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February 14, 2020

Lunchtime Tasting of Veuve Clicquot with Winemaker Bertrand Varoquier

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

Author: Dirk Chan

Part of deVine’s 15th Anniversary celebration, we’re doing something novel on Thursday, February 27 from 12-1pm, a noon hour Champagne tasting with the winemaker of Veuve Clicquot, Bertrand Varoquier.

Three Champagnes will be tasted, the Non-Vintage Brut, the NV Demi-Sec and the 2008 Vintage Rosé. Charcuterie will be served and best of all, you get to take home a half bottle of their Non-Vintage Brut (a $40 value), all for the $40 ticket price. This stand-up tasting is limited to 32 participants so book your spot early to avoid disappointment.

As well, that same evening Feb 27, Bertrand will be hosting a 5 course matching dinner at Braven Restaurant (10344 102 St) prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Korten and featuring the Veuve tete de cuvee, the 2008 La Grande Dame, especially flown in for this dinner. Reception is at 6:30, dinner at 7:00pm – $158.08/ticket

Register online for the Braven’s La Grande Dame Dinner at here…

Register online for our noon hour tasting here…

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February 10, 2020

Celebrating 15 Years with 4 Special Events

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dirk @ 2:45 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

“Time flies when you’re having fun” as they say. We’re coming up to our 15th Anniversary at the end of February and we have planned four very special events to celebrate the milestone:

Lunch Hour Champagne Tasting with the winemaker of Veuve Clicquot, Bertrand Varoquier on Thursday, Feb 27 – $40

Two celebratory 15th Anniversary tastings on consecutive nights – $40 (Friday, Feb 28) & $100 (Saturday, Feb 29)

Louis Jadot Burgundy tasting with Export Manager Philibert de Vregille on Monday, March 2 – $60

Get out of the house and break up the winter, we hope you’re able to participate in some or all of these events. Advance registration is required for all events.

Register online here…

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2nd Annual Sudsy Soiree in Support of Alzheimer Society

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:37 pm

Author: Chad Gascho

Hey, Edmonton beer lovers! Join us for a Sudsy Soirée on Saturday, March 21 @ 7pm to experience a mini festival-style beer tasting event. We’ll have at least 25 beers from six of Edmonton’s most prolific brewers and importers here for you to sample their newest and most popular brews! For only $30 you’ll be treated to some amazing suds, music, tasty snacks, and even raffles and door prizes. Oh, and did we mention a 10% discount on all beers that evening for attendees? And if that’s not enough to entice you – all proceeds from the festival are being donated to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories!

Experience brews by Analog Brewing, SYC Brewing Co., Alley Kat, Parallel 49, Collective Arts as well as brews represented by Untapped Craft Supply.

Chad, one of deVine’s own, has a father-in-law living with dementia. So he’s playing hockey in the Alzheimer Society’s Face Off pro-am hockey tournament with and against former NHL players to raise money to help find cure for dementia, and provide support for patients and families living with it today. He put together his passion for great craft beer and his need to help people like his father-in-law, and is hosting this sudsy event to help him reach his goal! We’re so fortunate to work with these amazing suppliers and brewers who are passionate about supporting their communities – their contributions, along with your support, makes these events happen.

Register online here… Space is limited to sixty people, so book early! This is one Soirée you won’t want to miss!

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February 7, 2020

Grape Expectations – The White Series Package

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:43 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

We are introducing a new tasting series for 2020 – it is called Grape Expectations. There will be a Red Series as well as a White Series. The whites will be starting shortly, while the reds are spread out throughout the year.

The Grape Expectations – White Series includes five tastings focusing on four white single varietals as well as one rose tasting as follows:

Grape Expectations White Series – Riesling – March 28
Grape Expectations White Series – Chardonnay – May 2
Grape Expectations White Series – Rose – June 20
Grape Expectations White Series – Sauvignon Blanc – July 18
Grape Expectations White Series – Pinot Gris/Grigio – August 8

Individually, these stand-up tastings are $30 each as standalone tastings, but if you can purchase a package of any four of the five for $100, a $20 savings. Please indicate which four you’d like to attend in the “Comments box” on checkout. Moving to different tastings are allowed if there are spots available. If you choose to attend all five tastings in the White Series, we will also only charge you $25 for the other one. All tastings are on Saturdays starting at 7pm and are stand-up format.

There is still time to purchase the Red Package

You can buy either package or register for individual events here…

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January 27, 2020

Louis Jadot with Philibert de Vregille

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:17 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

deVine welcomes Philibert de Vregille of Maison Jadot for a sit-down tasting on Monday, March 2 at 7pm.

Maison Louis Jadot is a winery that was founded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859. The first vineyard bought by the Jadot family is the now famous Beaune Monopole vineyard, Clos des Ursules, in 1826. The family wine company not only produces their own wines, but also markets Burgundy wine. It operates both its own vineyards and buys grapes from other growers. It controls 270 hectares (670 acres) of vineyards in Burgundy (including Beaujolais Crus), all of which are AOC denominated wines, making them one of the most significant negotiants in the region.

Monsieur de Vregille is the Export Director for USA, Canada and several other European countries. He will lead us through a couple of white Burgs, a Beaujolais Cru and several of the Premier Cru’s from the very small but exquisite 2016 vintage. This is a must for those who want to delve into the mystery that is Burgundy with this venerable old house! Pinot Noir at its best!

Book your spot now..

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January 11, 2020

Two 15th Anniversary Tastings

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:10 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Time flies! – deVine Wines is please to celebrate it’s 15th Anniversary with two back to back tastings on Friday, February 28th (our actual date of opening), and Saturday, February 29th. We hope you are able to attend at least one of these events to help us mark this special occasion – perhaps we can reminisce on some of your favourite tastings over the years!! Cake will be served both nights.

Different wines will be served on the two nights, with rare bottles that have been kept in our warehouse over the years for special occasions such as this.

Book your spot now..

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January 2, 2020

The Great 2017 Vintage Ports

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:53 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

The 2017 Port Vintage was generally declared and together with 2016 made history being the first back-to-back declaration since the late 19th century. When 2017 were tasted last year, we thought it the equal of the great 2016’s and the great 1994’s. For sure, the debate about which is better will rage on for a very long time.

The question now becomes whether it will be an unprecedented three-peat declaration with the 2018’s – alas we’ll have to wait till Saint George’s Day on April 23rd to find out. For now, we are spinning in delirium with the embarassment of riches from these two great vintages. For those of you where 2016 and 2017 are significant years, please purchase now for your cellars and you will have greatness to taste down the road.
Note that yields were lower in 2017 than 2016’s so availability is more limited (get yours early). We have four 2017 ports (in 750mL formats) on offer (pictured left to right):

2017 Niepoort Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

2017 Dow’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $149.99

2017 Fonseca Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

We are hoping more will show up on our shores over the next quarter. Stay tuned.

For those shopping for the 2016’s, here is the link:
Available 2016 Vintage Ports

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Rabbie Burns – Scotch with Lee Hansen

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:00 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Robert Burns (also known as Rabbie Burns) was a famous Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. There’s a national Scottish holiday named after him. Many a scotch tasting will happen around the world around Rabbie Burns day.

This year, please join us Thursday, January 23 from 7-9 pm as Lee Hansen from Icon Fine Wine & Spirits for a pre-Rabbie Burns stand-up Scotch tasting featuring Islay, Speyside and Highland.single malts. A must for the whisky lover.

Register for the event here..

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December 26, 2019

Bubbles to Bring in the New Year

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:09 pm

Author: Dirk Chan
From all of us at deVine’s to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year in 2020 with all the best for happiness, good health and prosperity.

May good fortune and luck follow you wherever you go and in all that you do for the coming year. We thank you for your continued patronage!

Ed, Annabelle, Chad, Dirk, Kandice, Cody, Bob, Llyr, Brad, Hayley and Mark

Here are some New Years Wine recommendations for your consideration. Have a fun New Years, and remember to drink responsibly.

Pictured (left to right)
NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose Pencil Gift Pack (Champagne, France) – $94.99
2007 Bollinger La Grande Année Brut (Champagne, France) – $199.99
2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (Champagne, France) – $359.99 

NV Cava Varias La Bona Vida Brut (Catalonia, Spain) – $18.99
NV Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $26.99
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
NV Pittnauer Pitt-Nat Sparkling Rose (Austria) – $39.99
NV Enrico Gatti Franciacorta Brut (Lombardy, Italy) – $44.99 

NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – $49.99
NV Nicolas Maillart Brut Platine Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $66.99
NV Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Quality Brut Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $72.99
NV Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve Vieilles Vignes (Champagne, France) – $79.99
2008 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Ludes (Champagne, France) – $109.99
NV Ruinart Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $119.99
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $129.99
NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Champagne, France) – $149.99
1999 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Brut Liesse d’Harbonville (Champagne, France) – $224.99
2002 Krug Brut (Champagne, France) – $419.99 

Something Sweet & Sparkling
2017 La Spinetta Bricco Quagia Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $25.99 
Here are our store hours leading up to the New Years:

Friday, Dec 27- 11-7pm
Saturday, Dec 28 – 11-7pm
Sunday, Dec 29 – 12-5pm
Monday, Dec 30 – 11-7pm
Tuesday, Dec 31 – 11-6pm
Wednesday, Jan 1 – closed

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December 22, 2019

Big Bottles for the Holiday Season

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

Author: Dirk Chan

Happy Holidays Everyone from deVines!!

I’ve always been fascinated with big bottles at any event, it immediately adds that feeling of something special going on – partly because the size infers lots of people, fun and joviality amongst friends and relatives.

Also, wines from magnums and even bigger formats usually show youth and vitality because the airspace to wine ratio is lower, and supposedly the wine ages slower.

Next time you want to celebrate, consider a magnum party. At deVine’s, we buy magnums all year long just for this time of the year. As Christmas is fast approaching, here is a very large list of available big formats at deVines for your consideration (availability is very limited, most we only have one or two bottles for sale), so shop early for the best selection as this is the part of the year when these bottlings start disappearing fast.

Pictured left to right: (all sizes are 1.5L unless otherwise stated)

NV Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne, France) – $169.99

2015 Chateau Rousselle (Bordeaux – Cotes de Bourg, France) – $59.99

2011 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $144.99

2004 Penfolds Grange (South Australia, Australia) – $1599.99

Other available big bottles for your consideration:

NV Domaine Rosier Cuvee Ma Maison Rose Cremant de Limoux (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $47.99

NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Yellow Label Brut (Champagne, France) – $169.99

2017 Max Ferdinand Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhur Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $129.99

2014 Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux (Bordeaux – Moulis, France) – $104.99

2016 d’Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $64.99

2001 Bodegas Valdemar Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $109.99

2016 Vidigal Porta 6 (Lisboa, Portugal) – $34.99

2015 Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron Cru Bourgeois (Bordeaux – Medoc, France) – 3.0L – $254.99

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

2014 Quinta de Cabriz Colheita Selecionada (Dao, Portugal) – $45.99

22013 Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (Campania, Italy) – $239.99

2010 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $239.99

2015 Château Larrivet Haut Brion (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $224.99

2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione (Piedmont, Italy) – $219.99

2007 Quinta do Portal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $149.99

Have yourself a magnum of a day!

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