deVine Thoughts

August 27, 2012

TEC’s Wine Grab In Support of Row for Kids

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:00 pm

tec_row_for_kidsGuest Author: Noreen Hoskins of TEC

TEC Edmonton is participating for the first time in Row for Kids – Hardy staff and incubator tenants at TEC Edmonton have formed a crew of eight to challenge other corporate crews in a bid to raise funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Race day is on Saturday September 8, 2012.

Row for Kids is a joint fundraiser for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Edmonton Rowing Club. While PCL Construction Management Inc. initially conceived the program, Golder Associates LTD is the lead for Row for Kids in 2012.

Racing! – I feel the need – the need for speed… (from Top Gun – as if you didn’t know!)
Race Day is always a blast as corporate crews battle it out for the opportunity to raise their hands in victory forever immortalized (cue We Are the Champions). Telford Lake in Leduc, Alberta is the locale for head-to-head races on a 750-metre course. Face painting, Balloon characters, jumping castles – oh my! Bring the kids along because there’s a lot to do at this family-oriented event.

Meeting the fundraising challenge: TEC Edmonton’s WINE GRAB – What would be a race without handicaps? Teams earn three seconds off their race times (up to a maximum of 30 seconds) for each $1,000 they raise. TEC Edmonton is aiming to raise enough money to cushion their efforts – not that we need to, of course. Ergo: TEC Edmonton’s First Annual Wine Grab. Philanthropic wine-lovers can enter to win up to four cases of wine. The cash proceeds of the Wine Grab go directly to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Here’s how it works:

1. Peeps pay a $25 entry fee to members of the TEC Edmonton Crew to participate in the Grab;

2. Participants also need to purchase a bottle of wine to donate to the Grab: Any wine donated to the growing pool of wine (the prizes for the Wine Grab draw) must be purchased from deVine Wines & Spirits.

3. With each entry participants will receive a card containing a purchase code: Participants receive a 10% discount when they purchase their “wine donation” in person (must present card) at deVine Wines & Spirits or on deVine’s website (must indicate purchase code in the ‘Customer Comments box’ to receive the discount) – Random draws will determine the winners of multiples of four cases (or partial for the last draw).

Please Note: A minimum purchase of $24.99 is required for the “wine donation”. All bottles purchased for the Wine Grab will be safely stored at Devine Wines after purchase (i.e. you purchase the wines at deVine Wines but you don’t take it with you). The more memberships you buy, the better odds of winning!

TEC Edmonton will have a table set up at deVine Wines on Saturday September 1, 2012 from 11am to 3pm. Come on down to purchase your tickets for the Wine Grab, and sample some wines in the process. Can’t make it? Contact the TEC Edmonton Crew by email at to inquire about participating.


August 14, 2012

Best Bang for Your Buck – Wine Tasting & Fundraiser

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:57 pm

ed_heelsAuthor: Ed Fong

Each December, deVine Wines holds two sold out wine tasting events featuring some of the best value driven wines the team has recently discovered. We will be hosting a special session of Best Bang for the Buck tasting on Thursday, September 6th, in support of the YWCA’s Walk A Mile in Her Shoes Campaign. All gross proceeds will be donated to the YWCA in support of their Family Violence Prevention Programs.

In the spirit of this fundraiser, Ed Fong, Managing Partner of deVine Wines, will serve wine to you in heels that evening. Hopefully, Ed will be joined by his male co-workers “man enough” to walk in similarly attired footwear. So please come out and show your support for a great cause.

Seven fantastic wines will be showcased at this event: a Prosecco to attenuate your taste buds and set the mood, two whites, three reds and a Vintage Port. Tickets to this fundraiser are $25 each. If you would like to register for this event or view the full menu, please click

Reservations can also be secured by calling the store at 780.421.9463.

Our goal is to sell a minimum of 60 tickets to raise $1,500 for the YWCA. In 2010, Ed donned his stiletto pumps and participated in the first Walk a Mile in her Shoes event in Churchill Square. Your support and donations of $1,200 enabled Ed to become the top individual fundraiser in the walk. If you cannot attend the event but would still like to make a donation, please follow this

Your pledge to me will help me reach my personal fundraising goal of $2,000.

To learn more about the Walk a Mile in her Shoes Campaign, please visit the YWCA’s

If you want to help break the cycle of family violence and help keep women and children safe, you too can register and join the walk at Churchill Square on September 11.

Lastly, I would like to challenge the men in my industry to take a stand against family violence. If you own a wine or liquor store, a licensed establishment or you are a liquor agent, please join me in this cause. I would love to see your male competitive spirit top my own fundraising goals. To you, I throw down the gauntlet! Are you man enough to stand up to me, in heels!


August 1, 2012

The Veuve Clicquot Fridge

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:58 pm

veuve_fridgeAuthor: Dirk Chan

Veuve Clicquot and its instantly recognizable Yellow Label is one of the most renowned French Champagne houses. The luxury Champagne house is famous for its innovative accessories for its Champagnes. Every year, Veuve rethinks its coolbox collection, in order to offer their motto of “freedom to consume champagne anytime, anywhere”.

And voila, new to the Alberta market is the new giftbox, the Veuve Clicquot Fridge. Designed by Denis Boudard of QSLD Paris, this new coolbox design was inspired by the fridges from the 1950’s. It will fit any of the Veuve Champagnes and will keep it cool and at ideal serving temperature for up to 2 hours.

Handy and aesthetically appealing, this re-usable, retro-chic and so very cool fridge box would be an ideal gift for any Champagne lover! It comes with a bottle of its famous Yellow Label NV Brut. This limited edition release will be in the market only briefly, so grab yours while supplies last.

Purchase it online here..


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