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April 12, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for April 12

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:42 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Lambrusco, the frizzante (slightly spritzy) red wine from northern Italy in Emilia-Romagna, has become extremely popular in the last little while. Driven by its pleasurable appeal and great PR, this fresh, fruity bubbly wine that’s low in alcohol, with an fine quality price ratio is one of Italy’s top sellers as a new generation of Millennials and Generation X drinkers find it quite chic to order a glass when going out. Even sommeliers in prominent restaurants and wine writers are trying to play up Lambrusco as today’s hot new trend. Look for hip labels, designed to appeal to the younger crowd. Most are dry, with the cheapest ones being sweet.

Most people think of Lambrusco as a single grape. Yet it is a family of grapes that can produce a product deeply colored to very light – that said, the aroma and taste of Lambrusco is quite distinctive and fruity with violets and plummy notes – they should be drank young.

Our feature of the week is their Medici Concerto Lambrusco – $21.99, regularly $26.99 – Intensely brilliant ruby red in color with fresh red berries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries on the nose. Dry and fruity, round on the palate. Very clean with perfect balance that would be a perfect pairing with a 4 meat pizza or some charcuterie!

2019 Medici Concerto Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – $21.99 (regularly $26.99)

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April 9, 2021

Two Wine Spectator Top 10 Wines from 2020

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

The famous American wine publication Wine Spectator reviews 15,000 plus wines every year and have been dishing out their annual Top 100 Wines of the Year since 1988 based on quality, value, availability and excitement..

With the diversity in the wine world, we in Alberta get fewer and fewer wines that make the Top 100 list as the years go by and sometimes even when we do, the vintage is wrong.

Therefore, we are thrilled to offer to you for consideration, two wines that made the Top Ten from 2020. Note there are years when we don’t have anything to offer from the Top Ten list, let alone two wines. Both are very limited availability and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Thus, If you want something special with some clout to serve at dinner parties when the pandemic is over, or if you merely want to compare your palate with those of the critics, here is your opportunity.

2016 Massolino Filli Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $76.99

2012 Bollinger La Grande Année Brut – $249.99

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April 5, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for April 5

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:55 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

José Maria da Fonseca started his business in 1834, and the family has maintained it for six more generations since then selling its wines in all continents. It is the oldest table wine company in Portugal and famous for its Periquita reds.

Located in the little village of Azeitão on the Setubal peninsula, south of Lisbon, they invest in research and production methods, utilizing both modern techniques with traditional methods, such as combining the ancient Roman tradition of fermenting wine in clay pots with the latest technology. The vineyard is 700 hectares.

Our feature of the week is their Waterdog Red – $11.99, regularly $14.99. Loving, loyal and intelligent, Portuguese Waterdogs are a treasured breed originally from the southern coast of Portugal – near where their winery originates. This blend of 34% Castelão, 33% Trincadeira and 33% Touriga Nacional grape varieties offers up a nose of blueberries, black currant and baking spices. The palate is fruity with notes of red and black berries, balanced acidity and a touch of wood from the six months aging on French and American Oak. Perfect for current drinking, pair with BBQ, roasts, hearty pasta dishes. Open a bottle and enjoy the Portuguese way of life!

2018 Jose Maria da Fonseca Waterdog (Terras do Sado, Portugal) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

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