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Archive: Aug 2013

September is Chile Month at JN – Get 20% Off

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With the Nimbus range, Casablanca winemaker Ximena Pacheco is exploring how different sites are particularly well suited to different grape varieties.  The whole appellation system in Europe is based on this very concept – Sauvignon Blanc thrives in a cool climate, but from the very particular soil and climate of Pouilly Fume you get a […]

A Splash of Italy’s Lakes (Irish Independent)

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The following is quoted directly from an Irish Independent article titled ‘A Splash of Italy’s Lakes’ by Liam Campbell published on August 24th 2013. Hemingway regarded Valpolicella as “warm like a friend’s house”. It is certainly among Italy’s most friendly red wines; with low tannins, moderate 12pc-13.5pc alcohol and being food-friendly with many different dishes. […]

A Very Unique Tasting at James Street South – Sept 10

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Join us for what is shaping up to be a very special event at the cookery school above James Street South Bar and Grill in Belfast. At this informal walk-around tasting we will be joined by Bernard Repolt from Remoissenet who will present a selection of his Burgundies. As well as recent vintages he has […]

Billecart-Salmon Champagne

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Billecart-Salmon 6 Bottles in Wood I imagine that for most of us mere mortals, drinking champagne is still a special treat and not something we indulge in every day (unless your name is Lily Bollinger). For me, champagne is the epitome of all the enduring romantic ideas of wine drinking: the sense of occasion, of […]

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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“abundant crop levels due to an ideal flowering season were meticulously managed, resulting in luscious classic marlborough flavours” The much anticipated and world-renowned Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 now available at JN with 15% off! According to press reviews it’s as fabulous as ever. Tasting Notes from The Cloudy Bay Winery Pale straw green in […]

Cheers to Chocolate Block Wine!

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Congratulations to Boekenhoutskloof for being named Platter’s Winery of the Year 2012.  The winery behind Porcupine Ridge, Wolftrap and the much-loved Chocolate Block wine has scooped this prestigious award from South Africa’s leading wine publication. Boekenhoutskloof means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’ where the Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree much revered for furniture making.  […]

The Wine Taster’s Guide to Sauvignon Blanc

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Character: Sauvignon Blanc is a very pretty, attractive white grape.  People fall for its fresh, aromatic character which can be anything from lemon and lime, to cut grass, to nettles, to gooseberry, kiwi, passionfruit and even cat’s pee depending on where it’s grown.  Sauvignon is best when grown in a relatively cool climate which allows […]

25% Off 6 Sensational Wines – This Weekend Only!

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This offer is available online, in store and mail order. The wines on offer will be open for a free tasting in the shop this Saturday (24th). Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc We would argue one of the best Sauvignons in Marlborough from a small, quality conscious estate in NZ.  We know many of you are […]

ARTADI Awarded Best Cellar of the Year by Guia Penin 2014

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As exclusive agents for Artadi in Ireland, our congratulations go out to them on their most recent accolade. Bodegas Artadi has been chosen as the best Spanish cellar of the year in the new edition of the prestigious Guia Penin. According to the tasting committee, ARTADI is responsible for some truly  “exceptional wines”. Among the […]

The Wine Taster’s Guide to Syrah (aka Shiraz)

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Character: Syrah is a full bodied, spicy, gutsy red wine.  In the New World (a term that basically encompasses winegrowing countries outside of Europe) it is more commonly known as Shiraz – a name bequeathed by the Australians. Some of the flavours associated with Syrah are hedgerow fruits, black berries and spice.  You may also […]

New from Italy – Tuscany’s Castiglion del Bosco

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Tuscany is so often associated with Chianti that the magnificent wines of Montalcino can tend to be overlooked but yet some of the very best expression of the Sangiovese grape comes from the vineyards in this hidden corner of the region. The Brunello di Montalcino region lies 30 miles south of Siena with the pretty […]