Saturday, May 31, 2014

Taste Today, Sat. May 31st, 2014 With John & Theresa Morrison The FABulous South African Wines Of DE MEYE, Stellenbosch, BEAUMONT< Walker's Bay, & From California The " Il Cuoro " 2012 Zinfandel & The Compass Chardonnay 2012, Too : ALL @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits In Washington D.C. from 2-6PM : Free. Never Any Charge!





COME and TASTE with John and Theresa Morrison TODAY, beautiful Saturday here in Cleveland Park : WINES of SOUTH AFRICA and of CALIFORNIA : 
1) De Meye " Little River " 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon , Stellenbosch South Africa, $12.99, 
2) Beaumont ' Raoul's ' dry rose 2012 from Walker Bay, $12.99, ...
3) ' Il Cuore ' 2012 Zinfandel, California, $13.99, and ...
4) Compass Chardonnay 2012 , $12.99.

WE are also getting more of the Beamont Pinotage that we sell for $29,99, more of the De Meye Chenin Blanc, $13.99, and the De Meye Chardonnay, $14.99. John and Theresa supply us, have for many glorious years with many great South African wines and so this is a great opportunity to come and ask them many questions as they are a font of information about the wines of South Africa, and many of the ' boutique ' California houses/ vineyards, too! Cheers,

from 2-6PM : NO CHARGE, everyone always more than welcome. JOIN US. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 5/31/2014

Happy last day of May, may June be glorious, too!! TONY





Tuesday, May 27, 2014

JOIN US TONIGHT, Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 5-8PM : Taste Mostly Italian Sparkling Wines From 5-8PM @ Cleveland Park Wines 3423 Conn. Ave. N.W. D.C., 20008 : Free With Il Pioppo, Simon N Cellars, Roanoke Imports, Robert Kennedy Imports, Vinifera Imports


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IT'S TIME FOR OUR Mostly Italian Sparkling Wine-Tasting tonight from 5-8PM - No
Charge - Everyone always welcome - when we explore the many regions of Italy
that produce great sparkling wines , world-class, that are not so well-known,
even today. We are trying to change that and make them better-known, and have
them come alive on your taste buds in such magnificent ways. These ways, too are
endless, so varied and fine and so different all of them that it's like a whole
new world opens to all of us! Come taste and see and discover for yourselves. We
have five people passionate about what they are doing and believe in these
products. Their enthusiasm will come through and it is contagious and you will
catch whatever they have!!

COME ENJOY DISCOVERING ... :  1) Sangue Di Giuda Dell'Oltrepo Pavese ' Costiolo
' CONTE VISTARINO that is a delicately sweet red : " unmistakable fruity and
rich in aroma ... Costiolo is the perfect refreshing summer drink and may be
paired well with dessert, cookies, peaches, berries, creams and spicy foods." I
remember the really satisfying ' mouth feel '. a delightful mouth-saturation
that spread to all my senses, bathing, caressing, pleasing and teasing - like
the occasional gentle breeze that catches you while swinging in an open hammock
in the spring and summer outdoors...

DISCOVER THE REGION of Oltrepo Pavese where the Bonarda grape does so well. I've
been there briefly years ago with Chef Geoff and David Bryant, Randy King and
Chris Pigott and we had the time of our lives in David's rented Fiat Hercules
minivan ...
MISSED OUR  appointment, were too late, and so they declined politely not to see
us. Too bad, their loss, we licked our wounds and survived somehow. After all,
we were in a beautiful party of Italy, ...

ERIC WILL TELL YOU TONIGHT ALL ABOUT this delightful CONTE VISTATRINO in the
cool bottle shape with a regal label, too ...

COME BE AMAZED BY " Durello " flavorful and dry, complex, multi-layered Metodo
Classico V.S.Q.P.R.D. sparkling Veneto from Sandro's own SANDRO DE BRUNO. Enrico
that will pour it for you all tonight brought Sandro himself to see us and taste
with us. For both Michel and me this was a highlight of the tasting, and we also
carry Sandro's non-sparkling Brut  Durello white ( $$22.99, 12.8% alcohol by
volume ' Monti Lessini ' DOC Durello Superiore, 13% alcohol by volume, go to :
www.sandrodebruno.it for more info ...  AS WELL AS  the ' Nero Fumo ' Pinot Nero
IGT Veneto dry red, $26.99, 2009, 13.5% alcohol by volume : BOTH here in stock
now.

ENRICO is from Veneto, Italy where this is from and knows and has spent time
with Sandro and so this will be great becasue he can tell you whatever you might
want to know, especially if you are visiting the Veneto region and might want to
visit Sandro.

SANDRO IS TRYING in his way ( as we are here ) to keep many of the indigenous
grape varieties alive and that is hard, fun, stimulating and a challenge that we
are all up to as we hear requests so often for the most popular styles that
would be Prosecco, very few people have ever heard of the Durello grape. Let's
change that tonight. Cheers.

REGIS WILL TASTE a  vino spumante Extra Dry  from SETTE Ventiquattro that we
love because it is light and dry and refreshing and inexpensive for indoors or
outdoors activities, even in the heat of the day and the bright sunshine this
SETTE vino spumante is a true delight, and so very affordable, too. I expect we
will sell lots of it tonight and have to reorder. It will become a ' regular '
for these hot days of ours.

PLEASE TASTE with Regis tonight and be sure and let us know what you think, I
believe we have a winner here on our hands.

REGIS WILL ALSO TASTE tow of the semi-sparkling wines that are not from Italy :
1) Txakoli from Zarautz, a 2012 from MOKOROA that is clean and crisp and really,
really fresh and dry! ...  2)  FLORIS Moscato 2011 from Oregon that is so lovely
in it's delicate, ethereal sweetness-without-heaviness! Wow, I love it, really I
do. Great summer-spring-hot-weather-sipping all by itself ...

COME BE CHEERED ON BY the white Lambrusco from PALTRINIERI, Emilia , Italy that
Robert will pour for you all once again. We just discovered it and poured if for
Mother's Day already and so will pour it once again tonight as it is rare, fun
and unique. You will also try the red version, as well as the dry rose version '
Leclisse ' Lambrusco. DISCOVER - uncover the world that is Lambrusco that we all
do not know yet!

ROBERT WILL ALSO POUR from magnums tonight some 1) Lombardy 100% 2008 Lugana dry
white, ...  2) some  50% Luganan and 50% Chardonnay dry white, and some ... 3)
100% Chardonnay 2008 dry white - ALL 3 sparkling of course - ALL from the same
producer, ALL only available in magnums for special events and parties. ALL
really limited in availability, buy tonight or risk not seeing them again for a
very long time!

TASTE FOR THE VERY 1st TIME with Didier tonight the amazing wines of IL
MONTICINO : 2 to try : one sparkling 2012 , one not, a 2011 : made from the
Pignoletto indiginous grape variety and wonderful. I got to try both recently
with Didier and the owner and I was blown away. There is also a dry Barbera red
but I guess that it is out-of-stock as we were going to pour some here tonight?
Pas disponible Didier?!?

THE AMAZING THING was that last night on Memorial Day itself my daughter, wife
and I polished off the half-bottle that was left from the tasting with the owner
and with Didier a week ago. It's been sitting in our refrigerator waiting for
it's moment. It did not fail : still many bubbles, still fresh and full and rich
and vibrant and lively - a true delight! I was so pleased, everyone enjoyed it
so I did not say a word. That's a testament to the fine quality. Wow!

SO : COME JOIN US tonight and really enjoy, relax and learn something , too
about the wealth that is Italy in liquid sparkling form : a revelation, one that
we will all share here together tonight!

TONIGHT @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits : 3423 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Washington D.C., 20008, Tel : 202-363-4265. Caio, a presto, gazie ...   TONY

Saturday, May 24, 2014

To Be A Small Part Of Memorial Day Weekend, FRiday May 23rd, 2014 and Saturday May 254th, 2014 Here in Washington D.C. and Virginia ... How Special, Thanks To All You Vets! We All Thanks You!!

The thunder of motorcycles did roar, did escort me to and from work  yesterday : I followed a couple to work yesterday morning and crossed the Teddy Roosevelt bridge from Virginia to Washington D.C. and loved the sight crossing over the Potomac River with the sights all before me, the small American flag fluttering rapidly in the wind on the back seat of the motorcycle, the lady's blond hair blowing everywhere, too, the picture was perfect and I felt connected in a big way just then with that veteran in front of me with the gentle thunder of his Harley growling, letting everyone know it was very much there, alive and still able ... and I felt proud, I felt good, I felt connected as I said and as if it was an honor to be escorted like this, if only in my mind, into Washington to start Memorial Day weekend on a breezy, glorious May 23rd, 2014 morn ...    and then again later, at night, many vets escorted me home, all different , all roaring to some extent or another, all thundering to some level or another, in the dark , the lights, the flags ruffling and fluttering, all ages, some alone, some couples ... so many silent, untold stories wrapped up in each of them, so many experiences ... making me happy to see them here, to be gathered together like this, inspiring, really special, I felt to honored and special, glad to have been a slight part of all of this , happy to tell about it, to speak something for them, to recognize them, to say THANKS to them, for what they did for all of us, keeping us safe ,,, merci, gracias, grazie, obregado, ....   TONY 5/24/2014   on a glorious baby-blue skied morn with a breeze now and bright sunshine everywhere on Saturday ... come celebrate here with us, we have some great Spanish Cava open now from Fernando and Estebe of Tradewinds Specialty Imports for you all to taste, and just sold a bottle of the MAWBY Michigan sparkling wine to a young lady that had been on a run and thrilled to see it here! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn

Thursday, May 22, 2014

TONIGHT< Meeting Domenica Totty the Winemaker of BY ( Beaulieu - Beautiful Place ) Winery Tonight @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits 3423 Conn. Ave. N.W., 20008 Tel : 202-363-4265 6-8PM Join Us, No Charge!

THURSDAY, May 22nd, 2014 : working on a possible BEAULIEU BV California
wine-tasting from 5-8PM with BV's winemaker Domenica Totty ( her team brings
together 44 years of collective wine-making experience - from Calistoga in the
north to Carneros in the south, using so many innovations to make fine Carneros
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and Rutherford Bench famous Cabernet Sauvignon ' dust
- pixie dust magic?!? ' - with cold soaking, whole-cluster pressing, whole-berry
fermentation, hand-sorting ( is that also hand-wringing and hand-shaking ?!? ),
and barrel-fermentation - to bring us all the best, since 1900, too! ) to taste
the three mentioned as well as possibly the 2010 Georges De Latour Cabernet
Sauvignon. We have to see if we can work out the details? So call for an update
at : 202-363-4265? We hope that at the very least that Domenica Totty will stop
by and say " hello " on Thursday even if we cannot work out the details for an
in-store wine-tasting? Let's see what happens. Cheers. Never any charge, join
us, everyone always welcome. JUST WORKED IT ALL OUT, we are on for this
wine-tasting and that's exciting news! JOIN US and Domenica, what a thrill 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy Memorial Day Weekend May 26th, 2014 : Come Meet & Taste With BEAULIEU'S Winemaker Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 From 5-8PM No Charge, Everyone Welcome, BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, Carneros Chardonnay and Carneros Pinot Noir, Too!


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TIME TO MOVE ALONG, I'm not pessimistic, I'm an optimist. I always try and see
the bright side of every situation and Cleveland Park is still very much a place
to be and quite the vibrant neighborhood. Simple as that, enough said. We just
need to make th rents paid here more reasonable and more businesses can afford
to be and to stay here and not move to other more affordable neighborhoods.

GREECE IS IN THE AIR, and it's beautiful here today as you can all see. Last
night we did a really fun and successful evening of fine Greek food and wine at
Mourayo restaurant down by Dupont Circle. I was thrilled to be there with Nassos
, Iason and Sotiris Bafitis and to finally know what our customer Joan has been
talking about to me for years now.

I GOT TO SIT WITH both Laura and with Raymond last night at this excellent
dinner. What a treat that was. Laura said when I was introduced : " I know you
Tony and have shopped at your store many times before." When Raymond sat down he
siad : " I want to ask you some questions. " One was about how business was
going? Raymond also said : " You're the one that writes the store emails that we
get still and read where you talk about the neighborhood and driving to work? "
I smiled and said : " Yes, I like to talk about those things as they are all a
part of the beer, food , liquor and wine experiences that we enjoy. " We had a
really nice conversation that unfolded slowly and cheerily. Thanks Laura and
Raymond, I look forward to seeing you soon when you pick up your orders from
last night's dinner.

AS I GOT UP TO MEET the various people at Mourayo's dinner last night I got to
the table with four gentlemen and they asked me how I was? I said I was a bit
sad that one of the people that I knew and that worked at Mourayo was not there
last night. They told me that they had been dining at Mourayo now for years.
When they heard what I had just said they said immediately : " Who?!? " I
responded : " her name is Joan. " Chip and Jaime immediately said : " We know
Joan! " They both said that she had waited on them many times and they wrote a
short note for me to give Joan : " Hi, Joan! Chip & Jaime say hello! " Nice, I
like that, I will give this to Joan when I see her next.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that any of you looking for good Greek food and wine served
in a nice setting with excellent service go by and dine there. Say that I
recommended the restaurant and ask to speak to Nassos that works there and will
take really good care of you while you are there.

LARRY Another Diner last night at Mourayo asked me from Greece's version of
grappa? I said that I did not know it and that I did not believe we had sold it
yet? Sotiris told me that Dionysos imports should have some for us to buy so I
will talk to our sales rep Danielle about it when she returns my call today.
Larry wants some, probably some of our other customers would want some if they
saw it on our shelves? I think so, that's usually how that works. More on that
once I hear anything.

SO : We have Memorial Day weekend upon us as well as Father's Day coming up on
June 15th! Lots to be aware of, and lots to plan for. What do you all have in
mind? Busy and exciting times. We have lots of everything for this weekend's
barbecues, grills, outdoor events here and at any lake or at the beach? We are
ready with suggestions that also include some of the finest apple ciders from
all over the world which includes now Spain that Santos just brought to the
store a couple of months ago.

Memorial Day Weekend Here We Come!

HOT DOGS , BURGERS, SAUSAGES, GRILL VEGETABLES, PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS, steaks ,
chicken, lamb and pork - salmon, rainbow trout, mussels and fresh oysters ...
ahhhhh, the warmth and the bright sunshine and the cooling breeze and the
sailing and hiking and mountain-climbing, the drifting on a paddle boat around
the Tidal Basin, hand-gliding, wind-surfing, sipping the lightest to the
strongest brews with alcohols starting at around 5% and going way above 10%?!?
Ahhhh, the good life with  some time to enjoy those moments when not working and
being with those you love. Nothing better.

ALE, BEER & CIDER from Santos :

1) Strawberry Schwarzcake from the WILD WOLF Brewing Company ( $7.99 a 1
Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, from Nellyford, VA. 22958 ) : a German style black lager
brewed with strawberries  : just looks like fun, inviting and tasty for a grill
or barbecue.

2) Spring Fling Ale Copper Ale from BLUE POINT Brewing Company ( $11.99 a
6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, Long Island, www.bluepointbrewing.com ) : what fun
for this ever-changing spring of ours. We are in full swing, full spring,
springing merrily along ...

Great to have these cans when outside with family ...

BEER IN CANS : easy, lighter, no glass to accidentally break :

3)   3 From SLYFOX :

A) " Odyssey " Imperial IPA India Pale Ale from SLY FOX ( On Special for $12.99
a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, Pottstown, PA. www.slyfoxbeer.com , 8.4% alcohol by
volume ) : going really strong since 2007 ...

B)  " Phoenix " Pale Ale Craft-Brewed In Pennsylvania from SLYFOX ( On Special
for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, 5.1% alcohol by volume ... bold American
Pale Ale  ) : Just waiting for you to pop a top and enjoy ... fun labels, too -
so much imagination. Gotta love and applaud that, I certainly do.

C) " Helles " Golden Lager ( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans,
4.9% alcohol by volume ) : " This German-style lager is a perennial favorite in
the Sly Fox pubs ... "

LIQUOR. LIQUEUR From Malkit & Jagir :

1) Imported Vodka CARDINAL Triple Distilled ( $24.99 a 750ml bottle, 40%
alcohol by volume, fromSchiedam, Holland ) : distilled product of superior
quality ... something really new and exciting!

2) Small Batch BERNHEIM Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey ( $32.99 a
750ml bottle, 45% alcohol by volume, www.bernheimwheatwhiskey.com ) : " Bernheim
is the only type of straight whiskey which uses soft winter wheat. ... The
result is a full-bodied, sweet, yet smooth whiskey that is produced in small
batches and aged to perfection in traditional open rick warehouses." Sweet!
Great to celebrate with ...

3) " Ruby Red " from DEEP EDDY Grapefruit flavored vodka  handcrafted in
Austin, Texas using real grapefruit and distilled 10 times! On Special for
$14.99 a bottle, 35% alcohol by volume ,,, beautiful color, too.

LIQUEUR :

1) Liqueur D'Orange CLEMENT " Creole Shrubb " from Martinique ( $29.99 a
750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume ) : " A vibrant orange liqueur produced
according to a historic Creole recipe dating back several hundred years. Creole
Shrubb is a blend of white rum and aged rum infused with bitter orange peels and
Creole spices that have been slowly brewed together and macerated with pure
sugarcane syrup in oak casks."  Great to sip at the end of the day that will
warm and help you to tell your wonderful stories and anecdotes, too ...
BITTERS :

1) Blood Orange Bitters : blood orange juice cocktail mix from concentrate
by STIRRINGS , $5.99 a 355ml bottle, kosher, non-alcoholic, ... fill the glass
with 4 fluid ounces chilled sparkling wine ... nice!

TONIC :

1) Original Strong Tonic - Extraordinary Tonic syrup , $15.99 a 12.7Fl. Oz
bottle, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, go to : www.strongtonic.com for more info.
" Our syrups allow you to control the sweetness of a cocktail to your choosing."
Great idea.

WINE :

1) Pinot Noir from SOLI, was $12.99 : this is classic, traditional,
old-style Pinot Noir that  is 100% Pinot Noir, the 2008 is mature and flavorful
and really showing well now. Ernie, if you have not tried this yet you should!

2) Rosado D.O. Manchuela Spain, this deep colored, richly-flavored and
silky-to-the-mouth-textured dry rose On Special for $8.99 a bottle, 12% alcohol
by volume, from VITIVINOS and made from the red grape Bobal is a pure delight.
Was enjoying some at home this weekend with my family and highly recommend it.
Cheers. Perfect for Memorial Day weekend!

3) Pinot Grigio dry Italian white from ANZIANO , $9.99 a 750ml bottle, 12%
alcohol by volume : I liked it a lot, I told John our rep that I liked it, that
he had a sale, and we bought extra again that was delivered today is it is
selling so well with a fun label, too! Recommended as well, perfect for sipping
outside on Memorial Day weekend.

4) A Dry Red Bobal from Manchuela, Spain, this 2012 CLOS LOJEN, $16.99 a
750ml bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, red that we tasted here with Amy
Troutmiller of her own company Diamond District wines is drinking beautifully
now - so smooth and full and rich and velvety and another GREAT MEDIUM-BODIED
smooth silky red to enjoy sipping and drinking with your meal this weekend
whether indoors or outdoors. Chill slightly, be amazed!! Cheers.

5) " Violes Velles " 2013 Dry Spanish rose from SIOS is a dry blend of 85%
Syrah and 15% Garnacha from Spain's Costers Del Segre region. Selling for $19.99
a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, this deep-fleshed-toned-skinned rose is an
elegant expression of the Syrah grapes and lovely to enjoy with a grill, a
barbecue, a picnic, some smoked meats and fish, wild salmon ... lovely. Cheers.
John tasted it here two weekend's ago and people really liked the mouth-feel/the
fuller texture on the palate.

6) " Oenos " which means wine in Greek, this dry red 2011 from NAOUSSA,
$23.99, 14% alcohol by volume, made from 100% Xinomavro grapes that are
indigenous to Greece, showed FABulously, WONERfully, SILKily, last night at
Mourayo! What a wonderful treat, what a smooth dry red to enjoy with or without
a meal. We had it last night with a lamb stew with Orzo and it flattered so well
the thicker, denser taste of the lamb in it's rich sauce, giving clarity and
helping to make even better the lamb dish that was heavy and needed the wine to
make it less so! Great combination.

7) Cremant De Loire , this CHATEAU PIEGUE, On Special for $19.99, 13%
alcohol by volume, is made from a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Chenin Blanc and
10% Cabernet Franc and I LOVE it each time that I sip it. Highly recommended for
it's crispness, liveliness and overall chilling freshness, too! Great for this
Memorial Day weekend if things are hot.

TASTINGS / EVENTS :

1) 4 Wines from Bulgaria TONIGHT from Parallel 43 Selections with Rhys
Davies tasting the Dreamy Wendy Muskat 2012 white, the Curly Rosie rose Cabernet
Sauvignon 2012  and the Curly Rosie Mavrud 2012  rose, and the Pamid 2011
Rainbow Rubie red : ALL selling for $8.99 a bottle. What fun. REALLY ' New &
Exciting ' wines!

2) THURSDAY, May 22nd, 2014  : working on a possible BEAULIEU BV California
wine-tasting from 5-8PM with BV's winemaker Domenica Totty ( her team brings
together 44 years of collective wine-making experience - from Calistoga in the
north to Carneros in the south, using so many innovations to make fine Carneros
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and Rutherford Bench famous Cabernet Sauvignon ' dust
- pixie dust magic?!? ' - with cold soaking, whole-cluster pressing, whole-berry
fermentation, hand-sorting ( is that also hand-wringing and hand-shaking ?!? ),
and barrel-fermentation - to bring us all the best, since 1900, too! ) to taste
the three mentioned as well as possibly the 2010 Georges De Latour Cabernet
Sauvignon. We have to see if we can work out the details? So call for an update
at : 202-363-4265? We hope that at the very least that Domenica Totty will stop
by and say " hello " on Thursday even if we cannot work out the details for an
in-store wine-tasting? Let's see what happens. Cheers. Never any charge, join
us, everyone always welcome. JUST WORKED IT ALL OUT, we are on for this
wine-tasting and that's exciting news! JOIN US and Domenica, what a thrill this
all will be.

3) Friday, May 23rd, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Fernando Valenti with
Tradewinds Specialty Imports here tasting 4 FABulous Spanish wines : 1)
ROSSIGNOL Cava sparkling brut,  2) Gran Cardiel 2011, $14.99 dry white blend of
Verdejo and Viura, ... 3) the FINCA stainless-steel 2012  Chardonnay, $10.99
that we love so much as well as the ... 4) FINCA dry red Tempranillo, $10.99
that is equally dry and smooth, silky and all-purpose to enjoy this Memorial Day
weekend.

4) Saturday, May 24th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Regis Scheithauer here to
taste an assortment of his excellent Californian,  Italian, Oregon and French
wines here that will be a great lead-in for Memorial Day weekend and our
Big-Theme Sparkling Wine-Tasting on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 from 5-8PM.

JOIN US : ALL wine-tastings are free and everyone is always welcome.

I KNOW THAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN to say many things and yet I am out of time and
must post this now. LIKE us on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits,
FOLLOW us Twitter at : cpwinespirits as well as at : wineenabler. Thanks a
million for everything.

KEEP BELEIVIN' in Cleveland Park : we have a great neighborhood, great stores,
great people living here, the Uptown Theater and The National Zoo, and so many
other wonderful things, too! Cheers,  TONY

SAVE TONIGHT & TOMORROW : TUESDAYS : 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. WEDNESDAYS : 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.

SAVE , SAVE, SAVE MORE @ CP WINES!

We Had A Glorious Memorial Day In 2014 : Now We Will Have An Equally Glorious One On May 26th, 2014! Cheer & Enjoy!!


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MEMORIAL DAY Just Around the Corner : Victoria Day ( Canada ) Just Passed :
lots to celebrate, anticipate, look forward to. Let's do some of it together as
we have the " liquid cheer " in spades to add. With the whole world exploding
with " new " ideas of how to change things up and celebrate and experiment :
well, it's an amazing time for us all and as I said last week it's hard to keep
up anymore as everything gets broadcast now pretty much as it is happening.

DO ANY OF YOU STILL REMEMBER the days when you had to wait for the mail to come
with the news, the boat to arrive within a week or two, the truck crossing the
country to take between a week or two, depending? I , for one used to like
those lag times to catch my breath. Today is is almost impossible to catch
one's breath. I catch mine in my car to and from work and home. As much as I
hate driving those are my " five minutes of peace " so to speak. Did any of you
read the story of Mrs Large the hippopotamus to your children when they were
growing up and all she wanted was " five minutes of peace"?!? I loved that
story, so did my wife. We may have loved it more than our children did because
we sure could relate to Mrs Large.

POOLS WILL OPEN and hopefully the sun will shine on Memorial Day Weekend for us
all and we have some wonderful wines to share with you, right off the bat like
the excellent dry white, slightly-sparkling , low alcohol ( 9% alcohol by
volume ) Portuguese Vinho Verde :

1) SANTOLA Vinho Verde from VINHOS MESSIAS ( $7.99, from Mealhada,
Portugal ) is a prefect hot-weather wine to enjoy this weekend and we will
order extra to be sure we do not run out. It is light and fresh enough, the "
bit " of sparkle is nice, too as that serves to refresh as well as add an
element of celebration to any event.

ALSO :

2) Spanish Tempranillo , the DOMAINE DE ADIRA from the Bodega DONA FELISA
( the famous grape variety from Spain , $9.99 for the 750ml, $14.99 for the
1.5ml bottle size )  is another perfect dry, smooth, silky red wine to enjoy
for Memorial Day Weekend! It may be chilled slightly and served with or without
a meal, inside or outside. It does not matter. It may also be served with food
or without. It will complement pretty much everything. It's so versatile and
that's what I love almost as much as the silky, lovely-textured taste and
mouth-feel. This is a pretty amazing Spanish red for the money and we are
delighted to offer it to you. There is no bite or burn, it's easy and will make
a GREAT SANGRIA, too. You simply must check this lovely Tempranillo out and see
what you all think.

3) 100% Dry French Loire Valley Chenin Blanc from the LE HAUT VIGNOT ,
2010 ( $9.99, appelation Anjou controlee, 11% alcohol by volume, for more info
go to : www.LVDH.com ) that Sam Gessner tasted with you all this past Saturday
would make a great , refreshing and flavorful dry white when you grill or eat
outside. It's got charm and flavor and good mineral overtones to keep everyone
skipping right along to the tune of it's special Chenin Blanc taste.

4) 100% Torrontes indigenous dry white, 2010 from CARELLI 34 Latitude from
south of the Tunuyan river in Mendoza, Argentina ( On Special for $9.99, 13%
alcohol by volume, for more info go to : www.bodegacarelli.com.ar ). White wine
that " presents a pale yellow colour with steely tones. It has a perfumed aroma
which highlights the expression of the varietal Torrontes ". I agree with this
and so am happy to include it. The Torrontes grape originally came from Spain
but this Torrontes has been cloned enough that it has an " extra special
something " in it's bouquet and flavors that is just that much more special,
out there and engaging. You need to try some : it will be great to drink into
the weekend nights as the sun's warmth leaves us but we still wish to be
outside relaxing and enjoying family and friends.

5) Garnacha ( same as Grenache, $13.99, 14% alcohol by volume, ) called ZA
ZA, this 2011 Spanish dry rose from the Campo de Borja region is both a perfect
party wine as well as one to complement a meal. Really dry with a distinct
strawberry and floral bouquet, and on the palate it's simply mouth-watering
with brilliant juicy fruit accents in the extroverted flavors that jump right
out of the wine glass and dance on your tongue. It's way worth the extra money.

SOMETHING EXTRA SPECIAL :

6)  White Port from the Portuguese house BORGES ( never bought or
represented by the British like WARRES, TAYLOR-FLADGATE, FONSECA, and more ),
this white port ( $11.99, 19% alcohol by volume ) will be great this weekend
when you add some tonic or soda water to it and squeeze some fresh or lemon or
lime into it these weekend afternoons. When the sun leaves us in the evening
chill and serve it without adding anything. Both ways it is an absolute delight
and will please many of you.

7) Cabernet Sauvignon " Cherokee Lane " , 201 from California's Lodi
region and made by TORTOISE CREEK WINES ( $13.99, 13.9% alcohol by volume , for
more information go to : www.tortoisecreekwines.com ). This past Friday
Christina our local rep for Winesellers, Inc tasted it out with our customers
and it was a big hit for those of you looking for some " classically great "
California Cabernet Sauvignon that never loses track of the Cabernet fruit and
still has plenty of spice and flavor and character! It's a beautifully-balanced
wine and I liked it quite a bit and am thrilled to have it here in the store.
It's a great bottle when you grill or barbecue something.
ALSO :  " The Lodi Rules are California's first 3rd party certified
sustainable wine growing standards, designed to lead to measurable improvements
in environmental health of the surrounding ecosystem, society-at-large, and
wine quality ". WOW, LOVE this. Let's always do ALL THAT WE CAN for our
environment, our wines, our society. Bravo and cheers to the Lodi region of
California.

8)  Bonarda 201 from Argentina's Mendoza region from ZUCCARDI ( $15.99,
14% alcohol by volume, ) this SERIE A is made in the Italian way from where it
originally comes. Argentina has always had a lot of this Italian grape variety
the Bonarda planted and here it is earthy, pithy, a touch rustic and very
flavorful with lots of " highs and lows " and some really distinct flavors that
spread wide and cry for a meal like the one we will all enjoy this Memorial Day
weekend. It's great when you grill, marinate and also barbecue. It's a
wonderful medium-bodied food wine at 14% alcohol by volume. The wine is tasty
and balanced and has a really nice finish, too.

BUT HEY, Let's Not Forget Our Beer & Liquor :

BEERS, CIDERS  From SANTOS :

1) Verloren  " Gose " From SAMUEL ADAMS is Ale brewed with Coriander and
Salt ( On Special for $5.99, 6% alcohol by volume, 1 Pt. , 6 Fl. Oz., Batch #1
) : " A link to the ales of Saxony that had all but vanished ... with a base of
an unfiltered wheat ale ... flavor is brought to life by an unexpected touch of
salt for a mineral quality, and coriander for a peppery spice ". NEW!

2) Aloha Series from WAILUA, a Wheat Ale brewed with Passion Fruit from
the KONA Brewing Company ( $8.99 On Special for a 12-ounce 6-pack of bottles,
from Portsmouth, NH ) : " Wailua is Hawaiian for two fresh water streams
mingling. This was just the inspiration we needed for our Aloha series wheat
ale brewed with tropical passion fruit."

2 CIDERS:

1) Unfiltered Pear Cider ( Cidery Reserve , On Special for $6.99, 22 Fl.
Oz., 6.5% alcohol by volume, from Minneapolis, MN., go to FOXBARREL.COM for
more info ), this FOX BARREL natural Ginger and Black Currant unfiltered Pear
Cider also has organic honey infused/blended into it. It's also GLUTEN-FREE.
Fun, new and exciting!

2) Unfiltered Pear Cider ( On Special for $6.99 a bottle, 6.5% alcohol by
volume, 22 Fl. Oz bottle, natural Rhubarb and Elderberry Cidery Reserve ,
FOXBARREL.COM ) is infused with organic Honey, just like the ginger and black
currant mentioned above. These two unfiltered Pear Ciders are " new and fun "
and we are really excited to have them here. Come and check them both out. They
are perfect to enjoy for this Memorial Day weekend.

HEY RAVI : What You Got For Us ?!?   LIQUOR/LIQUEUR :

1) The " New " Rose-Colored LILLET Aperitif from Podensac, Gironde, France
( $18.99 a 750ml bottle , 17% alcohol by volume, www.lillet.com ) : use it with
some club soda and lime while you go to there web site for more cocktail ideas.
It's also nice served on the ice with an orange peel or slice of lime. Cheers!
Since 1872.

2) Dirty Martini Mix from the SANTA BARBARA OLIVE CO. ( $7.99 for a 25.4
Fl. Oz - 750ml bottle - www.sbolive.com, 800-624-4896 ) is naturally low in
carbs. Refrigerate after using.

3) Anchovy Stuffed Olives ( On Special for $3.99 for  5 OZ. Bottle, ) FROM
THE SANTA BARBARA OLIVE CO. , www.sbolive.com for more info ) is one of the
many stuffed olives that we have from SANTA BARBARA.

4) Cinnamon Whisky ( whisky with natural cinnamon flavor ) from FIREBALL
is Red Hot!!!! ( $19.99 a 750ml bottle, 33% Alcohol by volume ) is from Canada.
It's hot and new and exciting and for more info go to : www.fireballwhisky.com.
Cheers.

5) Islay Dry Gin With 22 Native Botanicals, The BOTANIST ( $36.99, 750ml
bottle, distilled from 100% Grain Natural Spirits, 46% alcohol by volume,
www.bruichladdich.com, from Scotland ) is also brand new and we are thrilled to
have it here finally. You need to discover this gin.

6) Blended Scotch Whisky, this Finest De Luxe from BUCHANAN'S 12 Year-Old
( $38.99, 40% alcohol by volume, Scotland : Ravi tells me that we have a group
of customers that know it and swear by it. Do you know it? Created over 100
years ago by Sir James Buchanan. Try it on for size, fit and feel!

SPLURGE :Well-Worth It :

7) Sipping Tequila 100% Puro Agave Azul from CASA DRAGONES ( On Special
for $279.99, regularly $299.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, Mexican,
go to : www.casadragones.com  for more information ) was tasted to me and
Robert about a couple of weeks ago and it was wonderful.It's so elegant, so
smooth, so fine and so silky. This is really about as great as it ever gets and
when money is no object ...  and the pursuit of the ultimate taste and the
greatest joy and satisfaction - then this blue-sky-boxed CASA DRAGONES is the
very best you or any of us can do. Come and get some. We have already sold some
and are down to our last two bottles that will have and that will have to get
us through this Memorial day weekend.

DON'T FORGET :

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

Friday, May 25th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Stephane Defoe coming to pour
a selection of his own French wines here from Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley.
This will be fun. Many of you will recognize him as he has been coming here
since he represented PIERRE FERRAND French cognac. You can ask him questions
about that as well as about his wines. This will be fun. Eric and I sampled the
wines with him this past week and we really liked what we tasted. I think that
there is also some Loire Valley wine, too? A good Cabernet Franc? I think so :
something for everyone as we get ready to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with
family and friends.

ALSO : SANTOS Has A NEW BELGIUM Beer ( ALL flavors ) Beer-Tasting set up
from 5-8PM.

ALSO-SQUARED : RAVI Has A BUSHMILLS Irish Whisky Tasting set up for the
same time.
THREE-TASTINGS-IN-ONE : come enjoy and taste and learn and meet some of
our other fun and exciting customers. Cheers, everyone always welcome.

Saturday, May 26th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Ernie of Monument Imports
coming here to taste a selection of his fine wines. We may focus on his
fabulous California portfolio as he has so many? We may pick a great red, a
great white, a great rose : all dry. We may also include a great sparkling wine
We will have it all set up tomorrow so if any of you want to know exactly what
we will taste please call and ask me, Tony at : 202-363-4265.

ALSO : SANTOS Has Arranged A DOGFISH HEAD Beer-Tasting for this time as
well from 3-6PM. Join us for any of these tastings. Everyone is always welcome,
never any charge. Bring family and friends and start celebrating Memorial Day
weekend early here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits! That will be nice to see
you all.

I AM SURE THAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING and yet it's time to get this
email out to you all now as time is running out and I want to be sure that you
are all prepared and proactive for this weekend. Make some of your plans with
the help of this email, that's our intention and we hope that it does help. Let
us know what we may do to make this easier and more fun and more enriching for
you all? Give us a call at : 2020363-4265 if you have any questions or special
requests? Thanks again for everything and for believing in us. We appreciate
this more than you will ever know.  Cheers,   TONY

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Reconnecting With The CANOE RIDGE Washington State Winery Once Again & Meeting Bill Murray For The Very First Time On Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 @ Cleveland Park's In-Store Evening Wine-Tasting From 5-7PM : What Fun!





Great to reconnect with the CANOE RIDGE wines of Washington State and to make some ' new ' friends and ' new ' connections as we did. Notice how Matt holding his child in his hands in the center picture is wearing a Bill Murray t-shirt, that's what Rosie O'Donnell in " Sleepless In Seattle " called ' a sign. ' What a coincidence, what a trip that was. His child was covering the t-shirt and so he had to take him out of his child seat to show us all. SO much fun! Loved it! The wines were really good. The Cherry Street soft and floral red blend was really delicious and fruit-forward : lovely! The Cabernet Sauvignon was more peppery and spicy and in need of some food. THe Pinot Gris dry white was so pleasing and floral and fresh, the Chardonnay was more weighty and really nice, too. By the way, we all found out from Bill Murray that since his involvement with the winery starting three years ago the production went from twelve thousand to ninety thousand! Shows what someone can do for a winery with help from everyone involved, of course. Cheers, Happy Tuesday, thanks Bill, great to finally meet you. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 5/13/2014




Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits' Store Email, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 : On : Sad News Of Laurence Faller Of Domaine Weinbach Passing Away Suddenly Of Heart Attack/ Bill Murray Visits Us & Talks & Tastes A ' Favorite " Wine Of His : Canoe Ridge In Washington State, TY.KU Sake & Soju Of Japan!



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THE WHOLE STORE is abuzz today as we get ready for Bill Murray's visit here to
the store later this evening. We are serving, too some of Bill's favorite wines
from the CANOE RIDGE winery in Columbia Valley, the Horse Heaven region ... JOIN
US tonight, Bill Murray here tonight saves the day for us all, with humor,
character, personality, stories galore and some really fine wine, too at his
hands!




BREAKING Tragic NEWS : Olivier Lotterie of the Vineyard Brands was just here
with owner Tyrrel Myburgh ( cellarmaster ) tasting the current releases of the
M.A.N. South African wines that we will sell again from $10-$15 a bottle :
Pinotage, Syrah-Grenache, Chardonnay and Pinotage ... impressive all, and
Olivier says to me : " I have some tragic news for you Tony : " One of our most
beloved winemakers passed away from a heart attack. " I turn to look a t him and
await what follows : " Laurence Faller. " NO! " I scream. " That cannot be!?!
How?!? " And Olivier continues : " I know you knew her personally. " Danny Haas
would bring her here and one of my fondest memories of Laurence besides her
tasting here in the store with us and with our customers is her taking me to
lunch with Danny Haas over to the INDIQUE restaurant.





Olivier continued : " Danny is devastated. The whole region of Alsace is
devastated. " We are devastated, how sad! Laurence has been here at least three
times that I remember, tasting us, tasting you all, signing bottles, doing all
that she can for her wines, for the wines of Alsace, for France : a classy lady,
a real inspiration, married with two children that survive her, only forty-five
years old : TRAGIC.








The other night with my wife , Maeco, Katherine, Denise and Sandrine we drank
some of Laurence's " Cuvee Laurence " Pinot Gris with a delicious steak meal
that Marco from Rome grilled for us, with a great green tossed salad with buts
and ' special veined and colorfully-explosive deep-rich lavender and red snaking
through the crinkled greens ... a tasty vinaigrette and some brown rice was it









... RIDGE Zinfandel 1985 that I already mentioned here,





 and Laurence's
SATURATION of delightful viscous, thick and lulling and wafting and floating
fresh and bright allusion and homage complete to nuts and honey and creams and
dense-deep citrus and vanilla and varied, variegated, voluptuous
flavors-savors-delighting one and all senses, seriously entertaining,pleasing,
teasing, testing, turning and stopping us and our palates with each sip, big or
small ... the flavors were those to truly savor and not labor, just delight, not
fight, just be swept-up, just be harmonized, humored and everything but hammered
as they made their entrance, found their space and placed - all these lasting
Pinot Gris golden-rich-colored tastes of the " Cuvee Laurence '!




I always had to buy more of the " Cuvee Laurence " in homage, in appreciation of
her, her beauty, the intensity of her eyes, the way she would with them grab
yours and hold your eyes for a lifetime before releasing them.




The way her hair that was drawn back tightly to mold her youthful and edged
features. She was so beautiful, so simple in her stylishness, little
embellishments of this or that that spoke volumes always. It was always a treat
to be in her presence and to taste with her.




She was always very attuned and very attentive to all that was going on around
her. One one of her visits she was here when Aurelio Cabestrero came and visited
with one of his Spanish owners/producers. I have pictures of all of that and
need to share them now more than ever before.





We have some of Laurence's wines here today like the Muscat Reserve 2009 " Clos
des Capucins " , On Special for $36.99, 13% alcohol by volume, and I will have
to open a bottle today and celebrate her life as well as that of everyone at
DOMAINE WEIBACH from Kaysersberg , and from family members : Colette, Catherine
et Laurence ... as well as the ' new ' generation there that I do not know yet.





Laurence you are loved, will be missed, you are so special!





The last visit from Danny Haas when he came a month or so bearing his
twenty-or-so wines included a bottle of the DOMAINE WEINBACH and after tasting
it and sharing it - actually it included two bottles , a Grand Cru and another -
Danny knowing how much I liked Laurence, left both bottles, one of which I took
home as Joe took home the Grand Cru. Thanks you Danny, we feel your pain. We are
all pained.





I toast now here to you Laurence. Merci pour tous, c'est bien trop tot que tu
viens de nous quitter, nous sommes tous bien tristes! Ce n'est pas juste ca,
vraiment pas juste. I die myself a little with this sad news Laurence.






THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT OPENS again to everyone after three years of repairs and
being closed. I remember being able to climb up the stairs in the past! That was
a feat, glad I did it once, glad to have the memories of that, seeing inside and
outside the Washington Monument, what fun.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stevie Wonder, glad to hear so much of your great music today.
Happy birthday Kim!

SAVE TONIGHT & TOMORROW :

TUESDAYS :

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.

WEDNESDAYS :

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.

SAVE , SAVE, SAVE MORE @ CP WINES!

HEY, Jimmy's getting married today! Just sold some real French dry rose CHARLES
De CAZANOVE Tradition Pere Et Fils a Reims ,  champagne , $22.99 to go along
with the occasion, and since it was all so rushed I loaned them two Reidel
champagne flutes to use as they are on the run, the two of them, too busy , too
impatient after waiting all these years! What a treat to be a part of all of
this as Jimmy has been coming here weekly now for years tasting sometimes and
always picking up what was needed , that, on special occasions always included a
bottle of dry Jurancon white as that was part of a childhood memory so many
wonderful years ago. Congratulations to you both, you both are wonderful people
and it has been a pleasure and an honor to sell to you over the many years here.
Cheers, I raise a glass and toast you both.

ALE, BEER , CIDER From SANTOS :

1) " Grey Lady " Beer brewed with Spices and Natural Flavors from CISCO
BREWERS Nantucket ( On Special for $1.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 4.5%
alcohol by volume, Nantucket, Massachusetts ) : Belgian-styled, " emits a
complex nose with sophisticated notes."

2) " Positive Contact " from DAN The AUTOMATOR and DOGFISH HEAD Brewery (
On Special for $10.99, 1 Pt 9.4Fl Oz bottle, 9% alcohol by volume ) : " Ale
brewed with apple cider and spices . A positive combination of Fujo cider, slow
roasted farro, a bit of cayenne and fresh cilantro." Nice.

3) " Monk's Cafe " Flemish Sour Ale ( $12.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle,  ) :
" We blend young and old ales to make this mildly sour ale, light bodied with a
lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish. Very refreshing."

LIQUEURS and LIQUORS From Malkit & Jagir :

1) Soju from TY.KU Premium Imported 100% all-natural Soju - one-half the
calories of vodka ( On Special for $19.99 a 750ml bottle, distilled from 100%
barley, 20% alcohol by volume, produced in Japan ) : " Hand-distilled, ... the
#1 selling distilled spirit in the world."

2) El JIMADOR Hand-Harvested 100% Blue Agave Tequila a) Blanc, On Special
for $19.99 a 750ml bottle,  AND :  b) Tequila Reposado 100% Blue Agave, On
Special for $19.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume. " New " and "
Positively Exciting! "

3( French Caribbean rum from CLEMENT Depuis 1887, since 1887, Rhum Vieux
Agricole, aged and delicious rum from Martinique, Select Barrel, On Special for
$27.99 a 750ml bottle, : something smooth and refined and truly special to sip
and savor and linger over - no rushing, ennnnnnnnJOOOOOOYYYYY thoroughly!

WINE & SAKE :

SAKE :

1) TY.KU Sake Premium Junmai Imported Sake ( On Special for $12.99, 15%
alcohol by volume, product of Japan ) : Fancy bottle for a gift, one we have
enjoyed and sold here on-and-off for years : and are delighted to sell once
again as the price is now so reasonable for such fine quality : a ' no-brainer "
I like to call this.

WINE :

1) East Coast 2009 Riesling from New Zealand's SILVER POINT / COOPER'S
CREEK Winery ( $6.99 a 750ml bottle, 12% alcohol by volume ) : I took a case of
this to the beach last August it was so goof : all my relatives loved it, Karen
our photographer-customer here loves it, too. Wonder if she knows it's back
yet?!? FABulous soft, smooth, rounded Riesling flavors, nice-sipping with or
without a meal.

2) Dry Portuguese Vinho Verde from SANTOLA ( $7.99 a 750ml bottle, 9%
alcohol by volume ) : That easy and soft and smooth taste with a touch of
sparkle and no edge, no bite, just nice sipping even outside in the full heat
and humidity and sunshine of the day! Delightful, refreshing with a crayfish on
the green tall bottle you cannot miss.

3) Vieilles Vignes Pays D'Oc dry French rose from the CLOS Du CANALET (
$9.99 a 750ml bottle, old vines, 12.5% alcohol by volume, this delicate
salmon-colored bottle 2013 has a nice sipping quality to it, smooth and full
enough and certainly so very pleasing, with or without food!

4) Dry Greek rose made from the Xinomavro and the Moschomavro 70-year-old
vine grapes from Siatista, Greece ( On Special for $9.99 a bottle, regularly
$14.99 a bottle ) : I enjoyed some on Mother's Day with my wife and daughter and
again last night with my wife : tasty, full and rich and rounded and so pleasing
to sip- a delight! Thanks Sotiris. We will taste it this coming Monday night at
6:30PM at our Murayo Greek restaurant meal for a five-course/ five-wines meal
there at $60 a person. I hope you already all made your reservations as the
dinner has been sold-out now for a week I believe. See some of you there I hope.
I will be going. All the wines will be On-Special for the dinner and available
to purchase here as we support weekly-daily-hourly the wines of Greece, in big
part to the hard work of Sotiris.

5) 2912 Dry Spanish blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25%
Garnacha and 20% Mazuelo from DiNaRellS ( $9.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume,
Emporda, Spain ) " a bit hearty, edgy and spicy and flavorful,
medium-to-light-bodied, honest and tasty dry red perfect for grilling and
seasoned and flavorful dishes!

6) DRY Riesling Delle Venezia 1000Mille Liter Bottle ( $13.99 a liter, 12.5%
alcohol by volume ) : from Italy, a great value, great to sip, really distinct
and tasty! Like it a whole lot, as well as the dry red Bardolino. I am hoping
that Amy will be tasting these on this Saturday as they are perfect for this
warm weather now.

7) Clos LOJEN 2012 dry red Spanish red from Manchuela ( $16.99 a 750ml
bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume : medium-to-light-bodied, dry and spicy and
toasty, roasted berries, what a treat to enjoy now. Great food wine. Hope that
Amy will also taste this here this coming Saturday.

8) 2006 Privat Collection dry red Greek wine from ANTONOPOULOS, Greece,
from Patras ( $17.99 a 750ml, 14% alcohol by volume, ) : Classic, dry,
flavorful, earthy and pithy and great food wine style- classic wine-making, wine
made to go with a meal, a real treat. From Sotiris Bafitis, one of our - and
your very favorites!

WEEK'S TASTING :

TUESDAY,  May 13th, 2014 : Come taste the wines of CANOE RIDGE, Washington State
tonight from 5-8PM and meet Bill Murray, too that loves these wines!

FRIDAY, May 16th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : Come and taste with Sotiris Bafitis and try
the wines that we will serve on Monday night at our Greek dinner with him at
Murayo restaurant at 6:30PM! What a fun treat both events will be.

SATURDAY , May 17th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : Come meet Amy Troutmiller and taste her
excellent Italian and Spanish wines here.

MONDAY, Ma7 19th, 2014 : 6:30PM - our dinner at Murayo with Sotiris Bafitis!

TUESDAY, May 27th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : Our Big-Theme Sparkling Wine-Tasting -
everyone welcome. Free, join us!

JOIN US, NEVER any charge, everyone always welcome. The more the merrier!!

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING. YOU ALL are the very best, we love you all. Take care and
come see us, celebrate with us! Cheers,  TONY

TRAGIC NEWS : We - The Whole World ARE ALL Devastated : Beloved Laurence Faller Passes Away Of The DOMAINE WEINBACH in Kaysenberg, Alscae @ 45 Years-Of-Age With Two Children & Her Family Surviving Her From A Heart Attack! Nous Sommes Tous Tristes Laurence Notre Amie!










BREAKING Tragic NEWS : Olivier Lotterie of the Vineyard Brands was just here ( Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 )
with owner Tyrrel Myburgh ( cellarmaster ) tasting the current releases of the
M.A.N. South African wines that we will sell again from $10-$15 a bottle :
Pinotage, Syrah-Grenache, Chardonnay and Pinotage ... impressive all, and
Olivier says to me : " I have some tragic news for you Tony : " One of our most
beloved winemakers passed away from a heart attack. " I turn to look a t him and
await what follows : " Laurence Faller. " NO! " I scream. " That cannot be!?!
How?!? " And Olivier continues : " I know you knew her personally. "





 Danny Haas
would bring her here and one of my fondest memories of Laurence besides her
tasting here in the store with us and with our customers is her taking me to
lunch with Danny Haas over to the INDIQUE restaurant.









Olivier continued : " Danny is devastated. The whole region of Alsace is
devastated. " We are devastated, how sad! Laurence has been here at least three
times that I remember, tasting us, tasting you all, signing bottles, doing all
that she can for her wines, for the wines of Alsace, for France : a classy lady,
a real inspiration, married with two children that survive her, only forty-five
years old : TRAGIC.






The other night with my wife , Maeco, Katherine, Denise and Sandrine we drank
some of Laurence's " Cuvee Laurence " Pinot Gris with a delicious steak meal
that Marco from Rome grilled for us, with a great green tossed salad with buts
and ' special veined and colorfully-explosive deep-rich lavender and red snaking
through the crinkled greens ... a tasty vinaigrette and some brown rice was it
... RIDGE Zinfandel 1985 that I already mentioned here,




 and Laurence's




SATURATION of delightful viscous, thick and lulling and wafting and floating
fresh and bright allusion and homage complete to nuts and honey and creams and
dense-deep citrus and vanilla and varied, variegated, voluptuous
flavors-savors-delighting one and all senses, seriously entertaining,pleasing,
teasing, testing, turning and stopping us and our palates with each sip, big or
small ...




 the flavors were those to truly savor and not labor, just delight, not
fight, just be swept-up, just be harmonized, humored and everything but hammered
as they made their entrance, found their space and placed - all these lasting
Pinot Gris golden-rich-colored tastes of the " Cuvee Laurence '!





I always had to buy more of the " Cuvee Laurence " in homage, in appreciation of
her, her beauty, the intensity of her eyes, the way she would with them grab
yours and hold your eyes for a lifetime before releasing them.





The way her hair that was drawn back tightly to mold her youthful and edged
features. She was so beautiful, so simple in her stylishness, little
embellishments of this or that that spoke volumes always. It was always a treat
to be in her presence and to taste with her.




She was always very attuned and very attentive to all that was going on around
her. One one of her visits she was here when Aurelio Cabestrero came and visited
with one of his Spanish owners/producers. I have pictures of all of that and
need to share them now more than ever before.





We have some of Laurence's wines here today like the Muscat Reserve 2009 " Clos
des Capucins " , On Special for $36.99, 13% alcohol by volume, and I will have
to open a bottle today and celebrate her life as well as that of everyone at
DOMAINE WEIBACH from Kaysersberg , and from family members : Colette, Catherine
et Laurence ... as well as the ' new ' generation there that I do not know yet.





Laurence you are loved, will be missed, you are so special!





The last visit from Danny Haas when he came a month or so bearing his
twenty-or-so wines included a bottle of the DOMAINE WEINBACH and after tasting
it and sharing it - actually it included two bottles , a Grand Cru and another -
Danny knowing how much I liked Laurence, left both bottles, one of which I took
home as Joe took home the Grand Cru. Thanks you Danny, we feel your pain. We are
all pained.





I toast now here to you Laurence. Merci pour tous, c'est bien trop tot que tu
viens de nous quitter, nous sommes tous bien tristes! Ce n'est pas juste ca,
vraiment pas juste. I die myself a little with this sad news Laurence.





















Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits' Tuesday May 15th, 2012 Store Email On : Schonborn German, Firesteed Oregon, Belgian Biere Blanche, Tierras Organic Tequila, Efe Beer, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Aperol, Villa Massa Limoncello, Zuccardi Wines, : Cherers!


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THE WHOLE STORE is  set up to serve you with this warm weather whether it rains
or shines outside, we have something for you all. Every week I walk our aisles
and am always amazed that there is something " really new and exciting " from
both Ravi ( liquor ) and Santos ( beer ). How could there be so much? We are
getting so much variety and category, country and style and that is really
exciting for you all. You , like us, just have to figure a way to keep up with
it all. That means finding out what is " hip and current ", " trendy and really
new " , purchasing what looks the most exciting and then finding the time to
try these " new " things out. It's exciting, it's a true challenge with many
great rewards in sight for you all.

I HAVE ALREADY TALKED about and included many of the canned beers that are
available to you all. This used to be true only with the most commercial of
beers for so many years and then DALE'S came along and started to change all of
that leading to the D.C. BRAU beers that are our very own from Washington D.C.
We always have several of the DALE'S available for you all as well as we have
another drop of the D.C. BRAU coming this week as we mostly sold out last week.
I have also mentioned the many canned beers that we get from Hawaii and that is
exciting and I have seen a fair number of them on our counter up front being
purchased. I feel that we will only continue to add to all these canned beers
so always be sure and ask Santos. They claim that they are easier to chill
quickly, lighter to carry when you travel and of course less to break or go
wrong in bigger crowds.

CANNED BEER :

1) Blanche De Bruxelles . White Beer ( Biere blanche, wit bier, weiss
bier, cerveza blanc, benoe nnbo, buzasor - $7.99 a 4-pack of cans, 500ml, 1 Pt.
.5Fl. Oz, www.brasserielefebre.be ) from Belgium is new and is wrapped in
plastic for east transport and enjoyment when you get to wherever you are
going. Great summer and warm weather colors, too with white, sky blues and deep
sunshine yellows.

LIQUEURS - New & Old -

TRADITIONAL CATEGORIES like KAHLUA , BAILEYS, and LIMONCELLO are all abuzz with
" new " flavors, too. I just wrote up one last week for KAHLUA with peppermint
I believe? BAILEYS has had the " mint " and the " caramel ". Now  we wait
awhile and it's anyone's guess when the " new " flavor of theirs will be
available? We might not know when but rest-assured that we will have another
flavor, perhaps this fall instead of this summer? I don't want to risk a guess
on that as the whole world of liquid refreshments is exploding with more and
more choices and varieties.

THIS MORNING I believe for the second time the VILLA MASSA Liqueur LIQUORANGE
of Sorrento ( On Special for $22.99, 750ml, 30% alcohol by volume ) that is a
variation on the theme of their Limoncello that started off the whole
Limoncello revolution here in the United States that seems now like a very,
very, very long time ago. Some of you still make your own and many of you still
buy the VILLA MASSA. Here you have a fun variation to play around as the warm
weather and the humidity are with us off-and-on these days.

IT WAS A BIT OF A MELTDOWN here the past two weeks as you all kept coming by
and asking for the APEROL Aperitivo liqueur ( $21.99, original recipe since
1919, Fratelli BARBIERI, 11% alcohol by volume) is based on an infusion of
selected herbs and roots. A popular recipe : Aperol Spritz : ice cubes, slice
of orange, 3-parts Prosecco ( or any other dry sparkling wine ), 2-parts APEROL
and 1-splash of soda. People were a bit distraught and we are happy to tell you
that APEROL is back once again and we bought a lot to be sure we do not sell
out so quickly!

BOTTLED BEER :

WE KNOW MANY OF YOU PREFER bottles of beer and so we have the :

1) " new "  FIRESTONE " Union Jack " IPA ( $12.99, 7.5% alcohol  y volume,
) is an American style India Pale Ale from the FIRESTONE WALKER Brewing
Company. This is for those of you out there that have a passion for the ale.

BOTTLED HARD CIDER :

WE ALSO KNOW that the hard apple cider business is exploding and so for those
of you out there have you discovered the  :

1) Angry Orchard Hard Cider " crisp apple " that is naturally gluten-free
( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 5% alcohol by volume ) : "
This crisp and refreshing cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle
dryness for a balanced cider. At Angry Orchard we use the ripest apples,
harvested by hand to ensure the highest quality. The result is a distinctly
crisp and refreshing cider."

LIQUOR :

1) EFE 3 Distile  RAKI( Triple Distilled , $33.99,, 750ml bottle, 47%
alcohol by volume, www.thehouseofburgundy.com ) is made with 100% grape alcohol
in Turkey's Bozdag mountain. Distilled in traditional pot stills with anis
seeds. They get the spring water from the Bozdag mountain. Enjoy it chilled and
straight or by adding water, then ice as a long drink. We are excited to have
this as many of you have asked us now for it for years.

2) " Tierras " TEQUILA Autentico de Jalisco " Anejo "  from 100% Agave( On
Special for $39.99 a bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, Mexico ) is really good and
it's also made from organic agave plants. Made from Blue Agave in small batches
and as smooth as it ever comes. We had it open here last year and proceeded to
sell through it and the Reposado and the Silver several times over and it's
great to have them all back here again.

WINES:

WHITE :

1) Sauvignon Blanc and ALSO : Chardonnay, 2010 from GATO NEGRO ( BOTH are
On Special for $5.99, Valle Central, 13% alcohol by volume, ) from Chile have
been around for a very long time and we thought we would offer them once again
to you all for casual, easy-drinking wines to enjoy with this heat and
humidity. They are very pleasant and the price is also very easy on all of our
wallets. Come and enjoy them all over again. They also come in many reds
flavors, too from Cabernet, Carmenere, Merlot, and  Shiraz.

ROSE :

1) DOMAINE DE MOULINES " Les Cigales " 2011 ( $10.99 , 12.5% alcohol  by
volume ) is a nice crisp and refreshing dry rose that we are thrilled to sell
here and it was a bonus to discover it written up in the Washington Post
newspaper last Wednesday. Great deep wild Sockeye salmon color, too!

2) KNIPSER " Clairette " 2010 dry trocken rose ( $26.99, 11% alcohol by
volume,, Laumersheim, Pfalz ,  www.magellanwineimports.com ) is made from 1005
Pinot Noir and has weight, substance, character and was I believe the very
favorite tasted this weekend by Chris Bartha when we tasted dry roses for
Mother's Day. Lovely.

3) CHATEAU ROUBINE 2011  " Cru Classe " Cotes De Provence ( $19.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume , www.chateaurubine.com ) is a delight to drink. So much
elegance, refinement and finesse and bright rose sunshine taste. Made by
Valerie Rousselle that is the owner and the harvester and the wine is made from
their own grapes and not purchased. It showed beautifully this past Saturday
and everyone loved it and many bought it, too.

4) GRAF V. SCHONBORN 2011 dry Pinot Noir rose ( On Special for $19.99,
11.5% alcohol by volume, Volkach, Germany, www.schoenborn.de ) has got really
lively, brisk high levels of acidity and a deep rose color and will complement
many a meal. It is best when served with food : salads, tapas, many hot weather
meals.

5) " Pink " 2011 dry rose from SCHLOSS SCHONBORN VDP 100% Pinot Noir ( On
Special for $19.99, 11.5% alcohol by volume , Hattenheim, Germany ,
www.schoenborn.de ) is lovely : softer, more mouth-pleasing, fuller and
smoother on the palate. I loved it, really I did. It shows really well with
food. Love the deep rose color and mostly just love the way that it tastes.
It's a beauty any way that you cut it.

REDS :

1) Pinot Noir 2009 Pinot Noir from Oregon's FIRESTEED Vineyard ( $14.99,
www.firesteed.com, 12.7% alcohol by volume, Rickreall, Oregon ) is light and
bright and refreshing and a real treat to enjoy all by itself and certainly
with most meals, even with this heat and bouts of humidity that come and go
depending. Great value, too. We are happy to have it back again.

2) Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 " Coleccion Privada " from NAVARRO CORREAS in
Mendoza, Argentina, www.ncorreas.com is On Special for $9.99. We are almost
sold out once again. Come get some while you still can. It was once the measure
by which all great Argentinian Cabs were judged by. If it was approaching the
quality of a Coleccion Privada then it was something to take seriously. Here we
have a really tasty, flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina and you should
all sample it all over again : especially when it's at this great value.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

FRIDAY, May 18th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Cristina of Winesellers Imports
here to do a wine-tasting of Kiwi, New Zealand , Argentina and California
wineries : FIRE ROAD ( Kiwi ), ZUCCARDI ( Argentina ), and TORTOISE CREEK (
Lodi, California ). This will be fun with both dry reds and whites. Join us,
never any charge.
SATURDAY, May 19th ( 2-6PM ) Armed Forces Day USA : Join us when Andrew of
Vinifera Imports joins us to taste an assortment of his excellent Italian wines
from the Veneto, from Tuscany and maybe more? We will see? Join us, never any
charge, everyone is always welcome.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS. I certainly hope that everyone had a
great Mother's Day weekend. The weather was nice most of it fortunately and
that's always a bonus. We hope that we can help you with this weekend and to
get through this week until you may enjoy this coming weekend when the rain
will be perhaps a distant memory from Monday's deluge as it may be another one
tonight. Keep a close eye on today's weather and have an umbrella with you.
Stop by, chat and relax and let's share some stories. We are sure that you have
many, we certainly have many. Cheers and thanks for everything that you do for
us. We appreciate it.   TONY