Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Anthony Quinn's Pre Easter And Pre Passover Tuesday Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits' Weekly Store Email , March 24th, 2015 : Our Prayers, Hearts And Thoughts Go To Those With Lossed Loved Ones On Today's German Plane That Crashed Earlier In The French Alps With 150 Lost Lives Including Many Children : We Are All Devastated By This.

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today's plane crash in the French alps : tragic, truly tragic.

I HaVE Passover  & Easter on the mind now even though both are in april

spring is here and let us hope that we have great weather for both!

I HAD A  CONVERSATION this past saturday that alarmed me ...

IT WAS a regular customer that approached me on Saturday morning and asked
me about a newscast that she had seen on television about arsenic being
discovered in inexpensive California wine and she asked me what I knew
about it? I was surprised as I had not seen the broadcast and was not happy
to hear this. I googled it after she left and watched part of it then and
discovered that there were only two possible wines that we have sold this
that were cited and I will have one definitely picked up by the wholesaler
and the other I still have to check to see if it is the one we have or

I DO NOT WANT to send up any alarms but we take this type of thing very
seriously , always have, and I am checking to be sure that we do not sell
you any wines with arsenic in them, no matter how tiny the amounts are in
them, even if those levels are permitted by law. Any mention of wine and
arsenic is not good and we want to do all that we can to provide you with
wine selections that are completely free of arsenic or any other harmful

I HAVE BEEN ASKING THE QUESTION for years now about these additives that
are allowed in wine-making today? I want to know why they are there, what
function do they serve and why are they needed or necessary? For cost, for
flavor, to mask natural flavors in grapes that are less-understood,
less-appreciated by the larger wine audience, that are perhaps acquired
tastes? This is all of tremendous interest to me as I realize that a lot of
wine today is meant to appeal to the largest/ broadest audience possible?!?
I call that taste the ' middle, the safest ' band of flavors that do not
offend, but do not necessarily inspire or challenge the palate either.

THEY ARE MILDER,  mellower, easier to sip and , for me , do not provide the
rest of the wine/grapes' profile that makes me soar to great heights and
drop down into darker and deeper and more gritty lows. It takes time to
appreciate all the spectrum that a wine and a grape's definition can offer,
like learning a new skill or a new language, whatever it may be : time and
patience and effort are required. And, when given, can often result in some
of the greatest personal discoveries that each of take and claim full
ownership with pride and satisfaction.

As I DROVE TO WORK earlier I was thinking about the old black-and-white
movie called : " Arsenic And Old Lace " with Cary Grant in it. It popped
into my mind as I started to remember our customer's query on this past
Saturday morning about arsenic discovered in some inexpensive California
wines. I am embarrassed to say that on my two days-off I did not think much
about this as I did some invaluable ' spring cleaning ' inside and outside
the house. I enjoyed some delicious Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat
2011. I have some of the SALTON ' Classic ' 2013 in stock now for you all
to enjoy with your meals, $11.99 a bottle.

I HAVE OFTEN SAID that we are not really educating the wine-enjoying
public. We are all playing it safe, perhaps too safe, in taste that is, but
in additives perhaps not?

WE HERE @ Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits are not playing it safe as far as
challenging you all, to try to work more with your own tastes and palate,
to test both, to make you grow. I am proud of that as I ask you to keep one
foot on solid ground and one foot reaching out to new frontiers of taste
and experience.

TO SUM UP I / we are thrilled we only have two items to remove from our
shelves that have been cited in last week's broadcasts. That is very
gratifying to us as we both try and save you all money where we can but
also bring you the latest and the broadest selection of wine possibilities
available to us and to you. That is all good and encourages us to be ever
vigilant and careful as we move forward to do our jobs and make your lives
as safe full and enriched and as safe as possible as well! Cheers.

PLEASE FEEL FREE to come and discuss here in the store any of this, or to
respond to this email with any cares or concerns that you may have as I do
not think this is over. This is just the start of a more open, public
conversation about the many additives found in wines.

I AM ALSO THINKING SPRING these days and I have a bottle of the L.A. CETTO
Chenin Blanc 2012 Estate-Bottled dry and flavorful white wine from the
Valle Guadalupe, Baja California, $10.99, 12% alcohol by volume, here in
front of me that would be delightful to enjoy now with lunch as it is
1:39PM and a glass of wine with a salad or a fish sandwich, a light pasta
dish perhaps? Come discover L/A. CETTO, many of you have already, perfect
for this emerging spring with all the daffodils that are starting to open
and display their magnificent shades of sunshine and warmth, too ; absolute
good cheer with smiles to go around more than once.

PASSOVER IS COMING and I just sold a bottle of the MANICHEVITZ Concord
grape red to a customer that asked for it. She said that it was for her,
that others in her group might want a dry kosher wine but she liked her
MANISCHEVITZ. She did this as she paused while approaching the cashier,
turned, patted her bottle in her hand , sporting a broad smile as she said
it. I am glad we were here to help her. I told her about our broad
selection of kosher wines here. WE have over over twenty-five selections, I
forgot to count the sparkling wines just now which include two, one from
France and one from Italy. The prices go from $8.99 a bottle to over $100
for at least one from Israel.

WE ALSO HAVE 4 dry wines from Israel. ( SHVO Vineyard, a dry Chenin Blanc,
a dry Sauvignon Blanc, and a dry red blend, as well as the ASAF 4 Seasons
Pinotage from South Africa,a 2010, that are not kosher but delicious wines
to enjoy at some point when the time is right ).

ALSO AVAILABLE for convenience are four half-bottles of kosher wine , THREE
from TERRA VEGA : 1) 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon,  2) 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and
3) 2013 Syrah : ALL at $5.49 a bottle,  AS WELL AS .... 4) Pinot Grigio
from GABRIELE, Lazio ( around Rome ) dry Italian white On Special for $7.49
a half-bottle.

ALL are now here in stock for you to choose from.COME BY, get here early
when we have more choices for you. Cheers.

IN KOSHER wines we have whites, reds, roses and sparkling wines, still and
sparkling, and that include dry to sweet. The countries represented are :
Israel, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Spain, France, New Zealand. LET US
KNOW how we may better help you? Call : 202-363-4265.

SO : Let's Talk Ale, Beer & Cider Of Santos :

1) ' Triple Brun ' 2014 from OVERSHORES Connecticut , $16.99, a
bottle-conditioned ale, 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. Oz bottle, with 9.5% alcohol, by
volume ... this is a malty and smooth Belgian-style amber. Try it with some
strong cheese, cured meats with spicy mustard, tomato and lamb, a good
steak, even lobster or duck : versatile it is! Enjoy. Our local resident
Matt brings this to us. Thanks Matt.

2) Flemish Sour Ale , the MONK'S CAFE, $11.99 a 750ml bottle, with
5.5% alcohol by volume, a product of Belgium, and with that ever-popular
sour beer taste that is in vogue these days. Was it never not in vogue?!?
Cheers. Enjoy.

3) Amber Ale ' Hop Back ' from TROEGS BROTHERS , an Independent
Pennsylvania Craft Brewery , On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce
bottles, 6% alcohol by volume, using all-natural ingredients, : " Each
batch of Hop Back Amber Ale flows through a bed of whole flower hops
creating a fresh aroma, spicy taste and rich caramel note that defines our
signature beer." Try some!

4) The Word's Oldest Brewery Hefeweissbier DUNKEL from
WEIHENSTEPHANER, $3.49 a one pint .9 Fl. Oz bottle ( 500ml ) , since 1040,
store dark and keep cool 45 degrees.... come check it out and see what you
think. I am thinking now as it is quite brisk that this will taste really

LIQUEUR / LIQUOR From Jagir & Malkit :

1) The Curious Cinnamon Whiskey from JEREMIAH WEED ( A Strangely
Delicious Libation of Whiskey & Spices ), $19.99 a 750ml bottle, 35.6%
Alcohol by volume, an American blended whiskey with spices and other
natural flavors, : " perfect for your mouth, savor A SIP , OR steal A NIP."
Bottled in Norwalk, Connecticut.

2) Ginger All Natural STIRRINGS "  Infused with Ginger Root for a
warm, spicy finish." A liqueur On Special for $19.99 a 750ml bottle, 25%
alcohol by volume, : " infused with the exotically lush aroma and
sweet-spicy flavor of fresh-crafted ginger.... MOSCOW MULE 1 Oz Stirrings
Ginger Liqueur, three-quarters Smirnoff vodka, one-fourth oz Fresh Lime
Juice. Top with club soda. Fill highball glass with ice. Add vodka, liqueur
and lime juice. Stir well and top with club soda. Garnish with a fresh

3) Imported Swedish 100 Proof Vodka SVEDKA Distilled five times, On
Special for $15.99 a 750ml bottle, brand new for us, smoother than the
regular SVEDKA...

4) Tequila KAH in a ceramic white skull, produced and bottled by
FABRICA DE TEQUILAS FINOS. Tequila Jalisco, Mexico, kosher, a fun package,
something new to try ... there are three others here to try as well ... On
Special for $47.99, the others are $57.99 a bottle or more.

WINE By Chris and Tony :


1) " Ruby " Lightly Sweet Sake Junmai Ginjo Craft Sake from MOMO KAWA,
$15.99 a 750ml bottle, 14.8% alcohol by volume, : " Lush fruit and dense
rain forest aromas with layered tropical fruit and red berry flavors. Pair
this rich, slightly sweet sake with foods such as Swiss cheese, red pepper
tapanade and smoked salmon ... "


2) Dry Chardonnay from BULGARIANA in Bulgaria's Thracian Valley,
$11.99 a 750ml bottle, 13% alcohol by volume : clean, crisp, dry, with some
body, some wight, some presence that will be good as the chill of winter
lingers on and on and on still here today on Tuesday afternoon here in
Cleveland Park, Northwest, 20008! WE tasted it here this past weekend and
it is balanced, tasty, flavorful and a nice ' new 'addition to this series
of BULGARIANA wines. Cheers.

3) Cabernet Sauvignon  IG Viile Carasului, Tirol, " Varius " , $11.99
a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, I liked this weekend when we tasted it
as it has opened beautifully now, this 2012, all the charm, all the
developed fruit and flavors have flourished, blossomed and are delightful
now to sip or enjoy with many a meal. It has never shown better, I really
like this Romanian Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a great value, too : thank you
Gabriela and Razvan for tasting it with our customers here this past

4) ' Osa ' Frappato Rosato from PAOLO CALI , $26.99 a 750ml bottle,
13.5% alcohol by volume, this dry rose from Vittoria, Italy pretty much '
blows me away! ' I love it, I fell in love with it the other night when
importer Robert Kennedy opened it and offered a taste to both Gregg and me,
wonderful : it does not get any better, any more pleasing, any more
complete and charming and divinely-WONDERful-full-ful-FULL! Fill my glass
again, please!

5) Petit Verdot ' Volcanus ' 2008, $24.99, 14% alcohol by volume, from
Spain's La Mancha region, and made with Bordeaux's 5th grape, the '
lesser-known ' grape is both kosher for Passover and a delight to enjoy
with a meal. The trick is not to rush anything in sipping this slowly and
gradually, it only gets better and better and better and BETTER! It is a
medium-bodied old-style red, great with food as the food with ' flesh-out '
this red, help to fill-out the spice, the earth, that rustic, pithy, perky
taste with so many wonderful highs and lows, and everything in between!
6)  Il Baciale 2011 ' Braida ' di Giacomo Bologna , dry red blend from
Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy, $26.99, 15% alcohol by volume, a dry and
generous and delicious medium-to-lighter-bodied blend of 60% Barbera, 20%
Pinot Noir, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. What a delight, what a
wine, drank it last with owner Norbert : a treat, and a fine value, too for
so much delicious red.

7) Chablis Premier Cru " Fourchaume ' Vieilles Vignes / Old Vines "
from the DOMAINE Des MALANDES, 2012, $39.99, 13% alcohol by volume, what
supple, subtle, bright and lilting and lulling and floating 100% Chardonnay
flavors to cajole and charm and chirp one up so wonderfully, as it should
be, as it has been, as it will continue to be 2 B ..... ahhhhhhh YES!


WEDNESDAY Weekly 3-Part Still Wine Sale:
1) BUY ANY Still/ Or Non-Sparkling Wine ( except Veuve Clicquot, or Moet &
Chandon ) 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/ or non-sparkling wines ( except Veuve Clicquot
or Moet & Chandon ) and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker prices. This includes port, sherry, madeira, marsala and
CALL : 202-363-4265 and place your order if you cannot come. PAY and SAVE
Wednesdays here at Cleveland Park Wines.
ALWAYS SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits!


Friday, March 27th, 2015 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Chris coming to pour these
fine wines of Tradewinds Specialty Imports : Spain and Argentina, to be
determined tomorrow, we will see what our choices are, sparkling wines,
sherries, dry red, white and rose wines, some Bobal red maybe, some dry
MANLA ( " it is light, it is soul, it is happiness ... " I like that, I
like it a lot! ) Mariposa Viura and Verdejo blend ,  soft and round and
bright white, too?!? Maybe a half bottle of the Pedro Ximenez ALEXANDRO
sherry, when was the last time you were PedroXimenez'ed?!?
You can be, and only for $17.99 a half-bottle!

SANTOS has set up an ABITA beer tasting here as well. Try the Grapefruit
Harvest and their others.

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Jim Reeves coming top pour
some great Portuguese dry reds and whites from : MONTE DA GLORIA, LASSO and
PINTO, from Alentejo, Lisboa, too : something for everyone with indigenous
grapes as well as international grapes used in part in making the QUINTA DO
PINTO wines. You will learn, you will see how Portugal is expanding their
flavors and styles and world-charm and influence! Cheers.

ALSO : Fatima is back! Yes!!! From Brazil, Fatima Peters, dancer and
Brazilian Cachaca-lover of LEBLON will be here to taste the LEBLON new and
old products and show you how to really enjoy them and get a great
Brazilian spirits' buzz, experience, story, episode, moment ... special. We
love Fatima, she is like family here now.
JOIN US for these tastings.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, we appreciate it all. Let us know how we may better
help you.

FOLLOW us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and also at : wineenabler, ... LIKE
us on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Our ' new ' web page
will be up soon as well with our calendar of events.   TONY

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