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Fifth anniversary Cocktail Party at Franck Provost Double Bay

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Franck Provost Paris Hair is France's number one salon and last night the Double Bay Salon was celebrating its 5th Anniversary.  Amber Renae, the Franck Provost brand ambassador, VIP's, members of the French Trade Commission and Alliance Francaise, bloggers, journalists, fashionistas and just about every French person living in Sydney was there! So French, so chic!!
DiscoverVin wines were sponsors of this event and we offered the following wines by the glass:
Domaine de la Croix, Irrésistible Rosé - The name says it all! A delicious rosé from one of the top producers in Provence.
Château de la Bouyere Bordeaux Blanc- A great value for money crisp white wine for the coming summer months.
Château des Saurs, La Constance, 2009 - One of our best sellers is this lovely lighter style red from Gaillac in South West France. Silver Medal winner.   
We also offered tastings of some of our best sellers:
Château Jolys Jurançon Sec 2011- a delicious dry white wine awarded 92 points and voted …

Indigenous Variety Négrette from south-west France now available in Australia

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DiscoverVin is pleased to be importing Négrette wine from Château Bouissel an organic independent producer in the appellation of AOC Fronton, near Toulouse, in the south-west of France.


The main variety in Le Bouissel is Négrette, meaning “black” in the local dialect. According to Jancis Robinson’s tome Wine Grapes, these deeply coloured grapes are a “supple, fruity and distinctive variety that has thrived for centuries just north of Toulouse”. The origins of Négrette has not been confirmed by DNA studies to date. Some claim it has been grown in the region since the time of the ancient Gauls. Others say it was introduced to France from the Crusades by the Knights Templar and planted in their vineyards near Toulouse in the 14th century. It is possibly descended from a grape variety, Mayro, indigenous to Cyprus, and perhaps crossed with wild vines growing locally. It has soft, spicy characteristics with modest acid levels making wines best for early drinking. Négrette is now grown exc…

DiscoverVin at Soirée Bleue de la Bastille

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Can Can dancers, Tahitian dancers, and Plastic Bertrand with a gourmet French menu and French wines from DiscoverVin made for a fabulous event in Brisbane to celebrate Bastille Day.
DiscoverVin supplied wine for Soirée Bleue de la Bastille at Sofitel Brisbane on Saturday 13 August 2013. The sit down gala dinner featured a gourmet four course menu showcasing French gastronomy at its best.






Domaine Ancienne Cure Bergerac Sec was a popular as the white wine and was a perfect accompaniment with the Smoked Pork and Duck breast terrine or the poached rainbow trout.
For red wine drinkers complimentary Zette Rouge, a light Malbec from Domaine Lagrezette, Cahors also matched with the terrine and the coq au vin.  Many guests also appreciated the supple, delicious and fruit driven Merlot from Chateau Lagarde.





Southwest France – like a box of chocolates - Blog from Quentin Sadler

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English wine writer Quentin Sadler explores the variety of wines from the Southwest of France in his blog. In an edited version of his blog below he explores the region and explains why he finds the wines so fascinating. He identifies the area as making excellent dessert wines and provides a review of Producteurs Plaimont Saint Albert Dessert Wine.

 See Quentin Sadler's Wine Page for a full version Southwest France – like a box of chocolatesPosted on 16/07/2013 by
Variety is the spice of life. We have all heard that old saying and most of us know that there is some truth in it.
Certainly I like variety in wine. I am never more excited by a wine than when I am tasting it for the first time, or experiencing a grape variety or region that is new to me.


One ‘classic’ region of France though seems to be capable of delivering enough surprises for everyone. That region is the Southwest orSud-Ouest and with the wines from here you never know what you’re going to get. Actu…

Bloggers and Wine Writers Admire Chateau Haut Peyrous Rouge

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DiscoverVin have had three recent reviews by Australian wine bloggers.   Chateau Haut Peyrous-Retour de Palombières  Rouge 2008 from Graves in Bordeaux has received positive accolades from three popular writers.
Jesse Lewis from Perth writes about music, photography and "booze" including wine in his blogSealed with Wax.
Companion to the Graves Blanc reviewed last week. 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc. Those figures must be rounded up because there’s a tiny amount of Malbec and Petit Verdot as well. Laid back and confident, it sports aromas of red plum, pencil shavings, redcurrant jelly and a light touch of gravy/meat juices. Again, restrained on the palate. This is not overripe or a concentrated wine. Not lacking in flavour either. There’s a minerality which leans towards ironstone and a coffee & tobacco-like finish that’s structured with enough tannins to support short-mid term cellaring. Just what I felt like drinking tonight – nothing too bold o…

Event: Slowed cooked food and wines of South West France Sydney

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Looking forward to seeing some of our Sydney friends in Sydney! This will be a great night of tasty slow cooked food and some great wines to match. Excellent value! Call Chophouse 1300 246 748


Taste the Tour - Six Wines from DiscoverVin

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Mark the centenary of Le Tour in 2013 with DiscoverVin wines from the Pyrenees and the south west of France.
Top of Form Bottom of Form It’s that time of year again; time to enjoy the legendary Tour de France. Enjoy the sights of the racing and the stunning scenery whilst enjoying this selection of French wine.
The six wines in DiscoverVin's Taste the Tour pack are sourced from vineyards in the Pyrenees and the South West of France - regions that the 2013 Tour passes through in the second week as the battle for the yellow jersey really hots up. 
They represent great value for money and a great introduction to the wines of the region. And at a fraction of the price of a ticket to France! 
The white wine in this year’s Tour Pack, a Jurancon Sec from Domaine Bellegarde  is Wine of the month for July in SBS Feast Magazine.



Here is the list of wines, as matched with this years Tour stages, with some serving suggestions...more food suggestions and recipes are included in the tour pack.
Domaine …

Chateau Jolys, Jurancon Sec, 2011 Best Import SMH 12/6/13

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We were thrilled to see this review of Chateau Jolys Jurancon Sec 2011, from Huon Hooke.  Huon reviewed the wine in his Corkscore Newsletter and in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 12 June 2013.

He awarded it 92 points and "best import" status. 

Best importChateau Jolys Jurancon Sec, France 2011 $27.75
The colour is medium to full yellow and the bouquet evokes citrus blossom, honeysuckle and many other appealing fragrances. The palate is delicate, seamless and gently fruity, with a trace of sweetness early, then a clean, dry finish, with balanced acidity. It’s a lovely wine but drink it soon because the synthetic stopper is not designed for cellaring. 13 per cent alcohol. 92/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)
Food: pre-dinner nibbles

This review is for the 2011 Vintage.  Contact DiscoverVin if interested in purchasing.
The 2010 vintage is  still drinking well and is available online for $24.90.

The 2011  is the third vintage of this wine that DiscoverVin
have stocked, and it ha…

Château Haut Peyrous – A Darroze Estate in Graves

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DiscoverVin is proud to be importing wine from Château Haut Peyrous in the Graves appellation of Bordeaux.  While not a classified producer, Château Haut Peyrous exemplifies Bordeaux’s new generation. Producers adopting new techniques, including organic practices and working with their terroir to produce quality value for money wines.  Marc Darroze, of the famous Darroze family of Gascony owns Château Haut Peyrous and has been driving the changes to make these unique wines.

For three generations the Darroze family have lived in the area and have been known for their Armagnac.  Marc’s sister Helene Darroze boasts two Michelin rosettes at her wonderful restaurant in the Connaught Hotel, London, along with award winning restaurants in Paris and Moscow.
Marc has worked with his father producing Armagnac and recently diversified into his own wine estate, Château Haut Peyrous. Organic practices in the vineyard are producing wines with lots of personality, by making the most of the quality of …

Bathers Pavilion South West Wine Dinner

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A cold and wet evening did not deter diners from enjoying the tastes of South West France at Bathers Pavilion.  Over forty guests enjoyed four courses matched with wines from Jurançon,St Mont and Cahors. Diners were warmly welcomed by Serge Dansereau from Bathers and Mary and Helen from DiscoverVin.
The menu was perfect for the evening and for the wines.  Diners were able to watch the waves on Balmoral Beach and simultaneous be transported to the French Pyrenees.


The wines of South West France are diverse and made from indigenous grape varieties.  Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng are used to make both a crisp dry white and a rich dessert style wine. Both styles were perfectly show cased during the meal.
The first course of terrine of rabbit, foie gras and lettuce served with a verjuice jelly was a lovely match with Chateau Jolys Jurançon Sec 2010. With both floral and fruity aromas: honeysuckle, jasmine, grapefruit, citrus and fresh grape and  fresh, fruity  flavours on the palate the win…