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November 27, 2016

104th Street Customer Appreciation Day – Thursday, December 1st

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:18 pm

customer_appreciation_2016bAuthor: Dirk Chan

The annual 104th Street Customer Appreciation Day is set for this Thursday, December 1st. Come down and experience the vibrancy of the downtown core and take advantage of special offers from local businesses on Edmonton’s lively and historic 104th Street!

At deVine’s, four different agents (Untapped Craft Importers, Craft Beer Importers, 49th Parallel Group and Village Brewery) will be in-store to pour beer samples for you from 4-7pm. In addition, we will be offering a 5% discount on all beers, ciders and coolers (cannot be combined with other special offers). Also, in-store December Super Savings promotions with deep discounts will be in effect. We will be open till 8pm on December 1st.

Businesses along the street will also be collecting warm clothing donations for the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society while deVine’s also encourage you to bring some food with you for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Join the businesses #on104th as we say a collective “THANK YOU” for years of support in growing downtown and supporting local initiatives. See what our neighbor businesses are offering on December 1st by following this link –

deVine’s very own “Customer Appreciation” day will be Thursday, December 15th, mark your calendar for our biggest sale of the year.

See you all this thursday!

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November 13, 2016

Silent Auction In Support of Edmonton Food Bank

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:06 pm

edmonton_food_bank_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

As Christmas approaches, deVine Wines is running an online auction in support of the Edmonton Food Bank, who desperately need our help as supplies are extremely low due to the extra assistance required after the Fort McMurray fires displaced thousands of people this summer.

The auction is live as of now, and will end on deVine’s Customer Appreciation Day, Thursday, December 15th at midnight. Those so wishing may also email your final reserve bids to us at “” and we’ll bid for you in $10 increments. All 100% of the proceeds generated by this auction will be donated to the Edmonton Food Bank to help with the seasonal rush, and prevent any families from going hungry during the holidays. We will be contacting winning bidders right away and ask that you pick up and pay (by cheque or cash only please) up by Tuesday, December 20th so there is enough time to use the moneys for the holiday season.

We’ve set up boxes at the store, so please bring in food item(s) on your next visit, or if you prefer, a box has also been set up to accept monetary donations. In this crazy world we live in, we have to think about those less fortunate than ourselves, we thank you in advance for participating in this worthwhile fundraiser.


Priority food items include the following:

beans with or without pork
canned meat
canned fish
canned fruit or vegetables
peanut butter
macaroni and cheese dinners
pasta and pasta sauce
cereal and oatmeal
school snack items such as juice boxes, fruit cups and granola bars

Please visit and bookmark our online auction page located We’ve reached out to our many agent friends and items will be coming fast and furious over the next several weeks so check back often and email us your bids..Thank You!

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Big Bottles for Xmas

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:05 pm

magnum_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

I’ve always been fascinated with big bottles at any event, it immediately adds that feeling of something special going on – partly because the size infers lots of people, fun and joviality amongst friends and relatives.

Also, wines from magnums and even bigger formats usually show youth and vitality because the airspace to wine ratio is lower, and supposedly the wine ages slower.

Next time you want to celebrate, consider a magnum party. At deVine’s, we buy magnums all year long just for this time of the year. As Christmas is fast approaching, here is a very large list of available big formats at deVines for your consideration (availability is very limited, most we only have one or two bottles for sale), so shop early for the best selection as this is the part of the year when these bottlings start disappearing fast.

Listed below are in magnum (1.5L) configuration unless specified:

NV Domaine Rosier Cuvee Ma Maison Rose Cremant de Limoux (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $47.99

NV Gremillet Brut Selection (Champagne, France) – $134.99


NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Yellow Label Brut (Champagne, France) – $159.99

2002 Moet & Chandon Dom Pérignon Brut (Champagne, France) – $649.99

2012 Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau, Germany) – $59.99

2012 Max Ferdinand Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $82.99

2011 Bodegas Lan Crianza (Rioja, Spain) – $45.99

2009 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $79.99

2005 JM Fonseca Hexagon Red (Terras do Sado, Portugal) – $99.99

2012 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel (California – Sonoma, United States) – $129.99


2009 Château Haut-Bergey (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $169.99

2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione (Piedmont, Italy) – $199.99

2011 Montes Purple Angel (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $209.99

2006 Château Haut Bailly (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $274.99

2005 Château Lagrange (Bordeaux – St. Julien, France) – $309.99

2011 Comm. G. B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero (Piedmont, Italy) – 3.0L – $359.99

2004 Penfolds Grange (South Australia, Australia) – $1,599.99

Have yourself a magnum of a day!

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November Case of the Month

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:03 pm

nov_case_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Our November Case of the Month – $214.75 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 from all over the world. It is seasonal in nature as well, more whites and pinks and lighter reds during the summer and now more full-bodied reds as fall approaches. It is a great way to discover your palate besides always having some wine on hand.

November features a wild assortment of wines from all over, with offerings are from all corners of the globe including Italy, France, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Greece and Chile.

You can read more detailed information and purchase the November Case of the Month online here..


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November 6, 2016

Cocktail Basics: Vermouth and Amaro with Manuel Barreira

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:04 pm

manuel_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

The well-documented “Cocktail Renaissance” is in full swing in Edmonton these days, with newer and cooler cocktail bars opening every other week. It can be an intimidating proposition for those uninitiated in the cult of cocktail to confidently order from the bearded and bespectacled bartender behind the counter. A little bit of education can go a long way in building confidence and discovering ones own taste.

Join us on Saturday, November 19 – $50 for an evening of enlightenment, as Manuel Barreira, a local cocktail expert who brings in a lot of our spirits, leads us through the history and contemporary usage of those essential cocktail cornerstones, Vermouth and Amaro.

While these Vermouths and Amaro’s are perfect to drink cold as an aperitif or after a meal as a digestif, they are more and more being used as an ingredient in refined cocktails, adding a special touch in new versions of great classics such as the renowned Negroni or the Americano.

Come taste these benchmark spirits, learn how they are used to enhance and build the most classic cocktails, and expand your knowledge of these special, bitter spirits. Only 30 spots available for this sit-down event.

More information and to register for the tasting, click here… (***NOTE – Event postponed to a future date).

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