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June 1, 2020

It’s Rosé Season

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:48 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Summer is here, thus bringing the rosé season and some backyard drinking into high gear!

Unfortunately, because of COVID, only those producers that shipped their rosés before lockdowns have arrived. Thus, there is a limited number of 2019’s currently available.

Pinks are the rage, perfect for sipping on the deck, yet perfectly comfortable as a food and wine pairing as well as a nice way for those white wine drinkers who want to transition to reds. 95% of rosé are dry and its quickly finding a niche with the North American public.

Pictured left to right are our currently available 2019’s:

2019 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2019 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Provence, France) – $21.49

2019 Bollini Pinot Grigio Rosato Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) – $21.49

2019 Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé (Provence, France) – $35.99

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Other interesting pinks for your consideration:

2018 Cantina Lavis Pinot Grigio Rose (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $15.99

2019 La Playa Dry Rosé (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $15.99

2018 Edoardo Miroglio Soli Rosé (Bulgaria) – $21.49

2018 Road 13 Honest John’s Rose (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $21.99

2018 Leitz Pinot Noir Rose feinherb (Rheingau, Germany) – $24.99

2018 Agricola Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $28.99

There will be other new 2019 rosés arriving hopefully soon so check out our dedicated rosé section the next time you’re in the store or check it out on our website.

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May 16, 2020

The Ale Apothecary Virtual Event

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:28 am

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Author: Chad Gascho

Please join us on May 28th 2020 @ 7:30MST for The Ale Apothecary Live Virtual Tasting with owner and brewmaster Paul Arney. Hosted on Instagram live by Untapped Craft Supply’s Co-Founder Cris Ohama and Director of Sales James Phelan. You merely tune into Instagram Live – no pre-registration required.

For more details please visit https://www.untapped.ca/post/untapped-happy-hour-feat-ale-apothecary-s-paul-arney

The Ale Apothecary creates totally natural, barrel-aged beer using ingredients off the land or sourced nearby, direct from Oregon farms. Paul Arney started The Ale Apothecary in 2011 up in the woods outside of Bend, Oregon. Inspired by the unnamed brewers of history, his goal was to tie the brewery to the land and create beer with a sense of place. With the raw, soft water that comes out of the ground, with the wild airborne yeasts shared with the trees, they make hand-made beer without the fingerprint of industrialization, where time and the brewing process are as important as the barley malt and hops that are sourced locally. Their beer is 100% naturally carbonated, with Oregon honey or fruit juices.

To enjoy the full experience of the Instagram Live feed, don’t forget to order a bottle or two the following that will be featured:

Here’s the Menu:
The Ale Apothecary Sahalie – $57.99
The Ale Apothecary Carpe Diem Manana – $49.99
2016 The Ale Apothecary La Tache – $57.99
The Ale Apothecary Field Spirits – $27.99

And for those that like to go hardcore, we’re offering a specially priced Ale Apothecary Virtual Pack of the above. Don’t delay as quantities are limited.

The Ale Apothecary Virtual Pack (Oregon, United States) – $174.99

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April 27, 2020

Introducing deVirtual Tastings

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:48 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

We miss connecting with you, our loyal customers – it’s been so long since we last had a tasting, so lets meet online as we introduce deVirtual tastings, the next one on Saturday, May 30 at 7pm – a Rosé tasting.

Here’s how it will work – two wines totalling around $50 will be featured, you purchase from our events page, we deliver the wines to you free of charge anywhere within the city limits ahead of time (i.e. before the event). If there is a white to be tasted, we request it be fridge cold and that you take it out 15 minutes prior to the event to warm up slightly. We will send you a Zoom invite using the email address that you purchase the event with. You click on to enter the Virtual tasting – installing Zoom is not a requirement. There will be a little handout with your package to describe Zoom and privacy information. The tasting will be half an hour and limited to the first 25 people who sign up.

Our first tasting will focus on Veneto (one of the hardest hit COVID-19 regions) wines, a Soave and a Ripasso. Then, the next day, a special Mother’s Day afternoon virtual tasting featuring French wines. I hope you can join me as we travel in a new path down the virtual road to wine epiphany.

Book for the Virtual Tasting here…

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Bordeaux 2019 Futures – On Hold

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:19 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

If not for COVID-19, I would be talking to you and soliciting interest for the 2019 Bordeaux Futures campaign. Normally, the world would be descending on Bordeaux to taste the 2019 vintage with the Chateaux presenting, the negociants tasting and avid drinkers from all over the world also tasting. Well, everything is postponed at the moment and the entire En Primeur is on hold.

There is talk to squeeze the campaign in for September although that seems quite optimistic as different countries are at different stages of the pandemic. Plus, they will be competing with other releases from all around the world that ironically and historically have pushed their releases back so as not to not compete with the Bordeaux Futures campaign. There are rumors also that the Bordelais will come to us with samples or alternatively supply samples to longtime negociants who can present to the retail buyers – now if this happens, it would definitely be a first.

Finally, I personally agree with those who are for pushing the 2019 campaign to next spring at this same time – the wines would be a year older and a lot closer to their final character, it would also allow the world’s economy to settle down. I am doubtful it would be a successful campaign at this point with so much uncertainty about jobs, the economy, American tarrifs on French wines, diminishing interest from Asia, falling dollar etc etc.

I guess we all have to wait to see what will transpire. Irregardless, the 2019 vintage will be linked to COVID-19 for eternity.

Oh, and by the way, it is a great vintage with the richness of 2018 and the purity of 2016.

Stay tuned everyone..

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April 16, 2020

New Joh. Jos. Prum Riesling Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:06 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

As you all know, we love our German Rieslings at deVines, and our order from the famous J. J. Prum winery last fall has finally arrived. Prum is without doubt one of the most respected houses in the Mosel – their longevity and history of excellence in the Mosel is really only matched by Egon Muller. For Riesling lovers, Prum doesn’t need any introduction and once you taste their Rieslings, you’ll know why. We have brought in multiple vintages and formats of the three most famous vineyards (descriptions below). Quantities are limited so stock up early for best selection. Listen to your Voice of Riesling and enjoy some today!!

Lets talk about the most famous vineyard, the Wehlener Sonnenuhr. The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is the flagship – there is five hectares of this majestic site. It offers perfect growing conditions for the Riesling grape with its deep, grey slate soil, good water support, extreme steepness, and its optimal south-south-west exposure. Wehlener Sonnenuhr is named after the sundial erected in the vineyard in 1842 to give the workers a better time orientation. The wines of this vineyard offers excellent structure, show beautiful, ripe aromas and flavors of stone fruits, a fine minerality, and great depth and length. And they age effortlessly for decades. Gone in recent vintages are the sulphur like notes (which blow off in the glass anyways) which were prevalent pre-2010.

2015 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (Mosel, Germany) – $65.99

2018 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $63.99

Our favourite vineyard is the Graacher Himmelreich, which borders the southern edge of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. The wines from this site often rival the quality of those from its more famous neighbour, especially in hot, dry years. Graacher wines attract with their fine racy acidity, a pronounced slate and rock like minerality and a more citrus fruit aromas and flavors. Another aspect is it tends to drink slightly earlier than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr and are deliciously juicy and mouth-watering when young. The vineyard has a south-west exposure, is less steep which act as excellent water reservoirs.prum_graacher_2016

Pictured left to right:

2012 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $64.99

2015 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $61.99

2016 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $57.99

2017 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $59.99

2018 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $54.99

Finally, there’s the Bernkasteler Badstude vineyard, borders that of the Graacher Himmelreich on its southern edge. The slopes are on a marginally shallower gradient, with deeper soils than the Graacher and Wehlener, while the western orientation allows the vines longer exposure to the afternoon sun. The Badstube is very floral, delicate and minerally wine. Overall, the wines are usually slightly more delicate in structure and weight when compared with the wines of Graacher or Wehlener, but they are wonderfully racy and fine examples of the middle Mosel.

2018 Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany) – $45.99

2017 Joh. Jos. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $54.99

Last but not least, for those who have large gatherings, we have brought in some rare Magnums (1.5L) (gorgeous looking) offerings to tempt you with:

2018 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany) – $109.99

2017 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany) – $119.99

2018 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $129.99

2016 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $129.99

2018 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $144.99

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April 8, 2020

Isolating? Free Delivery with $50 Purchase

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:57 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

In light of physical distancing due to COVID-19, we want to make things easier for our customer base to shop and obtain products.

Firstly, we are now offering free delivery within city limits for any $50 purchase of wine and/or spirits). We’re delivering daily – for those in isolation, we ask you to show photo-id at the window before we can leave product (there has to be an adult that we can see accepting delivery) on your steps. Curb-side service is also available, just call us when you’re in the vicinity and we’ll drop your purchase into the trunk and off you go, you can show photo-id through your car window.

I want to emphasize that you can shop online 24/7 at devinewines.ca – our entire inventory is online and easily searchable (“Products”->Keyword->Search). You can place your order online or drop us an email with your requirements or give us a phone call – 780-421-9463.

As well, we are offer three packages for quick on-line purchasing – our regular Case of the Month, a higher-end monthly six pack and the new Custom case – you specify what you want in the “Comments” box – e.g 9 full-bodied reds, 2 whites and a rose. The deVine staff will pick a great selection for you with your criteria.

For non-case purchases – there is a $5 delivery charge within the downtown core and regular delivery charges based on distance from our downtown location for all other purchases which we will quote you for approval. If there is anything we can help you with, don’t hesitate to call or drop us a line at “info@devinewines.ca”.

As of Monday, March 30th, we are reducing our in-store hours to 6pm everyday except Friday (7pm). We are asking people to knock on our second door to be let in so we can control the number of shoppers at any one time. Our cleaning protocols have been heightened, be assured that we are doing above and beyond sanitizing and cleaning of shelves, floors, bottles, counters, debit machines etc to ensure you have a safe environment to shop in.

We’re starting our April case early as the March cases have all sold out.

Our April Case of the month is here

Our April Six Pack of the month is here

Our Custom Case is here

We will keep everyone abreast of changes as further developments occur.

Everyone, please take of yourselves and your loved ones in this difficult time.

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April 1, 2020

The Arrival of the White Claw Hard Seltzers

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:33 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The seltzer rage is on these days, and the brand that is the king in the US has finally made an appearance in Alberta – White Claw Hard Seltzer is an alcoholic seltzer water beverage owned by Mark Anthony Brands. The beverage was introduced in 2016 and is sold under numerous 100-calorie, 5% ABV flavors – deVine’s has in stock the Black Cherry, Mango and Ruby Grapefruit in six can pack formats – $15.49 incl. GST.

It’s actually brewed like beer. It’s made with a mixture of gluten-free grains and sugars. That mixture is fermented into alcohol, which is then purified to remove odors, colors and tastes. It then mixes that base with water and other flavors, which keeps the alcohol percentage lower than that of a spirit or wine drink.

Try one out!!

White Claw Black Cherry Hard Selzer (United States) – $16.99

White Claw Mango Hard Selzer (United States) – $16.99

White Claw Ruby Grapefruit Hard Selzer (United States) – $16.99

Look for the lime flavored version next week.

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March 20, 2020

deVine’s Response to COVID-19 – Communique #2

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:37 pm

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Updated – Friday, March 20, 2020@ 14:00


Author: Dirk Chan

In light of social distancing, I want to emphasize that you can shop online 24/7 at devinewines.ca – our entire inventory is online and easily searchable (“Products”->Keyword->Search). You can place your order online or drop us an email with your requirements or give us a phone call – 780-421-9463.

We can do curb-side drop off, you can pay online or we have hand-held devices we can bring out to your car.

In addition, deliveries are free within city limits with a case (12 bottles) purchase, $5 in the downtown core and regular delivery charges based on distance from our downtown location for all other purchases. We have extended our delivery dates to daily frequency to accommodate demand. We are happy to pick wines for you so If there is anything we can help you with, don’t hesitate to call or drop us a line at “info@devinewines.ca”.

Our regular business hours are being kept as per government guidelines. Should the need arise, we will limit the number of people who can shop at any given time to allow people to maintain social distancing. Our cleaning protocols have been heightened, be assured that we are doing above and beyond sanitizing and cleaning of shelves, floors, bottles etc to ensure you have a safe environment to shop in.

We will keep everyone abreast of changes as further developments occur.

Everyone, please take of yourselves and your loved ones in this difficult time.

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March 19, 2020

Everclear to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:49 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

With hand sanitizer completely out of stock in town, we have brought in Everclear, a 190 proof grain based odorless clear spirit that you can use to make it yourself. We have it in three sizes – 750mL, 200mL and 50mL formats for you to choose from.

A wonderful DIY product in these difficult times. Just make sure that your mix of products includes over 70% of Everclear so it will be effective.

Here is a good recipe one of our customers gave us:

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-make-hand-sanitizer/

Luxco Everclear 190 Proof Grain Alcohol – 750mL – $52.99

Luxco Everclear 190 Proof Grain Alcohol – 200mL – $14.99

Luxco Everclear 190 Proof Grain Alcohol – 50mL – $4.99

Keep safe everyone!

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March 16, 2020

deVine’s Response to COVID-19

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:17 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

In light of Covid-19, all events at deVine’s for March and April have been either postponed or cancelled. We will post alternate dates for postponed events asap.

The 2nd Sudsy Soiree in Support of the Alzheimer Society event is postponed, but it will be a go at a future yet-to-be-determined date. The Henry of Pelham tasting with owner Paul Speck is unfortunately cancelled. Refunds or transfers to another event or credits will be offered to all registrants.

With isolation protocols becoming more and more common, we remind you that our website is updated nightly to reflect current inventory levels so you can easily shop on line. Existing delivery services and charges apply. You can also shop online and give the store a ring when you’re in near the store and we’ll bring out your products (you show photo-id) and drop it in your trunk and off you go.

In other news, we will be having some odorless Everclear 190 Proof 95% Neurtral Grain Spirit that will be arriving in the store this coming Wednesday – this is for making your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant and will be available in 50mL, 200mL and 750mL formats. Numerous recipes are available online.

Finally, an exciting arrival Wednesday will be the buzzy White Claw Hard Seltzers from the US, made from a blend of seltzer water, gluten free spirit base, and a hint of natural fruit flavour. With 100 calories, 1g carbs per 355mL serving and 5% alc./vol., we have been getting many asks about this new arrival so grab yours early.

Take care of yourselves everyone!

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