Showing posts from July, 2011

New more simple and cheaper freight prices.

Thanks to a rise in volume, we've been able to introduce cheaper freight prices and a more simple structure. More and more consumers in Australia are buying on line and our customers at DiscoverVin are no exception.

Now most of Australia's population in the south-east is covered by a $10 flat rate per box.

Our local supporters in Albury-Wodonga receive deliveries free!

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, ACT, NSW regional, Vic regional, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts are all $10 per box (a box can contain up to 12 bottles)

Perth prices have fallen to $30 per box.

For other areas we can quote a price on application by calling 0260206016.

All of our wines are shipped and stored under temperature controlled conditions, throughout our supply chain. From our suppliers in France, to our specialised wine storage facilities in Albury-Wodonga and then by courier to your door-step, we take care to ensure your wine is moved under correct conditions.

We've added PayPal to DiscoverVin Shop (and reduced freight charges)

In response to customer feedback we've added PayPal as a checkout option to our shop. We already offer payment by credit card via a secure Commonwealth Bank Gateway but now customers have an additional option.

The PayPal Express facilities are also smartphone friendly!

In addition as a result of increasing volume and a good deal with our courier we've simplified the freight charges. Now the majority of our customers in south-eastern Australia will only pay $10 for each box of wine sent. More detail to follow on our next blog....

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Chateau Lagrezette Malbec Cahors 2005 amongst Top Drops of the Month Gourmet Traveller July 2011 (French Edition)

We were very pleased to receive this review in the July 2011 edition of Gourmet Traveller (French Edition). This is the latest in a long list of reviews for this wine.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine (USA), in the March 2010 edition wrote:

"Chateau Lagrézette 2005, Rated 90 points. An intensely concentrated wine with tannins that float in an inky sea of dense berry fruit. The wine is smooth, the edges softened by wood, but the fruit tannins pour out of the glass.”

In addition Ben Thomas in the Weekly Review wrote: "($35.99; 14%; 4/5) The wines of Cahors have never been more glamourous since Alain Perrin, the head of fashion house Cartier, bought out this winery. The wine is made by the fashionable, and somewhat ubiquitous, winemaker Michel Rolland. This is full of appealing savoury, deep fruit flavours and aromas of cherry, blackberry, spice, liquorice and leather. Grippy, savoury tannins have softened nicely in the five or so years since it was bottled and it is drinking very nicely …

Courier Mail - Qweekend review of DiscoverVin's Domain Bellegarde Cuvée Tradition


Vinexpo- Part 3 La Douce France

Vinexpo was the main event in Bordeaux for the third week of June.However there are also a number of satellite events associated and dissociated with the main exhibition.Two of the linked, invitation onlyevents Discovervin attended were the “Cercle des Femmes de Vin” and ”Expression des Vignerons Bio”, i.e an exhibition of wines made by female wine makers and an exhibition of wines from biodynamic producers. Biodynamic wine was once the preserve of alternative lifestyle types, but increased consumer concern about genetically modified food and the use of chemicals in agriculture has made organic farming and its more specific cousin biodynamic agriculture a mainstream pre-occupation for consumers in Europe and elsewhere. For Discovervin the main satellite event was La Douce France.We had been invited to attend by Accents du Sud Ouest, who were co-ordinating exhibitors from south-west appellations.It was held at Chateau Grattequina on the banks of the Garonne at Blanquefort. We were able…

Domaine Bellegarde Cuvee Tradition in the Brisbane Courier Mail

Great review of Discovervin's Domaine Bellegarde Cuvee Tradition in the Brisbane Courier Mail on the Weekend.The wine was compared favourably with iconic aussie dessert wines such as Noble One and Lillypilly. Ken Gargett from spitbucket reviewed 5 Dessert wines in his weekend column. He gave it a rating of 89/100. At $10.99 for a 375 ml bottle it truly offers great value for money
From the Juracon, an intriguing blend of 60% gros manseng and 40% petit manseng. There is sweetness here but it is much more moderated than its Aussie counterparts. Pleasant, rather than intense but fabulous value. Tropical notes, rockmelons, citrus and a minerally background. Nice flick of acidity.

CCC- Cuvee Celeste Cake -Dessert from the Pyrenees

Celebrate the Pyrenees by making this luscious cake. Divine when eaten with roast pears and a glass (or two) of Cuvee Celeste.
The recipe is from Neil Perry in Gourmet Traveller last summer.
Instead of using Sauterne as Neil did we suggest using wine from Pacheranc de Vic Bilh- a tiny wine growing region in the Pyrenees.
Cuvee Celeste is the Pacheranc de Vic Bilh wine from Domaine Crampilh. The gorgeous rich, honey flavoured, complex dessert style wine is made from late harvested Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng grapes.
Cuvee Celeste is available from Discovervin Wines and is part of our Taste the Tour Pack.
Neil Perry: Olive oil and Pacheranc de Vic Bilh (sauternes) cake with roast pears Serves 8
Roast pears 4 beurre bosc pears, halved or quartered lengthways, core removed, stem intact 80 ml (1/3 cup)�������������������������������������…

Vinexpo- Part 2 Le Crachoir

Crachoir- The Spittoon A busy schedule at Vinexpo meant lots of tasting for the Discovervin team. Tasting but not drinking. Le Crachoir was always strategically placed. The verb "to spit" in French is cracher- doesn't it sound nicer?? So were were always ready to cracher after each tasting each wine. During their time at Vinexpo the Discovervin team had profitable meetings with several Bordeaux negogiants. All were keen to send their wine downunder and we will soon be stocking some excellent Bordeaux wines; premier cru, petit chateau and second label wines. Each meeting was held in a specific meeting space at the negogiant’s stand. While sharing the wine thesales consultant would explain the wine, its provenance, producer, appellation and characteristics.Spitting into the crachoir was mandatory. There would be two or three crachoir per table and when full they were emptied by an assistant.Wonderful wine down the drain! We also met with existing suppliers, Chateau Lagrez…

The Tour moves into the Pyrenees

We hope everyone is enjoying the sights and tastes of the Tour de France as much as we are.
Today Bastille Day 2011, the Tour moves into the Pyrenees. We have reproduced here some information from our Taste of the Tour packs. It's not too late if you want to join the chasing peleton!
Stock up on some nice fillet steak and some french cheese and with our 6 pack you have an instant Tour de France experience for the weekend!

Thursday 14th July Stage 12 Cugnaux  Luz-Ardiden211 km – first major climb. “The race’s first major climb, the Hourquette d’Ancizan, an off-shoot of the Aspin, makes its first appearance on the Tour. The riders then head onto the Tourmalet. They descend off that and finish with the climb to Luz-Ardiden….”* This stage commences in the flat valley of the upper Garonne, crossing the pilgrim’s routes that go through Madiran. Madiran is an ancient wine growing region first planted by the Romans. The wine developed an excellent reputation and was carried by pilgrims and sa…

Taste The Tour Pack and follow our peleton over the Pyrenees- time to get cooking!

Today is a rest day and tommorrow the peleton enters the south-west passing through the Cahors region!
If you havent done so already, time to stock up on wine from the region, some good cheeses and think about a slow braise of beef for enjoyment with one of the reds
Here's some information from our Tour Pack and a really easy recipe to try.

Wines from the Pyrenees and the South-West of France  The wines are sourced from vineyards in the Pyrenees and the South West of France - regions that the 2011 will be passing through.
Of course there is no need to stick rigidly to a certain wine on a certain stage but we have provided some suggestions and background information. These wines can be consumed any time!. 
Follow us on twitter @discovervin or on Facebook DiscoverVin Wines for updates. Join our peleton on the collective ride over the pyrenees!
And of course, please follow our friends Les Vaches de Tour for an amusing perspective on the tour including some hints on cheeses!

Stage 10 and 11- 

Vinexpo-Part 1 The Experience

The red carpet pontoon stretched over the lake to the immense exhibition hall. Vinexpo was on the other side. With excitement and some degree of trepidation the Discovervin Team flashed our credentials and followed the red carpet into a world of wine. It should be noted that we were happy to see two life guards in a rubber raft floating happily next to the carpeted pontoon, ready to save any expeditioner who may have mis-stepped on the red carpet. Once inside the main exhibition space, Hall 1, we walked at least 800 metres to Hall 3. This and Hall 2 are two other large exhibition spacesn, set at right angles to the main hall. Hall 3 Row N was our destination as this is where we had our first Vinexpo appointment. On the way we passed stylish stands with wines from across France. The quality of the stands was incredible. Designer furniture, meeting nooks, bars, lounge suites, elegantly dressed hostesses, every conceivable way of displaying wine, lights, posters, magazines etc- n…

Featured wine of the Month Domaine Bellegarde Cuvée Tradition 2008

We decided to feature this wine this month given some very recent media interest. We thought perhaps our friends and followers might like to get in quick and snap up some bottles. 

We know that major metropolitan newspaper is about to write about this wine in its weekend lifestyle magazine (we will add some detials to this blog once the review is published). It has just been added to the wine list at Vivo restaurant in Palm Cove. This is an interesting and very smart choice. The wine has fantastic tropical fruit flavours. Some wine lovers have called this the "mango wine" after tasting it. It matches perfectly with fruit desserts and we can imagine sipping it at Vivo looking over the Pacific Ocean with a mango brulée! Or with some cheese watching the Tour de France!

Well known wine scribe and wine guru Winsor Dobbin said of it on Twitter yesterday "Very much enjoying the 2008 Domaine Bellegarde Cuvée Tradition Jurançon imported byGotta love value."


Taste The Tour Pack and follow our peleton over the Pyrenees.

Vive le Tour!

We look forward to the race but more so the fantastic scenery and television coverage. And the cows (more on that below)! We have put together a tasting pack which gives you the chance to try 6 wines as the peleton races through the south-west and the Pyrenees in the second week.

It has been well received -look what Ben Knight of Ben and Wine, had to say....."What a great selection, awesome value too. Madiran the standout, but the sweeties with the cheese were fantastic. I heartily recommend this to any and all."

We couldn't agree more!!

The wines are sourced from vineyards in the Pyrenees and the South West of France - regions that the 2011 Tour de France will be passing through.

Of course there is no need to stick rigidly to a certain wine on a certain stage but we have provided some suggestions and background information. These wines can be consumed any time!

Follow us on twitter @discovervin or on Facebook DiscoverVin Wines for updates. Join our peleton on …