Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras February 17th, 2015 , Anthony Quinn's Store Email On EL BUHO Mezcal, ARIZONA STRONGHOLD Wines, Half Bottles Of FONTODI 2010 Chianti Classico, ' Clos Marion " 2009 Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair Fixin Red Burgundy, Dry 2009 Red Rioja Crianza From PUERTA VIEJA, 2013 Vin Gris Carneros Valley Pinot Noir Rose From SEAN MINOR, & ' Deliria ' A Blond Belgian Ale From DELIRIUM, And Much More ... Read And Enjoy!

Cleveland Park Wine Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and
High Plains Driftin' Of White Snow Peaks All Round Us, ,  Some Sippin and
Eatin' A Going To Be Going On Today On This Fat Tuesday Of Ours Covered In
A Blanket Of Snow And The Sun's Wondrous Glare, too As It Reflects Off Of

No, No Wine Dinner planned this week but I am sure I can be convinced to
open a bottle of something nice and share it with you all today as so many
of you are off from work!

It Would Be My Pleasure to share some wine with you today. I will just have
to see what I have up my sleeve today. I will have to remove my thick OASIS
black and well-worn, loved thick pull-over that is showing some of its age
like I am.

It is going to be casual here today as everyone is off. This will be a more
than usual chatty email as I am going to be helping more of you than usual
as you will all be off and maybe would enjoy coming by for whatever you may
need to celebrate a ' day-off ', and Mardi Gras, too?!?

We also have Chinese New Year coming this week and come and share any ideas
about that that you might have? I would love to hear them, really I would.

Al is well here. The bank is closed I am told. I need to send our son some
money that might have to wait till tomorrow? Oops, how can you plan for
weather like this?

Driving to work this morning had its challenges, mostly getting dug-out of
my parking spot and and our cul-de-sac and then getting into my parking
spot here were the biggest challenges. I loved my drive and looking for
spots of blue sky and seeing all the snow on the tree limbs above, crossing
over the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge, passing the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Bell
Tower just after that, and Rock Creek Parkway, and the lions and the bison
that guard our entrance to the National Zoo all covered in snow earlier. I
have posted pictures of all this on our Facebook page earlier for you all
to enjoy. It is a slice of life here in and just outside of Washington D.C.
I should mention that trying to get up Cathedrale Avenue was quite a
challenge, and that trying to make a right turn onto Connecticut Avenue,
N.W. had my car wheels spinning like crazy, but I did make it, I did manage
it. You just have to go surely and steadily and not panic, just push
forward and not stop still you make it through whatever impediments. Easier
said than done I am afraid.

SO : Without further Ado let's talk some ale and beer :

ALE & BEER from Santos :

1) DC BRAU Green Label IPA in cans , $12.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans is
here and available. I have to mention DC BRAU because a few days ago coming
to work I saw a DC BRAU truck on Little River Turnpike in Annanadale,
Virginia and it made me smile thinking that DC BRAU has really come a very
long way baby in quite a short space of time. Bravo DB BRAU!

2) " Deliria " a Blond Belgian Ale from DELIRIUM ( a limited edition
special brewed by women ) , $12.99 a 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz bottle is
back-in-stock for the moment as it is still available to us. Charlotte that
is new to our neighborhood along with Emi , asked for it the other Friday
and I thought we had it but, in fact, we were out. Charlotte and I had
quite the conversation about it and I have enjoyed telling this story since
quite a few times. I have to tell it face-to-face, it is too odd to include
here, but Charlotte beat me at my own word games! Bravo Charlotte, you
surprised and made me smile broadly. Thank you.

3) Elder Brett Saison-Brett Golden Ale from EPIC BREWING " Exponential
Series " , this is aged in wine barrels, and is made as a collaboration
with Crooked Stave Brewing, brewed in Salt Lake City. This is only one of a
few thousand bottles released. To find out more go to : www.epicbrewing.com
for more info. Cheers, when you find out what all the fuss is about come by
and tell us or call us at : 202-363-4265. Can't wait to hear more ...

4) India Pale Ale an unfiltered IPA from LONG TRAIL Brewing Co., On Special
for $8.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles. We poured three of the LONG TRAIL
from Vermont this past Saturday here just before the storm and winds hit us
hard. Patrick our local rep was here pouring and we had quite the tasting,
lots of fun, lots of activity, lots of snow! So, ' Take a hike! ' is the
logo, and the wind and the snow must have come down from Vermont to give us
all a real sense and feel for where there LONG TRAIL ales are brewed and
created for us. Nice.
Thanks Patrick. I posted pictures of this tasting and of the snow and wind
outside on Connecticut Avenue this past Saturday. Go to our Facebook page
at : Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits and check this all out, even the video
I made of the storm. Drink some LONG TRAIL IPA while you watch the video.
Now that is some real excitement for you today on Fat Tuesday.

5) ' Red Nose ' Winter Ale from NATTY GREENE'S Brewing Company, from
Greensboro, North Carolina, On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce
bottles, 6.8% alcohol by volume, : " A full-bodied ale brewed with fresh
ginger, orange peel and cinnamon " is a real treat for this real cold and
white carpet of snow and piles of it at the crosswalks and at the
intersections of our roads like Macomb Street now that are difficult to
navigate to say the very least.

LIQUEUR and LIQUOR from Malkit and Jagir :

1) Expresso Liqueur from AVION is made with Avion silver tequila, and this
375ml bottle ( half-bottle ) is On Special here for $11.99, with 35%
alcohol by volume,... " Avion Expresso is an exclusive blend of aromatic
dark roasted Italian espresso and Avion Silver Tequila. Voted World's Best
Tasting Tequila. This unique liqueur is rich with flavor, full-bodied and
I like the bottle shape and color and packaging : all inviting for this
intense brightness and cold and frost and slush from so much snow
everywhere that makes it hard to get from one place to another. That is
exciting, frontier-like here in Washington D.C., 20008 : good to have
something waiting when we get home like this AVION Expresso....

2) American Single Malt Whisky from DEFIANT is distilled from 100% Malted
Barley and pure mountain spring water, $42.99 a bottle, made by BLUE RIDGE
Distilling Co. in Golden Valley, NC, 82 proof 41% alcohol by volume.
We bought if for a customer that wanted some, he was nice enough to give me
a taste, and I must say he was right about it being quite smooth and
velvety, nice to sip slowly and spread the glow and the warmth, too, a
blush of everything like a beautiful added layer of clothing, a slow-roast,
a simmering toast, ... sit back, smile,feel quite grand. Beautiful color,
too ... all just right.

3) Islay Dry Gin 22 Foraged Island Botanicals " The Botanist " , distilled
from 100% grain neutral spirits, On Special for $44.99 a 750ml bottle, ...
" ... layered complexity, a progressive exploration of our Isle of Islay ,
nine classic ginbotanicals are augmented by 22 local herbs and flowers
foraged responsibly by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of the fertile
Hebridian island ... " I love the clear bas-relief writing that covers the
clear-rounded glass bottle squat shape. unique and fun.

WEDNESDAY, Our Weekly Wednesday Still/Non_Sparkling Wine SALE 3-Part :

1) BUY ANY bottle of still/non-sparkling wine over $20 and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker price.

2) BUY ANY 6-0r-More Still/Non-Sparkling Wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked
sticker prices.

3) BUY ANY 12 or More Bottles of Still Wine and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.

Included in the mix are port, sherry, marsala, madeira and sake.
Call us if you cannot come : 202-363-4265.

Get us to deliver to you if you cannot come : 202-363-4265.


WINE by Chris and Tony :

1) 2013 Vin Gris Dry Rose Pinot Noir from Carneros, from SEAN MINOR, On
Special for $11.99, down from $16.99 : what a deal, what a great bottle,
balanced, flavorful, pointed and distinct and only $11.99 a bottle now, and
drinking so well. I just thoroughly enjoyed it with our rep Sam the other
day and had to buy some for you all to enjoy at this low price. Goes with

2) Indigenous Zilavka 2013 dry and bright and tasty crisp white with edge ,
I pledge , from Tikves, Macedonia, from STOBI, $11.99 a bottle, 11.5%
alcohol by volume, I like this, mighty-fine dry white, I am impressed with
it. Try some, Aleks had it open here this past Saturday on Valentine's Day
.... thanks Aleks.

3) 2008 Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Beaune dry white 100% Chardonnay
Burgundy, $21.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, mature and developed and showing
beautifully. What a wine to enjoy now, great balance and flavor and a very
fine value, too.

4) 2008 ' V '  D.O.P Vino de Calidad de Valtiendas, Spain,  : $42.9913.5%
alcohol by volume : a huge mouthful to fill you, to steel you, to lead you
to enjoy a couple of glasses outside now even with this real cold, made by
VIVENCIAS! From Aurelio of the Grapes of Spain Imports' house. Remember
when Aurelio used to be a regular fixture here years ago when he was
starting? I do. Come visit us Aurelio.

HALF BOTTLE Selection :

1) Crianza 2009 dry red Rioja half-bottle ( 375ml size bottle ) from
Spain's PUERTA VIEJA, On Special for only $8.99 now, usually $12.99/$11.99
a bottle. This is a treat, full-mature, balanced, all the flavors are
developed and showing so well now. Buy two or more bottles and drink them
as you want or need them, so practical, no wastage here, just pure gainage
( are these even words?!? ). YOu get the idea.

2) Reserva Pinot Noir 2012 APALTAGNA Tricao Valley Estate Grown , Curico,
Chile, 375ml, $8.99, 14% alcohol with bright zippy fruit, and our rep Mari
just said the flavor was : " Erphhheee ", with a smile, as in ' earthy! ' I
like that, a good medium-to-light-bodied food wine for many foods.

3) 2008 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Estate Bottled fro MASCIARELLI, Italy,
375ml, $8.99, 13% alcohol by volume, this has more weight and is a bit more
rustic, medium-bodied, and true , classic Montepulciano taste and character
and flavor. Great to sip and enjoy with many a meal.

4) 100% Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, made by Bernard Reverdy
et Fils ( wonder if he has a fille? ), 375ml, $14.99, 2013, 12.5% alcohol
by volume, a lively flavor and taste that let's you know why the Sauvignon
Blancs of the Loire Valley and this region around Sancerre are still

5) ' Il Cortile ' 2012 Chianti Colli Fiorentini, from CASTELLO di POPPIANO
from Conte Ferdinando GUICCIARDINI, $13.49 a 375ml bottle, 13.5% alcohol by
volume,... so elegant and polished and refined with character and attitude
and all in delicious abandoned-balance to taste, to discover, to become
enamored with ....

6) Chateau HAUT-PIQUAT 2010 Lussac Saint-Emilion from the Famille Riviere,
$15.99, 13% alcohol by volume, a great vintage, a medium-bodied dry red to
enjoy with a meal with all this snow and breeze and chill. Or take a
half-bottle outside now on your roof and sip it in plain sunshine as it is
shining brightly now according to Santos that just came back from a
delivery of some OJ and some Montelliana Italian Prosecco for Mimosas!
Ohhhh yeeeaaahhhhh.

7) Boxwood 2008, from the BOXWOOD ESTATE Vineyard in MIddleburg, Virginia,
$17.99,k 13% alcohol by volume, go to : www.boxwoodwinery.com for more
info. Owner Rachel Martin signed these bottles, and this 2008 should be
drinking now like a dream come true in Kodacolor and even so much more, like
a fine Bordeaux French red blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit
Verdot and Cabernet Franc? Thanks Rachel.

8) 100% Pinot Noir red French Burgundy fro the Cote D'Or ( golden sloipes )
region of northern Burgundy, from the town called Fixin, this DOMAINE
FOUGERAY De BEAUCLAIR 2009 , $22.99 for a 375ml bottle, is drinking like
several dreams current and past true and coming alive as we speak and sip,
til our heads back, close our eyes, hold the wine long on our palate,
swallowing slowly and savoring the rush and the flow, the lilt and the lull
and the explosion of subtle flavors that take hold, find their place in
your scheme of senses and cajole you as the contort and please thoroughly
through every fiber that is consciously as well as unconsciously yours. Get
my drift, wonderful. Only ten bottles available. Come get some now.

9) Chianti Classico 2010 from FONTODI in Italy's Tuscany, $28.99 a 375ml
bottle, 14% alcohol by volume, it does not get much better than this for the
grand and tasty and engaging and lively and bright and toasty and spicy and
edgy Sangiovese grape : just right, a treat, a splurge, get some, get the
urge, go on and purge, splurge : surge!


Friday, February 20th, 2015 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Theresa and John Morrison
coming to pour their FABulous selection of South African wines and we may
include some California wines, too, and perhaps even a sparkling dry Malbec
rose from Argentina, BUEYES, an extra brut, $19.99. I will speak to John
and Theresa and get the details wrapped up soon for you all. Cheers!

ALSO : We have Rolf pouring the EL BUHO Mezcal here 100% Agave, $40.99 a
bottle, smooth, great product, really impressive. Come taste it, find out
for yourselves, taste how good it really is, get to know this Mexican
silver owl ... you discovered it here first ...

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Andrew Stover here to
taste some of his great American, lesser-known wines and states. Though
with his hard work and that of others like us and many fine retailers and
restaurants, too the word is getting out now. I am thinking that to taste
three wines from Arizona's ARIZONA STRONGHOLD Winery is a great start.
Andrew will be by today and we will finalize our plans for this Saturday
tasting here.

THANK YOU ALL for everything, come by and chat, come and hang some with us,
I have a feeling there will be a real rush of you really soon as you
finally get out and start your day in earnest as you realize it is sunny
outside and the snow is melting quickly and you might just enjoy a stroll
and getting some exercise climbing through and around the slush and glare
of sunshine everywhere. What fun. Thanks again. We are here, waiting and
ready for you.

WHAT Follows below is an old store email, read and enjoy it, too if you have time. TONY 2/17/2015

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