deVine Thoughts

October 23, 2020

The Rogue – Dead Guy Ale

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:55 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Rogue was founded in 1988 in Ashland Oregon with a mission focused on farming and growing their own malt, cultivating proprietary yeast , generally being as self sufficient as possible.

Rogue Dead was one of the first flagship brews in the beginning stage of Craft beers. A German maibock with a generous dose of bitter hops. Toasty, malty, aromatic and bitter. Something unique in a time of American “lite” beers.

Fast forward to 2006, Rogue begins to distil their own spirits with the same premise in self sufficiency as the brewery resulted in their American whiskey that takes on notes of honey, grass, cereal and Smokey vanilla.

Rogue Dead guy ale is aged in previously filled Rogue Dead Guy whiskey barrels – it is a more intense , fuller , rounded beer, bringing more oak, vanilla and fruity notes to this malt focused beer. We have also brought in their Whiskey for your consideration as well.

Pictured above from left to right:

Rogue Dead ‘N’ Dead (Oregon, United States) – $19.99

Rogue Dead Guy (Oregon, United States) – $11.99

Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Oregon, United States) – $19.99

Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey (Oregon, United States) – $84.99

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October 19, 2020

Free Delivery Within Edmonton

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:55 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Just a reminder that during COVID-19, deVine is offering free delivery within city limits with a minimum $50 purchase. We are delivering daily (except Sundays) so if you get your order in before noon, you will likely get it same day.

You can do on-line shopping as if you were in the store as our entire inventory is on our website.

We want to also inform everyone that our weekly order day is Mondays for Wednesday store arrival, so if you want a whole case of a specific wine, as long as you let us know before noon on Monday, you will get it on Wednesday. A bonus is you get a case discount on any purchase of 12 bottles of wine and/or spirits (excepting beer).

To find out all we are doing around COVID-19, please click here…

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October 13, 2020

The Arrival of the 2017 Bordeaux

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:45 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

The 2017 Bordeaux vintage was doomed for the reds even before any of the wines were bottled, coming after the much lauded 2015 and 2016’s, and with inclement weather (frosts in April, rain in September), and pricing that didn’t come down from those legendary vintages. However, there is fabulous 2017 white Bordeaux throughout – the cool days, dry weather and even cooler nights created exactly what was needed to produce bright, fresh, crisp, refreshing white wines with character, fine acid and style. And as the harvest took pace well before the September rains, the grapes were brought in under good conditions. deVine brought in several whites for the store even though we didn’t have a Futures campaign.

As for the reds, they are early drinkers predominantly (with the higher growths being excellent due to know-how and shorten crop yields) with lower alcohol, nice fruit and easy to consume while you wait on your 2009, 2010, 2015 & 2016’s. It certainly isn’t an investment vintage. We purchased a few mid-priced reds for the store. They are similar (and better) to the 2007’s, restaurant friendly style wines. There are excellent 20-30 year wines too, but only at the top end and for the prices being asked, not worth the buy as futures.

First, those pictured above from left to right (these we have good stock on):

2017 Château Reynon Blanc (Bordeaux, France) – $31.99

2017 Château Rahoul Blanc (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $39.99

2017 Château La Garde Blanc (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $53.99

2017 Château Belgrave (Bordeaux – Haut-Medoc, France) – $71.99

2017 Château Le Boscq (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $61.99

Here are all the other available 2017’s:

2017 Château Reynon Rouge (Bordeaux, France) – $34.99

2017 Château Marsau (Bordeaux – Cotes de Francs, France) – $41.99

2017 Château Clement Pichon (Bordeaux – Haut-Medoc, France) – $48.99

2017 Château La Garde Rouge (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $51.99

2017 Château Ormes de Pez (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $69.99

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