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November 14, 2018

The Great 2016 Vintage Ports

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:20 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The 2016 Port Vintage is the first general declaration since the 2011. With the 2016s, they are definitely going to make a splash – the growing season got off to a late start, following a very rainy spring that would make the different later during harvest time. As is typical of the Douro Valley, they entered into its typically hot and dry period in June and July, the vines had enough water reserves to help them along, with only a few areas suffering from hydric stress. A light rain came in a timely fashion on Sept. 13, to give the vineyards a freshening, and with the vintage running a week behind, growers could take advantage of ideal weather conditions into October, picking the later-ripening varieties such as Touriga Franca at optimum quality.

We were thrilled with the stupendous quality of the 2016 Vintage Ports at our recent tasting -they really are exceptional, with some of the most refined tannins ever, so much fruit as to hide the immense structure underneath. The gorgeous black and red fruit flavours while being extraordinarily intense with a glass staining purple colour. These ports will be impressive down the road, and offer great, exuberant drinking now as well. There is great balance, with Baumés, acidity and tannins in that rare and perfect alignment. This is certainly a vintage to include in your cellar to enjoy in your later years or to celebrate a significant year.

Production of each of the 2016 Vintage Ports is approximately 1/5 below the previously declared 2011’s with a very rigorous selection by most houses. For the first time in awhile, we are offering 375mL half bottle formats. Don’t miss this special vintage as quantities are limited!

Pictured left to right:

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2016 Porto Quevedo Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $99.99

2016 Warre’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $129.99

2016 Croft Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $149.99

2016 Dow’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $149.99

2016 Fonseca Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

2016 Fonseca Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $86.99

2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $86.99

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November 12, 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 est arrivé!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:25 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Every year on the third Thursday of November- on the 15th this year, the famous Beaujolais Nouveau is released with great fanfare to the world. Freshly made, the tradition and hype lead to much merry-making with fireworks and numerous parties where the wine is the star.

As usual, we are offering the Georges DuBeouf Beaujolais Villages in the painted bottle – $25.99, a wine we feel offers the best quality with the requisite beautiful bottle packaging. This will be available for sale Thursday, November 16 after 3pm.

What is Beaujolais Nouveau? It’s a light, fruity red made from the Gamay grape. Strawberry, raspberry, cotton candy and banana on the nose with a light fruity palate and literally no tannins. Serve this slightly chilled. How is Beaujolais Nouveau made – well the grapes are harvested by hand but do not go thru the typical fermentation process. Rather, they go through a carbonic maceration – instead of crushing the grapes and allowing the juice to ferment, carbonic maceration allows the whole grapes to ferment. The grapes are put into a vessel and the weight of the grapes will crush some of the bottom grapes which begin to ferment. The remainder of the juice still inside the uncrushed grapes will also ferment. The wine is pasteurized to prevent secondary malolactic fermentation. The whole process can be accomplished in about six weeks. This type of fermentation can produce a drinkable wine more quickly.

Beaujolais Nouveau is meant for current drinking, capturing its freshness and fruitiness, it is not meant for aging at all. Quite limited in quantity so come in early or book online early to avoid disappointment. Have a lovely Beaujolais Nouveau party!

2018 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau (Beaujolais, France) – $25.99

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November 5, 2018

Charity Auction Ends Midnight on Saturday, Nov 10

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:19 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The auction in support of the Edmonton Food Bank and Edmonton Neon Museum winds up at midnight Saturday, November 10th.

With almost 50 items up for grabs, there are some choice items that we know people are keenly interested in.

We advise you to submit a reserve bid to us if there is something you really want – we will bid on your behalf in increments of $10 up to but not exceeding your maximum reserve bid. Submit your reserve bid now

As the auction will end when the store is closed, your online bids will determine final outcome where we will use the timestamp at 12:00am as the final bid for all the items.

We will inform the winners asap and ask that you pick up the winning items by Wednesday, November 21st so as to give the Food Bank time to use the funds for the Christmas season. Payment will be accepted in cash or by cheque (made out to the Edmonton Food Bank) only.

Here is the link to the auction page: https://www.devinewines.ca/eventAuctions/auction.html

Thank you all of you for the great support you’ve shown us for the fundraisers for the Food Bank this year – it makes the city a better place.

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November 1, 2018

2016 Ports with Roy Hersh

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:57 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The 2016 Port Vintage is the first general declaration since the 2011. With the 2016s, they are definitely going to make a splash – the growing season got off to a late start, following a very rainy spring that would make the different later during harvest time. As is typical of the Douro Valley, they entered into its typically hot and dry period in June and July, the vines had enough water reserves to help them along, with only a few areas suffering from hydric stress. A light rain came in a timely fashion on Sept. 13, to give the vineyards a freshening, and with the vintage running a week behind, growers could take advantage of ideal weather conditions into October, picking the later-ripening varieties such as Touriga Franca at optimum quality.

The 2016 Vintage Ports really are exceptional, with some of the most refined tannins ever, supporting gorgeous red fruit flavours while being extraordinarily intense, purple colour. The wines have impressive structure and balance, with Baumés, acidity, tannins and colour in rare and perfect alignment. This is certainly a vintage to include in your cellar to enjoy in your later years or to celebrate a significant year.

Production of each of the 2016 Vintage Ports is approximately 1/5 below the previously declared 2011’s with a very rigorous selection by most houses.

As is customary, deVine welcomes world renown Port expert Roy Hersh from Seattle here for a sit-down tasting of seven 2016 Vintage Ports on the Remembrance Day Friday, November 9 at 7:30 – $105/person.

We special order small amounts of half bottles (splits) of both the Taylor and Fonseca 2016, and those who attend the tasting will have first dibs at the smaller format, which wil drink at peak sooner, and better suited for smaller size gatherings.

Rumours are circulating quietly about a general declaration for 2017 – if so, it would be a first to have back to back vintages declared – you can ask Roy about this.

Book your seat here..

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Riedel – New Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:51 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Some new items for Christmas from the most famous wine glass company Riedel. Based in Austria, and with an illustrious history going back to the time of Mozart’s birthyear, 1756 – they produce varietally specific stemware that enhance the specific grapes you’re tasting. For the oenophile, proper stemware and decanters are a must for full enjoyment of fine wine. With each passing year, their portfolio gets bigger and bigger.

New to deVines are (pictured left to right):

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1) Riedel Louis Whisky Glass – $14.99

2) Riedel Performance Magnum Decanter – $99.99

3) Riedel Big O Stemless Pinot Noir – $14.99

We have a large collection of Riedel products, so do drop by to peruse our options.

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October 24, 2018

Art Show Meet & Greet

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:57 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

Visual Artist Nosheen Pervez will be having an art show at deVine Wines on Saturday, Nov 3 between 4 PM and 6 PM. This will be a fun opportunity to meet Nosheen and view a portfolio of her striking and richly textured art. To see Nosheen’s works, please visit her site at www.nosheenpervez.com

To add to the fun, Jenn Fulford from Crimson Imports will be sampling 3 wines. Jenn will be featuring a sparkling wine from the Loire Valley, a Spanish red and a crisp, zesty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Also joining us is Travis Watt from Rare Drams. Travis will be pouring a range of whiskies, including Single Grains from Sovereign and drams from Carn Mor, Old Perth and The Big Strand..

This event is in support of Edmonton Food’s Bank. Please find it in your heart to bring a food donation.

For those of you coming to the Whiskies of the World tasting and gala fundraiser that evening that starts at 7pm, you are also welcome to this free drop-in meet and greet. Although this event is sold out, those who really want to come to the gala/fundraiser can bid on a pair of tickets (bidding ends at midnight Oct 28 for these tickets) in our Auction for the Food Bank and the Neon Museum – you can go to the auction page here..


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October 20, 2018

2015 Domaine de la Pousse d’Or

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or (translates to Golden Earth) is located a few kilometers from Beaune, in the commune of Volnay. It has an enviable position of being an oenophile collector’s favourite for expressive and memorable Burgundies without having to empty the bank account. In 1855, this winery was part of a larger domaine that included the famed Romanee-Conti and Clos de Tart. Originally called La Bousse d’Or until legend Gerard Potel took it over. With 13 hectares of vineyard spread amongst Volnay, Chambolle Musigny and Corton, they have been their own brand since 1964.

Known for their strict selection and seamless and elegant wines, these are tremendous values in the cadillac 2015 vintage, stash them in your cellar for a decade or more.

Pictured left to right:

2015 La Pousse d’Or Volnay Premier Cru en Caillerets (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $131.99


2015 La Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d’Or Monopole Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $156.99


2015 La Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos d’Audignac Monopole Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $154.99


We’re getting to the end of the buying window for the stupendous 2015 Red Burgundy vintage. With only Jadot to come, we’re now seeing the 2016’s start drifting in. So, we’re advising if you’re interested in having some of this legendary vintage in your cellar to buy sooner than later.

The hype is certainly well deserved, the 2015 Red Burgs are without a doubt the best since 2005 (with even less production) and probably as good as 1990, and some old vigneros comparing it to 1929 that they drank in their youth – high praise all around. We’ve not had a disappointing one yet, even at the lowest Bourgogne level – it is a no-brainer vintage and as with all great years, the pricing will escalate for what is available as the years go by.

Here is a complete list of what’s available from 2015:

2015 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Chambolle Musigny Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $334.99


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2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru La Dominode (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – 1.5L – $159.99


2015 Domaine Herve Sigaut Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru Les Sentiers Vieilles Vignes (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $134.99


2015 Daniel Rion et Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Vignerondes Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $109.99


2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru La Dominode (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $79.99


2015 Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Aloxe Corton Les Boutieres (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) $77.99


2015 Domaine Lucien Jacob Savigny-Vergelesses Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $55.99


2015 Domaine Arlaud Roncevie Bourgogne (Burgundy, France) – $49.99


2015 Paul Garaudet Cuvée Paul Monthelie (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $49.99


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2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $44.99


2015 Paul Garaudet Bourgogne (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $39.99


2015 Maison Lejeune Bourgogne Passetoutgrain (Burgundy, France) – $29.99


2015 Alain Geoffroy Bourgogne (Burgundy, France) – $27.99


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October 19, 2018

2016 Vintage Ports with Roy Hersh

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:37 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The 2016 Port Vintage is the first general declaration since the 2011. With the 2016s, they are definitely going to make a splash – the growing season got off to a late start, following a very rainy spring that would make the different later during harvest time. As is typical of the Douro Valley, they entered into its typically hot and dry period in June and July, the vines had enough water reserves to help them along, with only a few areas suffering from hydric stress. A light rain came in a timely fashion on Sept. 13, to give the vineyards a freshening, and with the vintage running a week behind, growers could take advantage of ideal weather conditions into October, picking the later-ripening varieties such as Touriga Franca at optimum quality.

The 2016 Vintage Ports really are exceptional, with some of the most refined tannins ever, supporting gorgeous red fruit flavours while being extraordinarily intense, purple colour. The wines have impressive structure and balance, with Baumés, acidity, tannins and colour in rare and perfect alignment. This is certainly a vintage to include in your cellar to enjoy in your later years or to celebrate a significant year.

Production of each of the 2016 Vintage Ports is approximately 1/5 below the previously declared 2011’s with a very rigorous selection by most houses.

As is customary, deVine welcomes world renown Port expert Roy Hersh from Seattle here for a sit-down tasting of seven 2016 Vintage Ports on the Remembrance Day Friday, November 9 at 7:30 – $105/person.

We special order small amounts of half bottles (splits) of both the Taylor and Fonseca 2016, and those who attend the tasting will have first dibs at the smaller format, which wil drink at peak sooner, and better suited for smaller size gatherings.

Rumours are circulating quietly about a general declaration for 2017 – if so, it would be a first to have back to back vintages declared – you can ask Roy about this.

Book your seat here..

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October 15, 2018

Final Travel Blog – Villa Matilde

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:47 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

My last visit in the huge Campania region involved driving for a couple of hours Northwest of Salerno (instead of northeast as per previous winery visits), past Naples to visit at Villa Matilde (on a sunday afternoon no less) with Sommelier Andrea del Mastro, who is also leaning some of the Export Director role duties as well. He first took me on his truck through some rocky terrain to reach the main vineyards of Villa Matilde.

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Villa Matilde is in the northern part of Campania which has a different climate than the south. Their Falerno del Massico wines are surrounded by ex-volcanoes on all sides, and because of this, the Aglianico grapes are bigger than those visited in Vulture, they are also picked 3-4 weeks earlier as well. Famed enologist Riccardo Cotarella has been consulting here since 1996.

The Falerno del Massico Bianco is floral giving the illusion it should be sweet on the palate, but no, its got some angular fruit with a surprising saline finish – would be amazing with a deep fried fish mixed plate and some freshly squeezed lemons!

Their single vineyard bottling Vigna Camarato Falerno del Massico was impressive, 80-20 Aglianico and indigenous and intriguing Piedirosso (the latter very black curranty, juicy and no tannin) grape made for a most intriguing mix – graphite, minerals yet beautiful currant fruit! Love the Piedirosso wines, will be bringing some in.

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I then had a lovely three course lunch at the outdoors restaurant on the site. So pleasant, the food marvelous – a melt in your mouth parmigiana, a assorted mushroom and string bean vegetarian lasagna and a bbq’s steak and potatoes – another wonderful hour and a half with of course more Matilde wines. Well worth the two hour drive.

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We have the lovely Falerno del Massico Bianco available for your consideration at the store, with a couple more to come:

2017 Villa Matilde Falerno del Massico Bianco (Campania, Italy) – $29.99

A link to the previous travel blog here..

Many thanks to Empson Canada for setting up this visit and many thanks for all of you who have followed my travel blog, it was a great experience for yours truly.

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October 12, 2018

Port Tasting with Oscar Quevedo Jr.

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:39 pm

oscar_quevedo_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

The Quevedo Port brand only started in 1991, but for generations before, the great grand parents of Oscar Quevedo Jr. has been doing wine for a long time. On Thursday, October 18 at 7pm, deVine welcomes owner Oscar at the store as he presents his family’s white ports, tawny ports, ruby port and vintage ports in this special sit-down port tasting. There are some gems to be tasted along with discussion and fun banter.

Porto Quevedo is part of a new generation of small family wineries based in the Douro. For many years, these families were growing grapes, and making Port wine, for merchants based in Vila Nova de Gaia. Now they are marketing their own brand.

In order to assure the best grapes year after year, we started to extend our vineyards up to the 100 ha, as we currently cultivate in the rough sub-regions of Cima-Corgo and Douro-Superior, where the Douro traditional varieties prevail.

It’s not everyday you get a winery owner in Edmonton to talk about their product, so book your spot real soon to avoid disappointment.

Book your seat here..

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