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January 24, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Jan 24/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:11 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Romain Duvernay Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Rhone Valley) – $15.49, regularly $18.99.

The Duvernay family trace their history back to 1904 and over the years have become one of the most reliable and well-known wine growers in the Rhône, supplying the best part of the base wine for the Côtes-du-Rhônes of many famous producers, including the famous house Guigal.

Based at Châteauneuf-du-Pape with his father Roland, Romain Duvernay decided that the quality of fruit he was sourcing was so good that he would rather keep the best parcels and produce wine under his own label so in 1998, the Domaine Romain Duvernay was created.

One such wine they produce is the bargain and Best Bang white offered this week – it is made from 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne, and 30% Viognier, the classic trio of grapes in a CdR or CdP white. This is both exotic and fresh with citrus fruit and a slightly oily texture. The palate has a litte creamy texture and superb balance with a vibrant acidity and a long minerally finish. Pairs very well with seafood, white meats, salads, and risottos. A super deal that was featured in our Best Bang for the Buck case over Xmas. Grab some quickly.

2018 Romain Duvernay Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Rhone Valley, France) – $15.49 (regularly $18.99)

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January 17, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Jan 17/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:02 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2015 Agricola Domodimonti Il Messa Rosso (Marches, Italy) – $25.49, regularly $31.99.

Agricola Domodimonti is a young winery that began in 2003 – located in Domodimonti is a red wine from the region of Le Marche, in the Municipality of Montefiore Dell’Aso, in the Province of Ascoli Piceno, a natural and magical place that, thanks to their history, extraordinary beauty and its people, still possesses traditional values of the land.

This wine is a blend of 2 varietals which are Merlot and Montepulciano, a naturally made red wine full of blackberries and dark red fruits that finds a balance between acidity and tannins. The soil is both clayey and calcareous giving the wine a minerally edge. Southern exposure and 200m above sea level ensure perfect ripening of grapes yet expresses the history and land that it comes from. This wine generally goes well with grilled beef or veal.

2015 Agricola Domodimonti Il Messa Rosso (Marches, Italy) – $25.49 (regularly $31.99)

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January 10, 2022

Special Anniversary Armagnacs Ending in ‘2’

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:14 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

In the early 1970’s, Francis Darroze hunted throughout the Gascony countryside for the best barrels of Armagnacs from various estates. In more than 40 years, the Darroze Collection grew and today there is a very impressive selection of 250 different Armagnacs from 30 properties spanning more than 50 vintages. Francis’ son Marc, a trained oenologist takes care of the Armagnac aging today.

Bas Armagnac is a region in southwest France near Gascony, is one of three plantation areas in the Armagnac area where grapes for the distillation of the Armagnac eau-de-vie can be cultivated. This distinctive brandy is distilled from grapes Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Baco 22A. Volume of production is much smaller than the more famous Cognac region. Armagnac is only distilled once (versus twice in Cognac’s), and is the oldest brandy distilled in France, and in the past was consumed for its therapeutic benefits.

While the law required a minimum of ten years of aging in oak barrels, Darroze will wait 15 or more years before releasing. deVine did a special order for the Darroze Collection of single estate and single vintage Bas Armagnacs for your consideration. Most of the vintages we’ve selected are those vintages where wine at a world wide level were not as successful, so as to provide vintage dated spirits for those hard to find birthyears. Thus we have five bottlings ending with the year of 2 for those turning 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 in 2022. Very limited availability on these, so grab while supply lasts.

1962 Francis Darroze Chateau de Gaube 55 Year Old (France) – $569.99

1972 Francis Darroze Domaine de Busquet 44 Year (France) – $279.99

1982 Francis Darroze Domaine de Bouillon 35 Year (France) – $209.99

1992 Francis Darroze Domaine Lassalle 25 Year (France) – $164.99

2002 Francis Darroze Domaine de Paguy 17 Year Old (France) – $149.99

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