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October 14, 2019

Not Douro Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:35 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

On Saturday, October 19 @ 7pm, join Annabelle as she presents to you all brand new wines recently arrived from Portugal on a special order just for deVines.

While everyone knows of the Douro Valley, this event will feature whites and reds from some of the more obscure wine producing regions of Portugal – such as Tras os Montes, Dao and Lisboa that are producing fine wines – hence the name “not Douro”. In this stand-up tasting, facts and tidbits from her buying trip and stories abound in this fun-filled event.

Please register here…

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October 13, 2019

2010 d’Arenberg Museum Releases

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:12 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

The d’Arenberg Winery is one of the most respected wineries in McLaren Vale in South Australia – established in 1912 by the teetotaller Joseph Osborn, who sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property. Three more generations since Joseph – Frank, Francis (universally known as d’Arry) and then Chester, who joined in 1984 and runs the show now.

Known for making distinctive, finesse driven wines using traditional methods in the vineyard and the winery, Chester is also renown for his wild shirts and his wines’ unique and often humourous names. Chester has made a habit of holding some wines back until they reach prime drinking age, and then releasing them as Museum Releases – we’ve been getting them since the release of the 2006’s. We’re now on the 2010’s.

Unfortunately, because of the recently finished d’Arenberg Cube, an amazing five story structure in the shape of a Rubik’s cube that includes restaurant and tasting room that is fast becoming a mainstay attraction destination (check out the story of this fabulous facility here..) in the region, we only received four sku’s this year, but they are very fine ones albeit very limited availability (pictured left to right):

2010 d’Arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling Museum Release (Adelaide Hills, Australia) – $34.99
2008 d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original Shiraz-Grenache Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $32.99
2010 d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $44.99
2010 d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz Museum Release (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $89.99

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October 2, 2019

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:23 pm


Author: Dirk Chan

Wow…Thanksgiving week is fast upon us, where did September go? So here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and/or ham dinner with all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a port to end.

Sparkling Wines

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

2014 Luis Pato Bruto Vinho Espumante (Bairrada, Portugal) – $20.99

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

NV Château de Targe Saumur Brut Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $31.49


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

NV Champagne J-M Seleque Solessence Brut (Champagne, France) – $49.99

NV A. Margaine Rosé Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $67.99

2008 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Ludes (Champagne, France) – $109.99

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (Champagne, France) – $299.99

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), sweet Chenin Blancs or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

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

2017 Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain) – $24.99

2016 Clos du Soleil Capella (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $29.99

2017 Mullineux White (Swartland, South Africa) – $41.99

2017 Peter Lauer Fass 17 Neuenberg Riesling (Germany) – $64.99

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

2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose (Provence, France) – $56.99

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


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.

2017 Manos Negras Pinot Noir (Mendoza, Argentina) – $19.99

2017 Pascal Aufranc Chenas (Beaujolais, France) – $26.99

2015 Stoneboat Vineyards Rock Opera Pinotage (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $32.99

2017 Sara Perez & Rene Barbier Dido Venus La Universal (Montsant, Spain) – $37.99

2015 Nerkihue Servicios y Asesorias Quiebre Guarda Especial Petit Verdot (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $44.99

2014 Fontanafredda Barolo di Serralunga d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) – $49.99

2013 Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $66.99

2016 Braida Barbera d’Asti Bricco dell’ Uccellone (Piedmont, Italy) – $97.99

2012 Mission Hill Oculus (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $149.99

2012 Louis Jadot Corton Greves Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $159.99

2004 Château L’Eglise-Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $219.99

2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) – $449.99


Sweet dessert wines and Port are always good for the final touches of a meal:

2016 Orange River Cellars Straw Wine (South Africa) – 375mL – $21.99

2013 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu (Hungary) – 250mL – $29.99

2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $69.99

2010 Hexamer Rieslng Eiswein (Nahe, Germany) – 375mL – $169.99

Croft NV 430th Anniversary Limited Edition Ruby Port (Douro, Portugal) – $31.99

2000 Porto Quevedo Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $69.99

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

Note our regular store hours are in affect this long weekend, except holiday monday when we’re open from noon-5pm.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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October 1, 2019

Krug Dinner at Rge Rd

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:38 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

On Monday, October 7th, there will be a very special Krug Champagne Tasting Dinner at Rge Rd (10643 – 123 Street). Hosted by Brent Sutcliffe, National Brand Manager for Krug Champagne and featuring a collaborative menu by Award winning Chef de Cuisine Davina Moraiko and Chef-Owner Blair Lebsack. For many, Krug represents the pinnacle of fine Champagne and this tasting is a landmark event for lovers of this house.

Cost is $295 per person (tax and gratuity included), tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

Please call the restaurant to reserve with a credit card – 780-447-4577.

The featured Champagnes include the following:

NV Krug Grand Cuvee – $319.99
NV Krug Rose – $409.99
2004 Krug – $419.99
Hennessy XO – $259.99

Seating is limited. You can purchase wines tasted at 10% off through deVine’s at the tasting.

See the full size postcard for this event here..

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