DiscoverVin™ is a wine importation and distribution company, sourcing wines from France. We specialise in good value wines from Bordeaux and the south-west. We also sell Provençal rosé, Cotes du Rhone and Champagne.

The company started with three people passionate about wine and food, who live in the heart of the wonderful food and wine region in the north east of Victoria, Australia. It was whilst living in the south west of France in 2009, that they discovered the many affordable, good value for money wines available that have never made it to Australian shores.

Their DiscoverVin website provides information on regions and varieties, it provides clues on how to 'de-mystify' French wines and offers affordable good quality wines.

This blog brings together their passions for food and wine, and gives updates on restaurants and events in the south west of France, and in places closer to home. Please enjoy! And if you enjoy this blog you may well enjoy their website:

Click here to order wines… www.discovervin.com.au


27 September 2016

Pre-arrival offer Champagne Jeeper.


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60 years ago, American GIs gave an injured French patriot a Jeep to enable him to tend his Champagne vineyards. The neighbours dubbed it Jeeper Champagne.

Nowadays the house of Jeeper has gained an international reputation for producing fine Champagnes. With its stand-out bottle-shape (designed to reduce oxidation) and its distinct taste, it stands out from the field. What is the "Jeeper Taste" ?  It is the production of finely balanced wines, dominated by Chardonnay, with great persistence and no harshness, bitterness or astringency.

Based near Reims, Jeeper have 35 hectares of their own vineyards and work with growers from another 180 hectares.  10% of the vineyards are Premier cru and 10% Grand cru. Champagne Jeeper has just received the sustainable vine-growing and High Environmental Value (HEV) certificates.

DiscoverVin introduced Jeeper Champagne at Tyson Stelzer's Taste Champagne last month and we had excellent feed-back. The 3 cuvées below are about to land in Australia for the first time.

Jeeper made us a great first up offer which we are passing on to our loyal customers.

What a  treat to put away 6 bottles or more for the upcoming spring racing and party season!

We are offering 5 + 1 (buy 5 bottles get one free) as a pre-arrival offer.

Click on the links below each Champagne. 


Use code ITSAJEEP to redeem this offer on line!

If you prefer a mixture of Champagnes, use the same code at checkout and you will receive the equivalent discount.
Valid until October 7, 2016.



Call 0260 260 216  or 0414 596 395 to place an order or email mail@discovervin.com.au
Champagne Jeeper Grand Assemblage NV
$83 per bottle ($69.90 with offer)
60% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier.

Dosage: 7g/litre (Brut).

A blend of 37 crus from across Champagne.
"This is a very vinous and rich Champagne with sliced apple, cooked pear and light bread dough character. Full body, pretty texture and a flavorful finish. Drink now. 92 points"James Suckling.





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Champagne Jeeper Grande Réserve NV

$95 per bottle  ($79.16 with offer)
100% Chardonnay.


Dosage: 7g/litre (Brut)

A blend of 11 crus - mostly from Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, Vitryat.

"This is very dry and bright with sliced lemon, white pepper and bread dough. Full body creamy texture and a long finish. Delicious brut. Pure Chardonnay blanc de blancs. Get it. Drink now. 94 points"James Suckling.



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Champagne Jeeper
Grand Rosé NV


$95 per bottle  ($79.16 with offer)
88% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Noir.

Dosage: 6g/litre (Brut)

11 white crus and 1 red cru - mostly from Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs and Vitryat.
"This is a fantastic rosé that shows subtle strawberry, fresh bread dough and chalk aromas and flavors. Full body, very vinous and fruity yet bright and delicious. Creamy texture. The blend of the best chardonnay from the producer fermented in barrels and pinot noir. Drink it!95 pointsJames Suckling
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16 September 2016

International Grenache Day 2016

International Grenache Day is celebrated the third Friday of September. That's today, the 16th September 2016!

Grenache or Garnacha is one of the most widely wine grape varieties in the world. It generally is known as late ripening, so it needs hot, dry conditions to ripen, such as those found in Spain, where the grape probably originated. It does well in many other warmer regions both internationally and in southern Europe. It is one of the main grape varieties grown in the Southern Rhone in France. 

The typical fruit characteristics of Grenache is raspberry and strawberry. Low yield/older vines can give grapes with flavours of blackcurrents, black cherries, coffee, leather, black pepper, spices and nuts.

DiscoverVin sells 2 fabulous Grenache based wines from the southern Rhone. These come from biodynamic producer Domaine Roche Audran. One a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Carignan has received 90 Points from Decanter and wine of the week recently from Oz wine writer Winsor Dobbin. The other a 100% Grenache is an intense raspberry fruit bomb from old vines. It is Grenache with a wow factor! 

You'll find our 2 Grenache based wines on-line



18 August 2016

Taste Champagne 2016



On August 15th we participated in Taste Champagne 2016 an exclusive champagne event held in Sydney at The Four Seasons Hotel for media, trade and the public. This is one of three events showcasing 158 cuvées from 50 Champagne Houses, growers and cooperatives.

The event was expertly put together by Styson Telzer and his team. Tyson is International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year 2015, Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2015, Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2013, and International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011. He wrote The Champagne Guide 2016-2017 which is out now in hardback and ebook.

We proudly presented our popular Achille Princier Grower Champagne and gave a sneak peak of a new marque about to arrive in Australia- Jeeper

Next week Taste Champagne moves onto Melbourne on August 22nd and then on to Brisbane August 29th. Be quick to book as some sessions are booked out. Here are the details.

Melbourne: Plaza Ballroom  (Under the Regent Theatre)
191 Collins Street Melbourne 3000
Monday 22 August 2016

Trade & Media 1pm to 5pm (Currently full – no vacancies)

Public Tasting Event 6pm to 9pm (tickets available)

VIP Public Ticket 6pm to 9pm + Vintage Cellars Prestige Masterclass 6:30pm to 7:15pm (sold out)


Brisbane: Customs House

Trade & Media – 1pm to 5pm
399 Queen Street Brisbane 4000
Monday 29 August 2016

Public Tasting Event 6pm to 9pm (tickets available)

VIP Public Ticket 6pm to 9pm + Vintage Cellars Prestige Masterclass 6:30pm to 7:15pm (sold out)

Listen to wine communicator and wine judge Stewart White talking about Taste Champagne and bubbles in general on 2UE.





28 June 2016

A perfect Sunday in Bordeaux


It was one of those Bordeaux blue sky mornings! We woke late, thanks to the jet lag, then enjoyed a quick breakfast of fresh baguette and croissants from the local boulangerie. 


We strolled down to the Chartrons Market. Known locally as the "Bo Bo" market (meaning Bohemian Bourgeois or "trendster") one can choose from a vast array of produce- fresh fruit and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, wine, bread, patisserie, fresh and pre-cooked meats, poultry and seafood dishes. 


But the highlight for us, and our priority any sunny Sunday that we are lucky enough to be in Bordeaux, is the oyster stalls. There 6 oysters of your choice (which grade/size?) are shucked to order, and best washed down with a glass of Bordeaux Blanc. These oysters are so fresh one can taste the salty waters of the Basin d'Arcachon where these were harvested on the previous low tide.  A perfect Bordeaux lunch. Then we grabbed some macarons for later.




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Bordeaux was heaving, with the Euro finals in full swing. We found a bar near the Garonne to watch France v Ireland. 


Fete le Vin, the Bordeaux wine festival, was underway as well . Crowds of wine lovers spilled from the wine tasting stands along the banks of the Garonne clutching wine glasses but were seemingly well behaved. 


After the French match many of the tens of thousands of football fans from the nearby Fansite in Place de Quinconces headed to the wine stands. We found these 2 wearing the famous French coq symbol...




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We had a stroll through the wine festival site but decided not to taste, due to the crowds. 


Instead we decided to retreat to our apartment for a quiet Apero, before heading out to dinner. We enjoyed a glass of wonderful Domaine de la Croix Irrésistible rosé, cru classé from Provence.




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We took a short stroll across the Pont de Pierre to Restaurant l'Estacade. It features a lot local seafood dishes. One of those menus where its hard to decide what to choose. It has a very good wine list with some top local wines, plus a good selection from other parts of France (which is a bit bit shocking in Bordeaux) and interesting wines by the glass thanks to Coravin. The service is excellent and the restaurant has a stunning view across the Garonne looking back to Place de la Bourse and central Bordeaux. 


It's a perfect place to watch the sun set in this stunning natural ampitheatre, with water meeting sky, and framing the stunning architecture of the Bordeaux waterfront.





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At 11pm we had a fantastic view of the Fete le Vin son et lumière (sound and light show ).




 


Then at 1130pm we ordered a half bottle of Gosset rosé Champagne and moved to the deck to watch the fireworks exploding above our heads over the Garonne. An amazing ending to a perfect Sunday in Bordeaux.




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18 June 2016

Tour de France: Taste The Tour Pack 2016




It’s that time of year again! It's time to enjoy the legendary Tour de France. 

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 the Loire, Cahors (the home of Malbec), Madiran in South West France, Jurançon in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and the Rhone Valley.

They represent good value for money and are a great introduction to DiscoverVin’s wines. 

And all at a fraction of the price of a ticket to France!

6 wines in the Taste the Tour Pack 2016:

Villebois Touraine 100% Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Loire) RRP $38.90

Château Haut Monplaisir, Prestige, 100% Malbec, 2006 (Cahors): RRP $ 35

Domaine du Crampilh, Vieilles Vignes, 2009 RRP $38.40 (Madiran)

Château Jolys, Jurançon Sec, 2014 RRP $29 
plus Domaine Bellegarde, Thibault, Jurançon Late Harvest dessert wine, 2009 RRP $36

Domaine Roche Audran, Côtes du Rhone Rouge, 2014 (Rhone Valley)RRP $28

Usually valued at $201.30
Save over $25 when you purchase the Taste the Tour Pack:
6 excellent French wine for $175.00

Comes with tasting notes and our guide for the relevant stages of the Tour

For more information or to buy click here 

4 June 2016

Our "Posh Pink" Les Tongs rosé makes Style magazine






Rosé is hot right now. In Australia it was the fasting growing wine segment in 2015. In France rosé now out-sells white wine! We have heard the term "brosé" referring to guys drinking rosé. Now the term "Posh Pink" has been coined, referring to the pale crisp rosé of Provence, championed by celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. This style of rosé is booming especially amongst younger wine drinkers.

Rosé has become trans-seasonal with sales showing wine lovers are enjoying rosé throughout the year. You can drink it at lunch or at a picnic on a sunny winters day, or with nibbles in front of a fire. If you drink a white wine in winter, rosé should be on the menu as well! 

DiscoverVin sells three different rosé wines and a lovely rosé Champagne. Our Posh Pink Les Tongs recently was featured in Style Magazine. It is a bargain "Posh Pink". Try one or grab a case and enjoy! 





8 May 2016

90 points biodynamic Cotes du Rhone


This is a delicious Grenache/Shiraz blend from a biodynamic producer in the Côtes du Rhone. It offers excellent value for money.

The May 2016 edition of Decanter magazine published a review of Southern Rhone wines from the 2014 vintage.  The French called this vintage "digeste" or easy drinking. The Domaine Roche Audran  Côtes du Rhone 2014 was one of only 2 wines from the Côtes du Rhone to be included in the review. It was given 90 points.

"Broad, interesting, warmly fruited bouquet. Crunchy palate with tasty momentum- genuine and stylish. Drink 2016-2022. "

More details here. Trade enquiries info@discovervin.com.au


17 April 2016

World Malbec Day



Today is World Malbec Day. Many wine lovers know the fabulous Malbecs of Argentina which are becoming increasingly popular. Less well known perhaps in the new world are the Malbecs of the Cahors region in France. European settlers transported rootstock to the new world and "discovered" Malbec. Now wine lovers are looking at the cradle of Malbec, the stunning Cahors wine region, surrounding the the city of Cahors on the Lot river in the south-west of France. This region producers some incredible Malbecs and Malbec blends. It's a fabulously less touristed region to visit as well, rich in history, with some of Frances most beautiful towns and villages. There are many gourmet delights to taste there, all set in stunning scenery.

To celebrate World Malbec Day, we are offering 10% off our award-winning malbecs from Chateau Haut-Monplaisir, an up and coming organic producer named by Decanter magazine in October 2014 in the top 7 producers in the region.

Click here to read more about these world-class wines.

Finally if you would like even more  inspiration to try these wines, watch this amazing video about the passionate wine and truffle producers of the region!

Happy World Malbec Day! 


 

28 March 2016

tomato tart and wine match

We were impressed with this tomato tart recipe by Michel Roux in Decanter magazine.

As we grow several varieties of own tomatoes at our home in North East Victoria, we were keen to give it a go. It was quick to make and absolutely superb. There are still some wonderful tomatoes available this autumn.


Tomato dishes can be a bit of a challenge to match with wine. Rich tomato sauces go well with red but fresh tomato dishes can be, somewhat surprisingly, a bit tricky. With the high acidity levels they can "kill" many wines. Crisp wines, not too tannic or oaky are usually best.

One of the suggested wine matches in the article was Chateau Oliver Pessac-Leognan. We have limited stocks of this cru classe white wine from Bordeaux from the incredible 2010 vintage. Robert Parker described this wine as one of the finest dry whites ever from Chateau Olivier and scored it 90-92 points. It is a superb crisp semillon/sauvignon blanc blend from a great vintage. Aged in our underground cellar and drinking fantastically right now.



The other wine suggestion in this article was rosé. A crisp dry rosé can be a great accompaniment fresh tomato dishes. We tried the tart with our best selling Domaine de la Croix Irrésistible rosé 2014. This wine has lovely elegant texture and soft acid and was perfect.



6 February 2016

Fig Clafoutis and Jurançon dessert wine

Living on a small property in North East Victoria on the out skirts of Albury-Wodonga we are blessed with a continental climate and 4 distinct seasons.

This summer we have been enjoying stone fruit and figs. Our 4 chooks have been champion egg-layers.

We have been on a mission to combine this produce and to find the best clafoutis recipe.

So far the best we have tried is this wonderful but easy version from Michel Roux which you can find in Decanter on line

We used half milk and half cream. The secret to this recipe seems to be the orange (or lime) peel, and resting the batter.

We tried it with the excellent Domaine Bellegarde Cuvée Tradition 2012 . Wonderful tropical fruit but crisp lemon finish.  Great match!