Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Weekly Store Email On QUINTO DO CRASTO & BROADBENT Madeiras & More From 2 Years Ago From March , 2012 : Enjoy!

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LOOKS LIKE SPRING, FEELS LIKE SPRING, the cold and breezy springs we know and
expect except for all the unseasonably beautiful and warm weather we have
enjoyed for the last two weeks. Feels like a tease to have the temperatures
drop last night to just below freezing in some places? But then we all know we
cannot second-guess or beat Nature at it's own plan and that there is no reason
to try. Just enjoy what we have and today on this Tuesday March 27th, 2012 we
have some really clear and baby-blue beautiful skies with a very healthy breeze
and some bright but faint sunshine. I love it. The drive to work was beautiful
as there were so many delicate soft green pastel colors with some amazing
violets and lavenders on the small trees from my neighborhood all the way down
Route 50 and into Washington D.C. and the Rock Creek Parkway and up Cathedral
Avenue and onto Connecticut Avenue and here to work in beautiful Cleveland
Park. I enjoyed my ride very much this morning, really I did as I gathered many
of my thoughts as I always get ready to start my work week one day after most
of you.

THE WEEKEND HERE was quite nice as many of you stopped by on Saturday to meet
and taste with energetic Kiwi Stu Devine of Pacific Prime Wines that works with
Eric Platt here to promote and sell ( and taste ) the wines of SIEFRIED ( we
tasted the Nelson 2011 touch off-dry Riesling, $20.99 ), OLD COACH ROAD ( we
tasted the 2010 Pinot Noir from Nelson, $21.99 - soft and delicate and lovely
lighter-style Pinot; as well as the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from Nelson, $16.99 )
, and the LAKE CHALICE Cracklin' Savie Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, $18.99.

THEY ALL SOLD WELL : the Cracklin' Savie because of it's unique sparkle and
freshness flew out of our front door. Everyone loved it and the others did
quite well, too. Stu signed many of the bottles as gifts and he talked Cricket
the game and wine and everyone pretty much got immediately sucked up into the
energy and the enthusiasm and the excitement of the moment.

IT WAS EDUCATIONAL & FUN and Stu had his big map of South Africa here to show
everyone where all these properties were. We had a young lady that had spent
five weeks there as a younger girl in school and she went with her class and as
she looked at the map she showed us where she had been and shared lovely
stories, too with us all. I was impressed, I bet Stu was impressed, too.

THANKS STU. ALL the Pacific Prime Wines  are here for any of you wanting a
bottle or two to check out yourselves. We already have an order for more
Cracklin' Savie as we are almost out now. For technical info go to :
www.pacificprimewines.co.nz. Cheers.

YESTERDAY ON MY DAY-OFF I went to the " new  Hamilton Live " restaurant here in
Washington D.C. that is owned by the Clyde's Group for the Country Vintner  "
Rising " Trade Show 2012 " Illuminating The Fine Wine Market ". David Moran,
the general manager that I have known forever came up to me immediately to
welcome me. Thanks David, it was great to see you. I like the new space,
especially the vintage black-and-white photographs of Bob Dylan ( the only copy
you tell me made from the original negative ) , Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.
That was special seeing those on the walls.

I GOT TO SEE SEVERAL OWNERS/ WINEMAKERS from the Bartholomew Broadbent
selections : MIke  of WARWICK, Stellenbosch and VILAFONTE, too ; A.A.
BADENHORST Family Wines ( with Adi Badenhorst the owner-winemaker ) and Miguel
Roquette, director of the QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro, Portguese wines. I was
pleased with many of the wines I tasted and we have some of them in stock now :

-From Mike Radcliffe at the WARWICK we have the 2009 " Professor Black "
Sauvignon Blanc ( $18.99 ) that I tasted first. Great finesse, balance of power
and flavor and never over-stated. It's a real treat to enjoy now in this colder
weather all of a sudden. I liked many of the reds, too : I will get back " The
First Lady " 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch ( $16.99 ).
-Also from Mike Radcliffe we have his Series " M " 2006 ( $34.99 ) that he
makes with Zelma Long ( a blend of 39% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 43% Cabernet
Sauvignon and 3$ Cabernet Franc ). It was the last wine I tasted with Mike and
it's bolder, deeper-skinned and much more fleshy - more modern in style - than
the Series " C " 2006 that I found much more ready to drink immediately. I told
this to Mike and he smiled and told me that I could not take it back, pretty
strong words or something like that he said.

I will ask Lisa Norris and Arielle Monaco of the Country Vintners about
getting some of the Series " C ". For the moment I have the Series " M " and
with a meal now in this 30 plus degree cold it will be fabulous! Come get some
quick : we only have ten or so bottles left of this 2006 vintage. These wines
need some bottle age and in another 2-5 years this 2006 Series " M " will be
pretty fantastic for those patient enough to buy and put away and wait. For
more technical info go to : www.vilafonte.com.

- From Miguel Roquette of the QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro, Portuguese property I
loved all three reds that I tasted. They were all fruit-forward, balanced and
polished and a delight to drink because the fruit was always front-and-center
and that is essential and something that many seem to have forgotten today.
We have in stock the CRASTO D.O.C. 2009 ( $16.99 ) that is bright, round,
full on the palate, smooth and bright and so smooth and an absolute delight to
drink now with or without food. I loved it - immediately it pleased and
impressed me and I told Miguel this right away. It's a blend of 35% Tinta
Roriz, 25% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Franca and 15% Touriga Nacional. All made
from estate-grown grapes, chill slightly. For more technocal info go to :

It was nice to get a chance to talk with Bartholomew Broadbent and to
mention that we also carried his Madeiras that were just recently written up in
the Washington Post wine-article of Dave McIntyre and found in the Food
section. Yes, I still like to read the paper and hold it in my hands.

1) BROADBENT Madeira Reserve 5 Years Old ( $26.99).
2) BROADBENT Fine Rich Sweet Madeira ( $18.99 )
3) BROADBENT Rainwater Medium-Dry Madeira ( $18.99 )
4) BROADBENT Malmsey Sweet 10 Years Old ( $53.99 ).

I ALSO RAN INTO the two daughters of owner Florence Devilliers of our own
Lavandou Provencal French ( contact@lavandoudc.com ) restaurant down the block
from us. They were there tasting with my old friend and Aussie wine associate
of WEST CAPE HOWE - western Australia - and his own VINACEOUS Aussie wine
selections that we sell here all the time.

I DID NOT RECOGNIZE THEM but they recognized me when they saw my name tag :
Anthony Quinn at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. That was a great
chance-meeting. Every night that I pass by Lavandou these days the restaurant
seems packed and that is great for them and for the community. Like the old
days when they opened and there was only half the restaurant that they enjoy
today ( they took over the old barber shoppe that was next door ). They are
still open for lunch.

REMEMBER THAT AT LAVANDOU on Monday night's you can take your own bottle that
you purchase here before you go and there will be no corkage fee for opening
it. Remember to tip the waiter extra because of this. You may also do the same
thing tonight, on Tuesday nights when you go to DINO as they have no corkage
fee on Tuesday's. Cheers.

BUT HEY, I HAVE TO GIVE SPACE & TIME  to both beer and liquor, liqueur and
ciders and bottled waters, too. These walls here and floor displays are filled
with may selections that also include many biodynamic, organic, vegan, kosher
and gluten-free, sometimes really low alcohol ( a half of one-percent ) in both
beers and wines. People are interested in everything and we have lots of bits
and pieces of all of this and those are growing, too as your interest and
demand grows. We are a reflection of your wants, needs and interests.

BEERS From Santos :

1)  Imperial " Gemini " blended unfiltered ale from SOUTHERN TIER ( On
Special for $8.99, 9% alcohol by volume, 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz., Lakewood New York,
www.southerntierbrewing.com ) is 50% unfiltered hoppe and 50% unearthly. You
can come and check into this 50% unearthly. What does that mean? " High in the
sky, two parallel stick figures are visible and known as " the twins " or the
constellation Gemini ".
2) " Un*Earthly Oak Aged Imperial India Pale Ale from SOUTHERN TIER ( On
Special for $8.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, 9.5% Alcohol by volume ) is a " oak
aged and unearthly union .... At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously
hopped beer is our standard and inspiration ".     3) " Lips Of Faith " Series
Cocoa Mole Ale With Cocoa & Spices ( $8.99, 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz , from Fort Worth,
Colorado,   www.newbelgium.com , from New Belgium Brewing ) : " Say hola to a
spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers. But don't
fear the heat. Because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth,
complex flavor. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying : ole for
mole ! ".
4) " Hooligan Stout " Draft Ale from the OLD HOUSE Brewery ( $6.99, 1 Pt.
6 Fl. Oz bottle, from Winthrop, WA. ) : " A robust dark beer made with lots of
chocolate malts, designed for hooligans who demand something more from their
beer ".

LIQUOR From Ravi :

1) " Cool Peach " Naturally Infused Peach Flavored Vodka from VINCENT VAN
GOGH ( $27.99, distilled and bottled at the Royal Dirkzwager Distilleries,
Schiedam, Holland. Family owned and operated since 1879 ". Go to :
www.vangoghvodka.com for more technical info ) is 70% alcohol by volume and
brand new for us. Come and check it out. Cheers.
2) " Wild Raspberry " Flavored Vodka from MOON MOUNTAIN ( $21.99, 70
Proof, by master distiller Gerry Welb , 100% grain neutral spirits, certified
organic By ON & IC, contains elderberry extract , www.moonmountainvodka.com )
is made in a traditional copper pot distilled " fashion. Small batch. Brand new
with the other flavors, too. Come check this all out.
3) Rum Chata Horchata Con Ron , Caribbean Rum with real dairy cream,
natural & artificial flavors ( On Special for $20.99, 13.7% alcohol by volume,
750ml bottle  ) is best enjoyed within 6 months after opening. No refrigeration
necessary. From Peewaukee, WI. 53072. Cheers.

DON'T FORGET OUR CASA LARGA New York State Finger Lakes wines :

1) " Lilac Hill ", a lovely medium-sweet Riesling blend white ( $10.99,
11% alcohol by volume ) that is fresh and light-bodied and ...
2) " Vineyard Hill Chardonnay " dry and light bodied ( $10.99 , 11%
alcohol by volume ) that is perfect as the weather warms up soon,


FRIDAY, March 30th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : With Jody Jackman of Winebow Imports
we will be tasting a selection of her excellent Italian wines from VALDIPIATTA
in Tuscany and FALESCO in Umbria unless we change it up some? Jody always has
so many fresh and great ideas. Join us, never any charge.

SATURDAY, March 31st, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : Ean and I will taste some of our
favorite picks still to be decided but I can see some California and Italian
wines, maybe some of the kosher GABRIELE Lazio unoaked Chardonnay from around
Rome and On Special for $10.99 for example? Weigh-in on this and tell us what
you would like to taste? I could see opening the FROMM Vineyard " La Strada "
Marlborough 2004 Pinot Noir from New Zealand to taste ( On Special for $19.99,
regularly $44.99 a bottle )? Cheers and join us. NEVER any charge.

I KNOW I HAVE FORGOTTEN many things and yet it is time to get this email
into your hands or on your computer screens. There is always so much to talk
about and there is always something exciting here happening so you simply must
check by with us more frequently as to not miss out on all that happens here
and which we are always wanting to share as fully with you as we possibly can.

FOR MORE INFO always check on us at : www.clevelandparkwines.com, on
Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, follow us on Twitter at :
cpwinespirits, and go to : chatwine.blogspot.com for more detailed blogs about
the wines and people we meet that own and make such great wines, liquors, beers
and spirits.

two cheese and charcuterie selections of the CHEESETIQUE stores :  1)
Cheesetique in Del Ray ( with Charlotte Devilliers ) and  2) Cheesetique in
Shirlington with Maud Devilliers. Remember that excellent movie : " Harold and
Maude "? I loved it, so quirky and fun. Florence remembered it but neither
Charlotte or Maud had seen it. I recommended yesterday that they both rent and
watch it.

CHEERS and THANKS for everything. We are here because of you, your belief
and great support of us. For that we thanks you from the depths of our hearts.
Cheers and enjoy this beautiful afternoon and come to see us now before it all
turns to rain later tonight or tomorrow?  TONY

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