Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TonyTheWineGuy Talks About Beer, Liqueur, Liquor, Ciders, Wine, Including The MIOLO Family Vineyard Wines Of Serra Gaucha, Vale Dos Vinhedos Of Brasil THat He Loves!

Cleveland Park Wine Cleveland Park Beer, Liquor & Wine
Featuring a wide, international selection of fine wines, micro-brews and
should be proactive and prepared now or by the end of this week and we have
lots to recommend to help you with some last minute liquid libations
with-and-without alcohol. Yes, we do have some really nice non-alcoholic
beverages here and they, too sell really well. We here at Cleveland Park Beers,
Spirits and Wines like to represent the full gambit of things that are
offered/available to us and to let you all decide what you want. We are only
here to suggest, answer you questions and make your life and decisions a bit

ALSO : HAPPY GRADUATION DAYS to many of you out there! Graduations have been
going on now for awhile and are still going on and we have helped many of you
celebrate those as well. It's all so gratifying and special and wonderful and
we are thrilled to be a small part of these celebrations where and we can be.
Thanks for the opportunity to be there for you all.

I HAVE A NICE FATHER'S DAY STORY to offer to you, too.

EARLIER I WAS AT THE FIREHOOK BAKERY for my coffee before coming to work.
Rosalind one of our regular and very special customers saw me approach the door
of Firehook Bakery and she smiled and said " Hello " immediately. I asked her
how her weekend party had gone. She was here last Saturday shopping for beer,
wine to make a sangria and other " essentials ". That was fun for me. I
immediately suggested that she buy some of the magnums of DOMINIO DE ADIRA,
2011 Tempranillo ( 1.5ml bottle - there are two 750ml bottles in each magnum :
On Special for $14.99 from Valencia, Spain I believe ? ) to offer for drinking
as well as for the base of her sangria. As we talked I asked at some point : "
What are you all celebrating? "

ROSALIND TOLD ME THAT they were celebrating Jame's refurbishing/remake of his
1963 Ford Falcon. 1963 was a great year for many things such as much great
music as well as some wine like vintage port. Anyway Rosalind told me that
James had thought it would take him one year and yet it took three years to
finish work on this old 1963 Ford Falcon. I forgot to ask the color but I heard
Rosalind say that this past Saturday they had just got it back from the body
shop with a fresh coat of paint on it.

ROSALIND ALSO JUST TOLD ME that James is a great father and that he has been a
great care giver to their children as well and made it possible for her to
travel for her work. I had asked her if it was alright if I talked about this
in today's store/week email and she said that it would be fine. That's when she
added all this about him being such a great dad. That was of course all music
to my ears and I am happy to share this all with you as we get ready to
celebrate Father's Day.

COME BY AND GET SOME of this DOMINIO DE ADIRA 2011 dry red Tempranillo in the
magnums On Special at $14.99. It's light and refreshing and so easy to drink
with or without food. You should chill it and have it warm up to just the right
temperature for you all. It really is a smooth and silky delight. I immediately
fell in love with it when our rep Jeff tasted us on it three or so months ago.
We are thrilled to have it. If you have a group of dads together celebrating
it's a great wine to enjoy with all this oppressive humidity and heat - by
itself or mixed together with fruit to make a sangria. This is also a great
wine if you still have some larger groups getting together to celebrate a
graduation of a friend or loved one.

SPEAKING OF SANGRIA this past weekend to get a local neighborhood Graduation
Party rolling with the red and white wines I decided finally to start making
some sangria mixes for all these nice people. We were only guests and yet it
was my pleasure to offer some " virgin " and some wine sangrias to anyone
interested. As I made them with some dry French white and a healthy batch of
the fresh fruit sitting by me in a large bowl I would add a splash of dry
California red Pinot Noir, too. I used Sprite to make the " virgin " sangria
drinks and as I worked and spoke the excitement caught on and people started to
gather around and show their interest and desire to have some. All good. I had
never really made sangria mixing the red and the white wine but as you crush
all the berries and mix the whole concoction together it becomes really tasty.

IF YOU TRY THIS  on Father's Weekend try both the DOMINIO DE ADIRA Spanish
Tempranillo red as well as some of the DOMAINE DE BERNIER 2010 Chardonnay from
France's Vin De Pays Du Val De Loire On Special for $10.99. Both are delightful
by themselves with this heat and humidity and they would also make a great base
for the sangria.

ANOTHER QUICK STORY that involves sangria : I went over to a swimming coach and
offered him a Brazilian sangria. We were all gathered for another special high
school graduation. I said that I could add some Sprite to it to make it more
like their soft drink called Guarana that is sweet like Sprite. The minute I
said this he smiled and said that I obviously knew what I was talking about
when I mentioned the Guarana. He is engaged to a young Brazilian lady from
southern Brazil and he said that he would need some Brazilian wine for their
wedding here. That's when I mentioned MIOLO and some of the other really good
Brazilian wines that we have sold here in Cleveland Park from the RIO/SOL dry
red Cabernet & Syrah blend ( $11.99 ) to some of the sparkling wine we sold at
the end of last year for around $13 a bottle I believe. We will have to get
more of that soon.

AT THE MOMENT for Father's Day let me recommend some of the MIOLO Family
Vineyards' 2009 Chardonnay On Special for $14.99 a bottle. It comes from
Brazil's Vale Dos Vinhedos region ( 13.5% alcohol by volume, www.miolo.com.br
and is flavorful, rather full-bodied, has some real grip and flavors that are
both pleasing and forward and really open gracefully with time on the palate
and then linger for a long time, too once you swallow. I really do recommend it
along with the 2009  Pinot Noir ( On Special for $16.99 ) and the LOTE 43 2004
dry red Bordeaux Blend On Special for $19.99. There is always something fun and
exciting " just around the bend " ... here in Cleveland Park in our nation's

SANTOS RIVERA ALSO HAS some great beers for us all to enjoy on Father's Day as
well as on continuing graduations and here are some  to recommend.

1) BAYING HOUND Aleworks " Rockville " Kolsch Style Ale ( On Special for
$7.99, 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, 5.5% Alcohol By Volume, www.baying-hound.com,
BAYING HOUNDS ALEWORKS Rockville, Maryland 20850, ) : " Perfect for the warmer
months. Refreshing with a little more hop kick than our German counter part ".

2) PEAK Organic Brewing Company " Espresso Amber " Ale With Organic Coffee
( On Special for $6.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, 6.8% Alcohol by Volume,,
Portland, ME. www.peakbrewing.com ) : " A robust amber ale brewed with locally
roasted, organic fair trade espresso with help from our friends down the street
at Coffee by Design. This malty amber ale is brewed with substantial amounts of
Munich Malt, providing a perfect backbone for the rich, toasty flavor imparted
by the espresso ".

3) USDA Organic  " SUM'R " Summer Ale by UINTA Brewing Co. ( On Special
for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 Fl. Oz bottles, uintabrewing.com, Salt Lake City, Utah
) : " Sunkissed by UINTA ... earth, wind and beer " and made from water,
organic barley, malt, hops and yeast. The color of the six-packs is green and
perfect for sending the message of " organic ", " going green " and doing
whatever we possibly can to preserve our environment. Come check it out.

THIS PAST WEEKEND WE HAD   FIO PISCO   poured by our local reps on Friday, June
8th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ). It's On Special for $27.99, regularly $30.99 a 750ml
bottle and made in San Miguel, Lima Peru www.fiopisco.com re:discover purity.
This FIO PISCO sold out again at this second tasting with Carmine Malangone and
Marques Mullings. It is made in small batches and distilled that way. Made from
100% grapes, artisanal and with no water or additives. It's 84% alcohol by
volume, made in Peru and we are happy to have it. Imported here locally by SanF
LLC into Alexandria, VA. Thanks Carmine and Marques, you both did a great job
and we have it back today on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 for any of you looking
for excellent Peruvian Pisco.
THIS EMAIL will serve for the the next two and so please do save it and refer
to it again and again as you look for ideas to celebrate and get through this
heat and humidity. The next store email will be on July 3rd, 2012 as we all get
ready to celebrate the 4th of July.

REMEMBER THAT SUNDAY, July 1st, 2012 is Canada Day and that we have some of the
excellent CAVE SPRING CELLARS  2009 Pinot Noir VQA Niagara Peninsula ( On
Special for $18.99, regularly $21.99, from Jordan, Ontario, Canada, 13% alcohol
by volume, cavespring.ca, ). We had this open recently here by our reps John and
Theresa Morrison and it was very well received by those of you that tasted it.
Made in a lighter, very tasty style with lovely accents of herbs and spices and
more subtle and refined taste. It works it's magic much more slowly on the
palate and will be a great medium-to-lighter-bodied red to combine with many
hot-weather meals inside or outside. Chill it slightly for thirty minutes or
less and enjoy it with salads and grilled meats and vegetables, smoked foods.
It's a gem in the rough, really special. Treat yourselves now or on Canada Day.

TOMORROW OUR Cleveland Park List-Serve Notice will appear and so I will combine
some of this email with other things in it. You might look for tomorrow's
notice as I will include other items that I believe you all will be interested
in as well. We are trying to let more of the Cleveland Park Community know that
we are here as it still happens that people come to us here after years of
having lived here and not knowing that we are here and that we offer as much as
we do. Many people are quite literally shocked that our store is as big as it
is and offers as much as we do. We want this to happen less frequently and for
more of you to know that we in fact do offer a wide range of items and services

WINE-CLASSES : Saturdays, 11:30AM - 1PM -

JUST LIKE THIS PAST SATURDAY June 9th, 2012 I did a private wine-class for Leah
and Josh and their eight local friends. I charged $10 a person and served six
wines ( one dry Spanish Bobal rose On Special for $9.99, one liter of BIG WOOP
dry Southeastern Australian red blend of Shiraz and Merlot, one WWE. DR.
THANISCH 2009 Riesling from Germany's Mosel region ( On Special for $19.99,
regularly $25.99, 9.5% alcohol by volume, Erben ), and more. All the wines were
well-received and I must admit that this WWE. DR. H. THANISCH 2009 blew the
roof off the top of our store when we finished with it.

EVERYONE WAS PRETTY AMAZED and we all marveled at how flavorful and complete
and satisfying this off-dry Riesling was/is. You can do your own private
classes, too. You simply need to have six or more people and we can tailor it
around what you all want to learn about. I do them to accomodate all of you and
your interests and needs. Call : 202-363-4265 and ask for me, Tony. So get some
friends together and give me a call. I really like doing these wine classes and
have done them for so many years now that I can assure you that you will all
learn and have a great time, too. FUN.

LIQUOR / LIQUEUR From Ravinder Sharma : Father's Day & Continuing
Graduation-Day Gifts :

I HAVE SO MUCH TO MENTION in LIQUOR / LIQUEUR from Ravi : here are some of the
highlights that will be great for FATHER'S DAY :

1) Anejo Tequila made from 100% de Agave plants by DON ROBERTO ( On
Special for $56.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume,
www.tequiladonroberto.com, Jalisco, Mexico ) is hand-crafted and is " new and
very exciting " here in Cleveland Park. We are very pleased to be able to offer
it to you all in time for Father's Day as well as for the 4th of July! Get some
now while we still have some.

2) The Original KOLOA Kaua, Hawaii : 2 Rums -

a) KAUA 'I White Hawaiian Rum ( $36.99 a 750ml bottle, Rama, Hawaii, 40%
alcohol by volume, www.kolparum.com, is distilled and blended on the garden
island of Kaua'I and is history in the making. It's also brand new to us all
here in Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. FUN!
b) KAUA 'I Spice ( $41.99, 44% alcohol by volume ) is a golden-hued
Hawaiian rum with natural flavors and caramel color and spice of course. Go to
: www.koloarum.com for more info. Cheers. It's great to see so many products
coming to us recently from Hawaii these days that includes all the various
beers as well as the sparkling and the non-sparkling Pineapple wines that we
carry here.
The sparkling HULA O MAUI ( $26.99, 12% alcohol by volume, made by the TEDESCHI
Vineyards, Ulupalakua ) is tart and crisp and refreshingly dry. It , along with
these two new rums would make great gifts for Father's Day! Cheers.

3) Eau De Vie ( Water Of Life ) de Pomme ( Apple ), Apple Brandy
Barel-Aged in Limousin Oak ( usually used to age French wines ), from CLEAR
CREEK Distillery ( $59.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol  by volume, ) has the
apple that grew inside this bottle. It's distilled and bottled by the CLEAR
CREEK Distillery in Portland, Oregon and looks fabulous and would make a great
gift this weekend to enjoy at the end of Sunday as the sun sets and it gets
cooler outside and you can all enjoy the last bit of this special day and raise
a glass and toast all your fathers. Cheers.

4) Vodka from Washington Island, Wisconsin, this 2005 DEATH'S DOOR ( On
Special for $34.99, 750ml bottle, 40% alcohol by volume,
www.deathsdoorspirits.com, from the August 2010 harvest ) is distilled from
grain and was tasted this past Thursday, June  7th, 2012 from 5-8PM by the
owner himself. More info is included on our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park
Wines & Spirits. Check it out. We have been selling these three items from
DEATH'S DOOR now for some time and so it was thrilling to get the owner and
inspiration behind these products here. We tasted the White Whisky and the Gun
as well and they are all here available for you all.

5) Basil SQUARE ONE Organic Vodka ( $32.99, made from 100% organic rye,
40% alc. by volume, 80 Proof, USDA Organic, www.squareoneorganicspirits.com ) :
" The garden-fresh basil aroma mirrors the delightful earthiness of basil on
the palate. Clean and bright with a soft hint of white pepper and citrus. ...
Our master distiller, Bill Scott, infuses the essence of four basil varieties -
Genovese, Thai, Lemon and Sweet - to create SQUARE ONE Basil ". FUN. TASTY. Try

WINES From Eric, Michel and Tony :

1) Natural Sweet Red & Natural Sweet Rose from the ROBERTSON WINERY ( Both
are On Special for $7.99 a 750ml bottle, both have 7.5% alcohol by volume, from
South Africa, ) in fun tear-drop shaped bottles. Chill them both. The more you
chill them the drier they will taste. These are fun to enjoy all by themselves
and would also be very casual and appealing to enjoy on a really hot and muggy
day outdoors this weekend. They also make nice gifts for those of you just
starting to drink and enjoy wine. All the emphasis is on the softness and the
roundness of the fruit flavors and not on the tannins or the acids. FUN for
Father's Day!

2) 2009 Cabernet Franc from Virginia and made by WINEWORKS ( $34.99 for a
three-liter box of wine : that's 4 750ml bottles inside at $8.75 a bottle,
www.virginiawineworks.com, made by Michael Shaps outside of Charlottesville,
VA. ) and is a great party wine as well as a great way tor larger parties and
groups of people to celebrate all the graduation day celebrations, too. I
enjoyed some last night as I used some the other day for a graduation and since
we did not use it all and it keeps fresh inside the bag it still tasted great
while I grilled our dinner. I definitely recommend it and think it represents a
great deal, too.

3) " Bone Dance " 2007 Napa Valley Merlot from JAQK Cellars ( $28.99,
www.jaqkcellars.com ) is quite rich and robust and flavorful. It still has some
really nice balance, even at 14.5% alcohol by volume. It will taste great at a
grill on Father's Day or on another graduation celebration. Medium-bodied and
focused and a real treat to make ourselves feel even more special and
appreciated. Try some, you will love it.

4) " Charmed " Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 ( $29.99,
www.jaqkcellars.com , 13.9% alcohol by volume ) has a great label for
celebrating and graduations and with just a splash of oak to the taste it will
be great when you grill and barbecue and enjoy yourselves inside or outside.
It's medium-bodied and very forward and bright on the palate and the flavors do
indeed linger. Bright and cheery and fun.


1) FIRST FRESH Extra Virgin Olive oil Fall 2011 Harvest from California,
this BILL SANDERS ( $18.99 a 500ml bottle ) is made from 3 Spanish varieties of
olives and just won the " Prestige Gold " award at the Terraolivo Evoo
International competition in Jerusalem. It will also be featured in the " New
Brands on the Shelf " pavilion at the Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C. here
on from July 17-19. If you know Bill from Cleveland Park please go by and say "
hello " to him. We sell his olive oil here and are thrilled to have it. This is
another great " Father's Day " gift.

2) PATXARAN Sloe Berrie liqueur ORDOKI Licores BAZTAN ( $23.99. 750ml
bottle, from Navarra, Spain 25% alcohol by volume, without additives ) is
pretty amazing. We had it opened and poured by our local rep Nolan Hale this
past Saturday and we sold some. It's pretty appealing with accents of licorice
and a smooth, silky, bright-textured mouth-feel that coats and cajoles and
pleases and is never cloying or heavy. You want to sip it again and then again
and then again once again as if for the very first time : just to be sure you
like it as much as you did on the first sip. FUN. A great way to celebrate and
end an evening this coming weekend with family and friends.


FRIDAY, June 15th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Estebe from Tradewinds Imports
here to taste some of his excellent Spanish and Argentinian wines, from
still/non-sparkling to sparkling as well. It will be fun. Estebe has some
really nice wines that could be great for Father's Day like his MANLA dry white
100% Verdejo 2011 Spanish white ( $20.99, www.cachazo.com, from Valladolid,
Spain ), and his  CHANARMUYO Reserva Chamas Honnorat Family Wines 2009 dry red
Tannat indigenous grape variety from La Rioja's Valle De Chanarmuyo in
Argentina, close to Uruguay, for $19.99. It's hearty, earthy, herbal, spicy and
needs food to flesh it out. The MANLA is lovely to enjoy with salads and cold
cuts and most warm-weather meals that include shellfish, fish, white meats,
vinaigrettes, goats' cheeses and much, MUCH more. Cheers.

SATURDAY,  June 16th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Jan Conrad of JUSTIN
California wines here to pour a selection of his wines which will include a
Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc dry white wine. Join us
, there is never any charge. Please bring family and friends.

FRIDAY, June 22nd, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Neil Shrodo of Five Grapes
Imports here to pour a selection of both his French and his California wines.
Please join us, never any charge.

SANTOS has organized a GOOSE ISLAND beer tasting from 5-8PM.

SATURDAY, June 23rd, 2012 from 2-6PM we have Ernie our local rep of
Monument Wines here pouring a selection of his California and Italian wines? I
just spoke to Matt Daniels of Majestic Fine Wines and he will take Ernie's
place at this tasting and probably pour the wines of CALINA ( Chile ), TENUTA
DI ARCENO ( Italy ) and FREEMARK ABBEY ( California ). We will know for certain
by the end of this week. Join us, never any charge.

RAVI has organized a CHOPIN Polish vodka tasting including three types.
FRIDAY, June 29th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) , we will have Oscar Losama of VOILA
Imports here ( he's a partner with Olivia ) : and Oscar will pour some of his
excellent French wines that may include some sparkling, too as we are getting
closer to the 4th of July as well as the 14th of July ( Bastille Day ). It may
be a : Let's Get Ready Early For BASTILLE DAY Celebration Wine-Tasting. That
makes sense, let's be proactive. Cheers.

SATURDAY, June 30th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : Chris Bartha will be here from
Cobblestone Imports to do an early 4th of July Wine-Tasting with all American
wines that may include COOPERS Vineyard here in Virginia with the " Noche "
chocolate infused into the red Norton ALL_AMERICAN indigenous grape variety to
the western hemisphere, the RAMSAY( CA. ), and perhaps some of the Olivet Lane
of PELLEGRINI Vineyards in California's Russian River Valley. Michel and Chris
will make the final decision on this one. We sell wines already from all three
of these excellent vineyards and together they would all be fun to celebrate
the 4th of July on the next Wednesday! Cheers.

I KNOW I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS but it's time to send this email so that
you all have time to read it, save it, and come to see us when you leave your
jobs at the end of this day. We are here and ready to serve all or at least
many of your needs. You can check us out further at :
www.clevelandparkwines.com, also on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines &
Spirits and on Twitter at : cpwinespirits. We are always happy to be of service
and help to you all. Cheers,  TONY

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