Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tastings In Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits In Washington D.C. N.W./ 2011/ IL CAMPO'S GIORNATA 09, Sangiovese ( $34.99 ) Paso Robles Luna Matta Vnyd &

& More ... this headline should read : I tasted three wines of IL CAMPO here ...

What a nice treat these were and a total discovery for me. I had never heard about them before John and Theresa Morrison brought them to my attention in the middle of 2011 was it ? I cannot remember exactly but here I was able to try all three and we now sell the two reds. We still have not bought the white yet and I will think about that perhaps for the this spring 2012.

Here they are all above as we tasted them recently. In the picture below is pictured Theresa Morrison and Mark of J.W, Sieg Imports.

Tasted also " Il Campo " 2008 Central Coast ( $27.99 ) " A modern field blend inspired by Italy " and also made by GIORNATA Wines in Paso Robles, California. We started with this " Il Campo " - the one with the red label. Theresa came and included it in one of her in-store wine tastings on either a Friday or Saturday with our customers of Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits ( 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 Tel : 202-363-4265 anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwine.com also on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and on Twitter at : cpwinespirits ).

This GIORNATA above has 14.5% alcohol by volume, www.giornatawines.com was tasted this past Saturday December 17th, 2011 from 2-6PM with John Morrison. People loved it and we sold several bottles at $34.99 I believe? Look at the beautiful deep, rich red color above. It's impressive and splendid just to look at. Being an artist I am drawn to things like this and am thrilled to be able to record and to share them here with you all and simply not just say to you all to buy it because it received a high numerical store from some wine writer. I strongly believe that we will all be out of a job if that is all we do : depend on scores to sell our wines. Look at the color I say. smell the bouquet : waken up and realize that you are the one that matters here. It's only your palate and knowing your tastes that should matter!

Pick up the glass and swirl it around and watch the light reflect through and off of the red GIORNATA as it moves in beautiful, soothing, exciting circles around the glass like a fine race car! Enjoy the ride , it's yours to do with what you will.

Cheers, TONY

Beautiful, even on it's side : like magic - how does it stay in the glass?!? You better rescue it before it spills out and pour some into your awaiting tongue and mouth and senses that are already partly under it's spell. Happy New Year everyone. It's now 12:04PM here at home in northern Virginia on Monday, January 2nd, 2012 as we all get ready to go off and have our brunch at " First Watch ". Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2 Morning Poems 12/14/2011 : Org Orga Organ Anic / So Ear To Earth Of Lif / Enjoy, Thinking Of Marc Tempe-Roy Cloud-Biodynamic Wines

Here are my 2 Own Morning Poems of December 14th, 2011 that I wrote yesterday morning before starting work thinking of the book by Roy Cloud called : " To Burgundy And Back Again " that I am reading and the chapter called " The Bear " that is about the wines of Marc Tempe in Alsace, France and his biodynamic farming and wine-making practices. Cheers and enjoy, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Org Orga Organ Anic
So Ear To Earth Of Lif
Clos Dale Diary Daily
Close To Farm Yes Be
Grapes Close Terroir Vines
Dig Nourish Flu Flourish
Be Maximed Be Nuroured
Perform Max From Elems
No Addits No Dictives No
More Sulfurs No More Dead
To Deaden Less Marc Sez Il
Si Dit Lui Oui Il N'Aime Pas
Oui Wants Respecter Land
Son Terroir Les Years All
Different Must There In
Work Nature What Give It
Up?!? To Best Respect The
Labors The Toils Of Soils The
Earth Produces Sometimes Rains
Boils So Much Chance Change
Uncertain At Best Must Work
Close Closely Play Odds Some
Accept The Rest ...

#1 Le 14 Decembre, 2011 Mercredi matin en voiture en Virginie a 11:37AM on a cool, cloudy, fresh, brisk. no rain, no sunshine fall morn I like it thinking of Marc Tempe , cheers, TONY

To Be Tem Temp Temped
All Zzzzey Waaay Ok
Si Oui D'Accord Okay
Thinking Of Nature Respect
Organics Meme Bio Bio
Dynamics- Beeoohhh
Soil Terroir Nutrients
Sustenance The Best Possibs
Without Adding Chems Few
Chems Less Sulfurs Don't
Want Kill Tuer Leave
Best Alone Help Small Ways
To Thrive Harvest Plenty
Heal Ways Along Healthy
The New / Old Family-Tribe
Many Tribs Along Way
No Way To Know Exact Early
Impossible To Say! Want Be
Fulfilled Full Disclosure Full
Remplir Dismay Listen To Marc
Tempe It's Okay He Plays He
Does Some U Peu Gamble To
Respect Earth Year His Grape
Make Best Wine Can He ...

#2 Le 14 Decembre, 2011 Mercredi matin en voiture en Virginie a 11:45AM on a gray, cool, no-sunshine, no rain, thinking of Marc Tempe's Alsace organic biodynamic wines ... The Bear! Cheers, TONY

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Finding True Joy In Reading Roy Cloud's Book : " To Burgundy And Back Again " / Especially " The Bear " Chapter Of Marc Tempe

I met Marc Tempe and his wife Anne-Marie a couple or three years ago was it when you brought them by Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Roy? What a great visit that was. I feel the three of bonded pretty much immediately as I took pictures and tasted and we all exchanged stories. What a great yet brief moment that was in my life and yet I remember it quite vividly. At least I remember the smiles all around, the laughter, the glee and the mirth. As a result reading your chapter called " The Bear " about Marc and his wife, the land of Alsace, the converted cellars and antic and " new " attic and the cat's ( the one that is " special " ), their daughter and the love-sick boy, the child on his bike driving like a mad boy ... the Sylvaner debacle here in the Unites States at first ... well, it all comes so vividly alive to me and of course I am only quickly remembering snatches of all of this that I have just read as I type away like a madman myself. Thanks for all of this Roy, I am getting so much pleasure and joy from reading it this morning before I drive off to work in a few minutes.

I was involved with the Sylvaner debacle in my own little way : at least the ending of it as there were many, many cases that I bought and had shipped from California to our store here in Washington D.C. because they were available and available at such a great price that I could simply not refuse buying them. I will write more about that later today but will post this now " as is " because of my high level of joy and enthusiasm over this great book of yours Roy. I simply want to share more of it and I will soon. Cheers and stay-tuned, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

I read a bit of " To Burgundy And Back Again " each night and I really do love it. The part about Marc Tempe making biodynamic wines really speaks to me now more than ever before. Roy talks about what is done today in his book, especially in the chapter " Chemical Changes " and I find this alarming and it's something that I have become more and more aware of with time. He talks about the cooperative that he and Joe visit after they leave Marc and Anne-Marie Tempe and this scares the shit out of me : troubles and depresses me and really makes me scratch my head and wonder how we have come to this today? I will perhaps discuss this more but now leave you with : " The place was a tank farm, a factory for wine production ". Gasp!

I have sold a whole lot of Tempe wine at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits over the years. Not so much recently and I will shortly change that. I will call Arielle Monaco my rep for Country Vintner and place an order with her today. I will also call you up Roy and ask you to come have dinner with us and talk about all of this if you have any time on your hands. My ulterior motive is also to get you to talk about your experiences at NYU as my son has applied there and wants to go there more than anywhere else at this point!

I loved hearing all about Marc Tempe and how closely he follows the years and the season's and his whole philosophy of how most everything has to happen first in the vineyard. Marc does a bit to help the vines along the way but it's all about Mother Nature and what happens and what he has to deal with as a result.

Roy writes : " He said that in a year such as 2001, nature gave him grapes lean with minerality: in 2002 she gave him grapes rich with botyrytis ; and in the torrid year of 2003, she gave him grapes fat with sugar. That's what she dealt and that's what he worked with. He didn't turn to the powders and potions available in modern cellars to make a consistent product ( make no mistake : There's a whole Pandora's box of tricks out there that is all too often abused in commercial winemaking ). So if someone did not like his wine from a given vintage for stylistic reasons, that was fine - so long as they understood what he had to work with and thus respected his effort ". I like this, I like it very much. Bravo Roy for putting this all in your book. It needs to be said over and over and over again. I am thrilled that you have stuck with Marc and Anne-Marie Tempe through thick and thin.

I will write more about the wines I bought from Roy Cloud and Marc Tempe. I bought what seems like boat loads of one of the vintages of the Sylvaner. It was a ridiculously inexpensive price and I gambled on it. When it was great is was super great : when it was off it was hard and difficult to explain and understand and yet there was always something there worthy to drink as it was very much alive and it's own being. It had character and oodles of personality even when it had lots of bruises and blemishes and places hard to explain. Oh well, for the price we charged for it at $6 a bottle I believe it was worth a gamble. I got lots of bottles returned, many more than usual. I was blamed for this , of course, being willing to sell what some deemed as marginal wine but I was thrilled to be able to offer something really special at a really special price when the bottle sang volumes and wove it's magic and crooned all it's sweet ditties and charm! It was organic, it was alive : it was magnificent at times and not so at others. So be it. I'm glad I did it. Some of you out there drank some of the greatest wine for the greatest value that you will ever drink as a result. Cheers and stay-tuned for more soon as I continue. TONY

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Anthony Quinn AKA Tony The Wine Guy On NBC4 Universal 9AM Saturday Morning 11/26/11 On Holiday Party Wines Under $20 A Bottle

This was absolutely a great event for me and I had a blast and enjoyed every moment as it unfolded for me from the first when I received my email from Angie Goff asking me if I would be interested in doing this segment on holiday party wines under $20 a bottle? I jumped at the chance of course and responded pretty much immediately that I would love to do it.

It's really quite an amazing set of circumstances and so I will relate them here quickly before telling you all what twenty-four wines I brought to the studio to talk about in three categories : 1 ) Wines In The Fridge, 2) Wines To Take To A Party , 3) Wines To Serve At Your Own Party : and all three categories including some wines that looked more expensive than they actually were.

Years ago at the Mayflower Wines & Spirits I met an American young woman teaching French and in a three female group ( her sister and herself and one other young woman ) called Betty. We would both speak in French and tell and listen to each other's stories back in the tasting room up the ramp and to the left. Those were some really fun and special times there at the wine-tasting station. Anyway I had not seen Amy ( Ziff, and have never met her sister Elizabeth ) since then and here she came into the store with her friend Anna Pagli. They were both with their backs to me looking at the wall of spirits and I noticed Amy's incredible dreadlocks. They fascinated me they were so bold and raw and authentic. I kept stealing glances at them.

Later in the Italian and French wine department Anna asked me a question about some Reserva LIBRANDI Ciro wine and if I had any and that started our conversation. I was looking there at them face-to-face and suddenly I realized that this might be the Amy that I had known so many years ago? I summoned my courage from my gut and told them that I thought that she might be the young woman I knew so many years ago in an all female rock group? They smiled and asked me the name of the female rock group? I said " Betty " of course and was right! Well, that all played a big roll in my getting to be on NBC4 Universal yesterday, Saturday morning at 9AM November 26th talking about holiday party wines at under $20 a bottle.

It's such a small world after all. I love it, really I do. So to continue now with this story above. Anna Pagli brought her friend Katy Adams to Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits one evening and Anna wanted to know if I recognized her? I said I knew who she was and we were off all over again. I was introduced to Katie at our tasting table and I drew everyone around and closer and started to taste everyone on what I had there from that Saturday's tasting. It was late and I had lots of great wine left-overs which included some of the excellent MARCHEI DI BAROLO 2004 single-vineyard Barolos ( the Canubi was one of them - that Vince Grande had brought and left as a treat for me ) as earlier it was Cleveland Park Day ( Saturday, October 1st, 2011 - I have already written about this here at chatwine ). Vice had done a long Italian wine-tasting with his wines from around Italy. Thanks Vince : it was a great day and a great success even with the crappy gray and wet weather.

Katy liked how I worked my tasting table and included everyone and explained and entertained as I poured for everyone. She told me that I should be doing this on t.v. or on the radio and that she knew people and did this and coordinated and arranged for people to come together and work together. Sounds a whole like what I do? I liked hearing all this of course, very flattering to my very tired ears and so I brought out the 2004 single-vineyard Barolos from 2004 and together at the very end the three of us polished them off. But before that Katy with her big smile and golden locks started texting her friend Angie Goff and I watched her do this by my side. I had my trusty camera there and even took pictures of all of this while it was happening. She showed me as she talked and texted and I learned a whole lot about Katy and we bonded really quite quickly right there in a very short space of time with Anna mostly observing the two of us. What did you think of all of this Anna as it was unfolding before all of our eyes? Pretty remarkable / pretty special, right? I thought so, it really did surprise me and I was hoping and wondering and scratching my head all the time.

After we three closed the store down with Ravinder Sharma we headed our own ways and I did reach out to both Anna and to Katy. I became " friends " with both Anna and Amy ( and her sister Elizabeth Ziff of the group " Betty " ) and I emailed Katy and thanked her and exchanged emails with her. Small world, really and then about two-three months later I got this email last week from Angie Goff asking me if I wanted to be on their NBC4 Universal segment of holiday wines under $20? Wow, blew me away. I love it, really I do.

I still have all the twenty-four wines to add here but I think I will stop here and make this a Two Part Blog on chatwine and include the twenty-four wines in Part Two. This is Part One. I like it : the Before and the After.

Cheers to one and all : happy holidays 2011 to one and to all and thanks for everything that you all did to get me to NBC4 Universal yesterday at 9AM talking about holiday party wines costing under $0 a bottle where I included the traditional and the old world ( VALDIPIATTA Chianti Colli Senesi, $16.99 , vegan ( TARIQUET Cote dry white blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc ) and organic ( ALTAMANTA of Menzoza, Argentina, I spoke about the Natal Chardonnay of owner Andrej ) and biodynamic, sparkling wines from clear ( the two CANTINA MONTELEANA Prosecco and the " Annalisa " Moscato ), to pink( the LEO HILLINGER 100% Pinot Noir Austrian that supports breast cancer awareness ), and to reds ( the DREI DONA Dolce Lambrusco ), from dry to sweet, all over the world including the dry red Saperavi grape variety of Georgia, the popular grapes like Malbec that come from Cahors, France and I mentioned the CEDRE Malbec. It was amazing : only four to five minutes, clearly not enough time. But I hear that I got more time than most. Thanks Andrew for that. You all : Elaine, Chuck, Chris were a whole lot of fun to work with. More about that in Part Two. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Sunday, November 20, 2011

So Many Lost Opportunities For Everyone With Wines Written Up In Washington Post Newspaper Food Wines Section! Not Working As A Team? My Big Beef

There are simply so many lost opportunities that I see weekly on Wednesday mornings when I pick up the Washington Post newspaper and go to the Food Section to read Dave McIntyre's wine articles. I read them, they generally are quite fine and enlightening with varied text and subject matter. Then I look at the specific wines recommended with the names listed of the distributors and where they may be found in local restaurants. hotels and wine retail shops in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. I am often appalled at how very few places are listed as carrying the wines. A great case in point is today's Sunday Holiday Food section article ( " What Do You Pair With Baloney " R5 , published today on Sunday because next Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving and it would be cutting it really short to get the wines in time for our wonderful turkey meal!

I say " lost opportunities " because between the newspaper. writer of the articles and the wholesalers ( as well as the wholesale reps on the street and not in the office taking the messages about where the wines are available for purchase ? ) there does not seem to be much coordination from what I have learned talking to many of those concerned. It seems that many of the reps are not even alerted to these articles and the wines that are about to be written up? Why is that? Why doesn't the office wholesale person tell those calling from the Washington Post newspaper say that they will get back to them within a few hours? It would seem to be the best thing to immediately put out a call, email, call or text to all reps telling them the situation and asking them to call their accounts to see if they would like to sell and be mentioned for selling these wines about to be written up?

So many of my reps I have to call on Wednesday morning and ask them why we were not alerted or included once the article comes out? I have to call and ask to buy some for delivery the next day and wait all day long as people come through the store with the copy of the Washington Post Food section in search of one or more wines? I also have to hope that the wines are available for me to still buy some? AS in the case of the Cameron Hughes wines that were written up a couple of weeks ago the wines were not even in stock at the wholesalers yet. I do not have them even now? Are they finally available? Why has no one called to give me an update on that situation with the Cameron Hughes wines? Too busy I suppose. I will call soon myself.

" Lost opportunities " because the wines are usually recommended and customers do read these articles and they are interested in trying some of them? Why not, often they are real discoveries for many of our customers, not the usual choices you find everywhere but fun and exciting wines like today's " the 100% Partridge Foot - Pied De Perdrix " red grape varietal that they think is a cousin of the Malbec grape? And isn't the Malbec grape the " hottest grape variety " going today in red wines? I do believe so.

We were fortunately mentioned in this article as having the wine. I sold some over the weekend and told my customers that they would be reading about it in tomorrow's Washington Post Food section. Fortunately for me this is all true and the article with the wine came out as promised and we all look good. Now it's only a question of whether or not our customers that bought it like it or not? I will find out later. It was also mentioned as a " great value " by Dave.

Unfortunately I got a call from an old friend as well as a fine rep from another wholesale house ( this is the second time for this : with the Pedro Ximenez dry white FALERNIA Chilean wine it never got into the Washington Post newspaper. Not enough room according to my rep so it was only mentioned in the " online " piece. I never heard anyone ask for it off the online piece? ) and he mentioned that the Cavaletto Bricco Boschio Freisa 2008 ( $21 ) would be in the paper and would I like to buy some? I love indigenous grapes like this and I love the Piemonte region of Italy and I have carried other red Freisa wines at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits ( 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 Tel : 2020363-4265 sales@clevelandparkwine.com, anthony.quinn!clevelandparkwine.com , also on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and on Twitter at " cpwinespirits ) over the years. The one I remember best is Ugo Chiolo's Freisa from so many years ago when I met Ugo years ago at Wines Limited imports. The wine was mentioned to day and nowhere is there any mention of Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits?

What happened here? It only says that the Freisa is on the wine list at the Occidental Grill. No stores are listed as carrying the wines. " Lost opportunities " here if you ask me. Who dropped the ball? I got the call, I ordered the wine, the wine got delivered and is priced and on our shelves and ready for sale when people come in with their articles. Only they will not be asking for this wine as we were not mentioned and so they will assume that we do not have it?

I am thinking of calling the wholesaler now and asking for the wine to be picked up along with the French cremant which I bought for the same article and which is not even listed? Did they run out of room again and is it only on the online article from this morning? Are they trying to have people only see the full articles and reviews online? I thought they wanted to keep the actual newspaper alive and thriving? This does not send a good message for that?

SO : my BIG BEEF with this system as I see it these last few years is that it is certainly working rather inefficiently. I recommend more time and coordination and getting the wines placed in as many establishments as possible. This helps the consumer, this is certainly more efficient. Wholesalers in the offices where the calls are being made : PLEASE alert your reps so that they may do their jobs better. Such a waste, such " lost opportunities for so many of us. We all look bad, we all lose and who does that serve?

I wish I could be kinder, I wish I was not so mad that here while I am not feeling well on my one day-off from a busy holiday season I am typing this blog and getting ready to send and post it. I know many do not care, I know that many don't think it matters. I do, I want to see it changed, I want to see better for the reader of Dave McIntyre's articles on wines and giving them more chances to buy these wines he recommends. It can and should be done. There should be much better coordination amongst all those involved. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to one and to all.

I feel good in the long run because Steven of Touton Selections did his job well on this ( he always does ) and so when people come in search of the Foot of the Partrige- Pied De Perdrix " dry French red I will be able to tell them that I also carry the Cavaletto Bricco Boschio Preisa 2008. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jim Reeves Comete Wines/ Jean-Marie Garnier Selections French Small Burgundy & Maison GUYOT Rhone Wines @ Cleveland Park Wines Oct.-Nov. 2011

I should have already posted this about Jim Reeves that has a small and excellent selection of French wines mainly from Burgundy and the Rhone Valley called Comete Wines / Jean-Marie Garnier Burgundy Selections and Maison GUYOT Rhone wines. I will have to get all the information posted here. These pictures are from Jim's third visit I believe in October or November of 2011 to Cleveland Park Wines. For now this is simply a pictorial overview of our interaction with Jim over the last six months.

Theresa Morrison pictured above of her own import company with her husband John Morrison ( 34 South - Boutique Wines ) sells Jim's wines in Maryland and so was here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits ( 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 Tel:202-363-4265 anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwine.com , also now on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and on Twitter at : cpwinespirits ) to taste Jim's selections that he was proposing for the store this end of 2011.

We sampled 1) a Ballorin 2005 Marsannay 2005 red, a 2) Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits 2007 , 3) a Bourgogne Ballarin Pinot Noir, a 4) Ladoix 1er Cru 2005, a 5) Cotes De Nuits-Villages Vieille Vignes 2006 and a 6) Bourgogne Haute Cotes De Beaune 2006. As I said more info to follow.

John, one of our good customers joined Ean and me in tasting these wines of Jim's with Theresa. It was a good selection. I am looking at one bottle now as I type : the Maison GUYOT Saint Joseph Grande Reserve northern Rhone Syrah dry red that I plan to enjoy this weekend at Christmas with family and friends. WE bought the Crozes-Hermitages 2007 and are already sold-out Jim so I will have to order more from you really soon. This Saint Joseph 2007 ( great French Rhone vintage ) will sell for around $25 a bottle. I may buy some of that, too once I try it this weekend JIm and will let you know after Christmas.

Look at that beautiful color above. On this visit to us Jim brought a selection of both red, white burgundies as well as a couple of red Rhones. It was plenty to absorb in a short period of time and from it and the previous two tastings/visits of Jim's we were able to jive Jim orders for both a regular Chablis as well as a Premier Cru producer ( both the same maison ), two or three red burgundies including an excellent Marsannay 100% Pinot Noir and the GUYOT Crozes-Hermitages.

I will fill-in the other details of names, prices and vintages really soon. It is our busy holiday season of 2011 with Honukkah starting at midnight tonight ( Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 ) and so I have very little time to do this now. I will complete it in January of 2012. In the meantime enjoy these pictures here of our last tasting with Jim Reeves at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits here in our nation's capitol.

I think the pictures themselves tell a fun and intriguing story that is a bit of a challenge to unravel when looking at the. Have a good time trying.

LOve looking at that red color of burgundy above as seen through the ceiling lights above. Nice. Being an artist myself this kind of thing appeals greatly to me as I search always for a new and fun and hopefully more interesting angle to capture moments.

I like seeing you above Jim as seen through one of your own wines in our Reidel glasses.

I think that both John and Theresa were happy to taste Jim's wines? They both seemed to have their favorites.

Thanks for all your time and efforts Jim : we/ I do appreciate it and we are happy to work with you.

The picture above shows some of the wines we tasted and gives a bit more information. Enlarge it on your monitor to see the details better. Cheers, and happy holidays 2011 and Happy New Year 2012 to one and to all! Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Ricky " D " DeLauder of STONEMASON / STEEPLE JACK Aussie Fine-Value Wines Here @ Cleveland Park Wines & SpiritsOct-Nov. W/ Richard Of NDC , 2011

Ricky " D " Delauder's wines are in the store now of the STONEMASON and the STEEPLE JACK from Australia and selling well now and I wish during this busy holiday season of 2011 that I had time to write about them more but I do not! We are selling them well here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits (, 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 Tel : 202-363-4265 sales@clevelandparkwine.com, anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwines.com , also now on Facebook at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and on Twitter, too at : cpwinespirits ) thanks to both Rick and to Richard my NDC rep ) and I want to share these pictures that I took when Rick tasted me on them three or so months ago here in our nation's capitol.

I have know Rick now for so many years, ever since he came to Burka's Fine Wines back in the 1980's ( he used to work for Central Liquors ) and he was peddling the LINDEMAN'S Australian wines that we started to buy and sell really well when practically anyone had ever heard of them before : imagine that?!? Seems like so long ago Rick.

Anyway, I was really impressed with these STONEMASON wines and I believe that this line really over-delivers for price and quality quite a bit. Bravo STONEMASON : and thanks Rick and Richard for showing them to me once again. Glad to have three of them now in the store ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and is the third a Shiraz? I believe so. ) . They all sell for $11.99 a bottle. What fine wine for such a reasonable price. Come on by and try them out for fit, feel and size. You're going to like them.

More to follow later. Stay tuned. Happy Holidays 2011 to one and to everyone and happy new year 2012, too. Cheers, ... G'day mate ... Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

You look ravishing in this picture above Rick! Cheers ... say a bit " hello " to Mary for me ... I miss her and her smile and good cheer.

I think I got some good pictures here. They in themselves tell a nice story. Being an artist I am very well of helping to tell a picture through my pictures that I take as I may not always have the time to write on myself. Cheers. TONY