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July 24, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for July 26

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:49 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our feature this week is their 2019 Château Ste. Michelle Riesling (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $15.99 (regularly $19.99).

Founded in 1967, Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed winery featuring award-winning wines and unparalleled tasting experiences at our historic chateau located in Woodinville, Washington, near Seattle.

The wineries’ roots go all the way back to the Repeal of Prohibition circa 1912 when the estate was owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson.

Most famous for its Riesling production, the winery makes over 8 million bottles of the various Rieslings annually. This everyday drinker has some sweetness to it, but not overly sweet.

Winemaker’s Notes: “Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of Riesling from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley. The wine offers crisp apple aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. This is Chateau Ste. Michelle’s “everyday Riesling” that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.”

2019 Château Ste. Michelle Riesling (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $15.99 (regularly $19.99)

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July 19, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for July 19

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:48 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2019 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

The UKO winery was built in the 1930s. It is a boutique and traditional winery, with the latest technology to achieve outstanding results. Their high altitude vineyards are located in one of the more prestigious sub-areas of the Uco Valley, the Pareditas sub-region, this is an inexpensive and exciting red that confirms the shift in grape growing over a century, from East Mendoza to the classic zone to Uco Valley. The soil is alluvial and drip irrigation is used. The dry and continental climate with fine sun exposure allows for perfect grape ripening.

2019 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

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July 15, 2021

2020 Bordeaux Futures – Last Call

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:50 pm

Author: Dirk Chan
Our highly successful 2020 Bordeaux Futures Campaign will come to a close at midnight this coming Sunday, July 18. This is your last-call to order some 2020 Bordeaux from the so-called Covid vintage to have and open 10-20 years from now and say we lived through it.

For only the 2nd time ever, Bordeaux has had a trio of great years – 2018, 2019 and now 2020. The last and only other time this occurred was 1988, 89 and 1990.

How does Futures work you ask – well at its most basic level, you’re purchasing unfinished wine – you pay for it in full now, and in two years time, they arrive and you have some great Bordeaux to cellar for some time before enjoying the fruits of your patience. The wines when bottled will be 10-15% higher so you get a price break. Nowadays, you buy futures so you can get your hands on a bottle or two of something great and rare. Bordeaux being one of the great wines in the world – at the top end, demand far out strips availability and Futures may be the only way of ensuring you get your hands on some illustrious houses.

2020 appears to be a Right Bank vintage, so the Merlot dominant appellations of St. Emilion and Pomerol will be highly sought after while Margaux and Haut-Medoc’s with high percentage of Merlot are also popular.

The pricing appears to be an increase of a few percent to 15%, thus a little more expensive than the giveaway pricing from last year, but still quite a bit cheaper than 2018. However, given that yields were down in general 20%, we are receiving less quantity than normal.

As usual, items offered will be sold on a first-come first served basis and in some cases maximums applied. In many cases we won’t be able to go back for more of something once it sells out and if we do, price will be second tranche (release) pricing.

If you require assistance in choosing, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email or come into the store and we’d be happy to help.

Check out all available wines here..

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July 12, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for July 12

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:38 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2019 Dubard Château Laulerie Viognier (Bergerac, France) – $17.27 (regularly $22.99)

In the late 1970’s, the Dubard family founded their first wine estate, Château Laulerie, in the western part of the Bergerac wine region called Montravel. Throughout the years, the family restored life to two additional wineries located on the right bank of the Dordogne river, in the wine appellations of Lalande de Pomerol and Puisseguin St Emilion.

With its dry white, rosé and red wines, Château Laulerie offers the unique harmony resulting from the alliance between a contrasted but mild climate and a complex calcareous soil. Only planted in 2016, Chateau Laulerie’s signature Viognier began to unveil its personality by the 2019 vintage, fully expressing its three most sought-after qualities; tension, glycerin texture, minerality and aromatic maturity.

With a nose signalling perfumed honeysuckle, gently stewed apricots and pear, on the palate the trademark Viognier characteristics can be found, namely a fleshy and round vivacity and flavours of ripe peach, apricot and mango with a refined oily finish.

Great as an apéritif, it can also make a great companion to an avocado crab salad or a meaty fish like monkfish.

2019 Dubard Château Laulerie Viognier (Bergerac, France) – $17.27 (regularly $22.99)

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July 7, 2021

July is Petit Chablis Month

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:21 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

July is Petit Chablis month as several boutique stores around town promote and create awareness of this fine Chardonnay AOC region. While Petit Chablis is within the Chablis AOC, covering all areas not included in the Chablis Village wines, the Premier Cru’s and the Grand Cru’s – it is a source of great, easy to enjoy Chardonnays for early drinking that speaks of the terroir that it came from.

There’s nothing really “little” or “lesser” about b>Petit Chablis, it is a Village designation that makes up around 18-20% of all wines made in Chablis, it is mostly spans the higher slopes or the beginning of the plateau in hard limestone or silty soils and of course, younger vines. The textures are light and full of verve, light straw in color with lovely minerality, green apples and gunflint – a great drink in the summer in your back yard.

The promotion this month includes a draw to win two bottles of Petit Chablis, a charcuterie board from The Butchery by RGE RD and to participate in a Zoom Virtual tasting with Barb Philip, MW and Gurvinder Bhatia, organizer of this event and Quench editor-in-chief on Thursday, August 26th. Enter in-store at deVines – no purchase necessary.

Try a couple of Petit Chablis this month:

2018 William Fevre Petit Chablis (Chablis, France) – $37.99

2019 Alain Geoffroy Petit Chablis (Chablis, France) – $28.99

More on Chablis here..

Happy Petit Chablis month everyone!!

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July 5, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for July 5

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

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2018 Cellar Masroig Sola Fred Montsant – $14.25 (regularly $18.99)

Montsant’s Cellar Masroig (“red farm”) co-op was founded in 1918, and today is a fine example of how a co-operative could and should be ran. Located near Barcelona in NE Spain, this wine is made from the Samso (Carignan) grape grown over red clay and limestone, and fermented in stainless to preserve freshness. The Mediterranean climate and continental influences, with dry summers, poor soil fertility of terrain and mountainous landscape all leave their mark on this lovely wine. This lighter red offers lifted red currant, raspberry, wild plum across a light palate, with finely grippy tannins, and a touch of mineral salinity. Chill slightly and enjoy all summer long.

2018 Celler Masroig Sola Fred (Montsant, Spain) – $14.25 (regularly $18.99)

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June 28, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for June 28

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:18 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2018 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines – $22.41 (regularly $27.99)

The land that Henry of Pelham Winery sits on dates back to 1794. An inn and tavern was built on this site in 1842 and the tavern’s liquor license was signed “Henry of Pelham” as a joking reference to a past British prime minister, Sir Henry Pelham. The name stuck. Paul Speck Sr. purchased the estate in 1982. Paul Speck Jr. becomes president in 1988 and helps to found the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) with a handful of other Niagara wineries.

The 300 acre estate is located in the Short Hills Bench sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula. Renown for its Baco Noir, a defacto Canadian classic and a Henry of Pelham classic. Discovered by is a French-American, Francois Baco, Baco Noir is a hybrid red wine grape with origins dating back to the late 1800’s being a cross between Folle Blanche and an unknown member of the New World’s Vitis Riparia family.

Grown from vines planted in 1984 and extremely low yields and 18 months of oak aging produced a deep ruby red colour with hints of purple. Ripe blackberry and plum aromas with coffee, cedar and smoky notes. Dry and full bodied with black cherry flavour. Well balanced with a long smoky finish.

Happy Canada Day everyone!! – note we are open Canada Day – noon-5pm

2018 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $22.41 (regularly $27.99)

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June 21, 2021

Bubbles to Celebrate Canada Day and End of Restrictions

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:10 pm

Author: Dirk Chan
The upcoming July 1 is not only Canada Day, but a landmark day with all pandemic restrictions lifted. It is time to celebrate and everyone should open some bubbles to congratulate ourselves for having lived through Covid for well over a year. It is time to celebrate ourselves, friends and relatives for persistence and perseverance through this difficult period in our lives. Although we believe we must still be vigilant, we can for once indulge and celebrate this momentous day.

Below are our recommendations to mark this momentous day! Please remember to drink responsibly.

First, pictured (left to right):
NV Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Brut Rose (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $44.99
NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Champagne, France) – $149.99
NV Krug Rosé (Champagne, France) – $419.99
2010 Moet & Chandon Dom Pérignon Brut (Champagne, France) – $299.99

2020 Benjamin Bridge Pet Nat (Nova Scotia, Canada) – 250mL Can – $13.49
NV Pago de Tharsys Dominio de Tharsys Cava Brut Rosado (Valencia, Spain) – $19.99
NV Bodegues Sumarroca True Colours Brut Cava (Penedès, Spain) – $22.99
NV Fernridge Winery Haha Brut Cuvee (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand) – $24.99
NV Mission Hill Estate Grown Reserve Brut (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $29.99
2019 Huber Gruner Veltliner Blanc de Blancs Brut (Traisental, Austria) – $39.99

Champagne recommendations:
NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – $52.99
NV Champagne Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – $59.99
NV Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $76.99
NV Champagne Jacquesson Extra Brut Cuvee No. 743 (Champagne, France) – $86.99
2014 Taittinger Brut Millesime (Champagne, France) – $104.99
2016 Bereche et Fils Campania Remensis Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $114.99
NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne, France) – $127.99
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $129.99

For those of you who want to go all out! :
1999 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Brut Liesse d’Harbonville (Champagne, France) – $224.99
2009 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut (Champagne, France) – $274.99
2004 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $359.99
2000 Krug Brut (Champagne, France) – $399.99 
2002 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Plenitude P2 (Champagne, France) – $649.99 

We are open Thursday, July 1 from noon to 5pm. Happy Canada Day everyone!

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June 20, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for June 21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:38 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2019 Le Grand Verdu Blanc & 2018 Le Grand Verdu Rouge – both $17.49 (regularly $21.99)

The vineyards of Château Le Grand Verdus is situated in the heart of a preserved hilly landscape, in the AOC of Bordeaux Supérieur area, between the Médoc, Graves and Saint-Emilion, at the gateway to the Entre-Deux-Mers region (between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers), 20 km east of Bordeaux city.

This fine country 16th-century Renaissance residence has been in the hands of the same family since 1810, with four generations of the Le Grix de la Salle family, all fired by the same passion for making wine that reflect its terroir.

First, the intense white with its white flowers, pear and citrus fruit nose. The rich aromatic palette has mouth-watering acidity, bright and fresh, finishing with minerality – ideal for accompanying seafood and poultry. 60% Sauvignon blanc, 30% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle.

Then treat yourself to the delicate and rounded Rouge, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon – this is a luscious, fruity wine with the aromas of fresh fruit, spices and liquorice. Supple palate and instantly pleasurable, this wine will improve over five years. Great with some roasted lamb at the family table. Enjoy everyone!

2019 Château Le Grand Verdus Blanc (Bordeaux, France)- $17.49 (regularly $21.99)

2018 Château Le Grand Verdus Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux Superieur (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France) – $17.49 (regularly $21.99)

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June 14, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for June 14

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:23 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our feature this week is the 2017 Villa Medoro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – $18.49 (regularly $23.49)

Villa Medoro is owned by the Della Loggia-Morricone Family. In 1966, Federica Morricone’s grandfather, Mr. Luigi Della Loggia, bought property in Medoro, a small village located near the city of Atri in Abruzzo. The estate now encompasses over 250 hectares, 107 of which are currently planted with vines. Set in the beautiful area of the Teramo hills and overlooking the green Adriatic Sea, this area is very suited to prime viticulture and wine growing, particularly the Montepulciano grape.

The vineyards of Medoro, Fontanelle and Fonte Corvo, which are around 200 metres high and cultivated with great passion and newly planted in the 1990s, enjoy a traditional pergola education and are more reminiscent of pretty gardens than of agricultural land.

This wine is made from 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes and is vinified with maceration on the skins and stainless steel fermentation for 20 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place completely in stainless steel tanks with refinement in bottle for 4-6 months before release.

A lively and bright ruby red color with black cherry, red fruit, earth, leather and spices on the nose. It sees no oak and shows bright red and black cherry flavors with a hint of spice and smooth tannins. Forest fruits, garlic and mushrooms show up on the palate. Great food wine and a Tre bicchieri award winner.

2017 Villa Medoro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $18.49 (regularly $23.49)

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