Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Olivier Lotterie Of Vineyard Brands Brings By Owner Jason Haas Of TABLAS CREEK Wines In Paso Robles, California To Try Current Vintages & Releases From 2010-2013 : Dry Reds ( Patelin De Tablas, Cotes De Tablas & Esprit ), One Dry Rose ( Patelin De Tables ) & Dry Whites ( Patelin De Tablas, Cotes De Tablas & Esprit ) : Wow, What A Treat - I Was Elevated By The Esprit This Time Of The 2011 White Esprit Blend!


This was quite the wonderful tasting on this clear and bright, breezy day here on a Wednesday in Cleveland Park, Northwest, Washington D.C., 2008 with Olivier Lotterie of Vineyard Brands Imports -Selections and family-member/owner Jason Haas of TABLAS CREEK Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. The wines , all of them showed beautifully today - not all a loser. They all have their distinct, unique personalities and character and ' California - Paso Robles - Patelin - Terroir ', and I love them all for that!




We already have the Patelin dry red 2011 here in stock that I love and was a bit - or a lot of an epiphany for me as I told Jason and Olivier earlier : so bright and fresh and lively and it ' defies gravity ' for me on many levels and is airy and refreshing and elegant : a FABulous wine for $24.99. Jason signed some bottles for us today. Thanks Jason.

We will buy the Cotes De Tables 2012 Blanc, the Espril 2011 de Tables Blanc and the 2012 Cotes De Tablas Red ( that is brand new and just released here to this market - with little availability of it - thanks Jason ), and they will come the first week of May 2014.

I will add more, for the moment enjoy these photos that Olivier took on his phone and sent to  me earlier. Cheers, happy Wednesday all! One day after Earth Day!!!


















Merci Olivier, thanks Jason, thanks Danny, too!     TONY  4/23/2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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SUCH A TREAT : EARTH DAY TODAY. Just think about all that we treasure and love
about our earth and what joy and pleasure it brings us all. Amazing really. Just
yesterday I was cleaning out and bagging the leaves from the flower beds at our
home. It's sometimes back-breaking work and yet it looks so good once it is
done.

TODAY our garden and yard at home will be breathing easier today as I cleaned,
and arranged and watered and it all is easier now for all the new growth to poke
up and out and grow up and kiss the sun's rays as often as possible.

WITH OUR FIRE PIT a lot of the fallen branches and twigs and dried wild grass,
etcetera has been burned along with firewood and warmed us as I grilled and we
sipped our wine : some of the BARBI Umbrian Italian dry rose On Special for
$8.99, and some of the ' new ' vintage JUSTIN Vineyard's red Cabernet Sauvignon
that our local rep Donna Quinn left me recently. The BARBI was so crisp and tart
and dry and flavorful : the JUSTIN was round and medium-to-light-bodied and
fruit-forward, balanced and overall quite pleasing. Nice. Thanks.

I AM MOST PROUD of our plaque that we have outside ( our daughter got it for us
and it is a treasure of mine as I love to garden and spend time outside ) that
states that we are a friendly natural habitat as we use no herbicides or
pesticides at all. Have to find other ' natural ' ways to deal with the Japanese
beetles that love the delicate , pale old-fashioned tiny pink roses that we have
thanks to my mother that gave us the plant years ago at our old home and which
we brought when we moved. Thanks Mom!

SO HAPPY EARTH DAY, enjoy it, what are you all doing to celebrate it today?

WE HAVE PLENTY of choices here for you all to celebrate Earth Day later when you
get off. Perhaps a picnic, spend time outside. if it's breezy and cold perhaps
some porter or stout or some port? We have selections of all of those.
IF IT'S RAINING LATER today on Earth Day perhaps you need something a bit more
warming as you return from a walk in the rain : some dessert wine, some bourbon
or even some good, flavorful apple cider like our local CIDERWORKS, Jefferson ,
Maryland hard apple ciders, especially the Jefferson Bottle that they make that
is aged for awhile in bourbon barrels? That will work, that will be splendid if
it's cold and drizzly later.

SO GLAD that the Boston Marathon went off well yesterday and that we have many
happy stories and stories of personal triumph to listen to, watch and learn
about this year, one year after the terrible tragedy there.

SPRING FINALLY seems to be all around us, everything is so verdant and
blossoming and shades of yellows , pinks, lavenders and greens. I love that, we
all love that, makes us all feel good to see things pushing up from the ground
and the bare brown tree limbs all now covered in the most delicate shades of
baby greens.

I AM SURE I WILL be out soon drawing in my backyard as I like to do.

ON EASTER I drove my family to the National Portrait Gallery where we went to
see the show on the book and movie called " The Monument Men " and I thought of
our customer and friend Amy that works there on all the Hollywood and film
exhibits and shows. Amy we loved what we saw as we walked towards the Monument
Men exhibit : the whole museum is quite inspiring. And to be in Washington D.C.
on a drop-dead gorgeous day and to see all the zillions of paddle boats out on
the Tidal Basin, and what looked like a whole group of enthusiastic visitors
frolicking under a group of Cheery trees, taking pictures, laughing - all pretty
wonderful. Loved the experience, the drive and the show at the National Portrait
Gallery : what a treasure that is for us all, and free. Now that's special.

YOU ALL KNOW THAT it's EARTH DAY today, right? Well, it is.

YOU MUST STOP BY today and see what we still have some of - a very little bit
of - in stock specially for you!

YES, FOR YOU, ONLY YOU ... I got the idea just now as I remembered last night's
episode of " The Voice " and where Usher said to one of the singer's that they
had to make every person listening that the song was just for them and no one
else. I like that. That's the way we should all be made to feel : special. We
are special, we know it, nice when others say it to us. Makes us smile, makes us
feel good about ourselves.

SO : Ale, Beer & Cider From Santos :

CIDER -

1) ' Original Sin ' Premium Hard Cider is Devilishly Delicious ( On Special
for $11.99 a 6-pack , 6% alcohol by volume, 12 Fl. Oz bottles, from Canaveral,
Florida ) : supremely crafted some tasty original sin hard cider for you all to
discover!

2) Cidre de Thierache Brut Methode Traditionelle from CLOS De La FONTAINE
HUGO ( $11.99 a 750ml bottle, Producteur Recoltant / Owner Producer , 100% pure
apple juice with no sugar added , 5% alcohol by volume ) : from Rozay sur Serre,
and brand new here, exciting.

3) Sagarnoa from TXOPINONDO ' eleve sur lie ' from the Pays-Basque, (
$10.99 a 750ml bottle, 6% alcohol by volume, Cidrerie Txopinondo, made in
Ascain, go to : www.txopinondo.com ) something really new and exciting for us!
Perfect for the spring and today, Earth Day!

BEER -

1) : ' Jewbelation ' Reborn from HEBREW The Chosen One ( $13.99 a 6-pack of
12-ounce bottles, from SCHMALTZ Brewing Company , Clifton Park, NY 1 Pt. 6 Fl.
Oz bottle, go to : www.SchmaltzBrewing.com for more info ) : Born 1996, Reborn
2013 ...

2) ' Peaches ' WINDOWPANE Series Peaches Ale brewed with Natural flavor and
aged in Chardonnay Barrels ( $17.99 a 750ml bottle, from MOTHER EARTH Brewing,
Kingston, N.C. , go to : www.motherearthbrewing.com ) : " so delicate, so
smooth, so delightful, I really like how seductive and silky this taste and
flavor-profile is - a delight! Cheers.

LIQUOR - LIQUEUR From Malkit & Jagir :

LIQUEUR -

1) Pecan Liqueur ' Original ' PRALINE Since 1850 ( $19.99 a 750ml bottle,
21% alcohol by volume, New Orleans, LA. ) : " PRALINES have been a New Orleans
tradition since the French first brought the candy to the Crescent City in the
18th Century. Pralines remain today the essential confection identified with the
city ... "

LIQUOR -

1) Sweet Tea Southern-Style from JEREMIAH WEED , sweet tea flavored vodka (
$   , go to : www.jeremiahweed.com for more info ) : something that has now been
popular for a long time, and it's the proper time of year now to start things
all over again!

2) Blended Scotch Whiskey Aged 12 Years from GRAND MACNISH ( $25.99 a
bottle, 40% alcohol by volume ) : I liked the finesse, the polish and the
overall elegance of this line of blended Scotch whiskeies that we will try here
on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 2-6PM with Vince Grande. Come taste, really
good taste and really good value, too.

3) Straight Apple Brandy from LAIRD'S ( On Special for $29.99 a 750ml
bottle, bottled in bond, from distilleries in both  Scobeyville, NJ and also
North Garden, VA., founded 1780, ) : From America's oldest family of distillers.

4) Bourbon Whiskey Special Release from BRECKENRIDGE ( $55.99 a 750ml
bottle, a handcrafted bourbon whiskey, 43% alcohol by volume ) : Made at 9600
feet with snow-melt from the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge, Colorado. Something
special to be tasting and including on today's Earth Day!

WINE For Earth Day Today & This Week -

1) Malbec 2012 from La Rioja, Argentina from CHANARMUYO Estate, Chamas
Honnorat Family Wines ( On Special for $9.99 a bottle, 14% alcohol by volume ) :
a more earthy, complex, peppery, spicy dry red that is a steal at $10 and a fine
food wine, too : as you walk around later today and survey your domain, go to
your vegetable and herb garden, take a walk outside and in the park and back
home later in the comfort of your home. Cheers.

2) Cinsault 2012 " Barroco " Dry French red from CAMBIS ( $14.99, a
Languedoc Southwest, French wine ) : made from 100% Cinsault grapes, one of the
five grapes found in Cotes-Du-Rhone reds and in red Chateauneuf-Du-Pape. Cheers.
Hearty, robust, steely and tart and a food wine, medium-bodied, tasty.

3) Nebbiolo dry red from GABRIELLE RAUSSE , 2011 ( $21.99 a bottle, 13.8%
alcohol by volume, from Charlottesville, VA. 22902 ) : a light, delicate,
elegant, refined and delicious dry red that is perfect for this warm and how
weather when it comes - and it will, and it will be ideal for then - even now to
set the tone, set the stage, set the taste as we transition on this Earth Day
into the spring and summer months. Gabrielle also uses 100% Virginia grapes to
make his wines, he does not blend wine from other states as many do in Virginia
today.

4) Cotes Du Provence dry delicate-shaded French rose, 2013 from the DOMAINE
DE PARIS ( $14.99 a bottle, from Brignoles, Var, France ) : Michel, Joe and I
all really liked this when we tasted it awhile back and we are delighted to have
it here now. What a refined, elegant, delicate, tasty and thrilling treat to
enjoy today on Earth Day and for the next couple of weeks. it's a winner, it's
perfect to sip and also to enjoy with many a meal.

5) ' Les Galets Dores ' Costieres de Nimes 2012 from the CHATEAU DU GRES (
$15.99 a 750ml bottle, 14% alcohol by volume ) : a dry and inviting white blend
of 40% Roussanne, 20% Grenache and 20% Vermentino - I enjoy this, and it's nice
with this slightly-cooler day today. Get some and enjoy some after work as you
prepare your meal.

6) ' Le Chant Des Griots ' Dry white French blend of Roussanne and Viognier
from CAMBIS in the Languedoc that needs a little food to really enjoy it fully.
Get some, take it up on a rooftop or a deck or balcony and enjoy! Cheerful,
zesty and engaging in it's flavors.

MAGNUM :

1) California Chardonnay ' Night Harvest ' from R.H. PHILLIPS ( $10.99 a
1.5ml bottle-size ) : we have sold the 750ml bottle size now so well for so long
and now have it for you in the magnum size, too!

2) THE Naked GRAPE California Moscato 3-liter box wine at $18.99 a box
offers value and a treat for everyone. Floral smooth, fruity, fresh and so easy
to enjoy all by itself on this day today, Earth Day, or for the rest of the
week. Once open it's good and fresh for at least a month!!

SAVE TONIGHT & TOMORROW :

TUESDAYS :

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.

WEDNESDAYS :

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.

SAVE , SAVE, SAVE MORE @ CP WINES!

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

TONIGHT : Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 : Come meet Pierre Marselan today that
works with Dan Terrasa od the Willima Harrison portfolio and taste some of
Pierre's fine red Bordeaux wines that include an excellent 2010 dry red Grand
Cru Saint-Emilion. There will be other dry reds from the 2009 and the 2010
vintage! JOIN US soon tonight on Earth Day : let's celebrate Earth Day and fine
French ' value ' red Bordeaux wines from excellent vintages... oh yeah, bien
sur, venez nous voir ce soir ...

Friday, April 25th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : Tony's ' Picks ' this week, I will do
another tasting here on Friday. I enjoyed doing the one last Friday so much that
I will look around and find the wines I would like to taste here this Friday. Be
rewarded and surprised. Cheers, ...

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Vince Grande here to taste
the blended Scotch whiskey I mentioned above :  GRAND MACNISH - 12 and 15
yr-old, as well as ' Inspired ' floral and fruit-forward red from California
that is a delightful blend, and some 2012 Kiwi New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that
will be great for this weekend.

JOIN US, NEVER any charge, a treat for everyone. Everyone is always welcome.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, we appreciate all that you do for us, all your faith in
us, all your business that you choose to give us. Thanks.

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HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE Enjoy some of it, stroll over here, stroll around your
yards , the park, see our earth.

OUR EARTH is changing and we have to know that and try and keep up and control
the damage we as humans do to it. But you already know that. I know.

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YOU MUST STOP BY now or after work on this Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 as the sun
starts to warm us back up and creep from behind the clouds of the last two days
and the cold, brrrr - too! It's nice to start warming back up and drying up as
we think about our time away from work when we can relax and recharge our worn
batteries for yet another day. It's always about balance and of course
eating-drinking well, getting plenty of sleep and getting as much out of each
and every moment as is humanly possible for each and everyone of us.

WE ALL MARCH TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUMMER and  so it is up to each of us
to find our own personal rhythm and balance. We can help, of course at least
with all the liquid refreshments. Ean, Ravi, Santos and Tony ( me ) are more
than ready to assist you in this most complex and daunting task of matching you
all up to a better balance and situation as we recommend those beers, liquors
or wines that may in fact really add some special to your lives.

FEEL FREE & COMFORTABLE to ask all anything. That's why we are here to assist
you with whatever situations you find yourself in from wanting to thank someone
for feeding your cat or dog while you were away with a gift of a bottle of
wine, planning a birthday, wedding, block party, school auction, or even if you
are running to raise money for breast cancer research and need a bottle or
more. We are here to help you with any situation that you find yourselves in
and need some help. Most situations are fairly easy for us to get you through
as we have done this now a million times or more. Who's counting anymore?!?

THE NICE WEATHER JUST MAKES me as I am sure it does you all feel better. Here
are some of the things that I " discovered " as I walked up and down the length
of our store. I mentioned to Ravi that he had quite a few " new " things on our
shelves and I had to put some back as there were too many to write about in
just this one email. But I will try anyway as Santos, too had quite a few " new
" beers in both cans and bottles. Ravi showed me a " new " 16-ounce can from
Budweiser/ MICHELOB that looks to be a lite beer with citrus flavors added to
it : much like the " panache " that you have in the Paris bars that are so
refreshing in warmer weather. Ravi said that we would all sample this can and
see what we think?

BEER From SANTOS :

1) Imperial IPA" Rampage " Brewed & Bottled by BLACK DIAMOND BREWING ( On
Special for $7.99, 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz, Concord, CA., 9% Alcohol by volume,
www.bdbrewing.com, Twitter : bdbrewing / Facebook : Black Diamond Brewery ) : "
Up front the nose is big and assertive with aromas of candied orange,
grapefruit and pine. Biscuity malt layers balance the aggressive hops as the
nectar glides over the tongue. Lingering bitterness leaves you ready for the
next satisfying draught ".
Sounds like a great beer to take on a picnic or enjoy outside at a bar or
cafe on a busy street as you watch people pass by.

2) " Florida Lager "  from FLORIDA BEER ( we have two types here already,
as well as one cider that I will mention later ). This Florida Lager ( On
Special for $7.99 a 6-pack, Melbourne, Florida, 32901 , www.floridabeer.com )
just arrived. Santos told me about it last week and here it is already. "
Florida Lager is a tropical inspired craft lager ... a perfect blend of 2-row
and caramel malt with German Tradition and Northern Brewer hops ".

3) " Hop Ottin " IPA India Pale Ale from ANDERSON VALLEY Brewing Company (
On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, since 1987, solar powered
brewery,  go to : avbc.com for more info, 7% alcohol  by volume , Booneville,
CA. ) is new and exciting. There seems to be a whole revolution in putting
quality beer in cans today.

4) SAHTEA Ale Brewed with Black Chai Tea & Juniper Berries from DOGFISH
HEAD ( $13.99  a 1 Pt. 9.6Fl. Oz bottle, 9% Alcohol by Volume, Milton,
Delaware,  ) : " Our Sahtea is based on the traditional
9th-century Finnish recipe for Sahti in that we brew it with rye and juniper
and heat the wort with wood-fired rocks. We break with tradition by adding an
exotic Black Chai at the end of the boil ".

CIDER :

1)  Irish Hard Cider Double-Fermented Traditional, Pasturized from JOHN J.
KELLY ( On Special for $7.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 4.6% alcohol by
volume, Melbourne, FL. 32901 ) is : " cider made from apple juice, water,
sugar, malic acid and ascorbic acid ". This will be fun for this warmer weather
and you should all try it if you are hard apple cider fans.

LIQUEUR From RAVI :

1) Orchard PEACH Fruit Liqueur from ROTHMAN & WINTER ( On Special for
$22.99, 24% alcohol by volume, 750ml bottle, from the DESTILLERIE PURKHART,
Steyr, Austria ,   www.alpenz.com ) : " The Oststeiermark region near our
distillery boasts a variety of peaches including the Roter Ellerstradter,
Weinberg and Haven. This liqueur combines juices from the seasonal harvest with
eaux-de-vie produced from the same fruit. Delicious with just soda water, and
stunning in whiskey or rum drinks ".

LIQUOR From RAVI :

1) " Cake " from THREE OLIVES , this THREE-O ( On Special for $20.99, 35%
Alcohol by Volume, www.threeolives.com ) is : " a delicious imported English
vodka flavored with birthday cake. Enjoy Three-O Cake as a shot, on the rocks,
or in your favorite cocktail ".

2) Pig's Nose Blended Scotch Whiskey ( aged 5 years , On Special for
$29.99, from Spencerfield Farm Inverkeithing, Fife Scotland,
www.pigsnosewhisky.com ) : " The whisky's signature " smoothness " is rooted in
its specially selected Speyside, Islay and Lowland malts which have been aged
in oak casks ... produces a whisky that is truly as " soft as a Pig's Nose ". "

3) Irish Whiskey Gaois Gan Smal of COCANNON ( On Special for $24.99,
established 1883, www.ConcannonWhiskey.com ) : " a blend of 100% Irish Whiskey
mellowed in Concannon Petit Sirah wine barrels for optimal flavor and
complexity ". this is distilled & matured in collaboration with COOLEY
Distillery in County Louth, Ireland. It's also new for us here in Cleveland
Park.

4) Organic Whiskey Dark Oat Single Barrel  LION'S PRIDE ( Distilled from
100% Oat , $49.99, 40% alcohol by volume, also kosher, distilled and bottled by
Kovak Inc, Chicago, Illinois  ) : " Lion's Pride Organic Whiskey is the first (
legal ) whiskey distilled in Chicago since Prohibition - handcrafted in small
batches and named after the distiller's son, Lion. A single grain unfiltered
whiskey made with organic oat, the Dark Oat is aged in new charred American Oak
barrels ". This is from Barrel # 77. Enjoy.

5) EG Edinburgh Gin Produced & Bottled by SPENCERFIELD SPIRIT COMPANY in
Edinburgh , Scotland ( $39.99 , 43% alcohol by volume, Inverkeithing, Scotland,
www.edinburghgin.com ) : " Edinburgh Gin is produced in small single batch
distillations using an ancient hand beaten Scottish copper pot still. ... added
a Scottish twist with pine and milk Thistle ... premium gin, crisp with a spicy
fruit edge ". Got a Gold from SIP AWARDS.

WINE From EAN & TONY :

WHITE :

1) 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Saint-Bris's CLOTHILDE DAVENNE, this 2010 (
On Special for $16.99 ) is made in the Burgundy region jsut by Chablis and is
the only Sauvignon Blanc made. It's flavorful and fresh and with great mineral
and even touches of citrus. Medium-bodied, with both character and enough
flavor to stand it's own against many a well-seasoned dish. You should try it :
it's fun and offers a whole lot and there's such a fun story, too. Discover the
only Burgundy Sauvignon Blanc : from Saint Bris.

2) " V " 2011 Verdelho HERDADE DO ESPORAO ( $15.99, since 1267, 100%
Verdelho indigenous grapes ) : " This variety was planted in 2001 on our estate
on complex stony soils consisting of granite, schist and basalt... ". It's
pretty exceptional this flavorful and forward and richly-laden white that
bursts with sunshine and freshness and is great to sip all by itself or enjoy
with a meal. It will warm you even with the cold breeze and the dampness.
Danielle poured it here this past Saturday.

3)  Pinot Gris 2010 2010 from PEREGRINE in Central Otago ( On Special for
$23.99, regularly $29.99, www.peregrinewines.co.nz , 14% alcohol by volume ) is
amazingly rich and layered, textured and smooth. It really is a treat to sip
with or without a meal. It's so versatile and so pleasing all by itself. We
have been selling it for years ever since owner and wine-maker Greg Hay came to
taste us years ago when Mike Martin was here, going back to 2004 0r 2005 I
believe I will have to check my notes. We have also sold the Pinot Noir and the
Riesling. You simply must try some - it's superb, simply a delight and so
appealing.

4) Vinho Verde 2011  de Portugal called ANJOS ( $8.99 ) was tasted here
this past Saturday afternoon by Danielle and see that we sold quite a bit of
it. It was perfect for this past Saturday as it was still sunny and warm and
with only 9.5% alcohol by volume and with a bot of sparkle it is a perfect
hot-weather dry white. Of course on Sunday and Monday it was cold and wet and
it would not be as ideal. But the heat and the humidity are coming and this dry
, slightly sparkling, low-alcohol white with clear glass and a colorful and
floral label will be all the rage : especially at under $10 a bottle!

5) Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from Chile's Maipo Valley ( $17.99, 13% alcohol by
volume, www.webcodeff.cl ) by  DE MARTINO is made from organically grown
grapes.It's quite flavorful with really good mineral and acidity and is best
with food. It's not a casual sipping wine. " DE MARTINO and CODEFF together
supporting the conservation of Chilean flora and fauna ". I like this, I like
it a whole lot! Cheers e bravo.It's also available in a dry red blend that we
also carry and have on our shelves. Both are food wines, try them both.

ROSES :

1) Cabernet Franc - 100% -  De Saumur 2011 " La Cabriole " , mis en
bouteille a la propriete/estate-bottled ) from the CAVE DE SAUMUR, Loire
valley, France ( On Special for $10.99 ) is always a great warm-weather
delight. Good color, medium-to-light-bodied, good mineral and acidity with
well-defined accents of spice, too. This is a dry rose to enjoy with a meal as
it will cut through many food flavors and refresh your palate as you eat and
drink. Great value, too. We have had many Loire Valley dry rose Cabernet Francs
and they are usually a minimum of $5 or more a bottle.

2) Costieres De Nimes dry 2011 French rose from the CHATEAU De CAMPUGET (
$12.99, 30% Grenache Noir and 70% Syrah, www.dreyfusashby.com ), this "
Tradition de Campuget " is bone-dry with really great crisp edginess, real
mouth-puckering almost flavors that will be great when you need a steely-dry
medium-bodied rose to cut through some bolder food flavors. That's what it
tasted like a month ago, mind you when Ean and I tasted it together. It may
have softened since then and become more rounded and open and so we will have
to taste it with you all, perhaps this weekend. We will see. It used to be
imported by the Robert Kacher Selections before both parties went their own
ways.

3) " Les Ligeriens " off-dry/fruity French Loire valley rose 2011 ( On
Special for $10.99 , 11% alcohol by volume, bottled by Les Vignerons des
Terroirs de la Noelle ) is one of the few fruity roses that we sell here as
there are not as many requests for this style. This is a perfect example of
this style from France's Loire valley and sure to delight.

REDS :

1) 2010 Cotes Du Rhone DOMAINE De La SOLITUDE dry red blend ($16.99 ) is
fruit-forward and fresh and bright and quite delicious. I just had some down at
Lavandou a month or so ago when I dined there with my college roommate. It was
showing really well with both the lamb and the duck that we ordered.

2) Touriga Nacional an indigenous grape variety widely used in Portugal,
this 2008 GRAND' ARTE ( $16.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, www.dfjvinhos.com )
Portuguese vinho regional Lisboa was tasted here this past Saturday by our
local rep Danielle. It's a fine food wine, meant to be enjoyed with a flavorful
meal inside or outside. It's made from 100% Touriga Nacional grapes and will
give you a good idea of what the grape tastes like.

3) Chambourcin French hybrid, this 2010 from FABBIOLI CELLARS in
Virginia's Loudoun county ( $18.99, www.fabbioliwines.com, 12% alcohol by
volume ) was planted widely back in the early 70-80's in Virginia and I am glad
to see that owner/winemaker Doug has kept this French hybrid. It's
medium-to-light-bodied, has good spice and acidity and is best with a meal that
fleshes it out. As Doug writes : " Try this with a good marinara sauce or bring
it to a summer cookout ". You may also chill it slightly if you are outside. It
will liven up the flavors as well as ground and focus them. Cheers.

4) Sangiovese ( Brunello Clone , $21.99, 14.9% alcohol by volume, Paso
Robles, California ) is flavorful, hearty, rustic and needs some food to fill
out the flavors. Much like it's Italian inspiration from Tuscany this is a wine
to enjoy with food. We have sold it now for the last five years or so and done
well with it. You should try it soon as it's still a bit cooler. It's more of a
cold-weather wine, although after a grill sitting outside when the sun goes
down and sipping it with some hors d'ouevres would be very pleasing, too.

SPARKLING WINES :

1) Gruner Veltliner Frizzante from ANTON BAUER ( $16.99, 12% alcohol by
volume, ) is from Austria's Osterreich region. It's soft and round and fresh
and lively and bright : very much like an Italian Veneto Prosecco. This is nice
to sip with or without a meal, anytime, really. It's a delight and we are very
pleased to be introducing it to you all now.

2) " Cuvee Imperiale " Clairette de Die " Tradition " ( $21.99, 7% alcohol
by volume, from France's Rhone valley, Die, Drome, France )  is an off-dry,
subtly fruity and delicate that we have sold for years now. The owner himself
has been here at least twice tasting it and we generally sell out each time we
taste it. Tastes like fragrant, silky apricots and nectarines and has mild
overtones of honeysuckle and nuts, too. It's a winner no matter how you cut it.
Try it again as if for the very first time : have childish delight and glee
when you do!

WEEK'S IN-STORE TASTINGS

FRIDAY, April 27th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Anne Haye our Select rep that
sells her excellent Italian and Spanish wines through Bacchus imports here to
taste a selection of her wines with you all. Maybe we can talk Anne into
opening some of the CASA E. Di MIRAFIORE Barolo 2007 when she is here? That
sells for $45.99 and is a beauty.
ALSO : Santos has two beer tastings with :
1) LONGTRAIL and also with  2) FLORIDA BEER that I mentioned above.

SATURDAY, April 28th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : Ean and I will open some of the
wines that we have bought this month and want to shed some light on like the
French roses that I wrote up here earlier. We will figure the wines out
tomorrow so if you want to know before you get here call either Ean or me and
we will fill you in on what we have decided.

I AM SURE THAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING but it's time to get this email
into you hands before you leave work and get a moment to enjoy this sunshine
and things drying out with a six pack of beer, a bottle of wine, some gin or
Irish whiskey, some sparkling wine perhaps like the Clairette de Die or the
ANTON BAUER sparkling Austrian Gruner Veltliner " ALL of which I have written
of above?!?

YOU CAN CHECK US OUT at : www.clevelandparkwines.com, on Facebook at :
Cleveland Park Wines, on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and at :
chatwine.blogspot.com. Cheers and thanks for all your support over the years.
Let us know what we may do for you? WE are always here for you.   TONY

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Meeting Just Now , Saturday April 19th, 2014 Cristina from Belo Horizonte, Brasil $ Selling her SALTON Wines!

JUST HELPED Cristian with a difficult wine choice : she was going to see picky people about their wines that travel extensively and always push her wines back to the side on the counter and never open them when she visits. I told her that that makes me feel really bad and that we had to do something about it. " Where are you from ? " I ask Crustina . " Brazil. " she responds. " What?!? Then you have to take them a wine from Brazil! " " Noooooo! " she groans. " They are no good. We buy the wines from Argentina. " I said : " That's not true! They are good. You must take them a wine from Brazil! Blame me, Anthony Quinn, have them come see me if there's any problem! " She smiles, hesitates, as I reach for the SALTON Volpi Pinot Noir, $17.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, Campanha Gaucha. She says out loud as I hand her the bottle : " Campanha Gaucha. " I ask her where she's from? Belo Horizante she says. My face lights up : " That's where I bought my mother a dress when I was a child and we were driving from Rio to Cristallina to buy Yopaz and other semi-precious stones ... I was only 6-7 years old then ... " It was a great serendipitous conversation and I can't wait to hear from Cristina that bought the Petit Chablis  DOMAINE JEAN CLAUDE COURTAULT 2011, $18.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, and the " Intenso " espumante-likeProsecco , $14.99 from SALTON, and the SALTON Pinot Noir, too ... cheers,  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  4/19/2014 Happy Easter all, and it's the last day of Passover week, too ... cheers all ...  TONY a beautiful Saturday here in Cleveland Park Northwest, Washington D.C., 20008, baby blue skies, breezy, bright, clear skies, lovely - nice to be alive ...

Friday, April 18, 2014

RIDGE Vineyard California Wines Come Alive Through My Tastebuds, Sharing Old Vintages 1980 & 1985 With Dear Friends & Family & Offering @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits The Current Vintages Of The Wines : The Circle Of Life Through RIDGE Vineyards' Wines!




A COUPLE OF WEEKENDS AGO our good friend and old customer Marco came to see us
here with his son. They were visiting from Florida and they were here on both
business and pleasure and it was great to see them. Marco was all worried that
his son would break a bottle, I was not worried at all.

MARCO HAD RECENTLY DISCOVERED the Chenin Blanc wines of South Africa and he
bought a bottle of the DE MEYE Stellenbosch 2013 dry white, $11.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume, go to : www.demeye.co.za for more info. He invited my wife
and I to join them for dinner later that night as we are all old friends. After
talking with my wife we heartily accepted their invitation.






IT WAS DARK and we did not know the way later that evening as we drove to
Reston, VA. and finally found their town house. It was well-worth our efforts,
we had a grand time. Always good to see old friends and reconnect.

MARCO GRILLED some delicious steak and served it up piping-hot with a grand
green garden salad, and a savory rice dish, too. I opened a bottle of RIDGE 1985
Lytton Springs Zinfandel that was a blend of grapes. I have had the bottle a
long time. Either my father brought it to me from California when he visited, or
I bought it. The price on the bottle was $9.95 a bottle: a small rectangular
white strip with the price marked simply in black ink.

I HAD NO IDEA what we would discover when we sampled the RIDGE Lytton Springs
1985 Zinfandel. It was a crap-shoot, you simply do not know?!? I was hopeful, I
was silently praying, I wanted it to be good, not old and tired and faded. The
cork came out all in one piece, that was a good sign.

THE LAST BOTTLE of RIDGE wine that I had was a low-fill bottle of 1980 Zinfandel
that our good friend Harry had brought back for me after visiting the winery
with a group of business associates. I shared it with Harry and his family at a
Thanksgiving celebration that we were invited to that included a lot of his
family.

THE 1980 RIDGE Zinfandel was a touch faded, and yet it was magnificent as it
slowly climbed out of the bottle and over the rim of my glass. I was amazed and
impressed both. What a complex medley of earthy, peppery, spicy, leather and tar
and olive accents. All the fruit was so well enveloped by a sweet and rich oak :
both fruit and oak mellowed and living still in such harmony. This was pretty
amazing! It was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all. Thanks Harry!

THE 1985 RIDGE " Lytton Springs " Zinfandel was bright and radiant and fresh and
alive and cheerful and silky an red-berry-toasty-berry-cherry-flavored : simply
amazing! Who would have even thunk this possible, believed it to be so?!? It
tasted like it had been bottled for only a few years and not 29 years! Wow, this
blew me - us all away. It , too was thoroughly enjoyed by us and it went great
with the meal.

I SAVORED EVERY bite, every sip, and I could not have imagined a better time to
enjoy it. Made me think of my father and our visit so many years ago to RIDGE
way up at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's pretty impressive that view
along with the wines and the winery staff, too.

THIS IS ALL GREAT , but a bit of a ' tease ', I know. SO : we have the ...

RIDGE 2011 Paso Robles 100% Zinfandel from the Benito Dusi Ranch for you at
$35.99 a bottle, 14.5% alcohol by volume to enjoy if you are RIDGE fans! 

The Dynamics Of A Successful Wine-Tasting : Since Chris Pigott's Hard Work Introducing Me To The GOUGUENHEIM Argentina Mendoza Wines OF Owner Patricio Gouguenheim It Took Our Passover-Day, Tuesday April 15th, 2014 In-Store Wine-Tasting @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits To Get The Ball Rolling Once Again! Cheers, Gracias Patricio!! Valentin Also Poured The Distinct and Flavorful Dry Reds & White & Sparkling White Of J.P. CHENET : Merci Valentin! On A Bien Travailer Nous-Trois Ensemble Ce Soir-La!




COME TONIGHT : 5:30-7:30PM : Meet owner Patricio Gouguenheim of his family's own GOUGUENHEIM Valle Escondido, Mendoza, Argentina winery and taste the Bonarda-Syrah 2012, $11.99 a bottle ; and the Torrontes dry 2012, at $10.99. Patricio I am sure will have more wine open for you all to taste; ... and you did, too : a Chardonnay, a Merlot, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Malbec and a Syrah. I liked them all except the Malbec, it was my least-favorite. We talked a lot about Malbec, and I said to you Patricio : " anything but Malbec ! " I also said that I was probably the only person that you met here in the U.S. that told you that? You answered : " Yes. " and you smiled as we all did as you responded. Oh well, I stand by my statement : anything but Malbec, let all the other grapes live and have a chance. I loved the Syrah - so full and round and delicious, I liked the lightness and the brightness of the Merlot, the charm and brightness of the Chardonnay, and the firmness and the concentration - yet not heaviness of the Cabernet Sauvignon! Well-made, well-balanced, well-priced wines all. Gracias Patricio!

ALSO : Come meet and taste with Valentin Pellegrinelli wines of southwest, France : the J.P. CHENET two reds, 1) Pinot Noir Reserve 2011, $9.99, ... 2) J.P. CHENET Pinot Noir 2011, $9.99 a bottle, and the ... 3) Chardonnay 2012 J.P. CHENET, $9.99.

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! Cheers, No Charge, Join Us tonight, Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 from 5:30-7:30PM. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Wine-Tastings, especially wine owner and winemaker tastings are always tricky and demand constant attention and supervision. That's my take on them and I always want to be present to make sure that everything goes as smoothly and as successfully as possible.

I also want to thanks Valentin of J.P. CHENET that tasted this night with us, and Joe of the Country Vintners Imports that helped bring Patricio to us on this visit of his to Washington D.C. Thank-you all!

From Patricio Goughenheim  to me after our GOUGUENHEIM Winery wine-tasting ...Hola Tony

I hope you didn't arrive too late to pick up your wife ( was my fault).
Thank you so much for your hospitality, I did a lot of tastings and never had someone like you so dedicated to the success of my tasting.
See you next time I will be in town, take care
Kindest regards  Patricio

It was great to have you Patricio. I was my treat, I only wish that we had had a chance to talk longer as I feel that you would have told me many wonderful stories about Argentina and I would have loved hearing them as they would make my eyes widen and my knowledge of such a passionate and wonderful country expand so much and give me so much more delight and pleasure when speaking of it and it's people and wines, food, culture and land and country. That will have to wait until our next visit!  Do you have any pictures to send me still or do I have them all. You are welcome here at the store anytime, I got to my daughter and wife on time, and it will be a pleasure to see you the next time. Keep up the good work, cheers,  TONY 4/18/2014


At a wine-tasting everyone is welcome to taste. They are not private tastings for a lucky few - everyone is encouraged to taste with us : EVERYONE! It's important to invite everyone and to include everyone, no matter anything else, at least greet them and make them feel welcome and comfortable and included. Simple as that. If I do that then I feel like I am doing my job thoroughly and properly.

On Passover night, Tuesday April 15th, 2014 we had really bad, cold, rainy weather and we had taxes due ; and so it was not the best evening for a wine-tasting. It was very challenging to say the least, and yet we managed quite well and those that did taste often did buy a bottle from either Patricio or from Valentin that was tasting the French sparkling and non-sparkling wines of J.P. CHENET. It was fun, we had a good time and made the most of a really difficult situation, everyone working together as a team. We helped one another.

The wines all showed quite well on this evening and we had a real cross-section of tastes and flavors, styles, weights and textures on the palate from earthy and barnyard and to fruit and spice and raisin integrated with fruit in wood , and darker, to brighter, fresher, lighter and brighter - from one extreme to another in both red and whites - and then a thoroughly delightful sparkling French wine, too that we had available to purchase in small 200 or 187-size bottles at $4.99 each. Fun!

The GOUGUENHEIM Mendoza, Argentina wines were available in a dry and floral , fresh and bright Torrontes, $10.99 white and also a dry red Bonarda-Syrah blend, $11.99 ( good medium-body, good mouth-feel, good focus and pleasing ) : both showed really well.

THE J.P. CHENET Chardonnay showed big and flavorful and firmly and was best with food being medium-bodied, distinct and with good mouth-feel/grip. I liked it.

THE J.P. CHENET bottles od both the Pinot Noir and the 60% Merlot/ 40% Syrah are more acquired tastes : more earthy and weedy and spicy and like a barnyard of savors and flavors , and definitely need food. John our local guitarist did not like them at all and found them ' off. " That's okay, I told him that it was the style. Other customers liked them just fine. To each hsi own, a chaqu'un son goute ..., all good.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Store Email Of4/15/2014 On : DEMARIE Arneis, GIACOMO FENOCCHIO Arneis, CHATEAU BIANCA Pinot Noir, RIDGE Vineyards 1980-1985 Zinfandel, GOUGUENHEIM Wine, Patricio Gouguenheim, Kopper Kettle, VA. HAYMANS Old Tom Gin, DEKUYPER Papaya LEGEND Brewing, J.P. CHENET French Wines , VICTORY Brewing, Brooklyn Ale & More! ENJOY!!

CLEVELAND PARK WINES & SPIRITS 3423 CONN. AVE. N.W. D.C.
HAPPY PASSOVER ... we have whatever you might still need here last-minute. Come
by and see us.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE : Call or come by today and SAVE BIG WITH us here at Cleveland
Park Wines & Spirits!

EVERYONE SEEMS TO MISS our TUESDAY Wine-Sale that is great when you want to save
on sparkling wine, champagne, prosecco, cava, vin mousseux, espumantes and more!

ON EVERY TUESDAY every bottle ( except VEUVE CLICQUOT ) that's over $20 a bottle
is 15% Off, ...

AS WELL AS ...  6-Or-More bottles are 10% off for both sparkling and
non-sparkling wines.

AND ... 12-Or-More -Bottles of sparkling or non-sparkling are 15% OFF the marked
sticker prices. This is every Tuesday.

TODAY - EVERY TUESDAY is your time to SAVE BIG here on sparkling wines, mark
your calendars, the clock is ticking, and we want you all to know this and to
save with us on Tuesdays!

TODAY'S STORE EMAIL is about the celebration of being alive and here and in '
the now ', being present, contributing, enjoyment and feeling good about
ourselves.

I JUST HAD a tremendous story with Wendy over the BOXWOOD WINERY wines in
Middleburg, Virginia. I have just copied and pasted this from what I wrote
earlier and posted on our Facebook page. Have you LIKED us on Facebook yet? You
should, that's where I share daily whatever is going on here. It's a good way to
keep up with us as we speed along trying ourselves to keep up with everything
that is happening all the time around us. No easy task.

" I'm looking for a particular red? Do you sell BOXWOOD? " asks Wendy. " Yes! "
I respond immediately . " I've called five other s and you're the only one,
you're number six on the web site . No one carries it anymore. " " That's our
gain and their loss! " " oh wonderful ... " responds Wendy. " Which one do you
want? " I ask. " The BOXWOOD. " I told her that they make three reds and one dry
rose and that I would see what I have for her. It was the 2009 BOXWOOD, $29.99 a
bottle. She was thrilled explaining to me that she had gone to the BOXWOOD web
page and that we were #6 listed that carried it, that we were the only one to
have any as she called down the list. Wendy told me also that she's a real
estate agent and that some did her a huge favor and that person LOVES BOXWOOD,
and usually drives down to the vineyard to buy it. I explained that I know
Rachel Martin and that I have carried it now for quite some time as I believe in
what BOXWOOD is doing with their wines and will continue to carry them. I also
explained that Wendy will be giving the very best that BOXWOOD Vineyards' makes
, and that it has the bottle-age that the wine needs as they are designed to age
gracefully and not be drunk immediately upon release, much like a fine Bordeaux
wine that is their inspiration. Everyone wins! Cheers Wendy, cheers, BOXWOOD,
cheers Rachel, and cheers CP Wine & Spirits, too. Have a great Tuesday Wendy,
see you later. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 4/15/2014

JUST ARRIVED!! @RachelMartin having a loving moment with our Baby Sauvignon
Blanc vines. WERE SO EXCITED!! Josh hopes to begin planting at the end of the
month!
#boxwoodwinery #vawine #sauvignonblanc Virginia is for Lovers — with Rachel
Martin.

A COUPLE OF WEEKENDS AGO our good friend and old customer Marco came to see us
here with his son. They were visiting from Florida and they were here on both
business and pleasure and it was great to see them. Marco was all worried that
his son would break a bottle, I was not worried at all.

MARCO HAD RECENTLY DISCOVERED the Chenin Blanc wines of South Africa and he
bought a bottle of the DE MEYE Stellenbosch 2013 dry white, $11.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume, go to : www.demeye.co.za for more info. He invited my wife
and I to join them for dinner later that night as we are all old friends. After
talking with my wife we heartily accepted their invitation.

IT WAS DARK and we did not know the way later that evening as we drove to
Reston, VA. and finally found their town house. It was well-worth our efforts,
we had a grand time. Always good to see old friends and reconnect.

MARCO GRILLED some delicious steak and served it up piping-hot with a grand
green garden salad, and a savory rice dish, too. I opened a bottle of RIDGE 1985
Lytton Springs Zinfandel that was a blend of grapes. I have had the bottle a
long time. Either my father brought it to me from California when he visited, or
I bought it. The price on the bottle was $9.95 a bottle: a small rectangular
white strip with the price marked simply in black ink.

I HAD NO IDEA what we would discover when we sampled the RIDGE Lytton Springs
1985 Zinfandel. It was a crap-shoot, you simply do not know?!? I was hopeful, I
was silently praying, I wanted it to be good, not old and tired and faded. The
cork came out all in one piece, that was a good sign.

THE LAST BOTTLE of RIDGE wine that I had was a low-fill bottle of 1980 Zinfandel
that our good friend Harry had brought back for me after visiting the winery
with a group of business associates. I shared it with Harry and his family at a
Thanksgiving celebration that we were invited to that included a lot of his
family.

THE 1980 RIDGE Zinfandel was a touch faded, and yet it was magnificent as it
slowly climbed out of the bottle and over the rim of my glass. I was amazed and
impressed both. What a complex medley of earthy, peppery, spicy, leather and tar
and olive accents. All the fruit was so well enveloped by a sweet and rich oak :
both fruit and oak mellowed and living still in such harmony. This was pretty
amazing! It was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all. Thanks Harry!

THE 1985 RIDGE " Lytton Springs " Zinfandel was bright and radiant and fresh and
alive and cheerful and silky an red-berry-toasty-berry-cherry-flavored : simply
amazing! Who would have even thunk this possible, believed it to be so?!? It
tasted like it had been bottled for only a few years and not 29 years! Wow, this
blew me - us all away. It , too was thoroughly enjoyed by us and it went great
with the meal.

I SAVORED EVERY bite, every sip, and I could not have imagined a better time to
enjoy it. Made me think of my father and our visit so many years ago to RIDGE
way up at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's pretty impressive that view
along with the wines and the winery staff, too.

THIS IS ALL GREAT , but a bit of a ' tease ', I know. SO : we have the ...

RIDGE 2011 Paso Robles 100% Zinfandel from the Benito Dusi Ranch for you at
$35.99 a bottle, 14.5% alcohol by volume to enjoy if you are RIDGE fans! It's
young but delicious, balanced and quite a treat as well. Great with a meal as
well, anytime you grill outside, meats or vegetables, whatever - a delight, also
with cheese, pates, terrines, sausages ...  ENJOY!

JUST GOES TO SHOW that things can age gracefully and still be really impressive,
wines and people and more ... still alive, still kicking, still enjoying.

ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS , Greg that we have know now it seems forever came to the
store on Saturday and I saw him back here pondering the wines.

TURNS OUT GREG was about to celebrate this past Sunday was about to celebrate
Sunday and " a big one ", his 50th birthday. Wow, you look great Greg, you
really do. Congratulations! I am so happy I was here to help you find what wines
to serve with your birthday meal. That pleases me enormously.

A LITTLE DETAIL SLIPPED from Greg's lips as we spoke and he said that a Arneis
and a Pinot Noir were suggested by the chef, Roberta Donna that was cooking his
meal there at his home! Wow, that changes everything, really, that's BIG. We had
to recalibrate, we had to restructure, re-plan and get it right. This was
important on many levels now.

GREG THEN SAID TO : " pretend that I had not told you any of this. " I said : "
I can't do that. " Anyway after lots of conversation back-and-forth we found
some interesting choices to add to the Arneis and the Pinot Noir.

GREG BOUGHT the last of the DEMARIE Langhe dry white Arneis 2011, 12,5% alcohol
by volume, $16.99 ( I still have one bottle in th cold box up front, from Vezza
D'Alba, Piemonte : NOTE - Roberta Donna is from the Piemonte region of Italy
that makes such great wines ).

I ALSO SOLD GREG some of the Roero Arneis 2012 GIACOMO FENOCCHIO , $23.99, 14%
alcohol by volume to use as the aperitif wine as people arrived. It's softer,
rounder, and more fruit-forward than the DEMARIE that he would then use with the
meal itself.

FOR THE PINOT NOIR I showed Greg many Pinot Nero's from Italy and then we also
talked about some from the United States. I showed him the CHATEAU BIANCA 2010
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $18.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, and we decided
that it would work for his meal as well.

IT WAS QUITE the discussion about this meal. For me it all boiled down to two
things : 1) keep Greg happy, and  2) keep Roberto Donna happy ... and the rest
should all fall into place. I can't wait to hear from Greg now!

JUST ANOTHER GRAND celebration of life here in Cleveland Park and in the greater
Washington D.C. metropolitan region. Glad we were a part, glad I could help.
It's what I get so much personal satisfaction from.

SAVE TONIGHT & TOMORROW :

TUESDAYS :

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.

WEDNESDAYS :

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.

SAVE , SAVE, SAVE MORE @ CP WINES!

HEY SANTOS : What Beers/Ales Have You?!

1) Brooklyn " Wild Streak " Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels ($23.99, 1 Pt.
9.4Fl. Oz bottles, New York,  ... " sometimes a little cavorting is a fine thing
... our Brooklyn Wild Streak is our barrel-aged Belgian-inspired golden ale
enlivened by the earthy funk of the wild yeast ... ".

2) " Red Thunder " Malt beverage aged in wine barrels from VICTORY ( $10.99
a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 8.5% alcohol by volume , go to www.victorybeer.com,
Downingtown, PA. ) : " ... we filled oak barrels that previously held red wine
with our Baltic Thunder and waited patiently for results. "

3) " Lager " from LEGEND Brewing CO. in Richmond, Virginia ( On Special for
$9.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, go to : www.legendbrewing.com for more info
) : " Not just a beer, it's a legend." I like that. Ballsy!

LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Malkit and Jagir :

LIQUEUR :

1) Tropical Papaya from DEKUYPER ( $12.99 a  750ml bottle, 15% alcohol by
volume, 30 Proof , since 1695, ) : my challenge to you is to come up with some
interesting drinks to use this Papaya with and I will post them on our Facebook
page and give you all full credit for your inventions!

LIQUOR :

1) Old Tom Gin  from HAYMANS Family Gin Distillers ( On Special for $27.99
a bottle, the authentic Victorian gin, distilled from grain, 40% alcohol by
volume, since 1863, go to : www.haymansgin.com for more info ) : go back in
time, try it as it used to be a long, long time ago : drink in the tradition,
try it on for size, fit and feel!

2) Kopper Kettle Handcrafted Single Estate ' Grain To Glass ' from BELMONT
FARM Virginia Whiskey ( On Special for $30.99 a 750ml bottle, 86 Proof, from
Culpepper, VA. barrel-aged 4 years ) : go to : www.belmontfarmdistillery.com for
more info , matured in apple wood and Virginia white oak. Cheers.

3) Trinidad & Tobago Caribbean rum aged 7 years from ANGOSTURA , est 1824 (
$24.99 a 750 ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, ) : " ... we say the sugar cane
is only ready for making rum when it's been kissed by a butterfly." I can see
that, can you?!? Sure you can, sip some while you discuss this point ...

WINE :

1) J. P. CHENET Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, $9.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume,
Landras, France ) : flavorful Pinot, will taste it tonight from 5:30-7:30PM!
Taste with Valentin Pellegrinelli tonight!

2) J. P. CHENET Reserve Merlot-Cabernet 2011 , 13.55 alcohol by France,
Pays D'Oc ( $9.99 a bottle, 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon ) : a hearty,
beefy, balanced and tasty dry French red in an old Cognac bottle found on the
property and used exclusively now by J.P. CHENET! Nice... Tasted tonight again!
With Valentin Pellegrinelli !!!

3) Torrontes dry white from Argentina's Valle Escondido in Mendoza, this
2012 , $10.99 will be tasted by it's owner himself Patricio Gouguenheim! Wow,
this will be great!!

4) Bonarda-Syrah dry red blend from Argentina's Valle Escondido region,
flavorful, good complexity and balance and flavor! Patricio will also taste this
soon here tonight!

WINE-OWNER TASTING TONIGHT :

COME TONIGHT : 5:30-7:30PM : Meet owner Patricio Gouguenheim of his family's own
GOUGUENHEIM Valle Escondido, Mendoza, Argentina winery and taste the
Bonarda-Syrah 2012, $11.99 a bottle ; and the Torrontes dry 2012, at $10.99.
Patricio I am sure will have more wine open for you all to taste;

ALSO : Come meet and taste with Valentin Pellegrinelli wines of southwest,
France : the J.P. CHENET two reds, 1) Pinot Noir Reserve 2011, $9.99, ... 2)
J.P. CHENET Pinot Noir 2011, $9.99 a bottle, and the ... 3) Chardonnay 2012 J.P.
CHENET, $9.99.

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! Cheers, No Charge, Join Us tonight, Tuesday, April 15th,
2014  from 5:30-7:30PM. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

WEEK'S ' Other ' Tastings :

Friday, April 18th, 2014 : Sotiris Bafitis is here to taste great Greek and
Italian classics from 5-8PM!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : Andrew Stover is here to taste some
great Italian dry wines, white CASA MIA Chardonnay, 2012, $9.99 ..., red VIS A
VIE 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Veneto, Italy at $9.99  and rose from TATI,
Piemonte ...  and BARBI, Umbria, as well as some ' killer ' fresh and floral and
fruit-forwars Spanish Garnacha from COLLADO, 2012, $9.99 a bottle. ALL GREAT
VALUES at UBDER $10 a bottle. Love that. No charge, join us.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, we love you, we appreciate it, really we do. Cheers,
TONY