Friday, March 27, 2015

Daily Anthony Quinn ( Tony the wine guy ) Activities @Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits In Northwest, Washington DC, 20008 : Cheers, Enjoy, Comment, Come On By The Store ASAP!

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Ao estacionar o carro na garagem, antes de desligar, confiro o hodômetro: 4.306 quilômetros rodados, somados a 12 dias de viagem pelo Rio Grande do Sul e muitas histórias para contar! ...
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Ao estacionar o carro na garagem, antes de desligar, confiro o hodômetro: 4.306 quilômetros rodados, somados a 12 dias de viagem pelo Rio Grande do Sul e muitas...
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At the park the car in the garage, before switching off, I attach the Hodômetro: 4.306 kilometers rodados added to 12 days of journey by the Rio Grande Do Sul and many stories to tell!
If I had to sum up, the wine, be in Rio Grande do sul or wherever you might be done, is the sum of the soil, the climate, culture, history and the work of his people, in addition to high doses of love. Technical and technology are available for all producers, facilitate and improve the work, and make it possible to produce with more quality and sanity, even create imitáveis standards. But the wine is much more than that, your essence comes from the single integration of earth, climate, Grape, the know-how of man and of history that the inspires, is she inherited from the culture of the ancestors or by an affinity in love with wine. And that all the Rio Grande Do Sul Squanders!
We travel out of the country in search of knowing the culture and wines of other peoples and we encantamos with your quality and its historical value. But we know little or even little we are interested in knowing that in our own country we have a historical and cultural wealth of great importance, immense natural beauty and wines of good quality, with all your personality.
This trip is then end and is beginning. The mission to which I have proposed has been fulfilled, seek in history, distant in time and space, the origins and the Brazilian entedimento of wine and their beauty. And from there of the seven peoples of missions, the more remote and history of the regions, I bring with me the renewed mission to show the Brazilians the value, beauty and the history of our good wine and of his brave people.
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Veronique is here now with me. She has a wonderful French maison/ Les Grands Ormes a a cote de la Rochelle au bord de la mer Atlantic en sud de Loire avec des chasmbres a louer - rooms to rent. Wonderful place. If you are interested go to : for more info. There are rooms available now Veronique tells me. She's here till the 8th of June, the rooms are available on the 15th of June. Here is Veronique to say a few words to you all in French. : " Bonjoir, venez nous voir cette ete. Les temperatures sontent plus agreables a La Rochelle pendant l'ete. " I typed this for Veronique becasue she forgot her glasses, so excuse my typos, and do go, what a grand experience. They speak English there so n'enquiete pas, do not worry, you will be taken care of. Veronique has a New England couple already coming that will assist everyone with their planning, day trips, renting of cars, bikes, and touring the area which is striking, really breath-taking, and the food - seafood is so fresh , and since Veronique has been now in the catering business for 30 years she knows her job/ metier really well and will cook four nights there sur place each week. She also is a specialist in all the towns outside of Paris here in the U.S. called Paris, so you may discuss in length Paris and all things great-French-wonderful : wow, I have to go now after all of this. Cheers! TONY 5/30/2015
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  • Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits I have my arm around Veronique that I have known now for ten or more years. What a wonderful person. Magdalena and Brandon in the picture are wonderful teachers here in Wash. D.C. from Columbia, and it is great having all three as amigos.amis and customers, too! Cheers! I need to go to La Rochele, their page here is impressive and inviting. Check it out.

We had Aleks the owner of the Balkan Wine Project here yesterday, Wed. May 13th, 2015 in the afternoon tasting his Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and now also Albanian red wine, too- pictured here, the Kallmet indigenous dry red grape variety 2011 from ARBERI, $19.99, , 13.9% alcohol by volume - dusty, rustic, lovely medium-bodied food wine, ... and brother and sister David A. Jeffrey and Sarah J. Dullin of their own winery in California's Chalk Hill district called CALLUNA Vineyards - here at the same time. SO : I invited both Jeffrey and Sarah and importer Chris Shore to taste with Aleks his wines, and then Aleks to stay and taste the CALLUNA Vineyard wines, too. This way everyone benefitted and learned and came away hopefully with an enriching experience here at Cleveland Park Wines. I liked both what Aleks tasted me on, the bottles are pictured here and we have many of them already, minus the dry rose wines ... and I really grew to like and appreciate these Chalk Hill AVA wines, the 2010 especially... and we will see for June about bringing some to our store! Cheers, thanks Chris, Aleks, Jeffrey and Sarah... you are all the very best! Thurs. May 14th, 2015

Both John Lauer the proprietor of BRYN MAWR in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, making 50 cases of the Jeffrey's Pinot Noir, $45.99, and also a FABulous dry 100% Pinot Noir 2013 dry rose that has a lovely edge at the lower range of it's flavor register that is intriguing, and that I like, .... and a lovely and full and rich and ' creamed-nut ' subtle taste Pinot Blanc 2013, .... BUT the Jeffrey's Block 2012 Pinot Noir quite literally blew me away for the ABSOLUTE purity and 
brightness-rightness of Pinot Noir fruit, .... oh yeah, thanks for taking this picture and sending it to me Marci ... and from Marci and MIke I got to meet owner Ben Riggs of MR. RIGGS' wines in Adelaide and South Australian wines ... i liked all four ;the elegant, delicate Viognier, the slightly fuller Chardonnay both under the MR. RIGGS labels, $32.99 a bottle, ... and the two dry reds, the Shiraz, $18.99 that reminded me of the old-world style reds, a bit earthier and dusty-dry, a food wine, I could drink it and enjoy it ... and ' The Gaffer ' that helps support breast cancer research that reminded me much more of am Aussie Shiraz with brighter, toastier, fleshier, smooth, a Rubenesque Shiraz that may be sipper or enjoyed with a meal, should be slightly chilled, $27.99 a bottle ( we will carry both of these reds ) ... and have them here in May, Ben also makes the CHOOK sparkling red Shiraz, and we will have that back soon in May! Ben also knows High and Mary Hamilton, Nick Stacey... a fun man to know this Ben that, to me, sounded like he was from South Africa and not from Australia with his accent, at least to me. LOVED meeting and tasting with all of you, including Noah that brought me John Bauer... cheers, happy Thursday all, April 30th, 2015.
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What fun here at our Cape Classics' Wine-Tasting With Four FABulous winemakers at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits on Wed. April 22nd, 2015 from 3-6PM : we had a blast with everyone, here are some of the pictures that Joe of the Country Vintner took and just sent me. There will be more, cheers! These are primarily of Carl Van Der Merwe of DeMORGENZON and also of Nick Bureau of GLENELLY Vineyards. Cheers, thanks again to all invloved, it was a wonderful event, tasted a lot , taught and entertained and sold a lot, too : many signed bottles as gifts for Mother's and Father's Days! Happy Wednesday all, April 29th, 2015
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It was great to see Diane the owner and winemaker at the CHATEAU D'Or Et De GUEULES back here in our store with Jeff of Washington Wholesalers. WE tasted through her current lineup and that meant one flavorful dry white 2013, $13.49 Petite Cassagne ;one more elegant and yet tasty, structured dry rose with a slight blush of rose color, and two reds, we have the ' Les Cimels ' 2011 here, $16.99, and we tasted the 2012. WE also tasted the extraordinaryly smooth, rich, velvety ; Trassgum ' 2011, $26.99 a bottle when it get here,. Diane recommends the Chateau D'Or Et De GUEULES 2014 ' Les Cimels ' dry rose that she did not have to taste but describes a dead-ringer for a Bandol rose, and that will come here soon, ... cheers, sante et merci Diane! 4/28/2015

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From this moring tasting the Vincent VAN GOGH Holland vodkas with Malkit, Tony, and poured and explained by both Kerri Hardoman Key Account Manager, MD, and Matt from National Republic Wholesalers. Cheers, happy Tuesday all! 4/28/2015
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Dinner in Bento Concalves in late June in Serra Gaucha .... my first night there.It was really a great start, Iloved it! Cheers! Danielle was our waitress and before that Milton got the ball going starting for us. Obregado ...
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ABOVE : a bottle of the 2004 MARSON Cabernet Sauvignon from Marcio Marson that was the first bottle of Brazilian still wine I enjoyed there, that started things off beautifully for me on a grand ten-day trip there in Brasil's wine country around Bento Goncalves!


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    Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits wine shop of my friend Anthony Quinn in Washington, DC, who is there and feel like drinking a Brazilian wine need to go to know!
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    • Anthony Quinn Muito obregado Vinicius Vellozo that lives in the wonderfully vibrant and alive and energized city of Caxias Do Sul that I so much enjoyed getting to know one fine day way back in late June 2012! I do love the wines of Brasil and sell them all the time, I am happy to recommend them, Cheers! TONY 4/19/ 2015
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    • Vinicius Vellozo I hope soon is there, and we can open a good wine! big hug!
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    • Anthony Quinn That will be great Vinicius, I would like that very much! Have a great Monday and thank you - obregado - for all your tremendous support of me and of the very very fine wines of Brasil! TONY 4/2/2015
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Thanks Jeffrey, this is a great chance for our customers at Cleveland Park Wine And Spirits to meet and to taste some of the fine South African owners/ winemakers and also to taste their efforts in these wonderful wines. I was just having a conversation with Dan one of our best customers that loves wine and he said that he got turned-on to South African wines when he tasted the Reserve wines of DeMORGENZON , and he will come on Wednesday between 3-6PM to meet Carl Van Der Mer...
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This is going to be a great event! Be sure not to miss this on Wednesday.

We just finished a great tasting here with the Robert Kennedy Italian wines and it was nice to have Amy Riolo drop by during the tasting as we were talking about the Ciro wines of Calabria that she is interested in. We spoke a couple of days ago and I told her we had the Classico 2012 from LIBRANDI, $13.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, and I told her I usually also sold the Reserva, both made with the indigenous grape from that region called Gagliopo. She smiled, she knew it. We left it that I would call her if I could get the Reserva from owner Paolo that has been here at least twice if not thrice ( is that a word? Sounds good anyway ). Spoke to Jody Jackman our rep at Winebow and waited for a call from Jody. The Reserva was not easily available to me until Tuesday and Amy wanted the bottles by Monday. Here it is Saturday and Amy came by early! Life is like that. You have to plan as best as you can. Amy got to talking with Robert Kennedy here as she tasted and then we spoke, took this picture on Sifredo's phone, Amy had Sifredo take one on hers and she posted it on Instagram. And , lo and behold Gabriela came here to buy a bottle having seen Amy's Instagram post and wanting some Ciro for herself : small world, very small, how nice! Then Michael and Gabriela and Robert got to talking in Italian and it was fun for me to be like a fly on the wall and listen and then suggest that we have Robert take a ' Selfie ' with his phone that I have posted here as well. Cheers, thanks, grazie Robert, Amy, Dan, Gabriela, Mary-Liz, Jane, Sifredo, .... TONY 4/18/2015 Happy Saturday and weekend all!
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Fine local Virginia wines that Susan and other customers have mentioned to us here at the store and that we will soon carry and taste on May 1st, 2015 with Jordan. Stay-tuned for more info on these focused, bright, pure expressions of our Virginia soil and climate working hard to nurture the vines and teh grapes and produce such excellent expressions of liquid gold and velvet silky red! No charge for the tasting , join us, These NARMADA Winery 
 540-937-8215 ( www.narmadawinery.comNarmada Winery , Virginia Wines Virginia Wine Tours ) : the 1) ' Dream ' 2011 dry and silky and soft-delicate Traminette white blend, ... 2) ' Melange ' 2010 dry red Bordeaux blend that has a bit of extra flavor and taste and yet so smooth and refined taste, .... and the ... 3) ' Midnight ' semi-dry Chambourcin 2011 is soft and bright and lush and ripe and just at the border of being too fruity but ' just right ' for so many, perfect by itself or with many a meal, easy to sip, to take on a hike or a picnic, to savor slowly and just enjoy relaxing and smiling and feeling great about ourselves, really nice. And many more of course, this is just the start of a glorious relationship for us all , glad we met, glad we can introduce you all, thanks Jordan. Cheers, happy Thursday all.TONY 4/16/2015
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Some fine Spanish wines to look forward to from Ken like this delightful dry and bright and lively and fresh and animated, liquid-conversational Graciano red that is also a bit unique as so often the Graciano Spanish indigenous red grape is blended with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Garnacha in Spain's Rioja region, and rarely used as it is here brilliantly as the principle grape. We will also get the dry white that als...
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Here we are at Cleveland Park tasting the 2011 HOMEFRONT dry red CA. blend of Merlot, Cab and Zin that is a wonderful party. pool, deck, outdoors, backyard Spring and Summer red ' quaffer ' that may be slightly chilled. On Special here from $17.99 a bottle down to $12.99 a bottle that support our troops back home find affordable housing, jobs, groceries ... : " This is a great opportunity to help re acclimate the troops once they return home and have a great glass of wine at the same time. " Jade Smyth   Thanks Jade, what a treat on this Thursday, March 26th, 2015 to reconnect again with this fine and noble cause and project! Cheers,  TONY  3/26/2015
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Hey they took my idea to call it WINE Plus, LOVE it! Cheers, 2000-2005 here mostly by Michael Franz, one by Ben Giliberti, enjoy, I like them, an old tactile, touch musty-dusty experience! Cheers, TONY Still Monday, still cleaning, what a great journey it is so far ...
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Hi Tony,
I grew up in Limassol, Cyprus, close to Kolossi Castle, whose keep overlooks the surrounding countryside. The castle was built by the Knights of St. John, who began growing Commandaria wine in the area they controlled and if you lived in a village from which you could see the castle, your land belonged to the Knights. The grapes used in Commandaria wine are grown only in the villages of that countryside, in a protected zone, and to this day the winemakers follow the same rules: you can only make Commandaria if you can see the castle keep from your vineyard!
Hope this helps and have a good day!

Join Razvan, Gabriella and me, Tony today at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits to taste fine wines of Romania from 2-6PM, no charge, everyone welcome! TONY 3/21/2015

rson and Washington D.C., Northwest - Tilden Gardens where vines were once planted here, of the Virginia medical doctor that came along in the 1840's and was interested in finding a grape vine that would survive and produce good wine here in the East coast, of the German immigrants that came along, went to Pennsylvania then down to Louisiana where they started to work with this Norton grape and try and make wine from it.... what a great story! More later, cheers, .... TONY 3/21/2015 Small, wonderful world ...

TODAY : Come Taste, Free, Everyone Welcome :
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 ( 2-6PM ) : Come taste the Romanian wines with
Gabriela and Razvan that include the MONSER ' value ' wines, reds and
white, and the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Fateasca Neagra, and the Babesca
Neagra reds, too : something for everyone, from softer to more hearty.
sometimes more lean and peppery, and sometimes fuller and rounder,
different styles for different people and different occasions! Cheers, come
see what you think.
TO THINK : this is where it started with when I first met you Gabriela when Michael brought you to the store. Cheers, see you soon. TONY

re Janis Joplin was born ? ), as they had driven out to SALTLICK Brabecue restaurant that is lierally across the street, or close anyway to DUCHMAM Family Winery. The owner Scott of Driftwood that also makes wine told them to visit DUCHMAN as they enjoyed some there with their barbecue meal! Wow, what a coincidence as I have been recently talking this week a whole lot about both e the DUCHMAN Fanilt Winery and the McPHERSON CELLARS vineyard in Lubbock, Texas with both Mark Smith and also Peter Fulham. This made all three of us smile as we spoke about their great meal and tasting there. They loved both experiences! Insley said they were in Driftwood, Texas. This makes me want to go now! Thanks for sharing all of this with us Eva and Insley. Can't wait to see the pictures you took there of the restaurant and the vineyard! Have a great weekend. Enjoy your bottle of the Viognier 2010, I bet it is drinking beautifully now, fully-developed, fragrant and floral and fleshed-out completely now. Cheers on this official cold 2nd day of Spring. Come taste the Romanian wines here later from 2-6PM with Raz and Gabriella. TONY 3/21/2015

Here are the pictures of Inigo that I just wrote about below, a family-member of the BARON DE LEY, a fine Rioja producer with the 100% Garnacha 2011, $19.99 : world-class, here in April, can't wait Inigo! Cheers, TONY

Some of the many wines I have been talking about recently, that I have had requests about , and that have recently been sold in the store and that are still available to you all! Come today : 5-8PM, to try the BULGARIANA wines of Bulgaria, free, no charge, everyone always very VERY WELCOME! Cheers, TONY Jappy snowy-white Friday, first day of spring today!

Tasting earlier with Alexander Wood of the DC local spirits ONE EIGH DISTILLING both the 1 Districy-Made Vodka as well as the 2) White Whiskey that intrigued me with it's equal balance of honey and also anise that kept in balance and yet constantly changing their arrangement on my tongue and palate, making the taste and experience quite stimulating, intriguing and so much fun with so much delight and pleasure, too. I liked it, I was taken with it. Can't wait till we do our tasting of both in the store, in April I believe Alexander? What fun this will be. I will write more about this soon. Cheers, happy weekend all, stay-tuned for more. TONY 3/13/2015

Thanks Lindsey, it was a pleasure to meet you with your enthusiasm and smile and energy and to harness it along with that of Bailey, such a great way for us to start off Saturday morning here, and to meet Kevin, too. Cheers to you three, enjoy your Mimosas and tequila and weekend and stay warm, dry and safe! TONY
Here we have Lindsey and Bailey in the store to say a few words! "Best liquor store on the block, Tony is the MAN. Had a great taste of the smooth el Jimador Tequila. Cant beat the service"

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