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

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