Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winemaker @ CHATEAU MONTELENA Winery, Matthew Crafton Visist Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits On Wednesday Afternoon With Steven Schattman, May 20th, 2015 And Tastes Current Vintages Of The Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, And Both A 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon & The op Of The Line 2011 Cabernet Sauvinon, Too! Marvelous : Balanced, Honest Expressions , Very Drinkabe & Enjoyable Wines To Pair Well Wit Most Meal And Also Sip Before!

Winemaker MatthewCrafton of CHATEAU MONTELENA visits with Steven Schattman of Touton to taste the exciting ' new ' Sauvignon Blanc, the classic leaner Chardonnay, lighter-brighter, not as big, much more pleasing, and the Primitivo-clone Zinfandel that is so Italian in taste, kighter-more muscle and sinew and airy brawn - I liked it, and the classic Cabernet Sauvignons, a 2011 and a 2012 : I liked everything, and am delighted that the Chard and the 2012 Cab. Sauv. come in magnums, too : love it all, love that Matthew comes originally from Richmond, Virginia, like their small-family phylosopht, taht they do things becasue it is right and not just corporate-profitable : bravo Chateau Montelena and Matthew Crafton : you are the best, the cream-of-the-crop, le top-niveau, ... cheers! TONY 5/20/2015

Photo abaove with Theresa Morrison. What a great moment to share with those lucky enough to have visited our store at the time like Dwight that was nice enough to take these photos - thanks so much Dwight, Chris, John Peters, Theresa Morrison, Nancy Corsiglia ( that had been there and could tell Matthew quickly her experiences there, favorable ), Steven Our Uptown Eye Doctor across Connecticut Avenue, Andrew Webber, and more ... what fun, so serendipitous, so special!

Winemaker Matthew Crafton at CHATEAU MONTELENA In Napa Valley for 7 years wrote to me today, Wednesday afternoon, May 20th, 2015 just before leaving : " Don't change .... pleas. " Now that means a whole lot to me. Thank you for that Matthew for that. I wo't change, too young for that now! I really enjoyed trying all your wines here today, what a grand treat, it was very special for me. I liked all the wines, I liked the style, the honesty, their unique character and not trying more than they can be from the growing conditions, the soil and the age of the vines and being wines that I would indeed enjoy drinking myself. Nice.I liked hearing the phylosophy behind them, that the Zinfandel was a labor-of-love to make and certainly not the most profitable, and yet because you all believe you do it anyway : LOVED that! Also loved hearing the small bit about Virginia and the winery that Dave Mathew's mother owns and where I believe you said you know the winemaker, at BLENHEIM? Nice. Do you also know Brad McCarthey? Cheers, let's stay in touch. I would like that. TONY 5/20/2015 Come back again anytime : you are always welcome,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits' Tuesday Weekly Store Email , May 19th, 2010 : On John Forrest Of The FORREST Winery In New Zealand, Drinking MARTEL'S Cordon Bleu French Cognac, Meeting Melanie Ehrhardt Of Palm Bay Imports, & More!

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WE are getting ready for this long weekend of remembering, celebrating,
honoring and also getting ready for summer , the beach, the mountains,
traveling overseas, whatever escape we can plan and execute to find some
relief from the heat and the humidity and the street of life and work. WE
can help you achieve some or part of these plans and goals.

I AM especially blessed and lucky just now to be eying and slowly sipping
this rich amber-colored liquid from France called cognac, called " Cordon
Bleu ", called MARTEL. Yes, all true, come and see for yourselves, what a
lucky treat.

OUR LOCAL REP from Washington Wholesalers spoke about JACOB'S CREEK and a
wine collaboration with another winery and whether he could come and taste
me on it this next Tuesday? I said : " Yes, between 3-4PM." AS he was
packing his bag he asked me if I wanted to try some MARTEL " Cordon Bleu? "
I said : " Sure. " It took me a moment to catch my senses and to put it all
together. Looking at the bottle brought it all rushing back to me and I
smiled inwardly, the smile, like the " Codon Bleu " slowly working it's way
outward as I realize and as the silkiness of this amber works it's magic

AND WHAT MAGIC it is, I love the caramel overtones, warm and comforting and
lilting and rich and bright and , si, oui, just right, juste ce qu'il faut
maintenant! Lovely, a real-vrai treat for me to nurse my agitated throat
that has valiantly fought against the recent pollen everywhere!

AND YOU CAN HAVE all this for a measly $155.99, the taste will replace your
immediate reaction of " ouch! " , with a broad smile and a big " wow!"

MY LIFE is hard I was getting ready to type with a smile on my face as I
put a cork in an open bottle of CHATEAU SAINT-VALERY Saint-Emilion 2012 (
so open and fruit-forward, balanced , and really well-priced, tastes good
almost immediately, very round and smooth and pure and bright ), $16.99 a
bottle I believe?

WE WILL HAVE some by the end of this week when Jim Reeves comes to taste
French wines here on Saturday with you all from 2-6PM, mostly red and white
burgundy that includes two fine Cru Beaujolais of Brouilly 2013 " H.
Brac-de-la-Perriere" , $22.99, and the ' new kid-on-the-block ' that owner
Eric introduced here with you all, his Saint-Amour  ' Les Grands Vents ",
2013, $22.99. With a slight chill, lovely both. Our tastings are free, no
charge, bring family and friends, make it special.

BUT HEY, SANTOS JUST CAME BACK from vacation and brought me a gift that I
want to share with you all this evening to welcome him back. I have missed
him. It's a white he bought in El Salvador, a French white from B & G
Imports. SO : ask me for a taste along with the Saint-Emilion tonight when
you come by after work.

SPEAKING OF SANTOS now, here are some beer selections from him :

1) " Belgique DU NOIRE " 2014 bottle-conditioned ale from OVERSHORES
Connecticut, USA, $16.99, 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl Oz bottles, East Haven, Conn., : " A
rich and seductive Belgian Style Imperial Stout. ... Pair with chocolate,
orange, dates, nuts, balsamic reduction, roast vegetables, duck, lamb."
Makes me hungry just to type all of this, I love it! Cheers.

2) ' Palate Wrecker ' Imperial India Pale Ale from GREEN FLASH ( Hop
Forward & Aggressive ), On Special for $8.99 a1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle with
9.5% alcohol by volume, : " Weighing in at six pounds of hops per barrel,
Palate Wrecker stands up to the happiest heavyweights in the ring. A
complex double-brewing process of mashing and sparging ... " New term for
me : sparging" ...

3) Imperial American Bock Lager aged in Bourbon barrels " Bock Bock "
from SCHMALTZ Brewing Company, On Special for $13.99 a 1Pt 6Fl. Oz bottle,
with 9.2% alcohol by volume, CliftonPark, NY, .... HEBREW, The Chosen Beer.
Try some, see what you think?

4) Double Chocolate Stout , stout brewed with natural flavor, from
ROGUE < $16.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, Newport, OR, brewed with no
chemicals, preservatives or additives : wow, I like the sound of this, like
the taste, too. With 9% alcohol by volume.

LIQUEUR/ LIQUOR From Malkit & Jagir :

1) Ginger All Natural Infused with Ginger Root, for a warm, spicy
finish, from STIRRINGS, Liqueur On Special for $19.99 for a 750ml bottle,
... : " exotically lush aroma, and sweet- spicy flavor of fresh-grated
ginger ... "

2) The King's Ginger, " emphatically ginger liqueur was specifically
formulated Berry Bros in 1903 for King Edward VII ... ", $42.99 a 750ml
bottle, 41% alcohol by volume : a class-act! Glad to have it on our

3) Amaro Fratelli Ramazzotti Casa Fondata Nel 1815 ' Milano ' ,
$22.99, with 30% alcohol by volume. This is a fine staple of ours and we
are thrilled to have it back on our shelves as it shifted from one
wholesale house to another. Phew! Graham, we are ready for your next visit.


1) Rhum Agricole NEISSON from Martinique Reserve Special, a one liter
bottle ( that's more in the bottle for all ) from Thiebert-Carbet, On
Special $68.99, 42% alcohol by volume, ... lovely color, a great golden
color, I say " YES!

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

WINE : From Chris & Tony :

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

BREAKING KIWI NEWS : Owner John Forrest here from FORREST WINES to say a
few words : " always love to come and see Tony, best wines in town! Thanks


Friday, May 22nd, 2015 ( 5-8PM ) : WE have Robert Kennedy pouring his
wonderful selections from Italy : all small producers, family-owned, the
very best! Some sparkling and some non-sparkling wines!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Jim Reeves , mentioned
above coming to taste his fine wines with you all : Beajolais Cru wines,
other red and white burgundy wines, too!


1) BUY ANY $20 or more  Non-Sparkling/ Still wine and SAVE 20% OFF the
sticker price.
2) BUY ANY 6 or more Non-Sparkling/ Still wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
3) BUY ANY 12 or more Non-Sparkling / Still wines and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker prices. Call if you cannot come. This also includes port,
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THANKS for all your support, we appreciate it greatly!  TONY

Anthony Quinn Store Email Of Tuesday May 21st, 2013 For CP Wine & Spirits On : Chanarmuyo Argentina Wine, Bulgariana Bulgarian Wines, Marques De Zenette Valencia Spanish Wines, Durin Ligurian Italian Wines, Domaine Pelaquie Tavel 2012 Rose, Gaia Wines, Koutsi, Nemea, Agiorgitiko Greek Indigenous Red, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Straight Whiskey, Stella Artois " Cidre", Tanteo 100% De Agave Tequila Blanco Jalapeno, & Much More : Read On!

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THE HUMIDITY is here to bother us now from time to time. We always think we are
ready for it but it always catches us off-guard and we are here to help you
navigate through and around it as best as you all can on your own terms. We have
lots of suggestions for you on this, from cool and refreshing apple and pear
ciders to a special Jalapeno 100% Agave tequila to some refreshing ale with
Raspberry puree, some chocolate liqueur, some Lucky 13 red ale, some Sloe Gin,
some Goldwasser liqueur with actual gold flakes settled nicely at the bottom of
the bottle, and many still and sparkling wines, as well as many dry roses.
SOMETHING for pretty much EVERYONE!

THE RECENT PAST TORNADOES that have devastated certain area, including the one
yesterday afternoon that has leveled two elementary schools is so tragic and
getting up to watch more of this this morning with my wife on the Today Show
with Al and Matt and the NBC 4 Morning News team was especially hard for us. Out
prayers and our sympathies go out to all of them now in their time of need. It's
hard to hear someone say that such devastation is so complete. The young lady
that had helped with her husband look for survivors remarked that ten minutes
before the tornado hit ground there that everything looked fine and that the sky
was blue ...

WE ALSO READ THIS MORNING that Ray Manzareck the keyboard player for the DOORS
sixties singing rock band just passed away in Germany. My wife showed me the
article and I read it completely. Ray was an amazing musician as were both John
on drums and Robbie on guitar. Ray had to make his Hammond organ sound like a
bass guitar and he did it, too. Jim Morrison the singer that dies so
unexpectedly at the tender age of 27 years of age is the best-remembered of the
four. Ray's last quote in the article said basically that it was always about
Jim, all the conversation, always about Jim! Yet for me it was always about the
four of them ; these four guys in the band. As Ray put it, about the music. I
agree : it took all four of them to create the sound that they are still famous
for in songs like : " Light My Fire " that they sang on the Ed Sullivan show and
were banned from ever returning once that Jim Morrison refused to modify his
lyrics and sang them as they were intended. Remember?

SO : just like the music of the DOORS where all four players were important, so
it's the same with all these wonderful products that I will now mention here.
Music is an art form just as are so many fine beverages where multiple elements
all have to pull their own weight to be the success that they in many cases
ultimately are. Bear with me as I use this in continuing today's store email to
you all, to tie it all together : to flesh it out, give it life, purpose and
make it interesting, too.

BUT BEFORE I DO THIS I want to say that I received a very nice " Thank You "
from Joy Sterling of the famous California IRON HORSE Vineyards that makes both
fabulous sparkling as well as still wines using the Chardonnay and the Pinot
Noir grapes. I wrote on the IRON HORSE Facebook page and " liked " them as  we
have sold a whole selection of their sparkling wines over the years including
the one that both draws attention to ? and gives back to the ocean called :

" I Am Giving / I Am The Ocean ".

THE RELATIONSHIP we / I have with IRON HORSE is long and strong and includes
many individuals and stories from Tim Gural our old Field Sales Manager of
Washington Wholesale The Charmer Sunbelt Group to Claude Thibaut that made the
very first IRON HORSE " Wedding Cuvee " for Joy Sterling , one of the owners of
IRON HORSE Vineyards. We sell Claude Thibaut's current Virginia sparkling wines
here, a NV Brut for $30.99 and a Vintage 2008 for $31.99 : BOTH are FABulous!
And we sold the : " I Am Giving / I Am The Ocean ", as well as tasted all four
that we had from IRON HORSE here two Decembers ago ( 2011 I believe ) with the
help of Tim Gural that was so good at promoting them here to us. Thanks Tim.

AND NOW I realize with our good customers Ed and Jinny and another " more recent
" good customer Barton Seaver that is a talented and successful
sustainable-ingredients cooking chef  that he helped with Joy Sterling make and
promote the IRON HORSE : :  " I Am Giving / I Am The Ocean " - Barton bought our
last bottle last year in 2012  that we sold here : and Ed & Jinny are serving
the " Wedding Cuvee " soon : SMALL WORLD that comes together and connects in
such marvelous ways. I love it. I have called Roberta and am checking to see if
we can get any more of the : " I Am Giving ... " to sell here? I also want to
taste with Michel the current vintages of the IRON HORSE before I get to , I
hope, finally meet Joy for the very first time soon. Maybe Roberta can come and
taste us, or perhaps Joy you can taste us? All sounds so promising. Cheers.

WHAT I LOVED about the IRON HORSE : " I Am Giving ? I Am The Ocean " : polish,
finesse, elegance, subtle, almost gravity-defying : a wonder and a treat to hold
and cradle in my mouth as I sipped and enjoyed it. It was vintage-dated and I
believe it was a 2008? Cheers. Thanks Barton for helping to bring this all back
to me with the help, too of Ed and Jinny : the harmony of the universe, of the
ocean, like the harmony of four musicians playing together to create a wonderful
experience where every part mattered/ matters.

WEYERBACHER Riserva Ale with Raspberry Puree added and Aged in Oak Barrels,
$17.99, a 2012 vintage, 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz bottle, from Easton Pennsylvania, ). This just sounds like it would be great now to sip and
enjoy and relax. I guess that Ray Manzareck would be the Oak Barrels used here.
Go to their page or to our Facebook page to see these pictures of the oak
barrels used, as well as the beautiful color of this ale. Cheers.

LAGUNITAS " Lucky 13 " Mondo Large Red Ale ( On Special for $6.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl.
Oz bottle, 8.6% alcohol by volume, from LAGUNITA Brewing Co. in Petalume,
California,  ) : Ray Manzareck would be : " ... the Noble Brewer of the planet's
only legal Steam Beer ... ". and Robbie of the DOORS might be :  " ... Oregon's
Rebel Brewer from Newport ... ". It always takes a team, and everyone's
influence is felt by the others daily. Fun.

VAN GOGH Amsterdam Chocolate Liqueur from The HEART of Amsterdam, imported from
Holland ( On Special now for $13.99 - very limited availability, 30 Proof, 15%
alcohol by volume, distilled in Schiedam, Holland ) : this would be the Jim
Morrison while the VAN GOGH Dutch Chocolate Vodka would be the Ray Manzareck -
as the two would be mixed together, are mixed together to make a very special

TANTEO 100% De Agave Tequila Blanco  Jalapeno ( $45.99 a 750ml bottle,  infused
with natural Jalapeno, 40% Alcohol by volume, 07477 Tan 7-06-12 J12 ) : I believe that in this recipe - there are many here to
consider : Pitcher of Jalapeno Margaritas :  12 Oz I TANTEO Jalapeno Tequila, 6
Oz. I Fresh Lime Juice, 4 Oz I Agave Nectar, combine in a pitcher with ice and
stir well and pour into ice-filled rocks glasses ( salted rim optional ), and
garnish with lime wedges. Here Ray Manzareck would be the Jalapeno Tequila,
Robbie would be the fresh lime juice, Jim would be the Agave Nectar and John the
drummer would be the ice cubes! All fun. cheers. All necessary.

STELLA ARTOIS " Cidre "/ Cider  made with Hand-Picked Apples ( $7.99 a 4-pack of
12-ounce bottles, 4.5% alcohol by volume,
Baldwinsville, NY ) : new and exciting! I guess that in this case that Ray
Manzareck would be the original beer from Europe as he was in Germany when he
died?! Hard to say, and yet this Hand-Picked-Cider could not have been made
without it's glorious past and glorious beers that all started in Europe so many
wonderful moons ago!

LIQUEUR DANZIG " Goldwasser " Der Lachs " 22 Karat " ( $29.99 a 750ml bottle,
from the Distillery Der Lachs, since 1598, Norten-HardenbergGermany, ) : " The Original Danziger Goldwasser was invented by the
legendary pharmacist Ambrosien Vermullen in 1598.  ... owes its reputation to
the infusion of 22 karat gold flakes and its bitter sweet taste experience ". I
guess that Ray Manzareck of the DOORS would be the Bittersweet taste referred to
hear?! Jim Morrison clearly would have been the 22 karat gold flakes! All good
fun : all essential in the final product, not one more important than the other,
though it is easy to forget this. Try not to.

YOU GET THE IDEA : it's all about team work and that's so often what produces
the greatest success stories.

BEER From Santos :

1) Gouden CAROLUS Cuvee Van De Keizer Jaargang 2011( On Special for $8.99 a
4-pack , 11.2Fl. Oz, 10% alcohol by volume, Mechelen, Belgium,
) : brewed by Brewery Het Anker, one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. ...
it's a blond ale of top fermentation that illustrates  the subtle balance
between  the different natural ingredients. It's pretty wonderful, pretty
special, love the bright golden color, love even more it's incredible balance
and full taste. A treat!

2)  2012 " Dragon's Milk " Ale Aged In Oak Barrels from The HIGH GRAVITY
SERIES of NEW HOLLAND Brewing ( On Special for $9.99 a 23 Plato, 10% alcohol by
volume, ) : " A barrel-aged stout with roasty malt
character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.
Pairings : red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese and dark chocolate ".


1) PLYMOUTH Sloe Gin from COATES & COMPANY ( On Special for $38.99 a 750ml
bottle, 26% alcohol by volume, , English ) : " A truly
traditionalEnglish Sloe Gin, made from a recipe in 1883. It's intensity and
richness is the result of using high strength Plymouth gin which extracts the
maximum flavour from the Sloe berries ".

2) POW-WOW Botanical Rye Straight Rye Whiskey Infused with Botanicals ( On
Special for $41.99 a 750ml bottle, 45% alcohol by volume, 90 Proof,, rye whiskey aged over 2 years ). Check this out.

3) MOON MOUNTAIN Wild Raspberry Flavored-Vodka ( $21.99 a 750ml bottle,
traditional  copper pot-distilled , 35% alcohol by volume, ORGANIC, contains
elderberry extract, , Lawrenceburg, IN ) ; new and
exciting and different! Cheers.

WINE From Michel & TONY :

4 Dry Rose Wines :

1) Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rose of Sangiovese, Sonoma County (
$14.99 , 13.2% alcohol by volume, since 1962, estate grown and bottled, Wetzel
Family, ) : always a hot-weather favorite, very refreshing and

2) 14-18h 2011 GAIA Wines, Koutsi, Nemea, dry dark-deep-colored rose made
from the indigenous Agiorgitiko grape in the Peleponnisos region of Greek,
$16.99, 13% alcohol by volume, ) : a very fine wine when you grill or
well-season your food. Delicious.

3) 2012 Domaine de la Solitude Cotes Du Rhone dry French Rhone rose (
$18.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, Pierre Lancon, proprietor , ) : a fine medium-to-light-bodied red to enjoy with
food. Will make you hungry and searching for something to munch on after the
third sip. Cheers. beautiful salmon color. That's worth the price of admission
all by itself - the color - everything else is extra and a bonus!

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

TWO LIGURIAN Italian Wines :

1) DURIN dry white   100% Vermentino indigenous grape variety from Riviera
Liugure di Ponente , 2011 ( $16.99, 13% alcohol by volume , ) : amazing
character, brightness, freshness and appeal! A JOY to drink , especially with
this heat and humidity, and a value for the wines of Luguria!

2) DURIN  2009 Granaccia indigenous red from the Colli Savonesi ( $18.99,
14% alcohol by volume ) : a medium-to-light-bodied red that should be chilled
slightly as it has some nice pepper and spice qualities that become energized
and also collected better with the cold and thus more refreshing. A very nice
hot-weather red for the humidity, too : so distinct, so much it's very own
flavor and taste. best with food to flesh it out some more.


1) MARQUES De ZENETE Gran Reserva 2005 Spanish Tempranillo red blend from
Valencia, Spain On Special for $13.99, 14% alcohol by volume, AN INSANELY GREAT

2) " Cuvee Constance " 2008 Cotes Du Roussillon Villages dry southern
French red ( $15.99, 15% alcohol by volume ) from Thunevin-Calvet : flavorful,
round and nice with meals fresh off your grill. Chill slightly twenty-thirty
minutes and enjoy with that good taste of grilled meats and vegetables!


1) BUY ANY $20 or more  Non-Sparkling/ Still wine and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker price.
2) BUY ANY 6 or more Non-Sparkling/ Still wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
3) BUY ANY 12 or more Non-Sparkling / Still wines and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker prices. Call if you cannot come. This also includes port, sherry,
marsala, madeira and sake.  202-363-4265.


Friday, May 24th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : Come by and meet Ruben as he pours his
fine selection of the BULGARIANA Bulgarian dry reds and whites. Fine wines,
great values : fine food wines : all dry.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : Come and taste with owner Estebe of
his Tradewinds Specialty Imports selections of fine still and sparkling wines
from Spain and Argentina, also his fine Spanish sherries. We will certainly
taste his OUTSTANDING Syrah 2011 dry red from Argentina's La Rioja region from
the CHANARMUYO Estate, the Chamas Honnorat Family wines for only $10.99 : WHAT A
GRAND WINE, what a GREAT DEAL, too! Love it, with a meal, perfect!!!!!!!!

MET OWNER and WINEMAKER Ron Coleman of his TAMARACK CELLARS Walla Walla,
Washington State wines ( tried 3 with Jeremy earlier today: a Chardonnay, A
fireman's dry red blend 2010 and a dry 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon that is young and
needs a meal : liked them all ). We need the Chardonnay, I liked very much the
brightness, roundness and softness of the dry red blend. Treats all of them. Ron
and Jeremy and I spoke of the passing of Ray Manzareck of the DOORS, we spoke of
1967, we spoke of " Light My Fire ", and " Break on Through ", we spoke of the
Grateful Dead and their song " Truckin'  ", and " what a  long, strange  trip
it's been ... " with many more still to come, which included for Ron today
seeing the pandas at our National Zoo just two blocks away. he even took a
picture. He asked me : " And you know what we talked about ?!? " , and I said "
yes " but turned out I was wrong when Ron immediately responded/ answered : "
Bamboo, of course! " with a big grin and smile! Sounds about right to me.
Tomorrow Michel will taste these wines. We've sold them before. We never have
too many fine wines from Washington State here : the more the merrier Ron.
Cheers. Take care.

LET US KNOW WHAT we may do better for you all?   TONY

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Monday, May 18, 2015

New Images BRUGAL 1888 Dominican Republic Rums Tasted Recently The Final Chapter! I Tasted These All At Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits in Northwest, Washington D.C., 20008 : What A Wonderful Treat!

This is the second part of a blog I already posted from this same visit. Here I talk about the rest of the BRUGAL rums. Enjoy, what a great, unexpected experience this was for me! I am glad to have had it, glad to have documented it here with these photos that tell their own stories, and that speak volumes in taste and experience and flavors that are all their owm , distinct, subtle, lovely, and quite memorable, too : just depends on your own unique palate to which one you will all like the most.

It also depends on the time, the specific moment, how you are feeling, the temperature, whether you are inside or out, and whom you are with at the time. It all impacts on how we each respond to these various flavors and styles. Cheers,  Anthony  ( TONY )  Quinn   5/18/2015   here now at home in northern Virginia on May 1th, 2015. Enjoy!

Can't Wait To Discover Again The Joys Of THE TALIJANCICH Pedro Ximenez 1965, From Swan Valley, Just South Of Perthe, Australia, A Gift To Lynne Visiting On 10/2/08 By Owner James Talijancich

What an incredible Experience this was, a serendipitous one that I pretty much insisted happen as it would probably be my-our only chance to ever taste and visit with James alijancich of TALIJANCICH Sticky Aussie wines!  Anthony  ( TONY )  Quinn   Monday night, May 18th, 2015 here at home now in northern Virginia looking at this bottle to enjoy sometime soon I hope! Thanks again James ...

We visited Australia in February 2008, and we were at the TALIJANCICH Winery in Swan Valley , Western Australia, just south of Perthe on February 10th, 2008, with Liz Menkel, Chris Pigott, Liz' husband, and me and it was a ' last minute ' visit that I had pretty much insisted on, at least stopping by to say hello as it was a winery that we would be representing at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Liz was less than keen on stopping by as she had just spoken with the owner James Talijancich recently and they were starting their harvest of the grapes. I understood all of this and yet I also understood that it was probably the only time in my life that I would be in the Swan Valley and able to visit TALIJANCICH and James and perhaps Peter Talijancich as well? that was in 2008 and I have not been back since and so far I am correct as travelling like this is expensive and time-consuming and many people like James Talijancich, in fact, come to visit us at Cleveland Park Win and Spirits, and so I do not have to go myself unless I have the time and the resources to do so? anyway, it was a grand visit and I am thrilled that we did stop and James was as hospitable as they come and we all felt like royalty as we sat first in their arbored/grape courtyard and then toured inside they hot and humid and spidery dusty and perfect cellar space for producing the wines like the ' Julian James ' Blend No. 1 Pedro Ximenez 350ml bottle that James gave my wife, signed to her, and said : ' Happy Ann. ' and dated it 10 / 2 / 08 as I told him it was our anniversary while I was away. Thanks James, the bottle of 1965 Solera I have here of Pedro Ximenez is dusty and yet loved and dusty and shiny and reminds me of your cellar from which it came except that now the 1965 is no longer in a barrel and in a beautiful shiny/dusty/reflective tall and stylish bottle and awaiting a time that we enjoy it. Cheers, thanks Chris for paying for my trip over and back with free flyer miles , and to you Liz for getting us to TALIJANCICH Winery in the Swan Valley, and to you James for this bottle, the wonderful tour and tasting, too that also included having some marvelous dry and not sweet wines to sample. I loved them all, you make fine wines as a family! Cheers, TONY 9 / 28 / 2014

Special People -Owners & Winemakers From Austria, Germany, Spain & Virginia I Have Met As An Active, Living Artist And Wine-Enabler Over These Many Glorious Years : Enjoy These Photos , Cheers, Happy Monday All, May 18th, 2015

Enjoy these many photos of people that have touched my life, and I hope theirs, too. Cheers, Happy Monday all, May 18th, 2015   TONY

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Getting To The Bottom Of What The J.LOHR Wines Are Today : Their Personality, Their Style, Their Indivuality, Their Own Definitions : Cheers!

It was great to revisit all these J.LOHR California wines more than a year ago today, and here I am just getting around to posting these pictures that I took of the whole experience, from start-to-finish one morning in Cleveland Park, Northwest, Washington D.C., 20008 @ Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits in our nation's capitol! Cheers, and enjoy! I cannot wait to try them soon again in late May or early June with either or both Matt our sales rep of National republic or with Jerry Humphreys himself! Thanks to you both in advance.

I am especially looking forward to trying the dry red Valdiguie indigenous grape variety that, for years , was confused with the Gamay grape there in California.

There in the photo above is Ravinder Sharma that was the manager of Cleveland Park Wine  Spirits until he left almost two years ago. It was great to work with you Ravi! Cheers to you. Thanks for the good times we shared working together.

This is what I have posted so far tonight, Sunday May 17th, 2015, and I will post more soon and write about that, too. Stay-tuned, cheers,  TONY