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Leo Casement exhibition at JN Wine

Join us on Monday 27th October from 6:30pm-8:30pm at JN Wine Crossgar as we exhibit Leo Casements stunning paintings. 

16 works shall be exhibited for the week, Monday nights event will be accompanied with some delicious wine and finger food. The exhibition will run 10am/7pm for the remainder of the week, concluding 1st November.

As part of JNs association with Youth Action NI, 10% of all sales will go to Youth Action. 

More about Leo

Leo Started Painting at an early age and excelled at art during his school days. After leaving school he went to Dublin to paint portraits and street scenes as a living. He then moved to London and France continuing to paint before returning home to Ireland.

Leo had a successful first exhibition in Downpatrick in 1977. However he felt he wasn’t finished traveling and left again for France. He traveled through Europe and ended up in Spain, eventually settling in Marbella for a period of time.

Returning to Northern Ireland in the early 90’s he had built himself a considerable reputation and was in constant demand for commissions and exhibitions leading to numerous prizes for his horse paintings.

In recent years Leo has won many prestigious awards including the Anna Cheyne Award for the first artwork to be accepted for Lisburn City, the Northern Art Prize (all Ireland) and numerous others for horse and landscape paintings.

''I would like to thank James Nicholson and his staff for hosting this event, and Sammy Daye for his work framing my art. I hope you find the exhibition of my work both inspiring and enjoyable. I look forward to any enquiries you have about my work.''

Leo Casement. 

 


A Comparative Tasting with John Hinckley

In this fascinating, educational and enjoyable wine and glass tasting. John Hinckley will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of the glass and our enjoyment of fine wines.

Tickets are priced at £65.00 and include £90.00 of Riedel glasses to take home and entrance into our JN Christmas Portfolio Tasting.

Tickets are limited to please book quickly.

Date: Thursday November 6th

Place: The Merchant Hotel, Belfast 

Time: 5.30-6.45pm 

Tickets: £65.00 per ticket

To book: Buy Tickets Here

 


Champagne Exclusive – Special Parcel Just In

Being constantly on the lookout for something new and exciting to offer to our customers, we are delighted to announce that we have managed to purchase a small parcel of Champagne and it’s now available for a very appealing price!

De Beaulieu Champagne is made by the Lombard & Médot house located in Epernay, the capital of the Champagne region.  This is a small, quality conscious family owned Champagne house, the kind of place that you need to hunt around to find.

The family vines are primarily located in the Montagne de Reims area in the west of the Champagne region.  This area is best suited to the Pinot Meunier grape and it is no surprise that this grape constitutes the lion’s share of the blend.  Pinot Noir is the second major component and the rest is made up with a small percentage of Chardonnay.  Pinot Meunier is particularly fruity and juicy and adds flavour and body to the blend.  Pinot Meunier also creates wines that are much more approachable in youth and don’t have hard acidity.  This is a very charming style of Champagne and is perfect for drinking now – it’s not one to hide under the stairs for a few years.

Lombard & Médot have the twin advantages of modern equipment to get the best out of their fruit and a wealth of talent and experience in the cellars.  The art of Champagne making lies in blending; blending base wines from different grape varieties, sites and years to create a consistent house style of non-vintage Champagne.  Not only that but the winemakers have to be able to predict how the wine will change as it goes through the secondary fermentation which gives the bubbles.  Mastering all of this takes years and demands extraordinary skill and talent – all of which the Lombard team have in abundance.

The style of the De Beaulieu NV champagne is elegant and fresh with delicate brioche, honeyed and lemon citrus notes.  It has fine, persistent bubbles and is very well balanced and very pleasant in character.  It makes a great aperitif, or for toasts and of course with the festive season and all the associated indulgence just around the corner…

The Champagne will be open for tasting this Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th, 12-5pm.  We'll see you then!

Buy 6 bottles of Champagne at a special price of only £16.95 per bottle, a saving of 15%.  

Champagne De Beaulieu Brut

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Step into Autumn Style Wine Cases

Our latest style cases are now ready for purchase and consumption! For those of you who haven’t tried these mixed cases, they are a great way to discover new wines in a similar vein to wines you already like.  For example if you like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, the Light and Fresh Whites similar in that they are crisp and fruity with no oak or creamy flavours.  The Full Bodied Whites are perfect for Chardonnay fans with their richer, rounder character and greater weight and depth.

If you love Merlot and Pinot Noir, the Soft and Fruity Reds are the ones to look at and if you prefer a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon try the Full Bodied Red cases.

For a more personal service please do pop in and see us or give us a call.  We’re more than happy to chat wine any time!

Autumnal Light and Fresh Whites (12btls) - £124

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Autumnal Full Bodied Whites (12btls) - £122

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Soft And Fruity Autumnal Reds (12btls) - £122

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Full Bodied Autumnal Reds (12btls) - £132

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