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Anthony Quinn Email April 17th,2012 On : LIPS OF FAITH Beer, Mommel Ale,Poperings, VILLA MASSA Limoncello, KAHLUA Peppermint, CAPTAIN MORGAN, FIFTY POUND Gin, PINIAGA " La Senda ", DOM> De La Mordoree Cotes Du Rhone, TAMAS-WENTE CA. Wine, FINCA ANTIGUA, VINA BUJANDA. Joseph Pfister Alsace & More!

19th, 2012 ( ALL DAY, two-days , SALES : SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Park Wines
& Spirits tomorrow and on Thursday, too. If you cannot come please call and Ean
or Tony ( me ) can help you : 202-363-4265 : and we can deliver it, too. It's a

1) BUY ANY STILL ( non-sparkling ) WINE OVER $20 and SAVE 20% OFF the
sticker price.
2) BUY ANY 12 BOTTLES of still ( non-sparkling wine - that includes ports
and sherries, madeiras, marsalas and sakes, too - box wines as well as small or
large bottles of still wine ) : and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices,
EVEN if the bottles are already ON SALE, SAVE some more with us these next two
days. Great opportunity to sale, save and continue saving with us. Cheers.

I LOVED IT : driving along Route 50 ( Arlington Boulevard ) this morning trying
to get to work on time and being in traffic and looking up and focusing on what
I thought was the space shuttle Discovery flying above me. It was.

I FRANTICALLY LOOKED FOR my camera and snapped a couple of pictures quickly
before it was swallowed up by all the soft baby green-leafed trees and I
counted my lucky stars for having been able to take the pictures. I would have
loved to have taken some more. I was hoping that I could get to the Teddy
Roosevelt bridge in time and that was not to be as everyone else was already
there and prepared to witness this glorious sight and to take their many
pictures, too. Then I realized that my memory card was not in my camera and my
heart sank!

I THOUGHT BACK TO WHAT I HAD SEEN so briefly and so off-guard and I branded
those quick split seconds into my brain and thought that that would simply have
to do. At least I saw all of this though briefly " live " and I was treasuring
this moment. Little did I know that as I got closer to the Teddy Roosevelt
bridge that the Discovery would be passing back our way and that we would all
see it all over again!

PEOPLE WERE PARKED ON THE SIDES of the road and standing on fences and on
perches with cameras poised and ready to take the perfect picture. I got some
once again with my Panasonic Lumix camera that was loaded with the battery and
ready to go. I liked the couple I got as the Discovery space shuttle flew over
the Washington Monument. That was simply luck on my part : being in the right
place at the right time. I, like many others I am sure was fifteen minutes late
to work.

I DID LOVE THE EXPERIENCE, however and thought to myself that many people would
be out looking up and out for the Discovery. I thought of my good friend Steven
perhaps up on the Kennedy Warren roof looking for and following the Discovery's
path as it wound it's way to the Smithsonian Udvar Center in Virginia.

I BEGAN TO WONDER what wine would be like to drink in space? Was anybody
allowed to drink any wine on the flights? Did John Glen enjoy ever a sip or two
or red or white wine? Does John Glen like wine? So many questions passed
rapidly through my thoughts as I moved slowly along the Teddy Roosevelt bridge
and past the Lincoln memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Kennedy Center and
then later along the blossoming Rock Creek Parkway.

I HOPE YOU DO NOT MIND INDULGING ME in these thought processes and these
seemingly random snatches of ideas and feelings. It was fun to watch all the
people on the bridges I passed under as I drove down the Rock Creek Parkway.
They were all looking up and towards my back and what I was driving away from.
Could they still see anything? I wanted to turn around and look myself.

ANYWAY, for all you scientists out there like Phil and Andrea and many more :
is it possible to drink wine and beer in space? I do not remember hearing
anything ever about any of this. If it is not possible or advised then I think
that that seals the deal for me. I have no interest myself in flying into
space. And not being able to enjoy a beer or a good glass or two of wine :
well, that's the straw that would break my back! Please include any thoughts on
any of this.

HOW MANY OF YOU were able to witness the Discovery space shuttle live this

WE HAVE AN EXCITING WEEK FOR YOU HERE in Cleveland Park and the store is still
filled with so many wonderful specials and items for sale. That never seems to
change as our distributors always have so many wonderful products in their
warehouses that eventually must be sold to us at great sale prices so that we
will buy and so that they can clear the space for more beers, liquors,
liqueurs, and wines that are arriving. It's a constant situation and it's all
about economics. We are thrilled to be able to do our part and pass the
substantial savings onto you all.

organic/ biodynamic Gewurztraminer. It's On Special now for $19.99 ( regularly
$27.99 ). The past Wednesday Mark Congdon had it open for our customers to try
and I really enjoyed the fullness, richness, even ripeness of flavors that was
never cloying or heavy or too assertive. It's a perfect balance to sit around
and enjoy all by itself. It's medium-bodied and has no sharpness or tartness,
just pleasing from bouquet to first impression and all through the palate and
the long, lingering finish. Lovely : a treat. I could see buying a case of it
and enjoying with many of our meals or simply when my wife and I sit outside,
chat, look around at all the green surrounding us and basically " chill ". We
love chilling and this would be a a great wine to chill around.

I JUST SPOKE TO SANTOS and  went over some beer selections with him. Here they
are for you all to consider.

1) " Bier De Mars Ale brewed with spices from the LIPS OF FAITH Series (
On Special for $6.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, 6.2% alcohol  by volume.
www.newbelgium.com ) from NEW BELGIUM Brewing  is : " A celestial collision of
orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon, verbena, and unidentified flying brettanomyces,
launch to newbelgium.com ".

2) O.K. BEER Full Pale Piwo Jasne Pelne ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack
of 12 ounce bottles, from Poland, 5.5% alcohol by volume ) is brand new for us
here and we are really excited to have it for you all.

3) HOMMEL ALE from POPERINGS ( On Special for $9.99, 1 Pt. 9.4 F. Oz, 7.5%
Alcohol by volume, product of Belgium, NV Van Eecke B- 8978 Watou ) is also "
new and exciting. ALWAYS something new here at Cleveland Park : you can always
count on this - variety, more variety, and still more choices. It can sometimes
make your head spin.

UPDATE ON THE DISCOVERY : our customer and friend Steven in fact was not up on
the roof of the Kennedy Warren building. In fact he went down to the Mall and
saw everything from that vantage point with many other passionate souls there
all with their cameras pointed to the beautiful baby blue skies with ribbons of
wispy white clouds  breaking everything up.



1)  Liqueur LiquOrange of Sorrento, from VILLA MASSA ( best served chilled
. On Special for $22.99, 30% alcohol by volume, from Piano, Sorrento ) is an
exciting variation on the VILLA MASSA Limoncello that started the whole ball
rolling here years ago. Nice to see that they have a fun warm-weather variation
on a very popular theme.

2) Peppermint Mocha Licor Delicioso from KAHLUA ( On Special for $16.99,
limited edition, 20% alcohol by volume, www.kahlua.com ) is " a balance of cool
peppermint and dark chocolate, blended with our original Kahlua from the heart
of Veracruz, made from 100% Arabian coffee beans and sugarcane spirit ".


1) Black Spiced Rum Caribbean Rum with select spices and natural flavors
is Double Charred Blackened Oak by CAPTAIN MORGAN ( $24.99, 47.3% alcohol by
volume, www.captainmorgan.com ) is made with Blackstrap rum, rich clove spice
and Cassia bark. Sounds great for a dark and stormy perhaps?!?

2) FIFTY POUNFS Gin Batch N0. 04/10 , Rare and Handcrafted London dry gin
( $34.99, 43.5% alcohol by volume, 100 grain neutral spirits . product of
England, ) : " FIFTY POUNDS GIN is distilled in single batches, produced in
small quantities in order to preserve the quality ".



1) Sauvignon Blanc 2009 California from FOX BROOK ( On Special for $9.99,
12.5% alcohol  by volume ) is something that we just discovered and are
delighted to have. " Crisp and refreshing wine with aromas of citrus and honey.
... pairs well with Greek salad, white fish, and fried calamari ".

2) Chardonnay 2010 California from FOX BROOK ( On Special for $9.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume ) is cellared and bottled by FOX BROOK winery in Napa and

3) FINCA ANTIGUA  100% Viura 2010 ( $14.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume ) is
made from a single vineyard estate. Made in La Mancha, it's a youn ( joven )
wine that is aged on it's lees for 5 months. Go to : familiamartinebujanda.com
for more information.
I LIKED IT WHEN  we tasted it this past Friday with our rep Jody Jackman from
Winebow Imports. Crisp and flavorful, really well-balanced and smooth and
bright and a real treat to sip. Great with food, too.
THIS IS PRETTY SPECIAL Spanish dry white that will really help to make our
spring and summer whether sitting inside or outside. It will also pair really
well with seafood, white meat, creamy rice, paella, pasta. The bouquet will get
you right away of apricots, peaches and pears.

4) Dry White Sauvignon & Perdo Ximenez Spanish blend, this COMOLALUNA 2010
( $11.99, 10.5% alcohol by volume, www.tradewindsspeciality.com ) is tart and
tangy and crisp and fresh and bright and FABULOUS with seafood like many
shellfish and fried fish like calamari. Also combine nuts anytime as the Pedro
Ximenez grape from the sherry region of Spain really complements the addition
of nuts.


1) " La Senda " 100% Bobal dry 2010 rose from PINUAGA ( On Special for
$9.99, 13% alcohol by volume, www.bodegaspinuaga.com ) from Toledo, Spain is
hearty and tart and tangy and very much a food wine. This is not to be drunk
all on it's own. Any flavorful, hearty or robust meals with some good seasoning
and left to marinate - that's what this dry deep colored Bobal rose will
complement. Cheers.

2) " La Dame Rousse " Cotes-Du-Rhone dry rose from the DOMAINE DE LA
MORDOREE, 2011, from Fabrice and Anne-Marie Delorme ( $16.99,
proprietaires-recoltants, www.domaine-mordoree.com , 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah,
10% Cinsault ) is an absolute delight to drink now. I just sampled some a month
ago and it would be a treat to drink it now at 1:30PM sitting outside somewhere
relaxing and enjoying a meal or simply watching people walk by. This is one of
the very best dry roses we will offer you all this spring season so come by and
check it out while we still have some. Cheers.


1) FOX BROOK California Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ( On Special for $9.99 )
is exciting and new and " is rich and full-bodied with smooth tannins giving
way to a lengthy finish. ... prime rib, wild game and grilled pork chops " as
you sip and enjoy your meal.

2) ZINFANDEL 2009 Central Coast from TAMAS Estates in California is made
in Livormore by the WENTE family. It sure does deliver a whole lot of extra
flavor for the dollar. We will sell it as long as we can keep it at $9.99 a
bottle or less. At this price it way over-delivers for the price. There is also
a Double-Decker Bus dry red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Petit
Sirah. I liked it, too very much. It also sells for $9.99 a bottle. We will ask
Tom to come in and taste you on both. Cheers.

3) Malbec 2010 Valle De Chanarmuyo from Argentina's La Rioja region in the
northern part not that far from Uruguay ( $10.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol  y
volume, www.chanarmuyo.com.ar ) , made by CHANARMUYO Estate is hearty and
robust and has grip, girth, rustic mouth-feel and a red to enjoy with your meal
and not by itself. If you have it with something off the grill or some
flavorful cheeses or some good pate then you are all set. Cheers.
DISCOVER THE  LA RIOJA wine-producing region of Argentina.! This region adds to
what we already have in Mendoza and is worth experiencing as well.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR BUSINESS and do check us out at :
www.clevelandparkwines.com, on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and
on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and at : chatwine.blogspot.com. NEVER A DULL
MOMENT here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. Thanks again. Join us here
anytime, you are always welcome.   TONY

4) Rioja Tinto 2010 from VINA BUJANDA ( $11.99, 12.5% alcohol  by volume )
was also tasted here this past Friday by Jody Jackman of Winebow Imports and it
showed ( along with the other three wines ) beautifully. It was a great Spanish
wine-tasting!It's medium-to-light-bodied and a refreshing Tempranillo to enjoy
with light foods, tapa dishes, etcetera. With just the right amount of acidity
and toasty cherry-berry flavors. It's nicely balanced and a glass or two before
the meal and then perhaps another with the meal and I would be all set?!? Yes,
I think so. For more info go to : www.familiamartinezbujanda.com.

5) Beaujolais 2009 ( great year ) from the CHATEAU DE PIZAY ( On Special
for $12.99, regularly $18.99 ) is drinking like a dream now. Toasty
berry-cherry flavors, bright fruit, silky, not heavy, very elegant and
refreshing and a delight to sip. Chill slightly and enjoy with or without a
meal. It's a beauty and a delectable. restrained symphony of flavors and tastes
that speaks of youth and enthusiasm and so many wonderful charms and
possibilities. Cheers.


FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 2012 : ( 5-8PM ) : Owner Oscar Losama , with his wife
Olivia Bombart, of VOILA Collection will be here tasting an assortment of great
French country, small-production wines. JOIN US, NEVER any charge. bring
friends and your family and those special people in your lives and share this
experience. Cheers.

SATURDAY, April 21st, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : Come meet and taste with Danielle
Davidowitz of Dionysos Imports some of her company's excellent Portuguese Vinho
Verdes as well as their fabulous dry reds, too. Join us, never any charge :
everybody is always welcome here. Cheers.

Poer of his own MEYER Family Cellars winery in Oakville, California (
707-895-2341, www.mfcellars.com ). He wrote in my guest winery book the
following : " Tony,   A great pleasure to meet you in person ( finally! ). From
my first-ever wine-tasting experience with Aaron Millman at Syracuse
University's Villa Rossa in Florence in January, 1989 to Cleveland Park Wines
in April, 2012, it's been a long, strange trip in the wine business! Thank you
for adding to the experience! " Cheers,  TONY POER
IT WAS GREAT to finally meet you Tony. We have your MEYER Port-Style red
wine for sale here at $32.99 that has lovely overtones of plums and prunes and
other dried fruits. it's pretty amazing and a lovely treat that covers so many
surfaces of my tongue and palate. I can still taste it now, even after my
lunch. The flavors linger beautifully.

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