deVine Thoughts

September 21, 2018

Ruinart Champagne Dinner at The Butternut Tree

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:51 pm

Ruinart_ButternutTree_Invite

Ruinart_ButternutTree_Invite


Author: Dirk Chan

On Monday, October 15, there will be a Champagne Ruinart food and wine pairing dinner at the Butternut Tree Restaurant (9707 110 St NW #101). where Chef Scott Downy will be preparing a four course dinner to pair with four special Champagnes from house Ruinart, a favourite of ours. The cost is $145 per person.

Champagnes featured are:
Reserve your seat by calling the Butternut Tree – 780-760-2771 or by email info@thebutternuttree.ca

Seating is limited.

The 4 Ruinarts tasted are:

NV Ruinart R de Ruinart Brut (Champagne, France) – $84.99

NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne, France) – $109.99

NV Ruinart Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $109.99

We will be bringing in the showcase Champagne – the 2005 Ruinart Dom Vintage Dated Blanc de Blancs- $254.99 just for this dinner.

See the full size postcard for this event here..

Return to devinewines.ca

2018 deVine Wines Charity Auction

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

auction_blog_small
Author: Ed Fong

First, many thanks for those who came out to the Wein, Schwein & Dine event last sunday, it was a smashing success!

deVine Wines is pleased to host another online charity auction for 2018 in support of our Charities of Choice. This year, the partners have elected to support the Edmonton Food Bank and the Neon Sign Museum. We look forward to working closely with our charity partners in 2018. Our last online auction held in 2016 yielded an astounding $19,450 in proceeds that were donated entirely to the Edmonton Food Bank.

The 2018 online auction will begin posting on Saturday, September 1 and bidding will end on Saturday, November 10. Everyone will have a great opportunity to bid on a wide range of interesting products and cool experiences over a three month period. As usual, there will be an outstanding selection of wines and spirits, gift certificates, artistic pieces and events to attend.

Some really cool items that will be auctioned off shortly include:

– 2 Tickets to the now sold out ultra-premium Whiskies of the World tasting in November
– A chance for 2 to go on a dinosaur dig and tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum with paleontologist Dr. Michael Caldwell
– Personal “Wine Basics” tutored tasting for 18 people conducted by Dr. Michal Yan of If Grapes Could Talk
– Artwork created by visual artist Nosheen Pervez
– Pair of Edmonton Oilers tickets to a local home game
– The Ultimate Bourbon versus Whiskies of the World Advent Calendar

Please follow and bookmark this link to see the auction items:
https://devinewines.ca/eventAuctions/auction.html

Proceeds of the Online Charity Auction will be split 70/30 between Edmonton’s Food Bank and the Neon Sign Museum. The food bank will be the major beneficiary of the proceeds.

You can learn more about Edmonton’s Food Bank
https://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/

Our goal in supporting the Neon Sign Museum is to raise money to recreate one of Edmonton’s lost iconic neon signs, that of the Seven Seas Restaurant.

You can learn more about the Neon Sign Museum here:
https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/edmonton_archives/neon-sign-museum.aspx

You can view the lost Seven Seas neon sign here in black and white:
http://www.nightowlilluminations.com/neon/neon-led-signs/canada/edmonton/seven-seas-restaurant-neon-sign/

A colorized version can be found here:
https://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/exhibits/online/chopSuey/the-seven-seas.html

So please start bidding and don’t forget to bring food items next time you visit the store – donation boxes are set up at deVines. New auction items will constantly be added to the auction, so stay informed by visiting the bidding page frequently or by subscribing to our e-newsletter here..

Happy Bidding Everyone!

Return to devinewines.ca

September 17, 2018

My Grifalco Visit

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:22 pm

grifalco_small
Author: Dirk Chan

Drove a couple of hours from Salerno to the Grifalco estate in Basilicata where I was greeted by winemaker and owner Lorenzo Piccin. He is only 30 years old and his first vintage was when he was 22 years of old – how novel is that?

His parents originally had property in Montepulciano, but in 2003 they sold and purchase Grifalco in Vulture. The name Grifalco pays hommage to the past and present – the Gryphon is the symbol of Montepulciano, and the ‘falco’ part is the hawk, symbol of Monte Vulture, the now extinct volcano.

They only make 5 wines and 2500 cases total production (love these small family-ran wineries, they do everything end to end), but there are 80 year old vines available to Lorenzo and he separately ferments and stores the wines in large barrels and only blends them together just before bottling. Vines are replanted only when they die by stealing a branch from existing old vines.

He tasted me only out of barrel – such wonderful organically farmed sites in Damaschito and Daginestra, are vinifed and stored separately – we got to taste the different characteristics that is to go in the final mix of the 2016 and 2017 Grifalco’s, their flagship wine. The former was very floral and the latter the minerality and rusticity while a third barrel came from two other estates in the Vulture area that definitely provided the structure and color – brutes!

Lorenzo also passed on that the great wines must come from the middle parts of the vineyards, between 450 and 580 meters in elevation – if higher it will be unripe, if lower than that range, it will be flabby due to the high heat. He also stressed that he will never blend international grapes (like Merlot) into his wines, he is true to his roots – the Aglianico grape is the only one he’ll work with. He learnt his craft in the Piedmont, and is trying the extended maceration techniques so prevalent there with his grapes.

lorenzo_sorter
Other tidbits I got was he loves his very flexible grape sorter (see pic), he loves X-country skiing with his dog.

Next up, Mastroberardino…

2014 Grifalco Aglianico del Vulture (Basilicata, Italy) – $26.99

A link to the previous travel blog here..

Many thanks to Bonvida Wines for setting me up with this visit!

Return to devinewines.ca

September 12, 2018

Dirk’s Travel Blog – D’Angelo & Tenuta del Portale

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:06 pm

monte_vulture
Author: Dirk Chan

After a week of frolicking around Rome on my own, I took the train from Rome to Salerno is an easy 2.5 hour comfortable ride. Salerno is a commune of the Campania region in southeastern Italy, homebase for the next 8 days as I travel by car to wineries in both Campania and Basilicata and then a quick visit by ferry boat to Ravello via Amalfi town to visit one of our Limoncello producers. Do check back every few days as I will write and post travel blogs as I move along.

After negotiating free-for-all out of the Salerno, it was a two hour drive to my first winery, the D’Angelo, where I was greeted warmly by Erminia D’Angelo, owner and Export Director. She along with her brother Rocco who is the winemaker are the exciting pair that run the show here. The two of them are in their early thirties, so you don’t see that very often in the wine world. Nevertheless, the family has been the face of the Aglianico grape (one of the oldest known) in the Basilicata region for a century. With 35 hectares to work with, and nicely located at the foot of the now inactive Monte Vulture volcano, the soil and land imparts its character to the wines. Erminia took me down to the old Southeast facing plots of old vine Aglianico that will be picked in mid-late October – it is one of the latest grapes picked in Italy. There is younger Merlot as well.

dangelo_aglianico
The total production is 300k cases of wine.

Onward to the tasting room, where I enjoyed the 2016 Sacravite, a absolutely gorgeous Aglianico del Vulture 2015, and then the Canneto and Caselle – two higher end versions that show both great fruit and long aging potential. A special treat came in an Amarone like ‘experiment’ the Vendemmia Tardiva came directly from barrel – lighter than typical Amarone, but that exquisite graphite, chalky, mineral character and only a slight hint of sweetness. The whole lineup was stellar and we’ll try to bring them in for you.

It was while tasting that I mentioned I had a 3 o’clock meeting with Quinta del Portale that this estate was also owned by these two and the the Portale wines are made at the D’Angelo facilities – dah – how is it that two wineries have two entirely different agents representing them in Alberta – go figure. Thus we proceeded to taste the Portale line – the winery is named after a now defunct Portal Wall that used to sit in amongst the vines. This line is definitely more new worldish – great ripe fruit and pop-and-pour wines for earlier/current consumption while the D’Angelo wines will gracefully age a decade or more (Erminia said they opened a 1987 that was still showing well this year!).

She spent over five hours with me (how many owners would do that) and also took me out for a late lunch (15 min drive) to the town of Lagopesole and its historic castle, the Coste Castello, where we took a picture of the Volcano and you can see their property at the foot of it. (see top photo).

A thoroughly enjoyable day – Gracie Mille Erminia!!

dangelo_tasting
In the meantime, enjoy what we have in stock:

2015 d’Angelo Sacravite IGT (Basilicata, Italy) – $20.99

2015 Tenuta del Portale Starsa (Basilicata, Italy) – $20.99

2012 Tenuta del Portale Aglianico del Vulture Le Vigne a Capanno (Basilicata, Italy) – $36.99

Many thanks to Crimson Imports and Lanigan & Edwards for setting me up with the visits!

Return to devinewines.ca

September 1, 2018

2018 deVine Wines Charity Auction

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:23 pm

auction_blog_small
Author: Ed Fong

First, many thanks for those who came out to the Wein, Schwein & Dine event last sunday, it was a smashing success!

deVine Wines is pleased to host another online charity auction for 2018 in support of our Charities of Choice. This year, the partners have elected to support the Edmonton Food Bank and the Neon Sign Museum. We look forward to working closely with our charity partners in 2018. Our last online auction held in 2016 yielded an astounding $19,450 in proceeds that were donated entirely to the Edmonton Food Bank.

The 2018 online auction will begin posting on Saturday, September 1 and bidding will end on Saturday, November 10. Everyone will have a great opportunity to bid on a wide range of interesting products and cool experiences over a three month period. As usual, there will be an outstanding selection of wines and spirits, gift certificates, artistic pieces and events to attend.

Some really cool items that will be auctioned off shortly include:

– 2 Tickets to the now sold out ultra-premium Whiskies of the World tasting in November
– A chance for 2 to go on a dinosaur dig and tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum with paleontologist Dr. Michael Caldwell
– Personal “Wine Basics” tutored tasting for 18 people conducted by Dr. Michal Yan of If Grapes Could Talk
– Artwork created by visual artist Nosheen Pervez
– Pair of Edmonton Oilers tickets to a local home game
– The Ultimate Bourbon versus Whiskies of the World Advent Calendar

Please follow and bookmark this link to see the auction items:
https://devinewines.ca/eventAuctions/auction.html

Proceeds of the Online Charity Auction will be split 70/30 between Edmonton’s Food Bank and the Neon Sign Museum. The food bank will be the major beneficiary of the proceeds.

You can learn more about Edmonton’s Food Bank
https://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/

Our goal in supporting the Neon Sign Museum is to raise money to recreate one of Edmonton’s lost iconic neon signs, that of the Seven Seas Restaurant.

You can learn more about the Neon Sign Museum here:
https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/edmonton_archives/neon-sign-museum.aspx

You can view the lost Seven Seas neon sign here in black and white:
http://www.nightowlilluminations.com/neon/neon-led-signs/canada/edmonton/seven-seas-restaurant-neon-sign/

A colorized version can be found here:
https://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/exhibits/online/chopSuey/the-seven-seas.html

So please start bidding and don’t forget to bring food items next time you visit the store – donation boxes are set up at deVines. New auction items will constantly be added to the auction, so stay informed by visiting the bidding page frequently or by subscribing to our e-newsletter here..

Happy Bidding Everyone!

Return to devinewines.ca

August 27, 2018

Riedel Glass Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:05 pm

riedel_3_set_small
Author: Dirk Chan

Riedel (pronounced Ree-dle) is the industry standard for stemware and decanters for the wine connoisseur – it has b an illustrious history – family owned in Bohemia since 1756 (the same year as Mozart’s birthyear – it’s been that long!). With expert craftsmanship and a creative design team, their stemware and decanters are in high end restaurants and regular homes alike. It’s claim to fame is that the stemware was specifically and scientifically designed so the first hit on your tongue accentuates the qualities of the grape varietal that the glass was designed for.

It’s been over a decade since we last had a Riedel Glass Tasting. deVine welcomes Alysha Harker, Regional Manager from Riedel Canada who will be coming in from Vancouver to do this presentation and wine tasting on Saturday, October 13th @ 7pm – $110/person. We will taste wine in the Veritas Line of Riedel stems, featuring the Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet/Merlot glasses and best of all, you will take these stems home with you after the event in a three-pack box!

For those who don’t believe stemware makes a big difference in terms of wine enjoyment, this will be an eye-opening and life changing experience. For the converted, this will reinforce the importance of these varietally-designed stems that are recognized the world over by oenophiles.

We need 34 attendees to make this a go as there are a lot of moving parts, so we’re asking everyone to book by the latest midnight Sunday, September 30 as we will make the go-nogo decision then. You can register here..! This is a sit-down tasting.

Besides your set from the tasting, we are taking pre-orders for additional sets – $89.99/set. As we will be getting a deal from Riedel that we’re passing on to you (regular price is $129.99), these must be pre-ordered when you register for this event online. Please click this link – $89.99 to order more sets. As this is a one shot deal, there won’t be extra sets for sale at the event, you must pre-order it.

Return to devinewines.ca

The Wines of Domaine Tempier

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:53 pm

tempier_blog_small
Author: Dirk Chan

Domaine Tempier is an old family estate, owned by the Peyrauds since Lucien Peyraud married Lucie Tempier in 1936. The family was largely instrumental in getting the appellation of Bandol established in 1941. Famous for their Mourvedre based reds which are quintessential expression of that rustic, earthy grape – grown on terraced vineyards on steep hills, Tempier is the standard bearer for the region.

The Rose is amongst the best, while the reds are noteworthy for their collectibility and ageworthiness. (Even the rose can last decades!) We only have a six pack of some of these. Fine-grained tannins, lovely fruit and the trademark earthiness and minerality are a must for every wine enthusiast.

We only have a six pack of some of these so don’t wait too long, they’ll be gone till next year.

2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc (Provence, France) – $59.99

2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose (Provence, France) – $54.99

2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvee Classique (Bandol, France) – $62.99

2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol La Migoua (Provence, France) – $97.99

2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine (Provence, France) – $119.99

2015 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cabassaou (Provence, France)- $159.99

Return to devinewines.ca

August 15, 2018

New Sherries from Bodegas Baron

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:51 pm

micaela_small
Author: Dirk Chan

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. Sherry is produced in a variety of styles made predominantly from the Palomino grape. With its unique oxidative character, they can range from light dry versions such as Manzanilla and Fino, to darker and heavier versions such as Amontillado and Oloroso. The sweet dessert wines are also made from the Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes, and are sometimes blended with Palomino-based Sherries.

We’ve brought in a new line of Sherries by Bodegas Baron, and you will taste these if you come to our Wein, Schwein & Dine tasting on Sunday, August 26th. Sherries make a fine pairing with roasted pig!

Pictured left to right:

Bodegas Baron Sanlucar de Barrameda Micaela Manzanilla (Jerez, Spain) – $24.99

Bodegas Baron Sanlucar de Barrameda Micaela Cream (Jerez, Spain) – $31.99

Bodegas Baron Sanlucar de Barrameda Micaela Oloroso (Jerez, Spain) – $31.99

Bodegas Baron Sanlucar de Barrameda Xixrito Amontillado (Jerez, Spain) – $64.99

More on Wein, Schwein & Dine here..

Return to devinewines.ca

August 9, 2018

deVine Wines & Ono Poke Co. Present “Wein, Schwein & Dine”

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:26 pm

wine_swine3Author: Ed Fong

deVine Wines & Ono Poke Co. Presents

“Wein, Schwein & Dine” – A Pig Roast & Fundraiser – in Support of Edmonton’s Food Bank

On Sunday, August 26, 1-4pm, deVine Wines and Ono Poke are joining forces to co-host a pig roast. Tickets are $30 per person, and can be purchased on the deVine Wines website using this link: https://devinewines.ca/events/

Your $30 ticket will include the following:

deVine Wines & Spirits Location (10111 – 104th-St.)
One sample portion of Chinese Roast Pig served with fried rice
An opportunity to sample at the “White Wine & Pork” Station
An opportunity to sample at the “Red Wine & Pork” Station
An opportunity to sample at the “Sherry & Pork” Station
An opportunity to purchase all wine, spirits & beer at 10% off until 5:00 PM (excludes wines in our vintage keeper and vintage room)

Ono Poke Location (10142 – 104th-St. in the Icon I Tower)
One sample portion from the Luau Pig Roast served with coleslaw and rice
An opportunity to sample at the “Sparkling Wine & Pork” Station
An opportunity to sample at the “Beer & Pork” Station

An exact listing of the products sampled at each of the 5 tasting stations will be posted shortly. All will be chosen to pair well with roast pig!

This will be a hot ticket so please book your tickets early as the event is limited to 100 people. Also, please bring some food to donate – boxes will be set up at both locations.

Let’s Pig Out on 104th-St, for a Great Cause!

Advance registration is required, you can do so here..

Please Sample our Products Responsibly!

Pig Roast graphic attribute – vecteezy.com

Return to devinewines.ca

Rosé Take Three

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:25 pm

rose_3_small
Author: Dirk Chan

It’s super hot – more rosés are in order! This is our final Take three on new Rosé arrivals. We’re at the peak of our selection, and here are two of the finest pinks around. There are SO many to choose from! Perfect for al fresco drinking, grab some and enjoy the heat.

Pictured left to right:

2016 Domaine Tempier Rose (Provence, France) – $54.99

2017 Alpha Estate A Rose (Amyndeon, Greece) – $36.99


viana2

Two other newbies for your consideration:

2017 Château de Lancyre Le Rosé (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $23.99

2017 Mt. Boucherie Rose (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $26.99

Finally, the bestsellers:

2017 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2017 Bodegas Borsao Rosé (Campo de Borja, Spain) – $16.99

2017 Los Vascos Rosé (Calchaqui, Chile) – $18.99

2017 Rioja Vega Principe de Viana Rosa (Navarra, Spain) – $21.99

2017 Agricola Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $28.99

Salute!

Return to devinewines.ca

Older Posts »

Powered by WordPress