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April 15, 2019

Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:01 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Easter is this coming weekend, and you’ll want some celebratory wines to accompany turkey & ham dinner or that special meal you’ll be preparing for your loved ones.

We receive many requests for food and wine pairings for this festive weekend so please contact us sooner than later for the best available selection and recommendations. If you have special needs, please let us know and we’ll be glad to help. Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

Our store hours this weekend are:

Good Friday: 12-5pm
Saturday: 10-7pm
Easter Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10-6pm

In the meantime, those looking for the classic pairings with turkey, ham and all the regular fixings, please see below some of our current favourites:

Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a little meditation course for digestifs or Port.

Sparkling Wines

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

2016 Lindeman’s Bin 30 Sparkling Rosé (South Australia, Australia) – $14.99

NV Domaine Rosier Cuvee du Rosier (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $19.99

2011 Edoardo Miroglio Brut Rose (Bulgaria) – $36.99


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


NV Gremillet Brut Selection (Champagne, France) – $54.99

NV Taittinger Nocturne Sec Brut (Champagne, France) – $79.99

NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Champagne, France)- $149.99

1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privée Rosé Brut (Champagne, France) – $449.99

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), Gewurztraminers or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay or Chenon irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2016 Fat Bird Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – $15.99

2017 Château Ste. Michelle Riesling (Washington – Columbia Valley, United States) – $19.99

2017 Gruber Roschitz Gruner Veltliner (Austria) – $22.99

2016 Château de Romance Blanc Sec (Bordeaux, France) – $25.99

2007 Selbach-Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $41.99

2016 Agricola Tiberio Trebbiano Fonte Canale (Abruzzi, Italy) – $84.99

2014 William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote Bouguerots (Chablis, France) – $139.99

2018 Planeta Rose (Sicily, Italy) – $22.99

2018 Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé (Provence, France) – $35.99


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.

2015 Edoardo Miroglio Soli Pinot Noir (Bulgaria) – $21.99

2017 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Rouge (Loire Valley, France) – $22.99


2014 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $30.99

2015 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent (Beaujolais, France) – $34.99

2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $59.99

2015 Resonance Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $62.99

2013 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – $91.99

2009 Niepoort Charme (Douro, Portugal) – $129.99

2000 Château Lafon-Rochet (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $169.99

2009 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia (Tuscany, Italy) – $259.99

2011 E. Guigal La Mouline Côte-Rôtie (Rhone Valley, France) – $549.99


As for dessert, remember dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself:

NV Miguel Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro (Penedès, Spain) – $20.99

2015 Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Añada (Montilla, Spain) – $29.99

2005 Château Suduiraut (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – $81.99

2001 Avignonesi Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo (Tuscany, Italy) – 375mL – $349.99

Port (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal:

2003 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $49.99

1996 Porto Quevedo Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $67.99

1985 Warre’s Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $124.99

1965 Krohn Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $309.99

2003 Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $999.99

Happy Easter all!

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April 13, 2019

Game of Thrones Beers

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:05 pm

game_of_thrones_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Brewery Ommegang based out of New York has been releasing special beers for the Game of Thrones tv series for years now. Just in time for sunday’s premiere of the final series, deVines has three beers in stock that you can have a viewing party with.

There is the Mother of Dragons brew that blends smoked porter and ruby-colored Belgian kriek for the ultimate fire-and-blood beer. There is the King of the North, a dark, barrel-aged imperial stout fit for a bastard-son-turned-legend and finally for the final season, we have the latest GoT beer, and it’s most fitting – a beer made with wine ingredients called For the Throne – a Belgian style golden ale base that is co-fermented with a blend of Pinot Grigio and Viognier grape juices, undergoing secondary fermentation with Champagne yeast for a sparkling effervescence and a crisp, clean finish truly fit for royalty!

Get yours while supply lasts.

Pictured left to right:

Ommegang G.O.T. Mother of Dragons (New York, United States) – 750mL – $17.49

Ommegang G.O.T. King of the North (New York, United States) – 750mL – $17.49

Ommegang G.O.T. For the Throne (New York, United States) – 750mL – $21.49

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April 5, 2019

Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

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

rose_colored_glasses_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Time for our annual summertime rosé tasting. Hopefully on Saturday, June 15 @7pm, it will be nice and hot by then when we sample the summer’s new pink arrivals. Rosés are certainly a mainstay in the summer season now, wonderful on the deck, with barbecue, or picnics or as a reception drink. We hope to have a huge selection for you by late April, and this tasting will showcase a few of our store favourites. Join us for this casual, punny, fun-filled stand-up pink event.

Quite marvelous as a deck wine, and a wonderful alternative for those who only drink whites who want to venture slowly into reds. And fine food pairings with chicken, pork or salmon dishes.

Note placeholders are of 2017 vintage, but all the fresh and vibrant 2018’s will be arriving shortly and will be tasted at this event.

You can register for this special event here…

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March 29, 2019

Sideways Revisited – 15 Years On

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

sideways_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

2019 is the 15th Anniversary of the release of the wine related movie “Sideways”, which follows two friends reaching middle age with unfulfilled lives embarking on a week-long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to get married. There is a memorable scene in the movie in which the lead character played by Paul Giamatti, a Pinot Noir fan, adamantly refuses to drink Merlot – that sets the tone of the movie.

A lot has changed in the wine industry in Santa Barbara since then, but we’ve managed to get enough of the wineries showcased in the movie for a tasting and thus will be drinking some fine Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah on Saturday, June 1 @ 7pm. Note, not the exact wines appearing in the movie will be in our tasting as several of them are no longer being made by the respective wineries. However, the Cali wineries represented are definitely in the movie.

We’ll discuss the so-called “Sideways Effect” – the declined sales of Merlot and the upswing of Pinot Noir have become folklore within the wine industry.

We can’t really do the ultra premium Chateau Cheval Blanc at the end of the movie (the cost of this event would be in the hundreds of dollars) for this said $1k bottling but we’ve searched high and low for a couple of wines to take its spot, including a 100% Merlot Bordeaux right across the way from Cheval Blanc to perhaps change the minds of the non-Merlot drinkers out there. Plus we’ll have plastic cups available for those who want to drink it ala in the movie!

Don’t miss this totally fun stand-up event to bring back some memories and see how far Pinot and Merlot have gone in 15 years since the release of this Oscar winner.

You can register for this special event here…

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March 13, 2019

Book Signing, Wine Tasting, Walking Tour

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:09 pm

Author: Ed Fong

Twyla Campbell, the author of “Maps, Markets and Matzo Ball Soup“, the inspiring life of Chef Gail Hall, will be signing copies of the book and telling stories from the book at deVine Wines & Spirits on Saturday, May 18 between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

During the book signing, Jennifer Fulford of Crimson Imports, will be pouring a selection of wines from her portfolio. This tasting is free of charge and customers can enjoy a 10% discount on any bottle of wine featured by Jennifer from 11-2pm.

There will be a free walking tour starting at deVines at 2pm – EITHER a tour of the City Market (guide to be announced) or a Historic Building tour of 104th Street with Jon Hall. The first fifteen (15) people interested in the free walking tour can sign up on May 18, commencing at 11:00 AM. Chef Gail Hall was an avid supporter of the City Farmer’s Market, so if the Market is still on our street on this day, it would be quite befitting that the book signing takes place on the first weekend that the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market opens. We can only cross our fingers at this point.

Any person who has pre-purchased a copy of the book can bring it down for Twyla to sign. Should you make a donation to the Gail Hall Fund, you will receive a copy of Gail’s Recipe Book as a thank you.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday, May 18th!

Maps, Markets and Matzo Ball Soup – The Inspiring Life of Chef Gail Hall by Twyla Campbell – $31.49

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March 9, 2019

Five French Winemakers Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:42 pm

five_winemakers_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

deVine and Cellar Stock Importers Inc. proudly presents a tasting with Five Winemakers from France from the regions of Cahors, Loire Valley and Bordeaux on a special Wednesday night tasting on April 10th. We will close early for this stand-up event. Special thanks to owner Denise Brisson of Cellar Stock Importers for arranging this special evening.

Joining us to present their wines will be the following:

Philippe Bernede (owner & winemaker) of Clos la Coutale in Cahors
Thierry Delaille (owner & winemaker) of Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny in Loire Valley
Céline Champalou (owner & winemaker) of Domaine Champalou, Vouvray in Loire Valley
Paul Pisani-Ferry (owner) of Chateau de Targe, Saumur in Loire Valley
Sébastien Menut (director) of Chateau Haut Brisson, Saint Emilion in Bordeaux

For lovers of the Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot grapes, this will be an interesting tasting – you can wine talk with our guests in between wines. It’s not often you get this many producers in one spot that you can rub shoulders with. Please book early to avoid disappointment as only 60 spots are available and it will be a hot ticket because of the pricing.

See the lineup & book your spot now..

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March 1, 2019

Dry Martini Riff Rumble – A deVine Cocktail Competition!

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:09 pm

Author: Ed Fong

deVine Wines is pleased to host a cocktail competition with Edmonton’s finest barkeeps on Monday, April 1.

The event begins at 7:00 PM, and guests will be able to see 12 professional bartenders create their interpretation of a Classic Dry Martini. The rules of the competition appear at the end of this blog.

During the event, guests will be able to taste Strathcona Spirits Gin, Barrel Aged Gin, Vodka and a bottled cocktail made from one of these fine ingredients. Guests will also sample La Quintinye Extra Dry White Vermouth, the only permissible vermouth the barkeeps can use to make their creations.

Cost to attend is a whopping $5! Guests can cheer on their favorite barkeep and enjoy a 10% discount on ALL spirits, cocktail ingredients (vermouths, amaros, bitters, syrups & tonics) and barware. deVine wants to inspire and help you create your own cocktails at home!

Confirmed participants include:

Chuck Elves – Woodwork
Elyse Colville – Linnea
Shaun Hicks – Wilfred’s
Joshua (Happy) Byrne – Ampersand 27
Jordan Watson – Cartago
Barnabas Siwila – Revel
Corbin Frederick Brocks – Wilfred’s
Alex Pocock – Wishbone
Calvin Neufeld – Chartier
Delain Nordlund – Grindstone Theatre / Revel
Devin McCawley – The Marc

Only 70 tickets are available for this special, stand up event.

Click this link to book your spot now for this exciting event.

“Strathcona Distillery creates multi-award winning spirits from local ingredients in a tiny old punk venue just off Whyte Avenue.”

This event is co-sponsored by local distiller Strathcona Spirits and importer Manuel Barreira of Global Wine Merchants. Manuel imports a unique selection of some of the finest cocktail ingredients into Alberta and is the owner of Ulysses Speakeasy & Bar in Lisboa, Portugal.

Special thanks to Joe Gurba of Strathcona Distillery for his inspiration and help in organizing this event!

Rules of the Competition

Hello, Barkeep! To achieve greatness you will be required to stir or (gasp!) shake up one dry martini with a glancing one-ingredient personal tip of your hat. There are six rules for what’s in the glass:

1. The Barkeep must use one or both of Strathcona Spirits’ Badland Seaberry Gin or Single Grain Vodka.*
2. The Barkeep must use La Quintinye Extra Dry Vermouth.*
3. The Barkeep can’t cut the recipe with any other dry vermouth, vodka, or gin besides the above.
4. The Barkeep must add one nuancing ingredient that will in­flect the drink without straying far from the traditional definition of a dry martini.***
5. The final drink must remain dry in essence, i.e. no more than a barspoon of any ingredient containing sugar, and no more than a half ounce of any non-sweet ingredient.
6. The Barkeep must bring their nuancing ingredient with them to the contest (enough for 2 cocktails).**

Lemons and olives will be provided for use at your own discretion. Proportions and methods are fully within the Barkeep’s discretion.

*No infusions of the spirits or vermouth.
**You may bring your own glassware. We will have simple coupes.
***Strange or familiar libations, tinctures, shrubs, ferments, brines, bitters, house speci‑c, or homemade ingredients are all welcome! So long as said ingredients do not contain tobacco or any type of drug or psychotropic ingredient or narcotic or medicinal ingredient that may cause any harmful side effects to our judges. The judges have no specifiedallergies.

• You will make two cocktails, one for the judges and one for yourself.
• There is no time limitation for making your two drinks and no points awarded for performance. • Your dry martini riff will be judged out of 100 points:


THE PRIZE: A bottle of Strathcona Spirits Gin or Vodka (your choice!), a bottle of La Quintinye Extra Dry Vermouth, a lemon, and a jar of olives!

Pictured above (left to right) :

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Extra Dry (France) – 375mL $27.99

Strathcona Spirits Badland Seaberry Gin (Alberta, Canada) – 750mL – $53.99

Strathcona Spirits Barrel Aged Gin (Alberta, Canada) – 750mL – $64.99

Strathcona Spirits Single Grain Wheat Vodka (Alberta, Canada) – 750mL – $53.99

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February 18, 2019

Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:15 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Recently named Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year, the Nikka from the Barrel from Japan is a well awarded Whisky star, having won top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010. This is big-boned and bursting with character. Not averse to a drop of water, either.

A blended whisky that has been brewed for more than 30 years. The squat shaped bottle (500mL) delivers full flavors and richness of whisky “from barrels” which only blenders can sniff and taste. Extremely complex, bottled at 51.4% ABV. In order to deliver its richness and full flavors, the blended liquid goes into used barrels for another few months for “marriage” before it is bottled.

The nose offers notes of cut flowers butterscotch, orange peel, pears and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak, while the palate is full-bodied and punchy. On the palate, there is plenty of spice and toffee, some earthiness, dried autumn leaves, coffee, old oak, and tobacco. Some even state there is chili pepper, allspice and long sustained fruits. The finish is long, warming and fruity with a little ginger and oaken spice and finally wisps of smoke and sea salt, all this from its blend of Miyagikyo and Yoichi single malts with a unique grain whisky as well.

One of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world – this is intense and generous, powerful yet controlled with its ambitious high-proof blend that has long been recognized for its originality. It dares. It captures the senses. It imposes its own style. A consummate Japanese blend for anyone to enjoy.

Availability is very limited, it won’t last the year.

Pictured above :

Nikka From the Barrel (Japan) – 500mL $66.99

Other available Nikka whiskies for your consideration:

Nikka Super Nikka (Japan) – 700mL – $76.99

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 10 Year Old (Japan) – 700mL – $99.99

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky (Japan) – 700mL – $99.99

Nikka 12 Year Old (Japan) – 700mL – $169.99

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February 9, 2019

2015 Red Bordeaux

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

Author: Dirk Chan

2015 Bordeaux is a legendary vintage for one of the world’s great wine producing regions. For those of you who purchased on futures, you made a wise decision. In-bottle scores are on the high end of the En Primeur scoring range and prices for the ‘wines of the vintage’ have already escalated.

We have in stock the good valued Petit Chateaux (small houses) that are a bargain in great years like 2015 and you get some very fine wine for quite reasonable prices. Then there are the next level up, the so-called Cru-Bourgeois wines that will keep and improve short-term (5-8 years) and then the very top tier, the Grand Cru Classes which are highly sought after for cellaring longterm (10+ years) and for those where the year 2015 has significance (birthyear, marriage year etc) and where you want something special later on down the road. For those that missed out on futures, don’t miss this spectacular year now in bottle. Also, keep in mind our 2015 Bordeaux tasting on Saturday, March 16th.

First, those pictured above from left to right (these we have good stock on):

2015 Château d’Aiguilhe (Bordeaux – Cotes de Castillon, France) – $61.99

2015 Château Franc Mayne (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $84.99

2015 Château Marquis d’Alesme Becker (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $104.99

2015 Château Latour-Martillac (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $91.99

2015 Château Rauzan-Segla (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $209.99

2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $254.99

Check out our Petit Chateau and Cru Bourgeois here…

Check out our Grand Cru Classes here…

Also, don’t forget to register for our of tasting of 2015 Bordeaux on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. Spots are already filling up fast. You can sign up here…

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January 26, 2019

A Sudsy Soiree in Support of the Alzheimer Society

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:23 pm

Author: Chad Gascho

Hey, Edmonton beer lovers! Join us for a Sudsy Soirée on March 9 to experience a mini festival-style beer tasting event. We’ll have at least 25 beers from six of Edmonton’s most prolific brewers and importers here for you to sample their newest and most popular brews! For only $25 you’ll be treated to some amazing suds, music, tasty snacks, and even raffles and door prizes. Oh, and did we mention a 10% discount on all beers that evening for attendees? And if that’s not enough to entice you – all proceeds from the festival are being donated to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories!

Chad, one of deVine’s own, has a father-in-law living with dementia. So he’s playing hockey in the Alzheimer Society’s Face Off pro-am hockey tournament with and against former NHL players to raise money to help find cure for dementia, and provide support for patients and families living with it today. He put together his passion for great craft beer and his need to help people like his father-in-law, and is hosting this sudsy event to help him reach his goal! We’re so fortunate to work with these amazing suppliers and brewers who are passionate about supporting their communities – their contributions, along with your support, makes these events happen.

Register online here… Space is limited to sixty people, so book early! This is one Soirée you won’t want to miss!

Open the postcard..

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