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Archive: Jan 2015

A Flavour of the Roussillon at OX Cave

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Visiting wine producing regions, drinking the local wines, sampling the local cuisine and generally soaking up the culture (and probably enjoying considerably better weather) is one of the joys of travel and of having an interest in wine.  Capturing a little of that joy without the hassle and expense of travelling must surely turn an […]

Pinot Noir – the choice of red grape enthusiasts.

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Ask a casual wine drinker to name their favourite red grape and chances are they’ll plump for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah – but ask a wine enthusiast and they’re odds-on to choose Pinot Noir, unless they’re showing off and pick an obscure variety like Baga or Zweigelt. Pinot Noir’s charms lie in its succulence, […]

A Wine Evening with Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards. California.

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Ask any JN team member who their dream wine dinner guest would be, and Doug Shafer would be up there near the top of the list. From spending teenage summers in the vineyard, through training to be a winemaker and bringing the family-run Shafer vineyard to the top of the wine world, he is a […]

What Wine with Christmas Ham? #AskJN

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A well reared piece of ham tickles the taste buds with the right notes, sweet and salty. For some (me) it takes pride of place on the festive table, match it well with wine and you are in for real treat. Below are some tips on matching your ham whether it is being served up […]

When is Prosecco not Prosecco?

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The answer (in this instance) is when it comes out of a tap.  With the seemingly unstoppable rise in popularity and consumption of this Italian sparkling wine, bars and restaurants are very sensibly getting in on the action and serving Prosecco by the glass to their customers (a marvellous idea we say).  Some bars are […]

Kathryn Callaghan Art Exhibition – Attend and Win!

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Kathryn Callaghan Art Exhibition Join us on Thursday 22nd January from 4:30pm-8:00pm at JN Wine Crossgar as we launch Kathryn Callaghan’s 3 day exhibit of her stunning paintings. 18 specially commissioned wine orientated works shall be exhibited from Thursday 22nd January; Thursday night’s event will be accompanied with some delicious wine and finger food. The […]

Taste and Learn with the JN Wine Club in 2015.

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Taste & Learn Taste and Learn about wine by joining the JN Club with James Nicholson Wine Merchant What is the JN Club: Receive a bi-monthly case of that lets you taste and learn about wine. Using our extensive experience in selecting wines we collate an exciting case that can be tailored to your own […]

Time to Consider Chenin Blanc

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Character Where to start? Chenin has so many faces it’s hard to pin down a single characteristic that reliably gives it away. At the lower end of the quality scale, Chenin makes pretty, clean, crisp white wine with nicely refreshing acidity and fresh orchard fruit flavours.  With an improvement in quality and lower yields you […]

Cracking Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon (often just called Cabernet or Cab and not to be confused with Sauvignon Blanc) is a similarly dense and full bodied wine as Syrah.  The Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small and thick skinned which means they have a lot of skin compared to the amount of juice they yield which contributes to the […]