Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jeff Wells Tastes Michel Dumas And Anthony Quinn ( Me ) On The Craftsmen Of Zymurgy Spirits : Michter's Sour Mash, Bourbon, & Farmer's Botanical Gin, Perry's Tot Navy-Strength Gin & Dorothy Parker's American Strength Gin 10/30/13 @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Washington D.C. Northwest, 20008

Thanks Jeff Wells for bringing Michel Dumas and Anthony Quinn ( me ) these FABulous Craftsmen of Zymurgy products :
     1) Michter's  -

a) Sour Mash- loved how smooth it was,

b) Striaght Rye Whisky- Michel's favorite,

c) American Whiskey - we both liked it, overtones of coffee-toffee,

d) Bourbon - our least favorite, harshest, most astringent, ...  and the

2) Farmer's Botanical Small Batch organic gin - we both LOVED it, so much floral, smooth and brightness, and

3) the  

a) Perry's Tot Navy Strength gin - also quite sharp and for me sharp and jagged,  ( not " fleshed-out" like the Farmer's Organic gin ) , and the

 b) Dorothy Parker American Gin - smoother, less bite, less burn, more pleasing that the Perry's Tot, but nowhere as interesting or as complete to Michel or me as the Farmer's Organic Gin!

Then Jeff brought out a delicious Farmer's Pumpkin-Flavored Gin that was really tasty! ( not pictured unfortunately ) - really nice, so smooth, great floral pumpkin flavors. I liked it. Cheers, thanks Jeff.  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits' Store Email Written & Posted Today, Tuesday Oct. 29th, 2013 : Read It & Enjoy It!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fernando Silva Of Lima, Peru With Tradewinds Specialty Imports Tastes Today @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, Sat. Oct. 26th, 2013 from 2-6PM : ROSSIGNOL De MOragas Cava, Baron LADRON De GUEVARA Crianza 2010 Red Rioja, & ALEXANDRO Fino Dry & Ped0-Ximenez Sweet Sherry! Join Us, Never Any Charge!

Meet Fernando that is " new " working with Estebe the owner of Tradewinds Specialty Imports Selections. Fernando that will be tasting today comes from Peru and Estebe introduced us to him earlier this week Fernando will be tasting the : 1) Baron LADRON De GUEVARA Crianza dry red Rioja Tempranillo from Spain ( $20.99 , 13.5% alcohol by volume, for more info ) that we have been selling for years now successfully. This is one of the three or four wines that they make : perfect for this colder weather. It will warm you with the wind and cold! 2) ALEXANDRO Jerez/Xeres/Sherry dry FINO ( $18.99, 15% alcohol by volume , go to : for more info ) : clean, crisp, bone-dry, made from 100% Palomino grapes. Great with any nuts, hard and semi-hard cheeses,... and all by itself! 3) ALEXANDRO Pedro Ximenez sweet sherry mentioned below already and made from the Pedro-Ximenez grapes! We will taste it, too. 4) ROSSINYOL De Moaragas Cava Brut Spanish Penedes sparkling wine, $16.99, 11.5% alcohol by volume, will also be tasted. It also comes in a lovely Brut rose that we sell here for the same price. Clean, crisp, refreshing and lively and bright, best with food. The rose is softer and may be enjoyed all by itself. Fine quality : both have sold really well here for the last two-three years. Buy a bottle of each and call it a lovely weekend! Cheers. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2013 Saturday, October 26th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Fernando from Argentina here that works with Tradewinds Specialty Imports here to try some of the finest Argentina and Spanish wines : perhaps some sherry, too as it sure is getting colder, some of the fine sherries from the house of ALEXANDRO, I LOVE the Pedro Ximenez, for example, $32.99. Perfect for Halloween! Decadently thick brown colors that OOZE and leave the greatest legs on the side of any wine glass imaginable! What a treat : a little bit goes a long , long way to making this cold weather seems less cold and intimidating!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jim Reeves Of COMETE WINES Selections Of Mostly Really Fine French Burgundy & Rhone Wines Tastes Today, Friday, Oct. 25th, 2013 from 5-8PM ( No Charge, Join Us! ) @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits In Northwest Washington D.C. 20008 : Burgundy & Rhone Wines , Reds & Whites!

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JOIN US : Never any charge, I was drinking last night the

1 ) Hautes Cotes De Beaune Domaine Henri-Naudin-Ferrand, On Special for $21.99, down from $23.99, 2008 dry white burgundy that's fully-developed and flavorful and so bright and rich in flavors that it warmed my wife and I even with all the recent cold! Highly recommended.

Jim will also taste later today :

2) Bourgogne-Aligote dry white 2011, On Special for $13.99 a bottle from DOMAINE Henri-NaudinFerrand as well that we like so well for it's mineral and dry, steely, clean, crisp leaner-bodied style : made with 100% Aligote grapes.

3) Vacqueraz " Cuvee L'Alezane " 2010 - great vintage, Grenache-based French Southern Rhone from the Maison GUYOT, On Special for $21.99 a bottle : a great food wine, robust, flavorful, meaty, earthy, spicy and to enjoy at the table with food!

4) Gigondas " Les Asters " 2011 from the Maison GUYOT, On Special for $26.99 a bottle, a mostly Grenache -based southern Rhone wine from a lighter vintage : so this wine is like a Chateauneuf-du-Pape and is more fruit-forward, not as heavier, easier to sip or to pair with more foods. The two reds provide a great contrast for you later today!

Friday, October 25th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Jim Reeves of COMETE Wines Imports here to taste some of jis amazing French Burgundy Rhones ( GUYOT - dry reds, one dry rose ), as well as the MATILDE Chablis and Saint-Brie Sauvignon Blanc dry whites - and more! Always a great surprise and great value, too when Jim tastes with us all!   @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits later today, Friday, October 25th, 2013 - from 5-8PM. No charge, come!   TONY

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Anthony Quinn & Michel Dumas Taste Wines With Norbert Dr. Reinisch Bologna Of GIACOMO BOLOGNA " Braida " Barbera Piemonte, Italy Wines Here @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits On Thursday, October 24th, 2013 : Balanced, Fruit-Forward - Really Special!

Norbert Dr. Reinisch Bologna of GIACOMO BOLOGNA Italian Piemonte wines tastes sic FABulous bottles here at Cleveland Park Wines with Michel Dumas and Anthony Quinn ( me ) and we arrange to buy some of them from Vinifera Imports. What a treat, some of Italy's very, VERY best! More about these exceptional dry red Brabera wines as well as the sweet white Moecato and the Brachetto D'Aqui sweet red, and the red blend of Brabera, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet I believe?!? Such fruit-forward , balanced wines - never lose sight of the grape from which the wine was inspired : bravo Norbert and Raffaella! Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Thursday, October 24th, 2013 : great to finally meet you - have been selling your wines now for years!  TONY

     Eric Parzynski of Vinifera Imports was nice enough to take these pictures of us that included Michel Dumas that works with Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits at 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C., 20008 in our FABulous " happenin' " Cleveland Park neighborhood earlier today, Thursday October 24th, 2013.

     I first met Eric's wife Raffaella at McArthus Beverages back in late 1999 or early 2000 when Regis our rep then ( still great friends today with Raffaella and Norbert ) brought her to the store to taste and visit with Tom Hanna. I have some pictures of that visit and am thrilled to have them. Back then I was using a non-digital camera so someday I will have to scan them and include them.

     Norbert if from Austria and met Raffaella way back in 1991 at Vin Italy and I believe that they got married in 1994! What a great partnership, what really fine FABulous wines, too. More on that tomorrow when I am back at the store and can refer to my notes I took there. Cheers, grazie Norbert e Eric e Regis ( that stopped by later to taste his wines from Roanoke Selections. Norbert is staying with Regis during this visit here. Great things like friendships sure do endure!    TONY

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rachel Martin Of BOXWOOD VA. Winery, Dave Hansen General Manager Of PULPO DC Restaurant & Anthony Quinn Wine Manager Of Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, Northwest Washington D.C. Working On A BOXWOOD & PULPO VA. Wine & Food Event @ PULPO! 6:30PM, Wed. Oct. 30th, 2013

 JUST SPOKE WITH Dave Hansen and got the update on this dinner with BOXWOOD Winery at PULPO on
     Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 :  6:30PM ( menu and cost still being determined ) :

     - a staff-training with Rachel Martin from 4-5PM,...
     - then an In-Store @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Wine-Tasting with Rachel Martin from 5-6:25PM,

     - then the dinner at 6:30PM!

     WHAT FUN!  Call Pulpo for more info at : 202-450-6875

      3407 Conn. Ave. N.W. Wash. D.C. 20008  or

     go to : for more info.

     ALSO : our Facebook account here at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits   for more info,

     Follow us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and also at wineenabler.

This will be fun! Rachel stopped by PULPO recently and spoke with Dave and Dave mentioned that he wants to be involved with us in this event! We're in!

We sell BOXWOOD Winery Virginia wines here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008  Tel : 202-363-4265 all the time : have for years : Go Local!

Fresh Off The Presses !

 Boxwood Virginia winery & Pulpo Dinner this Wednesday , oct. 30th, 2013 from 6:30 PM on with 4 courses and five FABulous BOXWOOD Winery Virginia wines with owner Rachel Martin L call PULPO DC now to reserve a seat, bring a friend, let's celebrate these fine VA. wines, PULPO DC. ... and have a great seasonal meal around Halloween ... the wines will also be tasted by Rachel before at Cleveland Park Wines from 5-6:30PM and will all be available for sale! Cheers,  TONY   Call Dave Hansen the general manager of PULPO DC to sign upo this weekend and get one of the coveted seats! Already going quickly : 4 courses, 5 wines, $95 a person I believe?   TONY     Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013 :

Here is what I included in our store email yesterday, Tuesday Oct. 22nd, 2013 about the BOXWOOD Winery wines we have : enjoy - cheers, stay-tuned for more on this event with us three!

1) " Topiary " 2008 ( $28.99, 13% alcohol by volume, ) is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes
from the ENTAV clones grown and processed in the traditional Bordeaux style :
low yields are harvested and sorted by hand ...Made like the Right-Bank wines of
Bordeaux. This 2008 should really be beginning to open and reveal some of it's
many charms. No need to rush. Buy it in the half bottles that we still have some
for $17.99 Boxwood and enjoy those while you wait patiently for these full
bottles to develop and mature. They will reward the patient. Steven Spurrier
tried the 2010 vintage and wrote about those.

2) " Boxwood " 2009 ( $29.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, ) is made like a classic Left Bank French Bordeaux wine
with a blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the
ENTAV clones ... It's heartier, bolder, thicker and usually more tannic and in
need of a meal than the " Topiary ". We have enjoyed them since the 2007 vintage
and with family member Rachel Martin's earlier visits here. She even helped me
conduct one of my Saturday wine classes. That was quite the fun and educational
experience. The 2009 are brighter and more fruit-forward than the 2008 vintage
wines. But they are made to age slowly and gracefully and again the patient of
you are all well-rewarded. Read above again about what I wrote of the two wines
enjoyed this weekend from the 1983 vintage to get some distance and perspective.
No need to rush. Buy some and put them away for later.

We like very much these wines and are thrilled to have them here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits!  

When I visited the winery recently and saw both Lucie Morton and Rachel Martin I was thrilled with the 2011 reds I tried in the stainless-steel tanks and the barrels of unmixed-as-yet 2012! At the tasting room also tasted older vintages : what a treat! What a great tour - very special moment for me. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn   10/23/13   I was inspired to write this after Steven Spurrier's trip to Virginia to taste the wines of various Virginia wineries.   TONY

On Sunday, December 22nd, 2013, it's fun to add this :  cheers,  TONY 

My son and his friend that is visiting from the Big Apple had lunch with me at PULPO restaurant and loved it  : they kept talking about it, how Alex the fine young waiter kept bringing us one appetizer after another, one delectable  " food bite " after the other , and that meant different textures in what we bit down onto, different levels of dry-to-sweetness assailed our nostrils, what colors, what levels of herbs and spices, ... it was a visual, sensory and taste experience that just kept us happy and teased - pleased - and thoroughly entertained. Alex kept asking us if we liked what we were eating? We said we did. He kept asking us what our favorites were so that he could bring us more of the same. My son's friend said : " No, we like the variety and being surprised, we're never bored this way ", and so earlier today they kept talking about how things just kept coming, and how much they enjoyed the experience. I enjoyed it, too. For me it was just a little more than a half-an-hour but that was enough for me. Dave Hansen the general manager of course came to greet us and make us feel thoroughly welcome, different people brought us food and drink, I loved my orange juice - and Alex our waiter took really great care of us. Thanks Alex, thanks Dave, and THANKS to you all at PULPO for making our dining experience so memorable and fulfilling. Cheers, happy holidays all, keep on enjoying this unseasonably delightful and warm weather that's here now in the seventies just three-four days before Christmas!  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  

Pulpo mentioned you in a comment.
Pulpo wrote: "Many thanks for the kind words Anthony Quinn....we're honored that you thought to bring your son and his friend to us, and very Happy Holidays to you as well!"

Great To Finally Meet Frenchman Marc Laderriere The Director Of Sales @ VINA ROBLES Wines In Paso Robles, California Here At Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits In Northwest Washington D.C. 20008 On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 & Taste His 2 Whites & Three Reds : Balanced, Focused- & Fruit-Forward Always!

It was great to finally meet Frenchman Marc Laderriere the Director Of Sales at VINA ROBLES P.O. Box 699 , Paso Robles, CA. 93447 Tel: 805-227-4812. Michel Dumas and Anthony Quinn ( me ) tasted the wines : two whites ( a dry Sauvignon Blanc and a dry blend of mostly Viognier, Vermentino,Verdelho and Sauvignon Blanc WHITE ), and three reds ( a RED blend. a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Petite Sirah ) . We loved them all, all fruit-forward, pure, focused, balanced - fresh and bright. We bought everything except the Sauvignon Blanc as it is atypical Sauvignon Blanc - good but did not remind me anything of the grape - too earthy and spicy/ pithy. Cheers Marc, great tasting . Come again any time. We have enjoyed selling the wines here now for years. Great work!  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  10/23/13  Happy Wednesday everyone - cool, fresh and bright and a touch breezy, too!   TONY  here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 202-363-4265

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits' Store Email Written & Posted Today, Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 : Read It & Enjoy!