deVine Thoughts

April 15, 2019

Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:01 pm

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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:

2016 Lindeman’s Bin 30 Sparkling Rosé (South Australia, Australia) – $14.99

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

2011 Edoardo Miroglio Brut Rose (Bulgaria) – $36.99

Champagne

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

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

NV Taittinger Nocturne Sec Brut (Champagne, France) – $79.99

NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Champagne, France)- $149.99

1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privée Rosé Brut (Champagne, France) – $449.99

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!

2016 Fat Bird Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $15.99

2017 Château Ste. Michelle Riesling (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $19.99

2017 Gruber Roschitz Gruner Veltliner (Austria) – $22.99

2016 Château de Romance Blanc Sec (Bordeaux, France) – $25.99

2007 Selbach-Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $41.99

2016 Agricola Tiberio Trebbiano Fonte Canale (Abruzzi, Italy) – $84.99

2014 William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote Bouguerots (Chablis, France) – $139.99

2018 Planeta Rose (Sicily, Italy) – $22.99

2018 Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé (Provence, France) – $35.99

Reds

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.

2015 Edoardo Miroglio Soli Pinot Noir (Bulgaria) – $21.99

2017 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rouge (Loire Valley, France) – $22.99

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2014 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $30.99

2015 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent (Beaujolais, France) – $34.99

2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $59.99

2015 Resonance Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $62.99

2013 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $91.99

2009 Niepoort Charme (Douro, Portugal) – $129.99

2000 Château Lafon-Rochet (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $169.99

2009 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia (Tuscany, Italy) – $259.99

2011 E. Guigal La Mouline Côte-Rôtie (Rhone Valley, France) – $549.99

Dessert

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

NV Miguel Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro (Penedès, Spain) – $20.99

2015 Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Añada (Montilla, Spain) – $29.99

2005 Château Suduiraut (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – $81.99

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

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal:

2003 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $49.99

1996 Porto Quevedo Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $67.99

1985 Warre’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $124.99

1965 Krohn Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $309.99

2003 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $999.99


Happy Easter all!

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April 13, 2019

Game of Thrones Beers

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:05 pm

game_of_thrones_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Brewery Ommegang based out of New York has been releasing special beers for the Game of Thrones tv series for years now. Just in time for sunday’s premiere of the final series, deVines has three beers in stock that you can have a viewing party with.

There is the Mother of Dragons brew that blends smoked porter and ruby-colored Belgian kriek for the ultimate fire-and-blood beer. There is the King of the North, a dark, barrel-aged imperial stout fit for a bastard-son-turned-legend and finally for the final season, we have the latest GoT beer, and it’s most fitting – a beer made with wine ingredients called For the Throne – a Belgian style golden ale base that is co-fermented with a blend of Pinot Grigio and Viognier grape juices, undergoing secondary fermentation with Champagne yeast for a sparkling effervescence and a crisp, clean finish truly fit for royalty!

Get yours while supply lasts.

Pictured left to right:

Ommegang G.O.T. Mother of Dragons (New York, United States) – 750mL – $17.49

Ommegang G.O.T. King of the North (New York, United States) – 750mL – $17.49

Ommegang G.O.T. For the Throne (New York, United States) – 750mL – $21.49

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April 5, 2019

Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:49 pm

rose_colored_glasses_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Time for our annual summertime rosé tasting. Hopefully on Saturday, June 15 @7pm, it will be nice and hot by then when we sample the summer’s new pink arrivals. Rosés are certainly a mainstay in the summer season now, wonderful on the deck, with barbecue, or picnics or as a reception drink. We hope to have a huge selection for you by late April, and this tasting will showcase a few of our store favourites. Join us for this casual, punny, fun-filled stand-up pink event.

Quite marvelous as a deck wine, and a wonderful alternative for those who only drink whites who want to venture slowly into reds. And fine food pairings with chicken, pork or salmon dishes.

Note placeholders are of 2017 vintage, but all the fresh and vibrant 2018’s will be arriving shortly and will be tasted at this event.

You can register for this special event here…

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