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February 19, 2024

Weekly Offer for Feb 19/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:48 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $17.99 , regularly $22.99.

Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band. In 1961, at just 21 years of age, Sir George Fistonich leased five acres of land near Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. The first wine under the name Villa Maria in 1962 was made with grapes harvested from this block. Today, Villa Maria is one of the biggest wineries in New Zealand anda globally recognised and adored for its bold, expressive and exceptional wines.

Now an icon of the New Zealand wine industry, Villa Maria is known for bold and industry-changing moves with an emphasis on sustainable practices in every area. Their wines are a reflection of the unique sites and regions they are grown.

Our feature this week is their Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, a white with a citrus (grapefruit, lime) and gooseberry nose, a palate of lemongrass, passion fruit and lemons finishing with vibrant acidity, herbaceousness, medium-bodied and juiciness. Pair with fish, shellfish, even stands up to a crab and artichoke dip.

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $17.99 , regularly $22.99

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February 15, 2024

2024 Canella Sparkling Advent Calendar (Pre-Sell)

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:36 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Hard to believe we’re talking Christmas already, but here we are in February offering once again the Canella Family Sparkling Advent Calender – $199.99 from Empson Canada for Christmas 2024 season now. Purchase yours before the deadline date of Midnight Sunday, March 10th to ensure you have it for the Xmas season.

The Canella winery was founded in 1947 after World War II by Luciano Canella. His parents owned a small, family-style restaurant in San Donà di Piave in Venice. Having to survive the difficult wartime after his Dad’s passing, Luciano began to search the surrounding areas for the best wines to match his mother’s cuisine when he thought about creating his own wine. He put this idea into action and set up a state-of-the-art winery specializing in Prosecco.

Since then, the Canellas have become Prosecco pioneers and through hard work, the brand and family of Canella demonstrate what can be achieved in the Conegliano appellation and have become almost synonymous with Prosecco itself.

This festive Advent Calendar collection on pre-sale contains 24 bottles of 200ml sparkling wines from the Canella family including their five different Proseccos and their families premium Brut Rosé. All will be laid out at random within the box with a pop open tab for each day leading up to Christmas. Cases are shipped in a plain protective outer carton.

Contents (4x each of the following 6 wines in 200ml format and twist cap enclosures):

1) Prosecco Superiore Brut DOCG – 100% Glera. Canella Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Brut “Millesimato” DOCG is light straw yellow with fine perlage, the nose is fruity and crisp with mellow floral flavors. Rich on the palate with silky-smooth texture.

2) Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry DOCG – 100% Glera. Canella Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Extra Dry “Millesimato” DOCG is brilliant straw yellow. The nose has fruity aromas of peach, apple, pear and citrus fruit. The palate gracefully balances zingy acidity and a subtle hint of sweetness, richness, and silky-smooth texture.

3) Processo Brut DOC – 100% Glera. Canella Prosecco Brut DOC is straw yellow with lively perlage, the bouquet is fresh, fruity and aromatic. On the palate, it characteristically combines softness and freshness thanks to perfectly balanced acidity and sugar.

4) Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut Millesimato DOCG – 100% Glera. Canella Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Brut “Millesimato” DOCG is light straw yellow with fine perlage, the nose is fruity and crisp with mellow floral flavors. Rich on the palate with silky-smooth texture. This wine represents Canella’s top-level Prosecco, a modern and international version of Canella Prosecco.

5) Lido Prosecco Rosé Brut DOC – 85% Glera grape and 15% Pinot Noir. Canella Prosecco Rosé “Lido” DOC is a lovely shade of pink with fine and persistent perlage, the nose features fruity notes of cherry, wild berries and delicate flowers. On the palate, it is fresh, vivacious and pleasingly dry, with excellent persistence.

6) Canella Rosé Brut Marinotti – 100% Pinot Nero. Canella Pinot Noir Brut Rosé is a delightful, brilliant pink color with lively perlage, fragrant, fruity bouquet and a fresh, flavorful palate with gobs of character.

2024 Canella Sparkling Advent Calendar (Veneto, Italy) – $199.99

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February 12, 2024

Weekly Offer for Feb 12/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:11 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Monemvasia Voltes Red (Peloponnese, Greece) – $17.99 , regularly $22.99.

The Monemvasia Winery was founded in 1997 by the Tsimbidis family. Only native Greek grapes are grown in the 30 hectares under vine in Peloponnese wine region in Southeastern Greece.

Our feature this week is their Voltes Red, a blend of two native grape varieties 50/50 – Agiorgitiko and Mavroudi. Both varieties are grown organically in Laconia, near Monemvasia, where the climate is warm and dry. The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 200 metres above sea-level, offering cooler nights, resulting in balancing natural freshness. The vines are planted in clay-loam soils; the clay component has good water retention properties helping to nourish the vines during the warm, dry growth period. The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity.

The name Voltes is inspired by the twisting uphill pathway leading to the Upper Town of Monemvasia. The two varieties were co-fermented. A light-bodied red (12.5% alcohol) offering apple notes of ripe red fruits with a hint of sweet spice. It is well-structured with balanced acidity, soft tannins, and a pleasant finish. Pair with grilled kebobs or red sauced dishes.

Monemvasia Voltes Red (Peloponnese, Greece) – $17.99 , regularly $22.99

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February 10, 2024

Mature 2011 Bordeaux

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:08 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The 2011 Bordeaux vintage had the misfortune of following the legendary duo of 2009 and 2010. It is a precocious vintage that is now in its maturity window and serves as a gap measure for those who want something good to drink in the intervening years while 2009 and 2010 sit in the cellar. The right bank (Merlot based) wines are particularly successful.

With Valentine’s upcoming fast, and eating out prohibitive why not do up a nice meal at home (roast lamb comes to mind immediately) paired with an older Bordeaux that is drinking well!

First, those pictured above from left to right (these we have good stock on):

2011 Château Providence (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $189.99

2011 Le Carre (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $164.99

2011 Château La Fleur-Petrus (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $259.99

2011 Château Trotanoy (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $269.99

Here is a couple more 2011’s to consider:

2011 Le Dome (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $249.99

2011 Château Teyssier Vieux Chateau Mazerat (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $139.99

Happy Valentines everyone!

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February 5, 2024

Weekly Offer for Feb 5/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:02 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Domaine Pierre Henri Morel Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Signargues (Rhone Valley, France) – $20.99 , regularly $25.99.

The Domaine Pierre-Henri Morel was created in 2008 when Pierre-Henri and Michel Chapoutier purchased twenty acres of vineyards aged 50 years old in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. Fascinated by the southern Rhône Valley, by the amazing variety of its soils and by the Grenache grape variety, Pierre-Henri farms without synthetic chemicals fully utilizing the high-altitude terraces and alluvial soils at his disposal.

Freshness, balance and minerality abound in our weekly feature, the value driven Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Signargues. The fruit comes from the right bank of the Rhône facing Châteauneuf-du-Pape is made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah delivering flavors of blackberry and currant with notes of licorice and pepper finishing with freshly crushed herbs. This smooth and elegant red has fine-grained tannins that would do well with game or lamb.

Domaine Pierre Henri Morel Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Signargues (Rhone Valley, France) – $20.99 , regularly $25.99

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January 29, 2024

Weekly Offer for Jan 29/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:49 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Cantina di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $22.99, regularly $29.99.

Cantina di Montalcino was founded in 1970 – it is a beautiful property in Tuscany, surrounded by meadows, olive trees and the splendid vineyards of the Val di Cava, just outside the medieval town of Montalcino. It is the only cooperative winery in the Brunello area with 94 members contributing. Passion and know how lives here for over 40 years, with 60 hectares of Sangiovese vineyards producing both Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.

Our feature this week is their Rosso di Montalcino DOC, way cheaper than the Brunello and ready to drink sooner. Fragrant berry fruits, tobacco and tea leaves float to your nose. Generous and supple on palate with subtle vanilla, sweet fruit and earthy undertones. Marvelous for pasta or charcuterie.

Cantina di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $22.99 , regularly $29.99

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January 22, 2024

Weekly Offer for Jan 22/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:35 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2021 Villa Matilde Falanghina Avallone (Campania, Italy) – $24.99 , regularly $29.99.

Francesco Paolo Avallone founded the Villa Matilde estate in the early 1960s. Nowadays, his son and daughter, Salvatore “Tani” and Maria Ida Avallone, continue their father’s legacy. The estate’s location, boasting volcanic, mineral-rich soils facing the Mediterranean sun and sea, sheltered on three sides by the Massico mountain range. Its vicinity to the sea combined with this mountainous ring means ideal ventilation, cool nights and warm days, and maximum sun exposure, right up to late October, all ideal for making fine wine. Over the decades, the estate is a leader in carbon footprints – impressively they have achieved zero greenhouse gas emissions on all their properties.

Our feature this week is their lovely Falanghina Avallone, really showcasing the terroir – this has steely tropical and stone fruits, with subtle florals and herbs while the palate is intense yet fresh finishing with fine acidity and a volcanic minerality. This is a classy white!

2021 Villa Matilde Falanghina Avallone (Campania, Italy) – $24.99 , regularly $29.99

Read my travel blog to Villa Matilde from Sept 2018..

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January 15, 2024

Weekly Offer for Jan 15/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:49 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Cantine Levorato Merlot (Veneto, Italy) – $15.49, regularly $19.49.

Cantine Levorato dates back to 1928 when Umberto Levorato, and then Gino and Giovanni, Umberto’s brother and son respectively, sold their wines in barrels or demijohns in the city of Venice. Today the tradition continues and has developed further with Carlo, Giovanni’s son, supported in the business by his sister Silvia and brother Marco. Together they profoundly changed the production and organizational structure of the winery, leading the family business to successfully establish itself on the foreign market with products made from precise taste for those who appreciate genuine flavors, but also honest and refined details.

Our feature this week is their Merlot with its ruby red hue, robust and full-bodied with enticing aromas of black cherry, fresh plums, youthful tannins, and moderate aromatics. A wonderful match for rustic spaghetti, pizza, or braised reds meats. Culinary suggestions include pasta, pizza, red and white meats, cheeses and game.

Levorato Merlot (Veneto, Italy) – $15.49, regularly $19.49

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January 13, 2024

Time for Port

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:09 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Its cold outside and that’s the perfect time to enjoy yourself some port. Whether its a formal tasting or a mere sipping drink around the fireplace after dinner, this is the time to enjoy this delectable Portuguese offering.

(pictured left to right):

NV Quinta do Portal Lagrima (Douro, Portugal) – $34.99

Quevedo 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $42.99

2017 Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage (Douro, Portugal) – $37.99

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $69.99

1994 Dow’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $249.99

More offerings worthy of your consideration below:

NV Quevedo White Port (Douro, Portugal) – $25.99

NV Taylor Fladgate The Mallet Historic Limited Edition Reserve Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $58.99

2018 Croft Quinta da Roeda Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $74.99

1998 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $114.99

2000 Niepoort Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $209.99

1963 Messias Colheita Selecionada (Douro, Portugal) – $329.99

2003 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $1049.99

Enjoy!

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January 8, 2024

Weekly Offer for Jan 8/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:57 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Tenuta del Portale Starsa (Basilicata, Italy) – $18.49, regularly $23.49.

Established in 1990 thanks to the passion of the D’Angelo family , Tenuta del Portale is located in Basilicata, in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture wine production area in mountainous southern Italy.

Our weekly feature is their Starsa, made from 100% Aglianico. This wine tells a story – you discover a red that is guarded and strongly characterized by its extinct volcano; Monte Vulture (1326 meters, extinguished thousands of years ago), which with its slopes gently caressing and nourishing the 15 hectares of the company’s vineyards. Surrounded by seven hills and its two volcanic lakes, this place is rather magical when you see it.

Resplendent in its earthy notes (graphite and leather) that briefly sees Slovenian oak, this offers a bright ruby color, vibrant fruits (cranberries, pomegranate) and a briny, unami finish. Try with wild game pasta, pecorino or Taleggio. A marvelous wine to start the weekly special for the year!

Tenuta del Portale Starsa (Basilicata, Italy) – $18.49 , regularly $23.49

Read my travel blog to Portale from Sept 2018..

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