Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits' Store Email On The Wines Of Andrea Fossi Like The 2007 D & N Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano the 2010 Dry D & N Red Primitivo, the 2009 FOSSI Chianti Classico & More! Cheers!!

Cleveland Park Wines Tues. April 29th, 2014
IT'S TRAGIC THIS NEWS OF PALENA restaurant CLOSING, and doing so quickly with no
notice, no time to act, no time to do much except feel a tremendous sense of
loss to our rapidly-changing neighborhood!

I WONDER IF IT'S POSSIBLE that they could take over the old DINO Enoteca
restaurant location? Then I heard what the owners of that space wanted per month
and my heart fell again to another level of despair that was already there with
the news of Palena closing! Too much, way too much for us all to wrap our minds
around. Too sudden, too quick, to much at once.

AT LEAST IT'S cool and refreshing though very wet outside today. Maybe the rain
will wash away all the bothersome pollen and also some of this devastating news
about the closing of so many fine restaurants here?!? We need some relief from
both now. " Rain , rain, come again ... " and wash away some of this crippling
pain that we are all too shocked to yet fully register yet.

SO : HAVING MENTIONED all of this we must move on and forward and so, with this
cooling rain and damp and wet and gray and cloudy skies for the rest of the week
till it clears up this weekend. It feels to me like late winter-early spring

FROM SANTOS in BEER we have :

1) ' Chili Devil ' Chili Beer Premium Lager Beer & Gourmet Serrano Chili (
On Special for $$11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, Los Angeles, CA. From
TECATE ) : and each beer bottle has it's own jalapeno pepper in it! HOT!!

2) ' Milk Stout ' from LEFT HAND Brewing Co. ( On Special for $11.99 a
6-pack , go to : www.lefthandbrewing.com for more info , 6% alcohol by volume,
Longmont, CO. ) : " Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain ... roasted malt
and coffee flavors build the foundation of this creamy sweet stout."

3) ' Sisters of the Moon ' India Pale Ale from the MOTHER EARTH Brewing (
On Special for $12.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 6.9 Fl. Oz. from Kingston,
North Caroliana , go to : www.motherearthbrewing.com ) : " made from hops grown
in the good 'ol USA ... you'll proudly support American farmers when you drink
this beer! ... "

NEWS UPDATE : From John Morrison, he just called, the folks ( winemaker Angelo
Pavan , originally from Veneto, Italy, his parents were both born in Veneto, he
was born in Canada ) from CAVE SPRING VINEYARD  Niagara Peninsula are in town
today and they will be stopping by with current available releases for us!
Canada and Cave Spring rock! WE have enjoyed selling them now for years and have
some of both 2011 Riesling VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA, $16.99 a bottle, 11.5%
alcohol by volume, and the CSV Estate Bottled 2006, On Special for $29.99, 11.5%
alcohol by volume , ( go to : www.cavespring.ca for more info ) in stock, just
loose bottles. We will order more from John when he tastes us soon. Cheers!  The
2009 CSV Riesling, $34.99 is amazing, when Angelo saw he still had three bottles
of the 2006 his eyes lit up and he said : " a great vintage! "

LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Malkit & Jagir :


1) " Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur ' from the LEOPOLD BROTHERS ( $35.99
a 750ml bottle, 35% alcohol by volume from Denver, Colorado ) : " ... we have
hand-selected a unique blend of 15 herbs and flowers, most of which are found in
the alpine regions of the Rocky Mountains ... " Try some.


1) Imported BLACK VELVET ' Cinnamon Rush ' Flavored Whiskey ( $13.99 a
750ml bottle, 35% alcohol by volume, product of Canada ) : " A smooth whiskey
bursting with intense cinnamon flavor and fiery heat . before a long, complex
finish... "

2) ' Vanilla Rum ' from Brinley Gold : " Shipwreck ", St. Kitts, West
Indies ( On Special for $18.99 a 750ml bottle , 36% alcohol by volume ) : I was
just trying the Mango-flavored and Coconut-flavored with Damien of Opici Imports
and I want to draw attention to this excellent Vanilla rum, too! Cheers.

3) ' Rumble ' from BALCONES, Texas Wildflower Honey , Turbinado Sugar and
Mission Fig Spirit ( $49.99 a 750ml bottle, 47% alcohol by volume, distilled by
Spirits Specialty, Waco, Texas from master distiller Chip Tate ) : " ... made
from the finest local wildflower honey, mission figs, turbinado sugar and
natural Texas Mill county spring water and aged to perfection in small barrels.

4) ' Blackbull ' Deluxe Blended Scotch Whiskey . matured 12 years in oak
casks ( On Special for $64.99 a 750ml bottle, 50% alcohol by volume, go to :
www.blackbullwhiskey.com for more info ) : " ... The blend celebrates the
historic Highland Cattle that Scotland is famous for and the Black Bull depicted
on each bottle is a prime example of the breed. ... "

5) Kentucky Straight Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Whiskey , Aged 10 Years, from
HENRY McKENNA ( $30.99 a 75oml bottle, 50% alcohol by volume ) : " one of a kind
Bourbon and one of the few bottled-in-bond available. "


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.


WINE For This Rain , Cold & Damp : Brrrrr -

1) Primitivo Del Salento 2010 from D & N  ( made by Andrea Fossi ), $10.99
is drinking beautifully. We still have a few bottles left of this delicious 2010
that pretty much blew me away yesterday when I tasted it with Andrea at the
Michael Downey portfolio tasting at the Hendry House yesterday on my day-off.
It's such a complex wine, so balanced and flavorful and such an incredible
value, too!

2) Sauvignon Blanc " Sur Lie " 2013 BODEGAS CARRAU in Uruguay's Cerro
Chapeu region. I met the owner and his daughter yesterday at the Michael Downey
portfolio wine-tasting. The Sauvignon is so clean and crisp and lively and
really bristling and brrr- refreshing! Lovely, $14.99 , 13% alcohol by volume, a
real treat.

3) ' Altos ' 2011 Rioja, Spain ( $10.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, ) : we
just had Javier the owner here tasting through his full range which includes a
delicious dry white Rioja Viura, a dry red rose blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50%
Garnacha, ... and some delicious ' other ' reds, too that pretty much blew me
away - all of them, including the ecological Rioja red, too! This ALTOS is
fruit-forward, a bit of toasty-roasted berry-cherry flavors, smooth enough,
medium-to-light-bodied, a real treat. GREAT VALUE, too : great for this damp and
this cold!
4) Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007 from D & N ( also made by Andrea
Fossi, $21.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume  ) I tasted yesterday at the Michael
Downey portfolio wine-tasting and also fell back in love with it, all over
again. Bigger than the Primitivo, more depth and substance, more gravitas ,
breed and flavor and elegance and more ' places ' to lose oneself in, a nook - a
cranny, a cravice, to become absorbed and lost and saved and magically morphed
and ' wondered ' and ' wowed ' and ' blessed in a good way that makes us all
smile and be happy to be alive. Cheers, grazie Andrea.

5) 2009 Chianti Classico from FOSSI ( $17.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume ) : I
need to try this Andrea. I told you so, it's been awhile. I have been selling
your Chianti Classico wines that you and your father made going all the way back
to the 1958 vintage! Wow, now that's something special. I still have a bottle of
the 1961 vintage to enjoy with my brother Larry born in that year! Cheers,
Grazie Andrea.


Friday, May 2nd, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Cristina Morris here to taste a
cross-section of her wines that include wines of Argentina, Australia,
California, France and Germany! We will taste here tomorrow and determine what
to work on. Call if you want to know what we decide or check us on our Facebook
account at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits. Cheers.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Chris Bartha here to taste an
assortment of his fine French and German wines. What fun, we love Chris and his
wines and his values that also includes California!


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constantly on the go for you all.

CHEERS, THANKS, come select something for this damp and cold and brrrrrrrr of
the week. TONY

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines' Store Email Of May 1st, 2012 : DC BRAU, GLEN GARIOCH Single Malt Scotch CASA DRAGONES Tequila, SANTOLA Vinho Verde, KRAEMER Caves De Landiras Kosher French Sparkling Dry Wine & More!

Cleveland Park Wines Tues. May 1st, 12 Store Email
IT'S BEAUTIFUL NOW as we get into this May with some lovely flowers and plenty
of rain and drizzle promised this weekend to keep everything lush in delicate
greens and lots and lots of that accented with some nice colors provided by our
flowers, many of them lavender, delicate sky-blues , some yellows and
lingering-late-flowering Azaleas, too. The Dutch Irises are so pretty, too now.
Anyway, when it's warm enough and dry enough it's nice to be outside and we
have plenty of beers, wines and mixed drinks to recommend to you.

THE JAQK CELLARS wine-tasting this Friday, May 4th, 2012 from 5-8PM is tops on
our minds as we have had an overwhelming response with so many people RSVPing
that it gives us all pause as if even a small fraction of those of you that
have said you are attending do , in fact come : it raises the question : how
can we be proactive and ensure that everyone has a good experience, tries all
seven of the JAQK CELLARS California wines and has a chance to buy them if they
want? We are, of course, working very hard on this to be sure that we do
everything that we can to make this a grand success for everyone. There are
thundershowers forecast for Friday so let's put all our heads together and
hope/pray that it does not rain during our wine-tasting.

AS USUAL I HAVE FOUND so many great things to bring to your attention this
morning. From Santos there are so really " new " and some older discoveries
that I want to mention : all that deliver big to you. Here are some of Santos'
beers to consider :

1) DC BRAU ( Finally! Here available in very limited quantities here in
our store as of last week I believe? There are three flavors, ALL in 12-ounce
cans and we have some of all three :
a) DC BRAU " The Citizen " Belgian-Style Pale ( $11.99 6-12-ounce gold
cans, 7% alcohol by volume , www.dcbrau.com ) that is recommended to be served
in a tulip goblet. " In 1963, the citizens of Washington DC won the right to
vote for the President & Vice-President of the United States with the
ratification of the 23rd amendment to the Constitution ."

b) DC BRAU " The Public "  Pale ( $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, 6%
alcohol by volume, www.dcbrau.com : " In November 2000,the D.C. Department of
Motor Vehicles began issuing license plates bearing the slogan : Taxation
Without Representation " ". For more info visit : www.dcvote.org. Come and buy
some of these marvelous shiny red and silver cans and enjoy the ale while you
think about all of this.

c) DC BRAU " The Corruption " India Pale Ale ( $12.99 a 6-pack pf
12-ounce green cans , www.dcbrau.com ) is the third in the series and we also
have it available in limited quantities for sale here on this sunny afternoon
at 1:32PM! You should come and get a 6-pack of each to try. Cheers ...  I have
not included the statement on the can as it is buried temporarily at the bottom
of the stack. You have to come and read it yourselves.

2) " Simcoe SPRING Ale " from the PEAK " Organic " Brewing Company (
$10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, USDA Certified, Portland, ME. ) are : "
pure ingredients, delicious beer ". I was really impressed out our last tasting
of the PEAK beers. As a matter of fact, and something that I noticed
immediately : this one of the very first times that across the board I was
equally impressed with all the beers that I sampled. That rarely happens for
me. Cheers.

3) " Golden Cap " Saison Ale from the NEW HOLLAND Brewing Company, Holland
, Michigan, 12 Fl. Oz. bottles, 6.25% Alcohol by volume,
www.NewHollandBrew.com, Kitchen.NewHollandBrew.com ) : " Brewed with wheat's
ancestor, spelt. A golden body and unique hay and cracked peppercorn. Pairings
: shellfish, citrus, garlic, 16 Plato, Alc. by volume is 6.25% by volume ".
Check this one out.



1) Raspberry Liqueur from CLEAR CREEK Distillery ( $24.99, 20.5% alcohol
by volume, 375ml- half-bottle -www.clearcreekdistillery.com, Portland, Oregon )
: "  Made by Clear Creek Distillery with Oregon fruit and eau de vie and other
fruit spirits ".


1) VIGNE Gin De France from NOUAISON ( $35.99 a bottle, 43.9% alcohol by
volume, produced by Eurowinegate-Cognac-France, from Domaine Select Wine
Estates ) is " new and exciting ". The minute I saw that it was represented by
the DOMAINE SELECT portfolio I knew that it was a really fine quality product
because that is all that they represent. The only thing left for each of us to
discover is whether this high quality G-VINE Small Batch Distilled French Gin
is our style or not?!? Come check it out. You owe it to yourselves if you love
gin. Cheers.

2) " Arctic Grape " White Grape infused Arctic Berry GRAPE RUM from BACARDI
( $16.99, 35% Alcohol By Volume, Bacardi rum with natural flavors  ) is " new
and exciting "!!!!!

3) GLEN GARIOCH 12 Yr. Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, ( $64.99,
non-chill-filtered, ) : " gains it's distinctive Highland character from a
classic marriage of BOURBON & SHERRY CASKS, fresh heather, poached pears and
just a HINT OF OAK ". Sounds mighty appealing, it really does. Check it out : a


Earlier as I was typing this store email for you all Santos said that
there was a winemaker waiting to see me. I came out to help a customer and saw
two well-dressed-in-dark-blue suits gentlemen and I introduced myself after
helping the two lady customers. Scott Siegel immediately congratulated me on my
salesmanship representing three different off-dry still rose wines (  a) the
Virginia RAPIDAN RIVER  rhaspberry-flavored, grape with natural flavor added,
$12.99, www.princemichel.com - I remember years ago working with Yoachim
Hollerith ,  b) " Les Ligeriens " Rose D'Anjou 2011 - On Special for $10.99 -
we just tasted it here this past weekend and I said I it was a blend of Chenin
Blanc and some some Gamay in my opinion  -  and  3) LE LAPIN Paso Robles,
California White Zinfandel 2010 , $9.99, 12.9% alcohol by volume. Scott went on
to say that he liked how I mentioned the possible blend in the French Loire
Valley rose d'Anjou.

I ASKED SCOTT SIEGEL what winery that he was with after he and Rick Scully gave
me their business cards and congratulated us again on having their product -
just one. NO : Scott and rick were not winemakers as Santos had thought : they
represent the ultimate CASA DRAGONES white Tequila. They poured some for me to
taste once I asked to see the bottle and asked the price : $279.99 a bottle. We
have some here. It comes in a beautiful and stylish old apothecary decanter
that they found in a museum. It's only a copy of course and so understated,
just like this " Joven " category of tequila that is in, fact a blend. Scott
told me all about it and I appreciate that. I LOVED THE TASTE : so smooth and
creamy and elegant and delicate and subtle and refined and a
charmer-pleaser-delicate teaser. I have some her so come by and ask to taste
it. They poured me a large glass so that I could share it with you all. You
only really just need a sip or two at the most to come under it's spell.
THE SOFT DEEP SKY-BLUE color of the box and part of the label alone is so
peaceful, calming and soothing - like great karma , zen, everything in balance
and everything positive. It's pretty amazing tequila. Come and ask me for a
sip. For more info go to : info@CasaDragones.com, Facebook.com/CasaDragones and
on Twitter at Twitter@Casa_Dragones. Cheers and thanks Rick Scully and Scott



1) KRAEMER Chardonnay Brut, Caves de LANDIRAS - kosher for Passover (
$15.99 ) tastes like a cremant-style and is really very nice. We are thrilled
to have it back once again : our third order I believe?


1) Vinho Verde dry, light, slightly-sparkling Portuguese white from
SANTOLA ( $7.99, with only 9% alcohol ) will be great once it gets really hot
and humid and everyone still wants to drink white wine and be outside. Find
some shade and be slow in all your movements and enjoy. Get some now to be
ahead of the crowd. So far the response has been quite positive to this vinho


1) Indigenous grape variety Bobal from Spain, this " La Senda " dry
Bobal rose ( On Special for $9.99 a bottle, www.bodegaspinuaga.com, 13% alcohol
by volume, vino de la Tierra de Castilla ) has deep, dark, lighter red colors
and has softened in the bottle. It had more immediate spice and acidity and it
has mellowed nicely so that we may all enjoy it with or without food.


1) Valpolicella 2010 Vigneto RAFAEL Classico Superiore from TOMMASI
Viticoltori ( $16.99, www.tommasiwine.it, S. Pietro in Cariano, Veneto, Italy )
has got some good flesh and body and is an excellent food wine : medium-bodied.
Excellent when you grill - chill it slightly.


Friday, May 4th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have our launch of the JAQK CELLARS
California wines ( 7-8 bottles, $30-$80 a bottle, ALL on DEEP SALE for this
launching! Join us, no charge. Come and try both these excellent reds and
whites that have previously been sold directly from the winery ).
AND BECAUSE of the EXTRAORDINARY RSVP response : " We are expecting about
400-plus customers for tasting on Friday, May 4th, 2012. To serve you better we
will prefer that customers with the last name starting with the letters A-M
visit us from 5PM to 6:30PM and with last names starting with the letters N-Z
visit us from 6:30PM onwards ". Thanks. This was we can properly taste you all
to give you all the full experience. Cheers.

SATURDAY, May 5th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Estebe here of his Tradewinds
Imports import company to taste some excellent Spanish and Argentinian wines.
This will be fun as Estebe specializes in these wines and the quality level is
through the roof, just like you all love it! Come and bring family and friends.
There is never any charge. Everyone is always welcome.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS but it is time to send this email
now as the weather is still nice outside and you can enjoy some of these items
before the deluge or rain later today?!? WE will see. Check us out further at :
www.clevelandparkwines.com, on Facebook at : become our friends at : Cleveland
Park Wines & Spirits, on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, too. Cheers.

THANKS FOR BELIEVING IN US / supporting us. We appreciate everything that
you do for us and we want to do more for you. Let us know any of your thoughts.
Cheers, gracias, merci, prego ...  TONY

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our calender of wine tastings!

Robert Wiedmaier Hard @ Work One Sunday Recently With Bobby Kacher, Kelly, Antoine, Ronnie & The Whole Robert Kacher Selections Wine Group For The Launch-Off Of Four Fine French Winemakers Grand US Tour! What An Extraordinary Feat, Took Everyone's Help!

These are my quick photos that I took during this amazing Sunday afternoon event in Washington D.C. that took the help of everyone involved to make it come off so beautifully and successfully for so many people lucky enough to have been invited and able to attend. I was one of those, Thank you Ronnie for thinking of me and inviting me, I appreciate that.

I did not know quite what to expect. I never quite do, it all depends on so many variables and so I go prepared and ready to enjoy myself and to ' dive-in ' where I can to make and to give the most of it and myself that I can.

To be so close to Robert cooking like this was such a treat. Thank you Robert. You said to me that you do not often do these meals like this outside of a restaurant but that when Bobby calls himself you always do what you can to help. We all appreciate this.

The food was excellent as these pictures I hope will convey in some sense. I know I loved what I ate and that the meal really did complement a lot of the dry French wines we all enjoyed from the Rhone Valley, from Burgundy, too. There was something for everyone there.

I will add more as I am able but this is more a visual ' thank you ' from me to everyone for having been a part of this extraordinary event on a beautiful day in Washington D.C.

I have included many pictures with Robert and I am not done yet. I do want to post this now ' as is ' so that what I have here so far can be enjoyed.

I try and combine some of the wines here, too and pictures of some of the fine guests that attended as well. Cheers to you all, and stay-tuned for more.  Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  4/29/2014

Of course I also have tried to include at least one photo of each of the fine French owners/winemakers in attendance like the one here above from Burgundy.

Being an artist I always like to add my spin on things, as here I spin and twirl my wine glass to capture the man through his own wine - a white burgundy in this case. One does not exist without the other - they are tied for life!