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Opening night French FIlm Festival Albury-Wodonga May 5

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The Alliance Française of Albury Wodonga is holding its annual French film festival at the Regent Cinemas in Albury on May 5-7, 2017.

The Friday night opening session includes some snacks and a glass of DiscoverVin wine in the ticket price! The movie, a comedy titled Saint Amour, stars Gerard Depardieu. It is apparently, a hilarious road trip around the wine regions of France! 

Be quick to buy tickets as this session usually sells out.

This is one of our favourite events for the year. Hope to see some of our local friends there. 


Champagne Jeeper Dinner and launch event in Adelaide

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Announcing a four course dinner with matched Champagnes in Adelaide.

This will be the first time that Champagne Jeeper struts it stuff in SA.

Champagne Jeeper has a great history, follows strict environmental winemaking practices and has unique packaging. But most of all it has an amazing taste! (4 stars in Winestate Magazine)

This will be a memorable night of Champagne and fine food.

Come and try your new favourite Champagne. See eventbrite for tickets.





Burgundy Dinner C'est Bon Brisbane May 12

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This will be a special dinner at C'est Bon French restaurant in Brisbane. It features some fine wines from Burgundy from Domaine Lupé-Cholet made by one of Burgundy's best wine makers Albert Bichot. These wines are new to Australia. As well as some premier cru Burgundies, there will be a glass of Champagne on arrival and a rare dessert wine to end. 
Burgundy native and restauranteur Celine Damour and her team have devised a menu of classic regional dishes.
If you love good food and wine then this is a night not to be missed!
Booking details here or phone 07 3891 2008



Sexy Red Comes of Age

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Style magazine has written about our NEW Beaujolais-Villages...







Read more at discovervin.com.au

This World Malbec Day – Think French!

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In the world of wine, the French will invariably tell you that they did it first. But when it comes to Malbec wine, there’s no argument - they did! So when World Malbec Day rolls around on 17 April, give credit where credit is due. Rather than breaking out the empanadas and gaucho boots - and going all Argentinean, lift a glass to those who did Malbec first, the French - and who are in a class of their own. Malbec’s traditional heartland is in the south west of France in Cahors where it is known as the Black Wine of Cahors. The city of Cahors (above) sits on a bend of the Lot river which snakes through this stunning region. Although historically one of the six grapes allowed for blending red Bordeaux, further south west in Cahors, Malbec reigns supreme. It is the dominant red varietal where the region’sappellation controlee calls for a minimum of 70% Malbec in its reds.  Says The Guardian (UK): "Cahors is that rarest of all wines: both a rising star and a timeless classic." It…

Rosé at another level- the beguiling blush of Bandol.

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For the past few years the Rosé Revolution has crashed through to see Australians blissfully embrace rosé wine by the chilled, pink, bucket load.  Even in France, white wine consumption now comes second to rosé and in particular from Provence in the South of France, the traditional home of rosé.
The sunny wine of the South of France and the sunny lifestyle of beach hugging Australians are simpatico. Aussie sun, seafood, BBQ and a crisp refreshing Provençal rosé...can it get much better?
Well, it can! For heightened indulgence, there is the lip-smacking inner sanctum of Provençal wines that come from the Bandol region perched on the glittering Mediterranean coast.


West of Toulon, near the coast east of Marseille and Cassis, the Bandol wine region boasts sun baked, south-facing hills surrounding the fishing village of Bandol. Here the region’s three classic grapes mourvèdre, cinsault and grenache soak up some 320 days of sun a year. 



Mourvèdre (a.k.a mataro or monastrell) is the mainstay gr…

"OMG, this wine is sublime!"

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The team at DiscoverVin was thrilled to see this great review of our Champagne Jeeper Grand Assemblage NV from Dan Traucki at Wine Assist.
Since its recent launch in Australia 2 months ago, it has been getting a great reaction including 4 stars in Winestate magazine and a huge recommendation from the Wine Wankers
Here is Dan Traucki's review reproduced below (with thanks!)





THIS WEEK’S WINE REVIEW: CHAMPAGNE JEEPER GRAND ASSEMBLAGE BRUT: Interestingly, Champagne Jeeper is actually named after the WILLY’S JEEP that the American soldiers gave French resistance fighter Arnoud Goutorbe, who had lost a leg during the war. Goutorbe’s family had been growing grapes in the area for generations, and so the gift of the Jeep meant that he could still tend to his vineyards. Years later when the family launched its own brand, rather than supplying the grapes to one of the big houses, it seemed natural to name the wine after the thing that made it possible – the Jeep, hence Champagne Jeeper.
Oh! Wow!…

Beaujolais is back (but not shoulder pads!)

Some sommeliers are telling us the demand for Beaujolais wine has taken off recently. They are not referring to cheaper Beaujolais nouveau but more quality Beaujolais-Villages and cru Beaujolais (explained below). Beaujolais Nouveau is a very light and fruity style, whereby the Gamay grapes are fermented only for a few months and then bottled and shipped. This is the style popularised in the 80s and like "big hair" and shoulder pads its one fad that may or may not return!

The Beaujolais region is a small region south of Burgundy and north of the Rhone. The vast majority of the production is red wine made from Gamay. A small amount of white and rosé is made also.

According to InterBeaujolais, the region's professional organisation, Beaujolais is now the second biggest wine export region in France after Champagne. (48% of Beaujolais is exported so I think they must mean that this is the second highest proportion of wine exported from a region as surely the larger appellation…