Friday, October 7, 2016

My Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits' Weekly Tuesday Store Email October 4th, 2016 : Come To Our Big-Theme Southern Hemisphere Wine-Tasting With Wines From 6 Countries : Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, South Africa & New Zealand, Wines Of Salton Harmoniza, Bodegas Carrau, Ten Sisters, Artesana , Mi Terruno, Six Hats, De Trafford, Wildekrans, Leyken, De Meye, Little Quino, Viamonte, WOW : With Andrew Stover, Bryce MacNamee, John Morrison, Teresa Morrison, Wagner Alberti, Patty, Rolf, Brian : Great - Grand Event At Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits In Cleveland Park, Northwest, Washington D.C. 20008!

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Debatable?! Which Vice Do You Pick Tonight?!?


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     DO YOU PLAN to watch tonight's Presidential Debate on TV at 9PM? WE have plenty of spirits here to rally your spirits as you do, stop by, pick your spirit(s) of choice, like a vice, choose one, make it official,  ...
     SHARE IT  with friends and family, the opinions you have on this so-called vice, or is it more like a pleasure and a spirit to rouse and rally and bolster your mood and well-being?
     WE ARE HERE  to help, stop by, have a chat, let's help make all of this easier for you. Cheers!
     ALSO : JOIN US tomorrow when we continue with our monthly Big-Theme Wine-Tastings that we started earlier this year. Tomorrow's is on the Southern Hemishpere , it is free, the next two will be free wine-tastings as usual, in November, too. We will have six countries represented here for you all to enjoy : Argentina, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and Uruguay. This will be a great opportunity to discover what and which of these wines will work well with our holidays and colder weather when we need to be warmed and cheered by both our food and wine.
     BUT, BEFORE I GET THERE I want to mention some of our ' other ' specials and ' goodies ' for you all to consider trying.
     BEER From Santos :
     1) ' La Rossa ' Doppelbock beer ' BIRRA MORETTI, imported from Italy, On Special for $9.99 a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles, with 7.2% alcohol by volume : more to steel you and warm and charge and ignite you here!
     1) ' Original ' German Hefe-Weizen Ale, Tap 7, On Special for $3.99 a 1 pint, 9 fluid ounce bottle, with 5.4% alcohol by volume, check it out, from Germany.
     2) ' Aventinus ' Tap 6, Germany's original Wheat-Doppelbock Ale, On Special for $4.99 a bottle, with 8.2% alcohol by volume, for a 1pint 9 fluid ounce bottle : also here to keep you snug, happy and warm - fired-up, too!
     3) " Wolf Pup Session IPA ", refreshingly hoppy from GOLDEN ROAD Brewing, from Los Angeles, CA. : we have Mike Moran here from The High End segment of Anheuser Busch here to say a few words about this : " New to DC we have a highly drinkable and aromatic tropical session IPA perfect for Redskins tailgating ". Go to @goldenroadbrew for much more information.
     BREAKING NEWS : Mike and I are sitting here now brainstorming and getting an idea going for November here to do a Big-Theme Ale-Beer-Tasting in Novemeber for the holidays ! Yes, that would be our very first time to do this. Come in and tell me and Santos, Jagir and Chris that you want us to do this, thanks!
     WE NEED TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS?!? Do not be silent, tell us what we may do to improve your shopping experience here?
     LIQUOR / LIQUEUR  From Jagir :
     1) Spice , Blood-Orange liqueur from PUR LIKOR, $26.99 a 375ml bottle, just look at the density of color to know the committment by owner Kiki of Germany! She is fully-invested in this fine product, with 25% alcohol by volume, what a real treat! Add it to many thinks and ' spice-up ' your life! Lovely cloud of amber colors to slip your tongur into, luxuriate, feel free and easy and smiling as you should when you relax, just a touch will do you, dew you, thrill you.
     TWO Liquors :

     1) WIDOW JANE Whiskey Distilled from a Rye Mash , American Oak aged, using pure limestone mineral water from the Widow Jane mine in Rosendale, NY, look at the way this unfiltered liquid that has more stuffing and taste and character captures the light in the bottle, and will have more ' stick-um ' on your tongue and palate, too! Yes, $52.99 a bottle, with 45.5% alcohol by volume.
     2) TEELING Whiskey Small Batch , ' the spirit of Dublin ', Irish Whiskey, non-chilled, with 6 months in rum casks, bottled 7/14, $40.99, with 46% alcohol by volume : both extra flavor and definition, and more harmonious and smooth, too!
     Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 : 5:30-8:30PM, Join Us for our Big-Theme ' Southern Hemishere ' Wine-Tasting, representing 6 countries : Argentina, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and Uruguay : wow, this is big, this is really MONUMENTAL : a total saturation of one's palate in these fine 25+ southern hemisphere wines : reds and whites, sparkling : something for everyone here : great to get thinking about the holidays and what you might like to serve with family and friends, and ALL ON SPECIAL here tomorrow when you taste! Join us, everyone always more than welcome.
     Friday, October 7th, 2016 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy here tasting fine, small batch, top-flight, distinctive, interesting, special Italian wines from all up and down the boot of Italy, something for everyone, to make you dream more largely, to make your smiles and contentment blossom more freely : join us, always very special!
     Saturday, October 8th, 2016 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Andrew Stover here to taste some really special wines of Turkey, some of the very best, made with indigenous grapes as well as international ones , some more silky - soft - smooth, others with more bite and pull and earth and spines, some to sip, some that really benefit food as the food benefits them right back : just like in the movie " Pretty Woman " where Richard Gere says at the end that he is there to ' rescue ' Julia Roberts, and she responds immediately that she will ' rescue ; him ' right back! ' Join us, this will be a great tasting, you will enjoy and learn much!
     SO : Here is our ' Southern Hemisphere ' free- wine-tasting for you all to read about now and come and taste here tomorrow.
     NOTE : This will be one of the last two ' free wine-tastings ' that we do , this one and the Big-Theme Wine-Tasting of the Northern Hemishere on November 9th. In Decemeber for Part ONE and Part TWO of our Bubbly Sparkling Wine Tastings ( we will charge a niminal fee for those that will be applied to any purchase of a wine that you make that evening ). I am mentioning this not to upset you but to let you know now so that it is not a big surprise for you all. We love doing these as you know , but we also have to have a balance with it as well as sales. I have asked you all in the past to support these by buying one bottle to show your thanks, and that has not happened many times. Sorry to have to do this , but as much as it is a service for you all, it is also a business.

     TABLE Number ONE : Brazil, SALTON Winery with Wagner Alberdi, Patty and Rolf pouring for us :
     1) " Intenso ' Espumante sparkling wine, $15.49, like Prosecco, made by a Veneto family that immigrated to Brazil a long time ago : like Prosecco, better?!?
     2) ' Poetica ' dry rose espumante/ sparkling, drier, more edgy, lovely, more body, too : $17.49 a bottle, ...
     3) ' Classic ' 2013 Chardonnay, $10.99 a bottle - lovely, smooth, bright.
     4) " Intenso ' 2014  Sauvignon Blanc - Viognier dry white blend, $14.49 : more body, more edge, more of a lovely food wine to soften the edges and the weight!
     5) ' Classic ' 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $10.99, earthy, traditional style, great with food, grilled meats and vegetables, a fine food wine!
     6) ' Intenso ' Marselan 2012 ( great vintage in Brazil! ), a hybrid-clone from southern France that you rarely ever see any more, a treat. heartier, beefier, more girth, body and muscle than the Cabernet Sauvignon, a good couterpoint to this Cabernet. Discover a grape you did not know existed. Cheers!
     TABLE Number TWO : South African wines with importer Bryce McNamee :
     1)  Chenin Blanc 2014 from SIX HATS , Western Cape,South Africa, $11.99, a clean, dry and fresh and lively Chenin Blanc ( Steen ) to enjoy almost anytime, pairs well with many food : Fair Trade, too. We like that. Try on all six hats and see which one fits best?!
     2) Sauvignon Blanc 2014, $16.49,  from WILDEKRANS ( Estate Wine ), from South Africa's Bot River region,  : some real body, steel, force and delicious flavor that marries so well with so many well-seasoned dishes!
     3) Shiraz 2014 from SIX HATS, also Fair Trade, this $11.99 Shiraz has fruit, pepper and spice, chill 30 minutes, delightful with barbecue and seasond dishes, pate, rillettes and more, great value too, from South Africa's Western Cape.
     4) Pinotage 2013 from WILDEKRANS, from South Africa's Bot River origin, an estate wine, On Special for $18.49 ( regularly $20.99 - while this vintage lasts! ), a very tasty, assertive , flavorful yet amazingly drinkable dry medium-bodied red with a meal. Chill 30 minutes and get around a fire, have something on skewers sizzling and popping away on the fire close by, and enjoy, some wild rice, some pesto, some mild hot pepper flavors?!?
     5) ' Blueprint ' Shiraz 2008 from deTRAFFORD, $41.99 a bottle, from South Africa's Stellenbosch region, this has to be tried to be believed : too personal to say in words, it is a very special feeling, one we all share but different for each and every one of us!
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     TABLE Number THREE : TWO Kiwi, THREE Uruguayan wines : Andrew Stover pouring :
          New Zealand : TEN SISTERS :
     1) Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Single Vineyard , Marlborough, New Zealand dry white, $18.99, close to an elegant Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc without much of the typical Gooseberry taste in many Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc wines.
     2) Pinot Noir 2014 , Marlborough, New Zealand, $21.99 ( great price for this quality of Kiwi Pinot Noir ) : with polish, some lovely tempered leanneas, some toasty, roasted flavors, medium-to-light-bodied, charming, best with food, holds it's own with just about any flavor taste except too hot or too spicy.
          THREE From Uruguay, ARTESANA :
     1)  Tannat dry rose 2016, from Canelones, Uruguay, good body, good weight, really nice grip on mouth-feel, a lovely smooth, tasty rose to sip a glass and then dive into when the food arrives!
     2) A dry red blend of Tannat, Merlot and Zinfandel ( wow, Zinfandel in Uruguay?!? ) 2015, $17.49. some good body, some good weight, some real heft and edge and attitude ( don't mess with it unless you want character to stand up to your food! ), tasty, what do you think?!?
     3) Tannat 2015 from Canelones, Uruguay, $17.49, has even more pack, girth, grid, earth, steel and punch : broad sweeps of flavors that need food to soften them up, make them more accessible, a fine food medium-bodied, maybe more, food wine!
     TABLE Number FOUR With John & Theresa Morrison, tasting Argentina, Chile and South Africa :
          Argentina :
     1) Mi Terruno " espresion ' Extra Brut , Medoza, Argentina, a delight to sip, lilting, lively, rounded, lovely, $19,99, worth every penny of it!
     2) Malbec 2013 from VIAMONTEm in Lujan de Cuyo, $18.99, a softer, rounder, smoother, brighter, fruit-forward dry red Malbec.
           Chile :
     1) Little Quino 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $19.99, made by William Fevre, the famous French house making Chablis, this is crisp and refreshing, really bright!
      2) 2011 Pinot Noir from Chile's Leyda Valley, from LEYKEN, only 350 cases made : stellar, dry, complex, layered, slow to open but boy does it deliver as it does : world-class!
          South Africa :
     1) " Trutina " from DE MEYE in Stellenbosch, South Africa, this is a great blend of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, On Special for $26.99 a bottle, this way over-delivers for this price, what a treat!
     TABLE Number FIVE : Brian Forgren pours wines of Uruguay, of BODEGAS CARRAU :
     1) Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from Cerro Chapeu, dry, clean, crisp, very flavorful!
     2) Sust Vintage 2012 Brut Nature, bone-dry, developed, mature, opulent, bready? Dough? We will see, $22.99 a bottle!
     3) Pinot Noir Reserva 2013, $16.49 a bottle, a lighter, more forrest floor, earthy, dusty, spicy and toasty flavor : great chilled 30 minutes with food!
     4) Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, $10.99, a real value : ' new ' for us, thrilled to have it : enjoy with your meals. From JUAN CARRAU ...
     5) Tannat de Reserva 2013 , $14.49 a bottle, this packs more of a punch again, a food wine, earthy and powerful, and to be enjoyed with barbecue, grilled meats, pate, cured meats, ...
     6) Tannat 2007 ' Ysern ' ' Las Violetas ' $21.99 a bottle, the best, el mejor, the best made by BODEGAS CARRAU : must be tasted to be believed, still young, still able to age more, enjoy with a fine, special meal now!
     JOIN US, what fun we will have, ...
     THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, enjoy, come see us, get a wine tonight to watch the Vice Presidential 2-hour debate, cheers, TONY  10/4/2016

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