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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Summer has arrived, Christmas is approaching and before you know it 2012 will be here!
2012 means New Year celebrations and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Please read on to discover our next adventures and Christmas and summer wine ideas.
1. DiscoverVin and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
We are partnering with our friends at The Commoner in Fitzroy to present  “Sweet Discovery” a special dinner as part of the MFWF.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to match our Jurançon wines with great food. Hope you can make it!
·  WHEN:   8 March, 6:45PM - 10:00PM
·  WHERE:   The Commoner Restaurant, 122 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
·  COST:   $120.00 food, wine and coffee
·  BOOKINGS:   Book through DiscoverVin - (02) 6020 6016 or

Discover the richness and versatility of dessert wines through an eclectic menu matched with wines from Jurançon.   Classic French food and wine combinations inspire the menu designed and prepared by Jo Corrigan and the team from The Common…

Rosé Revolution at Barakee, Wooragee.

The Rosé  Revolution continued in northeast Victoria with  DiscoverVin providing wines  for a Rosé in the Roses evening at Barakee in Wooragee (near Beechworth). The Barakee garden is an exquisite mix of natives, snow gums, grasses, emu bushes and exotics including roses and irises. Guests wandered the gardens, rosé in hand, appreciating the roses and the thoughtful design of the garden in the dusk light. A range of Australian rosés were tasted including Anderson’s Shiraz Rosé from nearby Rutherglen and Yering Station Pinot Noir. As DiscoverVin were hosting the event two of our rosés were highlighted. The blush style Zettewas popular.  Its gentle colour and dry, but delicate flavour was enjoyed.   The comment from our facebook friend Sue Fairlie-Cunningham, producer of The Mongrel Rose, that the Zette Rosé is an excellent example of what we should be aspiring to with rosé here in Australia, was repeated numerous times. The Chateau La Rayre Rosé from Bergerac was also enjoyed. A blend of tw…

Heard at the Rosé Revolution- Border Wine Room Albury

"The Irresistible is irresistible!""McLaren Vale Rosés are my favourite""I'm looking forward to Summer and more Rosé""A very generous interesting evening at The Wine Room, thank you" "Wonderful colour in the La Rayre""I prefer the blush style of ZETTE"" Thanks Discovervin's, Mary, Helen & Craig, for the opportunity to sample some of your gorgeous French Rose' at the Border Wine Room last night. It was fun being a part of the Rose' Revolution. We are looking forward to our case of Bergerac arriving. Thanks again."" La Croix- sounds like a fashion designer darling" "Loved the Irresistible Rosé from Domaine de la Croix, but loved the bottles even more - they are so sexy!" "Where is ZETTE"

A little glass of rosé with dinner

The Rosé Revolution is upon us, so with samples in the fridge chilling, wine menus printed, glasses polished and the ice bucket dusted off we can now sit and enjoy a lovely well chilled glass of the pink stuff.
For dinner I made a plate of smoked salmon, added some freshly picked and blanched broad beans and asparagus, some very finely sliced salad onions and finely snipped chives. I made a ponzu dressing and we had a plate of green salad and some Milawa sourdough on the side.
Sounds too perfect? Reality was ..... I threw this lot together after helping kids with homework, took a quick photo, tossed dinner down with a swill of La Rayre Rosé, gave the husband a peck on the cheek as he came home and I headed out to book group.
When I returned home, the house was quiet and the evening still balmy. Then I could sit and relax and really enjoy a glass of the La Rayre Rosé at leisure with the husband. The La Rayre rosé 2009 is a great drop and from a great vintage. For me it is summer, a b…

The Rosé Revolution

The Rosé Revolution kicks off on November 10th and is all about  celebrating, Rosé - which has its traditional home in the south of France. 
DiscoverVin are excited to be part of the Revolution.

What is the Rosé Revolution?A: The Rosé Revolution is a celebration of dry, purpose-made and delicious Rosé wines. Variety incidental, these are serious styles to be enjoyed at any time. We are spreading the word that these wines are delicious, a great match with food and a great wine to consider at any time of the year. So grab some Chateau La Rayre or Zette Roséor a few for that matter and start spreading the word.
Q: When is this year’s Rose Revolution taking place? A: The launch of the Rose Revolution will take place on Thursday 10th November 2011 for a taste and tweet. 
Q: Where is this year’s Rose Revolution taking place? DiscoverVin's friends on the NSW/Victoria Border can celebrate the increasing popularity of dry rosé with a tasting, some hors d'ouevres and chat to fellow rosé revolu…

DiscoverVin Dinner in Brisbane and Perth

We are looking forward to meeting some of our Brisbane and Perth friends and clients at 2 dinners in November. These promise to be memorable dinners and an opportunity  to sample several of our wines matched to some great cuisine form award winning chefs. In the last 6 months we have now received 20 reviews for various wines in our portfolio and several of these will be tasted on the night.

Join us and discover the wines of South West France New tastes and varieties from the ancient appellations of Jurançon, Madiran, Cahors and Bergerac matched to the magnificent cuisine of Neil Herbert (Bistro Felix) and Michel Bonnet (C'est Bon)

Bistro Felix

Wednesday 16th November

6 course dinner plus matched wines Tickets $110 per person all inclusive
Full payment required upon booking Please call 08 9388 3077 for reservations This is a communal dining event

Brisbane C'est Bon Wollongabba 7.00pm, Thursday 17th November 2011 5 courses plus matched wine Tickets $110 per person all inclusiv…

Discover European Wine in Spring St Melbourne

161 Spring St  - the address of wonderful venues for any wine lover.  Three great venues to experience both Melbourne and Europe.  Situated opposite Parliament House  its one of DiscoverVin’s favourite places to visit when in Melbourne. DiscoverVin popped into The City Wine Shop after a day of meetings in Melbourne on a recent Friday.   It was “very Melbourne”.  Men in suits, women dressed in stylish black.  Some having a coffee at the bar or at the alfresco tables, but many enjoying a class or two of wine. The brief wine list presented a well-balanced range of wines from Victoria, Australia and Europe. Trimbach Riesling from Alsace was at the top of the list and I needed to go no further. Crisp and dry with lemon and lime acidity, zest and persistence.With purity and freshness it was the perfect after work drink.DiscoverVin had no problems recommending it to the person sitting next to me at the bar when he expressed his hesitation regarding Alsace Rieslings. With citrusy dryness and …

Le Guide Hachette 2011 Reviews wines from DiscoverVin. Part 2 Cahors

Le Guide Hachette 2011 – the French wine bible has reviews for 10,000 wines. The South-West chapter reviews wines from several of our suppliers. The “jury” – a team of wine professionals from around the world, tasted each wine blind, described it in terms of colour, aroma and taste and then scored  each from 0-5.  A score of 3 is needed to be give a star, 4 for 2 stars and 5for a wine to be given 3 stars.  

Cahors Chateau Lagrézette A world famous and critically acclaimed producer from Cahors in the South West of France, Chateau Lagrezette has five centuries of winemaking history.  Entrepreneur Alain Dominique Perrin, the former president of Cartier, has transformed Chateau Lagrezette. DiscoverVin stock three levels of wine from Chateau Lagrézette.  Zette is the every day quaffer;  Zette Red, Zette White and Zette Rosé. A great bargain at  $20 per bottle. The Chateau Lagrézette 2005is an award winning Malbec for $36 per bottle. It was given a citation in the 2008 Guide Hachette. The Dame d’…

Le Guide Hachette 2011 Reviews wines for DiscoverVin WinesPart 1

Le Guide Hachette 2011 – the French wine bible has reviews for 10,000 wines. The South-West chapter reviews wines from several of our suppliers.
The “jury” – a team of wine professionals from around the world, tasted each wine blind, described it in terms of colour, aroma and taste and then scored  each from 0-5.  A score of 3 is needed to be give a star, 4 for 2 stars and 5for a wine to be given 3 stars.   The ultimate is “un coup de cœur , a heart.
Gaillac Chateau de Saurs
Usually only one wine per producer is reviewed in the Guide Hachette. The 2011 review for Chateau de Saurs is predominately about their  2008 Réserve Eliézer which was given a star. Two other Chateau de Saurs wines were included in the 2011 Guide.  Both made in larger volumes than the Eliézer and both available from DiscoverVin.
The 2008 Blanc doux, a dessert wine, was given a star (well balanced with roundness and acidity). DiscoverVin stock the 2009 vintage of this lovely sweet wine made from the loin de l'oeil g…

Review of Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure Bergerac Rouge (L'abbaye Range) 2008

Hot on the heels of wine of the week in Sydney Morning Herald for Chateau Saint Go Saint Mont 2007 on October 4th 2011 By Huon Hooke, comes another review of one of the wines from DiscoverVin. This time for the Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure Bergerac Rouge 2008
We were thrilled to receive this review by well-known wine writer Winsor Dobbin.
A complex but elegant red wine. It is typical of the good value wines that DiscoverVin is bringing to wine lovers in Australia. 
Here is the review from Winsor Dobbin....
"Yet another well priced import from the south-west of France from the team at DiscoverVin who seem to have the knack of sniffing out bargains. This one comes from a family-run domaine at Colombier, outside of Bergerac, and is made very much made in Bordeaux style with a blend of merlot, cabernet suavignon and cabernet franc and just a soupcon of malbec. At just 12.5% it is the antithesis in style of bold South Australian red but does not lack in ripeness or flavours, simply offe…

WINE OF THE WEEK Chateau Saint Go, Saint Mont

Huon Hooke gives the Tannat/Cabernet blend from Chateau Saint Go in Saint Mont 93/100.
DiscoverVin are excited to read that a wine from historic Saint Mont where  Tannat grapes have been grown for centuries and with a recently re-invigorated wine making practices is described as modern wine.

Le Guide Hachette des Vins - The Hachette Guide to French Wines 2011

This is described as the French wine bible.  It provides a thorough and current guide to French wine.  Usually only one wine per producer is reviewed, but occasionally a second wine is referred to within the review. Incredibly the guide is never “updated”.  It is rewritten each year from current tastings of the last vintage bottled.  The 2012 Guide has just been released.  For the 2011 Guide  36,000 wines were tasted and 10,000 of those were included in the Guide.  The “jury” – a team of wine professionals from around the world, taste each wine blind and describe it in terms of colour, aroma and taste and then scored from 0-5.  Wines scoring 0 or 1 are not included in the Guide, a 2 leads to inclusion, but a score of 3 is needed to be give a star, 4 for 2 stars and 5 to be given 3 stars.   The ultimate is “un coup de cœur , a heart, of which there are 471 in the current edition. The Guide Hachette provides ample information on each of the wines reviewed: producer, vintage, region, vine…

Le Pigeonnier

In french the word  pigeonnier means dovecote. It is also the name of the rarest wine produced by Domaine Lagrezette in Cahors.
Dovecotes dot the landscape throughout southwest France, often in the middle of a field, or as at Lagrezette in the centre of a vineyard.
Pigeonniers are located away from trees that may harbor birds of prey and from prevailing winds. They have smooth walls with a protruding band of stones to stop climbing predators. In France in the middle Ages, owning a pigeonnier was the privilege of the lord of the manor. The bird poo (known as colombine) was an excellent fertilizer.
The Lagrezette pigeonnier is an exceptional building on six columns.The Lagrezette Pigeonnier wine is an exceptional wine.  Production is limited to about seven thousand bottles per year.  The vineyard is only 2.7ha and the yield is limited to between 15-20 hL/ha. The Malbec grapes are harvested and destemmed by hand.  Vinification occurs in large oak casks and the wine is aged for twenty-eight …

DiscoverVin friends special offer with French Tutoring in Sydney

DiscoverVin has formed a partnership with French Tutoring.

For our friends in Sydney, French Tutoring offer a range of French language lessons/services.

If you mention DiscoverVin when enrolling you will receive
-free pocket-size bilingual phrasebook
-10% off all one to one lessons
-save $30 on group conversation classes

In addition, students of FrenchTutoring receive 10% off orders of $100 or more on DiscoverVin wines! 

For more information to go

What they say makes FrenchTutoring stand out from other providers:

No enrolment costs

No cancellation fees (see below)

No administrative fees

No travel fees (see below)

No peak / off-peak tutoring times / rates

No other hidden fees

50% off group conversation classes (see below)

- Flexible tutoring options (see below)

- All materials and handouts used (if any) are provided at the end of the lesson

- All our students can access our books and resources free of charge (you do not have to purchase books)

- …

Discover the Wines of Bergerac Part 2

Bergerac - The upriver neighbour to BordeauxThe Bergerac region is picturesque and historic with bastides (walled towns), medieval cities, chateaux, Romanesque churches and abbeys and gorgeous stone villages full of character and history and some exciting wines.

Situated on the Dordogne River the town of Bergerac is about 50 km east of Bordeaux.
Bergerac has a climate similar to that of St Emilion and Pomerol.

History, rather than geography has lead to the difference in perception between the wines of Bordeaux and Bergerac. The 100 years war changed the medieval wine trade. Vineyards upstream of Bordeaux, (Gaillac, Bergerac and Cahors) were under French control, while the English linked to Bordeaux since the reign of Elinor of Aquitane continued their relationship with Bordeaux.

Grape Varieties of Bergerac
Bergerac, the neighbour and close cousin of Bordeaux produces similar blends without the price tag. The main grape varieties are those of Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabern…

Discover the Wines of Bergerac

Wines from the Region of Bergerac now available in Australia.

For the first time a range of wines from the region of Bergerac are available
to consumers in Australia. These wines typify the wines that DiscoverVin are
bringing to Australia. Quality and affordable wines of character, made by
independent producers.
Bergerac wines form a regional section of DiscoverVin’s portfolio of wines
from South-West France. We have sought out three excellent producers from
the region. Each works with care and expertise to produce wines reflective of
the terroir of the region. Organic and sustainable viticultural practices are a
key feature or their approach to wine making.
The Dordogne is a popular destination with Australian tourists visiting France.
Having developed an appreciation for the wines of Bergerac, up until now
they have been unable to relive and share their vinous experiences once
home again.
Made from grape varieties traditionally associated with Bordeaux, they have
their own elegance …