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July 25, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for July 25

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:31 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Virgen de las Viñas Monte Rodrigo Tempranillo (La Mancha, Spain) – $13.99 (regularly $17.49).

The Virgen de las Viñas winery was founded in 1961 by 17 small farmers producing olive oil from the municipality. After a continuous improvement effort, the cooperative has nowadays almost 2,000 members and owns 23,000 hectares of vineyards.

The vines are planted in soils whose characteristics and composition are ideal for vine growing. The scarce rainfall and the heat during summertime produces practically an organic wine. Their wine’s quality is amazing considering their high production rate, more than 150 million litres of wine and must per season.

Over the last couple of decades, the winery has masterfully combined traditional practices with production with the most cutting-edge technical innovations, positioning itself at the forefront of the wine sector. It is one of the largest producers of wine in all of Spain.

Juicy and easy drinking, this light red would be lovely for Al Fresco picnic drinking with its black fruits and no oak. Raspberries abound alongside fresh acidity and just the right amount of tannins to invite another sip. A fine value to enjoy with some Manchego!

Virgen de las Viñas Monte Rodrigo Tempranillo (La Mancha, Spain) – $13.99 (regularly $17.49)

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July 23, 2022

Francois Mikulski 2020’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:14 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Unlike a few years ago, Francois Mikulski is now a household name in the Burgundy world. He has been harnessing a cultish following for those in the know and his wines are increasingly sought after nowadays.

With a Polish name and no family tradition to keep in mind François Mikulski and his wife Marie-Pierre were free to create something completely new when they founded Domaine Mikulski in 1992. The most obvious result was the minimalist labels for the bottles, far from the traditional burgundian label.

Inheriting his first plots of Meursault in 1992 from his late uncle, Pierre Boillot, Francois has since relentlessly pursued excellence through minute attention to biological balance in the vineyard and terroir minded élevage practices in his cellar. Not too much new oak is used – about 20% leaving the fruit to express itself and the terroir.

So much attention in Meursault is paid to Roulot, Coche-Dury and Lafon – all great but availability is almost non-existent in our neck of the woods due to availability and price point. We feel the quality found in Mikulski’s wines are beginning to challenge the superstars of Meursault, but yet his prices are still fairly attractive in the context of those other producers. His wines are laser-beams, extreme conduits of their unique terroirs, and a real thrill to drink and enjoy. It is all about authenticity, elegance and purity.

Note there were literally a few six packs that come into Alberta so get a bottle or two while we still have some.

Pictured left to right:

2020 Francois Mikulski Saint-Aubin (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $94.99

2020 Francois Mikulski Meursault (Meursault, France) – $124.99

2020 Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Cote d’Or Pinot Noir (Burgundy, France) – $59.99

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July 18, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for July 18/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:07 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Emotivo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $12.99, regularly $16.99. For the last couple of years, this has been a deVine Bestseller for its quality price ratio.

Winemaker Alessandro Botter, Casa Vinicola Botter Carlo did a special selection of 100% Montepulciano grapes from Abruzzi (east-central Italy), then crushed with the must is left on the skins for 4-8 days in order to extract the perfect colour. The must is then placed in special vats where fermentation is completed in 8-10 days at 25-30°C resulting in a fresh, juicy light red wine.

Approachable and supple with fruity flavours of black cherry and spice with earthy hints. On the palate – soft, light, ripe fruit flavours, with hints of cherries ending with delicious acidity. Sees no oak. Try this wine with charcuterie & cheeses or a gnocchi in a tomato-cream sauce. Amazing value here!

Emotivo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $12.99 (regularly $16.99)

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July 11, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for July 11/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:22 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our feature of the week is the 2021 Medici Concerto Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – $23.99, regularly $28.49.

Lambrusco, the frizzante (slightly spritzy) red wine from northern Italy in Emilia-Romagna (1/2 hour drive NW of Bologna), 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 reputation for the new generation of Millennials and Generation X drinkers find it quite chic to order a glass when going out. Sommeliers in prominent Michelin restaurants and wine writers alike have been pitching Lambrusco over the last few years. 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 said, the aroma and taste of Lambrusco is quite distinctive and fruity with violets and plummy notes – they should be drank young and chilled.

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 and aged cheeses!

2021 Medici Concerto Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – $23.99 (regularly $28.49)

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July 4, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for July 4/2022

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:24 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the Parras Wines 370 Leguas Tinto (Douro, Portugal) – $15.99, regularly $19.99.

370 Léguas refers to the demarcation line of the Treaty of Tordesillas that the Portuguese navigators who in 1494 signed a treaty with the Spanish crown leading to the rising of the Portuguese empire. This wine pays homage to this historical fact and is made with 3 indigenous Portuguese grapes (Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz) harvested on the best slopes in the region

Parras Wines, founded by Luís Vieira in 2010 to integrate its businesses in the areas of viticulture, wine production, bottling and wine commercialization, was citred by the distinguished Revista de Vinhos, one of the leading magazines in Portugal, as Company of the Year, within “The Best of the Year 2020” awards. With 170 employees, and a turnover of close to 26.5 million euros in 2020, with 50% of the estates’ wines exported to Brazil, China, United States, Canada and England, among others.

Winemaker Carlos Eduardo ferments the grapes in stainless steel vats. This ruby colored wine, with aromas of very ripe red fruits like blackberry and dark cherries and soft tannins reveal good ripeness of the grapes, balanced acidity with touches of vanilla, oak and dark chocolate in the mix, finishing with cigar box notes, some dense tannins and a strong, tight texture. Try with roasted red meats.

Parras Wines 370 Leguas (Douro, Portugal) – $15.99, regularly $19.99

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