DiscoverVin™ is a wine importation and distribution company, sourcing wines from the South West of France.
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. And whilst being surrounded by fantastic cuisine and Australian wines, they also greatly appreciate the varieties, style and differences that the southern French wines offer .... and of course the French cuisine!
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


26 April 2015

Opening NIght French Party: Alliance Française Albury-Wodonga French Film Festival


Its on again!
 The Alliance Francaaise French Festival is coming to Albury-Wodonga. 
In previous years the opening night session has sold out . 
The ticket price for the opening session includes nibbles, a glass of French wine plus movie (comedy romance drama Gemma Bovery). 
Plus DiscoverVin will have a pop-up tasting table!  
Be quick see www.regentcinemas.com.au for ticket details.
 



20 April 2015

A French Long Luncheon





We have events coming up thick and fast!

This one is going to be extra special……



In collaboration with Willowbank events and Café Victor we are pleased to be participating in an autumnal French Long Lunch. 

Sheltered by a marquee, Willowbank farm's event space is literally on the banks of the Murray River. 

We will be kept warm by some open fires and enjoy 5 courses of French Classics and matched wines. 

Take an afternoon off and be wined and dined in a stunning pop-up venue.

Call Vicki on 0416 436 966 or email office@willowbankevents.com.au




13 April 2015

World Malbec Day celebration at Chophouse Sydney.


Malbec World Day in 2015 is Friday April 17th. To celebrate we will be going to a special Malbec wine tasting in Melbourne called Gauchita Gil , with food, dance and the wines of Argentina, Australia and France!
On the eve of Malbec World Day, Chophouse Sydney is putting on a special Malbec dinner celebrating the wonderful Malbecs of the Cahors region in France.
Malbec has been making a name for itself in recent years, thanks to the wines of Argentina. Many people are surprised to learn this grape variety comes from the Cahors region in south-west France where Malbec has been cultivated for hundreds of years. Argentina is certainly producing some great Malbecs and as a result many people have been looking again at Cahors to benchmark these wines. Cahors is considered an up and coming region in France with a great improvement in quality in recent years and increasing recognition world-wide that some great wines are still being produced there. 

"Cahors is that rarest of all wines: both a rising star and a timeless classic." --The Guardian (UK) April 2013.

5 courses and some wonderful matching wines from Cahors and south-west France for $99 on Thursday April 16 2015.

Call 1300 246 748 for reservations. This dinner was almost booked out at the time of this post. You can read more about the wines of Cahors here.











10 April 2015

Our latest product: rosé Champagne from Achille Princier



achille princier champagne rosé


We are delighted to be selling Achille Princier Grande Tradition non-vintage rosé Champagne.

At the end of 2014 we started the Champagne of this producer. It has been exceptionally well received and we are delighted to have added their rosé Champagne to our range. It has a bit of a "wow" factor. 

Our tasting notes: A splendid deep salmon colour. Has an initial freshness and a broad pallet of red small fruits (strawberries, raspberries) and blackcurrant/cassis. The delicious finish is clean and remarkable in its finesse which brings together this classy and harmonious product.

It was awarded 2 stars in the Guide Hachette putting it up there (or above) the well-known Champgane brands.




It is a good example of what is referred to as "grower" Champagne. In the past, most Champagne grape growers sold their grapes to the big Champagne "houses" or famous brands. Many producers have started to make their own grapes into Champagne. The folks at Wine Folly have written this explanation of grower Champagne. 

Winemaker Maxime Mansard is the fifth generation of winemakers at Achille Princier. This family used to sell grapes to the big Champagne houses but now they make their own.



As a non-vintage Champagne, parcels of grapes are blended with older material to produce consistency of taste and style. 

This wine is produced from 66 different parcels of vines in 10 communes extending across 24 hectares in the Marne Valley near Epernay. This dividing up of the vineyards is a major plus as it allows an "assemblage" of wines. This enables the producer to achieve a balance between freshness and complexity by blending different parcels, and ensuring a consistent but unique style for Champagne Achille Princier.

This champagne is a mixture of 3 varieties: Pinot Noir 50%, Pinot Meunier 15% Chardonnay 20% plus some Coteaux champenois rouge 15% . Coteaux champenois rouge is a red wine made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes grown within the Champagne region.  It is then blended with the parcels made for other Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes that have been made into Champagne in the usual way. 

The average age of the vines is more than 30 years old (the youngest are 7 years old and the oldest 84!)

This Champagne is made by traditional méthode champenoise. From vineyard management to picking to pressing to bottling, the grapes and resulting wines are looked after meticulously.  Only the first pressings of the grapes are used to ensure finesse for the Champagne and the wines that are keep for future blending. The bottles are rested for many years in traditional underground caves at a constant temperature.




And its a bargain at $65.

To buy click here. Trade customers please email us at info@discovervin.com.au for trade prices. 



8 April 2015

Gauchito Gil Malbec World Day


Argentina is famous for some fabulous Malbec wines. But did you know the origin of Malbec wines is the Cahors region in southwest France?
We are gate crashing the Argie's party and showing some French Malbecs on Malbec World Day. 
If you are in Melbourne come and say hello, try some great malbecs from around the world, and eat some empanadas with fellow wine lovers. 

Tickets are only $40 and available at www.gauchitogil.com.au

13 March 2015

North East Food and Wine Festival March 14th 2015

north east victoria food and wine festival



DiscoverVin has been invited to participate in the Market Day of the North East Food and Wine Festival.
Saturday, March 14th 10am - 4pm 
Junction Place, corner of Church Street and Elgin Boulevard, Wodonga
Come along and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and indulge in the region’s fantastic food, wines, ciders and brews plus some international wines from independant producers.
Expect an array of differing cuisines – from Thai and Middle-Eastern to Italian, Spanish and more...Browse the stalls and meet some of the region’s top producers. Enjoy a glass of wine or Champagne. We have the perfect rosé to match a plate of paella and a glass of perfectly balanced french sticky to go with some cheese or patisserie.
With free live entertainment all day, this promises to be great day out for the whole family...
See what the best of the region has to offer you.

2 March 2015

Discover New Grape Varieties Stokehouse City March 10 2015




Stokehouse City and Discovervin are partnering to host a special wine dinner on Tuesday, 10 March. 

Part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival which has the theme this year of, "try something new", at this dinner guests will discover new grape varieties from France.
Tannat, petit manseng, braucol, malbec and cot are all grape varieties indigenous to South-West France where dynamic producers are using organic and biodynamic methods to make exciting wines from ancient grapes and terroir.
Come and try some of these wines imported by DiscoverVin which will be accompanied by a four course menu prepared by Stokehouse City’s Head Chef, Ollie Gould. The menu (below) looks superb. We can't wait to see some of our Melbourne friends there.



DISCOVER NEW GRAPE VARIETIES DINNER

TUESDAY 10TH MARCH 2015


1st Course
Hervey Bay Scallops Crudo, Rockmelon, Shaved Prosciutto, fried quinoa, crème fraiche
Chateau Jolys Jurançon Sec 2011 ’Petit/Gros Menseng’

2nd Course
Marget duck leg, caramelised black figs, lardo, black pepper crumble, cauliflower puree
Chateau Bouissel, Le Bouissel 2010  ‘Negrette’
Chateau de Saurs, La Constance, Gaillac Rouge 2010 ‘Braucol Blend’

3rd Course
Braised Lamb Shoulder, eggplant Puree, blueberries, pickled onions, cracked wheat
Château Haut Monplaisir, Prestige 2006 ‘Cot’
Domaine du Crampilh Cuvée Vignes Vieilles 2009 ‘Tannat’

4th Course
Cheese Served with quince paste, seasonal fruit, lavosh, walnut and raisin bread
Domaine Bellegarde Cuvee Tradition 2012 ‘Petit/Gros Manseng’









28 February 2015

Best bike accessory ever?





Our New York correspondent and graphic designer Jenn sent us these pics from the quirky independent wine store Pasanella and Son

Its a great wine store at the South Seaport on lower Manhattan almost under the Brooklyn Bridge (if you look closely you can see the lights of the  Brooklyn Bridge behind the bike). For wine lovers it is a fascinating shop to browse in and take in an amazing range of wines from around the world.





At the moment the window display includes this great wine carry accessory! And is that a bottle of rosé in the holder? Makes sense to us as a dry rosé is a perfect picnic wine to match almost any food, a smile or a sunny day. Or the perfect wine to quench a thirst after a bike ride. 

Check out our range of dry rosé.





We think its the best bike accessory ever! Do you agree?

16 February 2015

Rosé for languid days of summer and autumn


Living in North East Victoria we love having 4 distinct seasons and we particularly love summer. We love being able to pick from the garden, tomatoes warmed by the sun  for salads and BBQs.



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But its hot! And that means its "rosé o'clock".

Not so many summers ago, rosé was a bit uncool and unfashionable. Now we have realised its the prefect summer wine. The best rosé wines are crisp dry and refreshing. They are a prefect match to tomatoes and salads.
They are a perfect wine for a pre-dinner drink with olives under a shady tree or a glass by the pool. They are a perfect solution to the heat. We love a cold bottle of rosé for an autumn picnic on a warm sunny day.



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But rosé is now cool and fashionable. Rosé sales are soaring.  In France rosé now outsells white wine. Provencal rosé was rationed in New York and the Hamptons last summer! This week surging rosé sales were reported in the US.


Here's 2 perfect dry rosé wines on offer from DiscoverVin.





The first, Chateau La Rayre Bergerec Rosé 2013 ($26.50), is slightly darker in colour and has a slightly bigger mouth feel (the colour comes from briefly leaving the skin in contact with the grape juice). It is organic (no pesticides and herbicides, minimal sulphur) and it was reviewed recently by Sean Mitchell AIWS in the Grape Observer


"There is much talk of context in wine tasting, and that perhaps more should be made of it.  Today's context is that it is high summer, 37 degrees outside and climbing, with gusty northerly winds testing the mettle of some new tree plantings.  So, in two words, largely awful.  A chilled bottle of rosé therefore seemed a rather good idea with lunch.   From the 2013 vintage, this rosé is from Chateau La Rayre in Bergerac (inland of Bordeaux) and is a blend of one part merlot, and two parts cabernet franc.  The result is refreshing, dry on the palate, and has attractive and balanced flavours reminding of strawberries and raspberries.  This wine is recommended - I really quite liked it - and is perfect for summer."








The second is a classic Provencal rosé Domaine de la Croix Irresistible rose 2013 ($29.90). 

It's crisp and refreshing. Close your eyes, and you could be on a beach in Provence! It was also reviewed by Sean Mitchell in the Grape Observer.


"This rosé speaks of salty, humid air, and long warm days.  A very light salmon in colour, it refreshes with its reminders of rose petals and fresh lemons.  A blend of cinsault, shiraz and grenache, this is a typical Côtes de Provence rosé to be enjoyed with seafood and summer."


Click here to find these wines online.





Prices above are for our on-line customers. Trade enquiries welcome via info@discovervin.com.au

8 February 2015

DiscoverVin Top 10 wines of 2014 (Part 2)

This is the second part of our Top 10 wines of 2014. Part one can be found here.

The top 5 was dominated by rosé and white wine. Wines 6 to 10 features a wonderful Champagne and some great value reds.

6.Achille Princier Champagne Grand Tradition NV $54


This champagne was new to DiscoverVin in 2014. 
Its a great value Champagne from a small producer. 

It received 2 stars in French "wine bible" Guide Hachette 2014, beating a lot of well-known champagne brands, so it doesn't get any better at this price. 

Oz wine writer Sean Mitchell reviewed it recently: " Overall, this is a very impressive Champagne and one that I'll be buying. " 

It has quickly become one of our best sellers.

More details on this link.








7. Chateau Laroche Joubert 2011 $29.90


The 2010 version of this wine was selected in Gourmet Traveller magazine's Bordeaux feature in August 2014 and made it into the top 10 - and quickly sold out. This 2011 we think is just as good!

An easy drinking merlot blend from the Bordeaux Cotes de Bourg appellation. The vineyards of Bourg face Margaux across the Gironde estuary and offer exceptional quality and excellent value for money.

This is a good example of what we specialise in- finding good value Bordeaux wines from small producers.

The guys from The Wine Wankers loved this one. Read about it here

More details and technical information is available here






8.Chateau Haut Monplasir Prestige AOC Cahors 2006 $34.90



A great Malbec from the Cahors region from a top organic producer. 

This wine was mentioned in a review of Cahors, where the malbec grape originates from, in Decanter October 2014 as an up and coming producer.
Château Haut-Monplaisir is owned by Cathy and Daniel Fournié.  Cathy took over from her parents in the 1990s and adopted modern practices. These approaches have lead to impressive improvements in the wines from the property. They are now certified organic producers.



"Cahors is that rarest of all wines: both a rising star and a timeless classic." --The Guardian (UK) April 2013. 

This producer is a rising star of Cahors and this vintage is one of their classics. Details here.




.Chateau de Saurs 2010 $24.00


This wine is from the Gaillac region near Toulouse in south-west France. Wines have been made here from Roman times. Nowadays both "new" varieties like Shiraz and merlot are used as well as ancient indigenous varieties that grow wild and were domesticated many centuries ago.

This one is a blend of shiraz, merlot and an indigenous variety Braucol.

"This is easily the best Gaillac wine that I have tried" Sean Mitchell, Grape Observer, June 2014.
Another good example of the wines that DiscoverVin is bringing to Australia. From an ancient vineyard that has been producing quality grapes for many centuries, premium grapes are now being made into modern, organic and clean wines while retaining characteristics typical of the terroir. 
Again this offers great value for money for the quality!

This wine was awarded a Silver medal at the Concours National des Vignerons Independants 2010.

Please click here for more information



10. Chateau Truquet 2011  $31



A rare budget-friendly Saint-Émilion red wine which you will love for its soft rich fruit, balance and complexity. 

This is an undervalued producer that is the immediate neighbour of famed Chateau Figeac (which sells for many times the price.) 

Bronze Medal Concours des Grands Vins de France (Macon).

Another example of the great value wines we are bringing from France.


Further details can be found here.



To recap, out Top 10 for 2014 included 2 rosé, a dry white, 5 great value reds from a mixture of appellations, a new Champagne to Australia and a stunning dessert wine from the Pyrenees. If you haven't tried any of our wines, we suggest that any of these top 10 would be a great place to start!

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