Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Store Email Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Written & Posted By Anthony Quinn : Andrew Stover's American ' Road Trip ' Of Wines From Around The United States!

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Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

We ARE READY now , Are YOU?!?

I COULD TALK ABOUT  the fact that Ramaden begins this Sunday or I could be more
general. Life is so short and I am constantly reminded of this as we get into
the heat and the humidity of this summer that holds such promise. One of my
favorite parts of a conversation with any customer is asking where and if they
are getting away this summer? I get so many varied answers and some are so
positive and I just want to go along with them. Some are more challenging as in
how I should respond because often now many include people taking care of a
family member or a loved one, like Albert and Isabel, like Stephen used to do.

I ASKED ANDREW if he was really in Cahors, France and he said : " Yes, " that he
was as so many producers and  importers are anxious to get their wines available
here in fine wine stores as well as in fine restaurants and hotels, etcetera. I
told Andrew just now : " I must be in the wrong business!?! You are always
traveling and I am always left here behind! I am not happy with you Andrew " I
said. Oh well, I guess that I just need to get a wholesaler job again so that I
may travel like he does, as a wholesaler and sometimes as a broker.

JUST THIS WEEKEND FERNANDO was telling me how much he liked the CEDRE Heritage
Malbec, Cahors 2011, $15.99, 13% alcohol by volume, from Vire in France's Lot
region just south of Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast almost, home of France's
great stew that is such wonderful ' comfort food ' called cassoulet. Any of you
know it, any of you enjoyed it, any of you had it at Lavandou Provencale
restaurant in the past? I have and I did , and I love both Cahors and cassoulet.
Chill this CEDRE HERITAGE slightly and enjoy it with something steaming-hot off
your grill. What a treat. I have also visited Cahors the town and the region and
loved it years ago.

I WAS WINED AND DINED Andrew by the two Rigal brothers back in the mid eighties.
What a wonderful treat that was. I went with my good friend Philippe the mayor
and also the owner and the chef of the restaurant LA PETITE RIGAUDIE in the
center of Cahors. We were well-received and tasted and had lunch there and were
the first to bring the wine, to import it to this area to the Mayflower Wines &
Spirits? Yes, I think that is all correct.

BUT I WOULD HAVE LOVED to have been on the Pont de Cahors with you Andrew, the
great time we could have had, what an experience. Loved the pictures you posted
Andrew. Thanks for sharing them.
NEWS FLASH : Our good customers Lisa and Rick were just here will I was speaking
with Dan Terrasa of William Harrison Imports and giving him an order for July of
many fine French wines  ( and our first-organic Argentine Malbec that I
recommend when not recommending Cahors , the ALPAMANTA 2010, $14.99 a bottle,
13.5% alcohol by volume, from Mendoza, Argentina, that is bright and rich and
really fruit-forward-complete-balanced Malbec-so-fine-too ).

Lisa HAD A BOTTLE of the 2012 Pinot Gris FORIS Rogue Valley, Oregon, $16.99,
13.9% alcohol by volume, that they just recently used two cases for their
wedding in Ogallala, Nebraska where Lisa is from : Rick is from Oregon. See the
connection? ANYWAY, I started asking many questions like : " And they were able
to get the wine for you there? " Lisa and Rick both smiled.

LISA SAID  : " My sister got it for me from where she lives across the state.
It's five hour's away from Ogallala. It was the closest that we could have it
shipped for us and since she lived by the distributor she could pick it up at a
local shop there.

I LOVE THIS  kind of story : this is real life! Love it!! I had originally
recommended it to them when they came in search of an Oregon wine for their
wedding. They tried it that night and Rick just told me they immediately said :
" No need to look any further." Gotta love that, too! I certainly do. As the
stories finished that I read years ago to my kids on the " Pound Puppies " : '
And another job well done by the pound puppies... " WOW: LIFE IS SO VERY
unpredictable. Regis Scheithauer of Roanoke Imports just stopped by. He has sold
me these FORIS wines like the Moscato, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer ( all in stock
here ) that we sell regularly and have fans for all of them.

I SHARED THIS STORY  with him just now and he smiled and said : " They make some
good wines. " They certainly do Regis. It was when you visited with the rep from
FORIS the last time and I tasted five or so that I fell in love completely with
this 2012 Pinot Gris declaring that it was my favorite of the tasting. I told
her and Regis several times, and I believe it is perfect for drinking now and
this hot weather, with or without a meal. Cheers Regis, and thanks for all the
great service, time, energy, sample bottles that you have given us over the
years here. It's been a pleasure and an honor to work with you so well and so
closely introducing so many wonderful wines over the years here to our
customers. Cheers!

I JUST SAW KAREN here of ' Karen and Craig ' that needed some sake and it was
nice to catch up with her and discuss our families and the neighborhood , and ,
' the most important thing, a lasting relationship ' : I agree Karen. I hope
that the HAKUTSURO sake, $13.99 works well for your recipe. Let me know.

OOPS, this store email is also about BEER, CIDER, LIQUEUR and LIQUOR, what am I


1) Overcast  ' Expresso Stout ' from the OAKSHIRE Brewing Company - craftmanship
defined, oatmeal stout ( On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans, 5.8%
alcohol by volume, from Eugene, Oregon ) : I still not have sampled them but it
looks like something that I might really like Santos? When are we doing an
in-store beer-tasting of them? Let me know. Cheers.

2) ' Quadro Triticale ' a Belgina-style quadrupel ale from STONE Stochasticity
Project ' brewed with triticale grain ( On Special for $9.99 a 1 Pt. 6 FL. Oz.
bottle , 9.3% alcohol by volume, San Diego County, CA. go to :
www.Stochasticity.com for more info ) : using Belgian yeast / Ardennes strain,
and some dark Candi sugar with Pilsner malt & flaked Triticale ... sounds really
bold and flavorful, more for a meal?

3) Cuvee Van De Keizer , a Belgian Ale from GOUDEN CAROLUS , Jaargang 2013, ( On
Special for $12.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 11 % alcohol by volume, product of
Belgium ) : label in gold and black and so much written on it you have to come
and read and believe for yourselves! May be way too strong for me, but ' just
right ' for many of you, that's what I think.

LIQUEUR - LIQUOR From Malkit & Jagir :

1) Premium Orangecello Orange Liqueur from GIOLA LUISA ( $24.99 a 750ml bottle,
30% alcohol by volume, from Sorrento, Italy ) : " new and exciting " and what we
will be trying I believe here this Friday night with the cream and the
limoncello on June 27th, 2014 from 5-8PM? And did I hear right that Feliciano
the distiller/maker will be here tasting this himself? Go to :
www.golimoncello.com  for more info and try some of the recipes they recommend

2) 100% Grain Neutral Spirit Oude Fine Old Genever from BOOMSMA  ( $24.99 a
750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, from Leewarden, since 1883, from Holland )
: another style worth trying!

3) Small Batch Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey from BERNHEIM Original ( $32.99,
45% alcohol by volume, ... ) ... an ' original ' - something to try perhaps for
the very first time.
Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits
June 24th, 2014


1) BUY ANY sparkling wine bottle over $20 a bottle and SAVE 15% OFF the
marked sticker price ( except for VEUVE CLICQUOT ).
2) Mix six or more bottles and save 10% OFF the marked sticker prices.
3) BUY 12 or more bottles of sparkling or still wine and SAVE 15% OFF the
marked sticker prices.
Includes Port, Sherry, Marsala, Madeira, Sake.


1) BUY ANY Still Wine over $20 a bottle and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
2) BUY SIX or MORE bottles of still ( non-sparkling wine ) and SAVE 15%
OFF the marked sticker prices.
3) BUY TWELVE OR MORE non-sparkling wines and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
INCLUDED are Port, Sherry, Madeira, Marsala and Sake.
MIX THINGS UP. Have fun, get more of what you want this way. spread out
your experiences, too.


WINE : So little time left so I will list My FAVES here :

1) Rosso from Gabrielle Rausse a blend of Sangiovese and Barbera that's
perfect for summer drinking, $14.99 a bottle!

2) ' Bellunom " sweet Cabernet Sauvignon from PODIUM is On Special for
$7.99 a will please many that are just starting to drink wine, great butterflies
on the whole bottle surface, too that also look like flowers in bloom ...

3) 1000 Veneto liters of dry Italian Riesling, $13.99 a bottle - what fine
white for now!

4) Provence dry rose from France from MARIVAL , $27.99 that is delicately
delicious! So fine, so elegantly elevated and silky and undulates so nicely on
one's palate ...


Friday, June 27th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Enrico coming here to taste
some of his FABulous Italian
-vines wineries from Veneto and all around Italy! We will taste the Durello
2008, $22.99,  dry Veneto white, 13% alcohol by volume  from Sandro De Bruno for

ALSO : our Limoncello GIOLA LUISA tasting here from 5-8PM mentioned above!
JOIN US, NEVER any charge, ever!

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : VINO50states&selecrtions ' Road Trip
' with Andrew Stover that includes wines from Arizona, Michigan, Idaho, New
Mexico, New York, Missouri, Virginia possibly and , ... you never know, we might
surprise you ... Andrew Stover will pour.

THANKS for everything, lots happening here, too much to tell. We are working on
a new web page and that's very exciting, waiting for the proofs to see where we

FOLLOW US on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, and LIKE us on Facebook at : Cleveland
Park Wine & Spirits.

CHEERS ALL, thanks again...   TONY

Memory Lane Of Tuesday June 18th, 2013 ..Old store email ( 6/18/2013 ) on : 1) FORREST Pinot Noir NZ 2010, $26.99, MARQUES De Zanette Spanish Valencia red 2005, $19.99 OS, FLYING FISH ' Farm House ', BAAR HIIL Vermont Gin, CATOCTIN VA. Brandy, GREEN HAT Gin DC, RISCO Setubal Portuguese dry red 2009, $10.99 !

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Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

We'RE GETTING READY FOR SUMMER / let's do it together, make the most of it! we'd
love to be a part of it with you! More time to simply " be ".

I am taking to heart the words of the singer/producer named usher on the popular
singing show last night called " The Voice ". He basically said of the remaining
contestants that they had already proved themselves and that he wanted them
including Michele his last-remaining team member " to Be ", and to enjoy the
moment, that they would probably revisit it many times later together.

That's some good advice and I do believe that she took it to heart, too as she
performed fabulously last night along with the other three contestants. You have
all worked hard and proven yourselves, too I am sure and can now hopefully take
a moment just " to be " and to enjoy the fruits of your labors?! One would hope
so, I would hope so, I see you come to the store having put in the many hours,
having traveled much, having met the crunch of a deadline, having worked through
the office politics and all the rest.

HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED FATHER'S DAY! Mine was very special. We have some very
special things here for you all to enjoy now. You will have to come by and check
them out. I will mention some of them here as it has been a period of mad
activity here for us all as we have received some of the shipments of ale, beer,
ciders, liquor and wines that we have been waiting patiently for. NOW we can
finally talk about them with you and not bite our tongues with the excitement
over them. That's good : it's all good. It's good / it's actually grand for us "
to be " here for you with many suggestions.

ALE & BEER From Santos :

1) Hoppy Bock Lager from HOP KITCHEN ( On Special for $6.99 a 6.9 Alcohol
by volume, 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz Bottle, from NEW BELGIUM Brewing, Fort Collins, CO. ,
www.newbelgium.com ) : " Meet the first ... A German-style springtime lager
brewed with rye then loaded with Hallertauer. Perle and Fuggle hops for a spicy,
earthy aroma... medium body and a slightly sweet malt character perfect for ...
"  You get the picture? Good into the summer. too!

2) KALNAPILIS " Original " Lithuanian Lager Beer  ( On Special for $2.99, 1
Pt, .9 Fl. Oz, 5% Alcohol by volume, since 1902, ) : you all have to check this
out, not heavy for this hot weather! Cheers.

3) " Karma " from AVERY BREWING Co. , this " Limited Release "
Belgian-style Pale Ale ( On Special for 10.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 5.4%
alcohol by volume, Boulder, Colorado, ) : " Good ale happens to good people ...
Inspired by the principle of Karma and the wonderful farmhouse and pale ales of
Belgium, we have created this bright and estery Belgium-style ale... Here's to
being good! " Cheers!

4) " Farm House " Summer Ale from FLYING FISH Brewing Company ( On Special
for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 4.6% alcohol by volume, Somerdale , NJ,
www.flyingfish.com ) : " Farmhouse Summer Ale is a perfect complement to all
those great things we do while enjoying Daytime Savings Time."



1) " Cactus Juice " Margarita Liqueur from DEKUYPER ( $13.99 a liter, ) : "
Cactus Juice brings you the refreshing flavor of an authentic Mexican Margarita.
It's blended with Agave Tequila, the flavor is succulent orange & fresh-squeezed
lime, & the legendary DeKuyper quality to taste delicious. Come check into the
DESERT THRILLER MARGARITA on the back label. Cheers!

2) Virginia Brandy Hand-Crafted- Small Barrel CATOCTIN CREEK from Loudon
County ( $46.99, 40% alcohol by volume, Batch B12HI ), made by owners Becky and
Scott and taste here recently by Chad. Thanks Chad! " Each carefully crafted
batch is made from the finest Virginia wine grapes and distilled and bottled
entirely by hand. " Thanks, good luck with your new distillery, the photos look
amazing and we have shared them on our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park Wines &
Spirits. Check it out, " like " us ...follow us when you can, become a part of
the Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits family .


1) Caledonia Spirits BARR HILL Gin, a Spirit of Vermont ( $44.99 a 750ml
bottle, 45% alcohol by volume, Hardwick, Vermont, 05843 802-472-8000 ,
www.caledoniaspirits.com ) : " The best fertilizer is always the footprint of
the farmer ". This Gin is made with Juniper and raw honey. Go to our Facebook
page to see the pictures : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits . Cheers. " This gin
is a celebration of our connection to the land. We use pure grain spirits as a
canvas to showcase juniper berry and raw northern honey."

2) Spring/ Summer 2013 GREENHAT Distilled Gin from Washington D.C. ( $34.99
, 45% alcohol by volume, www.greenhatgin.com ) " Every man has his vice... even
Congressmen. " We had one of the owners Saul Mutchnick here this past Saturday
in the store ( Sales Vice President ) here tasting the regular bottle. Saul said
that this SPRING/SUMMER 2013 was such a small batch that he could not sample it
out with our customers. The regular has been selling like " hot cakes " and so I
am sure we will sell this " new " seasonal-release well and taste it out with
you all as soon as we are able. People loved it : Saul sold it really well for
us. ALL GOOD. Cheers, thanks Saul.

WINE from Michel & Tony :


1) " Perle " LABASTIDE 2012, $10.99, dry white from France's southwest
region Gaiilac , 12% alcohol by volume ,  made from the Mauzac grape as I
recall, with some fizz like you get in a Portuguese Vinho Verde, and PERFECT FOR
this summer now starting officially this Friday, June 21st, and the humidity,
YEARS AGO back in the 1980's I drove myself to Gaillac to taste this "
Perle " with the owner and I was parched from my hot drive and asked for water
when I arrived. He was upset that I did not want his wine instead : all in good
time I replied! ENJOY.

2) " Gentiles " 2011 dry white Bordeaux from the CHATEAU CROIX des GENTILS
, $10.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, Pellegrue, Gironde, mis en bouteille par P.
Riviere : ALSO very refreshing and bright for our official summer this weekend!


1) " Chiaretto " Classico Veneto , Bardolino dry rose from MARCHESINI DOC
201 ( $13.99 , 12% alcohol by volume , Lazise ) blew Michel and me away the
other day for it's elegance, finesse and charm, brightness, conversation, happy
and lively demeanor and beautiful color, too. A win-wine-win situation through
and through until through and ready for more! Cheers.

2) GANETA bristling DRY, slightly sparkling Basque country Getariako
Txakolina rose ( $21.99, 11% alcohol by volume, Julian Ostolaza Manterola Y
Otra, C.B. , www.tradewindsSpecialty.com ) : Estebe, the owner of Tradewinds
Specialty was just here tasting this himself with our customers that loved it.
Very rare, only two producers of the rose, and Estebe got very little. We have
some bottles here now and may be able to get more? We will ask Estebe. Come and
get this " rare and wonderful " experience under your belts. AMAZING, so


1) Barbera Del Monferrato from Grazzano ( $8.99 , 13% alcohol by volume )
has been a favorite of ours and our customers now for years. It's back in stock
again having come back from Italy's Piemonte region where Mauro makes it for us
specially! You are the very best Mauro!

2) Tempranillo dry red from Spain's Valencia region , made by MARQUES
DeZENETTE, this 2012 , $8.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume ) : this is
quintessentially fine Spanish dry red wine, spicy, flavorful,
medium-to-light-bodied and delicious with food, this heat and even this
humidity. Chill 20-30 minutes and enjoy. Cheers.

3) 2010 CHATEAU CROIX Des GENTILS dry red Bordeaux blend ( $10.99 a bottle,
12.5% alcohol by volume ) is a pure delight to drink. It's also quintessential
GREAT VALUE/ inexpensive Bordeaux and why I fell in love with it years ago and
still love it when it tastes like this! WOW!!

4) 2009 Risco Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, $10.99, 14% alcohol by
volume; so tasty and flavorful, balanced, a FINE FOOD dry red, great for when
you grill, chill slightly, and want to be outside! This is really very good and
so reasonably-priced : loved it immediately, yes!

5) Malbec- Syrah 2011 Valle de Uco Mendoza from PERLITA by Diam Andes,
$10.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume, www.diamandes.com : hearty, beefy, robust and
very flavorful with a smack and a splash of intense flavors that need some food
to flesh out their flavors.

6) Aglianico from ARCOS, this 2010 from Sicily, $10.99, 13.5% alcohol by
volume ) : again, really tasty and a very fine food wine and a fine, FINE VALUE,
too! What a treat! So many fine wines at such great values.

7) Chianti DOCG 2010 from the TENUTA La CIPRESSAIA , $14.99 that we tasted
here last Friday with Brigitte's help of Il Pioppo imports was showing
beautifully, medium-to-light-bodied, spicy, earthy, dusty-dry, with everything
in balance and calling out ever-so-gently for some food to accompany it on it's
journey to please us all. Tasty. Try some! The real taste, the classic flavors
of Chianti here inside this bottle/

8) HAUNER CARLO 2009 " Salina Rosso " from Sicily, $18.99, 13.5% alcohol by
volume, www.bacchanalwines.com , Santa Marina Salina ) is a hearty and
flavorful, spice and earth and dried grape delight red blend of Sicily's Nerello
Mascalese and Nero D'Avola grapes. Another fabulous food wine when you grill,
want to be outside, chill it 30 minutes, let it warm gradually, focus all it's
flavors and energize them ... and DELIGHT your palate with all it's history,
character, and experiences and overheard conversations/ actions in the
vineyards! Yes!

9) Pinot Noir 2010 from New Zealand's Marlborough region, this FORREST Kiwi
dry red, $26.99, 14% alcohol by volume, www.forrest.co.nz is the exact opposite
of the HAUNER : clean, fresh , bright, elegant, even quite delicate and refined.
A treat to enjoy with or without any food, also inside or outside, in the heat
and humidity, in the shade and even for awhile in the bright sunshine! Cheers,
thanks Eric Platt and owner Dr. John Forrest.

WEEKLY WEDNESDAY Non-Sparkling / Still Wine 3-Part SALE :

1) BUY ANY $20 Or More Still/No-Sparkling Wine and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker price.
2) BUY ANY 6 Or MORE Non-Sparkling Wines & SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker
3) BUY ANY 12 Or MORE Bottles of Still/Non-Sparkling Wines & SAVE 20% OFF
the marked sticker prices.
IF YOU CANNOT come in person tomorrow CALL Michel or me ( Tony ) at :
202-363-4265, or respond to this store email with your orders, and we will take
care of them for you so that you may SAVE BIG with us here at CP WINES & SPIRITS
every Wednesday, rain or snow or cold or heat - always SAVE! Let us help you.

NEWS UPDATE , Happening Right Now :  Owner John Forrest of the FORREST WINERY in
New Zealand is here in town and will be here in the store to say " hello " with
importer Eric Platt. It's Dr. John Forrest! Have met John once before and
enjoyed it immensely! Cheers.


Friday, June 21st ( the FIRST OFFICIAL day of summer ), we have Theresa
Morrison here tasting her " new " California releases , her CHATEAU BIANCA
Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2008 On Special for $9.99 a bottle, her South
African wines from DE MEYE, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the dry Chenin Blanc, and
more. What fun! There's always something fun and exciting with John and Theresa
Morrison. JOIN US, NEVER any charge!

ALSO : Santos has orchestrated a SARANAC beer tasting of all their flavors
at the same time.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2010 ( 2-6PM ) : We have the owner himself of DLC :
DISTILLERY LANE CIDERWORKS here from Jefferson, Maryland, www.ciderapples.com to
pour some of all of his 4 dry apple ciders for us to taste and enjoy, including
one of the 4 that is sparkling. We have tried them all, most sell for under $20
a bottle and they are really refreshing, bright, tasty, distinct, filled with so
much personal taste and experience :  1) Celebration Cider Hard Cider, 2)
Kingston Black Hard Cider,  3) the Jefferson Hard Cider and one more : using the
apples of 1) St. Edmund's Russet, 2) Red Gravenstein, 3) Summer Rambo, 4)
Jefferts, 5) Ashmead's Kernel, 6) Freedom, 7) Liberty, 8) Roxbury Russet, 9)
Fortune, 10) Splendour, 11) Bramley's Seedling, 12) Goldrush, 13)  & Arkansas
Black and with alcohols usually at 7-8%. Join us here in the store, they are
located at : 5533 Gapland Road, Jefferson, MD 21755 , located just outside of
Burkittsville, MD.
JOIN US, meet the owner and taste, NEVER any charge. LEARN ABOUT the
wonderful world of local apple hard ciders.
ALSO : Gluten-Free!   Cheers ...

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Discovering A Bit Of Tasty, Flavorful, Authentic Finger Lakes New York State Wine From The SHAW Vineyard With One Of The Two Owners Steven Shaw On Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits In Northwest Washington D.C. 20008! Wonderful, Thanks Steven.

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits Thanks Linda, the wines were quite good, I like these wines that taste of honest soil, minerals, dust and heat of the day, the sweat of the workers and the blending of all that transpired as the vines grew, the...See More
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Happy to have the fine wines here on New York State, we always try to have some here for you all, The quality is so high, very consistent, world-class, too! Cheers, TONY #ShawVineyard #NewYorkStateWine #FingerLakesWine
Michel Dumas was nice enough to suggest that owner Steve Shaw , Jr ( of the father and son team at SHAW Vineyard ) stop by to taste the three SHAW Vineyard wines of the :
1)Riesling 2008 with the great petrol nose and aged and beautiful flavors and character, $19.99, the
2) Cabernet Franc 2007 that was tighter, with more of an edge, needing a meal more than the 2007 red blend ...
3) and the Red blend of Bordeaux grapes,another 2007 from the Keuka Hill vineyards, a Reserve that I liked for it's fuller flavors, old- rustic, earthy and made me think of Italian taste, $32.99 ... and Steve, Jr.'s pet project ...
4) LiBELLA 2012 Pinot Grigio that was smooth, velvety and bright and really nice-sipping all by itself with a nice label and that unmistakable blue bottle, too, $19.99.
We will get in late July the Pinot Grigio and the Riesling for the store. Steve, Jr. is part Irish, part Lebanese by background and he and his father's wines are labors of love. They are already sold in some of the restaurants here and Steve was delivering the wines to them that are on there list.
Steve will come an do an in-store wine-tasting here in late July. Stay-tuned. Cheers, thanks for stopping by and tasting and the visit Steve, you are always welcome here. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 6/17/2014

Steven Shaw with his father own and make the wines of New York State's Finger Lakes SHAW Vineyard and on Tuesday , June 17th, 2014 he brought a little bit of original, authentic, just what-it-is-LOVELY-tasty-dry-earthy-a-touch-rustic-untouched-expression of -grapes growing in New York;s Finger Lakes soil, some from the Keuka vineyard , red and white that I really did appreciate because I did not think they were tampered with , altered, redefined, added-to as I find some wines today that I taste and I wonder : " What happened to the grape from which they started? Is there any grape in them? " I liked these wines Steven and it will be a treat to sell them and have you come in late July to deliver and taste them with our customers. We still need to work on a date for that? Here are some pics I asked you to take for me with your phone which you did and you sent them to me to share here. Thanks. This is my second post here on these wines, look for the first one on our Facebook page. I will also include all of this in a blog on : chatwine.blogspot.com that I will try and post later today. Cheers, happy Sunday all, watching the World Cup games? There's a big one later today... Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 6/22/2014

Happy to have the fine wines here on New York State, we always try to have some here for you all, The quality is so high, very consistent, world-class, too! Cheers, TONY #ShawVineyard #NewYorkStateWine #FingerLakesWine
Michel Dumas was nice enough to suggest that owner Steve Shaw , Jr ( of the father and son team at SHAW Vineyard ) stop by to taste the three SHAW Vineyard wines of the :
1)Riesling 2008 with the great petrol nose and aged and beautiful flavors and character, $19.99, the
2) Cabernet Franc 2007 that was tighter, with more of an edge, needing a meal more than the 2007 red blend ...
3) and the Red blend of Bordeaux grapes,another 2007 from the Keuka Hill vineyards, a Reserve that I liked for it's fuller flavors, old- rustic, earthy and made me think of Italian taste, $32.99 ... and Steve, Jr.'s pet project ...
4) LiBELLA 2012 Pinot Grigio that was smooth, velvety and bright and really nice-sipping all by itself with a nice label and that unmistakable blue bottle, too, $19.99.
We will get in late July the Pinot Grigio and the Riesling for the store. Steve, Jr. is part Irish, part Lebanese by background and he and his father's wines are labors of love. They are already sold in some of the restaurants here and Steve was delivering the wines to them that are on there list.
Steve will come an do an in-store wine-tasting here in late July. Stay-tuned. Cheers, thanks for stopping by and tasting and the visit Steve, you are always welcome here. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 6/17/2014

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I have more to add here and will as I have time. But for now I will post this  ' as is ' so you may enjoy it now. Cheers, happy Sunday to you all, TONY 6/22/2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tasting CACHACA Sao Paulo Brazilian Alambique Cachaca Today, Saturday, June 21st, 2014 With Owners Pierre Fernandes & His Family @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits From 4-7PM : Join Us, Never Any Charge!

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits Obregado Zuly, Esther e Anni, we cannot wait to meet Pierre and Marcos later today! This will be a great event indeed as I do not think many people know how Brazilian Cachaca is made, and as you all use the best method, the alambique method that I believe is French in origin ( ? ) , and only charge $15.99 for a liter of it - wow, that's amazing! Really amazing! I am impressed. I cannot wait to learn more myself as I really do love selling and representing the many products of Brazil that still need lots of help here to become better-known in this country. ... I very much enjoyed talking with Pierre and learning what he had to say. I love that you all had a heart-to-heart discussion about the Soccer World Cup and whether to go there as a family or not or stay here in the United States and work hard to promote your CACHASA SP. I still cannot find your US Facebook page for it so please help me there as I have left my comments on the Brazilian page of Pierre's uncle that Pierre tells me will please him. Tell your uncle that I would LOVE for him to respond to us, LIKE us on Facebook and leave a comment in Portuguese for all to read and enjoy. ... I also appreciated very much Pierre's honesty and frankness in speaking about promoting Brazilian cachaca here in the United States, saying after I told him we do a lot with LEBLON cachaca, the Cedilla Acai liqueur and the ' aged ' cachaca - also using the alambique technique of production that he feels that you all must work together as a team and not against the other to better promote cachaca here in the United States, and that he - Pierre feels that LEBLON helps you all here as they are already a large presence here. Team -work, bravo, that's what it takes, working together just as we will today , Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 4-7PM to promote your CACHACA Sao Paulo. Tell Pierre to send Wayne Currier a message for me that it would be great for him to stop by the store today for a visit during the tasting, that I would greatly appreciate that! Cheers ... ola, bom dia, vais, vais, vais vais , VAIS Brasil e CACHACA Sao Paulo! Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 6/21.2014

I Have more to include here but will post this now ' as is ' so that we can all make some MORE NOISE for Brazil and this excellent value/ product from Brazil called CACHACA Sao Paulo! Come taste this afternoon at : 3423 Connecticut Avenue , N.W. Washington D.C., 20008 Tel : 202-363-4265. No charge, everyone more than welcome.   TONY

Friday, June 20, 2014

TONIGHT, Friday, JUne20th, 2014 From 5-8PM Come Taste & Meet Owner/Winemaker Gabrielle Rausse Of His Own GABRIELLE RAUSSE Winery In Charlottesville, VA. Here @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits 3423 Conn. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C., 20008, Tel : 202-363-4265 Free Tasting, Never Any Charge!

Join us tonight with Gabrielle Rausse one of the first pioneers in the Virginia wine business here , started all the way back in April 1976, knows the Virginia wine business inside and out and is the nicest, gentlest owner and winemaker you will meet. Always a pleasure to have Gabrielle here with us, originally from Friuli, Italy we will sample his FABulous dry red Refosco tonight as well as other treats from him. Join us, no charge, bring your friends, enjoy a one-on-one with Virginia that you rarely if ever get. Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 6/20/2014

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It was a tremendous inspiration and an honor to have Gabrielle back in the store last might. Krista came with him and she helped him pour his wines. Gabrielle's  ' big news '  is that  they are building a tasting room so that people may come and taste his excellent wines that are so refined, so polished, so subtle and silky that this may be lost on most or many palates today that are used to being ' hit over the head ' ( senseless?!? ) by heavily-extracted wines that somehow, in my humble opinion, loss track of the grape and the fruit of the grape that the wines started with.

I have a strong feeling that many of Gabrielle's wines may be enjoyed over a period of time once open, and that they also will not give anyone  a headache as they are completely natural with little intervention from him.

Gabrielle learned many things from his father that still lives I believe in the Veneto region of  Italy from where he is from? These lessons of his father's he has incorporated since he started making wines in 1978-79 was it Gabrielle? I know that you helped start Barboursville Winery with the Zonin family back then? You mentioned this last night during our tasting towards the end as Ze and Erica, Michael, Fernando, Kristin and I all listened to you with rapt attention as you had so much to share about the start of Virginia's wine-making so many years ago. Loved all the early references to tobacco-growing there and the initial resistance you found from Virginia to even plant grapes and start making wine there with the financing of Italy's Zonin family. 

It was interesting to hear that you sold Mr. Zonin that even if you did not make and sell Virginia wine at first that you both could at least graft vines and sell various grape varieties through a nursery there in Charlottesville, VA. around the country ; and that's exactly what you did to begin. Fascinating.

We also loved hearing your story about when you arrived in 1976 being invited by faculty and students at the University of Virginia to try the one and the only wine being made then in Virginia ( now there are over 200 wineries )  and your impressions of the wine that you tasted. Sounds like we are lucky that you arrived here in Virginia and that you have helped forge the way for so many other wineries here and that your wines still stand as a great example and reference/ benchmark of elegance and fine wine that Virginia can actually produce to show the world what it can offer.

I loved hearing all your stories, too about Monticello and Thomas Jefferson's home there and gardens and now vineyards that you have been planting and making small amounts of wine to be sold there at their gift shop ( quickly, too from what you said , they do not stay on the shelves there very long as people are eager and anxious to buy , enjoy and share them with family and friends ). 

I enjoyed hearing , and I smiled broadly when you mentioned that you still work in the gardens seven days a week. Bravo to you. We will have to drive down and ask you to give us a tour sometime?

It was a treat also to listen to Krista that has been writing a book on agriculture in Virginia during Thomas Jefferson's lifetime talk about her research in both Virginia and England and how many people depended and read carefully what Thomas Jefferson wrote about it in Virginia and the United States ( in South Carolina I believe Kristin said as well as in the Caribbean islands, too ). I will have to get a copy of it when it is finally published this year. She's been working on it now for at least two or more years as I have been hearing about it when she visits the store with Gabrielle.

There is so much that Gabrielle said last night, so much he says on every visit when he tastes with us. I love hearing all of it. I will write more but have to get to work now to sell more of his excellent wines. I will finish this this weekend when back at home.

The stories that Gabrielle shared are his and so I will just mention some of the topics briefly here as they are really Gabrielle's and his to share. I do not want to steal his thunder, a ' gentle ' thunder that reached near and far and is striking and enlightening, shocking, revealing and reaffirm many of the things I have been thinking and saying now for years.

I will also include many pictures from last night that we / I took with Fernando's phone ( gracias Fernando ), as there were many fun people and moments to record from the tasting.

At the end I did some ' quick pen ' portraits of both Gabrielle and Krista that I gave to them as my ' thank you ' for their time, their energy, their enthusiasm, their passion, and their fine wine that we are able to taste and share with you all. Cheers and stay-tuned for much more, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Saturday, June 21st, 2014   Krista was delighted to find the Pommeau from Calvados here that is made from apples in France and that she has been searching for now for many years. I told her with a smile on my face that we have had it all along, ever since here first visit here almost ten years ago in 2007 was it? All she had to do was ask me then ... oh well, she has some now from the DUPONT Famille ... pas mal mon amie ... sante, grazie Gabrielle e Kristin ...   TONY