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March 17, 2018

Great Whiskies of the World Fundraiser & Art Show

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:45 pm

Author: Ed Fong

Last week, a customer asked me “How did you come up with the idea for the November 3, 2018 Great Whiskies of the World Fundraiser and Art Show?” Great question, long story, but I’ll keep it short.

Over the past few years, many people have asked me and the Team at deVine Wines “Why don’t you host a super-premium whiskey tasting that is out of this world?” Great idea! So I set out to assemble a collection of whiskies from around the world that would grab any whiskey lover’s attention.

In the late summer of 2017, I met a gentleman named Travis Watt. Travis worked for a spirits importer named Rare Drams, a company that we have worked with for a few years now. Travis is also the President of the Edmonton Scotch Club, and conducted numerous fundraisers in the past for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Travis and I shared a love for fine whiskey and a real desire to help those in need to obtain one of life’s greatest necessities, food. I asked Travis if he would consider hosting a high end whiskey tasting for us in support of the Food Bank and Neon Sign Museum, and he agreed. I would donate the whiskey, Travis would donate his time and expertise, and deVine Wines would donate the venue, resources and staff to run the event. Game on!

Shortly after I met Travis, I was approached by a local artist and customer named Nosheen Pervez to host a wine tasting and art show. Nosheen is a visual artist and some of her work can be found here on her website:

Then it hit me with crystal clear clarity. We should do the art show in conjunction with the Mother of all Whiskey Tastings! It made perfect sense! Guests attending the Mondo whiskey tasting will have an opportunity to support a local artist, have a great time and raise some money for two very worthy charities.

So that is how our Great Whiskies of the World Fundraiser and Art Show came to be. For more information on our two charities of choice, please visit the links below:

Edmonton Food Bank:

Neon Sign Museum:

More info and to register for this special event, click here

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March 10, 2018

Lopez de Heredia Tasting with Maria Vicente

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:32 pm

heredia_tasting_blogAuthor: Dirk Chan

Founded in 1877, four generations of the R López de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing exceptional and unique wines in Haro, home to the Tempranillo based Rioja wines. We will be closing the store early for a rare Friday night tasting. On Friday, April 20 at 8pm, we welcome Heredia’s World Export Manager, Maria Vicente to lead us through six marvelous wines from this world renown and historic estate in the famous Railway Station District.

If you ever visit, you’ll be stepping back in time, the barrels have been well patched and in use for over a hundred years, the cellars are lined with cobwebs – all part of the ecosystem. We’ll be tasting a lineup full of gems – including the Gravonia and Tondonia Reserva Blancos, Cubillo Crianza, Tondonia and Bosconia Reservas, and then a rare treat, the 1995 Tondonia Gran Reserva. Book early to avoid disappointment for this special sit-down event.

Pictured – the stepping back in time traditionally styled cob-webbed laidened cellars at Heredia. Inset – the modern entrance at Heredia (in the shape of a decanter) designed by the late famous Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

Don’t miss this tasting, it will be a treat, well priced to bring maximum attendance. More info and to register here

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March 9, 2018

Veuve Clicquot Winemaker’s Dinner

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:41 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Veuve Clicquot and The Hardware Grill are pleased to welcome Bertrand Varquier, Winemaker from Veuve Clicquot! for an amazing 4-course Dinner – $150.00 per person on Wednesday, March 21st. Reception is 6:30pm, Dinner at 7pm.

The event features 5 Veuve Champagnes, including the launch of the brand new “Extra Brut Extra Old” Champagne (pictured).

Available seats are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. You will be able to order the Champagnes tasted at the event through deVines, which includes the Yellow Label Brut, the new Extra Brut Extra Old, NV Rose, 2008 Vintage Rose, and finally for dessert, the Demi-Sec.

Register for the event here…

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March 2, 2018

Edmonton Downtown Dining Week

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:53 pm

dtdw_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

For 15 years now, many of downtown Edmonton’s best eateries have joined together for ten days every March for the Downtown Dining Week.

With two course lunches for $18, three course dinners for $30, and an Executive Dinner for $45, we are treated to all kinds of culinary choices from many many ethnic backgrounds.

At this writing, 37 restaurants have signed up for this popular event. This is an amazing opportunity to experience fine dining with exclusive menus designed specifically for this event which runs from March 9-18. Bring along all your friends and family and taste the best of Downtown Edmonton. Reservations highly recommended.

Check out the participating restaurants and their menu’s here…

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February 26, 2018

2018 Beau’s Mix – Winter Edition

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:36 pm

beaux_mix_smallAuthor – Dirk Chan

The 2018 Beau’s Mix Pack winter selection covers all your flavour needs with the original Lug-Tread, Double Identity IPA, Osmium Wee Heavy, and the perennial favourite, E.S.B. Farm Table Series. Perfect for sharing during the winter months, this will be well received by any craft beer aficionado.

All the beers are made with certified organic grains and hops and local spring water. Limited availability.

Beau’s Winter Mix Pack (Ontario, Canada) – 4x600mL – $32.49

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February 17, 2018

Our Charities of Choice for 2018

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:50 pm

Author: Ed Fong

After the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude (WTI) oil cratered in the summer of 2014 from a high of $107.04 US/barrel to a low of $26.55 US/barrel on Jan 20, 2016, many of us in Alberta have endured a long period of pain and hardship. Businesses like us, in the discretionary retail sector, did not escape the carnage of an economy so reliant on a single commodity. In these tough economic times, the partners believe that it is even more important now to help others if we can. With this backdrop in mind, deVine Wines is pleased to announce its support for Edmonton’s Food Bank.

You can learn more about Edmonton’s Food Bank here..

During difficult economic times, funding for the arts is often the first to be cut. We at deVine Wines believes that art, in its many forms, is worthy of support, nurturing and creation, at all points of a business cycle. Therefore, we have chosen to support the Neon Sign Museum as our second Charity of Choice and to launch a new program called Walls Alive. Our goal in supporting the Neon Sign Museum is to raise money to recreate one of Edmonton’s lost iconic neon signs, that of the Seven Seas Restaurant.

You can learn more about the Neon Sign Museum here..

You can view the lost Seven Seas neon sign here in black and white..

A colorized version can be found here..

Walls Alive

Charitable works does not always revolve around raising funds for recipient organizations or groups. At times, groups may simply need support from the community to showcase their works. This is certainly the case for many aspiring visual artists.

Walls Alive is a proposed initiative where businesses can donate their wall space to a visual artist to showcase his or her works. In essence, the business is supplying a venue for the artist to display art and providing an opportunity to connect artist with patron.

deVine Wines has donated wall space to many artist since our doors first opened in 2004. The Walls Alive program aims to knit together other businesses on 104th-Street that share a likeminded view of helping out visual artist. The partners at deVine Wines plan to reach out to their neighbors on 104th-St. to see if a cohesive visual arts display program can be developed for the street. Hopefully, this initiative will lead to an “Art Walk” type event found in many other neighborhoods in the city.

Our first Walls Alive partnership has just been established. deVine Wines will showcase the works of visual artist Nosheen Pervez on its walls and at future upcoming events. Nosheen will be on hand during the November 3, 2018 Great Whiskies of the World Fundraiser and Art Show. As well, Nosheen will donate a piece of her work to the online silent auction in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank. Please visit Nosheen’s website here to view her portfolio and get more information about her inspirations.

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February 12, 2018

2nd Annual Classic”al Pairings Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:40 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Do you ever wonder if classical music changes our perception of wine? Hogwash you say, but try asking several winemakers around the world, who play classical music in surround sound speakers while their wines are fermenting or over open fields. Or that of Italian winemaker Giancarlo Cignozzi of Il Paradiso di Frassina in Montalcino, who serenades his Sangiovese grapes with the music of Mozart…I find I have classics on all the time when I entertain, so perhaps the effect is all subliminal?

In this our second annual “Classic”al Pairings event, we’ll be tasting seven wines which we think match up with music themes or compositions authored by seven different classical music composers. What are the connections and tie-in’s between what you’re drinking and what you’re hearing and the composer? Well, you’ll have to attend to find out, but it will be a smorgasbord for your senses – it’s an evening out for your nose, mouth, heart, brain and ears…Only 34 spots available for this sit-down event.


While we sample the wines, we’ll listen to short under ten minute pieces from the following composers (no repeats from last year): Bach, Rachmaninov, Respighi, Stravinsky, de Sarasate, Lauridsen and Bartok. This tasting is a must for all wine enthusiasts and/or classical music lovers out there! Book early to avoid disappointment, this sold out ‘presto’ quick last year, we had to turn them away..(pardon all the musical puns)

More information and to register for the tasting, click here….

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February 9, 2018

Valentine Rec’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:06 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Valentines is next Wednesday, so here are a few recommendations to treat your loved one for this special occasion. Included are some rec’s for pink bubbles, some craft beer, chocolate and some aptly named love related wines. Much more options are available, just drop in the store this weekend for personal assistance.

Pictured left to right:

2013 d’Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $27.99

2014 Bodegas Sierra Norte Pasion de Bobal (Valencia, Spain) – $18.49

Het Anker Gouden Carolus Indulgence (Belgium) – $34.99


The Bruery Share This Mint Chip Imperial Stout (California, United States) – $23.49

Rose Champagne/Sparkling Wine:

NV Domaine Rosier Cuvee Ma Maison Rose Cremant de Limoux (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $22.99

NV Rolet Crémant du Jura Brut Rosé (Jura, France) – $28.99

NV A. Margaine Rosé Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $59.99

2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Rosé (Champagne, France)
– $109.99

Special Whites:

2016 Aia Vecchia Vermentino Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – $21.49

1994 Weingut Moselschild Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $36.99

2014 Domaine Weinbach Cuvée Ste. Catherine Pinot Gris (Alsace, France) – $79.99

2012 Domaine Marc Morey Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $129.99

Special Reds:

2014 Lorgeril Chateau de Pennautier (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $25.99


2015 Bodegas Colome Estate Malbec (Salta, Argentina) – $29.99

2014 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel (California – Sonoma, United States) – $44.99

2005 Château La Providence (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France)
– $299.99

For Chocolates:

2011 Porto Quevedo Late Bottled Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $33.99

Graham’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $46.99

2014 Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria (Sicily, Italy) – 375mL – $47.99

1999 Quinta do Portal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $64.99

Happy Valentines!

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February 2, 2018

Bordeaux Magnums from 2005, 2009 & 2010

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:36 pm

bordeaux_mag_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Great Bordeaux in the Magnum (1.5L) format are very hard to come by, you practically have to buy them as Futures. We are featuring five magnums that we have held back and now offering them for sale. All hail from great vintages such as 2005 (which is approaching maturity), as well as 2009 and 2010, two other great vintages. Impress your guests with a big bottle Bordeaux!! Very limited availability.

Pictured left to right:

2005 Château Lagrange (Bordeaux – St. Julien, France) – 1.5L – $309.99

2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – 1.5L – $599.99

2009 Château Cantemerle (Bordeaux – Haut-Medoc, France) – 1.5L – $174.99

2009 Château Haut Bailly (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – 1.5L – $699.99

2010 Château Haut-Bergey (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – 1.5L – $164.99

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January 29, 2018

Obscure Varietals Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:19 pm

obscure_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

There are some wine made from more obscure grapes (obscure in the sense they are not a household name), so we thought we’d taste some of the little known grape varietals from around the world in this stand-up event entitled Obscure Varietals. Obscure for our region, a lot of these are actually quite common in their points of origin. We’ll sample some wines made from Baga, Refosco, Negrette, Blaufrankisch grapes and more. Maybe you’ll discover a new favourite.

Register for the event here..

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