Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Anthony Quinn's Cleveland Park Store Email From Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 On : CLOTHILDE-DAVENNE Chablis , GUYOT Rhone French Wines, Boxwood Estate Winery Virginia Wines, Steven Spurrier, Dave McIntyre Writer, Cape Elements Taurino Notapanaro Italy, Antonopoulos Greek Private Collection 2006 Dry Red Patras, GOSS McLaren Vale 2011 Aussie Shiraz, Tenuta Valdipiatta 2011 Coli Senesi Chianti Tuscan Red, Anne De Joyeuse 2012 French Limoux Malbec ' The Original ', Hillcrest Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Durbanville, South Africa & More! Enjoy!!

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LOTS COOKING, BREWING, DISTILLING, FERMENTING as we have enjoyed getting our
valued government employees back at work starting last Thursday. That's a good
and welcome sign. Welcome back everyone! You had forced stay-at-home time off -
that was stressful : I took my stay-at-home-week-vacation before the holiday
season gets into full swing - and it was refreshing and lacking any real stress!

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL : " DC Council : leave the Cleveland Park Service Lane On
Connecticut Avenue as it is - Sign the Petition! " How do you all feel about
this? Do you want it to stay the same, do you want it to change. We have or will
have the petition here for you all to sign again so that your voices may be
heard. This is an important change if it goes into effect and will take time to
implement and it will disrupt business as usual we feel this holiday season. So
be sure and make your voices heard, if not here then by contacting the DC City
Council and letting them know directly through a phone call or an email.

MY STAY-AT-HOME-VACATION : what a : new perspective on life I got as I worked
the whole week outside on maintenance and repairs to our home, deck, carport :
lots of painting, lots of conquering old fears and beating them back once again
and proving to myself that I could! A small leap indeed for mankind but a huge
leap for Anthony Quinn!

IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE LIFE and to experience it from balancing precariously up
high on ladders scraping shutters and then painting them, scraping wood trim
high up over our carport, pulling up tired pressure-treated wood planks on our
deck and creating new support and solidity once again for us to enjoy fully our
deck. Easier said than done, especially when you do not do this very often and
have to learn as you go.

THE VIEW from our roof yesterday was exhilarating as I scraped peeling paint
from wood trim and green moss from our roof shingles themselves. Felt good, it
really did balancing the quart of white paint in one hand and painting without
spilling, laying on my belly at the edge of the roof. What a vision I must have

THE MOST SCARY THING was coming face-to-face with our resident shed shiny black
snake that was lumpy up-and-down it's body length with mice! It happened twice,
actually three times in all : and on the third time I got pictures to show it in
all it's glory taking in the sunshine at our shed entrance.

TO BALANCE THAT was the small, flat gray-haired, tiny vole that I saw a couple
of times as I pulled-yanked unwanted ivy from the side of our house that was
doing it's very best to climb up our brick wall there! The vole sure was cute,
glad that the black snake had not found it!


We still have some Pumpkin beers. The category has exploded this year and
so you still have plenty to choose from. Unfortunately they were released so
early as seems to be the trend today. What are the breweries thinking? The same
has been true with the Octoberfest beers. We recommend that like squirrels you
come and purchase what want and the " squirrel " it away until you need it. Do
as a squirrel!

YOU MAY WANT TO buy some now, however, to be sure you have some for Halloween.
Here is one for you :

1) PUMPKIN ALE from ALEWERKS Brewing Company , Crafted in Williamsburg, VA.
( $12.99 a 6-pack , go to : www.AleWerks.com for more info ) : ale brewed with
roasted pumpkin and spices. We have worked a lot with ALEWERKS Brewing Company
but this may be the first time we have any of the Pumpkin Ale? Come get some now
: GO LOCAL, Go Green, support what's close to home.


1)  JOHN HENRY 135 Colonial Cream & Brown Ale ( $12.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz. (
750ml bottle ), 9.3% Alcohol by volume, from COLD SPRING Brewing Co., Cold
Spring, MN, USA ) : " Brandy Spiral Oak-Aged Ale,  ... blended 50% Cream Ale and
50% Brandy Oak Spirals. A double-fermented cream ale. " Enjoy!

2) 2010 Belgian Ale CUVEE du CHATEAU from KASTEEL,
www.belgianfamilybrewers.be ( On Special for $11.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz bottle ,
11% alcohol by volume , ) : from CASTEL Brewery, Van Honserbouck, Belgium,
bottled 100527. Try some! Cheers.

3) ESTAMINET Premium Pils - A Belgian Original, since 1797 ( On Special for
$10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5.2% alcohol by volume, Steenhuffel,
Belgium, go to : www.palmbreweries.com for more info ) : new and exciting for us
here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits in our Happenin' neighborhood!


1) Heyser Farms' SPENCERVILLE RED Hard Apple ( $18.99 a 750ml bottle, 8%
alcohol by volume, may contain sediment, go to : www.spencervillered.com for
more info , from the GREAT SHOALS Winery in Princesse Anne, Maryland,
www.greatshoals.com ) : " Crisp & Refreshing Apple Wine. Made by hand in small
batches, Spencerville Red Hard Apple is blended from freshly pressed premium
apples grown and produced by Heyser Farms of Colesville, Maryland - a family
farm in continuous operation since the 1700's. This potent drink evokes the hard
ciders fermented in the days of colonial times. ...
Spencerville Red Hard Apple is uniquely dry and naturally sparkling with a
refreshing taste of ripe, crisp fruit. Enjoy with lunchtime sandwiches, light
fare suppers, or simply by itself. Serve chilled. "

2) G Great Shoals Apple Sparkling Wine Traditional Method ( $31.99, vinted
and bottled by GREAT SHOALS WINERY, Princesse Anne, Maryland,
www.greatshoals.com, 750ml bottle, 12.5% alcohol by volume ) : " This off-dry
wine is inspired by food lovers for food lovers - enjoy with seafood and light
fare. Unfiltered. Serve chilled. "


1)  America's Best Joker Hard Cider ( On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack, 6.9%
alcohol by volume, produced by the CALIFORNIA CIDER COMPANY, Sonoma County, CA.
www.acecider.com ) : " Our Master Cider Maker decided he would experiment and
make a strong dry cider. The result is Ace Joker which is European in style and
has distinct Champagne characteristics. ".

RAVI, What Have You In  LIQUEUR / LIQUOR ?


1) Orchard PEAR Fruit Liqueur from ROTHMAN & WINTER ( $31.99 a 750ml
bottle, 24% alcohol by volume, go to : www.a;penz.com for more info, product of
Austria ) : " ... combines juice from the second harvest of Williams Pears with
an eau-de-vie produced from the same fruit. Distillerie Purkhart carefully
selects its fruit each season from family orchards in the Danube Valley and
surrounding regions. " Special!


1) GLEN GARIOCH Highland 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky ( On Special
for $65.99 a bottle, www.auchentoshan.com, Oldmeldrum Aberdeenshire, Scotland )
: " Hand crafted since 1797, non-chill-filtered ... gains its distinctive
Highland character from a classic marriage of Bourbon & Sherry casks . Fresh
heather, poached pears and a hint of oak. " I like the sound of all of that,
especially the poached pears! Love it. Cheers.

2) J. P. WISPER'S " Spiced Whisky " Vanilla No. 5 Canadian Whisky ( On
Special for $22.99, 43% alcohol  by volume , with natural flavor and caramel
color : ALSO available is the " De Luxe " Imported Blended Canadian Whisky, On
Special for $20.99, 40% alcohol by volume, : since 1857, go to : www.wisers.ca
for more info ) : new and exciting for us! From Canada's Best-Selling Whisky!
Try both.

3) 100% Agave Olmeca ALTOS Plata Tequila, Hecho en Mexico (  On Special for
$29.99, 750ml bottle, # 15207, 40% alcohol by volume, stone-crushed, go to :
www.olmecaaltos.com, on twitter at : #altos ) : " Herbal notes of 100% blue
agave, the rich, sweet, fruity taste of the pinas with a hint of citrus ...
Olmeca Altos is produced using the 500-year-old Tahona method, a volcanic
millstone used to crush the cooked pinas to draw out the sweet, rich juice from
the agave. "

4) Single Malt Irish Whiskey Since 1762 of The TYRCONNELL 10 Year-Old &
Finished In Port Casks ( $81.99, from Riverstown, County Louth, Ireland ,  go to
: www.tyrconnellwhiskey.com for more info ) : " A truly original single malt .
TYRCONNELL'S unique soft and elegant flavour has been crafted and refined for
over three centuries. The PORT CASK : 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 cooper colouring. The extra aging and port cask
finish produce a silky sweet taste of rich fruits, honey and spice with a
beautiful lingering oak finish. "

5) Premium Gin from DELAWARE Distilling Company Distilled Eight ( 8 ) Times
for an ultra smooth finish ( $30.99, 40% alcohol by volume ,On Facebook an
Twitter : @Dedestill, www.delewaredistillingcompany.com, also go and dine with
us at : Restaurant & Bar in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware ) : made from 100% made
from grain ) : " with blood orange and a secret botanical blend. "



1)  JEAN SABLENAY Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2012 Loire Valley, France (
$10.99 a bottle, 12% alcohol by volume, from around the town of Tour ) : this
bottle is dry, bright, fruit-forward and so refreshing, a real treat!

2)  MATUA 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand ( $11.99 a
bottle, 13% alcohol by volume ) : refreshing and bright, and reminded Michel and
me of the French Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs. Like the above J. SABLENAY this
offer a freshness and a brightness, a little softer than the above Touraine.

3) RAPIDO Dry Italian Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie, 2012, ( $9.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume, ) : it's lovely like the 2 Sauvignon Blancs above : great to
sip, sit back and relax and feel good about the rest of the day that you still
have to enjoy. Cheers. Franceen came and poured some wines here this weekend,
this may have been one of them?

4) HILLCREST Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Durbanville, South Africa ( $19.99 ,
13.5% alcohol by volume ) was just tasted here this past Saturday by John and
Theresa Morrison. It's bright, fresh, lively, with a clarity and a focus that's
pure delight - liquid sunshine filtered through Sauvignon Blanc, what else could
anyone want? Cheers.

5) Moschofilero 2011 from ANTONOPOULOS ( $15.99 a bottle, 13% alcohol by
volume, wine of Patras, Greece ) : a lovely dry white , protected geographical
region " Arkadia ". We had Sotiris Bafitis here this past weekend pouring the
wine for everyone to enjoy. Distinct, aromatic, a touch of floral, very
appealing, quite special taste!

6) CM CASTELLUCCIMIANO 2012 Catarrato indigenous dry white Sicilian grape
variety ( $17.99, 13% alcohol by volume, ) is grown high up, way above sea
level. The owner was here with David Enright and his wines blew Michel and me
away and we have some of most of them. This is a medium-bodied, elegant dry
white that has subtle tones of mineral and citrus and a velvet-bright taste that
lilts and rocks your palate, like being pushed ever so smoothly while in a swing
... nice. This wine is special, really. Enjoy with or without a meal.

7)  Pinot Blanc from BARTH RENE , Vignoble de Bennwihr, Alscae, France,
2009 ( $16.99, 12% alcohol by volume ) : with the bottle age this wine has
blossomed fully into a delightful, fruit-forward, bright and
fresh-round-no-edges- taste that is a pleasure to sip with or without a meal.
What a treat! I liked it immediately when I tasted it again about a week and a
half ago! Cheers.

8) Adoli Ghis 2011 dry white Greek wine from ANTONOPOULOS ( $21.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume , from Patras ) : amazingly distinct, fresh, clean, crisp,
mineral-laden flavors and tastes that make an immediate impression that
strengthens quickly and reveals even more character and personality that you
want to continue enjoying with a meal. This is seriously impressive wine for you
all to enjoy now. Close your eyes, it's got the body and the flavor of a good
red. Cheers.


1) Anne De Joyeuse MALBEC 2012 " Original " depuis 1868 from Limoux, France
( $14.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume, Certified Protect Planet by Bureau Veritas
International BVQD ) " this is where Malbec first was planted, even before
Cahors in the Lot region to the north and just south of Bordeaux! Wow! It's so
bright and red-fruit toasty-berry flavors that that are easier to enjoy and
certainly less harsh and tannic : and great value, too! Oscar may have just
tasted this here over the weekend?

2) 2008/ 2011 Chianti Colli Senesi from Italy's Tuscan region and from
TENUTA VALDIPIATTA ( $17.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume , in Montepulciano, Tuscany
where they filmed some of the TWILIGHT movie- Movie Two I believe ? ) : the last
few bottles of the 2008 are fully-developed and flavorful, more extraction. The
2011 is softer and lighter and brighter red toasty berry flavors. Both are
I prefer the 2008. My son will be there this coming weekend seeing and tasting
with owners, father and daughter : Guido and Miriam! What fun. We have all their
wines here for you all! Come check them all out and enjoy these Colli Senesi
Chianti wines in this cooler weather now.

3) 2011 McLaren Vale Shiraz from Thomas GOSS, this Aussie red ( $19.99,
14.5% alcohol by volume, go to : www.thomasgoss.com.au for more info ) has got
some real weight, good mouth-feel and grip, and a splash of extra alcohol to
warm you even if you enjoy a glass outside in these cooler nights! New and
exciting for us here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits.

4) 2006 Private Collection Dry Red Patras Greek red from ANTONOPOULOS (
$21.99, 14% alcohol by volume ) : Sotiris Bafitis was here again this past
weekend to taste these fabulous Greek wines with you all. This wine makes a real
statement : the best of both the modern and the classic worlds. It's a good
medium-bodied dry red to enjoy with a meal. Have a glass all on it's own and
then settle into the meal and the benefits of combining both together. Cheers.

5) Notarpanaro dry 2006 Salento Rosso Red from TAURINO ( $24.99, 14,5%
alcohol by volume , 100% Negroamaro indigenous grapes ) : Sotiris Bafitis also
tasted this here this past weekend while I was on my stay-at-home-vacation. This
is a classic, old-world style of barnyard, kitchen sink, herbs and spices and
olive, tar, leather and tobacco flavors that cry for food to flesh out these
more lean and muscular and less-polished yet highly personable and wonderful
flavors and tastes. Medium-bodied : a real class-act: everyone should experience
this wine more than once in their lifetimes!

6) CAPE ELEMENTS 2009 dry red South African Blend of Shiraz, Cinsault and
Grenache from Nico Van Der Merwe ( $18.99, 14% alcohol, Stellenbosch, South
Africa, www.wilhelmshof@xsinet.co.za ) is a medium-bodied Rhone style red with
some real polish, brightness and elegance. We tasted the 2009 on Saturday with
John and Theresa Morrison and it was a huge hit. Here we have the previous
vintage as well for less money and more bottle age. Perhaps buy a bottle of each
and compare and enjoy? Cheers.

ALSO : From an old email I copied this here as it's an important story
to keep telling : Go Virginia!

VA. WINERIES Recommended By Steven Spurrier : Steven Spurrier had his Caves
De La Madeleine and his Academie Du Vin in Paris, France off the Place De La
Concorde in the early 1970's and in 1976 he conducted a blind wine-tasting with
both French and American judges of both California and French wines and the
French picked the American wines as better!

What a scandal ensued! He was just invited back by Virginia's Governor to
do a similar wine-tasting with both Virginia and other well-known/high quality
wines. The Virginia wines fared really well. Steven had some favorite wineries
and wines.

Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post wrote up the results this past
Wednesday. Here are some of the wines we have and recommend from Steven's
favorite wineries :


1)  " Topiary "  2008 ( $28.99, 13% alcohol by volume,
www.boxwoodwinery.com ) is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes
from the ENTAV clones grown and processed in the traditional Bordeaux style :

low yields are harvested and sorted by hand ...

Made like the Right-Bank wines of Bordeaux. This 2008 should really be
beginning to open and reveal some of it's many charms. No need to rush. Buy it
in the half bottles that we still have some for $17.99 Boxwood and enjoy those
while you wait patiently for these full bottles to develop and mature.
They will reward the patient. Steven Spurrier tried the 2010 vintage and
wrote about those.

2) " Boxwood " 2009 ( $29.99, 13.5% alcohol by volume,
www.boxwoodwinery.com ) is made like a classic Left Bank French Bordeaux wine
with a blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the
ENTAV clones ...
It's heartier, bolder, thicker and usually more tannic and in need of a
meal than the " Topiary ".
We have enjoyed them since the 2007 vintage and with family member Rachel
Martin's earlier visits here. She even helped me conduct one of my Saturday wine
classes. That was quite the fun and educational experience. The 2009 are
brighter and more fruit-forward than the 2008 vintage wines.
But they are made to age slowly and gracefully and again the patient of you
are all well-rewarded.
Read above again about what I wrote of the two wines enjoyed this weekend
from the 1983 vintage to get some distance and perspective.
No need to rush. Buy some and put them away for later.
We have a few bottles left for you all and will move on to newer vintages
as soon as Rachel or Andrew taste us on them.
When I visited the BOXWOOD Winery recently and saw my old friend Lucie
Morton there, as well as owner Rachel Martin I was very impressed with both the
2011 and the 2012 vintages, the 2011 being quite difficult, and the 2012 being a
gift of Nature! What a treat.

WEDNESDAY Weekly 3-Part Still/Non-Sparkling Wine Sale : Includes Sake,
Port, Sherry, Marsala and Madeira : Mix them all up and SAVE BIG :

1) BUY ANY BOTTLE of Still Wine over $20 and SAVE 20% Off the marked
sticker price.

2) BUT 6 or More Still Wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker price.

3) BUY 12 or More Still Wines and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices.

You may assort/include the port, sherry, sake, madeira and marsala bottles
( any size ), and also the box wines, too.

SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Park Wines each Wednesday on Still Wine
Purchases. Call and ask for Michel or Tony to help you. We also deliver here in
the neighborhood. Call : 202-363-4265. SAVE BIG!

NOTE : There's been a horrible accident here at the Cleveland Park metro
center on the Red Line. Only heard briefly about it but am sorry to say that it
sounds quite sad and tragic. Check before you get or try to get on the Red Line
today to come home.


Friday, October 25th, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Jim Reeves here to taste
some of jis amazing French Burgundy Rhones ( GUYOT - dry reds, one dry rose ),
as well as the MATILDE Chablis and Saint-Brie Sauvignon Blanc dry whites - and
more! Always a great surprise and great value, too when Jim tastes with us all!

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Fernando from Argentina
here that works with Tradewinds Specialty Imports here to try some of the finest
Argentina and Spanish wines : perhaps some sherry, too as it sure is getting
colder, some of the fine sherries from the house of ALEXANDRO, I LOVE the Pedro
Ximenez, for example, $32.99. Perfect for Halloween! Decadently thick brown
colors that OOZE and leave the greatest legs on the side of any wine glass
imaginable! What a treat : a little bit goes a long , long way to making this
cold weather seems less cold and intimidating!

JOIN US : NEVER any charge, all our tastings are free. Come and relax and
learn and enjoy, meet others, share stories and have a great moment together
with us. Memorable. And never stuffy ...


We want to thank some of you that came to see us recently with some excellent
products that we are considering buying and selling here :

You always have something fun and exciting and worth sharing with you all.
Michel and I have been tasting some great wines thanks to them and the many
others. Cheers.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN many things but it's time to post this so that you
all may stop by on this beautiful day after work and see us. We have lots to
share with you, really we do. We also want to thanks you for all your support.
Check us out
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on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, and also at : wineenabler.

WE DELIVER No-Charge here locally in Washington D.C. with an order of $30
or more. Call us at : 202-363-4265 and we will come and see you. Cheers!

Thanks again for everything, you all are the best! Great to have all you
government workers back on the job!  TONY

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