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

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

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

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

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

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…