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February 20, 2017

21st Anniversary Arran Single Malt

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:29 pm

arran21_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Bottled to mark the 21st Anniversary of the Arran Distillery, this limited release extra special edition is made up of a selection of ex-Sherry Hogsheads from the first three years of production at the Isle of Arran Distillery. Bottled at a 52.6% ABV and limited to 5,988 bottles, this sounds like an excellent way of celebrating one’s 21st birthday.

The nose entices with apricots, dried banana and dried mango with sweet red apples, orange skins and almonds. With air, there’s ginger, citus zest and marmalade followed by herbal notes and polished wood. The palate is grassy, some honey, poached pear and apple pie. A little white pepper gives way to gentle baking spices and a roasted nutty note.The finish is of mocha, spices (cinnamon) and some earthiness sit nicely alongside its rich oak. Refined and elegant with special packaging, this is very limited.

Isle of Arran 21st Anniversary Edition (Arran, Scotland) – $249.99

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A Classical Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:14 am

classical_pairings_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Do you ever wonder if classical music changes our perception of wine? Hogwash you say, but try asking Okanagan winemaker George Hanson of Seven Stones Winery, who plays classical music in surround sound speakers while his wines are fermenting. Or that of Italian winemaker Giancarlo Cignozzi of Il Paradiso di Frassina in Montalcino, who serenades his Sangiovese grapes with the music of Mozart…I find I have classics on all the time when I entertain, so perhaps it is all subliminal?

We’re going to do something we haven’t done for many years, we’re calling this event “Classic”al Pairings – we’ll be tasting seven wines which we think match up with seven classical compositions authored by seven different classical music composers. What are the connections and tie-in’s between what you’re drinking, what you’re hearing and the composer? Well, you’ll have to attend to find out, but it will be a smorgasbord for your senses – it’s an evening out for your nose, mouth, brain and ears…Only 34 spots available for this sit-down event.

While we sample the wines, we’ll listen to short five minute pieces from the following composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Faure and Bartok.. A must for all wine enthusiasts and classical music lovers out there!

More information and to register for the tasting, click here….

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Introducing the New Mimi Rosé

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:51 am

mimi_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Whenever the weather warms up, we see sales of Rosé’s go up. Our latest new discovery is the lovely Les Vins Breban Mimi en Provence Grande Reserve Rosé – $24.99. Hailing from the exceptional 2015 vintage in France (and for that matter everywhere else in Europe), this pink is a bend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah with aromatic of red berries (raspberries) and white peach. Perfectly balanced with a crisp and long lasting dry minerally finish, this is archtypical of the famous Provence Rosé. Try pairing with salads, fish or poultry.

We especially like the packaging, with its unique glass cap enclosure – you can use the empty bottle as a water carafe after consuming. Double your pleasure, I like it!

2015 Les Vins Breban Mimi en Provence Grande Reserve Rose (Provence, France) – $24.99

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February 10, 2017

Pamper Your Loved One

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:11 pm

valentines_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

A lot of you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day that’s coming up fast. So, here are some wines that we “love” to recommend in all categories to make the day extra special for your loved one. Shop early for best selection, and if you have more specific needs, drop in the store and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Sparkling – a must to start off with some sparkling pink or Rose Champagne:

NV Domaine Rosier Cuvee Ma Maison Rose Cremant de Limoux (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $22.99

2011 Agusti Torello Mata Rosat Brut Reserva Trepat (Penedès, Spain) – $35.99

mimi_rose NV Chartogne-Taillet Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $67.99

NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $129.99

NV Krug Rosé (Champagne, France) – $464.99

If you want a still pink…

2015 Les Vins Breban Mimi en Provence Grande Reserve Rose (Provence, France) – $24.99

2015 Pratello Chiaretto (Lombardy, Italy) – $32.99

Whites

2015 Domaine La Florane Fleur de Pampre (Rhone Valley, France) – $20.99

2013 Real Companhia Velha Quinta de Cidro Semillon (Douro, Portugal) – $29.99

2014 Emrich-Schonleber Fruhlingspatzchen Riesling Spatlese (Nahe, Germany) – $56.99

2014 William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote Bouguerots (Chablis, France) – $139.99

Reds

2014 Hijos de Juan Gil Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain) – $19.99

2015 Comm. G. B. Burlotto Verduno Pelaverga (Piedmont, Italy) – $27.99

2005 Château Sainte-Luce Bellevue (Bordeaux – Premieres Cotes de Blaye, France) – $39.99

quintarelli 2014 Bodegas Colome Autentico Malbec (Calchaqui, Argentina) – $55.99

2012 J.L. Chave Saint-Joseph (Rhone Valley, France) – $94.99

2013 Foreman Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $134.99

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

2003 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) – $499.99

Dessert

NV Miguel Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro (Penedès, Spain) – $20.99

2014 Vietti Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $31.99

2013 Mullineux Straw Wine (Swartland, South Africa) – $37.99

2005 Isole e Olena Vin Santo (Tuscany, Italy) – $69.99

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

Port & Sherry (Post Dinner)

NV Quinta do Infantado Ruby Port (Douro, Portugal) – $28.99

2003 Quinta do Portal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $34.99

lovebuzz Gonzalez Byass Noé Pedro Ximénez 30 Year Old Sherry (Jerez, Spain) – $42.99

2008 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port (Portugal) – $71.99

1967 Dalva Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $249.99

And finally for the beer enthusiast:

Gigantic Brewing Lustrous Saison (Oregon, United States) – $12.49

Evil Twin Liquid Double Fudge (New York, United States) – $18.49

Anchorage Lovebuzz Saison (Alaska, United States) – $18.49

Happy Valentines everyone!

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February 6, 2017

d’Arenberg 2008 Museum Release Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:24 pm

darenberg_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

The d’Arenberg Winery is one of the most respected wineries in McLaren Vale in South Australia – established in 1912 by the teetotaller Joseph Osborn, who sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, cellar door and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant. In succession, three more generations since Joseph – Frank, Francis (universally known as d’Arry) and now Chester, who joined in 1984, have been in charge over the years.

Known or making distinctive, finesse driven wines using traditional methods in the vineyard and the winery, Chester is also renown for his wines’ unique and often humourous names. Also famous is their unique red stripe across their labels – there’s a story behind that and you can find out if you attend our upcoming d’Arenberg 2008 Museum Release tasting – $40, scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at 7pm. Chester has made a habit of holding some wines back until they reach prime drinking age, and then releasing them as Museum Releases – we’ve had both the 2006 and the current museum release vintage is now the 2008’s. We’ll be tasting seven wines from the excellent 2008 year – pictured left to right are five of the seven wines we’ll be tasting:

2008 d’Arenberg The Wild Pixie Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $44.99

2008 d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $32.99

2008 d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Museum Release Shiraz-Viognier (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $44.99

2008 d’Arenberg The Custodian Museum Release Grenache (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $32.99

2008 d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Museum Release Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $89.99

Advanced registration is required, you can sign up here..

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Beers “Untapped”

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:23 pm

untapped_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Craft Beers continue to be a hot trend. Join us on Thursday, February 23 at 7pm as we feature Jim Phelan of Untapped Craft Imports who will talk about and pour ten beers from his vast craft beer portfolio in this informal stand-up tasting. There’ll be a surprise to end the tasting as well.

More information and to register for the tasting, click here….

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February 1, 2017

Second Wine & Cheese Pairing Combo with Cavern

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:28 am

cavern_pairing2_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

deVine and Cavern offer its second Monthly Wine and Cheese Pairing Combo – $75. How does this work? You purchase the wine at deVine’s, you then visit Cavern to obtain their cheese pairings, the charcuterie and the bread and pay the difference $75 minus the cost of the wine. The cheeses are seasonal and will be constantly changing depending of what’s new and exciting from Tricia at Cavern.

This month’s wine is the 2014 Domaine Piron-Lameloise Chenas (Beaujolais, Frane) – $29.99, a wild ferment Chénas that lives up to its Quartz name with its unique yet intense minerality, dark spectrum florals, woodsy notes, spices and subtle earth smoke. On the palate, wild black plum, black cherries, raspberries and stones. Tannins are slightly grippy and acids are bright and shining through to a fine peppery, graphite and bitter amaro-like finish. Quite structured, yet very fresh. Very fine Beaujolais Cru. Stimulating and cerebral wine.

2014 Domaine Piron-Lameloise Chenas Quartz (Beaujolais, France) – $29.99

View the postcard for this promotion..

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January 28, 2017

Lopez de Heredia New Arrivals

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heredia_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

We have received our annual allotment of R. Lopez de Heredia wines for the year (and the allocations keep getting smaller and smaller as world wide demand far outstrips supply). One of our very favourite houses anywhere, there are very few wineries in Spain… in the world for that matter, whose name conjures up the heritage, prestige and adherence to old world wine-making quite like R. López de Heredia. Little about this winery has changed in the 140 years since it’s founding by Don Rafael López de Heredia founded it in 1877. The family adheres to a winemaking doctrine blueprinted in the 1880’s – to make wine only from their own vineyards.

Located in the historic town of Haro, Heredia was the first to establish their winery next to the train station (for easy access to transporting their wines abroad). This area is known as ‘Station District’, there are seven famous wineries that make up this Golden Mile of Rioja. Renown for holding their Rioja wines till they think it is ready, we are pleased to offer the 2007 Cubillo Crianza, 2004 Tondonia Reserva in 750mL and in magnums as well as the 2005 Bosconia Reserva, all classic wines that are especially well priced given their high quality. Unfortunately, no Gravonia white this year.

Quantities are extremely limited so get yours sooner than later. Pictured left to right:

2007 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza (Rioja, Spain) – $39.99

2004 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $64.99

2005 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $54.99

2001 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – 1.5L – $169.99

Also available:

2004 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – 1.5L – $169.99

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January 23, 2017

Beers “Untapped”

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:45 pm

untapped_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Craft Beers continue to be a hot trend. Join us on Thursday, February 23 at 7pm as we feature Jim Phelan of Untapped Craft Imports who will talk about and pour ten beers from his vast craft beer portfolio in this informal stand-up tasting. There’ll be a surprise to end the tasting as well.

More information and to register for the tasting, click here….

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January 13, 2017

Annabelle & Dirk Knighted

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:06 pm

confraria_ceremony_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

On October 31st, Annabelle and I were inducted as Honorary Confrades with the rank of Cavaleiro (Knight) into the Confraria do Vinho do Porto in an Enthronement Ceremony and dinner held at the Four Seasons in Vancouver. There were 20 of us from Canada inducted in this year’s ceremony – it was the first time the ceremony has been held in Western Canada (previously in Toronto and Montreal).

The Confraria do Vinho do Porto (Port Wine Brotherhood) is a non-political, not for profit, organisation, established in 1982 with the purpose of communicating, and enhancing the worldwide reputation of Port Wine and its moderate consumption. The Confraria welcomes into its organisation, persons who, by their actions, reputations, or position make a significant contribution to the image and knowledge of Port Wine. The Cavalerio title is given to those who have been recognized for having made a commitment and a true contribution to Port Wine.

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The ceremony was a formal black suit affair, we were each introduced and our contributions read aloud (humorously of some people I must say), then presented with a bright green and red ribbon from which hangs the Tambuladeira (silver emblematic port tasting cup), and the diploma whereupon we signed the Roll of Honour confirming your admission as an Honorary Confrade.

You don’t have to call us Lady Annabelle or Sir Dirk for this was a humbling affair given some of the other honorees – including a government official and Canada’s first female Master of Wine, Barbara Philip – but it was sure nice to be in their company none the less.

For more info on the Confraria, click here..

You have to be nominated by a Port house for this honor, and we’re grateful to Quinta do Portal for the nomination. We have loved their wines for more than a decade now – below are some of our favourites, both port and reds: (pictured with us is Leila Zuniga of Lifford Wines (Alberta agent for Portal) and Joao Branco (Board Member of Portal):

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NV Quinta do Portal Lagrima White Port (Douro, Portugal) – $25.99

2003 Quinta do Portal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $34.99

Quinta do Portal 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $76.99

2009 Quinta do Portal Touriga Franca (Douro, Portugal) – $46.99

2009 Quinta do Portal Auru (Douro, Portugal) – $159.99

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