Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Celebrate The Greatness Of Cleveland Park Our FABulous Neighborhood Here In Washington DC, 20008, Thurs 12/14/2017 6:30-8:30PM At @UptownArtsDC In Old 4-P's Location Sketch, Draw, Taste Wines, Mingle, Look At Art, Clothes, Celebrate Our Great Wealth Here!




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THE WEATHER NEWS Scares Me So Often! I love looking out ... as I did yesterday my day-off looking out on Monday into my yard with sun streaming inside , lovely, a real treat, made me smile immediately!
 
 
 
 
 
THE WEATHER TODAY is cold and it will drop to below freezing tonight after 5PM, and that is something I can deal with, the election in Alabama is another more challenging matter, and I mention this only becasue the eyes of the world are turned towards Alabama today.
 
HAPPY HANUKKAH ! It starts tonight and sundown and we wish everyone a happy holiday. Cheers.
 
SO MUCH TO PROCESS these days and it  is challenging, and stressful, the news on Channel 4 today about more sexual harassment charges against President Trump and Mario Batali, then the stories of continuing bullying of our school children and their sense of despair, depression, and more - all very hard and disturbing.
 
SO : GATHER ROUND, Gather Together, let us celebrate that that is indeed positive and that we can effect in positive ways, strengthen our ties and move forward in peace and good will and purpose to grow stronger and not weaker.
 
WE HAVE a full roster of activities starting tomorrow and going through Saturday. And on Thursday we have something very special and a bit out of the ordinary as we gather as a community over at the Uptown Arts DC space , December 14th, 2017 ( 5:30-8:30PM , free, no charge, invited everyone to be a part of this and to bring anything that they want to share, to taste wines with me, Dan and Narayan, ( Robert Kennedy is provoding some bottles of the Bianco and the Piria spumante Lambrusco from owner-winemaker Alberto Paltrinieri to be poured ) and to look at the art there, to draw and sketch if they want - supplies to do so will be available there - so join us if you are free, tell neighbors and friends, everyone invited to come.
 
I JUST SPOKE to one of the organizers there, Jamal Gray that provides the music for the events. He came by to check in with me and to say ' hi ' and he will be there on Thursday afternoon as we set up anything needed. ) SO : join us there and here all this week. All the wines we pour there will be available here for sale if anyone wants some to enjoy later.
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS -
 
WEDNESDAY , December 13th, 2017 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Brayden Campbell here to pour Loire Valley whites and reds that include Sauvignon Blanc from Tour and from Pouilly Fume, Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, and Cabernet Franc from Chinon. Exciting wines all, a real treat for every taste and palate. Tasted them with Brayden just a week ago, these are @FranksSignatureWines from @LanternaWines, great authentic representations of soil climate grape and all! Si Si si, venez gouter ici avec nous.
 
THURSDAY, December 14th ( 6:30-8:30PM ) : We will be over at the @UptownArtsDC center - the old 4-P's location with anyone from the community that wants to join us. Read above for more info. Everyone welcome.
 
FRIDAY, December 15th, 2017 ( 5-8PM, we have Chris coming to pour a selection of his wines with you all, French, German and Italian I believe? Will firm this all up tomorrow. Join us.
 
SATURDAY, December 16th, 2017 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Robert Kennedy here pouring a selection of his fine Itlain small family-grower wines :
1) LECLISSE Lambrusco di Sorbara spumante On Special for $19.99 - smooth as silk, soft as a velvet glove on your tongue and palate - lovely ... 
2) Eisacktaler Veltliner Sudtirol 2013 dry white On Special for $32.99 - lovely svelt-streamlined finesse virility, power, warmth and patience, ... a special treat -
3) 2008,2010,2011 ( starting with the 2008 ) : Riserva Primitivo Goia del Colle from Marianna Annio - si si si si si, On Special for $39.99 a bottle, regularly $49.99 a bottle - just a few bottles left, and signed as gifts by Marianna! -
4) Lugana V.S.Q.P.R.D. 2010 DOC from owner-winemaker Giovanna, a magnum of sparkling wine to share with loved ones and friends, $On Special for $54.99 si si si si si! Make a grand splash, live largely, love magnum-ly! Yes!!!!
GREAT TASTING as always with Robert Kennedy.
 
SAVE ON WINE here each Wednesday, SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE Up To 20% OFF 2 Ways (
 
1) Buy any bottle at $19.99 or more of wine,
 
2) buy 12 assorted bottles at any price of wine 750ml bottles  ) - and SAVE 20% OFF on the marked sticker prices,
 
3) SAVE UP to 15% OFF 1 Way ( assort 6 bottles of wine at any price )
 
CALL if you cannot come by and place your orders and pay : 202-363-4265, and either arrange with us for a delivery or come and collect your purchase - yes, si , oi, venga amigos, come friends, venez amis, ...
 
SPECIALS and SPIRITS of Interest This Week:
 
 
 
       BEER From Santos Rivera - 5 -
 
     1) Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale , ale with strawberries and rhubarb added, brewed and bottled by GREAT DIVIDE BREWING Co., for a 1Pt., 6 Fl. Oz bottle, On Special for $13.99, with 6.2 Fl. Oz alcohol. ... warming, soothing, refreshing highs and lows yes!
 
     2) ' Dragon's Milk ' Bourbon barrel-aged stout from NEW HOLLAND Brewing, Holland, Michigan, On Special for $8.99 for a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, yes, warming, rich, flavorful, coating, withh 11% alcohol by volume, a treat, yes!
 
   3) Premium Lager beer from ZELTA, from Latvia, On Special for $3.49 a bottle, with 5.2% alcohol by volume, 5 milliliters, yes wonderful, new and exciting here for you all!
 
   4)  Black Snake Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Vanilla Stout from the BELTWAY Brewing Company, $13.99 for a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, - eagerly aged in bourbon barrels for five months and complimented with vanilla, ... yes!
 
     5) Latvian Porter from Aldaris Porteris , since 1865, Pn Special for $3.49 a bottle, what a warming, welcoming treat, 5 milliliter bottle, yes, perfect for this cold freeze tonight!!!!
 
 
       Liquor & Liqueurs from Jagir - 6 types -
 
 
     1) Grand Fine Cognac from CHALFONTE, a French Cognac, $25.99, that really impressed me for the flavors, the harmonies, the silk and bright warmth and soothing, pleasing flavors for a ridiculously low price! Cheers, sante et a bientot!
 
     2) Washington DC Limoncello from Don Ciccio & Figli, On Special for $30.99 - the real deal, locval and delicious and totally correct like they make in Italy! Cheers!!
 
     3) The All-Natural Spirit of the Andes MACCHU PISCO, product of Peru, On Special for $28.99 40% alcohol by volume, what a delight, so lovely, so bright, so pure! Melanie and Elizabeth Asher and their aunt Rosa all behind this, a great product, also available with the La Diablada as their top-of-the-line! Cheers!
 
     4) Bat MASTERSON'S 10 year old straight bourbon whiskey On Special for $59.99, down from $74.99 a 750ml bottle, 45% alcohol by volume, as I child I played the part of Bat Masterson at times, now as an adult I can enjoy this fine rye! Cheers!!!
 
     5) Navy Strength Gin ' Vigilant ' from JOS. A. MAGNUS & CO., On Special for $40.99 a 750ml bottle, Made by master distiller Nicole Hassoun that ran the Gin Joint at New Heights restaurant for 8 years, wow, how sublime, how cool - kool is this ?!? It does not get much brighter, tighter, true and tasty, too! Yes!!!!
 
     6) Bloody Mary Mix from DAILY'S , non-alcoholic, for a 1 liter bottle, On Special for $5.99 a bottle. New and exciting.
 
 
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, must send this now, all out of time, see you tonight - soon, be a part of our fabulous Shop Small business , dining, shopping, living, loving, warm and welcoming and patient, accepting, generous and special community! Celebrate with us all this Thursday 6:30-8:30PM over at the @UptownArtsDC center yes!
 
I THINK THAT CHILDREN are welcome, will check to be sure, they can draw and sketch while you enjoy the art, the wine, the community spirits that is all ours and very much alive and thriving here for us all. Cheers, TONY
 
 
 
THIS IS and old store email from December 10th, 2013 that I wrote and sent many moons ago!
 
 
 THE WEATHER NEWS Scares me so often. I love looking out at the white snow and it's so calming and lulling. I got dressed and immediately went outside to get our Washington Post newspaper to " test the waters ". so-to-speak, frozen waters in this case. It was okay and though the snow was big and falling steadily it looked like I would be able to navigate out of our protective cul-de-sac this morning. Scraping the snow off my car was fun. I enjoyed it. I also made my first snow ball of the season and threw it into our front yard for fun. 
 
BEFORE Going Outside to go to work I read the Washington Post newspaper and was inspired by the article on Neil Young at the age of twenty-five then playing at the Cellar Door for five nights in late December-early December 1970. He had not quite yet written the song with lyrics that go like " The need and the damage done ... knocking at my cellar door ... " but he would soon. During this period he was playing the song " Old Man " among other favorites.
 
ANYWAY, I REMEMBER as a college student going to the Cellar Door to hear concerts like Eric Anderson and Sea Train. Funny, today there's the group Train that always make me think of Sea Train, and just like I trekked to the Cellar Door back in the early seventies my son and our lovely Chinese neighbor trekked to the 9:30 Club to see Train sing. I love that : that's the past and the present coming together - showing the relationship, what binds us together always, no matter what generation.
 
I ALSO REMEMBER the ritual of going to The Tombs of 1789 Restaurant three or blocks away from The Cellar Door. We would go downstairs into the cellar downstairs underground and order the incredible hamburgers with always a pitcher of whatever beer was current and popular at the time. it may have been a SIERRA NEVADA Pale Ale ( $9.99 a 6-pack ) or an ANCHOR STEAM beer ( $10.99 a 6-pack now )  from San Fransisco. Both were so popular back then with Yuengling Porter being such a great value then.
 
THERE WERE SO FEW BEERS back then, some were local. It could have been something on tap from Olde Heurich brewery that was brewed then here in Washington D.C. just there by Key Bridge, on the bank of the Potomac River, a few hundred yards away from the Cellar Door? Now we have the DC BRAU beers and ales that are brewed here that are also available on tap as well as in 6-packs that range in price from $11.99 - $12.99.
 
I JUST MENTIONED This to Santos and his face lit up and he said : " We used to sell so much of it - the Olde Heurich ), from Kronheim Distributors, $4.99 a 6-pack that went up to $5.99 a 6-pack then $6.99 a 6-pack - available no more. They are not making it no more! "
 
THE OLDE HEURICH Brewery was close to the original house of Francis Scott Key that has been since taken apart in pieces and lost unfortunately! The Olde Heurich mansion is still off of Dupont Circle. I think that now it's a museum. It has a beautiful courtyard and garden on the side street that it is on, and my wife in the past have met there and enjoyed our lunches way back then, in the eighties actually.
 
SO MUCH HISTORY and NOSTALGIA!
 
 
FOR THE WINES back in the early seventies there that were so very popular - a red, a rose and a white. Any of you all remember their names? No, well I will put you out of your misery and tell you : 
     1) BLUE NUN German sweet white  
     2) MATEUS Portuguese off-dry rose
     3) MOUTON CADET Bordeaux dry red
 
I drank all three and enjoyed all three at the time. I especially felt good when I would take my date out to dinner and there at our table by our side was an empty bottle of the MATEUS rose with a candle burning in it to provide ambiance and an open bottle of it for us to enjoy! Now that was classy, now that was romantic : that was " THE life ! "
 
TODAY Instead Of BLUE NUN we have :
 
     1) Liter bottles of German off-dry Riesling from the famous Rheingau, the 2011 Weinkeller Erbach that is drier, more complex, and completely different to the old BLUE NUN which does not exist anymore.

2) Riesling MONCHHOF of Robert Eymael , a 2012 from Germany's Mosel region, $19.99, 9% alcohol and drier again and much more versatile. It's more like the modern-day BLUE NUN that we no longer sell.

3) 2010 Riesling Pfalz from AC A. CHRISTMAN, $24.99, 12% alcohol by volume, again is the modern style of drier, more versatile-with-food wine that we are drinking today.

4) Gewurztraminer Weingut 2011 Spatlese - late-harvest estate-bottled from Bechtheimer, Germany, $17.99, 10.50% alcohol is delightful, aromatic, floral and with good balance and focus. What a great food treat!
IN FACT : the most like the old BLUE NUN is an off dry red German wine :

5) SUN GARDEN fruity red Dornfelder, an indigenous grape variety, $12.99, 2009 that is light-bodied, may be chilled, fresh and toasty red berry-cherry flavors, and so easy to enjoy with or without food! Once people try it they either love or hate it.

I AM HAVING lots of computer problems so I will be posting today's store email in pieces here. I am sorry for this and apologize. I am not a computer person and the government is closed and so many of you are off and shopping and I have less time to devote to todays' store email as a result.

TODAY WHAT'S LIKE MATEUS ROSE ?

1) DE MEYE Stellenbosch Shiraz 2011, On Special for $9.99 a bottle, that softer, more vibrant floral and dry style that pleases immediately!

2) " Sincerity " 2012 Pinot Noir French Loire rose from a - dry, good flavor, good focus - lovely! AND a GREAT VALUE, too!
 
3) 2012 DOMAINE De La SOLITUDE Cotes Du Rhone, $18.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, we had this open this past weekend here with Oscar and it's showing really well now with the extra time in the bottle. What a great holiday wine, all these are great holiday wines!

WHAT'S LIKE MOUTON CADET ?

1) 2010- great Bordeaux vintage, the CHATEAU CROIX Des GENTILS, $10.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume is a small property that makes this smaller-production of dry red Bordeaux, a typical blend of Merlot and Cabernet grapes that " over-delivers for the money! LOVE it, more coming tomorrow! Cheers!!

2) CHATEAU L'INSOUMISE " Caresse du Terroir " 2010 Bordeaux rouge dry red blend, $14.99, also packs a whole lot of punch for the dollar and is another wine that today is a real step-up from the MOUTON CADET. Cheers.

3) 2008 CHATEAU D'AIGUILHE QUERRE Grand Vin De Bordeaux from Castillon, Bordeaux, $27.99, 13% alcohol by volume, has more finesse, more polish, more elegance at this point : it's really impressive now and a great holiday wine to enjoy ahora, agora, maintenant, presto, now, NOW NOW NOW! Cheers.

SO MUCH WONDERFUL Nostalgia, gotta love it, I do, do you?!?

LIQUOR - LIQUEUR From Malkit and Jagir :

1) 1757 Distiller's Reserve Virginia Brandy from CATOCTIN CREEK ( $46.99 a bottle, 40% alcohol by volume from Loudoun County , VA. ) is hand-crafted,small-batch local brandy that sure does please and soothe and is perfect for this cold weather today as many of you are off!

2) Irish Cream Finest Quality from CAROLANS ( On Special for $13.99, from Ireland, 17% alcohol by volume, ) is made with fresh cream and honey. PERFECT for this cold, so soothing and so pleasurable.

BEER From Santos :

1) 2013 Hugh Malone Ale from ALLAGASH , a Belgian Style IPA ( $18.99, a 750ml bottle, 7.3% alcohol by volume , Portland, Maine ) : this should do it in this cold! Tasty, fiery?!? Warm, yes ... warming, too ...

2) The BRUERY Unfiltered Bottle-Conditioned " Tart Of Darkness " Sour Stout Aged in Oak Barrels ( $21.99, a 750ml bottle, 7% alcohol by volume, from Orange County, CA. ) : again, this will do the trick as you look out on all the white snow everywhere, and sigh a relief that you are off , home and snug and sound!

From Michel Et Tony :

1) Raspberry Merlot Red Off-Dry Table wine from FABBIOLI CELLARS, $25.99, 12.5% alcohol by volume, 375ml bottle, in Loudoun County, Virginia. Come and get some and some inexpensive sparkling wine and make a " Fabbioli Cellars Kir Royale " and celebrate this holiday season! Oh what fun you will have! Cheers.

THREE DAY WEEKLY SALES continue as usual through the holidays. Call Michel Dumas or Tony Quinn for any updates and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE still some more on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. 202-363-4265.
YOU MAY ALSO respond to this email with any questions that you may have, Cheers.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :

Friday, December 13th, 2013, ( 5-8PM ) : we have Jody Jackman pouring an assortment of her fine Winebow products here from 5-8PM. Join us, never any charge. Call for more info tomorrow when we talk with Jody and decide what we will be pouring. Something for the holidays we are sure, something to warm and cheer and please and tease us all some!

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 ( 2-6PM ) : WE have Theresa Morrison here this weekend with husband John Morrison to taste some of her " new shipment " of South African wines that have just docked and that will be perfect for this time to celebrate the inspiration and the life of Nelson Mandela that we are so ad has recently passed away. We will offer the wines of DE MEYE, BEAUMONT, ROBERT ALEXANDER, TRIZANNE and more! Oh what fun, what a great moment, what a great man, what fine South African wines of such character, personality and so much more ...

I am posting this now and hope that it goes out as it should. I have had nothing but problems typing it here and I hope as I said that it sends as I have typed it. Please accept any apologies if something goes wrong. Cheers, TONY Come and shop now! Thanks for everything.

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN SO MANY THINGS but I have no time left : sorry,
got to send this NOW. COME BY WE HAVE LOTS FOR YOU, really we do. Thanks for all
your support over this year and all the others, We appreciate it very much.

Thanks again, TONY

If this does screw up please go to our Facebook page at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. I have nmanaged to post it there in a Part One and a Part Two. Cheers, follow us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits and also at : wineenabler. Thanks again for everything! TONY
 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Join Us Tomorrow As We Celebrate Women W/ Bubblies 25+ To Try, Supporting Women As They Strive 4 Equality, The Right To Decide About Their Own Bodies, Equal Pay, Respect, Recognition, Being Heard & Answered, All 4 The Fabric Of Our Lives Being Enriched YES! Join Us 12/6/2017 5:30-8:30PM , $10 Charge To Be Applied 2 Your Purchase Tomorrow Yes! Join Us!!! Make Some Noise 4 Women's Rights!!!!!






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CLEVELAND PARK OFFER SO MANY THINGS : WHAT A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD : Join Us For Our BIG-THEME BUBBLY Wine-Tasting here tomorrow -
 
( Wed. Dec. 6th, 2017, $10 a person to be please paid in cash at the register where you will pick up your tasting glass thanks to Robert Kennedy. Then when you pay at the register and return your glass the $10 will be applied to any purchases made of the bubblies you taste tomorrow.
 
We do this to ensure that you get to try the 25+ bubblies we will be pouring here tomorrow, and can enjoy three hours here talking, listening, being seen and heard and knowing you are a real part of our grand Cleveland Park community ) , from 5:30-8:30PM.  Glad You Are Coming!
 
 
          THREE WAYS To Save When Buying -

1) SAVE 20% OFF all the bottles that are $19.99 or more!
 
2) ALSO - Buy 6 or more bottles you tasted  and SAVE 15% OFF the total.
 
3) AND - Buy 12 or more bottles at any price you tasted and SAVE 20% OFF the total.
 
SIX PEOPLE POURING, -
Theresa Morrison,
Franceen Kahng,
Christina Thornton,
Danielle Davidowitz,
and
Robert Kennedy ...
 
each with 4-5 bubblies for you all to enjoy, five ladies, one man ( I included Robert Kennedy because he has been nice to let us use his fine wine-tasting glasses here again for this event. It helps to better taste and appreciate, thanks Robert. WE asked Robert to come with his wife, but she is very shy, and so she will be here with us we taste, and she does love the bubbly of Silvia Cassali in Emilia, not far from her home.
 
TABLE ONE - Robert Kennedy of his own Robert Kennedy Imports specializing in small family-owned Italian wineries in Italy.
 
1) Prosecco from Valdobbiadene in Veneto ( the area that grows the fines Gerla grapes for Prosecco ), from RONFINI, $18.99, a fuller, a richer more saturating delicate lovely sunshine-trapped-in-each-bubble taste! Love this.
 
2) Villa Zappi dry rose from Emilia, from TENUTA CASSALI ( named after Mr Zappi that was on the expedition to discover the North Pole, as he is from owner-winemaker  Silvia's area ), $$18.99 a bottle - such delicate flavors yet full and pleasing and that coats ever so silkily our tongues and palates.
 
3) Piria Lambrusco di Sorbara, vino frizzante secco , a fuller rose or a delicate light red color, such fresh strawberries and an accent of cranberry or maybe toasty cherries?!? So easy to sip, so lively and bright and pleasing, $14.49 a bottle. A treat.
 
4) Nebbiolo ( Barolo and Barbaresco grape of Piemonte, Italy ) Brut rose from ETTORE GERMANO ( we had Sergio Germano come and taste it here with Robert about a month ago ), $32.99 a bottle - I loved the whole wonderful pleasing seductive ' mouth-feel ' that made my taste-buds quite reel! Enough said, a treat, such brightness, rightness, lovely.
 
5) Chardonnay Extra Brut 2008 magums ( 1.5ml bottle size, two regular bottles worth ), On Special for $59.99 a bottle. With plenty of bottle-age, available only in these beautiful magnum bottles, this is an amazing deal , taste, complexity, sophistication, and great price, too. You have more to enjoy so invite someone over : make it a party, celebrate!
 
 
TABLE TWO ( with Theresa Morrison pouring four choices ) :
 
1) Expresion Extra Brut from MI TERRUNO, Argentina, 12.5% alcohol by volume, this is so subtle I love it, did immediately, and bought almost immediately once I tasted it, a lovely floral fragrant delicate, yet rich-tasting bubbly!
 
2) Malbec sparkling 2016 vintage-dated brut rose from California's Mendocino region, made from organic-grown grapes, from their Rennie Vineyard site, made by YORKVILLE CELLARS, Britis husband and wife making really bright, fresh, complex, balanced expressions from the soils there, yes yes yes!
 
3) Rose Garnatxa Negra , Reserve de la Musica, 2014, sparkling Spanish Cava, : what a glorious color - rich, full-bloom-blossom yes, a lovely way to kick back and relax and feel positively great about everything!
 
4) Champagne LA CARAVELLE Blanc de Blancs from France, NM, Epernay, $49.99 : travel the seas, travel the lands - always have a bottle of this creamy bright expression of 100% Chardonnay grapes, with 12% alcohol by volume - si, oui, vraiment excelllent!
 
 
TABLE THREE : Franceen Kahng of Vias Imports pours fine Italian holiday wines - the spectrum, some with more sparkle than others - all with tremendous spark!
 
1)  Prosecco Extra Dry from ACINUM, DOP, $13.99 a bottle, with 11% alcohol by volume, tremendously flavorful for a Prosecco, lots of backbone, lots of grit , grip, girth and great range from highs to lows and mid range flavors, too : a grand roller-coaster ride for your taste-buds, great with food! Si si si!
 
2) Moscato D'Asti from STEV, $16.49 , a vintage-dated Moscato with 5.5% alcohol by volume, a more layered, structured, finely-tuned-toned bottle here. I remember tasting this with Franceen when she brought the owner himself with her. I liked their differences, their ranges. All they make is different Moscatos that reflect the different soils from which they came, as Nature intended, as they have completely respected here : little ' works of art'!
 
3) Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, a red spumante from Emilia, Italy, : " elegant and delicate wine, with notes of spice and fruit. This young vibrant wine can be enjoy d alone, or as an aperitif with a snack. " I have not tasted this, but I trust both Franceen Kahng and Vias Wines, a 2016 vintage-dated, from TENUTA PEDERZANA, $17.99 a bottle. I cannot wait to try it. Cheers!
 
4) Brachetto D'Acqui ' Pineto ' from MARENCO, this famous holiday and Valentine's Day slightly-sparkling red wine from Piemonte . Italy is a glassic. Take flight on the wings of the two geese / swans on the front label, soar to lofty new and exciting heights, yes, si si si si si!
 
 

TABLE FOUR  -  Christina Thornton of Winesellers LTD pours both hemispheres ) :
 
     TWO From Argentina - one organic of SANTA JULIA
 

1) Brut rose, Mendoza, Argentina, I alsolutely loved this when I tasted it with Christina on her last visit here I believe. I loved it, and tomorrow we celebrate Christina's new addition to her family, what a joy that is at holiday time, cheers Christina, this is such a nice-sipping spumante, really so pleasing.
 
2) Blanc de Blancs , made with organic grapes, from Mendoza, AR, $14.49, with 13% alcohol by volume, this is so much more complex, so many more layers, so much more weight and body! I enjoy this with some food, some appetizers are great, a meal divine! Coppi's organic restaurant may be serving some tomorrow, too, go by and ask bartender Ric if he has a glass for you to enjoy with some of the  excellent organic food there?
 
3) Riesling Sekt Extra Trocken , Sektellerei FITZ KG, from Bad Durkheim, Pfalz, Germany. Dry Riesling, $23.49 a bottle, with 12% alcohol by volume, this is amazing each and every time that I try it. A great bubbly to enjoy with many a meal. Enjoy some here then go dine at any of the restaurants around here , get their take-out perhaps, and drink it with whatever you choose. Cheers. It is made by our fine friend from Boston, Alice Fitz, named after her, now I think her children may be taking a greater role here? I will ask Christina. Cheers! Prosit! Terry made me aware that I had been spelling Prosit wrong, leaving the ' i ' out, thanks Terry!
 
4) Champagne BESSERAT De BELLEFON " Cuvee des Moines " Brut, $47.49 with 12.5% alcohol by volume, from Epernay, France. We started a long time ago with this from Chassity our old Winesellers rep, she got us all excited about both this, the vintage-dated, as well as the dry rose. Come try this on for size, fit and feel! Cheers!
 
 
TABLE FIVE - with Libby Edwards of Diamond District Wines pouring -
 
1) Txakoli  2016 Getariako Txakolina from REZABAL, with 11% alcohol by volume, $8.49 a bottle, with just a softer, more delicate effervescence, lighter body, too : when you want the brightness, the refreshing lightness and spark of sparkle to match more readily with many a meal, and which will complement you and elevate you even if tired as you celebrate with family and friends, From the Basque country, a lovely treat.
 
2) PinotNero, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay dry rose Veneto, Italy blend - great color and extraction, fine firm mouth-feel, zeal to lift and cheer us on, a darker rose color in this OMBRA, $18.49 a bottle, a Brut, with 12% alcohol by volume, perfect for this colder weather.
 
3) Dry French sparkling rose from HENRY VARNAY , $13.99 a bottle, with 12% alcohol by volume, really liked the fullness, the richness, the complete mouth-feel of this that really pleased us all immediately here the other night when we revisited it to see where it was in it's development? So pleasing to sip all by itself, yes , si si si si si!
 
4) Trepat indigenous Spanish grape variety, a dry rose from JOSEP FORASTER, $25.49 a bottle, , with 11.5% alcohol by volume, made with 100% Trepat grapes, a dry brut, made in a Metode tradicional, Mas Foaster, Montblanc, a Cava Reserva, not that far away from Penedes, Spain.
 
 
TABLE SIX - Danielle Davidowitz - tastes French champagne - three in 375ml bottles, two great Greek sparklers, - yes!
 
          TWO Greek -from CHARILYS  - MATAMIS -

 
1) Spumante Brut, using the indigenous grape varieties of both Assyrtiko and also Malagouzia, $17.49 - I loved it's loveliness, brightness, freshness, silk and purity!
 
2) Rose Spumante , a dry Assyrtiko and Syrah , a really lovely fullness, richness, voluptuousness, too! $17.49 a bottle, come try it on for size, fit and feel, let it make your senses fully reel!
 
 
     THRREE Half-Bottles Of Champagne - 375ml -
 
 
1)  Champagne Michel TURGY, Reserve Selection, from Le Mesnil sur Oger, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, Recoltant , $30.99 a bottle - yes! So complex, so fleshy-firm-fit-mature-too!
 
2) Champagne Brut ' Oeil de Perdrix ' Recoltant Manipulant from JEAN VESSELLE, from Bouzy, champagne, made with 100% Pinot Noir, $29.49, a lovely dry rose that is gosameric, translucent, diaphanous !
 
3) Champagne Brut Reserve from Bouzy, again a Recoltant-Manipulant champagne, $27.49 a bottle, firmer, more toned and more - great body, structure, balanced flavors!
 
COME SEE US and taste tomorrow, have to send this now, thanks for everything, and keep reading on here ... 

 

Call if you want for more details at 202-363-4265. Ask For Chris or Tony, CHEERS!
 
BRING A FRIEND or more, everyone welcome. 
 
WE STAR Started our year strongly with the Women's March and support for them in their peaceful marching for equality and control of their own bodies and what they decide for themselves without interference from government or society.
 
WE SOON REALIZED that the month of January 2017 was not enough time to be heard, be seen, be answered, be fully accepted and respected in public and in our work places. So the whole year of 2017 we have devoted to this worthy pursuit, and looks like 2018 we will continue.
We support men, too of course, that goes without saying, especially those that support us all in our quest to finally get women equality , control of their own bodies, equal pay in the workplace, a safe workplace, too where they feel accepted,included, and treated for the wonderful support, work and success they bring to both our workplaces and homes and communities.
WE are nothing without each other. We are so much less when not working together for all of our greater good. Yes! Si! Oui! Much to still do.
 
AND BUBBLY really does make a difference and bring a whole lot of smiles warmth and good cheer to us all.
 
THIS is PART ONE of a Two--Part BUBBLY Celebration here ( the PART TWO is on Wed. December 27th, 2017 5:30-8:30PM , $10 a person, and with another 25+ new bubblies to experience, not a repeat of tomorrow's tasting ).
 
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU For Both, that would be wonderful, but we realize some of you will be somewhere else with family and loved ones. We wish you well, we thank you now for all that you have done to be a part of our store and our commitment to be an integral part of this wonderful Cleveland Park NW Washington DC, 20008 community.
 
SO DO JOIN US HERE TOMORROW and help us celebrate all that is good, humble, honest, transparent, accepting, understanding and wonderful in all of us.
 
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email I wrote and sent in December 2012, read and enjoy it and check for current availability, vintages and pricing, too. Cheers, TONY  12/5/2017
 
THIS EMAIL WILL FOCUS on our Big-Theme BUBBLY tasting as we will serve between 35-40 different types and we think that it is important that you have as much information as possible NOW as we start December , finish 2012 and start to think and plan some for 2013/ YES, I am giving everyone the big benefit of the doubt and putting many of you into the proactive category that plans and is organized and ready for anything and everything! Just like us, JOIN US, we can help you accomplish some of these objectives early.
 
 
NOTHING WRONG with being ready for things as you never know what things will be thrust upon you at any minute and that you will need to deal with immediately and put everything else that you had planned on hold till you can get to them. I always have to write them down and look at my lists later as I will often forget if I do not do this. That's okay, that's knowing one's limitations, strengths and weaknesses.
 
I WAS THRILLED to have my email last night from my daughter telling me something that my wife wants for Christmas. Not only did she tell me what it was but also that she would take care of getting it for me. LOVED that and said so in my prompt response.
 
SO : Let Us Be Here For You EARLY : now, ahora, agora, maintenant, prompto, ici, aqui, with you, avec vous, ...
 
AND TO START THIS DECEMBER we have BOTH our :
 
     1) Our Annual Bubbly Wine-Tasting, and our weekly
     2) Wednesday Still-Wine SALE , combined tomorrow with our BUBBLY One-Day SALE :
 
     TOMORROW'S WED. SALE :
 
     1) BUY Any Still Wine at $20 or more and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker price.
     2) BUY any 6 bottles of still wine at any price and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker price.
     3) BUY any 12 or more bottles of still wine at any price and SAVE 20% OFF the marked sticker prices.
 
     AND FOR TOMORROW'S BUBBLY SALE :
 
     1) Buy any 1-5 bottles of sparkling wine, or champagne ( from those being tasted ) and SAVE 5% OFF the marked sticker prices.
     2) Buy 6-11 bottles of sparkling wine or champagne and SAVE 10% OFF the marked sticker prices.
     3) Buy 12 or more bottles of sparkling wine or champagne and SAVE 15% OFF the marked sticker prices.
 
    YOU CAN buy one kind or mix them all up as you like and we can arrange for delivery if that helps you.
     IF YOU CANNOT COME Call Us and either Michel or Tony will help you with your orders and selections. You must pay tomorrow but otherwise we can hold the order here till you can arrange to pick it up.
 
SAVE BIG HERE at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and have the chance to taste first-hand what you will decide to buy and enjoy during these holiday weeks of December 2012.
 
 
WE HAVE MADE A BIG POINT to find sparkling wines and champagnes that you do not already know or that you have not tried here before. That's a big task as we have been doing these annual Big-Theme BUBBLY wine-tastings here now for years. We have sampled and tasted many from all over the world , in all different styles and grape varieties, from bone-dry to quite sweet, from the charmat process to the methode champenoise. It has always been a grand adventure for us as there are great discoveries to be made everywhere in the world, from the very well-known to the obscure and unexpected, shocking, who would have ever believed?!?
 
THE THING THAT MOST OF YOU DO NOT KNOW is how much work behind the scenes goes into these BUBBLY wine-tastings. We rely heavily on the help of our suppliers, brokers, resp, wholesalers, owners and wine-makers, etcetera to accomplish this as so often they have that which we are less-familiar with. Tomorrow we will have six tables pouring bubbly, sparkling wine and champagne. We want to thank them and their companies for their invaluable time and the samples that they bring to pour that make this the great success that it is each year. We could not do it without them! A big round of applause for them now please!!! Cheers, prost, bottom's up!
 
HERE ARE SOME OR ALL of our selections :

TABLE # ONE :    With Regis of Roanoke Imports :
 
     1) AGAPART  Non-Vintage Les 7 Cru Brut Blanc de Blanc Reserve Grand Cru champagne from Avize, Recoltant-Manipulant, $49.99
 
     2) ANDRE CLOUET,  Non-Vintage Brut Grand Reserve 100% Pinot Noir,  Grand Cru champagne  , Recoltant-Manipulant, from Bouzy , Champagne,  $54.99
    ALSO : Available in the Magnum ( 1.5 ml ) bottle size at $114.99 a bottle.

     3) MICHEL ARNOULD ,  from Verzenay, Champagne,  Non-Vintage Brut rose, 100% Pinot Noir, Grand Cru champagne , $49.99
 
     4) GATINOIS Rose , from Ay, Champagne, Non-Vintage Brut, 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay,  Grand Cru champagne, $62.99
 
     5) GATINOIS Non-Vinatge Brut, from Ay, Recoltant-Manipulant, Grand Cru champagne, $52.99
 
NOTE : Grand Cru means the very best grapes grown in champagne, and that's 5% or less. Recoltant-Manipulant means that the grapes are owned, grown and harvested by the owners and that they have not bought grapes from others to use in the process. This gives them complete control from start to finish.
 
In the past these small family-owned vineyards in these small villages of Champagne may have sold their grapes to the larger, better-known champagne houses. Now with many small and quality-oriented distributors they are being encouraged to bottle their own champagne, or at least to sell it here in the United States.
 
If these small family vineyards in these small villages of Champagne do not know what they are doing , then they would be out of business quickly, so we have to assume that they know what they are doing and that they can do it really well with fewer stumbling blocks as they are in control of everything and not at the mercy of others. This is very important to note as they put all their money, efforts and passion into the making of a great product/ champagne and not into the advertising with glossy pictures in expensive magazines. Please make a note of all of this. Thanks, merci beaucoup!
 
 
TABLE # TWO :    With Lucinda of Washburn Imports,
 
 
     1) EDOUARDO MIROGLIO Winery Brut 2006 Metodo Classico sparkling wine from Bulgaria's Thracian Valley region, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, made by an Italian wine-maker, 13% alcohol by volume, $27.99
 
     2) CASTELLROIG Cava Brut sparkling wine from Spain's Barcelona region, $21.99
 
     3) COVIDES Gran Gesta Cava  Non-Vintage Brut dry rose from Spain's Barcelona region, $18.99
 
     4) BOTTER Moscato Bianco IGT Non-Vintage, 8% alcohol by volume,
     NOTE : less sweet than many Moscato wines. You know by the higher alcohol level : if it was 5-6% alcohol by volume it would be much sweeter
     Vino Frizzante from Italy's southern region called Puglia.
 
 
TABLE NUMBER THREE  :  With Arielle of the Country Vintners Imports
 
     1) Non-Vintage Loire Valley French sparkling wine from France's Vouvray, $15.99
 
     2) GRUET New Mexico, U.S.A. Blanc de Blancs Extra Dry Methode Champenoise sparkling wine , $18.99
 
     3) Non-Vintage Cremant D'Alsace  Blanc de Blanc PFISTER French sparkling wine, $$36.99
 
     4) Non-Vintage Blanc De Noirs " Granit "/ slight blush of salmon pale color, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France, 100% Gamay grapes,  $33.99
 
     5) Non-Vintage Brut Reserve Grand Cru, recoltant-manipulant, French champagne from Bouzy,  from BARNAUT, $59.99
 
     6) Non-Vintage Brut Grand Cru Rose champagne, the " Authentique " from Bouzy, Champagne, recoltant-manipulant, $59.99
 
     7) Cuvee N0# 735  non-vintage Brut French champagne, from Champagne's Dizy, from Gand and Premier Cru , from 72%  2007 harvest, the rest from reserve wines, and from Grande Vallee de la Marne and the Cote des Blancs, a blend of 47% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier,  $81.99
 
 
TABLE NUMBER FOUR  :   With Mark of J.W. SIEG Imports
 
     1) " Hi " Prosecco from Italy's Veneto region, a Non-Vintage sparkling wine , $11.99
 
     2) DU PRO Spanish Cava from the Barcelona region, a non-vintage brut sparkling wine , $11.99
 
     3) ADAM, French non-vintage  Cremant d'Alsace sparkling wine dry rose, $22.99
 
     4) YORKVILLE California Mendocino county, vineyards certified organic since 1986, non-vintage brut sparkling wine, $31.99
 
     5) LALLIER French Non-Vintage Brut Rose Champagne from Champagne's Ay region, dry red blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes , $55.99
 
     6) BOIZEL Demi-Sec " Tendre Reserve "  ( off-dry, smoother, easier sipping ) French Non-Vintage champagne , negociant-manipulant, from Champagne's Epernay region,  $42.99
 
 
TABLE # 5  :   With Richard of Elite Imports
 
     1) 1 Plus 1 Equals 3 Spanish Cava Brut sparkling wine from Spain's Barcelona region, $16.99
 
     2) CONDE De SUBIRATS Spanish Cava Brut rose sparkling wine from Spain's Barcelona region, a non-vintage dry , smooth brut, $13.99
 
     3) SANTA DIGNA " Estrelado / Star " Dry Rose from Chile's Secano Interior, made by MIGUEL TORRES, a Fair Trade / Comercio Justo Chilean sparkling wine, $21.99
 
     4) Cremant De Bourgogne dry non-vintage French brut from Celine Et Laurent Tripoz, 100% Chardonnay grapes, $23.99
 
NOTE : Cremants and many sparkling wines have fewer bubbles and bigger bubbles. Some also have less pressure in them and so they do not all not need to have corks and wire closures around the corks to keep the bottles safe. Many of these are very popular because they are less expensive and also because they are easier on our systems and with less bite and acidity. They are often not as tart or tangy and may be enjoyed equally as well on their own as with a meal. There are many champagnes that are more acquired tastes and some overtones of bread and yeast and even some vanilla and oxidation and that really benefit enormously from being paired with certain foods. Tomorrow we will have a full assortment and many of these issues may be addressed if you ask one of the people pouring. They may speak specifically to each and every bottle that they pour and give you the information you need of how to best enjoy the bubbly you ultimately decide to buy.
 
DON'T BE SHY : ask questions, GET ANSWERS! That's why we are still here even with all the competition : to help you and answer your needs and inquiries and to make you time-off more enjoyable and beneficial we hope.

 
     5) CHARLES ORBAN of Champagne's Troissy region, a Non-Vintage Brut, this " Carte Noire " Recoltant-Manipulant French champagne is On Special for $39.99 ( regularly $46.99 a bottle ), Valley de la Marne. Owner Jean-Remy has been here often pouring it for you all in the past.
 
     6) CHARLES ORBAN of Champagne's Troissy region, this French Non-Vintage dry rose champagne , recoltant-manipulant, On Special for $44.99 a bottle ( normanlly $50.99 a bottle )
 
NOTE : Champagne is usually made from one of the three grapes, or a blend of 1) Chardonnay,  2) Pinot Noir and  3) Pinot Meunier grapes.
 
 
TABLE # 6  : With  Andrew
     Apple, Pear and Grape Sparkling 
 
     1) BOSC & BARTLETT Hard Pear Sparkling Pear Wine, from Maryland's GREAT SHOALS Winery in Princess Anne, 8% alcohol by volume, $18.99 a bottle
 
     2) Heyser Farms' Spencerville Red Hard Apple , crisp and refreshing apple sparkling wine from GREAT SHOALS Winery, Princess Anne, Maryland, 8% alcohol by volume,  $18.99
 
     3) " G " Apple Sparkling N.V. Brut apple wine from the GREAT SHOALS Winery in Princess Anne, Maryland, 12.5% alcohol by volume, traditional method,  $31.99
 
     4) Charme Swiss Non-Sparkling from Angelo Delea, the Losone- Svizzera  is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, bone-dry, $19.99
 
     5) American Sparkling Wine , extra dry ( 630 cases produced by a Texas winery ) sparkling wine made by MCPHERSON ( blend of 85% Chenin Blanc and 15% Muscat Canelli , produced and bottled by South Coast Winery, Temecula, CA. ), $19.99
 
     6) Nebbiolo dry Italian Piemonte, Italian Brut Rose , a non-vintage brut made by LOVISOLO, $On Sale for $16.99, regularly $19.99
 
     7)  CA' BEA , from Italy's Oltrepo Pavese region, this Sangue Di Guida, Ca'Bona Gazzotti is a blend of 45% Uva Rara, 30% Barbera, and 25% Croatina, 7.5% alcohol by volume, a wonderful dessert sparkling wine, $10.99
 
     8) Little Bosco red Malvasia sparkling from the Castel Nuovo Don Bosco , from Italy's Piemonte region, 5.5% alcohol by volume pretty much ensures that this red sparkler is quite sweet and wonderful, $13.99
 
 
WEEKS' TASTINGS :
 
     Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 : 5:30-8:30PM : Our BIG-THEME BUBBLY Wine-Tasting, no charge, do call to confirm you are coming : 202-363-4265. Thanks.
 
     Friday, December 7th, 2012 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Jody Jackman of Winebow Imports coming to pour an assortment of " fun " wines from her portfolio that include some really unique and under-appreciated wines , including some outstanding dry Riesling from New Zealand! Join us, never any charge.
 
     ALSO : Santos has set up a fun Virginia " new " brewery beer tasting with the various styles and flavors of the BLUE MOUNTAIN Brewery.

 
     Saturday, December 8th, 2012 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Estebe of Tradewinds coming to pour some of his " new " Spanish and Argentinian selections. Join us, never any charge.
 

I AM SURE I HAVE FORGOTTEN many things but it's time to post this and get to work on our wine floor that is filled with all these cases and bottles of sparkling wines and champagnes, too!
 
I WILL WRITE about other things next week. This email is all about bubbly! Thanks for everything.
 
COME TAKE ADVANTAGE of our sparkling-BUBBLY-champagne wine-tasting tomorrow and SALE, as well as our regular weekly Wednesday still wine-sale!
 
IT'S THE HOLIDAYS EARLY HERE in Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits. Call Michel or Tony ( me ) to put together any orders you want. 202-363-4265. Pay tomorrow on Wednesday and SAVE BIG here at Cleveland Park. We are here to serve you in any way that we can. Thanks for your faith in us and all your business. We NEED and really do APPRECIATE it, thanks, obregado, merci, gracias, prego ...   TONY