Monday, March 31, 2014

RIO/SOL & SALTON @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits - Thanks Danielle & Mike - & @ Tel'Veh Wine Bar DC - Thanks Katie, & Selling Really Well, & SUZIN Winery Info From Rogerio Gomez, Too!

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Thrilled to see our Brazilian wine, the Desejo (100% Merlot) by Salton Harmoniza II on the new wine flight menu at Tel'Veh Wine Bar in DC. Loving the name of the flight also "Guns of the New World" 

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  • Anthony Quinn LOVE this, about time, bravo to all involved!
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  • Katie Cavanagh Thanks Anthony! It's great to see Brazilian wine starting to get some love!
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  • Anthony Quinn Both in stores as well as on restaurant lists. Yesterday at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits we poured the RIO/SOL Sao Frasisco dry red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz that we sell for $10.99 a bottle and it sold really well. That's sweet! Love it, the wines is really good just like the SALTON Merlot listed here as well as the SALTON Pinot Noir that is roasted and toasted darker cheery flavors accented with strawberries and some enticing spices, too , $17.99 a bottle on our shelves , as well as THE ' work horse " Tannat, $11.99 that is more fruit-forward and easy to approach immediately with or without a meal : both that sell really well, too. Cheers, great work! TONY 3/20/2014

I took this picture above in a fine restaurant in the town of Bento Goncalves that I went to and enjoyed a fine meal in late June, 2012 with a bottle on the DUNAMIS organic Merlot I believe, or was it a red blend? It was light and fresh and balanced and a perfect foil for what we ate there.

And just today, Monday March 31st, 2014 I am discovering the SUZIN Winery in southern Brazil's highest elevation for grapes and vines : the Sao Joaquim region of Santa Catarina where I am told SUZIN grows the following ... I copied and pasted this , as well as what is above from my Facebook conversations that I am happy to be sharing in my blog format so that more of this might come to light - come to life, and reach a broader audience of those interested in the fine quality of wine that is currently being made in Brazil in the six or so regions where grapes are grown ( with the possibility of up to three harvests in a year in certain regions I am told - definitely two ), but that are sadly not available in many markets outside Brazil yet. Some is available in the United States like the RIO/SOL, SALTON, CASA VALDUGA, MIOLO and  LIDIO CARRARO, DON GUERINO and a couple of others, but there is hardly any talk of any of this yet. I / we hope to change that with posts like these. Join us, let's all " MAKE SOME BIG NOISE " for the excellent wines of Brazil!

I will continue to add to this, it will be a ' work in progress ' of mine. Please fell free to comment here. Let's all be heard here in the United States, in England and China, Germany and all the regions of the world where wine is enjoyed! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  3/31/2014

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  • Maurício José Ribeiro Rotta Convida os amigos, mô pombo!
  • Anthony Quinn Where's this wine from?
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  • Rogério Gomes Hi Mr. Anthony Quinn ,
    These wines are made with grapes from the highest vineyards in Brazil, in São Joaquim - Santa Catarina – South Brazil. The vineyards in this region are sited in altitudes varying between 900 and 1.400 meters above sea level. Suzi
    n is a small producer with 7 hectares planted at 1.200 meters above sea level. The cultivars planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are fresh, round and very enjoyable.
    More information at
  • Anthony Quinn Thank you Rogerio, I will share this information on my Facebook as well as in a blog to let more people know that these wines are in fact being made and that they deserve our attention. Tell me more about these vintages? Obregado, bom dia! Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 3/31/2014

Obregado Rogerio ( Gomes ) para tudos! Let's work closely together here.  TONY

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sotiris Bafitis, Iason & Nanos Taste Fine Greek Wines : ANTONOPOULOS Vineyards, Patras, Greece ; MITRAVELAS ESTATE, Nemea, Greece & SIATISTA Winery, Siatista region Greece : Dry whites, Dry Reds & One Dry Rose @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, Washington D.C. Friday March 28th, 2014 From 5-8PM

This will be fun, this will be special : some reds, some whites, a great value on a our dry Greek rose from Sotiris that we have ten cases of NOW On Sale! Cheers, Join us ...

JOIN US : Free Tastings : TONIGHT, TOMORROW : March 28th and March 29th , 2014 ....

Friday, March 28th , 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Sotiris Bafitis here this
Friday to taste some great Greek and Italian wines! No charge, join us, some dry
white . red and rose wines. You will enjoy this. Always special with Sotiris
here. Anthony (  TONY ) Quinn  

Thanks Laurita ( Greene ), it sure was a great tasting with Sotiris, Iason, and Nasos , and the wines showed the best ever as they have been here awhile and aging and growing gracefully. One of the stars was the " Adoli Ghis ' dry white 2011 blend of Lagorthi, Asproudes and Alepo Roditis from ANTONOPOULOUS Vineyards SA , $21.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, from Patras, Greece that , to me was reminding me a whole lot of the best dry Rhone white wines with so much richness and a finesse, an elegance, a buoyancy, a liveliness of creamed nuts and various honey accents that was like being rocked gently in a rope hammock with just the gentlest breeze and motion all around my tongue and palate that I found exhilarating and intriguing. I loved it. It showed and sold really well last night as it's pretty much all there with no need to wait any longer for more. Enjoy a glass by itself and then with a meal, many a meal, kick back, smile, hum, close your eyes, have a revelation or ' new thought ' and be off somewhere special! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 3/29/2-14 last night at Cleveland Park Wines Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits, Friday, March 28th, 2014 from 5-8PM. What a great tasting! ALSO : Tasted the 2006 ' Private Collection ' dry red , $On Special for $17.99, 14% alcohol by volume, from ANTONOPOULOS that was completely open and ready to enjoy now that we sold completely out of and need to order more from you Sotiris ASAP! THanks again Sotiris, you are doing a great job and it was great to have you all here to help sell these FABulous wines of ANTONOPOULOS Vineyards in Patras, Greece. TONY
What a great tasting of the finest Greek dry red, rose and white wines : with grapes like Moscofilero and Agiorgitiko and more with Natalie, Rachel, Iason, Nasos, Sotiris, Joe and me - Tony, TONIGHT, Friday, March 28th, 2018 from 5-8PM. Cheers, TONY Oh, and Konstantanis, Sotiris' brother was also here, with the Greek gentleman pictured in the light olive-green coat with a name hard to pronounce: Deterius was it?!? Something like that anyway ... cheers all, TONY

The pictures tell some of it all, many people showed up to taste, many people learned and bought. Everyone pitched in, everyone was helpful, using the map and speaking of Greece and all it's wonders and joys that include wine, of course.

It takes a village, it takes a country to express some of the joy and the wonder that is a people, a place, a culture , a life-style, a philosophy, a pleasure, a full life and experience of many things glorious.

I was thrilled that Sotiris had so many of those important and lose to him show up to lend their hands, their knowledge and their experiences to this as they spoke individually to many of our customers like Rachel and Natalie and so many others like Michael, and another Michael the photographer, and Todd, and Marty , Rick, and the list goes on and on ...

It takes a village as I said ...  thanks all, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Saturday, March 29th, 2014 here at the store as I finish this and post this and get ready to sell more Greek wines today as we open a bottle with Danielle of Santorini HATZIDAKIS Winery dry white, 2012, On Special for $19.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume. Cheers, join us from 2-6PM to enjoy this and a bottle of the RIO/SOL Brazilian dry red 2010 Cabernet / Sauvignon / Shiraz , $10.99, 13% alcohol by volume, and some 2009 Crianza , Rioja from MARTINEZ LACUESTA dry Spanish red. Everyone always welcome, come taste with us today, Saturday, March 29th, 2014!  TONY

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits #Antonopoulos Vineyards , # Patras, Greece, #Adoli Ghis , #Lagorthi #Asproudes#Alepo Roditis #Greek wines

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JEAN-LUC COLOMBO French Wines I Tasted Thanks To Franceen That Then Worked For Palm Bay : THE Visual Fun & Stimulation ' Et Envie De Boire, D'essayer ' That I Hope These Pictures I Took Give & Convey! The Rose Is In Washington Post Today, Wed. March 26th, 2014 : So Posting This Now!

What great news, the dry JEAN-LUC COLOMBO rose is recommended in the Washington Post newspaper's wine column today in the Food section , Wednesday March 26th, 2014 : SO : I will post this now even though I want to include more. What fun, what great timing. I love this serendipitous quality to things, go with things, go with the flow. Cheers,  TONY 3/26/2014

  ... and there's still lots of snow, freshly-fallen yesterday, on the ground outside. Spring is coming, just dragging it's feet!

Being an artist I like to bring another element, a visual one that gives us all the desire, the inspiration, the kick-in-the-pants that we need to go out and find a wine like these from JEAN-LUC COLOMBO that makes some really great French wines in all the price categories for us all to enjoy as we can, as our lives permit, as our wallets allow, and given the idea.

On this day Francine had a woman with her that is pictured below. I will have to find my notes and her card to include here name here as it deserves to be included. It may have been that she was waiting to taste me on other wines besides these of JEAN-LUC COLOMBO? I cannot recall at this moment. I may have enjoyed simply including her here as I have because she is an attractive woman? Ahhh, that artistic licence of mine sure does get get me in trouble from time-to-time, and here at least, I am admitting that I am indeed in trouble as I have included these pictures of her along with those of Francine, and I have absolutely no idea now who she is?!? Sorry.

But I will play the ' art card ' and say that as an artist I need some room to do things like this , from time to time, that stand on their own, that need no explanation, as the pictures themselves speak volumes themselves. And my ultimate goal is to make someone like you looking at these pictures and reading my commentary simply want to come to our store Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits in Northwest Washington D.C., 20008 ( or another of your choice ) in search of this or another JEAN-LUC COLOMBO wine! If you do this then I have succeeded in my mission with the help of this woman here along with Franceen : the three of us have worked our combined magic on you and it has worked - we have made a good team.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TONIGHT : Winemaker Alessio Carli Of PIETRA SANT. CA. Cienega Valley Tastes His Wines @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits From 5-8PM, Join Us, Never Any Charge, Only When You Buy A Bottle, Get It Signed By Alessio Tonight, Tuesday March 25th, 2014!

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Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

 GRAZIE Alessio, 24 years of hard work at PIETRA SANTA, the old ALMADEN property sure has paid off well! Cheers to you all ...

I liked the Sangiovese and the Pinot Noir we tasted as well as your version of a ' Super Tuscan ' as well. Come again any time ...

As you can see from these photos we had a great time tasting the PIETRA SANTA California Central Coast wines that showed so well, and sold so well, too.

I am glad that we were able to share these last night with our customres. Before it was all over I drew two quick portrait sketches as a ' thank you ' Alessio  for such a fun visit, tasting and moment spent together with many of our customers that braved the elements and the snow as it continued to fall throughout the day and evening ...   we still have some of them all, signed, too ...

 having these excellent reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, $17.99 ; Merlot, $16.99 : and Pinot Gris, $14.99 to cheer and warm them. Thanks, grazie ... TONY

WOW, IT'S SNOWING fine white beads outside and my inclination earlier at home
was to curl up on our couch and write about some sparkling wine I had recently
enjoyed watching the fine beads rise up ...

IT OCCURRED TO ME  that it would be quite the photographic feat to take a glass
of fine sparkling wine outside and watch the fine snow and the fine white
bubbles touch and kiss : that's my artistic bent, and I did not have the time to
do this, but someday ... what about you?!?

SO : WE ALL KNOW IT, none of us are ready for this snow! It's too much,
beautiful , but way, way too much! What can we do? Nothing, simply enjoy it, be
inspired by it, and perhaps make a snowman or two, throw a snowball or two, take
some fresh snow and make a flavored snow cone ? That could be nice, alcoholic or
not, depending? Have fun, that's the main thing, engage your inner child again
as you can, as nature helps you to do so as we continue to grow we do not have
to grow tired and old in growing, do we?! I wrote the part below a little while
ago and posted it on our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. Have
you all pushed the LIKE button on our Facebook page? That would be nice. Please
do so and keep up daily with our activities and announcements that are numerous,
colorful, engaging, about us and the neighborhood , and any opportunities that I
hear of that you might all be interested in?


JOIN US TONIGHT : 5:30-7:30PM  here ...

with winemaker Alessio Carli of PIETRA SANTA winery in California's Central
Coast region , the Cienega Valley.

The winery was started in 1989, the Zinfandel vines were planted in 1905, they
make three levels of wines :  Pietra Santa, the Signature Collection, and the
Sacred Stone : they also make extra virgin olive oil!

" Farming with environmentally sustainable methods, intensive pruning and
trellising, to careful filed cluster selection and hand harvesting. ... our
wines are only as good as the grapes that we grow " says winemaker Alessio
Carli  ...

that you can meet here tonight and taste with him. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY )
Quinn  3/25/2014  from 5:30-7:30PM, no charge, join us, get a bottle signed as a

Enjoy the snow with California Central Coast Cienega Valley PIETRA SANTA wines
tonight! WOW!  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn   What an offer, what an incredible
opportunity here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

ask Alessio  about the Dolcetto 2009, the Sangiovese, the 2009 Zinfandel, the
Rosato dry rose ;

TASTE the Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, the 2011 Chardonnay, AND  taste the 2010
Merlot that blew me away ...


THREE ' Great Deals ' From Santos : From ST. MARTIN Abbaye de ABDIJ VAN -

1) ' Triple - Tripel ' Belgian Ale , depuis anno 1096 ( On Special for
$5.99 - regularly $10.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 9% alcohol by volume, from
Brunehaut, Rue des Panneries, go to : for more info ) ...  AND

2) ' Blonde- Blond ' Belgian Ale ( On Special for $5.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl Oz
bottle, 7% alcohol by volume,  ) ...  AND ...

3) ' Quadruple ' Ale from ( On Special for $7.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz
Bottle, 13% alcohol by volume, regularly $10.99 a bottle ) :

WOW, Double, Triple, Quadruple WOW!!!!

WHAT INSANE deals these 3 Belgian beers/ales offer.

ALSO From Santos :

1) Pilsner ' Polestar ' from LEFT HAND Brewing Company ( On Special for
$10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5.5% alcohol by volume, from Longmount,
Colorado, go to : for more info ) : " A zesty
German-style Pilsner with great biscuity malt flavor and a dry, crisp finish."
SOUNDS like a winner to me!

LIQUEUR -  From Malkit/Jagir :

1) Original Toffee Cream Liqueur from DOOLEY'S ( On Special for $19.99 a
750ml bottle, 17% alcohol by volume, product of Germany, go to : . from GEHN Originals ) : Perfect for this snow that's
still falling outside, a little heavier now sez Chuck that just walked inside a
few minutes ago.

LIQUOR - From Malkit/ Jagir :

1) " BLACK Spiced Rum " from CAPTAIN MORGAN , double charred blackened
oak ( On Special for $18.99 for a 750ml bottle, 47.3 % alcohol by volume, rum
from the Caribbean ) : this is perfect for this snow that continues to fall,
fall , fall and fall some more! Warm up, take some good cheer with this good

2) ' Smoked Salmon ' flavored vodka , handcrafted, from the ALASKA
Distillery ( $35.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, go to : for more info , distilled from grain ) : THE perfect
flavorful Bloody Mary as we all wait for this snow, beautiful as it may be, to
be finally ohhhhh - over!

3) ' Roundstone Rye ' Organic Single Barrel Whisky  from CATOCTIN CREEK
Distillers ( On Special for $37.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, USDA
certified organic , from Purcellville, VA. , from owners Becky and Scott Harris
- with a grand ' assist ' from Chad ) :

" Hand-crafted, small-batch - distilled from 100% Rye, ... we produce the
highest quality artisan spirits in small 100 gallon batches from our copper pot

4) 12 Year-Old Rare Apple Brandy from LAIRD'S ( On Special for $64/99 a
750ml bottle, since 1780, " America's oldest brandy distiller ', bottled
3/18/13. from Scobesville, NJ & North Garden, VA. ) : something really special.
Will have to schedule a tasting of this here soon!

5) ' Triple Wood ' Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky from LAPHROAIG , est.
1815, 48% alcohol by volume, ) : " non-chill filtered, triple matured in
ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks and finally in European oak to create a subtle
marriage of peat, wood and a touch of sherry sweetness. "

TWO California Vermouth-style Aperitif: From Quady Vineyards, called " VYA
" :

1)  Sweet Vermouth Aperitif ,  375ml bottle ( $14.99 a bottle, 16%
alcohol by volume , Madera, California, go to : for more info ) : so
smooth, so velvety, so delightful! Enjoy.

2) Extra Dry Vermouth Aperitif , 375ml bottle ( $14.99 a bottle, 17.5%
alcohol by volume ) : again, the brightness, the freshness, the
fruit-forwardness of this is pretty incredible, blended or not , a delight each
way. Cheers!

OUR WEEKLY WINE SALES : Tuesday, Wednesday -


1) BUY ANY sparkling wine bottle over $20 a bottle and SAVE 15% OFF the
marked sticker price ( except for VEUVE CLICQUOT ).
2) Mix six or more bottles and save 10% OFF the marked sticker prices.
3) BUY 12 or more bottles of sparkling or still wine and SAVE 15% OFF the
marked sticker prices.
Includes Port, Sherry, Marsala, Madeira, Sake.


1) BUY ANY Still Wine over $20 a bottle and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
2) BUY SIX or MORE bottles of still ( non-sparkling wine ) and SAVE 15%
OFF the marked sticker prices.
3) BUY TWELVE OR MORE non-sparkling wines and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
INCLUDED are Port, Sherry, Madeira, Marsala and Sake.
MIX THINGS UP. Have fun, get more of what you want this way. spread out
your experiences, too.



1) Vinho Verde D.O.C. Branco - dry white  from VALLE DO HOMEN ( On Spial
for $9.99 a 750ml bottle, Branco , 11.5% alcohol by volume, a dry blend of
indigenous grapes : 80% Loureiro and 20% Arinto, , Cavado Portugal ) : more
flavor, more taste more body : we all love it, so it seems do you as we are
almost out and more is coming tomorrow, just in time!

2) Dry 2012 ' Seignez ' Cotes Du Provence French rose, from the DOMAINE
VAL D'ASTIER ( On Special for $17.99 a 750ml bottle, 12.5% alcohol by volume ) :
from France's Var region, the Golfe de Saint-Tropez : so silky and velvety, soft
and easy to sip with just the slightest cheery-almond accents! Perfect now to
sip and enjoy before dinner as you watch the snow continue to fall from our
skies ... tranquil, warm and cozy and comforting, swing in your hammock and

3) Vinho Regional Alentejano 2012  ' Estremoz ' from the MONTE DA GLORIA (
$10.99 , 13% alcohol by volume ) : it's a bland of Aragonez, Trincadeira and
Alicante Bouchet  that is deceptively light and refreshing and closed when you
first sip it, and then it continues to grow and expand and become rounder,
fuller, more thick and complex and satisfying as it fills in itself- upon itself
- it's nooks and crannies that your tongue slipped into before by accident,
before the wine was quite ready to receive all your advances. Be patient, you
will be rewarded, quite an elegant and balanced wines after being open an hour
or more. I like it, like it as it filled out. Cheers. ... Jim Reeves tasted it
this weekend here.


TONIGHT : Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 : 5:307:30PM : COME Taste and Meet
winemaker Alessio Carli of PIETRA SANTA winery in California's Central Coast's
Cienega Valley.

Friday, March 28th , 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Sotiris Bafitis here this
Friday to taste some great Greek and Italian wines! No charge, join us, some dry
white . red and rose wines. You will enjoy this. Always special with Sotiris

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Danielle Davidowitz here
from Dionysos Imports to taste a selection of her fine wines :
1)  Brazilian ( RIO/SOL dry red blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, a 2010, $10.99 a
bottle, 13% alcohol by volume, ...

2) a 2012 dry white Santorini Greek white from the HATZIDAKIS winery, On Special
for $19.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume - so rich, so full and forward,
amazing mineral and citrus dry white!

3)Dry red Crianza 2009 Rioja from Spain, 13.5% alcohol by volume,
medium-to-lighter-bodied delightfully dusty-dry,spicy, pithy wine ; it drinks
really nicely now and will be great to enjoy with a meal. More about is soon.

ALSO : Santos has organized a FINCH'S beer from Chicago tasting with Lauren.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN many things but it is time for me to post this and
get ready for tonight's wine-tasting with Alessio Carli of PIETRA SANTA, CA.
from 5:30-7:30PM. Thanks for all your business. LIKE us on Facebook at :
Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and FOLLOW us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and
at wineenabler. Thanks again, cheers,  TON