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November 29, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for Nov 29/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:00 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2019 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel (California – Sonoma, United States) – $38.49, regularly $47.99.

In 1962, Ridge made its first Monte Bello, its flagship wine , and two years later its first Zinfandel. Since that time, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare and exceptional vineyards where climate, soil, and variety are ideally matched. Other highly sought after legends Lytton Springs and Geyserville cemented their reputation. For more than six decades, Ridge has been recognized by top critics, chefs and peers for their consistent quality and steadfast approach to winemaking. Led by Paul Draper, who retired in 2016, who built the history and reputation that it has now.

Our feature, the Three Valleys Zinfandel was first released in 2001. The wine contains grapes from ten difference Sonoma vineyards. This blending of vinryards showcases the variety and blending expertise that brings out the distinctive character of each site. Zinfandel determines the wine’s varietal character while old vine Carignan contributes bright fruit and acidity, Petite Sirah the spice and depth of color and firm tannins. Enjoy with grilled meats.

2019 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel (California – Sonoma, United States) – $38.49 (regularly $47.99)

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November 22, 2021

2021 Santa’s Surprise 6 Sack

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:02 pm

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!

2021 Santa’s Surprise 6-Sack (Alberta, Canada) – $32.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Nov 22/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 1:31 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2018 Fonteroutoli Mazzei Chianti Classico (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $29.99, regularly $36.99.

The hamlet of Fonterutoli, an old bastion of Florence a few kilometers from Castellina in Chianti, is blessed with an extraordinary view of Siena, which is so very close that it is possible to discern the Torre del Mangia and the outline of the Duomo. Time stopped here, maintaining the charm of the Middle Ages.

This Chianti Classico is made from grapes grown from 120 different company parcels and 7 different vineyard sites with an altitude varying from 220 – 570m above sea level. Spread across a unique range of soil and climate types, this red showcases the Chianti Classico region. It is the flagship and the “Best Seller” of the company, a benchmark for the whole category of Chianti Classico.

The 2018 is a well proportioned red with an elegant body, dark berries, fresh spice flavors, intense finishing with smooth taste. Great to pair with dark sauced pastas, BBQ, boiled meats with spicy sauces, aged cold cuts. Enjoy!

2018 Fonterutoli Mazzei Chianti Classico (Tuscany – Chianti, Italy) – $29.99, regularly $36.99

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November 15, 2021

Christmas Readiness

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 3:17 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Wow…Christmas is almost upon us! For those of you who haven’t started your shopping or at least started thinking about it, this is one year where you should not delay. As everyone knows, the supply chain is pretty much broken and there are more holes on shelves than ever before. Selection is at a critical state and a lot of the regulars will be out of stock well before Xmas.

For sure, there is already a shortage for premium Champagnes, high-end Single Malt Scotches and Cognacs. Our port calendasr flew out in record time and are completely sold out now.

For corporate orders, please be early as the quantities require acquiring as soon as possible. Bottom line – shop now for the best selection.

So, below is a list of just a few of many items that will be long gone soon that may tickle your fancy as Xmas presents: Act soon!

NV Piper-Heidsieck Brut Lipstick Edition (Champagne, France) – $87.99

NV Champagne Andre Clouet Un Jour de 1911 Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut (Champagne, France) – $114.99

Château de Montifaud Heritage Louis Vallet 50 Year (France) – $229.99

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old (Highlands, Scotland) – $289.99

Single Cask Nation Blair Athol 10 Year Old (Highlands, Scotland) – $119.99

1988 Port Dundas Sovereign Single Grain Whisky 27 Year Old (Lowlands, Scotland) – $239.99

Confluence Winter Spice Gin (Alberta, Canada) – 375mL – $34.99

Eau Claire Christmas Gin (Alberta, Canada) – $53.99

Cocchi Miniatures Gift Pack (Piedmont, Italy) – $37.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Nov 15/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:29 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2015 Cune Viña Real Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $27.99, regularly $34.99.

Viña Real is CVNE’s Rioja Alavesa-based winery, releasing its first vintage in 1920. The Viña Real style is one that showcases the forward fruit of Alavesa while simultaneously possessing the structure to age. The original fruit source was in the Elciego area, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region. The vineyards are located adjacent and clustered around the old Camino Rea (“Royal Road”), from which the wine takes its name.

Nowadays, the grapes are principally sourced from sunny south-facing slopes which run from the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range down to the Ebro River. As is also the case with the Cune line, the Viña Real wines are produced from over 50% estate fruit, an unusually high percentage for Rioja.

A new facility for Viña Real was completed in 2004 – it is situated on top of the hill known as Cerro de la Mesa and commands sweeping views of both the Alavesa vineyards and the town of Logroño (where we stayed during our last trip here), Rioja’s commercial center. If the Cune bodega represents CVNE’s commitment to the old and the traditional, the Viña Real bodega demonstrates their forward-thinking philosophy and their embrace of modern technology.

We featured their Crianza a few weeks ago, and this week, we feature their Reserva from the great 2015 vintage. A modern style of Rioja, it is medium-full bodied red sourced from sunny, south-facing slopes in Rioja Alavesa. Look for aromas of cherries, raspberries, vanilla and mineral hints. Its medium bodied solid juicy blue and red fruits has a clovey edge finishing with zingy acidity. I recommend a half hour decant and pair with a well-spiced chickpea stew.

2015 Cune Viña Real Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $27.99 (regularly $34.99)

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November 7, 2021

2018 Jadot Celebration Beaune 1er Cru

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:45 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Author: Dirk Chan

This is the 4th release of the Jadot’s Beaune 1er Cru 150th Anniversary now renamed to the Celebration moniker . This 2018 version is sumptuous and already drinking nicely. All of the four editions tend to drink earlier than their single vineyard bottlings.

I remember tasting the first release, the excellent 2009, which was followed by 2012, 2015 and now the 2018. It is an assemblage of numerous Beaune climats that Jadot owns, it has always been an incredibly expressive and flat-out delicious Pinot to be enjoyed with friends and relatives at a celebratory dinner

This special cuvée is made only in great years, and 2018 while a hot vintage, comes up as surprisingly fresh and lively and very fine in the Beaune region. It comes in its own designer label, separate from the customary Jadot labels. Giving the frost turmoil that happened earlier this year that destroyed a lot of vineyards all over Europe (including Burgundy), the prices of existing Burgundies on the market or upcoming are all going to increase so this a relative bargain and is actually cheaper than the last 2015 release. Burgundy lovers take notice!

2018 Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru Celebration (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $81.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Nov 8/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:08 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Our special this week is the 2020 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. We featured their 2019 previously.

2020 Uko Estate Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – $11.99 (regularly $14.99)

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November 1, 2021

Quevedo Port Advent Calendar Has Landed

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:07 am

Author: Dirk Chan

A Christmas favourite, the ever-popular Quevedo Advent Port Calendars – $129.99 has arrived in plenty of time (whew!!) for the Christmas holiday season.

With a small footprint that fits very easily underneath a Xmas tree and a perfectly sized 24 x 50mL bottles (2×12 different ports). this is lovely for two people to enjoy together. Inside every slot you will find a 50ml bottle for each of the 24 days.

For a list of all the ports included in these packages, please click the link below. We run out every year before Xmas so get yours early especially this year when overall supply of wines in general are going to be tight due to container shortages and long clearing times at docks.

2021 Porto Quevedo Port Advent Calendar (Douro, Portugal) – $129.99

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Weekly Online Offer for Nov 1/21

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:04 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the 2017 Emotivo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $12.99, regularly $16.99. For the last year, this has been a deVine Bestseller for its quality price ratio.

Winemaker Alessandro Botter, Casa Vinicola Botter Carlo did a special selection of 100% Montepulciano grapes from Abruzzi (east-central Italy), then crushed with the must is left on the skins for 4-8 days in order to extract the perfect colour. The must is then placed in special vats where fermentation is completed in 8-10 days at 25-30°C resulting in a fresh, juicy light red wine.

Approachable and supple with fruity flavours of black cherry and spice with slight earthy hints. On the palate – soft, ripe fruity flavours, with a lovely touch of cherries ending with delicious acidity. Sees no oak. Try this wine with charcuterie & cheeses or a gnocchi in a tomato-cream sauce. Amazing value here!

2017 Emotivo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $12.99 (regularly $16.99)

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October 25, 2021

Weekly Online Offer for Oct 25/21

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

Author: Dirk Chan

Our online feature this week is the NV Ferrari Brut (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $27.99, regularly $34.99.

Ferrari winery (no relation to the Italian luxury auto manufacturer and Formula 1 racing team of the same name) is the leader in northern Italy’s Trento DOC area, a wine making region dedicated entirely to traditional-method sparkling wine. “For sure we do not want to create any confusion [between Ferrari wines and Ferrari cars], even though we are two companies, with the same name,” says Ferrari winery CEO Matteo Lunelli. “But it’s great to share a name with another company that also represents Italian excellence.”

Previously, they were spotted on the high seas with the Prada yachting team – but now the latest accolade is they’ve become the official sparkling wine of the Formula 1 international auto-racing league. The winery has entered a three-year partnership with Formula 1 to serve Ferrari wines as the official toast of all the organization’s celebrations -including those famous crowd-spraying celebrations from the winner’s podium -as well as free-flowing glasses of Ferrari served alongside gourmet cuisine in the paddocks, plus also in the luxury trackside viewing area above the team garages.

The 119-year-old company has been voted Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships in 2015. Ferrari’s wines are “metodo classico” – meaning they’re made in the Champenois menthode, rather than in tank like prosecco. Vinified from grapes grown in Trentino, in the limestone foothills of the Dolomites, they have a crispness and tension to them. But they’re also renowned for their ageing potential. “The warm days and cold nights bring a brightness to our chardonnay that is very different to champagne,” says Ferrari president Matteo Lunelli. 

Enjoy this Non-Vintage Brut, it is very delicious and the high quality is obvious with the nose of Golden Delicious apples, lemon, freshly baked white bread while the palate offers a slight minerality, pastry while those tiny small bubbles dance across your palate. Enjoy as a toasting wine, with appetizers and even at the dinner table.

NV Ferrari Brut (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) – $27.99 (regularly $34.99)

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