Tuesday, May 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

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!



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.


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.


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!



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.


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!


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

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