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


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!


14 January 2016

Chateau Beychevelle Grand Bateau Bordeaux Blanc Part 2

We have previously written a blog post on this excellent white wine from Chateau Beychevelle in Bordeaux, entitled "The ship has come in for white wine fanciers". 

Since then it has had some excellent reviews.

It was reviewed in a trade magazine National Liquor News article on sauvignon blanc and received the highest score amongst all of the sauvignon blancs submitted from Australia, New Zealand and France. They gave it 94.5 points.




It was also reviewed by iconic aussie wine writer Winsor Dobbin who made it one of his wine of the week In December 2015.  "Looking for a white wine that offers a little bit more than simple fresh fruit flavours? You've come to the right place. Grand Bateau is a collaboration between Maison Barrière and sister Bordeaux company Chateau Beychevelle, and made by Beychevelle winemaker Philippe Blanc. Sometimes a blend with a semillon component, the 2014 vintage is made from 100% sauvignon blanc with some parcels vinified in oak barrels and others in vats. The end result is a complex palate, full of interest, in which toasty vanillin oak co-exists alongside rich stone fruit characters. A wine of balance and interest'

Our friends The Wine Wankers also tried it and said this..

Also mentioned in a blog recently by Madeline Puckette at Wine Folly on best value Bordeaux wines

And Sean Mitchell in the Grape Observer "In the glass, this release has charming aromatics of lemon, stones, minerals and old cedar.  Food friendly, the palate is fresh with good acidity and great balance."

It has been impressing us recently as a lovely wine to drink and as a great match to many summer foods including salads. Pick some up here at our website or ask your favourite independent liquor store to get it in. Also available at wholesale price to trade (price on application to info@discovervin.com.au) 

19 December 2015

gift certificates





Running out of time to get to the shops? 
We are here to help!

A DiscoverVin gift voucher is a fantastic gift for any wine loving family and friends.

Our gift vouchers are available online and can be redeemed by the recipient online, or by phone, using an individualised code.  A mobile Gift Card can be delivered to your loved ones mobile phone as a picture message. Choose an amount, schedule delivery time, add a message and hit send!


Indeed these are always available and are suitable for Birthdays/Thankyou/Congratulations etc as well as Christmas.

So forget the traffic and the crowds, grab some gift certificates and relax and enjoy the festive season!
 
TO ORDER: Jump online or please call us on 02 6020 6016 or  0414 596 395 for assistance or send us an email  info@discovervin.com.au . 


Our usual terms and conditions apply.

Seasons Greetings from all the team at DiscoverVin!


13 December 2015

christmas top 5




'Tis the season to be jolly! Here are our top 5 Christmas/New Year wine suggestions.


Gift Packs
Christmas is all about giving after all. We have some great gift packs ready to be sent. We can send to you or to the gift recipient. We can include a personalised note.

We also have individualised gift certificates at various price points that can be redeemed on line.

Jump on line or give Helen a call on 0260 206 016 or 0414596395 for ideas.



Champagne
Many of us look forward to a glass or two of bubbles with friends and family over Christmas. This one is fantastic. Its being poured in some great restaurants in Australia and around the world.  Its well-priced enough to pour a glass for your family (well maybe!) By the bottle its $54 or $49 in a six pack.


Rosé
We are thrilled to see the rise and rise of dry rosé. Rosé sales now exceed white wine in France, and it has really taken off in Australia in the last few years. We have 2 lovely rosé wines




Chateau Rollan de By
This is a special wine that would go perfectly with turkey and ham and everything festive. It recently out scored the famous Chateau Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc (featured in the movie Sideways) in a blind tasting. Both these wines sell for >$1000 per bottle. We heard its being served on Air France business class! This is $59. A special wine to enjoy over the holiday period. Limited stocks. Find it here.



Mixed packs


We have some great mixed packs at various price points with a mix of rose/whites/reds and dessert wines. Don't forget we can send to your holiday address. 

Some clever customers have done this in previous years and had a case of their favourites delivered to their holiday accommodation/agents. Brilliant! Click here to buy.

Courier deadlines are approaching so please jump on line and order ASAP.

Whatever you are doing this holiday season, eat and drink well but drink responsibly.