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November 27, 2017

deVine’s Twelve Beers of Xmas Festive Case

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:12 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Christmas is fast approaching, and back by popular demand is our seasonal Twelve Beers of Christmas Festive Case – $99.99. With the tremendous increase in Craft and Specialty beers, we’ve chosen some special brews for you this year. There are some beers that we’ve held back only for this sampler that are not available at retail so grab yours while supply lasts. Only 36 cases available and already selling fast!

You can read more detailed information on the specific beers that comprise this case and purchase the Twelve Beers of Christmas Festive Case online here..


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November 16, 2017

New Christmas Beer Advent Calendars

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:12 am


Author: Dirk Chan

Two more new beer Christmas Advent calendars have arrived at deVines this week. Always among the most trending and popular gift ideas for the fast approaching holiday season, these are wonderful gifts for those who like to be surprised.

For the agnostic or uninitiated, an advent calendar is a specially constructed calendar used to count or celebrate the days in December leading up to Christmas from the 1st to the 24th. The ‘advent’ part comes from Christian tradition, whose 24 day advent season generally starts between November 27 and December 3rd. Each physical advent calendar presents a rectangular “window” front with 24 doors in non-consecutive order to be opened, one each day until Christmas.

The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th Century where Protestants made a chalk line for every day in December unil Christmas Eve and that has continued to this day.

We will have a few available in the store of all of the below but we are not stockpiling them. Secure yours sooner than later to avoid disappointment.

Also, a reminder the popular deVine’s 12 Beers of Christmas will be available very shortly.

Pictured left to right:

Phillips Snowcase Beer Advent Calendar (BC, Canada) – $99.99

Great White Wonder Adventure Pack (BC, Canada) – $99.99

Other Xmas beer gift packs currently available (while supply lasts) include the following:

Craft Beer Advent Calendar – $169.99

Whistler Brewing Holiday Gift Crate (BC, Canada) – $54.99

Abdij van Averbode Monastery Pack (Belgium) – $24.99

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 est arrivé!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:13 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Every year on the third Thursday of November- on the 16th this year, the famous Beaujolais Nouveau is released with great fanfare to the world. Freshly made, the tradition and hype lead to much merry-making with fireworks and numerous parties where the wine is the star.

As usual, we are offering the Georges DuBeouf Beaujolais Villages in the painted bottle – $25.99, a wine we feel offers the best quality with the requisite beautiful bottle packaging. This will be available for sale Thursday, November 16 after 3pm.

What is Beaujolais Nouveau? It’s a light, fruity red made from the Gamay grape. Strawberry, raspberry, cotton candy and banana on the nose with a light fruity palate and literally no tannins. Serve this slightly chilled. How is Beaujolais Nouveau made – well the grapes are harvested by hand but do not go thru the typical fermentation process. Rather, they go through a carbonic maceration – instead of crushing the grapes and allowing the juice to ferment, carbonic maceration allows the whole grapes to ferment. The grapes are put into a vessel and the weight of the grapes will crush some of the bottom grapes which begin to ferment. The remainder of the juice still inside the uncrushed grapes will also ferment. The wine is pasteurized to prevent secondary malolactic fermentation. The whole process can be accomplished in about six weeks. This type of fermentation can produce a drinkable wine more quickly.

Beaujolais Nouveau is meant for current drinking, capturing its freshness and fruitiness, it is not meant for aging at all. Quite limited in quantity so come in early to avoid disappointment and have a lovely Beaujolais Nouveau party!

2017 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau (Beaujolais, France) – $25.99

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November 6, 2017

The Wines of Ernie Els & Ken Forrester

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:38 am

Author: Dirk Chan

deVine welcomes Tara Smith of Lanigan & Edwards Wine Merhcants as she presents the wines of two legendarySouth African wine producing giants – Ernie Els and Ken Forrester. You will sample the classic grapes of the Stellenbosch wine region – Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and as well as a couple of blends.

South African wines are unique in the wine world in that the noses of the wines are very complex with old world terroir character yet on the palate there is plenty of new world fruit. For someone who wants to transition from New World to Old World, I know of no better path than through South African wines! This is a stand-up tasting, don’t miss it as it features some great value wines to boot.

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