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October 30, 2023

Weekly Offer for Oct 30/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:21 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2022 Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $20.49 (regularly $24.49).

Babich Wines is the oldest family-owned (established in 1916 after the family immigrated from Croatia in 1910) winemaking company in New Zealand and a leading NZ wine brands that aims to sustainably crafting the most drinkable New Zealand wines for export. This winery practises sustainable viticulture and is heading towards Organic Certification.

Their Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was first produced in 2005 and is made from grapes from the Waihopai, Awatere and Wairau Valley properties. This is a high quality drink displaying archtypical New Zealand Sauv Blanc character with that added layer of complexity. Plenty of citrus notes (citrus, grapefruit, mango, lemon) on the nose while the palate offers lime, gooseberry, minerals and smoky herbals. Delicious with a spring salad, fish or poultry dishes!

2022 Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $20.49 (regularly $24.49)

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October 27, 2023

Taylor Fladgate – The Galactic Port Tasting with Sales Manager Joao Rebelo

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:55 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

deVine and Pacific Wine & Spirits is proud to present Joao Rebelo, Global Sales Manager of the Fladgate Partnership on Wednesday, November 15 @ 7pm – $60 for a special port tasting.

The feature port this evening will be the newly arrived 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, the Galactic Edition, the first port to travel into space – this limited edition of this highly rated Vintage port celebrates this momentous occasion and will let us explore new frontiers together! Also featured will the Taylor’s version of the new format of a 50 Year Old Tawny.

The cool weather has arrived and its port season – there are only 22 spots available for this stand-up event. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Register for the event here..

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October 23, 2023

Weekly Offer for Oct 23/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:19 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Charles Smith Wine of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $24.99, regularly $29.99.

Charles Smith is the legendary winemaker behind iconic brands like K Vintners, Sixto and Substance and several other brands. The House of Smith is the largest independent and winemaker-owned winery in Washington State area with wines sold in all 50 states and 23 countries worldwide. And it all started a little over 20 years ago, with 330 cases of 1999 K Syrah sold out of the back of Charles’ 1987 Astro van.

Charles Smith, the dynamic, self-taught guru of Washington wines turned from a life as a rock band manager to rock the world of wine. The Wines of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Goose Ridge, Painted Hills, Badger Mountain, Shaw, Sportsfisher and Coyote vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Washington State area. Loaded with black cassis, cedar, tobacco, dark plum, lead pencil, vanilla and toast in a rich, full-bodied, balanced package. This Cab has been a perennial bestseller at deVines for years. Pair with braised beef short ribs or roast beef.

Charles Smith Wine of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $24.99 (regularly $29.99)

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October 16, 2023

Weekly Offer for Oct 16/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:10 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Poderi di Luigi Einaudi Dogliani Dolcetto (Piedmont, Italy) – $21.99, regularly $28.49.

Luigi Einaudi is arguably the best producer of Dolcetto in Italy, with their reputation going back to 1897, who was to became the 2nd President of the Italian Republic. The winery is based in the village of Dogliani but also has owns prestigious vineyards in Barolo and Barbaresco. The estate is now run by Einaudi’s great-grandson, Matteo Sardagna who continues the excellence in their entire range of wines.

In the Dogliani area, the Dolcetto wine reaches its absolute best – with eight months of maturation in steel and concrete tanks and two months in glass complete the refinement. Of a dry and moderately acidic taste, after a year of ageing, it has a good body and a full palate.

Our feature this week is their famous Dogliani Dolcetto made from 90 year old vines, the annual production is 130.000 bottles. Ruby red in color, with a fruity bouquet with hints of undergrowth. Fresh and flavorful on the palate, with abundant red berry fruit front and center and a dry almond finish. Its easy to drink and makes for a great everyday red. It pairs well with starters and first courses like pasta, risotto and soup. Great with vegetable or meat salads, pasta with or without tomato or ragout.

We believe the best Dolcetto’s come from Dogliani and this wine is a testament to that.

Poderi di Luigi Einaudi Dogliani Dolcetto (Piedmont, Italy) – $21.99, regularly $28.49

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October 9, 2023

Weekly Offer for Oct 9/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:17 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2018 Bortoluzzi Cabernet Sauvignon (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) – $20.99, regularly $24.99.

Three siblings – Alessio, Alberto and Angela Bortoluzzi have seen the Bortoluzzi Estate and Winery grown to become a hugely successful enterprise since inception in 1982. The winery is located in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Northeastern Italy. The Fiuli-Venezia Giulia region borders Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east, the Veneto region to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the south.

Our feature is their hugely successful Cabernet Sauvignon, which sees 15 days’ fermentation at a temperature of 25° Celsius (77° Fahrenheit). Subsequently, the red wine is aged in barriques and tonneaux, both new and used (maximum 3 year) for about 12-14 months, then blended and left to rest in stainless steel tanks for about a month previous to bottling.

The colour of this wine is as bright as a beautiful ruby ring. It has an intense, herbaceous and spicy bouquet – with woody scents – fruity with hints of the underwood. Delicate on the palate, velvety and pleasantly dry. No oak or vanilla notes come through on this smooth and well-balanced 100% CabSau. Food accompaniment include roast red meats, game or aged cheeses.

2018 Bortoluzzi Cabernet Sauvignon (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) – $20.99, regularly $24.99.

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October 2, 2023

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

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


Author: Dirk Chan

Wow…Thanksgiving week is fast upon us, where did September go? So here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and/or ham dinner with all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a port to end.

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are a great way to start any function whether its a greeting aperitif or to pair with appetizers. Lively and clean, these will get everyone ready for what’s to come next.

NV La Jara Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $21.49
NV Tomato Wheels Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – $34.99
NV Bisci Verdicchio Matelica Extra Brut (Marches, Italy) – $36.99
NV Domaine Deliance Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve (Burgundy – Cote Chalonnaise, France) – $37.99
2021 13th Street Gamay Blanc de Noir (Ontario, Canada) – $38.99


Now if you serve Champagne, your audience will immediately know you’re here to do some serious partaking and celebrating.

NV Champagne Gardet Brut Tradition (Champagne, France) – $56.99
NV Henri Billiot et Fils Rosé (Champagne, France) – $81.99
NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Extra Brut Extra Old 3 (Champagne, France) – $119.99
NV Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Tradition Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $181.99
2004 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Brut Liesse d’Harbonville (Champagne, France) – $289.99

Whites & Pinks

Whites with a touch of sweetness is preferred because of the sweetness of some of the fixings – candied yams, cranberry sauce, and honey for the glazed ham. A completely dry white will seem more austere and void of fruit due to the sweetness of the food so I recommend Rieslings (dry or off-dry, both work), sweet Chenin Blancs or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2021 Villa des Anges Chardonnay (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $19.99
2022 Fento Bico da Ran Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain) – $24.99
2020 Paul Zinck Pinot Gris (Alsace, France) – $29.99
2016 Huber Ried Alte Setzen 10TW Gruner Veltliner (Traisental, Austria) – $39.99
2020 Willi Schaefer Graacher Riesling QbA Trocken (Mosel, Germany) – $44.99
2019 Pievalta San Paolo Verdicchio Classico Riserva (Marches, Italy) – $51.99
2020 Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu (Condrieu, France) – $69.99
2021 Francois Mikulski Meursault (Meursault, France) – $156.99
2017 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany – $329.99
2021 Château Le Grand Verdus Rosé (Bordeaux, France) – $22.99
2021 Feudo Montoni Rose di Adele Nerello Mascalese (Sicily, Italy) – $39.99

For reds, try to avoid the big oaky tannic monsters. Oak and tannins are the enemies when pairing with slightly sweet food, try for a red with lots of up-front fruit, little oak and a soft tannins like a Beaujolais (served slightly chilled) or a Pinot Noir.

2022 Domaine de Bachellery Pinot Noir (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $22.99
2020 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Les Cadoles (Beaujolais, France) – $24.99
2018 Mullineux Kloof Street Red (Swartland, South Africa) – $26.99
2018 Cune Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $29.49
2021 Elvio Cogno Langhe Nebbiolo Montegrilli (Piedmont, Italy) – $41.99
2018 Gruber Roschitz Black Label St. Laurent (Weinviertel, Austria) – $54.99
2019 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru Aux Guettes (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $69.99
2020 Ridge Lytton Springs (California – Sonoma, United States) – $81.99
2012 Telmo Rodriguez Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $111.99
2015 Oddero Barolo Villero (Piedmont, Italy) – $114.99
2015 Domaine de la Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos d’Audignac Monopole Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $154.99
2011 Le Carre (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $164.99
2013 Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d’Alceo (Tuscany, Italy) – $239.99
2009 Château La Conseillante (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $539.99

Sweet dessert wines and Port are always good for the final touches of a meal:

2018 Château Pajzos Harslevelu Late Harvest Tokaj (Tokaj, Hungary) – 500mL – $24.49
2017 Domäne Wachau Beerenauslese Terrassen (Austria) – $35.99
2019 Gruber Roschitz Beerenauslese Chardonnay (Weinviertel, Austria) – 375mL – $39.99
2017 Mission Hill Reserve Riesling Icewine (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – 375mL – $71.99
2011 Château Climens Premier Cru (Bordeaux – Barsac, France) – 375mL – $114.99
2010 Knebel Winninger Uhlen Riesling Beerenauslese (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – 375mL – $159.99
2000 Pocas Junior Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $69.99
2015 Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $86.99
1963 Messias Colheita Selecionada (Douro, Portugal) – $329.99
1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $499.99

Note our regular store hours are in affect this long weekend, except holiday monday when we’re open from noon-5pm.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Weekly Offer for Oct 2/23

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:36 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2020 d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $14.99, regularly $18.49.

Since 1912 the Osborn family have grown grapes and made wine in the picturesque surrounds of McLaren Vale. Today, fourth generation family member Chester Osborn is at the winemaking helm, making distinctive wines using traditional methods in the winery and the vineyard.

The winery is famous for the d’Arenberg Cube, a cellar door unlike any other in the world – built in a shape of a rubiks cube. It is also renowned for the quirky names of their wines, and their specialism in the vines of the Rhône valley. Amongst the wine world, it is famous for its Dead Arm Shiraz made from fungus-infected shiraz grape vines that has left one of the branches dead while the other arm produces small and extremely concentrated grapes.

Our weekly feature this week is their Stump Jump Shiraz, It is rumoured that the inventor of the Stump Jump plough, which enabled a ploughshare to jump over tree roots, had poor eyesight and required regular tests to ensure he could still operate machinery. The design of this label is inspired by an optometrist’s eyechart and serves as a makeshift sobriety test. If you can hold the bottle at arm’s length and still read the front label, you can enjoy another glass, ha!

A generous and juicy Shiraz loaded with sweet red and black fruit. The nose opens with dark notes of black cherries and hints of cassis. The palate is loaded with black fruits, plums, mulberries with some aniseed and peppery spices. Fresh cherry and red berries. Fine and persistent tannins give this wine a sense of opulence. Very approachable in its youth. A wine built to drink in its early days. A wonderful expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz.

2020 d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) – $14.99, regularly $18.49.

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