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July 28, 2017

Mishmash of Spirits

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:44 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Thought we’d highlight a mishmash of spirits new to the store this week, so here are two new gins and a specialty vodka for your consideration. Gin is the perfect hot summer drink, whether neat, on ice or mixed with tonic – so cool and refreshing, while the vodka will blow your mind (palate).

Pictured left to right:

Imea Gineprina d’Olanda Gin (Italy) – $72.99 – Juniper is clearly the main ingredient, together with aniseed, the dominant spice at the time of the original recipe (circa late1800’s), cloves, cinnamon and mace combine to give an exotic yet definitely an Italian feel.

Legend Distilling Black Moon Gin (BC – Naramata Bench, Canada) 500mL – $39.99 – discovered by accident when some wild rosemary smoldering in the fire founds its way into the potstill..

Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka (BC, Canada) – $49.99 – Made by macerating pounds of Thai dragon peppers for the distilling process.The result is a nuclear orange concoction served behind a very fitting label of a woman on a motocross bike. It is loud, it is dangerous, a great match for a Spicy Moscow Mule or if you wish to make a Caesar with that something extra..not for the meek!

Enjoy the heat!

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July 12, 2017

Four New German Producers

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:43 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

We love our German Rieslings, and are thrilled to inform we’ve recevied more than two dozen new wines in our latest shipment, most of them from the much heralded 2015 vintage.

Of special interest are four new producers to our portfolio:


2016 Geil Bechtheimer Rosengarten Riesling Kabinett (Rheinhessen, Germany) – $22.99 – pictured

2016 Geil Bechtheimer Geyersberg Riesling Spatlese (Rheinhessen, Germany) – $26.99

2015 Geil Bechtheimer Hasensprung Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen, Germany) – $32.99

Weingut Theo Minges:

2014 Weingut Theo Minges Riesling feinherb (Pfalz, Germany) – $25.99 – pictured

2015 Weingut Theo Minges Riesling Gleisweiler Holle Trocken (Pfalz, Germany) – $29.99

2015 Weingut Theo Minges Edition Rosenduft Gewurztraminer (Pfalz, Germany) – $34.99

Schlossgut Diel:

2015 Schlossgut Diel Dorsheim Riesling Trocken (Nahe, Germany) – $37.99 – pictured

2016 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Kabinett Dorsheim Goldloch (Nahe, Germany) – $42.99

2013 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Spatlese Dorsheimer Goldloch (Nahe, Germany) – $59.99

Weingut Moselschild:

1998 Weingut Moselschild Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $30.99 – pictured

1994 Weingut Moselschild Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $29.99

1995 Weingut Moselschild Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $36.99

Other notable 2015 new arrivals for your consideration include:

2015 Erbes Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese Trocken (Mosel, Germany) – $23.99 – pictured

2015 August Eser Oestricher Doosberg Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau, Germany) – $27.99

2015 Willi Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $29.99

2015 Georg Mosbacher Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Spatlese (Pfalz, Germany) – $57.99

2015 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (Mosel, Germany) – $65.99

2015 Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Gold Kapsule (Nahe, Germany) – 375mL – $69.99

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July 10, 2017

Introducing Siding 14

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

Author: Dirk Chan

The latest microbrew to come online is the Siding 14 Brewing Company based out of Ponoka, Alberta. The mandate is to grow a better beer – that’s the idea that brought together a Barley Grower, a Hop Grower, and a Brewer to form Siding 14 Brewing Company. They start with their own craft-grown ingredients, highlighting their quality and character with an expert Brewer’s attention to detail.

Why Siding 14? It’s a nod to the rich Alberta and western Canadian railway heritage. Before the town of Ponoka was named, it was Siding 14 of the Calgary-Edmonton Railway Company. The siding was a supply point for steam locomotives making the run between the two major cities. The railway not only provided transportation between small towns and major centers, it was historically the heart of communication and social interaction in communities across the province.

The two beers new to deVines was a hit with the gang, pictured left to right:

Siding 14 Ten Wheeler IPA (Alberta, Canada) – 6 Cans – $17.49

Siding 14 Brakeman Brown Ale (Alberta, France) – 6 Cans – $16.99


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