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May 16, 2022

2021 Bordeaux Futures Campaign

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:58 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

For a change, the 2021 Bordeaux Futures Campaign is going to feature the Whites and the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac. Its not often the whites get top billing but after a trio of great vintages for the reds in 2018, 2019 and 2020, the 2021’s was a trying vintage which has produced old-fashioned reds on the lighter (yet elegant) side with alcohol level’s in the 12-12.5% range instead of 14+ range. We will focus on some quality Petit Chateaux, Cru Bourgeois and a few Classified Growths for short-term cellaring and early drinking while the great vintages sit in your cellar.

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. The wines when released in-bottle will be 10-15% higher so you get a price break.

2021 was ravaged by mildew, a less than satisfactory growing season, cruel frost in April (meaning volumes were well down pretty much across the board) and selection had to be severe. The reds in 2021 is far different than those made in 2018, 2019 and 2020, when alcohols as high as 15% were commonplace. The 2021 reds are in the 12 to 13% alcohol range, made in an old-fashion way that reminds of 1985 or 1988, a balanced not over the top style from a bygone era. Plenty of acidic freshness in the aromatic reds but they will drink nicely relatively early in a medium-bodied style than the bigger style we’ve become used to in the last decade. No clear winner on left or right bank, variability is high and depends on the Chateau. This is a vintage to buy and enjoy early while the great vintages age in your cellars.

Alas, the real revelation in 2021 is an absolutely brilliant vintage for white bordeaux, both dry or sweet where high acid is a good thing! The dry whites, all picked before late September’s heavy rain, are both aromatic and full of fruit and zesty freshness without the flab of riper years.

And the sweet wines are truly great, despite extremely small quantities and in some cases a miniscule percentage of a normal harvest. Climens, one of our favourites made ‘not an ounce’ of sweet wine, and Suduiraut had both spring frost and summer hail. Those that were spared made very fine dessert wines and we’ll certainly attempt to get our hands on what small quantities that are available.

The early pricing appears to on par with 2020, which is no bargain, alas the Whites and Sauternes may cost more because the Bordelais know they have something great there (the cost of Euro savings offset by skyrocketing shipping charges). We’ll focus on early and elegant drinkers from Petit Chateaux, Cru Bourgeois and lesser Grand Cru Classe for reds this year. For those of you continuing verticals of high end wines and wanting a specific chateaux, please drop us a line asap so we can keep an eye out for you. We will certainly not be purchasing vast amounts of reds like we did for 2018, 2019 and 2020, perhaps only 20-25% of Grand Cru Classés of what we normally buy for reds giving the early pricing scheme.

As usual, items offered will be sold on a first-come first served basis and in some cases maximums applied. For the whites and sweet wines, 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’ve subscribed to Futures last year, you will be automatically enrolled for this year’s Campaign. For those new to the game, please subscribe to the 2020 Bordeaux Futures Offerings using this link –

Subscribing is a two step process, you will have join by filling out above form, then click the link sent to your email address. This ensures you get the offers as soon as we release them. Any unsold product will go on the main website 2-3 days after the offerings. As usual, we’ll be updating each product with running counts of what’s left for sale as best we can. Subscribers can expect the first offering early next week with new offering on a weekly basis thereafter. The campaign will end by mid June.

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Weekly Online Offer for May 16

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:21 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the Marques de Caceres Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $29.99 (regularly $36.99)

Founded in 1970 by Enrique Forner in Cenicero, in the heart of La Rioja Alta, Marqués de Cáceres wines are among the most widely distributed Spanish brand in the world exporting to over 120 countries. Forner’s wine-making family had fled to France during the Spanish Civil War. The first wines were released in 1975.

This Tempranillo and Garnacha blend made from parcels from 25-35 year-old vineyards on clay and limestone soil has produced a dense bouquet of toasted aromas, red and black berries, sour cherries, earth, leather, and plums with a rich, layered body of spicy herbs, currant, black fruits and campfire elements with integrated smooth tannins and fresh acidity.

Fine accompaniment to roasted or stewed meats as well as game and strong cheeses.

Marques de Caceres Reserva (Rioja, Spain)- $29.99, regularly $36.99

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May 9, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for May 9

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:43 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the Edmeades Zinfandel (California – Mendocino, United States) – $21.49 (regularly $26.99)

Edmeades makes bold wines from the rugged coastal vineyards in Mendocino County’s rugged coastal mountains. Their Zinfandels are intense with distinctive character and personality. They work side by side with a small group of growers, who year after year produce some of Mendocino County’s most highly-prized grapes. They prefer a delicate touch in the cellar, allowing each vineyard to be fully expressed in the wines that they make.

This Zinfandel begins with concentrated aromas of baking spices including; cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, black currants, and dried sage. The texture is round, and the fruit expression is focused and lush. Subtle and integrated tannins accentuate the richness of the wine, while pleasant acidity keeps it fresh on the finish. Try with anything barbecue.

Edmeades Zinfandel (California – Mendocino, United States) – $21.49, regularly $26.99

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May 6, 2022

Annual Quevedo Port Advent Calendars Pre-Sell

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:01 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Another year has come and gone – and its time to look ahead to Christmas 2022. As last year, we are doing another special pre-sell from Quevedo. But instead of two Quevedo Advent Port Calendars, this year, there is two extra new offerings. The ETA is for November of this year, in time for the Christmas holiday season. The deadline to pre-buy is midnight Wednesday, May 18th.

The regular Quevedo Port Advent Calendar – $134.99 has been a favourite at deVines for 4 years now. This has a small footprint that fits very easily underneath a Xmas tree. There is 24 x 50mL bottles (2×12 different ports).

Returning this year is the exciting Quevedo Luxury Port Advent Calendar in a Mahogany Box – $799.99 which contains 24 x 100mL separate bottles including some interesting white ports, a couple of organic offerings and a single varietal tawny alongside numerous Colheita’s. Inside every drawer you will find a different 100ml bottle for each of the 24 days. A very limited boxes are produced and available to the world due to single barrels of some ports. For those who purchased the Luxury Mahogony last year and only want this year’s refills, there is a refill pack on offer for $569.99.

New for this year is two 4-half bottle packs for your consideration – the Port Explorer Pack – $119.99 and the Port Connoisseur Pack – $224.99.

What a special Xmas present these are for the port lover, new or experienced!

For a list of all the ports included in each of these four packages, please click the links below.

2022 Porto Quevedo Port Advent Calendar (Douro, Portugal) – $134.99

2022 Porto Quevedo Luxury Port Calendar in Mahogany Wood Box (Douro, Portugal) – $799.99

2022 Porto Quevedo Luxury Port Calendar Refill Pack (Douro, Portugal) – $569.99

2022 Porto Quevedo Port Explorer Pack (Douro, Portugal) – $119.99

2022 Porto Quevedo Port Connoisseur Pack (Douro, Portugal) – $224.99

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May 3, 2022

Something Special for Mother’s Day

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 9:56 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

A Happy Mother’s Day to all mother’s out there and hope your day is full of love, joy and plenty of wine! Here are our suggestions for the festive day:

Sparkling for Brunch:

2020 Mulderbosch Sparkling Rose (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – $24.99
NV Kechris “Afros” Pet-Nat Retsina (Macedonia, Greece) – $31.49
NV Champagne Andre Clouet Brut Rose No. 3 (Champagne, France) – $74.99
NV Henri Billiot et Fils Cuvée Laetitia Grand Cru Brut (Champagne, France) – $129.99
Riedel Veritas Champagne Glass – $34.99

Something Pink:

2020 Spinelli Tratturo Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC (Abruzzi, Italy) – $17.99
2020 Huber Zweigelt Rosé (Traisental, Austria) – $23.99
2021 Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé (Provence, France) – $35.99

A few whites and reds for that special meal:

2019 Agricola Sandro de Bruno Pinot Grigio Ramato (Veneto, Italy) – $21.99
2020 Losada Vinos de Finca Godello (Bierzo, Spain) – $33.99
2019 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Cuvée Ste. Catherine (Alsace, France) – $79.99
2019 Matahiwi Estate ME Pinot Noir (Wairarapa, New Zealand) – $25.99
2018 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $53.99
2017 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $144.99
2009 Le Dome (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $399.99
Riedel Performance Magnum Decanter – $99.99

Chocolate Pairings:

2020 Vietti Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $39.99
2003 Rolet Vin de Paille (Jura, France) – 375mL – $52.99
1979 Kopke Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $189.99
Riedel Vinum Port Stem – $34.99

Happy Mother’s Day!

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May 2, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for May 2

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:22 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2019 Chateau Le Grand Verdus Rouge -$17.49 (regularly $21.99)

The vineyards of Château Le Grand Verdus is situated in the heart of a preserved hilly landscape, in the AOC of Bordeaux Supérieur area, between the Médoc, Graves and Saint-Emilion, at the gateway to the Entre-Deux-Mers region (between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers), 20 km east of Bordeaux city.

This fine country 16th-century Renaissance residence has been in the hands of the same family since 1810, with four generations of the Le Grix de la Salle family, all fired by the same passion for making wine that reflect its terroir.

Treat yourself to the delicate and rounded Rouge, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon – this is a luscious, fruity wine with the aromas of fresh fruit, spices and liquorice. Supple palate and instantly pleasurable, this wine will improve over five years. Great with some roasted lamb at the family table. A stellar value in good Bordeaux!!

2019 Château Le Grand Verdus Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux Superieur (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France) – $17.49 (regularly $21.99)

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April 25, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for April 25/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:30 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Château Sainte-Marie Vieilles Vignes Blanc (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France) – $16.99, regularly $20.99.

Château Sainte-Marie is located in the SW of France in the Bordeaux wine region, right in the middle of the prime wine-growing Entre-deux-Mers area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. The ideally situated plots stretch across two hills with perfect exposure to the sun on some of the highest land in the Gironde.

Specifically, the Vieilles Vignes for this lovely white partially surrounds Sainte-Marie near the town of Targon and consists of 25 hectares (62 acres) of mainly clayey limestone. Made in low yeilds, the blend is Sauvignon blanc 75%, Sémillon 25% and Muscadelle 5%.

Tasting Notes – this wine has a lovely aromatics, which reveals pretty notes of white blossoms and tree fruits, namely pink grapefruit and citrus. Its fine and distinctive nose of green apples, peach and pear. It is very well balanced and nuanced. It reveals fine freshness, good acidity and complexity with its multiple layers on the palate making it suitable for summer salads, fish and poultry dishes. A fine value for a white Bordeaux!

2018 Château Sainte-Marie Vieilles Vignes (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France)) – $16.99 (regularly $20.99)

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April 18, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for April 18/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:17 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the Undurraga T. H. Carignan (Maule Valley, Chile) – $25.99, regularly $31.99.

Undurraga was established in 1885 and their Terroir Hunter (T.H.) range of low-intervention wines is emblematic of the producer’s desire to show off the wonderful terroir which Chile has to offer.

A month ago, we very successfully featured the Carmenere from the T. H. series by Unduragga from the Puemo Valley, this time we go to the Maule Valley, which is a three hour drive SW of Santiago, and its location is considered another prime region for growing grapes. This beautiful Carignan has the requisite high acidity and tannins although both are not excessive, but it is the unusual raspberry and cranberry profile and clovey and peppery notes that intrigue. There is a sense of terroir that expresses the soil so very well. We absolutely love this full-bodied red – try with game or roasted red meats. Superb!

Undurraga T.H. Carignan (Maule Valley, Chile) – $25.99 (regularly $31.99)

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April 13, 2022

Annual Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:41 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: 11-6pm
Easter Sunday: Closed

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:

NV Balerin Prosecco Extra Dry (Veneto, Italy) – $19.99

NV Cune Cava Brut (Spain) – $21.99

NV Fernridge Winery Haha Brut Cuvee (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand) – $24.99

2019 Mongarda Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore (Veneto, Italy) – $29.99

2020 Pittnauer Pitt-Nat Sparkling Rose (Burgenland, Austria) – $39.99


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

NV Champagne Liebart-Regnier Les Sols Bruns Demi-Sec (Champagne, France) – $59.99

2014 Gaston Chiquet Premiier Cru Brut Tradition (Champagne, France) – $69.99

NV Champagne Lancelot Pienne Rosé Delice (Champagne, France) – $79.99

NV Champagne Gardet 120th Anniversary Brut Cuvee (Champagne, France) – $119.99

NV Henri Billiot et Fils Cuvée Laetitia Grand Cru Brut (Champagne, France) – $129.99

2004 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $379.99

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!

2020 Casas de Moya Tibo Merseguera (Valencia, Spain) – $16.99

2020 Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Escolha (Vinho Verde, Portugal) – $17.99

2020 Agricola Gorgo Chardonnay (Veneto, Italy) – $19.99

2019 Château Le Grand Verdus Blanc (Bordeaux, France) – $21.99

2020 Colle Corviano Pecorino (Abruzzi, Italy) – $22.99

2020 Losada Vinos de Finca Godello (Bierzo, Spain) – $33.99

2019 Domaine La Croix Montjoie Bourgogne L’impatiente (Burgundy, France) – $37.99

2015 Hupfeld Hochheimer Konigin Victoriaberg Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau, Germany) – $39.99

2013 Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Pacherenc du Vic Bilh (Madiran, France) – $48.99

2016 Trimbach Riesling Mandelberg Grand Cru (Alsace, France) – $82.99

2018 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $134.99

2020 Spinelli Tratturo Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC (Abruzzi, Italy) – $17.99

NV Johannes Zillinger Revolution Pink Solera (Weinviertel, Austria) – $34.99


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.

2019 Casas de Moya Bobal Justina (Valencia, Spain) – $17.99

2018 Oisly et Thésée Les Bremailles Touraine Gamay (France) – $21.99

2019 Neil Ellis Groenekloof Syrah (Western Cape, South Africa) – $24.99

2016 Château Bouscasse (Madiran, France) – $29.99

2020 Serafini & Vidotto Pinot Nero Colli Trevigiani (Veneto, Italy) – $33.99

2020 Marcel Lapierre Morgon (Beaujolais, France) – $49.99

2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $56.99

2016 Louis Jadot Savigny-les-Beaune La Dominode Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $76.99

2010 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia (Piedmont, Italy)) – $124.99

2018 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $379.99

2009 Le Dome (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $399.99


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

2021 Massolino Filli Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $29.99

2019 Gruber Roschitz Beerenauslese Chardonnay (Weinviertel, Austria) – 375mL – $39.99

2003 Rolet Vin de Paille (Jura, France) – 375mL – $52.99

Port (Post Dinner)

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

Taylor Fladgate NV Historic Limited Edition Reserve Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $54.99

2015 Croft Quinta da Roeda Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $74.99

Kopke 40 Year Old (Douro, Portugal) – $179.99

1963 Messias Colheita Selecionada (Douro, Portugal) – $329.99

1985 Fonseca Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $389.99

Happy Easter all!

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April 11, 2022

Weekly Online Offer for Apr 11/22

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:42 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2016 La Playa Tinga Rio Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $16.99, regularly $21.99.

La Playa (the Beach) is a family-owned winery with sustainable certification producing artfully crafted, estate bottled wines of Chile. TINGA is what the native people of Chile called the loud river that brought life to their land. Today, water from the TINGuiriricA river runs through the vineyards and nourishes specifically selected vines to create the line of Tinga Reserve wines.

Sustainable grapes yield the cleanest and most pure varietals, and there is no use of chemicals. They employ water-saving irrigation practices and use only native yeast strains and no genetically modified organisms.

The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon hails from vines of 24 years of age, cropped at 4.0 tons per acre, aged 12 months in French & American oak with a production of 2800 cases.

An intense ruby red colored wine with notes of ripe strawberry and raspberry that is well structured and giving. Drinking well now with volume and well-rounded tannins. Not huge like American wine, but true to the varietal. Enjoy!

2016 La Playa Tinga Rio Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $16.99 (regularly $21.99)

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