Saturday, August 31, 2013

Come TODAY, Saturday, August 31st, 2013 2-6PM To Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits @ 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C., 20008 202-363-4265 To Meet & Taste With Diego de Corte Himself & His Excellent Italian Wines! No Charge!!

JOIN US later with Diego! TONY
TODAY'S 4 Italian Wines for our Saturday Tasting, 2-6PM 8/31/13 are by Diego De Corte, with Diego here himself to wax poetic for you about them : 2 dry whites, one dry red, one off-dry sparkling red Lambrusco : all listed below : 4 different regions, too of Italy : 1) Trentino, 2) Romagna, 3) Campania, and 4) Piemonte. JOIN US, never any charge! TONY HAppy 3-Day Labor Day Weekend all on this DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS Saturday morning today!!!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Just Reminded Of The GROTTA DEL SOLE Fine Wines Of Campagnia, Italy When I Saw Owners Name Gilda Guida That Is Now Friends With ... This Coda Del Volpe Indigenous Dry White Is Superb : Great For This 3-Day Labor Day Weekend Of Ours! Happy Grilling & Drinking Good Beer & Wine.

JUST SAW that owner Gilda Guida of the GROTTA Del SOLE winery in Quatro ( NA ) Italia  is now friends with ... she's always been our friend, ever since we first met, she and her husband : the very best, the salt of the earth! I have a bottle here of the CODA DI VOLPE , Campagnia dry indigenous white made from that same name, that means : " the fox's tail ". this dry, herbal, aromatic, mineral and nut and delicate honey-over-toned I.G.T., $14.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, is a medium-bodied-to-light white that's superb with a meal. It will cut through many a sauce, texture, various foods, ... it will make you hungry. Recommend you come and try this with your Labor Day grill. So here's a SHOUT-OUT to Gilda and her husband that I think is named Salvatore? I think I have that right? Salvatore went around the store here and photographed it in it's entirety! He liked what he saw, wanted to remember it. I liked that, still do even now. Cheers everyone : come and get some CODA DI VOLPE soon for this weekend.  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 8/31/13

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tasting Today , Thursday August 29th, 2013 The COUER DE TERRE Vineyard 2012 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley, Oregon Eloquent Dry White That Lulled & Cheered & Floated Me So Nicely! Highly Recommended!

Tasting earlier some of the COEUR De TERRE Vineyard 2012 Pinot Gris, $21.99. 12% alcohol by volume, Oregon Willamette Valley dry white. Wow, I could not get over the lovely, viscous texture, so like and extra-virgin Tuscan olive oil-turned-white-wine that is rich and thick and piled and carpeted and textured, and rolls like the top of the fabulous ornamental grasses or the grains of the prairies, or the sand dune's sea oats of the Outer Banks, silent sentries that protect us. I loved it - from start-t0-finish a most satisfying complete wine! A grand treat, and well-priced, too. Come check it out. Perfect to sip with or without a meal! FRom McMinnville, Oregon, 97128. Highly-recommended. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn   8/29/13   Go to : cdtvineyard.com for more information. What a fabulous magic white wine carpet ride : John Kay would have been proud!   Happy Thursday everyone, happy one of the last days of summer, too!!    TONY

Delighting Today in The Delectably Delicious Taste Of This Subtle " Forrest Ground Fresh Strawberry- Accented " BRICK HOUSE 2011 " Ribbon Ridge " Gamay Noir That's Biodynamic, Too From Newbery, Oregon! Cheers!!

Just sampled again the 2011 BRICK HOUSE " Ribbon Ridge " Biodynamic Gamay Noir dry red from Newberg, Oregon, $38.99, 13% alcohol by volume : what subtlety, like wild forrest vines, there's a lovely " forrest ground strawberry " quality to this that blows me away. Regis , our local rep earlier said : " Roasted chicken " would be nice. The That made me think of Frank Ruta's " Half Chicken " that he makes at Palena restaurant here a block away. I love this idea, I wonder if they serve it there. They should : this would be a " match made in Cleveland Park, Northwest Washington D.C., 20008" ! It's so elegant, fresh, bright and light : lighter than Pinot Noirs. They perfect dry red to enjoy now in the heat and the humidity of this Washington D.C. metropolitan area. LOVELY, highly recommended. COME quickly here, buy a bottle or tow and rock Labor Day! Make some silky, velvet NOISE for this BRICK HOUSE 2001 Gamay Noir, $38.99 a bottle. Cheers,   Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  8/29/13

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits' Weekly Tuesday Store Email Written & Posted On Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 : Enjoy!

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Cleveland Park WineCleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

WOW, IT'S STILL THE SUMMER, WHAT GLORIOUS WEATHER. WE DESERVE IT, WE'RE WORTH IT. SPLURGE AND CONTINUE TO PURGE YOURSELVES NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

 A " NEW " BABY PANDA, THE ARRIVAL IN THE SPRING OF TWO " NEW " CANADIAN ELEPHANTS, TOMORROW BEING THE ACTUAL DAY OF THE " FREEDOM MARCH " ALL THE WAY BACK 50 YEARS AGO TO 1963!

 THE NEIGHBORHOOD BLOSSOMING WITH " NEW " RESTAURANTS LIKE PULPO WITH A SATURDAY LUNCHEON " ALL YOU CAN EAT & DRINK " MENU, AND " LIVE MUSIC ", AS WELL : ALL GOOD, ALL THINGS WE NEED TO REFLECT THE VIBRANT AND ENGAGING AND ENERGIZED QUALITIES THAT REPRESENT US HERE, TRUE MELTING POTS OF SO MANY CULTURES AND LIVES, EXPERIENCES, PURSUITS, DREAMS , ASPIRATION, HOPES AND WORK!

AND , GOSH DARN IT, IT'S STILL SUMMER AND BEAUTIFUL, LOVING IT, REALLY PUTS ME IN SO MANY WONDERFUL STATES-OF-MIND TO PUSH BOUNDARIES AND OURSELVES TO BE ALL THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN.

LET US HELP YOU WITH THIS HERE, WE CAN, WE ARE SEASONED, WE AREMORE THAN READY. BE PROACTIVE ABOUT LABOR DAY AND SHOP EARLY. WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS WHAT I WROTE A WHOLE YEAR AGO AND IT'S ALL STILL SO TRUE. READ ON :

 OUR WEEKLY WEDNESDAY 20% STILL-WINE SALE

WE WANT TO SIMPLIFY THINGS. 

FROM NOW ON, each and every Wednesday here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits you can count on SAVING 20% on your still-wine ( non-sparkling wines not on sale ) purchases as we usually do every month. 
 
TO MAKE THINGS EASIER we want to make every Wednesday our 20% OFF Still-Wine ( non-Sparkling wine SALE. We will not have the sale on Thursday anymore. This means that each week here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits you can take advantage of our 20% OFF SALE that is always a TWO-PART SALE :
 
     1) BUY ANY BOTTLE $20 or over that is a still wine and SAVE 20% off the marked sticker price.
 
     2) BUY ANY 12 BOTTLES at any price ( even already On Sale ) and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices.
 
     3) Buy any six or more bottles of non-sparkling wine and save 15% OFF the marked sticker prices.
     You can add bottles of sake, marsala, madeira, sherry, as well as all size bottles - even box wines.
     You can in this way get an assortment of wines, ports, sherries, sakes, marsalas, and madeiras : you can help stock your wine racks, bars, etcetera and be prepared for many events.
     IF YOU CANNOT COME to do this in person please call and ask for either Michel or for Tony and we will be glad to assist you over the phone.
     YOU MAY ALSO RESPOND directly to this store email and let us know how we may help you with your selections.
     IT'S SIMPLE : CALL : 202-363-4265 or EMAIL :anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwines.com or :michel.dumas@clevelandparkwines.com.   
     EITHER OF US will be more than happy to walk you through your many possibilities.
 
CLEVELAND PARK WINES & SPIRITS is the place to be with this heat and humidity. It's nice and cool here and you can come in and chill-down a bit and collect your thoughts and we will show you some of the CONSTANT, EVER-CHANGING, continuously-growing landscape of wines, beers, spirits, apple ciders, liqueurs, waters, sodas, and more. It's pretty amazing and it takes us by surprise and sometimes we are caught running up to catch up to whatever " new " and exciting!
 
I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH WITH FAMILY to have my lunch this past Saturday at Pulpo. I did not have much time but the time that I did have was thoroughly enjoyable. My wife really enjoyed herself. The general manager Dave Hansen came to greet us. He has come from California recently to lend his special talents and skills to make PULPO be all that it can. As it now joins the other celebrated neighborhood " success stories " of RIPPLE, DINO, ARDEO, NAM VIET, SPICES, LAVANDOU, BIBLO'S, SORRISO, INDIQUE, ST. ARNOLDS, PALENA , MEDIUM RARE, and so many more : exciting.
 
I HAVE ENJOYED ON Saturday afternoon's here listening to regular customers like Samantha come in with her friend and speak about their dining experiences at PULPO. She said that she might still prefer the old chef and not the " new " one : Billy Klein. She's willing to give Billy a chance , of course, and will return again and I will ask her what she thinks then? That's okay, she's the only one that has said this so far. Mostly everything I hear is positive about PULPO. That's so encouraging, we need this!
 
AS YOU MAY REMEMBER that space lay empty for so many years - more than seven - when McDonald's left there. It was an eye-sore : now it's exciting and a " destination ". I always want to enter each time I pass as I both see and hear the musicians and their " live music ". That calls out to me each and every time! I'm a sucker for live music, I really am. I would like to see - to hear more of it here in our neighborhood. I believe it will help to keep many of our younger residents here and not going to other D.C. neighborhoods because we are not showing enough of our vibrant, thrilling, electric, energized and entertaining side! Show some of our skin- so-to-speak, ;  show we can still dance and samba and fox trot and tango. We'll make no bones about " our lines " : they will not be blurred - they will be true and clear, fun, fresh and alive!
 
ANYWAY, Dave has come here to trade stories, talk shop, talk ideas and together gain some perspective. I have been talking of going there and I had my chance this past Saturday. I spoke with him at our table and asked him for recommendations. As he spoke I told our waiter to bring us this, bring us that, don't forget  it, maybe bring us two?!? Oh yes, that's sounds so good, can't wait to try this. It was like a bit of quick theater that my family enjoyed listening to. Made their jobs that much easier. With a refreshing, light white Sangria and two small platters to greet us we were off with our lively conversation. One dish after another, like Spanish tapas kept arriving and we would each take our portions and taste , try on for size, fit and feel what we liked or did not so much.
 
I LOVED THE frittatas of Serrano Ham, Chorizo, Smoked Salmon. The Eggs Benedict were really tasty, too. The Ensaladas of White Bean and Pearl Cous Cous really hit the spot as well. It was a theatrical treat of color, sound, smells , textures, solids-to-liquids. The service was very good , and as a special treat our waiter gave us an extra-helping of the Smoked Salmon on the Frittata. He may do the same for you?
 
I GOT TO MEET the owner Dino Tapper that came to our table personally to welcome us. That was nice. We spoke awhile and I remembered the old days of Floriana. That took me back a ways.
 
I DID NOT GET to meet executive chef/ partner Billy Klein. That's okay. Dave pointed him out to me in the kitchen feet away from us, with his back to us, facing the ovens and stoves and busy at work as one would expect and hope.
 
HAVING DAVE HANSEN here in our neighborhood encourages me. It's a good sign. Energy, thought, inspiration, new ideas being tossed about by him and his staff, just like by all of us - continually as we do all that we can to keep the business, the heart-and-soul pf Cleveland Park PUMPING and ALIVE. We are a force to be reckoned with, we are special, we are important to Washington D.C. Cleveland Park 20008 is a " Happenin' Place " and we are all proud of it and doing all that we can as businesses, residents, neighbors, caring individuals, guests from around the world, to keep the flame bright, marching ahead, marching on, gathering ...
 
 
AS WE GATHER AGAIN TOMORROW as a team, as a working and functioning unit of caring, motivated, dedicated, thoughtful, civic, social, sharing people that are working constantly for a better world, a better life, less prejudice, less hunger, less inequality on every level, a place where all our concerns and voices may be better heard and answered.
 
WHERE HAVE WE COME FROM, where have we gone, where will we still go?! Keep the dreams alive, keep them coming, eat your fears, chew them, and spit them out, and never fear fear as it will eat us all alive. 
 
I WOKE UP FROM A DREAM today , as I did yesterday and the day before and I rushed to my typewriter to record my thoughts, feelings, impressions, words and sentiments before they disappeared as quickly as they came. I found myself doing this yesterday on scraps of pieces of paper while out and about with my son and wife. It did not matter! Poetry, emotion, a grand release that was nice later when cooking dinner and ...
 
ENJOYING MY GLASS  of PIAN DI NOVA 2010, a dry Tuscan red blend from IL BORRO in Arezzo, Italy of 75% Syrah and 25% Sangiovese,$32.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume. I kept day-dreaming by the grill : " So this is what Syrah from Tuscany can taste like : a nice mouth-feel, a nice grip, a gentle girth, a warmth of soft spice and dusty earth, a youth that is still finding it;s way, learning it worth, paying it's dues. I would like to come back to this 2010 PIAN DI NOVA in another three or so years!
 
SEE : THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS when I return rested from an incredible vacation! I will try and curb that all now as I " get serious " and start with some ;
 
ALE, BEER, CIDER From Santos Rivera :
 
ALL THE PUMPKIN ALES are coming and many are already here so please come and check those out with Santos. Or call us at : 202-363-4265 to check in with us for any info on availability. Buy now, be safe, be prepared, get them while you still can as they do sell quickly as it is an amazingly popular category for us here.
 
     1) " Monk's Brew " Dark Ale from MIKKELLER ( $14.99 a bottle, 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz, 10% alcohol by volume, Proef Brouwerij, Lochchristi-Hufte, Belgium ) : maybe later tonight, as things start to settle, as one reflects on the trials and tribulations of this day, as one focuses on the momentous relevance of tomorrow's symbolic March 50 years to the day here on our National Mall?!
 
     2) TROUBADOUR " Obscura " Mild Stout ( $13.99, 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz. bottle, 8.2% alcohol by volume, The Musketeers B-9910 Ursel, Belgium, go to : troubadourbeers.com ) : " Donker bier, hergist op fles, met een kraching moutig karakter, gebalanceerde bitterheid en een genoosterde toets, Bevat gerstenout. Mild stout, refermented in the bottle ... " WOW, that was hard to type. Hope I got it right?!? Cheers.
 
     3) Rum Aged - Oak Aged Beer from INNIS & GUNN, carefully matured for 57 days ( $11.99 a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 6.8% alcohol by volume, 11.2 Fl. Oz bottles, from Scotland, go to :www.innisandgunn.com for more info , Edinburgh ) : " This ruby red beer has been aged with rum oak chips, resulting in a brew with a delicious warming character that is bursting with fruit and warming spiciness... "
 
     4) Extra Pale Ale from WYLD Brewed with Organic Barley Malt from UINTA Brewing Co. ( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack , from Salt Lake City, 98% organic, kosher, too ) : Unleashed by the Uinta Brewing Co! Cheers. Come try some.
 
          ONE PUMPKIN BEER :
 
     1) Pumpkin Ale from the BLUE POINT Brewing Company , Malt Beverage Brewed with Pumpkin & Spices ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, Long Island's Brewery, New York, go to :www.bluepointbrewing.com for more info, Patchogue, NY and Rochester, NY ) : what fun!
 
 
WONDERFUL LIQUOR & LIQUEUR From Ravi :
 
 
 
      1) Serbian Plum Brandy From BISTRA SLIVOVITZ Produced from Fresh, Sound, Ripe Prunes ( $29.99 a 750ml bottle, ) : we are always glad to have this is stock as it has a very loyal following. Cheers.
 
     2) " Tropical " 100% De Agave Tequila from TANTEO ( On Special for $39.99 a 750ml bottle, product of Mexico, go to : tanteotequila.com for more information ) : Try these :  1) " The Palms ", 2) " Downtown Tropic ",  3)  Tanteo Tropical,  4) Tropical Margarita " ... as this is : TEQUILA REDEFINED! Special, " new " and very exciting indeed.
 
     3) 10 Years Nurtured then Matured , the Unhurried Since 1833 GLENGOYNE Distillery  Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky ( $45.99 a bottle, 43% alcohol by volume, product of Scotland, Glen of the wild geese, Dumgoyne, Scotland ) : " Fresh GREEN APPLES, toffee and a HINT Of NUTTINESS. This is the taste of DISTILLING SLOWER than anyone else IN SCOTLAND, of BARLEY we dry by air - NEVER PEAT - AND OF OAK CASKS WE SELECT BY HAND. JUST AS we've always DONE. " I'm in, let's make some noise for GLENGOYNE Distillery!
 
     4) Spruce Gin From ROGUE ( $52.99 a 750ml bottle, 45% alcohol by volume, 12 ingredients, from Newport, Oregonwww.rogue.com ) : " Dedicated to the rogue in each of us. " What a special treat!

     5) Aged 12 Years " Special Reserve " Triple Distilled - A Blend from POWERS , The Gold Label, also available here in a 17 Yr. Old version ( On Special for $42.99 a bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, from Cork, Ireland ) : Since 1781 - a very special treat indeed, and yet WHAT A VALUE!
 
    6) " Elit " Ultra Luxury vodka from STOLICHNAYA ( $68 a 750ml bottle, 40% . produced in Latvia, 100% grain neutral spirit ) : Get ready for the ride of your lives : you know you want it!
 
     7) BAR KEEP Lavender Organic aromatic Bitters ( $17.99 , 48% alcohol by volume, 8 Oz bottle, USDA organic, Los Angeles, CA. , go to : www.greenbar.biz for mor info ): Make " True Outlaw with one and a half TRU GIN, three-quarters Fruitlab Orange liqueur, 1 Oz fresh lemon sour, 6 dashes lavender bitters , then shake  strain into coupe. Cheers, sounds tasty to me, what do you all think?
 
HOT NEWS OFF THE PRESSES : Just in, my second talk with the Washingtonian Magazine this morning. Looks like they will be featuring soon an article on the availability of the local Virginia wines here in Washington D.C.? Since we sell these all day, all week long we are thrilled to get some more attention for them. Owner, sparkling winemaker Claude Thibaut was here in the store when the first call came and that was good. Come check out what we have locally : always a fun assortment here. Look for the article, too in the Washingtonian magazine. Cheers.
 
 
WINE From Michel & Tony :
 
          WHITE :

     1) Dry D.O.C.  white Italian Orvieto from Umbria and made by ARGILLAC , this 2010 ( On special for $18.99 a bottle, 13% alcohol by volume, ) was delicious a couple of night's ago as my family sat out on our back deck with some crackers and cheese and talked about how wonderful Italy is! The wine was flavorful, broad and rich, refreshing and open and quite forward, nothing really holding back here : this Monty was feeling quite pleased with itself and it showed in the flavors! We all really enjoyed it before heading off for dinner. Great when you're in an Italian state-of-mind!
 
     2) " La Rustia " 2010 dry Piemontese white from ORSOLANI made with the indigenous grape variety called Erbaluce di Caluso  ( $11.99 for a half-bottle/ 375ml bottle size, perfect for Wolf Trap, perfect for a picnic, on a hike , 13% alcohol by volume, S. Georgio, since 1894 ) : this is tasty, dry, flavorful, charming and what a conversation it will have going along the contours of your palate. Strap yourselves in, this march will be a march to be a standard for many to follow!
 
     3)  Vermentino indigenous dry white ,  PLINIO from BRUNI , made in Tuscany's Maremma region of Italy ( $20.99 a bottle, 12.5% alcohol by volume ), this 2011 is a great summer, a great August wine, and both Michel and are thrilled to have it. We just keep ordering it and it just keeps selling out! Cheers.
 
     4) Blanc De Blancs from Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula , from L. MAWBY winery ( $55.99 a magnum, 1.5ml bottle-size, 11% alcohol by volume . Traditional Method ) this dry brut is elegant and polished and fine and such a value and a special treat. It was great to have Larry himself pouring it this past Saturday. The bottles are here and signed for gifts and other celebrations like tomorrow. March right on over here and get yourselves a bottle or two of this!
 
 
         ROSE :
 
     1) Shiraz dry rose from DE MEYE in South Africa's Stellenbosch region ( $13.99 a bottle, 2012, 13.5% alcohol by volume,www.demeye.co.za ) : this is so deliciously bright and so frightfully engaging , and the marches you will plan and will make while enjoying a bottle will certainly lead to the next, as there is so much to organize, so much to philosophize about, so much to pontificate about, ... oh yeah, on a roof top, planning your bucket list, whatever .... enjoy.
 
          RED :
 
     1) 2012 PADRILLOS Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina ( $10.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, go to :www.vineyardbrands.com ) : Michel and Tony don't buy anything marginal, Danny and Olivie don't sell us anything that's not exemplary! Tasty, flavorful, a fine food wine, try it tonight when you grill : BE AMAZED at the value it represents!   Cheers.
 
  
 
WEEKEND TASTINGS :

     Friday, August 30th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Jim Reeves here of his Comete Selections Imports here to taste and assortment of his excellent French wines starting at $14.99 On Special bottles of Burgundy red and whites and moving - marching on, along, covering important bases and spice points with FABulous tastes, too!
 
     Saturday, August 31st, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Mark Congdon with the fine Italian wine selections of Diego that include some sinfully delicious, refined, brilliant, sun-sky-drenched ENRICHED DEFINED Prosecco : and so much more in both reds and whites. I'm in an Italian state-of-mind. What a fine state that is, too.
 
    HAVE A GREAT DAY ( it sure is beautiful today - a near-perfect summer day! ), I know I have forgotten many things but it's time to post this now as time is running out. Hope this finds you all well as I feel. Cheers. Check out our Facebook page and " Friend " and follow us ( Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits - ALSO follow us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and also at : wineenabler )  as we do go some fun and exciting places. We include everything as well love you and you love everything and so thus we, too LOVE everything! Take care,  
 

Washington D.C.'S Cleveland Park Northwest, 20008, " The Happenin' Place " Ripe Red Totally Local Wine Grapes Ready To Be Eaten, Picked, Made Wine With @ The Firehook Bakery On Connecticut Avenue! The Smell & Bouquet Of The Grapes Is Intoxicating!


Want to eat ripe grapes? Want to make wine with Washington D.C. grapes?!?   This is your chance! I just walked through the courtyard of the Firehook Bakery trying to get " to get to work on time ! ", Hear that before , in the famous song : " Get me to the church on time! ".   ANYWAY, the first thing that greeted me on this cool, a touch foggy, misty morning was the smell of ripe grapes there hanging from the arbors that circle the courtyard and the small fountain in the center, just below the last vestiges of the AROMA Italian restaurant of Bobby and his parents with the large stuffed wild animals that would greet you as you walked in the front doors, remember? It's been awhile hasn't it. Time does not stand still.
After being frightened by the wild stuffed animals you could find comfort, relief and joy in the back courtyard with the magnificent wall mural that looks down on everyone there.
IT'S STILL THERE, and I love that, along with the grapes,too. A few weeks ago I saw Booby himself up pruning these vines, what a sight that was. He still cares, he's still obviously proud of this. We thanks you Bobby.
SO : go by, sit under these arbors and look up and take some of the grapes and eat them, ask if you can have some to make a bottle or two of wine? I know a lot of you do this. Here's your chance NOW to make Washington D.C. wine! What fun, what a treat. Don't miss this opportunity. Tell others. I'd like to taste it : Cleveland Park, Northwest, Washington D.C. 20008 wine, It doesn't have to be great, just fun and a treat, something special, something TOTALLY LOCAL! Cheers, Happy Thursday, Aug. 29th, 2013 10:17AM, the aroma of these grapes now is completely intoxicating and wonderful, too.  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Enjoyed Yesterday At 1st With Wine Rep Mark Congdon Of J.W. Sieg & Michel Dumas Some 2011 100% Lagrein Red From The AZIENDA AGRICOLA BALTER, Then Later @ Home With My Wife Here In Northern Virginia! A Treat!!

Drank some great dry Lagrein red last night from the Azienda Agricola Balter, the 2011, 12.5% alcohol by volume : it's a cousin of the Malbec grape they say, from Rovere, Trentino : that's softer, rounder, richer, mellower, more fruit-forward and smooth than most, this one more drinkable on it's own than most. This weekend you get a chance to try it here in the store. I will include that info shortly. Love this dry red, went great with the Pesto Tirtellini that my wife fixed us last night for dinner with our Parmesan cheese, too! Cheers, Happy Thursday, August 29th, 2013 : it's still the summer, wow, what a treat still : enjoy it while you can.   Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn    This wine will be included in our weekend tasting , our Labor Day Weekend in Cleveland Park neighborhood, Washington D.C. Northwest, 20008, 202-363-4265   anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwines.com, come on by : it's free always, call or email for more information. This sure is a real treat and very reasonably-priced, too at under $20 a bottle retail. Cheers, Happy Thursday, August 29th, 2013 ... it's still summer here, enjoy it with a bottle of this delicious Lagrein dry 2011 red from Trentino. I wonder if they have any relatives making wine in Brazil as so many did move there and are making wines now?!?  Tell me if any of you know? Thanks,   TONY

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Store Email He Wrote & Posted On August 14th, 2012 : Enjoy!


Cleveland Park Wine Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

Our WEEKLY WEDNESDAY 20% STILL-WINE SALE

WE WANT TO SIMPLIFY THINGS.

FROM NOW ON, each and every Wednesday here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits you
can count on SAVING 20% on your still-wine ( non-sparkling wines not on sale )
purchases as we usually do every month.

TO MAKE THINGS EASIER we want to make every Wednesday our 20% OFF Still-Wine (
non-Sparkling wine SALE. We will not have the sale on Thursday anymore. This
means that each week here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits you can take
advantage of our 20% OFF SALE that is always a TWO-PART SALE :

1) BUY ANY BOTTLE $20 or over that is a still wine and SAVE 20% off the
marked sticker price.

2) BUY ANY 12 BOTTLES at any price ( even already On Sale ) and SAVE 20%
OFF the marked sticker prices.
You can add bottles of sake, marsala, madeira, sherry, as well as all size
bottles - even box wines.
You can in this way get an assortment of wines, ports, sherries, sakes,
marsalas, and madeiras : you can help stock your wine racks, bars, etcetera and
be prepared for many events.
IF YOU CANNOT COME to do this in person please call and ask for either
Michel or for Tony and we will be glad to assist you over the phone.
YOU MAY ALSO RESPOND directly to this store email and let us know how we
may help you with your selections.
IT'S SIMPLE : CALL : 202-363-4265 or EMAIL :
anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwines.com or :
Michel.Dumas@clevelandparkwines.com.
EITHER OF US will be more than happy to walk you through your many
possibilities.

CLEVELAND PARK WINES & SPIRITS is the place to be with this heat and humidity.
It's nice and cool here and you can come in and chill-down a bit and collect
your thoughts and we will show you some of the CONSTANT, EVER-CHANGING,
continuously-growing landscape of wines, beers, spirits, apple ciders, liqueurs,
waters, sodas, and more. It's pretty amazing and it takes us by surprise and
sometimes we are caught running up to catch up to whatever " new " development
that was just proposed to us.

FOR EXAMPLE : Lindsay Marsh just showed Michel and me this past week an
assortment of the " new " whiskies from the LEOPOLD BROS. I have two here in the
office. We tasted 19 I believe? I know that we tasted a number of them and that
they are working on a " new " one that they cannot as yet divulge.

LINDSAY MARSH has come to the store now and already tasted five or so of these
LEOPOLD BROS. whiskies. They were already really well-received. When Michel and
I tried them last week we had nothing but praise for them. I think that we have
six of them now in the store. Here are two that I brought to the office :

1)  New York Apple Flavored Whisky ( $35.99, 40% alcohol by volume, Batch
No. 1226, www.leopoldbros.com, Denver, CO. 80239) made from : " ... New York
State apples marry perfectly with the subtle oak, vanilla, and raisin finish of
our whiskey in this uniquely blended spirit ". It's so rich and thick and full
on the palate. You get so much immediately and it's so nice to sip slowly and
let all the flavors spread over your tongue and seep into you many senses, too.
It's pretty amazing. Don't rush it, close your eyes, swallow in steps - always
leaving a bit still on your tongue - as the flavors explode and intensify and
multiply. it's pretty much like enjoying a good bottle of wine. You pay for the
whole bottle so get your money's worth and let the flavors and tastes linger and
make their subtle influences known fully to you. The patience will be well worth
your time and care and notice.

2) American Small Batch Whiskey from the LEOPOLD BROS - Pot Distilled from
Open-Fermented Sour Mash ( $35.99, 43% alcohol  by volume, www.leopoldbros.com,
Denver, CO. 80239 ) makes a Classic, Old Fashioned :  2 oz. Leopold Bros.
American Small Batch Whiskey, 1 sugar cube, 2 dashes of bitters and 1 large
orange peel.
LINDSAY will come here and pour these again over the next four or so
months. She is scheduled to come again in September and I will include that date
as soon as I know it.
I JUST RECEIVED an email from Lindsay and I have three other web pages to
add. This company is doing a whole lot of really good things. Check them out at
: www.NonoFogo.com, www.TequilaRack.com,www.MotherEarthBrewing.com. I have a
really good feeling about all of this and I do think that we will be a great
source for the LEOPOLD BROS whiskies for you all.

BUT HEY, this is also beer weather and I have some really fun suggestions from
Santos for you all. Here are some of them, I had to pick and to choose:

1) Double-Wide India Pale Ale " It's Twister Proof " bottle-conditioned
from the BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY ( On Special for $10.99 a 750ml bottle, 8.5%
alcohol by volume ) is from the Smokestack Series ,
www.smokestack.boulevard.com, Kansas City, Missouri ) : " The classic India Pale
Ale is a traveler's beer, aggressively hopped to withstand the long, hot ocean
voyage to the British East Indies. ... ".
2) Dream Weaver Unfiltered Wheat Beer from the Independent Pennsylvania
TROEGS Craft Brewery( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack, 4.8% alcohol , Hershey, PA.
www.troegs.com ) is handcrafted by the Troegs brothers.
3) Red Nectar All Natural Ale , Nectar Ales ( On Special for $12.49 a
six-pack, 5.4% alcohol by volume, www.NectarAles.com ) is something that will be
a real treat for this sunny weather that we are enjoying now as the clouds have
cleared from the morning and the sun is gearing-up to be a full-force-FULL
FACTOR for us all. Yesterday was great and so maybe the humidity will vanish and
the sunshine and blue skies will prevail once again?
4) Humming Ale from the ANCHOR BREWING Company, ( On Special for $10.99 a
six-pack of 12 ounce bottles, since 2009, San Fransisco, CA.
www.anchorbrewing.com ) : " Humming is an ancient term, used centuries ago to
describe both ales and beers. ... suits this bold, hoppy ale which we have
created to celebrate the anniversary of our first brew at 1705 Mariposa Street
... ". It's all there to read in fine print on the neck of the bottle. Come
check it out. Great taste.

CIDERS ARE SO BIG NOW, They are everywhere , especially here in the store.
Santos discovered a " new " one that we need to mention here :

1) Ragged Mountain " Virginia Apple Cider from the ALBEMARLE CIDER WORKS (
$16.99 a 750ml bottle, 9.8% alcohol by volume, www.albemarleciderworks.com,
North Garden, VA. ) : " Ragged Mountain Cider is a blend of classic apple
varieties - Albemarle, Pippin, Winesap, Staymen and others - historically grown
on and around the Ragged Mountains. This semi-dry cider pleases a wide range of
palates. It is good with spicy foods and pairs well with sharp cheeses and
fruits. "

Ravi, WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE for us? What LIQUOR, what LIQUEUR?

1) Creme Yvette Delicieuse Liqueur, L'Original : the Original since 1890 (
$52.99, from France, 27.75% alcohol by volume ) : " handcrafted from a masterful
blend of all natural fruits, spices and provincial violet petals ... " makes the
famous drinks , 1) the Stratosphere :  one-quarter ounce of CREME YVETTE and top
with sparkling wine served in a fluted glass. You can also make   2)  the Pousse
Cafe : Triple Sec, Creme Yvette, Creme de Cacao, Creme De Menthe and Grenadine.
2) Berkshire Bourbon Whiskey from the BERKSHIRE MOUNTAIN distillers, Inc (
$45.99, 43% alcohol by volume, since 2007, Sheffield, MA. ) is triple distilled
utilizing a traditional pot still method and is aged in virgin American white
oak barrels. " It is round, rich and complex with hints of toffee and spice".
3) GLENGRANT Single Malt Scotch Whisky, established 1840, aged 10 Years (
$45.99, ) is " seductively smooth, fruity and rich ... delicate nutty finish ".
WE are happy to have this back once again. It's a great crowd-pleaser and a very
good value, too.
4) Swiss Absinthe Superieure from KUBLER is :  grain neutral spirits with
herbs and spices, since 1863, ( On Special for $52.99 a bottle ) is distilled in
the Val-De-Travers in Neuchatel, Switzerland, 53% alcohol by volume, a full
liter bottle , www.kublerabsinthe.com )  has been revived by Yves Kubler the
great-grandson of Kubler in 2001. It contains all natural herbs and flavors and
formulated without using of preservatives, artificial flavours or colors,
according to Swiss and European law. We have recently had a lot of interest in
this KUBLER. Note that it comes in a full liter bottle and so this is a GREAT
DEAL.

TITILATING WINES From Michel & Tony :

REDS :

1) Tempranillo 2011 dry red from Hacienda LOS HAROLDOS ( On Special for
$8.99. Mendoza, Argentina ) is new and exciting and such a special wine to enjoy
now with or without a meal. Very smooth, no bite, medium-bodied and
fruit-forward, chill and enjoy anytime now., inside or outside.
2) 2009 Cotes Du Rhone dry red from Charles Thomas ( $8.99 ) : delicious to
enjoy slightly chilled now : medium-body, really a nicely-balanced inexpensive
dry , spicy, toasty red.
3) 2009 Gamay Noir called " Bone-Jolly " from Edmunds St. John from Eldora,
California ( $19.99 ) is a great red to chill and to enjoy anytime outside,
anytime you grill. Tasty and fresh and lively with good spice, too.
4) " Paco Rojo " dry red Virginia wine - a blend from the FABBIOLI CELLARS
is fruity and fruit-forward and a delight to enjoy chilled. This is fun, this is
fresh, this is so pleasing : I loved it the other night sitting with two Swedish
ladies, one on each side of me as we discussed life and as I had to defend all
men as there was a wee bit of men-bashing that I survived beautifully, thanks to
the Fabbioli Cellars!      5) " Falcon's Perch 2010 from the J.LOHR Estates, CA.
( On Special for $13.99 ) is a great red to enjoy now with all this intense heat
and humidity. Chill it twenty minutes and open it twenty minutes before drinking
and enjoy with or without a meal.

WHITES :

1)  LEVA Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay/ Dimiat and Muscat ( $10.99 )is a
new and exciting product of Bulgaria. WE are thrilled to have it here as it is
quite tasty and flavorful and something fun and different. I mean , after all
who has ever heard of the grape Dimiat? What is the character of Dimiat? What
does the Dimiat add to the Chardonnay and to the Muscat? We will have to taste
it here soon with our local rep that sells us this LEVA and she will be here as
soon as we can determine a date. More to follow.
2) Chardonnay 2011 Hacienda Los Haroldos de Mendoza ( On Special for $8.99
) that is light and unoaked and everyone this past weekend loved it when Marcie
had it open this last Saturday.
3) Grill indigenous dry white makes this " Zagra " from the VALLE DELL'
ACATE vineyard ( $19.99 ) and it's shiny bright, thoroughly refreshing and
energizing and a dream to drink now with all this humidity. It will elevate your
spirits, Medium-t-light-bodied with great minerality/ theatricality, too.
4) Alianca Dao Reserva 2010 D.O.C. Dao from the QUINTA Da GARRIDA in
Portugal, this is another flavorful, original-tasting dry and complex and
multi-layered white made from 100% of the Encruzado grape. Jody Jackman tasted
it with you all and it makes for a great food wine : anytime you marinate food
well, cook your fish in lemon and lime juice, and order out from the two Thai
restaurants here, for example. This is pretty amazing - pretty special. Do not
rush through it, take your time, relax, close your eyes, hold your breath,
swallow in " steps " and always leave something in your mouth as the flavors
will expand and explode and intensify and clarify and overall amaze you.
Wonderful, really a nice treat, especially in these humid days, you need
something like this to enjoy. Thanks Jody for bringing this Encruzado grape to
our attention. Cheers!
5) Amontillado medium-dry sherry from ALEXANDRO ( $21.99 ) are really nice
at this time of the year chilled and served with many various nuts and some
semi-hard and hard cheeses, crackers and specialty breads like Olive and also
rosemary bread.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

Friday, August 17th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : Join us with Chris of Lanterna
Imports as we try some great French dry Rhone wines : a red, a white and a dry
rose, too. These are great summer wines that are very inexpensive and will taste
great anytime that you are outside and with family and friends. Chill all three
down and enjoy now- no need to wait, they are ready now.

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : join us with Nolan Hale when we
taste  through a series of the excellent California FRITZ CELLARS WINES : the
Old Vines Zinfandel, the Chardonnay , the Cabernet Sauvignon : all from the
famous and excellent Dry Creek Valley! These are really superb wines : my father
loved this winery and it has become a favorite of mine, too.

I KNOW THAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING : Sorry! However, it's time to send this
email now and alert you to our new schedule with our WEEKLY WEDNESDAY SALES
mentioned above.

JOIN US TOMORROW and start saving 20% on your still wine ( non-sparkling ) sales
here. It's a Two-Part and you can find ways to make our weekly Wednesday sales
work for you. Let us help you try. Cheers and thanks for all your business and
faith in us, we appreciate it and do not take any of it for granted.   Cheers,
TONY

Please visit our website below for more information, events and specials, and
our calender of wine tastings!

[1]www.clevelandparkwine.com

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Meeting Yesterday Owner/Winemaker Gordy Rawson Of His Own CHATTER CREEK VINEYARDS Washington State Wines, Day of 50-Year Freedom March Celebration From 1963-2013 Here In Washington D.C.'s Very Own Cleveland Park Northwest Neighborhood! Cheers, Saturday, August 25th, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: We have the owner of CHATTER CREEK here soon from Woodinville, Washington State. Come meet him when Abi of Free Run Imports stops by around 5PM today, Saturday, August 24th, 2013 during Larry Mawby's tasting of his own sparkling wines from Michigan's Traverse City area. No charge, JOIN US, we have the CHATTER CREEK Syrah 2007 Clifton Hill Vineyard Wahluke Slope, $17.99, 13.9% alcohol by volume in stock here now at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 8/24/13

Great to meet you Gordy ( Gordon Rawson - Chatter Creek Winery, Woodinville, WA 98072, www.chattercreek.com ) and to try the wines of Bulgaria - BULGARIANA with you, as well as the LEON MILLOT dry red from KEUKA LAKE VINEYARDS , the 2009 " Fournier Vineyard " , On Special for $21.99, reg: $24.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume from New York's Finger Lakes region, Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 8/24/13 ... and on the 5oth anniversary of the historic Martin Luther King march on the National Mall celebrated today, but which would have been on Wednesday the actual anniversary ... take care, come again anytime Gordy!

Anne returned with her husband and met her relative/friend Andy that was visiting yesterday at the end of the L. MAWBY Winery Michigan sparkling wine-tasting with owner himself Larry , Saturday, August 24th, 2013 from 2-6PM, the day Washington D.C. was all abuzz over celebrating the famous 1963 march on Washington D.C. that became the famous Freedom March with Martin Luther King's famous lines : " I had a dream " speech, the " If I had a Hammer " song sung by Peter , Paul and Mary - and SO MUCH MORE ... and , also met owner and winemaker Gordy Rawson of his own CHATTER CREEK Washington State winery. It was quite " the happenin' ", quite " the experience ", quite " the event " as we found out about and with Larry, Michel, John-Paul, me, Anne, Abi, Gordy, Vince, Andy, the wines of BULGARIANA, KEUKA LAKE VINEYARDS ( the Leon Millot tasty 2010 dry red ), the ANKIRA Vineyards Port-Style 100% Chambourcin red ), and more - celebrated Abi's birthday yesterday. Everyone stayed, everyone tasted, everyone was included, everyone was encouraged to feel a part of this fun and organic event at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, and no one rushed to get away, and , at the end said their " good byes " and bought their bottles of L. MAWBY, CHATTER CREEK, STONE CREEK Winery Missouri dry red only real indigenous red Norton grape... more to follow, stay-tuned ... Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Happy Sunday, August 25th, 2013 ... it's gorgeous today ...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Part Two Of The Wines Of KOVACS NIMROD Winery W/ Nimrod, Hunter, Malcolm, Anna K, Anna S.L., & SO MANY More, Bull's Blood, Kekfrankos, Kardarka & Furmint Indigenous Grapes : HERE We Come! Cheers!!


Here we come! We are all passionate about the wines of Hungary from Nimrod Kovacs and his son Hunter Kovaks, our local customer, Anna Kasnyik ( tells me the best Hungarian wines never leave Hungary : her list of fine wines includes " ETYEKI KURIA, NYAKAS ALIGVAROM whites  and the TELEKI red ) here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits in Northwest, Washington D.C. in our Cleveland Park neighborhood, 20008, Malcolm Riddle of his Facebook page AMERICAN RIDDLE ( and his innovative and fun and daring podcasts ! ), Anna Smith-Lacey the Congressional Liaison-Political Attache for the Washington D.C. Hungarian Embassy, and me ( Anthony TONY Quinn ) that has now managed Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits here at 3423 Connecticut Avenue , 20008. 202-363-4265  anthony.quinn@clevelandparkwines.com ) ... and many more. We will have three of the four wines coming the first week of September here. Call or email with any questions. Cheers,  happy Friday, August 23rd, 2013.  Cheers,  TONY


In the picture above holding two bottles that we will have of the Bull's Blood are ( from left to right ) : Anthony TONY Quinn and Malcolm Riddle of the American Riddle on Facebook. Take care all!

Anthony Quinn Wants To Help Promote ACTIVELY The FINE WINES )f BRASIL : Let's ALL Work TOGETHER / Gather Together / Flow-Flower Together!


IN THINKING OF BRASIL and my 10 days there late last June 2012 I came away with many stories and great experiences. I am still working in my way to promote the wines here and would love to hear more from you. Please write here in Portuguese and share any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, wants and desires that you may have as both Brazilians and people living here in the United States see this page. We need to alert the Brazilian community here in the United States of what I / we are attempting to do.

I RECOMMEND that ALL BRAZILIANS try their wines while here. Go to your local stores here and ask them to call both the Country Vintners in Ashland, Virginia ( by Richmond, ask for the CASA VALDUGA ), and also Winebow Imports ( ask for the LIDIO CARRARO wines ) and ask for the wines : ask Southern Imports for the wines of MIOLO that they are supposed to have, as well as those of DON GUERINO.

CALL ME here at : 202-363-4265, or email me at : tonythewineguy@gmail.com with any questions/ suggestions? Cheers,  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Ola, bom dia a todos/tudos ... Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Let's all work together on this! SEIZE THE DAY, MAKE SOME NOISE, You Know You Want It, You Know You Want To! Cheers,  TONY


" Doing Thai " Eladio said to me. " Not going to be fancy, a friend of a friend ... " he continues. Eladio said : " Around twenty." Eladio answered when I asked him what he wanted to spend. I already knew that with " a friend of a friend " that it had to be more about tasty and flavorful to match the flavors of the Thai food. I sold Eladio a bottle of our 2007 Merlot from the CASA VALDUGA winery in the Valle Dos Vinhedos, $19.99 just south of the wine capitol of Bento Goncalves. I told him that it was flavorful and dry like a good bottle of French Bordeaux or even an Italian Friuli or Veneto dry red, as the ancestors of CASA VALDUGA are either from Trentino or Veneto, Italy. Eladio seemed pleased and he mentioned the World Soccer Cup  in Brazil. So, now all I have to do is wait to hear from Eladio. Cheers, Happy New Year Eladio. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  1/12/14

Anthony Quinn Wants To Help Promote ACTIVELY The FINE WINES )f BRASIL : Let's ALL Work TOGETHER / Gather Together / Flow-Flower Together!


IN THINKING OF BRASIL and my 10 days there late last June 2012 I came away with many stories and great experiences. I am still working in my way to promote the wines here and would love to hear more from you. Please write here in Portuguese and share any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, wants and desires that you may have as both Brazilians and people living here in the United States see this page. We need to alert the Brazilian community here in the United States of what I / we are attempting to do.

I RECOMMEND that ALL BRAZILIANS try their wines while here. Go to your local stores here and ask them to call both the Country Vintners in Ashland, Virginia ( by Richmond, ask for the CASA VALDUGA ), and also Winebow Imports ( ask for the LIDIO CARRARO wines ) and ask for the wines : ask Southern Imports for the wines of MIOLO that they are supposed to have, as well as those of DON GUERINO.

CALL ME here at : 202-363-4265, or email me at : tonythewineguy@gmail.com with any questions/ suggestions? Cheers,  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Ola, bom dia a todos/tudos ... Friday, August 23rd, 2013


" Doing Thai " Eladio said to me. " Not going to be fancy, a friend of a friend ... " he continues. Eladio said : " Around twenty." Eladio answered when I asked him what he wanted to spend. I already knew that with " a friend of a friend " that it had to be more about tasty and flavorful to match the flavors of the Thai food. I sold Eladio a bottle of our 2007 Merlot from the CASA VALDUGA winery in the Valle Dos Vinhedos, $19.99 just south of the wine capitol of Bento Goncalves. I told him that it was flavorful and dry like a good bottle of French Bordeaux or even an Italian Friuli or Veneto dry red, as the ancestors of CASA VALDUGA are either from Trentino or Veneto, Italy. Eladio seemed pleased and he mentioned the World Soccer Cup  in Brazil. So, now all I have to do is wait to hear from Eladio. Cheers, Happy New Year Eladio. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  1/12/14



I JUST SAW this on the BRALVIN Facebook page and had to copy and share it here! Cheers, TONY 2/24/2014 : Happy Carnaval this Friday, February 28th, 2014!  

Grapes for sparkling wine sparkling wines from Casa Valduga are made from three grape varieties (solo or mixed): Pinot Noir ink and white Chardonnay and Moscato. Generally lend character to the mix inks more austere, more body, aromas of red fruits, while Chardonnay gives more creaminess and elegance.
Uvas para Espumante

Os espumantes da Casa Valduga são feitos a partir de três castas (solo ou misturadas): A tinta Pinot Noir e as brancas Chardonnay e Moscato...See More
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ONLY CHANCE To Meet & TASTE With Owner/Winemaker Lawrence Mawby Of L. MAWBY Sparkling Wines From Michigan, U.S.A. : Incredible Expressions In Various Liquid Displays Of That WONDROUS SPARKLE That We - Or MOST Of Us LOVE!

Abi just dropped off the samples for our L. MAWBY Sparkling Michigan wine-tasting tomorrow , Saturday, August 24th, 2013 from 2-6PM with owner/winemaker himself Lawrence Mawby! How exciting, what fun, what a treat! Lawrence's fine U.S.A.-World-Class BUBBLIES speak to everyone, on some level, they touch all our palates and that's saying something : SOMETHING for everyone, from the FUN & the PLAYFUL, to the SERIOUS and the NERDY, the DISCERNING, the PSYCHEDELIC palate - from the styles, the names, the labels, the softness-to-dryness, the bread and the nut, the vanilla, the yeast and dough, the mineral and the citrus, the HONEY, the FULL-MONTY, everything there, everything showing, the playful, the tease, the EASE - the please, the PLEASURE, the FOUND TREASURE, the MEASURE of one's self-relaxation, tasting capabilities, gift of gab, turn of a phrase, POETRY, art, music, OPERA, down-home,family and friend and gather-round-the-table TALK, croon, swirl, swish, GAZE with AWE/LOVE/APPRECIATION, surprise, GLEE at ALL THE BUBBLES ... and so much more! JOIN US, what a rare treat! This is Lawrence's only visit here on this trip - SO COME, it's free, taste and be moved, be marveled, be CHEERED!   TONY

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Seeing & Speaking With Malcolm Riddle Today Of The AMERICAN RIDDLE Facebook Page About The Hungarian Wines Of Nimrod Kovaks & His KOVAKS NIMROD Winery In Eger, Hungary : 2 Reds Bull's Blood - Of Indigenous Red Grape Varieties : Kekfrankos & Kadarka, 1 Batonage Chardonnay, 1 Dry Indigenous Furmint White


Malcolm Riddle was just here and we were going over the four Hungarian wines that we will be getting here really soon from Nimrod Kovacs and his son Hunter Kovaks that were both here tasting their wines. Lots of interest in them, " Bull's Blood " dry reds from the Eger region of Hungary. They are blends of the Kekfrankos indigenous grape, also including mixes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc ... and oh, the " other " indigenous grape called Kadarka. We will have them in the first week of September. I will write more soon. Stay-tuned for the " Rhapsody Cuvee " 2007, and the EGRI " Bull's Blood " 2007 : both with 13.3% alcohol by volume, There's also a dry excellent Furmint indigenous grape white, and a " Batonnage " dry white Chardonnay. Go to :www.ckovacsnimrodwinery.com for more info. Happy Birthday to you this Saturday Hunter. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn PS : Listen at AMERICAN RIDDLE to Malcolm Riddle's podcast that will be available on Monday, Malcolm will talk with Tony Guida tomorrow night. Cheers, happy Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 ... it's nice here now in Cleveland Park neighborhood, Northwest, Washington D.C. 20008, Tel : 202-36304265 @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits!
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     This is Part One of this, I will finish it later. Cheers,  TONY  Stay-tuned, glued to you monitors and screens!

My Response To Beatriz Silva, First Secretary @ The Embassy Of Uruguay Here In Washington D.C. Inviting Me To Attend A Tasting Of The Wineries Of Uruguay This Monday, September 9th, 2013 : I Want To Go! I'm Invested Time & Energy-Wise In The FINE WINES Of Uruguay! Cheers!!


I just sent this reply to Beatriz Silva the First Secretary at the Embassy of Uruguay that sent us an invitation to try wines at the Embassy on Monday, September 9th, 2013 I believe fro, 1-5PM, only for the trade I am sorry to say : cheers,...


I am definitely going to try and come and taste with you all as years ago back in early 2001 or 2002 a young lady named Beth Jo ( ? ) came and had some of the CATAMAYOR and the STAGNARI wines for us to taste here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. No one knew them, I had never seen or tasted them : liked them, bought them, put info on them into our front store window ; had Beth come and taste them - and we were off! Wines from Uruguay " alive and healthy " here in Northwest Washington D.C. in Cleveland Park at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits , 3423 Connecticut Avenue , 202-363-4265. We love selling them here and used to work in a big way with Abel Sauza when he was selling them here. We have both the BODEGAS CARRAU Cerro Chapeu - Pinot Noir, both the two Tannat dry reds, and the clean , crisp Sauvignon Blanc as well -  reds and whites  ; and the " new " BOUZA Tannat Reserva 2011, Montevideo, $23.99, 15% alcohol by volume in stock. We would have more but are having trouble finding them now. Cheers,  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Go to : www.urueeuumrr.gub.uy   and   dec@uruwashi.org for more info. Cheers ...   We LOVE selling the wines of Uruguay here.  TONY   Happy Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Discovering ALL OVER AGAIN the Fabulous Dry Indigenous Red Blend Of Callet, Manto Negre & Fogoneu , The AN / 2 From ANIMA NEGRA : Cheers! Happy Drinking!


5) AN/2 by ANIMA NEGRA, vin de la terra Mallorca , 2010 ( $24.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, Falanis, 07200 ) : made with a blend of indigenous grapes : Callet, Manto Negre and Fogoneu - 80% of the wine, using both American and French oak.

THIS IS an experience to be treasured, taken slowly as the flavors, the bouquet, the essence of the red and beefy, earthy, pungent, perfumed, tarred, leathered, feathered, furnished, fleshed-out flavors and savors have a chance to take center stage and center-palate and perform and blossom and blazon a trail all their own along the surface and nooks and crannies of your palate, gullet, stomach, soul, head, fingers and tippy-tip-toes ...

AND SETTLE AS A FINE EMBER in the pit of your guts with the time they need, NEVER to be rushed, can't do that, can't rob yourselves of the full experience. This is a full-Monty experience indeed. Try it on for size, fit and feel and have some food, too as it's foremost a food wine - from Mallorca.

YOU WILL BE WASHED BY THE WAVES, you will be challenged, you may sleep on the sands, you may have that chance finally under the protective wings of these indigenous grapes from Mallorca, and the fine breezes that move ever so gracefully the sea oats of our beaches here, too ... 


ON VACATION or not, no matter, enjoy this incredible AN/2 dry red from Mallorca, $24.99.

Come Meet Lawrence Mawby Of His Very Own L. MAWBY Michigan Sparkling Wines @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits From 2-6PM This Saturday In Washington D.C. N.W., 20008 In Cleveland Park , August 24th, 2013 : Free, No Charge, EVERYONE Welcome & Encouraged To Come!

SATURDAY, August 24th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have owner Larry Mawby here of the L. MAWBY winery in Suttons Bay, MI here himself to taste and assortment of his fine American sparkling wines. Michel and I love these sparkling wines and are thrilled to finally have Lawrence here himself. I am looking at a half bottle of the Blanc de Noirs now fro the Leelanau Penninsula, a Brut, #0190, $16.99 a bottle, 11% alcohol by volume. This would be great to take on vacation and drink outside at night by a bonfire or at the water's edge wherever you might be, feet dug in the sand, on your backs, looking up at the starry night and all the sparkles above as well as those in your glasses and on your palates, too : what more could anyone ever want?!? Someone to enjoy the experience with of course.

JOIN US, NEVER any charge, come meet Lawrence and get some bottles signed for special treats : and be prepared for the vacation-ride of your lives with these exciting flavors and tastes. Cheers.   TONY



I just added this as a comment on Facebook , enjoy, 4:21PM Thursday, 8/22/13


The " BUBBLY L. MAMBY, Michigan, U.S.A. " is here, in place, center-stage and already speaking volumes to everyone. Claude Thibaut was here earlier tasting with Michel Dumas and Anthony Quinn ( me ) , and had seen that Lawrence was going to be here and was interested in coming as he, too make s fabulous sparkling wine here in Virginia. Theresa Morrison our South34 Imports owner of South African wines was just here speaking about it, too. She said that it's " really a big deal " to have Lawrence Maby here as she loves his sparkling wines, too and will try and come this Saturday before a local soccer game. That will be nice. Cheers,  TONY   JOIN US, Free and wonderful and exciting and " everything nice and naughty and exciting and delectable " ...

THE WAIT is killing us softly ....

Abi just dropped off the samples for our L. MAWBY Sparkling Michigan wine-tasting tomorrow , Saturday, August 24th, 2013 from 2-6PM with owner/winemaker himself Lawrence Mawby! How exciting, what fun, what a treat! Lawrence's fine U.S.A.-World-Class BUBBLIES speak to everyone, on some level, they touch all our palates and that's saying something : SOMETHING for everyone, from the FUN & the PLAYFUL, to the SERIOUS and the NERDY, the DISCERNING, the PSYCHEDELIC palate - from the styles, the names, the labels, the softness-to-dryness, the bread and the nut, the vanilla, the yeast and dough, the mineral and the citrus, the HONEY, the FULL-MONTY, everything there, everything showing, the playful, the tease, the EASE - the please, the PLEASURE, the FOUND TREASURE, the MEASURE of one's self-relaxation, tasting capabilities, gift of gab, turn of a phrase, POETRY, art, music, OPERA, down-home,family and friend and gather-round-the-table TALK, croon, swirl, swish, GAZE with AWE/LOVE/APPRECIATION, surprise, GLEE at ALL THE BUBBLES ... and so much more! JOIN US, what a rare treat! This is Lawrence's only visit here on this trip - SO COME, it's free, taste and be moved, be marveled, be CHEERED!   TONY

Anne returned with her husband and met her relative/friend Andy that was visiting yesterday at the end of the L. MAWBY Winery Michigan sparkling wine-tasting with owner himself Larry , Saturday, August 24th, 2013 from 2-6PM, the day Washington D.C. was all abuzz over celebrating the famous 1963 march on Washington D.C. that became the famous Freedom March with Martin Luther King's famous lines : " I had a dream " speech, the " If I had a Hammer " song sung by Peter , Paul and Mary - and SO MUCH MORE ... and , also met owner and winemaker Gordy Rawson of his own CHATTER CREEK Washington State winery. It was quite " the happenin' ", quite " the experience ", quite " the event " as we found out about and with Larry, Michel, John-Paul, me, Anne, Abi, Gordy, Vince, Andy, the wines of BULGARIANA, KEUKA LAKE VINEYARDS ( the Leon Millot tasty 2010 dry red ), the ANKIRA Vineyards Port-Style 100% Chambourcin red ), and more - celebrated Abi's birthday yesterday. Everyone stayed, everyone tasted, everyone was included, everyone was encouraged to feel a part of this fun and organic event at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, and no one rushed to get away, and , at the end said their " good byes " and bought their bottles of L. MAWBY, CHATTER CREEK, STONE CREEK Winery Missouri dry red only real indigenous red Norton grape... more to follow, stay-tuned ... Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Happy Sunday, August 25th, 2013 ... it's gorgeous today ...