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March 28, 2018

New Riedel Spirits Stems

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:25 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

New to the store are three new Austrian Riedel spirits stems, featuring (pictured left to right) Grappa, Tequila and Cognac/Hennessy

Riedel  (pronounced Ree-dle) is the industry standard for stemware and decanters for the wine connoisseurs, it has been an illustrious history – family owned in Bohemia since 1756 (the same year as Mozart’s birthyear – it’s been that long!). With expert craftsmanship and a creative design team, their stemware and decanters are in high end restaurants and regular homes alike. It’s claim to fame is that the stemware was specifically and scientifically design so the first hit on your tongue accentuates the qualities of the grape or spirit that the glass was designed for.

Enhance your experience with Grappa, Tequila and Cognac with these highly specialized machine-made crystal stems – it will be an eye opener!

Riedel Vinum Grappa Glass – $29.49

Riedel Bar Vinum Tequila Reposado Glass – $39.99

Riedel Bar Vinum Cognac/Hennessy Glass – $34.99


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March 26, 2018

Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:23 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Easter is this coming weekend, and you’ll want some celebratory wines to accompany turkey & ham dinner or that special meal you’ll be preparing for your loved ones.

We receive many requests for food and wine pairings for this festive weekend so please contact us sooner than later for the best available selection and recommendations. If you have special needs, please let us know and we’ll be glad to help. Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

Our store hours this weekend are:

Good Friday: 12-5pm
Saturday: 10-7pm
Easter Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10-6pm

In the meantime, those looking for the classic pairings with turkey, ham and all the regular fixings, please see below some of our current favourites:

Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a little meditation course for digestifs or Port.

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are a great way to start any gathering whether its a greeting aperitif or to pair with appetizers. Lively and clean, these will get everyone’s palate ready for what’s to come next:

2013 Domaine Rosier Cuvee du Rosier (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $19.99

NV Luis Pato Bruto Vinho Espumante Rosado (Bairrada, Portugal) – $21.49

2012 Anthonij Rupert Wines L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs (Franschoek, South Africa) – $38.99


Now if you serve Champagne, your audience will immediately know you’re here to do some serious partaking and celebrating:


NV Gremillet Brut Selection (Champagne, France) – $54.99

NV Chartogne-Taillet Brut Rosé (Champagne, France) – $67.99

NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne, France) – $109.99

2005 Bollinger La Grande Année Brut (Champagne, France) – $189.99

Whites & Pinks

Whites with a touch of sweetness is preferred because of the sweetness of some of the fixings – candied yams, cranberry sauce, and honey for the glazed ham. A completely dry white will seem more austere and void of fruit due to the sweetness of the food so I recommend Rieslings (dry or off-dry, both work), Gewurztraminers or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay or Chenon irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2014 Fritz Haag Riesling Trocken QBA (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $15.99

2016 Niel Joubert Chenin Blanc (Paarl, South Africa) – $16.99


2016 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Cotes Catalanes, France) – $23.99

2016 Terras Gauda O Rosal (Rias Baixas, Spain) – $34.99

2006 Emrich-Schonleber Monzinger Halenberg Riesling Auslese ** (Nahe, Germany) – $69.99

2015 Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $124.99

2016 Los Vascos Rosé (Calchaqui, Chile) – $18.99

2016 Château Gassier Le Pas Du Moine (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $25.49


For reds, try to avoid the big oaky tannic monsters. Oak and tannins are the enemies when pairing with slightly sweet food, try for a red with lots of up-front fruit, little oak and a soft tannins like a Beaujolais (served slightly chilled) or a Pinot Noir.

2016 Azul y Garanza Fiesta (Navarra, Spain) – $16.99

2016 Domaines Paul Mas Malbec Gardemiel Vineyard (Pays d’Oc, France) – $18.99

2015 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages Les Vignes de Thulon (Beaujolais, France) – $23.99

2016 Misty Cove Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $25.99

2016 Ca’Momi Heartcraft Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $31.99

2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $44.99

2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (Piedmont, Italy) – $54.99

2015 Château de la Font du Loup (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France) – $59.99

2012 Vega Sicilia Pintia (Toro, Spain) – $84.99

2006 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico (Veneto, Italy) – $109.99

2014 Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir (California – Santa Barbara, United States) – $159.99

2009 Louis Jadot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $209.99

2005 Château La Gaffeliere (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $249.99


As for dessert, remember dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself:

2009 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu (Hungary) – 200mL – $24.99

2013 Tawse Riesling Icewine (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – 200mL – $42.99

2013 Château Guiraud (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $59.99

2010 Hexamer Meddersheimer Altenberg Riesling Eiswein (Nahe, Germany) – 375mL – $89.99

2001 Avignonesi Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo (Tuscany, Italy) – 375mL – $349.99

Port and Amaro (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal, but the digestifs Amaro from Italy are also very popular:

Lucano 1894 Basilicata Amaro (Sicily, Italy) – $39.99

2011 Porto Quevedo Late Bottled Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $33.99

2003 Warre’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $104.99

Quinta do Portal 40 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $134.99

1968 Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Old Port (Douro, Portugal) – $289.99

Happy Easter all!

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Happy Easter everyone!

March 17, 2018

Great Whiskies of the World Fundraiser & Art Show

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

Author: Ed Fong

Last week, a customer asked me “How did you come up with the idea for the November 3, 2018 Great Whiskies of the World Fundraiser and Art Show?” Great question, long story, but I’ll keep it short.

Over the past few years, many people have asked me and the Team at deVine Wines “Why don’t you host a super-premium whiskey tasting that is out of this world?” Great idea! So I set out to assemble a collection of whiskies from around the world that would grab any whiskey lover’s attention.

In the late summer of 2017, I met a gentleman named Travis Watt. Travis worked for a spirits importer named Rare Drams, a company that we have worked with for a few years now. Travis is also the President of the Edmonton Scotch Club, and conducted numerous fundraisers in the past for Edmonton’s Food Bank. Travis and I shared a love for fine whiskey and a real desire to help those in need to obtain one of life’s greatest necessities, food. I asked Travis if he would consider hosting a high end whiskey tasting for us in support of the Food Bank and Neon Sign Museum, and he agreed. I would donate the whiskey, Travis would donate his time and expertise, and deVine Wines would donate the venue, resources and staff to run the event. Game on!

Shortly after I met Travis, I was approached by a local artist and customer named Nosheen Pervez to host a wine tasting and art show. Nosheen is a visual artist and some of her work can be found here on her website:

Then it hit me with crystal clear clarity. We should do the art show in conjunction with the Mother of all Whiskey Tastings! It made perfect sense! Guests attending the Mondo whiskey tasting will have an opportunity to support a local artist, have a great time and raise some money for two very worthy charities.

So that is how our Great Whiskies of the World Fundraiser and Art Show came to be. For more information on our two charities of choice, please visit the links below:

Edmonton Food Bank:

Neon Sign Museum:

More info and to register for this special event, click here

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March 10, 2018

Lopez de Heredia Tasting with Maria Vicente

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:32 pm

heredia_tasting_blogAuthor: Dirk Chan

Founded in 1877, four generations of the R López de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing exceptional and unique wines in Haro, home to the Tempranillo based Rioja wines. We will be closing the store early for a rare Friday night tasting. On Friday, April 20 at 8pm, we welcome Heredia’s World Export Manager, Maria Vicente to lead us through six marvelous wines from this world renown and historic estate in the famous Railway Station District.

If you ever visit, you’ll be stepping back in time, the barrels have been well patched and in use for over a hundred years, the cellars are lined with cobwebs – all part of the ecosystem. We’ll be tasting a lineup full of gems – including the Gravonia and Tondonia Reserva Blancos, Cubillo Crianza, Tondonia and Bosconia Reservas, and then a rare treat, the 1995 Tondonia Gran Reserva. Book early to avoid disappointment for this special sit-down event.

Pictured – the stepping back in time traditionally styled cob-webbed laidened cellars at Heredia. Inset – the modern entrance at Heredia (in the shape of a decanter) designed by the late famous Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

Don’t miss this tasting, it will be a treat, well priced to bring maximum attendance. More info and to register here

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March 9, 2018

Veuve Clicquot Winemaker’s Dinner

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:41 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Veuve Clicquot and The Hardware Grill are pleased to welcome Bertrand Varquier, Winemaker from Veuve Clicquot! for an amazing 4-course Dinner – $150.00 per person on Wednesday, March 21st. Reception is 6:30pm, Dinner at 7pm.

The event features 5 Veuve Champagnes, including the launch of the brand new “Extra Brut Extra Old” Champagne (pictured).

Available seats are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. You will be able to order the Champagnes tasted at the event through deVines, which includes the Yellow Label Brut, the new Extra Brut Extra Old, NV Rose, 2008 Vintage Rose, and finally for dessert, the Demi-Sec.

Register for the event here…

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March 2, 2018

Edmonton Downtown Dining Week

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:53 pm

dtdw_blog_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

For 15 years now, many of downtown Edmonton’s best eateries have joined together for ten days every March for the Downtown Dining Week.

With two course lunches for $18, three course dinners for $30, and an Executive Dinner for $45, we are treated to all kinds of culinary choices from many many ethnic backgrounds.

At this writing, 37 restaurants have signed up for this popular event. This is an amazing opportunity to experience fine dining with exclusive menus designed specifically for this event which runs from March 9-18. Bring along all your friends and family and taste the best of Downtown Edmonton. Reservations highly recommended.

Check out the participating restaurants and their menu’s here…

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