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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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December 18, 2019

Christmas Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:27 pm

turkey_ham_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Wow…Christmas is almost upon us, so here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and/or ham dinner with all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine,followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a lovely port to end off the evening.

Sparkling Wines

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

NV Cava Varias La Bona Vida Brut (Catalonia, Spain) – $18.99

NV La Jara Brut Prosecco (Italy) – $18.99

NV Château de Targe Saumur Brut Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $31.49

2015 Campolargo Espumante Bruto Rosé (Bairrada, Portugal) – $37.99


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

NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – $49.99

NV Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco (Champagne, France) – $71.99

NV Ruinart Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $119.99

2002 Moet & Chandon Dom Pérignon Brut (Champagne, France) – $379.99

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!

2017 Chateau de la Mulonniere M de Mulonniere Anjou Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, France) – $23.99

2016 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Kabinett Dorsheim Goldloch (Nahe, Germany) – $42.99


2017 Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain) – $24.99

2017 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis Vieilles Vignes (Chablis, France) – $39.99

2017 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Häuserer (Alsace, France) – $87.99

2016 Valle de Passos Rose (Tras os Montes, Portugal) – $26.99

2017 Markus Kuntz-Riedlin Spatburgunder Rosé (Baden, Germany) – $36.99


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.

2016 Manos Negras Pinot Noir (Mendoza, Argentina) – $19.99

2017 Emotivo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $16.99

2017 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie (Beaujolais, France) – $24.99

2015 San Fabiano Calcinaia Casa Boschino Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – $19.99

2016 Lungarotti Ilbio IGT Rosso (Umbria, Italy) – $34.99

2017 Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (Oregon, United States) – $43.99

2015 Silenus Merlot (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $69.99

2009 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia (Piedmont, Italy) – $109.99

1967 Adega Viuva Gomes Collares Reserva Tinto (Colares, Portugal) – $159.99

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

2009 Louis Jadot Echézeaux Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $279.99

1995 Château Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $319.99


As for dessert, remember dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself.
2013 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu (Hungary) -250mL – $29.99

2013 Tawse Chardonnay Icewine (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – 200mL -$42.99

2003 Rolet Vin de Paille (Jura, France) – 375mL – $52.99

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

2004 Château d’Yquem (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $319.99

Port (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal whether its a ruby or a tawny. Try with blue-veined cheeses and roasted nuts.

Kopke 10 Year Old White Port (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $33.99

2003 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $49.99

Taylor Fladgate NV Historic Limited Edition Reserve Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $74.99

Quinta do Portal 40 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $134.99

1965 Krohn Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $309.99

1934 Niepoort Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $1,499.99

Finally, if you are pressed for time, try out our December Mixed Case – $230.22 or our December Club 6-Pack – $163.34 where a lot of the wines would pair well with Christmas dinner.

Note our extended hours of operations leading up to Christmas and New Years.

Top of the Season to everyone!

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December 14, 2019

From the Vault

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:55 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Over the course of almost 15 years in business, deVines has been putting aside some special and rare wines in our temperature controlled warehouse with the anticipation of selling them when they are drinking at peak or using them in special tastings.

For the first time ever, we’re putting a few of these for sale. So, if you want that very special experience of a great wine that doesn’t require you to cellar it, this is your opportunity.

Note many of these there is only one or at most two bottles for sale. All sales are final and will be removed from this list as they are sold while new additions will be added so check back often. Great scores, extremely rare so act quickly to avoid disappointment. These would be great for that special dinner with friends and family over the holiday season.

Pictured left to right:

1998 Château Leoville Las-Cases (Bordeaux – St. Julien, France) – $479.99
2003 Dominus (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $499.99
2002 Moet & Chandon Dom Pérignon Brut (Champagne, France) – $379.99
2007 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia (Tuscany, Italy) – $319.99
2004 Antinori Solaia (Tuscany, Italy) – $484.99
2007 Domaine du Pegau Cuvée da Capo (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France) – $849.99

Check out more goodies here…

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December 8, 2019

Santa’s 6-Sack and an Exclusive Analog Brew

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:13 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Christmas is coming up fast! Here is a great gift idea – our limited and popular Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack of beer for 2019 is now available at the store. Beautifully wrapped, small footprint to fit under the Christmas tree and Canadian themed – we won’t reveal what six beers are in the Sack, but will say that one of the beers is the exclusive Analog special brew just for deVines, the Analog Brewing Obligatory Holiday Mint Stout which is also available individually (only 240 cans made in total) – maximum 4 cans per customer. Get these while supply lasts.

Seasons Greetings Everyone!!

2019 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack (Alberta, Canada) – $29.99
Analog Brewing Obligatory Holiday Mint Stout (Alberta, Canada) – 475mL Can – $6.49

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November 29, 2019

Introducing Grape Expectations – Our New 2020 Tasting Series

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:25 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 in the spring to fall timeframe, while the reds are spread out throughout the year.

The Grape Expectations – Red Series includes six tastings focusing on six red single varietals as follows:

Grape Expectations Red Series – Cabernet Sauvignon – January 25
Grape Expectations Red Series – Merlot – February 22
Grape Expectations Red Series – Pinot Noir – April 4
Grape Expectations Red Series – Zinfandel – June 27
Grape Expectations Red Series – Cabernet Franc – September 12
Grape Expectations Red Series – Gamay – Thursday, November 19

Individually, these stand-up tastings are $30 each as standalone tastings, but if you can purchase a package of any four of the six 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 six tastings, we will also only charge you $25 for the other two. All tastings are on Saturdays (except the Gamay which is on Beaujolais Nouveau Thursday in the 3rd week of November) and all tastings start at 7pm and are stand-up format.

Look out for the White Package shortly…

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

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November 25, 2019

Annual Customer Appreciation Day

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:21 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 12th!

Every year, deVine Wines has a Customer Appreciation Day and this year it is on Thursday, December 12th. Its our way of saying “Thank You!” for your ongoing support and patronage.

deVine Wines will be offering our customers a 10% discount ** on all in-stock regular priced wines and spirits plus additional select items up to 30% off. The sale will run all day, starting at 10:00 AM until we close at 8:00 PM. There will be a wine pour from 12-3 and another from 4-7 plus a beer station from 4:30-7:30pm. It’s a great opportunity to do all of your Christmas shopping in one day.

**The sale excludes beers and ciders as well as wines stored in our vintage keeper or vintage room. Cannot be combined with other sale items and no rain checks.

See you on Thursday, December 12th. Online purchasing is also accepted on this day so you can shop in the comfort of your own home.

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