is a crisp,
hoppy Pilsner. Cheers.

4) " Dark Seas " Russian Imperial Stout from MISSION Brewery ( On Special
for $11.99 a 4-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 9.8% alcohol by volume , from San
Diego, California ) is also really new and exciting.

HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED CLEVELAND PARK DAY this past Sunday. As you know we were
closed on Sunday so we celebrated it on Saturday the day before with a great
wine-tasting of both Argentina and Spanish wines; as well as with Lindsay Marsh
of the LEOPOLD BROS. Small Batch Distillers of Fine Spirits (
www.leopoldbros.com, 4950 Nome Street, Unite, Denver, CO. 80239 303--307-1515 ).
Lindsay ia a family member and this is perhaps her fourth tasting here so far?
She was on fire to help us celebrate Cleveland Park Day and she sampled perhaps
six of the 19 fine spirits that LEOPOLD Bros. makes? It was a great tasting.
Here I will mention two that were tasted , and thanks Lindsay :

1) Silver Tree American Small Batch Vodka ( LEOPOLD'S ) ( $35.99, Batch No.
1204, 40% alcohol by volume, ) is made from a unique blend of potatoes, malted
summer wheat, and malted barley. I learned from Lindsay that if the Slow Food
Movement was in liquid form that the LEOPOLD BROS. would be the first she
thinks.

2) LEOPOLD'S American Small Batch gin ( $35.99, Batch # 1214, 80 Proof,
made by Todd Leopold, Master Distiller, Denver, Colorado ) is made from "  the
finest botanicals including juniper, and orris root, as well as hand-zested
American pummelos and oranges. ... unique, yielding only fifty cases of an
exceptionally complex yet subtle spirit ... ". Check this out. All that Michel
and I sampled we liked, not all 19 but many! Cheers.

TWO Fine RUMS :

1) Ron ABUELO Anejo 7 Anos Reserva Superior from VARELA ( $23.99, 40%
alcohol by volume, desde 1908, product of Panama, kosher, too ) aged in small
oak barrels. Something special.

2) Horchata Con Ron " Rum Chata " ( $19.99 a 750ml bottle, 13.7% alcohol by
volume, Pewaukee, WI. 53072 ) is a Caribbean rum with real dairy cream, natural
and artificial flavors. Drink within the first 6 months that it is open, no
refrigeration needed. Cheers.

Greek Ouzo :

1) OUZO by Metaxa ( On Special for $18.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by
volume, since 1888, from Kifissia, Greece ) is a specialty liqueur of anisette
that is often served with water or ice, great before a meal as an aperitif.
Cheers,

Pina Colada, Tropical Cocktail Mix :

1) BARTENDER'S Best Tropical PINA COLADA Cocktail Mix ( On Special for
$4.99 a bottle, 1 liter bottle, contains 15% fruit juice , Levecke Corporation,
Mira Loma, CA. 91752 ) : 4 parts Pina Colada Mix,  1 Part Rum, 2 Parts Ice ...
blend together all ingredients together in a blender for 15-20 seconds. Garnish
with a pineapple wedge. Enjoy.

MICHEL and TONY'S  " Wine Picks " For The Week : For Tonight's Debate ? :

WHITES :

1) Torrentes 201  Mendoza, Argentina dry, aromatic white from ZOLO (
$10.99, 13.8% alcohol by volume, www.vinodelsol.com ) is made from sustainably
farmed vines and a favorite of Michel's! Dry, made from 100% of the Torrontes
grape that came from Spain but which has been cloned to make a more fragrant,
aromatic dry white. Tropical flowers and fruit tones are prominent. So fresh and
bright : a winner! GREAT to watch TONIGHT'S DEBATE!

2) Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc 2010 , the COTE  soft dry , aromatic,
silky-smooth-bright-fills-fully-the-mouth-vegan DOMAINE Du TARIQUET Famille
Grassa ( On Special for $11.99, 11% alcohol by volume, Vin de Pays Des Cotes De
Gascogne, www.tariquet.com ) is made from 50% of each of the Chardonnay and the
Sauvignon Blanc. It was originally made by accident. It's a perfect-sipping
wine, perfect for tonight's debate once again between President Obama and Mitt
Romney. No bite, no edge, luscious ripeness/fullness / cream-dream on the
palate. Lovely.

3) Viognie 2011 dry white from the DOMAINE Des CANTARELLES ( $17.99, 14%
alcohol by volume, proprietaire-recoltant, by Jean-Francois Fayel, Vin de Pays
Du Gard ) is hearty and robust, thick and powerful and definitely a food wine.
It's big and need a flavorful meal to flesh it out. Cheers. Ronnie Miller of the
Bobby Kacher selections tasted it here this past weekend.

REDS :

1) Lancellotta 2008 dry red from Moldovan, made by ACOREX Vine in the Cahul
region ( On Special for $11.99, 13% by volume, ) reminds me of a nice Rhone red
blend - like some Grenache with a splash of Carignan and a splash of Cabernet
Franc. I like it, it's such a fun value. We will taste it with Dmitri this
weekend.

2) Bobal indigenous dry red from Spain's Utiel Requeno region, made by
TEMPERAMENTO, this 2009 ( $17.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, ) is 100% Bobal and
medium-bodied with spice and pepper and a medium-body and good grip and grit
mouth-feel with a sweet wood flavor - what a great character and balance. This
weekend everyone loved it. Cheers.

3) Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 La Consulta , Mendoza Ano Cero from ALTOCEDRO (
$19.99 , 14% alcohol by volume, www.altocedro.com.ar ) was tasted to us with rep
Tom Clare and owner Karim Charbel that is also the winemaker. Michel and I
really liked these Argentinia wines and found them really sound and fruit-driven
wines from start to finish and I loved that. The vines are 47 years-old and aged
in new French oak barrels. What consistency.

4) Malbec 2011 ALTOCEDRO , again from Argentina's La Consulta region in
Mendoza, ( $20.99 a bottle, 13.9% alcohol by volume , www.altocedro.com.ar ),
again fruit-forward and never losing sight of the purity of the Malbec grape.
Blanced and fleshy and a real treat to sip and to also enjoy with food.

5) Malbec Reserva 2009 from ALTOCEDRO'S La Consulta vineyard in the Uco
Valley ( $36.99, 15.2% alcohol by volume, www.altocedro.com.ar ) again was
tasted to Miche and me by both the owner Karim and our local rep Tom Clare.
Again, Michel and I loved it. It's a special treat, really it is. Karim wrote in
our wine journal : " Dear Anthony and Michel ,  I really hope to receive you
some day at the winery in " La Consulta " ( Mendoza - ARgentina ) where we can
eat an entire cow and drink a full barrel of wine . Cheers " signed KMS 10/11/12
.
Later after I got off work I joined Tom and Karim briefly at Ardeo and they
were nice enough to taste me on the ALTOCEDRO Gran Reserva Malbec, and it was
smooth and full and bright and elegant as can be. I enjoyed it thoroughly as I
sipped it and sketched quick portrait sketches of Karim and finished them off
with splashes of his wine to bring the ink colors together even more. Fun for
me, my way of saying " thank you ", and it's a treat to have the wines here
today for you all just in time for tonight's debate!

OUR WEEKLY WEDNESDAY 3-Part Still Wine SALE ( No Sparkling Wines Included ) :
10/17th, 2012 :

1) ANY still wine over $20 a bottle , SAVE 20% OFF the marked price,
whether On Sale or not
2) ANY 6 or more bottles of still wine : SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker
price.
3) ANY 12 or more still ( non-sparkling ) wines : SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices. This includes all sakes, port, sherry, madeira, marsala.
If you can't come call us with your order. Pay tomorrow and we can either
deliver it to you here in the neighborhood or you can pick it up at your
convenience. Call : 202-363-4265.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

Friday, October 19th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : John and Theresa Morrison will taste
a selection of their South African wines as a fresh shipment has just arrived
and they are excited about that. Cheers. Join us, never any charge. Bring family
and friends.

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : Join us with Dmitri Courbet of
Nice Legs Imports and sample some of his excellent Moldovan wines as well as
perhaps a splurge from Oregon or Washington State? WE will decide that tomorrow
with Dmitri. Join us, never any charge, and everyone is always welcome.

I AM SURE I HAVE MISSED something, do give Nam Viet here on our block a chance
and when you order a bottle of their wine through October you pay 50% less of
the bottle price! Ricky the owner told me this several times already! They've
got the NAVARO CORREAS Cabernet Sauvignon there and that would be great with
their food! Give it a look next time you dine there in October.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR BUSINESS, we appreciate it all, really we do. It's because
of you that we can be here so we do understand this and do not take it lightly.

SANTOS JUST BROUGHT ME a new beer  from CHATOE ROGUE ( Grow the Revolution )
FIRST GROWTH 19 Original Colonies Mend - Brewed with Jasmine ... the ROGUE FARMS
Hopyard Honey ( $7.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, 650ml, Newport, Oregon , 13%
Plato ), no chemicals, additives or preservatives. Wow, with the debate tonight
this might be the ticket to drink while watching ... and maybe that can go from
the original thirteen colonies to all 50 states mend? Just an idea.

MICHEL JUST CALLED me and told me that there's a Bobby Kacher dinner with Ronnie
Miller ( mentioned above ) at Lavandou. I've got menus and will put them up
ASAP.  The dinner is on Thursday, Oct. 18th, 2012 at 7:30PM , 4 Courses, 5 Wines
at $45 a person. Come see what you can get and act upon this ASAP! This is a
great meal and a great price. WOW!!! You can also call Lavandou at :
202-966-3003. Go to : contact@lavandoudc.com before the debate tonight! Get a
seat while you still can. We will have all these wines at special prices to you,
too for the dinner.

THANKS AGAIN for everything and remember that the " no corkage " for Lavandou
has switched from Monday to Thursdays, and that on Mondays they are taking
twenty % off your bill. Call them if you want clarification before you go.
Michel just told me this on the phone. Cheers once again.

LOTS CHILLED and ready for you all for tonight's debate between President Obama
and Mitt Romney.    TONY

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Finding Four Different PASCAL DOQUET Grand Cru French Champagnes At Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits In Washington D.C., Northwest, 20008 Now Maintenant On The Eve Of Pascal Doquet's Visit Here To Washington D.C. For A Tasting At Bobby Kacher's!






We here at Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits in Washington D.C. Northwest, 20008 at 3423 Connecticut Avenue , 2020-363-4265, have really fine RM ( Recotant-Manipulant ) Grand Cru French champagne from Pascal Doquet, three vintage dated ones : 1999, 2000, 2002, as well as the NV Brut : come get some while you still can, what a treat. WE are very pleased to have them : from $49.99 for the NV Brut to $82.99 for the Vintage 1999, to $108.99 for the 2002 Vieilles Vignes, to $82.99 for the Vintage 2000 : limited quantities available : great for the holidays!




Come check this out : some of France's very best. A great to celebrate in real style. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Happy Sunday all, October 19th, 2014




Jim Stutsman Tells Anthony Quinn Yesterday Afternoon, Saturday October 1th, 214 His Story About Just Tasting Some 1945 Chateau Latour And Some 1966 Chateau Palmer! Wow, I Was And Still Am Amazed, Not Maybe, : Really Amazed!!!! A Chance In A Lifetime!!!!

YESTERDAY I was quite literally blown away when a great friend and customer Jim came to the store saying that earlier he had tasted some 1945 CHATEAU LATOUR as well as some 1966 CHATEAU PALMER! Wow, that is something, both were enjoyable he said, the 1966 CHATEAU PALMER he described as quite flavorful and tasty and he did not say that it was over the hill or past it's prime. With the 1945 CHATEAU LATOUR I got the idea it was drinkable but not what it should or could have been. He was surprised to be able to taste them, he said it was the very first time for him, that he had tasted a lot of wine in his time but never that. It was a chance of a lifetime, rarer and rarer. I said to Jim : " You are kidding me, right? This is not a true story?!? " He responded that it was in fact true and that he had just tasted them both, that our tasting at the store did not match up to what he had just experienced ( he said this with a smile on his face knowing that nothing could really match up to that ), and he said : " That's what the bottles said : 1945 and 1966 , " I wish I could have been there with him. I begged him to write down his impressions of the wines when he got home. I was sick to hear that he did not take any pictures of this. He said that he is getting back into writing and that he would attempt to write something but that he had grocery-shopping to do the next morning for the freshest and the best vegetables that he could find. I hope he found them as well as time to write down and impressions that he might have remembered fresh from tasting two old bottles of Bordeaux wine! Cheers Jim, thanks for sharing this with ,e. I am happy to share this with you all, too/ his does not happen very often. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 10 / 18 / 2014 in Washington D.C. Northwest ... WOW! I'm still stunned. I hope someone else took some pics! I am glad to tell you all, any of you ever had this experience? Share here in a comment if you have.

Monday, October 13, 2014

CHATEAU PRETY Is Looking Pretty Good Still Today, Monday, Columbus Day, October 13th, 2014 Even Though It's Damp And Gray!

Happy Columbus Day all ... obregado Jandir, I drank some 2009 CHATEAU PRETY Beaujolais Villages ( `3% alcohol by volume, mis en bouteille au Chateau par Philippe CURIAL 71570 Saint- Veran, France a Murray-Sykes Selection ) last night a great year and I enjoyed while I grilled our chicken breasts outside and I was impressed how much flavor, taste, character, personality, and pleasure was in this 2009 Gamay red for me to enjoy. I likened it to having the flavors of the rain and the ground and the dirt and the mold and the vines and the leaves, all as if they had fallen into a barrel on the ground by the grape vines in the vineyards and everything had fallen in and the grapes had released their precious liquids and everything had combined to make a taste of so many elements, just like listening to an orchestra that does much the same with sounds. Cheers, TONY
This was grand, enjoyed the wine over a period of time yesterday and have just a little bit left to see how it tastes today, one day later, now on Columbus Day, Oct 13th, 2014. I liked the wine on so many levels and will be curious what the price is when I see Chris that gave me the bottle to taste and evaluate on this past Friday I believe? I am hoping the price is good. I would like to sell it now and tell everyone to go ahead and enjoy it during the holiday season over the next couple of months' or so as it is really showing well and I think that between $12 and $15 would be a really good price for it now. We will see, stay-tuned for more. Cheers, TONY

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wine Labels And Wine Bottles That I Have Drunk, Painted , Scanned, That Are Autographed, Too : Enjoy!



What fun this all has been, drinking doing artwork, preserving a little bit of history, and getting to know the people behind their wines better : a win-win-win-win-win situation : I love it! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn   10/ 10 / 2014  Happy Friday all!


























































































  • Daniel Schoeff Just finished the second to last of my bottles of that Forrest 2004 Dry Riesling Tuesday... what a wonderful experience it is every time. rich up front, nice long finish with lime? and acidity that brings it all together. I will hate to finish the last bottle
  • Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits That is one of the very last as we are all sold-out Daniel, and thrilled that you got some. hanks for the update, I will share it with the Forrest winery and John Forrest himself! Cheers, TONY