Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day Today July 4th, 2014, Happy 4th Of July 2014, Enjoy NOW The Soccer World Cup Match Between The United States & Belgium! Cheers ...


Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits:Happy 4thOfJuly!

THAT'S WHAT AUSSIE IMPORTER Robert Whale used to say to me ...

HAPPY 4th Of JULY , 2014 to you all! We are celebrating already, celebrating
today as well CANADA DAY, Canada's national day of independence - today - here
with CAVE SPRING dry Rieslings ( signed by the wine-maker himself ) and the
NEIGE Sparkling apple ice wine On Special for $19.99 a bottle! Come by and get
some and enjoy celebrating Canada Day ... as we all get ready to celebrate the
4th of July, too here on Friday ...

I LOVE being able to COPY and PASTE as I have just done here below!

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits
7 minutes ago
TALKING OF ARIS A. Zissis , importer of Greek Beer and Wine and Ouzo, too that
stopped by with his partner Betty just this past week to say " Hello, I love you
my friend ". that's Aris' greeting each time with a hand shake and a kiss, been
that way for years now, he's so honest and enthusiastic and humble and
hard-working, and always the ' ultimate gentleman ' , and he's been struggling
with cancer recently and so it was great to see you Aris again, thank you for
stopping by for your order of INO wines that we use regularly here! You looked
great and it was a treat to be able to draw the quick four portrait sketches
that I did of you before you left the store after much conversation about the
business here and your start here so many years ago in Washington D.C., and
stopping here at the bus stop then in front of the store as you went back and
forth between your department store job, not Woodie's but some big company like
that back then, working hard in the warehouse ... what great stories. I told you
to write them down and share them with the world, they are really interesting,
of a time long ago before the computer and the internet and the i-phone ... wow,
that seems so ancient now ... you are wonderful Aris, it's always been a great
pleasure and an honor to work and visit with you. Sotiris Bafitis was just here
and I told him that we talked about you. You smiled and told me a lot and I will
write that here, too, most of all you said that he actually took the time to
help you and advise you as you started back in 1993-1994 working as a stock boy
at Calvert-Woodley way back then ... Happy Canada Day today to you all, Anthony
( TONY ) Quinn Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 ... TONY
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#beforeTheInternet Thanks Aris, love you, too! TONY 7/1/2014

I POSTED and COPIED this just now from our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park
Wine & Spirits - LIKE and follow us PLEASE as I update that page daily with
whatever is going on here  like FAT PETE'S Barbecue might have a ' sneak preview
' there tonight so go on by and check, say " Tony sent me to Peter, Hondo and
Woody " as they may have something for you to taste, maybe not, just have to
knock and ask and go from there.

THE ' OFFICIAL ' OPENING of FAT PETE'S BARBECUE is tomorrow, Wednesday, July
2nd. 2014 and that will be great! What a treat, what a great addition to our
fine Cleveland Park neighborhood : and something that everyone loves, and ' just
in time ' for the 4th of July, 2014. They may even do ' take-out?' I do not
know, I did not ask, but that may be something fun to do if they do for the
4th?!? Ask Peter, Hondo and Woody, they will welcome and tell you immediately
what they have to offer. Say that we sent you there from Cleveland Park Wine &
Spirits! Cheers.

SOTIRIS BAFITIS , Importer of fine Greek wine was just here earlier today on
Canada Day and we spoke of Aris A. Zissis , also an importer of INO Greek wines
that helped Sotiris when he started with advise back in 1993-1994. Sotiris was
working at Calvert-Woodley back then as a stock man and someone said : " Come
over, we have someone for you to meet that we think you will enjoy meeting. It
was Aris that was himself stocking his Greek wines on the shelves in the store.
Aris gave Sotiris some sound advise that he remembers and that he took to heart
way back when as he decided to start his own company importing Greek wines. He
told me that he believes it was Todd Ruby that suggested that he go and apply
for a job back then as he also worked at Jaleo restaurant at the time. Sotiris
asked Todd where he could learn more and get some practical, hands-on experience
and Todd recommended both  MacArthur Beverage and Calvert-Woodley. Sotiris took
the job at Calvert-Woodley becasue it was more convenient for him

TOO BAD THAT TODD did not remember about Peter Anastopolos working here and
managing Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits as Peter is also Greek and he would have
been the ideal fit for Sotiris. It took Sotiris time later to discover Peter
because when I came on board here Peter and Sotiris were already doing business
here and I inherited a well-established Greek stock to add to as I went along
which included the FABulous dry white wines of MERCOURI that I have to be sure
and order from Jody Jackman of Winebow Imports as we are currently out of the
dry white and the dry red that they make which are SUPERb!

ALE, BEER and CIDER From Santos :

BUT HEY, LET'S TALK BEER now from Santos.

1) Oak Aged Brewed In Small Batches INNIS & GUNN ' Original ' Edinburgh.
Scotland ( $11.99 a 4-pack of 11.2 Fl. Oz bottles, 6.6% alcohol by volume,
oak-aged beer ) : oak-aged like no other beer! Come check it out with the '
other ' INNIS & GUNN beers that we offer here.

2) ' Noonan Black IPA Deep , Dark & Hoppy from SMUTTYNOSE Brewing ( On
Special for $8.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, ) : "
Our tribute to craft brewing pioneer Greg Noonan, this paradoxical beer is dark
like a porter, but hoppy like an IPA ... " try some soon ...

3) ' Freedom ' American IPA , North Carolina Crafted, from NATTY GREENE'S
Brewing Co. ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 6.5%
alcohol-by-volume , from Greensboro, North Carolina ) : Taste the South , go to
: www.NattyGreenes.com for more info!

4) " Seersucker " Pilsner from ABITA Brewing is coming tomorrow, just in
time for the 4th of July, 2014! There's also a store window going in up front
right now as I type of the ABITA Brewing beers and that's also exciting! We have
in stock today the Strawberry Harvest, 4.2% alcohol , ABITA, ALL On Special for
$9.99 a six-pack ,  4.4% alcohol by volume on the ' Seersucker ' : "Crisp,
refreshing layers, with a hoppy finish." The Strawberry Harvest is : " Crisp,
with a clean layer of flavor , and made with fresh Louisiana-grown Strawberry
juice called affectionately there  Cajun crack. "

' SEERSUCKER THURSDAYS '  : at the US Capitol buildings in the 50's in the
hot summers all the congressmen , at least from the South, would wear their
seersucker suits to help with the heat and humidity that we have come to love
and accept and endure here! They have brought back this tradition this year of

5) " Deliria " a Blond Belgian Ale from DELIRIUM ( $12.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl.
Oz bottle, from the Huyghe Brewery in Melle/ Ghent, Belgium ) : 8.5% alcohol by
volume - " a limited edition special brewed by women ." Cheers. Wow, I love
this, brewed by women!



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.



1) ' Smoked Salmon ' Flavored Vodka , Handcrafted from The ALASKA
Distillery ( $35.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume ) : tasted here this
past weekend by Mike, and it makes a PERFECT Bloody Mary that many love when
it's hot outside, and it is that, and will be perfect for Canada Day today as
well as for the 4th of July, 2014 this Friday ... and for watching the World Cup
Soccer matches like today's 4PM USA Belgium!

2) Premium Liqueur LIMONCELLO CREME from GIOLA LUISA , imported from
Sorrento, Italy ( $24.99 a 750ml bottle, 17% alcohol by volume, ) was poured
here this past weekend by our national sales rep Madalyn Kontgas Payne along
with the regular Limoncello and the orange-flavored one, too. I loved the
softness and the fullness of the Creme, delightful. What a lovely surprise, so
easy to enjoy all by itself! Go to : www.golimoncello.com for more info on ways
to thoroughly enjoy it!

3) CLYDE MAY'S Conecuk Ridge Whiskey , hand crafted in small batches (
$28.99 a 750ml bottle, 42.5% alcohol by volume, from the CONECUK RIDGE
Distillery in Auburndale, FL. , go to : www.clydemays.com for more info on how
to better enjoy this ) : made from Mr. Clyde's Famous Alabama Recipe ... cheers.

4) Margarita ' Original ' from the SKINNYGIRL ( $13.99 a 750ml bottle,
naturally flavored, open and serve ) : made with Blue Agave Silver Tequila with
Triple Sec, natural flavor and caramel color added. It's time!

5) ' Tangerine ' Vodka with Natural Flavors from SKINNYGIRL ( On Special
for $15.99 a 750ml bottle, 30% alcohol by volume, Deerfield, Illinois, go to :
www.skinnygirlcocktails.com for more info ) : get your Bethenny Frankel fix and
enjoy these now with this hot weather, the 4th and all the Soccer World Cup
matches, too!

6) Chrysanthemum & Honey Liqueur ' Organic ' KOVAL ( On Special for $26.99
a 375ml bottle, 20% alcohol by volume, Chicago, IL 60640 ), Batch 21, something
fun and exciting and ' new ' to learn to mix and add and delight and ignite and
inspire you and your senses as you enjoy your moments to relax and become
expansive and free and able to thoroughly enjoy certain moments of/ slices of

WINE With Fernando & Tony :

1) Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy from APOSTOLI, this 2012 ( $9.99 a
bottle, 11.5% alcohol by volume, Ormelle ) is soft and bright and a delight to
sip and enjoy through conversation, chatting, listening and a meal, either
inside or outside. Chris Bartha just tasted us on it and Fernando and I both
really liked it.

2) Sangiovese Dell'Umbria 2013 from TERRE De TRINCI ( $9.99 , 13% alcohol
by volume , 100% Sangiovese grapes ) : Fernando and I tasted this with Chris
last Friday and loved the earthy, rustic, spicy qualities to it. Needs a meal,
holds up nicely in the bottle for three days, I took it home and that is how I
know this. I enjoyed it every time and with each day it got softer and so I
liked it each and every time that I had it with my meal! Cheers.

3)Sauvignon Blanc 2012  from the DOMAINE De La MOTTE , French Pays D'Oc dry
white ( $10.99 a 750ml bottle, 12% alcohol by volume , go to :
www.scopertaimports.com for more info ) : I liked tasting this with our local
rep John three or so weeks ago, and am happy to include it now for you all.
Delightfully refreshing for this hot weather now!

4) Medium-Sweet Red Wine blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Grenache and
25$ Carignan from INO, Central Greece ( $11.99 a 750ml bottle from Aris A.
Zissis mentioned above ) : this off-dry INO Greek red has no sharp acids of
biting tannins, and slightly-chilled is a delight to drink! Ethan just asked
about it a week ago. It's back in stock Ethan , Aris and Betty delivered them to
me themselves earlier today. Open our doors again, we're once again back in

5) Pinot Grigio from Italy's Veneto region, from ITALO CESCON ( $13.99 a
bottle, 12% alcohol by volume, from Ormelle, Veneto ) : you will know it by the
bit of vine that is attached around it'd bottle-neck. We stared with the
Chardonnay and are now using as well the Pinot Grigio. Come check this out : buy
a bottle of each the Pinot Grigio and the Chardonnay and enjoy these clean,
crisp, dry white and refreshing wines with all the heat these days, and
humidity, too sometimes, though one never knows here in Washington D.C. ...

6) ' Cajo ' Rosso Dell'Umbria IGT  dry red blend of 34% Sagrantino, 33%
Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon from the TERRE De TRINCI, 2009, ( On Special for
$13.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume ) BLEW Fernando, Michael and everyone else that
tried it with us here the other evening when Chris Bartha had it open for us!
Wonderful, earthy and spicy, pithy and packed and exciting! WOW!!

7) Vinho Verde DOC from RAZA Portugal ( $13.99, 11.5% alcohol by volume ) :
a dry and flavorful and uniquely-distinct Vinho Verde, of 50% Arinto, 35% Azal
and 15% Trajadura, go to : www.quintadaraza.pr for more info ... it excited and
intrigued me because I have never tried a Vinho Verde with this flavor profile
that is perfect for those wanting something special, tasty, flavorful and

8) Roero Arneis ' Anterisio ' 2013 from CASCINA CHICCO ( $22.99 a bottle,
13% alcohol by volume ) : when Dave Hansen and I tried this we both loved it and
I am delighted to finally have it here. Distinct, flavorful, filled with
character and personal, heart-felt stories of the vines and their grapes and
their struggles to result in near-perfection as here! Taste and decide for

9) Vineyard Hill Riesling Finger Lakes New York State Magnums ( 1.5ML
bottles, $17.99, 11% alcohol by volume ) from CASA LARGA is a medium-sweet and
light-bodied Riesling and a great deal for this 4th of July to please many! We
also have the 750ml bottle of the 2012 dry Riesling, $14.99, 11.5% alcohol that
we sell here along with the dry Chardonnay and the dry red Merlot-Cabernet
Sauvignon blend. We have offered now the CASA LARGA wines for years and even had
one of the owners come and taste it here two years ago : remember meeting her?


Friday, July 4th, 2014 ( 5-8PM ) : Tony's Picks! It will be fun, I will
find some great wines to taste with any of you around!

Saturday , July 5th, 2014 ( 2-6PM ) : More of Tony's Picks! We will have a
great time, trust me, something special for you all, still to be decided by me
and I am not rushing : SURPRISES on both Friday and Saturday ...

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, you all are the very best, the cream-of-the-crop and
we are delighted, honored and humbled to have you as our customers. Thank you,
gracias, grazie, obregado , and shukriya to you all, please email any other
words for ' thank you ' in other languages so I may include them all ... cheers,

HAPPY 4th of JULY, 2014 to you all ... The match between the USA and Belgium is going on now! Who will win this match?!?

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