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


6 January 2017

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 appellations such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Provence etc must export bigger volumes/numbers of bottles.)

What is driving this interest in Beaujolais? Is it just a cycle? Is it a desire by consumers to move away from "big" styles of red  to "lighter" styles. Beaujolais is certainly an easy going food-friendly style of wine that matches many foods. It is generally lower in alcohol (12 to 13%) and can be chilled and enjoyed at lunch as well as dinner.

We have started importing a Beaujolais-Villages from Domaine Lupé-Cholet . We recently enjoyed a bottle with a Thai beef salad and it was a perfect match. We served it at the Paris to Provence Melbourne French Festival and the Alliance Française Melbourne Christmas Market.  The most common response was "wow" followed by "can I order some?". It probably exemplifies why there is an emerging interest in  good Beaujolias. It has lovely rich fruit but some nice soft tannins/finish. Certainly very more-ish! Lovely on its own but a great match to many foods including the soft spices in the Thai beef salad. Normally any heat/chilli in food, makes tannin in red wine seem harsh and bitter, but the soft tannins in our Lupé-Cholet enhanced the food. It was a very enjoyable match. For more details on this lovely wine click here.

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There are 3 broad categories of Beaujolais wine.

1. Beaujolais. This is the least expensive of the 3 levels of wine. A large proportion of the wine is released within months of harvest. This is called "Beaujolais Nouveau." This makes up 50% approximately of the region's production.

2. Beaujolais Villages wine is produced from an area made up of 38 villages in the north of the Beaujolais region and makes up 25% of production in the region. The hilly, granitic terroir here is considered superior to that of the flatter lands in the south of Beaujolais and, as a result, Beaujolais Villages wines are considered to be of a higher quality than those of the straight Beaujolais appellation. 

In fact the terroir of northern Beaujolais is widely considered to be one of the best in the world for growing the Gamay grape variety. Vineyards sit on the sunny south- and southeast-facing slopes, where bright sunshine and dry, warming foehn winds help the grapes to reach optimal ripeness.  These coarse, sandy soils are considered superior to the more clay-dominated soils of southern Beaujolais, as their heat-retaining quality helps the vines to reach optimal ripeness, and they are highly permeable, allowing for excellent drainage in the vineyards.

The Beaujolais Villages appellation accounts for around a quarter of the Beaujolais region's total annual output, most of which is red wine, with just small amounts of white and rosé wine produced. The appellation law has slightly different rules concerning vinification and permitted yields than the more generic Beaujolais appellation, giving rise to a slightly fuller-bodied, more concentrated style of wine. Often a system called carbonic maceration is used whereby whole bunches of grapes are fermented under a layer of carbon dioxide. This excludes oxygen reducing oxygenation and enabling a softly tannic wine (oxygen breaks down tannins into smaller molecules which are "harsher"). 

While most Beaujolais Villages wines are made for immediate consumption, some of the best examples can be cellared for up to five years.

3. Cru Beaujolais
There are 10 Crus of Beaujolais, all in the north and producing only red wine. They make up 25% of Beaujolais production. Each has its own distinct personality, based on ‘terroir’– climate,soils, altitude, aspect and a host of other factors – that are duplicated nowhere else. These wines are much more complex and will develop beautifully over time much like a good Burgundy.
The names of the cru Beaujolais from north to south are
1. Saint-Amour
2. Juliénas 
3. Chénas 
4. Moulin-à-Vent 
5. Fleurie 
6. Chiroubles
7. Morgon
8. Régnié
9. Côte de Brouilly
10. Brouilly

We suspect that we will be hearing more about Beaujolais in 2017.


15 December 2016

Digital Gift Certificates





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

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

Our digital gift cards are available online.  A mobile Gift Card is delivered to your loved ones mobile phone as a picture message. Choose an amount, schedule delivery time (for example 9 a.m. Christmas Day) , add a message and hit send! 
They be redeemed by the recipient online, using an individualised code. 

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 2016

Our top 5 Christmas Suggestions 2016




'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 digital gift cards 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 4 lovely rosé wines




Chateau Rollan de By 2008

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.

5 December 2016

French Christmas Market Melbourne



This week-end we are off to the Alliance Française Melbourne Christmas Market in Grey Street St Kilda.

Admission is free!

Come along and say hello. Sample some wines, enjoy a glass or two (some of our wines are being served at the bar) and pick up a bargain or 2 for Christmas. 

If you saw us at the Paris to Provence Melbourne French Festival we will have a couple of different/new wines for you to try (and some favourites). 

The weather forecast is sounding great at this stage, fine and sunny and not too hot. See you there!



 

This Magnificent Life

We always appreciate feed-back from our customers.

Sometimes the feed-back blows us away!

One such moment occurred this week when Ian MacTavish wrote about us in This Magnificent Life, and interviewed Helen on her current favourite wines.

"One of our favourite companies in Australia flies under most radars but brings enormous pleasure to those in the know. Their passion for particular wines drives them to identify and deliver bottlesful of delight to Aussie enthusiasts."

Read more here



4 December 2016

Champagne Jeeper in Sommeliers International Magazine

More on Champagne Jeeper which continues to turn heads and receive great reviews. We have previously blogged about this excellent Champagne producer.

Its distinctive taste (Chardonnay predominant) and distinctive packaging sets it apart form its peers.
The latest edition of Sommelier International magazine is putting Champagne Jeeper in the spotlight, on its cover, as well as in a great article inside (in French).




28 November 2016

Christmas in a box.

Our Christmas Packs are ready to go.

We have a number of packs ready to go at various prices. We have put together some of our best sellers in these Christmas 6 packs. They are ready to ship to your home, office or holiday destination!

For more information click here.






23 October 2016

Champagne Dinner at Brisbane's Montrachet


It will soon be Brisbane's turn to taste Champagne Jeeper for the first time. We are pleased to announce an exclusive Champagne Dinner at Montrachet restaurant in Brisbane, November 9th. 

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. 


This is what wine critic James Suckling thinks of the Champagne Jeeper Grande Réserve which is one of the cuvées that will be served at this event.

"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" 


Bottle shot Champagne Jeeper


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.
Champagne Jeeper is now available in Australia for the first time. 

It's your chance to try for yourself this new brand of Champagne matched to the outstanding cuisine of Shannon Kellam at Montrachet. We have booked out the second sitting of this restaurant for this dinner. We will be joined by Champagne Jeeper CEO Nicholas Dubois and Export Director Samuel Ferjou who will be in Brisbane especially for this event.

Update 2/1/16
And here is the menu....
1st course
Champagne Jeeper Grand Assemblage NV (Brut)
Oysters mignonette
Cucumber & radishes
2nd course
Champagne Jeeper Grand Réserve NV (Blanc de Blanc)
Saumon Poché et Salade de Chou-Fleur Rasé
Ora king salmon poached in olive oil, shaved cauliflower salad w verjuice & sunflower seed
vinaigrette, whipped horseradish cream
3rd course
Champagne Jeeper Grand Rosé NV
Free range young chicken roasted w sage & lemon, foie gras velouté, confit terra rosa potato
and leek

4th course Maison Sichel Sauternes 2012
Roast peach & sorbet, lemon poppy seed cake, smoked milk

Call Montrachet 3367 0030 to reserve a spot!