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Archive: Apr 2015

Official Champagne of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

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JN Wine is delighted to be playing an official part in this year’s Irish Open – We have been given the opportunity to provide this year’s official champagne. Working closely with one of our suppliers we have come up with a Champagne that ticks all the boxes. It has been sourced from family run vineyards […]

30 Years Sees Significant Change?

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FT Weekend turned 30 last weekend (23/24 May) and Jancis Robinson has written an article about how the wine scene has changed in those 3 decades. It’s a fascinating insight into how the world looked back in 1985.  Among other things, she points out that in 1985 Australia was exporting 2% of its wine abroad. […]

La Jasse Cellar Door is Open

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It’s been quite a year at La Jasse! The 6th October 2014 is firmly imprinted in Bruno’s mind as he recalls the phone call he received on his travels from his very distraught wife telling him water was surging into their home at Domaine la Jasse. Within 2 hours, Bruno tells me, 280mm of rain […]

New to JN Wine – Negly La Brise Marine White

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A white Negly to add to our collection here at JN Wine. Chateau de la Négly is located in the stunningly beautiful La Clape region, which lies between Narbonne and the Mediterranean Sea, the estate consists of a handful of vineyards, all of which lie within sight of the sea. While all of their wines […]

Lights, Camera, Malbec!

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April 17th is World Malbec Day and here at JN we’d love for you to be part of it.  This is a day to celebrate all that is good about Argentinean Malbec.  Malbec flourishes in Argentina creating wines widely superior than those of its country of origin, France.  During the 90’s, Argentina positioned Malbec as […]

Young Pinot Maestros – Doing their thing

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Do one thing and do it well. In this case, the thing they do is grow Pinot Noir.  This notoriously fickle grape does not tolerate sub-standard growing conditions and Burgundy has long been leader of the pack.  There has long been plenty of speculation as to where in the world will challenge Burgundy’s supremacy.  New […]

Domaine Gueguen – Meet our new Chablis Growers

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Frédéric and Céline Gueguen have recently taken a brave step into the world of the self-employed.  2013 was an important year for this young couple; this is when they purchased their vineyards and harvested their own fruit to make their own wine for the first time.  Bravo!    As native Chablisiens, the world of winegrowing […]

Bordeaux 2014 – First Thoughts

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Jim, Judith and I spent last week tasting the 2014 Bordeaux en primeurs. As we await the prices here are a few of my initial thoughts: – This is the best Bordeaux vintage since 2010. – Most comparable in quality to 2008. – “fraicheur” was a term which cropped up again and again. – Dull, cool weather in July […]

Southern Rhône 2013 En Primeur Offer

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After a stunning vintage for the Rhône in 2012 and an offer which proved very popular with our customers, we thought we would keep things classic and simple for the 2013 vintage. The offer below comprises two of the very top estates in the southern Rhône. We are pleased to say we have followed and […]

A.A. Badenhorst – A Swartland Revolutionary – Shop Now!

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Adi Badenhorst is one of the most refreshingly open and vibrant people you will ever meet.  He is the polar opposite of stuffy or pretentious and embodies the free spirited, convivial, work hard play hard mentality that might fool you into thinking he’s not serious.  Au contraire.  Wine runs through his blood. His grandfather was […]

Paco Garcia – Wines that leave an impression – Shop now!

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With a distinctive hand print as their brand, this young couple have made quite a mark on the wine world already. The Paco Garcia project was born out of something of a dilemma.  Juan Bautista Garcia (born 1980) is a winemaker.  His family had purchased some vineyards in 2000, built a winery in 2001 and […]