Monday, September 22, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits' Tuesday Store Email From September 24th, 2012 I Believe? Enjoy! On : VALDIPIATTA Tenuta Tuscan Wines, GSM " Seven Of Hearts " Dry Red Blend 2011, Domaine Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc Touraine, Loire Valley, Forrest Estate New Zealand 2004 Dry Riesling And More!

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Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits
SCRAMBLING - OH WHAT FUN! So much to share with you all. This beautiful weather
is contagious and puts a broad smile on my face. We have some special treats for
you all here that I will mention from Michel Dumas, Ravinder Sharma, Santos
Rivera and me - Anthony ( TONY ) Quinn.

I WANT TO " Shout Out " for Ravi that works our register, buys the spirits and
sells you all so many winning lottery tickets, too. Ravi is retiring and going
to India to spend a month, maybe more. He's here until October 15th, 2013 : so
if you have not yet said your " bye byes ", this is the time.

RAVI MAY BE BACK TO WORK, he may not : that remains to be seen. It's all up to
him. We love having him here and will sorely miss him, all that he has done, all
that he has meant to us and the many of you that have gotten to know and love
his broad grin and beaming smile. He has added so much to the daily fabric of
our lives. he has solved many problems, his level-headed approach to many
situations has been a real saving grace that we will remember, grin at, and

HOW DO YOU MEASURE 20 years?!? That's a mini lifetime, a mini-marriage, a real
chunk of both time and change. Ravi : the stories you can tell, the things that
you have seen pass through this long rectangular space. So much life, so many
marriages, celebrations, birthdays, reunions, partings, returns, births and
deaths. You could spend another twenty years writing all these stories down,
emailing them, tweeting them, blogging and pod-casting them.

THINGS CHANGE and life and business and communities, neighborhoods all go on,
keep changing and morphing, the characters and the players, the observers, the
landscape, city-and-neighborhood-scapes all continue to adjust. We as humans try
and adjust. It's hard when you figure into all of this things like the fact that
we have one week to establish a budget and pass it for our government to
continue functioning.

THE THINGS THAT SUSTAIN US , nourish us, provide us with comfort and order and a
certain calm and joy - like Ravi - have stayed the same. He has been here weekly
for all of you, for us : we have weathered together many a storm. We are
grateful for Ravi's service to Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits as well as to our
fabulous Cleveland Park neighborhood.

THANK YOU RAVI,gracias, merci, prego, obregado. You are always welcome here!
What will we ever do without you?!?

SO : HAVING SAID ALL this about you Ravi I will start out with your spirits and
talk about them first. Santos you will follow Ravi in today's store email.



1) Asian Pear Eau De Vie from SUBARASHI KUDAMONO, Pear Brandy ) $49.99,
375ml bottle, 49% alcohol by volume,  go to : for more
info, Ashford, CT ) : " celebrates fruit at it's finest : fresh, clean,
flavorful. Select Asian pears from the Subarashi Kudamono orchards create a
liveliness and intense fruit essence. "
ALL SO TRUE : we have tasted it here now twice and it is so bright and brilliant
and subtle and elegant and refined.
A little bit goes a very long way. What a great way to welcome sleep and a good
rest for a day well-spent!


1) " Tombo " Shochu / Soju Spirits distilled from Barlet ( $14.99, 24%
alcohol by volume, product of Vietnam ) :
" Once known as the dragonfly islands. Japan is steeped in history and
traditions of the powerful Samurai who often emblazoned their armor with the
dragonfly symbol. Tombo is a reflection of their courage and strength. Enjoy the
elegant strength of Tombo on the rocks, with a splash of cool water or mixed in
your favorite cocktails "
GO TO : for more info.
MY WIFE asked me if I knew about this? I said I did and that we sold it.
She forwarded an email onto me saying that there was a push to have it become
even more popular here than vodka, that it sells really well all over the world.

MY RESPONSE was that I doubted it would do as well here, and that the people
selling it to us had really dropped the ball as this is the only one we have.

WHERE are all the others?

WHY have we not seen them yet? Where's all the push and advertising here to
boost sales?

WHY have we never been approached to do an in-store soju tasting? Many
unanswered questions. Only time will tell. Come check this out!

WHAT DO YOU ALL KNOW? Please share with us. This is something worth taking a
much closer look at, don't you agree?

2) Genever Style Gin from GENEVIEVE / Essay 0-SSG-GM-1 ( $54.99. 47.3%
alcohol by volume, established 1993. San Fransisco, from ANCHOR Distilling Co.
Go to : for more info ) : " Genevieve Genever-Style Gin
is an offshoot of our research into the history and evolving production methods
that led to modern gin. ...

The earliest gins, however- which came to be known as ' genever ' ( or ' Geneva
gin ', or ' Hollands gin ' or ' Schiedam-style gin ' - were a very different

To be sure , juniper berries and other botanicals are used in both styles, but
17th-century 'genever ' gin was distilled in primitive pot stills from a grain

Genevieve is our attempt to re-create this ancient and mysterious gin style. ...
"   TOO MUCH to type, come read the label, come buy the gin and try it! Cheers.

3) THE TYRCONNELL Single Malt Irish Whiskey  10 Years Old & Finished In
Port Casks ( $81.99, Est. 1762, Riverstown, County Louth , go to : for more info ) : " Initially matured in American oak
and finished in port casks to impart further depth and flavour creating an
inviting single malt with a deep antique copper colouring. ... a silky sweet
taste of rich fruits, honey and spice with a beautiful lingering oak finish. "

4) Tres Agaves TEQUILA Blanco/ Estate-Bottled ( $36.99 a 750ml bottle, 40%
alcohol by volume, Jalisco Mexico,  go to : for more info ) :
" ... Since it does not age in oak barrels, Blanco Tequila simply reflects the
clean, herbaceous character of blue agave. "

5) Grappa Elevata in Barili di SASSICAIA / Tenuat San Guido & Jacopo Poli (
$59.99, a 375ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume, Poli Distillerie Schiavon (

6) ZING ZANG Not HJust Another Bloody Mary Mix ( On Special for $8.99 a 1/2
Gallon, 1.8 Liter plastic bottle, go to : for more info ) :
Come make the Classic Zing Zang Bloody Mary - 4 Parts Zing Zang, 1 Part of your
favorite vodka, Pour over ice, stir, add squeeze of lime and garnish with a
celery stalk. Cheers.

NOW FOR YOU SANTOS : Beer, Cider & Ale :

1) Virginia Draft BOLD ROCK Hard Cider ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of
12-ounce bottles, 4.7% alcohol by volume, from Nellysford, VA. ) : Made by Brian

2) Pipeline Porter with 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee Seasonal Release  from
KONA Brewing Co. ( On Special for $8.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5.3%
alcohol by volume, go to : for more info ) : " Pipeline
Porter is full bodied with a rich, smooth, dark roasted malt flavor. "

3) Amber Ale from PEAK ORGANIC Brewing Company (On Special for $9.99 a
6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, from Portland, Maine ) : We just did a PEAK ORGANIC
Beer tasting here this past Friday and I loved the smooth, creamy, flavorful
taste of this Amber Ale. The other night I showed it to our customer Susan and
her eyes lit up! She said that she vacations there and she picked up two six
packs and put them on our counter to pay immediately! Yes!

4) Creme Brulee Blackwater Series from SOUTHERN TIER Brewing Company (
$9.49, 9.5% alcohol by volume, from Lakewood, New York , go to : for more info ) : Very dark in color, full body, medium
bitterness : great with organic vanilla ice cream, cheesecake. What a fun treat.

5) " Bacchus " Belgian Ale from the CASTLE BREWERY ( On Special for $7.49 a
12.7 Fl. Oz bottle, Van Honsebrouck, Belgium) treat yourselves!

6) " Four Witches " 2013  Black Saison The High Gravity Series from NEW
HOLLAND Brewing ( $8.99 a 1 Pt. 6-Fluid Ounce bottle, from Holland, Michigan, go
to : www.New for more info , 8.92% alcohol by volume ) : " White
and dark roasted wheat join caramel rye and barley in a flavorful backdrop for
yeast character accentuated by mild spicing. Pairings : grilled or blackened
fish, jambalaya, mushroom sautees. "

WINES From Michel & Tony :


1) Sauvignon Blanc 2012  from California's Lake County, the Line 39 (
$10.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, from CECCHETTI Wine Company , go to : ) : consistent, fresh, bright, balanced and a phenomenal

2) 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from France's Loire Valley, a Touraine " En
Lieu-Dit- LES JARRIERS " ( $11.99, from Aligny-Cosne, France ) : Both Michel and
I really liked this the other day. Over delivers for the money.

3) 2004 Dry Riesling from the FORREST ESTATE in New Zealand's Marlborough
region ( On Special for $14.99. regularly $28.99 a bottle, 12% alcohol by
volume, ) : presented to Michel and me by the owner John Forrest, this mature,
flavorful, dry Riesling is exceptional and drinking beautifully : buy several
bottles while you still can. No petrol nose, clean, brisk and razor-sharp acids
that ripple and delineate you to the core, to your foundation! Wow, I love it, I
really do : one of our very best sales ever.

4) " Charmed " Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from California's JAQK
CELLARS ( $29.99, 13.9% alcohol by volume, go to : for more
info ) : More taste, more body, more width and stuffing - yet bright and tasty
and really it does sparkle without any sparkle - all on the palate, a shindig of
shindigs here : and an amazing label, too. Great treat, great gift.

5) 2011 Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco Vigneti Delle Dolomiti from FORADORI (
$30.99 a bottle, 12.5% alcohol by volume, ) : we like very much the dry red
teroldego wines of Elisabetta, here is her white that also speaks volumes to us.
A flavorful dry white that is a great wine to pair with a meal. Has the body of
a red, the brilliance and lyrical quality of a white. Go to : for more info. Both Michel and I loved it , all over
again, thanks Regis!


1) 2012 Touraine Dry Rose from the DOMAINE BELLEVUE ( $11.99, 13% alcohol
by volume, Loire Valley, France, ) : this is a great sipping dry French
medium-to-lighter-bodied rose. Many of you already love it - Justin, Zack and
many more ... and it just makes you feel good to enjoy a glass with or without a
meal. Great now as we are officially in Autumn! Cheers.


1) Pinot Noir 2011 from California's REDTREE - the CECCHETTI Wine Company (
$9.99 , 12.5% alcohol by volume, go to : for more info )
made from 100% Pinot Noir and it tastes like real Pinot Noir : more elegant and
bright and not heavy in the least - a breath of fresh Pinot Noir air!

2) Petite Sirah Central Coast 2011, this LINE 39 dry California red from
grapes grown in the Central Coast ( $10.99 a bottle, from Bob Browman of
CECCHETTI Wine Company, go to : for more info ) : good
weight, good balance, a good taste, too : a treat for this price that sells
really well. Nadine loves it as do many of our good customers! Cheers.

3) " Chatte D'Avignon 2011 " Seven Of Hearts " GSM - Grenache, Syrah and
Mourvedre red blend from the SEVEN OF HEARTS ( $29.99 a bottle, Columbia Valley,
Washington State, 329 cases made, Dundee, Oregon, go to : for more info ) : a delightful, superb red blend of 35%
Grenache, 52% Syrah and 13% Mourvedre. Wow, double wow!

4) " Magnificat " Vigneto Singolo- Single Vineyard  Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from DREI DONA in
Romagna, Italy ( $42.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume, go to : for
more info ) : this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a real delight : classic Italian
style dry red, I like it better than many of the Super Tuscan reds I try in this
price range. Regis, our local rep brought the 2009 for Michel and me to taste
last week and it was  showing really well, the 2007 is that much further along
in it's development. It's a food wine. Enjoy largely!

5) 2003 Vigna D'Alfiero Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano from Tenuta
VALDIPIATTA ( $62.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume ) : as good as any Tuscan wine can
be, the very top-level of classic, great Sangiovese-Sangiovetto Grosso grapes!
Guido the owner says it best : as great as any Brunello. The TOP TOP TOP! Great
present to yourselves. I brought a bottle back with me from Tuscany I liked it
so much! Cheers.

OUR FABulous 3-Part Non-Sparkling, Madeira, Marsala, Port, Sherry, Sake SALE :

1) Buy ANY  bottle at $19.99 or more from these categories above and SAVE
20% OFF the marked sticker prices.
2) BUY ANY SIX ( 6 ) bottles at any price from the categories listed above
and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker prices.
3) BUY ANY TWELVE ( 12 ) or more bottles from these same categories and
SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices.
MIX them up, get a variety and SAVE BIG on Wednesdays. If you cannot come
then call Michel or Tony ( me ) and place your order over the phone, or here by
responding to this email. We also deliver here in Washington D.C. where it is
legal. CALL : 202-363-4265. PAY Wednesdays and save. Cheers.


Friday, September 27th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Keith of Vine Connections
here pouring the Argentina Susana BALBO wines that include the " Crios " series,
too. This will be fun, this will be a treat, Both Michel and I love the
Bonarda-Syrah blend, There's also the dry white Torontes and the dry rose, as
well as others. Keith will also taste the Malbec from LUCA as we have some of it
as well to sell. What fun! Join us, never any charge! Free to taste, only costs
you something when you buy a bottle! Cheers.

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : we have Oscar Losama of the
Voila Selections Import Company of primarily French country wines to pour some
exciting wines that include dry red, white and rose, and maybe also a sparkling
wine from regions around France like Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Southwest France
and maybe the Rhone Valley , too? To be decided tomorrow. Call for an update or
just come by and taste with Oscar! Cheers.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS and am sorry for that and will make up
for it soon as I get back into my regular emails. These are a bit shorter and do
not include as much as I would like and so I will add those things back in
starting next week. Sorry for any inconvenience. Check on us on Facebook at :
Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, and also at : wineenabler. Cheers and thanks for all your support! We appreciate everything you do for us , really! Enjoy this beautiful day : come and get something here and make it even more special than it already is!


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