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August 10, 2021

Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:49 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Brunello di Montalcino’s are currently on a great run – following the excellent 2015’s is the arrival of the exceptional 2016’s, constituting the greatest back to back vintages of this Sangiovese based wine ever. Both vintages require patience, but they are already legendary and highly sought after. We have received our first batch of the 2016’s and are glad to offer them for your consideration. Quality wise, the 2016’s are certainly in line with the great 2010’s and the 2001’s before that amongst the greatest vintages ever so don’t miss out on the 2016’s.

First, pictured left to right:

2016 Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $66.99

2016 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $68.99

2016 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalciono (Tuscany, Italy) – $121.99

2016 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $83.99

2016 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $74.99

Other available 2016 Brunello’s:

2016 Fattoria La Magia Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $66.99

2016 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli (Tuscany, Italy) – $139.99

And our last bit of the great 2015’s:

2015 Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $59.99

2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $73.99

2015 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $84.99

2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa (Tuscany, Italy) – $119.99

2015 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli (Tuscany, Italy) – $119.99

2015 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 40th Anniversary (Tuscany, Italy) – $134.99

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August 9, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for Aug 9/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:40 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2019 JM Fonseca Periquita Reserva (Terras do Sado, Portugal) – $15.49 regularly $18.99).

José Maria da Fonseca started his namesake company in 1834 in the Setúbal Peninsula, Portugal’s stunningly beautiful coastal region situated about 40 min SW of Lisbon. Starting with the production of the sweet fortified wine, Moscatels de Setúbal for which Fonseca helped earn the D.O.C. for, he quickly garnered a solid international reputation. Forward thinking and adventurous, Fonseca made history in 1850 when he bottled the first still Portuguese red wine from his Periquita vineyard. The then King of Portugal so liked the wine that he bestowed the royal order on him.

Two centuries later, the sixth generations head winemaker, Domingos Soares Franco, along with his team of enologists, have undertaken a wide range of research, experiments and innovative techniques that continues to shape and progress Portuguese viticulture.

Periquita was Portugal’s first bottled wine. Made with the native Castelao grape, it is extra dry and medium-bodied, with licorice, mushroom and fig flavours and balancing acidity. Medium tannins provide structure on the finish. The Atlantic Ocean in the west and southwest surrounding Setubal expresses its influence on this wine. Ruby in colour with aromas of vanilla, oak, blackberries, strawberries, currants, violets, and plums. The palate has good acidity, the presence of soft tannins and good persistence. Pair with meat dishes, game or firm cheeses.

2019 JM Fonseca Periquita Reserva (Terras do Sado, Portugal) – $15.49 (regularly $18.99)

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August 2, 2021

2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:27 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

‘Veuve’ is the French term for ‘widow’ and Madame Clicquot was a sturdy lady who lived to be just under 90, so back in the old days that’s pretty amazing. She was the inventor of the riddling table, introduced rosé Champagnes to the world and was one of the few women in a man’s world. She had strong ideas of how the company was to be ran, and despite wartime, continue to produce wine which she shipped to Russia. Today, Veuve Clicquot Champagnes are recognized all over the world with its distinctly orange label designs that pop out on any store shelf.

The house dates back to 1772 and their caves are long and never-ending, damp, cool and dark. The working cellars are huge and certainly a maze for anyone to navigate.

We are featuring their 2008 La Grande Dame, the houses’ top cuvee from an already legendary vintage in Champagne. 2008 is the best Champagne vintage since the now rather pricey 1996 and 1990’s. Every great cellar should have some 2008’s, but availability is getting scarce so act quickly to secure yours.

2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut (Champagne, France) – $299.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Aug 2

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:08 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz – $19.99 regularly $24.99).

Often referred to as the man who saved the Barossa Valley, Peter Lehmann’s reputation is legendary throughout the region and in Australian winemaking history.

The late 1970s were difficult times for the Barossa Valley wine grape growing community as there was a severe grape surplus where companies refused to buy grapes and honor existing contracts, and Peter Lehmann knew this would destroy the livelihoods of the family growers. In a courageous bid to support his community, Peter took out a loan, assembled equipment and built a small winery to process their grapes. True to his promise to them, when the money started coming in Peter made sure to pay his growers first.

Having gone through the tough times, not just to make great wine but to preserve the future of the land and the Barossa region, the growers gave him unrivalled access to the very best grapes thereafter.

For “The Barossan Shiraz”, parcels of high quality fruit are carefully selected from across the Barossa Valley, the winemaker have identified varying interpretations of “Shiraz” to blend together seamlessly a pretty red, delivering a complex and layered wine with fruit intensity and suppleness.

Fine value here – Full-bodied, creamy vanilla notes accentuate the core of plum and blackberry in a spicy m chocolate smooth package with a slightly smoky finish. Pair with slow roasted meats.

2018 Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) – $19.99 (regularly $24.99)

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July 26, 2021

Summertime Rosés

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:16 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Summer is here and the rosé season is in full swing!

Pinks are the rage, perfect for sipping on the deck, yet perfectly comfortable as a food and wine pairing. 95% of rosé are dry and its firmly established as a summertime favourite with the local public. We’ve got lots of pinks on hand to choose from so enjoy!!

First, pictured left to right:

2020 Adega de Penalva Indigena Rose (Dao, Portugal) – $1899

2010 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado (Rioja, Spain) – $62.99

2020 Osmin and Cie Pyrene L’inoubliable La Vie en Rose Negrette (Cotes de Gascogne, France) – $17.99

2020 Bodega Astobiza Rosé (Spain) – $24.99

2020 Agricola Gorgo Bardolino Chiaretto (Veneto, Italy) – $19.99

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Other interesting pinks for your consideration:

2020 Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa) – $15.49

2019 Cantina Lavis Pinot Grigio Rose (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $15.99

2019 Edoardo Miroglio Soli Rosé (Thracian Valley, Bulgaria) – $21.49

2020 Rudolf Rabl Zweigelt Rosé (Kamptal, Austria) – $22.99

We have many other new rosés arriving so check out our dedicated rosé section the next time you’re in.

2020 Malivoire Lady Bug Rosé (Ontario – Beamsville Bench, Canada) – $23.99

2018 Staatlicher Hofkeller Wurzburg Rotling Rose (Franken, Germany) – $24.99

2020 Agricola Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $28.99

2020 Domaine Serge Dagueneau & Filles Les Montees Cotes de La Charite Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $29.99

2020 Chateau de L’Escarelle Le Pacha Rosé (Provence, France) – $33.99

2020 Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé (Provence, France) – $35.99

2020 Domaine Montrose Rosé (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – 1.5L – $39.99

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July 24, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for July 26

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:49 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

Our feature this week is their 2020 Château Ste. Michelle Riesling (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $15.99 (regularly $19.99).

Founded in 1967, Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed winery featuring award-winning wines and unparalleled tasting experiences at our historic chateau located in Woodinville, Washington, near Seattle.

The wineries’ roots go all the way back to the Repeal of Prohibition circa 1912 when the estate was owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson.

Most famous for its Riesling production, the winery makes over 8 million bottles of the various Rieslings annually. This everyday drinker has some sweetness to it, but not overly sweet.

Winemaker’s Notes: “Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of Riesling from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley. The wine offers crisp apple aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. This is Chateau Ste. Michelle’s “everyday Riesling” that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.”

2020 Château Ste. Michelle Riesling (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $15.99 (regularly $19.99)

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July 19, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for July 19

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:48 am

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Author: Dirk Chan


Our special this week is the 2019 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

The UKO winery was built in the 1930s. It is a boutique and traditional winery, with the latest technology to achieve outstanding results. Their high altitude vineyards are located in one of the more prestigious sub-areas of the Uco Valley, the Pareditas sub-region, this is an inexpensive and exciting red that confirms the shift in grape growing over a century, from East Mendoza to the classic zone to Uco Valley. The soil is alluvial and drip irrigation is used. The dry and continental climate with fine sun exposure allows for perfect grape ripening.

2019 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

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July 15, 2021

2020 Bordeaux Futures – Last Call

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:50 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan
Our highly successful 2020 Bordeaux Futures Campaign will come to a close at midnight this coming Sunday, July 18. This is your last-call to order some 2020 Bordeaux from the so-called Covid vintage to have and open 10-20 years from now and say we lived through it.

For only the 2nd time ever, Bordeaux has had a trio of great years – 2018, 2019 and now 2020. The last and only other time this occurred was 1988, 89 and 1990.

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, they arrive and you have some great Bordeaux to cellar for some time before enjoying the fruits of your patience. The wines when bottled 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 illustrious houses.

2020 appears to be a Right Bank vintage, so the Merlot dominant appellations of St. Emilion and Pomerol will be highly sought after while Margaux and Haut-Medoc’s with high percentage of Merlot are also popular.

The pricing appears to be an increase of a few percent to 15%, thus a little more expensive than the giveaway pricing from last year, but still quite a bit cheaper than 2018. However, given that yields were down in general 20%, we are receiving less quantity than normal.

As usual, items offered will be sold on a first-come first served basis and in some cases maximums applied. In many cases 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) pricing.

If you require assistance in choosing, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email or come into the store and we’d be happy to help.

Check out all available wines here..

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July 12, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for July 12

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:38 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan


Our special this week is the 2019 Dubard Château Laulerie Viognier (Bergerac, France) – $17.27 (regularly $22.99)

In the late 1970’s, the Dubard family founded their first wine estate, Château Laulerie, in the western part of the Bergerac wine region called Montravel. Throughout the years, the family restored life to two additional wineries located on the right bank of the Dordogne river, in the wine appellations of Lalande de Pomerol and Puisseguin St Emilion.

With its dry white, rosé and red wines, Château Laulerie offers the unique harmony resulting from the alliance between a contrasted but mild climate and a complex calcareous soil. Only planted in 2016, Chateau Laulerie’s signature Viognier began to unveil its personality by the 2019 vintage, fully expressing its three most sought-after qualities; tension, glycerin texture, minerality and aromatic maturity.

With a nose signalling perfumed honeysuckle, gently stewed apricots and pear, on the palate the trademark Viognier characteristics can be found, namely a fleshy and round vivacity and flavours of ripe peach, apricot and mango with a refined oily finish.

Great as an apéritif, it can also make a great companion to an avocado crab salad or a meaty fish like monkfish.

2019 Dubard Château Laulerie Viognier (Bergerac, France) – $17.27 (regularly $22.99)

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July 7, 2021

July is Petit Chablis Month

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:21 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

July is Petit Chablis month as several boutique stores around town promote and create awareness of this fine Chardonnay AOC region. While Petit Chablis is within the Chablis AOC, covering all areas not included in the Chablis Village wines, the Premier Cru’s and the Grand Cru’s – it is a source of great, easy to enjoy Chardonnays for early drinking that speaks of the terroir that it came from.

There’s nothing really “little” or “lesser” about b>Petit Chablis, it is a Village designation that makes up around 18-20% of all wines made in Chablis, it is mostly spans the higher slopes or the beginning of the plateau in hard limestone or silty soils and of course, younger vines. The textures are light and full of verve, light straw in color with lovely minerality, green apples and gunflint – a great drink in the summer in your back yard.

The promotion this month includes a draw to win two bottles of Petit Chablis, a charcuterie board from The Butchery by RGE RD and to participate in a Zoom Virtual tasting with Barb Philip, MW and Gurvinder Bhatia, organizer of this event and Quench editor-in-chief on Thursday, August 26th. Enter in-store at deVines – no purchase necessary.

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Try a couple of Petit Chablis this month:

2018 William Fevre Petit Chablis (Chablis, France) – $37.99

2019 Alain Geoffroy Petit Chablis (Chablis, France) – $28.99

More on Chablis here..

Happy Petit Chablis month everyone!!

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