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Introducing Shortcross Cask Finish Gin

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This strictly limited-edition Cask Finish gin has been distilled for JN Wine by the Rademon Estate.  We sourced and shipped the casks from premium Bordeaux property, Chateau Cantemerle.  Then the magic started. Quietly resting in Chateau Cantemerle casks for just three months, the flavours and characters from the oak barrel infused into the gin giving […]

Staff Picks Christmas 2018

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It’s that time of year again and we have some delicious wines to help you get through the festive season! Aidan Chateau Leconte Marquey 2015 Christmas is a great time to break out the Bordeaux, and at only £15.95 from the exceptional 2015, this one tops my list for dinner parties over the festive period! […]

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New Zealand Tasting Join us on Saturday 17th November as we celebrate wine of New Zealand.  We will have a large selection of red and white wines open for tasting in the Tasting Room in Crossgar from three of our finest producers including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Just call in between 12 and […]

Christmas has arrived at JN Wine

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We are thrilled that our 2018 Christmas Brochure has landed. Browse our collection of favourite wines from 2018, including handpicked selections by James Nicholson and Jane Boyce MW. We have all the cases you love; our Festive Favourites, our ever popular duo gift packs, as well as a range of new custom made cases. Perfect […]

All things Rioja!

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As the leaves change colour, the evenings get shorter, it’s time to get cosy in front of the fire – and top it all off with a rich, warming bottle of Rioja! We are welcoming the onset of autumn with arms open wide, and armed with Spain’s finest offerings!  From the 15th until the 28th […]

Why wait? Wines for drinking now

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Many of us wine lovers have romantic notions of large collections, full of classic Bordeaux, Burgundy, Hermitage, Champagne, Barolo…the list can go on and on and on. The reality is, for the vast majority of us, the fancy cellar, full of perfectly aged wines is nothing more than a dream. But that definitely doesn’t mean […]

Staff Picks for Autumn 2018

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For each new season we pick a wine to reflect the change in temperature.  As autumn sets in it is time to start moving from chilled whites to fuller body whites and warming reds. Here are our recommendations.   Taryn St John’s Road, The Prophet Shiraz 2016, £22.50 I’ve found a wine that will get […]

Top 10 tips for buying and enjoying wine from Jane Boyce MW

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Get to know grape varieties and regions rather than brand names which are often made up by marketing people and produced in bulk with the objective of being consistent. Look out for new grape varieties and blends which offer something new and interesting. Good examples include:  Michele Biancardi Solo Fiano 2016 and  Hesketh Small Parcels Negroamaro 2016   […]

Pinot Noir Day!

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This Saturday, 18th August, we will be celebrating one of the wine industries most prized, most loved grapes; Pinot Noir! Famous for thousands of years (it has been vinified since Roman times) for the red wines of Burgundy, Pinot went main stream in 2005 with the release of the Hollywood film “Sideways”. Pinot sales rocketed […]

Bodegas Paco García Riojas – Open for tasting this Saturday!

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Bodegas Paco Garcia winery is located about 10 miles from Logrono, the main town in the region. Situated roughly 400 metres above sea level in the village of Murillo de Río Leza, the wines are made for drinking, not thinking. The message of the winery is to enjoy the moment, glass of wine in hand, […]

Celebrate National White Wine Day

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To celebrate National White Wine day on Saturday 4th August here are a few of our top picks of slightly lesser known varieties that you may want to try. After all, the white wine category is much wider than just Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc!   Quinta Soalheiro Alvarinho 2017 One of the top properties producing […]