Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Having Both Vintage & Style Questions Raised For Me When Trying The FONTODI Tuscan Vineyard Wines Currently Available Through Vinifera Imports With Local Rep Eric @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 : Liking Some Very Much Which I Found Classic & Traditional , Liking Less Those I Thought Might Be Made More For Current Palate Tastes?!? I Wonder About This?

These are just the pictures to enjoy now, I will write my thoughts and impressions of the wines as soon as I am able. Cheers, enjoy this glorious Wednesday. What a wonderful treat it was to try these FONTODI wines yesterday with rep Eric from Vinifera Imports. They are amazing, some suiting very much my palate and tastes, and some less so. I need to revisit this and to taste more of the current vintages to see the recent development of both vintages and styles to better know where FONTODI has already been, is, and is heading... fascinating all of this, truly fascinating.

Glad that Eric let me taste these freshly-opened yesterday, what a wonder, what a treat, what an opportunity. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  7/30/2014  it is absolutely glorious our weather her in the Washington D.C. region today as it was yesterday. To what do we/ I owe this grand fortune of both weather and wine? I am eternally grateful. Grazie Eric.

This was quite the grand start to my Tuesday morning on an already glorious day with low humidity and fresh and cool and baby blue skies when Chris came to taste me on the Direct Import offerings from Vinifera Imports with the FONTODI Chianti Classico wines and I bought a case each of the 2011 Chianti Classico in the 750ml bottle, as well as the 375ml bottle ; and the 2000 Syrah as well from FONTODI, even though it was the 2003 I tasted, the 2000 is supposed to be vastly superior, and I LOVEd the 2003 Syrah : all these two wines were classic, tradition-tasting wines for me, not modern and meant to please the modern palate : rather traditional and meant to please the classic palate : amen! Cheers, thanks - grazie Eric ... TONY.... 7/29/2014 ... thanks for sharing these wines you opened today ....

I do suffer something awful the arduous duties of tasting wines at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits : but someone has to do it, okay : might as well be me! Cheers all on this glorious Wednesday morn ... TONY

More to follow really soon!   TONY

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits' Weekly tuesday Store Email /29/2014 On : JERMANN Ribolla Gialla, BOGLE 'Phantom ' 2010 Red CA. Blend, Santa BARBARA Winery Pinot Noir 2012, DOMAINE GERARD Metz Pinot Blanc 2012, FINCA FABIAN Spanish Chardonnay, PINNACLE French Vodka, RANSOM Dry Vermouth, SUBARISHI KUDAMONO Asian Pear Eaux De Vie, LEOPOLS BROS. Maraschino Liqueur And Much More ...

Oh Yeah, come on down ...
... lots of excitement
... we offer so much
... come and experience it all for yourselves

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SALE TIME! It's always SALE time, each and every week here at Cleveland Park
Wines  Spirits and many of you do not take full or even any advantage of it, and
it has been like this now for a very long time. Wake up, shake a leg, make a
leap, drag yourselves here today and tomorrow and take FULL ADVANtAGE of our
weekly 2 Day savings on both still and on sparkling wines, that also include :
port, sherry, Marsala, sake, Madeira ... AND you can mix them all up, make an
assortment of six or more bottles and SAVE, or twelve or more bottles and SAVE
even more : your choice, no pressure, you just have to pay by phone or when here
on either tuesday or wednesday , and we can hold the purchases here for you,
deliver them ... and work well with you as you get your vacation plans in order
and take advantage to buy at our best prices and enjoy your purchases when and
where you are able! Cheers and thanks in advance for all your business : you are
our life blood ...

MALKIt id BUYING REALLY SMARtLY and showing me some ' real deals ' that he has
to offer you all : both are pretty amazing :

1/ Stolichnaya Vodka liters are normally $33.99 a bottle, 40 percent
alcohol by volume, and NOW On Special for $21.99 a bottle. NOW that's a real
savings to you. Come get some while we still have this deal to offer you. Do not
be sorry later that you did not take full advantage of this, come by or call :
202 363 4265 and SAVE BIG!

2/ HENDRICK'S Gin distilled and bottled in Scotland is NOW On Special in a
1.75ML bottle size for $67.99 , regularly it is $72.99. take advantage of these
sales and SAVE big here at Cleveland Park!

thanks for the update Malkit ...

ALE / BEER / CIDER From Santos :

1/ Double India Pale Ale ' West Coast IPA ' from GREEN FLASH : On Special
for $6.99 a bottle, 1 Pint 6 Fluid ounces, 8.1 percent alcohol by volume, go to
: for more info, San Diego, California ... 5 Layers of
hops : Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Citra ... enjoy.

2/ ' Escape o Colorado ' IPA Indian Pale Ale from ERIC Brewing, their '
Classic Series '. : On Special for $5.99 a 1 Pint 6 Fluid Ounce bottle, 6.2
percent alcohol by volume, from Denver, Colorado, go to ;
for more info ...   : " Ever feel the need to leave your / regulatory / trouble
behind? You are not alone. We decided to brew this special hop/forward ale to
commemorate, forever, our own " escape " to the east side of the Rockies. We
hope you enjoy our hoppy twist on the taste of freedom. " Gotta love this, I do.

3/ ' Soul  Sunshine ' Belgian Style Pale Ale from Star Hill Brewery in
Charlottesville, Virginia : On Special for $9.99 a six pack of 12 ounce bottles,
... what a real treat, it is good to have here, good to taste with you all, and
a delight to support quality local here as well!

thanks Santos for these ...

LIQUOR / LIQUEUR From Malkit and Jagir :

1/ Maraschino Liqueur : pot distilled Marasca and Montmorency cherries from
LEOPOLD BROS. : $35.99 a 750ML bottle, 30 percent alcohol by volume, Denver,
Colorado : what I have discovered and like about the LEOPOLD BROS. products is
their elegance, polish and finesse in many instances. he ' Navy Strength ' gin
is perhaps the only one that is too strong for me, but that is my palate. try
their ' Avaition ' cocktail of : 2 oz LEOPOLD'S gin, three quarters LEOPOLD
BROS.'S Maraschino Liqueur, one quarter fresh lemon juice and one quarter creme
de Violette. Shake and strain this all into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a
lemon twist and enjoy. Cheers.

2/ Asian Pear Eaux De Vie from : SUBARISHII KUDAMONO , $49.99 a 375 ML
bottle, 40 percent alcohol by volume, : " Our Eaux de Vie celebrates the
collaboration of the art of the Asian Pear and American artisan distillation at
it's finest. Hand picked from our Pennsylvania orchards, our juicy gourmet Asian
Pears are masterfully transformed into the ' water of life ' by Westford Hill
Distillers of Connecticut. ' o Health ' as you sip this digestif after a grand
meal or enjoy with our fresh Asian Pears." I have both : they are pure delight!
Marvels of craftsmanship, elegance, polish, finesse and sublime harmony.
Wonderful. really so special. try some, live largely!

3/ Dry Vermouth from RANSOM, $29.99 a 750 ML bottle, 18.4 percent alcohol
by volume, : " Made entirely by hand without the use of computers or robots."
tad Seestede... from Sheridan, Oregon.

4/ ' Watershed Gin ' from Catoctin CREEK . Organic hand crafted, small
batch, triple distilled from Rye and Wheat , $37.99 a 750 ML bottle, 50 percent
alcohol by volume, from Purcellville, VA. It is a great way to start drinking
gin as it is so smooth and silky and without edge. I think that many will like
this complete finesse and polish and enjoy their cutting their teeth with this
as their first gin experience, or as a mellower, more easy sipping gin,
especially when outside in the heat and the humidity, as today we have very
little, bit the humidity will rear it's ugly head and face soon enough!

5/ French vodka from PINNACLE On Special for $15.99 a bottle in a plastic
bottle of 1.75 ML , 40 percent alcohol by volume, that is distilled five times
from French wheat and pure water. What an incredible deal, : " crafted for a
clean and smooth finish." What an amazing price / deal as well! RUSH here, do
not walk : perfect for those times when you may/can finally relax and enjoy and
spread out and wiggle your toes and smile sheepishly and contentedly ... ohhhh

WAS treated with my wife to a Sunday evening performance of " the Lion King " at
the Kennedy Center by our daughter on a beach/weather night out on the terrace
before the extraordinary performance where there was a breeze coming off the
Potomac River and the fountains and the line of Weeping Willow trees was pretty
magical when you combined all of this with the writing from John F. Kennedy with
words to the effect that the arts are as cherished and important to us, or
should be, as business is, and that this is our time to make the arts as
respected and appreciated, always growing ... I love / loved that being an
artist myself, so inspiring, and then to see the remarkable work of cast,
costumes, sound  live and recorded, scene, sets, lighting, words and images and
songs in English and in other languages, too ... and to have cast members come
into the audience : well, I was blown away, truly blown away, magical, and to be
with my daughter and wife, only wish that our two ailing mothers could have been
with us, too as they are aging gracefully and are suffering from so much
wear/and/tear of doing 150 percent for all of us as they have selflessly now for
so many wonderful years! hank you ladies, you are wonderful, I was glad to be
able to tell my mother all about this yesterday afternoon when I went to see
here and work in her beloved garden that needed some loving and water, weeding,
washing and repositioning, too for full, glorious, UProarious effect, dazzle,
and spectacle and appreciation ... got my hands dirty in re/potting, got basil
all over my hands, too ... what a wonderful wafting smell/spell that is ...

WINE to share with you all :

UNDER $10 a Bottle :

1/ Chardonnay from Spain's FINCA FABIAN / Dominio De Punctum, Bodegas Y
Vinedos Ecolicos, On Special for $9.99 a bottle, 13 percent alcohol by volume,
go to : for more info, from Spain's Vino de la tierra de
Castilla region. " Clean and bright , full flavored with touches of exotic fruit
: delightful! tried and true here, already BIG HIS and now on a further discount
to you all. Cheers.

2/  Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc dry red blend from the CHANARMUYO
Estate / Chamas Honnorat, 2012, from La Rioja in Argentina, 14 percent alcohol
by volume, go to : for more info. Fernando Valenti
reminded me of this wine when we met with Estebe the other day. We have sold it
here before and so we are happy to have it back today. It is On Special for
$9.99 a bottle, regularly $11.99 a bottle. You should try it : the CHANARMUYO
wines are in general more earthy and spicy and more to be enjoyed with food. his
is medium/bodied and balanced and the food helps to flesh it out a bit and round
out it's edges and sharp accents. Cheers. We also have the Syrah back as well as
the Malbec and the dry white Viognier as well : all On Special for $9.99 a

OVER $10 a Bottle :

1/ Alsace French 2012 from the DOMAINE GERARD MEZ On Special for $17.99 a
bottle/ regularly $19.99 a bottle, from Itterswiler, Alsace : this is an
elegant, fruit forward, soft dry white that is medium to light bodied,
refreshing and easy to sip and enjoy on it's own or with a meal. It showed
beautifully when Fernando and I tasted it with you this past Saturday. Cheers.

2/ 2012 Pinot Noir from California's Santa Barbara County region and made
by the SANA BARBARA Winery , $22.99 a bottle, an elegant, fresh, rounded,
balanced and delicious/drinking littler bodied red that could and was slightly
chilled by us to firm it up, to draw it together, to give it the energy it needs
to always put it's grape/wine/fruit flavors up front and center, so pleasing. It
was  huge hit this Saturday when Fernando and I tasted you all on it. Cheers.

3/ ' Phantom ' dry red blend from California's BOGLE Winery of Old Vines
Zinfandel and Mourvedre, and some younger vines of Petite Sirah, this 2010 ,
$26.99 a bottle, was showing remarkably well this past Saturday. It surprised
and greatly pleased me as it did many of you that stopped by to shop and taste.
It simply needs time in the bottle. It will stay like this for awhile and
improve even more and that is good, as even more nuances of flavors will develop
more ...

4/ Ribolla Gialla from JERMANN , the dry white 2010 ' Vinnae Servus Cella '
is drinking beautifully according to Hans our good customer this morning. He
read about the grape in a mystery novel by a famous female writer who's name he
could not recall earlier. he character drank Ribolla Gialla and so he wanted to
try some with his friend. hey did. loved it's elegance and polish and subtlety
and yet wanted for the price of $32.99 a bottle for it to be bolder, brasher,
gutsier and more flavorful. Funny, Hans demonstrated with his hands from the top
of the bottle to the bottom that it was consistent from start to finish. I bet I
would love it, really I do. Cannot wait to try it.


SAVE BIG WEEKLY at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits :


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.


WEEK'S tastings :

Friday, August 1st, 2014  / 5 to 8 PM / : we have some fun wines that
Fernando and I want to share with you. It's a surprise for now!

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 / 2 to 6 PM / : We have Estebe here himself I
believe to do an in/store wine tasting of both Spanish and Argentinean wines,
join us, never any charge!

thanks again for everything, time to send this email!    tony

Anthony Quinn's tuesday Weekly Cleveland Park Wine Spirits' Store Email Of tuesday, August 7th, 2012 On : Barenjager German Honey And Bourbon Liqueur, Malibu Rum, Mirto Dell'Isola Di Sardegna Liqueur, GOHA Aussie Wines, MASCIARELLI Italian Wine, BREAUX Vineyards, VA., Brooklyn Brewery, Post Road , Global Beer Networks, Of Monk's Cafe, Petrus Oud Bruin, Great Lakes Brewery, Lindemans Cassis Black Currant Beer, O.K. Beer From Okucim, Cousino Macul Chilean Wine And More! Cheers!

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SALE TIME! It's HOT & MUGGY and the Olympics are coming to a great close with so
many people excited for their countries and their various teams and it's good to
be a part of so much excitement, really it is. We just have to find ways to stay
cool and to escape the humidity whenever/wherever possible.

WE NEED TO GIVE YOU REASONS whey to come out or to stay out longer in this
weather and so it's time to run our monthly 2-Part 20% OFF Still-Wine ( no
sparkling wines included ) :
1) BUY 12 or more bottles of any still wine ( no sparkling wine ) and SAVE
20% OFF the sticker prices.
2) BUY ONE BOTTLE at $20 0r Over of still/non-sparkling wine and SAVE 20%
OFF the sticker price, even if the wine is already on sale, you still get an
additional 20% off that sale price.COME or CALL and MIX UP A CASE of existing
inventory already in the store.
YOU CAN MIX " ports, sherries, madeiras, marsalas, sakes with the still
ALSO : any bottle size or box size of wine counts : you simply need 12 or
more bottles to SAVE 20%.
IF YOU CANNOT COME please call and let either Michel or me ( TONY ) assist
you with your selections. We have a store full of them and many of them are
perfect to combat this intense heat and humidity.

SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Par Wines :


1) To the beach
2) To the lake
3) Home for a celebration
4) To the pool
5) To a friend's grill outside
6) When you prepare a special meal
7) On a honeymoon
8) On a special date
9) To celebrate a birthday
10) To celebrate an anniversary

YOU ALL GET THE IDEA, I know. It's just that sometimes putting things in print
and reminding one or giving them an idea can also be really helpful as we have
so much on our plates now we have to balance all of that as best as we can with
something also in our glasses.

CHEERS!    Save, and Save, and Save some more here at Cleveland Park Wines &

I AM JUST BACK FROM a great week off at the Outer Banks with my family and I was
glad to be able to take some wine with us. I wanted to buy a bottle or two of
some of the wines ( I think that there are 80-plus wineries now in North
Carolina ) of North Carolina but all I saw were the sweet Muscadine wines and I
wanted some of the dry one. Oh well, next time. I got a great brochure on these
wines by the way and am happy to share it with anyone interested? Just let me
know, it's still at home.
WE DRIVE BY the SANCTUARY VINEYARD each time we go and return from the beach and
it looks as if they are planting more grapes and expanding and this time as I
drove home I really did have a strong urge to stop and check it out. Any of you
ever stop and taste the SANCTUARY Vineyard, North Carolina wines/ Please let me
know if you have : I'd love to hear what you thought. Cheers.


1) Pumpkin Ale Ale Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices from POST ROAD  by the
BROOKLYN BREWERY ( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 5% alcohol
by volume , Utika, New York ) : we have some and it being our most popular
seller of them all you should come and get as much as you can while you still
can. Ask Santos how much he was able to get this time? This style of beer was
very popular in the 18th century will colonial Americans. Cheers.
2) Sour Power 100% Brewed In Belgium from GLOBAL BEER Networks ... this
MONK'S CAFE was brewed & bottled by :  Brewery Van Steenberge, B-9940 Ertvelde.
Talk about a complicated yet fun label : full of intrigue and like reading the
old cartoons. It sells for $20.99 a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles and is in fact
a selection of three beers ( 2 each ) in this 6-pack:  1) 2 Monk's Cafe,  2) 2
Petrus Oud Bruin  and  3) 2 Aged Pale Ales. WOW : sounds and looks like so much
intrigue and adventure. Join in. Cheers.
3) " The Doppelrock " from GREAT LAKES Brewing Co. ( On Special for $10.99
a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 7.8% alcohol by volume, from Cleveland, Ohio, ) : " Round and malty, our dopplebock lager - German
for double bock - celebrates the style originally developed by medieval monks ".
Try some.
4) Cassis black-currant Lambic Belgian Cassis beer from Brouwerij LINDEMANS
( On Special for $10.99 a 750ml, since 1811 ) is one of the lesser-known Lambic
beers where fruit is added to the beer. I saw it and wondered to myself if
anyone had ever added a splash of it to white still or sparkling wine? Would
that be worth trying? Anyone ever done this? Let me know : always curious,
always looking for ideas. After all, creme de cassis and either still or
sparkling wine is a classic blend, so why not have a splash of either added to
the beer that is flavored with the black currant? Cheers.
5) O.K. BEER from OKOCIM is a Full Pale Piwo Jasne Pelne imported from
Poland ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5.6% alcohol by
volume ) is something new and exciting for us all here. Cheers.


1) Barenjager Honey & Bourbon, imported from Rinteln, Germany ( $27.99, 35%
alcohol by volume ) is ALL THE RAGE these days and more and more people are
asking about these honey-infused bourbons and whiskies from the United States,
Canada and now Germany, too! For more information go to : The honey takes the burn away from the bourbon and
makes it quite a delight to sip and enjoy as you feel the stress and the worry
and the bother of the day disappear from your shoulders and you smile and laugh
even once again?!?
2) " Sunshine " sun-kissed citrus fruit from MALIBU ( On Special for $14.99
a 750ml bottle, 21% alcohol by volume, ) makes a fine MALIBU
Sunshine Soda :  with  1 Part MALIBU Sunshine,  2 Parts Lemon Soda  : serve over
ice in a tall glass and garnish with a lime.
3) Angostura Trinidad & Tobago Caribbean Rum " 1919 " Finely-Distilled
Premium Rum - First Casked in 1919 - ( $34.99,   40% alc. by volume, ) was awarded :  1) Rum of the Year by MUNDAS in 2005 and
2006,  2) Double Gold Medal Winner by the San Fransisco World Spirits
Competition 2009 and the Rum Masters in 2011  and more ...,  3)  95 Rating from
the Wine Enthusiast  and  4 ) Highly Recommended by U.S. Spirits Journal 2002.
CLEARLY, it's good and should be sampled. EVERYONE KNOWS ALREADY how great the
Angostura of bitters. Cheers.
4) Mirto dell'Isola di Sardegna, this TREMONTIS makes the Myrtle Berry
liqueur ( $38.99, 30% alcohol by volume ) from Rome, Italy is " new and exciting
". I want to try some of this simply for the experience itself.
I will ask Ravi if we can't get Jody Jackman to open a bottle for us and
share it with our customers at her next in-store wine-tasting here? That would
be fun and I am sure once that people try it that it will sell. Someone creative
will come up with a cocktail that will include this taste and then it will fly
off our shelves?!? We will see. Come get some and try it on for size, fit and
feel. Cheers.

WINES From Michel Et Tony :


1) Wine Men Of GOTHAM Chardonnay 2011 ( $9.99, 12% alcohol by volume , ) is a refreshing dry white to enjoy with really low
alcohol for an Aussie wine! I love that, really I do. Refreshing and nice summer
sipping as well as a great price, too.
2) Moscato Vino Frizzante by BOTER from Puglia in southern Italy ( $10.99 ,
8% alcohol by volume, ) is not as sweet as many of the
Moscato made further north in Piemonte where it is the most famous. It's
actually lighter, less intense and easier to sip and enjoy in this heat and
humidity. It's also a great value. How do I know all this? Well, I tasted it
with Michel before leaving for the beach on vacation. I also know by looking at
the alcohol at 8%. For many further north the alcohol is lower : 5 and 6 %.
Remember that, it makes it easier when you want to know how sweet something is.

Dry Roses : Two :

1) Rosato Colline Teatine 2011 dry Italian rose from MASCIARELLI ( $14.99 ,
12.5% alcohol by volume ) is flavorful, rich, lush and a big, tasty mouthful of
flavors that when combined with the deep color spell a wonderful visual and
gustatory experience.

2) Rosato made in Spain from the Petit Verdot grape ( $16.99, 15% alcohol
by volume, ) in Ciudad Real , this 2010 is another real
flavorful dry rose treat that is made from 100% Petit Verdot grapes.


1) Pinot Noir 2004 from LA STRADA in the Marlborough region of New Zealand
( On Sale for $19.99, regularly $44.99, ) has been one of
the greatest single wine successes ever here. Complex, completely developed and
flavorful with earth, spice, peppers, tar and leather and tobacco and olives and
everything more that anyone could ever want and at a GREAT VALUE, too. We have
sold more than eighty cases of it at this price. WHAT A DEAL! Only fifteen cases
left. After that there will be no more. A great food wine. Buy a case and SAVE
tomorrow and Thursday the 20% off the sale price of $19.99 a bottle.
2) Cabernet Franc 2008 from BREAUX Vineyards in Purcerville, Virginia, this
" Marquis de Lafayette " ( $21.99, 13.8% alcohol by volume, ) is full and flavorful and so forward and rich and
smooth on the palate. It's a beauty anyway that you cut it, a delight of all
proportions. You simply must try it : SAVE the 20% Off the bottle tomorrow and
3) Shiraz 62%/ Grenache 28% / & Mourvedre 10% - dry red Aussie blend from
the Barossa Valley and made by KAESLER, this 2008 ( $20.99, 16% alcohol by
volume , ) is lush and ripe and unctuous and melts and fills
the mouth and palate so completely that when we opened it here two weekends' ago
people loved and bought it. SAVE 20% Off the bottle tomorrow and Thursday.
4) Lambrusco Red Label ROSENERE ( $14.99 ) : Reggiano Lambrusco Dolce from
DREI DONA Vineyards that is a touch off-dry is a delight to drink with or
without food. With brightness, sparkle, good deep red colors, a liveliness, a
pizzas and so much exuberance what else could anyone want with all this heat and
stifling humidity! It's perfect and have flavor and character and no sharpness
or tartness. Oh yeah.
5) Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2009 from MONTEVENTO ( $8.99, 13% alcohol by
volume ) is a great value with lots of up-front fruit flavors, some really nice
spice and toasty-roasted berry flavors. It's a delight to drink. Medium-bodied
and so refreshing. Chill it slightly twenty minutes.
ALSO COMES in the equally delightful dry white Malvasia MONTEVENTO for the same
price of only $8.99.
6) Merlot 2011 from COUSINO MACUL in Chile's Maipo Valley ( $11.99, 14%
alcohol by volume, ) is a lways a pleasure to enjoy with or
without a meal. I have been selling this wine now since the mid eighties and we
have grown up together and have our own individual stories to tell as well as
those where our paths have crossed. Bright, fresh and toasty!
7) Pinotage 55% / and 45% Shiraz dry red blend called " Dawn " from  SEVEN
SISTERS , this 2011 from South Africa ( $12.99, 14% alcohol by volume, ) is quite spicy and flavorful, best with food. Medium
bodied and great when you grill out. Cheers. It's also got the grade of :
Integrity & sustainability from the Wine & Spirits Board.
8) Pinot Noir Gran Reserva from Chile's Casablanca Valley from INDOMITA (
$11.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume ) is really drinking well and both Michel and I
really liked it when Lucinda tasted us on it. Thanks Lucinda.
9) 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from GOTHAM in the Mclaren Vale of South
Australia ( $19.99, 14.9% alcohol by volume, ) is classic
Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon that is well-made, balanced, flavorful ,
value-oriented and a treat to enjoy with or without a meal. Cheers.
10) 2008 Shiraz from the Barossa Valley and made by GOTHAM ( $18.99, 13.3%
alcohol by volume ) is classic BIG, RIPE, UNCTUOUS,
to-the-very-edge-not-over-and-back-safely taste that is nice because it offers
so much fruit and flavor and mouth-filling satisfaction that you just know most
people will prefer it to the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Not me, I prefer the
Cabernet Sauvignon any day. I have to work at it a bit more, it challenges me
more : all things I like and welcome. Cheers. That is why we have both.


Friday, August 10th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Lucinda here from Washburn to
pour a selection of her wines still to be determined tomorrow. Call for more
info but I think we will be tasting the INDOMITA Gran Reserva Pinot Noir from
Chile's Cassablanca Valley that I wrote about above for at least one of
Lucinda's selections. Join us, never any charge, never!

RAVI has organized a FIO Pisco tasting : this Peruvian Pisco will be done with
Santiago and Marqus and this will be third tasting here so far. Each time we
sell out of everything, never fails, it's that good!

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Marcie Wienstein here to
pour some of her selections that will go from the ridiculous to the sublime and
will, I am sure include some of the CA. " value " wines at $8.99 called the
LAMPLIGHTER of as well as some of BOGLE'S " new " dry red blend of Petite Sirah,
Cabernet Sauvignon, and old vines Zinfandel called " Essential Red " that we
sell for $14.99 a bottle and which is drop-dead bright and delicious! Join us,
never any charge.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS but it's time to thank you all and to get
to you all so you may plan accordingly. COME SEE US, come take advantage of our
great 20% OFF SALE tomorrow and on Thursday for our still/non-sparkling wines.
Thanks again for everything.  TONY

What FUN! Honey is in these days!! Come check this out ...

1) Barenjager Honey & Bourbon, imported from Rinteln, Germany ( $27.99, 35%
alcohol by volume ) is ALL THE RAGE these days and more and more people are
asking about these honey-infused bourbons and whiskies from the United States,
Canada and now Germany, too! For more information go to : The honey takes the burn away from the bourbon and
makes it quite a delight to sip and enjoy as you feel the stress and the worry
and the bother of the day disappear from your shoulders and you smile and laugh
even once again?!?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rediscovering BAREFOOT Wines Through Soren Our Local/ Excellent Aussie Rep For NDC & Trying The ' Refresh ' Floral and Bright, Slightly Fruity And Frizzante Blend That I Can Both Sell & Recommend To Customers To Try, Especially In These Hot & Humid Months Here In The Washington D.C. Metropolitan region Of Ours! Cheers !!

Soren Ludvigsen, Luis Alas and 2 others like this. I copied and pasted the picture that was liked by these four earlier - they have not read or commented on the rest ...  from our Facebook account at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits, and then added what follows below here ... cheers, TONY 7/27/2014

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits Thank you Soren, Luis , Michael and ACS for this, I appreciate it, I am glad to see you like this and am glad to tell you so as it helps me to keep working ahead to promote wines ' big and small ', and ' known and unknown. As I was telling our rep for BAREFOOT wines that came with Soren, I knew the wine Barefoot when it was : " Davis- Bynum " I believe? That was a long , long, LONG time ago ... and we used to have two wines from them : an 'upper ' and a 'lower ' end and, depending on the prices, and our needs at the time we might use one or the other. This must have been back in the late eighties I believe?

 Anyway, that was an exciting time and it was a small winery and I enjoyed selling the wines. What I also told our rep here that I was meeting for the first time and tasting with her ( thanks to Soren Ludvigsen our local NDC rep ) was that it was because of Soren that I was really willing to meet and taste with her.

 I told her that it was the strong connection with Soren that made the difference, that BAREFOOT did not need my business, that Soren did, that the " Refresh ' white soft, floral, fresh and slightly frizzante CA. wine ( I am taking on faith that the grapes are from California without grape juice added from other states like Washington State, Chile or Australia? Clarify this for me if you will? ) at $8.99 was something I could actually recommend from BAREFOOT, as the rest that I had tried I found quite unpalatable and hardly reminiscent of wine at all ...

 and that because Soren needed our business , that I would include it here.

 So here it is now and Olivia was thrilled to taste , discover , like and buy it recently : and with a big smile on her face, too! beaming I would gladly say, thanks Soren and Olivia and our ' newfound ' rep friend here ... cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 7/27/ 2014 ... Happy Sunday all ... going to see ' The Lion King " musical tonight with wife and daughter at the Kennedy Center at 7:30PM, take care, TONY

BRUGAL Special Extra Dry Dominican Republic Oak Cask Aged Rum Produced , Aged & Bottled By BRUGAL, S.A. Puerta Plata, D.R. ( The Refreshingly Dry Rum ) Through The Glass Bottle!

Make a daiquiri and share it with a friend! Yeah, simple and tasty, no need to fret, no need to over-thing or to be too concerned with any eventual outcome : go for it, trust your gut, relax, no sweat, no worry : collect your friends and make some strawberry or fruit daiquiris with a blender, some ice, some fresh fruit, maybe even some frozen fruit that you buy at the grocery store and that has some sugar in it that when melted will add some sweetness, or cut the tartness and make the taste a bit more relaxed and mellow and fresh and pleasing as you sit back with family and friends and ' wax poetic ' and smile, and perhaps even close your eyes for a few seconds and muse and enjoy a more intense sensation as your taste buds and all your other senses take away some of the weight that may have been bothering you earlier , as together you sigh one big grand sigh of contentment and relief!

     For the daiquiris I would use the clear rum pictured above : that will help you to ' rethink rum ' in a larger,more easy and less stressful way. Don't overthink, do not over reach : just think and reach enough. Remember that this is truly your moment, you've waited patiently for it, now you deserve to enjoy your moment fully on your terms and your own speed, whatever that might be. Chill baby, chill. Take another sip of that daiquiri.

Remember your past and the intense joy that some of those moments in the past provided, but , most of all enjoy the ' here and the now ', the present, this moment that is yours and that of those around you sharing in a therapeutic, healthy, invigorating, joyful way ' this moment ' of now, maintenant, ahora, agora ... now, now , now ,now NOW!

I remember my college days and before we had children. That's when I enjoyed daiquiris so much. They were delicious, refreshing, fruity and tasty and so very appreciated.

Enjoy this BRUGAL Extra Dry Dominican Republic with family and friends. If you get the chance go to the Dominican Republic and enjoy BRUGAL there. I enjoyed a week's trip to one of the hotel resorts on the East end of the Dominican Republic, right there by the crystal blue cobalt-aquamarine waters that dazzled and pleased and thrilled us. What a wonderful time that was : everything included, everything paid : no worries , no wait, no stress and such great weather.

Everywhere my wife and I went there were stations / bars to stop off at and ask for a daiquiri. It was usually a lime or a lemon daiquiri with lots of crushed ice and so bloody refreshing! Never a shortage, never any concern, just smiles and pleasure and activity and motion and great weather all around to entertain, relax and please. Loved it!

I wish that I had enjoyed some BRUGAL on this trip, and I may have, I do not know. I did take the bottle in our room as a reminder and a gift of this wonderful trip. Alas it was not BRUGAL, too bad, I would have enjoyed that greatly, really I would have, as I did here tasting with the regional rep for BRUGAL pictured here in Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits one day when I came up to the register and was treated to the whole flight of the fine BRUGAL rums from the Dominican Republic. Gracias, thanks, I enjoyed the experience greatly.

You should all come and get some BRUGAL at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits at 3423 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington D.C. , 20008 202-363-4265 ... to make you daiquiris and to enjoy sipping, too : especially the others that they make.

I am an artist and so I like taking these artsy photos here : hope you like them, hope they give you the push needed to come visit our store or your local one in search of some BRUGAL Extra Dry to enjoy ... that's the idea.

So many of us speak with our hands without really knowing how much we do : case-,-point above. Lovely. A photo helps to capture and to remind of this.

Nothing like a smile to draw one closer, to relax one more, to make one feel more at ease and at home.

And that smile with a pour of the BRUGAL Extra Dry rum ... can't ask for more than that!

Thanks for the taste, thanks for the smile, thanks for the lesson. Thanks for helping me to relive my college and pre-children days and the 25th anniversary spent in the Dominican republic with my beautiful , intelligent wife!

My favorite ' Dominican Republic island ' statement made by the locals trying-wanting to sell us something was and still is : " Almost free, 99% free! "

Wow, that one remaining percent sure was expensive!

Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Happy Sunday, July 27th, 2014 ... enjoy, have some BRUGAL Extra Dry rum as well as some of the three others pictured above!     TONY        You will be glad that you did ...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

tODAY, Saturday, July 26th, 2014 Wine/tasting wWith ' tony and fernando ' Of 4 Exciting Wines At Cleveland Park Wines Spirits 202 363 4265 from 2 to 6 PM , No Charge, Join Us : Everyone Always Welcome : BOGLE ' Phantom " Old Vines Zin Blend, CA., DOMAINE GERARD MEtZ, SANtA BARBARA Pinot Noir, CA. and the CUEVA de las Manos Reserve White Wine Blend from Mendoza, Argentina ... Oh Yeah!

JOIN US SOON here today in Cleveland Park, Northwest, Washington D.C., 2, no need to call, but you can reach us at : 202 363 4265 ... cheers, happy Saturday, July 26th, 2014 ...

time to taste some FINE WINE with ' tony and fernando ' today : what a duo : what a lot of attitude and fun/ness you may all expect as we tackle valiantly the wines of :

1/ 2012 Pinot Noir SANtA BARBARA Winery, $ 22.99 a bottle, that is quite flavorful and rich and highly extracted and JUMPS out at you and envelopes you, charms and entertains and buffers and soothes you as well as your jagged nerves that need some ' shelter ' and a ' whole lotta love ', too ...                   and ...

2/ Reserve Wine Blend from CUEVA de las manos : ' an expression of human art ', 2012, I am all over that being an artist myself, from Mendoza, Argentina, $17.99 a bottle, 14 percent alcohol by volume, from Lujan de Cuyo : " A prehistoric site in southern Pategonia feauturing a very early form of human art. his is a tribute to the ancient Patagonian Indians legend and legacy. his wine is produced from grapes grown at the foothills of the Andes mountains at an altitude of 1000 mts. above sea level. Our wines are made in small lots with careful handling to preserve the expression of the grape variety. " and there are more than one here and I will check that out to tell you all later what they are : the wine, I KNOW, is amazing, rich, flavorful, complex, balanced and so unique and individual ... cheers ...

3/ ' Phantom ' a blend of old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, old vine Mourvedre, from BOGLE Vineyards, 2010, $26.99 a bottle, 14.5 percent alcohol by volume, ... let's check it out and see where it is now in flavor and taste, for a grill outside this weekend?!? Go to : for more info ...       and

4/ 2012 Alsace, France Pinot Gris from the DOMAINE GERARD MEZ, On Special for $17.99 a bottle, Regularly $19.99 a bottle, 13 percent alcohol by volume, Casimir Metz, vignerons independents a Itterswiller, France ... Oh yeah : what a grouping for you all today from 2 to 6 PM : JOIN US, NEVER any charge, everyone always welcome ... tony 7 /2/2014 ..

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tasting The Greek Wines Tonight, Friday July 25th, 2014 @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits With Nassos Of Oenos Selections

This was a great Greek wine-tasting tonight with Nassos and we introduced fine Greek wines to many of our customers once again! Cheers, thanks Nassos for all your fine and hard work here ... cheers, happy weekend all! TONY 7/25/2014 We sampled som Xinomavro red, $23.99 OENOS , some Moscofilero dry white, $13.99, some Malagousia dry and floral white, some Agiorgitiko RED ON BLACK pointed, perky and sharper, more unrefined dry red, some Santorini dry white that I said was like Greece's version of France's Sancerre ( Nassos did not like this at all! ) , and more ,,, from dry whites ( 4 ) to a dry 70-year-old-vines Xinomarvo and another grape dry rose, On Special for $11.99, and two fine dry reds, too ... something for everyone. Cheers, this gentlemnan pictured here had some sprigs of fresh thyme in his pocket that he had just picked and which were so very aromatic, and , unfortunately the bottle of Moscofilero I am holding is blocking the view : too bad! Thanks for taking this picture Fernendo! Cheers, TONY