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Reds for the cellar

We are sometimes asked for suggestions for wines to put in the cellar. 

Below are some of our current suggestions at different price points (posted May 2013). These offer good drinking now but will repay some time in the cellar. 

To make it easier we have also picked 3 wines to go into a Bordeaux starter pack

Chateau Senilhac le Prade 2009  (Haut- Médoc)  $23 A stand-out quality and value for money wine in a long line-up of Médoc wines from 2009. (Keep until 2016-2019)
Legende de la Tour Carnet 2004 (Médoc) $48
The second wine (made from younger vines) from a great Bordeaux producer from a great year (keep until 2020)

Chateau Lagarde 2009 (Saint Émilion) $29.90
If you are a fan of Saint Émilion or merlot, or just looking for a good wine at a great price, its pretty hard to go past this wine! (2013-2018)

Chateau Fleur Poitou 2010 (Lussac de Semilion) $25 A lovely merlot blend from the St Émilion satellite of Lussac St- Émilion. From the outstanding vintage of 2010. (Keep until 2015-2020)


Organic v biodynamic wines

DiscoverVin distributes several organic and biodynamic wines. What is the the difference between organic and biodynamic wines? Are they are different to "natural" wines? 

Unfortunately due to different regulations in various countries and different agencies that enforce "the rules", it is often difficult to find universal  accepted definitions. 

However, in short.....
"organic" refers to no sprays and minimal use of sulphur, 

"biodynamic" means organic plus the use of specific production methods pioneered by Rudolf Steiner .

"Natural" means no additives whatsoever and the use of natural ferment (no added yeast or mechanical means to control fermentation- essentially fermented grape juice not intended to cellar for the long-term! 

Recently we came across a very good explanation of these terms on the wine list of the Rouge Tomate restaurant in New York City. This is a Michelin starred "Modern American" restaurant featuring local sea…

DiscoverVin support Mater Chicks in Pink

DiscoverVin were happy to support the "Mater Chicks in Pink" with a fundraising dinner at C'est Bon in Wooloongabba, Brisbane on April 15. The "Mater Chicks in Pink" support women diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Over $2000 was raised on the night.

Celine and the team at C'est Bon put their heart into the event, gathering support from their suppliers, decorating the rooms, working for free and wearing pink aprons in the kitchen. All of the staff worked for free and the suppliers donated all food and wine used, so that as much money as possible could be raised for the cause!

All of the food had a pink theme.  The Domaine de la Croix Rosé was the perfect wine for the dinner.  The salmon pink colour of the wine was ideal and looked wonderful with the Pink Fish.  The colour and the soft fruit flavours were lovely with the Homemade Gravalax served with a honey dill mustard creme.  

The wine's dry and savoury aspects on the palate meant the Irresistible Rosé also …

South West France Dinner Bathers Pavilion May 23rd 2013

We are very much looking forward to seeing our Sydney friends this week at a south-west France dinner at Bathers Pavilion in Sydney. 
The menu looks fantastic and the wines will be great!
This will be your chance to explore (or re-aquaint yourself) with the food and wine of this beautiful region of France.
At the time of writing this, tickets are selling fast. Please contact Bathers Pavilion on 0299695050 or for bookings or for more information. 
We look forward to seeing you there. If you can't make it, follow the blog and we will post some photos/details after the event!