deVine Thoughts

August 5, 2019

BBQ Reds & Camping Wines

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:36 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

For those who enjoy a good bbq in the backyard or enjoy grilling meats outdoors, you would want a pretty big juicy, fruit-forward red with enough ripeness and concentration to stand up to the sweetish barbecue sauces and exotic rubs – we have a few suitable candidates for you:

2017 Casa Santos Lima Valcatrina Tinto (Alentejano, Portugal)- $19.99

2016 Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $24.99

2016 Ironstone Petite Sirah (California, United States) – $22.99

2016 Hess Family Amalaya Malbec Gran Corte (Salta, Argentina) – $31.99

2016 Michael and David Phillips Earthquake Zinfandel (California – Lodi, United States) – $36.99

For those who go camping, we have a new Wine in a Box, and some wine in a can for your consideration as well:

2017 Alain Jaume & Fils Bag in Box Grand Veneur Reserve Cotes-du-Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) – $69.99

Cascadian Outfitters Chardonnay (Washington, United States) – $11.49

Cascadian Outfitters Rose (Washington, United States) – $11.49

Cascadian Outfitters Red Blend (Washington, United States) – $11.49

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Time for Pinks – Take Two

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:25 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our pinks recommendations take two – as summer is here, and we’re finally going to get some heat, it is time for the rosés to take center stage. We have more rosés for you to choose from than ever before, the section has practically bursting at the seams. We have many selections from hotbed of France of course, but Italy, Austria, Spain, South Africa, Chile, Greece and Germany are all represented. Nothing is better for outdoor drinking be it on the deck, a picnic, or a barbecue. Nothing fancy or expensive, just something pink that gives great drinking pleasure.

First, pictured left to right:

2018 Domaine de Cristia Collection Rosé (Provence, France) – $23.99

2017 Rioja Vega Principe de Viana Rosa (Navarra, Spain) – $21.99

2018 Huber Rose Zweigelt (Traisental, Austria) – $23.99

2018 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $22.99

2018 Planeta Rose (Sicily, Italy) – $22.99

Other recommendations:

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2018 Domaine Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais-Villages Rose (Beaujolais, France) – $22.49

2018 La Playa Dry Rosé (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $15.99

2018 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (Provence, France) – $29.99

2018 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2017 Alpha Estate A Rosé (Amyndeon, Greece) – $36.99

2018 Winzer Sommerach Valentin Rose Trocken (Franken, Germany) – $21.49

2018 Château Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Rosé (Provence, France) – $25.49

2018 Cantina Lavis Pinot Grigio Rose (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $15.99

2018 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Provence, France) – $21.49

2017 Gruber Roschitz St. Laurent Rose (Austria) – $24.99

2017 Markus Kuntz-Riedlin Spatburgunder Rosé (Baden, Germany) – $36.99

Have yourself a very pink summer!

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July 19, 2019

Tawainese Whiskies from Kavalan

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:35 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Kavalan is the distillery that put Taiwanese whisky on the map, and it has been wowing drinkers around the world since it launched its first whisky in 2008. Known for its tropical-fruit style, it has won a host of prestigious awards in a very short time.

Produced in the Taiwan countryside and now available in 60 countries, Kavalan has won more than 220 international awards. More recently, it won the International Wine & Spirit Competition Worldwide Whisky Trophy 2017 and the International Spirits Challenge Trophy for two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.

Our new arrivals of Kavalan are pictured left to right: (quantities are very limited)

Kavalan Select Single Malt Whisky (Taiwan) – $86.99

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt (Taiwan) – $149.99

Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt (Taiwan) – $174.99

Also in stock:

Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish (Taiwan) – $114.99

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July 10, 2019

Germany – Beyond Riesling

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:25 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

The North American misconception about German wines is that it is always sweet Rieslings. Well, in this stand-up tasting, we will dispel all that with an evening of all dry German wines.

The whites will include a Chardonnay, a white Pinot Noir, Rivaner, Sauvignon Blanc and Scheurebe. And for some lighter reds for the summer, we’ll sample a sparkling Dornfelder and the little known red grape called Acolon. Thus, you’ll learn that Germany is beyond merely just a Riesling producing country… An intriguing evening will be had by the inquisitive and adventurous.

You can register for this special event here…

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July 5, 2019

Time for Pinks!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:55 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

As summer is here (well maybe), and we’re finally going to get some heat, it is time for the rosés to take center stage. We have more rosés for you to choose from than ever before, the section has practically bursting at the seams. We have many selections from hotbed of France of course, but Italy, Austria, Spain, South Africa, Chile, Greece and Germany are all represented. Nothing is better for outdoor drinking be it on the deck, a picnic, or a barbecue. Nothing fancy or expensive, just something pink that gives great drinking pleasure.

First, pictured left to right:

2018 CARE Rose Cabernet/Tempranillo (Carinena, Spain) – $17.49

2018 Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval (Provence, France) – $29.99

2018 Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel (Rhone Valley, France) – $26.99

2017 Markus Kuntz-Riedlin Spatburgunder Rosé (Baden, Germany) – $36.99

2018 Cune Rosado (Rioja, Spain) – $17.99

Other recommendations:

2018 La Playa Dry Rosé (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $15.99

2018 Domaine de Cristia Collection Rosé (Provence, France) – $23.99

2017 Alpha Estate A Rosé (Amyndeon, Greece) – $36.99

2018 Planeta Rose (Sicily, Italy) – $22.99

2018 Château Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Rosé (Provence, France) – $25.49

2018 Cantina Lavis Pinot Grigio Rose (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $15.99

2017 Gruber Roschitz St. Laurent Rose (Austria) – $24.99

2018 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2018 Domaine Laurent Gauthier Beaujolais-Villages Rose (Beaujolais, France) – $22.49

Have yourself a very pink summer!

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June 24, 2019

Happy Canada Day!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:08 pm

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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:

2017 Wild Goose Autumn Gold (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $25.99

2016 Clos du Soleil Winemaker’s Series Middle Bench Vineyard Syrah (BC, Canada) – $31.99

2017 Vineland Estates Pinot Meunier (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $21.49

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Other recommendations:

2018 Cedar Creek Pinot Gris (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $22.99

2017 Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $33.99

2015 Stoneboat Vineyards Rock Opera Pinotage (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $32.99

2013 Osoyoos Larose (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $57.99

2012 Mission Hill Oculus (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $149.99

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2018 Bordeaux Futures – Final Call

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:12 pm

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Author – Dirk Chan

deVines has been buying Bordeaux Futures for our customers in great years for a long time – 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 were great successes for us, and it looks like the upcoming 2018 Futures campaign is yet another Vintage of the Century to be added to that list.

For those who have good storage at home along with time, patience and money, purchasing some of the 2018’s to lay down is a smart move. In ten to twenty years time, you will have some wondrous wines to open for friends and family alike.

The 2018 Bordeaux Futures Campaign is ending at midnight, July 6, 2019. There is still many wines for sale at all price ranges from all the major appellations. As is custom, you buy and pay for the wines now, and they will come in two years time in 2021.

Check out current offerings here..

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June 15, 2019

Introducing Champagne La Rogerie

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:25 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Growers Champagne is beginning to really push the establish big houses and the newly arrived Champagne La Rogerie is an impressive statement to this trend. Justine and Francois Petit-Boxler own this tiny (0.6 ha) new domaine that only releases small batch Champagne.

New to deVines are two of their gems – the 503 (yes, you read correctly) bottle production of their Cuvée “La Grande Vie” , a 100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards in Avize made from mainly the 2013 harvest with some reserves from 2004 to 2012. Presented in six different bottles, designed by the artist and friend Nicolas Maitrot, meant to represent celebrating life in six different ways. The boxes mirror the foil in this exquisite collection. The second is a vintage dated Blanc de Blancs from the great 2008 vintage, aged on lees for 96 months!! You will agree the packaging is unique and fascinating!

Situated between the current darling of Champagne – Selosse and Louis Roederer of Cristal fame, there is nothing but upside for La Rogerie. The guard seems to be shifting, with young generations bringing in new thoughts in how to create beautiful, high quality wines, and bringing in their fresh ideas that will continue to remold the region over the years. You owe it to yourself to experience this exciting new producer, but don’t wait too long, with small production, we are just greatful just to get a few six packs!

NV Champagne La Rogerie La Grande Vie Blanc de Blancs – Collection 6 – Edition “Moon Vision” (Champagne, France) – $114.99

2008 Champagne La Rogerie Heroine Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $134.99

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June 7, 2019

Lopez de Heredia New Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:23 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

We have received our annual allotment of R. Lopez de Heredia wines for the year (and the allocations keep getting smaller and smaller as world wide demand far outstrips supply). One of our very favourite houses anywhere, there are very few wineries in Spain… in the world for that matter, whose name conjures up the heritage, prestige and adherence to old world wine-making quite like R. López de Heredia. Little about this winery has changed in the 140 + years since it’s founding by Don Rafael López de Heredia. Founded in 1877, the family adheres to a winemaking doctrine blueprinted in the 1880’s – to make wine only from their own vineyards.

Located in the historic town of Haro, Heredia was the first to establish their winery next to the train station (for easy access to transporting their wines abroad). This area is known as ‘Station District’, there are seven famous wineries that make up this Golden Mile of Rioja. Renown for holding their Rioja wines till they think it is ready, we are pleased to offer the 2009 Cubillo Crianza, 2006 Tondonia Reserva, 2007 Bosconia Reserva and the very rare 2005 Tondonia Reserva Blanco, all classic wines that are especially well priced given their high quality.

Quantities are extremely limited so get yours sooner than later. Pictured left to right:

2005 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanco (Rioja, Spain) – $69.99
2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza (Rioja, Spain) – $39.99
2007 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $54.99
2006 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $69.99

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Summertime Bubbles

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:33 pm

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We love our bubbles at deVines, and we’re happy to be once again pouring bubbles for your enjoyment on Saturday, June 29 @ 7pm in our Summetime Bubbles event.

We’ll taste many examples made in the Champenois Methode from the countries of Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal and of course France, including a couple of Champagnes as well as a ‘surging in popularity’ Lambrusco in this stand-up event. While Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are the classic grapes, we’ll taste some made from Verdicchio, Chenin and Glera as well.

Come join us for a sparkling evening of tidbits, stories and effervescence.

You can register for this special event here…

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