14 February 2012

Domaine de la Croix Rosé - Perfect for Valentine's Day

There's no better match for Valentine's Day than a rosé, writes Jeni Port.
ROSES and rosé get a work out today. There's a good chance you can even match the colour of the flowers with your wine: cerise, cranberry, fuchsia, candy floss, magenta, ruby, damask rose, wild strawberry, pale pink, tea rose, salmon, vermillion. The clear bottle helps but that's where any winemaking assistance to the drinker on this St Valentine's Day begins and ends.
There are a million styles of rose´ from Sahara dry to super sweet and everything between, from lightly frizzante to sparkling, wooded to unwooded, fine in body to full, fruity to funky. But help is at hand to make the road to rose´ and love that little less bumpy.

Pink and dry

Wide ranging in grapes used, don't be perturbed, the result is always the same: dry. The most popular Australian grape for the task is shiraz. Can be fruit-filled but can also be quite savoury (often the result of lees stirring). That copper colour you sometimes see comes from barrel fermentation, an added bonus, providing additional complexity.
Cabernet sauvignon gives structure, firm tannins, restrained fruit flavour. Pinot noir can bring wonderful elegance and dry tannins. Slowly, we are seeing rose´s made from sangiovese, tempranillo and others.
Domaine de la Croix 2010 Cotes de Provence Rose´ (France, $25)
From Saint-Tropez, a sunny, super-dry rose´ with the scent of Provencal herbs and earth. Lip smackingly tasty … with chilli prawns.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/cupids-vintage-20120211-1svp9.html#ixzz1mKntkCIM

13 February 2012

Sweet Discovery - Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Sweet Discovery @ The Commoner

· WHEN: Thursday, 8 March, 6:45PM - 10:00PM
· WHERE: The Commoner Restaurant, 122 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
· COST: $120.00 food, wine and coffee
· BOOKINGS: 02 6020 6016 info@discovervin.com.au

The Wine
Discover the richness and versatility of dessert wines through an eclectic
menu matched with wines from Jurançon. Petit Manseng and Gros
Manseng, the grapes of Jurançon in the foothills of the Pyrenees, produce
dessert wines that will challenge traditional ideas of “stickies”.

The Menu
Classic French food and wine combinations inspire the menu designed and
prepared by Jo Corrigan and the team from The Commoner. Fine meats,
terrines and game will feature.

The Produce
Food at The Commoner is about seasonality: proud and honest
ingredients served on the plate with a lot of love and a little playfulness.
Produce from Red Hill farmers has been sourced for this MFWF event.

Upstairs Dining Room @ The Commoner

9 February 2012

Albury-Wodonga Film Festival 25th-27th May

Its on again! The second Alliance Francaise Albury-Wodonga French Film Festival! Come and enjoy a glass of French wine and nibbles at the opening session, on the evening of Friday 25th May, sponsored by DiscoverVin. Maybe make a week-end of it and enjoy the food and wine of the region, and the autumn colours, as well as taking in  a film or two?  Tickets on sale soon-call the Regent Cinemas Albury-Wodonga for details or follow this blog.

5 February 2012

Irresistible Reviews

Described as the wine of the night at the "Swirl, Sniff & Spit" Rosé tasting in Brisbane in January, the Irresistible Rose from Domaine de la Croix continues to generate positive reviews.

Sean Mitchell from The Grape Observer gave it 82 points.

Domaine de la Croix Rosé 2010

I have tasted my share of Cotes de Provence rosé while in France, and I have seen a few now starting to creep onto the shelves in Australia.  The continuing increase in the variety of wines available in Australia can only be applauded by the consumer.  In many ways, this is a very typical Cotes de Provence rosé.  It is designed to be drunk, without any particular pontification.  Its characters are typical for the region, with its salmon pink colour and a light aroma of citrus and a touch of minerality.  The palate is dry, and a lemony expression of rosé with only medium acidity loosely holding its frame together, and some chalky but neutral texture.  A typical example of this style of rosé.  82 points

Abv: 12.5%
Price: $20 (500ml)
Source: sample
Website: http://www.discovervin.com.au/ (importer)
Tasted: January 2012 

The Irresistible also featured in the Food and Wine Section, Zest Bites of The Illawarra Mercury of Wednesday February 1st, 2012.

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