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January 1, 2021

Discovering Some New Whites

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

Happy New Year everyone! Bring in the New Year by discovering some white wine varietals you’ve probably not had before.

Catarratto is one of the classic traditional white grape varieties of Sicily, and is considered to be one of the most antique. Medium structure, a mild acidity and a moderate alcohol level. Their aromatic profile is typically associated with citrus fruit and flowers (lemon zest, wild oranges and citrus blossoms), tropical fruit such as grapefruit and passionflower with a touch of fine herbs and sweet spices.

The Roter Veltliner from Austria is not related to the more popular Gruner Veltliner. Believed to be a very primitive variety the actual parentage of Roter Veltliner has not yet been correctly found out. It was previously believed that Roter Veltliner could be a grandparent to Grüner Veltliner, but that hypothesis seems to have lost credibility with later studies. Fruity and citrusy multi-faceted aromas of peaches, pears, apricots, green apple, with a tad bit of mango mingled with the fresh and crisp overtones of herbs. An excellent food wine.

The Robola grape from Greece grown mainly on the island of Cephalonia, with some smaller plantings on Corfu, and a couple other of the Ionian Islands. It was long thought to be the same grape called Ribolla Gialla from Northern Italy, but modern DNA analysis has proved them to be two quite distinct varieties. Wines from Robola are usually un-oaked and almost always single varietal. Does particularly well paired with food and they are considered ideal next to seafood and grilled or baked fish. Their high acidity can keep up easily with lemon dishes. Can age a bit too.

Finally, the Roussette grape (also known by the Altesse name) is known in the Savoie wine region (have long been simply known as ski chalet wines as it is found in the alpine ski routes in Eastern France but, today, the situation is changing). These dry white wines typically have a nose of violets and mountain herbs with flavors of minerals, bergamot, peach, honey and hazelnuts. The palate offers slight salinity and minerals with a slightly bitter edge. Their high acidity grape gives this wine great potential to improve with age.

Expand your palate and give these four whites a try!

Pictured above from left to right:

2016 Saltram Baglio Normanno Catarratto (Sicily, Italy) – $20.99

2018 Weingut Josef Fritz Roter Veltliner Wagramterrassen (Wagram, Austria) – $27.99

2019 Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia (Ionian Islands, Greece) – $31.99

2018 Les Cortis Teraxe (Savoie, France) – $35.99

Enjoy this exploration!

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December 27, 2020

Bubbles to Bring in the New Year

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:45 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan
From all of us at deVine’s to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year in 2021 with all the best for happiness, good health and prosperity.

May good health and fortune and luck follow you wherever you go and in all that you do for the coming year. We thank you for your continued patronage!

Ed, Annabelle, Chad, Dirk, Kandice, Cody, Llyr, Brad, Hayley, Bob, Kaitlyn and Mark

Here are some New Years Wine recommendations for your consideration. Have a fun New Years, and remember to drink responsibly.

First, pictured (left to right)
NV Henri Billiot et Fils Rosé (Champagne, France) – $74.99
2013 Pierre Peters Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Chétillons Cuvée Spéciale Grand Cru Le Mesnil (Champagne, France) – $169.99
NV Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut (Champagne, France) – $97.99
1999 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Brut Liesse d’Harbonville (Champagne, France) – $224.99

Sparkling
NV Charles de Fere Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut (Loire Valley, France) – $16.49
NV Varichon & Clerc Privilege Rose Dry (Burgundy, France) – $21.99
NV Pievalta Perlugo Spumante (Italy) – $29.99
NV Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Brut Rose (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – $44.99
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Champagne
NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – 375mL $29.99
NV Gremillet Brut Selection (Champagne, France) – $54.99
2013 Champagne Lancelot Pienne Brut Accord Majeur (Champagne, France) – $74.99
NV Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve Vieilles Vignes (Champagne, France) – $79.99
NV Champagne Agrapart Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Terroirs (Champagne, France) – $129.99
NV Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne, France) – 1.5L – $169.99
2007 Bollinger La Grande Année Brut (Champagne, France) – $199.99
2010 Moet & Chandon Dom Pérignon Brut (Champagne, France) – $284.99
NV Krug Rosé (Champagne, France) – $368.99
1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privée Rosé Brut (Champagne, France) – $449.99 

Something Sweet & Sparkling
2019 La Spinetta Bricco Quagia Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) – $25.99 

Here are our store hours leading up to the New Years:

Sunday, Dec 27 to Tuesday, Dec 29 – Closed
Wednesday, Dec 30 – 11-6pm
Thursday, Dec 31 – 11-6pm
Friday, Jan 1 – Closed

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December 17, 2020

Annual Christmas Dinner Wine Recommendations

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

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Wow…Christmas is almost upon us, 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 lovely port to end off the evening. With the year we’ve all been through, perhaps it is time to go big this year!!

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.
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NV La Jara Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $18.99


NV Bernard-Massard Cuvée de L’Écusson Brut Rosé (Luxembourg) – $24.99

NV Champalou Vouvray Brut (Loire Valley, France) – $34.99

2016 Selbach-Oster Riesling Sekt Brut (Mosel, Germany) – $41.99

Champagne

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

NV Champagne Baron-Fuente Grande Reserve Brut (Champagne, France) – $52.99

NV Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve Vieilles Vignes (Champagne, France) – $79.99

2013 Pierre Peters Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Chétillons Cuvée Spéciale Grand Cru Le Mesnil (Champagne, France) – $169.99

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!

2019 Terre Gaie Claris Pinot Grigio (Veneto, Italy) – $20.99

2018 Chai du Grand Vaudasniere Vouvray (Vouvray, France) – $23.99

2019 Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia (Greece) – $31.99

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2019 Lunae Etichetta Nera Vermentino (Liguria, Italy) – $44.99

2017 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg (Alsace, France) – $79.99

2018 Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard – Whites Stones Chardonnay (Mendoza, Argentina) – $124.99

2017 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese (Mosel, Germany) – $289.99

2019 Domaine de Belle Mare Duo (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $18.99

2019 Gruber Roschitz St. Laurent Rose (Austria) – $24.99

Reds

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.

2016 Quinta Dona Mafalda Little Mafalda Tinto (Douro, Portugal) – $19.99

2017 Azul y Garanza Garciano (Navarra, Spain) – $23.99

2018 Ken Wright Pinot Noir (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $31.99

2019 Marcel Lapierre Morgon (Beaujolais, France) – $47.99

2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (Piedmont, Italy) – $64.99
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2009 Domaine du Clos des Fees Cotes du Roussillon Villages le Clos des Fees (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $87.99

2017 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Central Coast, United States) – $109.99

2011 Château Teyssier Vieux Chateau Mazerat (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $139.99

1967 Adega Viuva Gomes Collares Reserva Tinto (Colares, Portugal) – $159.99

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili DOCG (Piedmont, Italy) – $264.99

2005 Nicolas Potel Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $429.99

2009 Château La Conseillante (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $529.99


Dessert

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

2013 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu (Hungary) -250mL – $29.99

2011 Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Vin Santo (Tuscany, Italy) – 500mL – $59.99

2017 Henry of Pelham Riesling Icewine (Ontario – Niagara, Canada) – 375mL -$72.99

2004 Château d’Yquem (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $319.99

Port (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal whether its a ruby or a tawny. Try with blue-veined cheeses and roasted nuts.

1996 Barros Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $26.99

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

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2008 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $74.99

1967 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $229.99

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

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


Finally, if you are pressed for time, try out our December Mixed Case – $228.40 or our December Club 6-Pack – $170.17 where a lot of the wines would pair well with Christmas dinner.

Note our hours of operations leading up to Christmas and between Christmas and New Years.

Everyone, enjoy the holiday season. Best wishes for good health and happiness to everyone!

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December 15, 2020

2020 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:52 pm

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Author: Chad Gascho

Every aspect of our lives has been affected; and now, even our beer. You may not be able to find a beer advent calendar, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

deVine Wines & Spirits is proud to dig out our bag of treats and dole out the delicious new brews you crave in our Santa’s Surprise Six Sack! This bag of goodies is for all the beer lovers on your list – whether they’ve been good or not!

Featuring six hard-to-find, festive-style, seasonal beers, all by the craft brewers that you love. Chosen for you by our own in-house beer guy, this sack is exclusive to deVine Wines & Spirits , so get yours before they’re gone. We’re thinking you won’t be able to wait too long before you open yours!

2020 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack (Alberta, Canada) – $32.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Week of Dec 18

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:41 pm

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deVine’s Online Weekly Special program works like this – we will reveal the wine selection on Fridays early afternoon. The feature will only be available for online ordering until the following Monday at noon. The wines purchased during this period will be available for pickup or delivery on the following Wednesday afternoon.

To cap off this year’s weekly specials, we are offering three wines suitable for the Christmas dinner at 20% off.

The lovely aged Querbach Riesling – $24.01 hails from 2001, one of the greatest German Riesling vintages of all time. As with the majority of aged Rieslings, this smells like you drove up to the Esso station upon opening, but the petrol notes blows off in short time and reveal the lovely citrus and stone fruits. Plus, this has fine acidity to work at the dinner table, and is a dry version. A must try!

For those serving red meat instead of poultry for Xmas dinner, the amazing bargain that is the Uko Estate Malbec – $12.01 is very fine indeed. Medium-full bodied, with the requisite dark color and raspberry and blackberry nose, lots of forward fruit and a fairly substantial finish for this pleasing everyday drinker. Pretty hard to find this quality for this price these days!

Finally, for a light to medium-bodied alternative to Pinot Noir and Beaujolais with that baked ham, the Sommerach Domina – $20.01 fits the bill nicely. Domina is a varietal that features wild berries, strawberries, spice and sour cherries finishing with a touch of vanilla while the winery Sommerach is the oldest cooperative in Francken formed by 35 families dating back to 1901.

Pictured left to right:

2001 Querbach Library Release Edition Riesling (Rheingau, Germany) – $24.01

2019 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $12.01

2017 Winzer Sommerach Valentin Domina Rotwein Trocken (Franken, Germany)- $20.01

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December 10, 2020

Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend – 10% off – Shop Online or In-Store

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

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Author: Dirk Chan

deVine’s annual Customer Appreciation is a two day affair this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th!

With the year that this has been, Its our way of saying “Thank You!” for your ongoing support and patronage.

deVine Wines will be offering our customers a 10% discount* on all items in the store (yes, including wine, beer, spirits and vintage keeper, vintage room). During this time of Covid, we strongly advise you to shop online. Our entire inventory is available via our website that is available to you 24 hours a day. Enjoy shopping in the comforts of your own home. Note you won’t see the 10% discount when you order online in the system generated confirmation but rather it will be applied by us in the backend and you will see it on our second email confirmation when your order has been processed.

You can still visit us in the store during our regular store hours but be advised we will be enforcing the number of patrons in the store as per the current provincial restrictions so you may have to wait to gain entrance if there is ten people (including staff) inside when you arrive.

In addition to the sale, do take advantage of our free delivery within Edmonton city limits option with a minimum $50 purchase.

This is our biggest sale ever to give everybody some much needed cheer! Shop early for best selection. Don’t miss out, its a great opportunity to do all your Xmas and New Year needs.

At this time of year, please remember those in need. Please bring a package for the Edmonton Food Bankor drop some money into the cash box by our till if you’re coming into to the store. For those taking advantage of our free delivery within Edmonton city limits with a minimum $50 purchase, you can hand over a care package to our driver. Thank you in advance.

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November 30, 2020

12 Days of Xmas – Day 12 – Dec 12th & 13th – 10% off Everything In the Store

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:58 pm

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 Author: Dirk Chan

deVine’s will be presenting a 12 Days of Xmas special this year, beginning on December 1st. On each of the twelve days, a particular country will be featured at 10% off regular retail price while supply lasts. This applies to both on-line and in-store shopping. For online shoppers, 10% discount will be applied on our backend and the cost subtracted from your original full-priced order. Note, no further discount apply to those wines already on sale on our discount table, or already discounted in our cases of the month.

Mark your calendar and do some pre-shopping on our website to make sure you get what you want. During this time of COVID, we strong recommend you shop online in the comfort of your own home. Remember we are offering free delivery within Edmonton city limits with purchases of $50 or more. This is our gift to you our loyal customers.

Tuesday, December 1 – Germany
Wednesday, December 2 – France
Thursday, December 3 – Chile
Friday, December 4 – Portugal
Saturday, December 5 – USA
Sunday, December 6 – Argentina
Monday, December 7 – Australia
Tuesday, December 8 – Spain
Wednesday, December 9 – Italy
Thursday, December 10 – Canada
Friday, December 11 – South Africa
Saturday, December 12 – Customer Appreciation Day
– 10% off all item in the store (wine, spirits, beer & vintage room) – applies to both online and in-store shopping!!
Sunday, December 13 – Customer Appreciation Days
– 10% off all items in the store (wine, spirits, beer & vintage room) – applies to both online and in-store shopping!!

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2020 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:57 pm

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Author: Chad Gascho

Every aspect of our lives has been affected; and now, even our beer. You may not be able to find a beer advent calendar, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

deVine Wines & Spirits is proud to dig out our bag of treats and dole out the delicious new brews you crave in our Santa’s Surprise Six Sack! This bag of goodies is for all the beer lovers on your list – whether they’ve been good or not!

Featuring six hard-to-find, festive-style, seasonal beers, all by the craft brewers that you love. Chosen for you by our own in-house beer guy, this sack is exclusive to deVine Wines & Spirits , so get yours before they’re gone. We’re thinking you won’t be able to wait too long before you open yours!

2020 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack (Alberta, Canada) – $32.99

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Introducing deVine’s Concierge Service

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 11:55 pm

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Author: Ed Fong

deVine Wines will begin offering our customers an exciting new and unique way to shop! With deVine Concierge Services, you can book a personalized shopping experience up to an hour long. At your appointment, you will have the undivided attention of one of our team members so that we can focus exclusively on your needs. Here is how it works!

Book your date and time
⦁ Concierge Services are offered between 10-11 AM and 6-7 PM. At that time, the store is closed to the general shopping public.
⦁ The length of your booking can be tailored to meet the level of your needs. If you’re looking for simple wine and food pairing advice, or help in picking out a few selections, a 15 minute appointment is perfect. If you need help in planning a more complex function, you have the option of reserving a longer appointment.
⦁ During your appointment, the only individuals who will be in the store will be Team Members preparing for the store opening or cashing out. There may be some time overlap if another customer is accessing the Concierge Services at the same time as you are. If this is the case, that customer will have their own Team Member assisting them.
⦁ You can book your date and time by sending a request via email to “info@devinewines.ca”

Understanding your needs
⦁ In order to better understand your needs in advance of your appointment, please fill out this online form and send it back to our team. With the information you provide, we can do some advance preparation to make the best use of your appointment time.
⦁ Based on your needs, we will pair you up with a staff member who has the best ability to meet them. If we cannot provide you with the answers to your question during your appointment, we will do so at the earliest possible time after!
⦁ Concierge Services allows you to shop with purpose and focus! We understand you are busy and that your time is valuable. We can help you check one off your “To Do List” by booking your appointment now.
⦁ We understand that during these uncertain times you may want to limit your interactions yet still seek the advice you need. We can help! Concierge Services is all about quick, professional, time efficient and impactful customer service.

Are there costs for booking my appointment?
⦁ deVine Concierge Services is free of charge. We want to make your shopping experience unique, personal and enjoyable!

You can download our online questionnaire here.. fill it and attach it to your email to us.

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November 27, 2020

12 Days of Xmas

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:42 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

deVine’s will be presenting a 12 Days of Xmas special this year, beginning on December 1st. On each of the twelve days, a particular country will be featured at 10% off retail price while supply lasts. This applies to both on-line and in-store shopping.

Mark your calendar and do some pre-shopping on our website to make sure you get what you want. Remember we are offering free delivery within Edmonton city limits with purchases of $50 or more. This is our gift to you our loyal customers.

Tuesday, December 1 – Germany
Wednesday, December 2 – France
Thursday, December 3 – Chile
Friday, December 4 – Portugal
Saturday, December 5 – USA
Sunday, December 6 – Argentina
Monday, December 7 – Australia
Tuesday, December 8 – Spain
Wednesday, December 9 – Italy
Thursday, December 10 – Canada
Friday, December 11 – South Africa
Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13 – Customer Appreciation Days – 10% off all in-stock items in the store – applies to online and in-store

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