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February 1, 2023

The Wines of Campania and Basilicata

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:00 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

In southern Italy, the wines of Basilicata and Campania may be lesser known than those of, say, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Sicily, they’re no less notable and worthwhile. The common theme between Basilicata and Campania is the Volcanic soils and high-altitude vineyards with vast day and night temperature range that ensure healthy and fragrant grapes that reflect the terroir that they are grown in.

Red wines comprise 80% of Basilicata’s production, with the Aglianico del Vulture grape being the region’s undisputed star but there is also interesting rosé and sparkling wines as well.

North of Basilicata is Campania (meaning “countryside”), one of the most mountainous regions in Italy. Vineyards are located around Mount Vulture on volcanic soils – Vesuvius is the only active volcano in southern Italy. While more famous as the birthplace of pizza and renowned for its high-quality dried pasta, the region is famous for its Aglianico as well, especially the Taurasi wines, a DOCG and DOC. These wines are characterized by flavorful bodies and astonishing aromas, a touch of graphite and minerality from the soils and pairs well with a wide variety of foods and cheeses from the region.

I high encourage you to try the wines from these two under-rated and also under-priced regions, they are full of character and deserve to be much better known.

Pictured left to right:

2021 Villa Matilde Falanghina Avallone (Campania, Italy) – $29.99

2019 d’Angelo Sacravite IGT (Basilicata, Italy) – $21.99

2019 Tenuta del Portale Starsa (Basilicata, Italy) – $21.99

2020 Tenuta Scuotto Aglianico IGP (Campania, Italy) – $29.99

2019 Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio (Campania, Italy) – $29.99

2017 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi (Campania, Italy) – $61.99

Other available wines:

2019 Tommasi Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo (Campania, Italy) – $24.99

2019 Grifalco Aglianico del Vulture Gricos (Basilicata, Italy) – $26.99

2018 Tenuta Scuotto Taurasi DOCG (Campania, Italy) – $44.99

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January 30, 2023

Weekly Offer for Jan 30/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:36 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra, Australia) – $16.99, regularly $20.99.

Jim Barry Wines’ philosophy to winemaking is to own the vineyards to develop the best fruit flavours possible and retain these flavours during winemaking. Over the last 60 years the family has worked to establish a mosaic of sites – 17 vineyards covering 320 hectares in the Clare Valley and two vineyards covering 35 hectares in the Coonawarra.

On the southern boundary of Coonawarra (famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon) is the old Penola cricket ground, which first saw a ball bowled in anger and the flashing cover drives of the local champions of 1950. The cricket ground was retired in 1996. The following year, Cabernet Sauvignon was planted on the 30-acre property. The original pavilion and pitch have been retained, thus preserving an important piece of Coonawarra sporting history. Fruit from this vineyard, along with selected parcels of fruit from their owned Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Clare Valley have been blended to produce our weekly offer this week – the Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon.

It is a rich, soft and approachable red, great for an everyday drinker. Classic Cabernet notes of dark berry compote and dark cherry combine with nuances of olive leaf with lifted red florals. The palate is lively with bright red blackberry and dark cherry fruit. The wine has an fine balance throughout the palate with fine tannins and a moreish, minty finish with slight touches of eucalyptus. Pair with grilled meats. This is a fine bargain at regular price, but on sale, its a steal of a deal.

2018 Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra, Australia) – $16.99 (regularly $20.99)

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January 23, 2023

Weekly Offer for Jan 23/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:18 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2017 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo (Tuscany, Italy) – $21.49, regularly $26.99.

The famous estate of Tommasi is famous for their Valpolicella and Amarone in the Veneto wine region in northeastern Italy. The winery was founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi and is now managed by his nine great-grandchildren who occupy key roles in the company.

The modern expansion of Tommasi is founded on the success of our Amarone Classico launched in 1959. Nowadays, they own five other estates covering a total of 599 hectares in some of Italy’s most prized and exciting winemaking regions including Montalcino, Basilicata, Tuscany, Lombardy and Puglia.

Our weekly feature this week is their Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo, made from vines from volcanic tuff soils in the Tuscan Maremma (the first estate they acquired outside the Veneto in 1997). Today, Poggio al Tufo extends over 200 hectares, encapsulating three separate vineyard areas between Scansano and Pitigliano, where we also manage a charming agroturismo surrounded by vineyards.

Rompicollo is made from a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante e Vermentino. Flagship wine of Poggio al Tufo project, it refined and warm features, which fascinates with liveliness and elegance. 13% ABV. Fresh on the nose with wild blueberry, cassis, violets, lavender, mocha, dried herb flavours with racy acidity on the palate. Tannins are velvety and rounding. Enjoy now with a triple-cheesy pizza or a rich tomato and roasted Italian vegetables sauce over penne.

2017 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo (Tuscany, Italy) – $21.49, regularly $26.99

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January 16, 2023

Weekly Offer for Jan 16/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:13 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno Expresion Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $17.99, regularly $22.49.

Mi Terruño Winery is located in the municipality of Maipú, Mendoza and has vineyards in the most prestigious terroirs in Argentina: Santa Rosa, Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco. High quality grapes are grown in each of them, located between 450 and 1,200 meters above sea level.

Our weekly feature is a hand selected Malbec which has a deep ruby colour with violet hues with loads of chocolate, vanilla and snuff aromas in the bouquet backed by some toasty notes. It’s full bodied on the palate, packed with sweet fruit, soft ripe tannins and finishes with a long and true aftertaste of red fruits. To get the best from it, don’t serve it too warm so the freshness of the wine will shine through.

2018 Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno Expresion Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $17.99 (regularly $22.49)

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January 9, 2023

Weekly Offer for Jan 9/23

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Sottano Merlot (Mendoza, Argentina) – $14.99 (regularly $20.99).

Bodega Sottano was founded in 2002 by Sottano family. The family history with the wines began at the end of the 19th Century when Don Fioravante Sottano came from Veneto, Italy and he established in Mendoza.

The winery and main vineyard are located in one of the most exclusive regions of Mendoza for producing high quality grapes and wines – Perdriel is a little district inside Luján de Cuyo located 30 km away from Mendoza City. With the majestic Andes Mountains watching their grapes growing daily, their 25 acres of Merlot and Malbec grapes of 30 years old vines prosper.

Our feature this week is their 2017 Merlot, a wine that’s been on our shelves for many years, representing fine value for years – Bright, intense red color. On the nose, it is very elegant and delicate and offers jammy aromas and also red fruits like plums and cherries. Subtle mineral notes are found that are reminiscent of gunpowder and the stones of the vineyard of origin. An excellent assemblage is achieved by the aromas of chocolate, smoke and tobacco. In the mouth, it is intense and complex with a long persistence, sweet and round tannins, and pleasing textures.

Sottano Merlot (Mendoza, Argentina) – $14.99, (regularly $20.99)

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January 7, 2023

Winter Vintage Port Tasting (Only 6 Spots Left)

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:50 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Nothing like enjoying port on a cold winter’s night. The pride of Portugal, join us on Saturday, January 14 at 7pm, as we sample an evening of Vintage Ports. Vintage Ports are the creme de la creme of ports, it is declared on average only 3 times a decade. We will taste from declared vintages 2007, 2016, 2017, as well as a surprise from an older declared vintage as well. Not to mention the banter, port styles, house talk, decanting strategy etc will all be covered in this stand-up event. Only 6 spots left.

Register for the event here..

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January 2, 2023

Gruber Roschitz Black Label Releases

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:23 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Gruber Roschitz is an ancient winery from Lower Austria, located in the western part of the Weinviertel wine region. Active since1814 when the wines were sold in bulk to inns and friends, the commercial side started in 1964. Nowadays, the estate is ran by the three Gruber siblings, Ewald, Maria and Christian, who take care of the 80 hectares situated between 250-360 meters above the sea level.

Theirs is a tremdous range of wines, with their basic offerings selling well at deVines for years. With out last visit at the winery, we tasted and loved their top cuvees, their Black Label range of wines, some of the best Austrian wines we’ve ever tasted, and brought these highly sought after wines for your consideration. Extremely limited availability.

On offer are the Black Label Riesling, Pinot Noir and St. Laurent bottlings, all top drawer stuff. The differences between microclimate, vineyards and terroir make Gruber Roschitz wines unique and all different from each other. They range from fruity and elegant to full-bodied and deep, all marked by that unmistakable mineral quality typical of this prestigious area. We also seeked out and brought in their very fine Riesling Eiswein. These have to be tasted to be believed. Many ‘tete-de-cuvees’ are twice the price from other producers.

Treat yourself to some of the best Austrians available.

Pictured left to right:

2019 Gruber Roschitz Black Label Riesling (Weinviertel, Austria) – $54.99

2020 Gruber Roschitz Black Label Pinot Noir (Weinviertel, Austria) – $54.99

2018 Gruber Roschitz Black Label St. Laurent (Weinviertel, Austria) – $54.99

2021 Gruber Roschitz Riesling Eiswein (Weinviertel, Austria) – 375mL – $44.99

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December 27, 2022

Bubbles to Bring in the New Year

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:02 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan
From all of us at deVine’s to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year in 2023 with all the best for happiness, good health and prosperity.

May good health and 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, Llyr, Brad, Bob and Mark

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

First, pictured (left to right)
NV De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Brut (Loire Valley, France) – $24.99
2020 Pittnauer Pitt-Nat Sparkling Rose (Burgenland, Austria) – $39.99
NV Champagne Agrapart Terroirs Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $139.99
2010 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon x Lady Gaga Limited Edition Brut (Champagne, France) – $369.99

Sparkling
NV Pere Ventura Chic Barcelona Cava Brut (Penedès, Spain) – $18.99
NV La Jara Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $21.49
2021 Huber Sparkling Rosé (Traisental, Austria) – $24.99
2019 13th Street Gamay Blanc de Noir (Ontario, Canada) – $38.99
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Champagne
NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – 375mL $42.99
NV Champagne Liebart-Regnier Les Sols Bruns Demi-Sec (Champagne, France) – $62.99
NV Champagne Philipponnat Royale Reserve (Champagne, France) – $78.99
NV Piper-Heidsieck Brut Lipstick Edition (Champagne, France) – $94.99
NV Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut (Champagne, France) – $104.99
NV Champagne La Rogerie La Grande Vie Grand Cru (Champagne, France) – $114.99
NV Taittinger Brut Les Folies de la Marquetterie (Champagne, France) – $124.99
2014 Bereche et Fils Le Cran Ludes Extra Brut Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $154.99
NV Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Tradition Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $181.99
2004 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $379.99

Something Sweet & Sparkling
2021 Vietti Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $40.99

Here are our store hours leading up to the New Years:

Tuesday, Dec 27 – Closed
Wednesday, Dec 28 thru Friday, Dec 30 – 11-7pm
Saturday, Dec 31 – 11-6pm
Sunday, Jan 1 – Closed

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December 23, 2022

Season’s Greetings from deVine Wines & Spirits

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:03 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

From all of us at deVine’s to you and yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2023 with all the best for good health, happiness and prosperity. Take good care of yourselves and your love ones as we look forward to a banner new year!

We thank you for your continued patronage!

EdAnnabelleChad, DirkKandice, Llyr, Brad, Bob and Mark

Holidays Store Hours

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December 21, 2022

Christmas Delivery Deadline Cutoff is Midnight, Thurs, Dec 22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:30 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The deadline for delivery before Christmas is midnight Thursday, December 22nd.

All orders placed thereafter will be delivered on Wednesday, December 28th.
Merry Christmas everybody!

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