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August 24, 2019

Sake Samurai Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:17 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Join us Saturday, September 14 from 7-9 PM when we will welcome Patrick Ellis as he guides us through the world of Saké in this stand-up tasting.

For 23 years Patrick has worked to spread his knowledge and love of Saké, and in 2018 was certified as Western Canada’s only Saké Samurai (an individual who delves into the understanding of Saké as well as Japanese culture) in a 2018 ceremony in Kyoto.

Along with this title, Patrick is the pioneer of Premium Saké in western Canada, President of Blue Note Wine & Spirits, Past President of the Saké Association of British Columbia, Chair of Vancouver Saké Fest, studied the Japanese language in Tokyo, and has a BA (U.Vic.) in Pacific & Oriental Studies with a major in Japan. Suffice to say, if you want to learn about Saké, Patrick is the one to teach you – and there is a lot to learn about Saké!

This event is filling up fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Please register here…

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Highlighting our Favourite New Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:47 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Wanted to highlight a few of the store’s New Arrivals that the staff has really enjoyed. A sterling bubblie made in the Charmat method that tastes like a Champagne. A minerally style Sauv Blanc from Southwestern France. A lovely rose from South of the Douro Valley. A brilliantly priced Beaujolais Villages. An incredibly well priced Vacqueras from the Rhone from a great vintage and finally, another great 2015 this time from Chianti Classico.

Pictured left to right:

NV Fernridge Winery Haha Brut Cuvee (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand) – $29.99

2018 Dubard Château Laulerie Sauvignon Blanc (Bergerac, France) – $19.99

2018 Casa de Mouraz Rose (Dao, Portugal) – $27.99

2017 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais, France) – $20.99

2015 Domaine La Ligiere Vacqueyras La Mourre de la Caille (Rhone Valley, France) – $24.99

2016 Fonterutoli Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $36.99

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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August 9, 2019

Open Streets – “Just Add Alberta” Free Tasting & Mini Festival

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:30 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

“Just Add Alberta” Free Tasting & Mini-Festival

deVine Wines is pleased to participate in the upcoming Open Streets Al Fresco Block Party on Sunday, August 25 with a free in-store tasting! Our extended store hours for the Open Streets Festival will be 10 AM to 6 PM.

Free Tasting Hours: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

What will be sampled: A fine selection of locally made products that are distilled, brewed or fermented right here in this great province of Alberta. We are working on finalizing a list of producer products you can sample, but here are a few to tempt your taste buds!

Strathcona Spirits Distillery (Edmonton)
Wild Life Distillery (Canmore)
Fallentimber Meadery (Water Valley)
Fort Distillery (Fort Saskatchewan)
Analog Brewing (Edmonton)

On Aug 25, we will be offering a 10% discount on ALL Alberta Made Products! Shop early for the best selection. Web orders accepted.

Plan Your Commute to deVine Wines

On Aug 25, Jasper Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between 103rd & 109th St. Also, the 104th St. Promenade will be closed for Al Fresco between Jasper Avenue & 102nd Ave. 108th St. will be closed between Jasper Avenue & 99th St. from 10 AM to 3 PM.

ALSA (Alberta Liquor Store Association) “Just Add Alberta” Campaign

Margaux Burgess from the ALSA will be bringing the “Just Add Alberta” Trailer to 104th-St. It’s a great opportunity to drop by, say hello & learn what is being locally produced in Alberta! Here is a link to a picture of the trailer. For more information on our collaboration with ALSA, please visit their Just Add Alberta website at https://www.justaddalberta.com/

Open Streets

Open Streets is a one-day event opening Edmonton’s iconic Jasper Avenue to walking, biking and rolling. It’s being led by Paths for People, a local non-profit championing an Edmonton that’s human-centred by design. To learn more, please visit this link: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/elise-stolte-new-street-festival-aims-to-grow-into-all-corners-of-edmonton

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August 5, 2019

BBQ Reds & Camping Wines

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:36 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

For those who enjoy a good bbq in the backyard or enjoy grilling meats outdoors, you would want a pretty big juicy, fruit-forward red with enough ripeness and concentration to stand up to the sweetish barbecue sauces and exotic rubs – we have a few suitable candidates for you:

2017 Casa Santos Lima Valcatrina Tinto (Alentejano, Portugal)- $19.99

2016 Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $24.99

2016 Ironstone Petite Sirah (California, United States) – $22.99

2016 Hess Family Amalaya Malbec Gran Corte (Salta, Argentina) – $31.99

2016 Michael and David Phillips Earthquake Zinfandel (California – Lodi, United States) – $36.99

For those who go camping, we have a new Wine in a Box, and some wine in a can for your consideration as well:

2017 Alain Jaume & Fils Bag in Box Grand Veneur Reserve Cotes-du-Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – $69.99

Cascadian Outfitters Chardonnay (Washington, United States) – $11.49

Cascadian Outfitters Rose (Washington, United States) – $11.49

Cascadian Outfitters Red Blend (Washington, United States) – $11.49

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Time for Pinks – Take Two

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:25 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our pinks recommendations take two – as summer is here, and we’re finally going to get some heat, it is time for the rosés to take center stage. We have more rosés for you to choose from than ever before, the section has practically bursting at the seams. We have many selections from hotbed of France of course, but Italy, Austria, Spain, South Africa, Chile, Greece and Germany are all represented. Nothing is better for outdoor drinking be it on the deck, a picnic, or a barbecue. Nothing fancy or expensive, just something pink that gives great drinking pleasure.

First, pictured left to right:

2018 Domaine de Cristia Collection Rosé (Provence, France) – $23.99

2017 Rioja Vega Principe de Viana Rosa (Navarra, Spain) – $21.99

2018 Huber Rose Zweigelt (Traisental, Austria) – $23.99

2018 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $22.99

2018 Planeta Rose (Sicily, Italy) – $22.99

Other recommendations:

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2018 Domaine Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais-Villages Rose (Beaujolais, France) – $22.49

2018 La Playa Dry Rosé (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $15.99

2018 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (Provence, France) – $29.99

2018 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2017 Alpha Estate A Rosé (Amyndeon, Greece) – $36.99

2018 Winzer Sommerach Valentin Rose Trocken (Franken, Germany) – $21.49

2018 Château Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Rosé (Provence, France) – $25.49

2018 Cantina Lavis Pinot Grigio Rose (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $15.99

2018 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Provence, France) – $21.49

2017 Gruber Roschitz St. Laurent Rose (Austria) – $24.99

2017 Markus Kuntz-Riedlin Spatburgunder Rosé (Baden, Germany) – $36.99

Have yourself a very pink summer!

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