Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Come Meet Julie Johnson Of Her TRES SABORES Napa Valley Winery & Taste, ALSO : Taste Robert Kacher French Rhone Wines With Bill Glacken Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 2014 : Pascal and Laure Doquet of PASCAL DOQUET French Champagnes Here : TONIGHT - Italian Dinner With Owner Silvia Casali Of Her Own CASALI Vineyard Romagna, Italian Wines @ The Ristorante Piccolo Dinner In Georgetown : Join Us! Cheers!

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SO MANY WINES STILL AMAZE ME, ... I'm STILL AMAZED. that's a gift, a real
treat for me.


WINES / BEERS / LIQUORS :  They can all still thrill and amaze,  and that's
essential. On this past Sunday evening at dinner with my wife and good
friends Jim and Andrew ...

I WAS BOTH  surprised and thoroughly pleased and entertained trying the
BYRD Vineyard's 2003 , Catoctin , Maryland Cabernet Sauvignon, alcohol
13.5% alcohol by volume with a slightly low-fill that came from my cellar
and that is 31 year's old and still tasting fresh and bright and
fruit-forward, and almost like it had been bottled yesterday. It was
lovely, balanced, fresh and not tired one bit, and it had a low-fill!

A LOW FILL is when the level of the bottle dips below the shoulder of the
bottle and thus there is more air in the bottle than is desired. It is
something that you never know, and can go either way. In this case it went
positively and everyone was thrilled, especially Andrew and me, that was
pure you on our part, especially when you consider that the wine was so

NEWS UPDATE : Giulia a family member of PRAVIS Italian wines was just here.
Her sister, winemaker along with their father came here in 2009 I believe.
The wines have always sold really well here, and we will have both the rich
and flavorful, round and viscous-tasting Chardonnay and the Pinot Grigio
the first week of November. I believe I liked the Chardonnay even more as
it was even fuller and richer on the palate than the Pinot Grigio. Both
will sell for $15.99 a bottle, and it will be great to have them back!

DANIELLE was just here also with MARIA MITSIKOUDI representing their fine
wines, many of which I liked, and many that will grace our shelves in
November for the first time. It will be great to add them as we love
selling Greek wines here from indigenous grapes on up to international
grape varieties, too  :

1) TSELEPOS 13 Mantinia Dry white, really good mouth-feel, real gravitas,
some flavor and weight and body, I liked it immediately

2) HATSIDAKIS 13 Aidani Organic dry white, LOVED it, really loved the
intensity, the grip, the thrust, the ' fill and overflow ' of the wine on
the palate, rich, thick, dense, tasty and a great food wine, one of my
all-time favorites of today's tasting ..

3) GAVALA 13 Natural Ferment from Santorini, a dry white, it was more
mineral, more rustic, more hearty and robust and less-polished, but
delicious, especially with food! ...

: ALL these whites are  riddled with extra character and taste, all
distinct, a touch rustic, mineral and bold and less-polished : I loved them
all, ...

AND SOME REDS  with  :

4) the Red Z ZITSA ,  from Epirus using the Metsovo grape, lighter,
brighter, more airy- toasty berry-cherry and spice, prettier, more
drinkable, medium-to-light-bodied, nice with food,   and ...

5) the FOUNDI 2008 Naoussa red , dry, spicy, using the Xinomavro grape in
Naoussa, a brighter version, clearer, more bright and see-through clarity
in the color here, easier to sip on it's own than the Z above ...   and ...

6) the KAMOUTIS 11 Red Veledos , a dry red blend of 35% Xinomavro, 35%
Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot - authentic, balanced, medium-bodied, a
good food wine,  more body, needing food more, denser color, too, more
pepper and spice and earth here ...and the

4) VOURVOUKELI 12 Limnio dry red made from 100% Limnio grapes, from PGI
Avdira, Thrace : leaner, lighter, more mineral and herb and higher acids
and more toasty-roasted berry - cherry - raisin flavors, I liked it, liked
it a whole lot : fun, something ' new and exciting! "

Stay-tuned for more on these as both Danielle and Maria will be here to
taste them out in November on Friday the 21st, 2014. What a special treat
that will be.

BUT HEY GUYS, let's also talk ALE, BEER & CIDER :

1) " Weez " Ale from the MAINE BEER COMPANY, On Special from Freeport,
Maine, On Special $7.99, 1 Pt. 9 Fl. Oz : I personally like what they do, I
like that they support the community while making really good beer like
their 1% For The Planet, and their notice : please recycle. Try it , see
what you think.

2) " Oude Tart " unfiltered , bottle-conditioned Flemish-Style Red Ale
, Aged in Oak Barrels, from THE BRUERY, On Special for $20.99 a 1 Pt, 9
.4Fl. Oz bottle, 8% alcohol by volume...

3) " Hay Fever " Parallel 49 Spring Saison Wheat Beer, $11.99 a 4-pack
of 12-ounce bottles, 6% alcohol by volume, product of Canada, for, they say
: " Ladies And Gentlemen ". I agree, let's get everyone on-board here, some
fine wheat beer to warm us temperatures drop, even though it's sunny and
beautiful outside now on this Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 2014.


Owner Pascal Doquet is being picked up now at the airport by Ronnie Miller
and he's bringing him by to say : " Bonjour! " before his Grand-Cru ,
Premier Cru, Vieilles Vignes,  Recoltant-Manipulant French champagne
tasting with Bobby Kacher the importer. I was invited but cannot go because
of conflicts, malheureusement! Oh well, we have the 1999 vintage at$ 82.99,
the 2000 Vintage brut at $82.99,, the 2002 Vintage brut at $108.99 a
bottle, and the Brut NV at $49.99.

LIQUOR & LIQUEUR From Jagir and Malkit :

1) Hazelnut Liqueur ,  " a luscious Italian liqueur from the best
Piemonte hazelnuts ", $22.99 a 750ml bottle, 20% alcohol by volume, from
FRATELLO : fun and exciting and something ' new ' to try for us all : GREAT
BOTTLE label. shape and presentation.

2) 44 Degrees NORTH Magic Valley Vodka, " Distilled Not Diluted ", a
Brundage Winter Wheat that's 100% Natural, from Rigby, Idaho, North
America, 100% Idaho ... great bottle, packaging and pure, clean taste, too,
40% alcohol by volume,$33.99 a 750ml bottle...

3) Premiere Canne  " Natural Free-Run Sugar Cane Juice " Rhum Agricole
from CLEMENT in Martinique, On Special for $32.99 a 750ml bottl,em
Estate-Bottled, 40% alcohol by volume, : we've tasted it, very impressive,
very smooth, a lovely elegance , finesse, where less is more. Take your
time, roll it slowly over your lips... close your eyes, nice.

4) Gin from Wisconsin's Washington Island from DEATH'S DOOR : "
Something Special from Wisconsin, $31.99, 47% alcohol by volume, ...
tasty, flavorful, nothing innocuous here. The owner himself showed up from
Middleton, WI, showed up here one afternoon and just started to pour and
share his gin with our grateful customers! 1% for the Great Lakes ...
generous to give back.

5) Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky from BOWMORE, Est. 1779 " Rich,
RAISINS and gentle SMOKE lead the way to a delicious CHOCOLATY center ."
Aged 15 Years, this DARKEST Sherry Cask Finished from Scotland, $81.99 a
bottle, 43% alcohol by volume, is a great addition to have for you all :
rich and flavorful, distinct and with even a smoother and longer finish!

WINES From Chris and Tony :

1) " Le Clos " Millesime 2013 Vin de Pays de Hauterive, from the
DOMAINE SAINT-EUGENIE in Corbieres, France, a red Languedoc wine that's a
blend of 45% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carignan and 20% Grenache
is showing beautifully now , as of this past Saturday when Chris and I
opened and shared a bottle with our customers. So smooth, so fluid and
silky and a lovely rounded fruit-forward quality that is worth every bit
the $10 that we charge for it! I was impressed all over again this past
Saturday. Come get some for sipping before your meal or to enjoy with your
meal as well. Delicious. One of my favorites for sipping this year.

2) " Les Cimels " Dry French Costieres De Nimes Red Blend from the
CHATEAU D'OR Et De GUEULES, $16.99 a bottle, this 2011 with 13.5% alcohol
by volume is earthier, pithier, more spice, more pepper and more racy,
higher lows and deeper, more soaring highs, too! It's a really fine food
wine that will ' flesh out ' nicely with the fruit. Try some tonight with
Bill Glacken you can taste it here later tonight from 4:30-7:30PM. No
charge, bring family and friends. You will be pleased, really. Try it
later, too today with Bill Glacken here from 4:30-7:30PM.

3) 2008 Cotes Du Ventoux from the DOMAINE De FONDRECHE, $17.99, 14%
alcohol by volume, is more velvety and brighter, less edgy than the Les
Cimels. I like both, this Fayard I can sip a little more easily by itself,
it's pretty special along with the really fine dry rose that they make and
that we carry when it is available. Bill will have this open here tonight
as well!

Pascal and Laure Doquet are here now. I will ask them to write something in
French now : "Ravi de parcourir les rues de Washington. De bequx souvenirs
pour repartir sur mes terres ou je cultive mes racines pour vous faire
partager le sel de mes terroirs. Au plaisir, Pascal.

Des moments exceptionnels, de belles rencontres conviviales a l' image du
vin partage. bubblelement votre. Laure Doquet.

Merci Pascal et Laure, ca m'a bien plu de faire votre connaisance
maintenant! Et de gouter le rose NV and the NV Brut regular, too ... it's
their first time ever here in Washington D.C., and they are off to meet
Bobby now ...

COME SAVE TODAY on Sparkling wine, come save tomorrow on still/
non-sparkling wines! Every week, it is the same : SAVE on Tuesday and on
Wednesdays here!


TONIGHT : Tuesday, Oct. 21st, from 4:30-7:30PM :

1) With Bill Glacken taste three fine Cotes Du Rhone and southern Rhone
wines from Robert Kacher selections mentioned above ,  and

2 ) With owner Julie Johnson of her own TRES SABORES and taste Julies' 2013
Sauvignon Blanc, $26.99 and her 2011 Zinfandel , Rutherford Napa Valley,
$38.99... wow, Julie was owner of the FROG'S LEAP Napa Winery with her
husband John, and now her son also makes wines ; they all three do, Rory's
wines are the CALDEY Wine Project from Napa Valley, all making wine in Napa
Valley ... what fun ... all in the family ... like it, like it a lot.

FRIDAY, Oct. 24th, 2014, from 5-8PM : We have two tastings :

1) Oscar Losama of Voila Imports to try France's Original Dry Red and
Dry White and more ...

2) We will taste the CLEMENT Rum and Orange Liqueur and introduce the
Japanese Sake called, HIRO , the Junmai, $17.99,  15% alcohol by volume in
a 300ml bottle ...

SATURDAY< October 25th, 2014 ( 2 to 6PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy with
Silvia Casali of TONIGHT'S DINNER at the Ristorante Piccolo in Georgetown,
of the 3 Sangiovese Romagna wines from Romagna, ...  and the owner of PERLA
DEL GARDA that makes both outstanding sparkling ( we have sold three, all
in magnums that Robert has tasted with you here already! ) as well as
non-sparkling dry red, white and rose wines! This will be quite the Italian
spectacle and treat here for you all!
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THANKS FOR EVERYTHING : have any questions or comments : Please call :
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THANKS AGAIN, come see us tonight, join us for dinner at Ristorante Piccolo
in Georgetown, and come buy and taste all week long with us - a Happenin'
Place this ...   TONY

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