Friday, January 31, 2014

Extraordinary Opportunity Tonight, January 31st, 2014 5-8PM, Learn About Greek Wines With Greek Expert Sotiris Bafitis & His Friend Nassos Papnikolau @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, 3423 Conn. Ave. N.W. 20008 : No Charege, JOIN US : Learn, Experience!


JOIN US TONIGHT : Friday, January 31st, 2014 : Help us finish January 2014 with a bang with Sotiris Bafitis that put GREECE " On The Map : In Washington D.C. and the metropolitan area!  Sotiris brings with him to taste someone that's been in the wine-food business here for ten years, that Sotiris has worked with for five years - Nassos Papanikolau to help him pour the five wines we have all selected to offer you tonight. It's an extraordinary opportunity to really get to know the wines of Greece tonight!

We will taste :  1) ADOLI GHIS 2011 from ANTONOPOULOS, $21.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume,  a complex and flavorful and great mineral and extraction along with citrus and terroir and everything you want in a dry, complex white for this cold weather, for the flavorful ' comfort foods ' we eat to warm our bodies and souls at this time of the year! It's wonderful, really wonderful!  2) a dry red blend 2006 of Cabernet and Nea Dris - an indigenous grape no one has ever, EVER heard of, from ANTONOPOULOS in Patras, Greece , $32.99 a bottle, 14.5% alcohol by volume, on the mainland - this will show what ' bottle-age ' can do to a wine, make it smoother, more of it revealed, the secondary and tertiary layers of flavor and taste - a food wine for sure!  3) Nemea 2010 dry red made from 100% Agiorgitiko grapes, by MITRAVELAS ESTATE in Nemea, Greece, 14.5% alcohol by volume, : a classic Greek dry red, $25.99, matured for 12 months in new French oak casks, and cellared for another year at least before released, unfiltered - the " real deal " : a fine, earthy, dusty-dry, rustic and great food wine that develops slowly ... 4) 2006 Private Collection dry red wine from Patras, Greece from ANTONOPOULOS, On Special at $17.99 a bottle, 14% alcohol that has become a favorite here of our customers, that's another exceptional food wine. Anyone having lamb tonight?!? It's a good matching, it really is.  5) " Red On Black " Nemea 2012, made again from the classic , indigenous Agiorgitiko grape, from the MITRAVELAS ESTATE in Nemea, Greece, this $14.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume is a relief from all the others : lighter, brighter, more deep red garnet, fruit-forward, fruit-bright,fruit-fresh medium-to-light-bodied red that can be enjoyed with or without food! Aahhhhh, nnniiiicccceeeee! It will provide a contrast to the other three reds , and is a very fine value, too. Come taste tonight, LEARN about Greek wines from Sotiris the EXPERT! No charge, join us, everyone welcome! Anthony(TONY)Quinn1/31/14

There's Always An Important Link That Needs To Be In Place For Anything To Work Well : Eric Parzinski Brings Vinifera Imports Together With Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Late 2013 & Early 2014!

Eric Parzinski is the link here for Vinifera Imports and Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. He's been patient and done his job really well and brought to our attention all over again some of the outstanding Italian selections represented by ViniferaImports that we have done business with ever since Linda and Regis started selling them to us so many years ago, starting, for me back in 2000! Wow. Enjoy these pictures for now. I will comment more soon.  TONY Thanks Eric!  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  

I asked Eric to take these pictures for me. We crafted them together. More teamwork, gotta love it!




























Just seeing these pictures Eric brings back so many wonderful tastes! I will get my notes now and include them here and complete this soon. Cheers, thanks again! Can't wait to get the wines this week of February 2014 and to start selling them. Cheers,   1/31/14     It's a beautiful cold day outside now  with snow still on the ground, blue skies, bright sunshine reflecting off of car windows and basketball boards above the hoops, silver shiny fire hydrants, the tops painted silver , the bases red Italian colors of wines like these ....     Ahhhhh yes, life is grand. Glad to be alive, glad for life and family, friends, work, passion for things .... TONY

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Reconnecting Yesterday Wednesday Afternoon @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits In Cleveland Park Northwest Washington D.C., 20008, With The CVNE Vina Real & The ADADIA RETUERTA Spanish Reds : Classics Both, Balanced, Flavorful, Distinct Personalities Of Their Origins : Bravo!




It was a treat when Richard Lay that took these pictures for me at my request brought us these two excellent Spanish reds : VINA REAL and ABADIA RETUERTA that I have neither seen or tasted in years but which we have sold , off-and-on at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits now for years to great success. The two wines were at the opposite side of the spectrum - the VINA REAL being quite lyrical and elegant, lighter, brighter, more like a Pinot Noir with a splash of Grenache added - medium-to-light-bodied, a toasty elegance and a brighter red color whereas the ABADIA RETUERTA was a deeper, denser dark red color, medium-bodied, a bit grittier, earthier, more in need of a meal to really appreciate. We will talk to Richard more about both and make a decision. Cheers, thanks Richard. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn   We tasted these yesterday afternoon, Wednesday January 29th, 2014.














Thanks Richard, this was a real treat to rediscover just how excellent these two " classic " Spanish reds are from CVNE Vineyards and ABADIA RETUERTA. Cheers, gracias a todos ...  TONY 1/30/14

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monsieur Riviere Of La Famille Riviere Wines : The " New Face " Of Bordeaux Wines In The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Region : Cheers, Sante, Bonne Chance A Vous Et Pour Nous Aussi!




Bordeaux wines that we like to sell that are balanced, flavorful, distinct and well-priced, and where the owner himself pictured above on the right pouring comes himself! LOVE that! Cheers and bravo. 1/28/14 Look at the bottles lined up : those are some " well-loved " bottles! What a brilliant smile - love that, too. And pretty much every year or two we get a visit like this and we get a chance to speak about the wines like these 2009 and 2010 red Bordeaux - both excellent vintages. And the most expensive is the CHATEAU Cheval Brun Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009, On Special for $31.99 now. ...  Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 - also on our Facebook page at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits, check it out there as well, LIKE us and keep up! Cheers, sante a tous! TONY



I read Dave McIntyre's article this Wednesday morning printed in the Washington Post Food Section Page F4. Jan. 29th, 2014 titled : " Bordeaux concocts an elite competition to cultivate the collectors of tomorrow " and I was alarmed, upset, worried and ready to explode as I read paragraph after paragraph and the idea that kept hitting me was how stuffy, pompous, rude, assuming, exclusive and haughty-tauty/taughty this all was. What an insult, what a joke! The idea of selecting a small, elite audience that can afford to pay, that will be cultivated and coddled with the promise of better contacts, associations, privileges, audiences at the finest, most expensive Bordeaux chateaux in France with their owners and their winemakers : SMACKS of privilege and elite rights and so very exclusive and " only for those that can afford to pay ". I was getting worked up, my blood was racing, my head was starting to throb as I read on. Fortunately towards the end of the article there were comments made that needed to be made and that sounded the alarm of much of what was wrong with this picture. I will quote here from it :  Dave starts by writing : " The Left Bank Bordeaux Cup targets a small demographic of the affluent and upwardly mobile and gives them that experience. " I say, you are right Dave, now let's expand the audience to include and college or university student that wants to be invited to compete here?  Donald Zilkha says : " Yet the competition is also narrowly focused on the classified growths of the left bank... to attract a broader customer base, the industry will have to focus on the wines people can afford " Zilkha said. I agree wholeheartedly with this. Sounds to me like money talking to make more money and not be fair or equal or encourage and develop anything more than for their immediate small and elite base of customers that needs to grow as it has been shrinking at least in the United States. Then Dave writes : " Teeter, ever the marketeer, agreed. " They need to target the shops, " he said. " Get someone to rake a chance of a $15 or$20 bottle on the way home from work. Then you can change perceptions. " I agree wholeheartedly with this.



I would like to meet this " 30-year-old Adam Teeter of Auburn, Ala., who will complete his business degree studies at Stern Business School in the spring ... " He has a new start-up wine company, VinePair.com. Sounds like he's got some good ideas. I certainly agree what he said here. I said the same in a response to Dave's first article published last Wednesday, 23rd, 2014 I believe, also here in The Washington Post's Food section. I still have to get a response from Dave on that. Cheers , and stay-tuned for more. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 1/29/14








Dave McIntyre What's wrong with encouraging people to learn about the best of Bordeaux? Does the MW or MS program make you angry? Given that demand for high end BDX is supposedly all in China now, it's interesting that there is such demand and interest at this level in the US.


Written in response to Dave McIntyre now : Nothing is wrong with that : it's done all the time here and in other wine stores around the country. Plenty of people living in the United States know about Bordeaux wines and already enjoy them on a daily or weekly basis. I just sold some more an hour ago of the Chateau La Coudraie 2010 Bordeaux Vignobles Jolivet ' mis en bouteille au chateau ', $13.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume that you have written up now twice. We've been selling it for awhile and are thrilled to recommend it as it represents great value for the money. We were pleased to see you mention it now twice in you articles in the Washington Post. We will need to order more as we are almost out. I mentioned to our customer Clark that you had also recommended it and that pleased him. Here we are working together to promote these wines and we give you credit, too. What makes me angry is that our local rep shows up an hour ago that sells us the wines of Elite Selections and did not know anything about this article and the wines written about that they sell. And it made me angry or upset with the tone of elitism with this small group of Bordelais reaching out now, being reactive and not proactive , in my opinion, to an audience of ' new ' customers to buy their wines as the market may be dropping some now in China? I just want to open a conversation and make the whole category of Bordeaux more available to anyone interested. It's exciting and I enjoy putting bottles of Bordeaux in our customers' hands like those we buy from the Famille Riviere sold through William Harrison, or those available through LVDH imports like the DOMAINE De LESCOURS Grand Cru Saint-Emilion ( 2008-2011, $32.99 a bottle I believe are all available now? ), and other wines like the CHATEAU La Grange Clinet 2010 Cotes De Bordeaux, $16.99 ... and many more : reds and whites, and Sauternes, too the 2010 Chateau Gravas Sauternes 375ml bottle at $17.99 that we buy from Kysela Pere Et Fils Imports. And I encourage the MW and MS programs enthusiastically. ... and there is both a " demand and interest in the US " on all levels, that's encouraging, that's wonderful. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 1/29/14




  • Paul Jameson I used to drink Classed Growth Medocs all the time, even as a poor student, when they were generally between $7 and $10 a bottle. I won't buy them anymore, because the price has become ridiculous.

    Still buy the Cru Bourgeois and below, though.
  • Anthony Quinn That's what has happened, fortunately Paul there are plenty that are still affordable. Thanks for your comment. TONY






  • Dan Terrasa Thanks Tony!! I appreciate the support and all you have done to help bring good Bordeaux to the everyday person who can't afford the ridiculous, inflated, and over priced Classified Growth Bordeaux. Those wines are such a joke and are a clear and focused look into what the wine business "used to be" Thanks to people like you, they aren't the future!!
  • Anthony Quinn I appreciate this Dan, more than you know, especially for having the vision and conviction to comment here. Cheers, we will continue to work together on this for many years! TONY 2/5/14


From my comment on Dave McIntyre's first Bordeaux article last Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2014 I believe : from my first blog here at chatwine.blogspot.com.  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  1/29/14


My Response To Dave McIntyre's Article On Bordeaux Wine In Last Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 Article Published In The Food Section Of The Washington Post Newspaper. Cheers, Drink More " Value " Bordeaux Red @ Home, Then Ask For It In Restaurants, Too!1



Dave, in your article : " Bordeaux tries to recapture the imagination of U.S. wine lovers  I want to point out that, in our store, in a D.C. retail atmosphere their imagination is alive and healthy and doing really well. We sell lots of " value " red Bordeaux wines like the ones you just wrote about. People ask for them, return for them, are pleased with them, spend a lot of time looking at them on our shelves deciding which to buy and take home and enjoy. This is essential, it really is, and it's practical, too as many U.S. wine lovers want to be able to afford to enjoy these fine dry red, white ( and even rose and Sauternes-Barsac ) wines with their meals. For many it is much more economic to buy them in a fine retail wine store, take them home, prepare their own meal and have a wonderful evening and experience. Their imaginations are " well and alive " and I see no need to worry. The one observation that I would make is that very few seem to take the time to visit us at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. I can count them on my fingers , Michel the owner of CHATEAU de LESCOURS has come last year, so did the owner of CHATEAU CALLAC and one other. They come so infrequently that it is hard to always remember their names and , for that, I am sorry for my part in this as I try very hard to remember who comes to visit us. I would advise they visit more stores because it is in a store that many connections are made and solidified over time. If they would taste with more customers in stores then they would be more on the tip-of-the-tongues of the consumers/ customers that also go to restaurants to enjoy fine meals with wine. And those consumers/ customers would note to solidified over time. If they would taste with more customers in stores then they would be more on the tip-of-the-tongues of the consumers/ customers that also go to restaurants to enjoy fine meals with wine. And those consumers/ customers would note to the sommeliers in these restaurants that they are unhappy to find so few listed. This is my advice, work from the ground up and make the connections and the impressions that will make more people living in the U.S. fight to have them on the wine lists! Cheers, Anthony Quinn 1/27/14 





" Tony! " Jagir at the register calls out to me as I type here. " I come out of the office and see Nan holding a copy of the Washington Post Food Wednesday newspaper and she points to a spot and says : " Do you have this? " She's got the wine column of Dave McIntyre open to that page that he wrote about Bordeaux wines. She's pointing to the CHATEAU LA COUDRAIE Bordeaux 2010 Vignobles Jolivet Mis en bouteille au chateau, $13.99, 13.5% alcohol that Dave mentions. I say : " Yes! " Nan perks up, happy with my answer. I walk to the display by our tasting table and hand her a bottle. I tell her it's really good. She smiles again and asks : " Do you have more? " I say " Yes " again and tell her that we are running low but have more on order. She tells me that if she likes it she will be back for more. I feel sure that we will see Nan again asking for more LA COUDRAIE Bordeaux red that we get from our salesperson Mark Congdon of J.W. Sieg that brought it around about two months ago for us to try. Thanks Mark, thanks Dave, thanks Nan! Cheers on this brisk, bright, cold and refreshing Thursday morning here in Cleveland Park, Northwest Washington D.C. 20008 on January 30th, 2014. TONY   ...   and later after Nan leaves Jagir shouts out to me : " Tony, the coffee's ready! " Thanks Jagir, I am looking forward to that.


THERE ARE ' Other ' IMPORTANT FACES of Bordeaux as well to consider like Pierre Haury that is the son of Michel Haury that owns CHATEAU LA GRANGE-CLINET, and that visits Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits frequently. Pierre has come with his father Michel as well. I really do appreciate that : seeing the Bordelais producers. owners and winemakers themselves in the store, It is a rare occurrence and to be treasured as a result. This should change in my opinion. More should venture out of Bordeaux and visit us. Cheers. Here's a picture below of Pierre that I took on his most recent visit. He's on the left. TONY 2/3/14


AND JUST ADDED , Thursday, DEcember 11th, 2014 with Pierre Marcelin, ...











Fun, yesterday we had Larry Irving here to pick up some of the PH ( Purple Hands ) Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013, $24.99, written up in the Washington Post Food section this Wednesday. ( we were the only DC store listed for having it ) , and he introduced himself to Theresa Morrison, Pierre Marcelin of Maison Riviere was here pouring fine-quality red Bordeaux wines, and Lisa stopped by : and we all were introduced and we all tasted and it was a great spontaneous moment! WE used Larry's phone to take these pictures as Pierre rushed off to another appointment. Theresa sells us the BUEYES Extra Brut Malbec dry rose, sparkling, that is balanced, fruit-forward, really pleasing : a delight to sip ) ... Pierre tasted the CHATEAU GAUDIN 2010 Pauillac red On Special for $43.99, regularly $48.99 a bottle, and we sold three bottles while he was here! ... it was a fun moment for us all. Thanks everyone, merci Pierre ...  TONY  Happy weekend, happy Friday all,  

Come taste the wines of Peru here tonight with Danielle of Dionysos Imports from 5-8PM : NO CHARGE ...



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Tuesday Weekly Store Email January 28th, 2014 : State-Of-Union-Address Tonight, SUPER BOWL Weekend!


Cleveland Park Wine Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits
SORRY THAT THERE WAS no store email last week - the weather was a big part of
that ...

THINK ABOUT TONIGHT'S State-Of-The-Union Address ...

SURE, IT COULD CHANGE, it all hangs on a split second, on one conversation, on
one gesture, a smile or not, an email, a text, a Facebook message, a call!

I'M SPEAKING OF the SUPER BOWL, though it could relate to other topics like the
Golden Globe and Grammy, so many things.

WE HAVE A WHOLE RANGE of things to show you, to tempt you with. Malkit just
showed me a series of liquors that are all On Special , and when you buy them
you also will receive another 15% off these red-sticker prices : LIKE - THREE
OLIVES vodka, MEZZALUNA Vodka, GODIVA Chocolate, SKINOS Mastiha Liqueur, GREAT
LAKES " Pumpkin " liqueur... come check these out ; loose lots of individual
bottles and less than a case of any item.

WE HAVE BEEN REALLY BUSY here getting everything bar-coded so that we will soon
be able to scan everything and make it easier to know if we have an item in
stock or not, and easier to ring up at the register when there are lines so that
you do not have to wait around more than necessary. All good, all for our
greater good.

WE ALSO have whatever you might want to watch tonight's State-Of-The-Union
address. Because it is so very cold I will try and focus on things to bring us
good cheer and warm us with both the wind and the tumbling temperatures that are
wil us they say through this week.

THIS SUNDAY my wife and I drove up to the Big Apple to the East Village to dine
at  Becerka VESELKA a Ukrainian restaurant started 59 years ago in 1954! Wow,
now that's ' some history '! The funny thing was as we ate our Piecogis, potato
pancakes and other Ukrainian specialties I looked out and saw one of us - YES -
one of our Cleveland Park customers walk by. My jaw dropped down, my eyes
widened, and he looked inside the restaurant and saw me, stopped, smiled; and we
both waved at the other! It's pretty amazing as he did tell me he was moving to
New York. But while he lived here he would often stop and taste and chat with
us. Another customer, another friend. We have many customers that we share
between Washington D.C. and New York city. That's nice. They are always big
smiles when they are here, happy to see us, happy to have us here, and they
often stop to chat time-permitting like John and David!

OUR MEAL at VESELKA was a real treat. It stays open 24 hours and it was packed
for lunch and really cold outside and so we had to wait but it was well-worth
it. I would return as so much of it between the egg dishes, the pancakes and
waffles, all the sausages and the pastries - lots of comfort. I drank some
delicious unfiltered cider that though cold pleased me when my Monte Cristo
sandwich arrived with two slices meats, melted Swiss cheese, a mustard sauce,
fries, and on their toasted potato bread.

IF I HAD NOT BEEN DRIVING it would have been fun to combine this with a wine
like the BOE Brooklyn Oenology 2010 Social Club dry red blend from the North
Fork of Long Island, $19.99, 13.2% alcohol by volume. The back label reads: "
It's complex with lively flavors of dark cherry and blackberry, and highlights
of spices and savory baking herbs. A Bordeaux-style blend ... " I agree with
this, : www.brooklynoenology.com for more info. It will warm you and work really
well with many meals that will also do the same ...
WHAT A GRAND EXPERIENCE, about five hours each way, leaving at 6 A.M. and
getting back around 7 P.M. and about three hours in the East Village of New York
at E9thSt. and 2nd St ( not far from the Filmore East - and with the Grammy
later that was fun to remember all the groups that played there - maybe Paul and
Ringo played there at some point? ) , all the tolls back and forth, $31 for 3-4
hours' parking : a fanciful flight to and fro and well-worth it! Highly
recommended, treat ourselves once in awhile.

I MIGHT HAVE ORDERED some of the CHATEAU GRAND TRAVERSE, est 1974,  " Whole
Cluster " 2012 Old Mission Peninsula  Michigan German Kabinett style -
medium-dry Riesling, $18.99 with my Monte Cristo sandwich, that should have cut
through the honey mustard well? Or maybe it might have been better tho have the
CHATEAU GRAND TRAVERSE 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, $15.99, 12% alcohol by volume? Go
to : www.cgtwines.com for more ideas. Cheers.

I'D DO IT, WILL DO IT ALL over again. And so funny that I ran into the son of
someone who's father helps to promote the series of wines called LAYER CAKE,
like the Shiraz 2012 South Australia, $18.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume that we
sell here. That. too might have worked well with my Monte Cristo sandwich as it
was so cold on Sunday and our five-block walk outside to get back to our car
almost killed me! I felt my body harden and turn brittle-like and it scared the
s--t out of me!

THESE ARE ALL WINES to buy now and enjoy with the Super Bowl ... Treat
yourselves, buy now!

I JUST SPOKE WITH SANTOS About Beer ... All to enjoy when you watch the SUPER
BOWL -

and we are so pleased to have a series of German beers on a ' deep discount ' :
the MAXLRAINER  ( Go to : www.maxlrain for more great inspiration )

1)  Export Aiblinger Schwarzbier Wilhelm Leibl Dunkel,  a Bavarian dark draft
lager... the

2)  Hell Export Schloss Gold Premium Qualitat , a draft lager ... and the

3) Weissbier  Leo Weisse Naturbelassen Kellertrub, a Bavarian wheat beer,
unfiltered :

ALL THREE On Special for $1.99 a bottle. These are all loose bottles and
supplies are very limited so ' first come - first serve '!

WE ALSO JUST HAD MADONNA do an in-store KONA Brewing Company beer-tasting here.
Madonna poured the ...

1) Fire Rock Pale Ale - good rich forward and warming flavors ( On Special for
$8.99 a six-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 6% alcohol by volume )  ... and the ... Go
TO : www.KonaBrewingCo.com for more ideas. This will warm you to the bone and
float your spirit and soul! Thanks Madonna.

COME TASTE WITH MADONNA in another week, on Friday the 31st when we try a ' new
" Georgia beer, the SWEET WATER Brewing Company's Extra Pale Ale 420 ( On
Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, brewed and bottled in Atlanta,
Georgia, : " A tasty West Coast style pale accentuated by a stimulating hop
character. First conceived in our bat cave on 4-20. This kind beer keeps the
wheels on the bus going round and round."Go to : www.sweetwaterbrew.com for more
info, Atlanta, Georgia, 30324 ... 404-691-ales.

2) Pipeline Aloha Series Porter made with 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee ( On Special
for $8.99, 12 fl. oz bottle, 5.3% alcohol by volume , www.konabrewing.com ) :
how utterly delicious and full and rich and OPULENT! Loved it!

ALSO From Santos : For the SUPER BOWL -

1) LEFFE Brune-Brown Abbaye de Abbey , Anno 1240 established, On Special for
9.99 a 6-pack of twelve-ounce bottles, 6.5% alcohol by volume, : " Puissante et
savoureuse " : Powerful and savory, delicious, full of taste. Perfect/purrfect
for this cutting cold!

2) " Double-Wide " India Pale Ale from BOULEVARD BREWING CO. , the " Smokestack
Series " ( On Special for $12.99 a 4-pack of 12 Fluid Ounce bottles, 8.5%
alcohol by volume, Kansas City, Missouri ) : " Hops rip the roof off Double-Wide
I.P.A., their aroma redolent of apricot and piney woods. Caramel malts balance a
whirlwind of citrusy bitterness, winding down to a long, serene finish."

( Don't Forget : the STONE HILL Winery  Norton dry red 2010, from Missouri, the
" true " American wine made with a grape that comes from America and not Europe
like most of the others! It's $22.9 and a grand experience and dry red for this
cold weather, The sparkling Brut Rose Methode Champenoise, est. 1841 , $21.99,
will also do the trick and please you today and this week in this cold. It's
warming again!

3) " Alive! " Belgian Wild Ale from MIKKELLER ( On Special for 14.99 a 1 Pt.
9.4Fl Oz bottle, 8% alcohol by volume, de Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte,
Belgium ) : also perfect for this cutting cold weather that we are enjoying or
not now!

CIDER From Spain :

1) Pear Hard Cider from MAELOC hand-crafted in Galicia, Spain ( On Special for
$12.99 a 6-pack , 11.2 Fl. Oz bottles, 4% alcohol by volume, 10% pear juice,
made with apples from Galicia ) . ALSO available in Strawberry, On Special for
$12.99 a 6-pack. TWO delicious FLAVORS for you all to enjoy now - ahora!

MORE LIQUOR/ LIQUEUR From MALKIT & Jagir :

TO ENJOY NOW - Agora with the SUPER BOWL and AGAIN later!

1) Acai Spirit liqueur called VEEV ( $27.99 a 750ml bottle, 30% alcohol by
volume, , produced and bottled by VEEV Distillers in Rigby, Idaho ) : " From
deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, the acai berry is thought to be the
world's preeminent superfruit and VEEV is the world's first acai spirit. Born of
a desire for adventurous living...

AND WITH BRAZIL'S  carnival week coming in February, this would be a great way
to enjoy the spirit of celebrating life and being alive. The taste is so
elegant, so polished and refined : with an enticing bouquet that shouts-out like
streamers of all pastel colors falling from the buildings above and down into
the streets with all those singing and dancing down below, dressed in so many
bright colors, so many feathers and glitter and pizzas ... and here you have a
softer, my calming taste to enjoy.

AS THEY SAY : " A Better Way To Live Deserves A Better Way To Drink. Make the
Eau de VeeV - a Brazilian Rickey : 2 oz VeeV Acai Spirit, 1 lemon slice, i
orange slice, and 3 Oz tonic ... a citrus wheel to garnish ... Veevebrate!

I WAS JUST TALKING TO MIKE Cavanagh on the phone and we are looking at possibly
doing our Brazilian Carnival Tasting of Spirits & Wine here on Wednesday,
February 26th, 2014 from 5-8PM as the actual carnival season if February 28th -
March 4th, 2014.

NEWS FLASH From AIRLIE Vineyards, Willamette Valley OR :  SAVE THE DATE!

Mary Olsen the owner will be here on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 from 5-8PM doing
an in-store tasting of the whites : Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muller Thurgau,
as well as of her Pinot Noir dry red. The three whites I displayed earlier on
our tasting table as they will all help fight this intense cold and wind! What
are the chances, what a coincidence! I love it, this will be a great evening
here indeed and you are all welcome. Mark your calendars now! SAVE THE DATE!
2) Rum Espiritu Puro Da Natureza by TOUCANO, this Brazilian Cachaca by YPIOCA
(On Special for $24.99, 40% alcohol by volume, 1 liter bottle - great deal,
Agricola ) :"  made from freshly harvested sugar cane, fermented with natural
years, distilled from the pure juice of the sugar cane, aged for 2 years in oak
barrels ... carefully aged for a shimmering taste "... ANOTHER GREAT WAY to
celebrate Brazil's carnival!

3) Original BREAKOUT Premium Rye Whiskey , 8 -Years-Old from The Tennessee
Spirits Company ( $39.99, 750ml bottle, 43% alcohol by volume ) : Brand spanking
new : " Make a bold move. Break out of your routine and taste the original rebel
of ryes, 8-year-old BREAKOUT American Rye Whiskey ." Go to :
www.breakoutryewhiskey.com for more inspiration!

4) Genevieve Genever Style Gin Essay )-SSG-GM-1 from ANCHOR Distilling Co. (
$54.99 a 750ml bottle, San Framsisco, CA. - you know, the beer specialists!
47.3% alcohol by volume , est. 1993 ) : " This traditional 17th-century-style
genever gin was pot-distilled at our small San Fransisco distillery. "

FROM Michel & Tony : SUPER BOWL WINES -

1) " Les Galets dores " , a dry white blend 2012 from CHATEAU MOURGUES Du GRES
in France's Costieres De Nimes, $15.99, a blend of Roussanne, Grenache,
Vermentino and Marsanne that's lively, flavorful and a real treat, even with all
this cold!

2) " Galets Rouges ", a 2011 dry French red blend from CHATEAU MOURGUES Du GRES
, $15.99, 14% alcohol by volume, of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Marselan.
It's also got lots of lively personality that will be great for the Super Bowl
as you want different wines and beers that will complement all the varied finger
foods that you pick from chips and pretzels and popcorn, dips with melting
cheeses, guacamole and more of everything ... hot dogs and sausages, too!

3) 2011 Patelin de Tablas from TABLAS CREEK Vineyard in Paso Robles, CA. ,
$24.99, 13.7% alcohol by volume : a dry red fruit-forward-driven blend of
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise. I like it a whole lot! What a wonderful
treat that will harmonize with everything!

4) Shiraz and Viognier dry red Aussie blend from DOMAINE TERLATO & CHAPOUTIER,
from Victoria, $20.99, 14% alcohol by volume, this is a bit heartier, beefier,
more grip and grit and really nice medium-to-lighter-bodied red that again will
dance beautifully- play hard ball wonderfully on your tongue along with all the
food that is like the football being carried down the field until you all score
BIG!

5) CHATEAU LA COUDRAIE 2010 dry red Bordeaux, $13.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume,
from Vognobles Jolivet : this is a tasty, flavorful medium-to-light-bodied dry
red Bordeaux that will suit well most food that you drink while watching the
Super Bowl! It's a real winner and very reasonable in price, too.

WE ARE NOW WORKING on Big Plans to celebrate Brazil's carnival here with a
tasting of the LEBLON Cachaca, On Special for $32.99 a 750ml bottle ( Krista and
Fatima might both be here to help us orchestrate this wonderful event ) as well
as the wines of SALTON ( Mike and Katie Cavanagh pouring we hope ) that include
espumante-sparkling wines as we;; as still wines. What fun!! Stay-tuned for more
info shortly.

WE HAVE EVERYTHING for you, for TONIGHT'S State-Of-The-Union, for this weekend's
SUPER BOWL, for the COLD WEATHER, STAY WARM ...WE WILL HELP YOU ALL,  and to be
sure I am talking now with Santos, Jagir, Malkit. Michel and I have already gone
over some ideas and I will include those here as well as those of  Malkit, Jagir
and Santos. Where will you all be? In front of your t.v. or in front of a
friend's? Many people will be. I am one of that one percent of the one percent
that do not watch the Super Bowl and may be doing something else fun with my
family?

THE OLYMPICS are also just around the corner, so is Valentine's Day! SO MUCH TO
anticipate. May we all be warm, safe, healthy and able to enjoy ourselves both
at work and off! Cheers.

THANK YOU For everything. We appreciate everything.

Remember that TODAY ( Tuesday ) and WEDNESDAY we have our weekly sales going.
SAVE BIG TODAY and TOMORROW. Today's sale get sparkling wines down to 15% OFF
the market sticker prices when you buy a case of twelve bottles assorted, and
tomorrow- Wednesday when you buy a case assorted you get 20% OFF on your still
wines- not including champagne or sparkling wines. It's the same sale we run
every Wednesday and every Tuesday. Call for deliveries and more details. It's
always good to talk to you ( 202-363-4265 ) on the phone or see you face-to-face
here in person.

WE DELIVER : call to place an order : 202-363-4265.

FOLLOW US on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits and also on Twitter at
: cpwinespirits and wineenabler. Cheers,   TONY

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

[1]www.clevelandparkwine.com

If you have any orders, suggestions or questions, you may e-mail us at
[2]sales@clevelandparkwine.com or call (202) 363-4265.

References

1. http://www.clevelandparkwine.com/
2. mailto:sales@clevelandparkwine.com

Anthony Quinn- My Store Email For Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits Sent Before The Super Bowl Game In Late January 2012 : Read It & Enjoy! ALSO : Listen To Tonight's, 1/28/14 State Of The Union Message!


Cleveland Park Wine Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and
spirits
WE HAVE EVERYTHING for you and to be sure I am talking now with both Santos and
Ravi. Ean and I have already gone over some ideas and I will include those here
as well as those of both Ravi and Santos. Where will you all be? In front of
your t.v. or in front of a friends? Many people will be. I am one of that one
percent of the one percent that do not watch the Super Bowl and may doing
something else fun with my family depending on the weather and how we feel? We
may turn into the half-time show as my son wants to watch Madonna sing. Will
she sing her famous songs : " Like A Viognier ", followed almost immediately by
the song : " Like A Vermentino ". I had no idea that Madonna was such a white
wine fan. Maybe she will release as a follow-up : " Like A Verdicchio "? So
many possibilities, so little time.

ANYWAY : We will have plenty of " Specials " for you this weekend as you watch
the Super Bowl. I guess there will be lots of everything enjoyed : lots of beer
and wine and certainly plenty of liquor, too. What do you all like? Anything
that we should be looking out for you? Please let us know as we still have
plenty of time to order it for you if there is something " special " to you
that is available and that we do not yet have? Sometimes it's simply a question
of space for us ; sometimes it's a question that we do not know about it yet or
that perhaps the supplier is currently out of? In any of these cases we will be
happy to look into it and get back to you. Respond to this email or simply give
us a call at : 202-363-4265. Thanks.

BEER From SANTOS :

1) NEW PLANET 3R Raspberry Ale Gluten-Free Beer ( On Special for $9.49 a
4-pack, made in Fort Collins, Colorado ,  www.newplanetbeer.com ) is ale made
from sorghum and corn extract. It comes in other flavors as well. This one
seemed good to mention as we also have Valentine's Day on the horizon. Come
check it out.
2) PINKUS Organic unfiltered Pilsner Beer ( $3.99 a bottle, 500ml, 1 Pt. 9
Fl. Oz ) is made by BRAUEREI PINKUS MULLER in Munster, Germany and both USDA
Organic certified as well as by Abcert AG. This could be a " special " beer to
enjoy with some more flavorful appetizers.
3) " Chatoe " First Growth Single Malt Ale by ROGUE " Grow The Revolution
" ( On Special for $7.99, 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz / 650ml bottle, Newport, Oregon, 97365
USA ) is dedicated to farmers and fermenters. GYO is a ROGUE Ales term for Grow
Your Own. Made with their own hops,... " malty aroma, deep golden in color with
a dense creamy head. Medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare
malt ". No chemicals, preservative or additives.

4)  Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale of NORTH COAST Brewing
Company ( On Special for $10.99. 750ml bottle, 9.4% alcohol by volume, go to :
www.northcoastbrewing.com for more info ) :  " ... we're proud to make a
donation to the Jazz education programs of the Thelonious Monk Institute of
Jazz ( www.monkinstitute.org ) for every bottle of Brother Thelonious sold ".

5)  We also have :

a) MOOSEHEAD Canadian On Special for $4.99 a 6-pack and $14.99 a case
b) DOS EQUIS Mexican beer amber and lager On Special for $6.49 a 6-pack.
BOTH are great to enjoy when you have a big party or celebration like the Super
Bowl.

HARD CIDER : " New "

1) FARMHOUSE Select Hard Cider ( crafted in Vermount ) , the Original '91
( On Special for $10.99 750ml bottle, 6.9% alcohol by volume ) is " hand
bottled. Hand labeled. And hand signed. ... Vermont apples and premium Belgian
yeast give Farmhouse Select Original '91 a unique local flavor with a natural
cloudiness and pleasing feel on the palate in every expertly crafted small
batch ".

LIQUOR By RAVI :

1) " Angels Envy " from the Cellars of Lincoln Henderson ( $46.99 , 43.3%
alcohol by volume, www.angelsenvy.com ) is Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished
in Port wine barrels - charred that lend both  " color and flavor as the raw
whiskey inside concentrates - losing a portion of the liquor to evaporation.
Long ago, master distillers dubbed this elusive portion the Angel's Share ".

2) Tequila 100% de Agave " Anejo " of DON ROBERTO ( On Special at  $56.99,
40% alcohol by volume, www.aveniubrands.com ) is brand new for us here at
Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and a nice addition. Try some for Super Bowl
weekend!

3) The Spice Tree by COMPASS BOX, this Malt Scotch Whisky ( non-chill
filtered, 46% alc/vol, $61.99 , www.compassboxwhisky.com ) is " round & full
with a luxuriant spice-like character, the Spice Tree is our seminal malt
scotch whisky, amber in color with hints of clove, cardamon and ginger imparted
by ageing in virgin French oak. "

WINES By EAN & TONY :

WHITE Treat : Splurge ...
1) Joh. Jos. PRUM 2007 Riesling Kabinett Wehlen/Mosel ( $40.99, VDP
Qualitatswein mit Pradikat, 9% alcohol by volume ) should be drinking like a
dream now and with some of that great Tailgate food that creative home chefs
concoct this could be a real treat. This is some of Germany's very best and
would be great to take with you to a Super Bowl party. It should be really
showing a whole lot of the spectrum of it's flavors, too. A real, special
treat!

RED Treat : Splurge ...

1) MOLLY DOOKER " The Maitre D' " 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ( $24,
www.mollydookerwines.com, in Bragg, CA. ), McLaren Vale, Australia. " To enjoy
this wine at it's best, do the Mollydooker shake. Watch the video at :
mollydookerwines.com". Made by Sarah & Sparky Marquis.

RED SWEET Treat : Splurge ...

1) PAGO Del VICARIO 100% Merlot / Merlot Dulce 2008 ( On Special for
$18.99, 500ml bottle, www.pagodelvicario.com, Ciudad Real, Espana ) is  back
again by popular demand. It's pretty wonderful, pretty delectable, too.

WHITE SWEET Treat : Splurge ...

1) " Arzimo " La Cappuccina Recioto di Soave Tranquillo, ( $23.99, 14%
alcohol, www.lacappuccina.it, 500ml bottle ) is made from 100% Garganega grapes
and it's pretty amazing and wonderful and again would make a great treat for
watching the Super Bowl : reward yourselves handsomely : nuts and honey and
apricots and peaches and nectarine flavors all wrapped into one liquid delight
here.

WHITE Dry White 375ml Treats / Splurge...

1) Erbaluce di Calusa indigenous dry white grape variety from ORSOLANI ,
this half-bottle of " La Rustia " at $11.99 is wonderful and means that someone
can drink this and really enjoy this outstanding, unique and dry Italian white
from the Piedmont region while watching the Super Bowl.
2) Classico 2008 Verdicchio De Castello di Jesi dry Italian white from
BUCCI ( On Special for $13.99 a bottle ) is simply stated one of the great
Italian white wines and this bottle is drinking beautifully now and should not
be missed. ONE of the ABSOLUTE GREATS!
3) Sancerre 100% Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from Bernard Reverdy ( On Special
for $10.99, regularly $14.99 ) ; BUY 2 bottles and get them for 10% OFF the
$10.99 or at $9.89 each : that's $19.78 for the two, less that $20 for really
good Sancerre ( same amount as a 750ml bottle ) and you can drink it when you
want and waste less because they are 375ml / half bottles! Great taste, great
value, and easier to enjoy as you want and have less spoilage, too. Also great
when you carry or travel with the wine.

MORE WINE SPECIALS :

1) Patrick Lesec's " Petit Crau Dry Red Rhone Blend ( On Special for $7.99
/ Regularly $12.99 ) is a hearty, robust, earthy dry red to be enjoyed with a
flavorful meal!
2) Chablis 2009 from DOMAINE PRIEURE dry white Burgundy is On Special for
$19.99 / regularly $24.99 ). Don't delay on this : there are only five cases
available of this.

THERE ARE MANY MORE WINES, beers, liquors arriving tomorrow on the 1st of
February. Too many things to remember all at once like this and so come by and
be pleased and surprised. We have a number of great values arriving all at
reduced prices, too. This will be a great chance to try some " new " products
at great prices.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Regis of Roanoke Imports
here to taste through the PETER FRANUS California wines from the Palena dinner.
It will be a re-cap and both Ean and I were really blown away by them: a  white
Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Napa Valley white and several reds including two Zins, a
Cabernet Sauvignon and a dry red Bordeaux blend. Impressive the whole lot!

Saturday, February 4th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : WE have Enrico of Derosa
Imports here to taste a cross-section of his Italian wines that his father-son
company specialize in. They find some great deals, really they do. We are very
pleased to be able to offer them to you. Some from Friuli and Alto Adige this
go-round.

I AM SURE THAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING but it's time to get this store
email to print and in your capable hands while you are still at work. Come see
us this week. It being the first of February we will have many things to make
you turn your heads and stop dead in your tracks!

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

[1]www.clevelandparkwine.com

If you have any orders, suggestions or questions, you may e-mail us at
[2]sales@clevelandparkwine.com or call (202) 363-4265.

References

1. http://www.clevelandparkwine.com/
2. mailto:sales@clevelandparkwine.com

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Response To Dave McIntyre's Article On Bordeaux Wine In Last Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 Article Published In The Food Section Of The Washington Post Newspaper. Cheers, Drink More " Value " Bordeaux Red @ Home, Then Ask For It In Restaurants, Too!1




Dave, in your article : " Bordeaux tries to recapture the imagination of U.S. wine lovers  I want to point out that, in our store, in a D.C. retail atmosphere their imagination is alive and healthy and doing really well. We sell lots of " value " red Bordeaux wines like the ones you just wrote about. People ask for them, return for them, are pleased with them, spend a lot of time looking at them on our shelves deciding which to buy and take home and enjoy. This is essential, it really is, and it's practical, too as many U.S. wine lovers want to be able to afford to enjoy these fine dry red, white ( and even rose and Sauternes-Barsac ) wines with their meals. For many it is much more economic to buy them in a fine retail wine store, take them home, prepare their own meal and have a wonderful evening and experience. Their imaginations are " well and alive " and I see no need to worry. The one observation that I would make is that very few seem to take the time to visit us at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. I can count them on my fingers , Michel the owner of CHATEAU des LESCOURS has come last year, so did the owner of CHATEAU CALLAC and one other. They come so infrequently that it is hard to always remember their names and , for that, I am sorry for my part in this as I try very hard to remember who comes to visit us. I would advise they visit more stores because it is in a store that many connections are made and solidified over time. If they would taste with more customers in stores then they would be more on the tip-of-the-tongues of the consumers/ customers that also go to restaurants to enjoy fine meals with wine. And those consumers/ customers would note to the sommeliers in these restaurants that they are unhappy to find so few listed. This is my advice, work from the ground up and make the connections and the impressions that will make more people living in the U.S. fight to have them on the wine lists! Cheers, Anthony Quinn 1/27/14


  • Dan Terrasa Thanks Tony!! I appreciate the support and all you have done to help bring good Bordeaux to the everyday person who can't afford the ridiculous, inflated, and over priced Classified Growth Bordeaux. Those wines are such a joke and are a clear and focused look into what the wine business "used to be" Thanks to people like you, they aren't the future!!
  • Anthony Quinn I appreciate this Dan, more than you know, especially for having the vision and conviction to comment here. Cheers, we will continue to work together on this for many years! TONY 2/5/14




Glad To See Others getting Excited About The Fine Wines Of Brasil As I Am And Have Been Now Since 2010 Or Even Earlier?!? Cheers, Bravo, Tim Tim!!! Monday Afternoon In Northern Virginia, January 27th, 2014 Agora, Aqui! Obregado A Tudos!

Dave McIntyre wrote the article a month or so ago. I wrote a comment about that to him and mentioned how much we had been working with SALTON , CASA VALDUGA, MIOLO and LIDIO CARRARO and was disappointed that he did not respond to my comment, or maybe her did here. I will check this out now. Either way, the wines of Brasil  are well and alive in Washington D.C. @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits ( as they were at PULPO that poured the LIDIO CARRARO Merlot by the glass there on our block ). These are the wines available now - agora - still waiting for more MIOLO, GEISSE, DON GUERINO, DOM CANDIDO, VINICOLA ZATTERA, X DECIMA, PIAGENTINI, DOMNO, BOSCATO , CORDILHEIRA DE SANT'ANA, CAVALLIERI ... and SO MANY MORE, all that can and should be here!Let's give a BIG " Shout Out " for these fine wines of Brasil, or , haven't you heard? Cheers, Tim tim,  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  1/27/14


Washington Post predicts that "Brazil will be the next trendy wine region in South America". http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/what-to-expect-in-wine-for-2014/2013/12/25/26f3576c-6bf9-11e3-a523-fe73f0ff6b8d_story.html

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Amy Troutmiller Of The Diamond District Wine Imports/Selections Brings Michel Dumas & Anthony Quinn ( Me ) Today, Thursday January 23rd, 2014 Some Fascinating, Fun, Unique, Quirky Wines To Taste From New York, Uruguay, California and Chile. Nice. Thanks Amy. This Is Our Third Tasting With Amy & Amy Will Do An In-Store Wine-Tasting @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits In February!













Tasted some fine wine selections with Amy Troutmiller earlier today that included some really excellent whites from New York's Long Island region : a Pinot Grigio that I wrote : Tasted anything but like a Pinot Grigio " : it had such a nut and a honey and a yeast and bread flavor that I also wrote something about " nuts and nuttiness " as they , for me are the strongest flavors that remind me of sherry. I could play with this Pinot Grigio - two daughters - because there are many food possibilities. That, as well as the " orange wine " from the same vineyard, Amy tells me that Danny at Ripple is doing a whole lot with this " orange " category of wines. I can see why, it's challenging and something new to tackle and see how best to pair with a meal, or just outside on your patio as Amy mentioned? I am at home now typing this and so am both tired and thrilled to be home and going off my memory with no notes in front of me, just my best and most poignant recollections of these flavors and tastes of the wines. I will include many details really soon. Amy also tasted Michel Dumas and Anthony Quinn ( me ) on an affordable and delicious Chilean Carmenere that we can retail for $9.99 a bottle that is fruit-forward from start to finish, tasty, with balance and flavor and medium-bodied with a fine mouth-feel, too. It was a favorite of mine this afternoon. I also liked the California Cabernet Sauvignon from Amy that was also fruit-forward, balanced, pleasing, fresh and where the alcohol was in check and never a concern. Lovely. Then there was the Uruguayian Tannat that we can sell for $16.99 retail I believe that was also fruit-driven, fruit-center-stage as well - and the sweeter, port-style 375ml bottle that had nuts and honey and dried fruit and a lovely chocolate presence at the second part of the taste on the palate and tongue that will be quite endearing to many of our customers - an " instant hit ". We will sell it well, especially with Valentine's Day Amy, we need to have you pour it at your first in-store wine-tasting with our customers in February. And Amy, we used to buy if from Abel Sauza that specializes in the wines of Uruguay and that is himself from Uruguay, and I hear moved to live in Florida. Cheers, thanks again, TONY 1/23/14

UPDATE : Saturday, March 1st, 2014 : ...




Liz and Ryan brought Matt and Carol-Ann from North Carolina to the store after 8 PM and said : " You're still tasting wine, right?!? ", and I, with my coat on and ready to head out the door said : " No. That's over. " Ryan persisted with : " We brought our good friends visiting us to meet you. " Turns out that Ryan and Matt and Carol-Ann go way back, growing up together and that this was their first visit to Washington D.C. to visit Ryan and Liz. I pulled out the wine that was left from Amy Troutmiller's selections : a delicious dry Veneto Riesling Italico from Italy, $13.99 and we started there and proceeded to the Bardolino dry red from Veneto, Italy and the Spanish red Bobal and with these two reds I said : " Looks like you guys are screwed because it's always ' Ladies first ' and there's just enough for Liz and Carol-Ann. " They sighed, and Carol-Ann said : " Suck it up! " , and I responded : " Wow, I like Carol-Ann! " and smiled. I did have some of the ' aged ' LEBLON Cacacha from Brazil to pour them all and spoke about Fatima's tasting and Brazil's Carnaval last night and the tasting. Ryan said : " I told you so! We should have come last night! " I tasted them also on the ALEXANDRE Pedro Ximenez sherry, $32.99, they loved it and bought a bottle for Carol-Ann's father I think? Then I said : " Wait Liz, I have something special for you and I went to get the green LEBLON shiny beads' necklace for her and Carol-Ann amd both Ryan and Matt put them over the necks of Liz and Carol-Ann. Matt took this ' selfie ' of us all. We had a blast. Chatted, bonded, enjoyed. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 3/12014