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New Sweet and Savoury treats - How Fabulous!

Recently, our collection of sweet & savoury treats has made a significant expansion. In addition to our usual offerings from Vallebona, we now stock a selection of goodies from Rosebud Preserves, Deli Muru & Pariya

Rosebud Preserves

Rosebud Preserves aim is to capture all the best parts about home made preserves, without you having to do any of the hard work! Their jars are full to the brim with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and made without the need for additives, preservatives, colourings or gelling agents. Each one full of vibrant, fresh flavours. The Tomato and Chilli jam is my current favourite, a tasty way to perk up the humble sandwich. 

Deli Muru

['muru] Finnish def: a little something

Kay’s first foray in the world of food is this fabulous business that aims to provide us with products that offer people a delicious little something that comforts, nourishes and delights. And her wide array of treats certainly delight us!

The gingerbread men sugar and spice snaps are the perfect way to round of a dinner party. After a cheeseboard with some of Kay’s Spiced fruit & ale chutney of course.


Pariya means angels or fairies in Persian. It alludes to the magical experience of bringing you our exceptional treats.

Pariyas recipes have been passed down through generations, getting better and better as they go along. Their delicacies use the best of Persian all-natural ingredients, concentrating on what’s in season.

You would be a very popular guest if you arrived with some Pariya Persian Nougat, or Rose Raahat!

Unfortunately these treats are not available to purchase on line, but why not visit our shop in Crossgar to view the full range? 

Boekenhoutskloof pre-release offer

South Africa is enjoying something of a moment in the sun.  The wines have come of age in some sense and there is a genuine sense of excitement about this country.  The climate is ideal for growing grapes, the winemakers are well travelled, well-educated and they possess an exciting mix of creativity and a genuine desire to make authentic, terroir-driven wines.  These people are passionate about what they do, where they come from and all have very exciting ideas about the future of this country and the kind of wines they can produce.

Award winning winery Boekenhoutskloof is well-established and produces highly respected wines from the Franschoek region of South Africa. With winemaker Marc Kent at the helm the wines have gone from strength to strength and the top wines are sold under allocation as they have more demand for the wines than they can supply.

Franschoek region is famous for its French heritage, its cuisine, its beautiful landscape and its vibrant culture. Winemaking is very much knitted into the fabric of this region and these Boekenhoutskloof wines offer the opportunity to taste a little bit of what this country is all about.

The quality of the wines is exceptional – of that there is no doubt.  The wines have an elegance that is highly reminiscent of European wines but they have a depth and intensity of fruit flavour that is unmistakeably South African.

Syrah 2012


Fact Sheet

Marc has spent some time in the northern Rhône and clearly has a serious affinity for Syrah. He uses gentle methods of mixing the skins with the juice to extract flavour, colour and aromatic compounds from the skins without harsh tannins. The oak treatment is very light handed and the resulting wine captures the beauty of Syrah – beautifully scented, richly fruity, savoury and well balanced with fine tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


Fact Sheet

The Cabernet Sauvignon is just as sympathetically made, with methods that suit this more structured grape.  This time the wine spends 26 months in new French oak barrels which complements the greater depth of black fruit the wine naturally has.  A longer maceration brings out the structure giving a wine that will age easily for a decade or more.

We have a small allocation of each of these wines heading to our shores now. To reserve yours, please click on the links above and we will deliver the wines when they get here (anticipated early November).

Orders are limited to a maximum of 12 bottles per customer.  NB case discount applies to purchases of 12 bottles min.

Pre-Order - 15% Off Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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