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November 25, 2022

2022 Santa’s Surprise Sack

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:27 pm

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Author: Chad Gascho

As we all know Santa has that big ol’ bowl full of jelly, it’s always Jiggling and bouncing around whilst he spreads his cheer. Now, you may ask yourself; how does he maintain that wonderful Christmas physique? Although cookies may be his mainstay, and we certainly know he indulges in many other tempting holiday desserts, not so many people are aware of the other reason for him being so ‘Jolly’ around the edges – BEER! This year deVine Wines has combined some of Santa’s favorite treats and beer styles to bring you this year’s edition of our Santa’s Surprise Sack! This little bag of goodies is for all the beer lovers on your list – whether they’ve been good or not! Featuring four hard-to-find, festive-style, seasonal beers, all by the craft brewers that you love. Chosen for you by our own in-house beer chap, 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!

Open the postcard..

2022 Santa’s Surprise Sack (Alberta, Canada) – $27.99

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November 21, 2022

Weekly Offer for Nov 21/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:09 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2020 Bodegas Colome Lote Tannat (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina) – $31.49 (regularly $37.99).

Bodegas Colome are an exquisite representation of the unique weather and desert conditions in northwest Argentina’s Calchaqui Valley in Salta, Argentina, situated high – 200 miles from the border of Bolivia. The plantings are in high elevation (over 5000 feet above sea level), one of the highest around which allows for ripe grape-growing from the intense sun during the daytime and cool nights which results in concentrated fruit expression with bright acidity, a lingering mouthfeel and very fine balance.

Although the origin of the Tannat grape is South-West France in Madiran, it has become an emblematic variety of the Calchaquí Valleys and also in Uruguay (where it is a lighter version). Our Feature Tannat this week is anything but, Its colour is dark, almost black. and has a floral nose with notes of luminious black fruit, concentrated, spicy and elegant. Decant for a half hour and pair with red meats.

2020 Bodegas Colome Lote Tannat (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina) – $31.49 (regularly $37.99

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November 14, 2022

deVine Days

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Mark your calendar – deVine Days – Friday, Dec 16 through Sunday, Dec 18 is a three day weekend affair this year – our annual “Thank You!” for your ongoing support and patronage.

deVine Wines will be offering our customers a 10% discount* on all in-store items (yes, including wine, beer, spirits and vintage keeper, vintage room products). No rain-checks and does not apply to products already discounted (cases of the month, bin-ends and weekly online offer). For your shopping convenience, you can also shop online during that weekend 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 also visit us in the store during our regular store hours .

In addition to the sale, do take advantage of our free delivery within Edmonton city limits option with a minimum $50 purchase – we deliver monday through fridays 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, you can hand over a care package to our driver. Thank you in advance.

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Weekly Offer for Nov 14/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:21 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Michael and David Phillips Petite-Petit (California – Lodi, United States) – $23.49, regularly $29.49.

Lodi’s Michael and David Phillips Winery goes way back to the 1860’s where they have been farming this soil for a very long time, cultivating wine grapes since the early 20th century. The founders, brothers Michael and David Phillips, are 5th generation grape growers who have raised their families in the vineyard, and now the 6th generation has joined the team, Mike’s son Kevin and daughter Melissa.

One of the largest producers in the region, the sheer number of releases is mind-boggling – their Freakshow, Earthquake, Inkblot and Reserve lines are huge.

Alas, one of the standalone releases and long time bestsellers at deVines, their Petite-Petit is our feature this week – it is a huge red. Like elephants whose size is imposing. A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, this wine offers a joyous explosion of color and fun. It is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded on the nose with pure black fruit, summer berries, bing cherr, vanilla, and worn leather. On the mouth coating palate, there is remarkable richness of plum, boysenberry and dark chocolate. This is a dark, robust and satisfying red. Pair with bbq meats.

Michael and David Phillips Petite-Petit (California – Lodi, United States) – $23.49 (regularly $29.49)

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November 7, 2022

Weekly Offer for Nov 7/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:32 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2020 Viña Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva (Maipo Valley, Chile) – $16.99, regularly $20.99.

Vina Carmen is the oldest winery in Chile, founded by Christian Lanz back in 1850, naming the winery after his wife. In the Maipo Valley, with its high-altitude and Mediterranean climate which allows for cool nights and warm days, the grapes flourish in this ideal and idyllic enviroment perfect for red wines in particular.

Nowadays, Carmen winery is a very modern building with state of the art technology and is owned by Santa Rita after becoming part of the Grupo Claro in 1987, which also owns Doña Paula in Argentina. Its broad portfolio of wines is overseen by talented renown young winemaker Emily Faulconer.

The feature this week is their Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, with strong aromas of cherry and black plum. Complex aromas and flavours from prolonged ageing in barrels, giving notes of vanilla, toast, a smoky edge, and traces of fruits such as raspberry and plum; great body and length, balanced acidity, and pleasant, rounded tannins.

2020 Viña Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva (Maipo Valley, Chile) – $16.99 (regularly $20.99)

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November 4, 2022

Quevedo Port Advent Calendars Have Arrived

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:49 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

A Christmas favourite, the ever-popular Quevedo Advent Port Calendars – $139.99 has arrived in plenty of time (whew!!) for the Christmas holiday season.

With a small footprint that fits very easily underneath a Xmas tree and a perfectly sized 24 x 50mL bottles (2×12 different ports). this is lovely for two people to enjoy together. Inside every slot you will find a 50ml bottle for each of the 24 days.

For a list of all the ports included in these packages, please click the link below. We run out every year before Xmas so get yours early especially this year when overall supply of wines in general are going to be tight due to container shortages and long clearing times at docks.

2022 Porto Quevedo Port Advent Calendar (Douro, Portugal) – $139.99

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October 31, 2022

Champagne Agrapart Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:49 pm

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Champagne Agrapart is a family estate founded in the 19th century by Arthur Agrapart, the Agrapart house extends its vineyard over 12 hectares in the heart of the Côte des Blancs focusing mainly on Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) Grands Cru’s champagne.

Part of the Growers Champagne movement, its famous neighbours include Charton-Taillet, Egly Ouriet, La Rogerie, Pierre Peters, Bereche and Selosse among many others.

All the vintages are made from plot by plot vinification and aged in oak barrels and represent high quality price ratio. The average age of the vines is 40 years, with some more than 60 years old. The house produces an average of 90 000 bottles each year. One special note is that Pascal Agrapart unusually uses native yeasts in his winemaking – the house style is chiselled and pin-point focused Champagnes with noticeable chalk and minerality. High class stuff for relatively little money, a must try for a Champagne connoisseur. Over the past few years, this house has caught fire, no longer kept to the in-the know, the word is out!!

Pictured left to right:
NV Champagne Agrapart 7 Crus Brut (Champagne, France) – $114.99

NV Champagne Agrapart Terroirs Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $139.99

2016 Champagne Agrapart Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Mineral (Champagne, France) – $209.99

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Weekly Offer for Oct 31/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:05 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Spy Valley Satellite Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $19.99, regularly $24.99.

Spy Valley Wines is one of Marlborough New Zealand’s few remaining 100% Kiwi family-owned wine companies, owned and operated by the Johnson family since 1990.

Their award winning, sustainably crafted wines that capture the unique time and place of every harvest, is hidden in the heart of the region, one of the world’s purest for winemaking. With 160 hectares of pristine vineyards under vines, it just so happens that they share the valley with a satellite communication station that finds the terroir perfect for spying also.

Unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley wine has demanded global attention, being a two-time IWSC New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year, its modern and vertically integrated winery and passion for excellence guarantees that Spy consistently produces globally acclaimed award-winning wines. Both the winery and vineyards are certified sustainable by the NZ Winegrowers Sustainable Winegrowing program.

Ruby-red in colour. Lovely, intense nose of red berries, spice and mushrooms. On the palate, anise, nuts, cherry and vanilla make appearances. Fresh acidity, smooth and long on the palate. Try with a mushroom risotto or a cream of wild mushroom soup.

2018 Spy Valley Satellite Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $19.99, regularly $24.99

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October 27, 2022

A Romp Through France with Marc Vigneron

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:13 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

deVines welcomes back our dear friend Marc Vigneron of Nobilis Wines as he guides us through fine wine producing regions throughout France. Entitled “A Romp Through France – $55, this “Tour of France” themed stand-up event will showcase eight wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Marc’s home region of Loire, Rhone and of course, the famous Bordeaux region!. Not to be missed for any lover of French wines. Book early to avoid disappointment, only 34 spots available.

Photograph – Dirk and Marc during luncheon at Chateau Petrus, circa June, 2011.

Register for the event here..

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October 24, 2022

Weekly Offer for Oct 24/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:58 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2020 Mauro Molino Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) – $20.99, regularly $25.99.

Established in 1953, the Azienda Agricola Molino, is a leading light in the Barolo region in the Piedmont of Northern Italy. Located near the ancient abbey of S. Martino di Marcenasco and includes one of the most famous crus of the Langhe, “Vigna Conca”, among its vineyards. The estate is famous since 1978, year of the death of the founder Giuseppe, by his son Mauro, an oenologist certified at the well known Oenology Institute of Alba built the reputation of this estate.

The youngest generation run the estate now – Matteo Molino and his younger sister Martina, have taken over the reins from their father and the two now has brought Molino into new international markets travelling to places like Australia, allowing people to discover their impeccable wines made as sustainably as possible.

The company continues to produce wines in Annunziata of La Morra, in the utmost respect of traditions. The total area under vine amounts to 12 hectares, 50% of which is meant for Nebbiolo for Barolo. The rest is devoted to the production of Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and, in a smaller quantity, of Roero Arneis.

Our feature this week, their Barbera d’Alba has upfront and immediately vibrant cherries and a hint of citrus peel. Violets, black tea and chalk all make appearances on the charming nose. So much to love about the palate, it’s soft and juicy, yet fine and long. Not tannic at all, just lightly framed and lovely. Try with a charcuterie plate.

2020 Mauro Molino Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) – $20.99 (regularly $25.99)

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