Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fewer Degrees Of Separation 2 BEDELL ' 2010 ' taste red ' dry red blend from the North Folk Of Long Island Because Of Customer Ben that Came In Search Of It At Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits Earlier On July 31st, 2014 : Cheers, Glad We Could Help Ben!

Ben came here earlier and had a magazine in his hands that he was clutching and he said : " this is just on the chance that you might have it. You would be one of the very first. I never have any luck when I ask for the wines that have been written up and are supposed to be in the stores listed. " I asked him : " Which wine is that? " hoping that I would have whatever wine he was looking for. " he Bedell Cellars? " Be continued. I beamed and said immediately : " Yes, we have it. " as I reached for it with my right hand. It was there just by where we were standing. Ben beamed, too. He was thrilled, he was so surprised. I told we had good inventory and that we could sell me whatever he wants. Ben told me that he has to try it first and then decide. I loved this, we sell it for $29.99 a bottle On Special , it has 13 percent alcohol by volume, from North Folk of Long Island, a 2010 vintage, and we tasted it here with customers last weekend when our local rep Andrew Stover was here tasting it and that we sold a number of bottles and the reception of the wine was really positive. Love it, love having the wine here, love this story, and I am thrilled that it had such a positive outcome. Now we just have to wait Ben and find out if you like it or not? Cheers,   ...   happy thursday everyone, July 31st, 2014 ...  ...

 It's the 2010 BEDELL taste red that was reviewed : a blend of 60 percent Merlot, 20 percent Syrah, 12 percent Petite Sirah, 6 percent Cabernet Franc and 2 percent Malbec, On Special for $29.99 a bottle
 ... cheers,  tony

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Having Both Vintage & Style Questions Raised For Me When Trying The FONTODI Tuscan Vineyard Wines Currently Available Through Vinifera Imports With Local Rep Eric @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 : Liking Some Very Much Which I Found Classic & Traditional , Liking Less Those I Thought Might Be Made More For Current Palate Tastes?!? I Wonder About This?

These are just the pictures to enjoy now, I will write my thoughts and impressions of the wines as soon as I am able. Cheers, enjoy this glorious Wednesday. What a wonderful treat it was to try these FONTODI wines yesterday with rep Eric from Vinifera Imports. They are amazing, some suiting very much my palate and tastes, and some less so. I need to revisit this and to taste more of the current vintages to see the recent development of both vintages and styles to better know where FONTODI has already been, is, and is heading... fascinating all of this, truly fascinating.

Glad that Eric let me taste these freshly-opened yesterday, what a wonder, what a treat, what an opportunity. Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  7/30/2014  it is absolutely glorious our weather her in the Washington D.C. region today as it was yesterday. To what do we/ I owe this grand fortune of both weather and wine? I am eternally grateful. Grazie Eric.

This was quite the grand start to my Tuesday morning on an already glorious day with low humidity and fresh and cool and baby blue skies when Chris came to taste me on the Direct Import offerings from Vinifera Imports with the FONTODI Chianti Classico wines and I bought a case each of the 2011 Chianti Classico in the 750ml bottle, as well as the 375ml bottle ; and the 2000 Syrah as well from FONTODI, even though it was the 2003 I tasted, the 2000 is supposed to be vastly superior, and I LOVEd the 2003 Syrah : all these two wines were classic, tradition-tasting wines for me, not modern and meant to please the modern palate : rather traditional and meant to please the classic palate : amen! Cheers, thanks - grazie Eric ... TONY.... 7/29/2014 ... thanks for sharing these wines you opened today ....

I do suffer something awful the arduous duties of tasting wines at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits : but someone has to do it, okay : might as well be me! Cheers all on this glorious Wednesday morn ... TONY

More to follow really soon!   TONY

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits' Weekly tuesday Store Email /29/2014 On : JERMANN Ribolla Gialla, BOGLE 'Phantom ' 2010 Red CA. Blend, Santa BARBARA Winery Pinot Noir 2012, DOMAINE GERARD Metz Pinot Blanc 2012, FINCA FABIAN Spanish Chardonnay, PINNACLE French Vodka, RANSOM Dry Vermouth, SUBARISHI KUDAMONO Asian Pear Eaux De Vie, LEOPOLS BROS. Maraschino Liqueur And Much More ...

Oh Yeah, come on down ...
... lots of excitement
... we offer so much
... come and experience it all for yourselves

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

SALE TIME! It's always SALE time, each and every week here at Cleveland Park
Wines  Spirits and many of you do not take full or even any advantage of it, and
it has been like this now for a very long time. Wake up, shake a leg, make a
leap, drag yourselves here today and tomorrow and take FULL ADVANtAGE of our
weekly 2 Day savings on both still and on sparkling wines, that also include :
port, sherry, Marsala, sake, Madeira ... AND you can mix them all up, make an
assortment of six or more bottles and SAVE, or twelve or more bottles and SAVE
even more : your choice, no pressure, you just have to pay by phone or when here
on either tuesday or wednesday , and we can hold the purchases here for you,
deliver them ... and work well with you as you get your vacation plans in order
and take advantage to buy at our best prices and enjoy your purchases when and
where you are able! Cheers and thanks in advance for all your business : you are
our life blood ...

MALKIt id BUYING REALLY SMARtLY and showing me some ' real deals ' that he has
to offer you all : both are pretty amazing :

1/ Stolichnaya Vodka liters are normally $33.99 a bottle, 40 percent
alcohol by volume, and NOW On Special for $21.99 a bottle. NOW that's a real
savings to you. Come get some while we still have this deal to offer you. Do not
be sorry later that you did not take full advantage of this, come by or call :
202 363 4265 and SAVE BIG!

2/ HENDRICK'S Gin distilled and bottled in Scotland is NOW On Special in a
1.75ML bottle size for $67.99 , regularly it is $72.99. take advantage of these
sales and SAVE big here at Cleveland Park!

thanks for the update Malkit ...

ALE / BEER / CIDER From Santos :

1/ Double India Pale Ale ' West Coast IPA ' from GREEN FLASH : On Special
for $6.99 a bottle, 1 Pint 6 Fluid ounces, 8.1 percent alcohol by volume, go to
: for more info, San Diego, California ... 5 Layers of
hops : Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Citra ... enjoy.

2/ ' Escape o Colorado ' IPA Indian Pale Ale from ERIC Brewing, their '
Classic Series '. : On Special for $5.99 a 1 Pint 6 Fluid Ounce bottle, 6.2
percent alcohol by volume, from Denver, Colorado, go to ;
for more info ...   : " Ever feel the need to leave your / regulatory / trouble
behind? You are not alone. We decided to brew this special hop/forward ale to
commemorate, forever, our own " escape " to the east side of the Rockies. We
hope you enjoy our hoppy twist on the taste of freedom. " Gotta love this, I do.

3/ ' Soul  Sunshine ' Belgian Style Pale Ale from Star Hill Brewery in
Charlottesville, Virginia : On Special for $9.99 a six pack of 12 ounce bottles,
... what a real treat, it is good to have here, good to taste with you all, and
a delight to support quality local here as well!

thanks Santos for these ...

LIQUOR / LIQUEUR From Malkit and Jagir :

1/ Maraschino Liqueur : pot distilled Marasca and Montmorency cherries from
LEOPOLD BROS. : $35.99 a 750ML bottle, 30 percent alcohol by volume, Denver,
Colorado : what I have discovered and like about the LEOPOLD BROS. products is
their elegance, polish and finesse in many instances. he ' Navy Strength ' gin
is perhaps the only one that is too strong for me, but that is my palate. try
their ' Avaition ' cocktail of : 2 oz LEOPOLD'S gin, three quarters LEOPOLD
BROS.'S Maraschino Liqueur, one quarter fresh lemon juice and one quarter creme
de Violette. Shake and strain this all into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a
lemon twist and enjoy. Cheers.

2/ Asian Pear Eaux De Vie from : SUBARISHII KUDAMONO , $49.99 a 375 ML
bottle, 40 percent alcohol by volume, : " Our Eaux de Vie celebrates the
collaboration of the art of the Asian Pear and American artisan distillation at
it's finest. Hand picked from our Pennsylvania orchards, our juicy gourmet Asian
Pears are masterfully transformed into the ' water of life ' by Westford Hill
Distillers of Connecticut. ' o Health ' as you sip this digestif after a grand
meal or enjoy with our fresh Asian Pears." I have both : they are pure delight!
Marvels of craftsmanship, elegance, polish, finesse and sublime harmony.
Wonderful. really so special. try some, live largely!

3/ Dry Vermouth from RANSOM, $29.99 a 750 ML bottle, 18.4 percent alcohol
by volume, : " Made entirely by hand without the use of computers or robots."
tad Seestede... from Sheridan, Oregon.

4/ ' Watershed Gin ' from Catoctin CREEK . Organic hand crafted, small
batch, triple distilled from Rye and Wheat , $37.99 a 750 ML bottle, 50 percent
alcohol by volume, from Purcellville, VA. It is a great way to start drinking
gin as it is so smooth and silky and without edge. I think that many will like
this complete finesse and polish and enjoy their cutting their teeth with this
as their first gin experience, or as a mellower, more easy sipping gin,
especially when outside in the heat and the humidity, as today we have very
little, bit the humidity will rear it's ugly head and face soon enough!

5/ French vodka from PINNACLE On Special for $15.99 a bottle in a plastic
bottle of 1.75 ML , 40 percent alcohol by volume, that is distilled five times
from French wheat and pure water. What an incredible deal, : " crafted for a
clean and smooth finish." What an amazing price / deal as well! RUSH here, do
not walk : perfect for those times when you may/can finally relax and enjoy and
spread out and wiggle your toes and smile sheepishly and contentedly ... ohhhh

WAS treated with my wife to a Sunday evening performance of " the Lion King " at
the Kennedy Center by our daughter on a beach/weather night out on the terrace
before the extraordinary performance where there was a breeze coming off the
Potomac River and the fountains and the line of Weeping Willow trees was pretty
magical when you combined all of this with the writing from John F. Kennedy with
words to the effect that the arts are as cherished and important to us, or
should be, as business is, and that this is our time to make the arts as
respected and appreciated, always growing ... I love / loved that being an
artist myself, so inspiring, and then to see the remarkable work of cast,
costumes, sound  live and recorded, scene, sets, lighting, words and images and
songs in English and in other languages, too ... and to have cast members come
into the audience : well, I was blown away, truly blown away, magical, and to be
with my daughter and wife, only wish that our two ailing mothers could have been
with us, too as they are aging gracefully and are suffering from so much
wear/and/tear of doing 150 percent for all of us as they have selflessly now for
so many wonderful years! hank you ladies, you are wonderful, I was glad to be
able to tell my mother all about this yesterday afternoon when I went to see
here and work in her beloved garden that needed some loving and water, weeding,
washing and repositioning, too for full, glorious, UProarious effect, dazzle,
and spectacle and appreciation ... got my hands dirty in re/potting, got basil
all over my hands, too ... what a wonderful wafting smell/spell that is ...

WINE to share with you all :

UNDER $10 a Bottle :

1/ Chardonnay from Spain's FINCA FABIAN / Dominio De Punctum, Bodegas Y
Vinedos Ecolicos, On Special for $9.99 a bottle, 13 percent alcohol by volume,
go to : for more info, from Spain's Vino de la tierra de
Castilla region. " Clean and bright , full flavored with touches of exotic fruit
: delightful! tried and true here, already BIG HIS and now on a further discount
to you all. Cheers.

2/  Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc dry red blend from the CHANARMUYO
Estate / Chamas Honnorat, 2012, from La Rioja in Argentina, 14 percent alcohol
by volume, go to : for more info. Fernando Valenti
reminded me of this wine when we met with Estebe the other day. We have sold it
here before and so we are happy to have it back today. It is On Special for
$9.99 a bottle, regularly $11.99 a bottle. You should try it : the CHANARMUYO
wines are in general more earthy and spicy and more to be enjoyed with food. his
is medium/bodied and balanced and the food helps to flesh it out a bit and round
out it's edges and sharp accents. Cheers. We also have the Syrah back as well as
the Malbec and the dry white Viognier as well : all On Special for $9.99 a

OVER $10 a Bottle :

1/ Alsace French 2012 from the DOMAINE GERARD MEZ On Special for $17.99 a
bottle/ regularly $19.99 a bottle, from Itterswiler, Alsace : this is an
elegant, fruit forward, soft dry white that is medium to light bodied,
refreshing and easy to sip and enjoy on it's own or with a meal. It showed
beautifully when Fernando and I tasted it with you this past Saturday. Cheers.

2/ 2012 Pinot Noir from California's Santa Barbara County region and made
by the SANA BARBARA Winery , $22.99 a bottle, an elegant, fresh, rounded,
balanced and delicious/drinking littler bodied red that could and was slightly
chilled by us to firm it up, to draw it together, to give it the energy it needs
to always put it's grape/wine/fruit flavors up front and center, so pleasing. It
was  huge hit this Saturday when Fernando and I tasted you all on it. Cheers.

3/ ' Phantom ' dry red blend from California's BOGLE Winery of Old Vines
Zinfandel and Mourvedre, and some younger vines of Petite Sirah, this 2010 ,
$26.99 a bottle, was showing remarkably well this past Saturday. It surprised
and greatly pleased me as it did many of you that stopped by to shop and taste.
It simply needs time in the bottle. It will stay like this for awhile and
improve even more and that is good, as even more nuances of flavors will develop
more ...

4/ Ribolla Gialla from JERMANN , the dry white 2010 ' Vinnae Servus Cella '
is drinking beautifully according to Hans our good customer this morning. He
read about the grape in a mystery novel by a famous female writer who's name he
could not recall earlier. he character drank Ribolla Gialla and so he wanted to
try some with his friend. hey did. loved it's elegance and polish and subtlety
and yet wanted for the price of $32.99 a bottle for it to be bolder, brasher,
gutsier and more flavorful. Funny, Hans demonstrated with his hands from the top
of the bottle to the bottom that it was consistent from start to finish. I bet I
would love it, really I do. Cannot wait to try it.


SAVE BIG WEEKLY at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits :


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.


WEEK'S tastings :

Friday, August 1st, 2014  / 5 to 8 PM / : we have some fun wines that
Fernando and I want to share with you. It's a surprise for now!

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 / 2 to 6 PM / : We have Estebe here himself I
believe to do an in/store wine tasting of both Spanish and Argentinean wines,
join us, never any charge!

thanks again for everything, time to send this email!    tony

Anthony Quinn's tuesday Weekly Cleveland Park Wine Spirits' Store Email Of tuesday, August 7th, 2012 On : Barenjager German Honey And Bourbon Liqueur, Malibu Rum, Mirto Dell'Isola Di Sardegna Liqueur, GOHA Aussie Wines, MASCIARELLI Italian Wine, BREAUX Vineyards, VA., Brooklyn Brewery, Post Road , Global Beer Networks, Of Monk's Cafe, Petrus Oud Bruin, Great Lakes Brewery, Lindemans Cassis Black Currant Beer, O.K. Beer From Okucim, Cousino Macul Chilean Wine And More! Cheers!

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Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and
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SALE TIME! It's HOT & MUGGY and the Olympics are coming to a great close with so
many people excited for their countries and their various teams and it's good to
be a part of so much excitement, really it is. We just have to find ways to stay
cool and to escape the humidity whenever/wherever possible.

WE NEED TO GIVE YOU REASONS whey to come out or to stay out longer in this
weather and so it's time to run our monthly 2-Part 20% OFF Still-Wine ( no
sparkling wines included ) :
1) BUY 12 or more bottles of any still wine ( no sparkling wine ) and SAVE
20% OFF the sticker prices.
2) BUY ONE BOTTLE at $20 0r Over of still/non-sparkling wine and SAVE 20%
OFF the sticker price, even if the wine is already on sale, you still get an
additional 20% off that sale price.COME or CALL and MIX UP A CASE of existing
inventory already in the store.
YOU CAN MIX " ports, sherries, madeiras, marsalas, sakes with the still
ALSO : any bottle size or box size of wine counts : you simply need 12 or
more bottles to SAVE 20%.
IF YOU CANNOT COME please call and let either Michel or me ( TONY ) assist
you with your selections. We have a store full of them and many of them are
perfect to combat this intense heat and humidity.

SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Par Wines :


1) To the beach
2) To the lake
3) Home for a celebration
4) To the pool
5) To a friend's grill outside
6) When you prepare a special meal
7) On a honeymoon
8) On a special date
9) To celebrate a birthday
10) To celebrate an anniversary

YOU ALL GET THE IDEA, I know. It's just that sometimes putting things in print
and reminding one or giving them an idea can also be really helpful as we have
so much on our plates now we have to balance all of that as best as we can with
something also in our glasses.

CHEERS!    Save, and Save, and Save some more here at Cleveland Park Wines &

I AM JUST BACK FROM a great week off at the Outer Banks with my family and I was
glad to be able to take some wine with us. I wanted to buy a bottle or two of
some of the wines ( I think that there are 80-plus wineries now in North
Carolina ) of North Carolina but all I saw were the sweet Muscadine wines and I
wanted some of the dry one. Oh well, next time. I got a great brochure on these
wines by the way and am happy to share it with anyone interested? Just let me
know, it's still at home.
WE DRIVE BY the SANCTUARY VINEYARD each time we go and return from the beach and
it looks as if they are planting more grapes and expanding and this time as I
drove home I really did have a strong urge to stop and check it out. Any of you
ever stop and taste the SANCTUARY Vineyard, North Carolina wines/ Please let me
know if you have : I'd love to hear what you thought. Cheers.


1) Pumpkin Ale Ale Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices from POST ROAD  by the
BROOKLYN BREWERY ( On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles, 5% alcohol
by volume , Utika, New York ) : we have some and it being our most popular
seller of them all you should come and get as much as you can while you still
can. Ask Santos how much he was able to get this time? This style of beer was
very popular in the 18th century will colonial Americans. Cheers.
2) Sour Power 100% Brewed In Belgium from GLOBAL BEER Networks ... this
MONK'S CAFE was brewed & bottled by :  Brewery Van Steenberge, B-9940 Ertvelde.
Talk about a complicated yet fun label : full of intrigue and like reading the
old cartoons. It sells for $20.99 a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles and is in fact
a selection of three beers ( 2 each ) in this 6-pack:  1) 2 Monk's Cafe,  2) 2
Petrus Oud Bruin  and  3) 2 Aged Pale Ales. WOW : sounds and looks like so much
intrigue and adventure. Join in. Cheers.
3) " The Doppelrock " from GREAT LAKES Brewing Co. ( On Special for $10.99
a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 7.8% alcohol by volume, from Cleveland, Ohio, ) : " Round and malty, our dopplebock lager - German
for double bock - celebrates the style originally developed by medieval monks ".
Try some.
4) Cassis black-currant Lambic Belgian Cassis beer from Brouwerij LINDEMANS
( On Special for $10.99 a 750ml, since 1811 ) is one of the lesser-known Lambic
beers where fruit is added to the beer. I saw it and wondered to myself if
anyone had ever added a splash of it to white still or sparkling wine? Would
that be worth trying? Anyone ever done this? Let me know : always curious,
always looking for ideas. After all, creme de cassis and either still or
sparkling wine is a classic blend, so why not have a splash of either added to
the beer that is flavored with the black currant? Cheers.
5) O.K. BEER from OKOCIM is a Full Pale Piwo Jasne Pelne imported from
Poland ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5.6% alcohol by
volume ) is something new and exciting for us all here. Cheers.


1) Barenjager Honey & Bourbon, imported from Rinteln, Germany ( $27.99, 35%
alcohol by volume ) is ALL THE RAGE these days and more and more people are
asking about these honey-infused bourbons and whiskies from the United States,
Canada and now Germany, too! For more information go to : The honey takes the burn away from the bourbon and
makes it quite a delight to sip and enjoy as you feel the stress and the worry
and the bother of the day disappear from your shoulders and you smile and laugh
even once again?!?
2) " Sunshine " sun-kissed citrus fruit from MALIBU ( On Special for $14.99
a 750ml bottle, 21% alcohol by volume, ) makes a fine MALIBU
Sunshine Soda :  with  1 Part MALIBU Sunshine,  2 Parts Lemon Soda  : serve over
ice in a tall glass and garnish with a lime.
3) Angostura Trinidad & Tobago Caribbean Rum " 1919 " Finely-Distilled
Premium Rum - First Casked in 1919 - ( $34.99,   40% alc. by volume, ) was awarded :  1) Rum of the Year by MUNDAS in 2005 and
2006,  2) Double Gold Medal Winner by the San Fransisco World Spirits
Competition 2009 and the Rum Masters in 2011  and more ...,  3)  95 Rating from
the Wine Enthusiast  and  4 ) Highly Recommended by U.S. Spirits Journal 2002.
CLEARLY, it's good and should be sampled. EVERYONE KNOWS ALREADY how great the
Angostura of bitters. Cheers.
4) Mirto dell'Isola di Sardegna, this TREMONTIS makes the Myrtle Berry
liqueur ( $38.99, 30% alcohol by volume ) from Rome, Italy is " new and exciting
". I want to try some of this simply for the experience itself.
I will ask Ravi if we can't get Jody Jackman to open a bottle for us and
share it with our customers at her next in-store wine-tasting here? That would
be fun and I am sure once that people try it that it will sell. Someone creative
will come up with a cocktail that will include this taste and then it will fly
off our shelves?!? We will see. Come get some and try it on for size, fit and
feel. Cheers.

WINES From Michel Et Tony :


1) Wine Men Of GOTHAM Chardonnay 2011 ( $9.99, 12% alcohol by volume , ) is a refreshing dry white to enjoy with really low
alcohol for an Aussie wine! I love that, really I do. Refreshing and nice summer
sipping as well as a great price, too.
2) Moscato Vino Frizzante by BOTER from Puglia in southern Italy ( $10.99 ,
8% alcohol by volume, ) is not as sweet as many of the
Moscato made further north in Piemonte where it is the most famous. It's
actually lighter, less intense and easier to sip and enjoy in this heat and
humidity. It's also a great value. How do I know all this? Well, I tasted it
with Michel before leaving for the beach on vacation. I also know by looking at
the alcohol at 8%. For many further north the alcohol is lower : 5 and 6 %.
Remember that, it makes it easier when you want to know how sweet something is.

Dry Roses : Two :

1) Rosato Colline Teatine 2011 dry Italian rose from MASCIARELLI ( $14.99 ,
12.5% alcohol by volume ) is flavorful, rich, lush and a big, tasty mouthful of
flavors that when combined with the deep color spell a wonderful visual and
gustatory experience.

2) Rosato made in Spain from the Petit Verdot grape ( $16.99, 15% alcohol
by volume, ) in Ciudad Real , this 2010 is another real
flavorful dry rose treat that is made from 100% Petit Verdot grapes.


1) Pinot Noir 2004 from LA STRADA in the Marlborough region of New Zealand
( On Sale for $19.99, regularly $44.99, ) has been one of
the greatest single wine successes ever here. Complex, completely developed and
flavorful with earth, spice, peppers, tar and leather and tobacco and olives and
everything more that anyone could ever want and at a GREAT VALUE, too. We have
sold more than eighty cases of it at this price. WHAT A DEAL! Only fifteen cases
left. After that there will be no more. A great food wine. Buy a case and SAVE
tomorrow and Thursday the 20% off the sale price of $19.99 a bottle.
2) Cabernet Franc 2008 from BREAUX Vineyards in Purcerville, Virginia, this
" Marquis de Lafayette " ( $21.99, 13.8% alcohol by volume, ) is full and flavorful and so forward and rich and
smooth on the palate. It's a beauty anyway that you cut it, a delight of all
proportions. You simply must try it : SAVE the 20% Off the bottle tomorrow and
3) Shiraz 62%/ Grenache 28% / & Mourvedre 10% - dry red Aussie blend from
the Barossa Valley and made by KAESLER, this 2008 ( $20.99, 16% alcohol by
volume , ) is lush and ripe and unctuous and melts and fills
the mouth and palate so completely that when we opened it here two weekends' ago
people loved and bought it. SAVE 20% Off the bottle tomorrow and Thursday.
4) Lambrusco Red Label ROSENERE ( $14.99 ) : Reggiano Lambrusco Dolce from
DREI DONA Vineyards that is a touch off-dry is a delight to drink with or
without food. With brightness, sparkle, good deep red colors, a liveliness, a
pizzas and so much exuberance what else could anyone want with all this heat and
stifling humidity! It's perfect and have flavor and character and no sharpness
or tartness. Oh yeah.
5) Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2009 from MONTEVENTO ( $8.99, 13% alcohol by
volume ) is a great value with lots of up-front fruit flavors, some really nice
spice and toasty-roasted berry flavors. It's a delight to drink. Medium-bodied
and so refreshing. Chill it slightly twenty minutes.
ALSO COMES in the equally delightful dry white Malvasia MONTEVENTO for the same
price of only $8.99.
6) Merlot 2011 from COUSINO MACUL in Chile's Maipo Valley ( $11.99, 14%
alcohol by volume, ) is a lways a pleasure to enjoy with or
without a meal. I have been selling this wine now since the mid eighties and we
have grown up together and have our own individual stories to tell as well as
those where our paths have crossed. Bright, fresh and toasty!
7) Pinotage 55% / and 45% Shiraz dry red blend called " Dawn " from  SEVEN
SISTERS , this 2011 from South Africa ( $12.99, 14% alcohol by volume, ) is quite spicy and flavorful, best with food. Medium
bodied and great when you grill out. Cheers. It's also got the grade of :
Integrity & sustainability from the Wine & Spirits Board.
8) Pinot Noir Gran Reserva from Chile's Casablanca Valley from INDOMITA (
$11.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume ) is really drinking well and both Michel and I
really liked it when Lucinda tasted us on it. Thanks Lucinda.
9) 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from GOTHAM in the Mclaren Vale of South
Australia ( $19.99, 14.9% alcohol by volume, ) is classic
Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon that is well-made, balanced, flavorful ,
value-oriented and a treat to enjoy with or without a meal. Cheers.
10) 2008 Shiraz from the Barossa Valley and made by GOTHAM ( $18.99, 13.3%
alcohol by volume ) is classic BIG, RIPE, UNCTUOUS,
to-the-very-edge-not-over-and-back-safely taste that is nice because it offers
so much fruit and flavor and mouth-filling satisfaction that you just know most
people will prefer it to the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Not me, I prefer the
Cabernet Sauvignon any day. I have to work at it a bit more, it challenges me
more : all things I like and welcome. Cheers. That is why we have both.


Friday, August 10th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Lucinda here from Washburn to
pour a selection of her wines still to be determined tomorrow. Call for more
info but I think we will be tasting the INDOMITA Gran Reserva Pinot Noir from
Chile's Cassablanca Valley that I wrote about above for at least one of
Lucinda's selections. Join us, never any charge, never!

RAVI has organized a FIO Pisco tasting : this Peruvian Pisco will be done with
Santiago and Marqus and this will be third tasting here so far. Each time we
sell out of everything, never fails, it's that good!

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Marcie Wienstein here to
pour some of her selections that will go from the ridiculous to the sublime and
will, I am sure include some of the CA. " value " wines at $8.99 called the
LAMPLIGHTER of as well as some of BOGLE'S " new " dry red blend of Petite Sirah,
Cabernet Sauvignon, and old vines Zinfandel called " Essential Red " that we
sell for $14.99 a bottle and which is drop-dead bright and delicious! Join us,
never any charge.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS but it's time to thank you all and to get
to you all so you may plan accordingly. COME SEE US, come take advantage of our
great 20% OFF SALE tomorrow and on Thursday for our still/non-sparkling wines.
Thanks again for everything.  TONY

What FUN! Honey is in these days!! Come check this out ...

1) Barenjager Honey & Bourbon, imported from Rinteln, Germany ( $27.99, 35%
alcohol by volume ) is ALL THE RAGE these days and more and more people are
asking about these honey-infused bourbons and whiskies from the United States,
Canada and now Germany, too! For more information go to : The honey takes the burn away from the bourbon and
makes it quite a delight to sip and enjoy as you feel the stress and the worry
and the bother of the day disappear from your shoulders and you smile and laugh
even once again?!?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rediscovering BAREFOOT Wines Through Soren Our Local/ Excellent Aussie Rep For NDC & Trying The ' Refresh ' Floral and Bright, Slightly Fruity And Frizzante Blend That I Can Both Sell & Recommend To Customers To Try, Especially In These Hot & Humid Months Here In The Washington D.C. Metropolitan region Of Ours! Cheers !!

Soren Ludvigsen, Luis Alas and 2 others like this. I copied and pasted the picture that was liked by these four earlier - they have not read or commented on the rest ...  from our Facebook account at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits, and then added what follows below here ... cheers, TONY 7/27/2014

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits Thank you Soren, Luis , Michael and ACS for this, I appreciate it, I am glad to see you like this and am glad to tell you so as it helps me to keep working ahead to promote wines ' big and small ', and ' known and unknown. As I was telling our rep for BAREFOOT wines that came with Soren, I knew the wine Barefoot when it was : " Davis- Bynum " I believe? That was a long , long, LONG time ago ... and we used to have two wines from them : an 'upper ' and a 'lower ' end and, depending on the prices, and our needs at the time we might use one or the other. This must have been back in the late eighties I believe?

 Anyway, that was an exciting time and it was a small winery and I enjoyed selling the wines. What I also told our rep here that I was meeting for the first time and tasting with her ( thanks to Soren Ludvigsen our local NDC rep ) was that it was because of Soren that I was really willing to meet and taste with her.

 I told her that it was the strong connection with Soren that made the difference, that BAREFOOT did not need my business, that Soren did, that the " Refresh ' white soft, floral, fresh and slightly frizzante CA. wine ( I am taking on faith that the grapes are from California without grape juice added from other states like Washington State, Chile or Australia? Clarify this for me if you will? ) at $8.99 was something I could actually recommend from BAREFOOT, as the rest that I had tried I found quite unpalatable and hardly reminiscent of wine at all ...

 and that because Soren needed our business , that I would include it here.

 So here it is now and Olivia was thrilled to taste , discover , like and buy it recently : and with a big smile on her face, too! beaming I would gladly say, thanks Soren and Olivia and our ' newfound ' rep friend here ... cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn 7/27/ 2014 ... Happy Sunday all ... going to see ' The Lion King " musical tonight with wife and daughter at the Kennedy Center at 7:30PM, take care, TONY

BRUGAL Special Extra Dry Dominican Republic Oak Cask Aged Rum Produced , Aged & Bottled By BRUGAL, S.A. Puerta Plata, D.R. ( The Refreshingly Dry Rum ) Through The Glass Bottle!

Make a daiquiri and share it with a friend! Yeah, simple and tasty, no need to fret, no need to over-thing or to be too concerned with any eventual outcome : go for it, trust your gut, relax, no sweat, no worry : collect your friends and make some strawberry or fruit daiquiris with a blender, some ice, some fresh fruit, maybe even some frozen fruit that you buy at the grocery store and that has some sugar in it that when melted will add some sweetness, or cut the tartness and make the taste a bit more relaxed and mellow and fresh and pleasing as you sit back with family and friends and ' wax poetic ' and smile, and perhaps even close your eyes for a few seconds and muse and enjoy a more intense sensation as your taste buds and all your other senses take away some of the weight that may have been bothering you earlier , as together you sigh one big grand sigh of contentment and relief!

     For the daiquiris I would use the clear rum pictured above : that will help you to ' rethink rum ' in a larger,more easy and less stressful way. Don't overthink, do not over reach : just think and reach enough. Remember that this is truly your moment, you've waited patiently for it, now you deserve to enjoy your moment fully on your terms and your own speed, whatever that might be. Chill baby, chill. Take another sip of that daiquiri.

Remember your past and the intense joy that some of those moments in the past provided, but , most of all enjoy the ' here and the now ', the present, this moment that is yours and that of those around you sharing in a therapeutic, healthy, invigorating, joyful way ' this moment ' of now, maintenant, ahora, agora ... now, now , now ,now NOW!

I remember my college days and before we had children. That's when I enjoyed daiquiris so much. They were delicious, refreshing, fruity and tasty and so very appreciated.

Enjoy this BRUGAL Extra Dry Dominican Republic with family and friends. If you get the chance go to the Dominican Republic and enjoy BRUGAL there. I enjoyed a week's trip to one of the hotel resorts on the East end of the Dominican Republic, right there by the crystal blue cobalt-aquamarine waters that dazzled and pleased and thrilled us. What a wonderful time that was : everything included, everything paid : no worries , no wait, no stress and such great weather.

Everywhere my wife and I went there were stations / bars to stop off at and ask for a daiquiri. It was usually a lime or a lemon daiquiri with lots of crushed ice and so bloody refreshing! Never a shortage, never any concern, just smiles and pleasure and activity and motion and great weather all around to entertain, relax and please. Loved it!

I wish that I had enjoyed some BRUGAL on this trip, and I may have, I do not know. I did take the bottle in our room as a reminder and a gift of this wonderful trip. Alas it was not BRUGAL, too bad, I would have enjoyed that greatly, really I would have, as I did here tasting with the regional rep for BRUGAL pictured here in Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits one day when I came up to the register and was treated to the whole flight of the fine BRUGAL rums from the Dominican Republic. Gracias, thanks, I enjoyed the experience greatly.

You should all come and get some BRUGAL at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits at 3423 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington D.C. , 20008 202-363-4265 ... to make you daiquiris and to enjoy sipping, too : especially the others that they make.

I am an artist and so I like taking these artsy photos here : hope you like them, hope they give you the push needed to come visit our store or your local one in search of some BRUGAL Extra Dry to enjoy ... that's the idea.

So many of us speak with our hands without really knowing how much we do : case-,-point above. Lovely. A photo helps to capture and to remind of this.

Nothing like a smile to draw one closer, to relax one more, to make one feel more at ease and at home.

And that smile with a pour of the BRUGAL Extra Dry rum ... can't ask for more than that!

Thanks for the taste, thanks for the smile, thanks for the lesson. Thanks for helping me to relive my college and pre-children days and the 25th anniversary spent in the Dominican republic with my beautiful , intelligent wife!

My favorite ' Dominican Republic island ' statement made by the locals trying-wanting to sell us something was and still is : " Almost free, 99% free! "

Wow, that one remaining percent sure was expensive!

Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn  Happy Sunday, July 27th, 2014 ... enjoy, have some BRUGAL Extra Dry rum as well as some of the three others pictured above!     TONY        You will be glad that you did ...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

tODAY, Saturday, July 26th, 2014 Wine/tasting wWith ' tony and fernando ' Of 4 Exciting Wines At Cleveland Park Wines Spirits 202 363 4265 from 2 to 6 PM , No Charge, Join Us : Everyone Always Welcome : BOGLE ' Phantom " Old Vines Zin Blend, CA., DOMAINE GERARD MEtZ, SANtA BARBARA Pinot Noir, CA. and the CUEVA de las Manos Reserve White Wine Blend from Mendoza, Argentina ... Oh Yeah!

JOIN US SOON here today in Cleveland Park, Northwest, Washington D.C., 2, no need to call, but you can reach us at : 202 363 4265 ... cheers, happy Saturday, July 26th, 2014 ...

time to taste some FINE WINE with ' tony and fernando ' today : what a duo : what a lot of attitude and fun/ness you may all expect as we tackle valiantly the wines of :

1/ 2012 Pinot Noir SANtA BARBARA Winery, $ 22.99 a bottle, that is quite flavorful and rich and highly extracted and JUMPS out at you and envelopes you, charms and entertains and buffers and soothes you as well as your jagged nerves that need some ' shelter ' and a ' whole lotta love ', too ...                   and ...

2/ Reserve Wine Blend from CUEVA de las manos : ' an expression of human art ', 2012, I am all over that being an artist myself, from Mendoza, Argentina, $17.99 a bottle, 14 percent alcohol by volume, from Lujan de Cuyo : " A prehistoric site in southern Pategonia feauturing a very early form of human art. his is a tribute to the ancient Patagonian Indians legend and legacy. his wine is produced from grapes grown at the foothills of the Andes mountains at an altitude of 1000 mts. above sea level. Our wines are made in small lots with careful handling to preserve the expression of the grape variety. " and there are more than one here and I will check that out to tell you all later what they are : the wine, I KNOW, is amazing, rich, flavorful, complex, balanced and so unique and individual ... cheers ...

3/ ' Phantom ' a blend of old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, old vine Mourvedre, from BOGLE Vineyards, 2010, $26.99 a bottle, 14.5 percent alcohol by volume, ... let's check it out and see where it is now in flavor and taste, for a grill outside this weekend?!? Go to : for more info ...       and

4/ 2012 Alsace, France Pinot Gris from the DOMAINE GERARD MEZ, On Special for $17.99 a bottle, Regularly $19.99 a bottle, 13 percent alcohol by volume, Casimir Metz, vignerons independents a Itterswiller, France ... Oh yeah : what a grouping for you all today from 2 to 6 PM : JOIN US, NEVER any charge, everyone always welcome ... tony 7 /2/2014 ..

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tasting The Greek Wines Tonight, Friday July 25th, 2014 @ Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits With Nassos Of Oenos Selections

This was a great Greek wine-tasting tonight with Nassos and we introduced fine Greek wines to many of our customers once again! Cheers, thanks Nassos for all your fine and hard work here ... cheers, happy weekend all! TONY 7/25/2014 We sampled som Xinomavro red, $23.99 OENOS , some Moscofilero dry white, $13.99, some Malagousia dry and floral white, some Agiorgitiko RED ON BLACK pointed, perky and sharper, more unrefined dry red, some Santorini dry white that I said was like Greece's version of France's Sancerre ( Nassos did not like this at all! ) , and more ,,, from dry whites ( 4 ) to a dry 70-year-old-vines Xinomarvo and another grape dry rose, On Special for $11.99, and two fine dry reds, too ... something for everyone. Cheers, this gentlemnan pictured here had some sprigs of fresh thyme in his pocket that he had just picked and which were so very aromatic, and , unfortunately the bottle of Moscofilero I am holding is blocking the view : too bad! Thanks for taking this picture Fernendo! Cheers, TONY

Reconnecting Today Friday, July 25th, 2014 With The Wines Of FABBIOLI CELLARS & NORTH GATE Vineyards In Loudoun County, Virginia With Lucinda Smith, Tasting With Fernando Valenti & Customer Andrew Earlier Today @ Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits In Northwest, Washington D.C., 20008

Lucinda Smith Saturday, September 6th - 2pm to 6pm - with Fabbioli Cellars Doug Fabbioli), North Gate Vineyard ( Vicki Fedor & Mark Fedor) and Granite Heights Winery. Great VA Wine to come try!!!!
Lucinda tasted us today on the current and ' new ' releases from both the FABBIOLI Cellars wines as well as those of North Gate : both in Loudoun County, Virginia : and we worked on our winetasting with owner Doug Fabbioli and Mark here on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 2 to 6 PM , no charge, join us, there will be a third winery that we will be tasting and adding, too. Cheers, thanks Lucinda! Always great to see you here in the store ... I liked the wines, but it made me think : " What did / does the Russian think?!? " Cheers, happy weekend all, tony

Anthony Quinn says ..

 The wines are all excellent that Fernando Valenti and I sampled today with Lucinda Smith  from both NORTH GATE and also from FABBIOLI CELLARS. We started with the NORTH GATE Cabernet Franc that was delicate, elegant, a perfect wine for the normal heat and humidity of this Washington D.C. and northern Virginia weather that we get. It could have been chilled more. I like my Cabernet Francs chilled some so that they vibrate on my tongue and palate like when plucking a violin string, I want there to be some tang and some spice and some struggle, a sort of willing tug-of-war if you will, not just ease-and-please, some fight! That's what I like in my Cabernet Francs and so I would have chilled it Mark for thirty minutes or more and enjoyed it with a plate of cold-cuts, mid l cheeses, pickles and some rillettes and some subtler pate as well ...
 I liked it, Fernando really liked it, ...
 and then we sampled some Merlot that I really liked for the bolder weight, the stronger accents of spices and the thicker, denser , pithier, perkier, punchier pronounced mouth-feel and contact : more tactile, more like wrestling and everyone winning! Something for everyone ...
we did start with the Chardonnay , and our State Department- retired customer - Andrew joined us, I invited him : he said that he, in all his years had never found a Virginia wine that he liked. I said that today we would turn that all around for him and he did taste. ...
 We started with the Chardonnay from NORTH GATE that was more aromatic and floral with more butter scotch and honeysuckle and some almond and vanilla and almost too much of that all for me, just at the limit. A comment was made, I believe by Andrew himself that thought it would be fine to sip it outside when relaxing and chatting ,
and we all agreed. Lovely. ...
 more on the Doug Fabbioli wines and the rest of the NORTH GATE Apple dry wine and the Raspberry-Merlot from FABBIOLI that I decided to try and blend, as well as Mark's Apple Wine that I blended, too ... making some cocktails, some cocktails for each and every month to give everyone something fun and special to make to celebrate the changing seasons and the various months ... to draw attention to the products and how they might yield even more surprises and delights!
 Cheers, thanks Lucinda, gracias Fernando, glad we started to turn you around Andrew with these wines from Virginia : high time, too! Cheers, Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn Happy weekend all, Friday night on a cool, delightful night outside, July 25th,

Virginia Wine tasting coming to Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits on Saturday, September 6th from 2pm to 6pm. Fabbioli CellarsNorth Gate Vineyard and Granite Heights Winery - some superb wines showing what Virginia wine has to offer. Tony & I having some fun, talking smack about the wine business, certifications, independent wine shops and wine judging. Fun times, Anthony Quinn!!

You bet Lucinda! I will finish my comments here in a day or two : stay-tuned! Cheers,  TONY 7/25/2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Discovering Just Now, thursday July 24th, 2014 the IRISHMAN Irish Whiskeys , the Original, the Single Malt, the 12 Year Old Singlr Malt and the Cask Strength With Matt Our Local NDC Rep, With Conor Chase CSS Brand Manager of the IRISHMAN Whiskeys And Irish Cream, And With Walter Lupo Our LOcal PALM BAY International Fine Wines And Spirits Rep

JUST TRIED WITH MATT OF NDC IMPORTERS/ DISTRIBUTORS AND Conor Chase CSS the Brand Manager of the Irishman Handcrafted Whiskies and Walter Lupo the MD and DC Area Manager of Palm Bay Imports some of the Irish whiskies , 4 : 1/ the ' Original Clan ', 2/ the Single Malt, 3/ the 12 Year old Single Malt , and the 4/ the Cask Strength , as well as the Irish Cream that uses no preservatives and, unlike Bailey's and Carolan's that are using only one percent or less, by law, of Irish whiskey / the rest being neutral whiskey / in their Irish Cream : and this the IRISHMAN Irish Cream it is delicious and flavorful and rich and round and smooth and when we get it , it will sell for less than BAILEY'S ... we will arrange with Matt to do an in store tasting of it along with the Single Malt Irish whiskey that is really smooth and bright and richly textured on the palate, that has a lovely buoyancy and freshness and sunshine/bright taste with little or no bite, some real softness and taste and pleasing appeal, too. I liked it a lot, it will sell for between $35 and $40 a bottle. Nice. It was all a treat, they all have their charms and I have some here for Fernando to try when he arrives. Ask me, if any is here I will offer you a taste. ... the Original Clan has a bit more bite and attitude, leaner, a bit more grip and grit, less refined, the 12 Year Old Single Malt has more to offer and is more powerful and with some edge, too and I would enjoy it with a fine cigar, and the Cask Strength is even bolder, even more intensity with more polish and more refinement / I liked it a whole lot / and it will be FABulous with a cigar at the end of an evening when things are coasting and everyone is thoroughly relaxed and things are winding down! Cheers, thanks Matt, Conor and Walter : what a grand discovery and great treat, glad to be on board on this with you now. Happy thursday, July 24th, 214 .... tony

Trying The New Releases & Discovering Yet More " New " Wines From LEO HILLINGER Austrian Wines With Michael & Andrew Stover As Leo Himself Was Coming From New York As We Met & Tasted Yesterday, Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 @ CLeveland Park Wines & Spirits In Northwest, 20008, Washington D.C. ...

Michael from LEO HILLINGER Winery in Austria tasting the sparkling Pink that is creamy and smooth and silky and bright and elegant, and showing so nicely, and Michael tells me they are available now in 187 size now great! Here
s Michael Hoeffken to speak himself : " this is the perfect time of the year to try our sparkling pinot Noir called SECCO its such a refreshing yummi wine...but please be careful you might be addicted....
thank u Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits for beeing such an Supporter for our Wines...hope to welcome u asap in Austria again...
cheers Michael"

I hope you come by to see us today Leo ( Hillinger ) as I hear that yesterday you were on your way down here from New York and it has been awhile since you visited us last! It would be great to see you again and to trade stories ... Thank you Satosji and Tetsuo, glad you like this : it sure was a delightful tasting with Michael and Andrew and Fernando, we enjoyed discovering a broader range of HILLINGER Austrian wines than we previously knew about : in particular the :

1) Single-Vineyard Pinot Blanc that had the body of a white French burgundy to me but that then began to take on so many more floral components of vanilla and tropical tones like pineapple and even honeysuckle and so much more : medium-bodied, delightful and ultimately perhaps best with a meal like an island Caribbean dish perhaps, or even perhaps a dish from Gaston Acurio of Peru, a variation of his " Cebiche Clasico " with a Japanese accent? I am intrigued by this, of course, and delighted to read the article in the Washington Post newspaper ( on the front page even ) entitled : " Letter From Peru ' Food empire that reinvented Lima casts eye on D.C. ' ... AND ...

2) the Single-Vineyard dry red Blaufrankisch that was so subtle and fruit-forward and fleshy and lovely and so approachable and drinkable, to whet the taste-buds, tease them, wake them up, alert them to a delightful medium-to-light-bodied red that needs to be slightly-chilled - it was not enough when we tasted it - that with a meal will help to make both shine. What are the Austrian chefs designing to serve and delight in food with this Blaufrankisch red that can still use more time, perhaps another 2-4 years to really develop and flower and come into full bloom?

Cheers, thanks Michael and Andrew. Will we see you today Leo in the store? Come on by , you are always welcome! Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn Happy Thursday all, July 24th, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PASSAGEM Porto, FAR NIEtNE Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, enuta Casali Romagna Italian Sangiovese Reds, LIDIO CARRARO 2 " Quorum ' Serra Gaucha Dry Red Brazilian 20 Percent tannat Blend, PAUL CLUVER Elgin SA Chardonnay, CAENA 2011 Mendoza, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon, Nora Favelukes, Cutty Sark Blended Scotch, LAZARONI Amaretto In Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits' Store tuesday Email : ENJOY!

Cleveland Park Wine Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits

I HAVE BEEN talking with robert and joe kennedy  just now and we just emailed
Sylvia the owner of tenuta casali in romagna, italy about her visit here in
october between the 21st and the 25th :

Dear Silvia , my name is Anthony Quinn and I  manage Cleveland Park Wines
Spirits here in Washington D.C., 20008 , 2023634265, and I am here talking with
Robert Kennedy and we are already planning for your visit here to our fine
boutique wine store to do an in store wine tasting of you three Sangiovese reds
and that is really exciting, I cannot wait to meet you. We will sell and promote
and share your experience here with our customers in Cleveland Park Northwest,
Washington D.C. Robert is here with  his father Joe, and it is great to meet
another human being from Muskogee, Oklahoma : I now know two people that have
been there! Here's Robert to write a message to you : Ciao Silvia! Non vediamo
l'ora che arrivi qui da Anthony per fare una belissima e divertentissima
degustazione!!   Here is JOe talking about FAR NIENtE :

While here with my son Robert I was looking over wines and found a bottle of Far
Niente ' Oakville ' Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Napa Valley, On Special for $150.99
, 14.5 percent alcohol by volume , produced by Nickel and Nickel. they are both
from my hometown of Muskogee, OK. Gil is deceased and John is in tulsa, OK
What a small world. Joe R Kennedy

I LOVE COPYING and PASting and my keyboard does not work well so I cannot make a
capitol t and I cannot backspace, no hyphens, no percent symbols, a mess ...
bear with me today until my new keyboard comes ...

It's a day of stories and requests so far :

hazel came by asking for both the fairhall sauvignon blanc from new zealand, as
well as some of the ox eye VA. Lemberger dry red,... i have special ordered both

laurie came by for some tito's texas corn vodka as friedl at dinner last night
at fiola mare in the georgetown harbor had a martini made with it / found out it
was their well vodka / loved it! also loved the fresh seafood / italian accent
meal there ...

so i have been on the phone with suppliers and having a blast talking and
discovering, sharing, ... the whole thing this tuesday ...

it's the summer and it's hot outside and many are away and we need to enjoy the
time we have.

Here are some suggestions for everyone.

FROM Santos : on beer and ale :

1/  Sprocket bier black rye kolsch style from rich and robbie's from Stone
: On special for $9.99 a 1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle, 5.4 percent alcohol by
volume from escondido, san diego, CA. go to : for more info
... " we like it because it is dark and easy to drink . " there is so much green
writing on the brown bottle that it makes my head spin just to try and wrap my
eyes around it. Come check this out for yourselves. Cheers.

2/ 20th anniversary belgianstyle ale / ale brewed with grape juice from the
great divide : $9.99 a bottle, 1 pint 6 fluid ounces, 8.2 percent alcohol by
volume , from denver, colorado, : " this belgian style ale is a golden example
of our traditional bold character, but with a little something special to
commemorate this milestone ... "

3/ ' summer love ' ale from victory, flavor of the season : On Special for
$10.99 a 6 pack of 12 ounce bottles, from downington. PA. , go to : for more info,  : " all of the talk about peanuts and
crackers can really make you thirsty, especially in a town like philadelphia
where we flock to the ballpark like birds coming home from winter vacation. ...

thomas just came by asking for some of the Domaine DANIEL POLLIER SaintVeran "
En Messie " 2012, $15.99 a bottle, written up in the Washington Post newspaper
the other day. I told him that we had it and went to get a bottle. I also
recommended the 2012 Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay  /  thomas did not know that the
Saint Veran was a Chardonnay / stainless steel CLOHILDE DAVENNE , $15.99, and
thomas bought a bottle of the Saint Veran. He told me that this was not the
first visit here for hi. He said to me : " the articles in the Post must get
some butts through your door? " I said : " No, not really but that I like to
support the Post and the community and so I try and have them here when the
articles are available each Wednesday. "

then I turned to our local rep Dan that sells me wine and asked him if the
articles draw any sales for them? I said that for us we get a few people asking
for the wines, but not many. Our local rep Dan said that it was the same for
him. We are a part of this community and we are happy that people like thomas
come to see us, that we are grateful for the business it brings us. We all work
together and help each other and that makes it all work, thanks Dave, thanks
Washington Post newspaper. I

I ALSO told thomas that I love holding a hard copy of the Washington Post
newspaper in my hands to read it each day. He agreed, said that he also liked

I RECOMMENDED the CLOHILDE D'AVENNE Chardonnay to thomas because it is lighter,
crisper and more refreshing than the Saint Veran. It is hot and humid and to be
able to drink a lighter Chardonnay now at only $15.99 a bottle is perhaps easier
on the system and more easy to enjoy during and after the wine? Something to
think about ...

time for some liqueur and liquor from Malkit and Jagir :

1/ Zodiak Vodka Luxury Potato Spirits from SAGIAtaRIUS : $26.99 a 750ml
bottle,  40 percent alcohol by volume : November 23rd through December 21st ,
from Rigby, Idaho : " Sagitarius is represented by the image of the Centaur. A
mythical centaur symbolizing energy and power combined with an aspiring spirit
... Always a good sign. "

2/ Amaretto imported from LAZZARONI , Authentic, from Saronno, Italia,
since 1951 : On Special for $22.99 a bottle, 24 percent alcohol by volume : it
is great to get a real ' class act ' back on our shelves!

3/ Kentucky Bourbon Straight ' Single Barrel ' / Eight Generations /
$34.99, 94 Proof, from WAHEN'S , made now for over 2 years ... hand bottled,
Barrel Number 7563, signed by Charles W. Medley ... something really quite
special and worth coming to get a bottle to discover if you all do not know it
yet? Cheers.

4/ Blended Scotch Whisky from CUtY SARK : On Special for $19.99 a bottle :
it is great to have an old favorite back in the store once again. ried and true
and always deliver : and I LOVE the deep yellow cadmium yellow color of the
label that makes me think of sunflowers, and it is summer now after all!

EVERY WEEK we run these two days of SPECIALS for you and it is on all the wines
in the store and not just what I write here. One of our customers thought it
only applied to the wines I wrote about.

SAVE BIG WEEKLY at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits :


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 From tony and fernando :

1/  Le CANON Du MARECHAL from the DOMAINE CAZES , 212 dry and flavorful
BIO/biodynamic blend of the Muscat and the Viognier grapes is drinking really
well now and would be a delight when you grill out and are outside with family
and friends, at the beach, at the lake , in the mountains, by a cooling and
refreshing stream ... lovely! From France's Cotes Catalanes in Rivesaltes, go to
: www.cazes for more info.

the weekend tastings with both Jody Jackman and Andrew Stover were grand
successes : we introduced some great wines to many people and I will mention
some of those now :

From Jody :
1/  ' Clean Slate ' 213 Riesling from Germany's Mosel region : $10.99 a
bottle, 10.5 percent alcohol by volume : refreshing and everyone pretty much
exclaimed that they did not generally like Riesling but this one they did! hanks

2/ 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Catena in Argentina's Mendoza Valley :
$20.99 a bottle, 13 percent alcohol by volume, : both Jody and I tasted this and
agreed that it was our favorite Catena red now. It has pretty much always been
my favorite Catena red. I remember discovering it in the early nineties when I
met Nicolas Catena for a private meeting with Nora Favelukes and myself : just
the three of us at Bilbo Baggins' restaurant in Old towne , Alexandria to
discuss how he could launch his wines here in the Washington D.C. region, I
loved the Cabernet then and still do! It is drinking beautifully now, so
balanced and fruit/forward and balanced, and tasty now! Glad to have it on our
shelves. We also celebrated Argentina's Day of Independence when tasting it that
happened earlier this July.

3/ 2006 ' Quorum ' Grande Vindimia from LIDIO CARRARO in Brazil's Serra
Gaucha region : On Special for $56.99 a bottle. It is a dry blend of 40 percent
Merlot, 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 percent tannat and 15 percent Cabernet
Franc. I loved everything about the wine : classic, traditional. like a fine
Italian wine from Veneto, Italy where they originally came from. Or like a fine
old world style French Bordeaux wine before they started making a more modern
style to appeal to more modern palates. It is an excellent food wine, it will
shine with a meal.

AND With  the 20 percent tannat that is added it gives the wine a ' new '
dimension from Brazil that you do not normally taste! I like that : Patricia
Carraro the owner presented it to us here in August 2012 and we started with the
everyday Merlot and now have poured and sold some of this very special ' Quorum
' that is world class.  Be one of the first to discover it and to share it with
family and friends and those that you know that love French Bordeaux ' with a
twist! ' Cheers, obregado Jody ...

From Andrew Stover :

1/ Gruner Veltliner Loibenberg Smaragd  from Loiben, Wachau /  2011 from
tEGERNSEERHOF/ MItELBACH, $32.99 we have a rich and thick velvet golden white
carpet of Gruner lushness and brightness that was truly magical on this past
Saturday, 13.5 percent alcohol by volume, balanced and dry and wonderful with or
without a meal! I loved it, Malcolm loved and bought some, it was a show

2/ ' Rosenberg ' 2013 Gruner Veltliner from ANton BAUER in Austria's Wagram
valley, 17.99 a bottle,  12.5 percent alcohol by volume: not as rich or thick or
intense but every bit as appealing and easier to drink and enjoy especially if
outside in the heat and humidity. A real special treat, balanced and flavorful
with finesse and some real silk flavors, too.

3/ Dry 2010 ' taste red '  Long Island New York State blend of 60 percent
Merlot, 20 percent Syrah, 12 percent Petit Verdot, 6 percent Cabernet Franc and
2 percent Malbec / $30.99 a bottle, 13 percent alcohol by volume : flavorful,
some real flesh and backbone for those wanting a heartier and gutsier bottle to
drink. For me it needs more time. I think I would really like the wine in
another 3 to 5 years as it will smooth out and lose some of the edge it showed
for me on Saturday : but that is only my palate, others loved it and bought it
to enjoy now.


1/ Dan terassa brought me some of the 500ml PASSAGEM Porto Vintage 2011 to
taste this morning, $52.99 a bottle : the COLOR alone is so dark and murky and
delightful . I just took a sip from my plastic cup from earlier. I love that it
is so thick that I could hide under it, my tongue at least : that it could
saturate my tongue and give it this same deep garnet/purple hue that is simply
DAN KEPt MENtIONING that it drank more like a wine and not a port.
DAN KEPt SAYING that it was a phenomenal vintage the 2011
DAN KEPt pressing that it was an unbelievable value and that there were few
to match it!

I KEPt thinking how smooth and velvety and silky the taste was, how lush
and delicate almost with no bite, so approachable, so incredibly drinkable it is
now so that people can all get a bottle when it comes in August and enjoy it
late at night outside with family and friends and feel like a million dollars
and more!

WE HAVE NOW the PASSAGEM Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2009, On Special for
$22.99 a bottle, 20 percent alcohol by volume in a 500ml bottle now / agora that
can also be enjoyed now while so many are relaxing and stealing moments to feel
like a million dollars any chance that they can. Love it, obregado Dan, glad to
have this LBV PASSAGEM here for everyone to enjoy ...

2/ 2010 Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa and made by PAUL CLUVER :
$18.99 a bottle , 13.5 percent alcohol by volume, this is a really beautiful,
balanced wine. Love it.

tastings this week :

FRIDAY, July 25th, 2014  5 to 8 PM  : We have Iason and Sotiris here
tasting an assortment or really fine Greek wines for you all to discover and
sample and fall in love with! JOIN US,  NEVER any charge, everyone always

SAtURDAY , July 26th, 2014 : 2 to 6 PM ; I will see who is free to come and
taste. No one has signed up yet and so I will work on this tomorrow and post the
info on our Facebook page. Cheers.

thank you all for everything, your support is everything to us and we appreciate
it. thanks always for that! Let us know what we may do for you. FOLLOW us on
witter at : cpwinespirits , and LIKE our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park Wine
And Spirits. Cheers, ...    tony

Cheers all, happy tuesday all ..