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December 7, 2018

Big Format Bottles for Christmas

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:58 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

I’ve always been fascinated with big bottles of wine at any event – it immediately adds that feeling of something special is going to happen – partly because the size infers lots of people, fun and joviality amongst friends and relatives.

Also, wines from magnums and even bigger formats usually show youth and vitality because the airspace to wine ratio is lower, and thius the wine ages slower.

So, for Christmas, whether it be at the dinner table, or as a special gift to a loved one, consider a magnum (1.5L) or a double magnum (3.0L). At deVine’s, we buy big bottles all year long just for this time of the year. Below is a very large list of available big formats at deVines for your consideration (availability is very limited, most we only have one or two bottles of each for sale), so shop early for the best selection.

Listed below are all in magnum (1.5L) format unless otherwise specified. First, the pictured ones (left to right):

2017 Max Ferdinand Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $114.99

2013 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – 3.0L – $224.99

2014 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolo Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – $199.99

2011 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $144.99

2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru La Dominode (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $159.99

2005 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $164.99

Read the rest of the blog with additional big bottle recommendations: here..

Have yourself a Merry Magnum Christmas!

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December 3, 2018

Annual Customer Appreciation Day Thursday, Dec 13

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:17 pm

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 13th!

Every year, deVine Wines will host our annual Customer Appreciation Day – Thursday, December 13th to say a special “Thank You!” for your ongoing support and patronage.

deVine Wines will be offering our customers a 10% discount ** on all in-stock regular priced wines and spirits plus additional select items up to 30% off. The sale will run all day, starting at 10:00 AM until we close at 8:00 PM. There will be two wine stations and a beer station set up for free sampling from 3-6pm. It’s a great opportunity to do all of your Christmas shopping in one day.

**The sale excludes beers and ciders as well as wines stored in our vintage keeper or vintage room. Cannot be combined with other sale items and no rain checks.

See you on Thursday, December 13th.

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November 19, 2018

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:59 pm

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The popular American wine publication Wine Spectator reviews over 15,000 wines every year, and in mid November, they issue their Top 100 Wines of the Year amids much fanfare and hoopla. This has been an ongoing tradition since 1988.

The retailers follow closely and will bring in as many of the Top 100 as available. This year’s list is less American centric than other years, and we are fortunate to get the right wines with the right vintage for your consideration. Note many of these are limited so get yours early to avoid disappointment.

Also, remember to register for our Top Wines of the Year tasting that will feature four wines from this Wine Spectator list as well as four of deVine’s staff favourites for 2018.

Check out the available Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines..

Register for the Top Wines of the Year Tasting.

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November 14, 2018

The Great 2016 Vintage Ports

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:20 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The 2016 Port Vintage is the first general declaration since the 2011. With the 2016s, they are definitely going to make a splash – the growing season got off to a late start, following a very rainy spring that would make the different later during harvest time. As is typical of the Douro Valley, they entered into its typically hot and dry period in June and July, the vines had enough water reserves to help them along, with only a few areas suffering from hydric stress. A light rain came in a timely fashion on Sept. 13, to give the vineyards a freshening, and with the vintage running a week behind, growers could take advantage of ideal weather conditions into October, picking the later-ripening varieties such as Touriga Franca at optimum quality.

We were thrilled with the stupendous quality of the 2016 Vintage Ports at our recent tasting -they really are exceptional, with some of the most refined tannins ever, so much fruit as to hide the immense structure underneath. The gorgeous black and red fruit flavours while being extraordinarily intense with a glass staining purple colour. These ports will be impressive down the road, and offer great, exuberant drinking now as well. There is great balance, with Baumés, acidity and tannins in that rare and perfect alignment. This is certainly a vintage to include in your cellar to enjoy in your later years or to celebrate a significant year.

Production of each of the 2016 Vintage Ports is approximately 1/5 below the previously declared 2011’s with a very rigorous selection by most houses. For the first time in awhile, we are offering 375mL half bottle formats. Don’t miss this special vintage as quantities are limited!

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2016 Porto Quevedo Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $99.99

2016 Warre’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $129.99

2016 Croft Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $149.99

2016 Dow’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $149.99

2016 Fonseca Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

2016 Fonseca Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $86.99

2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $86.99

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November 12, 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 est arrivé!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:25 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Every year on the third Thursday of November- on the 15th this year, the famous Beaujolais Nouveau is released with great fanfare to the world. Freshly made, the tradition and hype lead to much merry-making with fireworks and numerous parties where the wine is the star.

As usual, we are offering the Georges DuBeouf Beaujolais Villages in the painted bottle – $25.99, a wine we feel offers the best quality with the requisite beautiful bottle packaging. This will be available for sale Thursday, November 16 after 3pm.

What is Beaujolais Nouveau? It’s a light, fruity red made from the Gamay grape. Strawberry, raspberry, cotton candy and banana on the nose with a light fruity palate and literally no tannins. Serve this slightly chilled. How is Beaujolais Nouveau made – well the grapes are harvested by hand but do not go thru the typical fermentation process. Rather, they go through a carbonic maceration – instead of crushing the grapes and allowing the juice to ferment, carbonic maceration allows the whole grapes to ferment. The grapes are put into a vessel and the weight of the grapes will crush some of the bottom grapes which begin to ferment. The remainder of the juice still inside the uncrushed grapes will also ferment. The wine is pasteurized to prevent secondary malolactic fermentation. The whole process can be accomplished in about six weeks. This type of fermentation can produce a drinkable wine more quickly.

Beaujolais Nouveau is meant for current drinking, capturing its freshness and fruitiness, it is not meant for aging at all. Quite limited in quantity so come in early or book online early to avoid disappointment. Have a lovely Beaujolais Nouveau party!

2018 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau (Beaujolais, France) – $25.99

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November 5, 2018

Charity Auction Ends Midnight on Saturday, Nov 10

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:19 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The auction in support of the Edmonton Food Bank and Edmonton Neon Museum winds up at midnight Saturday, November 10th.

With almost 50 items up for grabs, there are some choice items that we know people are keenly interested in.

We advise you to submit a reserve bid to us if there is something you really want – we will bid on your behalf in increments of $10 up to but not exceeding your maximum reserve bid. Submit your reserve bid now

As the auction will end when the store is closed, your online bids will determine final outcome where we will use the timestamp at 12:00am as the final bid for all the items.

We will inform the winners asap and ask that you pick up the winning items by Wednesday, November 21st so as to give the Food Bank time to use the funds for the Christmas season. Payment will be accepted in cash or by cheque (made out to the Edmonton Food Bank) only.

Here is the link to the auction page: https://www.devinewines.ca/eventAuctions/auction.html

Thank you all of you for the great support you’ve shown us for the fundraisers for the Food Bank this year – it makes the city a better place.

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November 1, 2018

2016 Ports with Roy Hersh

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:57 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The 2016 Port Vintage is the first general declaration since the 2011. With the 2016s, they are definitely going to make a splash – the growing season got off to a late start, following a very rainy spring that would make the different later during harvest time. As is typical of the Douro Valley, they entered into its typically hot and dry period in June and July, the vines had enough water reserves to help them along, with only a few areas suffering from hydric stress. A light rain came in a timely fashion on Sept. 13, to give the vineyards a freshening, and with the vintage running a week behind, growers could take advantage of ideal weather conditions into October, picking the later-ripening varieties such as Touriga Franca at optimum quality.

The 2016 Vintage Ports really are exceptional, with some of the most refined tannins ever, supporting gorgeous red fruit flavours while being extraordinarily intense, purple colour. The wines have impressive structure and balance, with Baumés, acidity, tannins and colour in rare and perfect alignment. This is certainly a vintage to include in your cellar to enjoy in your later years or to celebrate a significant year.

Production of each of the 2016 Vintage Ports is approximately 1/5 below the previously declared 2011’s with a very rigorous selection by most houses.

As is customary, deVine welcomes world renown Port expert Roy Hersh from Seattle here for a sit-down tasting of seven 2016 Vintage Ports on the Remembrance Day Friday, November 9 at 7:30 – $105/person.

We special order small amounts of half bottles (splits) of both the Taylor and Fonseca 2016, and those who attend the tasting will have first dibs at the smaller format, which wil drink at peak sooner, and better suited for smaller size gatherings.

Rumours are circulating quietly about a general declaration for 2017 – if so, it would be a first to have back to back vintages declared – you can ask Roy about this.

Book your seat here..

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Riedel – New Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:51 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Some new items for Christmas from the most famous wine glass company Riedel. Based in Austria, and with an illustrious history going back to the time of Mozart’s birthyear, 1756 – they produce varietally specific stemware that enhance the specific grapes you’re tasting. For the oenophile, proper stemware and decanters are a must for full enjoyment of fine wine. With each passing year, their portfolio gets bigger and bigger.

New to deVines are (pictured left to right):

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1) Riedel Louis Whisky Glass – $14.99

2) Riedel Performance Magnum Decanter – $99.99

3) Riedel Big O Stemless Pinot Noir – $14.99

We have a large collection of Riedel products, so do drop by to peruse our options.

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October 24, 2018

Art Show Meet & Greet

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:57 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

Visual Artist Nosheen Pervez will be having an art show at deVine Wines on Saturday, Nov 3 between 4 PM and 6 PM. This will be a fun opportunity to meet Nosheen and view a portfolio of her striking and richly textured art. To see Nosheen’s works, please visit her site at www.nosheenpervez.com

To add to the fun, Jenn Fulford from Crimson Imports will be sampling 3 wines. Jenn will be featuring a sparkling wine from the Loire Valley, a Spanish red and a crisp, zesty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Also joining us is Travis Watt from Rare Drams. Travis will be pouring a range of whiskies, including Single Grains from Sovereign and drams from Carn Mor, Old Perth and The Big Strand..

This event is in support of Edmonton Food’s Bank. Please find it in your heart to bring a food donation.

For those of you coming to the Whiskies of the World tasting and gala fundraiser that evening that starts at 7pm, you are also welcome to this free drop-in meet and greet. Although this event is sold out, those who really want to come to the gala/fundraiser can bid on a pair of tickets (bidding ends at midnight Oct 28 for these tickets) in our Auction for the Food Bank and the Neon Museum – you can go to the auction page here..


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October 20, 2018

2015 Domaine de la Pousse d’Or

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:56 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or (translates to Golden Earth) is located a few kilometers from Beaune, in the commune of Volnay. It has an enviable position of being an oenophile collector’s favourite for expressive and memorable Burgundies without having to empty the bank account. In 1855, this winery was part of a larger domaine that included the famed Romanee-Conti and Clos de Tart. Originally called La Bousse d’Or until legend Gerard Potel took it over. With 13 hectares of vineyard spread amongst Volnay, Chambolle Musigny and Corton, they have been their own brand since 1964.

Known for their strict selection and seamless and elegant wines, these are tremendous values in the cadillac 2015 vintage, stash them in your cellar for a decade or more.

Pictured left to right:

2015 La Pousse d’Or Volnay Premier Cru en Caillerets (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $131.99


2015 La Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d’Or Monopole Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $156.99


2015 La Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos d’Audignac Monopole Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $154.99


We’re getting to the end of the buying window for the stupendous 2015 Red Burgundy vintage. With only Jadot to come, we’re now seeing the 2016’s start drifting in. So, we’re advising if you’re interested in having some of this legendary vintage in your cellar to buy sooner than later.

The hype is certainly well deserved, the 2015 Red Burgs are without a doubt the best since 2005 (with even less production) and probably as good as 1990, and some old vigneros comparing it to 1929 that they drank in their youth – high praise all around. We’ve not had a disappointing one yet, even at the lowest Bourgogne level – it is a no-brainer vintage and as with all great years, the pricing will escalate for what is available as the years go by.

Here is a complete list of what’s available from 2015:

2015 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Chambolle Musigny Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $334.99


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2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru La Dominode (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – 1.5L – $159.99


2015 Domaine Herve Sigaut Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru Les Sentiers Vieilles Vignes (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $134.99


2015 Daniel Rion et Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Vignerondes Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $109.99


2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru La Dominode (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $79.99


2015 Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Aloxe Corton Les Boutieres (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) $77.99


2015 Domaine Lucien Jacob Savigny-Vergelesses Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $55.99


2015 Domaine Arlaud Roncevie Bourgogne (Burgundy, France) – $49.99


2015 Paul Garaudet Cuvée Paul Monthelie (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $49.99


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2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $44.99


2015 Paul Garaudet Bourgogne (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $39.99


2015 Maison Lejeune Bourgogne Passetoutgrain (Burgundy, France) – $29.99


2015 Alain Geoffroy Bourgogne (Burgundy, France) – $27.99


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