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September 28, 2020

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:58 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.

NV La Jara Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $18.99

NV Varichon & Clerc Privilege Rose Dry (Burgundy, France) – $21.99

2016 Selbach-Oster Riesling Sekt Brut (Mosel, Germany) – $41.99


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

NV Gremillet Brut Rosé Saignee (Champagne, France) – $64.99

2013 Champagne Lancelot Pienne Brut Accord Majeur (Champagne, France) – $74.99

NV Champagne Agrapart Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Terroirs (Champagne, France) – $129.99

2004 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $359.99

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!

2019 Dubard Château Laulerie Viognier (Bergerac, France) – $22.99

2017 Casa de Mouraz Branco (Dao, Portugal) – $24.99

2018 Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Argentato (Maremma, Italy) – $29.49

2018 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Turckheim (Alsace, France) – $36.99

2019 Domaine Delaporte Sancerre Chavignol (Loire Valley, France) – $39.99

2017 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Premier Cru Les Charmes (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $109.99

2018 Agricola Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $28.99

2019 Domaine la Navarre Sacrifice (Provence, France) – $23.99


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 Edoardo Miroglio Soli Pinot Noir (Bulgaria) – $21.99

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

2016 Spier Creative Block 5 (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – $31.99

2017 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $47.99

2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva (Rioja, Spain)- $56.99

2017 Envy Wines Calistoga Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $69.99

2012 Cortes de Cima Incógnito (Alentejo, Portugal) – $74.99

2011 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $89.99

2015 Prieler Blaufrankisch Goldberg (Austria) – $99.99

2011 Elio Altare Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $117.99

2009 Quinta do Portal Auru (Douro, Portugal) – $159.99

2011 Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d’Alceo (Tuscany, Italy)- $219.99

2009 Louis Jadot Echézeaux Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $279.99


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

2015 Chateau d’Armajan des Ormes (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $29.99

2007 Il Poggione Sant’Antimo Vin Santo Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) – 500mL – $52.99

1988 Château Rieussec (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 750mL – $244.99

2008 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $74.99

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 ev eryone!

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September 21, 2020

Pre-Selling DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2020

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:35 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Every year on the third Thursday of November- on the 19th 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.

This year, we’re skipping the usual painted bottle, and bringing in the Flower version of the same George Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages – $24.99, a wine we feel offers the best quality. You can now pre-buy in advance to secure what you require. Wines will be available at the store early afternoon on Thursday, Nov 19th.

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 throug 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. So go ahead, place your order, and be comfortable in the knowlege you can send out invities to your Beaujolais Nouveau party and your wines will be there for your event! Quantities are limited and on a first come first serve basis.

2020 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau (Beaujolais, France) – $24.99

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September 11, 2020

The Return of Cortes de Cima

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:52 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Cortes de Cima is based in Vidigueira, the southern most appellation of the greater Alentejo wine region. The winery was founded in 1988 by Danish-American couple, Hans and Carrie Jorgensen, after their sailboat ‘Gazelle la Goelette’ docked in Portugal. Everything in front of them they fell in love with so they settled there to start a family and plant a vineyard amongst the Mediterranean sun (Alentejo enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine every year!).

The winery is surrounded by nearly 600 acres of vines, 120 acres of olive trees and another 250 of cork, pine and oak reforestation. The region is more famous for its native white varietals, so their wish to plant reds was not the norm. In fact, Syrah was then forbidden in the appellation and they helped to change that with a Syrah appropriately named ‘Incógnito’, which gained world notoriety with is superb balance, spiciness, bold texture and sumptuous finish.

We are happy to have these wines back in the store after a long absence. Do yourself a favor and try these two Syrah based reds with some grilled red meats. Pictured left to right:

2017 Cortes de Cima Chaminé (Alentejo, Portugal) – $22.99

2012 Cortes de Cima Incógnito (Alentejo, Portugal) – $74.99

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