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Archive: Aug 2010

How a Wine Makes It Into Our Portfolio

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We are always on the look out for new wines and tend to do a lot of travelling at the beginning of the year. The best way to source a new wine is to do the research at home and then make contact with the wineries and go out and visit the area thereby getting […]

An Evening with Olivier Humbrecht

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We were fortunate enough to welcome Olivier Humbrecht to Crossgar at the start of June for a tasting of just some of the Zind Humbrecht wines we have in stock. This was the first time I have met the man widely acknowledged to be the king of Alsace winemaking, as well as my first opportunity […]

Wine for Investment

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There is a lot of interest in wine investment at the moment. With banks offering low interest rates on savings and uncertainty in the world markets, people are looking to find alternative places to put their money. Wine has preformed especially well in recent years and even with experiencing a correction in late 2008, it […]

The Power of the Consumer

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Recently we have asked one of our suppliers to produce a wine just for our customers. Domaine Sainte Rose in Languedoc, France produce a number of wines and we take a selection of them for our portfolio. It came to our notice that no one was producing a French unoaked Chardonnay at an every day […]

Le Roc des Anges

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The highlight of a recent trip to the Languedoc was a visit to Domaine Le Roc des Anges. This was the last visit after a long day of driving the length and breadth of the Languedoc and tasting over 80 wines; we arrived late for our appointment feeling hot, tired and, if the truth be […]

Clos des Fées

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Having recently done a whirl wind tour of some of our producers in Languedoc Roussilon I continue to be amazed by the passion of many of our producers. I have chosen Clos des Fées to highlight this passion and the complete lack of glamour in producing wine. Former sommelier, caviste and wine journalist Hervé Bizeuil […]

The Origin of Champagne As We Know It

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A glass of Vintage Champagne – delicious, indeed; but not exactly every day drinking for us mere mortals. So what else is out there when you don’t want to settle for ‘more affordable’, but often mass produced acidic Champagne from the Supermarket? On a misty April morning this year the JN Taste Team descended upon […]

Regional Merchant of The Year 2010

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JNwine.com retained the ‘Regional Merchant of the Year for Northern Ireland’ title which it has claimed now for 17 years, confirming its place amongst Britain and Ireland’s leading specialist retailers last night as the International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards 2010 recognised the industry’s best performers at The Hilton Park Lane, London. Judged by a panel […]

Mosel Monstrosity

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The beauty and tranquility of Germany’s Mosel Valley has been disrupted by the plan to build a huge bridge spanning the river at Ürzig, one of the area’s picturesque villages. If the proponents get their way, the 160 metre high structure will dominate the landscape. The massive bridge is viewed as a threat to several […]

How To Choose Wedding Wine

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Once again love is the air again this week at Nicholson’s. And this time it’s not the JN Taste Team’s latest infatuation with Olivier Zind Humbrect’s offerings. In the last few months we have noticed more and more couples coming into the shop to plan theirwedding wines. The wine is usually one of the last […]

All We Are Saying Is – “Give Rosé a Chance”

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The arrival of summer is great way to get excited about Rosé. Forget about cheap Californian Blush that is a raging headache waiting to happen, or sickly sweet versions that sprout up everywhere this time of year. Although popular with the masses, these examples are the reason why most people are reluctant to try better […]

Lafite Rothschild 2009 on Liv-ex

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Pretty much every vintage of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, one of the original First Growths in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux, has increased hugely in price in the past couple of years. This has been driven primarily by huge demand from the Far East, and China in particular. The annual production of the Chateau wine is […]