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Pairing Red Wines with Steak

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Pairing Red Wines with Steak When it comes to pairing wine with steak, the two most important things to keep in mind are fat and tannin. The higher the fat content in the steak, the more tannin you need to help break down the protein. If you pair a low tannin red with a fatty […]

Low Alcohol Wines

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What are low alcohol wines? We are seeing a small but growing trend of people seeking wines lower in alcohol. If you are trying to ease off on the alcohol consumption for health reasons, looking for something light to bring to the lunch-time table, or just want to lower the chances of a sore head […]

Three Best Alternatives to Champagne

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Nothing enlivens the palate or the soul quite as well as bubbles. A love of fizz is a love of effervescence, both in drinking and in life. We admit that there is something magical about Champagne, a sensation of elegance and indulgence that is a genuine treat. But there is a world of alternatives that […]

Wines with that Holiday Vibe

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Wine has a sense of place and has the ability to transport you to its origin, to the land on which the grapes grew and to the people who harvested the grapes, pressed them and saw the finished product through to its bottle. And then that bottle ends up in your kitchen here in sunny […]

Tokaji’s time to shine

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Tokaji is one of those wine styles you learn about on wine courses and read about in books but perhaps have never encountered face to face. Well, now’s your chance as this month’s newest arrival is a Hungarian classic with a modern twist. Up until now the JN taste team have barely ventured further east […]

Guilty Pleasures: Fine Wine and Fast Food by the JN Staff

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How nice would it be to eat out every night of the week, sipping on fine wine and over indulging on expertly prepared food? Unfortunately, for the majority of us, this is not an option. Sometimes, life gets in the way and plans fall through and most of us have to make do. Fear not, […]

South Africa: The Wines you should be drinking.

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South Africa is one of the world’s great wine producing countries. For a New World region, it has a surprisingly long history of grape growing and wine making, with the first vines being planted in the Constantia vineyard, near Cape Town, in 1655; that’s almost 100 years before the production of wine started in Australia! […]

Busting Wine Myths: Blends are bad

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Over a series of articles, we will be tackling common myths and misconceptions of wine, with the intention of helping you to get maximum enjoyment out of every glass.   Myth: Blended wines are inferior quality. We are delighted to able to confirm that this absolutely NOT true!  Variety is, after all, the spice of […]

Which Rosé Wine?

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Food and Wine Pairings to celebrate National Rosé Day on the 10th of June. This is a great time of year to explore the exciting world of Rosé wine. And by Rosé wine, I mean “proper” Rosé wine; the clean, crisp and, most importantly, dry styles of Rosé that pair wonderfully with so many types […]

Francois Mitjavile – Tertre Rôteboeuf 2016

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It was my 22nd year visiting Francois, resident owner and magician at Tertre Roteboeuf. As always one of the highlights of our Bordeaux trip each year, with 2016 no exception. His 2016s are simply stunning – sensuous and sensational quality. They possess great depth, roundness and the marvellous ability to drink young but stay the […]

The JN Wine Club

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Sign up and receive £25/€30 voucher with your first delivery The world is full of many fabulous wines but most of them are not found in the supermarket. The JN Wine Club is just the thing to help you open the door to a world of much more enjoyable, interesting wine. The difference is sourcing and scale. We […]

2015 – An Exceptional Vieux Telegraphe

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The 2015 vintage in the Southern Rhone is widely considered the best since 2010 with Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate calling it ‘exceptional’. The Brunier family is without doubt one of the most respected producers in the region. They have been producing wines in Chateauneuf du Pape for over 100 years. Their Vieux Telegraphe estate spans 65 hectares, […]