Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tony The Wine Guy / Tony The Art Guy Rhapsodizes On Beer, Cider, Liqueurs, Liquors, Wines, Waters Bette Midler, Betty The Singing Group Of 3 Female Singers, North Carolina Outer Banks, Vacation, Hot Weather Quenchers! And Much More! Read ON!!!!

BACK FROM BETTE & JALEO & Great GANETA Rose from Estebe Salgado of
Tradewinds Specialty Imports last night at the Verizon Center ( old MCI
Bette kept reminding us all ) as she sang her heart out and let everything
spill freely and joyously, comically, mischievously from her in her running
dialogue, constant smiling, mentioning her girls, too pretty much non-stop,
saying that " everything you see here is real." LOVED that, loved her
frankness, she's a consummate entertainer and thanked everyone, all her
musicians, left the message on the Michelangelo two hands Sistine Chapel
fresco ' Be Kind ', so true, all of us need to be as kind as we can.

ANYWAY, my wife and I enjoyed the Pre-Theater menu at Jaleo with a flight
of three dry rosatos from around Spain, of course the GANETA ( Getariako
Txakolina, in stock here now, even some chilled for this hot day of ours,
brutally-hot! ) ), 2014, $21.99, 11% alcohol by volume , is from the Basque
country, and Daniel our waiter said the three roses were from different
regions of Spain. Though Estebe is happy to have his wine there, he would
take exception to Daniel;s comment, and besides that, everything else was
perfection and it was great sitting and eating our meal at the bar. Cheers,
gracias Daniel!

I NEVER DID HEAR BETTE say what she likes to drink? Anyone know?

SO : What Ale, Beer & Cider From Santos?

1) ' Kirsch Gose ' Sour Cheery Bier from VICTORY Brewing, a 4-pack On
Special for $10.99 for 12-ounce beers : " A bold and bright step outside
the norm, this new twist on an old-world german brewing process excites
your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent
and sublime ... "From Downingtown, PA. , from Brewmaster Bill Ron, with
only 4.7% alcohol by volume. Cheers!

2) ' Son Of A Peach ' Wheat Ale from RJ ROCKERS Brewing Company, in
Spartanburg, SC., On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with
5.8% alcohol by volume, : " This unfiltered American wheat ale made with
real Carolina peaches has a real attitude problem. Call him ' sweet ' and
he flips his lid. Most would take offense if he wasn't so darn tasty, Go
ahead, savor the anger. "

3) ' Parallel 49 Brewing Co. ' TRICYCLE Grapefruit Radler, Beer with
Grapefruit Juice, On Special for $10.99 for 4-pack of 12-ounce cans, with
3.5% alcohol by volume, product of Canada, a European-style Radler, a
refreshingly crisp summer hybrid for you all to experience and feel totally
refreshed! YES!!!

4) ' Uncle Jacob's ' Stout Batch No. 4 from AVERY Brewing Company,
Boulder, Colorado, the Annual Barrel Series, $15.99 a 12-ounce bottle, with
16.9% alcohol by volume : slam the head, knock us all down! This is for you
die-hard fans, serious beer, serious alcohol, serious flavors and taste, oh

5) Doppel Bock Schenkerla Oak Smole beer from Germany from AECHT
Ochlenterla Fiche, for a 1 pint, $5.99,  ... " traditional beech has been -
and still is - used, the malt for ' Schlenkerla Oak Smoke ' is kilned with
oak wood... has a smoother and more multi-layered smoky note than the
intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt... " With 8% alcohol by volume, go to :
www.Smokebeer.com for more info and ideas how to best enjoy this

MALKIT JUST RELATED to me that many customers have been coming here
thrilled to finally find some ginger beers, that they have asked in other
stores and not found any. SO : we have the STOLI non-alcoholic cans I wrote
about last week, the GOSLING diet and regular cans, too : and ALSO : BOTH
the FEVER TREE : 1) Premium Ginger Beer and also the .. 2) Ginger Ale, BOTH
at $6.49 a 4-pack of twelve-ounce bottles. WE ALSO HAVE the Crabbie's
Ginger Beer, a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles from England, $9.99. Cheers!

From Jagir & Malkit On Liquor/Liqueur :

1) Hazelnut Liqueur from FRATELLO, a luscious Italian Liqueur from the
very best, the very finest Piemonte hazelnuts, $22.99, with 20% alcohol by
volume, and amazing color, great bottle presentation, just glorious to sit
around sipping slightly-chilled, this is a winner, come get some and enjoy
late into the evenings when things are dark and slightly-cooler, with stars
and a sliver-crescent of the moon to see and so many beads of necklace and
bracelet flashing lightning bugs above you as well!

2) 901 Triple Distilled 100% Agave Silver Tequila from SAUZA, On
Special for $21.99 a 750ml bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, looks

3) Gran Reserva Solera 15 Blender Original Formula of Cuba from RON
MATUSALEM, est. 1872, $31.99 a 750ml bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume,
first produced in Santiago de Cuba in 1872 ... still going strong, still a
favorite of many of our customers!

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits 25 mins ·

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY Sparkling / Still-Wine 3-PART SALE : 1) BUY ANY $20 or
MORE bottle of sparkling/still wine and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker price.
2) BUY ANY 6 Or MORE sparkling/still wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
3) BUY ANY 12 or MORE sparkling/still wines and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
This includes port, sherry, marsala, madeira and sake.
Call if you cannot come 202-363-4265 : BUY some Father's Day presents this
was and SAVE!
DON'T FORGET : we have 6-Bottle Wine-Samplers On Sale for $58.99 a bottle :
wow, six FANTABUlous wines all for under $10 a bottle each!

THE OUTER BANKS, any of you going there this year?!?

WINES 2 Drink / 2 Take On Vacation NOW :

1) Macabeo Dry Spanish white ( without sparkle, as it is often blended
to make sparkling wine ) BLANCO, On Special for $9.99 a 750ml bottle, this
REAL COMPANIA DE VINOS from the Vino de La Tierra De Castilla, with 13%
alcohol by volume is soft, bright, really full and mellow and so very
pleasing to sip and enjoy with many a meal. Highly recommended.

2) Dry Piemontese 100% Barbera Italian rose from Bricco Dei TATI, a
lighter, brighter, delicate salmon color, On Special for $8.49 is drinking
beautifully : lighter, brighter, silkier than past vintages, perfect in
price and taste to enjoy daily now with this intense heat and humidity that
is caking us, layering and smothering us down.

3) Spicy 2013 Shiraz from TANGLED TREE in Robertson, South Africa is
rich and full and rounded-flavorful with accents of spice and warmth and
extra rich flavors, that, when chilled 30 minutes come together and fill
our palates completely with satisfaction and flare, and coming in a plastic
bottle weighs less, will not break, $9.99 a bottle, with 13.5% alcohol by
volume : come taste all these delicious dark berries of flavors!

4) Bourgogne dry White Burgundy using ' the OTHER Burgundy grape - the
Aligote ', $14.49 a bottle, for Raphael Mallon,, with 12% alcohol by
volume, from NAUDIN-FERRAND, this is a perfect wine to enjoy with most
meals that are suited to this extra heat and humidity, enjoy outside in the

ALL THESE WINES are Highly Recommended. We do not have a favorite, except
for if one matches up better to the specifics of any gathering-event!

5) Chardonnay 2013 from Australia's Western southern tip at Denmark,
from WEST CAPE HOWE, $16.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, softer,
lighter, brighter taste, also LEAN&GREEN : this lightweight bottle saves
21% glass resulting in a lower carbon footprint. Go to :
www.capehowewines.com.au for more info. Cheers, thanks Gavin Berry!

6) ' Rigole Rosso ' 2012 from Italy's Friuli region, from the TENUTA
TOMASELLA, since 1965, this dry red blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Refosco,
$19.99 a bottle, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, is tasty, distinct, a really
glorious food wine, medium-to-lighter-bodied, chill 30 minutes and enjoy
with many a summer, hot weather meal and BE AMAZED!

7) Saint George grape / also called Aghiorghitiko from Nemea, Greece,
this 2011 dry red from SKOURAS , $21.99, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, is a
really fine food wine with great acidity and some muscle from the tannins,
with some hearty structure, enjoy this with a grilled or barbecue meal,
chill 30 minutes to help focus and enliven the flavors and to cut through
this 95 degree weather going on outside and all around right now!

8) Questo Non E Un Vino Tranquilo , this ' Osa! ' made from the
indigenous Frappato Sicilain grape grown in south-eastern Sicily, a dry and
elegant and fleshy-but-not-heavy rosato/rose from PAOLO CALI, $26.99 a
bottle, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, will be tasted here this Saturday by
Robert Kennedy.

Robert will be here Saturday, June 27th, 2015 from 2-6PM. Made with 100%
Frappato grapes, this is a real beauty. It will go On Sale this weekend for
our tasting as we drop the price on the bottle! So be prepared to be blown
away by this delightful dry Sicilian rose of breed, elegance, romance and
finery, the finest finery finely-fluted-flowered,fragrant, fresh
foreverness-of-rosatos! I do play with my word selections, I do , I do , I

9) Dry white 100% Assyrtiko Greek wine from the island of Santorini,
made by DOMAINE SIGALAS, $33.99, on the Aegean Sea, with 13.5% alcohol by
volume, WOW : this wine impresses, it is beautiful, it is attractive, it is
seductive, it is immediate, it shoots right out and covers the entire
palate with added luxury and illustrious gladnness/madness and ' so-right '
gladness! I really do love this special dry Santorini Assyrtiko dry soft
spledid white : silky fine. Highly recommended, too.

10) ' Piria ' dry and velvety and lighter-brighter-finer-PURER
Lambrusco red flavors and tastes , a Lambrusco Di Sorbara vino frizzante
secco, using 70% Lambrusco Sorbara and 30% Lambrusco Salamino , with 11.5%
alcohol by volume, we like this so much it will be poured here this
Saturday June 27th, 2015 from 2-6PM by Robert Kennedy, and we will rock it
with both this ' Piria ' red and well as the ' BIanco ' Lambrusco from
PALTRINIERI, Agenda Agricola PALTRINIERI Gianfranco, from Sorbara, Italy to
be exact, with 11.5% alcohol, from the 2013 vintage, Alberto the owner and
winemaker does a really splendid job with all of his Lambruscos!


Friday, June 26th, 2015  ( 5-8PM ) : We have Christina of Kysela Pere
et Fils here to taste her fine French and Spanish wines with us. Starting
with two Vouvray wines, on sparkling, one not : 1) CHATEAU GAUDRELLE Brust
sparkling from Alexandre Monmousseau, clean, crsip, bright, tangy-tart, On
Special for $20.99 a bottle ...
2) ' Clos Le Vigneau ' 2013 still/non-sparkling Vouvray from Alexandre
Monmousseau, $19.99, 2013, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, with argilo and
calcaire in the soil, this is a really silky, smooth, bright dry taste that
is so nice to sip and smile and smirk and surf the the skies, the clouds,
the hills, the beach, the lakes, the tree lines, hills and valleys ... and
feast one's eyes while to taste and sip and feast your palates, too! Highly
recommended, they all are : these are all real gems!
3) Albarino Edicion Especial 10 anos, $15.49 a bottle, from Spain's Rias
Biaxas, from VALMINOR, $15.49 a bottle, the 2013 vintage, 12.5% alcohol by
volume, ... lovely, refreshing!
4) Dry red and flavorful Rioja 2011, from VINSACRO, On Special for $19.99 a
bottle, with 14% alcohol by volume, so wonderful, it is a delight,
balanced, flavorful, perfectly-almost-yeah-certainly-right!

ALSO : From Santos we have a FOOTHILLS Beer tasting from 5-8PM,
Winston-Salem, NC, three types : an IPA " Hoopyum ", a 6-pack, $11.99, a
Wheat and a Pilsner 6-pack at $10.99. Join us.

Saturday, June 27th, 2015, We have from 4-7PM a BLUE MOON beer tasting that
Santos has organized.

THANK YOU ALL for everything, hope all is well, I have some wonderful wines
from William Harrison open to taste tonight so come on by and have a taste
with me, what a fun way to enjoy this late afternoon, early evening. Follow
us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, LIKE us on Facebook at : Cleveland Park
Wine & Spirits, and check put our web page at  : Cleveland Park Wines ...
cheers, thanks again for everything!

AND DO NOT FORGET BETTE MIDLER'S parting words from her concert last night
: Be Kind! Cheers,  TONY 6/23/2015

ALSO : We have Robert Kennedy from his own RWK Imports specialty Italian
Wines coming to pour an assortment from Emilia with two Lambrusco wines,
from PALTRINIERI, a dry bianco and a dry rosso, some Sicilian Frappato dry
rose, and some incredible Romagna Sangiovese, too from Silvie : all
wonderful, balanced, tasty and distinct! Cheers, JOIN US, everyone always
more than welcome here. The more the merrier!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading your blog. Just a short note, Paltrinieri's Bianco is not Lambrusco: http://www.rwkimports.com/en-IT/product-detail/?id_product=17

Lambrusco by definition is a red wine that's frizzante, secco, at least 11% alc., and contains a min. of 85% Lambrusco grapes.

Best, James
@illambrusco @lambruscodays