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May 22, 2016

Bordeaux 2015 Futures – Update #2

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:33 pm

bord2Author: Dirk Chan

The 2015 Bordeaux Futures campaign is well underway and the response has been exceptional. 2015 looks to be an excellent vintage (certainly the best since 2010) where the Merlot based right bank appellations of Pomerol, St. Emilion are the highlights of the vintage. On the Cabernet based left bank, Margaux and Pessac-Leognan appear to be head of class. There are bargains in the right bank satellite regions, with an overall impression of fairly good value (for a change). Pricing is down from the highs of 2009 & 2010’s so this is the vintage to stock up on if you’re at all interested in cellar worthy Bordeaux from an excellent vintage.

Listed below are offerings, quantities are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you’re interested you can certainly drop us an email with the desired wine(s) and quantity. You can purchase online individually, but if you’re going to buy a lot, we’d prefer you email us and we can allocate for you now and do one invoice for full payment at the end of the campaign (makes it easier for us to manage) – thank you.

Check out the offerings here..

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June Case of the Month

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:30 pm

may_case3Author: Dirk Chan

Our June Case of the Month – $222.49 is a great sampler case for those wanting diversity, discovery and affordability in everyday drinking wines. We choose wines for this case to showcase their true varietal characteristics from wine regions all over the world. It is seasonal in nature as well, more whites and pinks and lighter reds during the summer and more full-bodied reds over the winter. It is a great way to discover your palate besides always having some wine on hand.

June features wines from France, Chile, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, United States and Argentia with a wide assortment of grapes for every drinking occasion.

You can purchase the June Case of the Month here..


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May 16, 2016

Rosé Season Is Here!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:46 am

rose_blog3Author: Dirk Chan

Rosé season usually starts end of May, but with our prematurely warm Edmonton weather, the demand is about a month earlier than expected. We’ve scrambled to fill our shelves with the pinks to satisfy the burgeoning demand.

Rosés have been on fire at deVines for a few years now, but more so than ever, our customers are asking for a wider selection, and we have done so…Whether its for enjoying on the patio, in a picnic scenario, or just with charcuterie and cheeses, these pinks are the way to go for the summer months. The lively bright colors range from light pastel, to salmon to bright ruby red, these dry wines are light and breezy, combining the best of both white and red and without pretention, it is merely to be enjoyed with family and friends as there is no wine snobbery associated with roses and that’s a good thing! The relatively low pricing is yet another attractive characteristic of rosés.

Here is an extensive list of what is already available at the store. Check back on the website as more is on the way..

2015 La Vieille Ferme Rosé Cotes du Luberon (Rhone Valley, France) – $15.99

2014 Bodegas Farina Colegiata Rosé (Toro, Spain) – $17.99

2014 Château de Nages Buti Rosé (Costieres de Nimes, France) – $18.49

2015 Protos Ribera Duero Rosado (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – $18.99

2014 Domaine du Grand Cros Rosé (Provence, France) – $19.99

2013 Chaos Wines Rosé (California – Suisun Valley, United States) – $20.99

2015 Clos du Soleil Rosé (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $23.49

2015 Baillie-Grohman Blanc de Noirs Rosé (BC – Creston, Canada) – $26.49

2015 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (Provence, France) – $29.99

2015 Pratello Chiaretto (Lombardy, Italy) – $32.99

And for those wanting a sparkling pink:

NV Bernard-Massard Cuvée de L’Écusson Brut Rosé (Luxembourg) – $22.49

NV Rolet Crémant du Jura Brut Rosé (Jura, France) – $27.99

Have yourself a Pink Day!

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Veuve Clicquot Yelloweek Underway

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:45 am

yellow_contestAuthor: Dirk Chan

Charton Hobbs and Veuve Clicquot is proud to announce the launch of Yelloweek, an annual festival-style ‘tribute to creativity’ showcasing gastronomy, arts, fashion and lifestyle.

This year’s event takes place this year from May 1st to 7th inclusive, Edmontonians are invited to explore and enjoy a series of creatively-inspired events spanning several categories, including: Yellow TABLE, Yellow BY THE GLASS, Yellow NIGHT and Yellow CONTEST (of which deVines is a part of). Check out all the Yelloweek festivities in Edmonton

deVine will be the place for the Yellow CONTEST, an opportunity to take home a little piece of sunshine – a chance to win a beautiful Veuve Clicquot Bistro Patio Set for two!. Enter your name at the store now, no purchase necessary, contest ends May 31st.

Be sure to come down and check out our brand new Yelloweek decorative window!

Have a great Yelloweek everyone!

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May 9, 2016

Revisiting Bordeaux 2008, 2009 & 2010

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:12 pm

blog4Author: Dirk Chan

The 2015 Bordeaux Futures Campaign is underway, and we’ve had lots of emails and personal visits showing interest in buying into the 2015 En Primeur campaign.

In light of that, we’re going to do a revisit tasting this Saturday, May 14th, 7pm – $80 of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages to see how the wines are progressing. 2008 will forever be in the shadow of the great duo of 2009 & 2010, but there are some really great wines from 08 that will drink sooner. The 09’s and 10’s are already legends with prices to match and it will be nice to check in on them. Perhaps there’ll be a surprise in the mix too!

Bordeaux is the most revered of wine producing regions, and many are intimidated by it, here is a chance to debunk all the mystique! If you’re interested in discovering Bordeaux – the futures campaign and how it works, the various Classified Growths, 1855 Classification, the characteristics of various appellations etc etc, then this is the sit-down event to come to. Only 5 spots available for this intimate and educational affair.

Register for the tasting here…

2015 Bordeaux Futures Offerings…


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May 4, 2016

Something Special for Mother’s Day

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:10 am

Author: Dirk Chan

A Happy Mother’s Day to all mother’s out there and hope your day is full of love, joy and plenty of wine! Here are our suggestions for the festive day:

Sparkling for Brunch:

NV Bernard-Massard Cuvée de L’Écusson Brut Rosé (Luxembourg) – $22.49
NV Godme Pere et Fils Brut Reserve Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $56.99
2000 Moet & Chandon Dom Pérignon Rosé (Champagne, France) – $379.99
Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige Champagne Stem – $34.99

Something Pink:

2014 Domaine du Grand Cros Rosé (Provence, France) – $19.99
2015 Hillside Estate Unoaked Pinot Gris (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $23.99

A few whites and reds for that special meal:

2014 Wild Goose Autumn Gold (Okanagan, B.C.) – $27.99
2013 Pommer Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy (Chablis, France) – $54.99
2013 Bodegas Colombe Lote Especial Tannat (Calchaqui, Argentina) – $30.99
2009 Gian Carlo Burlotto Barolo Cascina Massara (Piedmont, Italy) – $56.99
2005 Finca Allende Calvario (Rioja, Spain) – $124.99

Chocolate Pairings:

2009 Castellare di Castellina Vin Santo S. Niccolo (Tuscany, Italy) – 375mL – $45.99
2012 Ciumai Cagor (Moldova) – $21.99
Quinta do Portal 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $76.99
Riedel Vinum Port Stem – $34.99

Happy Mother’s Day!

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