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May 20, 2024

Weekly Offer for May 20/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:04 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Franck Balthazar Cotes-du-Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – $22.99 , regularly $30.99.

Franck Balthazar is the nephew of the late Noel Verset (a great pioneer in Cornas), and purchased the 97-year-old parcel in Chaillot from him when Noel retired. He blends this old plot with his own 46-year-old parcel, both of which are on the granitic and sunny slopes of Les Chaillots. Plowing is done with a horse, and in the tiny cellar the grapes are pressed without being destemmed.

Don’t let the simple Côtes du Rhône label fool you,. This is definitely not your typical Côtes du Rhône, it’s serious business from one of the best, most traditional winemakers in the region. 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from a small one and a half hectare organically farmed vineyard about an hour south of Franck’s cellar in Cornas. Hand harvested, wild fermented and aged in steel, then bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur added. The previous vintage of this wine was featured in both our Best Bang for the Buck and deVine’s Wines of the Year picks.

Franck Balthazar Cotes-du-Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – $22.99 , regularly $30.99.

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May 13, 2024

Weekly Offer for May 13/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:29 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the Flight of the Condor Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina) – $16.99, regularly $21.49.

The majestic condors soar above the Andes Mountains capturing in their flight Argentina’s finest wine appellations. Each wine in the Flight of the Condor winery’s range shows varietally pure wines which excel in their region of origin.

Our feature of the week is their Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Mendoza with its consistent weather conditions in high elevation vineyards that produces wonderfully consistent reds. The grapes are selected for their balanced fruit profile. 4-5 days of cold soak was followed by 8-10 days of alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine spends 6 months in contact with French oak prior to bottling.

The wine has a vibrant, fresh fruit profile, and is varietally pure with a linear structure and nuanced complexity of well integrated light oak contact. Try with grilled red meats and aged cheddars.

Flight of the Condor Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina) – $16.99, regularly $21.49.

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Feature Spirit – Monkey 47 Dry Gin

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:51 am

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Black Forest Distillery is a family-owned and operated craft distillery located in the Black Forest region of Germany. Founded in 1685 by the Kloepfer family, it is one of the oldest distilleries in the world – been making brandy, liqueurs, and spirits for over 300 years, and is renowned for its unique techniques and recipes.

A good third of the ingredients for the much celebrated Monkey 47 Dry Gin. In total, 47 handpicked ingredients go into its making including unusually ‘cranberries’. As well, its bottled at a healthy 47% ABV. After distillation, it is rested in earthenware vessels to allow the spirit to gently oxidize and soften.

Unrivaled complexity and quality. Citrus zest, mint, elderberry, juniper, ginger, and white pepper notes. The palate offers sweet orange, allspice and cloves. The long and lingering finish include spice, dried fruits and herb flavors. It has received notable critical acclaim throughout its lifetime. Concentrated and impactful, this is a sipping gin much too good to be used as mix. New 375mL format for Alberta.

Schwarzwald Monkey 47 (Germany) – 375mL – $64.99

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May 6, 2024

Weekly Offer for May 6/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:12 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Perrin & Fils Studio by Miraval Rosé (Provence, France) – $17.99 , regularly $21.99.

The Miraval line of Rosés is owned by superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie while the wine is made by the Perrin & Fils family, who owns the famous Chateau de Beaucastel, a legendary Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The rosés represents a singular know-how and perfect mastery of the art of blending -reflecting the values upheld by Miraval since its very beginnings – refinement, elegance and excellence. Inspired by colour, matter and light.

In time for Mother’s Day, our feature this week is their Studio by Miraval rosé, a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Tibouren. An alluringly clear pale pink color greets your eyes while the nose offers red berries and cherry blossoms. Full on the palate with highlights of blood orange and redcurrant. Studio by Miraval is strongly influenced by the sea sprays and the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea. These salty soils give the wine a unique character and an almost iodized finish. Enjoy with a Cobb salad or a charcuterie board.

Perrin & Fils Studio by Miraval Rosé (Provence, France) – $17.99 , regularly $21.99.

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May 1, 2024

Unusual Italian Grapes

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:36 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

There is some very interesting wines coming out of Italy made from grapes that a lot of us haven’t heard of or tasted before or acquainted with. Turbiana, Schiava, Norello Mascalese and Sagrantino, not exactly household names. Thought we’d highlight five wines from these grapes that are very unique, interesting and worthy of consideration. If you’re in an adventurous mode, look no further.

Pictured from left to right:

2021 Allegrini Lugana Oasi Mantellina (Veneto, Italy) – $33.99
2022 Elena Walch Schiava (Alto Adige, Italy) – $33.99
2019 Pietradolce Archineri Etna Rosso DOC (Sicily, Italy) – $55.99
2022 Sibiliana Roceno Nerello Mascalese Rosso (Sicily, Italy) – $22.99
2018 Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Sagrantino (Umbria, Italy) – $61.99

Enjoy everyone!

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April 29, 2024

Weekly Offer for Apr 29/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:12 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Quinta de Cabriz Escolha Red (Dao, Portugal) – $16.99 , regularly $23.99.

Quinta de Cabriz is located between the two main rivers that cross the Dão wine region, the Mondego and the Dão. It is a secular “quinta” (farm) with a 17 th century manor house alongside a chapel. This is one of the most famous “quintas” of the Dão region with 38 hectares of vineyards with the winery equipped with the most modern wine technology.

Cabriz Escolha was thought out and designed from the vineyard to bottling to match the richness and diversity of Portuguese gastronomy. It is therefore the perfect partner for bold food pairings like grilled red meats and game.

Our feature this week is their garnet colored Escolha Tinto, a red blend of Aragonez and Touriga Nacional (two indigenous Portuguese grapes) – it is a fruity, with red fruits and violet aromatics, soft, balanced notes that carry onto the jammy palate which is supper and smooth. A wine suited to virtually every occasion!

Quinta de Cabriz Escolha Red (Dao, Portugal) – $16.99 , regularly $23.99

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April 22, 2024

Annual Quevedo Port Advent Calendar – Presell

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:16 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

A Christmas favourite, the ever-popular annual Quevedo Advent Port Calendars – $142.99 is now being offered on pre-sell for the Christmas holiday season 2024.

With a small footprint that fits very easily underneath a Xmas tree and a perfectly sized 24 x 50mL bottles (2×12 different ports). This is lovely for two people to enjoy together. Inside every slot you will find a 50ml bottle for each of the 24 days.

For a list of all the ports included in these packages, please click the link below. We run out every year before Xmas so get yours early to avoid disappointment. The deadline for this pre-sell is Saturday, April 27th at midnight.

2024 Porto Quevedo Port Advent Calendar (Douro, Portugal) – $142.99

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Weekly Offer for Apr 22/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:01 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Cantina di Custoza Rosso del Molino (Veneto, Italy) – $16.99 , regularly $20.99.

The small village of Custoza gives its name to the denomination in the southwestern corner of the Province of Verona, very close to the border with Lombardia. This is a cooperative, situated southeast of Lake Garda, which was founded in 1968 (at that time 83 wine growers) and has 300 members now who farm over 1000 hectares of vineyard. The first harvest was in 1971. The wines are exported to 16 countries worldwide.

Our feature this week is their Rosso del Molino, a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend. Ruby red colored with a very pleasant nose with red fruit, black fruit and spicy accents. Smooth, elegant taste, with the cabernet providing some ‘bite’ and structure. Wild berries and cherries on the palate. Enjoy this versatile meal wine with grilled red meats. The drawing on the label is a representation of the fairy tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

Cantina di Custoza Rosso del Molino (Veneto, Italy) – $16.99 , regularly $20.99

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April 15, 2024

Weekly Offer for Apr 15/24

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:33 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Domaine Coudoulet Pinot Noir (Pays d’Oc, France) – $17.49 , regularly $24.99.

Domaine Coudoulet is run by brothers Jean-Yves and Pierre-André Ournac who are the sixth generation of their family to run the estate located in southern France. They produce varietally correct wines at a great price point. Like other growers in the area, they have progressively replanted their vineyards over the last 15 years, replacing many traditional varieties with Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petite Verdot and Viognier. The vines are grown on clay-chalk soils.

Our feature this week is their Pinot Noir – it is a lovely Mediterranean expression of this lighter bodied red grape. Light in body with delicate tannins, it has notes of ripe strawberries, raspberries, hibiscus, and mushrooms leading to a Burgundian elegant finish with juicy, fruity and slightly spicy notes. Serve this slightly chilled as an aperitif or with light meat dishes.

Domaine Coudoulet Pinot Noir (Pays d’Oc, France) – $17.49 , regularly $24.99

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April 8, 2024

Weekly Offer for Apr 8/24

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Catena High Mountain Vines Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $20.99 , regularly $26.49.

The Bodega Catena Zapata is certainly one of the standout wineries in all of Argentina. Famous for its production of world class Malbecs, it is Argentina’s oldest family winery, started by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena back in 1902. The winery itself is distinguished by its pyramid-like design based on Mayan architecture, located in the sub-appellation of Agrelo.

Our feature this week is their High Mountain Vines Malbec made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. It is a blend of 100% Malbec from three different vineyards all harvested at different times:

1. Lunlunta – 3,018 ft (920m) elevation: aluvial origin. Loamy clay in the topsoil with rounded rocks on the bottom.

2. El Cepillo, Eugenio Bustos – 3,593 ft (1,090 m) elevation: aluvial origin. Loam-sandy soil with thick calcareous layers and rounded rocks on the bottom.

3. Gualtallary – 4,757 ft (1,450 m) elevation: aluvial origin. Gravel and limestone soil. Rounded rocks in the bottom.

Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes, with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of leather and cinnamon. The wine has well-integrated tannins, bright acidity and a flinty minerality that provides exceptional length to the finish. Try with a grilled steak.

Catena High Mountain Vines Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $20.99 , regularly $26.49

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