Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tonight Celebrate Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras, Tomorrow Celebrate Saint Davis The Patron Saint Of Wales 3/1 @ Our Big-Theme Wine-Tasting At Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits 5:30-8:30PM, Free, Join Us, 23 Wines 2 Taste!

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IT'S STILL WINE & Spirits' Time here , always , in all ways here - aqui - ici , and 


SALE TIME AGAIN , each and everywednesday it is wine-sale madness excitement drop-deas emotionally thrilling time to taste, invest , celebrate, be relaxed, a bit crazy and happy and smiling-full-fully-time here!


Join us here with family and friends as we taste and celebrate the wonderful contributions of women to the fabric of our lives, incredible and enriching and so appreciated.


WE are taking this whole year to celebrate the life-giving, sustaining, hope-giving, selfish-giving of women that enriches our lives so!


TOMmorow we continue this pursuit with nicole, danielle, christina pouring the wines of three aussi winemakers, one portuguese port winemaker named sophia , and more!


HERE is the lineup tomorrow : 22 wines to taste - four tables, six people poring :


TABLE # ONE : Christina M. Thornton 7 graham isaac pouring eight choices of australia 7 Portugal :

wines of hope estate : hunter valley, margaret river valley, too;

1) " Mountain Wash " Chardonnay, 2014, $16.49, hunter valley, a fuller, more mouth-filling, lulling, pleasing, rich taste.

2) " Basalt block ' shiraz 2013 , $16.49 a bottle, hunter valley : a full yet more round and mouth-satisfying taste to sip and enjoy with your meal.

3) " The Ripper " shiraz from western australia, $20.99 a bottle, more angular, sharper, more highs and lows in the flavors here, more of a fine food wine!

ALL BY Owner michael hope, a fine man, has been here many times, some really delicious wines from michael that makes fine wines, hosts great concerts at his vineyard winery, too in the hunter valley, south australia.


two from vinaceous, our dear friend nick stacy of perth, australia ;


1) tempranillo 2015 dry rose on special for $11.99, regularly $18.99 a bottle, a lovely treat, showing really well, perfect gentle madness here, a lovely flow of energies ...

2) " Voodoo moon " 2014 malbec, from the margaret river, $18.99, with 14% alcohol - i like the fruit-forward balance and charrm, warmth and generosity i feel when i taste this lovely buxom bikini-two-piece woman's wine, holding a glass of red in one hand, a skull in another. Wish nick were here to explain this label, like the wine. perhaps a woman of substance with attitude and full confidence? I think so.


two from the portuguese port house of sophia bergqvist of the quinta de la rosa :


1) ruby reserve lot no. 601 porto, $19.99, with 19.5% alcohol by volume : there is simply more taste, more flavor, more layers, more highs and lows and not just safe middles! Nice!

2) tawny reserve porto, $19.99, : same extra richness here, just a little lighter and more streamlined, love it, too, a treat!

TABLE # TWO : We have John ( Amo ) Amoroso here of Negociants Imports here pouring six selections from Australia, three ( 3 ) wineries, made by three female winemakers :
THREE From YALUMBA Winery : Louisa Rose

1) YALUMBA Y Series Viognier $13.49, a softer, riper, more flowery and free-flowing Viognier, easier to sip by itself, certainly good with a meal.
2) YALUMBA Eden Valley Viognier, $20.99, more extraction, more firmess and slower to open and shine, you have to wait a bit longer, let all the elements reveal themselves as the wine warms slowly in your glass, do not rush this!
3) YALUMBA ' Patchwork Shiraz ' , $20.99 a bottle, a dark density, a structure here that takes a bit longer to come into full focus, that crystalizes on the palate on the fourth or fifth sip!
ONE By PEWSEY VALE, a Dry Riesling :
1) A really dry , lean, mineral and great dry Riesling, $18.99,  to enjoy with a meal, not so much a sipping wine, will sing with many a dish, I can see it shining with much of the food here at NAM VIET PHO where I just had a great lunch with both pork and shrimp skewers grilled and singed and resting on a bed of shallots and baked onions, and peanuts over fresh lettuce and cucumbers and vermicelli noodles : yum! This dry Riesling would have been grand indeed with this meal!

TWO From VASSE FELIX, : Chard & Cabernet, by Virginia Wilcox :
1) VASSE FELIX ' Filius ' Chardonnay, On Special for $27.49 a bottle, ... I have not tasted this vintage so we will all see what it holds?
2) VASSE FELIX " Filius ' Cabernet Sauvignon, $$3.99, again I have not tasted this vintage, so am trusting in Amo and that I have enjoyed greatly these wines in the past!
TABLE # THREE : Charles Willis of SCHILD ESTATE Wines of the Barossa Valley, and Danielle Davidowitz pouring 2 Aussi wines, one BORGES Porto white, too :
1) 2013 Barossa GSM ( Grenache , Mourvedre, Shiraz ) , $19.99 a bottle, just tasted these awhile ago with Danielle and Charles, it is silky, soft, lulling, lilting, lovely, so pleasing, medium-to-light-bodied, fruit-forward, an elegant charmer, so easy to sip with or without a meal. Needs to be chilled slightly to get it a bit more lively, then it rocks!
2) 2013 Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $21.49 a bottle, a really enticing bouquet, some earthier, more Bordeaux wine styles scents and tastes, I immediately gravitated into it's orbit and was happy to stay and circle round it niocely!
3) 2013 Barossa Valley Shiraz, $21.49, softer, rounder, silkier, fleshier, a lovely roundness and suppleness that hovers over your palate, that teases and tempts it, that wins the battle soon-enough and charms you utterly.
4) 2010 Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz, $50.99, made from 100+ year-old vines, this is amazing, bush vines I believe Charles said, low and intensely rich and aromatic, animal, earthy-heavenly scents and flavors that mingle, twirl, wrap themseleves permanently around your tongue, infusing their charms in a definite way that does not even have you wondering ' how? '. you are simply content and smiling that you feel this good. Trust me, wou will taste and feel much like I did. And the authority of these old Shiraz vines so close to the ground cannot be exagerated!
ONE From BORGES Porto house in Portugal :
1) BORGES White Blanco Porto, $11.99, a great warm-weather quaffer, serve chilled or add soda or tonnic water to it , also really amazingly refreshing this way as it starts to get really warm soon enough!
TABLE # FOUR : Nicole Ricard pours four from J. LOHR Vineyards, CA. Basketball madness here!
1) Fume Blanc ' Crossing ' 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.49, I liked the extra weight without being heavy or cloying, it sure did appeal and please and entice me, I remember liking it very much!
2) Valdiguie ' Wildflower ' light, fruity, 2014, fruit-sun-intense-ripened-flowery-flowing mmmm, very easy, chill thirty minutes, enjoy all by itself with or without a meal, a treat, especially when it gets hot like it was here last Friday!
3) Merlot ' Osos ' 2014 Merlot, $19.99 a bottle : loved the extra sheath of grapes, their skins buffered and bulked without bulking too much, adding an eleasticity that with a chill of 3o minutes makes this wine hoot, howl and see mice in the deepest darks of night and clouds, eyes of owls and prowls, prances , preen, ohhhh, so serene!
4) Cabernet Sauvignon ' Hilltop ' , 2014, $32.99, an iconic California Cabernet! I remember years ago enjoying it with Jerry Humpreys over at a special luncheon/wine-tasting at the Prime Rib restaurant so many great years ago, and the wine never ceases to please, deliver, and fill that void that only a California Cabernet can for so many of you! Class-act, try some, dabble a little dab, a little dab will dew/ do you behind the years, and be ready for the night! HOWL! MEOW - PURR.
JOIN US tomorrow!
SAVE THREE WAYS on the wines tomorrow : two ways to save up to 20% OFF on the wines, one way to save up to 15% OFF on them!
NO CHARGE to taste tomorrow, donate here if you want to Planned Parenthood. We have a shiny bucket ready to receive the $15 for our Big-Theme Wine-Tastings we normally charge now , right by the compuer and our tasting table.

BUT HEY, WAIT : We also Have for You :
BEER From Santos :
1) ' The Abyss ' 2016 Reserve from DESCHUTES, $17.99 , 1 Pt 6 Fl. Oz bottles! " Imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses and licorice, dry spices with cherry bark and vanilla bean, 21% aged in oak bourbon barrels, 21% aged in oak white wine barrels, and 8% aged in New Oregon oak barrels.
2) Wizard of Koz , by FOUNDERS, Imperial stout brewed with blueberries, chocolate and vanilla aged in Bourbon barrels... $20.99, 10.5% alc. 1 Pt, 6 Fl oz!3) Coffee Porter from Kansas City's BOULEVARD Brewery, the ' Early Riser ', On Special for $13.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles!
1) Orchard Pear Fruit liqueur from ROTHMAN & WINTER, $28.99, from Austria, I hear that Bardeo bar might have a grand mixed drink with this?!? Our customers seem to be happy having sampled this there and at their homes!
Lightning Raven , a single cask Maryland Bourbon Whiskey , distilled in Rockville, On Special for $35.99 that was poured here recently by Ebony that has a higher percentage of Rye in it, really warming, soothing, fiery mellowing, meow!
3) ' Bourough ' Bourbon Batch No. 001 from our own D.C. distillery, the only one owned by two women, a soothing lullaby and smooth silk taste that is turning many heads each and every time that we taste it here. People - you all love it, we have sold-out many times already. Back on our shelves again, $51.99 a bottle, a real simmering lovely concoction to mellow and mild your frayed nerves!
4) KOLOA Kaua 'i Coconut natural coconut flavored Hawaiian rum, $39.99, distinct, tasty, fun, and bright, a delight now as things start to think about warming up for awhile again!
THANKS For Everything :
CELEBRATE Tomorrow , Wed. March 1st, 2017, Marty tells me that it is Saint Davis Day, the patron saint of Wales! Marty and we all will be celebrating Saint Davis!
THANKS For eveything, come and see us!
THIS IS YOUR LAST TIME TO SAVE WITH CHRIS BARKER ( Wednesday and Thursday, March 2nd and 3rd, 2011 ) before he moves to another city with his fiancee. Come and get him to help you assort a case of still wines that we have here in the store now and SAVE 20% OFF on the twelve bottles, even if they are already ON SALE. The weather is so beautiful today and you may ponder all day long what " goodies " that you may wish to purchase.
YOU CAN ALSO GET GREG'S HELP assorting a case of twelve still wines to receive your twenty percent case discount on twelve or more bottles. Coming from New York Greg may recommend one from there as he knows them pretty well. We will as you can imagine start to stock more New York state wines as a result of this to make Greg feel even more comfortable and welcome here in our nation's capitol. What do you all think of that : would you like to see us stock more New York State wines? Let us know.
THE STILL WINE SALE with 20% OFF TWELVE OR MORE BOTTLES( no bubbly or sparkling or champagne included - if you add those to your case they will get 10% OFF ) also includes :  Sake, Port, Marsala, Madeira, Sherry, all size bottles of wines and boxes of wines, too. Mix up a whole variety so that your wine cellar is fuller and more complete as ports and sherries, marsalas, madeiras and sakes are all really nice at this time of the year.
ALSO : FOR OUR TWENTY PERCENT STILL WINE SALE : ANY BOTTLES OVER $20 are On SALE by the bottle, in all sizes and this also includes all the categories mentioned above.  SO : IF YOU ONLY WANT ONE BOTTLE WITH 20% OFF make it something more special and costing over $20 a bottle.
THINGS ARE REALLY WORKING OUT SPLENDIDLY HERE as we make a smooth transition with Chris leaving us and Greg joining us. All last week we three worked on cleaning the store up, arranging it even better, working on the magnums and on the American wine sections as well as with the French and the Italian wines. We have also made more labels to put up in the store to show you where certain wines are supposed to be on a more permanent basis.
YESTERDAY GREG, SANTOS, NELSON & CHRIS all worked together to clean and paint or wine cold box and it sure does look great. Great job guys, you really made it shine and now over the week we will label and organize it better than it has ever been for easier shopping

EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE DOING IS FOR EASIER SHOPPING. That's the idea to make things more tidy and better-organized. You will see some of all of this when you come today or tomorrow when we start our TWO-DAY/ TWO-PART  STILL WINE SALE on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
     1) BUY 12 0r More Still Wines - SAVE 20%    
     2) BUY ANY STILL WINE OVER $20 - SAVE 20%
IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE AT WORK ON THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY as there is so much to tell you all and write about. I have been receiving wines for all these last two hours or so and have both a shipment of " New and Exciting " Kosher Wines as well as a " New and Exciting " batch of Georgian wines including two " new " dry red wines made from the Saperavi grape (  1) the Nata Vachnadze named after the famous Georgian female movie star of the 1030's , $14.99,  -  and the  2) 2008 Black Wine  Saperavi, both wines from Kakheti , Georgia , Unfiltered $18.49 ) ;  as well as a " new " sweeter-style red Kindzmarauli 2007 ( $14.99 ).
I WENT TO LUNCH AT Levante's just off of Dupont Circle a block down to the right. Mamuka of the Georgina House Imports invited me to this luncheon with just the two of us to try these two " new " dry Saperavi wines which I really liked and they both need a meal. They are not sipping wines as both the fruit, the acids and the tannins are healthy and out-front and the food softens them up considerably. They worked well with the lamb and the hummus and the Georgian bread that we had with our meal. I asked Mamuka to order for me as he knows both the food and the wines really well. Thanks Mamuka. We will do a tasting of all these wines on Saturday April 2nd, 2011. Join us from 3-7PM, never any charge.

     1) CHATEAU DE CAMPLAY Bordeaux Superieure 2008, $14.99
     2) Gedeon Israeli Petit Sirah 2009, $10.99
     3) Le CHALET VDP Des Cotes Catalanes 2008, $14.99
     4) Jerusalem Hills Shiraz rose 2009, $15.99
     5) Senorio Aldaz Cab. Sauv / Tempranillo, Navarra, Spain, $12.99
     6) Jerusalem Hills Cabernet-Shiraz 2009, $15.99
     These are some really exciting " new " developments and some just rolled through the door. Here they are :
     1) FOXES ISLAND Marlborough Pinot Noir, New Zealand 2004 : On Special for $19.99 a bottle, regularly $35-$40 a bottle.
     2) PIEROPAN Soave 2007, Veneto , Italy On Special for $14.99, reg: $19.99 a bottle.
     3) PODERI COLLA Dolcetto D'Alba " Pian Balbo " 2006, On Special for $14.99, regularly $22.99 a bottle.
     4) TERRABIANCA " Ceppate " , 90% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, a Bordeaux - Pauillac-style red Tuscan blend ,  2003, On Special for $24.99, ( much more, don't have the prices in front of me - great deal!
     GREAT DEALS ALL OF THESE : they are in very limited quantities so come by and check them out ASAP or call or respond to this email and we will go from there.
     NEW Dry White Indigenous Italian White 2009 :     1) CANTINA Del TABURNO 2009, $17.99 a bottle.
     1) LA POSTA Malbec " Pizella " 2008, $19.99 a bottle.
     1) Shiraz-Grenache 2008, $8.99
     2) Chardonnay-Semillon 2008, $8.99
     MADE BY the people that bring us GOTHAM, owners Kate and Bruce.
     1) MORESON'S " Pine Crest " : The Very Last Of It : Franschoek,
         a) Pine Crest Chardonnay 2007, On Special for $13.99
         b) Pine Crest Chenin Blanc, On Special for $13.99 - Reg: $16.99 a bottle.
     2) BLAUUWKLIPPEN Zinfandel 2005, Stellenbosch, On Special for $21.99, Reg : $29.99
       3)MORESON 2002 Pinotage, Franschoek, On Special for $19.99
       4) MORESON Cabernet Sauvignon, Franschoek, On Special for $19.99
LET'S NOT FORGET FRANCE : Two ( 2 ) PICPOULS - Dry Whites:Both Back By Popular Demand -
     1)  OINOS Les Perles 2009 Picpoul, Vin De Pays De L'Heurault, $8.99 a bottle.
     WOW : IT NEVER ENDS! There is always something happening here at Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits and this is just the wine.
FOR THURSDAY DELIVERY - More Wine : SAVE 20% in a case of twelve or more bottles :
     1) WARWICK First Lady Cabernet ,  $14.99. South Africa
     2) VILAFONTE Series M, South Africa, $34.99
     3) Chateau MUSAR Lebanese  Jeune- young red/rouge, $18.99
     4) Chateau MUSAR  " Hochar " rouge, $29.99
     From Louis Foppiano, owner of FOPPIANO, CA. Wines :
     1) FOPPIANO Lot 96 Red Blend, $10.99
     2) FOPPIANO Petit Sirah, $21.99
     3) FOPPIANO Reserve Petit Sirah 2003, $46.99
 Louis Foppiano was here himself presenting these to me last week, He's done tastings here for you all in the past and he has a female wine-maker making some excellent wines.
WINEMAKER OF VOUVRAY VISITS US AGAIN last week. The last time he came it was in 2002 I believe. Here's his excellent wine to take advantage of already in the store today:
     1) 2009 " Clos Le Vigneau " dry Loire Valley Vouvray made from 100% Chenin Blanc, from A. MONMOUSSEAU, $15.99. It's superb, really a gem.
     HERE'S THE BEER From Santos Rivera :
     1) Sabor Autentico SUPER BOCK, UNICER S.A. LECA DO BALIO, Portuguese beer, 26 consecutive GOLD MEDALS, On Special for $8.99 a 6-pack, 12 ounce bottles 5.2% alc by volume.
     2) PERE JACQUES 2010 Belgian Style Ale from GOOSE ISLAND , On Special for $7.99, 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz, Chicago, Illinois - inspired by visits to Belgium.
     3) Organic IPA from NAPA SMITH Brewery ( On Special for $5.99,7.1% Alc. by Vol. 1 Pt 6 Fl. Oz ) is new and exciting - at the southern gateway of the Napa Valley - www.napasmithbrewery.com.

     HERE'S THE LIQOUR From Ravi Sharma :
     1) Admiral Nelson's  Premium Spiced Rum ( On Special for $9.99 a bottle, 35% Alc. By Volume ).
     2) Vincent VAN GOGH Double Expresso Naturally-Infused Coffee-Flavored vodka from Holland, $27.99 a bottle.
     3) NUDE Vodka - simply Seductive, from Oregon, $34.99, distilled from grain, tasted here now twice, www.NudeSpirits.com ) - quite refined with some character, too : great packaging, too for a really nice gift. As it says right on the bottle : " Gorgeous in the nude ".
     4) Lisa Jewel's own Houlton, Maine USA Twenty 2 Micro-Distilled Superior Vodka. Blend-master/distiller Lisa Jewel has been here twice tasting it and selling it out each time. $32.99 a bottle with lots of fans already.

WEEK'S TASTINGS :  Wednesday,Friday & Saturday, March 2nd, 4th, and 5th :
     WEDNESDAY, March 2nd, 2011 : If we have any of the wines that Dave McIntyre writes up in the post then we will taste them out here in the store if we have time and can arrange to do so. Call to check it out and see with either Chris, Greg or me.
     Andrew Stover will be stopping by tomorrow to taste. Join us for the SAWTOOTH wines or Idaho, USA.
     FRIDAY, March 4th, 2011 : 5-8PM : We have owner of Elite Imports Laurent Givry he just called, leaving it up to us - wants to be surprised ! ) ... coming here to taste a selection of his company's excellent wines still to be determined tomorrow here in the store. Inquire with us during the sale, we will know more then.
     SATURDAY, March 5th, 2011 ( 3-7PM ) : We have Mark Congdon of JW SEIG Imports here to taste his Picpoul and more still to be decided tomorrow. Call us for more info. he promises to have some really special things for us to taste here tomorrow to help us decide which wines to taste.
     I KNOW I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY THINGS. We had some great wines opne last week and I should be mentioning those from DECERO, Argentina ( Cab, $19.99 : and Malbec, $13.99 ); and the Italian wines : CASE IBIDINI Nero D'Avola Sicilian red 2008, $10.99, VALLE DELL'ACATE " Il Frappato " indigenous red grape variety from Sicily, $19.99for the 2009 vintage : and the Malvasia Di Puglia 2009 dry white " Montevento " , $8.99. These were all excellent over the weekend and we sold lots but still have some of all of these in stock today.
     THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT! JOIN US for our 20% Off still wine sale ( no sparkling wines ) on 12 or more bottles on this Wednesday and this Thursday. Call Greg, Chris and me at : 202-363-4265 if you cannot come by in person and we will take your order and send it to you.
     COME WISH CHRIS " Bye Bye " and get his assistance for this last week : and come say " hello " to Greg. Cheers,  TONY

Saturday, February 25, 2017

ALWAYS Love Having Jed Steele's Wines To Sell & Recommend Here ,At Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits Like The Pacini Old Vines Zinfandel & The Pinot Blanc, Too!

Always selling & recommending @steelewines of @jedsteele at @clevelandparkwines !

@jedsteele @steelewines @clevelandparkwines alive healthy tasty, too!

Taste Republic Restorative Civic Vodka and Borough Bourbon, as well as OKIWA BAY Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, MONSER Sarba Romanian Dry White, BRANIZZI 2014 Veneto Pinot Nero, AREO 2014 Malbec From Pategonia, Argentina!


 With Narayan Campbell of @GlobalWineMD this glorious Saturday here 2/25/2017 2-6PM : 1) Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, New Zealand, crisp, lively, refreshing, $14.99, @OkiwaBayWine imported by Catamarca Imports ... 2) Sarba indigenous white Romanian grape variety IG Dealurile Moldovei - Husi, from @MOSERWine A & M Import Gabriela Rosca and Razvan Miutescu Senator Wine On Special for $9.99 a bottle, 2013, 12.5%, like a nice Bordeaux white with some mature flavors evolved! .... 3) Veneto 2014 Pinot Nero - Pinot Noir fro...
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ALSO : Taste from 4-7PM Republic Restoratives Civic Vodka, On Special for $27.99, and also the Borough Bourbon $51.99, both made in Ivy City, D.C. , owned by two women, great spirits, go local spirits! JOIN US, taste, discover!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Map I Drew Of Our Store Floor Plan Here At Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits, Cheers, Enjoy, Hopes That It Helps You All See How Much Variety We Have And Where We Keep It!

My hand -drawn map if our stire's contents! Cheers! Tony 2/23/2017

Tasting On Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 5:30-8:30PM fine Still Hungarian Wines Made W/ The Furmint Grape ( @FurmintUSA )W/ Two Hungarian Winemakers, As Well As David Faulker Tasting Fine Aussi- Kiwi Wines, Too!

Fir availability go to us: @clevelandparkwines , & @furmintusa @siemawines & more!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Anthony Quinn's Weekly Store Emails ( Two, Today, Also 2/25/2011 ) For Our Customers Of Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits, 20008, Cheers, Read & Enjoy : @TenutaValdipiatta, @Tressabores @Librandi & MOre, Join Us Tonight, Tues 2/21/2017 5-8PM, Taste!

Tuning-In, Tuning-Off,Tooning-Along, Actively Moving Forward!

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IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE NO MATTER WHAT! we need to work this through together. we can, we must, we certainly will!


BIG pland ahead with so many new spirits like the spanking brand ' new ' DR.STONER'S Flavored spirits that I just sampled with David Baxter and Billy Reilly : i tried three, two are available now, the third is still in the lab being perfected.


just tried a delightly modern-style valpolicella with Braydon campbell our new rep from lanterna, a 2015, $19.99 that is a bit more muscular and firm, less acidic or earthy and weedy, a cleaner taste that will hold up to many foods and please many a modern palate. thanks braydon for the taste. go to our facebook page to see the pictures i just took.

SO : let's see what lays ahead for us all now. My new approach is to stay active, focused, helpful , concerned, listening and acting when appropriate. I like that, it suits me, it means I do not fall apart, get too angry, mean or ugly. I have stopped looking much at my Facebook page and that has been helpful. I have also started to use Instagram more as there is so much visually stimulating there to look at to from foods, wines, places, cities, countries, the arts, fashion , theater, music, you name it : so inspiring to me and that feeds my soul, mind, guts, heart in ways that uplift me and make me feel more positive energy.
WE WANT TO SPREAD here as much positive energy as we can, and that is our gola, spread the wealth, share what we have, make it give us on every level more ' bang for the buck! '
SO : Let's get started, ..
in BEER and CIDER from Santos Rivera we have :
1) Irish Stout from O'HARA'S , craft brewed in Ireland, a full-bodied luxuriously smooth stout with a discernable roast bite, $9.99 for a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 4.3% alcohol by volume, from Carlow, Ireland : come try some!
2) ' Denali ' Imperial IPA , from the Single Hop series, from FLYING DOG ( Ranjot tells me that Denali means gun ) , On Special for $11.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 8% alcohol by volume, serious business, tasty, what else?!? Cheers, come try some.
3) ' Mirror Pond ' Pale Ale from DESCHUTES Brewery, On Special for $11.99 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles, from Bend, Oregon, family and employee-owned since 1988 : " Floral, citrus, and caramel notes, ... balanced with the beautiful simplicity of the Cascade hop. "
4) Honey Barrel Brown Ale from KENTUCKY ALE, an ' ale brewed with Kentucky honey and ginger, aged in oak bourbon barrels. " One of their seasonal series, from Lexington, On Special for $15.99 for a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles.

1) Southern Cream ' Salted Caramel ' liqueur, made with Tennessee whiskey, from JACKSON MORGAN, we have On Special at $22.99 a bottle this tasty, flavorful, balanced and good crea, that has a bit of rumble and tumble, some real attitude, an aptitude, too to please many a palate! Perfect now with cooler, wetter weather of ours. Try some. It did well when we tasted it here the other night with our local rep Andrius Miliunas of CRAFT Wine & Spirits, many of you liked and bought a bottle! YES. With 15% alcohol by volume.
     TWO Local Vermouth-style D.C. from CAPITOLINE:
1) WHITE , $28.99 with 17% alcohol by volume, : " Caroline is made by hand in small batches in an attempt to make a drink both delicious on its own and in cocktails. Use as you would your favorite vermouth. Distilled, infused, and bottled in the Capitol City. Washington DC, Peter Pasten is involved in this project. Tasty!
2) ROSE with 16% alcohol by volume, $28.99, same story as the white, a really deep rose that is like a light red vermouth in color. Try some when you need a red vermouth. Both are quite captivating!
THREE MORE : a Whiskey, Rye and Irish Whiskey :
1) Local D.C. Whiskey from ONE EIGHT , their Rock Creek Rye, $49.99 a bottle, has been quite successful in the past , now more than a year in business and we are proud to have been one of the first to sell and recommend this fine whiskey, now the Rye : a gorgeous color, a depth and purity, a clarity, an intensity that delivers character and poise, too, makes your tongue pause, yes it does! Gladly!!

2) Whiskey distilled from a Rye Mash, American oak aged, from WIDOW JANE, $52.99 a bottle, bottled by Cacao Prieto distillery, Brooklyn New York, a bit cloudy, less filtered, with 45.5% alcohol by volume, love the deep golden-ness color " I imagine so much extra just looking at it!
" It is non-chill filtered for the finest flavor.New, progressive aging techniques may cause some cloudiness of the whiskey's esters, improving the flavor, mouthfeel, and aromatics. " We agree. Cheers, come try some. Been popular with a number of our customers already.
3) Limited Release Irish whiskey from WEST CORK Distillers, hand-crafted in Ireland, ' Barrel Proof ' , made with the finest HAND SELECTED INGREDIENTS matured in Bourbon casks. $57.99 a bottle, With 62% alcohol by volume, this is for those accustomed to these stronger tastes that have more impact, pack more of a punch, that are best enjoyed once someone builds up to them, learning how the flavors and the proof can pack a definite punch that may take some easing-into, go slow, sip small sips and let the flavors linger and saturate : no need to rush anything, enjoy this special ride.
FROM Chris & Tony : FIVE Great Values : Italy, Greece :
     From Greece , a dry rose :
1) A 70-year-old Greek dry rose made with the indigenous grape there, Xinomavro, from the DIOFILI Winery in Siatista, Greece, NOW On Special for $7.99 a bottle, you have paid in the past over the three-four years $12.49 a bottle, as well as $9.99 a bottle, but not $7.99! This is the current vintage of 2015, it is fresh, lively, developing all it's flavors and tastes, a real steal for this price!Get it tomorrow, Wednesday when you mix a case of 12 bottles, and have the price drop to $6.39 a bottle!
     1) Buy any bottle ( except Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon sparkling ), on any still or sparkling wine otherwise over $19.99 a bottle, and SAVE 20% OFF on the marked sticker price, whether On Sale already or not.
     2) Buy any six bottles ( Not VEUVE or MOET ), still or non-sparkling at any price and SAVE 15% OFF on the marked sticker prices.
    3) Buy any twelve ( 12 ) bottles, still or sparkling, and save 20% OFF on the marked sticker prices , except on VEUVE and MOET.
IF YOU CANNOT COME call and place your orders with Chris or Tony : 202-363-4265.
Pay on Wednesdays,
SAVE BIG on Wednesdays,
every Wednesday
here at Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits!

     FOUR From Italy :
1) Pinot Bianco  2015 from Italy's Sudtirol- Alto Adige region, from ERSTE-NEUE, regularly $17.99 a bottle, NOW $12.99 a bottle, ( in a case of 12 tomorrow the price goes to $10.39 a bottle! ). It is delightful, clean, crisp, alive, lively, fresh and playful, too.
2) Pinot Grigio 2015 Sudtirol - Alto Adige, from ERSTE-NEUE, On Special for $11.99 a bottle, was $15.99 a bottle, it is softer, rounder, more flowery, rounder, easier to sip all on it's own : lovely, perfect now, both this Pinot Grigio and the Pinot Bianco, it gets down on 12 or more bottles tomorrow to $9.59 a bottle, another steal at that price. Great either to sip or with food as well.
3) Chianti , Panzano in Chianti, from PANZANETTO, On Special for $12.99 a bottle, 2015, elegance, finesse, classic traditional Chianti taste with a slight edge of acidity, some attitude, som grist and grind, a perfect wine, medium-to-light-bodied, a delight to taste with some food, and to enjoy a glass or two while preparing your meal! Tomorrow in a case of 12 or more bottles the price goes down to $10.39 - another steal, run the bases, copp a steal! A home-run baby!!!!!
4) Cabernet 2014 Sudtirol - Alto Adige, from ERSTE+NEUE, fine Italian Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, or so it tastes like both blended, dry, traditional drier, more pithy, perky, less fat and guts, more finesse, less glamour, the real thing, a great food wine. Medium-bodied, the food fleshes this tasty red out, On Special for $13.99, regularly $19.99. Tomorrow in a mixed case of twelve or more the price drops to $11.19 a bottle, what a steal once again!
TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 ( 5-8pm ) : With Thomas Siegel of the Winebow Group we taste these  three fine wines of LIBRANDI in Calabria :
1) LIBRANDI  ' Critone ' Val di Neto Bianco, $17.99 a bottle, 2014 dry complex, rich, textured, layered white, with 12.5% alcohol by volume ...
2) LIBRANDI  ' Ciro ' Rosso Classico, 2014, a Gagliopo red blend from Calabria, $11.99, with 13% alcohol by volume, ...
3) LIBRANDI " Gravello " Val di Neto rosso, $33.99, 2011, the ultimate rich and complex expression of the Gaglioppo grape variety!
ALSO : From Tuscany, Tenuta Valdipiatta :
1) TENUTA VALDIPIATTA 2014 Chianti from the Colli Senesi region, $16.49, just got this back in, on Friday last week with Dan's help we tasted the 2014 Rosso di Montepulciano, $18.99, it was perfection now, drinking like the smoothest dream whetted by both the weather and our ardor, too ... the nicest balance, silk, softness, graceful, a treat now! AND : tonight we try the Colli Senesi and introduce this vintage back to you all!
AND : From Julie Johnson of TRE SABORES ..., Napa, CA:
1) " ? Por Que No ? Napa Valley red blend , $27.49 a bottle,  with 56% Zinfandel, 31% Petit Sirah  12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot... what a great treat Tel : 707-967-8027 www.tressabores.com. Julie is the very best, the real lady, a spectacular woman that makes very small batches of top-quality wines, some of California's very very very best!
WEDNESDAY, February 22nd, from Eric Solomon Selections we taste some great French and Spanish wines that will , guaranteed blow your minds! Amazing balance, integrety, finesse, concentration, expression!
FRIDAY, February 24th, 2017, with Wes we try a great selection of top-flight wines of Lebanon! Join us, some smashing selections.
WE ALSO HAVE KAYLA coming to pour some of the great local D.C. gin Vigilant On Special for $29.99, made by master distiller Nicole of JOS. A. MAGNUS right here in Ivy City! Cheers!
SATURDAY, February 25th, 2017 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Narayan coming to pour some amazing CA., South African, French, Italian wines to be decided tomorrow, stay-tuned!
CALL : 202-363-4265 for more info, ask for Chris or Tony.
THANKS A MILLION for everything, see you ' in a few ' as Michael Downey used to like to say, when Thomas Siegel comes with David Bonin of the Winebow Group to pour tonight.
YOU ALL are the very best, the cream of the crop, the top of the tippy-top-top-toppest! Cheers, TONY 2/ 21/ 2017



 IT'S EXCITED , REALLY IT IS : I should pinch myself I'm so excited now by the freshness of this Tuesday morning as I drove into work and the minute I got here I was already thrust into the atmosphere and life of this wine store here in our wonderful Cleveland Park neighborhood with so many fascinating people and so many things on the verge of happening like a new TACKLE BOX restaurant in the old MacDonald's location, a new venture of a steak house in the old Yanni's restaurant space at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Ordway, N.W. between Michel Richard of Central and Citronelle restaurants and the owner of Ray's Steaks ( scheduled now to open in February )! What more could we all wish for with the " new " and exciting expansion of Palena into the old Magruder grocery store and the expansion of the Ripple restaurant into the specialty shoe store?!? Exciting things are happening here in our neighborhood and I, for one would like to see Starbucks come back into the Cereal Bowl location - the original location - before it decided to leave. Bring back Starbucks! I think that many of our customers would like to see it return.

     OUR 2-DAY STILL WINE SALE is this Wednesday January 26th and Thursday January 27th, 2011. A TWO-DAY SALE : TWO PARTS :
       1) BUY ANY BOTTLE over $20 a bottle ( still wine, any size, port, sherry, marsala, madeira or sake ) and SAVE 20% OFF the marked price - even if the bottle is already On Sale.
       2) BUY 12 Or More Bottle of still wines, ports, marsalas, sherries, ,madeiras or sakes ( you may assort them ) and get your savings of 20% OFF even if they are already On Sale.
     IF YOU CANNOT COME - CALL me here at : 202-363-4265 and I will help you put the order together. THE SALE is for existing merchandise already in the store.
     OTHER NEWS: I was just on the phone with Antoine Pin who's family makes wines in France's famous Chateauneuf-Du-Pape region of the southern Rhone and he's now living in Washington State and about to make his own. He called to tell me about his new wines and to ask me some questions about the Washington State market here in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. He has just started to blog about the Washington State wine business and Shawn Sullivan saw it and encouraged him to do a Part Two. Antoine and I have known each other for years and so he has seen my chatwine.blogspot.com blog and web page at : www.cleveland parkwine.com and wanted to get my opinion for his next blog for the WINE INDUSTRY ANALYSIS OF WASHINGTON STATE WINES. It was extensive the conversation and he recorded it and when it is out I will alert you all to it. Sounds exciting to me. Thanks Antoine, I appreciate the chance to talk about Washington State wines here in Washington D.C.
     AS YOU KNOW : We have both the SAGELANDS " Freddie's Blend " dry red of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Malbec On Special for $9.99 ; as well as the Riesling at $9.99 : and the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon both for $14.99 a bottle. They are made by a female wine-maker named Frederique. Thanks Frederique, the wines are excellent - les vins sontent tres bons, vraiment! Mercie ...
     SO MANY SALE WINES THESE DAYS as well as wines at great values here in Cleveland Park Wines, Beers and Spirits:
     GREAT WINES for the SNOW TONIGHT and to Watch The
          WHITES :
       1) CK MONDAVI " Willow Springs " Moscato California fruity, off-dry white ( $8.99 ). Brand new!
       2) Pinot Grigio from Vigneti Delle Dolomiti Mountains Italian from PRAVIS and Dr. Erika ( $13.99 ) is back in stock and it's a pure delight to enjoy with or without a meal - fresh and lively and original and true to it's roots and origin.
       3) Lugana " San Benedetto " 2009 ( $15.49 ) from ZENATO in the Veneto region of Italy, right on the southern exposure to the west of Lake Garda is a marvel and was just mentioned last week by Dave McIntyre. It's a delight to sip all by itself but will also complement many a meal. A treat - pure sunshine.
       4) Sauvignon Blanc from the organic California BONTERRA Vineyards , this 2009 blend of 60% grapes from Lake County and 40% grapes from Mendocino County in northern California On Special for $12.99 is a real steal. it's another refreshing and dry and cheerful white to be enjoyed with or without a meal. Cheers!
       5) Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from Western Australia ( On Special for $13.99, regularly $19.99 ) is fuller and richer and more flavorful with a wider-broader palate than the BONTERRA and so it's a great contrast - buy some of both with the snow coming tonight and that way if you get snowed-in you all will be prepared.       
       6) Vinho Verde From GATAO ( $8.49 , 9% alc. by volume ) is back in stock by popular demand! Clean, crisp, really light and airy. It's a treat      
       7) Sauvignon Blanc/Carmenere dry white Chilean from the Maule Valley , this 2009 ( $9.99 ) is estate-bottled and a treat because it has extra body and weight and will stand up nicely to this colder chill and be nice while we all watch the State Of The Union Address tonight.
          REDS :
       1) Dry Red Portuguese red blend of indigenous grapes from DON RAMON ( $7.99 ) from the CAMPO DE BORJA is back in stock and it's really very flavorful and rich and thick and it will warm you up beautifully with this cold weather. It's also a nice bottle presentation and will make a nice gift to someone wanting a good wine for this cold weather.
       2) " Field Blend " of Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Petit Verdot and Syrah 2008 from C.K. MONDAVI in California has always been a fun and nice treat for our customers here. It's got flavor and character and personality and it will hold it's own against many a tasty meal.
       3) VINA HONDA Monastrell 2007 from Julilla Spain ( $14.99 ) is flavorful and robust and made with France's Mourvedre grape that is called the Monastrell grape in Spain. It's a tasty Rhone-style treat and one that we have used off-and-on here now for the past ten years.
       4) 100% Tempranillo from Spain's Ribera Del Duero region , this 2008 ( $13.99 ) is a great deal for a hearty, earthy, gutsy styled Spanish red to be enjoyed with a meal. It's rustic and best when served with food - maybe even chill it slightly for fifteen minutes.
       5) Tuscan Sangiovese dry red blend from the MOLINO DI SANT'ANTIMO ( $10.99 ), this 2009 is a fine everyday red from the Montalcino region of Tuscan in Italy. People love it: great flavor and exuberant personality and a fine graphic label, too. We sell out frequently of it and so does our supplier. Come and get some while it's still available.

     BEERS From Santos :
       1) THREE from GORDON BIERSCH : All 3 six-packs are $8.99 -  a) Czech Style Pilsner ( Crisp, robustly hopped ),  b) Marzen ( Auburn lager )  and  c) Blonde Bock ( 7% alc. by volume, - full-bodied golden )  - all from San Jose, California.
       2) Nugget Nectar from TROEGS in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at $12.99 has just been released in a 6-pack and it will disappear quickly off our shelves. Get it now : only one shot at it each year!
       LIQUOR From Ravi -
     ! ) THREE Tequilas from CASA NOBLE ( ALL On Special ) : a) Silver On Special for $36.99,  b) Reposado On Special for $44.99,  and the  c) Anejo On Special for $56.99 a bottle. Ravi bought extra cases of all of these three because the quality and price ration of all three were so good. Cheers...
     WANT TO GO TO PROVENCE, France & Tuscany, ITALY? My friend and customer Mark Haskell - a chef by trading, a family that lives in the Rhone Valley of France can tell you more about these trips. Go to : Friends & Food International, Inc : 202-726-4616 to find out more. " Our specialty is culinary and cultural trips , but we also offer biking, hiking, watercolor painting, history and healthy living themed trips... we can pretty much do whatever and whenever you'd like on one of our individually tailored trips depending on your interests. "
       MY FRIENDS ED and JINNY FLEISHMAN of COMPANY'S COMING here on Ross Place a couple of blocks away also do some of the same sort of thing with trips and meals that you make and eat on the spot at their home on Ross Place just off of Macomb Street. I RECOMMEND BOTH HIGHLY as I like and respect all three of these individuals highly. Cheers, call here or there for more information.
     WEEKEND WINE-TASTINGS Friday Jan. 28th and Sat, Jan. 29th, 2011 : JOIN US - NEVER ANY CHARGE.
       Friday, January 28th ( 5-8PM ) : We have Mark Congdon of JW SEIG Imports coming here to pour his exciting " new " 2009 red Bordeaux wines which are getting so much press these days:  1) CHATEAU De TASTE 2009 from the Cotes Du Bourg ( $12.99, comes in wooden boxes for laying away and storing )  ;  2) CHATEAU VIEUX DUCHE Lalande De POmerol 2009 ( $21.99 ),   3( CHATEAU De PIN Bordeaux 2009 ( $11.99 )  ,  $0 CHATEAU ROUSTAING Bordeaux 2009 ( $14.99 )  ,  and the CHATEAU MONTJOUAN 1er Cotes Du Bordeaux ( $14.99 ). Chris and I have tasted both and liked them for either drinking now immediately in their youthful blush of flavors or for cellaring and waiting patiently on the ones like the CHATEAU VIEUX DUCHE Lalande de Pomerol. But you can try them all yourselves and come to your own conclusions. Join us. You will enjoy Mark : he's been in the business for quite some time and has been here already doing a number of our wine-tastings.
       Saturday, January 29th , 2011 ( 3-7 PM ) Estebe Salgado of Tradewinds Imports will be here tasting his Spanish and Argentinian wines. He's from Spain and has also been here doing some nice tastings with you already. Quite the youthful looker with a smile to beat and a friendly knowledge and just nice to be around, Estebe will work you all through his selection of one Spanish dry white and three other reds, two from Argentina and one from Spain. They are :  1)MANIA Dry White Indigenous Verdejo Spanish ( $20.99 ),  2) CHANARMUYO Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alta region of Argentina , this 2008 costs &16.99,   the  3) CHANARMUYO Reserva Tannat ( the grape originally from Madiran, France and famous now in Uruguay which of all the grape varieties is the highest in the natural substance Resveratrol that is good for us - they want to make Resveratrol pills now! ) from Rioja, Argentina and the  4)  LADRON ( Joven, young ) DE GUEVARRA 2009 Rioja at $13.99 a bottle. We have worked with all of these producers before and it will be exciting to see how these four wines are tasting now especially if there is some snow on the ground this weekend.
     SNOW'S COMING TONIGHT, TUESDAY, January 25th, 2011 so BE PREPARED! Come see us tonight and start to get ready to stock up. Place your order today for tomorrow's sale of 20% OFF on 12 bottles or more of still wine. Be proactive and beat the snow, SAVE THE MONEY and have some wine to enjoy while watching tonight the State Of The Union Address that begins at 8PM. I will listen to the first part myself at 8PM as I drive home as I get off tonight at 8PM. The rest I will watch at home.
     JEAN GAGLIOLO just came by with our " new " JAILLANCE French sparkling rep from New York ( Pierre Caizergues that works for friend and owner Claude Athimon ) to taste three of their sparkling wines, two from Bordeaux, France a regular brut and a dry rose ( BOTH at $16.99 - the rose is soft and velvety and creamy with no edges, the regular brut is drier with more distinct flavors ) and the Clairette De Die from France's Rhone  which also at $16.99 is drier and more distinct with nuts and exotic fruit overtones which like the other brut from Bordeaux is more stimulating and draws one out of one's shell even more because it is so uniquely distinct. They will all three be here the first week of February. Cheers.
       THANKS FOR ALL YOUR BUSINESS and come by and let's get you all set for the week and the snow and anything else that might need. We are always here to assist you plan your parties and events, meals, dinners, small or big - fancy or casual. Let us help you - that's what we are best at : trying to make your lives as easy and stress-free as possible.
     Cheers and Thanks Again ...     TONY