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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)

Perth
Bistro Felix

Subiaco
Wednesday 16th November
7pm


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…