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December 27, 2020

Bubbles to Bring in the New Year

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:45 pm

Author: Dirk Chan
From all of us at deVine’s to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year in 2021 with all the best for happiness, good health and prosperity.

May good health and fortune and luck follow you wherever you go and in all that you do for the coming year. We thank you for your continued patronage!

Ed, Annabelle, Chad, Dirk, Kandice, Cody, Llyr, Brad, Hayley, Bob, Kaitlyn and Mark

Here are some New Years Wine recommendations for your consideration. Have a fun New Years, and remember to drink responsibly.

First, pictured (left to right)
NV Henri Billiot et Fils Rosé (Champagne, France) – $74.99
2013 Pierre Peters Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Chétillons Cuvée Spéciale Grand Cru Le Mesnil (Champagne, France) – $169.99
NV Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut (Champagne, France) – $97.99
1999 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Brut Liesse d’Harbonville (Champagne, France) – $224.99

NV Charles de Fere Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut (Loire Valley, France) – $16.49
NV Varichon & Clerc Privilege Rose Dry (Burgundy, France) – $21.99
NV Pievalta Perlugo Spumante (Italy) – $29.99
NV Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Brut Rose (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $44.99
NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – 375mL $29.99
NV Gremillet Brut Selection (Champagne, France) – $54.99
2013 Champagne Lancelot Pienne Brut Accord Majeur (Champagne, France) – $74.99
NV Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve Vieilles Vignes (Champagne, France) – $79.99
NV Champagne Agrapart Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Terroirs (Champagne, France) – $129.99
NV Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne, France) – 1.5L – $169.99
2007 Bollinger La Grande Année Brut (Champagne, France) – $199.99
2010 Moet & Chandon Dom Pérignon Brut (Champagne, France) – $284.99
NV Krug Rosé (Champagne, France) – $368.99
1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privée Rosé Brut (Champagne, France) – $449.99 

Something Sweet & Sparkling
2019 La Spinetta Bricco Quagia Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $25.99 

Here are our store hours leading up to the New Years:

Sunday, Dec 27 to Tuesday, Dec 29 – Closed
Wednesday, Dec 30 – 11-6pm
Thursday, Dec 31 – 11-6pm
Friday, Jan 1 – Closed

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December 17, 2020

Annual Christmas Dinner Wine Recommendations

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

turkey_ham_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Wow…Christmas is almost upon us, 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 lovely port to end off the evening. With the year we’ve all been through, perhaps it is time to go big this year!!

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 Bernard-Massard Cuvée de L’Écusson Brut Rosé (Luxembourg) – $24.99

NV Champalou Vouvray Brut (Loire Valley, France) – $34.99

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 Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – $52.99

NV Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve Vieilles Vignes (Champagne, France) – $79.99

2013 Pierre Peters Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Chétillons Cuvée Spéciale Grand Cru Le Mesnil (Champagne, France) – $169.99

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!

2019 Terre Gaie Claris Pinot Grigio (Veneto, Italy) – $20.99

2018 Chai du Grand Vaudasniere Vouvray (Vouvray, France) – $23.99

2019 Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia (Greece) – $31.99

2019 Lunae Etichetta Nera Vermentino (Liguria, Italy) – $44.99

2017 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg (Alsace, France) – $79.99

2018 Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard – Whites Stones Chardonnay (Mendoza, Argentina) – $124.99

2017 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $289.99

2019 Domaine de Belle Mare Duo (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $18.99

2019 Gruber Roschitz St. Laurent Rose (Austria) – $24.99


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.

2016 Quinta Dona Mafalda Little Mafalda Tinto (Douro, Portugal) – $19.99

2017 Azul y Garanza Garciano (Navarra, Spain) – $23.99

2018 Ken Wright Pinot Noir (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $31.99

2019 Marcel Lapierre Morgon (Beaujolais, France) – $47.99

2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (Piedmont, Italy) – $64.99
2009 Domaine du Clos des Fees Cotes du Roussillon Villages le Clos des Fees (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $87.99

2017 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Central Coast, United States) – $109.99

2011 Château Teyssier Vieux Chateau Mazerat (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $139.99

1967 Adega Viuva Gomes Collares Reserva Tinto (Colares, Portugal) – $159.99

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili DOCG (Piedmont, Italy) – $264.99

2005 Nicolas Potel Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $429.99

2009 Château La Conseillante (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $529.99


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

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

2011 Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Vin Santo (Tuscany, Italy) – 500mL – $59.99

2017 Henry of Pelham Riesling Icewine (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – 375mL -$72.99

2004 Château d’Yquem (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $319.99

Port (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal whether its a ruby or a tawny. Try with blue-veined cheeses and roasted nuts.

1996 Barros Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $26.99

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

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

1967 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $229.99

1985 Fonseca Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $389.99

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

Finally, if you are pressed for time, try out our December Mixed Case – $228.40 or our December Club 6-Pack – $170.17 where a lot of the wines would pair well with Christmas dinner.

Note our hours of operations leading up to Christmas and between Christmas and New Years.

Everyone, enjoy the holiday season. Best wishes for good health and happiness to everyone!

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December 15, 2020

2020 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:52 pm

Author: Chad Gascho

Every aspect of our lives has been affected; and now, even our beer. You may not be able to find a beer advent calendar, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

deVine Wines & Spirits is proud to dig out our bag of treats and dole out the delicious new brews you crave in our Santa’s Surprise Six Sack! This bag of goodies is for all the beer lovers on your list – whether they’ve been good or not!

Featuring six hard-to-find, festive-style, seasonal beers, all by the craft brewers that you love. Chosen for you by our own in-house beer guy, this sack is exclusive to deVine Wines & Spirits , so get yours before they’re gone. We’re thinking you won’t be able to wait too long before you open yours!

2020 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack (Alberta, Canada) – $32.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Week of Dec 18

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:41 pm


deVine’s Online Weekly Special program works like this – we will reveal the wine selection on Fridays early afternoon. The feature will only be available for online ordering until the following Monday at noon. The wines purchased during this period will be available for pickup or delivery on the following Wednesday afternoon.

To cap off this year’s weekly specials, we are offering three wines suitable for the Christmas dinner at 20% off.

The lovely aged Querbach Riesling – $24.01 hails from 2001, one of the greatest German Riesling vintages of all time. As with the majority of aged Rieslings, this smells like you drove up to the Esso station upon opening, but the petrol notes blows off in short time and reveal the lovely citrus and stone fruits. Plus, this has fine acidity to work at the dinner table, and is a dry version. A must try!

For those serving red meat instead of poultry for Xmas dinner, the amazing bargain that is the Uko Estate Malbec – $12.01 is very fine indeed. Medium-full bodied, with the requisite dark color and raspberry and blackberry nose, lots of forward fruit and a fairly substantial finish for this pleasing everyday drinker. Pretty hard to find this quality for this price these days!

Finally, for a light to medium-bodied alternative to Pinot Noir and Beaujolais with that baked ham, the Sommerach Domina – $20.01 fits the bill nicely. Domina is a varietal that features wild berries, strawberries, spice and sour cherries finishing with a touch of vanilla while the winery Sommerach is the oldest cooperative in Francken formed by 35 families dating back to 1901.

Pictured left to right:

2001 Querbach Library Release Edition Riesling (Rheingau, Germany) – $24.01

2019 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $12.01

2017 Winzer Sommerach Valentin Domina Rotwein Trocken (Franken, Germany)- $20.01

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December 10, 2020

Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend – 10% off – Shop Online or In-Store

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

Author: Dirk Chan

deVine’s annual Customer Appreciation is a two day affair this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th!

With the year that this has been, Its our way of saying “Thank You!” for your ongoing support and patronage.

deVine Wines will be offering our customers a 10% discount* on all items in the store (yes, including wine, beer, spirits and vintage keeper, vintage room). During this time of Covid, we strongly advise you to shop online. Our entire inventory is available via our website that is available to you 24 hours a day. Enjoy shopping in the comforts of your own home. Note you won’t see the 10% discount when you order online in the system generated confirmation but rather it will be applied by us in the backend and you will see it on our second email confirmation when your order has been processed.

You can still visit us in the store during our regular store hours but be advised we will be enforcing the number of patrons in the store as per the current provincial restrictions so you may have to wait to gain entrance if there is ten people (including staff) inside when you arrive.

In addition to the sale, do take advantage of our free delivery within Edmonton city limits option with a minimum $50 purchase.

This is our biggest sale ever to give everybody some much needed cheer! Shop early for best selection. Don’t miss out, its a great opportunity to do all your Xmas and New Year needs.

At this time of year, please remember those in need. Please bring a package for the Edmonton Food Bankor drop some money into the cash box by our till if you’re coming into to the store. For those taking advantage of our free delivery within Edmonton city limits with a minimum $50 purchase, you can hand over a care package to our driver. Thank you in advance.

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