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May 29, 2023

Weekly Offer May 29/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:49 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2021 Vinos Santa Ema Select Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Maipo Valley, Chile) – $14.99, regularly $18.99.

The Viña Santa Ema vineyards is well situated for winemaking. Located 10 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, its coastal cool-climite vineyards have maximum temperatures of 24-25 degrees in summer, but with lots of wind and sun that results in wines with great aromatic expression, with high acidity and a great presence of ripe fresh fruit without greenish touches. Their philosphy of joining tradition and modernity is admirable and resulting in more and more international recognition as a final value winery.

The ripening of the berries here is slow, resulting in vibrant, mineral white wines alongside complex, aromatic reds like our weekly special this week – their certified sustainable Select Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva – an intense ruby red color with delicate aromas of black and red fruit like plum, blackberry, and raspberry with a hint of toast. The wine is very well balanced on the palate, with a long finish. It’s ideal for red meats, well spiced dishes, stews, and cheeses.

2021 Vinos Santa Ema Select Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Maipo Valley, Chile) – $14.99, regularly $18.99

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May 27, 2023

Clos du Soleil – Tasting This Thursday

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:59 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Since 2006, Clos du Soleil is a small artisan winery and estate vineyard on the Upper Bench of the South Similkameen Valley, in British Columbia. The house style is one of Old World elegance and New World edge which are elegant, complex, and age-worthy. Founded by a small group of friends, they own estate vineyards which are arid, hot, with a desert-like climate, with rocky, mineral-rich soils that produce truly distinctive wines of ripe fruit character, fresh acidity, herbal notes and striking minerality.

The winemaking team uses traditional winemaking techniques, informed by research, while adhering to the philosophies of minimal-interventionist winemaking, and organic and biodynamic viticulture. The resulting wines borrow an aesthetic derived from the great chateaux of Bordeaux, but are stamped with the flavours and aromas of their terroir.

The name Clos du Soleil, a French term meaning an enclosed Vineyard of the Sun, refers to the rocks, soil, and sun, which together define this very special piece of land where the grapes grow. The name also highlights the long days of sun which pour in on the Similkameen Bench, one of BC’s most unique and promising microclimates.

Please join us on Thursday, June 1 @ 7pm as deVine welcomes winemaker, general manager, and co-owner Michael Clark for a stand-up tasting. He was originally trained in Theoretical Physics, then followed a career in investment management in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Obsessed with wine from a young age, Michael gained training in winemaking in Geneva, Switzerland, and Bordeaux, France, followed by the winemaking program from the University of California, Davis.

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May 22, 2023

Weekly Offer for May 22/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:14 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2021 Les Quatre Tours Classique Rosé (Provence, France) – $19.49 (regularly $23.99).

Les Quatre Tours came into existence in 1924 at a time when many cooperatives were born just after the 1st World War. Located in the town of Venelles in Southern France, it operated as a very typical village co-op until the end of the 20th century, where the locals went with their jerry cans in order to “refuel” from the large tanks and then bottle the wines at home. Most of the wine was sold in bulk to bigger negociants; nothing was put in bottle at the co-op. In the 1990s, facing a very different and declining market for cheap, bulk wines, they decided to completely change the direction of the co-op. The idea was to model themselves after a small, quality “winery.” with quality over quantity – that’s the philosophy that’s carried forward to even now.

Our weekly special this week is their Classique Rosé – light, shimmering orange, salmon pink in color. The nose offers lively red strawberry, tangerine, watermelon and floral qualities on the fragrant nose. Silky and open-knit on the easy to enjoy palate, showing good depth to its juicy strawberry, red cherry, pineapple and orange pith flavors. The touch of spiciness on the lingering, dry, detailed finish ending long with a subtle hint of fennel and minerality typical of the region. Nice acidity encourages another sip.

40% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Rolle. Classified Vegan friendly.

2021 Les Quatre Tours Classique Rosé (Provence, France) – $19.49 (regularly $23.99)

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May 15, 2023

2022 Bordeaux Futures Campaign

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:39 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

It’s that time of the year again – Bordeaux Futures. How does Futures work you ask? – well at its most basic level, you’re purchasing unfinished wine – you pay for it in full now, and in two years time (2025), they arrive and you have some great Bordeaux to cellar for some time before enjoying the fruits of your patience. The wines when released in-bottle will be 10-15% higher so you get a price break. Nowadays, you buy futures so you can get your hands on a bottle or two of something great and rare. Bordeaux being one of the great wines in the world – at the top end, demand far out strips availability and Futures may be the only way of ensuring you get your hands on some of the more illustrious houses.

2022 is already being hailed as perhaps the greatest vintage of the new century. It is being mentioned in the same breath as 1947, 1982 and 1990 or a cross between 2009 and 2010. It is being called an “Investor’s vintage”, where they think in the years to come, this vintage will become highly sought after by all and appreciate in value significantly. It was a hot vintage throughout, but with better know-how as to how to handle that (since the very hot 2003), the winemakers have produce something unique and rare, a uniformly great vintage for all the red grapes – thus no one region dominated.

I tasted a barrel sample from our friend Marc Vigneron (who sells most of the right bank Bordeaux to us) of Ch. Bouscaut in Pessac, and I was amazed at the great nose, concentrated fruit but above all a fabulously fresh, long and cashmere finish – if this was indicative of how even a moderate house can produce something this good…wow! He said there were record levels of people attending the En Primeur tastings in Bordeaux, so world wide interest is high.

Already we’ve seen from the early releases, a 15-30% increase in price over the 2021’s and even over the 2018 pricing, so at the high end, things will not be cheap and already with the Leoville Barton we see it is in high demand selling out very quickly irregardless of price. Do grab what you can afford, the Petit Chateaux will show well young, and the Grand Cru’s will deliver a unique experience in 20 years.

For those seeking the absolute top-tier, please drop us an email so we can help. It gets harder and harder every year to get the highest scoring most prestigious wines, some wines we get one 3pack. Of course, there isn’t enough to go around as every retailer wants some of the superstars leading to some frenzied buying and quick sellouts and staying up all night waiting for new releases/offers for a whole month.

As usual, items offered will be sold on a first-come first served basis and in some cases maximums applied. In many instances we won’t be able to go back for more of something once it sells out and if we do, price will be second tranche (release) higher pricing.

Please use the link below to subscribe to receive Futures offerings. If you’ve purchased Futures before, you are automatically enrolled. Subscribers can expect two offerings per week over 3 or 4 weeks beginning next week, the campaign will end early to mid June.

As usual, we’ll be offering some sweet Sauternes, whites, but this time around mostly focused on reds from Petit Chateaux to high end Grand Cru’s at various price points so there will be wines for everybody. Bottom line, if you’ve been hesitant to get into the Bordeaux Futures game, jump in now for this is a historically significant vintage to have in your cellars.

Enroll to receive 2022 Bordeaux Futures offerings..

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Weekly Offer for May 15/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:37 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2017 Parras Wines 370 Leguas Tinto (Douro, Portugal) – $14.99, 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 distinguished by Revista de Vinhos, one of the leading magazines in the sector, 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, England, Cape Verde, Angola, and Sao Tome and Principe, 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.

2017 Parras Wines 370 Leguas (Douro, Portugal) – $14.99, regularly $19.99

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May 8, 2023

Something Special for Mother’s Day

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:52 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

A Happy Mother’s Day to all mother’s out there and hope your day is full of love, joy and plenty of wine! Here are our suggestions for the festive day:

Sparkling for Brunch:

NV Caposaldo Sparkling Peach (Veneto, Italy) – $21.49
NV Cave de Lugny Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose (Burgundy, France) – $24.99
NV Chai du Grand Vaudasniere Cremant de Vouvray (Loire Valley, France) – $25.99
NV Tomato Wheels Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – $34.99
NV Champagne Liebart-Regnier Les Sols Bruns Demi-Sec (Champagne, France) – $62.99
2006 Champagne Gardet Charles Prestige Millesime (Champagne, France) – $129.99
2004 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $389.99
Something Pink:

2020 Spinelli Tratturo Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC (Abruzzi, Italy) – $17.99
2021 Prieler Rose vom Stein (Burgenland, Austria) – $28.99
2021 Feudo Montoni Rose di Adele Nerello Mascalese (Sicily, Italy) – $39.99

A few whites and reds for that special meal:

2021 Domaine Coudoulet Pinot Gris (Pays d’Oc, France) – $25.99
2019 Lothian Vineyards Chardonnay Vineyard Selection (Western Cape, South Africa) – $41.99
1985 Weingut Pralat Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $49.99
2018 Gambal-Work Bentrock Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (California – Central Coast, United States) – $119.99

2021 Casa Girelli Cembra Pinot Nero (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $25.99
2019 Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro (Douro, Portugal) – $34.99
2018 Descendientes de Jose Palacios Villa de Corullon (Bierzo, Spain) – $77.99
2018 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Amentet Vineyard (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $159.99
2011 Château Trotanoy (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $269.99

Chocolate Pairings:

2017 Domäne Wachau Beerenauslese Terrassen (Wachau, Austria) – 375mL – $35.99
2021 Vietti Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $41.99
2009 Quinta do Mourao Sao Leonardo Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $94.99
1981 Kopke Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $179.99

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Weekly Offer for May 8/23

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

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso La Querciolina (Tuscany, Italy) – $27.99 (regularly $33.99).

The Sassetti family (famous for their wonderful Brunello’s) lures one to their vineyards and cellar having farmed some of Montalcino’s finest vineyards for over a century in Central Italy. Located in the Montosoli hills, north of Montalcino, the story dates back to 1967 where Livio Sassetti worked the historic property through to the late 1970s, then purchased the 16 hectare vineyard of the now–famous Podere Pertimali. The Podere is particularly well-known area for the cultivation of the Sangiovese Grosso grape used in the making of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino reds. Four generations of the Sassetti family have made wine in Montalcino and Livio was among the founders of the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, which was the same year the DOC(G) system became law.

This week’s feature, their Maremma adventure Montecucco Rosso La Querciolina is a 100% Sangiovese red from volcanic soil that is full-bodied, with medium tannins, lovely structure and dense notes of black cherry fruit laced with brambleberries, cedar, minerality and sweet spices. Enjoy on Mother’s Day pairing with a Pappardelle in a wild boar ragu!

Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso La Querciolina (Tuscany, Italy) – $27.99 (regularly $33.99)

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May 1, 2023

2019 Bordeaux – In-Bottle Release

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:48 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

The gentle 2019 Bordeaux vintage is the second of a trio of legendary vintages, with the opulent 2018 before it, and the seductively silky 2020’s the year after that. Only one other time has Bordeaux had a trio of great vintages – it was 1988, 1989 and 1990. Many of you purchased futures for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 trio and it will serve you well down the road – what an intriguing theme it will be to taste these 3 vintages in a single evening.. If you purchased 2019 Futures, you can pat yourself in the back as the pricing was the best in 20 years due to Covid where none of the critics were able to taste in Bordeaux.

Here is our first in-bottle general release of some Petit Chateaux, Cru Bourgeois and the high end Grand Cru Classé 2019’s for your consideration.. For those who missed out on the 2019 Futures, here’s your opportunity to grab a few for your cellar.

Pictured left to right:

2019 Château Moulin Haut-Laroque (Bordeaux – Fronsac, France) – $57.99
2019 Château Haut-Batailley (Bordeaux – Pauillac, France) – $125.99
2019 Château Feytit-Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $144.99
2019 Château Montrose (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $379.99
2019 Château Petrus (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $5599.99

For the complete list of 2019’s:

2019 Left Bank Wines

2019 Right Bank Wines

Quantities are very limited (especially the high-end) so purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Happy shopping everyone!!

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Weekly Offer for May 1/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:50 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Sokol Blosser Evolution Chardonnay (Oregon – Willamette Valley, USA) – $22.99 (regularly $27.99).

Back on 1971 when Susan Sokol and Bill Blosser planted their first vines in the Dundee Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area) of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, there was no wine industry in the area. Nowadays, there are over 900 wineries..

Now the second generation, led by son Alex Sokol Blosser is the President and Winemaker who creates world class quality wines that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment, that express the distinctive flavors of their hillside vineyards.

The weekly special this week is their Evolution Chardonnay made with fruit from the Willamette Valley – Dangerously floral and fruit-driven (pears & green apples) with a crisp refreshing, creamy finish. The oak is well managed. This bottle of chardonnay makes enjoying a young chardonnay wine so easy to drink and share. It pairs with our favorite chicken curries, or when you’re craving fish and chips – just for the halibut, a Pacific Northwest favorite.

Sokol Blosser Evolution Chardonnay (Oregon – Willamette Valley, USA) – $22.99 (regularly $27.99)

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