Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Thanksgiving Time Again Time o Reflect, Gather Together And Celebrate!

IT'S TIME once gain for us all to reflect, to gather together and to celebrate. I read an article in the Washington Post a few days ago that spoke about Thanksgiving being a holiday that traditionally has been to gather and to honor and appreciate our elders, the oldest in our families that have inspired us, provided, done , sacrificed always for us. As we get older we become I believe even more aware of that. I have thought so much these days of my mother and what she has done for my brothers and me over the years, the same, but in different ways as our father did for us. I miss my father and I love them both and appreciate what they have provided me with to best cope, to better flourish, to continue to advance, to add something, to give back more than I have received, to be humble and be honest and to not just do the very obvious that takes care of only myself. Life is a compromise and it is a difficult one and the thanks we often get is just in knowing that what we are doing and have done so far is and was the right and the best thing to do.

MY GRANDPARENTS are gone and no longer with me. I miss them, too as they also have given me many inspirations to keep me well and productive, keen and observant, playful and warm and alive and wanting to dive into the chaos that is life happening and changing, morphing and winding and soaring high, drilling deep low , and exploding like so many fireworks. so many sparklers lit by us or by others, sometimes right under our derrieres to get the desired rewards, to hit certain goals!

I AM glad that I read that article. It helps to put it back into perspective for me as I rush forward to provide whatever I can for my family, for my Virginia community and my D.C. neighborhood. I am fully invested in all, and I love being a part of so many things greater than I. I cede my place to others, I share the limelight, I redirect the spotlight, I try and never lose track, too when selling wine and other spirits of the grains and hops, and grapes from which they are coaxed, nourished, weened , worked into, sculpted like a fine liquid piece of shining art.

GIVE THANKS to those around me, to that which inspires, that which challenges and teases and pleases and puzzles me, too. My ' big beef '  remember the ads that had the older lady exclaiming : " Where's the beef ?!? "  is that I want to with everyone at Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits ' give and get ' you THE BEEF!  We need the beef, the grape, the grain, the apple, the apricot, the cassis, the raspberry, the corn, the cherry pits, ... whatever it is that makes the liquid spirits that we treasure and that so do add to our lives.

ON THIS THANKSGIVING as well as all those still to come that is what we aim to share and to offer you all. he core, the source, the spirit and soul of whatever it is that you desire. We are selling some of all of it, whatever we can buy and resell to you all whether it be an ale, a beer, a cider, and bottled water, a liqueur or a liquor or a wine. And we want to be as honest and as upfront about it, explain whatever we can, and offer as much information as we possibly can to make the moments of these holidays all the more special for you and your families.

THAT'S THE IDEA, THAT'S OUR DREAM, THAT'S OUR GOAL ; simple as that. That is what we can do for you and to do that best we ask you to trust and believe in us and what we are advising : which is some of what you are asking and some of which we are sharing and suggesting. Scary and fun, exciting and an adventure of sorts, too.

WE WERE INFORMED recently that certain wines would be advertised in the Washington Post newspaper ( now as well online ), and the online always gets published earlier than the actual Washington Post newspaper that gets delivered on the day itself that I love to hold and to read as I find time. It's a great pleasure to me.

I WAS SO THRILLED to be able to tell our new customers recently, Kevin and Mary that both work for the Washington Post this as I wheeled out their wine to the car in back. It was smiling, I was beaming as I said this to them. Then the next morning I was reading Kevin's article and that made me feel really good, too as he had just returned from reporting and gathering information on it to write it. I like that, I like it a whole lot.

THEY HAVE A PARTY, I believe it's tonight and I was recommended to them and so Mary came asking me if I was Tom I believe she said? " No. " I responded, " I'm Tony. " That's it. " she said apologizing with a broad smile covering her face as she did. We talked about the time frame, the number of people, and how much they would need for their party. She asked about some Scotch and we also spoke of vodka I believe, We selected those and then we started on the beer and the wine. I had lots of suggestions for her as it was a large party and the tab was on her and not to be shared by everyone. I made many suggestions and she simply said finally : " I'm going to let my husband make those decisions, bring him back here, we can do it together later. " I said that would be fine and so much later that same day, I had since sold many cases and bottles and six-packs, 4-packs, so many single bottles that I was exhausted and happy and so, once again the three now of us were off on this mission to provide for their evening party tonight!

IT WAS FUN, AN EXPERIENCE that started with the single question : " Should we limit it to just a couple of wine choices? " I said : " Are you kidding me?!? If you ask me we should provide lots of variety, make it fun and interesting and a real adventure to anyone wanting or willing to embark on one. You have ten or more foods for people to choose from and you want to limit the sprits, wine and beer to just two or three? Are you serious?!? " Of course I did not say it quite that way, but that is what I was thinking. They took my advice. Together we selected many wines for them to enjoy and some beer, too and I am expecting now the very best/ I feel confident, but we will all have to wait and see what happens tonight.

THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER YOU for your Thanksgiving, lots and lots of choices, some obvious, some trendy and popular and obvious today and many more that are not , that are traditional, that are also fitting, and many that will surprise you and your family and friends that will soon enjoy them this Thursday as well as over the next five weeks during the holidays season that brings 2014 to a close and ushers in 2015!

AS I SAID, we were made aware of some of the wines that will be suggested for this Thanksgiving, as well as some bubbly , champagne and sparkling wines, as well as other still wines for the holidays. We have already been selling a whole lot of one of them and are delighted to hear that the Washington Post will be recommending it.

IN THE WASHINGTON POST on this Wednesday the CHATEAU GRAND TRAVERSE Gamay, $19.99  from Michigan will be suggested. We love it, we have already tasted it with many of our customers and already sold many bottles. It is so smooth, so silky, no edges, just pure and fresh and bright, a lighter-bodied dry red that tastes like a Pinot Noir and that is FABulous and from Michigan, too. Who would have ever thunk?!? Not many, but those from Michigan are proud and happy that we are selling and recommending their wine!

I WILL BE RECOMMENDING some American wine to start so at least you know we have some to enjoy, staring with the On Special CHATEAU BIANCA Willamette Valley Oregon 2009 dry Riesling at $9.99 that is now drinking like a dream. it's wonderful, has everything to offer and we are thrilled to have it! Get some while supplies last.

ALWAYS SAVE WEEKLY HERE @ Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits :

SAVE for Thanksgiving, I have ordered more to make things swift and easy and thoroughly enjoyable. 

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.

SPOKE to Joe, to Theresa, to Sotiris,  to Steven, to Andrew, to Chris, to be sure that all is well-stocked so that we do not run out of the fun and ' the essentials ' to make your Thanksgiving truly special , warm and fuzzy, especially if there will be a coat of white snow on our turkey+ day ... you never know, have to plan, to anticipate. We can help guide you. I have to take the ' worry ' away from you and shoulder it at the store, and we are happy to do that for you all.


TUESDAY, I will have some wine open tomorrow, TUESDAY , like the CHATEAU BIANCA DRY 2009 Riesling from Oregon's Willamette Valley On Special for you all to taste. I hope also to have the CHATEAU GRAND TRAVERSE GAMAY from Michigan for you all to taste as well, and maybe more.

WEDNESDAY ,  We have Tim the owner, winemaker of CARDINAL POINT Vineyards in Monticello, VA. from 3-6PM to taste. That will be nice as he was unable to attend this past Saturday. SO : we will be able to give his three or more wines the real attention that they deserve from the dry white ' Quatro ', and the dry red ' Quatro ' to the mostly dry red 93% Cabernet France, too . This will be quite special. Come meet him. he has never been to our store to taste yet. This will be a first for us and he will be able to sign a bottle or more for you as gifts for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Having tasted all three this past Saturday I can attest to them all being really friendly Thanksgiving wines that almost everyone may enjoy. Tim also only makes wines from Virginia-grown grapes. He does not buy and mix grapes from out-of-state, and we love him for that! Bravo Tim and Sarah!

THURSDAY, THANKSGIVING  Day you may come and pick up last-minute needs and so we may help you that way. You can always ask Malkit if he does not have some special spirit to taste you all on. We have a stash that we save for special occasions. SO : ask Malkit what he has to taste you on? You never know what he may have up his sleeve?!?

JAGIR came by the store a couple of days ago with his wife after being in the hospital, and though walking a bit more slowly he still had his wonderful smile and he seemed much better, and we are so thankful for that. Cheers to you Jagir!

Friday and Saturday we have tastings planned and I am at home typing this now so I will include on our Facebook page : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits what those are for you all.

BE KIND O YOUR ELDERS and be sure and serve them some wine or spirits that they may like. We have plenty of those and will be happy to recommend them to you all, from the Italian Piemontese Moscato that sparkles some and has lovely overtones of fresh apricots and peaches and pears and nectarines and is On Special for the ridiculous price of only $9.99 a bottle. It's amazing! I am surprised we have any left! It should all be sold-out by now it is so good.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS :  Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 from 5:30-8 PM we have our annual Bubbly/ Sparkling Wine/ Champagne Tasting that will include a selection of 30-40 types of everything we can lay our hands on that we find fun and exciting, original, undiscovered, rare, lost, spectacular : from all the countries to all the various unique indigenous grapes, to all the styles from the driest dry to the sweetest sweet, and in all colors, too. COME and BE AMAZED! Everyone pouring is passionate about what they do, and quite knowledgeable, too.

I JUST HEARD of TWO of the ones going to appear in next Wednesday's Washington Post newspaper ( the same day of our tasting ), and so I have asked our local rep to come pour and it is all set. I will not reveal what the two French champagnes are, but you may come taste them with us on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 from 530-8 PM  : NO CHARGE, bring family and friends, everyone is always welcome. We cannot wait to see you and to start celebrating these marvelous holidays with you early.

ALL THE BUBBLY will be ON SPECIAL on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, 2014 : SO SAVE BIG with us @ Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits!

THE STORE IS FILLED TO SPILLING OVER AND OUT  with ' great goodies ' for you all. I do not have time to mention them all to you here but be sure and call : 202-363-4265 to place orders, or come by in person to see us.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, we greatly appreciate it. You all are the very best, we love you. 

PLEASE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER  @ : cpwinespirits and also at  wineenabler, and please also LIKE us on our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Our web page is almost completely redone and will be up shortly as well.

THANKS AGAIN and happy holidays, have a great Thanksgiving and let us help you in any way that we may. Cheers, Malkit, Jagir, Santos, Sifredo, Augustine, Chris and Tony

and we introduce a ' new ' one from Oscar and Olivia called CHATEAU
GAILLARD Beaujolais Nouveau, $14.99 a bottle, the Loire sparkling wines
that they made have always been here and we love them ( they were just
written up in the Washington Post last Wednesday ) ... and so we introduce
the CHATEAU GAILLARD Beaujolais Nouveau this Thursday, come try some!

WE SILL HAVE LOTS , and they are all excellent, showing beautifully, and perfect for turkey and the holidays as they complement everything.... check out the Beajolais Nouveau from DOMAINE DROUHIN, the Beaujolais Nouveau from MANOIR DU CARRA, the Beaujolais-Villages from MANOIR DU CARRA, and the Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau from the CHATEAU GAILLARD MENTIONED ABOVE.

Happy Holidays All!

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