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April 17, 2017

Sake Tasting with Chris Maybroda

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

sake_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Sake, the famous Japanese rice wine is made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol (ethanol) is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars before being converted to alcohol.

deVine’s is hosting an evening of Saké with certified sake specialist Chris Maybroda from Calgary. Chris will talk all things sake, the grain of rice, the different grades of bottlings, the brewing process, serving temperature, serving apparatus, food pairing as well as history and etiquette. Throughout the sit-down tasting, guests will experience an array of Sake and dessert Sake’s. A selection of Japanese maki’s will be the food pairing. It’s been two years since Chris was last here, and the
last time was a thrilling experience for the attendees – don’t miss it.

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

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Veuve Clicquot Yelloweek

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:22 pm

veuve_window_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Charton Hobbs Inc. and Veuve Clicquot is proud to announce the launch of Yelloweek, an annual festival-style ‘tribute to creativity’ showcasing gastronomy, arts, fashion and lifestyle.

This year’s event takes place this year from May 1st to 7th inclusive, Edmontonians are invited to explore and enjoy a series of creatively-inspired events spanning several categories, including: Yellow TABLE, Yellow BY THE GLASS, Yellow NIGHT and Yellow CONTEST (of which deVines is a part of). Check out all the Yelloweek festivities in Edmonton.

deVine will be the place for the Yellow CONTEST, an opportunity to take home a little piece of sunshine – a chance to win a beautiful Veuve Clicquot Bistro Patio Set for two!. Enter your name at the store now, no purchase necessary, contest ends May 31st.

Be sure to drop by the store on Saturday, May 6th from 3-5 pm, as we will be serving up some Veuve Clicquot Brut to celebrate Yelloweek. At the same time, do also check out our brand new Yelloweek decorative window!

Below are what Veuve’s we currently have in stock for your bubbling pleasure:

NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Yellow Label Brut – $74.99

NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Demi-Sec – $79.99

2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Reserve Brut – $104.99

2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Rosé – $109.99

NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Yellow Label Brut Magnum – 1.5L – $159.99

2006 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut – $269.99

Have a great Yelloweek everyone!

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April 16, 2017

Wine Basics Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:57 pm

wine_basicsAuthor: Dirk Chan

Wanting to learn more about wine? Well, it’s time for another session of our ever popular Wine Basics, the introductory wine appreciation themed tasting on Saturday, April 22 @ 7pm – $30.

We will taste three whites and three reds which are typical of their varietals (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and more). We will touch on wine serving tips, food pairing and wine etiquette all in an informal, relaxed setting. This sit-down event for 30 seats sells out every time, so for those beginners wanting to delve into the world of wine, this is a great starting point.

More information about the wines we’ll be tasting, and to register for the event, click here….

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April 10, 2017

Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:44 pm

turkey_ham_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Easter is this coming weekend, and you’ll want some celebratory wines to accompany turkey & ham dinner or that special meal you’ll be preparing for your loved ones.

We receive many requests for food and wine pairings for this festive weekend so please contact us sooner than later for the best available selection and recommendations. If you have special needs, please let us know and we’ll be glad to help. Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

Our store hours this weekend are:

Good Friday: 12 -5pm
Saturday: 10-7pm
Easter Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10-6pm

In the meantime, those looking for the classic pairings with turkey, ham and all the regular fixings, please see below some of our current favourites:

Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a little meditation course for digestifs or Port.

Sparkling Wines

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

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

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

NV Laurent Cognard Co. Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noir (Burgundy, France) – $34.99

Champagne

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

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NV Gremillet Brut Selection (Champagne, France) – $49.99

NV Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé Grand Cru (Champagne, France) – $71.99

NV Ruinart R de Ruinart Brut (Champagne, France) – $84.99

2002 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $349.99

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

2015 Hess Family Amalaya Salto Torrontes Riesling (Calchaqui, Argentina) – $16.99

2015 Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay (Mendoza, Argentina) – $23.99

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1995 Weingut Moselschild Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $36.99

2015 Mullineux White (Swartland, South Africa) – $39.99

2013 Ramey Chardonnay (California – Russian River Valley, United States) – $55.99

2014 William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote Bouguerots (Chablis, France) – $139.99

2015 Les Vins Breban Mimi en Provence Grande Reserve Rose (Provence, France) – $24.99

2014 Kranz Spatburgunder Rosé Trocken (Rheinfalz, Germany) – $22.99

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.

2014 Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $15.99

2014 Torreon de Paredes Reserva Carmenere (Cachapoal Valley, Chile) – $19.99

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2015 Dominique Piron Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais, France) – $22.99

2013 Byron Pinot Noir (California – Santa Barbara, United States) – $28.99

2012 Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $37.99

2015 Marcel Lapierre Morgon (Beaujolais, France) – $41.99

2008 d’Arenberg Sticks and Stones Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $44.99

2014 Bodegas Colome Autentico Malbec (Calchaqui, Argentina) – $55.99

2012 Elio Altare L’Insieme (Piedmont, Italy) – $82.99

2013 Beaulieu Vineyards Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $134.99

2000 Château Lafon-Rochet (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $169.99

2012 Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru Les Suchots (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $174.99

2003 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) – $449.99

Dessert

As for dessert, remember dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself:

2012 Ciumai Cagor (Moldova) – $21.99

2010 Rudera Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – 375mL – $34.99

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2008 Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Vin Santo (Tuscany, Italy) – 500mL – $54.99

2005 Château Suduiraut (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $81.99

2009 Domaine Huet Cuvee Constance (Loire Valley, France) – 375mL – $167.99

Port, Amaro and Grappa (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal, but the digestifs Amaro and Grappa from Italy are also popular:

Amaro Montenegro (Bologna, Italy) – $36.49

2003 Quinta do Portal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $34.99

Ferrochina Amaro Baliva (Italy) – $61.99

2004 Berta Grappa Bric del Gaian (Piedmont, Italy) – $144.99

1967 Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Old Port (Douro, Portugal) – $264.99

Finally, if you are pressed for time, try out our April Mixed Case – $216.12 where a lot of the wines would pair well with Easter dinner.

Happy Easter all!

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Happy Easter everyone!

April 6, 2017

Sake Tasting with Chris Maybroda

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:10 pm

sake_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Sake, the famous Japanese rice wine is made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol (ethanol) is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars before being converted to alcohol.

deVine’s is hosting an evening of Saké with certified sake specialist Chris Maybroda from Calgary. Chris will talk all things sake, the grain of rice, the different grades of bottlings, the brewing process, serving temperature, serving apparatus, food pairing as well as history and etiquette. Throughout the sit-down tasting, guests will experience an array of Sake and dessert Sake’s. A selection of Japanese maki’s will be the food pairing. It’s been two years since Chris was last here, and the
last time was a thrilling experience for the attendees – don’t miss it.

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

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April 2, 2017

A Papal Tasting for Easter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dirk @ 10:34 pm

papal_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

The influence of the church in wine has been well documented over the centuries, so for a special Easter weekend treat, we’re doing a Papal tasting to celebrate.

Both white and red Chateaueuf du Papes will be tasted, as well as wines from Basilicata, the Purple Angel Carmenere from Chile, and other wines related to the church.

Wines related to the last two Popes will be presented, and while themes and connections may not obvious from the list of wines, they’re there and you’ll have to attend to find out what they are! Only 18 seats available for this sit-down event.

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

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March 28, 2017

Teeling 24 Year Old Irish Whiskey

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:26 pm

teeling24_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Teeling Whiskey is an independent Irish whiskey company dedicated to bringing choice and breadth back to the Irish whiskey category through small batch releases of interesting and flavoursome bottlings. Newly established in Dublin’s New Market Square in 2015, it is the first new whiskey distillery to have opened in Dublin, once a world whiskey distilling capital, in over 125 years. The distillery was established by Jack and Stephen Teeling, whose father John Teeling had founded the Cooley Distillery in 1987. The Teeling family name however is embedded in Dublin distilling since 1782, when Walter Teeling set up a craft distillery.

We are thrilled to present a new bottling from Teeling’s Vintage Reserve Collection – the Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt. First distilled in 1991 and then matured in Bourbon casks followed by Sauterne wine casks produces a wholly unique taste experience, featuring great depth of fruit flavours that perfectly complement that hint of smoke derived from the inclusion of a small portion of Peated malt as part of the original ingredients used in production. This small batch bottling, limited to just 5,000 700ml bottles, were hand bottled in an unique decanter bottle and comes with their own certificate of authenticity. Recently awarded the title of World’s Best Irish Single Malt, this is a whiskey to be treasured and savoured slowly.

This is extremely limited, so act quickly to Experience the Spirit of Dublin:

1991 Teeling Single Malt Whiskey Vintage Reserve 24 Year Old (Ireland) – $499.99

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March 21, 2017

The Final Single-Blind Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:04 pm

final_blind_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

In this our final Single Blind FaceOff red wine event in the series, we are going to test your palates one last time in a tasting combining all three grapes previously showcased in this series: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, two of each plus a final double blind bottling (completely un-named on the menu) that hopefully you can identify from what you’ve learnt throughout this series – it is the Are You Well Red test.

A single-blind tasting is where you know the identity of all the wines in the tasting, but you don’t know which of these wines are in front of you – the point is to see if you can correctly guess which wine is in your glass. Blind tastings can be serious if you’re going to test for a Sommelier test, but here we’re very light-hearted and more fun focused rather than competitive.

At the end of the evening, we’ll vote for the ‘best of tasting’ to decide on the winner of our FaceOff. Test your blind wine tasting skills in this relaxed yet informative tasting. Only 30 spots available for this sit-down event.

More information about the wines we’ll be tasting, and to register for the event, click here….

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March 10, 2017

The Bitter Truth

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:37 pm

bitter_truths_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

A bitters is traditionally an alcoholic preparation flavored with botanicals such that the end result is characterized by a bitter, sour, or bittersweet flavor. Numerous longstanding brands of bitters were originally developed as patent medicines, but are now sold as digestifs and now as the finishing touches to a grand cocktail.

Some of the most popular bitters on the 1800s are still popular today, and were initially created with medicinal purposes in mind. Angostura bitters (now technically a supermarket product) are named after a Venezuelan town and were mixed together by as German physician to cure seasickness. Today’s nervous flyers occasionally find the same cocktails helpful to cure their anxieties, proving the adage of “a drink to calm one’s nerves” may occasionally have something to it after all. Due to the stronger, more intense flavour concentrations in addition to the high alcoholic proofs of most “original” bitters, many are used in small “dashes” or with droppers to flavour cocktails and thus are often called cocktail bitters.

In cocktails, bitters are best used for their ability to enhance a good mixed drink into a beautifully aromatic, balanced, and unforgettable one. One or two dashes of orange bitters, for instance, can blend seamlessly into a classically floral dry martini. With many varieties and hundreds of herbal, woody or floral ingredients, cocktail bitters can also provide a nearly unlimited number of flavouring possibilities above and beyond simple drink balancing to enhance the character of cocktails.

The Bitter Truth Bitters from Germany were specifically designed for recreating classic drinks made true to the original recipe or for experimentation with modern cocktail creations. Their bitters are all made in the traditional way using only the best quality natural ingredients. The Bitter Truth bitters have received multiple awards and will continue to innovate the bar world.

Here’s what we have from Bitter Truth at the moment (all in 200mL bottle format):

Bitter Truth Celery Bitters – $32.99
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Bitter Truth Orange Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Creole Bitters – $32.99

Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters – $32.99

Do come in to deVine’s to check out our huge collection of bitters, including brands from Bittermens, Scrappy’s, Bittered Sling and Apothecary.

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March 6, 2017

Quinta do Portal Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:48 pm

at_portal_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

deVine welcomes Pedro Almeida Santos, Export Manager of Quinta do Portal for a special stand-up tasting and traversal of representative wines of this popular family-ran Douro producer on Thursday, April 6 @ 7pm – $35.

deVine has been a long time supporter of this winery (and they of us), who over the last decade has achieved deserved recognition for producing quality and varietally correct wines at an affordable price!

Vines have been grown in their harsh and beautiful land for hundreds of years although Portal has only been around since 1986. Before that, they were known as Quinta Casal de Celeiros. There’s some fascinating history as Celeiros was one of the very earliest Quintas to employ women to tread grapes in the lagares, it is also the only property in the entire Douro region that was not affected by Phylloxera in the turn of the century. Also, they sold off a lot of their grapes in the 1960-1980’s to Sandeman. There’s more stories to be had if you attend the tasting with Pedro.

We’ll be tasting through a vast range of Portal wines, both white and reds, and ending with one of the house’s great Vintage Ports. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Pictured – Annabelle and Dirk in the barrel room of Portal in the fall of 2015.

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

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