deVine Thoughts

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) – $15.49

White Claw Mango Hard Selzer (United States) – $15.49

White Claw Ruby Grapefruit Hard Selzer (United States) – $15.49

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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March 13, 2020

A Tasting with Paul Speck of Henry of Pelham – Cancelled

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:23 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Update – Friday, March 13 – In light of Covid-19, Paul Speck has cancelled his visit to Edmonton, thus the scheduled tasting at deVines on Tuesday, April 7th is now also cancelled.

The land that Henry of Pelham Winery sits on dates back to 1794. An inn and tavern was built on this site in 1842 and the tavern’s liquor license was signed “Henry of Pelham” as a joking reference to a past British prime minister, Sir Henry Pelham. The name stuck. Paul Speck Sr. purchased the estate in 1982. Paul Speck Jr. becomes president in 1988 and helps to found the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) with a handful of other Niagara wineries.

The 300 acre estate is located in the Short Hills Bench sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula. Renown for its Baco Noir, a defacto Canadian classic and a Henry of Pelham classic, which will be featured prominently in the upcoming tasting with Paul Speck Jr. Do not miss this – its on Tuesday, April 7 @ 7pm – $30, its been 14 years since he last did an event at deVines and we are thrilled to have him. The thought of a 3 bottle Baco Noir faceoff is so enticing!

Book your spot now..

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February 29, 2020

Grape Expectations – The White Series

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:54 pm

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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 White Series will be starting shortly, while the reds are spread out throughout the year.

The Grape Expectations – White Series includes five tastings focusing on four white single varietals as well as one rose tasting as follows:


Grape Expectations White Series – Riesling – March 28
Grape Expectations White Series – Chardonnay – May 2
Grape Expectations White Series – Rose – June 20
Grape Expectations White Series – Sauvignon Blanc – July 18
Grape Expectations White Series – Pinot Gris/Grigio – August 8

Individually, these stand-up tastings are $30 each as standalone tastings, but if you can purchase a package of any four of the five 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 five tastings in the White Series, we will also only charge you $25 for the other one. All tastings are on Saturdays starting at 7pm and are stand-up format.

There is still time to purchase the Red Package.

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

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February 28, 2020

2nd Annual Sudsy Soiree in Support of Alzheimer Society

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

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Author: Chad Gascho

Hey, Edmonton beer lovers! Join us for a Sudsy Soirée on Saturday, March 21 @ 7pm to experience a mini festival-style beer tasting event. We’ll have at least 25 beers from six of Edmonton’s most prolific brewers and importers here for you to sample their newest and most popular brews! For only $30 you’ll be treated to some amazing suds, music, tasty snacks, and even raffles and door prizes. Oh, and did we mention a 10% discount on all beers that evening for attendees? And if that’s not enough to entice you – all proceeds from the festival are being donated to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories!

Experience brews by Analog Brewing, SYC Brewing Co., Alley Kat, Parallel 49, Collective Arts as well as brews represented by Untapped Craft Supply.

Many of you have held off registering, but now is the time to book your spot. 75 spots are available and we are half sold, so don’t wait too long.

Chad, one of deVine’s own, has a father-in-law living with dementia. So he’s playing hockey in the Alzheimer Society’s Face Off pro-am hockey tournament with and against former NHL players to raise money to help find cure for dementia, and provide support for patients and families living with it today. He put together his passion for great craft beer and his need to help people like his father-in-law, and is hosting this sudsy event to help him reach his goal! We’re so fortunate to work with these amazing suppliers and brewers who are passionate about supporting their communities – their contributions, along with your support, makes these events happen.

Register online here… Space is limited to sixty people, so book early! This is one Soirée you won’t want to miss!

Open the postcard..

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February 14, 2020

Lunchtime Tasting of Veuve Clicquot with Winemaker Bertrand Varoquier

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:28 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Part of deVine’s 15th Anniversary celebration, we’re doing something novel on Thursday, February 27 from 12-1pm, a noon hour Champagne tasting with the winemaker of Veuve Clicquot, Bertrand Varoquier.

Three Champagnes will be tasted, the Non-Vintage Brut, the NV Demi-Sec and the 2008 Vintage Rosé. Charcuterie will be served and best of all, you get to take home a half bottle of their Non-Vintage Brut (a $40 value), all for the $40 ticket price. This stand-up tasting is limited to 32 participants so book your spot early to avoid disappointment.

As well, that same evening Feb 27, Bertrand will be hosting a 5 course matching dinner at Braven Restaurant (10344 102 St) prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Korten and featuring the Veuve tete de cuvee, the 2008 La Grande Dame, especially flown in for this dinner. Reception is at 6:30, dinner at 7:00pm – $158.08/ticket

Register online for the Braven’s La Grande Dame Dinner at here…

Register online for our noon hour tasting here…

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February 10, 2020

2nd Annual Sudsy Soiree in Support of Alzheimer Society

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:37 pm

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Author: Chad Gascho

Hey, Edmonton beer lovers! Join us for a Sudsy Soirée on Saturday, March 21 @ 7pm to experience a mini festival-style beer tasting event. We’ll have at least 25 beers from six of Edmonton’s most prolific brewers and importers here for you to sample their newest and most popular brews! For only $30 you’ll be treated to some amazing suds, music, tasty snacks, and even raffles and door prizes. Oh, and did we mention a 10% discount on all beers that evening for attendees? And if that’s not enough to entice you – all proceeds from the festival are being donated to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories!

Experience brews by Analog Brewing, SYC Brewing Co., Alley Kat, Parallel 49, Collective Arts as well as brews represented by Untapped Craft Supply.

Chad, one of deVine’s own, has a father-in-law living with dementia. So he’s playing hockey in the Alzheimer Society’s Face Off pro-am hockey tournament with and against former NHL players to raise money to help find cure for dementia, and provide support for patients and families living with it today. He put together his passion for great craft beer and his need to help people like his father-in-law, and is hosting this sudsy event to help him reach his goal! We’re so fortunate to work with these amazing suppliers and brewers who are passionate about supporting their communities – their contributions, along with your support, makes these events happen.

Register online here… Space is limited to sixty people, so book early! This is one Soirée you won’t want to miss!

Open the postcard..

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