Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits' Tuesday Weekly Store Email Written By Anthony Quinn On Feb 26th, 2013, Enjoy : ON : Vermentino, BRUNI Tuscany, " Hooked " German Riesling, Tower 15 ' The Swell ', Terradora Dipaolo Aglianico, Dalliance Zinfandel, Duchman Family Winery McPhersons' American Sparkling Wine, Pisco Porton & More ...

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Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and spirits
PARTIES Big & Small, Weddings, Anniversaries, Celebrations, Wakes, Impromptu,
Serendipitous Happenings : we do some of all of this here as it is all part of
your lives. Let us help you with Gift Certificates for family and friends and
business associates. ALSO : make sure if you are getting married and you
like/love wine that you set up a gift registry here with us so that you don't
get five toasters and seven vases and lots of things that you neither want or

WE CAN HELP YOU with making your life easier : that is the reason that we are
here. This being the last week of February you can begin to think of March/ How
many of you face the " sequester " issue and are worried? Today's Washington
Post coverage of everyone back in session in Congress does not look promising
and that must be upsetting to many of us? Are our voices being heard loudly/ in

BUT HEY, this is supposed to be about positive things to relax and make us all
more happy and healthy?!? I will leave the politics to the politicians but it is
good to stay informed and to comment where we can and to make a difference where
we can. Right? The Washington Post did make a general statement I believe
wondering why the public response had been so little concerning all this?

WE HAVE some really nice things to make you all aware of that are especially
nice with this colder, brisker, damper weather. Here are some of the  ...

ALE, BEER & CIDER From Santos :

1) Blue Law Porter " Exponential SERIES " from EPIC BREWING ( On Special
for $8.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fluid Ounce bottle, 7% alcohol by volume,
www.epicbrewing.com ) : " Blue Law Porter celebrates Utah's State Tree, The Blue
Spruce. The spruce tips used are hand picked on and around Capitol Hill where
new blue laws, like spruce tips, emerge each year ". Only a few thousand bottles
released ( Salt Lake City, UT 801-906-0123. Check it out, this is brewed with
blackberry puree with spruce tips added.

2)  1809 Brewed in the traditional style of the Berliner Weisse ( $6.99, 5%
alcohol by volume, 1 Pt 9 Fl. Oz, product of Germany ) ; " Already in the 1600's
the Berliner Weisse Style Beer was mentioned in documents by the French
reformers " Huguenots " as they crossed Berlin on their way to Flanders. Try
some. Cheers.

3) 950 Cuvee Quadruple hopped Belgian Blond Ale frp, AFFLIGEN ABDIJ-ABBEY (
$10.99 , 1 Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz bottle, 6.8% alcohol by volume, product of Belgium )
will warm you up in these cold and damp days and nights! THE SHOW must go on ...

4) JACK'S Hard Cider w? Local Pennsylvania apples ( On Special for $9.99 a
six-pack of 12 ounce cans, 5.5% alcohol by volume, www.jackhardcider.com ) : "
We produce a hard cider from the ground up. We grow, press, and ferment apples,
then package the final product ...  ". This is also something nice for this
colder and damper period, good now before sequestration, and good after ...

5) Eight Point I.P.A. India Pale Ale from DEVILS BACKBONE Brewing Company (
On Special for $10.99 six-pack of 12-ounce bottles, 5.9% alcohol by volume,
Lexington Virginia , www.devilsbackbonebeer.com ) : we have the three flavors
and they will be tasted here this Friday from 5-8PM. Cheers.


1) PISCO PORTON from HACIENDA LA CARAVEDO ( On Special for $39.99,
regularly $44.99 a bottle, 43% alcohol by volume, established 1684, product of
Peru. www.PiscoPorton.com ) : Michele tasted this here this past Friday on
George Washington's 281'st birthday celebration and it was very well-received.
It sure is smooth, elegant and polished and bright. I had a taste all by itself.
I actually wanted to try the product all by itself to see what all the hype is
about!!! The packaging is gorgeous and will make a great gift and the PISCO
PORTON is a delight to sip as well. GREAT VALUE now, come get some before the
price goes back to $45 a bottle! Cheers.

2) THe Original KOLOA Kaua'I Dark Hawaiian Rum from Rama, Hawaii ( $41.99,
40% alcohol by volume, www.koloarum.com ) : " It all started here! Hawaii's
first Sugar Plantation was established on Kaua'I in 1835 in Kolao town.

Native Hawaiians and other plantation workers from around the world made history
pioneering Hawaii's sugar industry. Today, Kaual's " tall cane " continues to
thrive in the rich volcanic soil, nurtured by the pure waters of Mt. Wai ale ale
. the wettest spot on the earth ... ". I like that, the wettest spot on the
earth. That must be something!

How many of you have been there and can tell us about their experiences there?
Please respond to this email and share them with us. Come and try this and the
others as well as we have the whole line perhaps here now. Support Hawaii and
good rum as well.

3) All Natural BLOOD ORANGE SKYY Infusions ( On Special for $15.99 a
bottle, Lawrenceburg, KY, USA, www.skyyinfusions.com ) : " ... made with real
blood oranges, starts with premium Skyy vodka which is carefully infused with
all natural ingredients for the irresistibly crisp, fresh taste of lusciously
sweet blood orange. ... ".

4) GIN from the ROYAL DOCK / HAYMAN'S  of Deptford, Navy-strength GIN (
$27.99 a bottle, 57% alcohol by volume, www.hayman-distillers.co.uk ) : " Our
family has supplied this very same gin to both the Admiralty and the trade from
1863. Its bright and robust profile had great appeal among the highest ranks.
Based in London, we delivered to the Royal Victoria Yard ...  ".
5) Mandarin Napoleon Grande Liqueur Imperiale ( $44.99 a 750ml bottle, 38%
alcohol by volume, ; distilled, blended and bottled in Belgium Fourcroy ,
www.mandarinenapoleon.com ) : " Make the MANDARITO : one-half lime, 6 leaves of
fresh mint, 2cl Mandarine Napoleon, Sounds so flavorful and refreshing this
MANDArito ...


Last week owner K. N. Vinod of INDIQUE ( 3512-14 Connecticut Avenue,
Washington D.C. 20008, 202-244-6600 www.indique.com ) needed something for
himself and he stopped to chat and we caught up on business and things for
awhile and I introduced him to a couple of our customers here. It's always good
to stay caught-up with the other local businesses here as we all help each other
out and are benefited from the fact that we all draw customers here to Cleveland
Park our wonderful Northwest neighborhood, and thus to each other. Cheers K.N. :
love your gentle and pleasing smile, and the fine food at INDIQUE, too.

ALSO : JP Caceres the Brand Manager - Washington D.C. of PISCOPORTON was
here with Michele on George Washington's 281st birthday helping to pour and
explain the philosophy of PISCOPORTON a very fine and refined and
elegant-tasting Peruvian Pisco. It was fun to have them both here as it's
helpful to get different perspectives and points-of-view as JP ( Juan ) is from
South America, not Peru but he was asked by them to work for them he quickly
pointed this out to one of our customers! Welcome Juan to Cleveland Park Wines &

ALSO :  We welcome Renee A. McCoy-Collins, DDS, of the Capitol DENTAL
group here as a neighbor and customer. If you are looking for a new dentist you
can reach her at : RMccoycollins@capitoldental.net / rmoms@aol.com. Welcome


I sent you a special email about this this past Wednesday as this is a fun
and special opportunity that we are involved in here as we ALWAYS sell and
represent and encourage our customers to think and drink and discover " outside
the box " as  they sample wines from around the United States that are
less-known still. PLEASE READ and go see and meet and here wine-writer
extraordinaire Jancis Robinson talk about her book collaboration called AMERICAN
WINE, It's excellent. I bought my copy and love it. Jancis will hold a
discussion with Washington Post wine-writer Dave McIntyre at the Baird
auditorium on Thursday evening, March 21st, 2013 at 7PM I believe. Cost is $75 a
person for the event to meet Jancis Robinson.


High Plains Driftin', Sippin and Eatin' Wine Dinner at MAYFAIR & PINE
Restaurant, Glover Park :

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
$70 Per Person

Sommelier Andrew Stover ( Vino 50 ) and Executive Chef Emily Sprissler are
pleased to invite you to an executive wine and foof pairing event to highlight
the wines from the High Plains Texas. Discover some of the Texas Panhandle's
best boutique wineries : McPHERSON, DUCHMAN : a 6-course Texas Wine Dinner. To
purchase tickets go to :  http:
//tastedc.com/event/6-course-texas-wine-dinner-mayfair-pine    at : 2218
Wisconsin Ave. NW  Washington, D.C. 20007  ( 202- 333-2090 ).
WOW !!!! WHAT A FUN EVENING! Come check the menu here or go to our Facebook
page to see it at :  Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits.


1) McPHERSON American Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry ( $19.99 a bottle, 12%
alcohol by volume, only 630 cases made,  www.mcphersoncellars.com ) : made by
the two brothers, one living in Texas and the other in California - in Temecula,
CA. to be exact. Smooth, soft, elegant, fresh and so elegant, so easy to enjoy
with or without food!
2) DUCHMAN Family Winery 2010 Dolcetto Bingham Family Vineyads ( $19.99,
13.5% alcohol by volume, ) , made by Stan and Lisa Duchman and winemaker Dave
Reilly. WE have a few bottles left, it was written up by Dave McIntyre in the
Washington Post and has sold-out at Siema imports now.
3) " La Herencia " V. 2010 - Texas, red table wine from McPHERSON (
$18.99 , 13.9% alcohol by volume , www.mcphersoncellars.com ) : is a blend of
78% tempranillo, 12% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache and 5% Syrah.
ALL 3 are excellent and fun and worth trying at least once.


2009 / 2010 : 2 Great BORDEAUX YEARS:

1) 2009 CHATEAU De CAILLAC, Graves, dry red blend ( $21.99 a bottle, 13%
alcohol by volume , Illats, Bordeaux ) : this dry medium-to-light-bodied-red is
drinking beautifully now. All the flavors and notes have blossomed, or so they
had when I tasted them with the owner Philippe that is a regular and good friend
now. We love his visits. I commend him, too as he is one of the rare Bordeaux
owners that visits us here and we do appreciate that. Bravo! Try some - you will
like this a whole lot!

2) CHATEAU Du GAZIN 2010 frm Canon Fronsac, Bordeaux is a more spicy,
hearty, pithy, flavorful dry red that has more edge and bite. I like it though
it is young. You can drink it now with a meal but it will clearly age and
improve in the bottle with another 3-6 years or so. No need to rush : perhaps
have a bottle every other year? Cheers.


1) Syrah 2011 " Grand Vallon " of Charles Brotte ( $7.99, Vaucluse, 13%
alcohol by volume, France ) : what a great everyday deal for a flavorful dry
French Syrah at only $7.99 a bottle.

2) Rosso Toscano 2010 from VILLA d' ( $8.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume,
Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy ) :  ... an easy to drink, velvety wine ... at a
great price, too. Cheers. For you Ernie among others ...

HOT OFF THE PRESS : Our good customer Zeeshan Ahmad just brought me a copy of an
old hardback book : The Wines Of ITALY by Cyril Ray published by Octopus Press
in 1966! Thanks Zee! Any of you interested, come by and look at this neat old
book with good text and some fun photographs, too! Cheers.

3) A Zinfandel soft, velvety-plush dry California blend from Lake County,
this DALLIANCE 2010 ( $17.99, 14.5% alcohol by volume , www.dalliancewines.com )
is lush and ripe, bright red-fruit-forward and with no edge, just comfortable
pillows in which to rest your tongue and palate! Cheers. Chris Bartha tasted it
here this past Saturday with you all.

4) Aglianico indigenous dry red from southern Italy, a 2010 from
TERRADORA DIPAOLO ( $17.99, Campania, Italy, 13% alcohol by volume, from Vias
imports, www.terradora.com ) : this red medium-to-light-bodied red impressed me
for it's brightness, elegance and finesse : and for giving me space to stretch
my tongue out in it's flavors and to become thrilled and satisfied, too. Bravo :
a fine wine, a fine effort. Really nice. Our FAB rep Franceen Kahng of Vias
Imports tasted it here this past Friday with you all on George Washington's
281st birthday celebration here. Thanks/ grazie Franceen.

5) TOWER 15 " The Swell " 2-1- from Paso Robles, California ( $21.99,
14.8% alcohol by volume , www.tower15winery.com ) is a dry, hearty and
robust-balanced blend of 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Malbec, 27% Merlot and 14%
Petit Verdot. Chris Bartha tasted it here this past Saturday and it was another
big success - perhaps the best-selling of his four weekend wines here.


ALL small beer/liquor and wine stores are having trouble with the store
window displays of wines now that is recent and caused by recent developments
that we all have to look further into before saying more but it is odd that
after all these years we all are having trouble and obstacles to having wine
window displays?!? Whom is wielding their muscle and brawn to make this now an
issue? SO : come see Andrew Stover's ( on Vino 50 Wine Selections ) excellent
STRONGHOLD Arizona wine window before it goes down at the end of this week.
Andrew did a great job : it's a fun window. Cheers.


1) " Hooked " German  Riesling From Rudi Wiest Selections ( $12.99, 9.5%
alcohol by volume,  www.ridiwiest.com ) : this is a touch off-dry but this past
Saturday when Chris Bartha tasted it all with you it tasted just perfect for the
cold and the wet of the weather! Nice, I like everything except the label. I
guess that I am " hooked " on everything except the label! Cheers. Try some.

2) Gruner Veltliner 2011 from Austria's LUST & LAUNE ( $17.99, 11.5%
alcohol by volume, www.magellanwineimports.com ) : this is smooth and bright and
lighter-bodied and really nice sipping but I will like it even better as we get
into warmer weather. Nice to sip inside where it is warm and toasty, then it
becomes more refreshing. Great label, a well-balanced, well-made wine. Cheers.

3) Vermentino indigenous dry white originally from Spain but famous in
Italy, this " Plinio " from Tuscany's Maremma region, this BRUNI ( $19.99, 12.5%
alcohol by volume , www.aziendabruni.it ) is a delight to enjoy : distinct,
balanced, flavorful and so very versatile in all it's food combinations.
Franceen Kahng of Vias imports also tasted this here with you all on Friday,
George Washington's 281st birthday. What a treat that was : 5 great tasting this
past Friday!

WEDNESDAY Weekly 3-Part Still Wine Sale:

1) BUY ANY Still-Non-Sparkling Wine over $20 and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker price.
2) BUY ANY six still wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker price.
3) BUY ANY 12 or more still-non-sparkling wines and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker prices. This includes port, sherry, madeira, marsala and sake.
CALL : 202-363-4265 and place your order if you cannot come. PAY and SAVE on
Wednesdays here at Cleveland Park Wines.


1) Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 ( ALL DAY ) : SAVE on our three-part
still-non-sparkling WINE SALE!

2) Friday, March 1st, 2013 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Oscar Losama, part-owner
of VOILA Imports here to pour a selection of his fine French and Oregon wines
here with you all. Something for everyone, call for more info : 202-363-4265.
Cheers, JOIN US, never any charge.

3) Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Damien our local French
rep from Opici here to taste some excellent French wines :  1) Cotes Du Rhone "
Valvigneyre " 2011 dry white Rhone from Alain Paret, $15.99 , 13% alcohol by
volume, www.maison-alain-paret.fr,   2) 2011 Bourgogne Chardonnay from Chartron
et Trebuchet, $17.99, 13% alcohol by volume that had nutmeg was it in the
taste?  ,  3) French Syrah 2010 ( great vintage , $17.99, 13% alcohol by volume,
from Louis Cheze, this Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes is made outside of Cote
Rotie is it, or Cornas ( ? ) , and offer a great peppery, spicy, earthy Syrah at
a very reasonable price! Go to : www.domainecheze.com for more info on this
northern Rhone wine.  4)  " La Cigalette " Domaine de Dionysos, 2010 Cairanne
Cotes Du Rhone Villages southern Rhone, Grenache-based ( $20.99, 14.5% alcohol
by volume, is a great steal as well : 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and
5% Carignan. Lovely, Uchaux, France!!!!

I AM SURE I FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS but it is time to send this email now! Thanks
again for everything, come and see us TODAY and EVERY DAY! Cheers,   TONY

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