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June 20, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for June 20/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:46 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

June is Pride Month and for our weekly online special, we offer the NV True Colors Brut Cava – $22.99 on special for $19.99.

Decked out in rainbow flag colors, True Colours is a traditional Cava from the Penedes wine region (famous for its Cava), located southwest of Barcelona. Made with Chardonnay, Macebo, Xarel-lo and Parellada grapes, this has notes of bright lemon and fresh pastries, a creamy, lingering finish. A sparkly choice for light fare, its fine bubbles and minerality pairs well with lean fish, shellfish and even cured meats.

Happy Pride!

NV Bodegues Sumarroca True Colours Brut Cava (Penedès, Spain) – $19.99

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June 15, 2022

Pride@Home Packages are Back

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:00 pm

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Guest Blogger – MacEwan Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

They’re back!

MacEwan’s Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) and deVine’s Wines and Spirits are once again excited to bring you our Pride Party Packs to help celebrate Pride Month!

Filled with goodies donated by local LGBTQ2+ supportive businesses, each Pride Party Pack contains all the essentials for hosting your very own pride party. Whether alone or with friends, a CSGD Pride Party Pack is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and some pep in your step!

There are 2 package selections to choose from: Boozy and Fizzy. Both are filled to the brim with an amazing assortment of items, with the Boozy kits being only for the grown-ups! All proceeds from the sale of the Pride Party Packs will be donated in support of CSGD.

Last year’s kits sold out quickly, so be sure to order yours soon. Due to the popularity of last year’s kits, we have increased the number available to purchase. We have a limited supply of 100 Boozy packs and 50 Fizzy packs.

Pride@Home packages are $63.00 each inclusive of GST. There are no substitutions of package content.

Where to buy:

  • Both Fizzy and Boozy packs are available in store at deVine Wines and Spirits.
  • Fizzy packs are available in store at the MacEwan Bookstore (https://www.macewanbookstore.com/) located in Building 6 at the MacEwan University campus.
  • Order both Fizzy and Boozy online at devinewines.ca for pick-up at CSGD.
  • Pick-up is available either from CSGD in Roundhouse or curb-side pick-up is available at the main doors of Allard Hall (north side of building) at MacEwan University. Please email csgd@macewan.ca to schedule your pick-up.

Want to double up the sparkling cava, or add more beer? You may add additional items from deVines upon check out! Please note: the Pride Party Packs are only available for pick up at MacEwan University.

Interested in becoming a monthly donor to the Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity? Find out how HERE.

We are extremely grateful to our most generous donors and supporters, including deVine’s Wines & Spirits, Blush Lane Organic Market, New Level Brewing, AlleyKat Brewery, Meuwly’s Artisan Food Market, Sweet Sugar Bake Shoppe, Get Cooking, IKEA Edmonton, Salisbury Greenhouse, Pride Tape, Edmonton Riverhawks, Oilers Entertainment Group, MacEwan University Centre for Sport and Wellness, MacEwan University Bookstore,  Flag Shop Edmonton, ATB Financial, Edmonton Queer History Project, Edmonton Downtown Business Association, and many more!

Please note: There may be some minor variation in package contents due to the quantity and nature of donated items including different flavours of the treats and beverages available.

2022 Pride Boozy Pack – $63.00

2022 Pride Fizzy Pack – $63.00

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2021 Bordeaux Futures – Current Releases

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:54 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

For a change, the 2021 Bordeaux Futures Campaign is going to feature the Whites and the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac. Its not often the whites get top billing but after a trio of great vintages for the reds in 2018, 2019 and 2020, the 2021’s was a trying vintage which has produced old-fashioned reds on the lighter (yet elegant) side with alcohol level’s in the 12-12.5% range instead of 14+ range. We will focus on some quality Petit Chateaux, Cru Bourgeois and a few well-priced Classified Growths for short-term cellaring and early drinking while the great vintages sit in your cellar.

How does Futures work you ask – well at its most basic level, you’re purchasing unfinished wine – you pay for it in full now, and in two years time. The wines when released in-bottle will be 10-15% higher so you get a price break.

2021 was ravaged by mildew, a less than satisfactory growing season, cruel frost in April (meaning volumes were well down pretty much across the board) and selection had to be severe. The reds in 2021 is far different than those made in 2018, 2019 and 2020, when alcohols as high as 15% were commonplace. The 2021 reds are in the 12 to 13% alcohol range, made in an old-fashion way that reminds of 1985 or 1988, a balanced not over the top style from a bygone era. Plenty of acidic freshness in the aromatic reds but they will drink nicely relatively early in a medium-bodied style than the bigger style we’ve become used to in the last decade. No clear winner on left or right bank, variability is high and depends on the Chateau. This is a vintage to buy and enjoy early while the great vintages age in your cellars.

Alas, the real revelation in 2021 is an absolutely brilliant vintage for white bordeaux, both dry or sweet where high acid is a good thing! The dry whites, all picked before late September’s heavy rain, are both aromatic and full of fruit and zesty freshness without the flab of riper years.

And the sweet wines are truly great, despite extremely small quantities and in some cases a miniscule percentage of a normal harvest. Climens, one of our favourites made ‘not an ounce’ of sweet wine, and Suduiraut had both spring frost and summer hail. Those that were spared made very fine dessert wines and we’ll certainly attempt to get our hands on what small quantities that are available.

As usual, items offered will be sold on a first-come first served basis and in some cases maximums applied. In many cases we won’t be able to go back for more of something once it sells out and if we do, price will be second tranche (release) pricing.

4 offerings has passed with only one more to come, with the campaign ending by the end of June, so its time to make some purchasing decisions if you haven’t done so.

Here is what’s still available for your consideration..

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June 13, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for June 13/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:59 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2018 Yalumba Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Sanctum (Coonawarra, Australia) – $18.99 (regularly $23.49).

Established in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s most historic family owned wine company. It remains fiercely independent and extremely progressive through the generational ownership by the Hill-Smith family.

Yalumba’s longevity and continued success is a result of their dedication, patience, collaboration and progressive thinking. They embrace minimalist approach to utilizing the natural terroir to craft wines with individual character and a sense of purpose, a spirit to reinvest in the land that it grows upon. It is committed to sharing stories of provenance and history gathered over more than 168 years of history of family winemaking.

At the inner ‘sanctum’of Coonawarra, on the prized terra rossa soil, lies Yalumba’s Coonawarra estate, The Menzies Vineyard. This valuable patch of land is the holy grail of all Cabernet purists with soil vivid red in colour, it is perfect for growing exceptional full-bodied red wines.

Deep crimson in colour with a magenta hue. Rich, opulent, aromas of blueberry and chocolate with notes of sweet fruit, vanilla and spice. The palate displays ripe, rich fruits; blackcurrant and blueberry, with a lovely umami presence.

2018 Yalumba Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Sanctum (Coonawarra, Australia) – $18.99, regularly $23.49

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June 6, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for June 6/2022

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:24 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2021 Franz Haas Kris Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie (Veneto, Italy) – $15.99 (regularly $21.49)

This estate has been producing wines since 1880, the year in which the present day winery was established. This family-run estate was handed down through the generations to the first-born son Franz Haas. The vineyards are all located in the municipalities of Mantagna and Egna, on the slopes of the Cislon Mountain. The years 1982-1986 saw radical changes in the vineyards, as new high-density vineyards were created, with 6000-12500 low-yielding vines per hectare.

Made from 100% Pinot Grigio from vineyards in Montagna and the Mulinat Estate vineyards. The grapes were harvested in late September and were vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is pale yellow in colour with greenish reflections. The nose recalls acacia flowers, tangerine and the delicate scent of almonds. Kris Pinot Grigio is clean and refreshing on the palate with hints of linden and honey. Recommended with risotto dishes and grilled white meats.

2021 Franz Haas Kris Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie (Veneto, Italy) – $15.99, regularly $21.49

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June 3, 2022

Pride@Home Packages are Back

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:09 am

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Guest Blogger – MacEwan Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

They’re back!

MacEwan’s Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) and deVine’s Wines and Spirits are once again excited to bring you our Pride Party Packs to help celebrate Pride Month!

Filled with goodies donated by local LGBTQ2+ supportive businesses, each Pride Party Pack contains all the essentials for hosting your very own pride party. Whether alone or with friends, a CSGD Pride Party Pack is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and some pep in your step!

There are 2 package selections to choose from: Boozy and Fizzy. Both are filled to the brim with an amazing assortment of items, with the Boozy kits being only for the grown-ups! All proceeds from the sale of the Pride Party Packs will be donated in support of CSGD.

Last year’s kits sold out quickly, so be sure to order yours soon. Due to the popularity of last year’s kits, we have increased the number available to purchase. We have a limited supply of 100 Boozy packs and 50 Fizzy packs.

Pride@Home packages are $63.00 each inclusive of GST. There are no substitutions of package content.

Where to buy:

  • Both Fizzy and Boozy packs are available in store at deVine Wines and Spirits.
  • Fizzy packs are available in store at the MacEwan Bookstore (https://www.macewanbookstore.com/) located in Building 6 at the MacEwan University campus.
  • Order both Fizzy and Boozy online at devinewines.ca for pick-up at CSGD.
  • Pick-up is available either from CSGD in Roundhouse or curb-side pick-up is available at the main doors of Allard Hall (north side of building) at MacEwan University. Please email csgd@macewan.ca to schedule your pick-up.

Want to double up the sparkling cava, or add more beer? You may add additional items from deVines upon check out! Please note: the Pride Party Packs are only available for pick up at MacEwan University.

Interested in becoming a monthly donor to the Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity? Find out how HERE.

We are extremely grateful to our most generous donors and supporters, including deVine’s Wines & Spirits, Blush Lane Organic Market, New Level Brewing, AlleyKat Brewery, Meuwly’s Artisan Food Market, Sweet Sugar Bake Shoppe, Get Cooking, IKEA Edmonton, Salisbury Greenhouse, Pride Tape, Edmonton Riverhawks, Oilers Entertainment Group, MacEwan University Centre for Sport and Wellness, MacEwan University Bookstore,  Flag Shop Edmonton, ATB Financial, Edmonton Queer History Project, Edmonton Downtown Business Association, and many more!

Please note: There may be some minor variation in package contents due to the quantity and nature of donated items including different flavours of the treats and beverages available.

2022 Pride Boozy Pack – $63.00

2022 Pride Fizzy Pack – $63.00

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May 31, 2022

The Dry Rieslings of Trimbach

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:51 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The Maison Trimbach of Alsace fame is one of the great wine estate in the world. The family can date their winegrowing back as far as 1626, and through 12 generations. They’re based in Ribeauvillé (they moved here after the First World War), roughly in the middle of the Alsace wine region in North eastern France near the German border, consisting of a narrow strip of vineyards running in the direction of north to south.

Trimbach makes a broad range of wines from their own vineyard holdings and also bought-in grapes. The house style is quite a dry one, and they avoid using the Alsace Grand Cru vineyard names which were introduced in the 1970s. The only vineyard designation seen on their wines is with famous Clos St Hune Riesling, which comes from a 1.3 hectare plot near Hunawihr (part of the Rosacker Grand Cru vineyard). First produced in 1919 with a small production averaging 8k bottles annually, this is a dry Riesling that is one of Alsace’s (and for that matter the world’s) most famous wines, that requires patience but ages forever and beautifully as well.

The firm in its current form was developed by Frédéric Emile Trimbach in the latter part of the 19th century. His initials are still used in the official name of the company, and one of Trimbach’s top Riesling cuvées bears his name. Parcels of the Geisberg and Osterberg vineyards located on the hill rising up behind the ‘new’ family winery on the edge of Ribeauvillé are blended together to make the equally renowned Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile – the tends to drinking sooner than St. Hune.

According to Jean Trimbach, the house style is aiming for ‘harmonious wines that are concentrated, not heavy; fruity, not sweet; bracing rather than fat; polite rather than voluptuous.’ To that end, fermentations are cool and slow, maloloactic fermentation is not carried out and the wines are bottled early to retain freshness. If Rieslings have historically given you that sweet impression, and you want to try a ‘dry’ version, no place better than to start with Trimbach, try one this summer with food, you’ll be amazed.

Pictured in photo:

2017 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune (Alsace, France) – $414.99

Other available Trimbach’s:

2019 Trimbach Riesling (Alsace, France) – $33.99

2016 Trimbach Riesling Mandelberg Grand Cru (Alsace, France) – $82.99

2011 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (Alsace, France) – $94.99

2012 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (Alsace, France) – $99.99

2013 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (Alsace, France) – $104.99

2017 Trimbach Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru (Alsace, France) – $129.99

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May 30, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for May 30

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:22 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2020 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Cotes Catalanes, France) – $19.99 (regularly $24.49)

Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage, owners of Domaine Lafage have some Chardonnay planted near the Mediterranean that makes a remarkably complex and mineral version of the variety. A small percentage is aged in barrel – usually less than 30%. The remainder of the wine is aged in tank on the lees of Viognier. It remains one of the better values in French Chardonnay outside of Burgundy that you can find.

The vineyards for our feature wine is 30 years old vines, grown under organic practices. The winemaking presses the grapes gently before the cold maceration, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. 70% of the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks, then the rest spent two months on Viognier lees in oak barrels.

Offering an enticing nose of white peaches, crushed rocks, spice and brioche emerging from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth, layered texture and length. Try with some scampi.

2020 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Cotes Catalanes, France) – $19.99, regularly $24.49

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May 28, 2022

2021 Bordeaux Futures – First Offering

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:13 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

For a change, the 2021 Bordeaux Futures Campaign is going to feature the Whites and the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac. Its not often the whites get top billing but after a trio of great vintages for the reds in 2018, 2019 and 2020, the 2021’s was a trying vintage which has produced old-fashioned reds on the lighter (yet elegant) side with alcohol level’s in the 12-12.5% range instead of 14+ range. We will focus on some quality Petit Chateaux, Cru Bourgeois and a few well-priced Classified Growths for short-term cellaring and early drinking while the great vintages sit in your cellar.

How does Futures work you ask – well at its most basic level, you’re purchasing unfinished wine – you pay for it in full now, and in two years time. The wines when released in-bottle will be 10-15% higher so you get a price break.

2021 was ravaged by mildew, a less than satisfactory growing season, cruel frost in April (meaning volumes were well down pretty much across the board) and selection had to be severe. The reds in 2021 is far different than those made in 2018, 2019 and 2020, when alcohols as high as 15% were commonplace. The 2021 reds are in the 12 to 13% alcohol range, made in an old-fashion way that reminds of 1985 or 1988, a balanced not over the top style from a bygone era. Plenty of acidic freshness in the aromatic reds but they will drink nicely relatively early in a medium-bodied style than the bigger style we’ve become used to in the last decade. No clear winner on left or right bank, variability is high and depends on the Chateau. This is a vintage to buy and enjoy early while the great vintages age in your cellars.

Alas, the real revelation in 2021 is an absolutely brilliant vintage for white bordeaux, both dry or sweet where high acid is a good thing! The dry whites, all picked before late September’s heavy rain, are both aromatic and full of fruit and zesty freshness without the flab of riper years.

And the sweet wines are truly great, despite extremely small quantities and in some cases a miniscule percentage of a normal harvest. Climens, one of our favourites made ‘not an ounce’ of sweet wine, and Suduiraut had both spring frost and summer hail. Those that were spared made very fine dessert wines and we’ll certainly attempt to get our hands on what small quantities that are available.

As usual, items offered will be sold on a first-come first served basis and in some cases maximums applied. In many cases we won’t be able to go back for more of something once it sells out and if we do, price will be second tranche (release) pricing.

Here is the first offerings

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May 23, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for May 23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:24 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the Château Moulin de L’Abbaye Cru Bourgeois (Medoc, France) – $25.99 (regularly $30.99)

Moulin de L’Abbaye (mill of the abbey) is made of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 1% Malbec from 27 year old vines grown on clay-limestone soils. This has some age on it and is in its prime wheelhouse.

The vineyard is of 2 ha purchased in 1984 has been worked traditionally by a family of cooperative members for 30 years now and their hard work was rewarded with a Cru Bourgeois classification recognition in 2003.

Developed nose of wood smoke, red fruits and a touch of cassis, smooth resolved tannins in a medium, medium-full mouthfeel. Not often you find a Petit Chateaux Left Bank that’s CabSau dominant so take advantage of it. This is delicious now, pair with grilled lamb chops on the barbecue!

Château Moulin de L’Abbaye Cru Bourgeois (Medoc, France) – $25.99, regularly $30.99

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