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October 17, 2019

Red Bordeaux 2016 Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:09 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Bordeaux 2016 vintage is heralded among the great vintages ever – part of an ever increasing list of great vintages, following in the footsteps of 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015 and the most recent 2018’s. There is great finesse and concentration in the wines, and with lower alcohol than some of the other vintages, this is a vintage to reward patience – it is a must-not-miss year and all wine collectors should have some in their cellars.

We’ll taste wines from several appellations , and talk about Bordeaux Futures, storage requirements, pairings and other anecdotes. Come learn about Bordeaux and sample seven wines in this stand-up tasting.

In the meantime, here are a few recommendations of available 2016’s for your consideration:

2016 Chateau Rousselle (Bordeaux – Cotes de Bourg, France) – $25.99
2016 Château Haut-Brisson La Grave Grand Cru (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $52.99
2016 Château Siran (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $74.99
2016 Château Ormes de Pez (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $84.99
2016 Château Branaire-Ducru (Bordeaux – St. Julien, France) – $144.99
2016 Château Clos L’Eglise (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $309.99

Please register for this special tasting here…

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October 14, 2019

Not Douro Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:35 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

On Saturday, October 19 @ 7pm, join Annabelle and Ed as they present to you all brand new wines recently arrived from Portugal on a special order just for deVines.

While everyone knows of the Douro Valley, this event will feature whites and reds from some of the more obscure wine producing regions of Portugal – such as Tras os Montes, Dao and Lisboa that are producing fine wines – hence the name “not Douro”. In this stand-up tasting, facts and tidbits from their buying trip and stories abound in this fun-filled event.

Please register here…

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October 13, 2019

2010 d’Arenberg Museum Releases

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:12 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The d’Arenberg Winery is one of the most respected wineries in McLaren Vale in South Australia – established in 1912 by the teetotaller Joseph Osborn, who sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property. Three more generations since Joseph – Frank, Francis (universally known as d’Arry) and then Chester, who joined in 1984 and runs the show now.

Known for making distinctive, finesse driven wines using traditional methods in the vineyard and the winery, Chester is also renown for his wild shirts and his wines’ unique and often humourous names. Chester has made a habit of holding some wines back until they reach prime drinking age, and then releasing them as Museum Releases – we’ve been getting them since the release of the 2006’s. We’re now on the 2010’s.

Unfortunately, because of the recently finished d’Arenberg Cube, an amazing five story structure in the shape of a Rubik’s cube that includes restaurant and tasting room that is fast becoming a mainstay attraction destination (check out the story of this fabulous facility here..) in the region, we only received four sku’s this year, but they are very fine ones albeit very limited availability (pictured left to right):

2010 d’Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling Museum Release (Adelaide Hills, Australia) – $34.99
2010 d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original Shiraz-Grenache Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $32.99
2010 d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $44.99
2010 d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $89.99

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October 2, 2019

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Wow…Thanksgiving week is fast upon us, where did September go? So here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and/or ham dinner with all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a port to end.

Sparkling Wines

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

2014 Luis Pato Bruto Vinho Espumante (Bairrada, Portugal) – $20.99

NV Fernridge Winery Haha Brut Cuvee (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand) – $29.99

NV Château de Targe Saumur Brut Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $31.49

Champagne

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

NV Champagne J-M Seleque Solessence Brut (Champagne, France) – $49.99

NV A. Margaine Rosé Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $67.99

2008 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Ludes (Champagne, France) – $109.99

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (Champagne, France) – $299.99

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), sweet Chenin Blancs or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2018 Dubard Château Laulerie Sauvignon Blanc (Bergerac, France) – $19.99

2017 Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain) – $24.99

2016 Clos du Soleil Capella (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $29.99

2017 Mullineux White (Swartland, South Africa) – $41.99

2017 Peter Lauer Fass 17 Neuenberg Riesling (Germany) – $64.99

2015 Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $124.99

2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose (Provence, France) – $56.99

2018 Casa de Mouraz Rose (Dao, Portugal) – $27.99

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.

2017 Manos Negras Pinot Noir (Mendoza, Argentina) – $19.99


2017 Pascal Aufranc Chenas (Beaujolais, France) – $26.99


2015 Stoneboat Vineyards Rock Opera Pinotage (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $32.99


2017 Sara Perez & Rene Barbier Dido Venus La Universal (Montsant, Spain) – $37.99


2015 Nerkihue Servicios y Asesorias Quiebre Guarda Especial Petit Verdot (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $44.99


2014 Fontanafredda Barolo di Serralunga d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) – $49.99


2013 Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $66.99


2016 Braida Barbera d’Asti Bricco dell’ Uccellone (Piedmont, Italy) – $97.99


2012 Mission Hill Oculus (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $149.99


2012 Louis Jadot Corton Greves Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $159.99


2004 Château L’Eglise-Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $219.99


2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) – $449.99

Dessert

Sweet dessert wines and Port are always good for the final touches of a meal:

2016 Orange River Cellars Straw Wine (South Africa) – 375mL – $21.99


2013 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu (Hungary) – 250mL – $29.99


2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $69.99


2010 Hexamer Rieslng Eiswein (Nahe, Germany) – 375mL – $169.99


Croft NV 430th Anniversary Limited Edition Ruby Port (Douro, Portugal) – $31.99


2000 Porto Quevedo Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $69.99


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


Note our regular store hours are in affect this long weekend, except holiday monday when we’re open from noon-5pm.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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October 1, 2019

Krug Dinner at Rge Rd

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:38 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

On Monday, October 7th, there will be a very special Krug Champagne Tasting Dinner at Rge Rd (10643 – 123 Street). Hosted by Brent Sutcliffe, National Brand Manager for Krug Champagne and featuring a collaborative menu by Award winning Chef de Cuisine Davina Moraiko and Chef-Owner Blair Lebsack. For many, Krug represents the pinnacle of fine Champagne and this tasting is a landmark event for lovers of this house.

Cost is $295 per person (tax and gratuity included), tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

Please call the restaurant to reserve with a credit card – 780-447-4577.

The featured Champagnes include the following:

NV Krug Grand Cuvee – $319.99
NV Krug Rose – $409.99
2004 Krug – $419.99
Hennessy XO – $259.99

Seating is limited. You can purchase wines tasted at 10% off through deVine’s at the tasting.

See the full size postcard for this event here..

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September 20, 2019

Introducing Francois Mikulski

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:28 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Francois Mikulski is a name most of you haven’t heard of, but in the world of Burgundy, he is big with a cultish following for those in the know.

With a Polish name and no family tradition to keep in mind François Mikulski and his wife Marie-Pierre were free to create something completely new when they founded Domaine Mikulski in 1992. The most obvious result was the minimalist labels for the bottles, far from the traditional burgundian label.

Inheriting his first plots of Meursault in 1992 from his late uncle, Pierre Boillot, Francois has since relentlessly pursued excellence through minute attention to biological balance in the vineyard and terroir minded élevage practices in his cellar. Not too much new oak is used – about 20% leaving the fruit to express itself and the terroir.

So much attention in Meursault is paid to Roulot, Coche-Dury and Lafon – all great but availability is almost non-existent due to availability and price point. We feel the quality found in Mikulski’s wines are beginning to challenge the superstars of Meursault, but yet his prices are still really attractive in the context of those other producers. His wines are laser-beams, extreme conduits of their unique terroirs, and a real thrill to drink and enjoy. It is all about authenticity, elegance and purity.

Note there were literally one or two six packs that came into Alberta so get yours while we still have some.

Pictured left to right:

2017 Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Cote d’Or Chardonnay (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $47.99

2017 Francois Mikulski Saint-Aubin (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $89.99

2017 Francois Mikulski Meursault (Meursault, France) – $109.99

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September 8, 2019

Alvear Sherries with Alvaro Ruiz

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:08 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia in southwestern Spain.

Sherry is the single most under-appreciated high end wine in the world. Many people have not had their sherry epiphony, all this means more for those in the know, at extremely attractive prices.

deVines and Pacific Wines & Spirits are thrilled to have Alvaro Ruiz, Export Director of house Alvear here for a rare monday night stand-up tasting.

Alvear dates back to 1729, and is surely one of the linch pins in the Montilla-Morilles region. We’ll sample from the driest Fino, to Montillado, Criadera to the dessert sweet Pedro Ximenez (PX’s) while you learn about how Sherry is made, the Solera method etc and the fantastic food pairing possibilities. Don’t miss this!

Please register here…

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August 27, 2019

Wein, Schwein & Dine

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:15 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

On Sunday, September 29, deVine Wines, Ono Poke & Say Uncle are joining forces to host a pig roast & pork fest in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.

The event will run between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchase on the deVine Wines website following this link: https://devinewines.ca/events/…

Your $35 ticket will include the following three venues to sample food and drink:

deVine Wines & Spirits Location (10111 – 104th-St.)
⦁ One sample portion of Chinese Roast Pig served with fried rice
⦁ An opportunity to sample red, white & sparkling wines that pairs well with Chinese Roast Pig.
An opportunity to purchase all wine, spirits & beer at 10% off until 5:00 PM (excludes wines in our vintage keeper and vintage room)
Wines being poured at deVines:

Alysia – Charton Hobbs Inc.
1. 2017 Terrazas Torrontes
2. 2017 Terrazas Malbec
3. 2017 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon
4. Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne

deVine Wines Team
1. 2018 Winzer Sommerach Silvaner Trocken
2. 2017 WGN Herxheim Grauburgunder Spatlese Trocken
3. 2016 Valle de Passos Rose
4. 2015 Patrao Diogo Lisboa Tinto

Pictured (left to right) – Ed (deVines), Lawrence (Ono Poke) and Hayley (Say Uncle)
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Ono Poke Location (10142 – 104th-St. in the Icon I Tower)
⦁ One sample portion from the Luau Pig Roast served with coleslaw and rice
⦁ An opportunity to sample at the “ Wine & Pork” Station
⦁ An opportunity to sample at the “Bubbles, Beer & Pork” Stations
Bubbles & beer will be poured at Ono Poke:

Cathy Choi – Nobilis Wines & Spirits
1. Domaine de la Minoltiere Cidre Fermier Bio
2. Chai du Grand Vaudasniere Vouvray Brut
3. Chateau Langlois Carmin Sec Sparkling Cabernet Franc

Stuart Chell from Collective Arts Brewery
1. IPA 10
2. Jam Up the Mash
3. Surround Sound
4. Guava Gose

Say Uncle Location (10184 104 Street in the Century Tower)
⦁ Sample a Slow Roasted Porchetta Sandwich with Mustard Pesto on Focaccia Bread
⦁ An opportunity to sample a ranged or beers from this bar’s partner breweries:

1. New Level Brewing > Wizard’s Revenge, Strawberry Milkshake IPA and Berserker Blond
2. Town Square Brewing > Air Tractor Alberta Ale, Megawatt NEIPA and 2D Sour NEIPA
3. Analog Brewing > Loot Box Hops, West Cost IPA and Porter Fandango

A great time was had by all last year so book your tickets early as the event is limited to 100 people.

Net Proceeds will be Donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank

Let’s Pig Out on 104th-St, for a Great Cause!

Please Sample our Products Responsibly!

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August 24, 2019

Sake Samurai Tasting

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Join us Saturday, September 14 from 7-9 PM when we will welcome Patrick Ellis as he guides us through the world of Saké in this stand-up tasting.

For 23 years Patrick has worked to spread his knowledge and love of Saké, and in 2018 was certified as Western Canada’s only Saké Samurai (an individual who delves into the understanding of Saké as well as Japanese culture) in a 2018 ceremony in Kyoto.

Along with this title, Patrick is the pioneer of Premium Saké in western Canada, President of Blue Note Wine & Spirits, Past President of the Saké Association of British Columbia, Chair of Vancouver Saké Fest, studied the Japanese language in Tokyo, and has a BA (U.Vic.) in Pacific & Oriental Studies with a major in Japan. Suffice to say, if you want to learn about Saké, Patrick is the one to teach you – and there is a lot to learn about Saké!

This event is filling up fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Please register here…

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Highlighting our Favourite New Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:47 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Wanted to highlight a few of the store’s New Arrivals that the staff has really enjoyed. A sterling bubblie made in the Charmat method that tastes like a Champagne. A minerally style Sauv Blanc from Southwestern France. A lovely rose from South of the Douro Valley. A brilliantly priced Beaujolais Villages. An incredibly well priced Vacqueras from the Rhone from a great vintage and finally, another great 2015 this time from Chianti Classico.

Pictured left to right:

NV Fernridge Winery Haha Brut Cuvee (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand) – $29.99

2018 Dubard Château Laulerie Sauvignon Blanc (Bergerac, France) – $19.99

2018 Casa de Mouraz Rose (Dao, Portugal) – $27.99

2017 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais, France) – $20.99

2015 Domaine La Ligiere Vacqueyras La Mourre de la Caille (Rhone Valley, France) – $24.99

2016 Fonterutoli Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $36.99

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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