deVine Thoughts

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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August 9, 2019

Open Streets – “Just Add Alberta” Free Tasting & Mini Festival

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:30 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

“Just Add Alberta” Free Tasting & Mini-Festival

deVine Wines is pleased to participate in the upcoming Open Streets Al Fresco Block Party on Sunday, August 25 with a free in-store tasting! Our extended store hours for the Open Streets Festival will be 10 AM to 6 PM.

Free Tasting Hours: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

What will be sampled: A fine selection of locally made products that are distilled, brewed or fermented right here in this great province of Alberta. We are working on finalizing a list of producer products you can sample, but here are a few to tempt your taste buds!

Strathcona Spirits Distillery (Edmonton)
Wild Life Distillery (Canmore)
Fallentimber Meadery (Water Valley)
Fort Distillery (Fort Saskatchewan)
Analog Brewing (Edmonton)

On Aug 25, we will be offering a 10% discount on ALL Alberta Made Products! Shop early for the best selection. Web orders accepted.

Plan Your Commute to deVine Wines

On Aug 25, Jasper Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between 103rd & 109th St. Also, the 104th St. Promenade will be closed for Al Fresco between Jasper Avenue & 102nd Ave. 108th St. will be closed between Jasper Avenue & 99th St. from 10 AM to 3 PM.

ALSA (Alberta Liquor Store Association) “Just Add Alberta” Campaign

Margaux Burgess from the ALSA will be bringing the “Just Add Alberta” Trailer to 104th-St. It’s a great opportunity to drop by, say hello & learn what is being locally produced in Alberta! Here is a link to a picture of the trailer. For more information on our collaboration with ALSA, please visit their Just Add Alberta website at https://www.justaddalberta.com/

Open Streets

Open Streets is a one-day event opening Edmonton’s iconic Jasper Avenue to walking, biking and rolling. It’s being led by Paths for People, a local non-profit championing an Edmonton that’s human-centred by design. To learn more, please visit this link: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/elise-stolte-new-street-festival-aims-to-grow-into-all-corners-of-edmonton

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August 5, 2019

BBQ Reds & Camping Wines

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:36 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

For those who enjoy a good bbq in the backyard or enjoy grilling meats outdoors, you would want a pretty big juicy, fruit-forward red with enough ripeness and concentration to stand up to the sweetish barbecue sauces and exotic rubs – we have a few suitable candidates for you:

2017 Casa Santos Lima Valcatrina Tinto (Alentejano, Portugal)- $19.99

2016 Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $24.99

2016 Ironstone Petite Sirah (California, United States) – $22.99

2016 Hess Family Amalaya Malbec Gran Corte (Salta, Argentina) – $31.99

2016 Michael and David Phillips Earthquake Zinfandel (California – Lodi, United States) – $36.99

For those who go camping, we have a new Wine in a Box, and some wine in a can for your consideration as well:

2017 Alain Jaume & Fils Bag in Box Grand Veneur Reserve Cotes-du-Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – $69.99

Cascadian Outfitters Chardonnay (Washington, United States) – $11.49

Cascadian Outfitters Rose (Washington, United States) – $11.49

Cascadian Outfitters Red Blend (Washington, United States) – $11.49

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Time for Pinks – Take Two

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:25 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our pinks recommendations take two – as summer is here, and we’re finally going to get some heat, it is time for the rosés to take center stage. We have more rosés for you to choose from than ever before, the section has practically bursting at the seams. We have many selections from hotbed of France of course, but Italy, Austria, Spain, South Africa, Chile, Greece and Germany are all represented. Nothing is better for outdoor drinking be it on the deck, a picnic, or a barbecue. Nothing fancy or expensive, just something pink that gives great drinking pleasure.

First, pictured left to right:

2018 Domaine de Cristia Collection Rosé (Provence, France) – $23.99

2017 Rioja Vega Principe de Viana Rosa (Navarra, Spain) – $21.99

2018 Huber Rose Zweigelt (Traisental, Austria) – $23.99

2018 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $22.99

2018 Planeta Rose (Sicily, Italy) – $22.99

Other recommendations:

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2018 Domaine Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais-Villages Rose (Beaujolais, France) – $22.49

2018 La Playa Dry Rosé (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $15.99

2018 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (Provence, France) – $29.99

2018 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2017 Alpha Estate A Rosé (Amyndeon, Greece) – $36.99

2018 Winzer Sommerach Valentin Rose Trocken (Franken, Germany) – $21.49

2018 Château Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Rosé (Provence, France) – $25.49

2018 Cantina Lavis Pinot Grigio Rose (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $15.99

2018 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Provence, France) – $21.49

2017 Gruber Roschitz St. Laurent Rose (Austria) – $24.99

2017 Markus Kuntz-Riedlin Spatburgunder Rosé (Baden, Germany) – $36.99

Have yourself a very pink summer!

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July 19, 2019

Tawainese Whiskies from Kavalan

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:35 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Kavalan is the distillery that put Taiwanese whisky on the map, and it has been wowing drinkers around the world since it launched its first whisky in 2008. Known for its tropical-fruit style, it has won a host of prestigious awards in a very short time.

Produced in the Taiwan countryside and now available in 60 countries, Kavalan has won more than 220 international awards. More recently, it won the International Wine & Spirit Competition Worldwide Whisky Trophy 2017 and the International Spirits Challenge Trophy for two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.

Our new arrivals of Kavalan are pictured left to right: (quantities are very limited)

Kavalan Select Single Malt Whisky (Taiwan) – $86.99

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt (Taiwan) – $149.99

Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt (Taiwan) – $174.99

Also in stock:

Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish (Taiwan) – $114.99

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July 10, 2019

Germany – Beyond Riesling

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:25 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The North American misconception about German wines is that it is always sweet Rieslings. Well, in this stand-up tasting, we will dispel all that with an evening of all dry German wines.

The whites will include a Chardonnay, a white Pinot Noir, Rivaner, Sauvignon Blanc and Scheurebe. And for some lighter reds for the summer, we’ll sample a sparkling Dornfelder and the little known red grape called Acolon. Thus, you’ll learn that Germany is beyond merely just a Riesling producing country… An intriguing evening will be had by the inquisitive and adventurous.

You can register for this special event here…

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