deVine Thoughts

December 28, 2011

New Year’s Eve Bubblie Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:16 pm

veuve_grande_dame3Author: Dirk Chan

With Christmas past, we now look forward to New Years Eve and 2012.

All of us at deVine’s wish you and yours the very best for the New Year. May it bring you happiness, good health and prosperity.

With this in mind, here are some bubbles recommendations to bring help bring in the New Year:

Sparkling Wines: – these offer great value because they don’t come from Champagne

1) NV Canella Prosecco di Conegliano (200mL) – $6.99 – small, single serving format Prosecco.

2) NV Reversanti Prosecco – $16.49 – a deVine bestseller over the last month or so, tasted and well received at the Best Bang for the Buck.

3) NV 2009 Val d’Oca Punto Rosa Millesimato Rosé – $22.99 – superb Rosé from Veneto, robust enough to server with appetizers.

4) NV Langlois-Chateau Cremant de Loire Brut – $26.99 – dry, creamy and fruity from a standout Loire Valley producer. Superb for the money.

5) 2008 Raventos i Blanc L’Hereu Cava Brut – $27.99 – hand-picked grapes, a great Cava from Spain – earthy and perfumey.

Non-Vintage Champagne: – Growers who used to supply to the big boys are now marketing their own

1) MV Chartogne-Taillet Sainte-Anne Brut – 375mL – $31.99 – half bottle size of excellent valued Growers’ Champagne.

2) NV Serveaux Fils Carte d’Or Brut – $49.99 – well-priced quality Champagne with a touch of earth and biscuits.

3) NV Gremillet Brut Rosé Saignee – $56.99 – bright rudy red in color, made from 100% Pinot Noir, a food pairing Rosé.

4) NV Champagne Mailly Brut Reserve – $64.99 – Superlative NV, a top drawer producer doing great things. Impressive.

5) NV Laurent-Perrier Grande Siecle Brut – $139.99 – Top drawer NV blend from three vintage years, the only Champagne to do so. Packaged in the bottle circa 14th century, from the time of Louis XIV.

Vintage Dated Champagne – when only the very best will do!

1) 2002 Chartogne-Taillet Brut – $59.99 – racy style with peaches & green apples.

2) 2002 Godmé Pere et Fils Brut Grand Cru – $72.99 – lovely bottlling from the great 2002 vintage, joyous and exuberant.

3) 2002 D de Devaux La Cuvee – $102.99 – Mangos and citrus notes abound, best with appetizers. Can age for a bit also.

4) 1999 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Brut – $209.99 – A legend of a Champagne, the favourite of the former British Prime Minister. Superb all around, balance, fresh bread and citrus and apples. Top drawer from Pol Roger.

5) 1998 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut – $254.99 – The top cuvee from the inventor of the Riddling table, this Grande Dame is in its peak drinking window, complexity from bottle aging and very classy indeed. Stunning packaging.

6) 2002 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Andy Warhol Edition – $254.99 – Special Andy Warhol pastel colors inspire this special release of the great 2002. Splendid now, a legend in a decade. Highly collectible.

7) 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé – $639.99 – Incomparable, and ultra-rare, this Cristal Rosé is about as good as it gets for a rosé. Very limited availbility.

Off the Beaten Path: – some sweet and sparkling reds..

1) NV Domaine de la Minotiere Organic Cider Brut – $10.99 – Lovely, not too sweet, from the Calvados area and made from Normandy apples. Great for sunday brunch also.


December 22, 2011

Christmas Dinner Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:33 am

vaudasnieres_vouvrayAuthor: Dirk Chan

A Merry Christmas to everyone, and as Christmas fast approaches, here are a few quick recommendations for Christmas dinner:


1) NV Reversanti Prosecco – $16.49 – a deVine bestseller over the last month or so, tasted and well received at the Best Bang for the Buck.

2) NV Rolet Cremant du Jura Brut Rose – $24.99 – dry, with slight earthiness, big enough to pair with appetizers

3) 2002 Chartogne-Taillet Brut Millesime – $59.99 – from the great 2002 vintage, well priced indeed for a vintage dated Champagne.


1) 2009 Chai du Grand Vaudasniere Vouvray – $21.99 – an amazing Chenin Blanc that is slightly off-dry but would be amazing with the turkey and the fixings.

2) 2010 Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese – $56.99 – from the most sought after producer in all of Germany, this is stunning Riesling.

3) 2008 Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay – $74.99 – Ridge is a legendary producer and this is his top cuvee.


1) 2009 Domaine les Cotes de la Roche Julienas – $20.99 – great Gamay from the 2009 Beaujolais vintage, best in 20 years. Fruity and tannin free to pair with the sweet sides.

2) 2009 Jadot Ch. des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent – $30.99 – stellar Beaujolais and a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine from 2010.

3) 2008 Domaine Serene Yamhill Pinot Noir – $52.99 – classic Oregon Pinot with luscious fruit and certified organic.

4) 2007 Goulart Grand Vin – $57.99 – for those who insists on something big, here is an archtypical quality Malbec from Argentina.


December 18, 2011

104th-Street Promenade
Customer Appreciation Night

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:47 am

fourth_devine2Author: Ed Fong

Save the date! The businesses on 104th-St. are coming together on Tuesday, December 20 to say a collective “THANK YOU!” for your support throughout the year.

Please come visit us and enjoy the many special offers and activities provided by the street merchants and restaurants for your holiday festive season pleasure. Follow the link below for additional details or by contacting the individual businesses.

deVine will be having a sale from 4pm till 10pm on Tuesday, December 20th (in-person shopping or online shopping from 4-10pm). We will be offering a 10% discount on all regularly priced in-stock wines and spirits (excluding beer, wines stored in our vintage keeper & vintage room, cases of the month) – no rainchecks/backorders and no other discounts apply. Here is your chance to save and get all of your wine and spirits needs done for Christmas and New Years.

In addition, there will be a free wine sampling while you shop as well as an in-store draw for a gift basket of wine. Don’t miss yet another huge 104th Street Promenade event.

Below are what our neighbours are doing to say ‘Thank You’ for your patronage:

29 Armstrong (all day sale), Main Floor, 10129-104th-St. or phone 780.758-4940
· 20% discount off stocked items, all orders and sale prices

Blue Plate Diner (4 PM to 10 PM), 10145-104th-St. or phone 780.429.0740
· 25% off all food (discount is not applicable to beverage alcohol)

Blunt Salon (all day sale), Icon II Tower, 10142-104th-St. or phone 780.498.1899
· Discount on all haircuts and styling
· Discount on all salon products

Bubble Buzz (all day sale), 10140-104th-St. or phone 780.761.2899
· Purchase one drink and receive a 50% discount on your second drink
· Come down and enjoy relaxing board games while you savor our drink creations

Carbon Environmental Boutique (all day sale), 10184-104th-St. or phone 780.498.1900
· A full day sale event
· In-store draw for a $50 gift certificate

Coup (garment boutique) (all day sale), #101, 10137-104th-St. or phone 780.756.3032
· 30% discount on all clothing
· In-store draw for three (3) private shopping nights

Credo Coffee (all day chance to win a draw prize), Icon Tower I, 10134-104th-St. or phone 780.935-5546
· Draw for “The Ultimate Credo Gift Basket” with a total value of $100 consisting of…
– $30 gift card
– bag of espresso
– bag of single origin coffee
– ceramic travel mug
– espresso cup and saucer

Eye Care Group (all day sale from 9 AM to 9 PM), 10360-Jasper Ave. or phone 780.437.2020
· Champagne reception from 4 PM to 9 PM
· All eyewear orders 25% off (frame & Rx lenses)
· Annual supply Focus Dailies $425 with rebate (reg. $600)
· Pre-book an eye exam & receive $50 Eye Care Group gift card

Queen of Tarts (all day complementary treats), 10129-104th-St.
Phone 780.421-4410
· Please stop by and enjoy complementary mulled cider and cookies

Tzin Wine & Tapas (4 PM to 6 PM), 10115-104th-St. or phone 780.428.8946
· Book a reservation between 4-6 PM and we will take 15% of your total check


Powered by WordPress