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Under the Spotlight - Cracking Christmas Champagne! Shop Now.

Not that I ever need an excuse, but if you can’t pop a few corks of bubbly over Christmas and New Year, when can you?! There’s something for everyone in our range of Champagne and sparkling wines, and with 15% off some our favourites, there’s no excuses. If you want to go down the traditional Champagne route for the special occasion, look no further than Louis Roederer for that classic style of toasty, briochey goodness. Billecart-Salmon make a deliciously elegant and lean style, while the Forget-Brimont NV is a beautifully soft and fruity example.

Roederer Brut Nv Pk6Billecart Salmon Nv  Pk6Forget Brimont Pk6

After all the fuss and hype, we’ve finally found an English Sparkling wine producer that ticks all our boxes – the Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay delightfulness, and the Rosé is full of delicate strawberry flavour with a lengthy finish. The Brut Reserve 2009 is a classic Champagne blend, with the complexity and finish to go with it.

Gusbourne Blanc De Blancs 2009 Pk6Gusbourne Sparkling Rose 2010 Pk6Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2009 Pk6

Prosecco has become a real hit, and it’s easy to see why – very drinkable and very affordable. Made from the Glera grape in the hills of north-eastern Italy, we have seen the demand for this wine increase dramatically, as it’s a perfect party or celebration wine. Prosecco Doc Spumante is an easy drinking, fruity, floral example, and is a good candidate if you’re planning a few bubbly-inspired cocktails over the holidays. With a bit more personality and complexity, try Nino Franco’s Rustico, or their single-vineyard award-winner, San Floriano.

Prosecco Doc Spumante Pk6Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico 6pk

For something a little out of the ordinary, try the Soalheiro Espumante, made from Alvarinho grapes (also known as Albariño across Spanish border) in the north of Portugal – made in the traditional Champagne method, this wine has become a real hit at JN as an interesting alternative to toast with, with real purity of fruit and elegance. A staff favourite at JN, the Sartarelli Spumante is hard to beat too – well known for their award-winning still wines made from 100% Verdicchio variety, the sparkler is gaining quite a following, and it’s easy to see why with its aromatic and refreshing style.

Soalheiro Espumante Alvarinho 2012 Pk6Sartarelli Brut Spumante 6pk

So whether you’re looking for something to whet your appetite on Christmas day, or that special bottle to toast to 2015, get those corks popping!


A Handpicked Selection of Wonderful Winter Whites - Shop Now.

For me, nothing can beat the crisp, freshness of a white wine, no matter what time of year it is. This winter we have some great cases for those of you who love the white stuff- from Sauvignon Blancs to Picpouls, we have something for everyone’s taste.  

Why not give our style cases a go? We have picked some of our top white winter wines and grouped them by style into individual cases for your drinking pleasure. Our Light and Fresh Winter White case features a selection of wine for those who enjoy an easy going, fresh fruit style of white wine.

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For those who enjoy a richer, more opulent style of white, our Full Bodied Winter Whites case is just the thing. This case includes more textural, creamier wines – a perfect pairing with Christmas dinner. 

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In the world of white wines, one grape rules them all - Sauvignon Blanc.  That’s why we at JN Wine have put together a Strictly Sauvignon case. This case boasts a range of Sauvignons from different countries and demonstrates the different flavours that this ever popular grape can produce.  It’s a great case to share with friends, or to enjoy on the sofa in front of the telly. 

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Along with winter cases we also have our staff picks. A couple of whites that are definitely worth a try are the Cline Viognier and the Domaine Chauviniere Muscadet sur Lie. The Cline Viognier is full of honeyed apricot and is quite full bodied. The Muscadet oozes tart green apple, but also has subtle savoury notes thanks to its lees ageing. 

Cline Viognier 2011Domaine De La Chauviniere Muscadet 2013

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As it’s Christmas it would be wrong not to treat yourself to some bubbles for Christmas morning breakfast. We have a great selection of Sparkling wine, Prosecco and Champagne, most with 15% off over Christmas. 

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Christmas Gifts for Wine Enthusiasts. Shop Now.

There are people in this world who find something they like and stick to it. There are other people whose favourite thing is more of a transient state than a permanent fixture and who eat and drink according to their mood rather than a fixed idea of what they like. If any of that sounds familiar, we have just the thing to satisfy that thirst...

Top 12

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A mix of 12 different wines that covers a really good selection of the types of wines available from around the world.  These are perfect for enthusiastic wine drinkers who have quite broad taste and enjoy a diverse range of flavours and tastes. The wines are from New Zealand, Spain, France, South Africa, Italy, Australia, Portugal, Argentina and California and these are the kind of wines that really represent what we do. You can find alternative wines from similar regions in the supermarkets but these are from small producers who lavish care and attention on their products. It’s a different world and one that we love.

Thinking Outside the Box

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Perfect for enthusiastic imbibers! Again, don’t buy for the fusspots.  This is for people who are adventurous drinkers (they are probably adventurous cooks and eaters too). They like all different kinds of food and wine, they’re not fussy and they probably eat and drink according to what mood they’re in or are continually looking for something new. Probably they know a bit about wine too. These are really interesting bottles, from new regions, smaller appellations or they’re a twist on the unexpected. Each bottle should open up a whole new experience and offer an interesting journey round the wine world.

 


The perfect present - two bottle gift packs have arrived. Shop Now.

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Full Christmas 2014 Brochure

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