deVine Thoughts

December 28, 2010

Bubbles for New Year’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:40 pm

chartogne_taillet_blancsAuthor: Dirk Chan

New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and time to consider what bubblie you’ll be drinking to bring in 2011. If you want the best, then go with a favourite French Champagne, but there are lots of cheaper and excellent alternatives in the form of sparkling wines from Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Canada, the United States and South Africa.There are some lovely French alternatives from the Jura, Loire Valley and Alsace at half to a quarter of the price of the more famous Champagnes. Add to the list the fast gaining Italian Prosecco and don’t forget the favourite standby – Spanish Cava. With prices from the low teens to over $500/bottle, the choices are endless.

Of course, the world’s most famous celebratory drink is French Champagne, la crème de la crème of sparklers, whether it be the Non-Vintage style or the ultra premium Vintage dated expensive tete de cuvees, usually made from blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. You can also find 100% Chardonnays (Blanc de Blancs), 100% Pinot Noirs (Blanc de Noirs), or the Demi-Sec (slightly sweet) ones too.

While the majority of Champagne sales happens during the end of the year, we at deVine feel anytime is a good time for bubbles so make a New Year’s resolution to taste all kind of sparkling wine throughout the year for any occasion. If ever you’re stuck with finding a wine to pair with food, consider bubbles – they are more versatile than most people think. Sushi, KFC, smoked salmon, oyster, caviar, Thai food, seafood come to mind. However, for New Year’s eve, bubbles are a must, and you’ll find all kinds of recommendations if you follow the ‘read full article’ link below…From us to you, a very Happy New Year!


December 16, 2010

Shopping at deVine

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:49 am

bleasdale_old_pressAuthor: Dirk Chan

Hard to believe, but Christmas is coming up so fast with only a little more than a week left to do your shopping. deVine wants to make it easy for you to purchase the wines you need for the holiday season. We have our regular Case of the Month for December, a Wine Spectator/deVine Wines Selection case, a Twelve Days of Christmas Beer Sampler, and now we have three articles with recommendations for great wines of stature and value in the less than $20/bottle range, another for between $20 and $50, and finally one for greater than $100/bottle range. Feel free to peruse these articles and you can purchase online on our secured website and pick them up on your way home to avoid the hustle and bustle of the store.

Note for our out of town customers that all delivery orders must be submitted to us by noon Monday, December 20th to guarantee delivery before Christmas. After that time, the recipients will have to pickup at the store.

We are on extended shopping hours now till Christmas for those who want to more personalized service, We are open from 10am to 9pm Monday through Fridays, Saturdays 10-8pm and Sundays from noon to 6pm. Note we will open 10am to 5pm on Christmas Eve, and closed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Feel free also to drop us an email as well, we will respond as quickly as we can.


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