deVine Thoughts

April 22, 2014

Beers from Belgium

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

tilquinAuthor: Jim Phelan

Belgium’s brewing tradition goes back centuries, and Belgian beers are famous the world over as some of the world’s best. The next time you come into deVine, be sure to check out our new selection of Belgium’s best offerings, situated over the France wine section.

Beers of note include St. Bernadus Witbier, consistently ranked as the globe’s best wit, Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux, a rare, rich and complex 100 point ale originally only offered to preferred customers of the brewery, De Ranke Kriek, semi-sweet fruit beer with added crushed cherries and corked like champagne, Ooude Gueze Tilquin a l’Ancienne, a type of beer unique to Belgium made by blending 1, 2, and 3 year sour lambics to fuel re-fermentation and complex bottle conditioning, and Houblon Chouffe, and blend of tripel and double India pale ale from acclaimed Ardennes producer La Chouffe, whose signature gnome adorns every label.

We’ve vastly expanded our craft beer selection, you will find a lot of new product on top of our various wine units corresponding to their respective countries. Do visit and check it out!

Here are links to the above recommended products:

St. Bernardus Witbier – 300mL Bottle – $4.99

Brasserie Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux – 750mL Bottle – $13.49

De Ranke Kriek – 750mL Bottle – $17.49

Tilquin Oude Gueuze Tilquin a l’Ancienne – 375mL Bottle – $11.99

d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelin IPA Tripel – 330mL Bottle – $5.99

Enjoy Spring everyone!


April 15, 2014

Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:16 am

turkeyAuthor: Dirk Chan

Another Easter is upon us, and we tend to receive many Easter Dinner wine pairing requests. If you have an unique dinner planned other than the traditional turkey and ham, then by all means bring your menu into the store or drop us a line, and we would be happy to choose specific matches to enhance your special evening.

For those doing turkey and ham and all the cranberry fixings, here are a few favourites at deVine’s that will suit the bill nicely:


  • NV Bodegas Pinord Dibon Brut Cava (Penedes, Spain) – $15.99
  • NV Cantina Colli del Soligo Prosecco Solicum (Veneto, Italy) – $21.99
  • NV Gremllet Brut Selecton (Champagne, France) – $44.99
  • NV Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $71.99
  • 2000 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut (Champagne, France) – $214.99
  • 2005 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (Champagne, France) – $349.99

  • Whites:

  • 2012 Boutari Moschofilero (Greece) – $16.99
  • 2012 Bellingham Bernard Old Vine Chenin Blanc (Coastal Region, South Africa) – $23.99
  • 2011 Kettle Valley Pinot Gris (Naramata Bench, B.C.) – $34.49
  • 2010 Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese (Nahe, Germany) – $76.99
  • 2009 Domaine de Chevalier (Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux) – $229.99

  • Rosés:

  • 2012 Bodegas Sierra Norte Pasion de Bobal Rosé (Valencia, Spain) – $17.99
  • 2012 Costaripa Rosamara (Lombardy, Italy) – $24.99
  • 2012 Baillie-Grohman Blanc de Noirs Rosé (Creston, B.C.) – $24.99

  • Reds:

  • 2012 Undurraga Sibaris Reserva Pinot Noir (Maipo Valley, Chile) – $16.99
  • 2011 Domaine Manoir du Carra Fleurie (Beaujolais, France) – $26.99
  • 2011 Domaine de Cristia Gigondas (Rhone Valley, France) – $32.99
  • 2005 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $69.99
  • 2009 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) – $94.99
  • 2005 Torbreck Les Amis Grenache (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $234.99
  • 2006 Tua Rita Redigaffi (Tuscany, Italy) – $349.99

  • Denouement:

  • 2012 Marchesi di Barolo Moscato d’Asti Zagara (Piedmonte, Italy) – $23.99
  • 2011 Mullineux Straw Wine – 375mL (Swartland, South Africa) – $32.99
  • 1988 Chateau Rieussec – (Sauternes, France) – $244.99
  • 1982 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $89.99
  • 1983 Gould Campbell Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $101.99
  • These are but just a few recommendations, there’s much more to choose from, but do shop early for the best selection.

    Here are the special store hours for the long weekend:

    Good Friday, April 18 – 10am to 6pm
    Saturday, April 19 – 10am to 7pm
    Sunday, April 20 – CLOSED
    Monday, April 21 – 10am to 6pm

    Happy Easter everyone!


    April 2, 2014

    Annual Tour of Italy Festival

    Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:39 pm

    torrioneAuthor: Dirk Chan

    Our popular annual Tour of Italy tasting at deVine’s is set for Thursday, May 15 from 7pm to 9pm featuring Italian wines from our friends from Vendemmia International Wines.

    Led by former deViner Hayley McRae and the staff of deVine’s, we will set up various stations with wines from every region of Italy from the North (Piedmonte, Veneto, Friuli, Trentino-Alto-Adige), Central (Tuscany, Marches, Abruzzo, Umbria), South (Campania, Sicily, Sardegna) and Specialty (Spirits and Sparkling). This is a great way to discover why Italian wines are one of the most popular sections in our store always displaying their great diversity of grapes, terroir, style as well as their wonderful food pairing ability.

    There are a total of 60 spots available for this standup, festival style event, it’s selling quickly so please register early to avoid disappointment. You can register online for this event


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