deVine Thoughts

June 15, 2019

Introducing Champagne La Rogerie

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:25 am

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Author: Dirk Chan

Growers Champagne is beginning to really push the establish big houses and the newly arrived Champagne La Rogerie is an impressive statement to this trend. Justine and Francois Petit-Boxler own this tiny (0.6 ha) new domaine that only releases small batch Champagne.

New to deVines are two of their gems – the 503 (yes, you read correctly) bottle production of their Cuvée “La Grande Vie” , a 100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards in Avize made from mainly the 2013 harvest with some reserves from 2004 to 2012. Presented in six different bottles, designed by the artist and friend Nicolas Maitrot, meant to represent celebrating life in six different ways. The boxes mirror the foil in this exquisite collection. The second is a vintage dated Blanc de Blancs from the great 2008 vintage, aged on lees for 96 months!! You will agree the packaging is unique and fascinating!

Situated between the current darling of Champagne – Selosse and Louis Roederer of Cristal fame, there is nothing but upside for La Rogerie. The guard seems to be shifting, with young generations bringing in new thoughts in how to create beautiful, high quality wines, and bringing in their fresh ideas that will continue to remold the region over the years. You owe it to yourself to experience this exciting new producer, but don’t wait too long, with small production, we are just greatful just to get a few six packs!

NV Champagne La Rogerie La Grande Vie Blanc de Blancs – Collection 6 – Edition “Moon Vision” (Champagne, France) – $114.99

2008 Champagne La Rogerie Heroine Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $134.99

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June 7, 2019

Lopez de Heredia New Arrivals

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:23 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

We have received our annual allotment of R. Lopez de Heredia wines for the year (and the allocations keep getting smaller and smaller as world wide demand far outstrips supply). One of our very favourite houses anywhere, there are very few wineries in Spain… in the world for that matter, whose name conjures up the heritage, prestige and adherence to old world wine-making quite like R. López de Heredia. Little about this winery has changed in the 140 + years since it’s founding by Don Rafael López de Heredia. Founded in 1877, the family adheres to a winemaking doctrine blueprinted in the 1880’s – to make wine only from their own vineyards.

Located in the historic town of Haro, Heredia was the first to establish their winery next to the train station (for easy access to transporting their wines abroad). This area is known as ‘Station District’, there are seven famous wineries that make up this Golden Mile of Rioja. Renown for holding their Rioja wines till they think it is ready, we are pleased to offer the 2009 Cubillo Crianza, 2006 Tondonia Reserva, 2007 Bosconia Reserva and the very rare 2005 Tondonia Reserva Blanco, all classic wines that are especially well priced given their high quality.

Quantities are extremely limited so get yours sooner than later. Pictured left to right:

2005 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanco (Rioja, Spain) – $69.99
2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza (Rioja, Spain) – $39.99
2007 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $54.99
2006 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $69.99

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Summertime Bubbles

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:33 pm

summertime_bubbles_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

We love our bubbles at deVines, and we’re happy to be once again pouring bubbles for your enjoyment on Saturday, June 29 @ 7pm in our Summetime Bubbles event.

We’ll taste many examples made in the Champenois Methode from the countries of Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal and of course France, including a couple of Champagnes as well as a ‘surging in popularity’ Lambrusco in this stand-up event. While Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are the classic grapes, we’ll taste some made from Verdicchio, Chenin and Glera as well.

Come join us for a sparkling evening of tidbits, stories and effervescence.

You can register for this special event here…

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May 24, 2019

2018 Bordeaux Futures – Nearing the End

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:49 pm

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Author – Dirk Chan

deVines has been buying Bordeaux Futures for our customers in great years for a long time – 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 were great successes for us, and it looks like the upcoming 2018 Futures campaign is yet another Vintage of the Century to be added to that list.

For those who have good storage at home along with time, patience and money, purchasing some of the 2018’s to lay down is a smart move. In ten to twenty years time, you will have some wondrous wines to open for friends and family alike.

The 2018 Bordeaux Futures Campaign is almost near the end now, with only a couple more items to come next week. We’ve offered wines in all price ranges, and while a few products have sold out, there are still small quantities available with diverse representation from all the major appellations. As is custom, you buy and pay for the wines now, and they will come in two years time in 2021.

Check out current offerings here..

You can enroll to receive the last couple of 2018 Futures e-newsletter here…

Note if you already are a subscriber to our biweekly e-newsletter, the above link will automatically update your existing profile to receive the futures offering. If this is your first time subscribing, you will need to do a two-part confirmation by clicking an email that will be sent to you separately.

We look forward to another great Futures Campaign.

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May 22, 2019

Pride Week “Rainbow” Tasting

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:07 pm

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Author: Dirk Chan

For the upcoming Pride Week on Thursday, June 6 @ 7pm, deVines is hosting a Rainbow tasting in support of Edmonton Pride Senior Group, with wines of various colors of the rainbow flag.

Special treats include the very hard to find (but we finally got some) Yellow Wine (Vin Jaune) from the Jura in northeastern France. Another treat is the hot category of Orange wines and we will be tasting one. Throw in the Vinho Verge (Green Wine) from Portugal as well as Pinks, blues and purple (various degrees of red) will make up the rest of this fun-filled stand-up event. Only 60 spots are available, and dressing up is fully encouraged. Party time!!

Advanced registration is required, you can register here…

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May 15, 2019

Cellar Saturday Free Pour

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:40 pm

cellar_saturday_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Just because the market has moved off 104th doesn’t mean there is nothing happening. deVine will continue to have agent free pours throughout the summer, except the start times will be 2pm going forward. Visit us from 2-5pm on Saturday, May 25 when Denise & Tom from Cellar Stock Importers will be at deVines to pour ten wines in a festival style free drop-in tasting. Wines from France, Portugal, Argentina, Australia and Chile will all be sampled. In addition, 10% discount on all wines sampled during the festival. Hope to see you all here, make a trip down or visit us on your way back from the new market!!

No advance registration required, this is a free drop-in event. You can check out our other tastings here…

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May 13, 2019

Book Signing, Wine Tasting, Walking Tour

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:08 pm

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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 – 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.

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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April 24, 2019

2018 Bordeaux Futures Campaign Underway

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 7:33 pm

bordeaux_2018_futures_smallAuthor – Dirk Chan

deVines has been buying Bordeaux Futures for our customers in great years for a long time – 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 were great successes for us, and it looks like the upcoming 2018 Futures campaign is yet another Vintage of the Century to be added to that list.

For those who have good storage at home along with time, patience and money, purchasing some of the 2018’s to lay down is a smart move. In ten to twenty years time, you will have some wondrous wines to open for friends and family alike.

The 2018 Bordeaux Futures Campaign has started with releases from Petit Chateaux and a few Cru Bourgeois. Next week, a few perennially early Grand Cru Classe’s like Cos d’Estournel and Pape Clement will likely kick start the show stopper wines. From May to early June, the campaign will be in full swing with all the big boys releasing their offerings on a daily basis. As is custom, you buy and pay for the wines now, and they will come in two years time in 2021.

This year, we are streamlining our selling process – we are asking potential buyers to subscribe to our 2018 Bordeaux Futures e-newsletter

if you are interested in participating. We will send out offerings to this email list as products are purchased – could be daily or once every few days – you buy immediately what you want – first come first serve. By subscribing, you get first dibs on the offerings. We will do a count down of remaining bottles on each product page. With increasing customer base for Futures, this is a better and more efficient process to help everyone concerned.

The first offers are out since this writing – check them out here..

For those who have verticals going and want to continue them, please let us know as soon as possible in person or via email at “info@devinewines.ca” and we will endeavour to get the quantities you require. Anyone requiring more information about Futures and how they work, or have a wishlist of wines, please come in and we’ll spend some time with you.

Some wines are extremely limited, and each product page will state the availability for extra cases or not. Any unsold bottles after the e-newsletter have been out for a few days will then go on our website for sale to the general public. Please note in some cases, we get only 3 or 6 bottles of something with no chance of getting more so there is no time to dilly dally. Others, if we go back even a day later for another case of something, we may or may not be able to get more, or the price may go up 10-15% – thus is it best to purchase immediately rather than procrastinate.

2018 looks to be yet another superlative vintage where apparently the alcohol is high (14-14.5%) yet the finesse is tremendous. Many compare to having the fruitiness of 2009 with the structure of 2010. James Molesworth, the Wine Spectator writer who is usually pretty stingy with points have given some of his highest ever Bordeaux Futures scores, with 41 wines 95-98 or above.

So far, we are seeing the same pricing as the 2015’s, but even then, prices will be higher slightly due to the lousy Canadian dollar.

Please feel free to drop us a line at ‘info@devinewines.ca’, or come in person to talk with us.

If sending an email, please include the following in your email:

1) what your total budget
2) what your average price per bottle
3) class of wine (First Growths, Super Seconds, Third-Fifths Growths, Cru Bourgeois or Petit Chateaux)
4) desired appellation(s) (Left Bank – St. Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux, Pessac, Haut Medoc, Medoc or Right Bank – Pomerol, St. Emilion, Satellites)
5) if you know of specific Chateaux you definitely want, please let us know
6) if you have a vertical of a particular Chateau going, please let us know

You can enroll for the 2018 Futures e-newsletter here…

Note if you already are a subscriber to our biweekly e-newsletter, the above link will automatically update your existing profile to receive the futures offering. If this is your first time subscribing, you will need to do a two-part confirmation by clicking an email that will be sent to you separately.

We look forward to another great Futures Campaign.

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Summertime Bubbles

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:52 pm

summertime_bubbles_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

We love our bubbles at deVines, and we’re happy to be once again pouring bubbles for your enjoyment on Saturday, June 29 @ 7pm in our Summetime Bubbles event.

We’ll taste many examples made in the Champenois Methode from the countries of Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal and of course France, including a couple of Champagnes as well as a ‘surging in popularity’ Lambrusco in this stand-up event. While Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are the classic grapes, we’ll taste some made from Verdicchio, Chenin and Glera as well.

Come join us for a sparkling evening of tidbits, stories and effervescence.

You can register for this special event here…

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Sideways Revisited – 15 Years On

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 6:21 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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