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March 13, 2019

Book Signing, Wine Tasting, Walking Tour

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:09 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

Twyla Campbell, the author of “Maps, Markets and Matzo Ball Soup“, the inspiring life of Chef Gail Hall, will be signing copies of the book and telling stories from the book at deVine Wines & Spirits on Saturday, May 18 between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

During the book signing, Jennifer Fulford of Crimson Imports, will be pouring a selection of wines from her portfolio. This tasting is free of charge and customers can enjoy a 10% discount on any bottle of wine featured by Jennifer from 11-2pm.

There will be a free walking tour starting at deVines at 2pm – EITHER a tour of the City Market (guide to be announced) or a Historic Building tour of 104th Street with Jon Hall. The first fifteen (15) people interested in the free walking tour can sign up on May 18, commencing at 11:00 AM. Chef Gail Hall was an avid supporter of the City Farmer’s Market, so if the Market is still on our street on this day, it would be quite befitting that the book signing takes place on the first weekend that the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market opens. We can only cross our fingers at this point.

Any person who has pre-purchased a copy of the book can bring it down for Twyla to sign. Should you make a donation to the Gail Hall Fund, you will receive a copy of Gail’s Recipe Book as a thank you.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday, May 18th!

Maps, Markets and Matzo Ball Soup – The Inspiring Life of Chef Gail Hall by Twyla Campbell – $31.49

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March 9, 2019

Five French Winemakers Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:42 pm

five_winemakers_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

deVine and Cellar Stock Importers Inc. proudly presents a tasting with Five Winemakers from France from the regions of Cahors, Loire Valley and Bordeaux on a special Wednesday night tasting on April 10th. We will close early for this stand-up event. Special thanks to owner Denise Brisson of Cellar Stock Importers for arranging this special evening.

Joining us to present their wines will be the following:

Philippe Bernede (owner & winemaker) of Clos la Coutale in Cahors
Thierry Delaille (owner & winemaker) of Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny in Loire Valley
Céline Champalou (owner & winemaker) of Domaine Champalou, Vouvray in Loire Valley
Paul Pisani-Ferry (owner) of Chateau de Targe, Saumur in Loire Valley
Sébastien Menut (director) of Chateau Haut Brisson, Saint Emilion in Bordeaux

For lovers of the Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot grapes, this will be an interesting tasting – you can wine talk with our guests in between wines. It’s not often you get this many producers in one spot that you can rub shoulders with. Please book early to avoid disappointment as only 60 spots are available and it will be a hot ticket because of the pricing.

See the lineup & book your spot now..

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March 1, 2019

Dry Martini Riff Rumble – A deVine Cocktail Competition!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:09 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

deVine Wines is pleased to host a cocktail competition with Edmonton’s finest barkeeps on Monday, April 1.

The event begins at 7:00 PM, and guests will be able to see 12 professional bartenders create their interpretation of a Classic Dry Martini. The rules of the competition appear at the end of this blog.

During the event, guests will be able to taste Strathcona Spirits Gin, Barrel Aged Gin, Vodka and a bottled cocktail made from one of these fine ingredients. Guests will also sample La Quintinye Extra Dry White Vermouth, the only permissible vermouth the barkeeps can use to make their creations.

Cost to attend is a whopping $5! Guests can cheer on their favorite barkeep and enjoy a 10% discount on ALL spirits, cocktail ingredients (vermouths, amaros, bitters, syrups & tonics) and barware. deVine wants to inspire and help you create your own cocktails at home!


Only 70 tickets are available for this special, stand up event.

Click this link to book your spot now for this exciting event.

“Strathcona Distillery creates multi-award winning spirits from local ingredients in a tiny old punk venue just off Whyte Avenue.”

This event is co-sponsored by local distiller Strathcona Spirits and importer Manuel Barreira of Global Wine Merchants. Manuel imports a unique selection of some of the finest cocktail ingredients into Alberta and is the owner of Ulysses Speakeasy & Bar in Lisboa, Portugal.

Special thanks to Joe Gurba of Strathcona Distillery for his inspiration and help in organizing this event!

Rules of the Competition

Hello, Barkeep! To achieve greatness you will be required to stir or (gasp!) shake up one dry martini with a glancing one-ingredient personal tip of your hat. There are six rules for what’s in the glass:

1. The Barkeep must use one or both of Strathcona Spirits’ Badland Seaberry Gin or Single Grain Vodka.*
2. The Barkeep must use La Quintinye Extra Dry Vermouth.*
3. The Barkeep can’t cut the recipe with any other dry vermouth, vodka, or gin besides the above.
4. The Barkeep must add one nuancing ingredient that will in­flect the drink without straying far from the traditional definition of a dry martini.***
5. The final drink must remain dry in essence, i.e. no more than a barspoon of any ingredient containing sugar, and no more than a half ounce of any non-sweet ingredient.
6. The Barkeep must bring their nuancing ingredient with them to the contest (enough for 2 cocktails).**

Lemons and olives will be provided for use at your own discretion. Proportions and methods are fully within the Barkeep’s discretion.

*No infusions of the spirits or vermouth.
**You may bring your own glassware. We will have simple coupes.
***Strange or familiar libations, tinctures, shrubs, ferments, brines, bitters, house speci‑c, or homemade ingredients are all welcome! So long as said ingredients do not contain tobacco or any type of drug or psychotropic ingredient or narcotic or medicinal ingredient that may cause any harmful side effects to our judges. The judges have no specifiedallergies.

• You will make two cocktails, one for the judges and one for yourself.
• There is no time limitation for making your two drinks and no points awarded for performance. • Your dry martini riff will be judged out of 100 points:

COCKTAIL NAME – 5 POINTS ORIGINALITY – 10 POINTS VISUAL APPEAL – 5 POINTS AROMA – 10 POINTS TASTE, MOUTHFEEL, FINISH – 70 POINTS

THE PRIZE: A bottle of Strathcona Spirits Gin or Vodka (your choice!), a bottle of La Quintinye Extra Dry Vermouth, a lemon, and a jar of olives!

Pictured above (left to right) :

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Extra Dry (France) – 375mL $27.99

Strathcona Spirits Badland Seaberry Gin (Alberta, Canada) – 750mL – $53.99

Strathcona Spirits Barrel Aged Gin (Alberta, Canada) – 750mL – $64.99

Strathcona Spirits Single Grain Wheat Vodka (Alberta, Canada) – 750mL – $53.99

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February 18, 2019

Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:15 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Recently named Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year, the Nikka from the Barrel from Japan is a well awarded Whisky star, having won top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010. This is big-boned and bursting with character. Not averse to a drop of water, either.

A blended whisky that has been brewed for more than 30 years. The squat shaped bottle (500mL) delivers full flavors and richness of whisky “from barrels” which only blenders can sniff and taste. Extremely complex, bottled at 51.4% ABV. In order to deliver its richness and full flavors, the blended liquid goes into used barrels for another few months for “marriage” before it is bottled.

The nose offers notes of cut flowers butterscotch, orange peel, pears and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak, while the palate is full-bodied and punchy. On the palate, there is plenty of spice and toffee, some earthiness, dried autumn leaves, coffee, old oak, and tobacco. Some even state there is chili pepper, allspice and long sustained fruits. The finish is long, warming and fruity with a little ginger and oaken spice and finally wisps of smoke and sea salt, all this from its blend of Miyagikyo and Yoichi single malts with a unique grain whisky as well.

One of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world – this is intense and generous, powerful yet controlled with its ambitious high-proof blend that has long been recognized for its originality. It dares. It captures the senses. It imposes its own style. A consummate Japanese blend for anyone to enjoy.

Availability is very limited, it won’t last the year.

Pictured above :

Nikka From the Barrel (Japan) – 500mL $66.99

Other available Nikka whiskies for your consideration:

Nikka Super Nikka (Japan) – 700mL – $76.99

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 10 Year Old (Japan) – 700mL – $99.99

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky (Japan) – 700mL – $99.99

Nikka 12 Year Old (Japan) – 700mL – $169.99

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February 9, 2019

2015 Red Bordeaux

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:27 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

2015 Bordeaux is a legendary vintage for one of the world’s great wine producing regions. For those of you who purchased on futures, you made a wise decision. In-bottle scores are on the high end of the En Primeur scoring range and prices for the ‘wines of the vintage’ have already escalated.

We have in stock the good valued Petit Chateaux (small houses) that are a bargain in great years like 2015 and you get some very fine wine for quite reasonable prices. Then there are the next level up, the so-called Cru-Bourgeois wines that will keep and improve short-term (5-8 years) and then the very top tier, the Grand Cru Classes which are highly sought after for cellaring longterm (10+ years) and for those where the year 2015 has significance (birthyear, marriage year etc) and where you want something special later on down the road. For those that missed out on futures, don’t miss this spectacular year now in bottle. Also, keep in mind our 2015 Bordeaux tasting on Saturday, March 16th.

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

2015 Château d’Aiguilhe (Bordeaux – Cotes de Castillon, France) – $61.99

2015 Château Franc Mayne (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $84.99

2015 Château Marquis d’Alesme Becker (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $104.99

2015 Château Latour-Martillac (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $91.99

2015 Château Rauzan-Segla (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $209.99

2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $254.99

Check out our Petit Chateau and Cru Bourgeois here…

Check out our Grand Cru Classes here…

Also, don’t forget to register for our of tasting of 2015 Bordeaux on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. Spots are already filling up fast. You can sign up here…

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January 26, 2019

A Sudsy Soiree in Support of the Alzheimer Society

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:23 pm

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Author: Chad Gascho

Hey, Edmonton beer lovers! Join us for a Sudsy Soirée on March 9 to experience a mini festival-style beer tasting event. We’ll have at least 25 beers from six of Edmonton’s most prolific brewers and importers here for you to sample their newest and most popular brews! For only $25 you’ll be treated to some amazing suds, music, tasty snacks, and even raffles and door prizes. Oh, and did we mention a 10% discount on all beers that evening for attendees? And if that’s not enough to entice you – all proceeds from the festival are being donated to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories!

Chad, one of deVine’s own, has a father-in-law living with dementia. So he’s playing hockey in the Alzheimer Society’s Face Off pro-am hockey tournament with and against former NHL players to raise money to help find cure for dementia, and provide support for patients and families living with it today. He put together his passion for great craft beer and his need to help people like his father-in-law, and is hosting this sudsy event to help him reach his goal! We’re so fortunate to work with these amazing suppliers and brewers who are passionate about supporting their communities – their contributions, along with your support, makes these events happen.

Register online here… Space is limited to sixty people, so book early! This is one Soirée you won’t want to miss!

Open the postcard..

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January 23, 2019

2015 Louis Jadot’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:52 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The Jadot wines are precious in the year 2015, a great year for all their red burgundies as well as their Beaujolais Cru’s. We received a very limited selection with very restricted quantities as the world chases the 2015 Burg’s which are nearing the end of their distribution cycle.

A historic vintage to be sure, whispered in the same breath as the extraordinary and now ultra-expensive 2005’s. Luckily, we won’t have to wait another decade before the next greatest of the century because 2018 is rumored to be also great with a much greater yield than the small vintage that was the 2015.

Our tasting this past Saturday showed wines of fine concentration and finesse, these are the real deal. Thus, for all of you who love Pinot Noir and Gamay, stock up on these 2015’s now and you’ll be glad to have these in your cellar in 5-10 years. This is the last call for the Jadots. And although there will likely be two or three other Jadots to come later this year (the Anniversary Beaune 1er Cru, Nuits St. Georges Boudot 1er Cru), the others have come and gone already. In fact, several negociants that we usually get in Alberta (Faiveley, Bouchard Pere et Fils) did not receive any high end 2015’s this year – a great shame for us. Note quantities of the Jadot Premier Cru’s listed below are very limited so get them sooner than later.

Pictured above from left to right:

2015 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Rouge (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $27.99

2015 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent (Beaujolais, France)- $34.99

2015 Louis Jadot Savigny-les-Beaune Clos des Guettes Rouge Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $64.99

2015 Louis Jadot Beaune Boucherottes Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $79.99

2015 Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $116.99

Also, we have a great white Burg from 2015, the 2015 Louis Jadot Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Guettes (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $64.99

We will be finally receiving the special Celebration (formerly the Anniversary) release for 2015. It will be arriving in the store on Wednesday, February 6th. You can pre-order both the 750mL and the very limited 1.5L bottling below:

2015 Jadot Beaune Celebration 1er Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – 750mL – $82.99

2015 Jadot Beaune Celebration 1er Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – 1.5L – $174.99

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January 21, 2019

Five French Winemakers Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:26 pm

five_winemakers_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

deVine and Cellar Stock Importers Inc. proudly presents a tasting with Five Winemakers from France from the regions of Cahors, Loire Valley and Bordeaux on a special Wednesday night tasting on April 10th. We will close early for this stand-up event. Special thanks to owner Denise Brisson of Cellar Stock Importers for arranging this special evening.

Joining us to present their wines will be the following:

Philippe Bernede (owner & winemaker) of Clos la Coutale in Cahors
Thierry Delaille (owner & winemaker) of Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny in Loire Valley
Céline Champalou (owner & winemaker) of Domaine Champalou, Vouvray in Loire Valley
Paul Pisani-Ferry (owner) of Chateau de Targe, Saumur in Loire Valley
Sébastien Menut (director) of Chateau Haut Brisson, Saint Emilion in Bordeaux

For lovers of the Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot grapes, this will be an interesting tasting – you can wine talk with our guests in between wines. It’s not often you get this many producers in one spot that you can rub shoulders with. Please book early to avoid disappointment as only 60 spots are available and it will be a hot ticket because of the pricing.

See the lineup & book your spot now..

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January 9, 2019

“30 for 20” – deVine Wines 14th Anniversary Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:08 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

deVine Wines is please to celebrate it’s 14th Anniversary with a series of very special tastings called “30 for 20” throughout 2019. As a special Thank You to our customers, we want to offer something unique in Edmonton.

For $30, you can attend a tasting that will feature a special group of eight premium wines that can be purchased afterwards for a 20% discount! Hence the name 30 for 20! Many rarities will be included in the lineup throughout this year. Wines like Krug Rose Champagne, 2014 Chateau Grand-Puy Lacoste, Quintarelli Amarone and 2000 Niepoort Vintage Port will be served in these tastings this year. Where else can you drink Krug and 7 other wines for $30? Answer, only at deVine Wines & Spirits!

The tastings are limited to 60 people and will be hosted in a stand up format. If you require a chair, please let a team member know and we will accommodate your request. Wines available for sale may be very limited in quantity. These great savings will only be offered to guests who attend the tasting so please book your spots early to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you at the store for some great fun in 2019! Let the good times roll!

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Book your spot for the first “30 for 20” tasting now..

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January 7, 2019

Special Vintages Ending in ‘9’

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:13 pm

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Every year, we present a few special bottlings for our customers celebrating 20, 30, 40 or 50 year birthdays or for those with special anniversaries. So this year, its wine and spirits bottled or made in the year ending with ‘9’. We have Armagnacs, Single Grain Malts, Single Malts and wines from these years. Check it out below. Note quantities are very limited (in certain cases only one bottle is available) so don’t wait too long to avoid disappointment.

Those of you accustomed to the very old tawny ports from Portugal for the last few years will be disappointed as there are no 1969 releases forthcoming that we’re aware of for the 1969 year.

First, those pictured above from left to right:

1989 Château de Chaintres Saumur-Champigny (Loire Valley, France) – $71.99

1989 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privée Rosé Brut (Champagne, France) – $449.99

1989 Max Ferdinand Richter Mulheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $104.99

1979 Francis Darroze Jaulin 38 Year Old Armagnac (France) – $219.99

1979 Girvan Sovereign Single Grain Whisky (Lowlands, Scotland) – $374.99

1969 Francis Darroze Domaine de Bellair (France) – $349.99

Other recommendations:

1999 Old Malt Cask Glenburgie 18 Year (Speyside, Scotland) – $149.99

1999 Old Malt Cask 19 year Tamdhu (Speyside, Scotland) – $158.99

1999 Francis Darroze Domaine de Rieston 19 Year (France) – $144.99

1989 Francis Darroze Domaine de Martin 27 Year Old (France) – $169.99

1989 Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 27 Year Old (Highlands, Scotland) – $849.99

1979 Port Ellen Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old (Islay, Scotland) – $1,799.99

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