deVine Thoughts

June 30, 2023

Happy Canada Day!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:11 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Happy Canada Day weekend everybody, here are a few recommendations from B.C. and Ontario for your drinking pleasure.

Pictured left to right:

2021 Lake Breeze Ehrenfelser (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $25.99

2022 Wild Goose Autumn Gold (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $27.49

2020 Clos du Soleil Celestiale (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $32.99

2018 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $67.99

Other recommendations:

2022 Poplar Grove Rosé (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $21.99, regularly $26.99

2018 Malivoire Stouck Viognier (Ontario – Beamsville Bench, Canada) – $29.99

2021 Burrowing Owl Chardonnay (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $37.99

2019 13th Street Gamay (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $26.99

2021 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $27.99

2020 Sandhill Cabernet Franc (BC, Canada) – $28.99

2020 Quails’ Gate Limited Release Old Vines Foch (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $34.49

2018 Pearl Morissette Violette (Ontario – Jordan, Canada) – $40.99

Happy Canada Day long weekend everybody!!

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June 26, 2023

Weekly Online Offer for June 27/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:45 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2022 Poplar Grove Rosé (Okanagan, B.C.) – $21.99, regularly $26.99.

Founded in 1993, Poplar Grove Winery is one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench in Pentiction, B.C. Tony and Barb Holler purchased the winery in 2007. Their sons, Chris, Andrew, Matthew, and Eric farm more than 140 acres of their estate vineyards with care and dedication. The family is widely recognized for crafting genuine wines with a commitment to revealing the character and richness of the Okanagan Valley. The wines are estate grown, locally farmed and family owned.

Our weekly feature is their Rosé, very appropriate for Canada Day. It is composed of 46% Malbec, 32% Merlot, 11% Cabernet franc, 6% Pinot Noir, 4% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon – each varietal was kept separate. The extracted juice from the crushed grapes was left on skins for four hours, then cold settled and fermented at 15 °C to preserve the bright fruit flavours. The yeast consumed most of the grape sugars leaving 1.0 g/l and yielding a wonderfully complex dry rosé.

Medium light rose petal pink. Aromas of fresh raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb and apricot combine with an enticing hint of blood orange. A robust palate of ripe nectarines and cantaloupe is well-balanced with delicate citrus notes. Enjoy as a light, fresh opener to an evening or as a stand-alone aperitif.

Happy Canada Day week everyone!

2022 Poplar Grove Rosé (Okanagan, B.C.) – $21.99, regularly $26.99.

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June 19, 2023

Weekly Online Offer for June 19/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:27 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2018 Monte Antico Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – $16.49, regularly $20.49.

Monte Antico, which means “ancient mountain”, is Neil and Maria Empson’s tribute to Tuscany. Their forty years of passion and experience led them to create their own label along with their good friend Franco Bernabei, a master in Italian winemaking. Together, they have made quite a name for themselves since 1977.

Our weekly special this week is their Monte Antico Rosso, a modern Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon offers refined floral, candied berry, cedar and ginger aromas with enough structure for short-term cellaring or pairing with food tonight. Great with spaghetti and meatballs, or with grilled lamb with mushroom risotto.

The grapes for this wine were grown in the areas of Maremma, Colline Pisane, and Colli Fiorentini. Soil types vary, but span from compact, very fine-textured limestone at 1,300-1,500 feet above sea level to a classic, clay and calcareous, rocky galestro around 1,300 feet above sea level, and go on to a clay, siliceous and calcareous soil at 820-990 feet above sea level. The grapes are harvested at their peak ripeness. This balanced combination of geological diversity makes for the wine’s consistent excellence. It is an easy everyday drinker, smooth and generous and drinking nicely.

2018 Monte Antico Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – $16.49, regularly $20.49

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June 12, 2023

Weekly Offer for June 12/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:22 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2021 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Provence, France) – $19.49, regularly $23.99.

At the foot of the Sainte Victoire mountain, 15 kms from Aix en Provence in southern France in the commune of Puyloubier lies Domaine Houchart, purchased in 1890 by Aurélien Houchart, a negociant and friend of Cézanne and great-grand father of Geneviève Quiot (of Chateauneuf’s Domaine du Vieux Lazarat fame). This family estate has been farmed since the Roman times.

It is one of the largest estates (50 hectares under vine) in Provence with ancient old vines between 30 and 50 years. There is a wild range of soil types – sandy, chalky, clay and silt which ensures that the vines have proper drainage and produce and grapes that can develop true varietal characteristics.

Our feature this week is their classic Rosé (made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) – it is a long time deVine Bestseller in the summer. It has a delicate citrus and strawberry nose that carry onto the palate and develop into flavours of field berries, watermelon and mineral notes. A quintessential provencal rosé (in an instantly recognizable glass bottle) that is clean and refreshing to be enjoyed as an aperitif with smoked salmon, charcuterie & cheeses as well as salads. Fabulous al fresco in the sun-drenched summer afternoons.

2021 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Provence, France) – $19.49, regularly $23.99.

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June 9, 2023

2022 Bordeaux Futures Campaign – Final Call

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:47 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.

***All wines have been released and we are done our buying. This is the last call so its time to finalize all purchases. Don’t miss out on this “buy-all-you-can-afford can’t go wrong vintage”. The campaign closes midnight Thursday, July 6th. Thank you everybody for your participation.

See all currently available offerings..

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June 5, 2023

Weekly Offer for June 5/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:29 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the Cecchi Chianti Riserva DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) – $20.99, regularly $25.99.

The love story of Luigi and Anita Cecchi began in Poggibonsi, Tuscany in the 1950s, when Luigi saw Anita whizz past on her motor scooter. Intrigued by such an adventurous woman, he pursued and married her. Together, they poured their hearts and souls into the Cecchi Winery in Tuscany.

The story of Cecchi actually dates back to 1893, when Luigi’s grandfather – also Luigi – took his experience from working at some of the most famous agricultural companies in Tuscany and set out on his own as a wine merchant.

Over the years, their house reputation is built around their Chianti Classico’s of elegance and finesse. Nowadays, their two sons, Cesare and Andrea are now at the company’s helm, as the commercial director and the production and technical director, respectively. Inheriting the same enthusiasm and entrepreneurial know-how of their forefathers, they are focused on sustainability and their wine’s ability to express its territory of origin.

Cecchi wines are a pure expression of their Tuscan terroir and crafted to be enjoyed around the family dinner table and our weekly special, their Chianti Classico Riserva certainly fits the bill with a glowing deep garnet color with glints of copper, the nose on this Chianti Riserva starts with dark cherry fruit, subtle gun flint and sage followed on the palate by a woodsy spice note and fine acid structure all leading to a smooth and balanced finish – this is a versatile wine to serve at the dinner table.

Cecchi Chianti Riserva DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) – $20.99, regularly $25.99.

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