Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Celebrate Your Special Days Of Independence In July - So Many : USA, Canada, France, Argentina, Venezuela, Madagascar,Somalia,Cape Verde, Peru,Liberia, Laos,Sao Tome, Principe, Bahamas,Malawi,Algeria, Burundi,Solomon Islands! Celebrate: USA = Country Of Imm

     BACK to reality and getting in-focus for many glorious days of national idependence in July here in Cleveland Park - a vibrant , glorious neighborhood that needs lots of love and focus to keep moving forward as change seems inevitable in a quickly-changing Washington DC landscape that is taking many of it's cues from outside influences. Now more than ever, we need to realize that our actions cound as they all add up to a healthy and prosperous landscape here or not.
JUST SPOKE TO Ricky here the owner of Nam Viet and I told him I would include the address for his Nam Viet restaurant in Clarendon , Virginia : 1127 North Hudson, call : 703-522-7110 for more info. The menu should be similar if not the same, so you can still enjoy their food now in Virginia. Thank you Ricky, Mrs Thoi and all the staff, servers like Ray, the cooks : you all served us really well here in Cleveland Park. Thanks a million.
SO : What is ' New and Exciting '? Many things, some are even a bit old and forgotten and out of the limelight and yet soooo worth the tasting, experiencing, and appreciating with time.
IT IS ALSO the end of June and the coming of July that celebrates so many days of Independence like our own 4th of July. We must not forget our great neighbors of Canada with the 1st of July and Canada Day. We must also not forget the 14th of July with Bastille Day. And there are more, too.
OTHER Countries that celebrate their days in Jul are many : Solomon Islands ( 7/7 ), South Sudan ( 7/9/2011), Cape Verde ( 7/5) , Algeria ( 7/5 ), Malawi ( 7/6), Madagascar ( 7/26 ), Burundi ( 7/1), Rwanda ( 7/1/1962 ), Venezuela ( 7/5/1811 ), Argentina ( 7/9/1816 ), Peru ( 7/28/1821 ), Liberia ( 7/26th, 1847), Laos ( 7/19/1949 , Somalia ( 7/1/1960 ), and the Bahamas ( 7/10 ).
I TAKE THE TIME to include this to show that the world is celebrating right here along with us in July and I am thrilled to be able to include them and their dates and to say we know that July is also a very important month to them, not just for us here born in the United States of America.
SO : We Will Celebrate our many days of independence, each and every one of us, here in Washington DC : exciting.
JOIN US as we draw attention to many or at least some of these countries that may produce wine, liquor, beer, ciders, waters, and other interesting liquids we enjoy consuming. Cheers!
MORE ON That As I continue this email.
BEER : From Santos Rivera :
     1) Imported Old MOnk 10000 Super Beer ' Go For MONK ', made in India, a real nice treat especially for this warmer hot weather of ours now. Refreshing, On Special for $4.99 a 1 pt. 8fl. ounce bottle.
     2) Imperial Doughnut Break from EVILTWIN Brewing , Glaze, On Special for $17.99 a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz bottle, , with 11.5% alcohol by volume, ... a big glass of beer, buckle-up!
     3) Sommelier Selection of UNIBROUE Canadian Belgian-style ales, On Special for $11.99 a 6 pack of 6 12-ounce bottles, : 1) La Fin Du Monde 2) Ephemere Apple, 3) Blanche de Chambly, 4) Don de Dieu , 5) Maudite and ,,, 6) Trois Pistoles : bottle-fermented, yes! Great gift pack, too. A fine RET could just as easily made these selections.
     4) Lil S.I.P.A. SEssion IPA from O'CONNOR, a 12-ounce bottle, $10.99, ( also Guapo and Alambic - all three to be tasted here this Friday 5-8PM ) : Join Us. Everyone always welcome!
     5) THREE from WESTBROOK Brewing : To Be Tasted Herre also this Friday from 5-8PM : 1) Citrusy-Sour-Delicious Key Lime Pie GOSE, a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans On Special for $9.99, ... 2) White Thai ale brewed with spices, 5% alcohol by volume, a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans On Special for $12.99 a 6-pack! 3) Sour-Salty-Delicious GOSE , a malt beverage brewed with coriander and sea salt - yes : all to be tasted here. A 6-pack of 12-ounce cans , with 4% alcohol by volume, , from Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Some Great American beers here for you, one from Canada to celebrate Canada Day, and some for the 4th, ...
LIQUOR From Jagir :
     1) Spice from JAGERMEISTER , a cinammon and Vanilla blend, imported herbal liqueur, $25.99 a bottle, tasty, intense, we may still have some here for you to taste, ask and we will check. Cheers.
     2) JZE Maryland Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey, distilled in Rockville, On Special for $58.99 a bottle, this blew me away, literally, absolutely loved it as I carefull sipped it as the strength is smoothly, delightfully, silkily, seductively POWERful! Adance with care, better yet rent a limo and have someone do your driving while you sip this TWIN VALLEY Distillers' rare treat, only 30 bottles produced a month!
     3) Gin made with hard red winter wheat from Washington Island, WI, simple & social & exceptional, from DEATH'S DOOR, On Special for $27.99, really distinct and special. We had the owner himself here pouring it. He just showed up and when I asked him if I could help him he announced that he was the owner and would be willing to pour it if we liked? Of course we would and we did and he did and we truned heads and sold lots. The start to a great relationship.
     4) Blended Scotch Whisky called " Pig's Nose ' that our customer Michale endorses heartily and we are thrilled to have it back here again for you all as it represents such a great value at $26.99 On Special now. Cheers!

     5) " Corridor ' Vodka from DISTRICT Distillers at the corner of U and 14th Streets N.W. Washington DC, made by master distiller Matt Strickland that has been here now twice pouring it for all himself! On Special for $26.99 a bottle, a great way to drink local and celebrate our 4th of JUly here! Cheers!
     AND - in a LIQUERE we have :
     1) Creole Shrubb Liqueur D;Orange, from CLEMENT, from Martinique we have here On Special for $33.99 a lovely, delicate, rolling hills, lilting, lulling, lullaby and lovely  French Caribbean liqueur, it is so special for this hot weather to sip by itself or use when you blend and become the real mixologist that you still may not fully realize that you are!
WEDNESDAY is Wine-Sale Day here all day and night 10am-9pm here at CPWineSpirits - every Wednesday : SAVE UP to 20 % off your purchases, just pay on a Wednesday. Call us if you cannot come : 202-363-4265. Ask for Chris or Tony.

WINE from Chris and Tony :
     TWO Wines for Canada Day, July 1st :
     1) 2014 Pinot Noir VQA Niagara Escarpment VQA from CAVE SPRING Cellars -It is earthy, a bit rustic, transparent, authentic and wonderful with food. I love it! $23.99 a bottle, what a fine wine from Alberto and also Tom the owner, a treat to have here! Go to :cavespring.ca for more info.

     2) 2012 Riesling Estate-Bottled  VQA Beamsville Bench , On Special for $17.99, bright, lively, brisk, youthful and vibrant a real treat! Happy Canada Day!
     SIX Wines for the 4th of July :
          TWO Whites - 
     1)  BOE Brooklyn Oenology 2014 Pinot Gris, from North Folf of Long Island, : I love the richness, the extension and suplety drenched rich brightness of the flavors, a real treat to sip and enjoy outside this 4th of July!
     2) Charlotte County Viognier from Virginia and made by the founder practically of Virginia wines, Gabriele Rausse of Friuli, Italy. Gabriele is also the head gardener at Monticello, is a dirt man - vineyard man and knows his trade. He is honest and humble and transparent, the real thing, just like his wines, a 2015, with 13% alcohol by volume, $21.49, a great way to celebrate our country with a tie-in to Thomas Jefferson and all!
          FOUR Reds -
     1) A Corot hybrid dry flavorful red blend from SHINDIG< $19.99, On Special now for $15.99,  a New York State red : perfect to chill an hour and enjoy this 4th of July weekend, purrfect!
     2) Cabernet Sauvignon  , Virginia unoaked dry red from Gabriele Rausse, this is another stainless-steel Cab to enjoy chilled at a picnic and outside with foods hot off the gril, $19.99 a bottle.
     3) 2013 Meritage dry red Bordeaux blend from NORTH GATE Vineyard, in Loudoun County, Virginia, $27.99 a bottle, from owner - winemaker Mark Feder that has been here tasting in the past! Medium-bodied, what a treat, enjoy with a steak, some red meat, celebrate!
     4) A Melange slightly floral and fruity red blend with Virginia grapes, as are thos of Gabriele Rausse, a 2010, using the Bordeaux grapes of France, from the NARMADA Winery, On Special for $20.99 a bottle. This is milder, more mellow, and will be great to enjoy just for sipping as well as with food as wel all celebrate this coming weekend through Tuesday on the 4th of July! YES!!!!
 Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 - 5-8PM :
Brayden Campbell of Lanterna Imports Wines will be here tasting 4 great wine selections :
1) Origins sparkling winr methode traditionelle from Armenia from KEUSH, this made from two indigenous grapes of Armenia blew me away with flavor, power, intensity, elegance, polish, everything, and On Special for $23.99 : does not get much better!
2) Grande Reserve Prieure de la Fine Vieilles Vignes - old vines Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu, sur lie, 2015, from Jerome Choblet Vignerons in France's Loire Valley : a stunning dry white - some-awe-lots-awe!
Roche Gravit 2015 dry red Burgundy from the town of Julienas, made from 100% Gamay grapes, from Albert Bichot - chill 40 minutes and enjoy, another winner for this heat and humidity!
4) Pinot Noir 2015 from California's Sonoma County, BARRIQUE - aged in wood barrels called barriques in France, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, I really liked this Pinot Noir - a real balanced harmonious fun treat!
FRIDAY, June 30th, 2017 :
 3 Tastings - One Wine Tasting, TWO Beer Tastings -

- Narayan Campbell will be here pouring the West Coast wines to celebrate our 4th of July with the wines of BERGEVIN, a Viognier, and a Sauvignon Blanc from Walla Walla, Washington Stae, ALSO : a " King of FEasts " Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles,  AND a ' La Garnde De Cote red blend of 50% Zinfandel and 50% Petite Sirah! Join Us
- O'CONNOR beer Norfolk, VA. A Lil S.I.P.A. IPA Session, a Guapo Agave , and a one more !
- 3 From WESTBROOK Brewing Company, Mt. Pleasant SC, 1) Key Lime Pie GOSE, 2) GOSE and 3) White Thai- written about above.
SATURDAY, July 1st, We Have TWO Wine-Tastings -
1) Andrew Stover comes and pours some of these American wines listed above from 2-6PM, AND -
2) Nik Burgess and Julienne come and pour a series of fine California wines ( Nik and Julienne make one vineyard, the others are made by friends. ALSO : Nik and Julienne have vines growing here in Virginia in Front Royal! Come taste. The wines will be tasted from 5-8PM, sold and delivered later when they arrive from California! Any of the distributors reading this are encouraged to come and taste and decide if they want to represent these here in Washington DC ! I am thinking of you John and Theresa Morrison, you Estebe Salgado, you Narayan Campbell, and Noah Wallace, you Craig Mauro, you CB, and anyone else interested in adding fine California wines to their portfolios.
TO BE TASTED : the wines of - 
1) DICHOTOMY CELLARS in Kenwood, of Joe Hansen, 
2) LA PITVHOUNE Winery, Santa Rosa, of Andrew Berge ..
3) FALCON CREST Winery, Thomasville, of Dan Schafer
4) Riveledge Vineyard, Culpeper, VA. from Nik Burgess, Russian River Valley and Sonoma, ...
JOIN US - let's celebrate the 4th of July early!
THANKS For Everything! You all are the very very very best! Cheers, happy early start to celebrating school being out and the many days of independence including our own! TONY 
JUST HAD three young and ambitious, talented young men come from American University that are proposing to stores like us to do our solcial media and get their generation on board and aware fully of what we all offer here to you our customers. I like that kind of initiative. I reward and celebrate it. Jakob Ferraro at Ferraro@vfmarketing.com.
Jakob, at my request provided us here with a 6-page proposal and we read it carefully, liked what we saw in these three young professionals, liked their proposals, and weill hopefully work together at a later date as we need to work here and in life as a community. Cheers and good luck Jakob and team.

JUST CROSSED THE STREET to get some lunch and was speaking with Marco that asked : " Have you heard that a lot of liquor stores are going out of business? " I said :  " No. I have not heard that. " He looked at me a bit incredulous. " " You have not heard that? " " No , I have not heard that. " He then asked : " What have you heard then? " I responded : " I have heard that a Chinese restaurant is going into Nam Viet and that either an organic Italian or French restaurant is going into Ripple. That was last week. I have not heard anything this week. "
I CONSIDER our store here a spirits store that sells equal amounts almost now of beer, liquor and wine, with cider and waters and sodas the rest. We are not just a liquor store, we are much more specific. We , like Cleveland Park, are a vibrant space that welcomes , embraces and certainly includes the world of spirits available to us all : as there is a need and an interest in it all as we are a community of people from all over the world living here in Cleveland Park.


WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW is an old store email that I wrote back on June 23rd, 2015 : read and enjoy it. If there is anything there you are interested in please check for current pricing and availability, vintage changes, etcetera!
I DO WANT TO PUT A PLUG IN for the art space across the street in the old 4 P's Irish bar space. I loved it. Being an artist it spoke to me of everything that is true about uncommercial art. Go and look carefully at everything, smile, breathe in the space, the large buckets of paint, the brushes, the words scattered all around that are previous works there, and talk to Mark. Mark will help you and give you a sense of what has already been there, and what is current, and what is scheduled to come soon. It all is one divine mess of a real work of art in progress, like performance art, enjoy saturating every fiber of yourself in ' thee moment ' you are there - it is real, it is raw, it is unedited and still becoming, aging, ... and so much more. It was a true inspiration to my pilgrim immigrant soul. spirit, being, essence : yes, si oui !
FROM BETTE & JALEO & Great GANETA Rose from Estebe Salgado of Tradewinds Specialty Imports last night at the Verizon Center ( old MCI Bette kept reminding us all ) as she sang her heart out and let everything spill freely and joyously, comically, mischievously from her in her running dialogue, constant smiling, mentioning her girls, too pretty much non-stop, saying that " everything you see here is real." LOVED that, loved her frankness, she's a consummate entertainer and thanked everyone, all her musicians, left the message on the Michelangelo two hands Sistine Chapel fresco ' Be Kind ', so true, all of us need to be as kind as we can.
ANYWAY, my wife and I enjoyed the Pre-Theater menu at Jaleo with a flight of three dry rosatos from around Spain, of course the GANETA ( Getariako Txakolina, in stock here now, even some chilled for this hot day of ours, brutally-hot! ) ), 2014, $21.99, 11% alcohol by volume , is from the Basque country, and Daniel our waiter said the three roses were from different regions of Spain. Though Estebe is happy to have his wine there, he would take exception to Daniel;s comment, and besides that, everything else was perfection and it was great sitting and eating our meal at the bar. Cheers, gracias Daniel!
I NEVER DID HEAR BETTE say what she likes to drink? Anyone know?
SO : What Ale, Beer & Cider From Santos?
     1) ' Kirsch Gose ' Sour Cheery Bier from VICTORY Brewing, a 4-pack On Special for $10.99 for 12-ounce beers : " A bold and bright step outside the norm, this new twist on an old-world german brewing process excites your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent and sublime ... "From Downingtown, PA. , from Brewmaster Bill Ron, with only 4.7% alcohol by volume. Cheers!
     2) ' Son Of A Peach ' Wheat Ale from RJ ROCKERS Brewing Company, in Spartanburg, SC., On Special for $10.99 a 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles, with 5.8% alcohol by volume, : " This unfiltered American wheat ale made with real Carolina peaches has a real attitude problem. Call him ' sweet ' and he flips his lid. Most would take offense if he wasn't so darn tasty, Go ahead, savor the anger. "

     3) ' Parallel 49 Brewing Co. ' TRICYCLE Grapefruit Radler, Beer with Grapefruit Juice, On Special for $10.99 for 4-pack of 12-ounce cans, with 3.5% alcohol by volume, product of Canada, a European-style Radler, a refreshingly crisp summer hybrid for you all to experience and feel totally refreshed! YES!!!
     4) ' Uncle Jacob's ' Stout Batch No. 4 from AVERY Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado, the Annual Barrel Series, $15.99 a 12-ounce bottle, with 16.9% alcohol by volume : slam the head, knock us all down! This is for you die-hard fans, serious beer, serious alcohol, serious flavors and taste, oh yeah!
     5) Doppel Bock Schenkerla Oak Smole beer from Germany from AECHT Ochlenterla Fiche, for a 1 pint, $5.99,  ... " traditional beech has been - and still is - used, the malt for ' Schlenkerla Oak Smoke ' is kilned with oak wood... has a smoother and more multi-layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt... " With 8% alcohol by volume, go to : www.Smokebeer.com for more info and ideas how to best enjoy this thoroughly!
MALKIT JUST RELATED to me that many customers have been coming here thrilled to finally find some ginger beers, that they have asked in other stores and not found any. SO : we have the STOLI non-alcoholic cans I wrote about last week, the GOSLING diet and regular cans, too : and ALSO : BOTH the FEVER TREE : 1) Premium Ginger Beer and also the .. 2) Ginger Ale, BOTH at $6.49 a 4-pack of twelve-ounce bottles. WE ALSO HAVE the Crabbie's Ginger Beer, a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles from England, $9.99. Cheers!
From Jagir & Malkit On Liquor/Liqueur :
     1) Hazelnut Liqueur from FRATELLO, a luscious Italian Liqueur from the very best, the very finest Piemonte hazelnuts, $22.99, with 20% alcohol by volume, and amazing color, great bottle presentation, just glorious to sit around sipping slightly-chilled, this is a winner, come get some and enjoy late into the evenings when things are dark and slightly-cooler, with stars and a sliver-crescent of the moon to see and so many beads of necklace and bracelet flashing lightning bugs above you as well!
     2) 901 Triple Distilled 100% Agave Silver Tequila from SAUZA, On Special for $21.99 a 750ml bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, looks inviting!
     3) Gran Reserva Solera 15 Blender Original Formula of Cuba from RON MATUSALEM, est. 1872, $31.99 a 750ml bottle, with 40% alcohol by volume, first produced in Santiago de Cuba in 1872 ... still going strong, still a favorite of many of our customers!
 Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits 25 mins ·

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY Sparkling / Still-Wine 3-PART SALE : 1) BUY ANY $20 or
MORE bottle of sparkling/still wine and SAVE 20% OFF the
marked sticker price.
2) BUY ANY 6 Or MORE sparkling/still wines and SAVE 15% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
3) BUY ANY 12 or MORE sparkling/still wines and SAVE 20% OFF the marked
sticker prices.
This includes port, sherry, marsala, madeira and sake.
Call if you cannot come 202-363-4265 : BUY some Father's Day presents this
was and SAVE!
DON'T FORGET : we have 6-Bottle Wine-Samplers On Sale for $58.99 a bottle :
wow, six FANTABUlous wines all for under $10 a bottle each! 
THE OUTER BANKS, any of you going there this year?!?
WINES 2 Drink / 2 Take On Vacation NOW :
     1) Macabeo Dry Spanish white ( without sparkle, as it is often blended to make sparkling wine ) BLANCO, On Special for $9.99 a 750ml bottle, this REAL COMPANIA DE VINOS from the Vino de La Tierra De Castilla, with 13% alcohol by volume is soft, bright, really full and mellow and so very pleasing to sip and enjoy with many a meal. Highly recommended.
     2) Dry Piemontese 100% Barbera Italian rose from Bricco Dei TATI, a lighter, brighter, delicate salmon color, On Special for $8.49 is drinking beautifully : lighter, brighter, silkier than past vintages, perfect in price and taste to enjoy daily now with this intense heat and humidity that is caking us, layering and smothering us down.
     3) Spicy 2013 Shiraz from TANGLED TREE in Robertson, South Africa is rich and full and rounded-flavorful with accents of spice and warmth and extra rich flavors, that, when chilled 30 minutes come together and fill our palates completely with satisfaction and flare, and coming in a plastic bottle weighs less, will not break, $9.99 a bottle, with 13.5% alcohol by volume : come taste all these delicious dark berries of flavors!

     4) Bourgogne dry White Burgundy using ' the OTHER Burgundy grape - the Aligote ', $14.49 a bottle, for Raphael Mallon,, with 12% alcohol by volume, from NAUDIN-FERRAND, this is a perfect wine to enjoy with most meals that are suited to this extra heat and humidity, enjoy outside in the shade!
ALL THESE WINES are Highly Recommended. We do not have a favorite, except for if one matches up better to the specifics of any gathering-event! Cheers.
     5) Chardonnay 2013 from Australia's Western southern tip at Denmark, from WEST CAPE HOWE, $16.99 a bottle, 13.5% alcohol by volume, softer, lighter, brighter taste, also LEAN&GREEN : this lightweight bottle saves 21% glass resulting in a lower carbon footprint. Go to : www.capehowewines.com.au for more info. Cheers, thanks Gavin Berry!
     6) ' Rigole Rosso ' 2012 from Italy's Friuli region, from the TENUTA TOMASELLA, since 1965, this dry red blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Refosco, $19.99 a bottle, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, is tasty, distinct, a really glorious food wine, medium-to-lighter-bodied, chill 30 minutes and enjoy with many a summer, hot weather meal and BE AMAZED!

     7) Saint George grape / also called Aghiorghitiko from Nemea, Greece, this 2011 dry red from SKOURAS , $21.99, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, is a really fine food wine with great acidity and some muscle from the tannins, with some hearty structure, enjoy this with a grilled or barbecue meal, chill 30 minutes to help focus and enliven the flavors and to cut through this 95 degree weather going on outside and all around right now!

     8) Questo Non E Un Vino Tranquilo , this ' Osa! ' made from the indigenous Frappato Sicilain grape grown in south-eastern Sicily, a dry and elegant and fleshy-but-not-heavy rosato/rose from PAOLO CALI, $26.99 a bottle, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, will be tasted here this Saturday by Robert Kennedy.
Robert will be here Saturday, June 27th, 2015 from 2-6PM. Made with 100% Frappato grapes, this is a real beauty. It will go On Sale this weekend for our tasting as we drop the price on the bottle! So be prepared to be blown away by this delightful dry Sicilian rose of breed, elegance, romance and finery, the finest finery finely-fluted-flowered,fragrant, fresh foreverness-of-rosatos! I do play with my word selections, I do , I do , I do!
     9) Dry white 100% Assyrtiko Greek wine from the island of Santorini, made by DOMAINE SIGALAS, $33.99, on the Aegean Sea, with 13.5% alcohol by volume, WOW : this wine impresses, it is beautiful, it is attractive, it is seductive, it is immediate, it shoots right out and covers the entire palate with added luxury and illustrious gladnness/madness and ' so-right ' gladness! I really do love this special dry Santorini Assyrtiko dry soft spledid white : silky fine. Highly recommended, too.
    10) ' Piria ' dry and velvety and lighter-brighter-finer-PURER Lambrusco red flavors and tastes , a Lambrusco Di Sorbara vino frizzante secco, using 70% Lambrusco Sorbara and 30% Lambrusco Salamino , with 11.5% alcohol by volume, we like this so much it will be poured here this Saturday June 27th, 2015 from 2-6PM by Robert Kennedy, and we will rock it with both this ' Piria ' red and well as the ' BIanco ' Lambrusco from PALTRINIERI, Agenda Agricola PALTRINIERI Gianfranco, from Sorbara, Italy to be exact, with 11.5% alcohol, from the 2013 vintage, Alberto the owner and winemaker does a really splendid job with all of his Lambruscos!
     Friday, June 26th, 2015  ( 5-8PM ) : We have Christina of Kysela Pere et Fils here to taste her fine French and Spanish wines with us. Starting with two Vouvray wines, on sparkling, one not : 1) CHATEAU GAUDRELLE Brust sparkling from Alexandre Monmousseau, clean, crsip, bright, tangy-tart, On Special for $20.99 a bottle ...
2) ' Clos Le Vigneau ' 2013 still/non-sparkling Vouvray from Alexandre Monmousseau, $19.99, 2013, with 12.5% alcohol by volume, with argilo and calcaire in the soil, this is a really silky, smooth, bright dry taste that is so nice to sip and smile and smirk and surf the the skies, the clouds, the hills, the beach, the lakes, the tree lines, hills and valleys ... and feast one's eyes while to taste and sip and feast your palates, too! Highly recommended, they all are : these are all real gems! 
3) Albarino Edicion Especial 10 anos, $15.49 a bottle, from Spain's Rias Biaxas, from VALMINOR, $15.49 a bottle, the 2013 vintage, 12.5% alcohol by volume, ... lovely, refreshing!
4) Dry red and flavorful Rioja 2011, from VINSACRO, On Special for $19.99 a bottle, with 14% alcohol by volume, so wonderful, it is a delight, balanced, flavorful, perfectly-almost-yeah-certainly-right!
ALSO : From Santos we have a FOOTHILLS Beer tasting from 5-8PM, Winston-Salem, NC, three types : an IPA " Hoopyum ", a 6-pack, $11.99, a Wheat and a Pilsner 6-pack at $10.99. Join us.
Saturday, June 27th, 2015, We have from 4-7PM a BLUE MOON beer tasting that Santos has organized.
THANK YOU ALL for everything, hope all is well, I have some wonderful wines from William Harrison open to taste tonight so come on by and have a taste with me, what a fun way to enjoy this late afternoon, early evening. Follow us on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, LIKE us on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits, and check put our web page at  : Cleveland Park Wines ... cheers, thanks again for everything!
AND DO NOT FORGET BETTE MIDLER'S parting words from her concert last night : Be Kind! Cheers,  TONY 6/23/2015
ALSO : We have Robert Kennedy from his own RWK Imports specialty Italian Wines coming to pour an assortment from Emilia with two Lambrusco wines, from PALTRINIERI, a dry bianco and a dry rosso, some Sicilian Frappato dry rose, and some incredible Romagna Sangiovese, too from Silvie : all wonderful, balanced, tasty and distinct! Cheers, JOIN US, everyone always more than welcome here. The more the merrier!
North Carolina and feeling a bit disoriented as a result of cooler weather there as well as a lovely breeze and very few mosquitoes. It was pretty magnificent there and I am happy to say that it was quite relaxing : almost to the point that I was concerned that I was doing so very little at times. Working on a Walt Disney puzzle that was perhaps the hardest that I have ever seen with a scene from the animated film " Under The Sea ". We did finish it I am happy to report.
     I WAS ALSO ABLE TO DO SOME DRAWING and even more important record myself drawing with my Flip camera on three occasions I believe? The body surfing was also key here and the waves did manage to make me scrape my chest on the very first wave that I rode. I was much more careful after that.Wave-running with my son was also a big highlight for me : my main job being to hold on and not fall off as he steered and zoomed and I had to keep my cap from flying off every split second as well as not losing my balance and landing way behind in the wake of our waves. That was challenging, let me tell you. But I did manage somehow.
     HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR VACATION or time-off with family and loved ones.
     WHAT ARE YOUR " Big Plans "? May we be of any assistance here in helping you to relax and enjoy yourselves to the very max and to the fullest extensions of your fingers and toes and hairs wild and tame on head, arms and legs?!
     I AM ALSO HAPPY TO REPORT that ( on my trip at the Outer Banks ) there was also plenty of wine to go around. I was, of course the master of wine ceremonies as well as of cheeses and crackers. Our " Happy Hours " would start later in the afternoon and extend on into the wee hours and depending on our own remaining stashes of energies, enthusiasms, catching of dreams, chasing of fantasies and trails of conversations and many words on many books. Picture-taking was a key element as well as there were so many Kodak moments to preserve as we do not see one another very often and so we have to " max-out " on our time together.      THE WINE FLOWED SO EASILY ( At The Outer Banks ) BECAUSE many of our wine reps were nice enough to drop off some samples each for me to take to Salvo, North Carolina. Thanks to them my extended family as immediate one did quite well and we enjoyed many great wines as well as stories and " new " shared moments together with broad smiles, giggles, outright laughs and moments of discovery, too.
     SINCE THE WINES WERE SAMPLES I WILL mention in their places several similar wines that we currently have here in the store. I will naturally speak to our reps and inquire about buying some of these wines for the store : probably to arrive here in August.
     MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW for Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 ( 5:30-8:30PM ) when we have our " Big-Theme FRENCH Loire Valley Wine-Tasting with many dry reds and whites that also include some sparkling, some rose wines and some off-dry as well. We have invited some of the most informed and qualified people in the business to be here like Danny Haas of Vineyard Brands, as well as Roy Cloud of Vintage 59 Imports and Charles Noel Gendrot of Williams Corner Selections. Jeremy Sutton of Kysela Imports will also be here pouring his wines. There should be something for everyone. The Loire Valley makes lots of great wines to be enjoyed in the heat and the humidity and so we will discover different towns and areas, grapes and styles and levels of dryness as well as of minerality and citrus, too. Here are some of the wines being considered for pouring :
       From Charles Gendrot ( Williams Corner ) -
     1) J. MOURAT Collection Rouge 2010 ( $16.99, sustainable agriculture ), from the Fiefs Vendeens region
     2) DOMAINE DE LA BERGERIE Rose De Loire 2010 ( $15.99 ), Anjou      
     3) Bernard Baudry Chinon dry rose 2010, $19.99
     4) Bernard Baudry Chinon Estate dry red Cabernet Franc " Les Granges " 2009 ( $24.99 )
      and more being considered ...
        From Roy Cloud ( Vintage 59 ) -
      1)09 BOVE Sparkling Chenin Blanc ,$15.99
      2) 09 BRAGER Muscadet, $14.99
      3) GARRELIERE Cendrillon Sauv. Bl., $24.99
      4) 10 Sancerre MERLIN-CHERRIERE,$29.99
      5) 09 ROCHER , Montlouis white, $27.99
      6) GARRELIERE Touraine Blanc, $19.99
      7) GARRELIERE Touraine Rouge, $19.99
        From Danny Haas -
      1) DOM. DE BERNIER Chard 10,
      2) Muscadet De RAGOTIERE 09
      3) PATIENT COTTAT'S Sauv Blanc 2009
      4) DELAPORTE Sancerre 2009
      5) BERTIERS Pouilly Fume 2009
      6) BERTHIERS Pouilly Fume Cuvee Eve 2008
      7) Vouvray Cotteaux de la Biche 2009
      8) PICHOT Vouvray 2010
        From Jeremy Sutton ( Kysela ) -
     Jeremy has a variety from his three sparkling Loire Valley wines, a dry light-bodoed and inexpensive Chardonnay, a Vouvray, and a biodynamic L'ECU Muscadet, too ... and more.
     THINGS ARE STILL BEING WORKED OUT and so more will follow next week. Feel assured that you will learn lots about the Loire Valley at this tasting.
     ALL WINES WILL BE ON SALE by the bottle at this tasting. Bring family and friends. Cheers.
     BACK TO TODAY and the HERE and the NOW and the heat and the strong sunshine and the need and desire to chill. Here are some great suggestions, the first of which I took to the beach and enjoyed thoroughly this past week:
      1) 2008 Chianti Colli Senesi ( $16.99 ) from VALDIPIATTA. It drinks so smoothly, so wonderfully , so brightly. It's a charmer and a pleaser and a thorough delight no matter which way you taste or evaluate it. I'm thrilled to have it here as it tasted great even with all the heat and direct, over-head sunshine of the Outer Banks. Lovely, really lovely and such a bouquet and rich color, too. I highly recommend this for now.
       THREE REDS From West Virginia -
       ALL OFF-DRY and fun
      1) WEST WHITEHILL Sweet Mountain Spice Wine ( $10.99)
      2) WEST WHITEHILL Raspberry Royale ( $10.99)
      3) WEST WHITEHILL Highland Mist Blush Wine ( $10.99, with natural flavors of orange and lemon)...
     CHILL ALL THREE and just enjoy with or without any food. Fruit baskets would be nice, of course as well as some dark chocolates, too : and so much more.
       MORE REDS -
     1) 2009 Cotes-Du-Rhone from Charles Thomas ( $9.99 ) was tasted here just this past Saturday with some of you lucky enough to have been in the right place at the right time! It sold really well but we still have some for you now. Don't wait too long , it will sell quickly.
     2) MARCHIGUE Carmenere 2010 Gran Reserva, from Chile's Colchagua Valley, this dry red Carmenere On Special for $14.99 is a real,beauty with a great bottle and label and once tasted by you it will win you over immediately : even with this really hot and bright weather. What a winning taste.
      1) TERRANOBLE 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Chile's Central Valley ( $7.99 ) is so dry and bright and refreshing and light enough for this heat and blaze/craze ... and the price is wonderful, too!
      2) ROSENBLUM Cellars Vintner's Cuvee California 2009 Chardonnay ( $9.99 ) has just the right amount of flavorful butter and oak tastes and at this price I predict that it will become a big favorite for a number of our customers.It showed beautifully the other day. Not my style at all but really well-made and also a value.
      3) KENWOOD 2009 Pinot Gris Sonoma County at $10.99 is a real steal! KENWOOD is on a roll and makes some really classy, well-balanced wines and has stood the test of time. What a lovely dry, aromatic white at a ridiculous price, too!
      4) HUSCH " La Ribera Vineyards " estate-bottled 2010 Mendocino Chenin Blanc ( $13.99 ) is hugely popular here with a number of our customers. We tasted it out here this past Saturday with Nolan and it sold quite well once again. It's very forward and very bright and the rich fruit Chenin Blanc flavors just jump right out of the glass before you even have a chance to weigh-in or have an opinion on it or not. Not shy at all : quite the contrary - quite extroverted in fact. Charming and full of character and pizzaz! Cheers.
      5) LA VAL Dry White Albarino Spanish white from the Rias Baixas region ( $19.99 ) was just tasted here this past Saturday by Estebe to quite a favorable response. We still have a few bottles left of the brustling and totally refreshing dry white made with Spain's famous Albarino grape that is still it's most famous after many years of competition from other grapes like the Verdejo and the Verdelho and Godello grapes, just to mention a few.
        SOME DELIRIOUSLY Delectable Roses -
      1) VITIANO Dry Umbrian Rosato blend of Merlot and Sangiovese is really quite amazing. So much more flavorful with more personality than most and at the ridiculous price of only $6.99 a bottle. It's the 2008 vintage and for many bottles of rose that would be the end of them but for the VITIANO dry roses their life spans are long and glorious. How refreshing to hear. Cheers.
      2) 2010 Touraine Dry Rose from the DOMAINE DE BELLEVUE ( $10.99 ) has consistently been one of the most popular dry roses and we are thrilled to have it here. It's so bright and refreshing and so perfect for this intense heat and scolding sunshine now...
       HEY SANTOS, What BEER Do You Have:
      1) BROTHERS Reserve " THe Beer " ( $9.49 22 Fl Oz bottle, 9.5% alc. by volume , limited release #4 Spring 2011 ) Galaxy Hopped, Barleywine Ale, " ale brewed with huskless malt and Belgian candy sugar ".
      2) WEYERBACHER " Slam Dunlel " Double Dunkelweizen Ale ( On Special $6.99   , 12 Fl. Oz, 7% alc. by volume, 4-pack ) is brand, spanking new!
      3) PAULANER Salvator Double Bock Munchen ( $9.49 a 6-pack of 11.2 Fl. Oz Bottles, 7.9% alc. by volume , www.paulanerusa.com, from Munich, Germany ) is a special order for a good customer and we liked it so much we ordered some for the store as well. Oh yeah ...

       Oh Ravi, What You Have In Liquor?!? -
      1) JEREMIAH WEED Blended Bourbon Whiskey 90 Proof On Special for $14.99 a 750ml bottle. From Norwalk, CT distilling company ...  www.jeremiahweed.com for more info.
      2) Pear Williams Alto Adige-Sudtirol ( $37.99 a 750ml bottle, 40% alc. by volume, Osterreichischer Williamsbrand ) pear brandy is also " new and exciting ".
      3) HIGH WEST Distillery " The 36th Vote " Barreled Manhattan ( $54.99 ) is Manhattan made with rye whiskey and vermouth, 37% alcohol by volume is also " new and exciting". So much that's new to consider. This is a good thing. " The 36th Vote commemorates Utah's role as the deciding vote to end Prohibition".
      4) ATLANTICO Ron Private Cask Rum from the Dominican Republic ( $29.99 ) will be here tomorrow or this week anyway. It's owned in part by singer Enrique Iglesias and I believe that we will be tasting it here shortly. Sounds pretty exciting. Will Enrique be here for the tasting? We sure do hope so. Perhaps we could get him to sing a couple of songs during the tasting? What do you say Enrique?!? Venga aqui por favor ...  

     Friday, July 15th, 2011 ( 5-8PM ) : We have wine rep Ann Skillman back again to taste her wines from India called THE GOOD EARTH which includes a dry, spicy, flavorful 2998 Reserve Shiraz "  Brio "( $22.99 ), an earthy and old-world style Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ( On Special for $19.99 the " Basso " ; and a dry white Sauvignon Blanc 2008 ( $16.99 ) : all three from Nashik, India. Join us, the wines are exceptionally nice and great with flavorful meals as they all have tons of character and personality. Nothing light-hearted or innocuous here. Oops, that was last Friday! Were you all here? Thanks Ann for the tasting. Sorry I missed it but I was at the Outer Banks chilling.
     Friday, July 22nd, 2011 ( 5-8PM ) : We have Jeremy Sutton of Kysela Pere Et Fils here to taste a selection of his wines from France, Austria, Spain, and Italy.    
     Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 ( 2-6PM ) : We have Matt of Washburn Imports here tasting some of his excellent selections which will include Chile and California and France I believe. What fun! Matt brings a lot of experience to the table here with him. He's been a really fine Washington D.C. waiter for years and can answer questions about that, too if you are interested.
     I WANT TO THANK all our reps for helping Greg and myself last Saturday here as we were both off. I hear that things went really well. We could not have done it without your help Jeremy, Estebe, Jody, Chris and Nolan. It's nice knowing that we can be away occasionally as we certainly lefy our customers in your professional and capable hands. Thanks again.  
     I AM SURE THAT I HAVE MISSED MANY THINGS but it's time to get this email to press and release it into the infinite cyberspace that is both exciting and mysterious, too. Come check on us and learn more at : www.clevelandparkwine.com, on Facebook at : Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits, on Twitter at : cpwinespirits, and at : chatwine.blogspot.com,chatpoetry.blogspot.com , too. Tell us what we may improve here. Let's always work together as a team. Some of the best work done ever is because of team work. Cheers and thanks as always for all of your support now and over the years. Let us know what we may do better for you all to repay in part your support and kindness. Take care,  TONY

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