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June 21, 2018

Two New Ontario Breweries

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:43 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Its super hot, time for beer! Today, we feature two new Ontario based breweries at deVines – Burdock and Bellwoods.

Burdock strives to create balance and elegance in our beers and are heavily inspired by the world of wine. They brewed dozens of styles of beer thus far, some of which we’ve fallen in love with.

Bellwoods began as a small brewery, and pub in downtown Toronto. Officially opening their doors to the public in April 2012, they have spent the last 4 and a half years working towards the rather ambitious goal not to run out of beer (due to popular demand).

Try these for yourself – pictured left to right:

Burdock Three (Ontario, Canada) – 330mL – $6.49

Burdock July (Ontario, Canada) – 375mL – $12.49

Bellwoods Brewery White Picket Fence Blended Foeder Saison (Ontario, Canada) – 500mL – $17.99

Bellwoods Brewery Barn Owl No. 10 Apricot Brett IPA (Ontario, Canada) – 500mL – $17.99

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Rosé Take 2

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:03 am

Author: Dirk Chan

It’s super hot – more rosés are in order. This is our Take two on new Rosé arrivals. We have SO many for you to choose from! Perfect for al fresco drinking, grab some and enjoy the heat.

Pictured left to right:

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

2017 Montes Cherub (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $18.99

2017 Rudolf Rabl Zweigelt Rosé (Kamptal, Austria) – $22.99

2017 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Goutte de Rosé (Loire Valley, France) – $22.99

2017 Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose (Provence, France) – $33.99


Other perennial favourites are also worthy of consideration:

2017 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Provence, France) – $20.99

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

2017 Willm Rosé (Alsace, France) – $22.99

2017 Il Feuduccio Cerasuolo Rosé (Abruzzi, Italy) – $23.99

2016 San Filippo Le Coste Rose (Tuscany, Italy)a – $29.99

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June 13, 2018

Indulge with these 7 Whites

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:17 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

As the summer heats up, whites become more and more popular. Here, i’ve selected seven of my current favourites at various price points. Any and all will impress your guests, its a stellar bunch. I’ve left some personal comments on each. Try one (or all) of them on your next gathering. Indulge!

Pictured left to right:

2015 Real Companhia Velha Evel Douro White (Douro, Portugal) – $21.99 – lovely florals with white fruits, an oily texture, full-bodied and persistent – try with a meaty fish.

2016 Château de Romance Blanc Sec (Bordeaux, France) – $25.99 – Majority Semillon with some Sauvignon Blanc (the complete inverse of what most white Bordeaux are), this is very fine indeed for the price point – dry, minerally, white flowers and brilliant waxy mouthfeel – try with a seafood bisque.

2016 G. D. Vajra Luigi Baudana Dragon Langhe Bianco (Piedmont, Italy) – $31.99 – so distinctive, very minerally and lots of savory herbs, sees time on lees – try with a mushroom risotto.

2016 Terras Gauda O Rosal (Rias Baixas, Spain) – $34.99 – beautiful finesse with this Albarino based white – stylish and fine concentration with notes of herbs, bay leaf and orange peel – fabulous with grilled seafood.

2016 Kechris Tear of the Pine Retsina (Macedonia, Greece) – $39.99 – so unusual with resin, grilled herbs and minerality, this is no ordinary retsina, one of the very best produced – try with a greek salad, or dolmades. Yum!

2010 Domaine Lucien Jacob Savigny-Vergelesses Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $49.99 – lots of yellow apples, a touch of vanilla, pineapple and assorted stone fruits. Very full-bodied and sophisticated Chardonnay – try with a stuff chicken dish with a corn salsa.

2015 Agricola Tiberio Trebbiano Fonte Canale (Abruzzi, Italy) – $84.99 – one of the most terroir driven, ‘speaks of the land’ whites of the year. You can put this in a blind white Burgundy tasting and no one would know its a Trebbiano (nearly 60 year old Trebbiano mind you). White flowers, anise, citrus peel and soil character overwhelm the palate with sensual seductiveness. Quite special and extremely limited.

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June 11, 2018

World Cup of Soccer Tasting

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

world_cup_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Once every four years (this will be the fourth time for deVine’s) we host this special tasting right in the middle of the world’s most famous soccer tournament, the FIFA World Cup of Soccer – we’ll be tasting wines from seven of the participating countries from favorites Germany to France, Argentina, Euro champs Portugal, Australia and Spain. As for the hosts Russia, we’ll cheat and serve a wine from Georgia, their former republic. Join us for this event scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd at 7pm – $35, right smack in the middle of group play.

Most of the participating countries would have played two games in the opening group stage by then, so there’ll be some conversation to be had about how your favourite team is doing. What a hoot it was last time, with participants wearing their favourite team jerseys, caps or dressed in flag colors and talking more soccer than wine!

This is a social rather than technical tasting, and football talk will be referee’d strictly and perhaps one of the attendees will lead us in a chant or song… This is a stand-up event, and a not to be missed party on a scale befitting the sport. Now, that’s quite the lineup!

Please register for the event here..

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May 31, 2018

Veuve Clicquot – Yelloweek Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:08 pm

veuve_popupAuthor: Dirk Chan

Charton Hobbs Inc. and Veuve Clicquot is proud to announce yet another edition of the annual Yelloweek, showcasing the famous Veuve Clicquot Champagnes.

Edmonton is echoing the Toronto Pop Up, where each city will have a Veuve Clicquot pop up space during the week of June 18th to 24th. The Edmonton pop up will be at the Foundry Room – (10528 – 108 Street) downtown.

The hilite this year will be a sit-down tasting – $50 at the Foundry Room on Friday, June 22nd at 6:30pm. Led by Veuve’s Regional Brand Manager – Jenna Usunier, this event will feature five Veuve Champagnes including a Rich Cocktail, the NV Brut, the NV Rose, the 2008 Vintage Rose and the brand new Extra Old Extra Brut.

Advanced registration is required for this limited seating event, please book here... The event pdf can be seen here..

Also, our new deVine’s Veuve window display is done, come in to check it out!

Have a great Yelloweek experience everyone!

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May 25, 2018

Time for Rosé

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

rose_blog_18_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

We went from winter to summer in one shot, thus bringing the rosé season into high gear pretty quickly here!

Pinks are the rage, perfect for sipping on the deck, yet perfectly comfortable as a food and wine pairing. 95% of rosé are dry and its quickly finding a niche with the North American public. We’ve got lots of pinks on hand to choose from so drop in.

Pictured left to right:

2016 Bodegas Borsao Rosé (Campo de Borja, Spain) – $16.99

Alley 2016 Leitz Rosé Trocken (Rheingau, Germany) – $22.99

2017 Domaine Montrose Rosé (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $19.99

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

2016 Rolet Jura Rosé (Jura, France) – $25.99


Other interesting pinks for your consideration:

2016 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2016 Ogier Heritages Cotes du Rhone Rosé (Rhone Valley, France) – $21.99

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

2017 Rudolf Rabl Zweigelt Rosé (Kamptal, Austria) – $22.99

2017 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (Provence, France) – $29.99

We have many other new rosés arriving so check out our dedicated rosé section the next time you’re in. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our stand-up Rosé tasting, entitled A Rosé by Any Other Name – $30 that is selling fast, you can register here..

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Alley Kat Full Squeeze Pride Beer

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:21 pm

summer_squeeze_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Alley Kat’s latest Seasonal Collection is the Full Squeeze, brewed in support of Edmonton Pride Festival Society. This unpasteurized release is in a six pack configuration – $18.49, with $1/bottle or $6/six pack which will be donated to the Pride Festival Society.

What better way to celebrate togetherness than to blend two beloved Alley Kat brews – Full Moon Pale Ale and Main Squeeze Grapefruit Ale – unique by themselves, but together, the perfect marriage!

This is in stock now, so grab yours while supply lasts.

Alley Kat Full Squeeze Pride Beer (Alberta, Canada) – 6 bottles – $18.49

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May 14, 2018

Introducing the Traveler’s Series on Market Saturdays

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:26 pm

erbes_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

The City Market returns this Saturday, 9-3pm – yay!

Be sure to drop by starting at 11am as we introduce the Traveler’s Series of free tastings, whereby one of the partners of deVines will be serving and talking about wines, beer or spirits from our extensive travels to wineries, breweries and distilleries. Sample the wine and hear the anecdotes and stories! Then stay for our ongoing Agent Free Pours from noon-3pm which includes wine and beer pours.

The inaugural tasting wil be hosted by Ed Fong and we’ll take advantage of his recent trip to Germany to sample two Rieslings and a beer.

Pictured is the Urziger Wurzgarten Vineyard from Erbes. We’ll be tasting the following:

1) 2015 Erbes Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany) – $21.99

2) 2014 Fritz Haag Riesling Trocken QBA (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $15.99

3) Fruh Kolsch (Germany) – 500mL Can – $3.99

Do join us this saturday!

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Sour Power

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:25 pm

sour_power_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Sour beer is the rage these days – it is essentially beer which has an intentionally acidic, tart or sour taste – popular styles include American Wild Ale, Berliner Weisse, Gose, Flanders Red Ale, Lambic and Oud Bruin – there will even be a $50 one we’ll be tasting!

The main flavor of a sour beer is tartness, like a strawberry or lemon. But many sours also have a “funky” taste that some say smells like a horse blanket or a barnyard but there is certainly some major pucker power here.

Because of the uncertainty involved in using wild yeast, the sour beer brewing process is extremely unpredictable. The beer takes months to ferment and can take years to mature.

The increasing popularity of sour beers, combined with the fact that they’re challenging to make, available only in limited quantities, and expensive, makes them desirable. And as more beer lovers learn about them, they are sharing their knowledge with other drinkers, further triggering the trend.

We are thrilled to have Jim Phelan of Untapped Craft Imports here to lead our Sour Power tasting – don’t miss this Thursday night stand-up event.

More info and to register for this event, click here

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May 7, 2018

Women In Wine

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:56 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

It’s Mother’s Day week, thought I’d do a tribute to Women and Wine featuring prominent women winemakers and owners. The seven ladies featured here are leading performers in their regions so a big salute to them.

Featured wines pictured left to right:

1) 2016 El Petit Bonhomme (Jumilla, Spain) – $17.99

Nathalie Bonhomme for whom this wine is named is a frequent visitor to Edmonton and has a close association with deVine’s. She is not only the owner and winemaker, but she also creates her own labels. Those of you who remember in 2013, we offered the Promenade Red, under our own label, well – Nathalie made that wine!

2) 2015 Château de la Font du Loup Cotes du Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – $28.99

Chateau de la Font fu Loup (translates to Fountain of the Wolf, when wolves drank from the natural springs around their property) owner Anne-Charlotte Melia-Bachas comes from a long line of talented winemakers, like her father Charles before her. Aiming to express the uniqueness of their terroir, the family has holdings in the famous Le Crau, not too far from Vieux Telegraphe. Their wines are organically farmed and very pure. Love their Chateauneuf du Pape as well.

3) 2015 Noble Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $44.99

Noble Ridge owner Leslie d’Andrea has degrees in Biology and Health Administration and she and her husband Jim found their land in 2001. Since then 22 hectares have been planted to vines with all the grapes grown on their Okanagan Falls property. Having found her love and passion to make world-class premium wine and along with a lot of hard work, its starting to pay off with a budding reputation. The jouney continues..

4) 2014 Mullineux Syrah (Swartland, South Africa) – $47.99

Andrea Mullineux, named Winemaker of the Year 2016 by Wine Enthusiast, is co-owner and winemaker at Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, based in the Swartland region at Roundstone Farm. Since the launch of the brand in 2007, Mullineux, has notched up 18 five-star wine ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide as well as being named Winery of the Year in both 2014 and 2016. High praise indeed.

5) 2014 Domaine du Closel Chateau des Vaults La Jalousie (Loire Valley, France) – $52.99

The Comtesse Evelyne de Pontbriand runs this beautiful estate on the north bank of the Loire. There are not many wines from Savennieres that make it to our part of the world, and her Chenin Blancs are like her – aristocratic, high class and finesse driven. Certified biodynamic, we only wish we could get a dessert wine and an amazing Sparkler, but we’ll gladly settle to have three of her classy artisan whites.

6) 2011 Elio Altare Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $117.99

More and more these days, daughter Silvia Altare has taken helm as winemaker at the famed Elio Altare Estate while her father Elio ventures off to create a different vision in Liguria. Silvia was here at deVine’s a couple of years ago to promote her vision of elegance, finesse, and balance in her wines, following a strict regime in the vineyards to allow the terroir to come through, adopting new vinification and aging techniques in the cellar. There is a move to a younger generation of winemakers in the Piedmont and Silvia is at the forefront.

7) 2014 Peller Estates Private Reserve Vidal Ice Wine (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – 200mL – $24.99

Since 2012, Winemaker Katie Dickieson has brought a wealth of experience from her time in New Zealand to Niagara’s Peller Estates. She combines her love of agriculture, an affinity for science and a keen interest in sensory studies into her job that shows on her wines. She is also a self proclaimed ‘foodie’ where great food enhances her well-balanced wines.

Try some of these wines on Mother’s Day, here’s wishing a Happy Day to all Mom’s out there!

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