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April 12, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for April 12

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Lambrusco, the frizzante (slightly spritzy) red wine from northern Italy in Emilia-Romagna, has become extremely popular in the last little while. Driven by its pleasurable appeal and great PR, this fresh, fruity bubbly wine that’s low in alcohol, with an fine quality price ratio is one of Italy’s top sellers as a new generation of Millennials and Generation X drinkers find it quite chic to order a glass when going out. Even sommeliers in prominent restaurants and wine writers are trying to play up Lambrusco as today’s hot new trend. Look for hip labels, designed to appeal to the younger crowd. Most are dry, with the cheapest ones being sweet.

Most people think of Lambrusco as a single grape. Yet it is a family of grapes that can produce a product deeply colored to very light – that said, the aroma and taste of Lambrusco is quite distinctive and fruity with violets and plummy notes – they should be drank young.

Our feature of the week is their Medici Concerto Lambrusco – $21.99, regularly $26.99 – Intensely brilliant ruby red in color with fresh red berries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries on the nose. Dry and fruity, round on the palate. Very clean with perfect balance that would be a perfect pairing with a 4 meat pizza or some charcuterie!

2019 Medici Concerto Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – $21.99 (regularly $26.99)

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April 9, 2021

Two Wine Spectator Top 10 Wines from 2020

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:35 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

The famous American wine publication Wine Spectator reviews 15,000 plus wines every year and have been dishing out their annual Top 100 Wines of the Year since 1988 based on quality, value, availability and excitement..

With the diversity in the wine world, we in Alberta get fewer and fewer wines that make the Top 100 list as the years go by and sometimes even when we do, the vintage is wrong.

Therefore, we are thrilled to offer to you for consideration, two wines that made the Top Ten from 2020. Note there are years when we don’t have anything to offer from the Top Ten list, let alone two wines. Both are very limited availability and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Thus, If you want something special with some clout to serve at dinner parties when the pandemic is over, or if you merely want to compare your palate with those of the critics, here is your opportunity.

2016 Massolino Filli Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $76.99

2012 Bollinger La Grande Année Brut – $249.99

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April 5, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for April 5

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:55 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

José Maria da Fonseca started his business in 1834, and the family has maintained it for six more generations since then selling its wines in all continents. It is the oldest table wine company in Portugal and famous for its Periquita reds.

Located in the little village of Azeitão on the Setubal peninsula, south of Lisbon, they invest in research and production methods, utilizing both modern techniques with traditional methods, such as combining the ancient Roman tradition of fermenting wine in clay pots with the latest technology. The vineyard is 700 hectares.

Our feature of the week is their Waterdog Red – $11.99, regularly $14.99. Loving, loyal and intelligent, Portuguese Waterdogs are a treasured breed originally from the southern coast of Portugal – near where their winery originates. This blend of 34% Castelão, 33% Trincadeira and 33% Touriga Nacional grape varieties offers up a nose of blueberries, black currant and baking spices. The palate is fruity with notes of red and black berries, balanced acidity and a touch of wood from the six months aging on French and American Oak. Perfect for current drinking, pair with BBQ, roasts, hearty pasta dishes. Open a bottle and enjoy the Portuguese way of life!

2018 Jose Maria da Fonseca Waterdog (Terras do Sado, Portugal) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

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March 31, 2021

Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:34 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Easter is this coming weekend, and you’ll want some celebratory wines to accompany turkey & ham dinner or that special meal you’ll be preparing for your loved ones.

We receive many requests for food and wine pairings for this festive weekend so please contact us sooner than later for the best available selection and recommendations. If you have special needs, please let us know and we’ll be glad to help. Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

Our store hours this weekend are:

Good Friday: 12-5pm
Saturday: 11-6pm
Easter Sunday: Closed

In the meantime, those looking for the classic pairings with turkey, ham and all the regular fixings, please see below some of our current favourites:

Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a little meditation course for digestifs or Port.

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are a great way to start any gathering whether its a greeting aperitif or to pair with appetizers. Lively and clean, these will get everyone’s palate ready for what’s to come next:

NV Jaume Serra Castelfino Brut Cava (Penedès, Spain) – $16.99


NV La Jara Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $18.99


NV Varichon & Clerc Privilege Rose Dry (Burgundy, France) – $21.99


2019 Huber Gruner Veltliner Blanc de Blancs Brut (Traisental, Austria) – $39.99

Champagne

Now if you serve Champagne, your audience will immediately know you’re here to do some serious partaking and celebrating:

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NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – $52.99


2013 Champagne Lancelot Pienne Brut Accord Majeur (Champagne, France) – $74.99


2008 Champagne Gardet Charles Rose de Saignee Brut Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $109.99


NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Champagne, France)- $149.99


2004 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $359.99

Whites & Pinks

Whites with a touch of sweetness is preferred because of the sweetness of some of the fixings – candied yams, cranberry sauce, and honey for the glazed ham. A completely dry white will seem more austere and void of fruit due to the sweetness of the food so I recommend Rieslings (dry or off-dry, both work), Gewurztraminers or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay or Chenon irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2019 La Playa Chardonnay Un-Oaked (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $15.99


2018 La Peyriere Cuvee Prestige (Bordeaux, France) – $19.99


2019 Cave de Saumur Chenin Blanc Les Pouches (Loire Valley, France) – $21.99


2017 Dr. Heinz Wagner Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese (Mosel, Germany) – $37.99


2019 Domaine Delaporte Sancerre Chavignol (Loire Valley, France) – $42.99


2019 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay (Walker Bay, South Africa) – $64.99


2017 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany) – $144.99


2020 Agricola Gorgo Bardolino Chiaretto (Veneto, Italy) – $19.99


NV Johannes Zillinger Revolution Pink Solera (Weinviertel, Austria) – $34.99


Reds

For reds, try to avoid the big oaky tannic monsters. Oak and tannins are the enemies when pairing with slightly sweet food, try for a red with lots of up-front fruit, little oak and a soft tannins like a Beaujolais (served slightly chilled) or a Pinot Noir.

2018 Azul y Garanza Fiesta (Navarra, Spain) – $17.99


2018 Novaia Valpolicella Classico (Veneto, Italy) – $21.49

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2016 Tommasi Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo (Campania, Italy) – $24.99


2017 Malivoire Small Lot Gamay (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $28.99


2017 Cantine Barbera Perricone Microcosmo (Sicily, Italy) – $47.99


2015 Château de la Font du Loup (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France) – $59.99


2014 Louis Jadot Beaune Boucherottes Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $79.99


2011 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $92.99


1969 Adega Viuva Gomes Collares Reserva Tinto (Colares, Portugal) – $144.99


2004 Château L’Eglise-Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $234.99


2005 Château La Providence (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $299.99


Dessert

As for dessert, remember dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself:

2019 Gruber Roschitz Beerenauslese Chardonnay (Weinviertel, Austria) – 375mL – $39.99


2016 Château Guiraud (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $59.99


2009 Zsirai Winery Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos (Villany, Hungary) – 500mL – $74.99


2009 Domaine Huet Cuvee Constance (Loire Valley, France) – 375mL – $169.99
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Port (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal:

Taylor Fladgate NV Historic Limited Edition Reserve Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $54.99


2008 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $74.99


1977 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $134.99


1965 Krohn Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $309.99


1957 Kopke Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $349.99


Happy Easter all!

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March 29, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for March 29

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:19 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Chapoutier, or Maison M. Chapoutier, is a winery and négociant business situated in Tain-l’Hermitage in the Rhône region in France. Chapoutier produces wine from appellations all across the Rhône region, including our weekly online offer this week – the 2016 Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers – $24.99 (regularly $30.99). Chapoutier’s wines garner a lot of accolades and attention because of its quality and consistency. His wine labels are also distinctive as well because of their inclusion of Braille writing on all its labels since 1996 and many are certified organic including this red.

This is made from Syrah from the lower slopes and the flats south and east of the famed Hermitage Hill. The nose offers florals – violets, black pepper, an attractive meaty and leathery scents with a twist of smoky garrigue. The attack is more elegant than you might expect with meaty, peppery, savoury hints, roasted peppers and dried provencal herbs. The finish is of ripe cherries, plums and earthy hints with soft tannins. Lovely with a wintery stew.

2016 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers (Rhone Valley, France) – $24.99 (regularly $30.99)

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Mini Online Auction In Support of Edmonton Food Bank – Ends 9pm Wednesday, March 31

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:14 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

We’re doing a mini-auction of some fine wines in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. Any contribution is worthwhile in these times and we hope you’ll participate in this online auction. There is a lovely Fladgate Partnership gift basket with a great selection of Vintage and Ruby ports. As well, a couple of splits from the legendary 2001 Sauterne vintage. Please submit bids via email in minimum $10 increments or alternatively submit a reserve bid. The auction ends 9pm, Wednesday, March 31st.

Go to the Auction Page..

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March 27, 2021

The Great 2016 Barolo’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:55 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Once in a lifetime, there comes a vintage so special that it receives unanimous accolades from critics, connoisseurs and winemakers alike, and such it is for the great 2016 Barolo Vintage. Hailed as the greatest since 1978 (drinking wonderfully), 1989, 2001 and 2010, the 2016 is a collector’s dream vintage with growing season conditions perfect in every way.

The star grape in Italy’s northern Piedmont wine region is the Nebbiolo grape, named for the misty fog that drifts over the hills at harvest time. While a tricky grape, thin-skinned and difficult to vinify, when fully ripened in a long growing season, it produces something sublime with its haunting blend of licorice, cherry, and floral aromas along with its layers of complex flavors yet elegantly structured are keys to the appeal. Both Barolo’s and Barbaresco’s produced in 2016 are already legendary.

“This is one of the best vintages I’ve ever made, with 35 harvests on my shoulders,” says Luca Currado, winemaker at Vietti, whose vineyards enjoy some of the best locale for Nebbiolo growing. His single vineyard Barolo’s all scored near perfect scores from a slew of critics and we have his Castiglione, a blend from his numerous vineyards on offer.

This is a must for any serious collector. Much like the 1996 and 2010’s when they came around, those who have some of those in their cellar only wish they had bought more. Don’t miss your chance here. The ultra-premiums are extremely rare and expensive already, but these “normales” would be nice in the 10-15 year range.

These wines pictured above from left to right are available in limited quantities and they won’t last so don’t leave it too long…

2016 Rocche Costamagna Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $57.99

2016 G. D. Vajra Barolo Albe (Piedmont, Italy) – $63.99

2016 Massolino Filli Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $76.99

2016 Mauro Molino Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $59.99

2016 Vietti Barolo Castiglione (Piedmont, Italy) – $94.99

Also available:

2016 Vietti Barolo Castiglione (Piedmont, Italy) – 1.5L – $214.99

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March 22, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for March 22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:10 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our weekly special this week features the 2017 Bodegas Cobertizo Mencia Joven – $16.49 (regularly $21.99) from northwestern Spain in Bierzo, home of the Mencia grape.

The wines from Bodegas Cobertizo are produced complying with the organic production procedures and beyond, with extremely low sulfites, far lower than the European ecological standard limits. Viticulture is rational and sustainable, obtaining the maximum benefits that this land of 22 hectares provides. Everything is done manually in the winemaking process. Love for the land, soil and historic roots all show through in their wines.

Made from 60 year old Mencia vines, ideally south facing and 500+ meters above sea level, this lovely red is full of strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, baking spice, pepper and black licorice. The well-drained soils of Bierzo are slate and granite shows itself on the rustic, meaty palate. Pair with roasted meats. A marvelous deal at 25% off!!

2017 Bodegas Cobertizo Mencia Joven (Bierzo, Spain) – $16.49 (regularly $21.99)

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March 15, 2021

Mini Online Auction In Support of Edmonton Food Bank

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:09 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

We’re doing a mini-auction of some fine wines in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. Any contribution is worthwhile in these times and we hope you’ll participate in this online auction. There is a lovely Fladgate Partnership gift basket with a great selection of Vintage and Ruby ports. As well, a couple of splits from the legendary 2001 Sauterne vintage. Please submit bids via email in minimum $10 increments or alternatively submit a reserve bid. The auction ends 9pm, Wednesday, March 31st.

Go to the Auction Page..

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March 14, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for March 15

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:22 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our weekly special this week features the 2003 Hexamer Riesling Spatlese Sobernheimer Marbach (Nahe, Germany) – $37.49 (regularly $49.99).

Harald Hexamer’s meticulous work in the vineyard is marked by pruning to control yields (“often six to eight bunches per wine”) and hand-harvesting. The grapes are picked exclusively by hand and fermented very cold (below 12 degrees celsius) with cooling utilized only when necessary – “but we often pick so late we bring naturally cold fruit — below 10 degrees — back to the winery.” Hexamer handles the wine as little as possible so when tasting the wines, one sees the purity of the vineyards, the intensity of minerality, and remarkable clarity. Hexamer’s wines are balanced in the ultraviolet spectrum; they’re steely, acid-driven, clean, and transparent.

This quite ripe Riesling Spatlese has fine aromatics on the nose – mix of soft tropical qualities and floral notes. Right around medium bodied with good density and the warmth of the 2003 vintage really shows through. Mostly a mix of exotic tropical notes upfront, sweetness through the middle and retains nice structure in the back end. This has the fruit and sweetness to continue to improve even though it is in a nice spot right now and is a great treat for our customers of an aged Riesling at a 25% off discount. Pair with Asian fare or spicy foods.

2003 Hexamer Riesling Spatlese Sobernheimer Marbach (Nahe, Germany) – $37.49 (regularly $49.99)

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