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The Wine Gang Focus on Gaillac

The Wine Gang, five UK wine critics experienced the diversity of wines from South West of France.  This is their description of visiting Gaillac, an wine producing area near Toulouse.

The Wine Gang have graciously let us reproduce their blog on the DiscoverVin blog.
Diversity is the name of the game in South West France: from a vinous perspective, there really is something for everyone if you put together all the appellations in this beautiful corner of Europe. If there was a single area that expressed this versatility in microcosm, however, it would have to be an historic appellation that straddles the Tarn River: Gaillac.
"The diversity starts, of course, in the vineyard, or, rather, beneath the vineyards: Gaillac has three distinctive terroirs, each offering a different character to the wines, from the power and structure offered by the stone, sand and gravel terraces on the left bank of the Tarn to the elegance and succulence brought by the chalky clay of the right ba…

Luc de Conti - Organic Wine Maker

Luc de Conti is deeply committed to organic and bio-dynamic methods. His wines are among the finest and most exciting wines of Southwest France.

Chateau Tour des Gendres wines are produced on layers of calcareous soil south of the Dordogne river in the appellation of Bergerac.
Built on a hilltop Gallo-Roman site, the property has been famous for its wines since the 12th century! 
Luc and Martine de Conti bought the property in 1981. The vineyard is fifty hectares in size and offers three very different “terroirs”: Les Gendres, Les Grand Cailloux and St. Julien d’Eymet. At Les Gendres the soil is very calcareous and gives colorful, full-bodied wines with round and ripe tannins; At Les Grand Cailloux the soil is clayey and calcareous and gives fruitier wines and at St. Julien d’Eymet, the sandy, clayey-calcareous mixture brings suppleness and fruit. 

Known since the 12th century as the winery of “Chateau de Bridoire”, Chateau “Tour des Gendres” (literally “Tower of the sons in l…

WIne and Food Dinner: Talking French- Bishop Sessa Thursday November 6th

We are looking forward to seeing our friends in Sydney for a great night of wine and food at Bishop Sessa, 527 Crown Street, Surry Hills on Thursday November 6th at 7pm
It will be a pleasure to taste the amazing dishes of chef Paul Cooper. Have a look and see what customers have been saying recently about Bishop Sessa on Trip Advisor. We know the wines will be great!  
Call 02 8065 7223 to secure your spot. 

Melbourne French Festival Paris to Provence November 21-23

The Team at DiscoverVin is excited to be participating in the Paris to Provence Festival in Melbourne November 21-23.

To whet your appetite here is the Paris to Provence Web Series - Gabriel Gaté cooking at home!

By the way you will find our friend Gabriel Gate in some of our earlier our earlier blogs, cooking with some DiscoverVin wines.

Lesser Known Grape Varieties- The Daily Telegraph Discover the Next Big Thing -

In the article below,  from the UK's Daily Telegraph of Tuesday 14 October, 2014,  Producteurs Plaimont from Gascony in South West of France are referred to as producers of excellent wine from unusual grape varieties.

 DiscoverVin imports and distributes wines from authentic producers such as  Domaine du Crampilh annd Producteurs Plaimont, made from the unusual grape variety Tannat.   The Chateau St Go Rouge  has been one of best selling wines, particularly at the City Wine Shop in Spring Street Melbourne.

 In February 2013 Sean Mitchell from The Grape Observer wrote "Aromatically, the Chateau Saint-Go 2007 has pronounced notes of blackberries, supplemented by the scent of sweet cloves, dark plum skins and dark cherries, and is generally rather opulent in expression.  On the palate, the wine is dry, with medium acid, fine grained tannins and medium to long length.  Blackberries abound, and the finish is balanced.  I found myself drinking this wine rather effortlessly, …

The Alliance Française Albury-Wodonga French Film Festival 17/18 October

Its on again! The  Alliance Francaise Albury-Wodonga French Film Festival! Come and enjoy a glass of French wine and nibbles at the opening Night Cocktail party session, on the evening of Friday 17th October sponsored by DiscoverVin.

DiscoverVin will be sharing some of their favourite wines.

Tickets are on sale now. In previous years the opening night session has sold out.

Call the Regent Cinemas Albury on 0260 213 044 for  bookings. 

The opening night film is Folies Bergère.  This fabulous comedy, both charming and poignant, stars the gorgeous Isabelle Huppert. She and her husband are cattle breeders- so expect country idyls and scenes with lovely cream colored vaches!

The Wine Gang Visit Producteurs Plaimont

The Wine Gang, five UK wine critics put on berets to visit Saint Mont in the South West of France.  This is their description of visiting the charming town of Saint Mont and touring the area including spending time at  Producteurs Plaimont. The Wine Gang have graciously let us reproduce their blog on the DiscoverVin blog.
Eric shows Grace how to wear the beret Saint Mont style Leaving Côtes de Gascogne, we headed to Saint-Mont, a charming town surrounded by vineyards and blessed with beautiful ancient stone buildings including a magnificent monastery (which is also a hotel). Eric Fitan (president of the Saint Mont Wines trade body), Charlotte Grizeaud (communications manager) and Xavier Didelon (area sales manager, Plaimont Producteurs) stuck a beret on our heads (the beret is almost a uniform in Saint Mont!) and took us for a walk around the town. We then joined Christine Cabri in Plaimont Producteurs tasting room for a brief introduction on the three main Saint Mont terroirs a…