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September 28, 2022

Louis Jadot Tasting with Thibaut Marquis

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:30 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

We’re finally seeing the arrival of some of the winemakers and Export Managers of big houses back in the Edmonton market. deVine welcomes Thibaut Marquis of Maison Jadot for a stand-up tasting on Tuesday, October 4 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 Marquis is the Export Director for USA and Canada. He will lead us through a couple of white Burgundies, a Beaujolais Cru, three Premier Cru Reds and a Grand Cru Red. This is a must for those who want to delve into the mystery that is Burgundy with this venerable old house! Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at its best, not to be missed. Only 34 spots available so book early to avoid disappointment.

Register for the event here..

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September 26, 2022

Old Vine Australians

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:59 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Australia is home to some of the oldest working grape vines in the world, many are between 75 to century year old. The wines from these small tiny grapes are legendary for their depth, complexity and concentration as well as rarity because ancient vines produce fewer and smaller grapes thus very limited number of bottles. Many are also pre-phylloxera.

Experience the long history and ancient vines, these bottlings are expensive, but for that special occasion, they will showcase what Australia can do. Many can be enjoyed without food.

Pictured left to right:

2015 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $104.99

2017 Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $169.99

2016 Yalumba Octavius Old Vine Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $189.99

2004 Penfolds Grange (South Australia, Australia) – 1.5L – $2249.99

Other similarly worthy candidates:

2010 d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $89.99

2018 Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $76.99

Enjoy everyone!

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Weekly Offer for Sept 26/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:29 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2020 Monte da Ravasqueira Guarda Rios Tinto (Alentejano, Portugal) – $13.99 regularly $17.99.

Amidst the typical Alentejano landscape in Central Portugal, there are the vineyards of Monte da Ravasqueira, about 1.5 hours drive east of Lisbon. The land was acquired in 1943 and mainly produced fruit, with the first plantings of the vineyards was in 1998 with the first wines produced commercially in 2006.

Part of the José de Mello family for three generations now, Monte da Ravasqueira covers an area of about 3000 hectares. In 2012, Pedro Pereira Gonçalves took over winemaking duties with the challenge of rethinking Monte da Ravasqueira’s oenology philosophy and wine profile, betting on a sustained growth of the brand with the aim of making it a revered name in the Alentejo.

Guarda Rios is the Portuguese name for the Kingfisher bird, which lives in the Alentajano region. This young Tinto is blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Tinta Amarela, and Alicante Bouschet. Dark and deep colour. Intense nose with spicy notes and notes of wild berries, forest, and a touch of vanilla. Full of volume to the palate, with a fine structure with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, mint and a tobacco persistent end with ripe tannins. Try with baked salmon, roasted red meats, charcuterie or a selection of strong cheeses.

2020 Monte da Ravasqueira Guarda Rios Signature Tinto (Alentejano, Portugal) – $13.99 (regularly $17.99)

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September 19, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Sept 19/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:30 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Miguel Torres Celeste (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – $20.99 (regularly $26.99).

Founded in 1870 by Jaime Torres, Bodegas Torres (Miguel Torres SA) is a historical wine growing company located in Pacs, some 4 km (2.5 miles) from Vilafranca del Penedès, where the company has its head office. Torres is the family winery with the most extensive vineyards in the Denomination of Origin (DO) of Penedès and the largest winery in Spain. They also run the Miguel Torres Chile winery in the Chilean Central Valley, and in the United States (California) where in 1986 Marimar Torres founded Marimar Estate. Torres is also Spain’s largest producer of DO wines under its own label, exporting to more than 140 countries.

The Celeste is a deVines favourite, it is born 895 meters above sea level, where the vines and the sky form a magical connection, resulting in a wine filled with the freshness, emotion, and intensity of a starry night. Hence, the name and astrological label. Located in the Ribera del Duero D.O. wine region in north central Spain, the area stretches about 115km along “the banks of the river Duero” touching the provinces of Soria, Burgos, Segovia and Valladolid.

Celeste is an opulent yet structured wine brimming with fruit, body and colour: as unique as the night sky in the Ribera del Duero. Decant for a half hour and paired with some grilled meats.

2018 Miguel Torres Celeste (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – $20.99 (regularly $26.99)

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September 16, 2022

Lady Gaga Dom Perignon at deVine’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:05 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Moet & Chandon’s famous Dom Perignon bottling has a long history of Special Edition releases – Bvlgari Serpenti, Lenny Kravitz, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, David Lynch, Tokujin Yoshioka and Michael Riedel to name but a few, but the current and most extensive Special Edition is the one with Lady Gaga.

“Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon, two creators who believe in the power of absolute creative freedom, invite you to a fabulous, exuberant, exhilarating celebration – a joyful convergence that rewards the inspiration to create, to reinvent ourselves and write our own story.”

Charton Hobbs and deVines has put up the Lady Gaga Dom Perignon window display, check it out next time you’re downtown.

The packaging reflects the design of the partnership’s campaign, titled the Queendom, launched with an accompanying short film directed by iconic fashion photographer and director Nick Knight, a soundtracked by a Gaga Chromatica track, “Free Woman”, and a special sculpture – all meant to be a celebration of creative freedom.

Gaga adds – “For me, it’s not about where, but when,” she also says in her email. “I like to toast with Dom Pérignon to celebrate life. To celebrate achievements. To celebrate each other. And to celebrate the kindness in the world.”

deVine’s is thrilled to offer two exclusive releases of the 2006 Lady Gaga Limited Edition Brut Rosé – $479.99 and the 2010 Lady Gaga Limited Edition Brut – $369.99 in Queendom packaging for your consideration. The iridescent surface of the bottles and packaging is intended to reflect the flow and movement of a magnetic veil.

Given the extreme shortage of high-end Champagne in the province, this may be the only ultra-premium tete de cuvee available for the upcoming Christmas season, so best to acquire this sooner than later. Quantities are extremely limited.

2006 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon x Lady Gaga Limited Edition Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $479.99

2010 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon x Lady Gaga Limited Edition Brut (Champagne, France) – $369.99

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September 12, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Sept 12

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:39 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Quinta do Vale Dona Maria Rufo Douro (Douro, Portugal) – $18.99, regularly $22.99.

Located in the heart of the Douro region where the river flows into Northern Portugal, in Cima Corgo in the Vale do Rio Torto, the first records of Quinta Vale D. Maria date back to 1868. The history of Quinta Vale D. Maria winemaking begins in 1996 in the hands of Cristiano van Zeller, when he buys the property from the family of his wife, Joana Lemos van Zeller.

Since then, with a lot of dedication and passion, Quinta Vale D. Maria has garnered a reputation nationally and internationally for its excellence. Its fine wines and ports show a deep respect for the region and for the legacy of Cristiano van Zeller.

Traditionally during the harvest, the drum marked the rythm of the arrival of the grapes in the winery. Rufo (drum in Portuguese) is the conductor of the procession, the instrument that indicates the way for those who follow.

An easy blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, the wine is full of black fruits (blackberry, blueberry and mullberry) and soft tannins finishing with minerality. Try with grilled meats.

2018 Quinta do Vale Dona Maria Rufo Douro (Douro, Portugal) – $18.99 (regularly $22.99)

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September 10, 2022

Discovering Austria

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Austria is considered by many to be one of the well-kept wine secrets in Europe. Its numerous indigenous grapes and quality-conscious, small family producers make for interesting sampling for those wanting to expand their wine knowlege with delicious, food-friendly wines the whole range from Sparkling to white to red and dessert wines.

You’ll find well-made artisan wines at reasonable prices representing brilliant Quality Price Ratios across the spectrum, from everyday drinkers wines to fine wines for laying down. Grüner veltliner is Austria’s most famous export, making delicious crisp, fresh-tasting white wines with notes of ripe apple and a characteristically intriguing twist of white pepper and peas, while dry Rieslings are also popular. The key red grapes of Austria are Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St Laurent with Pinot Noir growing in representation.

Experiment in your own time, but don’t miss the wines from Austria, they are becoming more and more popular and we have an expanding selection for you.

Pictured left to right:

2021 Huber Sparkling Rosé (Traisental, Austria) – $25.99

2020 Weszeli Terrafactum Langenlois Gruner Veltliner (Kamptal, Austria) – $28.99

2020 Claus Preisinger Puszta Libre (Burgenland, Austria) – $29.99

2017 Wachter Wiesler Deutsch Schutzen Blaufrankisch Eisenberg Reserve (Burgenland, Austria) – $47.99

2017 Domäne Wachau Beerenauslese Terrassen (Austria) – 375mL – $35.99

Other interesting Austrians for your consideration:

2020 Pittnauer Pitt-Nat Sparkling Rose (Burgenland, Austria) – $39.99

2021 Huber Vision Gruner Veltliner (Organic) (Austria) – $23.49

2019 Johanneshof Reinisch Rotgipfler (Thermenregion, Austria)- $28.99

NV Johannes Zillinger Revolution White Solera (Weinviertel, Austria) – $34.99

2015 Hiedler Ried Gaisberg Riesling (Kamptal, Austria) – $47.99

2019 Gruber Roschitz Blauer Zweigelt Ried Lauschen (Austria) – $28.49

2017 Johanneshof Reinisch St. Laurent (Thermenregion, Austria) – $29.99

2020 Claus Preisinger Blaufrankisch Kalkstein (Austria) – $33.99

2015 Weingut Krutzler Eisenberg Blaufrankisch Reserve (Austria) – $43.99

2017 Johanneshof Reinisch Grillenhugel Pinot Noir (Thermenregion, Austria) – $48.99

Be adventurous and try something you’ve not had before!

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September 5, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Sept 5

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:15 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2019 Clos Montblanc Proyecto Cu4tro White and 2017 Clos Montblanc Proyecto Cu4tro Red (Catalonia, Spain) – $16.99, regularly $21.99.

Half an hours drive north of Tarragona, in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, to the south of the Pyrenees mountain range lies the Clos Montblanc winery. This Catalonia producer is one of the references in the DO Conca de Barberà wine region. This is owing not only to the amount of wine and Cava it produces on a yearly basis (around 900,000 bottles), but also to the quality of its white and red wines as well, 90% of which are exported.

40 hectares of the winery’s own vineyard as well as from an additional 160 hectares belonging to other vine growers that the winery accesses and supervises throughout the year. The wines reflect the character of the landscape and soil (clayey, calcareous, slaty…). In addition to the different altitudes of the vineyards, which gives the wine a coveted richness, the winery prioritises the variety and the fruit with the aim of producing wines that are easy to drink and that attract a wide range of customers.

Enjoy the tangy (zesty & citrus) white and the fruity (mullberry & plummy) red with or without food.

2019 Clos Montblanc Proyecto Cu4tro White (Catalonia, Spain) – $16.99 (regularly $21.99)

2017 Clos Montblanc Proyecto Cu4tro Red (Catalonia, Spain) – $16.99 (regularly $21.99)

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August 29, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Aug 29/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:21 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Les Hauts de Chateau Sainte-Marie (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France) – $14.99, regularly $19.99.

Château Sainte-Marie is located in the SW of France in the Bordeaux wine region, right in the middle of the prime wine-growing Entre-deux-Mers region between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. The ideally situated plots stretch across two hills with perfect exposure to the sun on some of the highest land in the Gironde.

The Hauts de Sainte-Marie Blanc is a ready to drink white made from a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sémillon and 10% Muscadelle from vines grown near the town of Targon and consists of 25 hectares (62 acres) of mainly clayey limestone.

Bright pale yellow colour. Lively and very fragrant nose. This wine is full of fruit and character. It reveals all its freshness on the palate. Lovely with picnic fare, fish, seafood and poultry dishes. A fine value for a white Bordeaux!

2018 Les Hauts de Chateau Sainte-Marie (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France) – $14.99 (regularly $19.99)

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August 22, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Aug 22/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:39 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Fonterutoli Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $29.49 (regularly $36.99).

The Mazzei family has a long history in Tuscany and wines since the XI century. Ser Lapo Mazzei is the author of the first known document to use the “Chianti” denomination way back in 1398.

In 1435, when his granddaughter Madonna Smeralda Mazzei married Piero di Agnolo da Fonterutoli, the holding became part of the family’s estate. Since then, for 24 generations, the Mazzei family produces wine at the Castello di Fonterutoli, which even after its recent expansion still remains the heatbeat of the company.

The Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva is named to pay tribute to the history of the estate. It is made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot sourced from vines 15-30 years of age in an elevation of between 250 and 350m above sea level, hand-picked.

It’s fresh and structured, with dark cherry, blackberry, smoke and earth. A wine of depth, intensity and complexity that will cellar for a decade or more. Enjoy with gourmet pizza or a pasta with slow-cooked ragu.

Fonterutoli Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $29.49 (regularly – $36.99

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