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December 6, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for Dec 6/21

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Fonseca NV Terra Prima Reserve Organic Port (Douro, Portugal) – $27.99, regularly $35.99.

Founded in 1815, Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic, complex and most voluptuous of ports in their entire line.

While for the collector or connoisseur, Fonseca may be synonymous with Vintage Port, to many wine lovers around the world it is best known as the producer of Bin No.27, one of the most popular Ports ever made.

However, in its wish to advance modernality, Fonseca was the first house to produce an certified organic ruby port – the Terra Prima, our feature this week. An area of its flagship estate, Quinta do Panascal in the Távora Valley, was converted to organic viticulture in 1992 and today its Quinta de Santo António in the Pinhão Valley is entirely certified for organic production. The key however was an agreement with a specialised distiller who was able to supply grape spirit for fortification made from certified organically farmed grapes.

The Terra Prima is a wonderfully rich, concentrated Port with great flavour and texture. It has an opulent black fruit nose which is followed through on the palate showing layers of intense berry, plum and cherry fruit flavours supported by firm, but well integrated tannins. This is a deliciously textured Port wine, which is velvety, smooth, succulent and plump. Great as an after dinner drink!

Fonseca NV Terra Prima Reserve Organic Port (Douro, Portugal) – $27.99 (regularly $35.99)

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November 30, 2021

Annual Customer Appreciation Days

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:16 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

deVine’s annual Customer Appreciation is once again a two day affair this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th!

With yet another year that this has been, Its our way of saying “Thank You!” for your ongoing support and patronage.

deVine Wines will be offering our customers a 10% discount* on all in-store items only (yes, including wine, beer, spirits and vintage keeper, vintage room), no rain-checks. For your shopping convenience, you can shop online as our entire inventory is available via our website that is available to you 24 hours a day. Enjoy shopping in the comforts of your own home. Note you won’t see the 10% discount when you order online in the system generated confirmation but rather it will be applied by us in the backend and you will see it on our second email confirmation when your order has been processed.

You can still visit us in the store during our regular store hours – please be advised masks are mandatory and we are limiting shoppers to 7 at a time.

In addition to the sale, do take advantage of our free delivery within Edmonton city limits option with a minimum $50 purchase – we deliver weekdays in the afternoon.

This is our biggest sale of the year to give everybody some much needed cheer! Shop early for best selection. Don’t miss out, its a great opportunity to do all your Xmas and New Year needs.

At this time of year, please remember those in need. Please bring a package for the Edmonton Food Bank or drop some money into the cash box by our till if you’re coming into to the store. For those taking advantage of our free delivery within Edmonton city limits with a minimum $50 purchase, you can hand over a care package to our driver. Thank you in advance.

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November 29, 2021

Introducing the “Best Bang for the Buck Case”

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:22 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Usually in early December, we would be having two in-store sessions of the Best Bang for the Buck Tasting, a festive event where we taste 8 wines that we think represents the best value for the money for the year. With Covid, this hasn’t happened for two years now, so instead we thought this year we would introduce instead the Best Bang for the Buck Case where you can purchase the 8 wines that we would have served up, at home. We’ll offer the case with the same 10% discount as would have been in the store tasting. These eight wines surely over-deliver for the price point – we hope you’ll enjoy these. Plus as an added treat, you can optionally fill up the case with 4 extra bottles of any wine or spirit of your own choosing and we’ll give you 10% on those as well!

Note: Available starting Wed, Dec 1

Here are my brief notes for the eight wines in the case:

1) Gorgo Chardonnay – gorgeous un-oaked Chardonnay – great purity of fruit and long length. Not for lovers of Cali Chard, but wonderful texture.

2) Romain Duvernay Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc – never had a Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc this good for this kind of pricing. The classic character of oily texture, stone fruits, nuts and pear all shine through.

3) Oisly Thesee Les Bremailles Gamay – beautiful light red to go with turkey and ham – lovely currant and raspberry edge to the soft tannin-ed finish.

4) Bodegas de Moya Gloria Monastrell – delightful Valencia red that is spicy galore with a touch of earth and soil character on the blackberry and rhubarb base.

5) Potentino Sacromontino Sangiovese – a marvel for a young 2020 Sangiovese. Unusual beer cap enclosure and unusual 1.0L bottle – you get a lot of wine for the money. An amazingly wonderful mouthfeel for something this young. Great with pasta or pizza.

6) Ouled Thaleb Cabernet Grenache – A Moroccan red that allows the Cabernet (structure, cassis) and the Grenache (violets) to all come through. If you’ve never had a Moroccan red, this is a great way to sample. Do some kebobs with it.

7) d’Andezon Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Signargues – we always have one wine outside the $20 price point, and this is the selection for this year. Outstanding wine in so many ways – its classic GSM Rhone style but with the extra “je nais sais quoi” – plum, leather, earth, chocolate, you name it, its got it.

8) Merayo Mencia Tinto – the last vintge of this Spanish red was quite earthy and barn-yardy but this vintage is not. Made from 80-100 year old bush vines – blueberries, mushrooms and great length.

Best Bang for the Buck Case – $157.95

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Top of the season to all of you!

Weekly Online Offer for Nov 29/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:00 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2019 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel (California – Sonoma, United States) – $38.49, regularly $47.99.

In 1962, Ridge made its first Monte Bello, its flagship wine , and two years later its first Zinfandel. Since that time, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare and exceptional vineyards where climate, soil, and variety are ideally matched. Other highly sought after legends Lytton Springs and Geyserville cemented their reputation. For more than six decades, Ridge has been recognized by top critics, chefs and peers for their consistent quality and steadfast approach to winemaking. Led by Paul Draper, who retired in 2016, who built the history and reputation that it has now.

Our feature, the Three Valleys Zinfandel was first released in 2001. The wine contains grapes from ten difference Sonoma vineyards. This blending of vinryards showcases the variety and blending expertise that brings out the distinctive character of each site. Zinfandel determines the wine’s varietal character while old vine Carignan contributes bright fruit and acidity, Petite Sirah the spice and depth of color and firm tannins. Enjoy with grilled meats.

2019 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel (California – Sonoma, United States) – $38.49 (regularly $47.99)

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November 22, 2021

2021 Santa’s Surprise 6 Sack

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:02 pm

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Author: Chad Gascho

Every aspect of our lives has been affected; and now, even our beer. You may not be able to find a beer advent calendar, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

deVine Wines & Spirits is proud to dig out our bag of treats and dole out the delicious new brews you crave in our Santa’s Surprise Six Sack! This bag of goodies is for all the beer lovers on your list – whether they’ve been good or not!

Featuring six hard-to-find, festive-style, seasonal beers, all by the craft brewers that you love. Chosen for you by our own in-house beer guy, this sack is exclusive to deVine Wines & Spirits , so get yours before they’re gone. We’re thinking you won’t be able to wait too long before you open yours!

2021 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack (Alberta, Canada) – $32.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Nov 22/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:31 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Fonteroutoli Mazzei Chianti Classico (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $29.99, regularly $36.99.

The hamlet of Fonterutoli, an old bastion of Florence a few kilometers from Castellina in Chianti, is blessed with an extraordinary view of Siena, which is so very close that it is possible to discern the Torre del Mangia and the outline of the Duomo. Time stopped here, maintaining the charm of the Middle Ages.

This Chianti Classico is made from grapes grown from 120 different company parcels and 7 different vineyard sites with an altitude varying from 220 – 570m above sea level. Spread across a unique range of soil and climate types, this red showcases the Chianti Classico region. It is the flagship and the “Best Seller” of the company, a benchmark for the whole category of Chianti Classico.

The 2018 is a well proportioned red with an elegant body, dark berries, fresh spice flavors, intense finishing with smooth taste. Great to pair with dark sauced pastas, BBQ, boiled meats with spicy sauces, aged cold cuts. Enjoy!

2018 Fonterutoli Mazzei Chianti Classico (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $29.99, regularly $36.99

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November 15, 2021

Christmas Readiness

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:17 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Wow…Christmas is almost upon us! For those of you who haven’t started your shopping or at least started thinking about it, this is one year where you should not delay. As everyone knows, the supply chain is pretty much broken and there are more holes on shelves than ever before. Selection is at a critical state and a lot of the regulars will be out of stock well before Xmas.

For sure, there is already a shortage for premium Champagnes, high-end Single Malt Scotches and Cognacs. Our port calendasr flew out in record time and are completely sold out now.

For corporate orders, please be early as the quantities require acquiring as soon as possible. Bottom line – shop now for the best selection.

So, below is a list of just a few of many items that will be long gone soon that may tickle your fancy as Xmas presents: Act soon!

NV Piper-Heidsieck Brut Lipstick Edition (Champagne, France) – $87.99

NV Champagne Andre Clouet Un Jour de 1911 Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut (Champagne, France) – $114.99

Château de Montifaud Heritage Louis Vallet 50 Year (France) – $229.99

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old (Highlands, Scotland) – $289.99

Single Cask Nation Blair Athol 10 Year Old (Highlands, Scotland) – $119.99

1988 Port Dundas Sovereign Single Grain Whisky 27 Year Old (Lowlands, Scotland) – $239.99

Confluence Winter Spice Gin (Alberta, Canada) – 375mL – $34.99

Eau Claire Christmas Gin (Alberta, Canada) – $53.99

Cocchi Miniatures Gift Pack (Piedmont, Italy) – $37.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Nov 15/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:29 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2015 Cune Viña Real Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $27.99, regularly $34.99.

Viña Real is CVNE’s Rioja Alavesa-based winery, releasing its first vintage in 1920. The Viña Real style is one that showcases the forward fruit of Alavesa while simultaneously possessing the structure to age. The original fruit source was in the Elciego area, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region. The vineyards are located adjacent and clustered around the old Camino Rea (“Royal Road”), from which the wine takes its name.

Nowadays, the grapes are principally sourced from sunny south-facing slopes which run from the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range down to the Ebro River. As is also the case with the Cune line, the Viña Real wines are produced from over 50% estate fruit, an unusually high percentage for Rioja.

A new facility for Viña Real was completed in 2004 – it is situated on top of the hill known as Cerro de la Mesa and commands sweeping views of both the Alavesa vineyards and the town of Logroño (where we stayed during our last trip here), Rioja’s commercial center. If the Cune bodega represents CVNE’s commitment to the old and the traditional, the Viña Real bodega demonstrates their forward-thinking philosophy and their embrace of modern technology.

We featured their Crianza a few weeks ago, and this week, we feature their Reserva from the great 2015 vintage. A modern style of Rioja, it is medium-full bodied red sourced from sunny, south-facing slopes in Rioja Alavesa. Look for aromas of cherries, raspberries, vanilla and mineral hints. Its medium bodied solid juicy blue and red fruits has a clovey edge finishing with zingy acidity. I recommend a half hour decant and pair with a well-spiced chickpea stew.

2015 Cune Viña Real Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $27.99 (regularly $34.99)

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November 7, 2021

2018 Jadot Celebration Beaune 1er Cru

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:45 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Author: Dirk Chan

This is the 4th release of the Jadot’s Beaune 1er Cru 150th Anniversary now renamed to the Celebration moniker . This 2018 version is sumptuous and already drinking nicely. All of the four editions tend to drink earlier than their single vineyard bottlings.

I remember tasting the first release, the excellent 2009, which was followed by 2012, 2015 and now the 2018. It is an assemblage of numerous Beaune climats that Jadot owns, it has always been an incredibly expressive and flat-out delicious Pinot to be enjoyed with friends and relatives at a celebratory dinner

This special cuvée is made only in great years, and 2018 while a hot vintage, comes up as surprisingly fresh and lively and very fine in the Beaune region. It comes in its own designer label, separate from the customary Jadot labels. Giving the frost turmoil that happened earlier this year that destroyed a lot of vineyards all over Europe (including Burgundy), the prices of existing Burgundies on the market or upcoming are all going to increase so this a relative bargain and is actually cheaper than the last 2015 release. Burgundy lovers take notice!

2018 Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru Celebration (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $81.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Nov 8/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:08 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan


Our special this week is the 2020 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. We featured their 2019 previously.

2020 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

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