Monday, September 26, 2011
Drinking The Bourgogne Rouge/ Red " En Bully " RAPET PERE & FILS 2008 Over Two Nights Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011/ Merci Mark Et Jeanne-Marie De Champs
We will also get some of the 2007 Gevrey Chambertin red burgundy from the DOMAINE RENE LECLERC and also have that on sale in the first week of October with two other red burgundy selections from Jeanne-Marie De Champs the president of Artisans & Vines, LLC. I will list those her shortly with all the information and pricing. I have already blogged here about Jeanne-Marie de Champs and her selections at : chatwine so check them out as well by using the search engine here. I have in those included pictures as I will here as soon as I have a chance. Call me at the store for more info : 202-363-4265. Look forward to hearing from you. Cheers et merci a Mark et a Jeanne-Marie. A la prochaine, TONY
Friday, September 23, 2011
Last Night @ National Zoo Wash.D.C. Wine-Tasting " Grapes & Apes " W/ Andrew Stover/VINO50-SHINDIG/SAWTOOTH/ Cara Beach/GIRARDET Wine Cellars/Vines 14
We would be pouring wines for the next 3 hours solid from SAWTOOTH on the Snake River of Oregon at the border between Oregon, Washington State and Idaho. SAWTOOTH Vineyard is in Idaho. We poured the off dry Riesling and the pithy, spicy dry, hearty Syrah. From SHINDIG ( Andrew Stover's own blends ) we poured the Michigan slightly off-dry red blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch and Baco Noir. Everyone referred to it as the Pinot Noir. I corrected them and told them to think about the Baco Noir invented in Bordeaux, France by Francois Baco a very long time ago. We also poured the SHINDIG white dry blend of Seyval Blanc with some Riesling made in the Finger Lakes of New York State.
I'm off to work and will finish this later. Enjoy this so far and stay-tuned for more. Cheers, TONY
Saturday, September 10, 2011
ZOE Means Life In Greek / A Dry Rose 2010 ( $16.99 ) SKOURAS Red Saint George & Moschofilero Blend Of Indigenous Grapes/ Captivatingly Rich Color!
This is a really good picture of you Marcie Weinstein : I pretty much really do love it. Congratulations : hope you like it as much as I do.
The ZOE dry red blend from SKOURAS is pretty amazing and I am thrilled to have it at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits ( 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 Tel : 202-363-4265 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clevelandparkwine.com, email@example.com, also now on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and on Twitter at : cpwinespirits ) here in our nation's capitol. I bought a case recently and have been selling it well and putting some in the cold box/cooler for people to buy already chilled and ready to drink as well as warm off our display of mostly dry rose wines from all around the world. It sells for $16.99 and we are now all sold out. I will have to get you to add that to our order for the first week of October, 2011 if I have not already Marcie.
Just look at that color will you?!? Pretty amazing if you ask me. Makes me want to have a sip right now as I am typing away at this blog posting and it is already 10:57PM here at my home in northern Virginia and I am working pretty much now on " empty ". Oh well, I do most of my best work working on what I call empty!
This past week one of our regular customers came back and asked me if I had any more ZOE? I looked at her and smiled and said that " of course " I did. Little did I remember that recently she bought some from me and that I was beginning to run low. She told me that a recent family member of hers is named " ZOE " and that her relatives were all thrilled to discover both the wine and that they really liked it, too. She told them all that the wine could be purchased here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and she wondered if any of them had already been here in search of the wine? I told her that I could not be sure one way or the other. Anyway this lady bought me out on this visit and so we will need more really soon Marcie.
It's got such great color and is so flavorful and pleasing, too. It's very enjoyable all on it's own. I think it will be welcome in the store even when the temperatures start to drop and it feels cooler. It will still work with many food selections and please people all on it's own as they sit outside on cooler days and evenings and perhaps continue to grill their food outside in the cold. The color alone will warm them up as they look into their glasses.
This is a very successful blend of the two Greek indigenous grapes of Moscofilero and Saint George. It feels good to have a really good Greek dry rose as part of our selection of quality dry roses in our Cleveland Park neighborhood.
Just tonight I had a brunette female customer come in asking my advice and telling me that she was making a Greek dish and would welcome a good Greek wine if there was such a thing? She said that her experience with Greek wines ten years or so ago was quite disappointing. I told her that we sold lots of Greek wines and that they were all quite excellent and that I recommended them without reservation. I went in search of a red dry version of the Saint George or Agiorgitiko indigenous grape variety to have with her meal and found her one costing $12.49 a bottle I believe? I will include the name tomorrow when I am back at the store.
I know she will be quite happy with my selection and look forward to hearing from her soon. Too bad I did not have this ZOE dry rose to have recommended to her as it's deep rose color would have mirrored the beautiful deep red dress and matching earrings that she was wearing this evening. I complemented her on them both and she said that it was not by accident that she had chose them as I quickly nodded that I knew this already as we both smiled at one another.
I will add more to this blog soon but will post it now " as is " and give you all a chance to enjoy these pictures that I took awhile back with my artist's eyes. Cheers and " zoe / life " to you all. TONY
The person above on the left side of the glass is Sotiris Bafitis that single-handedly assured a bright and rosy future and place for Greek wines here in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region when he first made the wine list at Zaytinya restaurant on 9th Street N.W. Washington D.C. 10 or so years ago. Thanks Sotiris. Of course many other people contributed and added to this over the years and so everyone from Aris Zizzis and Gus Kaleris the owner of Constantine Wines in Maryland and Yanni the owner of Dionysos Imports in Virginia ( and many others including those in New York city ) should all be given a big round of applause. Peter Anastopolos that used to manage Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits before I took over already had a very healthy selection of Greek wines that I have added to over the years making our store perhaps the most important single store with the largest selection of Greek wines available for purchase and I fear that very few people know this. Oh well, let's get the word out will you?!? Stop on by and check this out for yourselves will you?!?
As I said I will add to this blog entry as I have time. Cheers and thanks in the meantime. TONY
I love this last swirl of lush Greek rose color around the edges of this Reidel wine-tasting glass. Looks like a Greek dancer to me. Love it I really do. I can feel the power and the warmth and the majesty and the theater of it all - Greek life and passion and I can also see Anthony Quinn now as he was as a younger actor in the black-and-white movie : " Zorba The Greek " from the 1950's I believe at the end of the movie teaching his good friend the English poet how to dance on the beaches of Greece after witnessing first-hand their failed business venture fall apart/ break apart/roll off into the sea and be swallowed up by it! Time to dance, time to make merry, time to embrace Zoe then just like it is now. Cheers.
ROZES Amazing and Unique White Port ( $21.99 ) Poured By Our French Rep From Brittany, Francois Hurtel In Early 2011 NEEDS To Be Experienced To Be...
The fact that this ROZEZ white port is made like no other that I know of or that I am told is made like no other, that it is deeper, darker, richer, more unctuous and golden and lulling and soothing and that one's tongue can more-easily float effortlessly on it's surface or submerge itself more completely into it's body and core and luxuriate more completely in it's depths : well, if this does not paint a special picture and make you want to rush over to our store Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits ( 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 Tel:202-363-4265 firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.clevelandparkwine.com/, email@example.com , also now on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits and on Twitter at : cpwinespirits )in our nation's capitol, then I don't know what will?
Did I say that it's amazing? Did I mention that each and every time that we taste it out we virtually always sell out before the tasting is over? Did I also say that it's perfect now as the weather changes and it gets a bit colder it now being the 30th of September 2011 the last day of the month? It's all true.
It's an experience in itself. It deserves to be experienced and thoroughly enjoyed. We sell it for $21.99 a bottle. It's worth every penny of that, too if not even more! The bottle, too is memorable and easily found as it's a ceramic squat white bottle : not easily mistaken for any other? I suppose that this was all discussed and carefully planned? Great marketing anyway you look at it.
Come on over to the store today as we have the better part of a case now on our shelves. I will ask our French rep from Brittany Francois Hurtel to come and pour it once again? Perhaps I can even persuade him to get his beautiful wife to come and help him pour as she, too has a beautiful smile and disposition just like that of Francois. What a team they make. Venez nous voir vous deux : vous etes magnifique ensemble. Merci et a la prochaine. Vous etes toujours bien venues chez nous a Cleveland Park Wines Et Spirits.
I should be speaking in Portuguese as ROZES is from Portugal. I did learn it fluently as a child in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil back from 1955-1962 when we lived there. And before Pele the most famous soccer player was yet famous he did on the beaches of the Copacabana teach me how to maneuver the soccer ball on the white sands when I was five and six years old! Oh darn it : I forgot my Portuguese since then and learned French instead. I will have to learn my Portuguese all over again and practice it when I drink next this bottle of MIOLO Lote 43 50% Cabernet Sauvignon / 50% Merlot ( not filtered ) 2004 from Brazil's Vale dos Vinhedos ( On Special for $19.99, reg : $24.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume ) with my wife and neighbors. Come buy a bottle of that, too when you buy your bottle of the ROZES unique white port. Cheers , TONY
DOMAINE De JARRAS 2010 Gris De Gris Verite Du Terroir Vin Des Sables LISTEL Estate, France( $14.99 ) / Pre-Pheloxera
This wine is unique/rare and delicious, too! We had Francois Hurtel taste it here the other evening at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits.
ROZES Gold Label Portuguese Port Tasted With Francois Hurtel Of VRANKEN/POMMERY In 2011 @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits in N.W. Washington D.C.
Monday, September 5, 2011
More Of Tony In His Art! " Saxing Off " / An Etching I Did Years Ago In Paris, France ( 1979 ) Based On A Drawing I Did In The Paris Metro Of A Sax
I meant to put this on my chatart post and put it here instead. I did this etching in Paris, France back in 1979 I believe from a frawing I did of a sax player in the Paris metro. Hope you like it. These are some of the experimental prints I made of it trying to decide how to print it eventually. Hope you like them. You may enjoy just about any wine as you look at them and study them and arrive at your own conclusions about what works and what does not? Cheers, TONY
Encore Plus D'Art De Antoine " Just Missed The Boat ! " / A Black-And-White Etching Done in 1978 @ Atelier 17 of William Stanley Hayter/ Qu'Est Ce Que
My " The Beggar Woman "/ Etching Artist's Proofs Done In 1988-1989/ Metro Trocadero/ I Drew Her Each Morning/ ZUCCARDI Argentina Wines Oct. 2011
" The Lover " Black and White Monotype Etching I Did In Paris, France, 1978-1979 / Celebrating Today 2/7/ 2012 31 Years Of Marriage!
I also think fondly on our 31 years of marriage and that we had so many wonderful times together in Paris, France as well as a bit of traveling, too. Those were some glorious days, our first days together before marriage and a family. There have , of course been many to follow with our marriage and starting our family.