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Hold the press - the best easter wine and food match - Coq au vin and Madiran.

We really enjoyed the seafood paella and Chateau La Rayre Rosé on Good Friday (see earlier blog) and thought that could be THE easter wine and food match. However, upon returning home from camping decided to put together dinner from the pantry and the garden. In the garden we had last of the summer zucchini with flowers attached and the first of the autumnal field mushrooms, plus some fresh herbs. We had been wanting to try a jar of Comtesse du Barry Coq au Vin with Madiran Sauce. This is a very well respected product in France and recently available in Australia on-line at Hubert Gourmet in Perth ( At first look this looks like reasonably expensive product but it easily fed 2 adults and 2 children and at the end of the day it's a nicer and cheaper option than thai take-away. I stuffed the mushrooms with goats cheese, garlic and parsley and roasted them in the oven while reheating the coq au vin. Steamed the zucchini seasoned with salt and pepper …

Wine Spectator Unveils Free VintageChart+ App for Smartphones | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator Unveils Free VintageChart+ App for Smartphones | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator
Great app from Wine spectator. Our current favorite app!. Of course DiscoverVin will only stock wine from good producers in good years so the need for this becomes less(!), but nevertheless a really useful smartphone app.

Best Easter Wine and Food Match

We just spent a lovely few days camping on the banks of Lake Hume near Albury-Wodonga on the border of NSW and Victoria.  Great campsite, great weather, great friends. We celebrated H's significant birthday on the first night with surprise silly dress ups,  white table cloths, candles, candles and more candles, champagne then a great meal. A spicy seafood paella and the most beautiful wine match Ch la Rayre Bergerac Rosé 2009. A beautiful red/pink colour, great fruit and soft acid. Perfect marriage with the spices of the  paella. Perfect wine to enjoy round the camp-fire with friends. I am sure that the spicy nature of the paella would have been too much for a white and the heat would have swamped a red. Not a wine for cellaring or intellectualising about, but a lovely wine to enjoy on its own or with a meal - it matches just about everything. Three days later and everyone was saying what a memorable meal and wow that rosé!

Wine tasting coming up next month in Melbourne

12 May · 19:00 - 22:00 LocationCasa de Vinos, 227 Bay St, Port Melbourne
More infoOn this class we will taste 10 different French wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cotes Du Rhone, Cahors and Madiran. All together with some French produce to match (olives, cheese, and pate!).

Includes Malbec from Domaine Lagrezette (Cahors) and Tannat from Domaine du Crampilh (Madiran)

Thursday 12/5 at 7pm

Cost $35

Please Book as early as you can as we have limited places.

Tel: (03) 9681 8006


some interesting easter viewing

why DiscoverVin wines tick the boxes..

why cahors is one of the great wines in the world (start at 6 minute mark)

would love any feedback about these!

have a great Easter and hope you get to drink a good bottle or two!

from the team at DiscoverVin

DiscoverVins list of stockists continues to grow

Hope you enjoyed world Malbec day yesterday! We enjoyed a Domaine Lagrezette with beautiful 
duck and pistachio sausages, marinated lamb cutlets,  sunshine and friends!
The number of restaurants/bars/wine shops stocking our wines continues to grow. We are very 
proud that our unique and good value for money wines are making their way onto more lists.

These customers include: Gigis of Beechworth Sourcedining, Dean Street, Albury Armadale Cellars, Armadale Seddon Wine Store, 2/101 Victoria St, Seddon Casa de Vinos, 227 Bay St, Port Melbourne Beaux Bar, Sydney Rd, Brunswick City Wine Shop, Spring Street Melbourne La Niche Cafe, Smith Street, Collingwood
We hope to announce some more in coming days (That will knock your socks off!) We keep updating the list and will make announcements on our facebook page DiscoverVin Wines

Woo hoo. 2 months old (seems like longer!)

Wow, we have been so busy it does seem like more than 2 months that we have been trading. We do appreciate all of our customers, especially those who have already purchased for a second time. We have been pleasantly surprised at the number of people who have, for example,  bought a mixed half dozen and then called to buy a straight dozen or dozens of their favorites.
Special mention to 1. GiGis of Beechworth who put our Domaine Lagrezette on their specials board and have had to reorder due to a postive response and 2. Beaux Bar in Sydney Rd Brunswick. Open for one day  Beaux Bar wanted our wine as THE dessert wine on their list- the Pacherenc du Vic Bilh from Domaine du Crampilh. Made from manseng grapes, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh is the name given to white wines from the Madiran region. They are late harvest wines, often with the grapes picked in October or November. Congratulations to James and the team for having the vision to give this one a go. Big name and big taste- apricots, tropic…


An Evening of Wine and Cheese from the South West of France
Discover new wines and new flavours Divine food and wine combinations
Ossau Iraty cheese served with a rich red from Madiran and Basque Country Blue Vein served with luscious Jurançon stickies.
Monday 11th April Where:       1860 Luxury Accommodation     4 Surrey Lane, Beechworth
Time:          6.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost:           $20 per person
RSVP:         The Larder (Florence) 5728 2299      Or DiscoverVin (Mary) 5728 2606                              Or DiscoverVin (Helen) 02 6020 6016