deVine Thoughts

October 24, 2013

A Port Tasting with Jorge Ramos

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:05 am

jorge_ramos_taylor10Author: Dirk Chan

deVine and Pacific Wines & Spirits are thrilled to have Jorge Ramos, Export Director of the Taylor Fladgate Partnership in the store for a sitdown Port tasting on Thursday, November 7th at 7pm.

Jorge (pronounced George) is in town to promote the newly arrived 2011 Vintage Ports from his houses of Taylor, Fonseca and Croft. The 2011’s are being hailed as the greatest Vintage Ports since 1994 and in the league of the legendary 1963’s. Come and listen to Jorge talk about his passion for his native Portugal, specifically the Douro Valley (a world heritage UNESCO site), the houses that he represents, the grapes (Tourigas Nacional, Francesa, Tintas Francesa, Roriz, Barroca, Cao and Amorola) and other interesting historic anecdotes and facts (did you know Taylor was founded in 1692?).

We’ll be sampling a wide range of port styles from Pink, white, tawny, Late Bottled Vintage, Single Quintas and a surprise Vintage Port as well. The weather is cooling off, and what better way to fend off the cold nights than a glass of port. Tickets are $40 and selling fast with only a few seats left, so please book online asap to avoid disappointment. This is not to be missed for those interested in learning about Portugal’s greatest export.

Book online for the Jorge Ramos port tasting here..


October 10, 2013

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:22 am

walk_a_mileAuthor: Ed Fong

It’s time to dig out those heels again, boys!

On October 24, the men of deVine will once again don their stilettos 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 and Recovery programs.

In the spirit of this fundraiser, Ed Fong will lead a team of “divine guys” who will serve you vino in their sexiest heels all evening long. We’re “man enough” to stand up against family violence. Are you? Please come out and show your support for a great cause.

Italy will be the theme of the evening, as Italians do produce the most fabulous, fashionable footwear in the world. Everyone is encouraged to come out in their finest Italian clothes, shoes and accessories! A selection of Italian cheeses and appetizers will be served. Can anyone say “Arancini” from Corso 32??

Seven fantastic Italian wines will be showcased at this stand-up event: a Prosecco to attenuate your taste buds and set the mood, two whites, three reds and a dessert wine. Tickets to this fundraiser are $30 each. If you would like to see the complete wine menu and/or register for this event, please register here.. 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 $1,800 for the YWCA to help women and their children take steps to walk away from family violence.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to make a donation to the YWCA, please follow this link:

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

If you want to help break the cycle of family violence and help keep women and children safe, you too can register for the walk at Churchill Square on September 10 from 11am-1pm

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!


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