30 September 2017

Asparagus and Loire Sauvignon Blanc





One of our favourite things in spring is fresh Asparagus. We are lucky enough to have our own asparagus patch, but the supermarket asparagus is a seasonal treat as well. We love to serve it simply: microwaved, blanched in cold water (to stop it over-cooking), a squeeze of lemon (or lime or orange), a drizzle of good olive oil, Murray Salt and black pepper. Add a grating of parmesan if you are feeling indulgent.


We love it with Domaine Villebois Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. Read on »

5 August 2017

August has become Taste Champagne



Taste Champagne has become one of the premium Champagne events on the Australian wine calendar.

Organised by Tyson Stelzer and BlackEvents, 200 cuvées from 72 Champagne houses will be featured including our own Champagne Jeeper and Achille Princier grower Champagne.

It kicks off this week in Sydney and Canberra to sold out events, followed by Brisbane and Perth. There are still tickets in Melbourne but be quick!


If you are going please come and say hello.

To celebrate this month of Champagne events, we are offering 10% off our range of Champagne


Stock up for the spring races and end of year events ahead! Use code CHAMPS10 at the check-out.


Click here to see more.



4 July 2017

Brisbane French Festival 2017




DiscoverVin is looking forward to participating in the Brisbane French Festival this week-end. 
Come and say Bonjour at the Wine Pavilion and taste some of favorite French wines from South-West France and the Rhone Valley. We will have some wines available at festival only discounts.

It''s possibly Australia’s biggest French festival – Le Festival – and has released its full programme, promising a weekend in Brisbane of food, wine and French culture like no other.
This year’s festival, from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July 2017 in South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, will see the return of festival favourites as well as a host of new French-inspired acts.
The Wine Pavilion returns for the fourth time in 2017, and is be dedicated to French wine, Champagne and spirits.
The Pavilion will welcome visitors in a fashion that has proved very successful during the previous years. Entry to the Pavilion is free for all Festival visitors, allowing everyone to talk to exhibitors and have a look at their products. However, a great way of visiting the pavilion is to buy at the entrance a tasting glass which includes three tasting tickets. The price in only $10 and enables you to sample three of the exhibitors’ wines offered for tasting.
DiscoverVin is able to take orders for delivery after the festival and we are offering great deals during the festival.
This year there is a Wine Bar within the Pavilion. You will be able to buy a glass of DiscoverVin wine. The bar will sell Exhibitors’ wines exclusively. (This is in addition to the French wines including DiscoverVin wines available at the main Festival bar.)
One of the wines we will have to taste, on offer at a special price  and to enjoy by the glass is the new 2015 vintage of Domaine Roche Audran Cotes du Rhone. This is a fabulous grenache/shiraz blend, from an independent producer in a stunning part of the Rhone Valley (below). If you are in Brisbane this week-end, come and have a taste!



29 June 2017

Taste the Tour Packs 2017

Get set for the Tour.

It’s that time of year again. It's time to enjoy the legendary Tour de France! Aussie Richie Porte is one of the favourites with team BMC, which will add to the Aussie interest, but who doesn't love the scenery anyway?

You can enjoy the sights of the racing and the stunning scenery whilst enjoying a selection of French wine.

The wines in this 6 pack are sourced from vineyards in Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Provence (the home of rosé), Madiran in South West France, and Jurançon in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This year these regions are covered during the final 2 weeks of the race. You can drink each wine when the tour reaches that region, or just enjoy whenever you want, before during or after the Tour! Grab some Tour snacks, turn up the heating and enjoy. Follow the virtual peleton on social media. #tdf #tdf17

These wines (2 whites, 3 reds and a rosé) represent very good value for money and are a great introduction to DiscoverVin’s french wines. And all at a fraction of the price of a ticket to France!

6 wines in the Taste the Tour Pack 2017:

Burgundy (stage 7, July 7) 
Domaine Lupé-Cholet Comte de Lupé, Bourgogne (Pinot Noir ) 2014
Bordeaux region (stage 10, July 11) 
Maison Sichel Sirius Bordeaux Blanc 2014
Madiran – South West France (stage 11, July 12) 
Producteurs Plaimont Madiran Collection, 2012
Jurançon – in the foothills of the Pyrenees (stages 12 & 13, July 13 &14)
Château Jolys, Jurançon Sec, 2014
Rhone Valley (stages 16 & 17, July 18 & 19)
Domaine Roche Audran Côtes du Rhone 2015
Provence (stages 19 & 20, July 21 & 22)
Domaine de la Croix Irrésistible Rosé, cru classé Provençal rosé 2014


For more information click here

22 May 2017

In Global Celebration of Chardonnay



Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning could have been writing about Chardonnay when she penned her famous Sonnet 43: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height.”

On 26 May the whole world will be celebrating that “depth and breadth and height” - because it will be International Chardonnay Day.

And what’s not to celebrate! Chardonnay is the second most planted white wine grape in the world and the fifth most planted grape overall. It is a chameleon among wines. It comes in many flavours and styles and matches so many types of food. 

Party on!

Chardonnay’s endless potential and depth of character has seen it described as “a red wine masquerading as a white.” From the classic, full bodied, oak-aged Chardonnays to the lean, minerality of young, un-oaked styles, to the light and zesty blanc de blancs Champagnes, Chardonnay earns it name as the “king of grapes”.

 

And if that isn’t enough to inspire the gathering of friends to celebrate the joys of Chardonnay on 26 May then consider this. On the flavour and aroma wheel of wine descriptors, its characteristics virtually populate the whole compass. Chardonnay can exhibit fruit flavours such as lemon, apple, pear, pineapple, passionfruit, peach, citrus/lemon zest and fig.  Or floral attributes like honeysuckle, lemon balm, jasmine or apple blossom. It can even be tinged with almond, butterscotch, creamy, oily and waxy notes. And oak-aged Chardonnays can delivery further nuances of vanilla, butter, coconut, baked pie crust, caramelised sugar, crème brûlée and praline

As a French wine importer, DiscoverVin has recently added wines from Burgundy and Champagne to its list of exceptional, independent producers from Bordeaux and South West France.

On International Chardonnay Day it will be party time from the birthplace of Chardonnay in Burgundy, France - to the new world Chardonnays of Australia, New Zealand and the Americas – and everyone is invited.

To celebrate, DiscoverVin is singling out its new Chardonnays from Lupé-Cholet in Burgundy – and the mouth filling Jeeper Grande Reserve blanc de blancs Champagne to be the life of the party.

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Château de Viviers Chablis 2015

 

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Château de Viviers Premier Cru Vaillons Chablis 2014

 

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Comtesse de Lupé BourgogneChardonnay 2014

 

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Mersault 2014

 

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Puligny-Montrachet 2014



Champagne Jeeper Grande Reserve NV



26 April 2017

Opening night French FIlm Festival Albury-Wodonga May 5

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. 



25 April 2017

Champagne Jeeper Dinner and launch event in Adelaide

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.






24 April 2017

Burgundy Dinner C'est Bon Brisbane May 12


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




19 March 2017

This World Malbec Day – Think French!


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’s appellation 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 was French agronomist Miguel Pouquet who bought French grape vine cuttings to Argentina in the mid 19th century. But it was his godfather, Seur Malbek in France for whom the grape was named in the late 17th century, who was the champion of this ‘timeless classic’.
Cahors Malbec draws on the legendary Dordogne soils to display complexity and structure with a full bodied, tannin backbone that unashamedly points to longevity. In its modern form its gorgeous, brooding colour belies its sensual elegance.
In recent years, as the world-wide interest in Malbec wines has increased, the Cahors producers have prominently displayed Malbec on the front labels. They have become one of the first French wine regions to label by variety not just by region.
We have found a steadily growing following for our Cahors Malbec. The Argentinean Malbecs made in their sunny Australian style have helped open people’s eyes to the variety.  But, on this World Malbec Day, for those looking for something more complex and definitive, discover the ‘black wine of Cahors’ and in particular, our Chȃteau Haut Monplaisir Prestige. Once you go black – there’s no going back.” 

Château Haut Monplaisir Prestige 2006
AOC Cahors-Rouge
100% Malbec
Certified Organic  
Our Tasting notes:  Deep garnet red colour. The nose is intense, with notes of red fruit, spices and blackberry jam.  Crisp and even, this wine presents aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry on the palate, along with a mineral note.  The finish is lengthy and complex, with notes of chocolate and spices, and with just a hint of woody aromas. Fabulous malbec, aged and drinking to perfection.
RRP through www.discovervin.com.au $35.00



11 February 2017

Rosé at another level- the beguiling blush of Bandol.




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 grape of Bandol. With the influence of the region’s unique terroir of soil, position and climate, it gives Bandol rosé wines a beguiling and unique texture and depth of flavour. A rosé to contemplate. 




Premium winery, Domaine de Frégate lies between the towns of Bandol and Saint Cyr sur Mer in the hinterland of a cape enjoying views of the Mediterranean.  




While the Frégate label is emblazoned with the image of an historic three masted frigate, the word frégate has its origins in the local dialect for a more agricultural pursuit.  The name comes from the Provençal word fregato which means to break the rocks to allow growth. This is a reference to the local limestone bedrock, whose properties imbue the grapes with the beguiling style and flavour that is typically Bandol. 


Above ground these broken rocks are the basis for the famous Bandol “restanques”, lines of low, dry-stone walls erected by generations of farmers to follow the contours of the terrain to make the challenging steep slopes cultivable land.  Among these distinctive “restanques”, Domaine de Frégate’s vineyards enjoy exposure to the south and west where warm temperatures meet a cool sea breeze. All its wines are produced from the fruit of the Domaine’s own vineyards in clay/limestone soil. 




Domaine de Frégate’s Bandol rosé is salmon pink in colour made of 50% mourvèdre, 25% cinsault and 25% grenache.  It seductively expresses the complex characteristics of the terroir, with a nose of citrus, red fruits and spices, finishing dry with a vein of steely minerality. Once picked (by hand) the grapes undergo direct pressing, remaining on their skins for only a day, before the light pink juices enter the temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks. The  finished rosé is bottled just prior for sale from 1 March, as is the Bandol AOC stipulation.

If you like provençal rosé, this is rosé at another level! 

Bandol’s Domaine de Frégate rosé and a range of Provençal rosés is available in Australia online delivered to your door at www.discovervin.com.au





28 January 2017

"OMG, this wine is sublime!"

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! This is an amazing champagne right up there with the best!

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At the risk of blurting out too many superlatives, it is classy, elegant, creamy, delectable, sophisticated, magnificent and utterly delicious!
It has a beautiful bead, gorgeous light-yellow colour, a rich, creamy bouquet complete with hints of apples and yeast autolysis.
Absolute bags of flavour – again, rich and creamy mouthful of divine flavours and very classy, restrained acidity so that the palate screams out for more as the lingering finish gently fades away.
I don’t use the 100 point scoring scale (10 points in reality) but if I did, this nectar would be in the mid-90s at least! OMG, this wine is sublime!!! 
It is one of the three Champagnes in the range that have only just come into the country thanks to Discovervin.
Check them out at http://www.discovervin.com.au and enjoy an amazing experience.


For more details (or to order online) click here.

Asparagus and Loire Sauvignon Blanc

One of our favourite things in spring is fresh  Asparagus . We are lucky enough to have our own asparagus patch, but the supermarket ...